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					SAC STATE
SPRING 2011




                                    MAGA Z I N E




     Follow the            Alumni and Teachers of
                           the Year Kadhir Rajagopal
                           and John Castro prove


        Leaders            leadership does begin here.
                           pg. 8




  Government Internships     Faculty Set Course for
       Open Doors                Public Policy
              pg. 16                 pg. 18
                                         From the President
                                         SACRAMENTO STATE has a proud tradition of educating the
                                         leaders who make a positive difference in the lives of millions
                                         of Californians.

                                         As the only comprehensive University in the nation’s most
                                         dynamic state capital, we take very seriously our mission to
                                         prepare graduates who can contribute to the region’s schools,
                                         businesses, culture and future.

                                         We have worked extensively in recent years to strengthen our
                                         connections with these graduates as they become members
                                         of our growing family of alumni. This has allowed us to better
                                         understand the region we serve—and given us valuable feed-
                                         back we can use to shape the future of our great University.

                                         So far, a few areas of strong consensus have emerged. These
                                         include world-class academic programs that prepare graduates
                                         for the workforce, centers of excellence that will make us a
                                         regional hub for innovation, and facilities and attractions that
                                         will make our campus a destination for events and entertain-
                                         ment as well as academics.

                                         We are seeing that everyone wants Sacramento State to
                                         continue moving forward and become a premier, comprehen-
                                         sive University—despite the economic challenges that are
                                         dramatically changing public higher education in California.
      “We take very seriously            Your assistance will be essential as we work to accomplish this
      our mission to prepare             goal. As alumni and supporters, you serve as inspiring examples
                                         of the value of a Sacramento State degree.
        graduates who can                I am confident that, together, we can create a University that
    contribute to the region’s           will be the pride of the region and stand out as a beacon of
                                         excellence for generations to come.
         schools, businesses,            Sincerely,

         culture and future.”
                                         Alexander Gonzalez
                                         President




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SAC STATE
             SPRING 2011
  Sac State Magazine is published by the
   Office of University Advancement at
 California State University, Sacramento
 for alumni and friends of the University.

OFFICE OF UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT
           Carole Hayashino
    Vice President for Advancement
             (916) 278-7043

         ALUMNI RELATIONS                    Cover Photo: Mary Weikert
            Jennifer Barber


                                             FEATURES
 Executive Director of Alumni Relations
            (916) 278-6295



                                             8 Follow the Leaders
             DEVELOPMENT
              Vince A. Sales
Associate Vice President for Development          From education to law enforcement to public health, Sac State alumni
             (916) 278-6989                       are living proof: Leadership does begin here.

       UNIVERSITY MARKETING
               Terry Veiga                    MOMENTUM
Interim Director of University Marketing
             (916) 278-2140                  16 Opening Doors                                     20 From University Theatre
               Laurie Hall                       Government internship programs are                  to Carnegie Hall
Interim Editor of University Publications        priceless professional opportunities.                 Opera program gives students
             (916) 278-2140
                                                                                                       the tools to succeed on stage.
                                             18 Source Material
            PHOTOGRAPHY
             Sam Parsons
                                                 Sac State faculty help shape                     21 Destination / Green
              Bob Solorio                        public policy with unbiased,                        and Gold
             Mary Weikert                        thorough research.                                    Sacramento’s Poet Laureate
           Gordon Lazzarone
                                                                                                       pays tribute to Destination 2010.
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           Sacramento Hall 162                   Sac State students, faculty and staff are             Meet two Sac State grads and the 2011
       Sacramento, CA 95819-6026
                                                 doing amazing and interesting things on               Distinguished Service Award recipients,
              (916) 278-7043
            (916) 278-3966 fax                   and off campus.                                       who are all leaving their marks on
               csus.edu/ua                                                                             campus and beyond.
                                             22 Alumni Month Calendar
                                                 April is a great time to reconnect with          23 Class Notes
                                                 the campus and your Sac State family.                 Find out what’s new with your
                                                                                                       Sac State classmates.

                                                                                                  27 Planner
                                                                                                       A calendar of don’t-miss games,
                                                                                                       programs and events.


                                                                  Visit us at: facebook.com/sacstate

         This publication is printed on
         30% post-consumer recycled paper.
         Please recycle. Thank you.                                                                             csus.edu / Spring 2011       3
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                                                                             BY THE NUMBERS

                                                                           Sacramento State Engineering and Computer Science students are
                                                                           frequent top finishers in engineering competitions—concrete canoe
                                                                           design, race car building—against students from other campuses.
                                                                           There’s no denying the fun factor, but the competitions are also
    Kelly Garlick, a senior business administration and finance            practical applications of lessons taught in the classroom.
    major, makes an equity presentation at the Student Investment




                                                                            50mph
    Management Program’s weekly Monday morning meeting.




                                                                                                                             15 INCHES
Serious money                                                              TOP SPEED OF STUDENT-DESIGNED RACE CAR
Look out Wall Street. There’s a team of Sac State




                                                                                                                                          HOW HIGH STUDENT-BUILT
                                                                                                                                          HOVERCRAFT CAN HOVER
student investors moving in on your territory.

The Student Investment Management Program, which launched
in September, gives business students practical experience in real-                   200
                                                                                    POUNDS
life investing, using real money—$250,000 from the investment
portfolio of University Enterprises, Inc., the University’s non-profit
business auxiliary.                                                          AVERAGE WEIGHT OF A CONCRETE CANOE
    Kelly Garlick, a senior business administration and finance major,
says he applied for the program because “I wasn’t going to learn just
from reading out of a book. Investing with ‘play money’ doesn’t have
the same feel because the responsibility is not there.”
   “The first two purchases were very important because we finally feel
that we are doing something that might be beneficial for Sacramento
State,” explains Vladimir Petrosyan, a senior business administration           Like us, follow us, watch us
major. “This program not only provides unique learning opportunities
for students interested in the investment field, but could also become          We know you love Sac State, but now we want you to
a source for student scholarships in the near future.”                         “Like Us.” Join Sacramento State’s new official Facebook
    The students were cautious and “did their homework,” says Anna              fan page at facebook.com/sacstate.
Vygodina, a finance professor and advisor to the group. “They are                  There you’ll find a community of students, alumni,
very serious about it.”                                                         parents and friends of the campus. It’s a great way to
    Advisors include faculty and professionals working in the investment        keep in touch with Sac State and to find out what going
field. They provide guidance on the research and analysis process, but          on. So, join us and make some new friends, and meet
do not influence the students’ purchasing decisions. There are also             some old ones.
safeguards in place to make sure the students do not invest heavily                You can also follow us on our Twitter account
in any one company.                                                             at Twitter.com/sacstatenews and on YouTube at
   “I was in the meeting when they decided to invest the cash,” says            youtube.com/user/SacramentoState.
Jonathan Lederer, a private wealth management consultant. “It really
illustrated the difference between studying theory in the classroom
and applying it in the real world.”




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Q&A with…

Michael
David Davis 2011
A VISION FOR THE FUTURE

Michael David Davis lost his sight in 2002 to a brain tumor. But the
business management and entrepreneurship major is happy to be
alive and has lots of plans. After he graduates this spring, he wants
to work in a bookstore to gain experience and learn the common
mistakes entrepreneurs often make so he can achieve his ultimate
goal—owning a Braille bookstore. During his college career, Davis
has been a frequent user of the University’s Services to Students
with Disabilities, particularly its High-Tech Center, which he uses for
software that reads and “speaks” the text on a computer screen.

Q: Why are you determined to open a Braille bookstore?                     Q: How has Services to Students with Disabilities helped you?
A: I have not found a bookstore that has Braille books. A few will order   A: If Sac State did not provide these services, I don’t think I would
them, but the selection is small and contains mostly children’s books.     have gotten this far in school. They provide assistance with note
                                                                           taking and reading textbooks.
Q: How do you think your Sac State education will help
you in your business?                                                      Q: What advice would you give to blind students?
A: One of the most important things I learned is that location can hurt    A: Always talk to your professors about problems you are having.
or help your business. The best location for my bookstore will be down-    See if there is another way to get an assignment
town near public transportation so blind customers can easily get there.   done. Show that you are putting
                                                                           in the effort to pass the class.


 COOL COURSE


English 116B CHILDREN’S LITERARY CLASSICS
Description: In Kim Zarin’s Children’s Literary Classics course,           Assignments: Students read
students read literature from the early 20th century through 2009.         aloud to children, practice story-
The course aims to satisfy two kinds of students: those who read           telling techniques and write children’s
children’s books for their own sake and those who strive to bring          stories. “Probably the assignment students like best is writing their
literature alive for children.                                             own picture book,” Zarin says. “We learn to read like writers by think-
                                                                           ing about what choices they had when they crafted their story.”
Class work: Through extensive reading, students learn to identify
complexities in the seemingly straightforward texts. “Children’s           Students say: Kaitlyn Ferguson says the class was the most inspira-
literature may seem simple, but all the big issues—fairness, justice,      tional and exciting of her college career. “We had the chance to read
truth, social/political stability—are embedded in the story, there for     amazing books, meet and converse with authors and create our own
all readers, young and old, to appreciate, debate and discover,”           picture books. The projects and discussions prepared me for what I
Zarin says.                                                                will experience with my own classroom.”




