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Produced by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Innovative DEGREES project eases students' path to graduation

Sacramento State is helping students chart a smoother course to graduation through the Dedicated to Educating, Graduating, and Retaining Educational Equity Students (DEGREES) project. Among the innovative program's services are online mentoring and tutoring as well as peer coaching and faculty support. As part of the larger Graduation Initiative, an online "dashboard" that will allow students a real-time view of their academic standing will debut in Fall 2014. DEGREES project co-director Viridiana Diaz says the goal is to help students identify their specific needs to effectively navigate campus services.
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Sac State supporters advocate for students during Capitol visit

secondary story image President Alexander Gonzalez and a team that included new Sac State Provost Frederika "Fraka" Harmsen, students, and industry and labor representatives visited the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 17, to speak with members of the California Senate and Assembly about ways to put CSU students first. The President is working to secure funds to replace aging and outdated academic facilities, as well as to obtain an additional $95 million for the CSU system to support college affordability, increase access and ensure that the CSU can provide a high-quality education.
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Springtime beauty takes over the campus
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As spring arrives, Sacramento State's campus is alight in reborn colors. Enjoy this gallery of some of Sac State's natural majesty.
 
Students give back on Alternative Break
More than 40 Sacramento State students are forsaking the usual spring break activities for Alternative Break. Each participant has committed to volunteer at least one day to support five nonprofits that serve the Sacramento area. "Volunteers are everything to nonprofits, and we always get things done quickly," says Kay Oghoghorie, program student assistant at Sac State's Community Engagement Center, which runs Alternative Break.
 
Construction Management a top finisher again
Sacramento State earned an honorable mention in a tie for a national third-place finish at the Mechanical Contractors Association of America's student chapter competition earlier this month in Scottsdale, Ariz. It's the latest in a string of strong competitive showings for Construction Management students.
 
Envisioning Sac State's future
The first draft of the University's new Strategic Plan, intended to guide all aspects of Sacramento State for the next several years, has been unveiled by a committee of students, faculty and staff. Click to read the draft plan and share your comments.

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World Music Series

Rita Sahai will perform North Indian Hindustani vocal music at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Music Recital Hall.   Tickets
At Home:
Sand volleyball doubleheader

The Hornets have a doubleheader Friday, April 4, taking on Cal Poly at 3 p.m. and San Francisco at 6 p.m. Home matches for the sand volleyball team are at the Sacramento Softball Complex, Longview Drive near Watt Avenue and Business 80.  Tickets

On Campus:
Gypsy

An overbearing stage mother has dreams of stardom for her two daughters in this musical, April 9-20 in the University Theatre.  Tickets

On Campus:
Art History Symposium

Kathan Brown, director of Crown Point Press, leads a field of five guest speakers on printmaking at this year's 10th annual event, 1-5 p.m., Saturday, April 12, in Mariposa Hall 1000.   More

In the Community:
Highway 50 construction

The Fix50 project, scheduled for May and June, is likely to have a big impact on campus commutes and create congestion on surface streets. Information on the project and transportation alternatives can be found at www.csus.edu/fix50.

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