2012 Recipients

Joseph Sheley
Lifetime Achievement Award
Joseph F. Sheley '69, MA '71 (Sociology) has served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Sacramento State since 2006. He earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and was a faculty member for 21 years at Tulane University. He returned to his alma mater as dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies in 1996.  He has earned numerous grants and published extensively in the area of criminology, particularly on patterns of acquisition and use of firearms by juveniles.

Greg Hagwood
Distinguished Service Award

One of the youngest sheriffs in the state, Greg J. Hagwood '89 (Criminal Justice) has dedicated himself to service in the community. As Plumas County sheriff/coroner, he instituted the D.A.R.E. program in local schools, mentored students, formed the Citizens Liaison Committee and enhanced the Neighborhood Watch program.


John and Margi Herzog
Distinguished Service Award

John and Margi Herzog founded Herzog Surgical and contribute generously to the community including Sac State's School of Nursing. John '68 (Marketing) serves on the advisory board of People Reaching Out, guiding youth away from drugs and violence. Margi '68 (Nursing) received the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts Long-Term Meritorious Service Award.

Kit Miyamoto
Distinguished Service Award

Kit Miyamoto, MS '97 (Civil Engineering), CEO of Miyamoto International, is an internationally recognized expert in earthquake damage and mitigation. As a licensed structural engineer, he has completed 12,000 projects worldwide including work in Japan, Haiti and Turkey following earthquakes. This February, Gov. Brown appointed him to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission.

Mark Otero
Distinguished Service Award

Mark Otero '99 (Computer Science) is the CEO and co-founder of KlickNation, a booming video game company headquartered in Sacramento. Since 2008, he has grown his company into a multi-million dollar operation.  He is now a sought after expert in the field of social applications, virtual goods and free-to-play games.

Robert Raul Meza
Rising Star Award

As a mobile app developer for the California Technology Agency, Robert Raul Meza '08 (Computer Science) laid the foundation for mobile software development for the State of California. His efforts saved the state an estimated $20 million in spending for smart-phone technology and landed him national recognition for expertise in IT leadership and support.

Janay Swain

Rising Star Award

Janay R. Swain '06, MSW '09 (Social Work) serves as state youth council coordinator for California Youth Connection and implements the California Fostering Connections to Success Act. A former foster youth herself, she is a dedicated advocate and speaker for child welfare and was recognized by FosterClub as Outstanding Young Leader.