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    Briefly
    GREEN & GOLD GALA 2010
    Sac State celebrated the community’s support of the Destination        ANOTHER…


                                                                           SUPER SUNDAY
    2010 initiative during the fifth annual Green & Gold Gala on Dec. 3.
    The evening featured performances by students from the theatre
    and dance department and the recitation of a poem written for
    the event by Sacramento Poet Laureate and Sac State Professor
    Bob Stanley (to read the poem, see page 21). The evening was
                                                                            Tiffany and Walter Brewer want their son Jaylon, a ninth-grader, to
    capped by the announcement of a $100,000 contribution from
                                                                            attend college. So when Sac State representatives visited their church
    Wells Fargo to the Student Veterans Success Program.
                                                                            on Feb. 20, they had the family’s full attention. 
    CAMPUS SELECTED 2010 “SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS”                                “We want to make sure he is taking the classes he needs and is on
    Sac State was named the 2010 Sacramento Sustainable Business            the right track,” Tiffany explains. “It’s easier to stay on top of it when
    of the Year by the Business Environmental Resource Center.              you can talk to someone in person.”
    The award was based on the University’s contributions to                    The Brewers were among hundreds of families to benefit from the
                                                                            sixth annual Super Sunday, in which Sac State President Alexander
    sustainability and pollution prevention in the community, for
                                                                            Gonzalez and other administrators visit churches in African American
    voluntarily exceeding environmental regulatory requirements
                                                                            communities to promote higher education. The program takes place
    for the American River Courtyard student residence hall, and for
                                                                            throughout the California State University system and reached about
    partnering with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District in the
                                                                            100 churches statewide this year. 
    California Smart Grid Center.
                                                                                Members of Sac State’s admissions and financial aid staff were on
    BASS-FISHING TEAM LANDS TROPHY                                          hand to answer questions, share literature and encourage students to
                                                                            consider college. 
    The home team reeled in top honors at the National Guard FLW
                                                                               “A lot of these kids don’t think they have the opportunity to go
    College Fishing Western Regional Championship held at Folsom
                                                                            to college,” says Linda Walker, a Sac State alumna and member of
    Lake with the weigh-ins at Sac State. Sac State bass fishermen
                                                                            Antioch Progressive Church. But, she says, church is the one venue
    Peter Lee and Robert Matsuura netted the Bass Fishing Club
                                                                            where you can explain to “both kids and their families that a college
    $50,000 in prizes, half of which they donated to the University
                                                                            degree will help you better yourself and the community.”
    to support scholarships and the Division of Nursing’s Folsom
                                                                                Graduate Dean Chevelle Newsome organizes Sac State’s par-
    Hall expansion. The tournament was covered by the Versus
                                                                            ticipation in Super Sunday. She says the program has led to other
    cable network and aired nationwide in November.                         partnerships with churches, such as community educational forums
                                                                            and a math academy for middle-school students.
    CAMPUS COMMUNITY SERVICE LAUDED
                                                                               “Churches are a central point for the community,” Newsome says.
    Sac State’s commitment to community service earned acknowledge-
                                                                           “If we can get kids educated and if they stay in their communities,
    ment when the University was awarded a Carnegie Community
                                                                            they bring everyone up. It is a great partnership and a
    Engagement Classification. The honor by the Carnegie Foundation
                                                                            central part of our mission.”
    for the Advancement of Teaching is eagerly sought by institutes
    of higher learning. It recognizes the University’s institutional
    culture and the many campus programs, such as the Community
    Engagement Center, that encourage community outreach.

    PHYSICAL THERAPY DOCTORATE PLANNED
    Sac State may begin offering a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree
    as early as 2012. The California State University Board of Trustees
    approved having Sacramento State move forward with planning
    for the program. The need for a doctorate-level program was
    driven by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy
    Education’s decision to only grant accreditation to programs
    with doctorates, beginning in 2015.

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  Future CAMPers attend a summer orientation to prepare for the fall semester.




Planting the seeds for success
CAMP helps children of farmworkers succeed in college
 Ruben Velazquez Navarro’s parents worked as farm laborers most of                 “In the migrant culture kids often play an adult role, translating, taking
 their lives, earning enough money to put food on the table and not              mom and dad to the doctor, paying the bills,” she says. “Being separated
 much else. Growing up in rural Arbuckle, Navarro, a senior majoring             from them is shocking. We become their family while they are in college.”
 in mechanical engineering, appreciated the importance of hard work,                CAMP’s impact is evident in its retention rate: 90 percent of first-
 yet he never saw himself as a college student. That changed when                year students return for their second year, the highest of any ethnic
 he learned about the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)                  program at Sac State.
 at Sacramento State.                                                               Navarro says CAMP helped him develop not just the mathematical
   “A lot of us are the first in our family to go to college,” Navarro says.     and study skills he needed to master his engineering courses, but the
“We don’t have anyone to guide us, to tell us what to expect. But the            motivation to become a leader. He has been president of CAMP and five
 CAMP counselors give you advice, help you set goals and make you                other clubs and served on the Board of Directors of the University Union.
 see that they are achievable.”                                                    “CAMP helped me take a role in my own self-development, to build
     Now in its 30th year, CAMP has helped hundreds of children of               my character and the ability to succeed in life no matter what,” he
 migrant or seasonal farmworkers attend and succeed at Sac State.                says. “It’s given me the ability to accomplish things I never thought
 It is one of the largest programs of its kind in the country.                   were possible.”
     CAMP provides financial assistance, academic counseling, personal
 support and social activities for 80 students throughout their fresh-
                                                                                   CAMP’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY!
 man year—when they are most at risk of dropping out.
     CAMP Director Viridiana Diaz (’00, Communication Studies) says                CAMP will celebrate its 30th anniversary with events throughout
 the program’s most vital role is to create a home away from home                  the year and a formal dinner at the Alumni Center on Nov. 10.
 for students—an environment where they are surrounded by people                   For more information about CAMP, visit csus.edu/camp or call
 who are experiencing similar fears and challenges.                                (916) 278-7241.



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                                         HEALTHCARE



                                                                                     EDUCATION
          GOVERNMENT                                                                   STATE LEADER




                                 Follow the
      ARTS
                                Leaders                                                          EDUCATION
                                                                                                 REGIONAL LEADER




                             COMMUNITY                      PUBLIC SAFETY
                              SERVICE




               FROM EDUCATION TO LAW
       ENFORCEMENT TO PUBLIC HEALTH,
                                             T   hey inspire students in gritty urban schools to achieve beyond
                                                 their dreams, rescue homeless teens from the streets, go
                                             undercover to shut down violent gangs and cure disease through
                                             their leading-edge stem cell research. Their common denominator?
    SAC STATE ALUMNI ARE LIVING PROOF:       They are Sac State alumni, leaders in their fields and communities,
                                             and are at the top of their game, they say, thanks to the inspiration
      LEADERSHIP DOES BEGIN HERE.            and education they received while studying here.




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                                                                                                  “Stem cell research is the medicine
                                                                                                   of the future. If we can fix, repair
                                                                                                   or stop a disease’s progress,
                                                                    HEALTHCARE                     we give people a life without
JAN NOLTA                                                                                          need for medicine.”
Director, UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures,
2010 Distinguished Service Award recipient

 Jan Nolta (’84, Biology) was on track to become a doctor            tends to get to me,” she says. “They are such amazing people.
 or veterinarian until Sac State biology professor Laurel            There are 23 people throughout the system working on the
 Heffernan made a simple observation. “She said, ‘You seem           Huntington’s disease team, and it’s rewarding to know we’re
 to like it so much in the lab. You know you could be a scientist    making a difference.”
 and get paid for it.’ I was floored!” she laughs.                      The research is conducted in a new, state-of-the-art
    More than 25 years later, it appears now-Associate Dean          facility constructed with funds generated by the passage
 Heffernan’s nudge paid off. Today Nolta is one of the nation’s      of Proposition 71 in 2004. Nolta says the teams focus on
 leading stem cell researchers and director of the Stem Cell        “bench to bedside” research. “Simply translated, that means
 Program at the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures.           we move from discovery to clinical trials. We also call it from
 Through a collaborative graduate degree program in stem            ‘mice to men.’”
 cell research between Sacramento State and UC Davis, Sac               She loves her work, despite long hours. “I’ve always been
 State students participate in full-time internships at the          fascinated with how cells divide and I spent 10 years studying
 Institute. The fact that Sac State interns are working in her       adult stem cells and how they heal tissue.” The research often
 lab means “it has come full circle,” Nolta says. “It’s so cool      means an 18- to 20-hour workday. “No kidding, I work, drive
 to be able to do this.”                                             home and eat something and then I’m back on the computer,”
    Nolta oversees a research program with more than 145             Nolta says. It helps that the atmosphere in the lab is “light-
 faculty members working on stem cell-related cures for a            hearted, with lots of laughter. We all have that passion.”
 number of diseases including disorders of the liver, kidney,           Her advice to other aspiring scientists? “Stem cell research
 lung, bone and heart. Her specialty is Huntington’s disease,        is the medicine of the future. If we can fix, repair or stop a
 a degenerative condition affecting nerve cells in the brain,        disease’s progress, we give people a life without need for
 and she was drawn to it for one simple reason—the patients.         medicine, we reduce healthcare costs and avoid the barba-
“When I work with them or their advocates or families, it            rism of amputation. I’d say, get into the stem cell field.”


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                                                                     EDUCATION
                                                                     STATE LEADER




                                                                                                        “I believe my students’ lives
                                                                                                         depend on their success in my
                                                                                                         class. If my students fail, I fail.”


