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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
January 21, 2004
Sac State seeking a new arena,
A multi-use arena, health and fitness center was endorsed today by a campus task
force and the President of California State University, Sacramento.
conference affiliation in question
The new facility would house basketball, volleyball and other activities, including
commencement. The center will be included as part of a new master plan proposal
for the campus that will be forwarded to the CSU Board of Trustees for preliminary
approval next week.
CSUS President Alexander Gonzalez said the proposed multi-use facility would
draw minimally on state funds, and would be dependent on community and student
Gonzalez said, “We’re at square one now. We’re doing our homework
in terms of carefully planning this.”
The improvement of facilities was a key area addressed by the athletics task
force in its seven-page report, which includes 10 specific recommendations. The
group was appointed by Gonzalez last semester.
Two other key recommendations endorsed by the President are to re-evaluate conference
affiliation and to have the director of athletics report directly to the President.
The task force also recommended a committee, including community members, be
established to study the University’s public relations. The nature of campus
and community relations emerged during the study as an issue needing attention.
Graduation rates of athletes also came to the attention of the task force along
with the need for programs to support student athletes.
With the state and University facing a difficult budget, the task force emphasized
the role that the public would need to play in helping improve athletics. The
report states, “In the current budget environment, any changes that reallocate
funding from other programs at the University will be opposed by the campus
David Raske, a professor of education who chaired the task force said, “As
we noted in the report, a successful athletics program enhances the campus
community. Therefore, any budgetary changes that distract from the rest of
the University’s ability to serve its mission would be counterproductive.”
The report to the President concludes that each of its 10 recommendations,
while specific to athletics, is intertwined with numerous other campus issues
including a growing residential student body, public and campus relationships,
campus environment, and “continuing the development of an outstanding
academic environment which engages and excites not only the mind, but the body
The athletics task force was established in October 2003 and directed to conduct
a program review, research issues and needs, analyze program benefits and submit
its work by the end of December. The report has since been under review by
the president. The task force undertook numerous community interviews and two
The 10 members of the task force included faculty, students, staff and the
community. They are: Bill Campbell, Cindy Collins, Eric Guerra, Phil Hitchcock,
Equilla Luke, Stephen Perez, Steve Pleau, David Raske, Gloria Solomon and Peter
The full report is available at www.csus.edu/president/athletictaskforce.htm.
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