A Look at the Future of Health Care

Winter 2010-11

Live Well, Learn Well

From the President
The Buzz
Living Well, Learning Well
Smart and Sustainable
Next-Generation Nurses
Fostering Dreams
Giving from the Heart
Toasts of the Town
Class Notes

From the President

Sacramento State has changed a great deal over the past few years, and the new look of Sac State magazine is designed to help us share the University’s most exciting stories.

In this issue, we are highlighting Sacramento State’s focus on health, in terms of our academic programs, our contributions to the community and the students themselves. Destination 2010 sought to enhance each of these areas, because we have long recognized that the future of the University and the future of the region go hand in hand.

For instance, our Division of Nursing is educating tomorrow’s health care professionals, and the program will have state-of-the-art classroom and lab space in Folsom Hall. Our students have signed up by the thousands to use The Well, the new recreation and wellness center that opened in September.

This student-designed and student-funded facility seeks to improve well-being at all levels, including physical, mental and emotional health.

We are also very proud of the California Smart Grid Center at Sacramento State, which is developing technology that will increase the environmental and economic health of our region. Thanks to the center, students are learning from professors and local energy partners so they can become the next generation of leaders in the clean energy sector.

These and many other initiatives have achieved tremendous success under Destination 2010, but we are already hard at work to address the challenges to come. As we plan for future decades, we will continue to rely on the expertise and support of our friends in the community.

Thank you so much for your commitment to our students.


Alexander Gonzalez


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The Buzz

One Book, One Community

This year’s One Book pick, The Devil’s Highway, ignites discussion of a timely topic

Now in its third year, Sac State’s One Book Program, sponsored by Wells Fargo, puts the same thought-provoking book into the hands of students, faculty and the Sacramento community, encouraging an all-inclusive conversation.

“We have two goals,” says Sheree Meyer, the program’s organizer. “One is to get people reading. Two is community-building. If you give people a common experience, it tends to draw them together in productive ways.”

With immigration a hot topic, the 2010–11 pick of The Devil’s Highway seems especially timely. In the book, Luis Alberto Urrea chronicles the attempt of 26 Mexicans to enter the United States, illuminating the highly charged issues surrounding border politics.

The campuswide discussions prompted by this book speak to its relevance, and the number of interested readers continues to grow. Thanks to a Verizon literacy grant, Sac State has given copies of the book to 150 high school students. “There’s even a freshman seminar writing an opera based on the book,” adds Meyer. “There’s something about a book that can bring people together and then take them in different directions.”

The Hornets Get a New Helmsman

Reggie Christiansen was promoted to head Sac State’s baseball program after longtime coach John Smith retired last season.

Attempting to improve on a 7-17 Western Athletic Conference record, Christiansen will have the services of a top-ranked recruiting class that includes three players selected in the 2010 MLB draft.

Service Breaks

Students devote vacation time to worthy causes

If you were to ask a college student about his or her spring break plans, you might be surprised to hear “community service” in reply. While some students choose beach or snow vacations, Sac State’s Alternative Break program invites students to use their time off to give back to the community.

“We’re building long-term partnerships with local nonprofits,” says Alternative Break organizer Misty Garcia, an administrative analyst at the Community Engagement Center. “We use service as an academic tool.”

Alternative Break organizes two weeklong programs each year, one during winter break and another during spring break. In past years, activities have included everything from planting trees to creek restoration.

This winter, participants will follow the journey of fruit from local backyards to area food banks. Students will begin by picking fruit with Harvest Sacramento, which obtains unused fruit from residential and commercial orchards. Next, students will process the harvest at a farm and ready it for distribution through Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

The idea to follow a chain of services sprouted from a collaboration between Garcia and former student assistant Katie Lohrengel (’10, Mass Communication). “I had researched nonprofits and found Harvest Sacramento,” says Lohrengel. “The idea of having students pick, wash, sort and distribute fruit just made a lot of sense.” The winter Alternative Break will also include a day assisting Habitat for Humanity.

For students who choose to get involved, Alternative Break can be a life-changing opportunity. “I wanted to make a visible difference in my community,” says Sheryl Hitomi (’10, Criminal Justice), who participated in last spring’s Alternative Break. ”My volunteer experience greatly exceeded all expectations!”


