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News for the Month of July 2020
Trumba: Connecting Campus Events in a Virtual World
Trumba launched in the Summer of 2019 to bring events from across campus together into a centralized campus calendar. As we approach a new semester and tackle the question of how to connect with students in a virtual setting, Trumba provides an exciting opportunity to get Student Affairs events and programming available at the click of a button. Now more than ever, connecting with students will be important in keeping students on track to graduation. 
Accessible from nearly every page of the Sacramento State website, the Trumba Calendar can be sorted by Date and Time, Department Host, Event Type, and more. Students and staff can save events to a personalized events queue and subscribe to weekly email updates alerting them of new and exciting events. Event registration is also available on Trumba, providing an all-in-one calendar listing, eliminating the need for extra registration vendors. Online registration payments are coming soon!
All Student Affairs departments and programs have access to create events on Trumba and have them posted to a searchable campus calendar, as well as on their department website.
If there are questions about event registration and linking the Trumba calendar to your webpage, contact Student Affairs Marketing and Communications at
Ed Talks have been temporarily postponed as the campus prepares for the upcoming virtual semester. Stay tuned for updates as the semester begins. 
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Student Emergency Webpage Refresh Project
In March, as the campus moved to a virtual Spring semester and students grappled with the rapidly changing world, the Coronavirus Information for Students webpage was developed to ease students' minds and help them access easily the need-to-know information. Launched on March 18, the Coronavirus Information for Students webpage saw nearly 12,000 student visitors in the first two weeks of operation.

As we approach a new semester online and learn to navigate uncharted terrain together, Student Affairs Marketing and Communications, along with SA-IT, will be working to refresh the Student Emergency webpage. Compared to the Spring semester, we will approach this page as a case-by-case basis with information essential for our students to succeed in a (hybrid/virtual) university. In the Fall of 2020, more than 6,000 new Hornets will be joining our family, and along with our continuing students will be looking to the Division to find success on their higher education journeys.

Updating the Student Emergency webpage is a division-wide effort, and Student Affairs Marketing and Communications and SA-IT need your help in keeping it up-to-date and accurate. In the coming weeks, Student Affairs Marketing and Communications will be reaching out to your department for updated information and FAQs regarding your Fall 2020 services. Also, we will be gathering information on accessing available academic and emergency services, as well as information on campus safety and wellness.

