President’s Message

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Sacramento State President, Robert S. Nelsen
ROBERT NELSEN—Your support and engagement provide endless opportunities for our students and Sacramento State, which in turn allows us to graduate great students


niversities cannot be successful without strong community partnerships and engagement by alumni, parents, corporate partners, and generous supporters. These partnerships directly impact students through scholarships, internships, the curriculum, and direct support of our programs. Your support and engagement provide endless opportunities for our students and Sacramento State, which in turn allows us to graduate great students.

This issue of Torchlight highlights one of the campus projects that is dearest to me, the ASI Food Pantry. With more than half of our students coming from low-income homes, the ASI Food Pantry has proven to be a vital resource for many of our students. College is a challenge unto itself, and the generous support of the President’s Circle has helped many students to be able to focus on their studies without the added stress of hunger and food scarcity. Projects like the food pantry are making an immediate impact in the quality of life for our students. The involvement and support of the President’s Circle enables us to prioritize many significant and much-needed projects that may not otherwise be funded.

In addition to the food pantry, this issue focuses on many of the exciting projects and endeavors with which our students are involved. The Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program gives our strongest students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics the opportunity to mentor their fellow students in math and science courses. The program not only has seen increased academic success and retention of students; mentors are able to earn money as well as gain valuable experience while assisting their peers to succeed.

Additionally, you will also learn about some of the exciting competitions on campus including the annual building of the concrete canoe and steel bridge. These projects give our students opportunities to show off their talents, as well as encourage creativity and team-building which they will go on to use in their professional lives.

Your generosity and commitment to Sacramento State allows us to provide our students with the best educational experience while also caring for their well-being. The impact of your gifts reach far and wide. They provide students with financial support, a first-class learning environment, and a better quality of life. You enable us to continue to serve this region and state as the capital’s university—and for that we are grateful.

Robert S. Nelsen

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