Herky's New Look
Sac State's Herky the Hornet got a new look this year.
Created with the help of alumni, students, faculty and staff, the new Herky is a tougher, sleeker, hornet-on-the-move than the campus has seen in yearsa decidedly modern version fit for a growing campus and Division I athletics.
Change is nothing new for the venerable Herky, who has been through plenty of faces, bodies, uniforms and wings, as a file in University Archives makes clear. For the venerable Herky, it all began the first semester of classes, at what was then known as Sacramento State College and located at the Sacramento City College campus.
The student council and the athletic department decided the new University needed an identity, and on Dec. 5, 1947 chose a hornet as the mascot. It beat out the elk, which wasn't considered aggressive enough. They also chose green and gold as the University's colorsgreen representing the foothills and trees, and gold representing discovery.
though there's plenty of documentation about choosing the hornet as the
mascot, the naming of Herky remains a bit of a mystery. It is relatively
well-established, however, that the name is short for "Hercules."
In the 1950s and 1960's Herky ranged from mostlyhornet to a jolly humanoid
with antennas. The wings have appeared huge one yand then nearly disappeared
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Black Politics in the Americas
An unusual international conference on blacks and politics is scheduled at Sac State this summer.
Race and Democracy in the Americas, July 7-13, will focus on the challenges facing black communities in the United States and Brazil. Presentations will be on civil rights laws, underground economies and black elected representatives in both countries.
Among the featured speakers will be Grantland Johnson, secretary of Californias Health and Human Services Agency and an alumnus, and Maulana Karenga, the CSU Long Beach professor who introduced Kwanzaa in 1966.
The conference is supported by the Ford Foundation.
David Covin, a professor of government and ethnic studies who helped organize the conference, says Brazil is of particular interest because it is second only to Nigeria in the number of its citizens descended from Africa. Brazil is also the second largest nation in the Western hemisphere.
Brazils black community faces many of the same problems as the black community in the United States including racism and poverty. But the differences are striking.
The United Nations estimates blacks are a majority in Brazil, though Brazilian officials disagree. And unlike in the United States, racial identity in Brazil is often determined by skin tone, hair texture or facial configuration.
On questions of race, Brazil is enigmatic, Covin explains. Brazil sees itself as a racial democracy, with opportunity for everyone. Yet the country portrays itself as white, and the bulk of the population of people of African descent is marginalizedsocially, politically and economically.
Details: (916) 278-7570.
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Accent-uate the Positive
struggled through French class, stumbled ordering Chinese food or bluffed
through a cab ride in Mexico knows the challenge of speaking a foreign
language. Throw in the wacky rules of American-speak and you
can see why even those with a strong grasp of English language concepts
can strain to be understood.
Commencement by the Numbers
Each year Sac State holds two sets of commencement ceremoniesa Winter Commencement in December and a Spring Commencement in May. Spring is the bigger of the two, with 4,000 students expected to be eligible to participate.
Winter Commencement 2000 stacked up like this:
7 Separate commencement ceremonies held, one for each College
2,962 Total students eligible to cross the stage
17,157 Proud family members, spouses, children and friends of graduates in attendance
639 Graduates at the College of Business Administration ceremony, the largest of Winter 2000
3.5 Minimum cumulative GPA needed to graduate with honors
May 25 & 26 Dates for Spring 2001 Commencement Details: http://www.csus.edu/commence/.
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To Park is Worse Than to Bike
problem? For some dedicated professors, the dreaded hunt for a campus
parking space is a thing of the past. Theyve gone to two-wheeling.
Respect & Tolerance
Sac State celebrated a Year of Unity during the last school year with a series of activities focused on diversity issues.
Highlights included a campus visit by Clayborne Carson, who is guiding a project to publish the works of Martin Luther King, Jr.; a history symposium on ethnic groups in the Sacramento Region; a film screening and lecture by filmmaker Deborah Lefkowitz on Being Jewish in Germany; and a talk by Terrence Roberts, one of the students who in 1957 integrated an Arkansas high school under protection of the U.S. Army. There were countless other workshops, seminars and cultural events across campus.
In addition, a Commission on Human Relations was created to serve as a sounding board for the University, and administrators and faculty reviewed University policies related to hate, harassment, diversity and violence.
The Year of Unity reinforced the Universitys commitment to promoting understanding, tolerance and mutual respect. It was designated by President Donald R. Gerth.
have a renewed commitment, he explained, to develop a campus
community that understands diversity and all its aspects; a campus that
is welcoming; and a campus where mutual respect is the standard that guides
us in our interactions.
Most everyone knows its tough to hire qualified workers these days.
But if youre looking to hire computer experts, teachers, nurses or social workers, be prepared to roll out the red carpet. Champagne and caviar might also be a good idea.
Consider: Even in a slumping economy, qualified high-tech workers remain hard to find. California is scrambling to hire as many as 300,000 new teachers by 2010. A growing nursing shortage could reach 20 percent nationwide in 20 years. And even after welfare reform, social workers are in high demand.
All that has recruiters flocking to Sac State, where these disciplines are growing with the times.
The Universitys new masters degree in software engineering is growing especially fast. High-tech heavyweights like Hewlett-Packard and Intel are chipping in to provide a flood of new students with the latest technology. And this year Sac State became HPs top college source for new employees.
Programs for teachers and other school professionals have added almost a dozen new professors this year alone. Enrollment in the Universitys College of Education has reached 3,000, up 500 from two years ago.