The Path to African Peace

Campus Center honored for conflict resolution efforts in Africa

For 15 years, Sac State’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) has trained African lawyers and communities in the art of alternative dispute resolution.

In recognition of CAPCR’s successes, the JAMS Foundation, which provides financial assistance to conflict resolution services with national and international impact, recently presented CAPCR with the Warren Knight Award and a $25,000 grant.

“I am grateful for the recognition and the grant that JAMS has provided,” says Ernest Uwazie, director of CAPCR and professor of Criminal Justice at Sac State. “While we have accomplished a lot in the last 15 years, there is still much more to do.”

According to Uwazie, CAPCR focuses on dispute resolution training at a grassroots level. The goal is to achieve equitable results in cases that, in the past, may have been tied up in inefficient court systems for as long as a decade.

Uwazie believes that resolving small-scale conflicts in Africa can result in large-scale changes. “We believe wars are the result of the transformation of a conflict from micro to macro,” says Uwazie. “If you address the interpersonal and intergroup levels, you are likely to minimize wars.”

In Print: Books by Sac State alumni

Ward Connerly ’62

Lessons From My Uncle James: Beyond Skin Color to the Content of Our Character (2008)

Connerly (’62, Social Sciences), the founder of the American Civil Rights Institute, explains why Americans should move beyond race—and focus instead on character and personal responsibility.

Jan Goggans ’83 and ’87

California on the Breadlines: Dorothea Lange, Paul Taylor, and the Making of a New Deal Narrative (2010)

Goggans (’83 and ’87, English), a founding faculty member of UC Merced, explores the relationship between the photographer and her economist husband and how their book, An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion, has shaped our view of the Great Depression.

Ron saxen ’86

The Good Eater: The True Story of One Man's Struggle With Binge Eating Disorder (2007)

Saxen (’86, Business Administration), a former model, has written a memoir about his battle with binge eating, in an effort to raise awareness of a disorder that affects a surprising number of American men.

Q and A: Gregg Vincent, 2010

Engineering against Forest Fires

Gregg Vincent (’10, Civil Engineering) doesn’t shy away from dirty work. He joined the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in 2006 as a drafting assistant, a job he found through University Enterprises, Inc. After graduating this fall, he’ll be designing fire stations for California’s wildlands as a full-time junior civil engineer. Here, Vincent explains how he landed a dream job.

Q:What brought you to Sac State?

A:I’m from Sacramento and feel like this is my area. Sac State has a hands-on civil engineering department that gets you prepared for a position with an engineering firm. And I wanted to get out there and do some real work.

Q:Describe your new role with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

A:I’ll be designing fire stations, but there will be a construction crew on staff as well, so I’ll get my hands dirty and swing a hammer a little. It’s a nice change from the office.

Q:Why did you choose this kind of work?

A:Helping firefighters save lives and property is rewarding, and I feel like I’m contributing to society. And now that I actually have a project in construction, I can see fire stations being built from the ground up, and that is really gratifying.

Q:What advice do you have for students about to enter the work force?

A:The best thing you can do is make contacts. Get to know people. When you have an opportunity, impress the people you work with. They’re the ones who might be able to help you get a job in the future—that’s how it worked out for me.

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Living Well, Learning Well

Sac State is taking a turn for the healthier, thanks to a campuswide commitment to fostering wellness.

“Three or four years ago, we took a very deliberate stance,” says Lori Varlotta, vice president for student affairs. “We switched from a medical model to a wellness model.”

A testament to that vision is the spectacular Wellness, Education, Leisure and Lifestyle center (The Well), which opened its doors on Sept. 2. and has activated more than 14,000 memberships in its first semester of operation. The 151,000-square-foot facility, designed by San Francisco architects Hornberger & Worstell, unites Student Health and Counseling Services and top-notch recreational facilities under one roof. Now students can experience firsthand the interplay among fitness, recreation, nutrition, and physical and mental health.

More than an ounce of prevention

In its airy new digs at The Well, Health and Counseling Services offers a primary care medical clinic for appointments as well as a walk-in urgent care clinic along with a vision center, a retail pharmacy, an X-ray department, physical therapy and counseling services. The health promotion program includes a full-service cooking demonstration kitchen outfitted with a big-screen TV and program offices for nutrition, sexual health, alcohol and drug education, and violence prevention.

