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 csus.edu/saseep 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 csus.edu/commencement 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!
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.
Ready, set, graduate!
December 8, 2016 by Sam Churich
Sacramento State's Winter Commencement ceremonies will be held at Sleep Train Arena on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17. Nearly 3,800 students are eligible to walk across the stage—the highest eligible number of graduates for Winter Commencement in the past five years.
The University is requiring tickets for guests attending the ceremonies, and graduates participating in Winter Commencement can claim up to 12 complimentary tickets for their guests on the Commencement website.
Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg will be the community Commencement speaker at the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16. The College of Business Administration ceremony will feature the college's "Golden Grads," as graduates from the Class of 1966, attired in special gold gowns and mortarboards, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their own commencements.
Sac State will continue to feature a live-stream feed of the ceremonies with remote-and replay-viewing (available through the streaming link on csus.edu/commencement). There will also be an inaugural live-stream viewing party Dec. 16 and 17 in Mariposa Hall 1001 on campus for guests who are unable to attend the ceremonies or do not have tickets.
For more information regarding tickets, the live-stream feed and general inquiries, visit the Commencement website ( csus.edu/commencement).
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 csus.edu/giving.
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 csus.edu/ua/e-week.
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 SacStateAlumni.com/daa.
Government student receives prestigious internship
September 30, 2016 by Sam Churich
Windy Ly, government major and minor in economics, went from one Capitol to another. Ly was nominated by President Nelsen for the Panetta Congressional Internship program, which began at the Panetta Institute in Monterey Bay, and continues in Washington D.C. through mid-Nov. The Office of the Chancellor, California State University is one of many supporters of the fully-funded program to allow participation by any qualified student.
Undergraduates (junior or senior) selected from all 23 CSU campuses and other universities attend academic courses ranging from U.S. foreign and defense policy to cybersecurity issues to fiscal and monetary policy, among others. Interns apply the knowledge gained from the classroom to practice when they report to work on Capitol Hill. Each intern is assigned to a member of the California congressional delegation. Ly was assigned to Barbara Lee (D).
Ly told the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies Newsletter, "Sac State means opportunity for immense personal growth, long-lasting friendships and professional development through the people you meet and clubs/organizations you participate in. It's home."
The San Francisco native is well on her way to achieving her professional aspirations of working in the politics and policy field.
Holt to lead first Presidential Debate
September 26, 2016 by Sam Churich
Lester Holt will moderate the first presidential debate tonight at Hofstra University from 6 to 7:30 p.m. PST.
The debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be divided into six segments of 15 minutes each. The first two will touch on "America's Direction." The following two segments will highlight "Achieving Prosperity" and the final pair will focus on "Securing America."
The anchor of NBC Nightly News and award-winning journalist studied government at Sacramento State and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the University's Spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies.
"I am honored, and I certainly accept this degree with deep gratitude," said Holt, who noted that his father also attended—and graduated from—Sacramento State. "I am so proud to be and (to) have been associated with this University."
Alumna hired as marketing director for Vacaville Outlets
September 20, 2016 by Sam Churich
The Premium Outlet Center in Vacaville named Bianca Bacy '10 (Marketing) director of marketing and business development. She will be tasked with overseeing the marketing team to drive traffic and sales to the outlets which consist of 120 retail stores. Additionally, Bacy will serve as the primary contact for on-site advertising.
Bacy has seven years of experience in marketing and sales, including leadership positions with two senior living providers.
Emergency Grant Fund a Safety Net for Students
September 13, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
An unexpected crisis or financial hardship can be difficult for anyone to manage. For students, the experience can become even more stressful when faced with the need to continue paying for tuition, books and other expenses. Fortunately, there is a safety net in place at Sac State called the Student Emergency Grant Fund.
Also known as the Hornet Proud Fund, the emergency grants support undergraduate students who have exhausted all other resources and are in need of financial assistance in order to continue their studies. The grants are made to reimburse students for expenses, with a maximum award of $1,500 each. The idea for the fund came from members in the Student Advancement Council which helps build a culture of philanthropy on campus. The fund also is one of the priorities identified by President Robert S. Nelsen in supporting students and creating a stronger campus community.
Sac State Food Pantry accepting donations
September 1, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
With students back on campus for the new academic year, volunteers at the ASI Food Pantry are busy stocking shelves to make sure no Hornets go hungry.
Sac State is one of 11 CSU campuses with a program or pantry in place to help provide hunger relief to students in need. Last year, the Food Pantry served nearly 850 students and received more than $17,000 in donations. And just this week, Sunsweet donated 68 cases of prunes with plans to give more in the coming months.
"We are always in need of toiletries, peanut butter, dried pasta, rice and dry beans as those items are often in demand," says Davin Brown, director of student engagement and outreach.
The Food Pantry is one of the priorities identified by the President's Circle giving society, a growing number of community members dedicated to joining President Robert S. Nelsen in supporting students and creating a stronger campus community.
Read about the benefits of joining the President's Circle and the impact you can make by supporting special programs, including the ASI Food Pantry. Donations to the Food Pantry can be dropped off at the ASI Hot Spot on the first floor of the University Union weekdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
August 25, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
When it comes to creating the latest big screen blockbusters, Hollywood is turning to Joe Carnahan '95 (English Literature and Film Studies).
Carnahan is slated to write a film adaptation of popular PlayStation video game "Uncharted," and will write and direct, Bad Boys 3 starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. As Carnahan tells CinemaBlend, "Unless you're Toy Story 3, usually third ones aren't the strongest, but I think this one will be the strongest of the trilogy thus far." The sequel comes 15 years after the last Bad Boys franchise release and is scheduled to hit multiplexes in 2018.