           KADHIR RAJAGOPAL                                                          motivated educator. “I believe my students’ lives depend
           California Teacher of the Year,                                           on their success in my class. If my students fail, I fail.”
           Grant High School Mathematics Teacher                                         Rajagopal wants every student to master the skills he
                                                                                     teaches during class before they leave the room. “You don’t go
           His students at Grant High School come from Del Paso Heights,             out the door until you can do those 10 problems,” he explains.
           one of Sacramento’s poorest neighborhoods. Their lives are of-           “If you can’t, you come back at lunch or after school. I have their
           ten a gritty reflection of the area’s drug abuse, poverty, broken         parents’ phone numbers on speed dial. I am tenacious.”
           homes and gang connections, and they come to his classroom                    Rajagopal began molding his instructional model in his
           accustomed to pulling down Ds or Fs. “They’re at risk of failure,         early years as a teacher, but says he really fine-tuned the
           lack motivation and are working far below grade level,” says              CREATE method while working toward his doctoral degree
           Kadhir Rajagopal (’10, Doctorate, Educational Leadership).                at Sac State. “Sac State’s doctoral program helped me to
              But these are the students “Mr. Raja” loves to teach.                  focus and reflect, to better understand the most important
             “I teach math in a way they can understand,” says the                   aspects of my models and to strengthen those key aspects,”
           29-year-old educator. “I create a classroom environment                   he says. “It helped me to understand my teaching style, my
           where it is cool to be successful and motivated.”                         own magic, better.”
              He does it with an instructional model he calls CREATE,                    His students’ test scores prove the process works. In 2009,
           which has not only turned his students from bored to eagerly              they outperformed the state average on the Algebra I California
           engaged, but captured the attention of other educators—he                 Standards Test, with 71 percent scoring basic and above, includ-
           was named one of five California Teachers of the Year for 2011.           ing 37 percent who scored proficient vs. the state score of 51
              CREATE is Rajagopal’s acronym for “Culturally responsive               percent at basic and above and 25 percent at proficient.
           instruction, Rigorous and rewarding expectations, Essentials                  Rajagopal has a lofty goal of reaching more than just Grant
           in curriculum planning, Assess and master in class, Test                  students. “I want to spread the instructional model. I want
           models, and Extra one-on-one tutoring.” He developed it                   schools to glamorize success and, in urban schools, I want kids
           because he knows his kids desperately need more than a                    to think As on a report card are as cool as making a touchdown.”


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                                      EDUCATION
                                    REGIONAL LEADER

JOHN CASTRO
Sacramento City School District Teacher of the Year,
Earl Warren Elementary School Teacher

 When John Castro was named 2010 Teacher of the Year by
 Sacramento TV station News10 and the Sacramento City
 Unified School District, he gave much of the credit for his
 award-winning teaching style to the internet master’s degree
 in educational technology or “iMet” he received from Sac State.
   “The iMet definitely taught me how to combine cutting-
 edge technology with effective teaching strategies,” says
 Castro (’01, Liberal Studies, ’03, Educational Technology).
    When he shared iMet’s technology-based learning techniques
 with his principal at Earl Warren Elementary, she embraced his
 suggestion to introduce it to the school. She found the funds to
 install LCD projectors and SMART interactive whiteboards in all
 classrooms and “it changed the culture of the school.”
    The techno-savvy Castro has provided training for his
 colleagues and run mini-workshops during staff meetings.
“We have great teachers here. It’s a very collaborative envi-
 ronment,” he says.
    Castro’s students learn to create PowerPoint presentations,
                                                                          As Earl Warren’s scores improved, “word started spreading
 newsletters, digital photo albums and videos. They have their
 own websites where they share stories about themselves
                                                                          about what we were doing, and now we get people
 and their aspirations. Parents can visit their child’s classroom         touring the school to watch us teach our lessons.”
 website to see what the students are learning.
    Earl Warren is a Title I school, with a large concentration of
 low-income students. But while many Title I schools struggle
 to meet the state Academic Performance Index, Castro says            and sixth grades. “It’s more work because you have to master
 at Earl Warren “our scores are rocking it.” The school received      three years of curriculum, but it’s good for the kids,” he says.
 an 806 on the Index, just above the national goal of 800, and       “When they come back in September, I
 well above the average of 650 for similar Title I schools. As        already know most of them, so we can
 Earl Warren’s scores improved, “word started spreading about         just get started. We are ahead
 what we were doing, and now we get people touring the                of the game here.”
 school to watch us teach our lessons.”
    Engaging the kids with technology-based lessons has been
 successful, Castro says, but it’s also important to engage
 parents. Castro and other teachers participate in the Parent-
 Teacher Home Visits program, where they go to student
 homes, meet families and build relationships they’ll main-
 tain over the years. “I give them my cell phone number and
 encourage them to stay in contact with me.”
    He will work with these students for more than just a
 school year as he teaches on a “loop.” He stays with the same
 group of students as they progress through the fourth, fifth


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                                                                                                     “Education does not end when
                         PUBLIC SAFETY
                                                                                                      you leave college. You should
                                                                                                      keep pushing yourself.”

           JOHN TORRES                                                        Internal Revenue Service. He joined ATF as a special agent,
           Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol,                        going undercover in Las Vegas and Phoenix to “get guns
           Tobacco and Firearms, Los Angeles Field Office                     and dope off the street.”
                                                                                 Through the years, he was assigned increasingly more difficult
           John “J.T.” Torres was 12 years old and delivering newspapers      cases and rose through the ranks. He is currently Special Agent
           in south Stockton when, just feet in front of him, two drug        in Charge for the Los Angeles Field Office, overseeing nine coun-
           dealers shot it out.                                               ties—from the Mexican border to San Bernardino, from Yuma to
              The violent incident became what the Sac State alumnus          Carlsbad, all of Los Angeles and everything in between.
           calls his “defining moment, my inspiration toward a career in         Torres’ staff of special agents have successfully investigated
           law enforcement.”                                                  and prosecuted members of the violent Mongols motorcycle
              Torres (’82 and ’86, Criminal Justice) never wavered,           gang, the Rollin 30s Crips and the Florencia 13 street gangs, and
           despite spending three and a half years commuting from             the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, as well as participating in
           Stockton to campus, taking classes during the week and             numerous arson, wildfire and explosive theft investigations.
           returning home on weekends to work. “That foggy I-5 drive             Even after obtaining his master’s degree from Sac State,
           was tough,” he recalls, but he stayed on course because he         Torres continued to pursue educational and leadership oppor-
           had professors who “guided and mentored me,” and strong            tunities. He has attended executive development programs
           family values.                                                     at the University of Virginia and graduated from the FBI’s Law
              Torres’ father worked on farms and in canneries, and he had     Enforcement Executives Development Program. In April, he
           a strict, but supportive upbringing. “It definitely wasn’t easy,   will begin a two-year term as president of the Police Officers
           but they scraped enough together to put my sister, brother         Association in Los Angeles County.
           and me though Catholic school,” he says. “They wanted us             “Education does not end when you leave college. You
           to get a good education so we wouldn’t have to work in the         should keep pushing yourself,” he says.
           fields. We were taught that if you had an idea of where you           Is he ever sorry he didn’t join the IRS? “No,” he laughs. “This
           wanted to go, you would be successful.”                            has been a good career and a great fit. I’ve had an impact on
              At graduation, Torres was recruited by both the Bureau          helping reduce violent crime in Los Angeles and in giving
           of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the         back to the community.”

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                                                           COMMUNITY
                                                             SERVICE
 SHERILYN ADAMS                                                                                    “I missed being involved with
Executive Director,
Larkin Street Youth Services                                                                                young people and fell
 Sherilyn Adams (’88 and ’92, Social Work) uses words like
“stumbled” and “landed” to describe her career path. “I was the
                                                                                                             in love with Larkin
 first in my family to go to college, so I didn’t know the ‘rules’ of                                        Street, with the vibrancy
 how to go about things. I stumbled into stuff all the time.”
    So, it seems fitting that, in her work as executive director for                                          of the staff and with
 San Francisco’s Larkin Street Youth Services, she helps young
 adults who have stumbled themselves.                                                                         its great mission.”
   “These are young people who have decided they’re not
 going to make it, that no one has faith in them, that they’re
 invisible and at best, dismissed and written off,” she says.
“But, what I see instead are amazing, resilient, creative, smart
 kids who want the same thing everyone wants: a family, a job,          Teacher of the Year among
 a home and a good life.”                                               first Doctor of Educational
    Larkin Street Youth Services opened in the 1980s as a drop-
 in center for homeless youth. It evolved into a network of 25          Leadership graduates
 youth programs at 13 sites, giving temporary shelter, medical          Sac State’s budding Doctorate in Educational Leadership program
 care, education and job training to up to 3,600 youth each year.       reached an historic milestone in May 2010 when members of its
    Adams discovered her passion for helping youth while                inaugural class received their degrees. “We are reaching our goal
 working part time at Sac State’s Associated Students Child             of developing leaders with the skills and knowledge to execute trans-
 Development Center. “Then I got an internship at WEAVE as a            formation in our schools,” says program director Carlos Nevarez.
 sexual assault and domestic violence counselor, which was eye-            The degree had never been offered at any California State University
 opening,” she says. “I stumbled onto my first job in the social        System campus before 2005 legislation rewrote the state’s master plan
 work field because I didn’t complete a field work seminar. While       for higher education to increase the number of better-trained educa-
 I was attending summer session someone from the Child and              tional leaders in the K-12 and community college systems. Previously,
 Family Institute in Sacramento came to make a presentation             doctorate degrees could only be granted in conjunction with a
 and mentioned they were hiring. I applied and got the job.”            University of California campus.
   “I loved my social work program at Sac State,” she says.               “Kadhir Rajagopal is an example of our success,” Nevarez says of the
“It had a diverse mix of students like me—just out of high              Sac State graduate who was named a California Teacher of the Year for
 school—and working professionals with experience and a                 2011 and is profiled in these pages. “Our graduates are at the forefront
 diversity of knowledge.”                                               of developing, implementing and accessing bold educational practices
    After receiving her master’s degree, she was hired as               that will increase educational success and meet the demands of our
 prevention and education director at the Child and Family              schools and colleges.”
 Institute, where she created outreach programs for home-                  The three-year program is designed for working professionals.
 less families. She has also worked at a chemical dependency            Courses are held on Friday evenings and Saturdays in six-week ses-
 center for women, as a Superior Court family mediator, and as          sions. The program enrolls students from public schools, colleges,
 a program director at Baker Places, a San Francisco housing            universities, nonprofit agencies and careers as policy makers.
 program for people affected by mental health, substance
 abuse and HIV/AIDS. But that job took her away from people,
 so when she was offered the Larkin Street position in 2003,
 she jumped on it. “I missed being involved with young people
 and fell in love with Larkin Street, with the vibrancy of the
 staff and with its great mission,” she says.
    Adams says social work has been a good fit “because it’s
 important for me to do something in a small way to try and
 improve the world.”