“We want to make wellness a positive and uplifting experience for students,” says Joy Stewart James, director of Student Health and Counseling Services. “From the start, this has been a collaborative effort with the recreation, health and counseling staffs working together to optimize student health. We all share the belief that the best way to promote health is through a multidimensional process of taking small steps every day to build a balanced, active life.”

The approach is very student focused, adds Varlotta. “We’re not judgmental. We don’t dictate. Instead, we give students the tools to make healthy decisions that affect their physical and mental well-being.”

Get Moving

Among those tools are The Well’s myriad options for exercise and recreation. The facilities include four gyms, three fitness studios, a multiathletic court, four racquetball courts, an indoor running track and a cardio/weight room with 90 pieces of equipment. There’s also a lounge, but only one, says Leslie Davis, executive director of the University Union and The Well. “We don’t want people lounging for long. We want people moving.”

The popular 39½-foot-tall climbing wall—the largest in the California State University system—will soon get even more use when Sac State hosts the USA Collegiate Climbing Competition in April. Sac State has a vibrant club sports program, with 31 groups running the gamut from skiing to rugby to bass fishing. Sixteen of the clubs are involved in non-NCAA intercollegiate competition, says program coordinator Richard Clakely.

“All the clubs are managed and run by students,” he says. Each club is assigned an adviser, but the students do the heavy lifting of running things. As a result, Clakely says, participants gain valuable leadership skills: organization, time management, delegating and working cooperatively. “Our students may or may not leave here with a national championship, but they’ll definitely know how to put an organization together,” he says. “Skills like that are what today’s employer is looking for.”

The intramural sports program at Sac State is also going strong, with flag football, basketball, volleyball, and indoor and outdoor soccer. The programs accommodate 2,000 to 3,000 students a week, with men’s, women’s and co-ed teams, and they are also open to faculty and staff. “The leagues are so popular that we expanded them to Sundays,” says Sean Basso (’07, Criminal Justice), the program’s coordinator. “Intramurals are a great opportunity for students to see their professors outside the classroom, and they help students make connections and form bonds with each other.” 

He’s proud of the authentic nature of the leagues, which were designed to emulate conference play. And the price is right. For a team of eight, it costs less than $3 per person. “That’s pennies compared to the cost of joining a sport league in the community at large,” Basso explains. “And people get to play in a brand-new facility.” 

Farther afield

Recreation opportunities abound off campus, too. Fifteen miles to the east on Lake Natoma, the Sacramento State Aquatic Center is open all year with classes in boating, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and much more. The lake is renowned for its calm waters that make it a hot spot for rowing.

Just on the outskirts of campus is access to the 32-mile-long Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail. Bordering the American River, the trail’s paved surface is ideal for biking, running, in-line skating or strolling. “It’s unusual to have such a long trail in an urban area where you don’t have to cross any streets,” says Janet Baker (’85, M.B.A.), director of the Sacramento County Regional Parks Department. Lush scenery and wildlife sightings sweeten the experience.

Members of the Sac State community can also plan outdoor activities through Peak Adventures, a recreation program of Associated Students, Inc., with offices in The Well. Peak Adventures leads climbing, backpacking, camping, skiing and rafting trips that not only offer exciting experiences but also boost confidence. Director Jael Young (’92, Anthropology and ’05, Recreation Administration) says, “When people are away from their routines, experiencing the outdoors together, they build camaraderie quickly. There’s a magic that happens when members of a group are counting on each other for fun, safety and adventure.”

On campus, Peak Adventures offers equipment rentals and classes, a full-service bike shop, and a team-building ropes course. “Many freshman seminars do the ropes course as part of the curriculum,” says Young, “By the end of September, several hundred students have been through a shared experience, which gives them a meaningful way to connect.” She emphasizes the benefits of taking on new challenges and becoming comfortable with making mistakes. “It’s through failure that you learn to do better next time,” Young says. “If you never try, that doesn’t get you very far in life.” 

It’s all part of the campuswide view that physical health and emotional health are deeply intertwined. Says Lori Varlotta, “Maintaining the body with healthy choices augments the mind.” 

