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Dinner Under the Lights

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


news makers

Alumna named to Governor's office

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. 

Scholarship recipients

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

HPPA alumni

Staying connected

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 Torchlight spoke with three chapter presidents about their experiences and what they have in store for members going forward. Read more and join a chapter today. 

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