News And Highlights

Communication Sciences & Disorders - Grand Opening

Nearly 200 community members joined President Robert S. Nelsen on Wednesday, May 9, for the grand opening celebration of Sacramento State’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Center. The new and expanded department and clinical space in Folsom Hall is where University faculty, staff, and students work to help children and adults from throughout the Sacramento region who are dealing with communication challenges.

Kinzie Murphy Supply Room

Laura Gaeta, Jim McCartney, and Herky

Robert Pieretti, Chair of CSAD

Fred Baldini, Dean - HHS

President's Medal for Distinguished Service - Sue McGinty

President Nelsen will present the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service to Sue McGinty during the College of Health & Human Services ceremony at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19.

McGinty guided the University’s physical therapy program through a series of demanding accreditation changes. Sac State’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) students are among the best in the country, consistently boasting a 100 percent passing rate on the national licensure exam and scoring well above the national average.

Dr. Sue McGinty

Dr. Maureen Smith

Dr. Maureen Smith is the 2017-18 recipient of Sacramento State’s University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior Faculty. Congratulations!

Dr. Maureen Smith

Outstanding Awards - 2018

Outstanding Awards 2018

Tony Sheppard - RPTA

Cheers for Professor Tony Sheppard (Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration), who came up with a genius way to pay it forward at Sac State! When the company that supplied lighting for the new Century Arden 14 theaters asked to buy photos that he took of the complex (see some of his film reviews:, Sheppard requested that the $300 check be made out to Sac State’s ASI Food Pantry.
“The idea was to show how easy it is to solicit donations for small pieces of work,” he says.
Now Sheppard hopes that other members of the Hornet Family will consider similar small acts of kindness for worthy causes on our campus. Thanks for caring, Professor! #MakingItHappenAtSacState

(Photo courtesy of Tony Sheppard)

Wall-Whacking Ceremony

On August 2, 2017 demolition began with a "Wall-Whacking Ceremony" in Folsom Hall! Students, clients, staff, and faculty are looking forward with great anticipation to a new Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Center in Spring 2018!

David Gleason, Robert Pieretti, Fred Baldini
d Gleason, Robert Pieretti, Fred Baldini

Dr. Christy Solorio

The School of Nursing welcomes Dr. Christy Solorio to her new Assistant Professor role after graduating in June with a PhD from the University of California, Davis. Congratulations, Dr. Solorio!


Alan D. Wade Family Research Award - Dr. Toran Macleod

Alan D. Wade award given to Dr. Macleod

The CSUS Retirees Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Alan D. Wade Family Research Award is Professor Toran MacLeod of the Department of Physical Therapy. The award has the specific intent to support faculty research and scholarly inquiry directed to the needs of poor, underserved, and vulnerable populations in the Sacramento region. The award is supported by an endowment established by the Wade family. Prof. Wade was a member of the Department of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento for many years.

Faculty Development Grants - Dr. Hoffman

Faculty development grant given to Dr. Hoffman

On a cool-ish spring day 79 colleagues and friends attended brunch a celebrated our 2017 faculty grant recipients. The nominees were so outstanding this year that the review committee recommended granting an extra award this year. The recipients' deans attended and spoke highly of the awardees - and of our junior faculty grant program.

Congratulations to Dr. Hoffman who is in her fifth year of teaching in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration! She has a long time professional interest in adaptive recreation and recreation therapy. Read more here.

Health programs offer a lifeline to community members

Through the STEPS (Supported Treadmill Exercise Program at Sacramento State-Easter Seals) program, physical therapy faculty and students are helping young children with neuro-motor impairments to walk, a critical part of their learning and development. At the Interprofessional Amputee Clinic, students from a wide range of disciplines provide amputees with patient-centered care, all under one roof. Read more here.

Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program recognized as one of the best in the nation!

STEPS clinic child

Stingers up for Sac State’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, recognized as one of the best in the nation! The PT licensure exam, administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Examination, consists of 250 questions in eight categories. In 2015, Sac State graduates scored ABOVE the national average in all eight categories and significantly above in two categories. And then last year, our grads scored above the national average in EVERY CATEGORY – and significantly above in six.

Michael McKeough, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, says, “In a comparison of our 2016 results with 10 other schools, our students were higher than the comparison group in all eight categories. The 10 comparison schools consisted of the other California State University (CSU) DPT programs and other schools that US News & World Report previously rated No. 1 in the United States.”

Congrats to this outstanding program!

LECS - Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars' Program

LECS group photo

We’re so proud of our Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars’ (LECS) Program Cohort 1 students who are already transforming from “scholars to officers”. Congrats on completing Phase 1, Candidates!!

Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain

The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain, gave an outstanding acceptance speech at the Alumni Center. The event was held on April 28th, 2016. She not only represented her own outstanding achievements, she also represented the department and the fields of speech pathology and audiology beautifully.

Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin

Speech Pathology & Audiology Professor Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin received a presidential Daily Point of Light Award for her children's book drive. Professor Roseberry-McKibbin has collected more than 103,000+ books for at-risk children in poverty here in Sacramento and in other countries. Thank you for your service! Please click here to view the article.