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Smart and Sustainable

Sac State is a living laboratory for smart grid research and green-building innovation

Most consumers would be shocked to learn how much energy our country’s aging electrical grid wastes. Energy is lost at almost every stage of the process, from inefficient transfer stations to wasteful kitchen appliances.

Enter the smart grid—a sophisticated system of digital sensors that will vastly improve the transmission of electricity. And Sac State—home to the 2-year-old California Smart Grid Center—has become a major force in developing and implementing this new technology.

The Center conducts pioneering energy research, trains green-tech engineers and oversees the installation of smart meters on campus. “Sac State has the strongest power engineering program in California,” says Emir Jose Macari, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, “so we are well positioned to be a leader in this field.”

New facilities are being built with the health of the planet in mind, too. The U.S. Green Building Council recently granted gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification to Sac State’s American River Courtyard residence hall, the first building on campus to receive the prestigious designation. The hall’s modern design and eco-friendly features—such as ozone-friendly refrigerants, energy-efficient lighting and solar water heaters—are not only enticing to students but go a long way toward reducing the University’s carbon footprint. And The Well, with its cutting-edge use of recycled materials, sustainably harvested wood, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, is on track to be the next Sac State building to receive LEED certification.

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Next-Generation Nurses

Sac State’s new nursing facility is dedicated to a healthier California

Sac State’s Division of Nursing, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009, is on the move. To accommodate increasing enrollment and take advantage of state-of-the-art teaching tools, the entire program will relocate in early 2011 to a refurbished 188,000-square-foot building on Folsom Boulevard, formerly the offices of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

Thanks to a generous $500,000 grant from The Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation, Folsom Hall will be equipped with advanced technology, making the facility a go-to destination for students, community members and regional health care professionals seeking special training.

Folsom Hall will have seven simulation suites, complete with lifelike mannequins that mimic the physical responses of human patients. “We want our students to have hands-on experience by the time they graduate,” says Ann Stoltz (’91, and ’95, Nursing) associate professor of nursing and former division chair.

Nursing’s new off-campus location also makes it more accessible to the greater community. Plans call for the Folsom Hall facility to include a community clinic that can offer a wide range of services from immunizations and flu shots, to physicals for children. The facility will also offer community education classes, such as courses in car seat safety.

“Our goal is to serve the community in many different ways,” adds Stoltz. “And one of the most significant ways we will do this is by educating nurses who will become leaders in the field.”

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Fostering Dreams

Guardian scholars help former foster youth realize their goals

This fall, Tia Holiday needed two root canals. In fact, she’d needed them for years but couldn’t afford the $5,000 dental bill. “It’s been my biggest stress for a year and a half,” she says. In a similar situation, many students would call mom and dad, or rely on insurance. Holiday doesn’t have those options. She was removed from her birth parents’ care when she was 2 days old and was in the foster care system until she turned 18. So Sac State’s Guardian Scholars program stepped in—partnering with the Sacramento Dental Association to pay half of Holiday’s dental bill and tapping its emergency fund for the remainder—relieving a source of stress that was distracting Holiday from her studies in criminal justice and her plans to apply to graduate school.

Defraying prohibitive dental bills is just one of the countless services the Guardian Scholars program has offered as part of its mission to support former foster youth, who are automatically emancipated from the foster care system at age 18. For those attending a university—and fewer than 3 percent of former foster youth do—it can be a very difficult and unfamiliar experience, from living on their own to studying for challenging classes, says Joy Salvetti, who has overseen Sac State’s Guardian Scholars program since its inception in 2006.

Sac State’s Guardian Scholars program is open to all former foster youth at the University. In just four years, the program has grown dramatically, from aiding some 15 students in its first year to serving more than 60 students today. This growth is due in large measure to strong community partnerships, unwavering support from the administration and generous gifts from foundations, including a recent $50,000 gift from Sleep Train’s Ticket to Dream Foundation, whose president, Dale Carlsen (’84, Business Administration), is a Sac State alumnus.

These funds allow Guardian Scholars to respond to a variety of student needs. “Whatever issues the students are facing, they can come to our office and talk to a live person,” says Salvetti. “We have contacts in financial aid, housing and health services, which typically are the top areas of concern for our students. It’s a network of support.”