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          ALUMNI LEADERS




                                                                                           “I was fortunate to be at a university
                                                                                            with a culturally diverse student body,
                                                                                            and I benefited from an intellectual
                                                                                            environment, both inside and outside
                                                                                            of the classroom.”




                                                                                                                                  ARTS



           LUCERO ARELLANO                                                  inspiration at an early age,” Arellano explains. “He believed
           Arts Specialist, California Arts Council                         in fairness and in the right to equal access to opportunities.”
                                                                               As a communication studies major at Sac State, “I was for-
           In a world increasingly enamored with Skype and smart phones,    tunate to be at a university with a culturally diverse student
           it can be easy to overlook a more traditional form of communi-   body, and I benefited from an intellectual environment, both
           cation: the arts.                                                inside and outside of the classroom,” she says.
              And, at a time when history is being made by the moment          Arellano was influenced by the Barrio Art class she took and
           and captured on Flip camcorders and camera phones, Lucero        by José Montoya and Esteban Villa, prominent Chicano artist-
           Arellano (’84, Communication Studies) knows it can also be       educators and co-founders of the Royal Chicano Air Force artists
           communicated through music and narrative. As a Sac State         collective. “José and Esteban were influential in my connection
           undergraduate, she worked at Sacramento Community Radio,         and appreciation for the positive role of the arts in communities
           where she produced programs describing events leading to         and in general,” she says. “I saw firsthand the role of the arts in
           the Mexican Revolution and Cinco de Mayo. She also hosted        a community’s creativity. Here, children and adults worked on
           a program on Latin American music and conducted artists’         art projects with the purpose of creating beauty and developing
           interviews at the station.                                       knowledge and skill in a particular art form or tradition.”
              Today Arellano is an arts specialist at the California Arts      She says her degree was diverse enough to “prepare me to
           Council, where she has worked for more than 25 years. She        move into the different positions I’ve held over my career. It
           manages grant programs that provide support for artists and      gave me the tools to become the administrator I am today.”
           art organizations statewide and oversees Creating Public            The California Arts Council’s budget was cut in 2003, she
           Value, a program supporting small arts organizations in rural    notes, forcing the suspension of many grant programs. The or-
           and underserved communities. As a member of the Western          ganization has had to be creative in its fundraising efforts, such
           States Arts Federation’s Multicultural Advisory Committee,       as promoting the sale of arts license plates and the opportunity
           she provides input on issues of cultural diversity and is        for California taxpayers to donate to the arts through their
           also advisor to the National Association of Latino Arts and      annual tax refund.
           Culture’s Transnational Cultural Arts Remittances Program.         “Although these are difficult times economically, we rec-
             “The importance of cultural equity and access to resources     ognize the social and economic impact of the arts in society,”
           has been one of my passions, thanks to my father, who was my     Arellano says.


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                                                 GOVERNMENT


 PAUL HEGYI
Vice President for Political and External
Affairs, California Medical Association

 He originally wanted a career as an engineer or
 architect, but what he’s building today are different
 bridges: political connections.
    Paul Hegyi (’01, Government) was recently named
 vice president for political and external affairs for
 the California Medical Association. His job is “to
 make connections between physician-friendly
 politicians and physicians who have issues and
 ideas” and may need the ear or expertise of
 legislative experts.
   “It’s a real ‘niche’ part of the business,” he
 explains. And, with topics like healthcare reform
 and legislative redistricting on the forefront,
“this is an exciting time to be working in areas
 that will have such an impact, that are so relevant
 and pertinent and will continue to be for the next
 decade, at least,” he adds.
    Hegyi’s career in the political arena is a far cry
 from where he began his educational journey in
 the early 1990s when he was working toward a
 degree in optics engineering at the University of
 Rochester in New York. Fast-forward a couple of
 years, and Hegyi has returned to Sacramento—                             Hegyi’s career took off after he participated
 his hometown—to attend Sac State and continue study-
 ing engineering. That is, until he represented the College               in Sac State’s Sacramento Semester State
 of Engineering and Computer Sciences on the Associated
 Students board. “When I got involved in lobbying student
                                                                          Capitol internship program.
 issues, it ignited my passion for politics,” he says.
    He switched his major and never looked back.
    Hegyi’s career took off after he participated in Sac State’s
 Sacramento Semester State Capitol internship program, dur-          to represent the 68th District in Orange County, Hegyi became
 ing which he interned for State Assemblyman Mark Wyland.            his chief of staff and stayed until Tran termed out last year.
 After graduation, he moved to San Diego to work in Wyland’s            Hegyi then joined the California Medical Association as a
 district office. He also joined a political action committee and    lobbyist. He officially assumes his new position in April. It’s a
 volunteered on Shirley Horton’s State Assembly campaign. It         great fit, he says, because he can draw upon the network of
 was a hotly contested election, Hegyi says, but she won. “That      political connections he has nurtured over the past 10 years
 really opened my eyes to the difference between political           while still keeping his thumb on the political pulse.
 campaigns and legislative policy.”                                     The best part? “I am continually learning new things,” he
    Hegyi continued to work for Wyland while serving on the com-     says. “There are many moving parts in this business, and
 mittee to elect Van Tran to State Assembly. When Tran was elected   they’re at work at the local, state and national level.”


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Opening Doors
Government internship programs are priceless professional opportunities 

F     or students fascinated by the political process or passionate about
      making change for good, participating in one of Sac State’s gov-
 ernment internship programs is nothing short of a golden opportunity.
                                                                            Capital Fellows
                                                                            Capital Fellows is a nationally recognized and highly selective program
                                                                            for graduate students, recently named one of the “Top 10 Internships” in
 Graduate and undergraduate students work shoulder-to-shoulder with         the country by Vault.com. Capital Fellows hold paid positions in the state
 those who create public policy and launch initiatives, earning college     executive and judicial branches, as well as in the Assembly and Senate.
 credits and forging friendships and networking opportunities in            Each year, 64 Fellows—10 for the judiciary and 18 each for the Assembly,
 the process.                                                               Senate and executive branches—are chosen from an applicant pool that
    In fact, some might say it’s more than golden. In this tough job        may number more than 350, notes Acting Executive Director Ted Lascher.
 market, it’s priceless.                                                    Fellows work full time for 10 to 11 months and receive a monthly stipend
   “Students who have had internships have an advantage over                and health benefits. Anyone with a bachelor’s degree can apply and will
 others because of the direct work experience,” says Beth Merritt           receive 12 units of graduate credit at completion.
 Miller, director of Sac State’s Academic Advising and Career Center.         “The Capital Fellows Program gives its members a fantastic opportunity
“Internships make students more marketable for the workplace.”              to grow through public service,” says U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson of
    Sac State’s proximity to the state Capitol provides unparalleled        California’s 1st District. “Few other internship programs allow their partici-
 opportunities for students to get their foot in the door of govern-        pants to play an active role in the development of public policy. As a for-
 ment. “Students get the opportunity to make contacts within their          mer Capital Fellow myself, I know the value of that hands-on experience.”
                                              field, which is so valu-
                                              able once they graduate,”     Sacramento Semester
“Internships make students                    Miller adds.                  Sacramento Semester offers Capitol-based internship opportuni-
 more marketable for                             Sac State now has          ties for undergraduates. Students of any major from all 23 California
                                              three internship programs     State University campuses can work in the legislative and executive
 the workplace.”                              with direct access to the     branches, and in state agencies. Students earn six semester units for
                                              government process.           working 25 hours per week, and another six after completing the

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                                                                                                          1. Capital Fellow Twa’Lea Jordan
                                                                                                          2. Participants in the Capital Fellows’ Judicial
                                                                                                             Administration Fellowship meet at the
                                                                                                             courthouse.
                                                                                                          3. Capital Fellow Yang Lee
                                                                                                          4. Mayoral Fellows Hafiza Arikat and Brittany
                                                                                                             Purdy meet with Sacramento Mayor
                                                                                                             Kevin Johnson.
                                                                                                          5. Capital Fellow Curtis Vandermolen
                                                                                                          6. Sacramento Semester participants Michael
                                                                                                             Lynch, Allison Wescott and John Franks at
                                                                                                             the Capitol where they each hold internships.
                                                                                                          7. As part of their class experience, Sacramento
                                                                                                             Semester participants meet weekly for
                                         3                                                           4       guest lectures.




