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October 4, 2001

New fountain unveiled at Serna Plaza dedication

Dive into the free fiesta celebrating Joe and Isabel Serna at California State University, Sacramento, from 4: 30 - 7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 5 at the Serna Plaza located near the University Union.

Festivities include live music by renowned artist and former CSUS professor Jose Montoya and his seven-piece trio, dances by Raices Grupo Folklorico, special presentations, food and beverages.

The climax of the evening will be the actual unveiling of the new water feature, design by Montoya, former CSUS professor Esteban Villa and CSUS professors Ricardo Favela, Larry Ortiz and Olivia Castellano.

The water feature is 10 feet by 12 feet in diameter, with a 2 and one-half foot high brick ledge that acts like a bench, and set with vivid hand-painted tiles that creates a mosaic impression of farms and farm workers. Two pillars, 7 feet tall and 6 feet across, rise out of the base and fan out into images reminiscent of the eagles found on the United Farm Workers flag. Waterfalls pour down from the top of the two pillars in the colorful tile base. On the east and west sides of the brick perimeter are two poems written by Montoya and Castellano about Joe and Isabel, translated in both English and Spanish, and cast in bronze.

For those attending the evening dedication of the plaza, free parking is available in lot 4 and signs will be posted on campus to assist with parking and location. Additional media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.




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