The nursing programs El Dorado Hall is getting a 1,200 square-foot addition, to allow enrollment of at least 20 more students a year.
And in the social work program, professors are developing new summer and evening/weekend programs to help with the tough task of recruiting the next generation of students.
Details: (916) 278-7362.
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Its the Economy, Student
Dont tell Alan Greenspan, but assessing a countrys economy may be as easy as looking at the international student body at Sac State. Over the years, the composition of the Universitys international student population has been a virtual barometer of economic prosperity or collapse.
During the early 80s, for example, large numbers of students flocked to campus from the Middle East, countries that had newfound oil wealth but didnt have enough established universities for their students.
In the mid-80s, more students came from Asia-Pacific countries and territories like Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong, says Eric Merchant, coordinator of international student programs. Again, it was a combination of economic expansion, a large-scale education program and a small number of universities.
Since then, Asia-Pacific students have made up the bulk of the international student population. Thats in spite of a slump in the Asian economy in the mid-90s that triggered a downturn in their enrollment.
The number of students from India, Taiwan and China is soaring. Last fall, 68 percent of the Universitys 626 visiting students were from Asia-Pacific countries. Of those, 106 were from India, 58 were from China and 49 were from Taiwan.
At the same time, African students comprised 4 percent of the visiting international population, Europeans 12 percent, Middle Easterners 9 percent, and North and South Americans 6 percent.
Foreign students make a significant financial contribution to the Sacramento Regions economy. Each student spends up to $18,000 each year on tuition, rent, groceries, cars and furniture.
Details: (916) 278-6686.
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Community Service Counts
Susanne Lindgrens biology class is helping local health officials develop screening systems for infectious diseases. Roberto Quintanas kinesiology and health science students are helping rehabilitate patients at Shriners and other area hospitals. Kathy Martinezs recreation and leisure studies students are running activities for at-risk youth at the Boys and Girls Club.
Across the Capital Region, Sac State students are helping the community in more than 100 service-learning courses.
The courses are proving so popular that nearly 1,000 students enrolled in the programs last year, and as many as 20 service-learning courses will be added next year.
Service-learning was given a boost three years ago when University funds were dedicated to help develop curriculum. And last year, CSUS received an additional $100,000 for service-learning when Gov. Gray Davis made promoting community service a priority.
The success of these courses hardly surprised campus officials. Students are heavily involved in their community, with about 40 percent performing voluntary community service each year.
Details: (916) 278-4610.
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Labs Put Learning to Work
Before most Sac State students graduate, theyll get hands-on experience with what theyve learned in the classroom.
In the Nursing Skills Laboratory, for instance, students learn to give injections, dress wounds and turn an immobilized patient. Across the University, laboratory experiences are an essential part of learning.
The lab environment affords hands-on opportunities, provides practice and modeling, and enhances creativity. Labs also are used for practice and/or remediation. These are only a few of the uses and high points, says Bernice Bass de Martinez, provost and vice president of academic affairs.
Among new labs is a sprawling food lab in Mariposa Hall. It features five state-of-the-art kitchens, a pantry, and a food services lab. One kitchen is specially designed for those with disabilities.
Students need to be involved in all aspects of food handling and preparation, and this requires most of the components of a full kitchen, says professor Barbara Kilborn of the family and consumer sciences department. Our future professionals will need to know how real people can improve their eating and cooking habits.
Also, the Psychology Clinic was recently renovated with the financial help of Labs Put Learning to Work alumni and professors, and now has new furniture and a new library. The clinic is designed to provide graduate students with experience in counseling under faculty supervision. Community members get free therapy sessions.
On the other side of campus, a loud microturbine generator is the star of a new lab in the department of mechanical engineering. Students are getting their hands on one of many solutions to the states growing energy shortage. The cogeneration lab produces electricity using a micro-turbine, which operates on natural gas. It then uses the exhaust heat to produce steam that powers a large refrigerator.
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Frequent Fulbrighter Takes Finance Know-How Abroad
Consider him the Ambassador of Accounting. Eugene Sauls returned to campus this spring after completing a Fulbright lectureship at the University of Rijeka in Croatia. It was the globetrotting accounting professors third Fulbright, including a stay in Turkey in 1984 and Hungary in 1992.
In each case, Sauls gave lectures and worked with professors at the host university.
While in Croatia, Sauls taught classes in Western-style accounting practices. It seemed to work very well, he says. Occasionally, I said something that they just didnt understand, so we had to work at it for awhile.
Of course, there were differences as well. The Croatian students were not accustomed to challenging a professor. It took them a while to get used to that and to constant questions from me, he says.
In Turkey, Sauls was actually able to bring about a change in the education system. I sent a letter to the head of Turkish education with my observations of their system compared to ours. Within weeks, radical changes were made that were consistent with my suggestions, he says.
Students werent the only ones learning. On each Fulbright, Sauls developed a sense of the country.
Turkey was more exotic. Hungary was more cosmopolitan. Croatia is more Californian, he says.
The advantage of making an overseas trip on a Fulbright, Sauls says, is that you get more attention from the leaders of the community and from the embassy.
In Croatia, for example, Sauls and other Fulbrighters were invited to lunch with Croatian president Stjepan Mesic. It was the day after Slobodan Milosevic stepped down in Yugoslavia and Sauls was able to ask Mesic about the change.
He was not overly optimistic, Sauls says.
Details: (916) 278-6578.
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