ABA Feature Stories

Holiday Spirit of Giving in ABA

"In the spirit of the holidays, Administration & Business Affairs (ABA) continued its annual Adopt a Family program for 2016. Started in 2008, ABA, and a group of dedicated colleagues, have found families either through Adopt a Family or other organizations, to provide gifts to needy families." Read More

School Supply Donations

"ABA's Bursar's Office recently concluded a school supply drive on behalf of the Guardian Scholars Program here at Sac State.the Guardian Scholars Program distributed fliers throughout campus alerting offices of their donation drive, seeking supplies for students of their program, in need of every day supplies such as notepads, binders, paper, pens, pencils, etc." Read More

Alumni Month 2016

"It’s a Sac State tradition to celebrate the University’s alums during the month of April. This year, over half of ABA’s staff alums came out show their support, participating in a group photo near the Guy West Bridge. In ABA, over 55 staff members are Sac State grads, holding degrees that range from bachelors’ and masters’ to doctorates. And more than 30 of them showed up for the celebratory photo." Read More

Sustainability Team Recognized for Best Practices and Innovations

"In March, the CSU Chancellor's office announced the winners from the 2016 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practices competition, with Sac State's Sustainability Team receiving multiple awards. All recipients will be recognized at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference in June." Read More

New Compost Project Diverts Food Waste

"This fall marks the beginning of a noteworthy waste-reduction effort at Sac State, as the sustainability team partners with Dining Commons to divert 100 percent of its food waste. Through the Organic Compost Project, the waste will be provided to third party vendors, Republic Services and Clean World, where it will be converted to clean burning gas." Read More

Stormwater Management

"Sacramento State’s Office of Water Programs (OWP) and ABA have teamed up with the City of Sacramento to install new stormwater management devices on campus. The devices, also known as Low Impact Device (LID) zones, are intended to reduce stormwater impacts to the American and Sacramento rivers. Stormwater runoff from urban development is one of the leading contributors to water quality degradation." Read More

New Marketplace a Winner

"In October, 2015, the Procurement & Contract Services Office received the Campus Marketplace Award as part of a team representing the CSU, the UC and the CCC system. The award was presented at the 2015 California Public Higher Education Collaborative Business Conference. The team was recognized for their outstanding effort in launching the new e-marketplace, now available across many CSU, UC and CCC campuses." Read More

Reprographics: A Banner Achievement

"In August, Reprographics was featured on the cover of In-plantGraphics, a publication regarded as the "leading resource for in-plant printers." The shop was recognized for providing on-demand wide-format printing services, as part of the comprehensive services it provides to the campus." Read More

Excellence in Procurement

"In July 2015, the Procurement & Contract Services office received the National Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute. This award recognizes the department for its ongoing efforts to implement and achieve best practices in procurement." Read More

Celebrating ABA's Staff Peer Award Winners

"Photos from this year's ABA Staff Peer Awards are now available. The ABA Staff Peer Awards Program is a recognition program that allows ABA staff to recognize the work of their colleagues. Awards are presented annually in the following categories." Read More

ABA Celebrates Alumni Month

"It is a Sac State tradition to celebrate the University’s alums during the month of April. The first week in April, over half of ABA’s staff alums came out show their support, participating in a group photo near the Guy West Bridge. In ABA, over 60 staff members are Sac State grads, holding degrees that range from bachelors’ and masters’ to doctorates. And more than 30 of them showed up for the celebratory photo." Read More

Reprographics Supports Student Athletics

"In the shadow of March Madness, Sacramento State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams were setting records of their own with their excellent play on the court. The men’s team had their best record since joining Division I in 1991 with a record of 21-12, while the women’s team made their first postseason run in school history, making it to the sweet 16." Read More

Sustainability Team Hosts Annual Mulching Mania Event

"On March 19, 2015, the Sustainability Team held their annual Mulching Mania event in the quad near the Riverfront Center with the goal of promoting water conservation. Volunteers, spanning several student groups on campus, including Alpha Phi Omega, and the Full Circle Project, spread mulch under 53 trees in the main quad, and across the entire rose garden." Read More

ABA Speaker Series with Kunal Merchant

"On March 18, 2015, ABA welcomed Kunal Merchant in its most recent installation of the ABA Speaker Series. Merchant is the Sacramento Kings' vice president of Strategic Initiatives. In this capacity, he oversees a portfolio of top strategic, political and community initiatives for the Kings, with a special focus on advancing progress on the new downtown entertainment and sports center scheduled to open in the fall of 2016." Read More

Sac State Supports Run to Feed the Hungry

"On Thanksgiving, participants of the 2014 Run to Feed the Hungry campaign were greeted with signs welcoming them to Sacramento State near the main entrance along J Street and State University Drive. Participants gathered near the signs, and main entrance of the campus, as they prepared for their 5k or 10k walk/run through East Sacramento." Read More

