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The 2023 Spring Catalog

You can read the flipbook version of the Catalog online. Or you can view the PDF version, which you can download to your computer and print out pages you want. There is also a briefer Schedule-At-a Glance to help with your planning. You can also print it. NOTE: You can begin signing up for classes on Jan. 16!

Here is a link to a campus map.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can't recall your membership number?

How to find your membership number in the registration system.

How Do I Enroll in Programs?

Our online registration system has been updated to make it easier to find and sign up for classes. It also now makes it much easier for you to know and keep track of the Zoom links for all the classes for which you sign up. HINT: Create a place on your computer, such as a special folder, to keep the email that will be sent to you listing all your classes and their Zoom links.

How to Enroll in Classes and Get Your Zoom Links

How Do I Manage My Program Data?

How to Manage Program Data

How Do I Get a Parking Permit for On-Campus Classes?

There is a new system for parking permits, a virtual one using your car license number. Go here to find out the details.

You can find a full explanation here.

What about wifi on campus?

You can connect your phone, laptop or tablet to the Sac State system. Here is the basic wifi info.

You can learn how to use a guest wifi account here.

Spring 2023 Update

Renaissance programs this Spring will have lots of choices. There will be classes on Zoom from Mondays through Thursdays. But on Friday there will be many classes on the Sac State campus! Some of them are in-person only, while others will be presented both to in-person participants and others from the comfort of their homes on Zoom. These "hyflex" or "hybrid" classes will also be recorded. That means members who sign up for these classes can choose each week whether to attend on campus or on Zoom. The Friday Forums will also be hybrid, viewable either in person on campus or at home on Zoom.

It is not difficult to use Zoom as a participant. You will get directions and instructions from your seminar leaders. There is training information on this website. You can download the Zoom appplication for free onto your computer, tablet or smartphone and practice yourself. Note: You do need to have a decent wi-fi connection.

COVID Protocols Update

These are the likely requirements to participate in Renaissance programs on the Sac State campus this Spring. However, these could change as we get closer to the start of programs on Feb. 6.

Vaccination cards: To attend in person, you need to be fully vaccinated and boosted. You will probably have to show proof the first time you appear in a class and then possibly a check-off or badge sticker system for subsequent classes to streamline the process. Masks will be optional, and we encourage members to do what feels most comfortable.

Questions? If at any point you have questions and need clarification, please feel free to contact our office at 916-758-5133 or

Resources for Program Leaders

Leaders: Like some help with your classes? The Program Leaders' Handbook is full of useful information.

Spring 2023 Orientation & Open House

The Spring 2023 Orientation and Open House is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Union on campus. Included will be a Tech Workshop. The orientation has been shortened to one hour and will focus on the great benefits of being a Renaissance member. The Open House will showcase our community partners and Renaissance committees. There will be campus tours, coffee and cookies, and time for socializing! Please bring a friend.

Watch the 2023 Orientation video here


Please contact MDCE Committee Chair Debbie Martinez at

Previous Seminars

Curious about seminars offered in previous years?

These are lists of seminars that were offered by the Renaissance Society on campus on Fridays and Saturdays beginning in 2010, and for off-campus beginning for the Spring semester of 2015.

Also, beginning in the Fall semester of 2015, seminars that were drop-in were added in addition to those that required a member to register. In the Fall semester of 2018, Short Seminars were added (seminars lasting less than the full semester).

This is informational for anyone interested in leading or co-leading a seminar. A brief description of each seminar is in the activity catalog for that semester; those past catalogs are available at the Renaissance office.

Contact: If you have questions about any seminar, you can contact the listed leader(s) or the Seminar Committee. Contact information is available through the Renaissance Office (916) 758-5133.