The accomplished director of The Grey, Smokin' Aces and The A-Team recently sat down with Sac State Magazine to share how he got his start at Sac State:
August 23, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
President Obama has named Andy Kotko '01 (Physics), Credential '02, as one of the country's best math and science teachers. Kotko received the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is recognized for his work as a first-grade teacher at the Folsom Cordova Unified School District's Academy for Advanced Learning, a public magnet school at Mather Heights Elementary focused on inquiry and project-based learning.
"Teachers transform lives by inspiring and equipping students as lifelong learners," Kotko told the National Science Foundation. "I am grateful for the many educators who have invested in my teaching practice as well as for the colleagues and families that work beside me each day. This honor is also a testimony to the great effort of the students under my guidance who work dilligently to grow in their mathematics understanding."
As a Presidential Awardee, Kotko receives a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, a certificate signed by President Obama and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
Photo courtesy Folsom Cordova Unified School District.
August 22, 2016 by Sam Churich
The U.S. men's volleyball team rallied to defeat Russia in five sets to win the Olympic bronze medal in Rio yesterday. Watching it all unfold was Andrea Becker '01 (Kinesiology), MS '04 (Sport Performance). The former shortstop and second baseman for the Hornet softball team is the men's volleyball team's sports psychologist.
Becker told Vice Sports, "People think a sports psychologist would make the players think more. But I'm actually trying to get them to play in the absence of thought—analytical thought."
You can find Becker on the bench studying players' behavior throughout a match, specifically looking for visible signs of mental lapses. In addition, she holds one-on-one meetings with players to help them grasp why they did or didn't play well. To medal in her first Olympics, it's apparent Becker's methods are on the right track.
TBT: U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Track and Field
August 18, 2016 by Sam Churich
The world's fastest man Usain Bolt looks to defend his Olympic gold medal in the Men's 200 Meter Dash tonight in Rio. Do you remember when Hornet Stadium hosted the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Team Trials? Former 200 Meter Dash world record holder Michael Johnson and other top American athletes were on full display.
Visit the Sacramento State Alumni Facebook page to view a gallery.
August 18, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Kasey Perry-Glass '11 (Business Administration) and her horse, Dublet, helped the United States win bronze in their Olympic equestrian event final in Rio. The duo competed in dressage, described as "dancing on horseback" a routine of walking, trotting, galloping and halting.
Perry-Glass started riding at age five when she received her first pony. By the time she was in high school, she had fallen in love with dressage. Perry-Glass shared with The Sacramento Bee, "To be an Olympian is being blessed enough to have the honor of representing my country, first and foremost. On a personal level, it represents the hard work and sacrifices my family, trainers and I made over the last several years to get to this point."
Check out our coverage of her journey on Facebook at facebook.com/SacramentoStateAlumni.
Photo courtesy of Kasey Perry-Glass.
Career Center Services Free to Alumni
August 3, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Looking for a new job or considering a career change? A visit back to your alma mater may be just what's needed to help you chart a new professional course.
Sac State's Career Center offers dozens of free resources for grads, including:
-Access to career counseling staff to discuss life transitions, goal setting and resume writing
-Career Center fairs, events, lectures and panels
-Hornet Career Connection job-posting database
For more information and a full listing of scheduled events, workshops and services, visit csus.edu/careercenter or call 916.278.6231.
Wine and dine on the gridiron
July 28, 2016 by Sam Churich
Join head football coach Jody Sears for Dinner Under the Lights—a gourmet meal on the field in Hornet Stadium—on Saturday, Aug. 27. It promises to be a fun and surprise-filled evening to help the team's enhanced nutrition program which provides players—who consume more than 6,000 calories a day—healthy food. The annual event also includes tickets to the first home game and a silent auction.
Host a table for 10 or buy a pair of tickets for you and your favorite Hornet football fan. Register today.
July 25, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Melinda McClain '03 (Social Science/Interdisciplinary Studies) has been appointed deputy legislative secretary in the Office of the Governor by Gov. Jerry Brown.
McClain previously served as deputy director of legislative and regulatory review at the California Department of Consumer Affairs, a lobbyist at Platinum Advisors, legislative aide in the Office of California State Senator Kevin Murray, and a legislative analyst at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
McClain is a member of Leadership California and the Hornet Politics and Policy Chapter of the Sac State Alumni Association. She earned a master of public administration degree from the University of San Francisco.
Scholarships keep students focused on grades and graduation
July 7, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
On the surface, the value of a Sac State scholarship may appear purely monetary. They pay for a student's tuition. They buy books and parking pases. But for more than 700 Sac State students who received close to a million dollars in scholarships last year, the funds provide much more than meets the eye. It is a step toward fulfilling a dream of becoming a college graduate.
Here, we introduce you to four Sac State students, who with the help of private scholarships are proud members of their families and the University. For more information on how you can help make an impact on a student's education, visit csus.edu/giving.
July 5, 2016 by Sam Churich
Are you getting the most out of your Alumni Association membership? Alumni chapters provide members the opportunity to develop professional and social relationships, volunteer in the community and reconnect with their alma mater.
Sac State Food Pantry a model for fighting student hunger
June 27, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
A recent CSU conference addressing student hunger and homelessness is leading to the creation of more campus-based intervention programs such as the ASI Food Pantry at Sac State.
Currently, Sac State is one of 11 CSU campuses with a program or pantry in place to help provide hunger relief to students in need. In fact, the ASI Food Pantry is one of the priorities identified by the President's Circle giving society, a growing number of community members dedicated to joining President Robert S. Nelsen in supporting students and creating a stronger campus community.
June 17, 2016 by Sam Churich
The buzz is building for a new Event Center at Sac State thanks to The Power of 1,000 Hornets. A website dedicated to the fundraising effort attempting to raise $1 million in seed money for an Event Center debuted this week. Take a look at some exciting renderings, hear testimonials from those already supporting the cause and learn how you can get involved.
Visit SacStateAlumni.com/1000hornets for more information.
