A Look at the Future of Health Care

Fall 2009

Learning to Succeed

President's Message
One Book tells an important chapter in history
Cool Course
Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton reengineered the Reagan Revolution
Tangible Remains
Learning to Succeed
Move-In Day welcomes record number of students to campus
Donor's gift creates legacy of learning
Student-Athlete scores with community service
Supporting Hornet Sports the Right Way
Alumni President Bob Moreno
Class Notes

President's Message

Our University is working to recover after suffering the loss of a student in a tragic incident in one of our residence halls.

On behalf of the Sac State community, I express my condolences to the family and friends of Scott Hawkins. He was taken from us far too soon, and we continue to search for answers.

On Oct. 28, we held a candlelight memorial for Scott. It was clear at the service that a heartwarming sense of community has emerged. Those who knew him say he was enjoying his time here, and he had a deep passion for history.

The outpouring of support from our community has been amazing. This gives me great hope and great confidence that the Sac State family, though shaken, is closer and stronger than ever before.

I thank everyone who has sent their kind words to us.

With not long until the beginning of 2010, we are busy preparing for the end of another year and taking stock of what we have accomplished since the launch of Destination 2010.

Although Destination 2010 seemed a long time away when we launched it in 2004, it is now close to full fruition. In the life of a University, six years goes by in the blink of an eye. I hope you’ll agree that Sac State has changed appreciably during this time.

Judging by the greater attendance we are enjoying at events and the level of student and community participation on campus, those changes are being noticed.

In 2004, we set out to improve Sac State by focusing on four tenets: excellent academic and student programs, a welcoming campus, dynamic campus environment, community support

In this issue of Sac State Magazine, we are highlighting how each of these is benefiting our students and the Sacramento region. Destination 2010 was designed to be a comprehensive initiative to move our University forward and enhance our value to everyone we serve.

Every division on campus has contributed significantly to Destination 2010 and because of their tremendous efforts, we are reaching our goal of becoming a premier metropolitan university.

Improvements have touched every level of the University, from new academic programs and courses of study, to better signs on our academic buildings, to the way we manage enrollment, the budget and student assessment. Over the next several months, we will be sharing more of Destination 2010’s accomplishments. We want you to know what our work to improve Sac State means to your families, neighbors and all those who hope to send their children to college someday.

I am not viewing Destination 2010 as the end of our efforts. It is much more an opportunity to reflect on our achievements and assess what we need to do next.

Especially in times of economic uncertainty and drastic state budget cuts to higher education, we must focus on how we can best serve our students and increase our efficiency while maintaining the quality of the education we offer.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and thank you for your support.

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One Book tells an important chapter in history

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Following a successful inaugural year, the One Book program continues to enrich Sac State’s curriculum with When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka.

The book is about a Japanese American family forced to live in a Utah internment camp during World War II. The story is told from the perspective of a mother and her two children.

“It’s beautifully written, very lyrical,” says Sheree Meyer, professor
and English Department chair.  “Interestingly, she does not name any of the main characters so that it has this sense of, on the one hand, universality, but on the other hand a kind of depersonalization, as they were depersonalized. They were given I.D. numbers.”

Although she writes about history, Otsuka creates a work of fiction that is universal and relevant to current events, which is one of the reasons the book was chosen. All freshmen received a complimentary book at orientation, and it is available for sale at the Hornet Bookstore.

In addition to course-specific activities, the One Book committee involved more community members in this year’s program. On
Oct. 5, Otsuka gave a lecture about the book and answered student questions. She also took part in a panel discussion with individuals who had personal ties to Japanese American internment.

“We’re making history personal,” Meyer says. “This is not just something that happens out there to somebody and you read about it in a book. This happened to your neighbor, and here she is to talk about it.”

The One Book program was made possible by a donation from Wells Fargo. For more information and related events, visit www.csus.edu/onebook.

– Svetlana Tsiberman

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Cool Course

Astronomy 4B: Introduction to Astronomy

Description: In Vera Margoniner’s class, students will have an out-of-this-world experience exploring the exotic locales of outer space. One of the most popular topics in this class are black holes. “Students find black holes so intriguing because they are bizarre objects,” Margoniner says. “Imagine packing the entire mass of Earth into a 1 centimeter sphere – that is how dense a black hole is. Because they are so dense, they attract gravitationally everything that comes near it. Not even light can escape from the pull of a black hole.”


