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March 2005 Issue

Photo: DeShawn Freeman
Big Sky Tourney – DeShawn Freeman and the red-hot men’s basketball team host the first game of the Big Sky Quarterfinals vs. Weber State at 7:05, Saturday, March 5. Freeman earned Big Sky Player of the Week honors after his last-second three-pointer gave the Hornets a victory over Northern Arizona last week and cemented the team’s quarterfinals home game. The Hornets went 9-4 in their last 13 games.
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Did You Know?
Almost 700 new schoolteachers graduate from Sacramento State every year.


Alum Month
April has been designated Alumni Month at Sacramento State. Activities will include a campus visit by Honda’s humanoid robot ASIMO March 31 to April 2, the Distinguished Service Awards Banquet on April 14, Sacramento State Night at the April 28 Rivercats game at Raley Field, special alumni receptions and more.

Details: (916) 278-6295 and watch for updates at www.csus.edu/alum.

Alum honors
Alumna Cristina Mendonsa, news anchor with KXTV Channel 10, will emcee the prestigious Distinguished Service Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 14 at the Alumni Center. Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez and Alumni Board President Larry Cook will present the awards to six outstanding alums, who are:

Michael Brown ’71, Commissioner, California Highway Patrol; Todd Murch ’81, President/CEO, Eskaton; Albert Najera ’78, Chief, Sacramento Police Department; Kirk Sturm ’81, Chief, California State Parks; Scott Syphax ’88, President/CEO, Nehemiah Corporation of California; and Rosemary Younts ’79, Senior Development Officer, Mercy Foundation. Ann Weldy ’69, author and retired Sacramento State faculty member, will receive the Distinguished Faculty Award. Sonney Chong, Chair of the Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy and Leadership (CAPITAL), will be named an Honorary Alumnus.

Tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. Call (916) 278-6295 or visit
Photo: Janis Besler Heaphy

Bee publisher at breakfast
Sacramento Bee Publisher and President Janis Besler Heaphy will be the next speaker in the Breakfast Club Speakers Series, hosted by the Sacramento State Alumni Association. Besler Heaphy will speak at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 8 at the Alumni Center.

The event is free to Alumni Association members, $15 for others, reservations required. Call (916) 278-6295.

President visits Southern Calif.
Southern California alumni will gather for a reception to meet Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez and other University administrators on March 14. The event will be held at the Paradise Restaurant in Gardena from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for Alumni Association members and $25 for non-members. For reservations, call (916) 278-6295 or e-mail alumni@csus.edu.

Campus News

Serna papers
The personal papers of late Sacramento mayor Joe Serna have been donated to Sacramento State, where he taught for 29 years. The collection includes more than 135 containers of mementos from Serna’s association with the United Farm Workers movement, his work as a Sacramento State government professor and his days at City Hall.
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Photo: Janis Besler Heaphy

Prof honored for research
Craig Gallet, a professor of economics, is the recipient of the 2004-05 President’s Award for Research and Creative Activity. He won the award for his research regarding the impact of public policy on the cigarette industry.
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Photo: ASIMO

Honda robot
ASIMO, a smooth-moving humanoid robot created by Honda, will strut its stuff at Sacramento State as part of a nationwide university tour with only two stops in the Western United States. The robot will make free public appearances at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1 and at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 in the University Union Ballroom. Seating will be limited. Doors will open 30 minutes early.
Art from Jim

Details: (916) 278-6997 and watch for the press release at www.csus.edu/news.

Women's history events
In commemoration of Women's History Month in March, Sacramento State will host an array of events and exhibits that honor the achievements of women and examine new issues surrounding feminism. One of the most anticipated events, a conference that connects women community leaders from various fields with Sacramento State students, took place Friday, March 4 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.

Details: (916) 278-7388. Full Story

Painting: The Horn Player, 1961 Emma-Marie Bartelme, oil on canvas, 16 1/2 x 15, collection of Robert Aichele
The Horn Player, 1961 Emma-Marie Bartelme, oil on canvas, 16 1/2 x 15, collection of Robert Aichele

13th Festival of Arts
The 13th annual Festival of the Arts at Sacramento State will feature two weeks of art, dance, design, literature, music, photography and theater. It kicks off March 7 and continues through March 21.

Featured this year are works by Bay Area artists from the 1950s and 1960s in the Library Gallery, and a keynote address by artist Carrie Mae Weems.
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Top classical musicians
The annual New Millennium Concert series returns to Sacramento State this spring, featuring performances by some of the nation’s leading classical musicians. The Sun Quartet opened on Feb. 28, and the series continues with performances by the Dorian Wind Quintet on March 18, guitarists Al Di Meola and Manuel Barrueco on March 31 and the Gala Finale with violinist William Barbini, clarinetist Deborah Pittman, percussionist Dan Kennedy, vocalist Claudia Kitka and saxophonist Keith Bohm on May 8.

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Photo: Stefanie Aeder

Gym star
Sacramento State senior Stefanie Aeder has been named co-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week after helping lead the Hornets to a first-place finish in a meet with UC Davis and Alaska Anchorage. She tied her season high with a 9.925 on floor to place first in the event. Aeder currently ranks fourth in the West Region and is tied for 20th in the nation on floor. Her regional score trails only UCLA’s Tasha Schwikert, Kristen Maloney and Kate Richardson — all of whom are former Olympians.
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19th in nation
Sacramento State junior Margarita Karnaukhova has been named the Big Sky Conference women’s tennis Player of the Week. The junior is 10-1 on the year and currently ranked 19th in the country.
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Three for All-Conference
Sacramento State senior Jameel Pugh, and juniors Jason Harris and DaShawn Freeman have all been named to the Big Sky All-Conference Men’s Basketball Team. Sacramento State hasn’t had more than one player named to the first team since joining the Big Sky in 1996.

The men’s basketball team takes on Weber State in the Big Sky Quarterfinals at 7:05 p.m., Saturday, March 5 in Sacramento.
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