Alumna takes the helm at Cañada College
June 15, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Jamillah Moore '92 (Communication Studies), MA '95 (Intercultural Communication and Public Policy) has been named president of Cañada College by the San Mateo County Community College District. Moore currently works as the district's interim vice chancellor of educational services and planning.
She is the author of Race and College Admission: A Case for Affirmative Action and is an adjunct faculty member with teaching experience at both two and four-year institutions. Moore also is the recipient of the 2014 California State University, Channel Islands African American in Higher Education Achievement Award. Moore earned a doctorate in multicultural education from the University of San Francisco after earning her master's and bachelor's degrees at Sac State.
Check your mailbox for Sac State Torchlight
June 13, 2016 by Sam Churich
The Spring 2016 edition of Sac State Torchlight is here.
Take a look at how student competitions provide real world learning opportunities. See how the ASI Food Pantry has succeeded in helping students in need. And find out how the Peer-Assisted Learning Program spurs student achievement. All that, plus the College of Arts and Letters expands its community ties, the Guardian Scholars Program celebrates its 10th anniversary, the impact of scholarships on students' academic dreams and more.
Can't wait for the print version? The online issue is now available.
June 10, 2016 by Sam Churich
The Office of University Development's new website debuted this week. Our interactive and responsive design provides a user-friendly experience across all devices from your desktop to your tablet and smartphone.
Visit csus.edu/giving to learn how your support of Sacramento State provides life-changing opportunities for our students, preparing them to be leaders in their professions and communities.
Let's make a deal
June 1, 2016 by Sam Churich
Rancho Cordova-based rocket maker Aerojet Rocketdyne awarded Sac State a $1,000 grant to support senior projects in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Supporting the Univeristy is nothing new to Aerojet. The company employs a number of Sac State graduates, including Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Tim Murphy, who formerly served as director of public affairs.
Click here for more information on corporate giving at Sacramento State.
Hornet alumni family welcomes newest members
May, 27 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
This month, nearly 5,000 Sac State graduates were eligible to walk across the commencement stage and into the Hornet alumni family. The bachelor's, master's, credential, and doctorate in education candidates join more than 224,000 Sac State alumni.
In his second commencement, President Robert S. Nelsen shook the hand of each graduate, and recognized the sacrifices and contributions made by their loved ones. Nelsen also honored each college's Dean's Award recipients and conferred two honorary degrees on Sacramento artist Gregory Kondos and local business leader Dave Lucchetti.
Alumnus presented President's Award from Department of Commerce
May 25, 2016 By Anita Fitzhugh
Kit Miyamoto, MS '97 (Civil Engineering), CEO of Miyamoto International, a global earthquake structural engineering firm, recently received the President's "E" Award for Exports. The "E" award is the highest recognition in the U.S. for contributing to the expansion of national exports.
Miyamoto is an internationally recognized expert on earthquake structural engineering and disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction. Based in Sacramento with 20 offices worldwide, Miyamoto International provides global technical knowledge and expertise. Read more about the award or take a look at the Sac State Magazine article on Miyamoto as a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
Thousands of new grads to join Sac State alumni family
May 19, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Years of hard work, dedication and perseverance are about to pay off for close to 5,000 Sac State students. Spring Commencement takes place May 20 and 21 at Sleep Train Arena honoring the University's bachelor's, master's, credential and doctoral candidates.
To help Commencement run smoothly for graduates and attendees, we've compiled some helpful tips to keep in mind. For a full schedule, step-by-step video, FAQs and parking information, visit csus.edu/commencement. For those unable to attend, videos of all ceremonies will be posted to the Commencement site on June 1.
Meet our 2016 Dean's Award recipients
May 18, 2016 by Sam Churich
May is a time of celebration for Sac State. Each spring, the deans of the University's seven Colleges select a student who they feel exemplifies the best of their College. These students demonstrate a commitment to academic achievement and community service, and possess high hopes for the future. We're #HornetProud to welcome them and the rest of the Class of 2016 to the Hornet alumni family.
Learn more about reach recipient.
A toast to honorary doctorate recipients Kondos and Lucchetti
May, 13 2016 by Sam Churich
The historic Julia Morgan House played host to a couple of special receptions over the past two weeks. Guests gathered to congratulate Gregory Kondos '51, MA '57 (Art) and David Lucchetti '67 (Physical Education), Credential '68 for their honorary degrees from the California State University Board of Trustees and Sacramento State.
Kondos (left), who will receive a doctor of fine arts during the College of Arts and Letters Commencement ceremony on May 21, is considered one of America's leading contemporary landscape painters. He has also been a generous supporter of the campus, donating his painting "River Life" to the University Library and has spoken at Alumni Association's artist lecture series.
Lucchetti (right) will accept a doctor of humane letters degree during the College of Health and Human Services Commencement ceremony also May 21. The president and CEO of Pacific Coast Building Products built the family-owned company to become one of the nation's largest privately held firms. He has been honored as both Businessman of the Year and Sacramentan of the Year.
Students and donors come together for "Dreams to Degrees"
May 11, 2016 By Anita Fitzhugh
Sac State's annual "From Dreams to Degrees" reception recognized nearly 70 student scholarship recipients along with the generous donors of their gifts. Hosted by The University Foundation at Sacramento State, the event is a favorite for dozens of private, corporate and not-for-profit donors who meet and mingle with their deserving students.
"Growing up as a Mexican American, I never thought I would attend college since no one in my family has gone or ever mentioned about going," Miguel Aranda, fourth-year mechanical engineering student and recipient of Chevron's College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) scholarship told the packed house at the Harper Alumni Center. "I saw how hard my parents work just for us to have a better life than they had growing up and I knew I wanted something different for myself."
Click here for a full gallery of the event.
May 6, 2016 by Sam Churich
Event season rolls on at Sac State. Have a look at the sights from last week's Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony, which honored eight influential Hornets for their outstanding representation of the University and contributions to the community.