                     5                                                                                          6                                       7



seminar portion, which features guest speakers from across the po-         tease me that I’m a ‘professional intern’ now, but I’ve been able to
litical spectrum. Now in its 35th year, the program places as many as      work on local, national and now state issues. I’m very grateful to Sac
30 students in “positions with significant responsibilities,” according    State for these opportunities,” she says. “As a sociology major, it has
to Government Professor Michael Wadle, who directs the program.            given me much more confidence and motivation to pursue a career
Applications are due in November for the spring semester.                  in politics and public policy.”
  “I really enjoyed the flexibility being a Sacramento Semester intern
gave me,” recalls Paul Hegyi (’01, Government), vice president for po-
litical and external affairs for the California Medical Association (for
more on Hegyi, see page 15 of this issue.) “I was assigned to work for
                                                                              Sacramento Semester
Mark Wyland, a freshman member of the Assembly at the time. My                marks 35th anniversary
work there definitely led to where I am now. It offered lots of differ-       After more than three decades of placing Sac State undergrads
ent work experiences and helped broaden my professional network.”             in internship positions at the state Capitol, the list of Sacramento
                                                                              Semester alumni is an honor roll of distinction. It includes:
Sacramento State Mayoral Fellows
                                                                              ■■Katie Kolitsos, chief consul-        ■■Delette Olberg, special
Sacramento State Mayoral Fellows is a new program launched through
                                                                                tant, Assembly Committee               advisor to former Gov.
an agreement between Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Sac
                                                                                on Local Government                    Arnold Schwarzenegger
State President Alexander Gonzalez. It offers undergrads and gradu-
ate students a chance to work in the Office of the Mayor. Currently           ■■Mark Krausse, former                 ■■Michael Potter, venture capi-
students are working on one of Mayor Johnson’s three major initia-              executive director of the Fair         talist, director of Paradigm
tives: boosting participation in volunteer and non-profit organizations,        Political Practices Commission         Ventures and co-producer of
reducing homelessness and school reform, says Charles Gossett,                                                         the film “Orphans of Apollo”
                                                                              ■■Kevin McCarty, Sacramento
Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.           City Councilmember
  “Working for Mayor Johnson was an invaluable opportunity,” says
Hafiza Arikat (’08, Sociology), who was assigned to the Mayor’s              A 35th anniversary celebration of the program is planned for this
STAND UP school reform initiative.                                           spring. If you are a Sacramento Semester alumni who would like to
   Arikat also joined the 2011 class of Sacramento Semester interns          take part, contact the Government Department at (916) 278-6202.
and began working in Gov. Jerry Brown’s press office. “My professors


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           Source Material
           Sac State faculty help shape public policy with unbiased, thorough research

           W       hen government officials set out to set public policy,
                   where do they get the data, research and statistics to
           support their decision?
                                                                             master’s program in urban land development for Sac State,
                                                                             he has been asked to present evidence during legislative
                                                                             policy debate and to such organizations as the Urban Land
              Not from entities or individuals with a stake in the outcome   Institute, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and
           or an axe to grind, says Rob Wassmer, chair of Sac State’s        the California Futures Network. He also serves on the editorial
           Department of Public Policy and Administration. Policymakers      board of four academic journals and was recently invited to
           need informed, timely advice from reliable sources, and they      join California Forward, a non-partisan government reform
           need the information to be gathered without bias, he stresses.    group, as a policy advisor on fiscal reform issues.
              Where better to turn than a public university, where aca-        “We’re trying to convene the smartest people to sit around
           demic careers are built on conducting independent research        the table and develop solutions to the problems our state is
           and collecting valuable data? Increasingly, Sac State’s public    facing,” says James Mayer, executive director for California
           policy experts are being asked to share that depth of knowl-      Forward. “It’s important to get these smart thinkers’ perspec-
           edge and expertise by those who shape policy, not only in         tives in play. Rob is an example.”
           Sacramento but throughout California and beyond the state’s          While Mayer says Wassmer’s knowledge of fiscal and govern-
           borders, Wassmer notes.                                           ment issues is of value to California Forward as it “steps up to
              Sac State’s proximity to the Capitol gives policymakers        try and develop solutions,” his organization is not the only one
           access to its faculty, not only in the Public Policy and          to benefit. “He takes advantage of Sac State’s close proximity
           Administration department, but also through the affiliated        to policymakers to invite those already in public policy, or who
           Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy. Sac         aspire to it, to speak before his students,” Mayer explains. “It’s
           State’s professors collaborate on an array of projects as         valuable for both. What people like Rob are doing is truly train-
           they conduct research and write reports, analyze data, offer      ing the next generation of public policy administrators.”
           expert testimony, sit on panels, and field media inquiries
           on such topics as land use, budget and fiscal reform, and         Supporting higher ed
           educational access for K-12 and post-secondary students.          Nancy Shulock, also a public policy professor, directs the
                                                                             Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy, an
           Finding smart solutions                                           independently funded institute formed 10 years ago to study
           Wassmer’s expertise includes issues of urban sprawl and           higher education issues such as access, transfer and account-
           the myriad economic, political and institutional factors that     ability. Over the years, Shulock has produced numerous reports
           drive California’s budget quagmire. As the director of the        focused on student success in post-secondary education, par-


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                                                                                                       Public policy professors
                                                                                                       (from left) Nancy Shulock,
                                                                                                       Rob Wassmer, Mary Kirlin
                                                                                                       and Su Jin Jez.




 ticularly in community colleges. One report, issued          “Our research helps us, as faculty, stay ahead of current trends and
 in 2007, highlighted policy barriers that deter degree
 completion at community colleges and caused quite              introduces us to other policy researchers. It allows us to continually
 a stir when it was initially released, Shulock says. “But,
 it led to a sea change of thought” about the impor-
                                                                develop ourselves, professionally, and that’s a benefit for students.”
 tance of student success and a subsequent report
 was influential in shaping legislation—signed last
 year—to help improve the student transfer process
 from community colleges to universities.
   “You walk a tightrope between research and advocacy,”              Identifying future leaders
 Shulock observes, “but your work is only effective if it is          While the call to public policy is strong for these faculty,
 respected as being accurate and rigorously researched.”              how can the country get more people actively engaged in
 The Institute relies on partnerships with other organizations        the programs and processes that ultimately lead them to
 that advocate for specific policy solutions.                         create policies that benefit society as a whole? According
     Also focusing her research on accessibility issues for           to Mary Kirlin, associate professor and provost fellow for
 students is Su Jin Jez, assistant professor for public policy        community and civic engagement, leaders “skilled in being
 and administration and associate director of the Doctorate in        able to work in a group to set fair rules and to negotiate
 Educational Leadership program. Now in its fourth year, the          for the good of the group,” are frequently created during
 program prepares the next generation of superintendents,             adolescence. Her analysis comes partly from a database she
 administrators and college presidents at a time when large           created to track thousands of junior high school students
 numbers of these experienced academics are set to retire.            who participated in the YMCA’s Youth and Government pro-
     Jez’ research focuses on the K-12 level and beyond. It exam-     gram. Her study produced what she calls “stunning evidence”
 ines factors and policies that may impede student access to or       that former participants went on to not only become well-
 readiness for college, as well as issues that may prevent them       versed in current events, but were regular voters, donated to
 from graduating once they get there. “We also look at what           political campaigns, attended public meetings and, “in the
 institutions might be doing to improve graduation rates for         ‘pinnacle of engagement,’ went on to serve on some form of
 students once they are enrolled in college,” she says. “There’s      public or community board. They were five times more likely
 been a lot of focus on getting students ready for college, but       to be actively engaged as adults.”
 perhaps not enough on making sure they are academically                 What Kirlin learned on this research project may
 prepared to graduate.                                                ultimately be translated into other areas, including right
   “Our research helps us, as faculty, stay ahead of current          back to the classroom. “We can infuse our curriculum with
 trends and introduces us to other policy researchers. It allows      the skill sets students need to work in a group,” she says.
 us to continually develop ourselves, professionally,” Jez notes,    “It’s invaluable for them as they learn to become leaders in
“and that’s a benefit for students.”                                  our communities.”


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                                                                                                                                 ATTEND THE
                                                                                                                                 SAC STATE OPERA
                                                                                                                                 Die Fledermaus
                                                                                                                                 California Stage
                                                                                                                                 1723 25th Street,
                                                                                                                                 Sacramento
                                                                                                                                 April 15 & 16 at 8 p.m. &
                                                                                                                                 April 17 at 3 p.m.
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From University Theatre to Carnegie Hall
Opera program gives students the techniques and confidence to succeed on stage

W         hen he enrolled at Sacramento State nearly 10 years ago,
          Eugene Chan (’06, Vocal Performance) planned to be a choral
educator. Today, he is an internationally acclaimed opera singer,
                                                                                 University Theatre, the opera will be at California Stage in midtown
                                                                                 Sacramento, an exciting opportunity for students to gain exposure to
                                                                                 a wider audience.
performing in such famed venues as Teatro Comunale di Bologna                      “Any time we get our musicians off campus and into the larger pro-
in Italy and Carnegie Hall in New York City.                                     fessional world of the region, it is a good opportunity for people to
   Chan says the Sac State opera program fueled his transition, giv-             discover what wonderful work we are doing and what great talents
ing him opportunities to sing principal roles in fully staged opera              our students are,” says Hills.
productions. “I walked away from Sac State with roles under my belt                 Ray Tater, California Stage artistic director, is eager to expose his
and the experience to prove it,” he says. “This first-hand experience            existing audience to Die Fledermaus, which he describes as “a wonderful
set me apart from ‘conservatory’ singers because I could give the                and silly romantic comedy of manners” filled with “toe-tapping songs.”
audience a complete presentation as a ‘singer-actor.’”                              The original story takes place in 19th century Vienna. But Sokol,
   That, according to Michael Sokol, Sac State voice professor and               adapting it to modern tastes, moved the locale to 1970s New York
opera program director, is why the program exists—to help vocal                  City and set the second act in a Studio 54-like club. Though the time
students blossom from singers to performers.                                     period and setting of the operetta will change, the original music
  “It is important to get on stage and learn to communicate as a char-           will not. “We are not changing the integrity of the music at all, but
acter, to create suspension of disbelief,” Sokol says. “In voice lessons,        in between you will hear 1970s disco music to give the flavor of the
you are doing technical work. In opera workshop, you are learning                era,” he explains. “All opera companies try to find an interesting new
how to ask yourself the same questions an actor does.”                           context for an old show—it makes it more immediate.”
   Students who aspire to be professional vocal performers typically
start with opera. It offers the most employment opportunities in a               The stage is set
                      small and competitive field, and it requires                While the end result of an opera production is artistic, there’s an aca-
                          discipline and technical mastery that can               demic component as well. In preparation for Die Fledermaus, Sokol
                           be applied to other vocal forms.                       and his 20 or so student-performers studied Johann Strauss and
                             “A lot of singers can stand stock-still on stage,    Austria’s social and political scene in the late 1800s. They watched
                          look directly at the audience and sing beauti-         ’70s era movies like Annie Hall and Saturday Night Fever.
                         fully,” says Ernie Hills, chair of the Department           The week before a show is intense for students. “For those seven
                               of Music. “Opera brings a level of drama           days, they have no life other than the show,” Sokol says.
                                  and storytelling to the mix.”                      But ultimately, it’s the kind of experience that prepares students
                                                                                  for life after Sac State. “This lets you know what the real world is
                                    Live from Sacramento                          going to be like,” Sokol says. “This is what you really need to know
                                     Those theatrical elements will               how to do.”
                                     be on display April 15-17, when                 Eugene Chan is singing proof of that. “The fact that I, an under-
                                   Sac State students present their               graduate, had the possibility to walk away with the knowledge
                                 annual spring performance, the Johan             most people receive as a master’s or doctoral student or as a part
Eugene Chan
performs at the 2006          Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus. Instead            of a young artist program in a major opera house is something I
Green & Gold Gala.         of the opera program’s home venue of the               will always be grateful for,” he says.

