Sac State Magazine

Spring 2011

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1. Capital Fellow Twa'Lea Jordan 2. Participants in the Capital Fellows' Judicial Administration Fellowship meet at the courthouse. 3. Capital Fellow Yang Lee 4. Mayoral Fellows Hafiza Arikat and Brittany Purdy meet with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. 5. Capital Fellow Curtis Vandermolen 6. Sacramento Semester participants Michael Lynch, Allison Wescott and John Franks at the Capitol where they each hold internships. 3 4 7. As part of their class experience, Sacramento Semester participants meet weekly for guest lectures. 5 seminar portion, which features guest speakers from across the po- litical spectrum. Now in its 35th year, the program places as many as 30 students in "positions with significant responsibilities," according to Government Professor Michael Wadle, who directs the program. Applications are due in November for the spring semester. "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 work there definitely led to where I am now. It offered lots of differ- ent work experiences and helped broaden my professional network." Sacramento State Mayoral Fellows Sacramento State Mayoral Fellows is a new program launched through an agreement between Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Sac State President Alexander Gonzalez. It offers undergrads and gradu- ate students a chance to work in the Office of the Mayor. Currently students are working on one of Mayor Johnson's three major initia- tives: boosting participation in volunteer and non-profit organizations, reducing homelessness and school reform, says Charles Gossett, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. "Working for Mayor Johnson was an invaluable opportunity," says Hafiza Arikat ('08, Sociology), who was assigned to the Mayor's STAND UP school reform initiative. Arikat also joined the 2011 class of Sacramento Semester interns and began working in Gov. Jerry Brown's press office. "My professors 6 7 tease me that I'm a 'professional intern' now, but I've been able to work on local, national and now state issues. I'm very grateful to Sac State for these opportunities," she says. "As a sociology major, it has given me much more confidence and motivation to pursue a career in politics and public policy." Sacramento Semester marks 35th anniversary After more than three decades of placing Sac State undergrads in internship positions at the state Capitol, the list of Sacramento Semester alumni is an honor roll of distinction. It includes: ■ ■ Katie Kolitsos, chief consul- tant, Assembly Committee on Local Government ■■ Mark Krausse, former executive director of the Fair Political Practices Commission ■■ Kevin McCarty, Sacramento City Councilmember ■■ Delette Olberg, special advisor to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ■■ Michael Potter, venture capi- talist, director of Paradigm Ventures and co-producer of the film "Orphans of Apollo" A 35th anniversary celebration of the program is planned for this spring. If you are a Sacramento Semester alumni who would like to take part, contact the Government Department at (916) 278-6202. / Spring 2011 17

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