President's Message

President Robert Nelsen President Robert S. Nelsen

“BIG IDEAS” ARE AT THE HEART OF SAC STATE, and you will see that heart alive and thriving in these pages as you explore the stories of our faculty, students, and alumni. Three of the biggest ideas that the University embraces are entrepreneurship, innovation, and community outreach.

I am pleased to announce that we are planning two signature events each year at Sac State where we will invite our alumni and the community to campus:  in the fall an Entrepreneurship Week, and in the spring a Literacy Festival for children.  We will be hosting our first “Game Changers: Global Entrepreneurship Week” Nov. 14-18, and I invite you to come to Sacramento State to participate in the lectures, panels, pitches, and competitions that week.

Our cover story offers the unique insider perspective of what it means to be an entrepreneur by a panel of our local alumni business leaders, featuring Kraig Clark of JLM Energy; Maritza and Roshaun Davis of Unseen Heroes; James Chu of Haven & Florin; Eric Ullrich of the Hacker Lab; Clarisse Baca and John Meidinger of Activity Jungle and Stacey Powell of Finance Gym. Our alumni are not only changing the landscape of the Sacramento region, but they are shaping the world.

We truly live in a global world, a world that is constantly changing. Today’s students, like the ones pictured on the opposite page who took part in New Student Orientation, don’t learn in the same way that yesterday’s students learned. More and more, students need skills that can be best learned through collaborative problem-solving. In this issue, “Off to Work They Go” highlights how our faculty are ahead of the curve, moving beyond traditional lectures and engaging our students to help them be prepared for the future.

Also featured in this issue is the Center for Small Business, which has already served more than 3,000 small businesses in the Greater Sacramento area. The Center provides our students with the opportunity to work in teams under the direction of our faculty to help local business clients develop business plans and marketing strategies, and to design and enhance internal operations. Working with these clients in the Center, our students gain invaluable, hands-on experience.

I am proud of the work we are doing here at Sacramento State, and I hope that you will be inspired by the stories you read here. As we celebrate Entrepreneurship Week in November please join us for events hosted by your Sacramento State Alumni Association. To learn more We appreciate your continued support and interest in Sac State.  

Stingers Up!


Robert S. Nelsen

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