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                                                                                                                         Sacramento Poet Laureate, and
                                                                                                                         Sac State professor, Bob Stanley
                                                                                                                         presented the poem he authored
                                                                                                                         in tribute to Destination 2010 at

       Destination / Green and Gold
       by Bob Stanley
                                                                                                                         the 2010 Green & Gold Gala:




      We come from Esparto, Natomas, and Richmond             walked through Courtyard, Library, Gallery              how did I get here
      Eureka and Livermore, Dixon and Cool,                   down to The Well                                        on a cool fall day?
      from Elk Grove, South Central, and wide Sacramento,     then back to class where we talked for a while:
                                                                                                                      Little golden flame
      the foothills, the valley, the bay,                     The sixth graders asked
                                                                                                                      double S that signifies
      and we’re looking for a destination                       How good’s your football team?
                                                                                                                      our many names
      green along a river bend, we’re                           Can we play in the video arcade?
      trying to find a kind of connection —                   The sixth-graders said                                  singers dancers potters
      sunlight reflecting gold in a friend’s eye.               You got a Jamba Juice here? I’m goin’ to Sac State!   hoopsters hip hop head fakes
                                                                This must be the biggest school in the world.         be bop communication adjudication
      She was eighteen
                                                                Do I hafta take Math?                                 burritos samosas crepes and mochas
      with a laugh in her eyes
                                                                                                                      digs and spikes, tattoos and bikes and boards
      as she walked to class through September pines          Do we know how lucky we are
                                                                                                                      the hornets’ buzz in the quad the union
      camellias just beginning to bloom in front of           to wander, to stop and talk
                                                                                                                      fraternity sorority sonority of young and not-so-young
      Lassen, Calaveras, Alpine, and she asked                to read, write, think?
                                                                                                                      flowing stream this school we call our own
      should I study Communications or Philosophy?            bells on the half hour…
      Ten years later, she’s working, raising a family                                                                Do you know that blend of voices?
                                                              We do know
      still not sure which one to study, but                                                                          how many hours it takes to make a sound like that?
                                                              how unlucky we are:
      still doing both
                                                              Two Papers due on Tuesday I haven’t done the            We walked below Guy West Bridge
      still laughing
                                                              reading yet                                             one early morning class,
      According to respected scientists,
                                                              (It’s already Monday, pal!)                             found kingfishers and salamanders.
      laughing is an advanced form of critical thinking.
                                                              Bells on the hour
                                                                                                                      Do you know
      me and you/homework due
                                                              matriculation’s the culmination of                      this was once
      walk the levee/see the view
                                                              education, but a great city a thriving nation           just river bed
      end of J/our place to play
                                                              needs participation so to make a reservation,           deposits?
      and work — yes, we do work here —
                                                              to support a destination
      deadlines and prompts, budgets and balances,                                                                    Right here where the American
                                                              at an institution that just might be the solution,
      the way we move forward                                                                                         turns north for a spell
                                                              talk to the administration!
      sometimes slow:                                                                                                 before continuing westward towards the Sacramento,
                                                              (Or send in an application.)
      we look for answers                                                                                             we might spend four, five, ten years of our life.
      in the unchoreographed dance                            He came back to study at 48
                                                                                                                      This place has always been
      of learning      to work    together                    Found his groove in Douglass Hall
                                                                                                                      a destination
                                                              Proved he could do it: never too late
      Not everybody can get to                                                                                        and has always been
      this green and gold way of life                         shrimp roll, noodle soup on a redwood deck              just along the way.
      so we brought some kids from the ‘hood                  for a second wondering
                                                                                                                      Do you know?
      to come see how a college might look like a home —




Bob Stanley reads Destination/                   Wells Fargo regional president Felix Fernandez (center)                   Sac State President Alexander Gonzalez
Green and Gold to the Gala crowd.                with students from the Veterans Success Program.                          with Douglas Patiño.


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                                                    Alumni Month
                                                    Calendar
                                                    CELEBRATE ALUMNI MONTH: April—and part of May—is Alumni Month at Sacramento State,
                                                    a time to celebrate alumni and recognize their impact in the community. Filled with events and
                                                    social opportunities, Alumni Month is the perfect time to reconnect with campus or build even
                                                    stronger ties to the Sac State family. Below you’ll find a sample of what’s in store. For complete
                                                    details, visit the Alumni Association website, SacStateAlumni.com. Go Hornets!



                                                    ALUMNI DAY WITH “THE WIZ”                          ALUMNI OPEN HOUSE
M A R K YOU R CA L EN DA R
                                                    April 9, 8 p.m., Playwrights’ Theatre,             April 29, 5 to 7 p.m., Alumni Center
HOMECOMING 2011                                     Shasta Hall                                        This spectacular and FREE event will feature an
Saturday, Oct. 22                                   Join us for a fun-filled evening at “The Wiz”      impressive display of delicious fare from the
                                                    sponsored by the Black Alumni Chapter.             Center’s preferred caterers. See what’s new at
The annual Swarm Days for Sacramento State—
                                                                                                       the Association, stay connected to Sacramento
Homecoming—are right around the corner.             STUDENT-ALUMNI                                     State and learn about opportunities to host
The week is filled with activities and wraps up     CAREER BUZZ EVENT                                  your next event at the Alumni Center.
with a fun-filled festival for the whole family
                                                    April 11, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Alumni Center
and Hornet football. You won’t want to miss this.                                                      SAC STATE NIGHT AT THE RIVER CATS
                                                    Come share your professional expertise with
GOLDEN GRADS REUNION                                our Student Alumni Association members.            May 5, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field
Friday, Oct. 21                                                                                        The celebration continues into May with this
                                                    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS                       annual family event. We’d love to fill the stands
Celebrating the classes of 1961 and earlier,
                                                    April 14, 5:30 p.m., Alumni Center                 with students and alumni. Be sure to wear
this luncheon is your chance to reconnect with
                                                    Celebrate the accomplishments of                   green. Game tickets can be purchased online.
classmates and make new friends. We look
forward to welcoming you back to campus.            Sacramento State’s distinguished alumni
                                                    at this annual awards ceremony and silent          CAPITOL NETWORKING BBQ
                                                    auction. Meet our honorees on page 26.             May 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Capitol Building,
                                                                                                       East Lawn
                                                    GREEN AND GOLD SCRIMMAGE                           This fun, informative and FREE lunch rally cele-
                                                    April 23, 10 a.m., Hornet Practice Field           brates Sac State alumni who work in and around
                                                    Come out for food, fun and gridiron with           the Capitol. It’s a great way to stay connected.
                                                    this spring preview of Hornet football.
                                                                                                       STINGER WINE & FOOD CLASSIC
                                                    BEHIND THE SCENES                                  May 6, 6 p.m., Alumni Center
                                                    TOUR AND ALUMNI MIXER                              Alumni-owned wineries and restaurants are
                                                    April 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Commerce Printing,    the featured attraction at this annual fund-
                                                    322 North 12th Street, Sacramento                  raiser for athletic scholarships. Coordinated
                                                    Sponsored by the Business Alumni Chapter,          by the Stinger Athletic Association, this event
                                                    this is an opportunity to see a local business     usually sells out. Tickets: $40 per person.
                                                    at work and network with fellow alumni.
                                                                                                       HORNET ALUMNI MIXER
                                                                                                       May 24, 5 to 7 p.m., Cafeteria 15L,
                                                                                                       15th and L streets, Sacramento
                                                                                                       Mix and mingle with fellow alumni while
                                                                                                       enjoying appetizers and a no-host bar.




