The Sacramento State Leader

  December 2012

Nearly 3,300 degrees awarded at Winter Commencement
The college journey culminated Dec. 14-15 for nearly 3,300 Sacramento State students who received their degrees at Winter Commencement 2012 at Sleep Train Arena. The joy, pride and enthusiasm expressed for and exhibited by the new graduates was profound, and it was clear they are ready to "Redefine the Possible."
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Sac State alumna's specialty: Reviving struggling schools
When Sacramento Unified Superintindent Jonathan Raymond sought a principal to turn struggling Fern Bacon Middle School around, he handpicked Nancy Purcell. The Sacramento State alumna delivered, as the school improved its year-to-year Academic Performance Index score by 100 points. It was not this energized educator's first revival of an underperforming school: The principal previously helped Sam Brannan Middle rise from mediocrity to a California Distinguished School.

Engineering excellence: For the fourth time in the last five years, Sac State has won the design competition sponsored by the Structural Engineers Association of Central California (SEAOCC). The Hornet squad, advised by Professor Ben Fell, outclassed competitors from UC Davis, the University of the Pacific and Chico State.  

New leadership era:
 Steve Boilard brings ideal experience and reverence for the leadership post at the Center for California Studies. The center is best known for its Capital Fellows Programs, which have been ranked nationally as a top 10 internship three years in a row.
Video: Meet Sac State's 2012-13 Capital Fellows

Holiday cheer:
President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez send their best wishes for the holidays through this digital card with a festive video. Featuring design work by Sacramento State students, the card provides an environmentally friendly way to share the season's joys with the entire community. View card and video

Administrative duo is honored for commitment to students

Model United Nations team excels at a competition in Chicago

Grad student writes, illustrates children's mystery, plans series

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Campus Events____________

Sacramento/Black Art of Dance presents "New Beginnings" Feb. 28-March 10 in Solano Hall Dancespace. The interpretive dance concert will be directed by Theatre and Dance Professor Linda Goodrich, founder of S/BAD. Tickets will be available at the University Ticket Office or its website, or by calling 278-4323.


Sacramento State's prestigious New Millennium Music Series opens another season Wednesday, Jan. 30, with the Axiom Brass Quintet. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for students, and are available at the University Ticket Office or its website, or by calling 278-4323.


Sacramento State hosts men's basketball teams from the state of Montana twice this month. The Hornets take on Montana State on Wednesday, Dec. 19, then host Montana on Friday, Dec. 21. Tip-off for both games is 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $12 for reserve sections, $10 general admission and $5 ages 3-17. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 278-4323.

The women's basketball team squares off against UC Davis at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Nest. Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 for young adults 13-18 and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available online or by calling 278-4323.


A new biography of S.I. Hayakawa – semanticist, U.S. senator and president of San Francisco State during the 1960s – will be discussed by Gerald Hassam, author of In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S.I. Hayakawa, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. The free presentation in the University Library Gallery is part of the Friends of the University Library's Author Lecture Series.

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