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Distinguished Alumni Awards
Nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards are now being accepted. As you think of alumni that you would like to see honored with an award, please review the four award types to frame your submission. The nomination deadline is Friday, May 5, at 5:00 PM.
Please contact Jennifer Barber at email@example.com with any questions.
NOTE: Current Alumni Association Board Directors, Chapter Leaders or others in key Association leadership positions are not eligible for consideration during their active term.
About the Awards
Each year since 1972, the Sacramento State Alumni Association honors accomplished alumni and friends through the Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA). The Order of the Hornet Award was presented from 1972-1985. In 1987, the awards became known as the Distinguished Service Awards, periodically giving Order of the Hornet (*) designation to selected recipients.
Distinguished Service Award
Given in recognition of professional achievements and community service. Nominees must have achieved prominence in their chosen field and brought distinction to the University and/or their community through their accomplishments.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Given to alumni for exceptional career achievements, exceptional contributions to the campus and community, and for setting high standards of excellence in their personal and professional lives.
Honorary Alumni Awards
Given to friends of the University who have demonstrated a close affinity to the campus and who have rendered exceptional support and leadership to the University or Association.
Rising Star Award
Given to a recent graduate of Sacramento State who has made outstanding contributions professionally, to the community or to Sacramento State.
Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees - 2022
Francesca Halbakken ’79 (Civil Engineering), Retired Assistant City Manager, Sacramento City
Lois Harper Mattice ’87, MS ’94 (Physical Education), Emeritus Faculty and Retired Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator, Sacramento State
Lisa Wrightsman ’05 (Communication Studies), Managing Director, Street Soccer USA
Dr. Whitney Yamamura ’84 (Business Administration), MA ’91 (Economics), Chancellor, Coast Community College District
- Don Nottoli ’78 (Government/Journalism), District 5 Supervisor, Sacramento County
- Liku T. Amadi ’13, Esq. (Communication Studies), Anasa Law Firm PC
Event & Silent Auction Information
Distinguished Alumni Awards
Date TBD, at 5:30 p.m.
Harper Alumni Center | Sacramento State
Join us as we honor exceptional alumni for professional achievement and contributions to the community. Honorees represent the University's values in action. The event starts with a reception followed by dinner and the awards presentation. This year the silent auction supporting scholarships will be hosted online and open to all to participate, even if they are not attending the event.
Platinum Sponsor: Lucas Public Affairs
Gold Sponsors: Atlas Disposal | SMUD | JabberGym
Silver Sponsors: River City Bank | SAFE Credit Union | Tri Counties Bank | Zenith Insurance
Sacramento State Sponsors: Academic Affaris | College of Arts & Letters | College of Business | College of Continuing Education | College of Engineering & Computer Science | College of Health and Human Services | College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies | Office of the President
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards program, please contact Kelly Siefkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 278-5096.