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Hornet WOW is a jam packed six weeks of events and activities at the start of the semester to help all students make connections, build community, and focus on their overall wellbeing.

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Week 1: August 21-27

End of Summer Concert feat. Tribe Divine

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2023, 1 - 2 PM

Enjoy reggae rock and funk fusion, plus free popcorn and frozen treats while supplies last, University Union Serna Plaza, 1 pm, FREE!!!

Hornet Nest Fest

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2023, 6-8PM

Currently-enrolled students are invited to attend the annual Hornet Nest Fest, August 25, 2023 in the Housing Quad. Tickets are required for food, so be sure to RSVP before August 14 at Noon by clicking the Hornet Nest Fest Tickets link now visible in all current students' Student Centers.

Hornet Day at the Lake

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2023, 10AM – 4PM

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join us for “Hornet Day at the Lake,” 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. Bring your Sac State One Card, sunscreen, and a towel and enjoy time on the water or beachfront listening to tunes from KSSU radio. Enjoy free rentals of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, a challenge course, volleyball, food trucks, and more!

Week 2: August 28 - September 3

Student Organizations & Leadership’s Club Days


For the first two weeks of every semester, SO&L hosts Club Days where many of our over 250 student organizations set up tables or booths across campus to promote their semester activities and membership opportunities. The locations of each club are on our website to view prior or just head around campus and say hi to them all!

Wednesday Nooner: Erica Ambrin & the Eclectic Soul Project

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2023, 12 – 1PM

Concert, hip hop, soul, jazz and R&B, University Union Serna Plaza, 12 pm, FREE!!! We’re also celebrating National Beach Day! Come dressed in beach themed clothing for prizes.

The Little Mermaid (2023) - film screening

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2023, 7:30 – 9:30PM

Special outdoor movie screening, University Union Serna Plaza, 7:30 pm, FREE!!!

Week 3: September 4-10

Student Organizations & Leadership’s Swarm Day

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2023, 12 – 12:35PM

Swarm Day, the annual campus photo, will take place on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. Set-up will begin at 12:00pm with the photo being shot around 12:30pm. This will be Dr. Luke Wood’s first campus photo as President so you will definitely want to be in this historic shot! Grab your friends, wear spirit gear, and bring those lovely smiles.

The University Union's PHLAGLEBLAST Open House Event


The Phlagleblast game allows students, staff, and faculty to familiarize them with the Union. As visitors enter the building, they are greeted and welcomed by our friendly staff with a happy smile and a game card. Once their game card is complete, they submit it to the prize table and are automatically entered into a raffle to win grand prizes such as an Xbox, PlayStation, iPads, Apple TV’s, Beats by Dre headphones and a ton of other cool and free stuff including meal vouchers.

Barnflix Outdoor Movie Night: Mean Girls

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2023, 6:30 – 10PM

Indulge in some outdoor entertainment under the starry sky at Drake’s the Barn Outdoor Movie Night. Join your fellow students for a fun-filled screening of "Mean Girls.

More Than Just Scribbles- reception & art exhibit


The University Union Gallery is excited to present a new exhibit: More Than Just Scribbles, featuring artwork of the ASI Children's Center. The Gallery is FREE admission and open to the general public.

Super Mario Bros Movie

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2023, 6 – 8PM

Special movie screening, University Union Pacific Suite, 6 pm, FREE!!!

Football Home Opener


Come on out and cheer on our Sacramento State Football team as we welcome Texas A&M-Commerce to Hornet Stadium for its first home game of the year. Game starts at 7PM! There will also be some free giveaways for students!! STINGERS UP!

Week 4: September 11-17

Student Organizations & Leadership’s Department Days


The third week of each semester, SO&L hosts Department Days in the Library Quad! This is a chance for you to connect to various campus departments and resources to learn what they have to offer.

Wednesday Nooner: Jakhari Smith


Concert, Black American music, soul/ hip hop, R&B, University Union Serna Plaza, 12 pm, FREE!!!

Here to Career: How to Prepare for a Career Fair

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2023, 12:30 – 1:30PM

Increase your chances of finding a job or internship or even land an interview on the spot! Find out what employers are looking for in competitive candidates. Get tips on how to introduce yourself to prospective employers, what to ask employers, what to bring to the career fair, and how you can get assistance from the Career Center.

Safer Sex 101 Workshop


Discover Safer Sex 101: Join our concise workshop to delve into the essentials of safer sex practices. Learn about protection, communication, consent and ways to prioritize your sexual well-being. Empower yourself with vital knowledge for a healthy and satisfying intimate life.

MEET THE EMPLOYER: Consolidated Electrical Distributors

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2023, 12:30 – 1:30PM

Join representatives from Consolidated Electrical Distributors as they discuss their internship and employment opportunities in a variety of healthcare and business fields and give tips on how to apply!

Hornet Nights Paint N' Sip


Join us at "Hornet Nights" for a vibrant paint n' sip experience! Unleash your creativity on canvas while sipping delightful mocktails, all in a fun and safe environment. Explore your artistic side, connect with others!

