Honoring Alumni 

2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Established in 1972, the Distinguished Alumni Awards are given jointly by the University and the Sacramento State Alumni Association to recognize alumni and faculty for their professional achievements and community service.

Nominations are received from all University constituencies throughout the year. Nominees must have achieved prominence in their chosen fields of endeavor and must have brought distinction to the University and/or community through their accomplishments. 

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For questions, please contact Jennifer Barber, Executive Director at jbarber@csus.edu or (916) 278-3797.2014 Honorees

Maureen BaumanMaureen Bauman, MSW '81 (Social Work), MPA '86 (Public Administration) 

Maureen Bauman would likely champion her cause and make a major difference for Californians even without her prominent title. She happens to be the director of the Placer County Adult System of Care, overseeing mental health services and drug and alcohol services for one of the fastest growing areas in the state. Read more»

Chris HigdonChris Higdon '85 (Business Administration)

Like father, like son… and brother and wife and brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Chris Higdon’s ties to Sac State are seemingly endless, but it’s his generosity and undying school spirit that made him a recipient of a Distinguished Service Award for 2014. Read more»

James P. MayerJames P. Mayer, MPPA '92 (Public Policy & Administration)

By paying attention to every detail, maximizing resources and cultivating strong roots, James Mayer has built a small, but prosperous olive oil company in Yolo County. He’s applying many of the same principles to his work with California Forward with the goal of improving state government. Mayer is a Sacramento State Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for 2014. Read more»

Javed SiddiquiJaved Siddiqui '70, MS '73 (Civil Engineering) 

Javed Siddiqui’s work reflects his personality—efficient, hard-working and modest. Though it’s not often in the spotlight, Siddiqui’s craftsmanship can be found throughout Sacramento and all over the Sac State campus. Since starting JTS Engineering Consultants in 1977, Siddiqui and his employees have worked on hundreds of roads, water lines, sewer lines, drainage systems and parking lots—the infrastructure that many take for granted. Read more»

Keri ThomasKeri Thomas, MPPA '06 (Public Policy & Administration)

As a leader at one of the largest health care providers in Sacramento, Keri Thomas, is concerned about more than just physical health. The community’s well-being is at the forefront for Thomas, regional director of community and government relations for Sutter Health. Read more»

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