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The Sacramento State Leader
  January 2012

President Gonzalez unveils initiative: Redefine the Possible
President Alexander Gonzalez has announced a bold new initiative to transform Sacramento State into a university for the 21st century. "Redefine the Possible," outlined in Gonzalez' annual Spring Address, is based on recommendations from Sacramento State faculty, staff and students, as well as input from community members. The initiative focuses on progress, innovation and marshaling intellectual resources.

The program, which places students in full-time staff positions in the State Legislature, executive branch and court system, was evaluated and honored by, a career management research and information website.


Engineering-business biotech team takes statewide prize
With their computer-controlled device that helps provide stem-cell therapy for diabetic patients with poor foot circulation, a team of Sacramento State undergraduate engineers and business students won the first Idea-to-Product competition staged by the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology.


Teaching, Learning and Service

Alumni profile: Ken Macias, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Sac State, has been named to the board of the prestigious American Institute of CPAs, replacing another Sac State alum. 
Jeffrey Brodd Faculty profile: Physics Professor Vassili Sergan is a pioneer in liquid crystal research, with several patents that improve TV viewing and could dramatically change the design of prescription eyeglass lenses.
Jeffrey Brodd Up for a Grammy: Richard Savino, a music professor who leads the group El Mundo, is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Small Ensemble Performance category. The awards will be presented Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.

Elizabeth Ebrahimzadehdefies New police chief: Sac State welcomed its new police chief, Mark M. Iwasa, on Jan. 3. Iwasa, formerly the Sacramento County undersheriff, holds two degrees from Sac State and is a 25-year law enforcement veteran.

Sac State's Business Review sees slow recovery for the region.



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Campus Events

Soprano and music Professor Robin Fisher will present "The Art of American Song" at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in the Music Recital Hall. The concert features the works of American composers set to American poetry. Tickets are $10 general, $7 seniors and $5 for students at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323, or

The best of Sacramento State's student artwork will be on display Feb. 6-24 in Kadema Hall's Else Gallery. The annual Student Award Show presents art in a variety of media. Gallery hours are noon-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The free exhibition "Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art" continues its run in the Library Gallery. The exhibit runs through Feb. 25. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Award-winning Bay Area journalist Belva Davis will discuss her book Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism at a free lecture at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Library Gallery. Davis has covered politics for five decades.

Guest cellist Sarah Fiene performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Capistrano Hall Room 151. Her concert will include works by Janacek, Stravinsky and Mark O'Connor. Tickets are $10 general, $7 seniors and $5 students, and are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323, or

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