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September 5, 2000

CSUS Programs Reap Rewards of
Summer Donations and Grants

Two scholarships honoring Joe Serna, a program to put more bilingual teachers in the classroom, a study of Indian youth gangs and business training for elementary school children are among the California State University, Sacramento projects and programs that received funding from generous donors and government agencies this summer:

A $100,000 gift from a Northern California labor/management coalition has established an endowment to fund a Joe Serna Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The Sacramento chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, the International Brotherhood of Electricians Local 340 and the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 447 created $2,500 scholarships for recipients majoring in government, construction management, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering.

The division of nursing received a $10,000 gift from Kaiser Permanente Sacramento for a scholarship in memory of CSUS professor and Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. Each semester, a $1,000 scholarship will be given to a senior nursing student who has demonstrated significant efforts to improving the health of the community, particularly to helping vulnerable populations such as the uninsured or underinsured. The first scholarship will awarded this fall. More information is available at (916) 278-6525.

The Bilingual Instructional Leadership Program landed a five-year U.S. Department of Education award worth more than $700,000. The program is an effort to increase the ranks of the area's bilingual educational administrators by providing funds for fees, books, and transportation to assist bilingual teachers pursuing administrative credentials. More information is available at (916) 278-5388.

Another U.S. Department of Education grant will provide more than $1.2 million over five years to upgrade the qualifications and skills of college graduates returning to school to become elementary school teachers. CSUS' Cross-Cultural Resource Center will oversee the program which provides re-entry students $3,000 in tuition and financial assistance to take education courses at CSUS and UC Davis toward both a teaching credential and a Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certificate, allowing them to teach limited English proficient students. More information is available at (916) 278-4731.

The College of Business Administration received $20,000 from Pacific Bell to help fund its Business Academy at Sacramento's Father Keith B. Kinney Elementary School. The program teaches students about the business world with class presentations and field trips. The funding will go toward getting the children started using computers and the Internet, and for a group visit to the University campus.

The Center for Delinquency and Crime Policy Studies landed a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for an 18-month project to study youth gangs in Indian populations across a number of settings, including several reservations and selected metropolitan areas.

Media information is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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