Water Conservation Efforts Pay Off

"Many efforts have been made to reduce water use on campus, through plants that consume less water, and the installation and replacement of 519 toilets and bathroom fixtures, campuswide. These efforts were undertaken to help address the record drought facing California and to practice good stewardship." Read More

Sustainability Team Adopts a Mile

"Sac State's Sustainability Team joined the American River Parkway Foundation's Adopt the Parkway program as the Volunteer Steward for "Mile 7 South" of the parkway. This means that they will act as the volunteer coordinator for litter clean-up efforts along the river. In addition, they will monitor the area for needed improvements, reporting broken picnic tables and other issues to the American River Parkway Foundation." Read More

New Bike Paths & Bike Compounds Welcome Back Students

"Over the summer, UTAPS, in coordination with Facilities Services, Public Safety, and the city of Sacramento, installed dedicated bike paths throughout Sacramento State’s campus.These bright green painted zones cover close to five miles of the campus, and indicate specific pathways for bicycle riders, accommodating students and the campus community, as well as visitors to the campus." Read More

ABA Coordinates Food Drive

"For many years, ABA has supported the campus-wide California State Employees Food Drive, the annual campaign that seeks donations to supply local food closets for many years. This year, the Sustainability Team from Facilities Management takes charge of the campus campaign.The team will handle logistical support, such as the provision of containers and pick-up and delivery of donations from across the campus." Read More

Sustainable Projects Garner Recognition from CSU

"Early this month, Sacramento State was the proud recipient of CSU Best Practices awards from the CSU for efforts in two categories. Sac State's Smart Grid project won the Best Energy Retrofit Award and the Sustainable Technology Optimization Research Center (STORC) won the Best Practice in Sustainability Award." Read More

Business Partners' Round Table - Helping Business Staff Succeed

"The Business Partners’ Round Table (BPRT) held its last meeting of the fiscal year on April 17, 2014. BPRT is ABA’s primary communication venue for sharing information with campus business professionals. It also serves as an excellent feedback system to help ABA design its processes and services in the most customer-friendly way." Read More

Sac State Celebrates Earth Day

"Sac State celebrated Earth Day with a series of events in mid-April. The events included Sac State Earth Day on Thursday the 17th, and the second annual Mulching Mania event on Friday the 18th. Sac State Earth Day focused on sustainability, reaching out to students and informing them of all of the sustainable efforts practiced on campus, as well as things they could do to live more sustainable lives." Read More

Police Dispatchers Honored

"The University’s Police Department honored its staff dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (April 13 through 19) at the 18th Annual Organization for Public Safety Telecommunicators (OPST) Dispatcher Appreciation Awards." Read More

Reprographics Receives Accelerated Service Award

"In April, ABA's Reprographics team was recognized by the Association of College & University Printers (ACUP) for their outstanding work in handling an accelerated work order. According to the ACUP, the Accelerated Service Award is given to the in-plant that best successfully meets an extreme production deadline." Read More

April is Alumni Month!

"Did you know that April in Alumni Month? ABA is proud to count over 60 staff members with Sacramento State degrees, ranging from bachelors and masters degrees to doctorates. In fact, four of the division’s senior  administrators are Sac State grads." Read More

Ten Things Reprographics Services Wants You to Know

"Reprographics recently launched a campaign to publicize their services across the campus. With a new website and product gallery, Reprographics aims to reach out to the University community. As Sacramento State’s official on-campus print shop, here are ten things Reprographics Services wants you to know." Read More

Campus Master Planning - Join the Conversation

"The Master Plan Task Force, which includes key campus representatives along with community and local industry partners, invites you to a series of forums to help guide the long-range Master Plan for Sacramento State. The Task Force wants to know what students, faculty, staff, and the Sacramento community envision for the future of the University’s physical campus." Read More

ABA Speaker Series with Jeannie Wong & Jack Vaughn

"Guests of ABA's latest Speaker Series welcomed Public Affairs' Jeannie Wong and Jack Vaughn, who shared their knowledge and expertise in social media. A fast paced and ever-evolving field, Sacramento State uses social media to connect to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members, with interesting stories, news updates, as well as important notifications. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram are some of the platforms utilized by the Public Affairs team." Read More

Sustainability Team Causes Mania!

