The Sacramento State Leader

  August 2012

Federal grant boosts Sac State's McNair Scholars Program
Sacramento State's McNair Scholars Program will receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $219,996 annually for five years, beginning Oct. 1. The program, named for Challenger astronaut Ronald McNair, helps low-income, first-generation or underrepresented juniors and seniors in their academic preparation for graduate studies leading to a doctorate degree.

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.


Project for an Informed Electorate to bring issues into focus

Kim Nalder believes voters too often don't get a balanced view of the issues before them. So the Sac State government professor decided to do something about it, using a sabbatical to initiate the Project for an Informed Electorate. Through lectures, panels, a website and explanatory gatherings focused on initiatives and debates, Nalder's project focuses on imparting a greater understanding of public issues by creating and disseminating accurate, trustworthy and nonpartisan information.


Fall 2012 Semester: New Beginnings

The President's Fall Address: Sac State President Alexander Gonzalez discussed the changing landscape of higher education and outlined preparations for a possible $250 million "trigger" cut to the CSU, saying the University's response will determine its success. With full speech text, a photo album and video.


Move-In Day: The University's residence halls welcomed about 1,000 new denizens Aug. 24. Those first-year students had plenty of help, as 350 student volunteers assisted them as they carted in their belongings. With a photo album and video.


New Cal Studies leader: Steve Boilard, a 14-year veteran of the state Legislative Analyst's Office, moves into the directorship of the Center for California Studies on Sept. 10. Among its activities, the center administers the award-winning Capital Fellows Programs.  

Grants totaling nearly $700,000 boost campus mental health programs

HEP program offers a life-changing experience for seasonal ag workers

Literature professor Kim Zarins publishes her second children's book

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Campus Events

David Middlebrook's "Balancing Act" is both the name and the description of his free art exhibit, running Sept. 6-Dec. 15 in the Library Gallery. Middlebrook specializes in sculptures of stone, marble and bronze. "Balancing Act" will feature a number of precariously balanced pieces. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. A reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. 

Sac State has reached into its vault for pieces by artists such as Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. "Lost & Found: Selections from Sac State's Art Collection" runs Aug. 28-Sept. 27 in the Else Gallery with a reception 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, outside the gallery. The free exhibit also features sculptures, paintings and drawings by familiar names from the Sac State and regional art community. Gallery hours are noon-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 

The Hornet football team's home opener is Saturday, Sept. 15. The team will host Northern Colorado. Kickoff is 2:05 p.m. at Hornet Stadium; tickets are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323.
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Sac State professor and saxophonist Keith Bohm presents a faculty recital with John Cozza on piano at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Capistrano Hall 151. Pieces include "Concerto for Alto Saxophone" by Ronald Binge, "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires" by Astor Piazzolla and more. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323.

The women's soccer team hosts UC Santa Cruz at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Hornet Field. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323.
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