Message from President Corrigan
its very nature, SF State Magazine is a testament
to the power of words and images, as we strive with each issue to communicate
the many ways this University transforms lives and builds opportunities.
In this issue, we delve even deeper, exploring the thought, the action
-- the risks -- that lie behind the messages that are so much a part
of our lives as citizens, audiences and learners.
Cinema Professor and Chair Steve Ujlaki discuses filmmaking and his
deeply held commitment to "visual literacy." Students work
with city leadership to find the words to motivate life-changing volunteers.
State Sen. Carole Migden speaks out on behalf of the J. Paul Leonard
Library, and delivers $21 million in additional support for this cornerstone
of University communication.
The Alexander String Quartet uses the imagery of great works of art
to help train the next generation of music professionals. Alumni use
paint and sculpture to make thought-provoking statements about urban
development. And, in a cover story that will undoubtedly change the
way you view your daily newspaper or newscast, alumni Lucian Read and
Steve Centanni share harrowing tales of their work to bring us a close-up
view of conflict-torn regions, keeping us abreast of ever-changing world
Throughout these pages you will also find words of service to community,
of fostering international understanding, of discovery, of excellence
and of achievement. Messages that convey the perspectives and values
that are uniquely SF State and describe our University's long history
as a wellspring of regional, national and global intellectual leadership.
In these pages you will also read words of thanks. A special supplement
to SF State Magazine recognizes with gratitude the individuals, families,
corporations and nonprofits that supported SF State this past year with
generous gifts. Know that these gifts will support thousands of students,
faculty and staff and bring new scholarships, programs and outstanding
faculty to SF State. We can't find enough words to thank you.