As crucial as such practicalities are, the program’s network extends even further. Guardian Scholars also supports students through mentorships, strong peer relationships and outreach—as well as by just providing an ear or a shoulder when students need one.

Senior Jessica Pimentel, who was put in touch with Guardian Scholars by her social worker, says Guardian Scholars has helped her cope with the stresses of college. “They always have my back,” Pimentel says. “Honestly, if I go in there and say I need to talk, they’re there.”

For Salvetti, helping students develop strong relationships is a cornerstone of the program. “These youth have had heartbreaking experiences with relationships,” says Salvetti. “We want them to feel secure and carry that through not only their tenure at Sac State but their professional life as well.” 

Guardian Scholars offers one more benefit that many former foster youth have never experienced: a peer group with shared backgrounds. For some, life in foster care has carried a stigma that they finally can release.

“Being a former foster youth had always been a secret inside my head,” says Holiday. “But the Guardian Scholars program has broken me out of that shell. It’s just so cool that after all the history each of us has gone through, we can put it aside, relate to each other and laugh. I wish all former foster youths could have that experience.” 

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Giving from the Heart

The payback for these dedicated volunteers? Making a difference for the campus they love—and having a good time while they’re at it

Sac State boasts an active community of volunteers who mentor students, raise money for scholarships and facilities, and build support for everything from athletic programs to the library. Their contributions help ensure the University’s prosperity for years to come. But if you ask them why they volunteer, they’ll tell you they get back as much as they give.

Altruistic alumni

Sac State graduates Judy Quattrin (’66, Recreation Management and ’99, Recreation and Leisure Studies) and Gary Quattrin (’65, Physical Education) are tireless supporters of the University’s Alumni Association, which offers rewarding volunteer opportunities through its many committees, chapters and affiliated organizations. The Quattrins have both served on the Association board and helped organize two popular Stinger Athletic Association events—a crab feed and a golf tournament. Gary also helped create the Stinger organization, which raises money for the athletic department and athletic scholarships.

Gary, an attorney, played football and baseball at Sac State, and coached football here after graduating. “The coaches and instructors at Sac State changed my life,” he says. “They gave me direction and support. I wouldn’t have had the success I’ve had without them. I want to give others the same experience.”

The Quattrins say their volunteer work has also helped them build a rich community. “Volunteering has allowed us to keep in touch with lifelong friends we met at Sac State and to make new friends. It’s a social network that is very meaningful,” says Judy. 

Investing in the future

Established in 1986, the University Foundation of Sacramento State raises vitally needed funds that support and enhance the University’s mission. Among its recent accomplishments are helping the Division of Nursing relocate to its spacious new facility and assisting veterans transition from military to academic life through the Student Veterans Success Program.

As the Foundation’s CFO, Pam Stewart plays a key philanthropic role, helping to raise money and the community profile for important fundraising initiatives approved by the Board. Although not a Sac State graduate, she is a deeply involved community member—and her support of the University led to her being named an Honorary Alumnus in 2008. During her years as the human resources manager at Sacramento Municipal Utility District and CEO of CPS Human Resource Services, Stewart was impressed by the Sac State graduates she met. “I always had good luck with the students I hired,” she says. “I saw Sac State as our university, located in the heart of the region and providing the bulk of its college-educated workforce. How could I not support it?”

Sacramento attorney Mark Drobny, who volunteers with the University Foundation’s Planned Giving Advisory Committee, didn’t go to Sac State either—he attended a state school in his native Iowa. “I couldn’t have done what I’ve done without a good education at a state school,” he says. 

Since Drobny joined the committee two years ago, donations have increased significantly—in 2008, he raised more than $7 million, and he has set a fundraising goal of $100 million. “Every year at graduation, when President Gonzalez asks how many students are the first ones in their family to graduate from college, more than half the class stands up,” says Drobny. “That’s something I want to be a part of.”

For Stewart, the benefits of volunteering go far beyond the walls of the University. “Volunteering is an investment in the future of your friends, family and the citizens of this region,” she says. “Every dollar or hour you choose to spend on Sac State will be returned full-fold.”  

