Alum Jim Maccoun to take over for alum Daniel Hahn as Roseville police chief

Sacramento State alumnus Daniel Hahn ’95 (Marketing) is leaving the Roseville Police Department to become chief of the Sacramento Police Department, but that doesn’t mean the former is losing its connection to the University. Hahn’s replacement in Roseville will be fellow alumnus Jim Maccoun ’86 (Criminal Justice), the Roseville and Grass Valley Press-Tribune reported this week.

Photo courtesy City of Roseville

Maccoun joined the Roseville department as assistant chief in 2014, following 32 years in Sacramento and, according to the Press-Tribune, “built a reputation in Roseville for working diligently behind the scenes, with Hahn recommending him to Jensen as his successor and Jensen interviewing no other candidates.”

Maccoun is the latest in a long line of Sacramento-area senior law enforcement officials, including former Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Sculley and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. Hahn also is the third Sacramento State alum in a row to lead the Sacramento Police Department, following former Chief Sam Somers Jr. ’88 (Criminal Justice) and current Interim Chief Brian Louie ’12 (Criminal Justice).

Sacramento State’s Criminal Justice Department is the second-largest in the nation.

Teaching alumni to speak on campus during California Teachers Summit

More than 600 Sacramento-area educators – many of them Sacramento State alums – will come to the University this Friday for the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, held concurrently at dozens of sites up and down the states.

At each of those sites, local teachers will dispense their wisdom to attendees in the form of “EdTalks,” named after the popular online TED Talks through which academics and others speak on their areas of expertise. And Sacramento State’s EdTalks will be truly Made at Sac State: Both of the day’s speakers are Hornet alumni.

“I taught for 34 years, and there weren’t a lot of conferences around like the Teachers Summit,” says Vanessa Dauterive ’82 (Liberal Studies), MA ’89 (Education), a kindergarten teacher who recently retired from the Natomas Unified School District. “It’s pretty exciting. To me, if you walk into a room and you take one thing away, you’ve taken something into your tool belt and back to the classroom that makes you a stronger teacher. It empowers you.”

Dauterive will give the summit’s afternoon EdTalk session on “Teaching with Unlimited Perspective.” “For me, it means that every child can learn when there are no preconceived notions or limitations based on race or gender,” she says.

Clay Dagler, Credential ’02, who teaches high school computer science in south Sacramento, will speak in the morning on the importance of including his subject in high school curricula. “Computer science is a huge field today,” he says. “There are a lot of jobs available, and most high schools don’t offer computer science classes.”

Dagler says Sacramento State provided him not just with practical skills to use in the classroom like lesson planning, but also the relational and communications skills essential to working as an educator.

“I’m from a really small town that’s not as diverse as Sacramento,” he says. “Sac State taught me how to connect with the parents and the students. Definitely the nuts and bolts, but also the relationship piece.”

For Dauterive, it was the relationships she built while a student on campus, and the lessons that stemmed from those relationships, that were most helpful once she began her career.

“I had two teachers who were a guiding light for me,” she says. “Sac State and those two teachers made me a stronger teacher and a more confident teacher, and helped me to know what my value was in the classroom and what I could bring to the classroom.”

To learn more about the California Teachers Summit, visit


Ana Klein featured in State Capitol as part of ‘Made in the CSU’ campaign

If you take a tour of the State Capitol these days, you’ll find a Sacramento State graduate in the hallway outside the governor’s office.

Nelsen with Klein Poster
President Robert S. Nelsen gives a “Stingers Up!” near Ana Klein’s poster on display in the State Capitol.

Ana Klein ’95 (Accounting), MBA ’10, is one of seven California State University alumni featured in a set of posters on display in the State Capitol this week. The posters are part of the “Made in the CSU” campaign, which highlights outstanding alumni from the CSU’s 23 campuses.

Klein is the vice president and chief financial officer for Sunsweet Growers Inc., the world’s largest handler of dried tree fruits. She was recognized as CFO of the year by the Sacramento Business Journal in 2014 and as the Sacramento State College of Business Administration Alumna of the Year in 2015.

You can read more about Klein on the California State University website.