If you have any questions or want to be a part of the creative team responsible for webpage updates, please contact Student Affairs Marketing and Communications at
Feria De Educación 2020 Is Going Virtual!
The Feria de Educación Committee is excited to announce this year’s event will be taking place virtually on October 2 and 3, 2020. Even though the event is virtual, we will still offer all of the same resources, workshops, and entertainment, but in an accessible, virtual format! This will allow us to reach a much bigger audience than ever before. The purpose of Feria de Educación is to empower thousands of Spanish-speaking parents and students by providing them with information and resources to help them succeed in California’s educational system, attend post-secondary education, and attain their professional goals. Here are some:
2020 Activities Include:
  • Virtual Workshops 
    Taking place throughout the two-day event! Check out the Workshop Webpage for a detailed schedule (coming soon)!
  • A Virtual Education Pathway
    A digital website with resources, documents, and links from CSUs, UCs, Community Colleges, and other community resources. Visit the Virtual Education Pathway Webpage for more details.
  • Virtual Transfer Corner Advising
    One-on-one advising for students, planning to transfer from a community college. 
  • Scholarships
    Eligible Sac State students can apply by July 10, 2020, for a chance to be awarded a $1000 scholarship! For more details, and eligibility requirements, visit the Scholarship Webpage.
How you can help? Please send your K-12 schools, counselors, friends, teachers, or anyone that you may see fit the following link and/or Save the Date about this year's event.
About Feria De Educación
Career Center’s National Intern Day Highlights Hornet Success Stories & Internship Opportunities 
The intern. That’s who employers are likely to hire from a pool of equally-skilled college grads, according to the National Association of Colleges Employers report, Job Outlook 2020. This, along with ample research and testimony suggest internships positively impact student retention and graduation rates, professional skills development, and early career outcomes.  As part of a nationwide campaign to foster more opportunities for students to experience these benefits, the Career Center is hosting a series of events on July 30—National Intern Day— that celebrate Hornet success stories, explore internship opportunities, and share internship to career strategies.  
Before COVID-19, the event wasn’t part of the Career Center’s plans. “We had lots of programs scheduled for Internship Impact Week in April, but apart from transitioning the internship fair from on-campus to virtual, we had to cancel them,” recalls Stephanie Francis, Career Center Internship Coordinator. “We started planning for summer orientation, and the idea to schedule the internship-related info sessions on National Intern Day emerged as a strategy to engage both incoming and current students, as well as the campus and external community.” 
Impacting the community is an integral part of the Career Center’s goal of increasing student access to internships, an effort for which Francis secured support from a UEI Campus Grant. The project includes developing the capacity of organizations to offer high-impact internships. One of the National Intern Day events, an info session to recruit interns for projects Francis helped curate with grantees of City of Sacramento Economic Gardening Fellows Program, is part of this initiative. “It’s not enough to empower students with tools and information on how to get internships,” says Francis. “We need to increase the pool of relevant skill-building and professional growth opportunities by working with private, nonprofit, and public organizations to enhance current internships and create new ones.”
Francis knows this is possible because she helped create the internship opportunity that launched SMUD’s college internship program. Jennifer Madamba MBA’16, the intern-turned-fulltime internship program coordinator who piloted and has led SMUD’s college internship program for more than four years, is one of several alumni guests participating in sessions live-streamed through social media on National Intern Day. Other sessions include a collaboration with the MLK Center to gain internship to career insights from recent grads Chris Pogue ‘18 from Foundation for Community Colleges, Desirae Herron ’18 from We Work, and John Cortez ‘18 from Google. Sac State Career Network mentor, Deanna Daly, MBA’09 will share recession resilience strategies, and representatives from the Department of General Services, Caltrans, and the California Intern Network will demonstrate how student assistant positions can lead to public sector careers.
Francis kicks off the day’s events facilitating the workshop, Internships NOW: Why You Need One, and How to Get One. “If the title evokes a sense of urgency, it’s intentional.” Francis insists. “Students should start positioning themselves early to get an internship through using the Career Center’s resources; getting advice and referrals from alumni, professors, and professionals in the students’ fields of interest; and integrating an internship strategy into their college experience.” The message is just as salient for staff as it is for students, suggests Francis. “Student Affairs staff are encouraged not only to promote these programs to students but also to participate. Through sharing insights learned from these events, we can all be career ambassadors helping students succeed in getting an internship.”
National Intern Day event descriptions and registration are available on Handshake. For staff participation information about National Intern Day, or to get promotional materials to help spread the word, email    
Professional Development Opportunities for Students and Staff
Student Affairs Administration is offering a variety of professional development opportunities for staff to take advantage of this summer. These resources are open to all available, FREE of charge, to staff members in the division. Some of the opportunities currently available include:
  • LinkedIn Learning – Sac State has partnered with LinkedIn Learning to provide all staff, faculty, administrators, and auxiliary employees the gold standard of online professional development and career growth opportunities. With LinkedIn Learning, you can access thousands of bite-size courses taught by world-class leaders, subject matter experts, and best-selling authors. Course content covers a variety of creative, tech, and business skills. Access to LinkedIn Learning can be found by logging onto My Sac State, then clicking on the LinkedIn Learning option under either Faculty/Staff Resources or Employee Center.

