Alumni Chapters offer opportunities to connect

Hornets Policy & Politics accomplishes three-peat as Chapter of the Year

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aking the transition from student to graduate can be intimidating. Luckily for Sac State alumni, there is a program designed to help build your network beyond your time as a student: alumni chapters. 

Chapters bring together like-minded graduates who speak the same language. 

“Chapters offer alumni a chance to develop professional and social networks based on their area of interests,” says Elisa Trimboli, alumni chapters and clubs manager for the Sacramento State Alumni Association. 

Access to chapter involvement is a built-in benefit for members.

The Alumni Association offers nearly 20 chapters, from major-based groups such as art, nursing and construction management to campus interest chapters like basketball—and is in the process of adding two more, each with a specific focus. 

Mentorship and scholarships are the two main pillars for the Asian Pacific Islander Chapter, says Chao Vang ’09 (Social Science), MA ’13 (Education), Ed.D ’16, chapter president.

“I think mentoring students throughout their academic and career development is very important for the API community to have that supportive role,” Vang says. “Hopefully we’re able to host events to raise enough funds to provide scholarships for students.” 

According to Sac State’s official census, 21 percent of the student population in the Fall 2015 semester was Asian Pacific Islander. Vang says it’s important to treat current students as alumni, with the hope that they will give back their time and be part of the chapter in the future. 

“Moving forward my hope is that Sac State grows as a destination campus for our alumni and their families,” he says. 

Like many others, the Placer Alumni Chapter is interested in building a social and foundational connection among members, says chapter president Holly Tiche ’89 (Accountancy).

“We have more than 20,000 alumni in Placer County. We can give people an idea of what’s currently going on at Sac State and raise that pride in their alma mater,” Tiche says. “It’s been really fun getting together with people who have a shared Sac State connection.”

Tiche has a history as an active alumna. She serves on The University Foundation Board of Directors, is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and has been a driving force toward making Sac State’s Placer campus a reality. She says the Placer Alumni Chapter is increasing the University’s profile in the county and it has been well received by the local community. 

The Veterans Alumni Chapter is both new and an extension of the campus’ Veterans Success Center.

Austin Sihoe ’12 (Kinesiology), chapter president, says veterans who transition from the service into academia miss that bond they had with fellow vets. The chapter is a way to fill that void and pay it forward to current student veterans who face similar issues. 

“There may be concerns that veterans face coming out of this post 9-11 era,” Sihoe says. “If we can match up a student vet with a member of our alumni chapter who had familiar needs, we can facilitate the relationship to ensure that student can succeed.” 

The Veterans Alumni Chapter hopes it can make a positive difference for student veterans and their families and local community, Sihoe says. He also envisions it as a networking platform. 

“We have alumni in up-and-coming industries who could help students get into those fields when the time comes,” he says. “We’re a close-knit community so it’s beneficial for all of us.

Membership in an Alumni Chapter is one of the benefits of being a member of the Sacramento State Alumni Association. For information about joining an Alumni Association chapter contact Elisa Trimboli at (916) 278-3861, or visit SacStateAlumni.com/chapters.

Hornets Policy & Politics accomplishes three-peat as Chapter of the Year

Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni Chapter, Chapter of the Year Victory
Members of the Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni Chapter celebrate their Chapter of the Year victory.

The Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni Chapter (HPPA) has once again claimed the crown Chapter of the Year. The Alumni Association bestows the honor on the chapter that raises the most funds for alumni programming and scholarships during the Chapter Challenge held each March leading up to Alumni Month. 

“We are extremely honored to be the Chapter of the Year Award winners for the third time running,” says chapter president Krystal Moreno ’11 (Communication Studies-Public Relations). “We are incredibly thankful to everyone who contributed, and are indebted to our members for their financial contributions as we work to establish HPPA’s first endowed scholarship.” 

The results were announced at the Alumni Open House, Alumni Month’s kickoff event. Moreno, legislative aide/scheduler for assemblymember Tom Daly, credits the chapter for having “everyone on the same page.”

“We have a talented and electric board to brainstorm ways to get more alumni involved which played a pivotal role in our success,” she says. “We have a clear purpose with goals and objectives and both members and friends of HPPA appreciate that.”

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