New President: SDSU welcomed its eighth president, Elliot Hirshman
, on July 5. Hirshman, who most recently served as provost and senior vice president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, spent most of his first day meeting members of the SDSU community on and off campus. Incoming Freshman Class: SDSU received nearly 60,000 undergraduate applications
for close to 6,000 undergraduate enrollment slots (approximately 4,000 first-time freshmen and 2,000 transfer students) for fall 2011. This year's incoming freshmen have an average high school GPA of 3.63 and an average SAT score of 1110, up 25 points over last year's average of 1085. New Faculty: San Diego State is welcoming 42 new faculty members this fall
in thirty departments across campus, as well as the Imperial Valley Campus. Master's in Information Systems:
Beginning this fall, SDSU will offer a new master of science degree in information systems
. The program's objective is to prepare students to take a senior position associated with the information systems field across all private industries and public sectors. To serve student and industry needs effectively, the program is designed to balance management knowledge of business and technology, general technical knowledge in information systems, and domain knowledge in the special area selected by the student.Business Dean: Michael R. Cunningham took over on June 20 as dean of SDSU's College of Business Administration
. Cunningham, who earlier built his graphics communications firm into a multimillion dollar international powerhouse, has served as a clinical professor of entrepreneurship at the school. He succeeds Gail K. Naughton, who helmed the college since 2002.Library Dean: Gale Etschmaier, SDSU's new dean of library and information access,
started on June 30 and already has big plans for the library that will benefit the entire campus. Prior to arriving at SDSU, Etschmaier served as the associate university librarian for public service at George Washington University in Washington D.C.Research Foundation Executive Director:Bob Wolfson joined the SDSU Research Foundation as its new executive director on July 29.
Wolfson has more than 30 years of experience in business and financial management and recently completed 10 years of service as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Public Health Institute in Oakland, Calif.Aztec Student Union Construction: SDSU broke ground on the new Aztec Student Union on June 1
. The sustainable student center will benefit multiple generations of Aztecs to come, providing a space for connecting, studying, eating and relaxing. Due to construction, access to certain roads and parking lots has changed
Changes were made to SDSU's smoking policy, effective Aug. 22. Smoking is prohibited in buildings owned/leased and occupied by SDSU and in outdoor areas, including parking lots and seating areas (unless designated otherwise). The university will also offer programs to help students, faculty and staff quit smoking. Student Radio Re-Launch: KCR College Radio
, SDSU’s student-run radio station, is undergoing a complete re-launch to better serve the university community. As part of the re-launch, scheduled for Sept. 6, KCR is expanding its programming to include music, news, sports, entertainment and coverage of SDSU events, as well as two new SDSU-exclusive shows. New Ticket Office and Starbucks:
During construction of Aztec Student Union, a new Starbucks kiosk located in East Commons
will serve the campus community. Hours of operation during the schoolyear are 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Monday–Thursday; 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday; closed on Saturday and Sunday.
In addition, the
University Information Center has moved to the brand new Open Air Theatre ticket office. Hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.