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California State Unversity, Sacramento

Amadeus shines in Mozart opera showcase at Sac State

Wolfgang’s best will be performed as part of California State University, Sacramento’s Arts Experience in the appropriately titled “Mozart! Mozart!” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 in the campus’ Capistrano Concert Hall, 6000 J St. The University’s Opera Theatre will present arias, duets, trios and entire scenes from some of the composer’s best-loved works, […]

Sac State to digitize World War II internment documents

Sacramento State’s Japanese American Archival Collection is the largest holding of its kind in the California State University system. For that reason Sac State will receive $40,000 — the largest share of a $321,000 National Park Service grant awarded to a consortium of 13 CSU campuses — to digitize original documents related to the World […]

‘Compleat Female Stage Beauty’ explores roles

He is the most beautiful woman ever to take the stage. And then she comes along. In 1661 London, women are prohibited from performing in the theater and actor Edward Kynaston has a fabulous life playing female roles. But when the king makes it legal for women to appear on stage, things drastically change for […]

Living Exhibit shows butterflies’ fleeting flitter of a life

Some small, colorful visitors have taken up temporary residency in California State University, Sacramento’s Sequoia Hall lobby. Painted lady butterflies are the latest inhabitants of the biology department’s Living Exhibit. Each semester the department features a living item for the lobby display case. This fall, biologist Merrill Roseberry decided to let the life cycle of […]

This year’s FeNAM includes Grateful Dead pair

With 10 days to fill, California State University, Sacramento’s Festival of New American Music has a lineup from Nov. 6 through 15 to please all music lovers with a variety of forms and artists and even includes a couple of former members of the Grateful Dead. FeNAM’s featured composer is Kurt Rohde, who will present […]

Sac State celebrates homecoming

California State University, Sacramento will be buzzing with homecoming activities Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24 to welcome alumni, friends and future Hornets to campus. Homecoming Week is a celebration for the university community and the Sacramento region to show Sac State pride. With dozens of events on and off campus — highlighted by […]

‘Flight’ takes off at Sac State

In the moonlit forest clearing near a Georgia plantation, enslaved men and women make the mythology and folklore of their African and African-American heritage come to life. The tales they tell are aimed at coaxing a small boy, Li’l Jim, down from a tree he has climbed in fear after seeing his mother sold from […]

Sac State undergrad app period opens

Future Hornets hoping to attend California State University, Sacramento as undergraduates in fall 2016 can start filing applications now. The filing period is open to high school seniors, college transfer students and many other groups. Applications are made online through the California State University system at and more information is available from Sacramento State’s […]

Sac State gets state’s only EPA Environmental Finance Center

By Dixie Reid SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently selected Sacramento State to house a new regional Environmental Finance Center, which will offer financial expertise to rural, disadvantaged and tribal communities that struggle with how to pay the increasing costs of protecting public health and the environment. The EPA will fund the University’s work […]

Sacramento State celebrates the arts

California State University, Sacramento’s department of music is now the school of music and it’s preparing to celebrate the new designation as part of the University’s Arts Experience for Fall 2015. In addition, the season will include stage productions that explore African folklore and reveal personal revenge in the theater, the whimsical sculptures of Tony […]

One World Initiative illuminates the many aspects of ‘power’

Whether it’s a war, a political upheaval, a storm at sea or the energy that lights homes, humanity is subject to the whims of all sorts of “power.” “Power” is the subject of this year’s One World Initiative ( at California State University, Sacramento. Each year, the initiative’s organizers select a topic that has many […]

CSUS commencement to feature NBC anchor

President Alexander Gonzalez will officiate at his final graduation ceremonies as the university’s top Hornet and NBC News anchor Lester Holt will receive an honorary doctorate when California State University, Sacramento holds its commencement ceremonies on May 22 and 23. Almost 5,000 students — including bachelor’s, master’s, credential and doctorate in education candidates — will […]

Sac State jazz group honored

Vocal jazz director Gaw Vang is continuing the California State University, Sacramento tradition of winning nationwide recognition for the university’s music department. The department’s group C-Sus Voices has been recognized with an Outstanding Performance award for a college small vocal group by DownBeat magazine, jazz music’s “Bible.” This is the 13th time one of Sac […]

Sac State presents annual Art Ball

Roll on over to California State University, Sacramento for the annual Art Ball from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Art exhibits of student work will be set up at various locations around the campus at 6000 J St. The event includes: the Senior Art Show — a display of works by graduating seniors — […]

Sac State promotes biking to campus

May is Bike Month, a good time to ditch the gas guzzler and those cruises around campus looking for parking. Try it for a day, maybe all month. Bike to California State University, Sacramento Day is Wednesday, May 6, with University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) hosting a special event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in […]