  • Advising Certification Program – This summer Student Affairs will be launching a Foundational Advising Certification Program with the goal of centralizing advising in the Division and fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing among departments. By building a community of practice within the advising discipline, students will receive a standard quality of service across departments resulting in an increase in student success. If you are interested in this program, please reach out to your supervisor.
  • Mindful Communication in the Workplace – Learning and Development, in collaboration with Student Affairs, is pleased to offer the “Mindful Communication in the Workplace” workshop Wednesday, July 29 at 9 a.m. This valuable opportunity is developed and presented by Dr. Viridiana Diaz, Associate Vice President for Strategic Student Support Programs. For registration information visit:
Mindful Communication in the Workplace
  • Other Opportunities – ABA’s Organizational Learning and Development (OLD) Department has several opportunities available this summer for all staff on campus. These opportunities can be found in the Monday Briefings and on the campus calendar at: 
ABA’s Organizational Learning and Development
Coming Soon! There will also be developments regarding a new Professional Development Program to come to the Division. The Division will be partnering with ABA’s Organizational Learning and Development (OLD) department to put together content tailored to Student Affairs, which will run parallel to its campus-wide program. The program is designed around a framework of core abilities that include: communication, collaboration, diversity and inclusion, customer service, innovation, digital fluency, interpersonal skills, and resilience.
The program will include a variety of formats:
  • Presentations from subject matter experts throughout the division
  • Workshops that add an interactive element to learning
  • Online learning (e.g. CSU Learn, LinkedIn Learning)
  • Job shadowing and mentoring and more
Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Summer Programmig
In an era of remote learning, the Carlsen Center is embracing its new virtual environment to forge ahead with their mission of making innovation and entrepreneurship simple, accessible, and pervasive throughout the Greater Sacramento region. Hosting a full slate of summer workshops and seminars, the Carlsen Center is full of opportunities for staff and students looking to engage their entrepreneurial spirit. Their recent Virtual Entrepreneurship Toolkit series completed on June 17th and saw an international pool of participants engaged in discussions on the ins and outs of starting a business.
Continuing their summer programming, the Carlsen Center is launching a new 5-week round of the Virtual Entrepreneurship Toolkit series beginning on July 29th, a partnership with the FourthWave Accelerator, an accelerator for women-led technology businesses, and the launch of a new program called the Lean Innovator Series.
Virtual EntrepreneurshipToolkit
FourthWave Applications Extended to July 15th
The Carlsen Center is excited to partner with FourthWave, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting best in class, women-led technology companies. Space is available to apply for the 2020 Virtual Accelerator program, as well as the FourthWave Leadership Fellowship.
The Accelerator Program is available to owners of women-owned technology companies. In addition to the accelerator program, the FourthWave Fellowship is open to female entrepreneurial-minded Sac State students who will have the opportunity to expand their leadership skills, connect with successful female founders, and have hands-on experience with startups.
Information on applying for the FourthWave Cohort and Leadership Fellows program are available below. Applications are due Wednesday, July 15
For more information about the cohort or the Women’s Leadership Fellows program, please contact Jessie Becker Alexander or Cameron Law.
Additional information and applications can be found at the links below.
FourthWave Applications
Lean Innovator Series
The new Lean Innovator Series aims to get you from 0-to-1 customer(s) in 10 Weeks and addresses one of the most challenging pieces of launching your business, finding customers. This 10-week workshop series is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs effectively and efficiently launch their business by helping them identify and engage their prospective target audience.
The Workshop series began on June 23rd, but there is still room available for staff and students interested in joining. Participation is FREE and interested persons can register here: 
Lean Innovator Series

Cristian Diaz '20 (Graphic Design)

Several weeks have passed since the first-ever virtual graduation was held at Sacramento State. Recently graduated college students experienced a semester like no other, from the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual classes, and a crisis of unemployment and job loss. In response to the outbreak, Alumnae are effortlessly finding new ways to approach the present issues.
Christian Diaz received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Graphic Design this Spring. He shares how COVID-19 and the symptoms that are associated with it frightens him. The virus created a sense of urgency within Diaz; thus, he bought an antimicrobial mask that is said to alter the viral activity.
To help alleviate his stress and anxiety levels, he considers dancing as therapeutic. While also being quarantined he has enrolled himself into Branding classes where he learned how to sew and create custom apparel. “l have just been experimenting to really branch out my capabilities to seem more desirable on the job market,” says Diaz. Along with Diaz, there are many graduate students who are discovering themselves in moments like these.
Guardian Scholars Program:
Susan Kischmischian, Outreach & Program Coordinator and Angelica Perez, Co-Coordinator & Case Manager
This month, the Division of Student Affairs would like to highlight Susan Kischmischian (left) and Angelica Perez (below) for their hard work and contribution to the Guardian Scholars Program (GSP). The Guardian Scholars Program is a campus support program for unaccompanied homeless youth, under the McKinney Vento Act. The program provides services to students such as academic advising, career advising, professional mentoring, priority registration, emergency funding, internship opportunities, and community building.
This program is eligible to students who are foster youth, dependent or ward of the court, an emancipated minor, orphan, homeless or at-risk of being homeless, and guardianship. With only 3% of foster youth graduating from four-year universities statistically, the Guardian Scholars Program offers students solid foundations, as well as assures students have a sense of belonging, support, guidance, advocacy, and have a safe place to go to.
According to Mrs. Kischmischian, her favorite part of working for the GSP is being able to work at Sacramento State’s commencement ceremonies:  “It is one thing to see all the graduates excited, relieved, teary-eyed and filled with joy, as a whole, but to see one of our GSP students graduate, is a whole new level of joy for me. It is such an honor to see the students dressed up in their graduation cap and gown, but to see them cross the stage with their big smiles is a heartfelt memory for me. I try to greet the students as they exit the arena to give them a “congratulations” and a big hug of ‘you did it!’”
Thank you to Susan Kischmischian and Angelica Perez for your dedication to bettering the student experience. 

