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June 2005 Issue

Photo: 2005 Grad.
In the largest spring commencement in Sacramento State history, more than 4,200 students were eligible to cross the stage at seven commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21 on campus.

Did You Know?
The University’s Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma boasts one of the top rowing venues in the country. It recently hosted the Pac-10 and NCAA women’s rowing championships.


Homecoming 2005
An exciting week of activities is being planned for Homecoming 2005. It’s set this year for Sept. 26 to Oct. 1, but gets an early start with the 1980-81 National Champion Sac State women’s volleyball teams celebrating a 25th anniversary reunion over Causeway Classic weekend, Sept 23-24.

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Campus News

Photo: Brandon Jackson with son
Brandon Jackson
with son

Top grad
The new President’s Award for the top graduating senior was presented to engineering major Brandon Jackson at the recent Spring Commencement ceremonies. Each of the University’s seven Colleges also honored a top graduate with the new Deans’ Awards.
More: President's Award and Dean's Award.

Honors Program
A new honors program featuring courses for high-achieving, highly motivated students is scheduled to launch in fall 2006. Planning for the program will begin this fall.
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Summer camps
Sacramento State’s Peak Adventures and Aquatic Center are both offering fun-filled camps throughout the summer. At them, children and teens can learn about nature, experience the thrill of river rafting, hike the trails of the Gold Country and more.
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High school photo contest
High school photographers can share their vision of California by entering the LegiSchool Project's annual photo contest "California Through My Eyes." The contest's first-place winner will receive $100 and four runners-up will each receive $50. The contest is sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, a civic education program of Sacramento State's Center for California Studies and the State Legislature.
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Executive MBA
Information sessions about Sacramento State’s new MBA Program for Executives will be June 8 at the Sunset Community Center; June 14 at the Radisson Hotel; and June 15 at the Sacramento State Alumni Center. All sessions are 5:30 to 7 p.m.
More: cbaweb.cba.csus.edu/emba or e-mail cbagrad@csus.edu.


Summer concerts
Along with barbeques and swimming, the annual “Pops in the Park” concert series is a Sacramento summertime staple. The series features free evening concerts at 6 p.m., June 4 to July 9, with popular band Funkengruven playing at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 18 in Sacramento State’s Library Quad. The Alumni Association will be at the campus concert with information about upcoming events.
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The Emancipation Proclamation and pioneer life of African Americans along the American River will be celebrated at the annual Juneteenth celebration, “Reclaiming the Past: African Americans along the American River,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 18 at Negro Bar State Park in Folsom. The event is cosponsored by Sacramento State.
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Folk tunes and talk
The Sacramento State Osher Lifelong Learning Institute welcomes British folksinger and songwriter Jez Lowe at 6 p.m., June 29 in Napa Hall. Lowe will perform original works and talk about the Northumbrian (Celtic) roots of his music. No charge to Sacramento State Osher members, $12 general admission. Call (916) 278-4433.

Write stuff
Aspiring writers are invited to an intense three-day Writers' Conference Aug. 5-7 at Sacramento State. The conference features workshops, public reading events and individual critiques from nationally recognized writers. It will also include a panel discussion from industry insiders on how to publish work. Cost is $199 to $250. Evening reading events are free.
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Hornets at track championships
Sacramento State’s Brandon Parker was awarded an at-large berth in the long jump for the 2005 NCAA Div. I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He’ll join senior Geoff Fong (hammer) and sophomore David Nichols (shot put) at the competition. The Championships will be held June 8-11 at Sacramento State.
More: Parker gains at-large bid and Sac State NCAA web site

Football Hall of Fame
The Sacramento State Football Alumni Chapter inducted seven members to its Hall of Fame on May 20. The group includes players Tony Corbin, Gregg Dockweiller, Ken Gardner, Rod McMasters, Daimon Shelton, coach Darren Arbet and contributor Jim Boras.
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Stand-out signs
The Sacramento State baseball program signed Gary Johnson of Sierra College to a national letter of intent. Johnson, an outfielder for the Wolverines, received Northern California All-American honors after posting some of the top offensive numbers in the state.
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