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

Please attend open forums for candidates for VP University Advancement

July 8, 2024 - After a nationwide search, we are pleased to welcome three finalists to campus to interview for the position of vice president for University Advancement. The interviews are scheduled to begin Monday, July 15. Please save the dates below and plan to participate in the virtual open forum for each finalist.

A link to the open forum livestream is included below for each session. Resumes/CVs for each candidate can be accessed by clicking on their name.

Live captioning will be provided through Zoom. To request additional accommodations please email Rheena Munoz at by 5 p.m. July 11.

Monday, July 15, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Kent Stanley, vice president for University Advancement, special assistant to the president, Minnesota State University Mankato
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 881 5053 9275

Thursday, July 18, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
John Michael Lee, vice president for Institutional Advancement and chief development officer, South Carolina State University
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 881 5053 9275

Monday, July 22, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Michael Reza, associate vice president, Portland Development and Alumni Engagement, University of Oregon Portland
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 881 5053 9275

Please use this survey to provide comments and feedback about the candidates. The survey will open Monday, July 15, and close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Rheena Munoz at

Thank you to the search committee for identifying high-quality candidates for this critical position. We had an impressive pool and an outstanding initial round of interviews.

Stingers Up!

Our Hive, Our Home: Celebrating Pride Together!

June 24, 2024 - As we embrace the vibrant and celebratory month of June, we take this opportunity to honor and uplift the LGBTQIA+ community at Sacramento State. Pride Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the diversity, resilience, and contributions of our LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Pride Month commemorates the ongoing fight for equality and justice for LGBTQIA+ individuals. It serves as a reminder of the progress made and the work still needed to create a world where everyone can live authentically and without fear. At Sacramento State, we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where every member of our community feels valued, respected, and empowered.

Despite June nearing its end, our commitment to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community continues year-round. Here are resources and recommended readings and media to help you engage with and support our LGBTQIA+ community:

Our Hive, Our Home: Celebrating Pride Together

Just as every Hornet plays a vital role in our hive, each member of our LGBTQIA+ community enriches our home here at Sacramento State. This Pride Month, we celebrate the unity and strength that diversity brings to our Hive. Let’s continue to build a community where everyone can thrive authentically and proudly.

Online Exhibits and Resources:

  • The Legacy of Harvey Milk – Celebrating the life and impact of one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States
  • Stonewall Uprising – Understanding the pivotal moment in LGBTQIA+ history that ignited the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement
  • LGBTQ+ History – A comprehensive collection from the Library of Congress highlighting significant events and figures in LGBTQIA+ history

Key Readings and MediaBooks:

  • "The Stonewall Reader" edited by The New York Public Library – A compilation of first-hand accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQIA+ activists from the Stonewall Uprising
  • "The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle" by Lillian Faderman – A comprehensive history of the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights in the United States


  • "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson" (Netflix) – Investigating the mysterious death of Marsha P. Johnson, a key figure in the LGBTQIA+ rights movement
  • "Disclosure" (Netflix) – A look at transgender representation in film and television


  • "Making Gay History" – Bringing the largely hidden history of the LGBTQIA+ civil rights movement to life through the voices of the people who lived it
  • "Queer as Fact" – Covering the stories and histories of a variety of queer people from around the world

In addition to these resources, we encourage everyone to utilize the support and advocacy offered by our Pride Center. For more information, visit Sacramento State’s PRIDE Center.

We also proudly support our Queer and Trans Faculty and Staff Resource Group, which provides a space for networking, support, and advocacy for our LGBTQIA+ employees.

We also proudly partner with local organizations such as the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce to foster a supportive network for our LGBTQIA+ community on and off campus. Their work in promoting diversity and inclusion in the business community is invaluable. Additionally, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship offers financial support to LGBTQIA+ students pursuing higher education. We strongly encourage eligible students to apply and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion extends beyond this month. We continue to work toward creating a campus culture that embraces all identities and experiences. Your voice and involvement are crucial in this journey.

To our LGBTQIA+ community, we recognize you, we celebrate you, and we support you. Thank you for your courage, strength, and contributions to our University. Together, let's continue to build a more inclusive and loving world.

In solidarity,

Dr. Michael V. Nguyen
Chief Diversity Officer (interim)

Dr. Luke Wood

Congratulations to the 2024 Outstanding Staff Awards winners

June 7, 2024 - I am incredibly pleased to share the names of the 2024 Outstanding Staff Awards recipients. More than 100 nominations were submitted, representing every division and auxiliary, and a wide variety of departments and positions. We are grateful for all that these members of our Hornet Family do for our students, faculty, staff, community, and for each other.

Congratulations to these 2024 Outstanding Staff Award winners:

Outstanding Contribution to Student Success

  • Gabrielle Hoskins, coordinator, NSM Advising Center

Outstanding Contribution to Teaching, Scholarship, and/or Creative Activity

  • Jessica Gollaher, operations coordinator, Population Research Center

Outstanding Contribution to Justice, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

  • Carol Nicknig, marketing and communication specialist, University Communications

Outstanding Contribution to Philanthropy and Sustainability

  • Karen Dively, collections manager, Anthropology Department

Outstanding Contribution to Community Engagement

  • Christine Kellerman, administrative analyst/specialist, HHS Dean’s Office

Outstanding Contribution to Wellness

  • Ross Garner, outdoor adventures manager, Associated Students Inc.

Behind-the-Scenes Champion

  • Tony Chen, information technology consultant, Athletics


  • Michelle Dungca, director of Classification and Compensation, Human Resources

Patricia Holmes Outstanding Mentor Award

  • Dr. Boatamo “Ati” Mosupyoe, dean of students, Black Honors College

Jody Nelsen MVP Award

  • Richard Aguirre, services coordinator, Science Education Equity Program, NSM

We will celebrate these awardees at the 2024 Outstanding Staff Awards Reception, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the University Union Ballroom. The entire campus community is encouraged to attend. More information and an RSVP form will be shared at the start of the fall semester.

Thank you to those who submitted nominations and to the Selection Committee members, who had an incredibly important and difficult job to do. I appreciate the time and careful consideration put into choosing this year’s awardees.

We can’t wait to celebrate these remarkable members of the Hornet Family on Oct. 29. Stingers Up!

2023-24 End of Academic Year Review

June 4, 2024 - I want to express my sincere gratitude to our students, faculty, and staff for their remarkable dedication and achievements over the past academic year. In the video message below, I highlight some of the remarkable milestones we reached this year and also look ahead to the coming year, which promises to be even more impactful and rewarding for our community.

Our Hive, Our Home! Stingers Up!

Announcing the return of winter commencement

May 24, 2024 - I am excited to announce that for the first time since 2017, Sacramento State will host winter commencement for our fall graduates, to take place this December at The WELL event center.

More details are in the video below. Stingers Up!

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