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Class Notes
1950S
                                                                                                                                         ’85
RICHARD TESSEN (’57) was admitted as a fresh-
man in the first class of 1953 at the “new” Sac State
campus. He graduated with the first and only
degree in chemistry in 1957. His vocation encom-
passed four decades in research, development             Patricia A. Fong Kushida
and production of solid rocket fuels and missiles.
He retired to Capitola, Calif.
                                                         Taking care of business
1960S
                                                         While working toward her Sac State degree, Pat Fong Kushida (’85, Business
JOHN W. HARRIS (’63) was re-elected to his fourth term
on the Manteca City Council in November. He is retired   Administration and Marketing) was a student coordinator for the Sacramento State
from the San Joaquin County Probation Department.        Center for Small Business, which provides free management assistance to small

1970S
                                                         businesses in the Sacramento region. Kushida, head of the Sacramento Asian-Pacific
                                                         Chamber of Commerce, says, “It was there that I developed my love for small busi-
                                                         nesses.” That passion would serve her well in the years to come.
KATHY NORTHINGTON (’73) began her career as a
teacher and has progressed to the elected position          Kushida first took her business skills into the retail fashion industry, where she
of Calaveras County Superintendent of Schools.           enjoyed a 13-year career as a buyer, first for Weinstock’s and then as a senior buyer
JIM DAY (’75), former senior vice president of           for Federated Department Stores, Macy’s division, in San Francisco. “The key to suc-
Lyon Real Estate, has been promoted to manager           cess in my job was 5 percent fashion sense and 95 percent business sense,” she says.
of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s
Sacramento-Sierra Oaks office.                              She married and returned to Sacramento to help her husband run his small
                                                         business, Kushida Audio and Video Services. There, a promotional flyer about an
JOHN BOORE (’76) retired from the Manteca
Senior Center after serving 15 years as manager          opening for an executive assistant at the Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce
and program recreation coordinator. He plans to          came across her desk. Kushida applied and did so well in the interview that she
continue using the center he spent so many years
                                                         was instead offered the job of executive director. “It sounds more impressive than
expanding and updating.
                                                         it was,” she explains. “I had no staff. I eventually had to use some of my salary to
LOREN CATTOLICO (’78) retired after 29 years of
police service, the last four as Galt’s police chief.    hire that executive assistant.”
He was instrumental in the modernization of the             During her 13 years at the Chamber, Kushida, now president/CEO, has seen mem-
Galt Police Department.                                  bership grow from 125 to more than 600 and the budget increase from $98,000 to
HUNTER WILLIAM (BILL) BAILEY (’79) is former             more than $1 million annually. It is the largest Asian chamber in Northern California.
All-America gymnast. He’s currently a registered
                                                         In March 2010, she and her staff of 10 launched the CalAsian Chamber of Commerce,
representative, registered principal, investment
advisory associate, certified funds specialist, and      taking their mission statewide. Kushida now actively promotes the interests of more
author of The Aspiring Millionaire (1998) and Wealth     than 400,000 Asian Pacific Islander-owned businesses throughout California.
Strategies: Investing for Your Retirement (2008).
                                                            She sees support for small business as the driving force behind the Chamber’s

1980S                                                    success. “The quickest way to the middle class is through small business ownership,”
                                                         Kushida says. “We serve 16 different Asian-Pacific ethnic communities, most of
TIM GARRISON (’84) owns a software company—              them first- and second-generation.”
ConstructionCalc, Inc.—and is a professional engineer       Kushida is happy with the direction Sacramento State is taking in its outreach
and author. He recently published his fourth book.
                                                         to all ethnic communities and wants to work with the University to foster more
MARK FAIRBANK (’81) was recently awarded the
                                                         opportunities for entrepreneurship among them. In addition to her work with
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and
Science teaching, the country’s highest recogni-         the Chamber, Kushida serves on numerous regional boards of directors. She has
tion given to K-12 math and science instructors. He      been recognized as an exemplary leader by the American Leadership Forum and
received a $10,000 grant and was honored at a
White House recognition ceremony.
                                                         as one of the 100 most influential people in the Sacramento region by Sacramento
                                                         Magazine, among other accolades.


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Class Notes (continued)
MATTHEW FREDERICK (’85), co-founder and co-            BEN KOH (’88), vice principal of Manlio Silva          CHRIS OTTO (’89) has been named general man-
curator of the ARC Studios and Gallery complex in      Elementary in the Lodi Unified School District, was    ager of Seventh Mountain Resort in Bend, Ore.
San Francisco, held a popular exhibit titled “Four-    presented with a Spirit of Literacy Outstanding
Squared” (16 local artists contributed 16 works        Achievement Award for his personal successes.          JIM PELLEY (’87) teaches humor for Laughter
apiece) in September.                                                                                         Works Seminars, a company he founded that
                                                       ANGEL NUNEZ (’89), a Healdsburg accountant,            provides tools so that people can be happier
HEDDY KUNG CHIANG (’86) celebrates her 11th            has co-created a noteworthy youth soccer pro-          and have more fun in their workplaces.
year as a vice president at California Bank & Trust.   gram. He says it is “progressive, forward-thinking,”
She now manages the Hayward branch and is proud        and the curriculum revolves around good grades           = Life Member
to announce her move from Sacramento to the East       and parental involvement.
Bay. She also volunteers at Chabot College.




Jack Bertolucci

Leveling the playing field                                                                                                                      ’50
Jack Bertolucci (’50, Business Administration) was watching a Sacramento            education,” Bertolucci says. “I could never have enjoyed the success
State baseball game one day in 1988 when it hit him. “I looked at all of            in life I’ve had without that education. I felt an obligation to give
these young athletes and noticed there weren’t any ‘bus-ad’ [business               something back.”
administration] majors playing baseball.” He decided to change that.                    When asked what he got in return for his generosity, Bertolucci went
Ever since, Bertolucci, who will be honored in May as the 2011 College              upstairs and came back with an envelope. In it was a signed photo-
of Business Administration’s Alumnus of the Year, has been a generous               graph of Gary Wilson, a Sac State Hornet pitcher from 1990 to 1992, who
donor to a scholarship supporting business majors who play baseball.                went on to a major league career. An accompanying letter read, “I have
  “I set a goal for funding that scholarship,” Bertolucci says. “After              been blessed to get to do so many things in this great game of baseball.
a number of years I reached that goal and then I realized that I                    I hope you know that your generosity made it possible.”
wanted to support soccer players as well.” Now he is funding a                          Bertolucci realizes that few of his scholarship recipients will
second scholarship for soccer-playing business majors.                              have professional sports careers. Still, he says, the gratitude
   A life-long Sacramentan, Bertolucci and Sac State go far back—                   expressed by the athletes and their parents—while he is out
to 1948. After returning home from serving in World War II, Bertolucci              watching the games—makes
completed a two-year degree at Sacramento Junior College (now City                  it rewarding just the same.
College). He was ready to take off and see the country when his young
wife, Clee, said, “Not so fast.” A UC Berkeley graduate, Clee urged
him to complete his four-year degree at the newly formed
state college, now Sacramento State. Bertolucci remembers
attending classes in a partially completed apartment build-
ing just north of the junior college.
   In 1950, with his Sac State business degree in hand,
Bertolucci began a successful career in mortgage
banking and commercial real estate, most promi-
nently defined by eight years with Prudential
Insurance and 27 years with Norris Beggs &
Simpson, where he served as regional man-
ager and vice president. Married 63 years,
he and Clee have two daughters and a son.
  “Thanks to my wife’s urging, the GI Bill
and Sac State, I got an excellent college




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                                                                                                                   In Memoriam
                                                                                                                   GERALD CLIVE AKER (’60), Air Force navigator
                                                                                                                   and teacher, passed away Aug. 28 from leu-
                                                                                                                   kemia. He enjoyed such sports as racing bikes,
Class Notes (continued)                                                                                            sailing boats, kayaking and riding motorcycles.
                                                                                                                   RAY ANDREW BOBER (’72), a Sacramento
PATRICIA A. RUCKER (’86), a legislative advocate       KRAIG CLARK (‘91) is the founder of Clark’s Corner in       native and owner of Bober’s Packaging
with the California Teachers Association was named     Ione, Calif. He opened the café/village hub in December     Supplies passed away Oct. 20. He was a
in Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for        2008 and the community of Ione is coming togeth-            proud Eagle Scout and an active member of
outstanding contributions and achievements             er, literally. The café boasts a 1,000-square-foot          the American Civil War Association.
in education.                                          multi-use room, an outdoor patio, a restaurant
                                                                                                                   JEREMY CLARK (’98), former football
                                                       and—for the first time—villagers have a place to
SCOTT SCHUH (’85), director of the Consumer                                                                        star, experienced pilot and former Army
                                                       gather for activities like story time for kids, wine
Payments Research Center, and an economist in the                                                                  major died Dec. 14 in a helicopter crash.
                                                       nights, music, art shows and kickboxing workouts.
research department of the Federal Reserve Bank                                                                    His awards and decorations include a
of Boston, recently co-authored a significant paper     DIANNE HEIMER (’94), professor of English and              Meritorious Service Medal, Army Air
about credit cards and low-income households.           journalism, held a lead-writing and story structure        Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army
                                                        workshop at the offices of the Sacramento Press            Achievement Medal, Army Parachute Badge