And this week The Faculty Senate celebrated its 50th anniversary with colleagues and friends of the University. For 22 years the group has supported both undergraduate and graduate students through the Faculty Senate Endowment, which has provided 108 scholarships. #HornetProud
TBT: Commencement on campus
May 5, 2016 by Laurie Hall
May signals the start of the Commencement season and Sac State is in the thick of the many receptions and awards banquets that lead up to the big celebration at Sleep Train Arena. Keep an eye on this space for images and stories about our graduates and special honorees.
But before there was a Sleep Train (and before that an Arco) Arena, Commencement celebrations took place on campus. This image from the '50s depicts a History Commencement at the Outdoor Theatre. Spring Commencement briefly moved back to campus in the early 2000s.
It is anticipated that a new campus Event Center will be the go-to location for Commencement ceremonies in the future, as well as concerts, lectures, athletics events and more. Find out more about the effort and the fundraising behind it at Power of 1,000 Hornets.
Peace Corps names Sac State a top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institution
May, 3 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
More than a dozen Sac State alumni are currently lending their talents and education around the world as Peace Corps volunteers. As a result, Sac State ranks seventh of the top 13 Peace Corps volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions nationwide.
"Graduates of Hispanic-Serving Institutions come to Peace Corps with a strong educational background and the flexibility and curiosity needed to make an impact to communities around the world," says Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps director.
The announcement comes as Sacramento State emphasizes the importance of international travel and service, as well as the unique skills graduates bring to the Peace Corps. #HornetProud
April 29, 2016 By Sam Churich
Alumni Month has been jam packed with events. Guests attended Classes without Quizzes to learn about the programs involved with the proposed downtown Capital School of Public Affairs. The Business Alumni Chapter hosted author Jessica Kriegel to speak on ways to overcome generational stereotypes. And it all started with the Open House, where alumni and friends made new connections and enjoyed delicious fare from the Harper Alumni Center's preferred caterers.
Check back next week for photos from more festivities including David Mering's '81 (Communication Studies) presentation to students on the world of advertising, the Hornets Policy and Politics' Capitol Swarm Photo and the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. #HornetProud
Students from near and far reach higher at Sac State
April 28, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Sac State celebrated this week's National College Signing Day by recognizing local students excited for the University to become their alma mater. The event is inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to celebrate high school students taking charge of their future by pursuing higher education.
But it's not just local students boosting the University's recent record-breaking enrollment. More and more aspiring Hornets hail from outside the six-county Sacramento region. Read more about how and why Sac State is becoming the college of choice for students across California.
Mark your calendar for events to connect and give back
April 26, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Still looking for a few opportunities to connect with fellow Hornets during Alumni Month? We've got you covered with two exciting events this week, plus a special opportunity to give back in May.
Alumni Night at Hornet Baseball: Come cheer on the Hornets on April 27 at 6 p.m., as they take on the Fresno State Bulldogs at Raley Field. Tickets on sale now.
Gala Celebrando el Éxito Latino Recognition Gala: On April 30 from 6-9 p.m., the Sac State Latino Alumni Chapter presents its first gala with food, entertainment and awards to exceptional alumni. Reserve your spot today.
Big Day of Giving: Help the Sac State Alumni Association raise funds during this year's regional day of giving on May 3. Donors may choose to support the Student Emergency Grant Fund and/or the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
For a look at all the upcoming Alumni Association events and how to get involved, visit SacStateAlumni.com
Every Day is Earth Day at Sac State
April 22, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
While today is Earth Day, protecting our planet is always top of mind at Sac State. Our beautiful campus along the American River is in full bloom and lined with more than 4,000 trees. But behind the scenes, a number of department faculty and students are working to increase the sustainability and efficiency of our University's natural resources. Take a look at our current issue of Sac State Magazine to see how the campus is reducing energy and saving costs, as well as what's being done to protect California's water supply. Happy Earth Day!
Where do all the alumni go?
April 19, 2016 By Laurie Hall
As we celebrate Alumni Month at Sacramento State, you are likely to hear one of our favorite fun facts: One in 20 Sacramento region residents is a Sac State alumnus. But where can you find the rest of our 221,000 Hornets?
While the vast majority of Sac State graduates remain local—with nearly 84,000 in Sacramento County alone—you'll find alumni in every county in California, every state in the country plus the District of Columbia, and in nearly 40 countries and territories.
- Non-Sacramento region county with the most alumni: Contra Costa with 6,546
- California county with the fewest Hornets: Alpine with 10
- Non-California state with the most alumni: Washington with 3,254, followed by Oregon (3,097), Texas (2,628) and Nevada (2,239)
- Country with the most Hornet alumni: Japan with 105 followed by India (93), China (60) and the United Kingdom (58)
- Countries with only one Hornet alumnus: 19, including Nepal, Ghana and Austria
2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards to honor outstanding achievement
April 15, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Sacramento State and the Alumni Association are gearing up for the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, the culminating event of Alumni Month. This year, eight influential alumni will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the University and our community. You can read about them here.
Join leaders and community members in supporting the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees on April 28, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Harper Alumni Center. Purchase tickets online to reserve your seat at the event that celebrates some of Sac State's best and brightest. #HornetProud
Classes without Quizzes: The Capital School of Public Affairs
April 14, 2016 by Sam Churich
We're taking Sac State Magazine on the road. Join the Alumni Association and Hornets Policy and Politics to learn all about the plans for a downtown School of Public Affairs, a story we first told you about in the Spring 2016 issue. Featured panelists include Orn Bodvarsson, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Roger Dickinson, former Sacramento County supervisor and state assemblymember. This FREE event held at the State Legislative Building includes a networking session and a reception with appetizers and a no-host bar. Pre-registration is required. RSVP today.
Read about the proposed downtown school in the latest issue of Sac State Magazine .
