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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: January 26, 2000

Serna Honored with First CSUS Lifetime Achievement Award

California State University, Sacramento will grant its first Lifetime Achievement Award, posthumously, to Joe Serna Jr., the late mayor of Sacramento and a government and ethnic studies professor at CSUS for nearly three decades.

The award will be made at the annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 17 in the University Union Ballroom. At the same event, 10 alumni will receive Distinguished Service Awards, CSUS history professor Kenneth Owens will receive the Distinguished Faculty Award and former TV anchor Stan Atkinson will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award.

The banquet begins with a 6:45 p.m. reception, and the dinner and program begin at 7:30 p.m.

Serna will be honored for both his long service to the Capital Region and his commitment to students. In addition to the award, CSUS announced earlier this month that it has named its first endowed professorship for Serna. The lead gifts to fund the professorship have been made by developer Angelo Tsakopoulos and attorney Morton Friedman.

The Distinguished Service Awards and banquet are sponsored jointly by the University and the CSUS Alumni Association to recognize outstanding alumni and community members for their achievements and service.

The keynote speaker this year will be Sandra Smoley, former secretary of the state Health and Welfare Agency and former Sacramento County supervisor. Paul and Phil from Y92.5 KGBY will emcee the event.

Tickets are $45 per person or $450 per table. Reservations may be made by calling (916) 278-6295 by Monday, Feb. 7.

2000 CSUS
Service Award Honorees


Suzanne Adan, '60/'71

Michael Stevens, '67

Lou Blanas, '73
Sacramento County Sheriff

Jesus Fernandez, '75
owner, Fernandez Barragan & Associates

Mary Hargrave, '67
executive director, River Oak Center for Children

Catherine MacMillan, '78
general counsel, Nob Hill Properties

Janet McWilliams, '59
teacher, San Juan Unified School District

Tony Saca, '67
owner, Filco Discount Centers

Dixie Schneider, '87
founder, Dixie Schneider Presents

Bob Thomas, '71/'78
Sacramento City Manager


Kenneth Owens
CSUS history professor


Stan Atkinson
retired television news anchor


Joe Serna Jr., '66
Sacramento mayor, CSUS government professor


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