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Spring Semester 2014 is abuzz at Sacramento State


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About 27,000 Sacramento State students head back to their classrooms Monday, Jan. 27, after a long winter break, and the University is ready to ease their return to college life.

There have been a few changes over the break.

Spring 2014 Semester

New street names may be the first thing students notice when they return to campus. To eliminate confusion and make it easier for first responders to find their way around, the “North,” “East,” “West” and “South” suffixes for the looping State University Drive have been eliminated. The eastern portion will remain State University Drive, “North” will become Arboretum Way, and the “West” and “South” portions become extensions of College Town Drive.

Some smaller, unnamed streets around campus will now get names, such as Black Oak Drive on the east side of Parking Structure 3.

In addition, the campus’ popular park-for-almost-free program will be in effect Jan. 27-28, says Tony Lucas, senior director of University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS). Visitors and students who don’t have semester permits can park for just a 35-cent administration fee if they use the PayByPhone system for daily and two-hour permits.

Motorists can sign up online at, then download the free phone app. Once on campus, they can use their iPhone, Blackberry, Android or other device to enter Sac State’s location number – 5115 – and their parking duration. Users of more basic cell phones can use the service by calling (866) 234-7275.

Aimed at getting more people to sign up for the convenient service, the two-day trial period helps the student avoid a $6 all-day permit or a $3 two-hour fee.

Another change is the Hornet Shuttle stop at Parking Structure 3. Formerly located next to The WELL and the Hornet Stadium gate, it has been moved to the northwest corner of the parking structure. The new location allows riders to stay dry in the winter and shaded in the summer while waiting for the bus. It also makes the stop visible from The WELL and relieves traffic issues created by the former site.

UTAPS also has combined forces with University Police to develop a traffic plan for the first few days of the new session. Community service officers and new signage will be available to more quickly direct motorists to available parking spaces.

“As an example, Parking Structure 1 on the west side will be closely watched so that when it fills up, northbound traffic on the new stretch of College Town Drive (formerly State University Drive West) can be channeled into Parking Lots 7,8 and 9 on the south end of campus,” Lucas says.

There are a few changes for spring at The WELL, the campus recreation and wellness center. Additional fitness space and equipment now is located on the second floor where the lounge used to be, while the lounge has been relocated to the first floor, just off the lobby.

Fitness equipment additions, based on member feedback, include more free-weight equipment located on both floors. Some weight machines have been relocated from the first to the second floor. “If you’re looking for a special piece of equipment, feel free to ask staff for its new location,” says Mirjana Gavric, director of The WELL.

A number of improvement projects have kept workers busy throughout the semester break.

Facilities Management and Information Resources and Technology have been going through 12 of the campus’ smart classrooms, upgrading the technology and replacing some podiums.

More restrooms have been upgraded, getting full tile and fixture replacements in Lassen, Humboldt and Yosemite halls.

New cabinets were installed in Sequoia Hall labs 428 and 444.

The floor of the North Gymnasium has been repainted and refinished.

And the lobby at Sacramento Hall has been reworked to improve building security.

There will be several activities to take students’ minds off classes and homework for a little while.

UNIQUE Programs and Associated Students Inc. are bringing San Jose Taiko to the Union Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. The group combines thunderous drumming with choreographed movement.

ASI’s Farmers Market returns from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Serna Plaza in front of the Hornet Bookstore.

Residence hall students who return early will get a head start on events. Game nights, an organized Frisbee contest, movies and snacks will be offered throughout this weekend, Jan. 24-26. There’s also a game night Tuesday, Jan. 28.

A number of events are planned for February as part of Black History Month.

Terry McMillan, author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the University Union Ballroom.

“The Mis-Education of the Post-Black Negro,” an art exhibit and lecture by artist Milton Bowens, will be presented. The lecture is at noon Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Union Redwood Room. The exhibit runs through Feb. 27 at the Union Gallery.

And a funk, rock, soul and reggae concert featuring musician Brian Chris Rogers will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Redwood Room.

For more information about the University, visit For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. – Craig Koscho