Torchlight | Spring 2014

Thank You!

When you make a gift to Sacramento State, you make a difference. In the last six months, the University has received more than 5,100 gifts totaling nearly $2.3 million in private financial support to benefit student, faculty and programs.

Those contributions included:

  • A $75,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to the Veterans Success Center’s Career Pathways Program, which assists student veterans entering the workforce after graduation.
  • A $30,000 gift from the Jerry Cohen Foundation to provide support for the Department of Physical Therapy and the naming of the Jerry and Patricia Cohen Laboratory.
  • A $30,000 gift from Western Health Advantage to the new Department of Physical Therapy facility in Folsom Hall.
  • A gift from alumna Margaret Cossey to establish the Margaret Langbehn Cossey Family Endowed Piano Scholarship in the College of Arts and Letters.

The University also welcomed six new members to the Legacy Circle, which recognizes those who have made a provision for the University in their estate plans.

We also recognized 45 new Dean’s Leadership Circle-level donors. These donors contributed a combined $28,000 to enable the College deans to address the most pressing needs within their Colleges.

To see how your gifts make students’ dreams come true, watch our new video at

Tracy Newman leads University Development team

Tracy Newman

The Office of University Advancement welcomed Tracy Latino Newman ’87 (Communication Studies) as its associate vice president for University Development. She directs efforts to work with alumni and friends of the University to secure gifts to benefit students and programs.

Newman joined Sac State in the fall, bringing 20 years’ experience as the executive director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Most recently, she was the director of institutional advancement at the Los Rios Community College District where she also served as secretary to the Los Rios Foundation Board of Directors.

Tracy can be reached at (916) 278-6989 or

Giving Tuesday was a hit 

Thanks to generous support from the campus community, alumni and friends, Sac State’s inaugural Giving Tuesday was a huge success. In the 36-hour period between noon, Dec. 2 and midnight, Dec. 3, Giving Tuesday gifts resulted in nearly $55,400 for Sac State programs.

Mark your calendar: Dec. 2, 2014 and watch for announcements and ways to get involved in future communications from the University.

The Green & Gold Scholarship: A new award to help turn dreams into degrees

The proceeds from Vintage ’47, Sacramento State’s wine and food event that debuts in August 2014, will fund the newly created Green & Gold Scholarship for undergraduate students of any major. The scholarship will be awarded beginning in 2015 to Sacramento State students who demonstrate enthusiasm and determination to obtain an undergraduate degree, despite personal, financial or other hardships.

Preference will be given to students involved in one of the University’s high-impact programs—such as the Veterans Success Center, Guardian Scholars, General Education Honors Program and more— that provide peer-to-peer support, mentoring and academic counseling, or learning communities to help them succeed in college.

Join us at Vintage ’47 on Sunday, Aug. 24 or make a gift to the Green & Gold Scholarship today. More details are at