The Sacramento State Leader

  May 2013

Spring Commencement 2013: Proudest days of the year
Sleep Train Arena was filled with cheers, tears and the pride of achievement May 24-25 as Sacramento State students launched themselves on new paths during Spring Commencement 2013. The 4,688 newly minted alumni (including President’s Award winner Mary Blake, pictured) were enthusiastic in their gratitude to parents, families and faculty. Our coverage showcases all the pomp and circumstances, from special awards to photo galleries and two great videos that capture the thrill of graduation.
Commencement video | Time-lapse video


Made at Sac State: Rhonda Staley-Brooks
Rhonda Staley-Brooks knew in her teens that she wanted to work for kids. This year, she marks 20 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento, of which she has been president since 2001. She began working for the agency while at Sac State. Staley-Brooks, who received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award, fondly recalls her time at the campus, which she credits for paving a quick path to a degree and a career.
DAA photo album

Educational partnership: Sacramento State has joined in a new partnership, Sacramento Pathways to Success, designed to provide students and their families with a clearer, simpler roadmap to college and career success. Sacramento City Unified School District and Sacramento City College complete the collaborative triad.  

Smart Grid Center grant:
 The California Energy Commission has awarded the University’s California Smart Grid Center $1.4 million to pursue three critical efficient-energy projects. The grant is in addition to $2 million awarded in 2010 for the establishment of a campus center dedicated to smart grid research.

Outstanding scholar:
 Professor Necmi Karagozoglu is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award. Karagozoglu, a professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship, is researching neuro-entrepreneurship, the study of how the brain works in creating and managing a new venture.

Philanthropic art:
 Master's student Christopher Thompson is hand-making 1,000 ceramic bowls for more than academic credit. Thompson is selling the bowls during July's Second Saturday event in midtown Sacramento. The sale of the bowls could raise up to $50,000 to help feed local residents in need.

Video: Engineering and Computer Science debuts wind tunnel

Construction management students build a future for disabled woman

Civil engineering teams reach national finals in competition

Brian Aguilar is appointed to Executive Fellows post

The Sacramento State Leader, produced by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy, is a monthly e-publication showcasing top news and events at Sacramento State. The Leader is disseminated on the last Tuesday of each month.


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Campus Events____________

Is it getting a little difficult to find tapes for your eight-track player? Capital Public Radio is going to help you out with its annual Used Record & CD Sale, June 22-23 at the Howe ’Bout Arden shopping center. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, browsers can look through vinyl albums, VHS tapes, even reel-to-reel tapes. Donations are being accepted through Friday, June 7, and there’s a preview party Friday, June 21. More details



Football season is three months away, but for the early birds, tickets for all six Hornet football home games are on sale. Take your pick of seats ranging from general admission on up to the special seats in the Hornet Club section. Get tickets


Make a splash at Sac State’s Aquatic Center this summer. The crew is gearing up for a cool summer season with classes and packages in everything water-related: swimming, sailing, kayaking, jet skiing and much more. Classes are geared to all ages, with activities scheduled at Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake. More information


Boys in grades 9-12 can brush up on their football skills with Sacramento State’s 2013 Football Team Camp. Sessions are June 8-11 and 15-18, both taught by a Sac State coach or visiting expert. This is a full-contact camp with rates for day campers and overnighters. More information


Children interested in volleyball can sign up for our Li’l Hornets Beginners Camp, July 22-26. Boys and girls ages 9-12 will receive instruction on passing, serving, defense and attacking, run by Hornet coaches and players. Sign up

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