Alumna-fronted band Rituals of Mine returns home to Sacramento

It’s been a busy few months for the Sacramento State alumna-fronted band Rituals of Mine.

The electronic duo of alumna Terra Lopez (’07, English) and Dani Fernandez, formerly known as Sister Crayon, changed its name before launching a national tour last summer that took it to some of the West Coast’s biggest venues. Their major-label debut, Devoted, was released in September.

Now, they’re coming home. Rituals of Mine are the first headliners in the 2017 Concerts in the Park, a series of free shows in Cesar Chavez Plaza that kicks off May 5.

Next show – 5.5.17 in our hometown. See you soon Sacramento. #DEVOTED

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To learn more about Lopez and Rituals of Mine’s long and sometimes challening journey from experimental electronic project to major-label mainstay, check out our July profile of the duo in the Made at Sac State blog.

More information can be found at godowntownsac.com/concerts-in-the-park/.

Train hero Anthony Sadler’s story is headed for the big screen

Anthony Sadler, the Sacramento State student who with two friends heroically prevented a terrorist attack on a train in France last year, is headed for the big screen – courtesy of a Hollywood icon.

Anthony Sadler parade

Clint Eastwood will direct a movie adaptation of The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train and Three American Heroes, a book about the incident written by Sadler, his fellow train heroes Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, and Jeffrey E. Stern.

Sadler, Skarlatos, and Stone were on a train to Paris when they spotted a gunman in their car. They ran toward the man – who was armed with a pistol, a box cutter, and an assault rifle – overpowering him and likely saving hundreds of lives. Following the incident, the trio became global heroes. They were awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction, and were invited to the White House, where President Barack Obama hailed their bravery. They eventually returned to their hometown, Sacramento, to a hero’s welcome and parade.

It’s not exactly a coincidence that Eastwood – who knows a little something about taking down bad guys, at least in the movies – is set to bring their story to the big screen. Sadler told San Francisco’s ABC 7 last year that the three sent an autographed copy of The 15:17 to Paris to Eastwood last year, hoping he would direct a film adaptation.

Sadler, who is proudly #MadeAtSacState, also was honored at a Sacramento State football game last September.

Former associate dean and commercial co-star among seven alumni to be honored

Remember this Sacramento State commercial from 2013? Recognize the man in the green robe? It’s none other than Sac State alum, longtime professor and former associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Kimo Ah Yun ’90 (Communication Studies).

Why the throwback? Ah Yun is one of several impressive Sacramento State graduates who will be honored April 20 during the Distinguished Alumni Awards, which honor community and industry leaders for their contributions to Sacramento State and the community.

In addition to Ah Yun, who now is dean of the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University, five other Hornets will receive Distinguished Service Awards:

  • Kraig Clark ’91 (Accountancy): Founder of JLM Energy and eScreen Logic
  • Carol Garcia ’08 (Family and Consumer Sciences): Senior Vice President of Community 1st Bank
  • Gilbert Herdt, MA ’72 (Anthropology): Clinical and cultural anthropologist specializing in human sexuality
  • Andrei Tokmakoff ’98 (Chemistry): Henry G. Gale Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago
  • Angelo Williams, MA ’06 (Education), MA ’07 (Higher Education Leadership), Ed.D. ’10: Director of Community Engagement and Mobilization for the California Black Health Network

In addition, Ryan Harrison, MS ’11 (Criminal Justice) will receive the Rising Star Award, given to a graduate of Sacramento State to have received his or her first Sac State degree since 2006. Harrison is a principal human resources consultant for the California Senate Rules Committee.

Learn more about each of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners at csus.edu/news/articles/2017/4/18/sac-state-to-honor-seven-with-distinguished-alumni-awards. To learn more about the awards and see past winners, visit csus.edu/alum/programs/daa.

And if the above video has you pumped for Commencement, you can learn more about the event at csus.edu/commencement.