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November 2005 Issue

Photo: Alex  Spanos
The inaugural Green and Gold Gala was the talk of the campus and the town. In addition to honoring philanthropists Alex Spanos, above and his wife Faye, the event featured the announcement of more than $3 million in leadership gifts.
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Did You Know?
The University’s Festival of New American Music is one of the nation’s longest-running events dedicated to contemporary music. This year’s event runs through Nov. 13.

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Get on the bus
Join the Alumni Association and Hornet Athletics for a one-day round-trip bus ride to Reno on Nov. 19 to cheer on Sac State when they go against Nevada in basketball. The trip, including a ticket to the game, is $45 per person. Buses leave the Alumni Center at 11:30 a.m. and arrive in Reno in time for riders to explore downtown before heading to the Lawlor Center for the 7:05 p.m. tip-off.

Reservations can be made with a check or credit card at the Alumni Association Office or by calling (916) 278-6295 by Nov. 11.

Alumni Scholarship Fund
Applications for scholarships funded by life members of the Alumni Association are now available. Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded for the 2006-07 school year. The deadline for submission is April 1. Scholarships will be given to incoming, continuing undergraduate, graduate and continuing graduate students.

Applications are available from committee member Larry Augusta at laugusta@surewest.net.

Alumni Breakfast Club
Bob Waste, professor and alumnus of Sac State, will talk about “Gold Rush Park: An Urban Wilderness” at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Alumni Center. Waste will talk about a plan to develop one of the largest city parks in the nation along the American River. The talk, which includes breakfast, is free to Alumni Association members. Guests are $20.

RSVP by calling (916) 278-6295.

Last call for DSA Nominations
Nov. 15 is the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2006 Distinguished Service Awards. Anyone can nominate an alumnus who has achieved prominence in his or her chosen field and brought distinction to the University or community. For a confidential nomination form, contact Linda Scott at (916) 278-4899 or scottL@csus.edu. The dinner will be held on April 6.

Campus News

New honors program
The curriculum is ready. The faculty is in place. Now the University’s new honors program is ready for the next phase—signing up students. The goal is to attract highly motivated first-time freshmen and provide a challenging liberal arts education in a small class setting.
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Link to light rail
The campus community is open to getting to Sac State without a car, according to preliminary results of a transportation survey. Fifty-three percent of respondent said they would ride light rail to or from campus if there was a convenient street car option between the station and campus. To meet that need, a transportation system is being developed to link the 65th Street light rail station with the University including various stops on the campus interior.

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Speedier bridge construction
Faster bridge construction projects may be in store for California through the efforts of a Sacramento State civil engineering professor. Eric Matsumoto, in conjunction with researchers from UC San Diego and state departments of transportation including CalTrans, is exploring the feasibility of constructing bridges in the seismic regions using precast concrete. The research is being funded by a $550,000 contract from the National Cooperative Highway research program.

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The cast of award-winning play about the end of the Harlem Renaissance, Blues for an Alabama Sky
The cast of award-winning play about the end of the Harlem Renaissance, Blues for an Alabama Sky

Blues depicts decline of Harlem Renaissance
Pearl Cleage's award-winning play about the end of the Harlem Renaissance, Blues for an Alabama Sky, will take the stage at Sacramento State at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18 in the Playwrights' Theatre in Shasta Hall. Performances continue at 8 p.m., Nov. 19 and Dec. 1 to 3, and at 2 p.m., Nov. 20 and Dec. 4. A special-priced performance will be at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 30.
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Trombonist Wallace featured at Festival
Critically acclaimed trombonist, composer and arranger Wayne Wallace, will headline a Latin jazz-themed concert at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 in Music Recital Hall of Capistrano Hall during the University’s Festival of New American Music. Wallace will be joined by the Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble and the Sacramento State Latin Jazz Ensemble in a free performance that will feature works composed and arranged by the trombonist.

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Rock around the auction block
Move over eBay, the Sacramento State Geology Club is ready to make its mark on the auction world. The Sacramento State Geology Club will present its second annual Rock Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Alumni Center. The half-live and half-silent auction will feature polished rock slabs, mineral and fossil specimens, and custom jewelry. There will also be food, wine, door prizes and more.

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Big Sky title for men?
The preseason accolades for the Sacramento State men’s basketball team continue to roll in as The Sports Network has selected the Hornets to win the Big Sky Conference championship for the upcoming season. The first-place selection marks the highest the Hornets have been predicted to finish in the Big Sky by a media outlet since the team joined the league in 1996.

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Another year, another volleyball championship
Sophomore Jennifer Ferguson tallied a team-high 13 kills and junior Atlee Hubbard added 11 kills to lead Sacramento State to a three-game sweep of the Idaho State. With the victory, Sacramento State clinched its ninth-consecutive Big Sky championship and the team will now host the Big Sky Tournament on Nov. 17-19.

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Rowing closes fall season with second
The Sacramento State women's varsity eight placed second out of 24 boats in the Open Eight Competition, highlighting the Hornets' final regatta on the fall schedule Sunday afternoon at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival.

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