Class work: Discussion is a big aspect of this class, and all questions are welcome. In addition, activities help create a better, more interesting learning environment. “I try to bring hands-on things and props as much as possible,” Margoniner says. “I also like to make students act (as celestial bodies) to try to understand physical concepts. I think it helps students assimilate if they see the material in different ways.”


Assignments: Students make a model of the solar system and derive a model of the expanding universe using a balloon. Different activities and games are also part of the curriculum.


Students say: “Throughout her daily lectures, Professor Margoniner has always managed to incorporate activities that would involve her students, creating an enhanced learning environment,” says Makoto Hawkins, a senior. “It was the fun activities that often involved students getting out of their seats and doing some physical activity to understand the astronomy concepts that made her class so enjoyable.”

– Svetlana Tsiberman

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Lecturer is area’s official poet — It all began with an e.e. cummings poem Bob Stanley heard in fourth grade. Jump ahead several stanzas, the Sac State lecturer and alumnus is the city and county’s new poet laureate. Stanley was named to the two-year post July 13 by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.

In addition to making appearances at various venues throughout the year, Stanley is featuring a different Sacramento poet on a special Arts Commission web page, www.sacmetroarts.org/PLcountylines.html. Stanley thought his 100-plus weeks as poet laureate would be sufficient for this task, but has discovered otherwise. “There are a lot more than a hundred good poets in Sacramento,” he says. “They work hard at it. They’re good at poetry.”

Stanley came to the University as a student in 2003 at the age of 49 to get his master’s degree. “It was so exciting to go to class,” he says. “I was thrilled to have a really great English department.” He became an instructor in 2006.

He adds that a lot of what he writes is just for ideas, and not for publishing. “I believe in writing as kind of a cleansing,” he says. “It’s something I need to do.”

New dean for Health and Human Services — Patricia Clark-Ellis has been named interim dean for the College of Health and Human Services. She was previously associate dean in the college. Marilyn Hopkins, who served Sac State for 35 years and was HHS dean since 2000, has accepted a position as provost and chief operating officer for Touro University in Vallejo Most recently, Hopkins was instrumental in planning the Division of Nursing’s move to Folsom Hall, the former CalSTRS building. “This is absolutely a phenomenal event for us. We’ll have new facilities that match the quality of the program,” Hopkins says.

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Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton Reengineered the Reagan Revolution

Jack Godwin, Chief International Officer; Director, Office of Global Education
(AMACOM, 2009, $27.95; http://www.amacombooks.org)

Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Polar opposites when it came to their views of the economy and the world, right?

After all, the theory of Reaganomics declared that big government was the cause, not the solution, to our problems, while Clinton, in public, offered his approach as its antidote.

In reality, Jack Godwin asserts in his book, Clinton’s governing philosophy was the logical extension of the Reagan Revolution and, in fact, his presidency marked the return of fiscal discipline and the end of big government.

Often overlooked, Godwin says, is that Clinton’s ideas and policies bridged the divide between left and right to form a new worldview supporting fiscal responsibility, global connectivity and ethnic diversity.

In Clintonomics, Godwin traces the evolution of Clinton’s political thinking and governing philosophy from his years as Arkansas governor to his two terms as president. He analyzes in detail the blend of liberal/conservative thinking that defined Clinton’s presidency and, Godwin says, preserves his legacy.

He explains how Clinton succeeded by repairing flaws in Reaganomics and presenting a governing philosophy more suited to the 21st century and equal to the forces of globalization.

Now, the current economic recession and the election of a Democrat to the White House have returned Clinton’s economic policies to the forefront of political debate, Godwin says.

“Clintonomics is not a nostalgic look at the nineties,’’ he says. “It’s a handbook for the post-partisan era, which supposedly began when Barack Obama became president.’’

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Tangible Remains/ Toccare quello che resta

Barbara Carle, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages


In her latest work of poetry, Barbara Carle ventures out of her comfort zone and explores new concepts of writing English and Italian poetry.

She says her inspiration came from wanting to “find a way out of my limited self and writing from the point of view of ‘I.’ Objects are an excellent way to try that.”

The reader is able to experience the viewpoint of different inanimate objects, unnamed and described in such ways as to allow the reader to fill in the blanks and create his or her own ideas as well.