Vertical dancers turn dance floor on its side

This year’s California State University, Sacramento’s Festival of the Arts runs to April 12 and features a dance performance along the outside walls of the University Library by Bandaloop, a company that is reimagining dance and changing perspectives. A pioneer in vertical performance, Bandaloop seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and the art of climbing […]

Applications open for LegiSchool internship

The LegiSchool Project is pleased to announce its Real World Civics Summer Internship. Apply online now at Sacramento-area junior and senior high school students interested in public service, the political process and government in general are invited to apply. The internship runs from June 17-July 24 at the Capitol. A $350 stipend is provided […]

Learn how the cat got inside

How did the housecat come to be invited into homes? Sacramento State’s Opera Theatre company will relate that story in song and puppetry with “The Cat That Walked by Himself,” a children’s musical fantasy for the entire family. Written by John and Dorothy Duke and based on the popular tale by Rudyard Kipling “The Cat […]

State Fair announces agriculturalist of the year

The California Exposition and State Fair board of directors unanimously approved the nomination of Charles Ahlem as the 2015 Agriculturalist of the Year during its Feb. 27 meeting. The Agriculturalist of the Year award is presented to an individual who has contributed extensively to and demonstrated leadership within California’s agricultural industry. Ahlem is owner of […]

The arts blossom at Sacramento State

California State University, Sacramento’s Arts Experience is ready for spring with a dynamic Festival of the Arts that features vertical choreography and a new street fair-type celebration. That’s in addition to all the other diverse exhibits, theater and dance performances and music concerts, which include a Tony Award-winning musical, an exhibit of artworks from Nevada, […]

Sac State celebrates Black History Month

California State University, Sacramento’s celebration of Black History Month will fill February’s days and nights with exciting and inspiring events. One of the most anticipated, coming Saturday, Feb. 8 is Super Sunday, an outreach partnership event with local churches to increase college-going rates among African American students. Other highlights of the month include campus favorite […]

Sac State dancers are happy

This season’s Dance Sites 2014/Faculty Dance Concert at California State University, Sacramento features six faculty choreographers and two special guest artists creating works for student dancers. Many of the choreographers are using the university’s One World Initiative topic of “Happiness” as their theme in works that feature music ranging from gospel to Mexican folklorico ballet, […]

Sacramento State students showcase research

The inaugural Provost’s Student Research Showcase gave California State University, Sacramento undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their research, and scholarly and creative activities to the campus community in poster format. The event was in October in the Redwood Room of the University Union. Provost Frederika “Fraka” Harmsen took part in the showcase […]

Enter LegiSchool Project essay contest

The Center for California Studies’ LegiSchool Project is seeking entries for its annual essay contest. This year’s topic is “Climate Change.” Extreme weather events and warming temperatures have sparked global concerns about climate change. Some are calling on the government to do more to defend our environment. Others believe excessive government interference will have negative […]

Art movie debuts at Sac State

It was modern art, Chicago style. Hardly the cool New York version, the collection of artists in mid-1960s Chicago referred to themselves as “imagists” and ignored trends elsewhere to blaze their own artistic path that was comical, absurd and definitely “in your face.” The wild, wooly and weird story of these iconoclastic artists has been […]

Geology Club rocks on

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. But California State University, Sacramento’s Geology Club is throwing a party for stones, as well as fossils, gems and other mineral collectibles with the annual Geology Club Rock Auction. This year’s competitive sale is 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Alumni Center on campus. A total of […]

An evening of song, art and premieres

Premieres, bells, guest performers and, of course, terrific voices raised in song all will be part of “Songs of the Heart,” a concert featuring Sacramento State’s three choirs. The University’s Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus and University Chorus will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 amid the dynamic acoustics of Sacred Heart Church, 39th and […]

Sac State measures ‘Water by the Spoonful’

Elliott and Yasmin live in one world where they cope with their Aunt Ginny’s death, Elliott tries to readjust to civilian life after serving in Iraq, and Yasmin struggles with divorce and her role as Elliott’s emotional support. Orangutan, Chutes & Ladders and Fountainhead are recovering drug addicts who live in another world, trying to […]

Art exhibit examines PTSD

A traveling art exhibit coming to California State University, Sacramento examines post-traumatic stress disorder — its causes and symptoms, its stigma and treatment — through the art and words of those directly affected by it. “PTSD Nation: Art and Poetry From Survivors of War, Gun Violence and Domestic Abuse” will run Nov. 1-Dec. 13 in […]

Exhibition to showcase jewelry and small metals

During his 14 years at California State University, Sacramento, emeritus art professor Daniel Frye produced beautiful work in jewelry and small metals and inspired students to follow their own creative spirit and artistic endeavors. Frye died last July and his works, as well as those of his students, will be displayed in “Moments of Impact.” […]

