‘Made at Sac State – The Video Magazine’ back for Season 2

Made at Sac State — The Video Magazine Season 2

The award-winning Made at Sac State – The Video Magazine is back for another season, this time with even more incredible stories from California’s capital campus.

Viewers can stream every episode online now. Click here to watch Season 2 of Made at Sac State – The Video Magazine.

Created and hosted by longtime Sacramento television reporter and Sacramento State Public Affairs executive producer Gloria Moraga, Season 2 takes viewers from the banks of the American River to the legislative chambers of the capitol and everywhere in between, showcasing the real-world impact that Sacramento State students, faculty and staff are having on the capital region and beyond.

Each of the season’s eight 30-minute episodes spotlights one of the University’s colleges and the inspirational work of the people within them.

Shot throughout 2015, Season 2 delves even deeper into the people and stories that make Sacramento State the unique, dynamic, and influential institution it is today.

Highlights from the season include:

  • A high-speed ride in Hornet Racing’s Formula SAE race car, a top-20 finisher in international competition this past July.
  • A look inside the public process through the eyes of capitol interns.
  • Insight into the groundbreaking research and farming methods at Sacramento State’s Sustainable Technology Optimization Research Center (STORC) that are changing the way food will be grown for future generations.
  • A peek backstage at how student actors and dancers juggle performances with their studies.
  • A view from behind the camera with Hollywood director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed).
  • And many more.

Watch Season 2 of Made at Sac State – The Video Magazine at www.csus.edu/made/tv, and catch up with season one on YouTube.

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Hometown heroes ink book deal

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From left to right: Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler at the Sacramento Hometown Heroes Parade Sept. 11, 2015. (Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone)

Sacramento’s trio of hometown heroes will have their story immortalized in print this summer.

The 15:17 to Paris is set for release exactly one year after Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Sacramento State student Anthony Sadler thwarted a would-be terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris. The book will chronicle, among other things, the events on that train that read like a Hollywood movie script:

On Aug. 21, 2015, suspected Islamist militant Ayoub el-Khazzani boarded a Paris-bound, high-speed train and started shooting. Stone, a U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class, tackled Khazzani as the gunman slashed him with a box cutter before Skarlatos and Sadler helped disarm and subdue him.

The men’s actions saved the lives of countless passengers and propelled the trio into the international spotlight.

The three received a hero’s welcome in Sadler’s hometown of Sacramento, including a grand parade down Capitol Mall in September, and in August 2015, Sacramento State founded the Anthony Sadler Community Scholarship.

The retelling of the three friends’ story in The 15:17 to Paris will put into perspective, in their own words and those of co-author Jeffery E. Stern, those gripping moments aboard the train and their impact on a battered international consciousness in a year that saw so many lives lost to acts of terrorism. This summer for the first time, readers will be able to experience that heroic story for themselves.

Former Hornet linebacker now Super Bowl champ

Todd Davis has gone by many names over his football career — Spirit, Hornet, Saint, Bronco — but the latest one really sticks: champion.

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Todd Davis, pictured during his senior year at Sacramento State, totaled the second-most tackles in Hornet history before playing on the game’s biggest stage in Super Bowl 50. (Sacramento State Athletics/Bob Solorio)

After racking up the second-most tackles in Hornet history, Davis, 23, found himself atop the football world on the game’s biggest stage Feb. 7 with the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos.

“I just feel truly blessed to be here,” Davis, freshly decked out in a “Super Bowl Champions” hat and T-shirt, said in a post-game interview. “Super Bowl 50, it doesn’t get any better than this.”

“We did it, Sac State. We’re here,” he said, raising an outstretched pinkie finger. “Stingers up.”

As a member of Denver’s vaunted linebacking corps, Davis helped the Broncos limit opponents to the fewest yards in the league this year en route to a Super Bowl berth.

On Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, Davis took the field for 25 snaps and was part of a defensive performance for the history books: Denver held the explosive Carolina Panthers’ offense to 10 points and posted a record seven sacks with four forced turnovers.

It has been a wild two years for Davis since he last took the field for the Hornets in 2013. Despite a prolific college career — Davis totaled 351 tackles, 9.5 sacks, six interceptions and was the Hornets’ two-time defensive MVP — he went undrafted in 2014.

He signed with the New Orleans Saints, was placed on waivers, and then claimed by Denver later that year. In 2015, he played in every game for the Broncos, registering 21 tackles as part of the NFL’s stingiest defense.

In two years, Davis has come a long way since his days at Hornet Stadium, and he has reached a level of competition that veterans twice his age often never experience.

Now, he has the ring to prove it.