“The reader will carry away what he or she wishes,” Carle says. “There are so many surprises in the poems for the attentive reader willing to look for them.”

This point of view is the unifying theme of the book, which starts from 50 different objects. Language was also an instrumental part of creating the book, and it was in fact “written by two languages,” Carle says, rather than just being a translation from English to Italian. “We don’t always know where we will end up once we begin to write.”

Longtime travels were another inspiration for this book. Carle traveled often, from a young age, and this made her realize what an effect things could have on individuals, and on society as well. Sometimes, we belong to things, not the other way around, she says.

“One of the reasons I chose to write about objects is because there are these things which remain from places and people I have lost,” Carle says. “Writing about these things helps save them a bit.”

– Svetlana Tsiberman

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Learning to Succeed 

A Sac State education provides high individual returns, both intellectually and economically, and when students prepare to explore the world of work, the University’s Career Center can help.With counseling services that include resume preparation, interview skills and career searches, the center is a tremendous resource that helps students and graduates leverage their education – especially in today’s difficult economic times.

“The Academic Advising and Career Center is a hidden jewel on campus,” says Eva Gabbe, the center’s manager for employer relations/recruitment programs. “In this tough labor market, students are given the opportunity to work with a large professional team and meet dozens of employers.”

The numbers support higher education as a smart investment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that those with a four-year college degree are unemployed at half the rate of those with no degree at all.

For high school graduates, the unemployment rate is 5.7 percent; for an associate degree, it’s 3.7 percent, for a bachelor’s degree, it’s 2.8 percent, and for a master’s degree, 1.7 percent.

All Career Center services are free to Sac State students and those who have graduated in the last six months. Other alumni can access services for a fee. More information is available at www.csus.edu/careercenter/index.stm.

Starting Out

Senior Ashlei Baker found employment with the Career Center as a way to pay the bills while attending Sac State, but she soon found the center’s services reaped priceless rewards when it came to job hunting.

“I worked at the front desk, helping students find a counselor in the center that could help them in their job search,” Baker says. She saw the value in making the most of the services there and started polishing her own skills.

The Social Work major received significant help with her cover letter, resume and interviewing skills.

“Having a good resume is crucial,” Baker says, “and I had never written a cover letter before. The staff also helped me with interview techniques and advised me on what questions I should ask, as well as anticipating what the employer might ask.”

The Career Connection database – an online source for Sac State students and employers posting for positions – proved to be a valuable tool for Baker. It connected her with Blue Shield and Maloof Sports and Entertainment for internships.

“They really care about the students at the Career Center,” Baker says. “They remember names, they remember your major, and they remember your interests. You can get placed in a great job, too.

“It feels like a family there, and that’s important for students when they’re trying to find a job. It’s stressful, but the staff at the center are good at easing that stress.”

Never too late to learn

Tommy Bowen graduated in May with two master’s degrees: one in taxation and one in accountancy.

After earning his bachelor’s at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he worked in the private sector for five years. But despite his real-life experience, the former Air Force veteran found he had a lot to learn when it came to job interviews.

“I went through a couple mock interviews and received feedback immediately after both,” Bowen says. “It’s better to make mistakes then and find out what they are, than to simply make them in a sink-or-swim interview at the job of your dreams.”

Bowen learned the importance of the introduction and closing of an interview. “When a potential employer asks you about yourself, that’s a showcase question,” he says. “Interviewees should always have a prepared answer for that. It’s a great way to impress the interviewer, because he or she sees you’re organized and prepared.”

He appreciated the Career Center as a tool to his professional career. “The job market is tough for a lot of people,” Bowen says. “The Career Center gives you the opportunity to hone your skills, recognize any weaknesses you have and turn those around into assets.

“Even challenging times can be a source of your greatest strength.”

Giving Back

Sac State alum Minel Tobertga found her experience as a student with the Career Center so rewarding that she lends her professional expertise to students there today.

Currently a regional trainer for Holiday Retirement, an organization that operates 300 retirement communities across the United States and Canada, Tobertga got a good start in the professional world courtesy of the Career Center.

“The mock interviews, resume workshops, professional dress workshops—they all prepared me for presenting myself the best way possible,” Tobertga says.

She also was able to use the Career Center library to do extensive research on the companies with whom she was interviewing.

