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Cover of the spring 2003 SFSU magazine. Geography Professor Max Kirkeberg and students tour of San Francisco's Western Addition.


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A Message from President Corrigan

Twice a year this magazine celebrates the accomplishments of our students, graduates, faculty, and staff.

This issue we introduce you to Max Kirkeberg, a true treasure among our faculty. For more than 30 years, Kirkeberg has guided students through the streets of San Francisco, pointing out the cultural diversity, beauty, and history that make our community such a rich and fascinating place to explore. We are proud that our own campus is among the geographer’s favorite Bay Area places for a stroll.

Some of the most important work at SFSU hardly shows—except to the people whose lives it touches. In “Breaking Barriers,” you’ll learn how the efforts of staff members Gene Chelberg, Ray Grott, and others ensure that our campus is accessible to everyone who works and studies here. With dedication, energy and creativity, they continue to improve upon accommodations for our students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.

This spring our Jewish Studies Program received a powerful educational resource, the full original transcripts of the post-World War II Nuremberg Trial. Jewish Studies Professor Marc Dollinger and German Literature Professor Volker Langbehn share how they will incorporate the historical documents into their class lessons—and how the gift has brought them closer together as colleagues.

In the rest of this issue, you will meet SFSU innovators, artists, dreamers, and doers who are leaving their mark on their communities and in regions across the globe.

We hear from alumni often, and we hope that the magazine’s new Class Notes department will encourage even more of you to get in touch. Whether it’s a new publication, job, award, or other accomplishment, send us material you would like to share with your fellow Gators.

Between issues, you can find more outstanding alumni accomplishments on the University’s new and expanding Alumni Hot Shots Web site:

The editors want to know how this publication can better serve you. Feel free to send an e-mail, fax or letter with your suggestions for future issues. When you finish reading this magazine, we invite you to pass it on to a friend or family member.

We trust that you will stay in touch and continue to take pride in your connection to SFSU.

Sincerely yours,


Robert A. Corrigan

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