TO REGISTER: Use your Student Health Patient Portal!

El Grito: Mexican Independence Day Celebration Concert

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2023, 7:30 – 9:30PM

EL GRITO: MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, concert feat. BANDA URIENSE, traditional Mexican music from Michoacan, plus DJ LG, Fuego FM and Sacramento Kings In-Game DJ, University Union, 7:30 pm, FREE!!!

Super Smash Bros Tournament

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2023, 12 – 1PM

Join us for a University Union Games Room Tournament! Tournaments will be hosted in the Games Room, 1st floor of the University Union.

Week 5: September 18-24

Inclusive Spaces Mixer

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2023, 1 – 2:30PM

On September 19 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the Main Quad, the campus community is invited to an Inclusive Spaces Mixer. Attendees can engage with Sacramento State equity and affinity centers at the mixer, participate in outdoor activities, and more. 

Stress Less Puppies

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2023, 1 – 4PM

Immerse yourself in a haven of relaxation as our friendly therapy dogs melt away your stress. Spend quality time petting, playing, and finding comfort in the company of these adorable canines. Join us for an uplifting experience that promises to brighten your day and lighten your load.

Narcan Training

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2023, 10 – 11AM & 2 – 3PM

The Campus Opioid Safety Act (SB 367) aims to reduce opioid-related overdoses and deaths at public colleges and universities through life-saving education, information, and access to federally approved opioid overdose reversal medication on campus. To comply with these requirements, Sacramento State is providing in-person group Narcan trainings, as well as an asynchronous option. Trainings are open to all students, employees, and campus community members.

TO REGISTER: Use your Student Health Patient Portal!

chhs-resource-hive.pngHHS Resource Hive

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2023, 10AM – 12PM

This will be a two-day event from Sept 19 – Sept 20 (Mon – Tues), the goal of the event is for students to familiarize themselves with various resources and locations on campus and allow them an opportunity to engage with:

  • Academic Programs
  • Faculty
  • Student Organizations
  • Affinity Programs
  • Academic Resources

Along with encouraging them to seek out specific program locations to help them explore and engage with cross campus support services.

Wednesday Nooner: J Kent of LOOK@U! Music Group


Join us at the University Union Serna Plaza for a hip hop concert at 12 pm, FREE!!! We’re also celebrating Crazy Hat Day! Wear your crazy hat for prizes.

HERE TO CAREER: What is an Elevator Pitch?

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2023, 12:30 – 1:30PM

Join the Career Center and Hailey Morton, Director of Campus Recruitment for Northwestern Mutual, as we discuss how to prepare yourself by developing an Elevator Pitch that will impress!

Basic Needs Resource Fair


CARES is hosting their annual Basic Needs Resource Fair in the Library Quad to connect students with local resources that help aid that bridge and continue to promote overall health and wellness.

MEET THE EMPLOYER: Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023, 12:30 – 1:30PM

Join representatives from Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP as they discuss their internship and employment opportunities and give tips on how to apply! This will take place at the Room Orchard Suite in the Union!

8 Ball Billiards & Table Tennis Tournaments

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2023, 12-1PM

Join us for a University Union Games Room Tournament! Tournaments will be hosted in the Games Room, 1st floor of the University Union. Sign up now on Discord!

WELLcome Back: Hornets have s'more fun!


Get ready for activities, fun, learn more about our WELL programs and win prizes! Grand prizes include: Apple AirPods, inflatable kayak, Ninja Blender, gift cards and much more!

Yosemite Camping


Come camping in Yosemite National Park! This three-day camping trip will take you through some of the best sights that the Sierras has to offer. Spots tend to fill up early, sign up soon!

Week 6: September 25 - October 1

Student Academic Success Day 2023

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2023, 11AM – 3PM

Join us on Monday, September 25, 2023 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at the University Union for Student Academic Success Day 2023. Come out to be inspired for success and enjoy free food, workshops, and entertainment. You are guaranteed to be elevated in your pursuit of fulfilling your lifelong dreams.

Wednesday Nooner: The Ghost Town Rebellion


Concert, grit rock, University Union Serna Plaza, 12 pm, FREE!!!

Beyond the "Believe" Murals - Reception & Art Exhibit


Beyond the "Believe" Mural is a collaborative exhibition of work by the participants of Sac State's 2022 "Believe" murals with Wide Open Walls. The Gallery has FREE admission and is open to the public.

Valorant Tournament

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2023, 12 – 1PM

Join us for a University Union Games Room Tournament! Tournaments will be hosted in the Games Room, 1st floor of the University Union. Sign up now on Discord!

WEUSI Music Festival + Stinger Expo Vendor Fair

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2023, 12 – 6PM

Come bring your friends for WEUSI! There’ll be 5 live bands, food trucks, giveaways, and a Stinger Expo Vendor Fair!! This will be at the University Union Serna Plaza, from 12-6 pm, FREE!!!