“When I worked with the Career Center as a student, the Internet wasn’t what it is today,” she says. “They had all the resources I needed to find out what I needed to know about potential employers.”

Tobertga arranged several interviews through the Career Center and eventually began working at Target in a professional position.

After several successful years with Target, Tobertga decided to switch fields and move into pharmaceutical sales. She found that drawing on her interview skills learned in the Career Center helped tremendously, and she landed the job she wanted.

“I was able to carry over my interview and presentation skills very well from one industry to another,” she says.

These days, Tobertga finds time to assist the Career Center in mock interviews, prepping students for successful interviews.

“I always felt the Career Center was behind me,” she says. “It’s my way of paying it forward for everything the center has helped me do professionally.”   

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Move-In Day welcomes record number of students to campus

The morning of Aug. 28 began with a sense of eagerness and anticipation as students waited in the cool late-summer morning to go inside the older residence halls and inspect their new living areas.

By noon, Sacramento’s usual warm summer temperatures had returned as students moving into the American River Courtyard gathered around University President Alexander Gonzalez for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first new residence hall on campus since 1990.

This year, the annual rite of Move-In Day was bigger than ever, with 1,500 students hauling boxes, laundry baskets and bags full of personal belongings into the halls. They were helped by parents, siblings and an army of volunteers who were with them every step of the way as they checked in to the halls and checked out their new campus homes.

“Move-In day is incredibly important for students and their parents,” says Michael Speros, director of housing and residential life. “It’s a big phase in their lives since many of the students are leaving home for the very first time. Our role is to make sure our residents have a good experience, feel comfortable and have an environment where they can learn and feel connected to the campus community.”

As students settled in, some expressed sadness at leaving home but excitement about being on their own. “It’s a little scary at first but I’ll get used to it,” says Chelsie Martinear a new Sac State student. “It’s a growing experience, and I’m looking forward to becoming a little more independent.”

Donor’s gift creates legacy of learning

Before he passed away recently, David Steinberg visited Sac State and saw that his generosity had come full circle. The students his donations supported had become teachers in their own right, and they were now educating future generations.

In July, Steinberg beamed as he greeted a young instructor during one of her busy classes in the summer Academic Talent Search program at Sacramento State.

Tracy Suter had been a student of Steinberg’s late wife, Voula, who taught high school math in Sacramento for many years and advanced math in ATS. David Steinberg was observing Suter’s ATS students, some of whom were in the program thanks to his donations in memory of his beloved Voula.

During her career, Voula Steinberg (’68, ’71, Mathematics) strove for excellence in her students by developing calculus classes that prepared them for advanced college placement tests. She also introduced the “Mathletes” program to Sacramento city schools so outstanding math students could enter competitions.

In Suter’s class and others, David Steinberg gave the sixth- to ninth-graders a pep talk: “You are the elite in the world. You are all going to be very, very successful, no matter what you do, because you work hard and because you are bright.”

Through the Voula Steinberg Memorial Mathematics Scholarships, students in Sac State Mathematics and Statistics and the ATS program have benefited and gone on to become math instructors.

Brett Huff (’08, Mathematics), an ATS math teacher, received a Steinberg  award when he attended ATS as a youngster.

“I got a job up in Weimar for next year,” he told David Steinberg. “I’m going to teach seventh- and eighth-grade algebra, and a little bit of geometry.”

“I’m proud of you,” Steinberg said.

As for his financial assistance to the program, Steinberg says, “I can’t imagine a better way of honoring Voula than to help encourage students in mathematics and create more math teachers.”

Expressing Voula’s dream, he told the students: “I hope someday, if you have the opportunity to teach at the secondary level, you’ll teach mathematics or physics. And I hope you pass the love of mathematics on to others.”

Student-athlete Scores with Community Service

Sac State’s Kim Kemper has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for women’s soccer in recognition of her service to the community.

The CLASS Award – an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School – focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders off the field. To be eligible, student-athletes must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – classroom, character, community and competition.

In the community, Kemper volunteered this past spring in a classroom at Sacramento’s Marshall Elementary School.

“I volunteered in a sixth grade classroom, helping tutor the kids one-on-one and helping grade papers,” she says. “I am entering the credentialing program next year and wanted to gain experience working with older elementary students.  My time at Marshall showed me that I really want to work with that age group as I continue toward becoming a teacher.”

