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September 19, 2000

Isabel Hernandez-Serna,
30 Dedicated Years at CSUS

Isabel Hernandez-Serna, who dedicated 30 years of her life to the students at California State University, Sacramento, died last night after a long illness.

Hernandez-Serna began teaching at CSUS in 1970, and had taught ethnic studies, Spanish and teacher education. She had served as the director of both educational equity and of University Outreach. Since 1994, she served as the University's assistant vice president for academic affairs, educational equity and student retention. She was the widow of CSUS professor and Sacramento mayor Joe Serna Jr., who died in November.

At CSUS Hernandez-Serna was admired for her warmth, inspiring outlook and fierce dedication to students. CSUS President Donald R. Gerth issued the following comments today on behalf of himself and the University community:

"Isabel has given so much to this University and our community. We have all lost a wonderful and committed individual. At this University we will feel that loss immensely.

"Over the years I have worked closely with her, I found her to be someone who could and would get things done. She never let this University down. Whatever she was asked to do, or whatever she wanted to accomplish, she did. And she did it very, very well, time after time. She is an amazing, accomplished woman.

Her loss will be tremendous for those of us on the campus, which was almost a second home to her and the family. I would frequently see her with Joe on campus, deep in conversation, having lunch together. Indeed, they enjoyed each other's company, and they enjoyed being here, working daily with young people and helping to shape lives.

Her loss hits all of us very hard, and not just those of us who worked with her or knew her through the community, but the many students whom she nurtured - and at times pushed - and helped to succeed."


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