Palin to speak at CSU-Stanislaus

TURLOCK — Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin will appear in June at California State University, Stanislaus.

The June 25 fund-raising speech, announced this morning, is part of the university's 50th anniversary celebration, which has been under way for a year and a half.

"We are proud and honored to welcome such a well-known figure to the CSU Stanislaus campus," Matt Swanson, president of the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation Board of Directors, said in a news release issued this morning.

Palin, now 46, was in her first term as governor in Alaska when Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona picked her as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election. After the election loss, Palin returned to Alaska, then left office.

She wrote a best-selling autobiography and has been speaking to Republican audiences around the country. She also signed on to Fox News as an analyst.

She has been vocal in opposition to the health care bill signed into law this week. Tuesday, she advised followers via her Twitter account: "Don't Retreat — Instead, RELOAD."

Palin's speaking appearances typically command $100,000. Tickets to the June 25 event are $500.

Her appearance at the university is billed as a black-tie fund-raiser hosted by the CSU Stanislaus Foundation.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a five-course dinner and dancing. Tickets can be purchased by calling 667-3131.