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Student Success Day Event Sacramento State put a clear path to a degree in the spotlight for thousands of students on Monday, Sept. 21, during Student Academic Success Day. The theme was "Taking Graduation by Storm." The event brought together the entire campus for the common cause of student success. It began at 10 a.m. with a session for faculty and staff in the University Union, Redwood Room, on strategies the campus can employ to improve graduation rates. A keynote speech by internationally renowned author and motivational speaker Eric Thomas at noon in the University Union Ballroom highlighted the event. Thomas' energetic and heartfelt messages of hope, perseverance, upward mobility, and success in the midst of obstacles have inspired people of all age groups and demographics to live up to their fullest potential and peak performance levels by breaking the cycles of un-productivity, defeatist mind-sets, crime, hopelessness, and despair that many face daily. The day also included success workshops for students, inspirational talks on graduation success, college sessions for success in the major, and a resource fair. For more information on Student Academic Success Day, go to www.csus.edu/saseep/sasday.
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Student Success Day Flyer Sacramento State puts a clear path to a degree in the spotlight from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at Student Academic Success Day with a theme of "Taking Graduation by Storm."

The event brings together the entire campus for the common cause of student success. It begins at 10 a.m. with a session for faculty and staff in the University Union, Redwood Room, on strategies the campus can employ to improve graduation rates.

A keynote speech by internationally renowned author and motivational speaker Eric Thomas at noon in the University Union Ballroom highlights the event. Thomas' energetic and heartfelt messages of hope, perseverance, upward mobility, and success in the midst of obstacles have inspired people of all age groups and demographics to live up to their fullest potential and peak performance levels by breaking the cycles of un-productivity, defeatist mind-sets, crime, hopelessness, and despair that many face daily.

The day also includes success workshops for students, inspirational talks on graduation success, college sessions for success in the major, and a resource fair.

For more information on Student Academic Success Day, go to www.csus.edu/saseep/sasday. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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Ballroom on Student Success day Renowned speaker Dr. Steve Perry, an educator and best-selling author, will give the keynote address at the DEGREES Project’s second annual recognition of its program scholars from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 12 in the University Union Ballroom.

The event, "Honoring Persistence: Milestones of Completion," will include food and fun celebrating the hard work of the project’s scholars. Students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited.

Established in 2013, DEGREES is a comprehensive retention effort that provides peer coaching, faculty advising, mentoring, online tutoring 24 hours a day, peer tutoring and an array of support mechanisms designed to elevate student success for the campus as a whole. More than 90 percent of DEGREES Project scholars maintain good academic standing.

Perry has been featured on the CNN Black in America series and is recognized widely for his innovative approach to student success and his founding work at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn. His most recent work, Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve, provides a provocative look at the secrets to success. Perry’s address is titled the "Power of Persistence in the Face of Difficulty."

The DEGREES Project is led by Marcellene Watson-Derbigny, associate vice president, Student Retention and Academic Success; and Viridiana Diaz, director of the Collage Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), co-director of the DEGREES Project and assistant to the president at the Serna Center.

For more information, visit the DEGREES website or call (916) 278-6183. Additional information about Perry is available at www.DrStevePerry.org. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. – Craig Koscho.

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On Thursday, May 1, 2014 the Dedicated to Educating, Graduating, and Retaining Educational Equity Students (DEGREES) Project will be hosting the Affirming Success and Applauding Achievement Recognition Ceremony for underrepresented minority students with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. It will take place at the Alumni Center from noon to 1 p.m.

Marcellene Watson-Derbigny, DEGREES Project Principal Investigator and Associate Vice President for Student Retention and Academic Success believes that it’s altogether fitting for the campus community “to recognize, and showcase our students’ many successes.” She’s particularly proud that “the program brings together faculty, staff, and administrators to honor the DEGREES Project Scholars.” This will be the first time that these students are recognized for their academic achievements, aside from commencement.

The DEGREES Project is designed to promote the retention and graduation of all campus underrepresented students. The program is composed of four tracks including: early warning interventions/ continuing student support, curricular enrichment, mentoring/ tutoring services, and engagement. Project Co-Director, Viridiana Diaz says that “despite the fact that Sacramento State has an abundance of resources and programs for all students, many students are not aware of the services available to them. Recognition Ceremony DEGREES is designed to connect students to services necessary to succeed in college.”

Jessica Arauza will be graduating next spring with a double major in Women’s Studies and Communications Studies, and serves as the DEGREES Project Lead Coach. She reflects upon her own college achievements by stating that: “through my college experience I have found that the key factors to my success have been my engagement on campus and participation in equity programs. I know other students have not taken part in the same opportunities, and as a project coach it is a privilege to help others learn what services are available and help them navigate these services.”

Sac State’s underrepresented minority students, include 1,901 students with a 3 to 3.49 GPA, 1,002 with a 3.5 GPA or higher, and 111 with a 4.0 GPA

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