Campus Comes Together After September 11 Tragedy
Like the rest of the world, the campus community at Sac State was shocked and saddened by the deaths of thousands in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11.
Following the tragedy about 2,000 students, faculty and staff joined in a convocation to honor those who had lost their lives and to reiterate the campus commitment to tolerance. Representatives of the Universitys administration, student government, staff and faculty organizations, and Sacramentos religious community addressed a standing-room-only crowd united in grief.
Many took advantage of the opportunity to write messages to the families of the victims. The messages were heartfelt and echoed the emotions of the day:
I cannot begin to comprehend the amount of grief that this horrible tragedy has caused so many of you. My heart and my prayers go out to you and those you love and lost. May life bring you peace and closure.
Although I am not an American, I feel so much affected by this tragedy. I just hope all Americans will stay strong.
Your strength and courage during this crisis gives hope for our nation.
Dear Friend, Your pain is deep. No words can ease the agony. Or erase your loss. But take solace in knowing that it is shared, perhaps in a less painful way, but shared by civilized people everywhere.
We grieve for your loss, and the loss we all share.
Perhaps I walked by victims of this hatred one day, not knowing Sept. 11 would be their last day. But on that day, I stood in disbelief as people died, and
I cried when they could no longer.
Many of those unable to attend the convocation also expressed their sentiments. The pages were compiled in condolence books and sent to the cities affected.
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How to Grow a CEO
Its a three-letter title that carries a lot of cloutCEO. But what does it take to be a chief executive officer? The developers of a popular Sac State leadership program decided to take the matter to the topthose at the helm of area businesses.
When we were developing the curriculum, we asked 25 CEOs, What skills or attributes will be necessary in your replacement? says Jerry Estenson, faculty coordinator for the Regional and Continuing Education course Leadership for the New Millennium and a Sac State professor of business administration.
And they continue to gather input from the heads of local companies like Blue Shield and Aerojet. The program is re-evaluated each semester and revamped when necessary to meet the changing needs of both the businesses and the participants, says program director Elizabeth Hough.
Topics during the eight-week sessions cover such areas as Future Role of Leaders and The Technology of Change. Presenters possess a mix of academic credentials and applied knowledge, and have ranged from business faculty and representatives from local industry to an Army brigadier general. There is also an opportunity during each session to interview a local CEO, often a graduate of the program.
The selection criterion is strict. Each participant must be in line to become a senior executive in a company, or a senior non-elected government official, within five years and must be sponsored by his or her organization.
Its one of the most challenging things Ive ever been involved with, Estenson says. You have 25 Type As in one roomsuperstars all.
Its also networking personified, Estenson adds. Each participant leaves with a support group of 24 fellow participants and knows nine business scholars and nine CEOs by name.
Details: Regional and Continuing Education, www.rce.csus.edu.
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Outside the Books
there are questions textbooks cant answer. And every year experts
from myriad disciplines, businesses and backgrounds come to Sac State
to provide answers.
Sac States Serna Plaza was completed this fall with the
dedication of this new fountain. The plaza and fountain memorialize Joe Serna, who was mayor of Sacramento and a Sac State professor, and his wife Isabel Hernandez-Serna, who was a Sac State professor and administrator.
The 10- by 12-foot fountain features two pillars reminiscent of the eagles on the flag of the United Farm Workers, an organization dear to both the Sernas. Water pours from the top of the two pillars to a vivid, hand-painted tile base depicting farms and farmworkers. Two poems about Joe and Isabel are cast in bronze and adorn the fountains brick ledge. They were written by retired CSUS professor Jose Montoya and CSUS professor Olivia Castellano.
The fountain was designed by Montoya, Castellano, retired CSUS professor Esteban Villa, and CSUS professors Ricardo Favela and Larry Ortiz.
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Mountain Air, Closer Than You Think
Be it Mexico
City or Mile High Stadium, high elevation affects athletes. But two Sac
State researchers say declines in exercise performance can hit even closer
to homeas low as 1,900 feet.
Students Energize Yale Medical Project
engineering students have stepped in to help a Yale University team working
to provide specialized medical care in the worlds most remote regions.
Retiring Minds Want to Know
The average age on campus peaks Fridays, when hundreds of members of the Renaissance Society, a learning-in-retirement organization, gather for educational forums. Nearly 700 seniors attend various programs each semester, including member-led seminars, writers workshops and discussion groups.
No college degree is required for membership, just the wisdom that comes with experience, and the curiosity that sustains interest in learning, says Eleanor Hoffman, a retired registered nurse and community activist who is the groups president.
The Renaissance Society is sponsored by the University and is affiliated with the Association for Learning in Retirement Organizations West and the Elderhostel Information Network.
The organization started in 1986, the brainchild of Bob Heilman, a Sac State professor of social work; Leah Burdman; the late Ermyl Schwartz; and the late Peg McKoane, a retired Sac State adult students program director.
This falls seminars and special programs included a computer workshop, sessions on the U.S. Civil War and ancient Greece, writers workshops, bridge, Tai Chi exercise, a current events discussion group and conversational language classes. There were also excursions throughout the area. These are in addition to the Friday forums, which this year feature topics such as the CNN effect in foreign policy, advancements in forensic science, autism, human-trafficking in China and vanishing red-legged frogs.
The organization also awards scholarships for academic excellence and interest in topics related to the aging process. Membership is $60.
Details: (916) 278-7834.
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Calaveras Station Gets Student Writers on Track
As a writer, the process of publishing your work is a tremendous undertaking of time and patience. But the reward of seeing your name and ideas in print is worth a thousand words.
Sac State students have the opportunity to learn the process right here on campus with the English departments literary journal Calaveras Station. Students from all disciplines and departments submit their poetry, critical analysis, prose, fiction and plays to be reviewed for publication.
The submission procedure is no different than that of The New Yorker. Of course, there are many more submissions to The New Yorker but the process is the same, says Joshua McKinney, an English professor and oft-published writer. He and fellow English professor Doug Rice provide guidance to the student editorial staff, which often works on a shoestring budget. They are always looking for funding.
Students learn about layout and design, and get editorial experience, which is hard to come by. They have to impartially read each submission, which hopefully teaches them to take great care with words, McKinney says.
Founded five years ago, Calaveras Station gives students a glimpse into the professional writers world.
It gives students a necessary venue for their work and a window into the real world of professional writers. It also prepares them for the competitive process of getting published, McKinney says.
Aside from the pride of seeing their names in print, students whose work is published in the journal also become part of the English departments teaching curriculum.
I use some of the text in my classes and it motivates my students, McKinney says. It encourages them to think, I can write something like that.
Details: Department of English, (916) 278-6586.
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Your GiftsA Lasting Legacy
For more than half a century, Sac State has opened the doors of higher education to new generations of students. This tradition of affordable excellence is continues today with both state funding and, increasingly, private funding. In fact, the state now provides less than half the Universitys operating budget each year. The quality of a Sac State education would not be the same without the generous support of donors committed to educational opportunity.
A bequest to Sac State through your will or living trust will provide a legacy to benefit the students of future generations. Whether a bequest is unrestricted or designated for scholarships, equipment, curriculum enhancement or other purposes, your bequest can make a real and lasting difference in the lives of the students it touches.
Details: Call University Advancement at (916) 278-4079 or visit www.csus.edu/pubaf/givingagift
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