Kemper, who is from Orangevale, also has participated in charity events, such as the Run to Feed the Hungry, the Roseville Run/Walk to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the Shriners Summer Solstice run, which benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“Kim is the perfect example of the kind of student-athlete we try to bring into the program,” head women’s soccer coach Randy Dedini says. “Every time we have a community service or outreach program, she is the first to volunteer without reservation. She has always been willing to donate her time and does the little things that often go unnoticed both on and off the field.”

A member of Sacramento State’s Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Kemper has been named to the Dean’s Honor List four semesters and the Dean’s List two semesters during her three years on campus. She has also served as the women’s soccer representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee the past two years.

The soccer forward has been a first-team all-Big Sky Conference selection her last two seasons, and is a two-time academic all-Big Sky selection. She earned ESPN The Magazine second-team District VIII academic all-region honors as a junior in 2008, while finishing the season as the team’s leader in goals (six) and points (14).

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies the four areas of excellence.

— Sports Information

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Supporting Hornet Sports – the Right Way

As Sac State’s sports teams gain more success and prominence, the NCAA guidelines that shape intercollegiate athletics gain even greater importance as the University works to support current and prospective Hornet student-athletes.

Sac State’s commitment to NCAA compliance includes educating administrators, coaches, staff, prospective student-athletes, current student-athletes and boosters about all applicable rules with thorough educational programs. The University also has developed monitoring systems to ensure compliance and investigates and reports violations of rules.

“The most important thing we do is protect the integrity of the University,” says Sac State Director of Athletics Terry Wanless. “Through our compliance office, we work diligently to educate our coaches, campus staff and boosters to knowing, understanding and following the rules of the NCAA, Big Sky Conference and University.”

For the benefit of the many alumni, fans and booster club members who are so active in supporting the Hornets, Sac State would like to remind everyone of a few definitions and rules that apply to all.

Are you a Booster?

You are a booster if you belong to a Sac State athletic booster club; have promoted or made financial donations to the athletic department or to a specific team; employ, give benefits to or provide services for a student-athlete, a prospective student-athlete or the relatives/friends of either. For compliance issues, it’s once a booster, always a booster.

Who is a Prospective Student-Athlete?

A prospective student-athlete (prospect) is any student who has started classes for the ninth grade. Student-athletes enrolled in preparatory schools and two-year colleges are also considered prospects. An individual remains a prospect even after he/she signs a National Letter of Intent or an athletic scholarship.

What is a Student-Athlete?

A student-athlete is any member of the 20 teams Sac State sponsors at the Division I NCAA level and is enrolled at Sac State.

What is an Extra Benefit?

An extra benefit is any special arrangement by a Sac State employee or booster to provide a prospect, student-athlete or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by the NCAA. Examples of impermissible benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Gifts of cash, clothing, equipment or any other tangible item.

• A special discount, payment arrangement or credit on any

  purchase or service.

• Loan of money or cosigning of loans.

• A vehicle, use of a vehicle or any transportation expenses.

• Free or reduced-cost services, purchases or rentals.

• Entertainment on or off campus.

• Free or reduced cost rent or housing.

What are the Consequences?

Sac State is responsible for the actions of its boosters. If a booster provides an impermissible benefit to a prospect, student-athlete, their relatives or friends, Sac State may be subjected to penalties. Most importantly, those actions could jeopardize the eligibility of a prospective or current student-athlete.

For further information regarding NCAA guidelines, please visit www.hornetsports.com, and look under the compliance section.

— Sports Information

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Alumni President Bob Moreno puts volunteer experience to work

Raising a family in Sacramento’s Natomas area, Bob Moreno (’78, Business/Marketing) became a community advocate, helping to raise more than $250,000 for neighborhood schools and youth programs.

“I just saw things needed to be done, and that’s how it started,” he says.

Now, Moreno, 52, is turning his volunteer efforts toward Sac State as the new president of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. He’s also vice president of association fund development, utilizing his years of experience as a financial adviser to the local development industry.

He started his own financial consulting firm in 1993 and is a managing partner with Brookhurst Development Corp., a national company that specializes in building public facilities with private funding.

Moreno’s goals include broadening the Alumni Association’s public exposure by promoting “all the great things happening at Sacramento State” and finding ways to make the University “an even more integral part of the Sacramento Region.”