Food Day looks at all things food

Chef, educator, cookbook author and activist Bryant Terry will be the keynote speaker at California State University, Sacramento’s Food Day 2014 on Friday, Oct. 24. Terry, who lives in Oakland and is an advocate for a healthy, just and sustainable food system, will speak at 7:15 p.m. in the University Union, Redwood Room. His topic […]

Events commemorate 75th anniversary of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

Two events observing the 75th anniversary of the publication of “The Grapes of Wrath” will be held at California State University, Sacramento’s library gallery annex for four days, Oct. 21-24. Gallery hours are 10 a.m-5 p.m. John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel about a family of Dust Bowl farmers heading to California won a Pulitzer Prize and was […]

Sac State is hosting Hornet Day

What’s life like at California State University, Sacramento? Prospective college students can find out how great it is to be a Hornet during the free Future Hornet Day. Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, students and their families can tour the campus, see and hear firsthand from current students about some of Sac State’s dynamic […]

Sac State celebrates Anthem

California State University, Sacramento’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Keys’ “In Defence of Fort McHenry,” the poem that became “The Star Spangled Banner.” Performance is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Music Recital Hall on campus, 6000 J St. Pieces include the anthem’s source music, “Anacreontic Song” and John […]

SacWorldFest presents a cultural showcase

A vibrant and culturally diverse entertainment line-up has been announced for the seventh annual SacWorldFest, a family-friendly celebration proudly presented by California State University, Sacramento and Wells Fargo Bank. Showcasing cultural diversity through lively music and dance, the annual festival has expanded to a week-long celebration, Sept. 27 through Oct. 5, with many of the […]

Sac State goes happy

Peanuts creator Charles Schulz declared that “Happiness is a warm puppy,” but it can be a lot more complex than that. This year, the California State University, Sacramento community will delve into the many “Global Perspectives on Happiness” as its One World Initiative  topic. One World is a campus-wide initiative aimed at bringing students, faculty […]

Sac State art project augments reality

Broadway Augmented, an art project that explores augmented reality, is now in the final testing phase. Public artworks have been created for the sophisticated, high-tech undertaking — but only in the virtual world. The project is a partnership of California State University, Sacramento, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), the Greater Broadway Partnership District and […]

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Sacworldfest kicks off arts season

SacWorldFest, a weeklong celebration of the region’s diversity in music and dance, will highlight California State University, Sacramento’s autumn offerings of arts and entertainment events. The fall lineup includes a classic award-winning drama, the musical phenomenon that is FeNAM, the best offerings by Art Department faculty and contemporary dance featuring choreography by university faculty, students […]

Free chamber music at Sac State

The annual CalCap Chamber Music Workshop will run July 20-25 and July 27-Aug. 1 at Capistrano Hall. Led by California State University, Sacramento music professor Pete Nowlen, the two sessions will bring together intermediate and advanced musicians from across the country. These performers of the violin, cello, piano, flute, clarinet and other instruments are assigned […]

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‘Much Ado About Whedon’ at Sac State

Joss Whedon and his critically acclaimed works – “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and “The Avengers” – have been the focus of academic interest for almost two decades. Now the sixth biennial conference about his work, convened by the Whedon Studies Association and its blind peer-reviewed journal “Slayage,” is coming to California […]

Making art out of trash

Four Sacramento State art instructors are making beauty out of trash bins. That’s right — trash bins. Joy Bertinuson, Mark Emerson, Brenda Louie and Robert Ortbal are participating in Art of the Dumpster, a public art project commissioned by Sacramento’s Power Inn Alliance, a nonprofit property and business improvement district, and curated by the Sacramento […]

Alums show work at Sacramento State

California State University, Sacramento State has produced some great artists over the years. This year, 16 former students will display their works at the Art Alumni Show in Kadema Hall’s Robert Else Gallery. The shows are unique each year and this one features paintings in a wide range of media — acrylics, oils, watercolors — […]

Art Ball features student work

Roll on over to the California State University, Sacramento campus Friday, May 16 for the annual Art Ball sponsored by the Alumni Association’s Art Chapter.  The celebration will run from 5-8 p.m. Art department students will display their best works in multiple media on both floors of Kadema Hall. Art Sculpture Lab Rooms 106-108 will […]

Choralfest celebrates spring with music

California State University, Sacramento’s choirs celebrates spring in grand style with a concert that features two of the university’s choruses, plus student soloists, special guest choruses from throughout the community and a wide variety of music. It’s the annual Choralfest, led by director Donald Kendrick, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Sacred Heart Church, […]

Summer academies will help guide teens to careers

High school students can sign up now to spend part of the long, hot summer ahead having fun on the California State University, Sacramento campus — and perhaps finding their passion and potential career. The third annual Summer Academies for High School Students, a program of Sacramento State’s College of Continuing Education (CCE), offers nine […]

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