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Spotlight shines on alumnus

August 25, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh

When it comes to creating the latest big screen blockbusters, Hollywood is turning to Joe Carnahan '95 (English Literature and Film Studies).

Carnahan is slated to write a film adaptation of popular PlayStation video game "Uncharted," and will write and direct, Bad Boys 3 starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. As Carnahan tells CinemaBlend, "Unless you're Toy Story 3, usually third ones aren't the strongest, but I think this one will be the strongest of the trilogy thus far." The sequel comes 15 years after the last Bad Boys franchise release and is scheduled to hit multiplexes in 2018. 

The accomplished director of The Grey, Smokin' Aces and The A-Team recently sat down with Sac State Magazine to share how he got his start at Sac State:


White House honors alumnus for teaching excellence

August 23, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh

President Obama has named Andy Kotko '01 (Physics), Credential '02, as one of the country's best math and science teachers. Kotko received the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is recognized for his work as a first-grade teacher at the Folsom Cordova Unified School District's Academy for Advanced Learning, a public magnet school at Mather Heights Elementary focused on inquiry and project-based learning. 

"Teachers transform lives by inspiring and equipping students as lifelong learners," Kotko told the National Science Foundation. "I am grateful for the many educators who have invested in my teaching practice as well as for the colleagues and families that work beside me each day. This honor is also a testimony to the great effort of the students under my guidance who work dilligently to grow in their mathematics understanding."

As a Presidential Awardee, Kotko receives a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, a certificate signed by President Obama and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. 

Photo courtesy Folsom Cordova Unified School District.


Another alumna takes home a bronze in Rio

August 22, 2016 by Sam Churich

The U.S. men's volleyball team rallied to defeat Russia in five sets to win the Olympic bronze medal in Rio yesterday. Watching it all unfold was Andrea Becker '01 (Kinesiology), MS '04 (Sport Performance). The former shortstop and second baseman for the Hornet softball team is the men's volleyball team's sports psychologist. 

Becker told Vice Sports, "People think a sports psychologist would make the players think more. But I'm actually trying to get them to play in the absence of thought—analytical thought." 

You can find Becker on the bench studying players' behavior throughout a match, specifically looking for visible signs of mental lapses. In addition, she holds one-on-one meetings with players to help them grasp why they did or didn't play well. To medal in her first Olympics, it's apparent Becker's methods are on the right track. 

Olympic trials

TBT: U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Track and Field

August 18, 2016 by Sam Churich

The world's fastest man Usain Bolt looks to defend his Olympic gold medal in the Men's 200 Meter Dash tonight in Rio. Do you remember when Hornet Stadium hosted the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Team Trials? Former 200 Meter Dash world record holder Michael Johnson and other top American athletes were on full display. 

Visit the Sacramento State Alumni Facebook page to view a gallery. 

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