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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
December 01, 2003
State Hornet alums abuzz over coming reunion
For more than 50
years, the staff of the State Hornet has been pounding out the news.
Year after year the newspaper has given generations of students hands-on experience
in journalism while keeping the campus community informed. Along the way many
of those students made memories–and friends–to last a lifetime.
“It’s more than a club,” says Sylvia Fox, the paper’s
faculty adviser. “These students bond with their group for life.”
Now those generations of staffers are set to get together and celebrate. The
newly formed State Hornet Alumni Chapter will be hosting a reunion for all staffers,
past and present, from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 in the University Union.
Speakers will include government professor Bill Dorman and other State Hornet
The reunion is the chapter’s first event.
“We’re trying to get anyone who’s ever been involved in the
State Hornet,” says Fox. For her and chapter president Timi Ross
Poeppelman it’s an opportunity to give the current crop of staffers a
sense of their heritage and peek into their future possibilities as well as
to reacquaint alums to the program.
“This first one is a ‘friend raiser’–you need to find
out who is interested,” Ross Poeppelman says. Those interested will be
encouraged to reconnect to the campus by joining the chapter and supporting
programs benefiting student staffers.
“Reconnecting means speakers who can come to the campus, mentors, or internships,”
Ross Poeppelman says. Plans also call for the chapter to establish a travel
fund so that staffers can attend student and professional conferences.
Ross Poeppelman knows first hand how a student’s time at the Hornet
can affect their lives. From 1983 to 1985 she was a Hornet reporter,
then the paper’s first female sports editor and, finally, its managing
editor. Now she’s a CSUS communications and journalism professor.
Looking out over the newspaper’s University Union offices with its rows
of shiny Macintosh computers and wall-to-wall carpeting, Fox doesn’t want
the staff to forget it hasn’t always been this way.
She and Ross Poeppelman recall the days when the paper was housed in creaky
portable buildings adjacent to Union.
“When it would rain, they would have to throw plastic over the computers
because the roof would leak,” recalled Fox, whose husband and fellow communications
studies professor Michael Fitzgerald advised the paper form 1986-1995.
Fox thinks many of the alums will be surprised by the roomy and comfortable
newsroom, but she’s also looking forward to hearing their stories.
“There is a lot of history,” she says. Some of that has started
to be recorded on the chapter’s webpage–there is a link available
from the State Hornet homepage at www.statehornet.com–as
alums check in with their favorite recollections of days gone by.
“Some of the stuff is just hilarious,” she says.
RSVPs for the reunion are required and there is a $10 donation required at the
door. For more information on the event, visit the State Hornet Alumni Chapter
website by clicking the alumni link on the State Hornet homepage at www.statehornet.com.
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