Torchlight | Fall 2014

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

Financial contributions exceed CSU goal

Every fall, the California State University system asks its campuses to report on the success of their fundraising efforts. And each year, I am impressed and inspired at the support Sacramento State receives from our alumni, friends and the broader community.

Thanks to your contributions we raised more than $14 million in cash, pledges, in-kind gifts and bequest commitments for students and campus programs, and surpassed the philanthropic goal set by the CSU system by 21 percent.

In addition, as you will read in the Annual Report of Giving section of this edition of Torchlight, The University Foundation at Sacramento State gained 14 new endowments to benefit scholarships and provide programmatic support, some of which you will learn more about below and in the pages of this publication.

A few highlights of the year in giving include:

Hewlett-Packard provided dozens of computer servers for the HP Computer Laboratory in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Chevron Products Company made gifts to the College to support programs and multiple scholarships for students.

Ron and Debbie Sockolov established a scholarship for student-athletes in the football program and Steve Patterson established the K.C. Patterson Endowment and the Lauren Patterson Endowment to provide scholarship support for student-athletes.

Alumna Margaret Cossey '70 (Arts and Letters) established the Margaret Langbehn Cossey Family Endowed Piano Scholarship in the College of Arts and Letters.

Private support from individuals and community partners is helping to make the Center for Health Professions in Folsom Hall a reality. The School of Nursing received a gift from the Estate of Priscilla Hebert to establish an endowed scholarship and a charitable gift annuity from William A. Nevis to support the program. The Jerry Cohen Foundation supported the Department of Physical Therapy and was recognized with the naming of the Jerry and Patricia Cohen Laboratory.

Professor Emeritus Tim Hallinan established an endowed scholarship to enable students studying geography the opportunity to study abroad. A gift from the Estate of Taylor Belt was designated to the Sac Semester Program while a portion was dedicated to faculty development in the departments of Government and Public Policy and Administration.

The Wells Fargo Foundation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company contributed to the Veterans Success Center and its Career Pathways Program.

Local students continue to benefit from the William D. James Foundation Scholarship, which is designated for students demonstrating financial need who have resided in the Sacramento area for 10 years or more.

These are just a few of the ways private support makes a difference for our University and our students. We are truly grateful for every gift and our thousands of donors who transform the lives of Sac State students through their generous support.


Vince A. Sales
Vice President
University Advancement