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December 2007/January 2008 Issue

Photo: Fall colors are out in force on campus, including the walkway between the new Hornet Bookstore and the University Union.
GREEN TO GOLD--Fall colors are out in force on campus, including along the walkway between the new Hornet Bookstore and the University Union.

Did You Know?
Each year, campus grounds crews collect and compost 277 tons of leaves, lawn clippings and other garden waste.


Alumni News

Calling all ROTC alumni
The Alumni Association is looking for alumni of the Sac State ROTC program. If you graduated from the University and participated in ROTC as a student, contact the Association at (916) 278-7448 or e-mail your contact information and name at graduation to alumni@csus.edu. By self-identifying, you will help us complete your alumni record.

The first ROTC reunion will be on Dec. 27 at 1300 hours (1 p.m.) in the Army ROTC office in the Public Safety Building on campus. The event will link current Warrior Club students with ROTC alumni. The student club plans to send care packages to deployed ROTC alumni. Overseas military who are home for the holidays are encouraged to attend. For more information, or to RSVP, contact the ROTC office at (916) 278-3652 or e-mail M. Goedrich LTC, CA USAR at goedrich@saclink.csus.edu.


Breakfast Club speaker series

Ron Trujillo, editor of the Sacramento Business Journal, will be the featured speaker at the first Breakfast Club of 2008 on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Alumni Center. The topic is “Challenges to Progress: The Future of the Capitol Region's Economy.” The event is free to Alumni Association members, $15 general and includes complimentary parking.

Alumni Speed Networking
Sharpen your networking skills or promote your business at Speed Networking, Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the Alumni Center. The Alumni Association and the Business Alumni Chapter host this fun, fast-paced event, which features a mixer at 5:30 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks and a no-host bar. Networking begins at 6 p.m. The event is free for Alumni Association members and first-time attendees, $20 general and includes complimentary parking. RSVP is required to alumni@csus.edu or (916) 278-6295.


The Crab Feed is coming
Join the Stinger Athletic Association at it annual high-octane Crab Feed on Friday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. The all-athletic scholarship fundraiser will be held at St. John Vianney Social Hall on Coloma Road in Rancho Cordova. For ticket information contact Toni Brown at tbrown@csus.edu or (916) 278-4263.
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Campus News

University breaks ground for student housing
With two giant earth-movers as a backdrop, a new Sac State residence hall that will house 600 students was formally dedicated with a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 29. Crews have been preparing the site for construction, and the facility is scheduled to welcome its first students in the fall of 2009.
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Another milestone year for private support
Alumni and the community continued to show strong support for Sac State last year, providing a record level of private funding for priorities such as gifts and bequests for scholarships, new equipment, a future endowed chair and facilities. In all, Sac State recorded $16.2 million in total gift commitments in 2006-07.
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Promoting U.S. higher ed internationally

As part of an effort by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State to promote American higher education to India, Sac State students participated in a multimedia campaign showcasing higher education opportunities in the United States. The University was one of 12 campuses nationwide chosen to participate in the campaign.
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Events

Exploring ‘Love and Death’
The two major themes of opera, as well as life itself, will be played out when the Sac State Music Department stages Love and Death at the Opera at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 1 p.m. on Dec. 16 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. The performance will feature arias and scenes from nine operas, all performed by students in the Opera Theatre program.
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Afghan Women: A story of struggle
An Afghanistan orphanage becomes the scene of a war of wills between the facility’s director and an Afghan warlord in William Mastrosimone’s The Afghan Women, being presented at the Playwright’s Theatre Dec. 12-16.
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Examining the world through the body
To the extent the human body contains and reflects life, it constitutes our world—the field of our existence. That philosophy will be explored by nine Korean artists in “Field of Life—The Body in Contemporary Korean Art,” running through Feb. 29 in the Library Gallery.
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Sports

Colberg named Coach of Year for eighth time
Sac State head coach Debby Colberg added to an already impressive list of honors and awards when she was named the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year for the eighth time in the last 11 years.
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Soccer places five on All-MPSF
The Sac State men’s soccer team had five players earn all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors, with junior defender Adam Owens earning first team honors for the second straight year.
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Fifteen football players named All-Big Sky
Dallas Mauga, Cyrus Mulitalo and Mike Brannon have each been named first team all-Big Sky Conference. The trio were part of 15 Hornets who earned all-league accolades.
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