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Corporate Giving impacts student learning

February 10, 2017 by Vincent Martinez

Gifts from corporate donors allow Sac State to provide students with educational opportunities through hands-on learning.

Recently, Sac State's Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS) program received a $250,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to support its ongoing scientific research on the American River. The program spans across 12 laboratory classes in the biological sciences department. 

Through its gift, the Keck Foundation, who focuses primarily on scientific, engineering, and medical research, is helping to provide job-ready skills and experiences for students.

The Keck Foundation previously donated $300,000 toward the SIRIUS project. This year's grant will cover equipment costs for six classes including General Chemistry, Inorganic Quantitative Analysis, Physical Geology, Hydrology, Environmental Toxicology and a new Field Methods course.

Sac State values its partnerships with the business community as it offers long-term vitality to the campus and its students' education. 

For more information on how to donate and its impact on student learning, visit


Come celebrate Black History Month

February 1, 2017 by Sam Churich

February is Black History Month and Sac State has a full slate of events scheduled to commemorate. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's. visit to Sacramento State, when the civil rights activist addressed a crowd of thousands at Hornet Stadium.

A Black History Month kickoff sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr., Center on Feb. 6 highlights the handful of events held on campus. 

Visit for a full calendar of events. Alumni and members of the community are welcome to participate. 


Winter 2016 Commencement videos available online

January 23, 2017 by Sam Churich

Did you miss the opportunity to see your graduate walk across the stage? Or do you simply want to relive the memorable experience from the Winter 2016 Commencement ceremonies?

We got you covered.

Visit to access high-definition videos from each of the seven ceremonies. Plus, check out public relations photos courtesy of GradImages. Congratulations to the 3,800 graduates who are now #HornetProud alumni!

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Alumnus turns up heat on 'The Great American Baking Show'

December 12, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh

Julliard-trained flutist, Jeremiah Bills '00 (Music), is trading his instrument for cooking utensils as a contestant on the current season of "The Great American Baking Show" on ABC. According to his biography on the television network's website, the accomplished musician says that he uses baking as a way to connect to his Portuguese roots. "One of my fondest childhood memories is kneading the dough for my grandmother's 'massa sovada' (Portuguese sweet bread)," he adds. Bills prepared his grandparents' cheesy rolls during last week's "Bread Week" episode. 

The talented Bills has given solo recitals at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Diablo Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic and Sacramento Bach Festival. Bills shares his passion for music with students enrolled in his privately-owned music school.

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