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December 2004 Issue

Photo: Commencement  at Arco Arena
More than 5,000 students are expected to graduate from Sacramento State this academic year. They’ll be honored at commencement ceremonies at Arco Arena in December and on campus in May.

Did You Know?
One in 26 residents of the Capital Region has a degree from Sacramento State. And in a recent survey of the region, 90 percent said Sacramento State is vital to the region’s prosperity and 84 percent agreed the University provides an excellent education.


Superintendent for breakfast
Jack O’Connell, California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, will be the guest speaker at the next Alumni Breakfast Club gathering, 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the Alumni Center. This popular program is free to association members, and others may attend for $15. Reservations are required.

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Distinguished Service Awards
The Alumni Association banquet honoring outstanding alumni will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Alumni Center. This annual event recognizes alumni who have made a difference in their communities, their profession and to Sacramento State. It is one of the University’s most prestigious honors. Recipients will be named in January.
Details: www.csus.edu/alum or (916) 278-6295.

Campus News

New doctoral program
Sacramento State is among three Northern California universities launching a new doctoral program to help meet the need for leadership in California's schools and community colleges. The program in educational leadership, geared to working professionals, is offered in conjunction with Sonoma State University and UC Davis.
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Space Center funding
A significant funding boost of $500,000 for a Space Science Center on the Sacramento State campus is on its way as part of the Congressional Consolidated Appropriations Act passed at the end of November. The funds will augment an initial $500,000 donation primarily from the estate of the late physics professor, Chien Hu.
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Coaches who tout clichés like “team player” and “knows how to win” to brag about their players are revealing more than you might think. They may actually value those traits as more important to success than physical ability, says kinesiology and health science professor Gloria Solomon.
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Graduation season
Like clockwork, Thanksgiving has ushered in the happiest season of all—Commencement season. Winter commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Dec. 18 at Arco Arena. Doors open and candidates assemble one-half hour prior.
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Painting: Cruz de Animas
Cruz de Animas

Religious art
A rare and varied collection of some of Mexico’s most cherished and historic works of art, miniature religious paintings known as retablos, will be on display in Sacramento State’s University Library Gallery from Dec. 3 through Feb. 18.
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Colberg, volleyball shine
Sacramento State head coach Debby Colberg was once again selected Big Sky Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year after guiding the Hornets to their 10th-consecutive 20-win season and third-straight Big Sky Tournament championship. The award is Colberg’s fifth-straight and seventh in the last eight years. She led the Hornets to a 25-7 overall record and an 11-3 mark in the Big Sky this year. Sacramento State has now won the Big Sky’s regular season and/or tournament championship each of the last eight years, and competed in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in eight seasons.
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Football honors
Senior receiver Fred Amey was among 13 Sacramento State football players recently recognized with Big Sky Conference honors. He closes his career with 4,049 receiving yards, 248 catches and 27 receiving touchdowns. His career yardage is the fourth-best in the history of Div. I-AA and his reception total ranks 10th.
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