President’s Message

Lynn Mahoney

On March 22, 1899, the California State Legislature approved the creation of the San Francisco State Normal School — the institution now known as San Francisco State University. This issue highlights what has made SF State so special for the past 125 years — you. The talents and accomplishments of all members of the Gator Family are incredibly inspiring, and they have constructed a legacy which endures. We are thrilled to share some of those stories of accomplishment with you today.

SF State students, alumni, faculty and staff have long engaged in transformative work. Last fall, I had an opportunity to see the pathbreaking research that faculty in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts are accomplishing, supported by a generous gift from alumni George and Judy Marcus. And our student work also shines. Also last fall, three Apparel Design students presented their collection, SF Apocalypse, at the International Textile and Apparel Conference. And, as I write this, I am eagerly awaiting the student research, performances and exhibits that I will see across many events later this year.

As you read the inspiring stories in this issue, know that every day our students, faculty and staff continue — as they always have — to create in ways that fulfill the legacy and promise of the SF State that you love.

Lynn Mahoney, Ph.D.