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Toasts of the Town

Meet six alums who’ve parlayed their Sac State education into Wine Country success

Dick Steltzner ’59, ’62

With a Sac State art degree in hand, Dick Steltzner (’59 and ’62, Art) went to graduate school to study pottery and glassblowing. While working in a studio in St. Helena, he decided that although pottery-making wasn’t for him, Napa Valley was. Steltzner took a job at a winery and developed a successful career in vineyard management. “It just got better from then on,” says Steltzner, whose winery, Steltzner Vineyards, now produces 12,000 to 15,000 cases annually.

Marc Mondavi ’78

Mondavi is of course a big name in California wine, but Marc Mondavi (’78, Marketing) says his father, Peter Mondavi Sr., never pushed him toward the wine business. Still, when the time came for the young Mondavi to choose a career, he concentrated on getting what he needed to help run Charles Krug, the first Napa winery bought by the Mondavi family. To study enology, Mondavi attended UC Davis. For business classes, he chose Sac State, which he recommends to young people who want to enter the field. “If you want a good business background, you’re set,” says Mondavi, who’s now Krug’s vice president. “Sac State has a great program.”

Mitch Cosentino ’74

Mitch Cosentino (’74, Communication Studies) grew up in Modesto, in a family that often served wine homemade by his grandfather. When he graduated from Sac State, he was drawn to the industry and took a job with a wine distributorship. Within 18 months, he was managing the company. In 1980, Cosentino founded what was to become Cosentino Winery. More recently, he started PureCru winery in Napa. “When I started in the wine business, I never thought I would be involved in winemaking,” says Cosentino. Sac State “taught me how to learn. It led me to this, if indirectly.”

Peter Zimmerman ’87

Peter Zimmerman (’87, Physical Therapy) got his winemaking training “under the house”—under his partner’s mom’s house, that is—where the two made a few barrels of red in the 1980s. In 2000, he opened Crystal Basin Cellars in Camino, after owning and managing a physical therapy practice, a business he continues to run. Whatever hat he’s wearing, Zimmerman still values his time at Sac State. “The people I met there are still my customers and business associates,” he says. “That’s the biggest thing, the relationships that started there.”

Tina Morarity-Breunig ’86

Tina Morarity-Breunig (’86, Business Administration) and her husband, Mark Breunig, were admitted novices when they started Casque Wines in 2006, but fortunately each had a business background. Breunig, an attorney who specializes in start-ups, became the Placer County winery’s general manager. Morarity-Breunig, who studied management at Sac State, does marketing, events and sales. Partner Kevin Stevenson handles the winemaking. Together, the three have nurtured and grown a business—and won awards, including a Best of Show for Best Micro-winery at the 2010 California State Fair.

Brett de Leuze ’88

Brett de Leuze (’88, Marketing) was an undergraduate at Sac State when ZD Wines, co-founded by his father, started to take off. “Luckily, the role I would play went hand in hand with what I was studying,” says de Leuze, who is now president of the well-respected producer of Chardonnay, Cab and Pinot. De Leuze majored in business and added a marketing minor when he found out he was headed to the winery. He fondly recalls his Sac State courses, which he says even now help him to consider “what the winery should be doing and how we should adjust as we develop.” Sacramento State is grateful to the aforementioned alumni for their generous support of our 2010 Green & Gold Gala.

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Class Notes


Cordia (Chambers) Wade ’55 is enjoying serving on the Sacramento County Adult and Aging Commission, and last year was selected by the Board of Supervisors as one of the county’s Heroes of Human Services.

Bob Taylor ’56 was a member of the first class at Sac State. He graduated after a stint with the Air Force, and then spent 31 years at the Dallas Times Herald as an editorial cartoonist.


Lyle Bassett ’64 won the 2009 Circle of Excellence Dealers award for Riverview International Trucks in West Sacramento.

Charles Donaldson ’64 lost his wife in 2008 and has since remarried, to Mrs. Melody.

Francis Gornick ’69 is chancellor of the West Hills Community College District.


Linda Budge ’70 was re-elected to the Rancho Cordova City Council.

John Kolb ’71 helped restore the California State Capitol building in the mid-1970s. He then served as director of the State Capitol Museum and curator of California’s historic collections. Now living in Quincy, he still enjoys the great outdoors.

Linda Atoms ’72, and ’90, M.A., is a full-time professor at Sierra College. She is also a photographer, competing in many juried shows and winning awards.

