New residence hall to open this fall

new-housingIn August, more than 400 students will begin making their homes in a new four-story residence hall overlooking the American River. Riverview Hall will bring the number of on-campus students to more than 2,000.

Green & Gold Gala

Green & Gold Gala raises $373,000

galaOn March 24, Sac State’s Green & Gold Gala, the University’s signature black-tie fundraising event, raised more than $373,000 for student scholarships and programs. The donations were secured through sponsorships and an auction that raised $162,000 in 11 minutes for the Green and Gold Scholarship and the Student Emergency Grant Fund.

Alumnus and renowned artist Gregory Kondos ’51, MA ’57 (Art) inspired this year’s theme, Reflections of Gratitude.

More than 5,300 students graduate

Hornets are breaking records this year from enrollment to class load to graduation. On May 19 and 20, Sac State celebrated its largest Spring Commencement to date with 5,300 students eligible.

This year’s student enrollment reached a record 30,510 in Fall 2016 with first-year students continuing the upward trend of increasing their average unit load to 13.87, up from last year’s average of 13.4 units. The increased average unit load is a first step toward “Finish in Four,” the campus initiative to encourage students to finish their degrees in four years by taking a full course-load each semester.


New Campus Leadership

Campus welcomes new provost, Dr. Ching-Hua Wang

provost_wang.jpgDr. Ching- Hua Wang is Sacramento State’s new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. She oversees the academic program at Sac State including the seven academic colleges, the University Library and the College of Continuing Education.

Wang is the former dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences at Dominican University of California and a professor of immunology and microbiology. Prior to joining Dominican University, Wang developed and implemented eight science and health programs at CSU Channel Islands.

She earned her doctorate in immunology from Cornell University, a master’s degree in immunology from Peking University, Health Science Center, and her medical degree from Capital Medical University.

Mark Orr named director of athletics

Mark OrrSacramento native Mark Orr is back in his hometown as the University’s new director of athletics.

Orr previously served as director of athletics and recreational sports at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga where he oversaw 17 intercollegiate athletics programs as well as the college’s recreational sports programs and supervised a staff of 110 employees serving 360 student-athletes. Orr raised more than $40 million to renovate athletic facilities at Saint Mary’s.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in social welfare and a master’s degree in education.

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