March 27, 2006
Sacramento State Bulletin

News Digest

Author to speak
The Serna Center is sponsoring a lecture and book-signing by celebrated author Nicolas C. Vaca. Vaca will discuss his book The Presumed Alliance: The Unspoken Conflict Between Latinos and Blacks and What it Means for America, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium. A reception will be held before the event in the University Union Lobby Suite from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Details: Maria Ramirez at 278-4512

Writers’ conference planned
The second annual Sacramento State Summer Writers' Conference, Aug. 18-20, will feature keynote speakers John Lescroart, author of The Second Chair, and Gail Tsukiyama, author of Women of the Silk. It will also feature workshops on publishing, writing fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and writing for stage and screen, and for children, led by published authors from across the country.

Returning workshop leaders New York Daily News television critic David Bianculli, poet Joshua McKinney, and playwright Richard Hellesen, will be joined by a lineup of new authors, including Sacramento State English professor, novelist, screenwriter and poet Mary Mackey. For information, visit the College of Continuing Education's website at or call 916/278-4433, ext. 0.

Events highlight women
The Women's Resource Center is planning a number of spring events:

  • The fifth Sac State Women Take Back The Night will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 4 in the University Union Redwood Room. The annual celebration will feature speakers, a self-defense demo, and other activities as well as a march to spread the word about sexual violence. Men are welcome.
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 13 on the Library Quad. Men from Sacramento State will walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes to help others gain a better understanding and appreciation of women’s experiences. Shoes will be provided.
  • Self Defense with kinesiology professor Midge Marino will be from 7 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, April 18 in Foley Hall. The workshop is designed for all students, regardless of ability.

Details: Jessica Heskin at 278-6101

Library architecture talks
As part of the Sacramento State Library's theme for National Library Week, "Library Architecture: Designing a Learning Environment," the Library will offer a pair of presentations from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5 in Library Room 1522.

Janice Bissell, educational facility planner at Stafford King Wiese Architects, will discuss college library design in terms of student and faculty uses and space needs. And R. Ryan Hammond, a designer at Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers, will talk about the mechanical design of libraries with respect to energy efficiency and occupant comfort.

Details: Julie Thomas at 278-5240

Mystery author to talk
The annual meeting of the Friends of the Library on Wednesday, April 5, will feature Laurie R. King, author of two best-selling mystery series. She will speak at 4 p.m. in the University Library Gallery with a reception following. Books will be available for signing.

King began writing fiction when her youngest child entered preschool and has averaged a book a year since then. Her first series traces the early 20th century adventures of the young American, Mary Russell, and her somewhat senior partner, Shelock Holmes, eventually becoming his wife. King's other series concerns San Francisco homicide inspector Kate Martinelli, her SFPD partner Al Hawkin, and her life partner Lee Cooper. King has also written three stand-alone suspense novels including A Darker Place, Folly, and Keeping Watch.

Details: Sally Hitchcock at 278-5954




California State University, Sacramento • Public Affairs
6000 J Street • Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 • (916) 278-6156 •