Torchlight | Fall 2015

Vince A. Sales
Vice President for
University Advancement     
Vince A. Sales

Private support helps enable student success

At Sacramento State, ensuring that our students succeed is at the heart of everything we do. With support from donors like you, we provide life-changing learning opportunities as well as the support systems—scholarships, mentoring, peer-group programs and extra-curricular activities—that are so vital in making their dreams of a college degree a reality.

Within this special edition of Torchlight, you will find examples of the many ways your support is having an impact on the lives of our students. You will also find our Annual Report of Giving for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Once again, through your generosity, we have exceeded campus goals, raising $15 million for students, programs and opportunities throughout the University.

This year’s fundraising highlights include:

  • Les Harper ’55, a member of the first Sacramento State class in its present location, and his wife Anita, have been loyal Hornets over the years. Thanks to their ongoing generosity and a significant bequest, we have recognized their contribution with the naming of the Alumni Center as “The Leslie and Anita Harper Alumni Center.”
  • Allie Beth Kenner has been a member of the Hornet Club and a season ticket-holder for more than 25 years. Although not an alumna, Allie Beth has been a loyal donor to Sacramento State Athletics since 1988. Her support includes creating two endowed basketball scholarships and a $50,000 gift to the “Power of 1,000 Hornets” campaign to support a new Event Center.
  • Hazel Cramer’s $1 million estate gift establishes Sacramento State’s first endowed chair, which will be in the Department of Public Policy and Administration within the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. Mrs. Cramer also established a scholarship during her lifetime and her estate further supports these awards.
  • The W.M. Keck Foundation awarded a $300,000 grant to support the Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS) Project, an initiative to adopt the American River next to campus as a living laboratory. This project gives students job-ready skills and provides important environmental research.
  • The 2015 Green & Gold Gala raised more than $450,000 for scholarships. One of these awards, the Green & Gold Scholarship, benefits undergraduate students who have demonstrated enthusiasm and determination to obtain a college degree.

These examples represent just a few of the thousands of alumni, friends and organizations who have made a commitment to the University and our students. On behalf of the students, faculty and staff at Sacramento State, thank you for your generosity and support.


Vince A. Sales
Vice President
University Advancement