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Presidential Communications - Fall 2023

President Luke Wood’s messages to students, faculty, and staff

Nominations for honorary doctorates are now being accepted

September 18, 2023 - Sacramento State’s honorary degrees selection committee invites nominations for honorary doctorates to be conferred during 2024 Commencement. The California State University awards honorary doctorates to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in areas that benefit humanity, CSU campuses, the state, the nation, and/or the world. Recipients serve as examples to be recognized and honored for their exemplary contributions. More information about honorary doctorates, including past recipients, can be found on our Honorary Degrees page.

To learn more about the criteria and to submit a nomination, please review the nomination form. The submission deadline is noon on Oct. 20. If you have questions about the nomination process, please contact Gladys Glaude at 916-278-4952 or

We are already working to mitigate the impacts of tuition increases

September 14, 2023 - At this week’s CSU Board of Trustees meeting, the decision was made to raise tuition 6% per year for the next five years. The increase will go into effect for the Fall 2024 semester.

Today, I met with student leaders from ASI and several other student groups to listen and learn. In response to this, I am initiating a 10-point plan to address many of the barriers that students currently face, as well as those that we anticipate. The full list is below the video.

In the video below, we share some of the ways we will work together to mitigate the impacts of the tuition increases to ensure all students can still achieve their dream of earning a college degree.

10-Point Plan to Reduce the Impacts of Tuition Increase

  • Launch an awareness campaign focused on tuition increases and financial aid resources.
  • Establish a tiger team on reducing barriers in financial aid and scholarships.
  • Increase scholarship utilization rate by streamlining and simplifying scholarship processes.
  • Increase staff in the financial aid office and provide more support for student staff.
  • Implement a Sacramento State-led lobbying campaign at the state Capitol.
  • Increase access to information on scholarships on main website and Canvas.
  • Establish a Basic Needs Center on Campus
  • Resume the removing administrative barriers working group.
  • Increase opportunities for student employment.
  • Increase fundraising for scholarships for students most impacted by tuition increase.

President Wood & ASI President - Student Open Forums

September 12, 2023 - I am pleased to share information about three upcoming sessions for students as a part of my listening tour. In the video message below, ASI President Nataly Andrade-Dominguez and I share details about these listening sessions designed just for students.

Date, time, location and RSVP information are included. You can request accommodations on the RSVP form.

President Wood’s 100 Days of Listening: Student Forums

Session 1: Wednesday, Sept. 20
6-7:15 p.m.

Session 2: Monday, Oct. 2
12-1:15 p.m.
University Union Ballroom

Session 3: Monday, Oct. 30
4-5:15 p.m.
University Union Ballroom

If you cannot make it to one of these forums, or if you prefer to share your opinions, experiences, and vision for Our Sacramento State in writing, please take this survey.

Share your voice as part of the 100 days of listening

September 5, 2023 - At the Fall Address, I announced that I will spend the next 100 days learning about what members of our campus community are most proud of, what opportunities and challenges we face, and what our priorities should be in the coming years. The information learned over the next 100 days will inform actions that we will take as a campus to advance the strategic priorities (six imperatives) and goals identified in the strategic plan launched in April 2023.

As a part of our effort to hear the voices of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members, I ask that you please take a survey facilitated by The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). AASCU will compile the survey results into themes and provide us with a summary of responses. None of the respondents will be identified by name, and your responses will be confidential. I hope you will take the time to share your feedback through this survey, which will remain open until Sept. 20.

In the coming weeks, please be on the lookout for additional opportunities to share your voice with us in the form of town halls and smaller group meetings.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to take the time to complete the survey. I look forward to learning more about what you think makes Our Sacramento State distinctive, about what our priorities should be, and what actions we need to take to achieve these goals.

President Wood - Welcome to our Sac State

September 1, 2023 - Welcome back, Hornets! Please take a few minutes to watch this video message welcoming everyone to the Fall 2023 semester.

Join us for the Hornet Football watch party today at 3:30 p.m.

August, 31, 2023 - Your Sacramento State Hornet football team kicks off its 2023 season today, when the three-time defending Big Sky Champions face off against Nicholls State. Join us at 3:30 p.m. for a watch party in University Union Ballroom 3.

Kickoff is at 4 p.m.

The first 100 students will receive a FREE t-shirt. Come and watch the game with friends, classmates, co-workers, faculty, and other Sac State fans. Don’t miss the t-shirt tosses, Hornet Athletics swag, prizes, and more that is included for all attendees.

The watch party is free and open to the entire campus community. Get there early to secure the best seats in the house to watch the Hornets start the 2023 season.

Stingers Up!

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