Meet our Hornet stars

Felipe Valdez sits outside on top of a sign reading "Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center."

Reaching for the stars

Felipe Valdez’ commitment to his own education kept him on the path from poverty to NASA aerospace engineer. Read more.

Jameel Pugh, smiling in a green Sac State polo, in front of a wall filled with college pennants

Hoops star to mentor

Former Hornet basketball player Jameel Pugh is shaping the lives of today’s high school students through an innovative college and career readiness program. Read more.

Former SMUD intern now CEO

Thirty-eight years after starting work for SMUD as a Sacramento State student, Paul Lau takes charge of the community-owned electric utility.
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Guiding student success

Viridiana Diaz has helped position Sac State as a leader in helping first-generation, migrant, undocumented, and other underserved students. Read more.

Video spotlight: The Barela Family

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