more than 170,000
graduates of Sac
State, with almost
6,000 joining their
ranks each year."
Leadership begins here.
One way to judge a university is by its alumni. And by that measure, I am convinced Sacramento State has been doing really fine work. The people who have studied and graduated from here are making great contributions to our region, our state and our world.
There are now more than 170,000 graduates of Sac State, with almost 6,000 joining their ranks each year. And the 23-campus California State University system, of which Sac State is a part, now has more than 1.7 million graduates living and working in California.
You are the reason Sac State and the CSU system are so important. You—our alumni—are leaders in your fields and in your communities. You are an important cultural, intellectual and social force, and you are a vital part of our economic prosperity.
To celebrate your success, the month of April will be designated as Alumni Month at Sacramento State.
The month will include a series of events on campus, including the annual Distinguished
Service Awards banquet on April 6. We’ll honor eight individuals who have
excelled in their fields. Among them will be René Syler, one of the anchors on The
Early Show on CBS News and the subject of this issue’s cover story, and Bill Campbell,
our women’s tennis coach as well as an alum and a leading benefactor of the University.
Other recipients include retired banker Jack Bertolucci, recreation district administrator
Patrick P. Fenwick, moving company founder Jack Higdon, government official
Theresa “Terri” A. Parker, and bank president Randall E. Reynoso. The Distinguished
Faculty Award will be given to the dean of Sac State’s College of Health and Human Services, Marilyn Hopkins.
I invite you to join us as we recognize our outstanding Sac State alums. Please visit
the Alumni Association’s website at www.csus.edu/alum, or call (916) 278-6295 for
a complete listing of the activities during Alumni Month and to reconnect with the
Please stay involved with Sac State as we strive to serve our students even better
and as we work to become an even more important resource for our region and
state. As always, if you have questions or suggestions feel free to contact my office at