He credits President Alexander Gonzalez and Executive Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Barber with helping the group take big steps forward.

“As a former mayor once told me, ‘You make things happen,’ ” Moreno says. “Sacramento State’s Alumni Association is poised to move to the next level, and we have an incredible ‘can do’ board and staff that can take us there.”

With one in 26 area residents being Sac State alumni, there are many ways for them to stay connected to the University, he says.

“We are working to schedule a neighborhood improvement day in the neighborhoods around the campus,” Moreno says. “If alumni can’t contribute time, it would be great if they could donate funds, materials or services that the association could use.”

He says a top priority this year has been to launch a Student Alumni Association to get students involved in alumni activities even before they graduate. A key component to this program is creating opportunities for Sac State alumni to draw on their experience professionally and with the University in order to mentor students.

Moreno, who co-founded the Natomas Chamber of Commerce and the Natomas Community Foundation, says his advocacy experience “has taught me that if everyone contributes what resources they can, even in these tough economic times, we can accomplish a lot.”

He invites anyone interested in joining the Alumni Association to check out its website at: www.SacStateAlumni.com.

Apart from rolling up their sleeves to get things done, Moreno says, participating in alumni activities can be downright fun.

“We would love to continue to see more alumni at events and activities, such as the growing tailgate parties at Hornet football games.”

 –DeWitt Russell

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Class Notes


Ted Weber, ’52, B.A., and ’63, M.A., Music, has retired after 50 years of teaching music in the San Juan School District. He developed the award-winning band program at Mira Loma High School and co-founded the Donner Mine Music Camp near Blue Canyon. He and his wife, Carol, live in Fair Oaks.


Frances Beddow, ’69, B.A., History/Social Science, is a teacher with two life-long teaching credentials for secondary and elementary education. She is working on her master’s in social work and lives in Sacramento.

Maurice Dunbar, ’65, M.S., Spanish, taught English and speech at Foothill and De Anza colleges before retiring in 2003. He has also served as librarian and orator at San Jose Scottish Rite since 1984. The Sunnyvale resident has a passion for travel and has toured 50 states and 25 countries.

Francis Gornick, ’69, B.A., Physical Education and ’79 M.S., Counseling, is the chancellor of the West Hills Community College District and a commissioner with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Jean Olson, ’63, B.A., Education, taught in the Elk Grove School District from 1963 to 1989 then continued teaching for the Elk Grove Learning Center until 2006. In February, she completed a family history of her father and his 12 brothers and sisters. She is a Sac State “Grandma” as granddaughter Megan Olson is attending Sac State.


Beatrice Toney Bailey, ’74, B.S., Psychology, has released Farewell My Friend. The book is a step-by-step guide for those who wish to plan for the inevitable and is a valuable resource for those who may be called to act as caregiver or caretaker for the terminally ill. Bailey lives in Citrus Heights.

Brian Bonner, ’73, B.A., Government, was recently named vice president for community concerns for the California State PTA. The association has nearly 1 million volunteer members throughout the state and is headquartered in Sacramento. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Patricia.

Randy Canaday, ’75, B.A., Recreation Administration, teaches construction technology and serves as advisor for the Paso Robles High School SkillsUSA chapter. He has been selected as a Teacher of the Year.

Fernando Chui, ’77, B.S., Psychology, is the new chief executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region, a position similar to a state governor. His prior positions include serving as Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture in 1999 and a second term in 2004. 

Catherine Drachnik, ’75, M.A., Art, won an Award of Merit in the Watercolor Division of the Fine Arts category for “Margaritta and Her Pet Iguana” at the 2009 California State Fair. There were 1,342 entries in the arts division of which 190 were accepted. She lives in Sacramento.

Judith Lewinski Garcia, ’78, B.S., Recreation Administration, is a career advisor for the City of Sunnyvale and a volunteer career coach for ProMatch. She also volunteers with Bay Area hiking organizations and lives in San Jose with her husband, Robert. 

Michael Gorman, ’78, B.A., Government, is the Building Inspector for the County of San Mateo. He and his wife, Frances, live in Foster City.

Edward Howard, ’74, B.S., Business Administration, was a property auditor-appraiser with the California Board of Equalization, and his wife, Jean, ’86, B.S., Psychology, was a health project director in adult care. Now retired, they live in Elk Grove and write, “We are both in our 70’s and happily retired. Cheers!”

