President Adela de la Torre


July 21, 2021


Summer ’21 is a time of great anticipation at San Diego State University. First and foremost: We are delighted — overjoyed, really — to prepare for a return to mostly in-person instruction this fall. It has been a long 16 months, and I can hardly wait to see a full population of students once again traversing Aztec Walk, heading to classes in the Old Quad and watching our athletes compete.

Campus life will look and feel a little different, to be sure. But our returning students have already shown the resilience and perseverance to thrive under extraordinary conditions, and the vaccines that have made the return to our in-person activities and traditions possible are an amazing display of the research and science we highly value.

Also awaiting our students is an expanded Aztec Recreation Center, a $77.6 million project to bring this facility up to date. And we’re now just barely a year from the opening of a new Aztec Stadium, the very first feature of SDSU Mission Valley, which I visited for a construction tour last month. I could see the outline of the bowl for the eventual football field, and a whole section of seating that was beginning to take shape.

With ARC and Aztec Stadium, SDSU is building a better future. That’s the theme, both literal and figurative, of this issue. Our centerpiece looks at the future through the eyes of seven alumni who are particularly suited to forecast our post-pandemic lives in public health, entertainment, the arts and public affairs. In another feature, you’ll learn how philanthropy is advancing a new Performing Arts District.

And our cover story on writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton (’11) kicks off a section on SDSU’s singular contributions to an important part of our culture: comics.

Enjoy the reading that awaits you.

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Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.

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SDSU President Adela de la Torre taking a tour of the Aztec Stadium construction site in June. Photograph by Sandy Huffaker.