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Allocation of merit funds cause concern for faculty

Elizabeth Martin-Burk
June 4, 2000
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Months after the dust has settled and some of the merit increase checks have been sent, the review of the Faculty Merit Increase process has been completed. One of the most pressing concerns is the way funds were allocated in the FMI process, according to a "Reality Check" bulletin from the Californi...

Revise the tenure system

State Hornet Staff
June 4, 2000
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Every student has more than likely taken at least one class that left them unsatisfied, a class that could have been better, whether it was the archaic curriculum, a lazy teacher or perhaps an outdated class format. Tenure. The system that awards and honors tenure to faculty is outdated. Tenure is partially res...

Softball ends season with series loss to Long Beach State

Russ Edmondson
June 4, 2000
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The climax in the last softball game of the season did not come in the last inning, but rather during the game's first at bat. Senior Hornets catcher Jenny O'Leary, out with a season-ending knee injury, crouched behind the plate one last time, catching a strikeout from teammate Amy Barker. O'Leary's one b...

Gifts for graduates

Christine Brownell
May 31, 2000
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It's the first day of the rest of their lives. With graduation just around the corner, finding the perfect gift for a graduating loved one can be a bit of a trying experience. From extravagant to reasonable, creative to practical, here are some gift ideas that are sure to make the grade. Although not the most original gift idea, the tried-and-true gift of money is a sure bet. It's quick, easy, and accepted everywhere. This gift ensures satisfaction with the recipient and gives the graduate the flexibility to choose their own gift. Holly Harper, a graduating communication studies major, said money is a practical graduation present. "I'm getting married soon and everything helps," Harper said. If money seems too impersonal, then perhaps gift certificates would be appropriate. Most places carry gift certificates or gift cards in various increments. Gift certificates give the graduate the freedom to choose their own gift, but still leave room for creativity. Many salons and day spas offer gift certificates that could offer the graduate some long-awaited relaxation and well-deserved pampering. "We get people in here all the time asking for gift certificates for graduates," said Ashkan Bashiri, a stylist at Topoli Grand Salon. "We offer massages, salt scrubs, body wraps, facials ... all are excellent ways to relax and pamper yourself," said Bashri. "It's a refreshing way to get yourself ready for the real world. It's probably your last chance to relax!" Another creative gift for one entering "the real world" is a certificate for an appointment with a professional resume specialist. Since a clean and crisp resume and cover letter are the finishing touch for a college graduate entering the work force, this gift is not only unique, but practical as well. "I see quite a few parents giving our service as a graduation gift," said Dan Forrestall, owner of The Resume Specialists. "We provide individuals with a consultation, prepare a resume and cover letter, and help the individual with general job search assistance. Typically this service package ranges from $95 to $150." If you are looking for a more extravagant present, perhaps the gift of jewelry would be right for your graduate. "The number one seller for female college graduates are diamond earrings and diamond pendants," said Tom Sullivan, assistant manager of Devons Jewelers. Jewelry can always be spiced up with a personalized charm or message. "I see a lot of people buying little charms with the year of the graduation on them," said Chalo Luna, manager of Rogers Jewelers. "Watches are a really nice gift for guys with a message engraved on the back, such as the year they are graduating." If you are thinking in the four or five digit range, then a car would make a nice graduation gift. Art Plummer, salesperson at Lasher Volkswagen said, "A car is a great gift idea. We have had a lot of parents calling lately. I just sold a Jetta last week that was a graduation gift." If a car is out of your price range, there is plenty of other gift alternatives. Douglas Dore, sales associate of The Sharper Image recommends electronics, palm-pilots, radios, travel clocks, and luggage as graduation gifts. "The hottest thing right now are palm-pilots," said Tracy Unden, Staples sales associate. "Other good gift ideas are pen gift sets, cellular phone packages, and a year of Internet service." If you are looking for a small, thoughtful gift, many gift stores are offering different "odds and ends" that would be appropriate for the college grad. "We carry a lot of year 2000 dated things right now for the graduate, such as clocks, mugs, frames, key chains, and a book of quotations," Mike Gorman of Hallmark said. So whether extravagant or simple, as long as the gift is from the heart, you'll be just fine. After years of eating Top Ramen and using lawn chairs as furniture, the college graduate will probably appreciate just about anything.

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Students speak up

Erin Gallup
May 31, 2000
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Students spend years in college, desperately fumbling toward that ever-so-sacred diploma. But what happens after the years of hard work and midterms come to an end? Let's ask the lucky ones who have finally crossed the finish line. Three graduates offer their stories, suggestions, and insights. Shad Sel...

Graduation 101:

State Hornet Staff
May 31, 2000
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Graduation 101: Words from the wise Erin Gallup State Hornet Published May 17, 2000 Advice from grandparents may be irritating. And parents' words of wisdom can be so belittling. Advice from professors, however, is useful -- especially if you are graduating soon. Eva Gabbe, program manager of recruitmen...

“Union plaza to be named in memory of professor, mayor Dedication set for fall”

“Union plaza to be named in memory of professor, mayor Dedication set for fall”

Dana Enfinger
May 30, 2000
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A new plaza is being built on campus to honor the late Joe Serna, Jr., former mayor of Sacramento and government professor at Sacramento State, President Donald R. Gerth announced earlier this month. An arcade of trees, a tree-shaded amphitheater and a water feature will be elements of the plaza, which wi...

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