Support for Sac State helps power our region
March 19, 2021
By Tina Treis
Chair, University Foundation at Sacramento State board
As we celebrate the public launch of On the Rise: The Campaign for Sacramento State, I am struck by the growing impact Sacramento State has on the community and the region. What we are doing here really does have significance everywhere.
Sac State often feels like the center of my universe. I am a proud alumna, and over the course of 35 years, I have employed countless Hornet accounting students and witnessed firsthand how our graduates enrich the local economy. I have served for 12 years as a member of the Sacramento State Alumni Association board, and currently serve as chair of the University Foundation at Sacramento State and as an officer of the Placer County Alumni Chapter. As my involvement increases, so does my dedication to supporting Sacramento State students and the mission of this incredible university.
One of the things I value most about Sacramento State is the endless possibility and the willingness of the University and its leadership to think big, to pursue unique and transformational opportunities. One of those opportunities is in my own backyard.
Over the past four decades, I have seen growth in the Placer community that mirrors the growth of ideas at Sacramento State. As a first-generation college graduate, I know how a college education changes lives and the communities that support the University. The Placer Center project is a unique concept of cooperation that will benefit both the Placer and Sacramento communities, and provide additional educational opportunities to our ambitious students.
I cannot wait to see the continued upward trajectory of Sacramento State, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I hope you share my excitement and will join us on this wonderful adventure. •
By Garry Maisel
On the Rise co-chair; University Foundation board member
Education has always been extremely important to me. As the first person in my family to attend college, I knew that education and my degree would be life changing. And I was right. Because of the tools and experiences gained at Sac State, upon graduation, I was ready to be an entrepreneur.
I have always believed that entrepreneurship and small businesses are the engine that fuels the economy. Whether starting a small business that stays small, or starting a small business that becomes huge, entrepreneurs and their ideas have the power to create and transform. Innovation combined with entrepreneurship will find ways to meet emerging needs while creating economic growth.
When I was invited to be a co-chair of On the Rise: The Campaign for Sacramento State, I jumped at the opportunity. Now that I have the ability through Western Health Advantage (WHA), and individually, it’s extremely important for me to give back. Giving back to education is giving to the future growth of our region, and I cannot think of a more deserving endeavor.
Now is the time for Sacramento State to rise up and be fully recognized for providing a valuable resource to the local economy and the Sacramento community, which is a diverse and educated workforce of engaged citizens. Employers build their businesses and relocate here for our educated and talented workforce who help them thrive. A strong and healthy local economy uplifts everyone, and truly makes the region run.
The time to invest in Sacramento State is now. Join us and you’ll see your investment transform our community and the region. •