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September 2002 edition

Did you know?
About 650 new schoolteachers graduate from CSUS every year.

Alumni News

'Breakfast Club'
The CSUS Alumni Association is once again hosting its Breakfast Club Speakers Series. The early morning talks feature guests speaking on hot topics in the Sacramento Region, and include a free breakfast.

Topics and speakers will be: Oct. 15 - "Restoring the Trust: Ethics in Business," Ken Macias of Macias, Gini and Co. LLP; Dec. 10 - "A Survivor's Tale," Winnie Comstock, founder, Comstock's Business Magazine; April 8 - "Sacramento and the Arts," Jill Kaiser, executive director, Metro Chamber of Commerce Arts and Business Council; and
May 13: “Planning for the Future,” Martin Tuttle, executive director, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). For reservations, call 278-6295 or (800) SAC-GRAD.

New member reception
The CSUS Alumni Association will welcome members who joined or renewed their memberships in May, June, July or August with a wine and cheese reception,
5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19. Invitees may bring a guest. Terry Wanless, the new CSUS athletic director, will be on hand. RSVP at 278-6295, (800) SAC-GRAD or alumni@csus.edu.

Benefits talk
The CSUS Alumni Association and Golden1 Credit Union will co-sponsor a free seminar on state benefits, from retirement pensions to 401Ks and disability insurance plans. The seminar will be 
5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Yamshon Alumni Center. It is open to the public. For more, contact Randy Bechtel at (916) 278-3642 or
rbechtel@csus.edu.

Football party
The CSUS Alumni Association will sponsor the first of its home football pre-game parties 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Yamshon Alumni Center. The event is open to everyone and will feature activities for adults and children. Food and beverages will be for sale.

Dog day
Martin Buser, winner of the 2002 Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and Al Townshend, Iditarod veterinarian, will present an Iditarod sled dog race slide show and talk at the Yamshon Alumni Center from
1-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for 18 or younger and 65 and older. For more call 278-6295 or (800) SAC-GRAD, or e-mail alumni@csus.edu.


Campus News

President Gerth to retire
Donald R. Gerth, the longest serving president at CSUS, has announced his retirement as president. He will leave the presidency in the summer of 2003. Full story

Survey: Lower alcohol use at CSUS
CSUS students drink less alcohol than their counterparts nationwide and are considerably less likely to engage in high-risk drinking, according to an ongoing, nationwide study of college students. Full story

Traffic talk
A new website - www.SacTraffic.org - provides drivers with a forum for discussing the Capital Region's growing traffic congestion and for offering suggestions for improving traffic flow on local freeways. The site was created by the Sacramento Institute of Traffic Safety, which is associated with CSUS. Full story


Events

Sept. 11 memorial
Students, faculty and staff of CSUS will commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001 with a special community memorial at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the University Union Ballroom. Full story

Religion and Sept. 11
As the nation readies to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, CSUS presents a discussion series about how world religions contribute to shaping the future - whether it be for war or for peace. Full story

Digital display
CSUS will offer the community a peek behind the digital multimedia curtain when it hosts an open house for its new digital media laboratories in Mendocino Hall, second and third floors, from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. Full story


Sports

Fall sports preview 
Hornet volleyball hopes to find its way back to the NCAA tournament, while football is expecting another great showing from the team's sophomore quarterback. Men's soccer wants to repeat last year's regular-season success. The cross country squads, meanwhile, see a promising year with the return of 23 runners. And the women's soccer team begins a new era under just its second head coach ever.

It's all part of the fall sports season at CSUS.
Full story

Great start 
The CSUS volleyball team swept both Birmingham-Southern (30-23, 30-16, 30-15) and host Sam Houston State (30-17, 30-17, 30-19), and senior Jayme Wright was named tournament MVP, at the Sam Houston State Invitational at Johnson Coliseum. The Hornets finished the tournament with a 3-1 record and placed second at the five-team tourney. Full story