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June 2004 Issue

Photo: Presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry
More than 5,000 students graduate from CSUS each year at ceremonies held on campus in the spring and at Arco Arena in the fall. Photo by Steve McKay.

Did You Know?
CSUS is 30th in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to ethnic minority students, according to Black Issues in Higher Education.


Summer concert
The Alumni Association will have balloons and facepainting at its tent for the campus concert of Sacramento’s summer Pops in the Park series. The free concert, at
6 p.m., Saturday, June 26, will feature the band Funkengruven. The Alumni Association will also have information about membership benefits and Homecoming 2004.

Alumni summer benefits
Many benefits of membership in the Alumni Association can save you money this summer. There are discounts on car rentals and hotel reservations, as well as discounted ticket prices and family plans for attractions such as Universal Studios, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Legoland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Disneyland. Details: (916) 278-6295 or alumni@csus.edu.

Campus News

Graphic: Olympics Track & Field Trials logo

Olympic Trials return
CSUS hosts the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials for a second consecutive time July 9 to 18. Hopes are high for an even more successful event than in 2000, the best-attended U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials ever.

Tickets and schedule: Sacramento Sports Commission at www.sacsports.com or (916) 566-6560.

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President’s update
The University’s budget situation was the primary topic at CSUS President Alexander Gonzalez’ last town hall meeting of the academic year. At the May 17 event, Gonzalez said it appears the University will not be required to take additional cuts beyond what it had already prepared for in 2004-05.
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Audio of event

Placer campus deal
CSUS and Placer Ranch representatives have signed a formal agreement for a gift of land to build a CSUS Placer Campus. The gift of more than 280 acres is at the originally proposed site that was announced last February. It’s near the junction of Fiddyment Road and Sunset Blvd. West in South Placer County, in the proposed 2,200-acre development called Placer Ranch owned by venture philanthropist Eli Broad. Groundbreaking will be as early as spring 2006.
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Photo of Cast members of Honk!
Cast members of Honk!

Honk! flies south
The CSUS production of Honk! – a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” – will wing its way to the isle of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands this summer. Fifteen CSUS students involved with the campus production will perform the play to benefit Tortola’s Community Agency on Drugs and Addiction. No University funds are being used for the trip thanks to support from American Airlines and the island’s Stock Pot Theater.
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Olympic Trials Showcase
CSUS has planned a series of exhibits, performances, concerts, lectures and displays to complement the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, which are on campus in July. Dubbed the “CSUS Showcase,” the events will offer bonus entertainment opportunities for the huge crowds expected for the Trials.

More information and a schedule: www.csus.edu/events/showcase

Painting: Return to Glory by Euripides Kastaris
Return to Glory by Euripides Kastaris

Olympic artist
Works by artist Euripides “Rip” Kastaris, the first Greek American chosen by the United States Olympic Committee to commemorate U.S. athletes, will be on display at CSUS from June 19 to July 31 in the University Library Gallery. The artist will be present during a free show-opening event at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 19. Details: (916) 278-4189
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Juneteenth event
African American life along the American River during the Gold Rush will be re-created in a free Juneteenth celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Negro Bar State Park in Folsom. The event is both a tribute to California’s African American pioneers and a celebration of the emancipation of American slaves. Details: (916) 278-7302
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Photo of Margarita Karnaukhova
Margarita Karnaukhova

Tennis honors
Sophomore Margarita Karnaukhova, who reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship in May, has become the first Division I CSUS women’s tennis player to earn All-America honors.
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On track
For the first time in school history, CSUS will be represented by a pair of men at the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Senior Robert Linkul and junior André Wright will make the trip to Texas for the meet.
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