January 6, 1982
To: School Deans, Department Chairs,
From: President Gail Fullerton
Subject: University-Community Dinner Dance February 20, 1982
The highlight of the University-Community Dinner Dance for years has been the presentation of the Tower Award by the President of San José State University to some member of our community who has served the University with unique dis?tinction. In the past, the identity of the recipient of the Tower Award has been a closely guarded secret until the night of the presentation.
This year, I am breaking with that tradition of secrecy. The recipient of the Tower Award for 1982 will be Dr. Robert D. Clark, former President of San José State University. Dr. Clark founded the President's Council on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the founding of San José State University. It seems particularly fitting to honor him at this dinner, sponsored by the President's Council to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of our University. Dr. Clark's many other contributions to San José State University and to the community we serve will be described as part of the presentation of the Tower Award.
Approximately half of the $125 per couple that is the ticket price for the University - Community Dinner Dance this year of the 125th anniversary will be a tax-deductible contribution to the San José State University Foundation. This money will be used to endow the Robert D. Clark Distinguished Visiting Professorship. Annual income from the fund will be used to bring to the campus a prestigious scholar or public figure during the spring term each year.
During the years that Dr. Clark was President of San José State University, such distinguished visiting scholars as Buckminster Fuller, Margaret Mead, and David Reisman were brought to our campus. Funding has not been available for a distin?guished visiting professor series in recent lean times. This occasion and this man converge as the appropriate time to create an endowment to bring such distin?guished persons to San José State University in the future.
Academic Vice President