Alumni Month: Sac State Night at the Kings
April 7, 2016 by Sam Churich
Tonight join fellow alumni to support the Sacramento Kings in their second to last game at Sleep Train Arena. Show your Hornet pride and stay after the game for a group photo on center court. RSVP now to purchase your tickets with the promo code hornet47. #HornetProud
Adventure awaits with Alumni Association membership
April 4, 2016 By Anita Fitzhugh
It's Sac State Alumni Month - a great time to join the Alumni Association and save money on warm weather adventures and activities. Members enjoy special pricing on Peak Adventures excursions throughout the state, including Point Reyes backpacking, rafting on the American River, camping along the Santa Cruz coast and more. Those wanting to stay closer to the Sacramento region may want to spend the afternoon at the Sac State Aquatic Center with discounted kayaking or stand up paddle boarding rentals. Plenty of adventure—and discounts—await with your Sac State Alumni Association membership. What a great month to join. #HornetProud
April is Alumni Month at Sac State
April 1, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
This month is all about our Sac State alumni. Whether you are a current Alumni Association member or thinking about joining, we invite you to take part in a number of activities hosted by the Sac State Alumni Association. It's also a chance to discover special benefits with our Alumni Month Discount Card. It's a great time to engage, connect and be #HornetProud.
Sac State Magazine is Live and Mobile-Ready
March 29, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Our spring issue of Sac State Magazine is live online and now easier than ever to take with you on the go. Our new responsive website design optimizes the magazine across all devices from your desktop to your tablet and smartphone. Our simplified and streamlined layout is designed with readers in mind for an enjoyable and interactive experience. Take a look, see who you know and share what you think of our "California" issue.
Alumni Month Kicks Off with Open House
March 28, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
April is Alumni Month at Sac State and we have plenty of opportunities for you to reconnect with fellow Hornets and make new connections. Stop by the Alumni Open House on March 29, 5-7 p.m., at the Harper Alumni Center. Enjoy free food and learn more about the benefits of joining or renewing membership to your Sac State Alumni Association. Register and take a look at all the special events in April planned especially with you in mind.
March 25, 2016 By Sam Churich
Last week's CSU New York/Tri-State Alumni Reception was a great success. California State University's Alumni Association reported a large turnout, which included representation of #HornetProud Sac State alumni who call the East Coast home. Thank you for your support of the University and today's students.
Hot off the presses: It's our "California" issue of Sac State Magazine
March 18, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Just in time for spring break, our latest issue of Sac State Magazine takes a trip across California. Read about how to explore the Golden State with Peak Adventures. Meet alumni keeping the state’s economy booming. Go behind the scenes to learn about how our experts are keeping an eye on California’s water supply and read about the downtown plans for Sac State’s School of Public Affairs. The spring issue hits mailboxes next week and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
Right back where we started from...
March 15, 2016 by Laurie Hall
We're putting the final touches on Sac State Magazine's "California" issue and are looking for some musical inspiration. Our cover references the Mamas and Papas' "California Dreamin'." What are your favorite California-themed songs? Share your California playlist with us on Facebook.
Alumni Newsmaker: André Pichly
March 10, 2016 By Sam Churich
Shout out to André Pichly '89, MS '03 (Recreation Administration) on his appointment as new director of parks and community services for the City of Tracy. Pichly brings more than 25 years of experience in recreation in the public sector, including teaching part-time in Sac State's Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration. #HornetProud
Read more here.
Future Hornets get taste of campus life at high school summer academies
March 9, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Looking for educational and fun summer enrichment for the teen in your life and a way to introduce them to your alma mater? Check out Sac State's Summer Academies. The one-week specialized courses provide high school students the opportunity to explore various career paths.
Summer Academies range from health care careers, engineering and robotics, fashion, theater, law enforcement and more. Two new academies in the 2016 lineup include Farm-to-Fork during which teens discover careers in food and agriculture, and Go with the Flow, where students become scientists to investigate the critters and chemistry in aquatic ecosystems.
March 4, 2016 by Sam Churich
It's been a busy semester at Sac State:
- Eight of our 11 Sac State alumni "40 Under 40" award recipients enjoyed lunch with President Nelsen as a token of appreciation for their professional achievements and positive representation of the University.
- The Faculty Endowment for Student Scholarships Awards Ceremony highlighted the excellence of our students and the connections they have with faculty. Seven students, five undergraduate and two post baccalaureate, received a scholarship honoring their accomplishments in the classroom and in the Sacramento community.
- Sacramento State alumni and local business leaders enjoyed a breakfast and conversation with President Nelsen and Insight host Beth Ruyak during State of Sac State. The event showcased President Nelsen's future plans for the University.
2016 Alumni Chapter Challenge
March 3, 2016 by Sam Churich
As spring season approaches, the 3rd annual Chapter Challenge is underway. It's an opportunity to help your chapter of the Sacramento State Alumni Association become the "2016 Alumni Chapter of the Year" by making a tax-deductible donation to support the efforts of your chapter and the Alumni Association. These funds support student scholarships, speaker events, educational opportunities, mentoring and more. Make plans to attend the Alumni Open House on Tuesday, March 29 to see which group came out on top.
To find out which chapters are participating and how you can support each one during the competition, visit the Chapter Challenge webpage.
Catch Women's "Herstory" Month
March 1, 2016 By Sam Churich
March is Women's History Month or "Herstory" as it's referred to here at Sac State. The University has a number of events slated to celebrate the occasion including the sixth annual Women of Influence Awards, a women in STEM panel discussion, a spoken-word event, three film screenings and more.
For a look at all the scheduled events, visit the 2016 Women's Herstory Month events calendar.
