Centennial plans shift into high gear

Many -- if not most -- centennial events will be held on campus, but others will be held at a variety of San Francisco and Bay Area locations throughout the entire 1999 calendar year. As a celebration of the very best of San Francisco State and what it has become during its 100 year history, the centennial is designed to be a year-long moveable feast that includes and celebrates the many community ties the University has forged.

Founder's Week activities will focus mainly on the campus, our home. Billed as a campus-wide party, that key celebration will observe the date in 1899 on which the California legislature approved the creation of what was to become SFSU. Concerts, exhibitions, lectures, campus decorations, a series of small and large parties, and a huge birthday cakeóthese are just some of the festivities proposed for the week of March 22. Billed as a "celebration of ourselves," Founder's Week will involve faculty, stud ents, the Colleges, staff and alumni in an ongoing series of events related to the University's origins and history and dedicated to intellectual exchange.

Commencement on May 29 promises to be the University's most spectacular Commencement ever. All robes worn that day by more than 5,000 participating graduates and faculty and community guests will be royal purple in honor of the University's centennial Commencement. The field of Cox Stadium and the Commencement platform will be a sea of purple as the University shares with an estimated 15,000 plus guests to campus its academic regalia and ritual. A series of special centennial year Commencement souvenirs and memorabilia will be available to graduates and their families in the campus bookstore. Special centennial year speakers and honorees will add to this historic occasion.

December 2nd's centennial gala event will be held in the splendor of the newly-refurbished Beaux Arts rotunda of historic San Francisco City Hall. It represents a elegant and sophisticated opportunity to celebrate the Universityís 100th birthday with the S.F. Bay Area community. More details about this evening to remember will be available in future issues of CampusMemo.

What to look for/what's next
By Nov. 1 each proposer of a centennial idea will receive a response. Visit the campus bookstore to look for a wide range of centennial-related souvenirs to be available for holiday season purchase. In January, look for purple centennial banners at the edges of campus and a centennial calendar of events. And plan to participate in Asilomar Jan. 17-19 to gear up for this truly once in a lifetime University celebration of 100 years of SFSU people, potential, possibility and opportunity.

Ways to keep informed
To keep up-to-date on centennial news and events and to enjoy a host of centennial related stories, historical facts and interesting trivia, visit the centennial web site at www.sfsu.edu/~100years or click on the main image of the SFSU home page. For more information contact Robin Carmichael, Advancement, liaison to the Advisory Committee, at EXT 8-6990.


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