Marian (Gaston) Love, ’79, B.S., Business Administration, has been promoted to IT supervisor and co-project manager of the City of Sacramento’s Enterprise Content Management System after completing her certificate in Project Management through Sac State’s College of Continuing Education. She writes, “Sac State Rocks!!!” 

Nancy (Jones) Matson, ’75, B.S., Criminal Justice, is chief of the Office of Professional Development in the California Attorney General’s Office. She and her husband, Brian, live in Fair Oaks.  

Karen Nevis, ’75, B.A., Art, is a prominent Capitola watercolor artist. Her art was chosen for the 37th annual Wharf to Wharf race poster. She has been a featured artist for other local events such as the Santa Cruz Half Marathon and the Capitola Art & Wine Festival.


Leslie Brott, ’89, B.A., Drama, starred as Beatrice in “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival this past summer. A review stated, “Brott essays a confident Beatrice.” She is an assistant professor at SMU-Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas.

Vincent Fenequito, ’80, B.A., Communication Studies, after retiring in 2000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has become a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Arts. He lives in Simi Valley with his wife, Flora.

Dan Fish, ’89, B.S., Criminal Justice, was named interim chief of the Petaluma Police Department, where he has served since 1989. Fish worked as a student police officer while at Sac State. He lives in Santa Rosa.

Brian French, ’87, B.S., Business Administration, teaches american government and economics at Cesar Chavez High School. He was honored this year as the San Joaquin County Phi Delta Kappa High School Distinguished Teacher of the Year. French lives in Lodi.

Ronald “Scott” Owens, ’86, B.S., Criminal Justice, is Placer County’s acting assistant district attorney and is seeking the office of district attorney in the 2010 election. Owens earned his juris doctorate from McGeorge School of Law.

Steve Sakurai, ’86, B.S., Business Administration, is the new chief investment officer for the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Sac State in public policy. Sakurai and his wife, Natalie, (’88, B.A., Arts & Letters) live in Sacramento.

John Torres, ’82, B.S., and ’86, M.S., Criminal Justice, is the director of the Office of Detention and Removal for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

John Young, ’89, B.S., Business Administration, has worked for Yolo County for the past 18 years and is now the agricultural commissioner. Young and his wife, Shannan, live in Woodland.


Michael Goold, ’94 , B.S., Criminal Justice, works for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department as the bureau commander in the 911 center. He recently earned his doctoral degree from the University of LaVerne. He and his family live in the Sacramento area.

Jodi Krieger, ’99, B.S., Business Administration, has received the Staffing Professional of the Year award by the California Staffing Professionals - Sacramento Chapter. She has worked at Blue Ribbon Personnel Services since 2001, is an active Rotarian and loves to volunteer.

Alan Lipton, ’90, B.A., Government, says he is “gathering information for a possible article or book on the 2009 meltdown in state government and will decide this fall if it becomes possible to send to a publisher.” Lipton lives in Sacramento. 

John A. McKinsey, ’96, B.A., Economics, wrote the novel The Lincoln Secret, a modern-day mystery adventure that explores mysteries of Abraham Lincoln’s life and the Civil War. He also practices law and spends time on his farm tending to a myriad of animals.

Marco Tjaden, ’93, B.S., Accountancy, and his wife, Wendy, started a business, Flora Tropicana Aquatics, which covers five acres with more than 30 greenhouses. The company specializes in water gardening. They live in Elk Grove.

Robyn Tornay, ’96, B.A., English and ’03, M.A., Education, recently accepted the position of director of admissions & enrollment services at Woodland Community College.

Jian Wang, ’94, M.A., Art, has returned to Sacramento from China with his wife, Bonnie. His new series, “Beijing Girls,” was exhibited at the Solomon Dubnick Gallery this summer. An internationally known artist, Wang has sold work to collectors around the world.


Frances Beck, ’03, B.S., Business Administration, has been named national account and catastrophe manager for the Insurance Housing Solutions division of Marriott ExecuStay.

Erin Billingsley, ’07, B.A., Art Studio, recently featured two sculptures in the “Fresh Young Things” exhibit, a show highlighting 15 young artists from Northern California. She was chosen from among 45 entrants. Billingsley lives in Sacramento.

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