In the Mouse House: “Made” mogul serves up sushi at Shanghai Disneyland

Alan Wong in Hatsune Sushi in Hong Kong
Chef and restaurateur Alan Wong (’00, Philosophy) opened his latest location of Hatsune Sushi on June 16 at the brand-new Shanghai Disneyland. (Photo courtesy of Alan Wong)

For millions of Disney fans around the world, the long wait is over: Shanghai Disneyland has officially opened! And for Made at Sac State restaurateur Alan Wong, that means bringing a taste of California to more diners from around the world.

Over the past 15 years, Wong (’00, Philosophy) has built a culinary empire consisting of 13 restaurants across Beijing and Shanghai that have effectively cornered the local market on California-style sushi, characterized by its use of sauces and non-traditional ingredients like avocado and crab.

Wong’s restaurants, called Hatsune Sushi, took off – of the 9,199 Beijing restaurants listed on Tripadvisor, Hatsune Sushi ranked 48th in June 2016 – and Disney took notice.

For Wong, a self-described Disney buff who says he can sing most Disney movie songs, it was a dream come true to have the opportunity to open a restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. On June 16, that dream became a reality with the opening of Shanghai Disneyland, which at nearly 1,000 acres and a cost of more than $5.5 billion is the second-largest of all the Disney parks.

Made at Sac State caught up with Wong the last time he was stateside – check out his Made feature and video to see more of his culinary craft, find out what Disney character he’d be, and more.




CapRadio anchor and proud alumnus celebrates 30 years on the air

Capital Public Radio's morning news anchor Steve Milne
Capital Public Radio morning news anchor Steve Milne broadcasts “Morning Edition,” the station’s most popular news program. (Sacramento State/Steve McKay)

For thousands of listeners across Northern California and beyond, Steve Milne’s voice is one of the first they hear every morning.

This past week, the Capital Public Radio morning news anchor celebrated three decades with the nonprofit news operation – a major milestone in a journalistic career that started not far from the booth from which he broadcasts today.

Capital Public Radio is licensed to and headquartered at Sacramento State, from which Milne earned a bachelor’s degree in government/journalism in 1985. As the host of “Morning Edition,” his is one of the station’s most prominent and recognizable voices, reaching more than 100,000 listeners each week.

“I got into journalism because I wanted to try to make a difference, to tell stories about people who don’t really have voices,” Milne says. “My experience at Sacramento State really drove me in that direction.”

Growing up, Milne would tag along with his dad to the Sac State campus and says he never doubted he, too, would be a Hornet. He broke into broadcasting with Capital Public Radio as a student intern in 1983.

Over the past 30 years, Milne has served in a multitude of roles on and off the air: He hosted the popular world music program “Global Beat,” reported hard-news stories as a newscaster, contributed to award-winning documentary series, anchored “All Things Considered,” and in 2009 took over as co-anchor of “Morning Edition” – the station’s most popular program.

But for all the accolades he has earned over the years, Milne says his greatest reward is still simply being able to use his voice to inform, educate, and inspire his listeners, to tell stories that otherwise wouldn’t be heard.

He says Sac State and Professors William Dorman and the late Joe Serna Jr., who served as the city’s mayor from 1993 to 1999, had a profound impact on him personally and professionally.

“For both William Dorman and Joe Serna, there was passion but also the high ideals of what journalism could do to change society (and) make the public aware of injustices in the world … instilling in the students that we had a great future ahead of us and that we could make a difference,” Milne says.

As he celebrates 30 years of making a difference, Milne is still embodying the principles and ideals that inspired him to get into journalism all those years ago.

Congratulations to Steve on a truly remarkable career, and here’s to many more years on the air! Be sure to check out his Made at Sac State profile for a more detailed look into the life of one of the most popular personalities in public radio.

These women mean business

Four Sacramento State alumnae made the Sacramento Business Journal's 2016 list of "Women Who Mean Business."
(Sacramento State/Sam Macapagal)

Congratulations to the four dynamic Sac State alumnae named to the Sacramento Business Journal‘s 2016 class of “Women Who Mean Business.”

Christine Ault, Carol Burger, Judy Kjelstrom, and Keri Thomas have excelled as leaders in careers that span the region’s professional spectrum.

Each year, the Sacramento Business Journal celebrates the capital region’s top female movers and shakers with its “Women Who Mean Business” awards.

This year, Sacramento State was well-represented by alumnae who are shaping the future of Sacramento in everything from health care and culture to science and economics:

  • As an independent communications consultant, Christine Ault has worked with organizations throughout the region to unite economic interests, hone in on the city’s strengths, and take steps forward to create jobs and bolster the local economy.
  • When it comes to the well-being of the city, Keri Thomas has had some of the biggest impacts as the director for governmental and community relations for Sutter Health Valley Area. A champion of the region’s most underserved populations, she is personally responsible for programs and initiatives that bring health care to people in the region who need it the most.
  • In that same vein, Carol Burger has been helping patients get back on their feet since 1978, when she founded her own outpatient therapy business, Burger Rehabilitation, which provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy for people around the region.
  • Finally, as director of the biotechnology program at UC Davis since 2004, Judy Kjelstrom presides over a program that shapes students who make real-world impacts on everything from agriculture to pharmaceuticals.

The “Women Who Mean Business” awards luncheon will be held June 17 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento and will honor 17 awardees who join a group of 112 elite women who have been honored by the Business Journal over the past 12 years.

Congratulations to our four outstanding alumnae for their remarkable careers and these well-deserved honors – they are Made at Sac State.