College of Health and Human Services

Caring for the community

Support for the College of Health and Human Services will continue to benefit not only the students enrolled in its programs, but also the well-being of the community as a whole. The College has a long and proud history of providing the region with health and human services professionals who are leaders through their innovation, engagement and impact. Support for the College will provide for increased advising and mentoring, and additional research programs and learning opportunities, giving students the foundation they need to reach their fullest potential. Our students work hard and with your support we can continue to provide them with the tools needed to succeed.

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For more information about the College of Health and Human Services, please contact:

Shanté Johnson
Director of Development
University Development
(916) 278-6989

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Scholarship focuses on first-generation students


Joseph Petruzzi ’14 (Speech Pathology and Audiology) prepares for a visit
with a patient in the MaryJane Rees Language, Speech and Hearing Center.

One of the more touching moments during the University’s Commencement ceremonies is when the President asks students how many are the first in their family to graduate. As the first in her family to attend college, Colette Coleman can relate.

“I thought that was really impressive and showed that Sac State was making a difference in the community,” says the emerita speech pathology and audiology professor who taught at Sac State for 30 years.

Colette and her husband Jerry have contributed to Sac State’s general scholarship fund over the years, but decided to establish an endowed scholarship for speech pathology and audiology students. They named it after their parents: Uelva and Verion LaVanture, and Clara and Robert Coleman.

Not only are the Colemans current donors, they are also members of the Legacy Circle, having included the University in their estate plans.

“Education is very important to us. We were also fortunate to receive grants as students too,” Colette says.

Colette added that she and Jerry admire working students who are tasked with the challenge of concentrating on their studies while holding a job. She says they are very impressed each time they meet with current Hornets.

“They are very mature and responsible. Just the kind of young people you can feel proud of,” she says.

Joseph Petruzzi ’14 (Speech Pathology and Audiology) is this year’s recipient of the Coleman-LaVanture Memorial Scholarship. The speech pathology and audiology graduate student understands the value of a scholarship.

“It means a great deal to me because it’s hard to balance graduate studies and a work schedule,” he says.

Petruzzi says he spends hours working in the Maryjane Rees Language, Speech and Hearing Center with clients who have advanced needs. Receiving the scholarship allows him to spend more time outside of the classroom researching and gathering reports.

Although the Colemans split their time between Oregon and Hawaii, they still find it important to support students who study at California’s capital university.

“I have a lot of former students in Sacramento,” Colette says. “We have a lot of friends there and still have a lot invested in the Sacramento area and feel pretty close to it.”

To learn more about making a planned gift to Sac State, please contact Lisa Woodard-Mink at (916) 278-3852.

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