President's Message

President Robert Nelsen PRESIDENT ROBERT NELSEN—"California is filled with opportunity, and we need to provide our students with the best education possible in order to keep the economy thriving and growing."

EACH AND EVERY DAY AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SACRAMENTO, I am more and more impressed by the campus, our students, the outstanding work of our faculty and alumni, and the vibrancy of the Sacramento region.

California daily presents exciting and unexpected opportunities for my wife, Jody, and me. Our state is the eighth-largest economy in the world, and may soon be the sixth largest. Here at Sac State, we are preparing and graduating students ready to contribute to California through their leadership in key industries. Alumnus Ryan Coogler ’07 is making his mark in Hollywood with critically-acclaimed hits like Creed and Fruitvale Station. David Mering ’81 is bringing the world to California through California tourism ads. Lisa Mangat, MBA ’96 is preserving our most precious resources through her work as the director of California State Parks. And Carlos Ramos ’86 is a member of Gov. Brown’s cabinet as chief information officer of California.

While we celebrate our past graduates’ success, we must also prepare our current students to make a difference in our state. On the cover, you saw members of our new President’s Ambassadors program, seven of our best and brightest students who will represent the University at events in the coming months.

Our students are set to change the world, but they need your support. As I mentioned in my first message last fall, we need you to join us. Help us make every student a successful leader in our community, in our state, and in our world. Come to campus. Meet with our students. And offer your guidance. Support them by attending events and athletic programs, and by donating funds for student scholarships.

California is filled with opportunity, and we need to provide our students with the best education possible in order to keep the economy thriving and growing. Our Hornet family needs you, and we ask that you join us in making our students successful both academically and professionally.

Stingers up!

Sincerely,

Robert S. Nelsen

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