James Dalesandro ’74 lives and works in Los Angeles in theater, TV and film as an actor and fight choreographer. He also works as a stage combat instructor.

Richard Heltzel ’74 retired after 30 years as clerk of the Sacramento-based U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California. He has been honored as an administrator and for his dedication to the nation’s judicial system.

Lawrence Ray ’74 recently retired as an office manager for the Social Security Administration. He is the president of the Washington Falconers Association and lives in Spokane, WA.

Diane Taggart ’74 accepted a position at Jesuit High School as a mathematics instructor after 22 years at Loretto High School.

Fred Jones ’76 works for Orion Security as a security guard in Manteca.

Walter Schaub ’76 was recently re-elected president of the Sacramento Valley Broadcasters Association for 2011. He is public affairs director of the CBS Radio Group Stations KNCA, KHTK, KSFM, KZZO and KYMX.

Jeff Spoor ’76 manages a business unit for a regional insurance company in the Pacific Northwest.

Willie Weatherford ’76, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, has served as mayor of Manteca since 2002. Previously, he served on the City Council and as the Manteca police chief.

Michael Brown ’77 accepted a position as director at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, D.C. He previously served as the commissioner of the California Highway Patrol.

Kathleen (Casenave) Dragovich ’77 works at a dental implant company in Newport Beach and is involved with indoor rowing. She won gold medals in 2009 and 2010 for beach sprints in her age/weight group.

Linnea Hanson ’77, M.S., has worked for Plumas National Forest since 1979. She currently serves as ecosystem manager for the Feather River Ranger District and is president of the Northern Botanists.

Geraldlynn Rupp ’78 is the public information officer for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. She previously owned and operated her own communications and public relations firm for 14 years.


John Petzold ’80 has been named the first director of investment management/deputy chief investment officer for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). He has 30 years of CalSTRS experience.

Camille Chamberlin ’81 is a personal shopper and fashion consultant in the Bay Area.

William “Bill” Mills ’81 has been named student loan counselor with the Institute of Business and Medical Careers in Colorado.

Steven Moravec ’81 has completed a 24-year career with the Redding Police Department.

M. Kevin Rappleye ’81 recently accepted a position at Citizens Bank as senior vice president and SBA government-guaranteed business development officer. An avid golfer, he proudly boasts that two of his sons now play for the Hornets.

Paul Duren ’82 recently accepted a position at City National Bank in San Jose as vice president and senior business development officer.

Paul Seglund ’82 lives in Bend, Ore., but still gets to the Sacramento area a few times a year. He writes, “Had a great time at Sac State!”

Wesley Matsuura ’83 is a detective sergeant in San Mateo County.

Russell Collins Stiger ’83 is working to launch a nonpartisan interactive voter registration/education drive and website, newcavoters.org, designed to reach voters ages 18 to 25.

David Aldag ’84 accepted the administrator position at Rocky Mountain Eye Center in Colorado. He also serves on Pueblo City Schools’ budget oversight committee and is treasurer for Pueblo Municipal Band.

Scott Yuill ’85 runs an insurance business in Rocklin and was re-elected to the City Council.

Michael Baker ’86 received a Distinguished Service Award from the Sacramento Police Department for his work in establishing the department’s first forensic video laboratory.

Delphi Michaels ’86 is the communications analyst for the electronic medical record project at UC Davis Health System. She also has her own Web design and development business called Blossom Web.

Kinzie Murphy ’87 is busy with multiple part-time jobs, including working for Easter Seals, the Sac State Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Helping Hands, and as an independent contractor with local school districts. She received the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Fellow Award in April 2010.

Gary Walker ’87 is a software specialist with the State of California. Outside the office, he is an avid cyclist.

Sherilyn Adams ’88, and ’92, M.S.W., was named one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times. She is the executive director of Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco.

Camille Bratkowski ’88 is a Los Angeles-based set designer who has worked on such films as Chain Reaction, Armageddon, Titanic and The Fifth Element. She also was the set designer for the television series Judging Amy.

Robert Broeg ’89 is a doctor in Oregon and belongs to the Society of the Divine Savior.

John Mosunic ’89 recently accepted a position at FleetPride in Woodlands, Texas, as chief financial officer.


