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Spring 2002 l Capital University Journal
Message from the President

SPRING 2002

A comprehensive public university such as Sac State provides community service that extends beyond classes, degrees and well-educated graduates. The expertise of our faculty and students helps to shape the Capital Region in a variety of ways. Through their contributions this University has a tremendous impact on the educational, economic, social and political environment of the region and state.

Photo of President Donald R. GerthAs several of the stories in this magazine demonstrate, the positive influence that Sac State has on the state and region continues to grow. Our faculty assist the leaders of California to devise plans and solutions for the issues confronting our vastly changing state. Many of these issues—traffic, pollution, education and others—cross city and county boundaries. Faculty testify before various deliberative bodies and conduct rigorous studies, enabling informed decision-making. Clearly University expertise plays a significant role in improving the vitality and quality of life, not only in this region, but beyond.

Fully 40 percent of our students perform community service as volunteers every year. More than 1,000 take classes with a service-learning component. Many more serve in cooperative education, which offers on-the-job learning experiences in their major. Others work on special projects or as interns in classrooms, offices and all levels of government.

Last fall nearly 27,000 students enrolled and attended classes here at Sac State. These students will soon join the ranks of our ever-increasing alumni, 150,000 and growing, most of whom remain in the Capital Region and California. Many are in leadership positions in their fields and communities. Using what they learned here, they are making a difference in society. And, they are taking the opportunity to give back to their University, as are many of our faculty, including some noted here.

Sincerely,
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Donald R. Gerth
President

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