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October 2002 edition

Did you know?
About 40 percent of CSUS students volunteer each year. One-third of them devote at least 10 hours per week.

Alumni News

CSUS will once again honor a group of alumni at the annual Alumni Honors Luncheon. Academic departments from across campus nominated alumni for their accomplishments and contributions in their fields. This year, 33 alumni will be honored. Full story

Homecoming is coming
CSUS is gearing up for a Homecoming Week filled with fun activities Tuesday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 19, when the Hornets take on Portland State at 1 p.m. at Hornet Stadium. The week will have a blast-from-the-past, 1950s theme. Among the CSUS Alumni Association events at the Steven Lee Yamshon Alumni Center will be a classic car display and traditional rock 'n' roll sock hop with live music from the 1950s. Full story

Wall of presidents
The CSUS Alumni Association will unveil a portrait wall during Homecoming Week at a ceremony honoring the Association's past presidents in the Steven Lee Yamshon Alumni Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. More than 300 guests are expected at the event. Tickets are $25 per person. Full story

Investment help
The Alumni Association will present a free seminar on "Basic Investing" 5:30 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Yamshon Alumni Center. Open to the public, the seminar will cover investing alternatives and strategies. Parking is free.
For more or to reserve a space: 278-6295, (800) SAC-GRAD or alumni@csus.edu.

Campus News

ESL, not special ed
An unintentional result of California's increasing diversity may be an overtaxing of the state's special education programs. CSUS professor says children learning English as a second language are being referred to special education for communication disorders more often than primary English speakers, even though communication disorders show up at the same rate in different ethnic groups. Full story

Priority admission days
Prospective CSUS students can get ahead of the college admission game by making appointments in advance for Priority Admission Days on Saturday, Oct. 26 or Saturday, Nov. 9. During the two days, high school seniors can find out instantly if they qualify for Fall 2003 admission. An appointment is required.
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Wanted: higher ed leaders
CSUS will launch a new master's degree in higher education leadership next fall, becoming one of the few public universities in the state to offer such a program. The goal is to educate a new cadre of leaders for the state's community colleges and universities, who are needed to fill vacancies being left by a growing number of retirees. Full story


Talk by Nobel winner
Guatemalan civil rights leader and 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum will talk at CSUS at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18. Full story
Laramie Project
The theatre and dance department launches the first of 12 productions for the 2002-03 season with the powerful drama The Laramie Project. The drama is based on the brutal murder of 21-year old Matthew Shepard - whose killers said they targeted him because of his homosexuality - in Laramie, Wyo. in 1998. The play runs Oct. 10 - 13 and 17 - 20 in the Playwrights' Theatre in Shasta Hall. Curtain times are at 8 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Full story

Write on
The University Library will co-sponsor the 16th annual Focus on Writers Conference from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, in the University Union. The conference features Sacramento author William T. Vollman as the keynote speaker and includes 12 workshops on writing, research and marketing. Full story

Ski deals
The CSUS Ski Club is planning for a flurry of activity at its 37th annual Ski Swap from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 in the Yosemite Hall gymnasium. The club says it will offer more than $1 million in new and used merchandise. The products include skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, clothing and accessories. Full story


Volleyball on a roll

The CSUS volleyball team looks to extend its conference unbeaten streak on the road this weekend. The Hornets travel to Montana State on Friday, Oct. 11, before taking on Montana on Saturday, Oct. 12. The team is 3-0 thus far against Big Sky competition after winning at Northern Arizona last weekend. That matches the team's best start since joining the Big Sky in 1996. Full story

Web honors 
The official website for Sacramento State Athletics, www.hornetsports.com, has been selected as a finalist for the 2002 Dottie Awards. Now in its sixth year, the Dottie Award recognizes the website accomplishments and innovations of Northern California businesses, governmental agencies, organizations and individuals. Full story