Kimberly Hunter ’90 obtained her law degree from Lincoln Law School and now serves as general counsel for the California Highway Patrol. Her oldest daughter is attending Sac State.

Mark Iwasa ’90 is employed by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Mary (Kindig) Somers ’90 is now retired. An avid volunteer, she goes on mission trips, teaches English abroad, builds homes for Katrina victims and more.

Larry Lang ’91 works as the technical director, production manager and scenic designer for the Theatre Arts Department at Mendocino College in Ukiah.

Marshall “Buddy” Gouldsmith ’92 recently accepted a position at the University of Nevada, Reno, as assistant baseball coach. His coaching experience includes stints at American River College, Tulane University and UNLV.

Brian Klier ’93 was recently promoted to police chief of Sutter Creek.

David Steele ’93 a former Hornet football player, has coached high school football for the past 14 years. He is head coach of Kingsburg’s varsity team and last season led the Vikings to their first Valley Championship in 32 years.

Reeshemah Davis ’95 recently accepted a position as executive director of the Marysville YMCA.

Richard Nitzkowski ’95 has been elected treasurer of the Yolo Hospice board of directors. He is also a CPA and the owner of Nitzkowski Tax and Accounting Services.

Cathleen Galgiani ’98 was re-elected to the Assembly. She has been an assemblywoman since 2006; she chairs the Assembly Committee on Agriculture. 

Mark Hargrove ’98 was promoted to senior engineer with GEI Consultants. He has more than 10 years’ experience designing water resource projects.

Jeanne Sibert ’98 and her mom, MaryAnne Sullivan ’72, have established Jeanne M. Sibert & MaryAnne Sullivan, LLC to help individuals, families and small businesses achieve their goals.

Rebecca Gardner ’99 accepted a senior associate position with the Burton Law Firm in Sacramento, a boutique office specializing in estate planning, business succession and tax and estate litigation. She is also a member of the Sacramento State Alumni Association board of directors.

Amie Marchini ’99 has always been passionate about caring for older citizens. After 14 years as a caregiver, she bought the Park Merced Assisted Living facility in Merced.

Todd Voorhees ’99, a former Marine, is the public affairs manager for San Diego Gas and Electric’s $1.8 billion Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Project. He is also very involved in community organizations.


Dan Bellini ’00, M.S., was recently sworn in as the new chief of police in Woodland.

Lonie Paxton ’00 plays professional football for the Denver Broncos. He recently hosted the Lonie Paxton Celebrity Sporting Clays Challenge to help physically challenged individuals engage in a healthy lifestyle. His inspiration comes from a friend who became a paraplegic after a 1998 snowboarding accident.

Edward Tubbs ’00 recently accepted a position as fire chief at Piedmont Fire Department. Previously, he served with the City of Dixon Fire Department and the Davis Fire Department.

Carolyn Cramer ’01 was awarded Teacher of the Year and teaches in the Clear Creek Elementary School District.

J.R. Wheeler ’01 works with companies in southern Oregon for Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Group. He was promoted to assistant vice president.

Paul Tillman ’03 and his wife, Jennifer, are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Sophia Amber.

Linda (Chin) Luna ’04 recently accepted a position as superintendent of the Millbrae Elementary School District.

Tanya Aderman ’05 recently earned her Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees.

Otis Amey ’05 is now playing football for the UFL Sacramento Mountain Lions as a wide receiver.

Selene Denney ’05 has a Spanish tutoring service, working with high school and college students. She also teaches Spanish in a local K-8 school.

Melissa Giannetto ’05 is the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s new bilingual dispatcher in the Transportation Department.

Anatosha Savage ’05 proudly announces the birth of a baby girl.

Megan C. Jones ’06, Air Force Airman 1st Class, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Ester O’Keefe ’06 recently retired from her position as manager of the Department of Justice Facilities Protection Unit. She plans to start another career as an inspector for the District Attorney’s Office.

Cambi Brown ’07 is a weekend anchor for CBS affiliate KWST 13 in Yuma, Ariz.

Patricia Mills ’07, M.A., recently won the Juror’s Award for Painting at the 2010 California State Fair.

Rodolfo Tucker ’08 graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

Sarah Billingsley ’09 was recently promoted to communications director at Alternative Weekly Network. 

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