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Welcome to Student Academic Success Day 2023!

SAS Day Reflection

Student Academic Success Day 2023 is proud to celebrate a theme of “A Decade of DEGREES: Success with No End.” This event is designed to bring together students, faculty, and staff along with community guests for virtual and in-person workshop sessions, engagement components, and resource fair components all designed to promote endless success.

The event will kick-off with a Principals and Community College Leaders’ Summit on September 18th, 2023 from 10 am to 11 am via Zoom.

Join the Summit Zoom Session

The week of September 18th, SASEEP will also host Student Academic Success Week and will provide a variety of programming to support and advance student success. This week of inspiration will culminate in our signature Student Academic Success Day event on September 25th from 11 am – 3 pm in the University Union, offering mega student success workshops, a time of honoring community partnerships, equity leaders, and student success, along with an Outdoor Resource Festival as a capstone to the event. Read the Welcome Letter and join us on the 25th of September to be inspired to achieve milestones of success in your own life with no end.

We can’t wait to engage and inspire you to pursue your highest passions!

Welcome Letter

RSVP Online Form

SAS Day Evaluation

Event Information

SAS Day Parking

Parking is free for SAS Day guests. Event guests are asked to park in Parking Structure 3 (PS3) on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors for the event. (Note: This structure is directly behind the Union by Lot 6). If you desire to park elsewhere on campus, you will need to pay for a parking permit. If you are a student, faculty, and/or staff, your permit to park via your license plate will continue to suffice to meet your parking needs for the day if your car is registered with University Transportation and Parking (UTAPS).Please visit the UTAPS website for parking instructions and details followed by the campus.

Mega Success Motivational Workshop Sessions

11:00 – 11:50 am “A Decade of Degrees: Success with No End”

Success through Artistry: Electrifying Your Dreams through the Arts (1st Floor, Redwood Room)

Experience artistry in action while finding your passion. Join this session to have your dreams take center stage.

Success in Academics: Strategies to Reach Your Highest Achievements (2nd Floor, Cottonwood Suite)

Acquire tools to be academically sound and to reach your highest goals of educational attainment by accessing campus resources, services, and drawing on key networks of support.

Success in Your Health: Living Well and Being Well (3rd Floor, Foothill Suite)

Find ways to live and be well through various wellness strategies and by living in the moment stress-free.

Success in Your Wealth: Creating a Wealth Portfolio that Lasts a Life Time (2nd Floor, Forest Suite)

Do you want to be wealthy? Do you want to learn how to invest? Join this session to gain tools for financial literacy and long-term planning.

Success in Career: Securing Your Passion and Realizing Your Dream (3rd Floor, Green and Gold Room)

Learn how to position yourself for career and life through skill for planning and tools for your job search and knowing where your passion lies. Join this session to be inspired for the career that awaits you.

Success in Your Finances: Elevating Your Daily Pocket Book (1st Floor Hinde Auditorium)

Attend this session to gain practical tools on how to develop a budget and how to survive in an inflationary economy while being a college student.

Success through Dream Building: Do You Have a Vision Board? (2nd Floor, Orchard Suite)

Every success starts with a goal and a plan. Join this session to develop your very own vision board that will guide the course of your life success.

Success in Relationships: Optimizing your Interpersonal Relationships (3rd Floor, Pacific Suite)

Building community and being in union with others is key to life success. Relationships are enriching tools that foster personal well-being. Join this session to learn strategies for optimizing your relationships and taking them to the next level.

12:00 – 12:50 pm “Success with No End: Luncheon and Keynote Address”

The luncheon will include a keynote address, celebratory components, and will highlight the 10-year history of the DEGREES Project and its successes on campus

Location: 1st Floor, University Union Ballroom

1:00 – 1:50 pm "Success with No End Roundtables"

Note: The Summit Roundtables are designed to feature an area of interest. Each summit meeting will include information sharing, best practices, and the opportunity for Q&A components to foster interconnectivity and networking.

