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Rocks rule at Sac State auction


Alyssa Raisis, a junior geology major, displays an item for bid.

Bidders couldn’t get enough of all the rocks, minerals and fossils at Sacramento State’s seventh annual Rock Auction.

Final figures are still being tallied, but tentative numbers show the Nov. 19 event in the University’s Alumni Center raised about $11,000, compared to $7,500 last year, says auctioneer and Geology Department Chair David Evans.

About 400 people, 100 more than last year, participated in the live and silent auctions, waving numbered paddles to place their bids.

University President Alexander Gonzalez was a guest auctioneer for a pair of pieces – malachite and pyrite – representing the school’s Green and Gold colors. When the smoke from all the waving paddles finally cleared, the item fetched $500.

“It was great to have President Gonzalez as a guest auctioneer,” Evans says. “His auction raised the energy level noticeably.”

The most popular item of the evening, a piece of polished labradorite, went for $700. Proceeds benefit the department’s Geology Club, which organizes the annual event. “It is very satisfying when the hard work of the students is acknowledged and rewarded by the support of alumni and the community,” Evans says.

For more information on the Geology Club, call (916) 278-6337. For media assistance, all Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.