The Sacramento State Leader

  April 2013

Professor Ben Fell wins President's annual research award
Structural engineering Professor Ben Fell is this year's recipient of the President's Award for Research and Creative Activity. Fell, who was honored at a ceremony April 24, won for his work examining how to improve the performance of residential structures during earthquakes. Since coming to Sacramento State four years ago, Fell has helped secure two major federal grants, one of which is worth $1.2 million.


Calories to Kilowatts puts people power on full display
Sacramento State continues to reinforce its commitment to renewable energy. The WELL, the University's recreation and wellness center, has retrofitted 19 elliptical cross-trainers with small circuit boards to convert human workouts into energy fed directly to the building's electrical grid. Calories to Kilowatts, an April 9 open house sponsored by SMUD, gave the campus community a chance to – quite literally – show its power. | Photo album

Alumni honors: Six of Sacramento State's most outstanding alumni were honored April 25 at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner. The awards were presented by President Alexander Gonzalez to recognize alumni and faculty for their professional achievement and community service. Photo album  

Spring Convocation:
 California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye gave a dynamic presentation on mentorship and unity on April 8 in the University Union. The event, which also featured small-group student discussions about mentorship, was sponsored by the President's Committee to Build Campus Unity.

U-Nite 2013:
 The second University Night Out at the Crocker put the works of Sac State students and faculty on display for the community to explore and appreciate. For many years, the museum and the University have had an informal partnership, with a number of pieces in the Crocker collection by 65 University alumni and professors.

Homecoming for musical royalty:
 Alumnus Steve Turre has played trombone with the Saturday Night Live band for nearly 30 years. He returned to his college home April 17 to perform with Sac State's student Jazz Ensembles. "He's one of the more prominent trombone jazz artists of our time," says Professor Steve Roach, the Ensembles' director.

Three Sac State grads earn national research fellowships

Wellness Fair extends a helping hand to communities in need

Phi Kappa Phi honor society earns distinction among nation's best

Professor edits book on off-campus teacher education movement

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Campus Events____________

Sacramento State's Opera Theatre will present three one-act comedies at 8 p.m. May 3-4 in the Music Recital Hall. Offerings are Bucci's "Sweet Betsy from Pike," Barber's "A Hand of Bridge" and Barab's "A Game of Chance." Tickets are available online or by calling 278-4323.


Graduating Sacramento State dance students put their finals on stage at the Senior Dance Concert in Solano Hall Dancespace, directed by Professor Philip Flickinger. Each student creates, casts and choreographs the numbers. Performances are at 6:30 p.m. May 9, 15 and 16; 8 p.m. May 10-11 and 17-18; and 2 p.m. May 12 and 19. Tickets are available online or by calling 278-4323.


San Jose State's baseball team comes to Sacramento State to take on the Hornets at 3 p.m. Friday, May 10, at John Smith Field. Tickets are $10 reserved, $8 general, $5 for ages 13-18 and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available online or by calling 278-4323.

The Hornet softball team takes on Idaho State at noon Sunday, May 5, at Shea Stadium on campus. Tickets are $8 general, $5 ages 13-18, and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available online or by calling 278-4323.


The String Project provides local young people with stringed-instrument lessons courtesy of Sacramento State music students. The young musicians show what they've learned in their annual free spring concert at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, in the Music Recital Hall.

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