River-side living, climate science and worldly reach

Plans call for new additions to campus

Strategic Plan

Plans are underway for a trio of new initiatives to boost the University’s efforts in sustainability, global education and on-campus housing. All are set to launch in the fall.

They include:

  • A 416-bed “village-style” residence hall on the west bank of the American River. Groundbreaking is anticipated for September and it could be ready for the Fall 2017 semester.
  • An Institute for Water, Energy, Sustainability and Technology, or iWEST, will focus on the fusion of environmental science and policymaking on climate and water issues facing California and beyond.
  • A Center for International Programs and Global Engagement will concentrate on making the University more globally oriented and internationally connected.

The programs are an outgrowth of Sac State’s new Strategic Plan to plot the course for the University for the years ahead. A new campus Master Plan was approved by the CSU Board of Trustees in May.

Back in brack(et)

Sac State has partnered with the Sacramento Kings and the Sacramento Sports Commission to bring March Madness back to the city in 2017. The University will serve as the official host school for the first two rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The partnership further solidifies Sac State’s standing as a major player in Sacramento’s sports story. Hornet Stadium was the site of last summer’s USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as well as the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. It will host the 2016 USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championship and is in contention for the Outdoor Championships again in 2017.

Additions to campus leadership

The spring semester brought a vice presidential appointment, two new deans and a new associate dean: 

Mills Balthazard Kautzman

Ed Mills

Pierre Balthazard

Amy Kautzman

Ed Mills
was named vice president for Student Affairs. He has been in the position in an interim capacity since June 2014.

Pierre A. Balthazard
is the new dean of the College of Business Administration. He comes from the College of Business at St. Bonaventure University in Alleghany, N.Y. where he was dean and a professor of management.

Amy Kautzman
is the new dean of the University Library. She was previously the associate university librarian for academic services at UC Davis.

Chris N. Boosalis (not pictured)
is the new associate dean for the College of Education. Prior to Sac State, he was with the College of Education at CSU Stanislaus.

Sac State Magazine brings home honor

Your alumni magazine received a 2015 CASE Award of Excellence from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Sac State Magazine was named a bronze award winner for general interest magazines.

Sac State competed against colleges and universities in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. The awards were announced at the 2015 CASE District VII conference in Newport Beach.

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