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Welcome to Hornet Notes. Find out what your fellow alumni are up to these days. Share your news and events by submitting a note.

Recent Hornet Notes
 
Linda Faulkner (1985)
Linda Faulkner published her debut novel this year, The Halls of Forever. The book, which is Women's Fiction with romantic and paranormal elements, is available through most digital retailers and Print on Demand. Faulkner continues to play First Chair Flute with the Sierra Symphony and will serve as Publicity Chairman this coming season. She also volunteers as a first responder at Sierra at Tahoe ski resort and is a 42-year member of National Ski Patrol.  
Submitted on Aug 27 2015.

Steven Shultz (1990)
Steven Shultz, ’90, MEMBER B.A., Government and Journalism, has been appointed Director of Presidential Communications for California State University San Marcos. He joins the senior staff of the university following 20 years in executive communications at San Diego International Airport, the Port of San Diego, and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Shultz has also been appointed to the board of the 1 to 1 Movement, a San Diego-based nonprofit focused on education and awareness-building around environmental and sustainability issues. After graduating from Sac State, Shultz earned a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University.  
Submitted on Aug 27 2015.

Wesley Matsuura (1983)
Wesley Matsuura (1983) writes, "After a 16 year assignment as the Detective Sergeant in charge of investigations at the San Francisco International Airport, I was promoted to Lieutenant on April 2, 2015. Effective May 26, I will be assigned to the San Mateo Medical Center as the Director of Security."  
Submitted on Aug 27 2015.

Michelle Seijas (2003)
Michelle Seijas (2003) writes, "I have been named the new principal of Sacramento Charter High School. Sac High is part of St. HOPE Public Schools. I look forward to working with the Oak Park community to realize the vision of becoming the finest urban high school in the nation. I have served as an administrator in the Woodland Joint Unified School District for the past eight years, most recently as the principal of Woodland High School."  
Submitted on Aug 27 2015.

Joseph Gutheinz (1978)
Joseph Gutheinz (1978) writes, "Joseph Gutheinz earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice in 1978 and his Master's in Criminal Justice in 1979. A 2015 documentary about his investigations into missing moon rocks, which also featured him, titled Missing Moon Rocks, earned the movie an Emmy Award for best Historical Documentary. He is currently filming a full length movie with Statement Films about one of his investigations as a Senior Special Agent with NASA's Office of Inspector General titled Operation Lunar Eclipse and he is in negotiations about the filming of another movie covering his investigation of the Mir Space Station fire and collision. Joe, upon graduating from CSUS went on to earn graduate degrees from 2 other colleges and served as an Army Aviator and Intelligent Officer before beginning his employment with NASA. Now as a retired NASA OIG Senior Special Agent he runs a law firm with 2 of his 6 sons and serves as an expert witness/consultant on aviation and NASA related cases."  
Submitted on Aug 27 2015.

Steven Blakesley (2010)
Steven Blakesley (2010) writes, "After a stint as the Director of Marketing & Communications for the start-up Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, I have moved back to Sacramento with my wife Autumn and our 13 month old daughter Ruby. I have been blessed with the opportunity to be the MAVTV Pit Reporter for televised stock car races at Madera Speedway in Madera, CA and recently was named announcer and Director of Communications for the Pacific Challenge Series. I also maintain my public relations business Blakesley Sports Media. My brother Shawn ('11, Computer Science) and his wife Tiffany are expecting their first son in December as well."  
Submitted on Aug 27 2015.

Clarke Owens (1974)
Clarke Owens (1974) writes, "My novel, '600ppm, A Novel of Climate Change' was published in July by Cosmic Egg Books, and is available on Amazon."  
Submitted on Aug 27 2015.

Tracey Dickinson (2013)
Tracey Dickinson was appointed Yolo County’s new full-time homeless program coordinator. Dickinson most recently served as an analyst in the County Administrator’s Office. (Source: Yolo County)  
Submitted on Aug 18 2015.

Kimberlee Messina (1985)
Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D., has been appointed as interim president of Foothill College. Since 2011, she has served as Foothill’s vice president of instruction and institutional research. Messina has worked in the California Community Colleges system for more than 20 years. (Source: Los altos Online)  
Submitted on Aug 18 2015.

Jorge De La Cruz (2014)
Jorge De La Cruz '14 (Marketing) recently became the chief marketing officer for Simply Legal USA. In this position, he helps provide some of the most innovative immigration eligibility tools to millions around the world.  
Submitted on Aug 17 2015.

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Career News
 
Linda Faulkner (1985)
Linda Faulkner published her debut novel this year, The Halls of Forever. The book, which is Women's Fiction with romantic and paranormal elements, is available through most digital retailers and Print on Demand. Faulkner continues to play First Chair Flute with the Sierra Symphony and will serve as Publicity Chairman this coming season. She also volunteers as a first responder at Sierra at Tahoe ski resort and is a 42-year member of National Ski Patrol.  
Submitted on Aug 27 2015.