  • Entrepreneurship and the Business Summit (Audience: Campus and Community)- 2ndFloor, Cottonwood Suite
  • Male Empowerment Summit (Audience: Campus and Community)- 3rd Floor, Foothill Suite
  • Closing the Gap Summit (Audience: Campus and Community)- 2nd Floor, Forest Suite
  • Personal Branding Summit (Audience: Campus and Community)- 3rd Floor, Green and Gold Room
  • Making a Come Back Summit (Audience: Recruit Back Students) - 1st Floor, Hinde Auditorium
  • Marketing and Investment Summit (Audience: Campus and Community)-2nd Floor, Orchard Suite
  • Sports and Entertainment Summit (Audience: Campus and Community)-3rd Floor, Pacific Suite
  • Success in the Pathway to College Summit (Audience: K-12 scholars)- 1st Floor Redwood Room
  • Success through Dance Summit (Audience: Sac State Students)- 3rd Floor, Summit Room

2:00 – 2:50 pm "Success with No End Carnival and Resource Fair"

This segment will feature campus departments and supportive resources to help you on the pathway of success to achieve success with no end.

Location: Serna Plaza (in back of the University Union)

SAS Day DEGREES Project Luncheon

The DEGREES Project will host the DEGREES Project Luncheon celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Monday, September 25th, 2023 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the University Union Ballroom. The event will include lunch, keynote features, and student speakers highlighting powerful stories of success. The luncheon is designed to be a fundraiser. We are asking guests to purchase tickets at a cost of $22. If you would like to buy a table and contribute fund support to the DEGREES Project, the cost per table is $222 for a table of 8 guests.

Luncheon FAQ

Are students able to attend the luncheon for free?
Yes, the luncheon is free for student attendees.

If I am a student, how do I register?
Register for the luncheon using the RSVP Online Form.

If I am a faculty or staff member or community guest, do I need to buy a ticket to attend?
You may attend without buying a ticket, but donations to the program via a ticket purchase are welcomed.

What link do I use to pay for my ticket to attend the DEGREES Project Luncheon?
Buy a luncheon ticket or table.

If I am a faculty or staff member or community guest that wishes to attend other portions of SAS Day, how do I register for these components?
To register for other components of SAS Week and SAS Day use the RSVP Online Form.

What time does the luncheon start?
The luncheon starts at 12 pm.

What time does the luncheon end?
The luncheon ends at 1:00 pm.

Where will the luncheon take place?
The luncheon will take place in the University Union Ballroom.

Parking for this event is free. Information on parking will be provided on the main webpage as we draw closer to the event.

If I have special dietary needs, who should I inform?
Please email Martinique Baker, our DEGREES Project Administrative Support, so we can account for your request by the date of September 18th for planning purposes.

If you have any additional questions regarding the luncheon, please contact Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny or Ruth Williams.

Award Components

Principals and Leaders Award

The Equity Principals Award recognizes regional leadership for their commitment to educational equity and scholastic success. Nominations from throughout the State of California are reviewed and prominent leaders are recognized during the annual Principals and Leaders’ Summit.

A Woman Who Takes Flight Award

The Woman I Fly Award is designed to recognize women in the region who lead with distinction and who give of their time to mount causes that support and build community and success. The award, new of its kind to SAS Day, celebrates the impact of women doing great educational equity work to leverage transformative community initiatives.

Optimism Award

The Optimism Award celebrates annually one community partner whose collaborative work and programming positions the community and underserved populations and youth to thrive, achieve success, and flourish socially and academically. This award of distinction embodies hope, determination, and inspiration to achieve optimistic outcomes that uplift the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

The event will begin on Monday, September 18th, 2023 with a Virtual Principals and Community College Leaders’ Summit from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. On September 19th through 22nd, SASEEP will host a variety of success mini-events and launch social media campaigns celebrating success. On Monday, September 25th, 2023 SAS Week will culminate with the signature SAS Day Programming from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm with all in-person event components being deployed.

The event will be offered in a hybrid format. Events occurring the week of September 19th will be a mixer of online and in-person. A tab with Zoom link information will be provided for virtual events as they apply and locations will be posted for in-person aspects of SAS week.

The majority of the SAS Day events are free with the exception of the DEGREES Project Luncheon being held on September 25th at noon in the Ballroom. Guests are asked to purchase their ticket in support of this event. Information on luncheon tickets can be found on the SAS Day main page. All other components of SAS Week and SAS Day are completely free for all guests. The event is open to the Sacramento State community and is open to the community at large. Student entrance to the luncheon is completely free.