1990S                                                   in October.
                                                        MEINA WONG (’96) is the electrical design
                                                                                                                   and the Aviator Badge among others.
                                                                                                                   DANIEL V. FOLT (’78), a former lawyer,
                                                        manager at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in                  police officer and Sacramento SWAT team
DEBORAH J. ROONEY (’90) is the consulting
                                                        Washington. She leads a team of 22, responsible            member, died Nov. 8 of cancer. He handled
vice president of Oracle. She was recently
                                                        for electrical-specific processes and tools.               pro bono cases for abused women and
inducted into Cambridge Who’s Who for her dem-
                                                                                                                   children.
onstrated dedication, leadership and excellence
in her career.
JANE P. IMPERATO (’90) was appointed by
                                                       2000S                                                       JOHN “JACK” FRANKLIN GIBSON II (’73)
                                                                                                                   died Nov. 9 of cancer. A Sacramento native
                                                                                                                   and graduate of environmental studies, he
then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the                 BETTY RUTH WEATHERBY (’05) used her real-life               held a position at the Rumiano Cheese Co.
California Volunteers Commission.                      challenges and triumphs to write her first fiction          for more than 30 years.
                                                       novel, Charlotte: Saved by Grace, published in 2010.
ALEX G. PAMAN (’93) wrote and had published            She taught school in Stockton for almost 15 years           KAREN RENEE (PORTER) HAZLE
Asian Supernatural, a book about ghosts, witches       before retiring and has volunteered as a mission-           (’79, MA ’83) lost her battle with cancer
and demon-types found throughout the Asian/            ary for Sierra Baptist Church in Africa and other           on May 4, 2010. She served 25 years with
Pacific cultural sphere. His second book, Filipino     countries around the world.                                 the Naval Service Warfare Center in Port
Ghost Stories, will be published in the near future.                                                               Hueneme, Calif., as a technical writer and
                                                        SERGIO SAENZ (’02) runs the newly opened and               management analyst. An avid volunteer,
STEVEN A. HARTMAN (’91) has been promoted to            family-owned Tres Hermanas restaurant in Davis.
senior vice president and chief financial officer of                                                               skier, swimmer and hiker, she is survived
Penn Virginia Corporation in Radnor, Penn.             JEFF FELKER (’06 and ’09) held his first solo               by her husband and three children.
                                                       exhibition of new, original oil paintings at the Sac        ALLEN B. GRAY (’53, MA ’60) was a state
GARY PETERSON (’98) has been promoted to               State Union Gallery in October and November.                park ranger after World War II before
chief of the Martinez Police Department after
                                                                                                                   coming to Sac State where he earned his
working there for 22 years in various capacities.      JULIE MATTA (2000), paranormal investigator,
                                                                                                                   bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English
He had been the commander since 2008.                  bodybuilder and employee of her husband’s law
                                                                                                                   and history plus a teaching credential. He
                                                       firm, is currently working on her master’s degree.
JOHN O. HILTON (’93) stays busy at Placer High                                                                     taught English, history and journalism at
teaching physical education, health and coaching       ERIC GUERRA (’03) , Capitol director at the                 Galt High School. He was also a counselor
basketball and football. His newest position at        State Capitol, was an organizer of the Mexican              and spent several years as a vice principal.
the high school is baseball coach. He is also a        Independence Day celebration staged on the steps            He passed Oct. 23.
part-time police officer and a reserve deputy for      of the Capitol, and attended by thousands, in               IRIS NORDBERG (’67), teacher and hospice
Sutter County.                                         September. He is a board member of the Sac State            volunteer, died Oct. 19.
                                                       Alumni Association.
JOE HITES (’90) has a 23-year history of coaching                                                                  TIMOTHY C. NUNNEMAKER (’83), owner of
basketball with near-perfect winning scores. Joe        JAMES E. STRODE (’03)        is remarried and has          a legislative research firm, stockbroker and
says that rather than “coach,” he teaches competi-      two lovely new children. He has worked for five            real estate agent, died on Oct. 26.
tion, loyalty and determination. He is currently        years as an adjunct professor at Sierra College
working with high school students in Ohio.              and Cosumnes River College. He says he became              PATRICIA STELWAGON (’63), teacher, principal
                                                       “the bionic man” with total hip replacement. He is          and school superintendent, passed away Oct. 21.
NIKKI SHEPHERD EATCHEL (’97) has been appointed         certified to sail 14-foot and 21-foot sailboats.           BYRON WHIPPLE (’80), owner/broker of
vice president of program management at Questar
                                                                                                                   City Center Realty in Lakeport, Calif. and an
Assessment, a leading educational assessment           RYAN GERMAN (’09) graduated from Officer Candidate
                                                                                                                   active leader in his community, died as a
provider for states, schools and school districts.     School at Fort Benning, Ga. as a second lieutenant in the
                                                                                                                   result of a boat crash on Sept. 4.
                                                       U.S. Army. He will continue training as a tank commander
  = Life Member                                        and then attend Jump school and Ranger school.




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                                                                                                                  This year’s Distinguished Service Awards,
                                                                                                                  recognizing alumni and friends of the University
                                                                                                                  for their contributions to their professions, the
                                                                                                                  campus and the community, will be Thursday,
                                                                                                                  April 14 at the Alumni Center.




                                Distinguished Service Awards 2011




               Krista M. Bernasconi                                    Thomas M. Gilbert                                                       Paul Lau
      Rising Star Award                                     Thomas M. Gilbert (’80 MBA) is the Founder,                     Paul Lau (’84, Electrical Power Engineering)
      Krista M. Bernasconi (’99, Liberal Studies)           Managing Shareholder and Litigation and                         is the Assistant General Manager of Customer,
      is Director of Public Affairs for SureWest. She was   Valuation Services Director for Gilbert Associates,             Distribution & Technology at SMUD. Under his
      named one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s        Inc., the largest community-based accounting                    leadership SMUD has been ranked as the #1
     “Top 40 Under 40” professionals in the region, and     firm in the Sacramento area and one of the                      utility for customer satisfaction in California. He
      received the Athena award for demonstrating           Sacramento Business Journal’s “Top 10 A+                        secured a $127.5 million smart grid grant with
      excellence, creativity and initiative in her          Employers” for 2010. He is active with Sac                      Sac State from the U.S. Department of Energy
      profession. A U.S. Navy veteran, she is also          State’s College of Business Administration and                  and is expanding student internship programs
      active with numerous boards in Roseville.             serves as a youth mentor through Rotary and                     with Sac State and exchange opportunities
                                                            the Boy Scouts.                                                 with universities in China.




                      Ted Puntillo                                         Tina M. Treis                                               Patricia Clark-Ellis
      Ted Puntillo (’72, Criminal Justice) is Deputy        Tina M. Treis (’80, Accountancy) is a Partner in                Honorary Alumna Award
      Secretary of Veterans Services for the State of       Perry-Smith, LLP and is active in the Sacramento                Patricia Clark-Ellis is Dean Emerita for the College
      California. A Vietnam veteran himself, he has         community. She is also a longtime board member                  of Health and Human Services. She is actively
      been a strong advocate for thousands of Sac           of the Sac State Alumni Association and was                     involved with many programs including fund-
      State veterans through the Veterans Success           its president from 2006-07. She serves on the                   raising for the Division of Nursing, mentoring for
      Center on campus. He has also served the Davis        University Foundation Board and the President’s                 Guardian Scholars, and serving as a board director
      community as a city councilman, volunteer             Executive Committee for Nursing.                                for the Court Appointed Special Advocates.
      firefighter and active Rotarian.


                                                                                                            Tickets for the Distinguished Service
                                                                                                            Awards are available at (916) 278-6295.
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                                                                                                          SPRING 2011
                                                                                                                              \ Planner




                                                                                                             Tickets are available at the
                                                                                                             Sac State Ticket Office in the
                                                                                                             University Union, (916) 278-4323
                                                                                                             or tickets.com.
                                                                                                             For more information on campus
                                                                                                             events visit calendar.csus.edu.
                                                                                                             For athletic events, visit
                                                                                                             hornetsports.com.




Spring 2011 Planner
APRIL                                                               MAY
EVENT                              OPERA THEATRE                    DANCE                                MUSIC
Alumni Month, annual cel-          Johann Strauss’ Die              Senior Dance Concert,                Sacramento State Choirs,
ebration of Sac State alumni.      Fledermaus, Festival of the      May 4–8, Solano Hall 1010            8 p.m., May 14, Sacred Heart
See page 22 for details.           Arts, 8 p.m., April 15 & 16, &                                        Church, 39th and J streets
                                   3 p.m., April 17, California     EVENT
SPORTS                             Stage, 25th and R streets        Folsom Hall Grand Opening            SPORTS
Softball vs. Cal, 3 p.m.,                                           Dedication, May 6, 4 to 6 p.m.       Pacific Coast Rowing
April 6, Shea Stadium              SPORTS                                                                Championships, May 14,
                                   Rowing, Lake Natoma              MUSIC                                Lake Natoma
THEATER                            Invitational, April 16 & 17,     Camerata Capistrano,
The Wiz, Tony Award-winning        Lake Natoma                      baroque music, 4 p.m.,               COMMENCEMENT
retelling of “The Wizard of Oz,”                                    May 8, Capistrano Hall 151           Spring Commencement,
University Theatre, April 8–10,    SPORTS                                                                May 20 & 21, Power Balance
                                                                    MUSIC
14–17 and 21–24                    Baseball vs. Fresno State,                                            Pavilion (formally Arco Arena).
                                                                    Symphonic Wind Ensemble and
                                   2:30 p.m., April 21 & 22,                                             Details: csus.edu/commence
                                                                    Concert Band, 7:30 p.m., May 11,
SPORTS                             doubleheader, 11:30 a.m.,
                                                                    Capistrano Hall Music Recital Hall
Track and Field, Mondo Mid-        April 23, Hornet Field
Major Challenge, April 8 & 9,                                       ART
Hornet Stadium                     MUSIC
                                                                    Art Ball, annual campus-wide
                                   Rajeev Taranath on sarod
                                                                    celebration of fine art, May 13
 LECTURE                           and Abhiman Kaushal on
 Annual Art History Symposium,     tabla, North Indian music,
“The Real and the Fake,” 1 to      World Music Series, 8 p.m.,
 5 p.m., April 16, Festival of     April 23, Capistrano Hall
 Arts, keynote speaker Erkki       Music Recital Hall
 Huhtamo, professor of media
 history and theory at UCLA,       EXHIBIT
 Mariposa Hall 1000                Pinhole Photography Class
                                   Show, noon to 4:30 p.m.,
MUSIC                              April 25–29, Witt Gallery
Pianist Adam Neiman,               in Kadema Hall
7:30 p.m., April 16, Piano
Festival, Capistrano Hall
Music Recital Hall
                                                                       The Wiz



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