"Facilities Services’ sustainability team has become the recipient of high praise recently, both for sustainable programs, and outreach. In February, Sacramento State participated in the national Recyclemania event, scheduled to coincide with a men’s basketball game." Read More

Ticket Office Improves Customer Service

"The University Ticket Office is newly equipped with a dynamic ticketing system which promises to improve efficiency and services to customers. Launched in the fall, the Neulion ticketing system allows for greater control over ticket sales. “We build our events now; we used to have our events built by Tickets.com,” said University Ticket Office Manager Scott Gephart." Read More

ABA Customer Service Workshop with Dennis Snow

"Please join us as we welcome Dennis Snow on January 17th and 18th as he offers his insights on how the University can realize superior customer service." Dennis Snow is world renowned as a Service Excellence expert. His skills have helped multiple organizations transform their current customer service strategies into high performance, high energy experiences." Read More

ABA Speaker Series with Margaret Wong

"Please join us as we welcome Margaret Wong for the next installation of our ABA Speaker Series. Margaret will be out third speaker in the last 16 months. She comes to us sharing her experience in international business relationships between the United States and China." Read More

Sac State Named Tree Campus USA

"In October, the Arbor Day Foundation named Sacramento State a Tree Campus USA.

The University achieved the designation by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five requirements: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects." Read More

'Tis the Season for Giving

"It is that time of year again! With the holiday season just around the corner, Sacramento State has launched the annual California State Employees Food Drive on campus. As a participant for the last 38 years, Sac State employees proudly support local food closets and children and families in our community during the winter holidays." Read More

Solar Project Powers Up

"Sacramento State is taking its latest energy conservation efforts to the roof. Over the next few weeks, solar panels are being installed on the roofs of the Library and The WELL, as part of the University’s Photovoltaic (PV) Electricity Generation Project, which is estimated to generate around 700,000 annual kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar electricity for the campus." Read More

Classrooms Get a Facelift

"Clean, functional and well-lit facilities are fundamental to a successful teaching and learning environment. With this philosophy in mind, Facilities Services zone managers set out in the spring to assess the condition of campus buildings. Based on a standard set of criteria, some 175 classrooms were slated for upgrades beginning in May. The revitalization, to be completed by mid-August, will be a welcoming greeting for new and returning students." Read More

ABA Congratulates New Staff Graduates

"Administration & Business Affairs counts close to 60 Sacramento State graduates working in the division, or almost 20 percent of its workforce. The numbers increase every year, as more and more staff professionals earn degrees. This year, ABA adds four more Sac State grads to its employee ranks. ABA is proud of the educational accomplishments of its staff." Read More

ABA Supports Clean Air Events

"May is Clean Air Month, and Sacramento State hosted the 36th Annual Breathe California Clean Air Awards Luncheon in the University Union Ballroom on May 18. This is the third year Breathe California has chosen Sac State as the site for its event. Earlier in the month, UTAPS hosted Sac State Bike Day in the Library Quad, in conjunction with the Sacramento Transportation Management Association." Read More

ABA Speaker Series with Dale Carlsen

"On March 15, ABA welcomed Dale Carlsen, CEO of Sleep Train Mattress Centers as part of ABA's Speaker Series. The Speaker Series brings community leaders to Sac State to share knowledge in their fields of business or expertise. As a proud alumni of Sac State, earning a degree in Real Estate, Finance and Insurance in 1984, Mr. Carlsen spoke of some valuable words he received from his father. 'Son, to be successful, surround yourself with great people.'" Read More

Building Bridges, Zone by Zone

"Facilities Services has launched its new customer-friendly work facilitation process: the Zone Manager Program. The concept enhances the current Facilities Services function by allowing for a more direct connection with customers throughout the campus community. Each building has been assigned to one of four distinct Zones."

Campus Buildings Get Smart

"The University’s Smart Grid project is off to a running start, with the installation of new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls in Capistrano Hall, which kicked off Phase I in the fall. The Smart Grid will provide 80 smart meters (one or more) for every building on campus. The meters will record the consumption of electric energy and then communicate the information back to central energy information software, helping to identify poor performing buildings." Read More

ABA Welcomes New Police Chief

"Sacramento State's newly appointed Police Chief Mark M. Iwasa assumed his post as chief and director of Public Safety in January, just as the campus reopened after the holiday break. Iwasa, former County of Sacramento County undersheriff, brings over 25 years of skills and experience to the position." Read More

Ticket Office on the Move

"Sac State's Ticket Office is on the move. March 5, ABA’s newest charge pairs up with Athletics ticketing at a new location in the recently renovated Athletics Center, the facility that housed the Student Health Center before its move to the WELL. The centralization of Athletics ticketing and the Ticket Office will create internal efficiencies and markedly improve convenience for the campus community and the public." Read More

ABA Supports UFL Mountain Lions

"In October 2011, the Sacramento Mountain Lions held their 2011 season opener at the Sac State Alex G. Spanos Sports and Recreation Complex. Being the home game season opener following a successful 2010 season, ABA and others supporting the event were prepared to provide a seamless experience for the team and fans. Being the only California United Football League team, expectations were high. Just about all of ABA's departments are involved in event preparation, working with other campus entities to ensure success." Read More