Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Left to Right: Bay Area Regional Council members Kent Grubaugh, ('93), and Deidre Von Rock-Ricci, ('93), with Amy Harmon, SDSU associate vice president for Development. Left to Right: Bay Area Regional Council members Kent Grubaugh, ('93), and Deidre Von Rock-Ricci, ('93), with Amy Harmon, SDSU associate vice president for Development.
 


Starting a Tradition

Key alumni and leaders convened on campus for the inaugural Fall Forum.
By SDSU News Team
 

The inaugural Fall Forum convened key volunteer leaders from San Diego State University’s National Leadership Council and its individual regional councils to meet one another, share best practices, and enjoy Homecoming Week activities.

All members have been active in The Campaign for SDSU, which has raised more than $750 million to  support SDSU students, faculty and programs. The National Leadership Council is co-chaired by Kit Sickels, (’60), and Mary Podell, a current SDSU parent.

About 40 council members from the Bay Area, Orange County, Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest attended the two-day event, which originated from a suggestion by Jessica Hickey, (’88), chair of the Pacific Northwest Council.

"The Fall Forum provided an opportunity for our regional council members to talk about ways to increase visibility and the impact of our activities in the regions, especially when it comes to supporting student success,” Hickey said. “It was great to come back to campus to see all the amazing changes that have taken place over the last few years and cheer on the Aztecs in the Homecoming game.”

Members attended the SDSU Homecoming football game, learned about research being conducted by several SDSU faculty members and listened to SDSU President Elliot Hirshman outline the university’s academic, research and athletic achievements. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, (’90), also attended as a guest.

Plans are underway to hold a second annual Fall Forum next year.