In the news: Computer Science students earn recognition
February 25, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Big congrats to computer science professor Behnam Arad and his Scholarship for Service students for being awarded residence in the CyberCorps SFS community for the next five years. Scholarship for Service is designed to increase and strengthen the pool of professionals who protect the government's critical information infrastructure. Professors Isaac Ghansah and Ted Krovetz collaborated to help Sacramento State achieve the distinction as one of only three universities in California with the designation. #HornetProud
Students thank donors for support and generosity during 'I Love Sac State Week'
February 25, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Scholarships, extra-curricular activities and enhanced learning opportunities are just some of the ways donors enrich the lives of Sac State students. And this week, the generosity of those donors is being recognized by students during "I Love Sac State Week" as part of Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month.
Pinwheels adorn the Library Quad representing thousands of donors who gave to Sac State last year. Today, students are signing thank you cards in the University Union to wrap up the week of gratitutde. In 2014-2015, alumni, business and community supporters, along with other friends of Sacramento State, provided more than $15 million in private contributions.
Sac State Magazine honored
February 23, 2016 by Laurie Hall
Sac State Magazine received a 2016 CASE Award of Excellence from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. For the second year in a row, the University's alumni magazine was named a bronze award winner for general interest magazine in District VII, which includes public and private universities in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
CASE is the professional association for educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development and marketing.
I love Sac State Week: February 22-26, 2016
February 19, 2016 By Anita Fitzhugh
February is Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month across the nation and here at Sac State. To celebrate, the Student Alumni Association and their Hornet Pride Challenge program have a number of activities planned that promote altruism and student gratitude during "I Love Sac State Week" taking place Feb. 22-26. All events are from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
- Monday-Friday: Pinwheels for Donors (Library Quad) One thousand pinwheels will represent nearly seven donors who gave to Sac State last year
- Monday: Kick-Off with Krispy Kreme (Library Quad) Proceeds to benefit Student Emergency Grant Fund
- Tuesday and Wednesday: Thank-a-thon (University Union) Students sign thank you cards for donors
- Thursday: Props to Profs (University Union) Students sign thank you cards for professors who donate to the Student Emergency Grant Fund
Alumni Newsmaker: Brandon Kline
February 16, 2016 by Sam Churich
Congratulations to former ASI President Brandon Kline '05 (Government) on being selected to participate in the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program. The program is a collaboration among the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson. The scholars will learn a variety of approaches to leadership from former presidents, key administration officials and leading academics. Kline is currently an energy law fellow in the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark School in Portland.
For more on Kline's selection, click here.
Love is in the air at Sac State
February 12, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Valentine's Day is this Sunday and a number of our alumni will be thinking back to where their relationship began as students at Sac State. Couples like Michael and Christine Ault, recipients of a 2016 Distinguished Service Award, who met during their senior year as communication studies majors. Did you meet your sweetie on campus? Share your love story with us on Facebook.
TBT- Forty years of the University Union
February 11, 2016 by Laurie Hall
It's the place you likely grabbed a bite to eat between classes, perhaps saw a movie or a music performance or just hung out with friends. And this semester the University Union celebrates its 40th anniversary with an exhibit detailing the history of the "University's living room." Take a trip down memory lane with " Est. 1975: A Visual History of the University Union" in the University Union Exhibit Lounge through March 31. For more on how the Union came to be, see Sac State Magazine's recognition of the campus hub when it turned 30.
February 5, 2016 By Sam Churich
The University's joyous celebration of Black History Month is underway with a packed schedule of informative and inspiring events. The headliner features an appearance by President Obama's maternal half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, who will speak about the ideas of leadership and conflict resolution during her presentation on Feb. 25.
For more on this month's festivities, take a look at the Black History Month events calendar.
Did you know?
February 3, 2016 by Laurie Hall
Recent graduates and Alumni Association members can access a number of Career Center services for free or at a discount. Job-search resources include events such as career fairs and lecture series, career counseling sessions, interviewing and resume-makeover workshops.
Fill up the Food Pantry
January 27, 2016 by Laurie Hall
Last fall, in its first semester of operation, more than 600 Sac State students used the services of the ASI Food Pantry. With the spring semester underway, it's time to stock up the Pantry with non-perishable groceries and household items for students in need.
You can make your donation to the Pantry in Yosemite Hall or at the ASI Hot Spot in the University Union. For operating hours or information on volunteering, visit the ASI Food Pantry website. President Robert S. Nelsen has also made the Pantry a campus fundraising priority and you can make your contirbution here.
Alumni a part of championship Sunday
January 22, 2016 by Sam Churich
This weekend's NFL AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots features a Sac State twist. Clancy Barone '92 (Recreation Administration), Greg Knapp '86 (Communication Studies) and former Hornet athlete Todd Davis seek a trip to the Super Bowl as members of the Denver Broncos. Barone serves as the offensive line coach, Knapp as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator and Davis plays inside linebacker. #HornetProud
January 21, 2016 By Sam Churich
President Robert S. Nelsen will give his Spring Address to the campus community today from 10 - 11 a.m. in the University Union Ballroom. President Nelsen will be joined by Associated Students, Inc. President Melissa Bardo, who will provide an update on the student body.
You can watch the address at csus.edu. Live streaming starts at 10.
TBT: Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 14, 2016 by Sam Churich
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day next week, did you know that he spoke in front of a packed crowd at Hornet Stadium in 1967? For more on MLK and other famous campus visitors, view our Spring 2015 Sac State Magazine story.
New Hornets attend Winter Orientation
January 11, 2016 by Anita Fitzhugh
Remember being new to Sac State and having so many questions about classes, majors, housing and more? This week, the University's newest students are learning the answers to these questions and others during Winter Orientation. Students enrolling in the spring also have the opportunity to take a tour of our beautiful campus as well as attend workshops on money matters, athletics, study abroad programs and more. What do you wish someone had told you as a new student? Tell us on Facebook.
