A ceremony to honor the legacy of the late Dr. James O. Pedersen, a founder of the former Career and Academic Planning (CAP) Center on campus, will take place Friday, May 3. The conference room in the Student Engagement Center, where the Office of Career Development resides, will be dedicated to memorialize Dr. Pedersen. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a program slated for 11 a.m. Several of Dr. Pedersen’s family members will be in attendance. You are welcome to join in celebrating Dr. Pedersen's impact on thousands of students.
Dr. Pedersen's lifelong passion, carried out through a nearly 40-year career at SDSU, was to help students find their calling through the pursuit of higher education. He worked as Dean of Student Services and the College of General Registration. He was one of the longest serving trustees for the SDSU Foundation from 1967-2000 and was named an SDSU Distinguished Alumni for outstanding service to education in 2003. Jim was a dedicated supporter of the Jackrabbits in everything from student housing to athletics to Dairy Bar ice cream. He was Weary Willie for the 50th annual Hobo Day in 1961, and he rarely missed a football or basketball game.