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With your help, students at Sacramento State can receive opportunities putting them on an achievement-filled path. See the value of a contribution to the University through these stories.

What is Sac State known for? Community-inspired student leadership

Behind the students at Sacramento State is a community eager to witness their success. For Chi Meng Vang, his first experience finding inspiration was in the Thai refugee camp where he was born.

Professional photo of Chi Meng Vang

New art building that will replace the aging Art Sculpture Lab

Art students at Sacramento State are looking forward to having a brand-new space to imagine, design, craft, and display their works. The new building is expected to open for the Fall 2024 semester.

Attendees at the groundbreaking with renderings of the new building

The value of donor contributions to Sac State

Every day we come to campus, we do so with a firm belief that this is where the future begins — for students, for knowledge, and for the community.

Each comprised the three pillars of On the Rise: The Campaign for Sacramento State and, with donor support, allowed us to provide the foundation for a student-centric academic experience, expand knowledge with new and engaging learning environments, and create enrichment opportunities for the Sacramento region.

Stats for scholarships, emergency support, and increased graduation rate

CSU trustees approve naming of planned new engineering building

CSU trustees have approved the naming of a new engineering building on campus to the Ernest E. Tschannen Engineering Teaching and Research Building in recognition of a $10M gift from Tschannen, a prominent philanthropist.

Ernest E. Tschannen speaking at the unveiling of the engineering plan

Developers break ground where a new Sac State campus will be located

Developers broke ground on Placer One, a 2,213-acre master-planned community in Placer County, laying the groundwork for a new Sacramento State campus and an unprecedented partnership with Sierra College, the county, and developers.

President Nelsen with other officials holding shovels at groundbreaking

Historic 'On The Rise' campaign surpasses fundraising goal early

On the Rise: The Campaign for Sacramento State exceeded its goal by raising $229M by February of this year – much earlier than planned – providing even greater support for students, and significant resources for faculty and campus programs.

Herky, Ernest Tschannen, and President Robert Nelsen doing "Stingers Up!

The Hornet Five with Anya-Jael Woods

Woods with her husband and kidsAfter Anya-Jael Woods graduated with a degree in Career and Technical Studies through the College of Continuing Education, she did just that. Today, she empowers women and girls, mentors students of color, serves the unhoused population, and advocates for diverse hiring and appointment practices with the City of Sacramento.

My degree put me in the space to participate in the Nehemiah Emerging Leadership Program and earn my master’s at the McGeorge School of Law, allowing many other doors to open. Getting that first degree and walking across that graduation stage was the catalyst for everything else. I thought, 'I’m not stopping here.'

The Hornet Five with John Rodriguez

Rodriguez in front of the "Sacramento" mural with quote, "I want to help put Sacramento on the map"John Rodriguez, '19 (Business Administration) was suprised when he found himself at Sacramento State in 2017. He believed college wasn’t in the cards for him. Instead, John focused on earning money to contribute and to support his younger sister's education.

It’s all about giving hope. I didn’t immediately go into college. I thought of myself as a blue-collar guy, a non-academic. But now I know anyone can do what I did.

University Foundation provides unprecedented support to programs

Campus programs that address domestic violence, pay STEM students to conduct research, and help former foster youth thrive are among the initiatives that have received an unprecedented boost from the University Foundation at Sacramento State.

Building on Sac State campus complemented by public art

Happiness a way of life for Singh, 2021 President's Medal recipient

Rekhi Singh wants to be happy, and he wants others to be happy. To that end, the businessman and entrepreneur established Sacramento State’s first endowed professorship, the Rekhi Singh Endowed Professor of Happiness.

Professor Rekhi Singh being interviewed by the media

Sac State alum launches scholarship to increase diversity in STEM

Christian Torres, a first-generation student who earned his master’s in Biomedical Sciences in 2019, decided to do something about racial disparity in STEM fields. The result is an endowed scholarship to help foster diversity at Sac State.

A student works in a lab in Sequoia Hall at Sacramento State

The wide-ranging impact of late CSU, Sac State benefactor Eli Broad

Among his contributions to Sac State was his gift of 300 acres of land that will be home to Sacramento State Placer Center, a long-awaited extension of the University's educational reach.

The late Eli Broad smiling in a blue suit

‘Anchor University’ grants to fund community-engagement projects

Small grants are offered to fund projects strengthening Sac State's role as an anchor in the region. The University Foundation is providing $30,000 for the projects to support advancement of student success, equity, and community engagement.

Exterior of the Welcome Center at Sac State

Comprehensive campaign represents milestone for University’s fundraising

Sacramento State unveiled its first-ever comprehensive fundraising effort, On The Rise: The Campaign for Sacramento State, on Tuesday, March 16, marking the start of the University’s effort to raise $225M for students, teaching, and research.

On the Rise logo over Guy West Bridge

Alum-funded endowment honors George Floyd, helps students

Sacramento State established the endowment with a donation from alum Paul Coccovillo. Coccovillo was inspired to contribute $60,000 after the killing of Black men around the country sparked a fire within him.

George Floyd mural