January 8, 2016 by Sam Churich
Congratulations to Kimo Ah Yun ’90 (Communication Studies) the new dean of the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. Ah Yun has served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters and a professor of communication studies at Sacramento State. Additionally, he serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Sac State Magazine Advisory Council.
We wish Kimo the best of luck in his new position. More details can be found here.
January 8, 2016 By Anita Fitzhugh
More than 3,500 Sac State students are now proud alumni after taking part in December's Winter Commencement at Sleep Train Arena. President Robert S. Nelsen led his first graduation ceremonies and shook the hands of each graduate who crossed the stage. Check out the sights and sounds from the two-day celebration.
A great year for giving
January 7, 2016 by Laurie Hall
Thanks to the support of alumni and friends of the University, 2014-15 was one of the best years ever for private gifts to Sacramento State. More than 6,700 individuals and organizations contributed $15 million in gifts and commitments, and for the fifth year in a row the University exceeded its fundraising goal. The gifts included more than $1.6 million for scholarships and the establishment of 27 new endowments and funds. For details see the news release or read our Annual Report of Giving.
Happy New Year
January 4, 2016 by Sam Churich
As the New Year begins, we wish everyone in the Hornet family a wonderful year ahead. We look forward to the Spring 2016 semester, sure to be filled with events and highlights featuring alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University. Stay tuned.
Seasons Greetings from University Advancement
December 22, 2015 by Laurie Hall
Best wishes from all of us in University Advancement for a happy and safe holiday season. We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the generosity and support you have provided to us, and especially to our students, all year long.
The campus will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. However, if you would like to make a year-end gift to the University, please be aware of the following dates if you would like your donation to count for the 2015 calendar year: To make a gift by check, it must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2015. Please mail it to: Development Office, 6000 J Street Mail Stop #6030, Sacramento, CA 95819. To make a gift by credit card, visit csus.edu/giving by Dec. 31 and click on the "Give Now" link to visit our secured online giving form.
See you in the New Year.
December 21, 2015 by Laurie Hall
We are happy to welcome the nearly 3,500 new members of the Hornet alumni family. Many of them stopped by our Alumni Photo Booth at this weekend's Winter Commencement ceremonies at Sleep Train Arena.
Check out the results in our college galleries on Facebook and let them know how #HornetProud we are of our new graduates.
’Tis the season to get a diploma
December 18, 2015 by Laurie Hall
This weekend’s Winter Commencement ceremonies will be filled with pomp, circumstance and a few fresh twists. President Robert S. Nelsen will mark his first Sac State ceremonies by shaking the hand of each graduate who crosses the Commencement stage. The University will also live-stream the Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18 and 19 ceremonies from Sleep Train Arena, viewable through a link at the Commencement website.
Raley Teel to receive honorary doctorate
December 16, 2015 by Laurie Hall
Congratulations to Joyce Raley Teel, recipient of an honorary doctorate from Sac State and the California State University system. Mrs. Teel, daughter of Raley's Family of Fine Stores founder Thomas Raley, will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at this Saturday's College of Business Administration Commencement. She and her husband, alumnus James Teel ’53 (Business Administration), co-chair the Thomas Raley Foundation.
December 11, 2015 by Anita Fitzhugh
Winter Commencement 2015 is just a week away and students are gearing up for their celebratory walk across stage as they enter a new chapter of life.
At Sacramento State, the age-old tradition of caps and gowns recently took on some modern twists as students took time to decorate their caps at an event hosted by the Alumni Association. We look forward to seeing all the customized caps at Commencement. Good luck, grads!
In addition, fall is one of the most colorful times of year on campus. Enjoy some of the scenery with these beauty shots by our photographer, Andrea Price.
December 10, 2015 by Sam Churich
Tapping into the gluten free market is paying dividends for Olga Turner ’09 (Business Administration-Finance). She and her husband Danny are expanding their Pushkin’s bakery, which offers gluten-free treats ranging from muffins to cupcakes to sandwiches. Their new location will be 3,000-square-feet, compared to their current 692-square-foot space. Click here for more details.
We featured Olga in our Fall 2014 issue of Sac State Magazine. Take a look.
Decemeber 4, 2015 by Sam Churich
The past two weeks have seen a number of great events at Sac State. Take a look at photos from a few of them:
- Alumni Chapter Holiday Mixer
- Men’s Basketball vs U.C. Davis—Power of 1,000 Hornets stewardship event
Dec 3, 2015 by Laurie Hall
Did you catch alumnus Justin Knighten’s op-ed in Sunday’s Sacramento Bee? In it, Knighten ’08 (Public Relations) shared his views on the role of millennials can play in shaping the future of Capital City, and California. We are particularly #HornetProud because in addition to his day job as a vice president with Lucas Public Relations and work with numerous charitable organizations, Knighten is active in Hornet Politics and Policy Chapter of the Alumni Association, helping launch its “What’s Possible” series, in conjunction with California Forward and the League of California Cities. He also serves on the Sac State Magazine advisory board.
Giving Tuesday sets record
December 2, 2015 by Sam Churich
Our third year participating in the national #GivingTuesday campaign was the best yet. We’re so #HornetProud of our alumni, faculty, staff, student and community donors who gave in support of our students. Together, we met our $75,000 goal in only 36 hours. Thank you so much!
Make your Giving Tuesday gift today (or tomorrow)
November 30, 2015 by Laurie Hall
There is a day for giving thanks, and two days for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back.
Starting at noon, Monday, Nov. 30 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, you can be part of #GivingTuesday by making a gift to your favorite Sac State college or program. Gifts from faculty, staff, students, first-time donors and recent graduates will be matched up to $100 by the University Foundation at Sacramento State.
ICYMI Fridays–Special Wednesday Edition
November 25, 2015 by Laurie Hall
The campus hosted three big annual events this week:
- Endowment Breakfast: The University Foundation at Sacramento State’s yearly report to our donors featured a surprise $75,000 donation from Wells Fargo
- Causeway Classic: Despite the results, we were #HornetProud at the 62nd Hornet-Aggie matchup.
