MAGA Z I N E
Follow the Alumni and Teachers of
the Year Kadhir Rajagopal
and John Castro prove
Leaders leadership does begin here.
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
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.”
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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
Management Program’s weekly Monday morning meeting.
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
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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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.
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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GREEN & GOLD GALA 2010
Sac State celebrated the community’s support of the Destination ANOTHER…
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
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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GOVERNMENT STATE LEADER
COMMUNITY PUBLIC SAFETY
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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“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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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
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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SHERILYN ADAMS “I missed being involved with
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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“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.”
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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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
“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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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 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
3. Capital Fellow Yang Lee
4. Mayoral Fellows Hafiza Arikat and Brittany
Purdy meet with Sacramento Mayor
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
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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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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SAC STATE OPERA
1723 25th Street,
April 15 & 16 at 8 p.m. &
April 17 at 3 p.m.
(916) 278-4323 or
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
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
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
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 / SPRING 2011
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,
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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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
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
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.
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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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-
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.
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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Tickets are available at the
Sac State Ticket Office in the
University Union, (916) 278-4323
For more information on campus
events visit calendar.csus.edu.
For athletic events, visit
Spring 2011 Planner
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
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
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California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, CA
Office of University Advancement
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6026
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Learn how to preserve your assets, provide for your loved
ones and ensure a legacy for your favorite charities through
Sacramento State’s Estate Planning 101 workshops. These
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need to properly structure your estate plan.
Upcoming workshops will be held:
April 19 September 14
June 15 November 9
Led by University Foundation at Sacramento State board
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free educational seminars dispel misconceptions about estate
planning and offer the latest information on such topics as
living trusts vs. wills, avoiding probate, family philanthropy
and the myths of estate planning. Sessions are held at the
Sacramento State Alumni Center and include lunch.
To sign up, or for more information,
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