SAS Day provides workshops for students throughout the entire day along with Resource Fair components. Sessions for faculty and staff and community guests will be held throughout the day as well.

To reserve your space for this event, you will need to RSVP using the RSVP Online Form.

Students will have the chance to take part in live sessions, video components, interactive discussions, and resource fairs and inspirational segments to gather the strength and power of this incredible day.

If you are a course instructor or community member, you can bring your group. Please use the online reservation system to register yourself and your group. Zoom links will be provided for the sessions you have registered for and will be posted on the DEGREES Project Website and SAS Day Website for any virtual workshops. In addition, room locations for in-person sessions being held on September 25th, 2023 can be found on the website as well. Note: Mega workshop sessions will be held on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of the University Union. The DEGREES Project luncheon will be held in the University Union Ballroom. Lastly, the Outdoor Resource Fair and Student Success Festival will be held out on Serna Plaza located just behind the University Union building.

The event will include a Principals and Leaders’ Summit, SAS Week interactive events, Mega Success Workshops, a Luncheon, and an Outdoor Resource Fair.

Student workshops will cover a range of topics including an exploration of topics on industry trends, how to be an investor, entrepreneurship, how to find your passion in career, persistence in academics in higher education, empowering success for men of color, and a networking session on personal branding, which will include tips and strategies for college success in alignment with GI 2025. Join us for what promises to be an exciting time of information and inspiration to propel your journey of success with no end.

Event Mission and Objectives

The mission of Student Academic Success Day is to inform and inspire students and the community to lay out a blueprint of success that fosters lifelong dreams and achievements.

The following key objectives help to guide the Student Academic Success Day mission:

  • Propel students to meet milestones to graduation in alignment with the CSU Graduation Initiative
  • Equip participants to achieve success in every dimension of life
  • Educate campus faculty and staff and the community at large about strategies to Close the Achievement Gap
  • Enrich the cultural, social, and psychological fabric of participants through engagement components that re-invigorate and inspire excellence in academic and interpersonal relatedness
  • Provide resources and tools for SAS Day guests to utilize on the day of the event and that hold lasting value along the journey of success beyond the event itself
  • Create a platform of empowerment that positions and motivates participants to envision greater goals and accomplishments
  • Link guests to networking groups, industry leaders, and community partners to leverage regional, state, and national resources to support goal planning, collaborative projects, and coordination to achieve success along educational and life domains

Lead Contacts

Plenary Sessions, Sponsors, and Vendors

Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny, Associate Vice President, Student Retention and Academic Success

Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny

Workshop Questions

Ruth Williams, DEGREES Project Coordinator

Ruth Williams

First Gen Network Questions

Dr. Chao Vang, Executive Coordinator, SASEEP External Relations

Dr. Chao Vang

Media Relations & Promotions

Letrice Fowler, Media Production Specialist

Letrice Fowler

Administrative Support & Logistics

Anne Cheng, Budget Analyst, SASEEP

Anne Cheng

Kevin Nguyen, Administrative Support Coordinator, SASEEP

Kevin Nguyen

Martinique Baker

Martinique Baker

K-12 Strand: Student Academic Success Day

The K-12 strand is designed to foster engagement among K-12 scholars and to expose them to the higher education setting.

The K-12 SAS Day Schedule includes:

  • 10:00 am - Arrival and Welcome
  • 10:15 am - Campus Tour
  • 12:00 pm - Keynote Address and SAS Day Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm - Success in the Pathway to College: The Importance of Higher Education (Redwood Room, 1st Floor)
  • 1:30 pm - Departure

Student Academic Success Day Volunteer Opportunities

Want to give back? SAS Day will be on Monday, September 25th this year from 11 am – 3 pm in the University Union. Join this time of celebration, learning and networking. We need you. We have an abundance of opportunities for you to share your talent and your time to help SAS Day be a great success. If you are able to volunteer, please use the following link to select available time slots to support the SAS Day infrastructure.

Register to Volunteer

Thank you in advance for your support!

Volunteer Benefits

  • You will have the chance to make new friends and grow your network
  • Free meals
  • Acquire a free T-shirt while supplies last
  • Receive empowering information
  • Help students achieve their dreams
  • Enjoy the chance to work with the SASEEP staff

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