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Homecoming focuses on domestic violence awareness


Homecoming 2014 photo album

In the media: Victim Advocate Jessica Heskin on Capital Public Radio's "Insight" 


ASI Executive Vice President Andrea Salas, left, and President Lauren Lombardo show their spirit during the Golf Cart Parade. (Sacramento State/Steve McKay)

Sacramento State’s Oct. 18 Homecoming game vs. Cal Poly drew nearly 11,000 fans to Hornet Stadium – and was a key opportunity for the University to share the important message of domestic/dating violence awareness.

“Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) is partnering with the Green Army to promote health topics at athletic events throughout the year,” says Jessica Heskin, Sacramento State’s Victim Advocate. “We’re highlighting mental health at a men’s soccer game, nutrition at a women’s soccer game, healthy body image at a women’s volleyball game and many others throughout the year. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so that was our focus at Homecoming.”

Sac State’s outreach on the issue of domestic/dating violence included:

  • SHCS’s Peer Health Educators and the Green Army booster group handing out 800 purple ribbons, symbols of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to fans at the Homecoming tailgate party. They also distributed Sac State’s “We Care. We Will Help” informational brochures and offered tips on bystander intervention.
  • Lauren Lombardo, president of Associated Students Inc. (ASI), and Mike West, ASI's Health and Human Services director, recording a public service/awareness message that was played before the football game. (View the video)
  • The Green Army, made up of students who support Hornet athletic teams, also presented its awareness video, which featured commentary by Hornet football players.
  • Peer Health Educators and the School of Nursing organized a Sac State team for the Oct. 25 Run for a Safe Haven, a fundraiser for My Sister’s House, and shared sign-up information with other potential participants.

Sacramento State recently launched its ambitious “We Care. We Will Help” campaign with a brochure, a poster and a flier. A “We Care. We Will Help” Web page is in the works. Sac State is a longtime leader in sexual violence awareness: It was the first CSU campus to have a dedicated victim advocate, in 2000, and the first to enforce a sexual misconduct policy, in 2005.  

Among other highlights of the 2014 Homecoming Week were two football pep rallies (at the Hornet Bookstore and the Housing Quad) on Thursday. On Friday were the Golden Grads Reunion luncheon for alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago and the Glow for Good dance marathon, which raised money for the Student Emergency Grant Fund.

Saturday also was Future Hornet Day, a time for prospective undergraduate students and their families to tour the campus, meet members of the Sac State community and learn about admission, housing and financial aid. For more information on Future Hornet Day, see our preview story.

The Homecoming Golf Cart Parade and the Hornet Walk were big hits with the crowd and participants alike, as was the pregame Homecoming Festival, which featured DJ music, games for kids and food truck concessions. The 2014 Hornet Homecoming celebration ended with a postgame fireworks display.

For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Office of Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156. – Dixie Reid