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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.

Grads

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).

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 csus.edu/giving.

E-Week

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.

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