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February 2006 Issue

Photo: Students crowd Greek organization and campus club booths set up in the Library Quad.
Students crowd Greek organization and campus club booths set up in the Library Quad.

Did You Know?
Academic options continue to grow at Sacramento State. We now offer master’s degrees in biochemistry and in business administration for executives. New minors include Middle East and Islamic Studies, forensics investigations and Chicano-Latino Studies. We also offer a doctorate in education leadership.


Money tips
Each month, Golden 1 Credit Union partners with the Alumni Association to present free informational seminars on a variety of key issues such as Home Buying, Retirement Planning, Budgeting 101, Advanced Estate Planning and Understanding Your Credit Score. This month Investing Basics will be the topic from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Alumni Center.

Free parking is available with RSVP to alumni@csus.edu or (916) 278-6295.

Alumni Breakfast Club
Photo: Maggie Mejia
Maggie Mejia

Maggie Mejia, Superintendent of the Sacramento City School District, will be the presenter at the next Alumni Breakfast Club from 7:30-9 a.m., Wednesday, March 8 at the Alumni Center. She will present her vision for this complex and diverse district and how is she leading the way for "Positive Changes in Our City Schools." Following her talk, there will be time for Q and A. The event includes full breakfast buffet and is free to Alumni Association members, $15 for non-members. Seating is limited. Free parking is available with RSVP to alumni@csus.edu or call 278-6295.

Alumni stars come out on April 6
Eight outstanding alumni will be honored at the 19th Annual Distinguished Service Award dinner at the Alumni Center on Thursday, April 6. Jointly sponsored by Sacramento State and the Alumni Association, the DSA is the most prestigious award bestowed to alumni. The event begins with a reception followed by the dinner and program and promises to be the signature spring event for the University. Visit www.csus.edu/alum for more information or call 278-4899.

April is Alumni Month
April at Sacramento State will again feature a month of alumni activities and accolades. Events include:
• April 6 – Distinguished Service Awards
• April 16 – 2nd Annual Business Pathway to Success
• April 20 – Sac State Night at the River Cats
For the most up-to-date listing of events, visit www.csus.edu/events

Campus News

Campus, agencies prepare leadership pipeline
Photo: Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez speaks at a news conference announcing the start of a new leadership development program
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez speaks at a news conference announcing the start of a new leadership development program.

President Alexander Gonzalez, along with representatives from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Caltrans, kicked off an innovative Leadership Development Program Jan. 11 to prepare the next generation of leaders in state government. The program—which will be offered through the College of Continuing Education—is designed to address the fast-approaching retirement of the majority of state agency managers and leaders.
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Rumsey gift a boost to Native American studies
Students in the Native American Studies program at Sacramento State will be the beneficiaries of a $250,000 gift from the Rumsey Community Fund. The Rumsey Tribe has been frequent supporter of scholarships, but this gift from the Community Fund is their largest contribution to the University.

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President opens semester focused on academics
The University’s academic program, and its primary place in the implementation of the Destination 2010 initiative, was the focus of President Alexander Gonzalez’ spring address to the campus community in January. Gonzalez pointed out that while early Destination 2010 efforts have necessarily focused on the physical aspects of the campus—such as the Recreation, Wellness, Events and Stadium project—providing excellent academic and student programs is the core priority of the initiative.

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Full text and streaming video of President’s address

It’s a small campus after all
There may be six degrees of separation out in the larger world, but on the Sacramento State campus a researcher and her students have found that there can be fewer than three degrees of separation among the thousands of people here—making a big university seem much smaller and friendlier than might be expected.

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Tempest to blow audiences away
Sacramento State presents The Tempest, set on a mysterious island of enchanted spirits, where a magician's revenge collides with a world of misfits and shipwrecked clowns that will leave audiences crying with laughter. The production opens at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24 in the Playwrights' Theatre. Performances continue until March 5 and begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
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Women’s Tennis picked first in poll
The Sacramento State women’s tennis team was picked to finish first in the Big Sky Conference Preseason coaches poll. After four consecutive Big Sky crowns, the Hornets were a unanimous pick by the conference coaches, receiving six first-place votes. The Hornets ranked 40th in the FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, led by three-time league MVP Margarita Karnaukhova.

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Track and Field sets three school records
The Sacramento State men’s and women’s track and field teams set three school records at the Air Force Invitational on Feb. 2 and 4. Sophomore Ashley Arbuckle bettered her own school record in the weight throw, senior Richard Duhaim shattered his own mark in the heptathlon and junior Daniel Imlach broke the record in the pole vault.

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Baseball to host Alumni Weekend
Sacramento State’s baseball program will host a two-day alumni weekend May 5-6. Activities will include a golf tournament on Friday at the Teal Bend Golf Club and will conclude with the Alumni Game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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