The Sacramento State Leader

  July 2012

‘Made at Sac State’ campaign showcases alumni
Our students are among the region's most valuable resources. After graduating, they contribute to the growth of the economy and to California's quality of life. You may have seen this message reflected in the University's new marketing campaign, "Made at Sac State," showcasing our successful alumni. The image below, currently on the digital billboard along Highway 50 near campus, salutes "Leaders in Law Enforcement": Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, District Attorney Jan Scully, our own Sac State Police Chief (and former Sac County Undersheriff) Mark Iwasa, Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn, Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel and CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow – all proud Hornets.

Successful, innovative – they redefine the possible. They were "Made at Sac State." (For more, see a video of global entrepreneur Mark Otero, class of '99, and read a Q&A with him.)

The program, which places students in full-time staff positions in the State Legislature, executive branch and court system, was evaluated and honored by, a career management research and information website.


Professor's patented pack may have wide medical uses

Warren Drew Smith, professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, recently secured a patent for a battery-operated fanny pack that tracks the movements and documents the frequency of falls of children with cerebral palsy. But that may be only scratching the surface of the device's capability. Smith believes data gathered by using it could eventually benefit groups such as military veterans with leg prosthetics, muscular dystrophy patients and the elderly.


Entrepreneurial excellence: Barb Johnston, class of '78, has parlayed her telemedicine expertise into a potentially lucrative enterprise. HealthLinkNow has a $7.8 million grant from the California Medical Association and contracts with two states. Read an earlier profile of Johnston.


Golden moment: Stephanie Brown Trafton, the reigning Olympic discus champion, tries to repeat at the 2012 Games. It's the third Olympic berth for Sac State's volunteer director of operations for track and field, who is humbly appreciative of simply reaching the Games this year.


Leaders of tomorrow: Some of the Sacramento area's most promising high school students attended a leadership conference July 21-28 at Sac State. Now in its 30th year, the event assists at-risk students by helping them connect with valuable educational and professional resources.

Executive Fellowship program prepares public service professionals

'O-Team' assists the University's newest Hornets as they nest

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Campus Events

Tickets for the 2012 Hornet football season are on sale now! To purchase tickets, get a look at the team roster, view photo galleries and more, visit the Sac State football website.

Take your pick – the Upper or Lower South Fork of the American River. Sac State's Peak Adventures has rafting trips scheduled for both runs – the Upper from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, and the Lower from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.
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A bit of British theater history is on display at the Sac State Library's Department of Special Collections and University Archives. The Gerard A. and Georgia B. Larson Theatre Collection includes photographs, programs, floor plans, private letters and other memorabilia of British theater circa 1700-1878. The pieces are on display through Friday, Aug. 17. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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The Music Department's Fall 2012 season kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 5, with a free concert by the University's chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, the national coed music fraternity. The students will present a variety of classical solo and chamber music. The concert begins at
7 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

Some terrific art is tucked away in the Art Department's archives, including pieces from Picasso and Warhol, as well as great works by members of our Sac State community. They'll be exhibited in "Lost & Found: Selections from Sac State's Art Collection," Aug. 28-Sept. 27 in the Else Gallery. A reception will be held in the Kadema Hall breezeway from
5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Gallery hours are noon-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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