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ASI's Impact

From sailboats to a ride home if you're partied out

Ahmed V. Ortiz

The reach of Associated Students Inc. extends far beyond student government. Here's a look at programs and services it offers.



Aquatic Center: An internationally acclaimed rowing facility at Lake Natoma, the center is known for the world-class rowing championships, as well as collegiate, open, high school and masters competitions it hosts. It offers educational, recreational and competitive programs in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, rowing, water skiing, wakeboarding, and Jet Skiing. All of the programming offered is available to the general public and is free to Sac State students. For more information, go to the Aquatic Center page on the ASI website.


Children’s Center: The center serves as a family support service for Sacramento State community, with University students enjoying enrollment priority. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Children’s Center serves as a home-oriented environment to meet a child’s emotional, physical, intellectual and social growth needs. It also promotes educational experiences in the area of early childhood education by employing a large number of Sacramento State students. For more information, go to the Children’s Center page on the ASI website.

Safe Rides: This program’s goal is simple: Get students and other members of the campus community home safe if they’ve celebrated a little too thoroughly. Sac State students will be reimbursed up to $20 each semester (while funds last) for rides they take home during Safe Rides operational hours (10 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters). For more information, go to the Safe Rides page on the ASI website.

KSSU radio: Sac State’s student-run radio station offers a range of programming, as well as interviews with visiting artists and broadcasts of Hornet athletic events. Student DJs also participate in numerous campus events. It is open to students in any major. For more information, go to the KSSU website.

Peak Adventures: Provides the campus community everything from adventure education and leadership development, to equipment rental, to an on-campus bicycle shop. Register to go backpacking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and more; or learn snowshoeing, snowboarding, mountaineering or skiing. The Challenge Center also falls under its direction. For more information, go to the Peak Adventures website.

Food Pantry: The pantry provides food and basic necessities at no cost to students in need, with a goal of decreasing the effect of food insecurities on Sac State students’ academic success. For more information, go to the Food Pantry page on the ASI website.


Accounting: Performs ASI’s corporate accounting and risk management, including tax filings, financial reports and audits.

Student Shop: Provides numerous services, perhaps most notably retail sales of caps and gowns.

Legal aid: A professional lawyer is available once every other week for free legal advice.

Fax and notary: Local and long-distance fax services are free to the University community. Notary services are available by appointment only and free to currently enrolled Sac State students, $15 per signature for faculty and staff.


Ahmed V. Ortiz


Ahmed V. Ortiz is a writer/editor, working at Sac State since 2011, after a 13-year newspaper career. He is an avid cyclist, enjoys traveling and loves animals and most sports, especially baseball. Ahmed believes in doing no harm and that love is the only way.