Wednesday, April 25, 2007

SJSU's Birthday Celebration

I have been writing about it all semester, and it is finally here. SJSU's 150th anniversary celebration will climax next week with Founders' Week.

Here is an e-mail I just got about the events:

Distribution List: All Students
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To Campus the Campus Community:

Our celebration of San José State University’s 150th year has been an exciting one so far. From an exhibit and symphony concert to literary celebrations, special speakers and historical books, we have discovered evidence of our remarkable history throughout the campus. I would like to invite you to continue to celebrate during Founders’ Week, April 29 - May 4.

We will begin on Sunday with a special supplement from The San José Mercury News, filled with stories of our university and salutations from our many community partners. On Monday, a delegation of campus representatives will attend both sessions of the state legislature to receive recognition by the Senate and the Assembly as the oldest institution of higher education in the state. Following will be a celebration with our Sacramento-based alumni. Tuesday we will enjoy similar recognition from our county supervisors, and on Wednesday Student Affairs will host a fun-filled birthday bash for students. Look for these and other activities at

I invite the whole campus to participate in Founders’ Day, on Friday, May 4. Faculty will be gathering in regalia on the San Fernando side of King Library at 10:30 a.m. to process over to City Hall Plaza. At the plaza beginning at 11:30, San José State will be honored with a proclamation from San José Mayor Chuck Reed and comments by California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi. The ceremony will be followed by a birthday celebration in the Rotunda building.

In keeping with our anniversary theme, “Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow,” we have convened a panel of national experts who will discuss the future of higher education from 2 to 4 p.m. at historic Tower Hall. In a rare West Coast appearance, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will present the keynote address. Her remarks will be followed by a panel discussion featuring top authorities on higher education, including California State University Chancellor Charles Reed.

While the university will remain open and available for services on May 4, I encourage employees to work with their administrators so that interested individuals can participate in Founders’ Day events. My thanks to administrators for ensuring that university operations are not impacted on this historic day, but that as many of your employees who would like to participate may do so.

10:30 a.m. Faculty in regalia gather at King Library, San Fernando entrance
11:30 a.m. Proclamation honoring San José State, City Hall Plaza
Noon Birthday Festivities, City Hall Rotunda
2 – 4 pm Presidential Panel with U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, Morris Dailey Auditorium

I look forward to seeing you there!
Don W. Kassing
As always, there will be more in the Spartan Daily as the events unfold.

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