Doing the Best We Can for Our Families, Friends, Neighbors and Community
"Find your passion. Follow it, and life will fall into place for you," is the advice Mark Linsky would like to pass on to current Aztecs. Mark reflects further — "Do not think of an undergraduate or graduate degree as a ticket to material success. Think of it as a way to enhance your intellectual and spiritual self which, in the long run, will serve you better through life."
Mark first discovered his passion for political science during his favorite class — a political science seminar. "It taught me a huge amount about the difficulty of conflict resolution on the world stage." Over time, that passion has grown into teaching the "value of civil society in an age of suspicion, repeating the mantra that a public office is indeed a public trust in a democratic society, and reminding my students that they should not judge lest they be judged."
In addition to obtaining both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in political science, Mark worked in government for the City of San Diego as part of the mayor's classified staff and as coauthor of a study of crime in San Diego. All the while, Mark's desire to teach was calling him. Taking advice from one of his professors at SDSU, Mark applied to teach political science for the U.S. Navy where he taught classes both ashore and afloat while traveling the Pacific, including the Philippines and Japan. He reflects on this period as a "time of learning and adventure". After his teaching adventures at sea, Mark secured a position as an adjunct professor at San Diego City College/ Mesa College where he has taught for the past 25 years.
Mark has a lot to be thankful for and regards his role as a good husband to his wife, Mary Jane, and loving father to their son, Jake, and daughter, Jordan, as his highest ranking achievement. Professionally however, he is most proud of winning the Weinberger Law History Award through the San Diego Historical Society. Mark has also been an amateur triathlete for 20 years which he credits for teaching him about discipline and commitment.
Mark is thankful for his time at SDSU. "I'm fortunate enough to have won a lottery of sorts. I don't believe in the sour saying that 'he who dies with the most toys wins'. Winning means doing the best we can for our families, friends, neighbors and community. Whatever I am today — values, interests and moral bearing — I owe in large part to SDSU and the university community that nourished me. I made a smart choice coming to Montezuma Mesa and I want future generations of Aztecs to benefit just as I did." For this reason, Mark and Mary Jane have made a planned gift, in hopes that as students go out into the world, they will be able to credit their own values, interests and moral being in large part to SDSU.
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