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Dale and Katy Carlsen give Sacramento State a $6 million boost

Carlsens and Nelsens The excitement of launching a transformational new endeavor for Sacramento State students and the region filled the room Monday, Nov. 13, as Dale and Katy Carlsen joined with University officials to announce their gift of $6 million to start a center for entrepreneurship on campus.

University President Robert S. Nelsen unveiled the gift at an event in the Harper Alumni Center, characterizing the project as something in which “everyone is going to be a part.”

The Dale and Katy Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Sacramento State will open in early 2018 in the University Library. It will include entrepreneurship education, services, and programs for students and the community. It is meant to forge alliances between the campus community, and public and private organizations at the forefront of developing innovative leaders.

“Giving back is something we firmly believe in,” said Dale Carlsen, a Sac State alumnus and longtime contributor to the University. “One of the concepts that we really want to grow and teach in entrepreneurship is the power of giving back. The more you give, the more you get – it is so true. We have seen it in action, and we hope to build that here as well.”
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