- Rock Auction: It was rock-hound heaven at the fundraiser for Sac State’s Geology Club.
For more images from campus events, visit our gallery. ICYMI Fridays will return next week on its regular schedule.
November 25, 2015 by Laurie Hall
Find out how your gifts are making an impact at Sac State in the Fall 2015 Special Edition of Sac State Torchlight. This special edition includes the 2014-15 Annual Report of Giving and Honor Roll of Donors.
You’ll learn how students are helping fellow students in need through the Student Emergency Grant Fund, see how efforts to build a new Event Center got big boost from a $750,000 gift commitment and find out how peer support programs help students stay on track for graduation. All that, plus the Retirees Association scholarship program, five ways your company can connect with the campus, a look at the year in fundraising and more.
November 20, 2015 by Sam Churich
We continue to have a busy semester at Sac State. Follow the links below for images from a couple more events from the past few weeks:
Also, check out the story on biological sciences professor Kimberly Mulligan’s quest to crack the code on autism by studying the behavior of fruit flies. The story made national news and you saw it here first in Sac State Magazine.
Hooray for Causeway
November 19, 2015 by Laurie Hall
It’s Causeway Classic weekend and it’s Sac State's turn to host our annual gridiron matchup with UC Davis.
Before you head to Hornet Stadium to watch the Hornets crush the Aggies, check out the pre-game barbeque at the Alumni Center on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. There will be food and beverages from Capital City Catering, beverages and plenty of Hornet Sprit. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at SacStateAlumni.com.
And don’t forget to share your Causeway photos using the #HornetProud hastag.
November 13, 2015 by Laurie Hall
Do you know a Sacramento State alumnus who makes Hornets everywhere proud, or an individual who deserves special recognition for his or her contributions to the University community? Nominate that person for a Distinguished Alumni Award. The University and the Alumni Association each year honor alumni and recognize their excellence in four categories: Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Service, Rising Star and Honorary Alumnus. Nominations are due by Wednesday, Dec. 2. Also, be sure to “save the date” for the Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner on Thursday, April 28, 2016.
Nomination forms and more information are available at www.SacStateAlumni.com/daa. For more information, contact Jennifer Barber at (916) 278-4723.
November 13, 2015 by Laurie Hall
It’s been a busy fall at Sac State. Follow the links below for images from some of the events we’ve held over the last month:
- Homecoming 2015
- Classes Without Quizzes
- Basketball Tip-Off Banquet
- Asian Pacific Islander Alumni Chapter Launch
- Hornet Politics and Policty "What's Possible" Speakers' Series
- Bay Area Alumni Mixer
And be sure to check back next Friday for more photos.
November 10, 2015 by Sam Churich
In honor of Veterans Day this week we would like to thank our veterans in the Sacramento State community for their service.
Also, a big thank you to community partner Wells Fargo for its ongoing support of the Veterans Success Center on campus. Watch as students from the Veterans Success Center express their gratitude:
November 3, 2015 by Sam Churich
We’re excited to introduce University Advancement’s new dashboard. The dashboard highlights the integrated efforts of each department in the division—Advancement Communications and Stewardship, University Development, and Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.
The site will be a space to keep up with the latest happenings within the division, from alumni profiles, donor stories, event photo galleries and more. You can also join the conversation with our social media feeds displayed on the page. We hope you visit often.
November 3, 2015 by Sam Churich
Today marked the bi-annual Grad Fest event. Students were busy taking care of all their graduation needs, from taking graduation photos and purchasing announcements and class rings, to buying caps and gowns. They also had the opportunity to network with job recruiters and grad school representatives.
What a great event by the Alumni Association to usher in the next wave of Sac State alumni—consisting of nearly 3,600 eligible graduates. Be on the lookout for photos.
October 24, 2015 by Laurie Hall
In our new “family” issue we explore the that bind:
- President Robert and Jody Nelsen share their thoughts on the transformative power of higher education and their plans for their new University family,
- Sac State faculty attempt to define the evolving American family, and
- We get to the root of some Hornet family trees.
All that, plus Sac State’s role in the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center, a research roundup on the causes, treatments and management of autism, five storylines to follow in Hornet sports and more.
October 24, 2015 by Laurie Hall
More than a quarter of this year’s Sacramento Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award recipients are Sac State alumni. Congratulations to:
- Kyla Aquino ’10 (Communication Studies), Health Education Council
- Veronica Delgado, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Tim Harris ’11 (Communication Studies), Insight Public Relations
- William Hodges ’01 (Communication Studies), Dignity Health
- Shiloh London ’09 (Journalism), CGA Education Foundation
- Katie McConnell ’06 (Business Administration), Gallina LLP
- Josh Rosa, MPPA ’08, Redwood Pacific Public Affairs
- James Shelby, MBA ’05, Intel
- Justin Wandro ’06 (English), Loaves and Fishes
- Lisa Wrightsman ’05 (Communication Studies), Street Soccer USA
- Rachel Zillner ’09 (Business Administration), SAFE Credit Union
October 24, 2015 by Laurie Hall
Efforts to establish an Asian Pacific Islander Chapter of the Sac State Alumni Association kicked off this month with a reception featuring entertainment by students from the Full Circle Project. Also at the event, Vice President for University Advancement Vince Sales issued a challenge to recruit 25 new Alumni Association members in support of the new chapter. View photos from the event. Learn more about joining the Alumni Association, including the new API Chapter.
July 15, 2015 by Sam Churich
The Sac State Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma is one of the premiere rowing facilities in the nation and is under consideration as the rowing venue for a San Francisco-based Olympics. It’s also among the reasons the University was named one of the top 10 water ski schools in the country by Water Ski Magazine. Show your Alumni Association membership card for a discount on rentals.