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December 2003 Issue

Campus snapshotPhoto: This year’s campus photo, taken Oct. 23 during Homecoming Week
CSUS students volunteer about 2.3 million hours each year in the community, teaching children, assisting the elderly and more. At minimum wage alone, that work is worth $15.5 million.

Did You Know?
The CSUS economic impact on the six-county Sacramento Region is $743.5 million and 15,946 jobs.

Alumni News

State Hornet alum gathering
Graphic: Hornet Alumnig Reception
For more than 50 years, the staff of the State Hornet has been pounding out the news. Now those generations of staffers are set to get together and celebrate. The newly formed State Hornet Alumni Chapter will host a reunion from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 in the University Union. RSVPs are required and there is a $10 donation at the door. For more, visit www.statehornet.com. Full Story.

Seeking Bay Area alums …
A casual get-together and sailing on the Bay are just two recent activities held by alumni interested in establishing a CSUS alumni chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area. Anyone interested in joining can contact the Alumni Center at (800) SAC-GRAD or contact Craig Perez at (916) 278-4912 or cperez@csus.edu.

... and Long Beach alums
Two alumni from Southern California recently met with the CSUS Alumni Association to propose an alumni chapter in the greater Long Beach area. To learn more about the group, call (800) SAC-GRAD or contact Craig Perez at (916) 278-4912 or cperez@csus.edu. A February gathering in Long Beach is being planned.

Campus News

CSUS: A ‘Golden Asset’
CSUS is a key economic engine in the six-county Capital Region, with an annual economic impact of $743.5 million and 15,946 jobs, according to a new report from the University.

The “Golden Asset” report says $438.8 million in regional economic activity is directly generated by operations of the University and its auxiliaries, and an additional $304.7 million in indirect activity results from that spending. The report also highlights the University’s significant social impact.
  Full Story.

Grad beats odds
Photo: Lenore Presley
Lenore Presley
Lenore Presley, who was born deaf and gradually lost her sight as well, will join about 2,000 other new CSUS alumni when she takes part in winter commencement this month. She will be the first deaf-blind graduate of CSUS. Full Story.

Just add sun
Cardboard and aluminum foil. Unlikely tools for curbing water-borne diseases – until you factor in sunshine and biology professor Robert Metcalf.

For 25 years, Metcalf has been touting the benefits of solar cooking as a cheap, sustainable fuel source for developing countries. But a series of laboratory findings by the microbiologist reveal it can also be a simple technique for killing harmful bacteria in drinking water.
Full story.

Essay contest: Schools and sodas
High school juniors and seniors can win a day in Sacramento meeting with state leaders in an essay contest sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, a civic education program of the Center for California Studies at CSUS and the State Legislature.

This year’s topic is soda machines in high schools. Full story.


Photo: Torch of Freedom by Stephen J. Kaltenbach
Torch of Freedom by Stephen J. Kaltenbach

Faculty artists
World-class works by CSUS faculty will be on display during the CSUS Art Department Faculty Show opening at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 5, in the University Library Gallery. The wide-ranging show includes sculpture, painting, photography and multi-media works, all by the University’s art education, art history and studio art professors and lecturers. Full story.

Teen talents

Lenaea logo

CSUS will play host to the largest high school drama event of its kind for the 48th year when the 2004 Lenaea Festival opens Jan. 30. More than 1,000 high school students are expected to participate in plays, monologues and duets during the three-day festival at venues throughout the University.

Performances are open to the public, and $5 day and $10 weekend passes are available. For more, call (916) 278-6702. Full story.


Tough loss
The fifth-seeded Stanford volleyball team beat CSUS in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last week. It was a hard-fought series that ended 39-37, 30-28 and 30-23. Full story.

Honored again
After leading the volleyball team to the Big Sky Conference Tournament championship and its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance, CSUS head coach Debby Colberg was named Big Sky Coach of the Year. It marks the sixth time in the last seven years that Colberg has received the honor. Full story.

Focus on learning
CSUS athletics has created a new tutorial/athletic retention program for Hornet student-athletes. The Hornet Education Athletic Retention and Tutorial (HEART) program was created to give increased academic support to identified student-athletes to improve retention and graduation rates. Full story.

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