Welcome to a Brighter Future
January 22, 2021
Hello — and welcome to your new magazine! Longtime readers will notice this first
issue of SDSU Magazine for 2021 has a fresh look and an old name, restoring the classic
title used until spring 2003. The new content approach and design are more reflective
of our one SDSU community. My hope is that the many moving stories, major news highlights
and bold new graphics will inspire as much Aztec pride in you as it does in me.
After a year that will be remembered for its painful upheavals, change is also a theme of many of the articles.
The centerpiece highlights 11 visionary agents of change who are working to improve the lives of others. Their powerful ideas on equity and inclusion set examples of resilience and achievement for us all. They are boldly leading the moment — stepping up to important challenges, unwilling to leave the needed change to others. They are resilient, and they are powerful.
The same is true of our cover story subject, Head Baseball Coach Mark Martinez, who has a legacy of preparing athletes for professional teams and is sustaining a program with safety and care in the time of COVID-19. You will also see stories about philanthropists and alumni donors who have responded to today’s economic challenges with generous and impactful gifts.
In these stories — and others throughout — I see connections with our new strategic plan and its priorities: SDSU as a premier public research and border institution, as a champion for sustainability, equity and inclusion, with students at our core.
Finally, change is in the air at SDSU Mission Valley, where we bid a fond and respectful farewell to the Aztecs’ old stadium and get a glimpse of what’s to come. The pandemic may have complicated the 2020 football season, but it hasn’t slowed down our student-athletes. I look forward to the day (soon!) when we can all safely gather to cheer on all of our teams.
In the meantime, COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out nationwide as I write this, and I can’t help but feel confident for the year ahead. Welcome to 2021, and to a brighter future.
Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.