Emma Wadiak, Career Development Specialist
Emma Wadiak will be celebrating her two year anniversary as a Career Development Specialist with the Career Center, this August. She is excited to announce that this fall she will be a part of a new podcast titled, The HirEd, along with PRIDE Center Coordinator, Melissa Murphey Muganzo. The new career-focused podcast will provide helpful career tips for students who need guidance in applying for jobs, writing a modern resume, and building professionalism in any environment. The recording is well underway, with episodes releasing in the Fall!
Aside from the podcast, Wadiak has played a significant role in the lives of student employees and alumni by conducting career counseling opportunities department-wide. These sessions, all located at the Career Center, aim to enhance the skills of students and alumni for their profession of interests. In the past year, over 300 guests from 23 different campus departments have attended the event.
Now that Wadiak works from home, she says, “I miss the energy of the campus. Working in a college setting keeps things vibrant and energetic. While working with students virtually is still incredibly gratifying, I miss the energy of connecting in person.” Working from home does not impede her from being productive. She admits that instead of taking her usual break and walk to Starbucks, she has time to do laundry, dishes, and other chores around the house that she did not have time for before.
She has also picked up on new hobbies such as doing virtual yoga and has even cultivated a green thumb. For this summer, Wadiak and her husband are planning a few camping trips to Tahoe. They are hoping that the campsites will open soon. 
Health and Wellness Tip: 
Get Outside; Explore Sacramento!

Summer is officially here! The time for poolside refreshments and scorching mid-July heat is in full swing. If you want to stay active and find the best places to enjoy your summer months while social distancing, Sacramento is a great place to start.
No matter where you live within the region, Sacramento provides outdoor attractions such as hiking trails, lakes, and even great eateries that offer outdoor seating to ensure social distancing.
The next time you want to immerse yourself in nature or simply take a nice hike, try walking the American River bike trail, which spans an ultimate length of 31 miles from Discovery Park in Downtown all the way to Beals Point with easy access from main roads, neighborhoods, and lakes. If you’re planning on relaxing in the summer heat, Capital park and William Land Park are excellent areas to set up a sun-filled, summer picnic with friends and family.
Along with these, Sacramento’s Midtown area provides a wide variety of eateries that comply with current California COVID-19 guidelines. Restaurants such as Zócalo on Capitol Avenue and Iron Horse Tavern on R street offer a tasty menu selection as well as outdoor seating compliant with social distancing and face-covering guidelines. 
Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Be sure to take care of yourself and others this #sacstatesummer by abiding by social distancing guidelines and properly wearing a face covering. 
SA-IT: Keeping Us Connected in
a Virtual University
The SA-IT web resource page is a great place to obtain updates, tutorials, and helpful resources. Keep a lookout for a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that will highlight the most common issues that have been encountered while working from home. 
We are in the cyberspace assisting with any tech need from quick IT questions, IT equipment request, web changes, document image separation, etc.
Remember that you can also find us using the following available resources:
Phone: (916) 278-2745
Chat/Meeting via Microsoft Teams, Skype4Business or Zoom: sa-it or stdaf-01
Text/Meeting via FaceTime, Google DUO or WhatsApp: (916)-984-5354     
Please use our web resource page to get updates, tutorials, and helpful resources at the link below.
You can count on us to virtually assist you in all your IT needs!
SA-IT Resources

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