Honoring Alumni 

2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Established in 1972, the Distinguished Alumni Awards are given jointly by the University and the Sacramento State Alumni Association to recognize alumni and faculty for their professional achievements and community service.

Nominations are received from all University constituencies throughout the year. Nominees must have achieved prominence in their chosen fields of endeavor and must have brought distinction to the University and/or community through their accomplishments. 

Congratulations to our 2015 DAA Honorees

Order of the Hornet 

  • President Alexander Gonzalez, President, Sacramento State

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Jan Scully ’73 (Government/Journalism), Retired District Attorney, Sacramento

Distinguished Service Award

  • Cate Dyer ’05 (Sociology), CEO/Founder, Stem Express
  • Pat Fong Kushida ’85 (Business Administration), President & CEO, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
  • Jim Gomez ’71 (Business Administration), CEO, CA Association of Health Facilities
  • Lee Ritchey ’67 (Electrical Engineering), Speeding Edge and Sensorium Wines
  • Tami R. Bogert ’93 (Criminal Justice) and Scott Yuill ’85 (Business Administration), Judge, Sacramento County Superior Court (Tami); President, Scott Yuill Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. (Scott)

Rising Star Award

  • Philip I. Person ’08 (Communication Studies), Litigation Associate, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP


The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Sacramento State Alumni Center. 
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Sponsorship Opportunities

There are several sponsorship opportunities available. Please review our sponsor information sheet (PDF). To learn more about how you can benefit from partnering with the Alumni Association, please visit our Sponsors/Affinity Partners page

For questions, please contact Jennifer Barber, Executive Director atjbarber@csus.edu or (916) 278-3797.

About the Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to alumni for exceptional career achievements, exceptional contributions to the campus and community, and for setting high standards of excellence in their personal and professional lives. 

Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Awards are given in recognition of professional achievements and community service.  Nominees must have achieved prominence in their chosen field and brought distinction to the University and/or their community through their accomplishments.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is given to a graduate of Sacramento State who has received his or her first Sacramento State degree since 2000 and has made outstanding contributions professionally, to the community or to Sacramento State.

Honorary Alumnus Award

Honorary Alumnus Awards are given to friends of the University who have demonstrated a close affinity to the campus and who have rendered exceptional support and leadership to the University or Association.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Title Sponsors


Douglas and Barbara Patiño

University Enterprises, Inc.

Wells Fargo

Western Health Advantage

Gold Sponsors

California Association of Health Facilities  Liberty Mutual ♦ Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) ♦ Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region 

Silver Sponsors

Margot '72 and Dave Bach ♦ Lee Ritchey '67 and Kella Knack ♦ Scott Yuill Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors

John Abbott, MA '04 and Dr. Kimo Ah Yun '90 ♦ John Barney '85 ♦ Paul, MBA '03 and Deborah Finn ♦ Eric Guerra '03, MPPA '08 and Christina Lokke, MPPA '07 ♦ Richard Keegan, MS '04 ♦ Sharon '88, MS '09 and Gary Krause ♦ Amanda '12 and Michael Merz ♦ April '85 and Cory '85 Parish