Steven Shultz (1990)
Steven Shultz, ’90, MEMBER B.A., Government and Journalism, has been appointed Director of Presidential Communications for California State University San Marcos. He joins the senior staff of the university following 20 years in executive communications at San Diego International Airport, the Port of San Diego, and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Shultz has also been appointed to the board of the 1 to 1 Movement, a San Diego-based nonprofit focused on education and awareness-building around environmental and sustainability issues. After graduating from Sac State, Shultz earned a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University.  
Submitted on Aug 27 2015.

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Births & Adoptions
 
Sandra Sims (1974)
Sandra Re Sims is a proud mother of Jessica Silver and recently received her teachers credential from Sacramento State.  
Submitted on Jun 14 2012.

Lauren Palmer-Zahedani (2000)
Lauren Palmer Zahedani (2000) and Ardie Zahedani are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Ryan Luc. He was born on April 5 in Folsom, CA, and weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce. Ryan is Ardie and Lauren’s second child, joining big brother Kian Matthieu.

  
Submitted on Jun 27 2011.

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Marriages & Commitments
 
Kristina Schuett (2009)
Kristina Schuett ’09 (Government/Journalism) and Stephen Ricci were married in March at the Croatian American Cultural Center. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Source: http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_23176178/schuett-ricci
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Submitted on May 31 2013.

Chad Smith (2008)
Chad Smith ’08 (Business Administration-General Management) and Jaime Mendoza got engaged at the Rae House in Galt, Calif. The couple met while attending elementary school. The couple plans to wed in late August at the St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Galt, Calif.

Source: http://www.lodinews.com/features/milestones/article_8379e98a-88f1-5c17-a265-7c8e4ea9bbb5.html
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Submitted on May 31 2013.

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Catching Up
 
Steven Blakesley (2010)
Steven Blakesley (2010) writes, "After a stint as the Director of Marketing & Communications for the start-up Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, I have moved back to Sacramento with my wife Autumn and our 13 month old daughter Ruby. I have been blessed with the opportunity to be the MAVTV Pit Reporter for televised stock car races at Madera Speedway in Madera, CA and recently was named announcer and Director of Communications for the Pacific Challenge Series. I also maintain my public relations business Blakesley Sports Media. My brother Shawn ('11, Computer Science) and his wife Tiffany are expecting their first son in December as well."  
Submitted on Aug 27 2015.

Ronald Ridley (1976)
Ronald Ridley (1976) writes, "I went on some paintings trips in 2013 and 2014, to Paris in 2013 and a Grand European Tour in 2014."  
Submitted on Aug 14 2015.

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Educational News
 
Brittany Lewis (2009)
Brittany Lewis ’09 (Biological Sciences) graduated from UC Davis Medical School in May and will pursue a career in Radiology. Her next steps are a year focusing on internal medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland, followed by a four-year residency at Wayne State University in Detroit. (Source: Sacramento Bee)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Jessica Spohn (2011)
Jessica Spohn ’11 (Family and Consumer Sciences) received a master’s degree in public health from New Mexico State University in December 2014. The University’s Alumni Association recognized Spohn with an “Outstanding Graduating Master’s Student” award. She also received special recognition from Eta Sigma Gamma, the Golden Key Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and the NMSU GLBT community.  
Submitted on Feb 2 2015.

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General
 
Ken Ueltzen (1990)
Ken Ueltzen, Vice President of Business Development at the Roseville-based Cokeva, raised $1,905 for St. Baldrick's Foundation to support childhood cancer research. (Submitted by Ascend Capital Group)  
Submitted on Aug 17 2015.

Brennan Leitao (2015)
Brennan Leitao ’15 (Communication Studies) was selected in the 26th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He begins his professional career playing for the Cardinals’ Short Season-A affiliate, the State College Spikes. Leitao’s college career totals of 31 wins and 398 innings pitched are both Sacramento State records. (Source: OC Register)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

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In Memoriam
 
Kenneth Kerri (1956)
Dr. Kenneth Kerri, founder of Sacramento State’s Office of Water Programs, died in December. Kerri was a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering at Sacramento State for almost 40 years before retiring from teaching in 1997. In 1972, Professor Kerri was a pioneer in establishing the Office of Water Programs, which is now recognized as the leading national training program for operators and managers of drinking water and wastewater plants and facilities. He has been recognized for his academic and professional contributions with many honors, including the Distinguished Faculty Award by the Sacramento State Alumni Association. As part of his legacy to the Sacramento State community, he leaves the Ken Kerri Endowment Fund, which will continue to honor a lifetime of achievement and contribution to the field of civil engineering.  
Submitted on Feb 2 2015.

A. Lee (1980)
Bob Lee ’80 (Public Policy and Administration), district attorney of Santa Cruz, died in October after a battle with cancer. He began his career as a prosecutor in Monterey County in 1985 before returning home to Santa Cruz. After working as the Santa Cruz Assistant District Attorney for fourteen years, Lee was elected to the District Attorney position in 2002. He was known for his dedication to justice for victims and his support of victim’s rights.
(Source: Inside Bay Area)  
Submitted on Jan 30 2015.

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