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Nelsen’s Fall Address offers vision of inspiration, transformation

Fall Address Nothing makes a speech crackle like examples of indisputable excellence, courage, and character, all of which gave color and life to the annual Fall Address to the campus community delivered Thursday, Aug. 24, by Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen.

Drawing from the experiences of former, current, and incoming students, Nelsen laid out his vision.

He focused on three people: alumnus and new Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn ’95, paramedic student Wil Stewart from the College of Continuing Education, and incoming freshman Shannon Swanson. Hahn’s rise from challenging beginnings to a significant leadership post in law enforcement, Stewart’s selfless – and successful – efforts to save a choking man’s life, and Swanson’s words of encouragement to students across the country in the wake of Charlottesville all reflect the values that Sacramento State proclaims, Nelsen said.

The University’s ongoing transformation was proved by improving graduation numbers and construction projects that will enhance the campus as it continues to build its reputation as an attractive destination.

“To quote my fourth-favorite philosopher (Bob Dylan), the times they are a-changin’,” Nelsen said.
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