A Week of Celebration
A new president, a new era and a newly expanded Alumni Hall of Fame.
Photos by Lisa Sze and Gino de Grandis
In his inaugural address, delivered inside SF State’s McKenna Theatre on March 14, 2013, President Leslie E. Wong encouraged students and faculty to “own their own minds” and “nurture creativity, insight and self-direction.”
The president’s official investiture ceremony was the centerpiece of a week of celebratory events that highlighted the University’s past accomplishments and looked toward accelerating future progress. California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and Board of Trustees Chair A. Robert Linscheid, two of the ceremony’s distinguished guests, presented President Wong with a medallion representing the power and responsibility of his new office.
A gala dinner concluded the week’s activities, drawing more than 350 alumni and friends of SF State to the Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco. The celebration brought an announcement of $1.5 million in gifts to the University in honor of the president and his wife, Phyllis, including donations from entrepreneur Laurie Pitman and alumna Pam Fong (B.A., ’73). The gala also welcomed four gators into the 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame: deaf theatre artist Bernard Bragg (M.A., ’59), award-winning screenwriter / director Lisa Cholodenko (B.A., ’87), civic leader / philanthropist Judy Marcus (B.A., ’62) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Al Martinez (attended ’47-’50).
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