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October 2004 Issue

Artist rendering of the Recreation, Wellness and Events Center
Artist rendering of the Recreation,
Wellness and Events Center

Big gift from Spanos
A $10 million commitment by real estate developer and San Diego Chargers owner Alex G. Spanos and his wife, Faye, will serve as the cornerstone donation for the remodeling of Hornet Stadium and construction of a planned $73 million Recreation, Wellness and Events Center at Sac State. President Alexander Gonzalez announced the gift, the largest ever to Sacramento State, during his inauguration address on October 4.
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Alum leads CHP
Sac State alum Michael Brown has been tapped to lead the California Highway Patrol. For details, see the Governor’s Office news release.

Homecoming Week underway
Sac State is hosting a series of Homecoming events this week, Oct. 4-9, concluding Saturday with a campus open house and football game vs. Portland State. For details, including a schedule of events and open house schedule, go to the news release and the Alumni Association’s website (click on “what’s new”). Or call the Alumni Association at (916) 278-6295.

Homecoming rally
Sac State’s Homecoming rally and crowning of the Homecoming king and queen will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8 at the campus’ Serna Plaza. The event will feature special guest Lorna Anderson Brown, a graduate of the class of 1960 and a former Sac State Homecoming queen and Miss California. The event concludes with fireworks at 8:15 p.m.

Details: (916) 278-6295.

Pre-game parties
Alums and their families are invited to pre-game parties at the Alumni Center on Saturday, Oct. 9 before the 6:05 Homecoming game vs. Portland State and on Oct. 16 before the game vs. Weber State. The Oct. 9 event will feature the band Betty and the Boomers, as well as the Sac State Marching Band and Cheer Squad, the Extreme Dance Team, face painting, food and more. The Oct. 16 event will feature the usual fun as well as the band Animal House.
Details: (916) 278-6295.

Get ‘what’s new’
You can get the latest news on upcoming Alumni Association events by visiting www.csus.edu/alum and clicking “what’s new.” That will take you to listings such as the November event with alum and golf artist Jim Fitzpatrick.

Campus News

Genocide conference
Leading scholars, along with Holocaust and genocide survivors, will examine some of the most horrific events of modern history at the second International Conference on Genocide, Oct. 14-16 in Sac State’s University Union.
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Debate and discussion
Sac State government professors will host a special viewing and discussion of the final presidential debate between George Bush and John Kerry at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13 in Mariposa Hall 1000. The event is free and open to the public.
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Robots battle again
Sac State’s competitive robotics club will host its second annual ant-weight robot battle – “Smackdown in Sactown” – and engineering expo from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17. The event will feature one-pound robot competitions, as well as projects by Sac State engineering students and technology workshops. Tickets are $5 general, $3 students and free for children 10 and under.
For details, visit www.sacbot.com or call (916) 278-6089.

Photo: Cast of Goodnight Desdemona
Cast of Goodnight Desdemona
(Good Morning Juliet)

Shakespearean shake-up
Dashing swordplay, mistaken identities and witty interweaving of Shakespearean and contemporary language make the theatre department’s opening play of the season, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), a can’t-miss show. Tickets are $15 general, $8 for students and seniors. Call (916) 278-4323 or visit Tickets.com.
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Funny finale
Sac State is set to once again host the San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition, and in a switch from previous years, the University will be one of the locations presenting the final round of the contest. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7 in the University Union Ballroom. Tickets are $10 general and $7 for students. Call (916) 278-4323 or visit Tickets.com.
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Sac State’s Challenge Center, which features a high-flying ropes course and other elements, will host its second “Spooktacular” event from 6 to 11 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28-29. The event features a pirate ghost ship with haunted galley as well as carnival booths. It is open to the public and is intended for children and adults ages 7 and older. Tickets are $2 Sac State students and $5 general public.
Details: (916) 278-4897

Theater packages

Sac State’s theatre and dance program is premiering money-saving ticket packages for its 10-production 2004-05 season. For the first time, University audiences will be able to purchase blocks of tickets good for 10 performances, eight performances or, for students, five fall or spring performances.

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New ‘Causeway Cup’
Sacramento State and UC Davis have created an annual, all-sport competition. The Causeway Cup will be awarded to the university that ends the year with the highest point total.
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Photo: Anna Erikson

Winning start
Sophomore Anna Erikson defeated Fresno State’s Katharina Winterhalter to win the championship match at the 10th annual Bulldog Tennis Classic, Sept. 26 in Fresno. The tournament officially kicked off the 2004-05 season for Sacramento State. Erikson didn’t drop a single set throughout the entire tournament.
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