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Giving Tuesday

Sac State enjoys record donations on 'Giving Tuesday'

December 2, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh

Giving Tuesday donations hit a record high this year across the nation and at Sac State. On Nov. 29, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University opened their hearts and wallets to donate more than $130,000—just over an 82 percent increase from last year's donations. 

Scholarships and student support topped the leaderboard with more than $54,000 in donations. The College of Arts and Letters came in second with $24,600 and the College of Health and Human Services rounded out the top three with nearly $12,000 in donations. 

Giving Tuesday takes place annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and uses the power of social media to encourage online donations. Gifts to Sac State help create a better campus and increased opportunities for students. To learn more about the impact of supporting Sac State, visit


Global Entrepreneurship Week brings game changers to campus

November 4, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh

Sac State will host its inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 14-18 when dozens of alumni innovators and founders of area startups come to campus to share their personal journeys and offer valuable advice. 

Free sessions are offered throughout the week during which speakers will share insight on what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur, essential tools to success and how to turn creative ideas into reality. 

Hear from local restaurant owners and chefs who balance food and profit in the signature event, "Farm-to-Fork: Gastronomy and Economy," Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. in the Harper Alumni Center. Be part of the "Shark Tank"-style business idea competition "The Pitch," on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 5:30-9 p.m. in the Hinde Auditorium of the University Union. And on Thursday, Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m. in the Harper Alumni Center, hear from the alumnus founder of Sleep Train Mattress Centers who will talk about the importance of social entrepreneurship in our community. 

These and all of the week's events are free to attendees. An event schedule is available at

Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon shines spotlight on Student Emergency Grant Fund

November 1, 2016 by Sam Churich and Anita Fitzhugh

The Sac State Alumni Association and Student Advancement Leader Team hosted its third annual Dance Marathon where a very special number was unveiled: $40,075. That's the total amount raised for the Student Emergency Grant Fund since last fall's Dance Marathon. 

The work of the Student Advancement Leader Team inspires peers and alumni to support undergraduate students who are experiencing hardship and have exhausted all other resources. Also known as the Hornet Proud Fund, the grants are made to reimburse students for expenses, with a maximum of $1,500 each. The fund is one of the priorities identified by the President's Circle giving society. 

As part of Homecoming week festivities, students enjoyed a fun-filled night of dance competitions, games, prizes and more. A full Dance Marathon photo gallery can be viewed here. To help students continue their mission of helping peers in need stay in school, please consider making a donation


Distinguished Alumni Awards nominations due Nov. 1

October 11, 2016 by Sam Churich

The Sacramento State Alumni Association invites nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards, which are presented jointly by the University and the Alumni Association to recognize alumni for their professional achievements and community service. 

The four categories are: Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Service, Rising Star and Honorary Alumnus. Nominations are due Nov. 1 and be sure to save the date for the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 20. 

Nominations forms and more information are available at

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