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August 2004 Issue

Photo: 2004 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials
172,000 fans packed Hornet Stadium over eight days of competition as Sac State hosted its second consecutive U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in July. Photo by Sam Parsons

Did You Know?
Sac State is fast becoming the national venue of choice for track and field athletes and coaches. The University just hosted its second U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and has been chosen as the site of the next three NCAA Track and Field Championships.


New director
Photo: Joseph Sheley

Joseph Sheley, twice a graduate of Sac State, will add interim director of alumni relations and executive director of the Alumni Association to his current duties as dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies beginning Aug. 1. He will remain in both roles until a permanent alumni director is named.
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Catch a ride
You can travel with the Hornets to Reno for this season’s opening football game versus the University of Nevada Wolf Pack at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11. There are two choices – an overnight stay leaving Friday at 3 p.m. with accommodations at Circus Circus, and a day trip on Saturday leaving at 8 a.m. The overnight trip is $140 individual or $200 for two and includes round-trip travel, room, tailgate festivities and game tickets. The Saturday bus is $55 and includes everything but the room. Make reservations, or RSVP for the tailgate party only, by Sept. 1 by calling (916) 278-4263 or (800) SAC-GRAD.

‘Art of Golf’ tourney
The Alumni Association will host “The Art of Golf Tournament” at Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln on Friday, Oct. 8. Proceeds will benefit the First Tee of Sacramento (formerly SAY Golf), the CSUS golf team, and the Alumni Association and its scholarship program. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m., and the event includes lunch and dinner, cart, range balls, prizes and contests. Cost is $150 for Alumni Association members and $175 for non-members. For more, call (916) 278-6295 or (800) SAC-GRAD.

Art of golf
Golf artist and Sac State alum Jim Fitzpatrick will speak at a special event at the Alumni Center scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6. His talk will include details of his participation in a new film about golfer Bobby Jones. There will also be a live auction. In addition, limited edition copies of a new work by Fitzpatrick will be offered exclusively through the Alumni Association later this summer. The piece depicts the 16th hole at Cypress Country Club in Carmel (preview at www.jfitzpatrickart.com). For more, call (916) 278-6295 or (800) SAC-GRAD.

Get the latest
Visit the Alumni Association’s website at www.csus.edu/alum to find out about upcoming events and activities. There’s also an application for Alumni Association membership on a secure site. The campus is abuzz with exuberance and your Alumni Association is committed to creating great programs and events for alums. Get connected to a Great University and Great Alumni!
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State of Sac State
Sac State President Alexander Gonzalez will give his fall “State of the University” address to the campus community on Thursday, Aug. 26 in the University Union Ballroom. The event will begin with coffee at 9 a.m. followed by the speech at 10 a.m.

More jobs?
The Sacramento Region’s job market should continue its slow improvement over the next year, according to the quarterly CSUS Forecast from the California Institute for County Government at Sac State. The forecast predicts the region’s job growth will reach about 2 percent by next spring, led by continued strength in the construction and finance sectors.
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President’s inauguration
Alexander Gonzalez will be inaugurated as Sac State’s 11th president in a public ceremony on Monday, Oct. 4 – the first day of Homecoming Week. The inauguration begins with a 12:30 p.m. processional at the Outdoor Theatre featuring Sac State faculty, retired faculty, the California State University Chancellor and Board of Trustees, and dignitaries from universities throughout California.

The inauguration is an important symbolic event for a University. It is embedded in the traditions and roots of higher education going back to medieval Europe.

President Gonzalez began at Sac State in July 2003. As is customary at many American universities, the formal inauguration is being held after the new president has had time to become established at the campus.The event is funded with private money and through the CSUS Foundation.
Details: (916) 278-6156


Track championships
In another track and field coup for Sac State, the NCAA has awarded the University the 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division I Outdoor Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championships.
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Academic home run
The Sac State softball program has placed a league-leading 13 student-athletes on the Pacific Coast Softball Conference’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
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