Former associate dean and commercial co-star among seven alumni to be honored

Remember this Sacramento State commercial from 2013? Recognize the man in the green robe? It’s none other than Sac State alum, longtime professor and former associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Kimo Ah Yun ’90 (Communication Studies).

Why the throwback? Ah Yun is one of several impressive Sacramento State graduates who will be honored April 20 during the Distinguished Alumni Awards, which honor community and industry leaders for their contributions to Sacramento State and the community.

In addition to Ah Yun, who now is dean of the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University, five other Hornets will receive Distinguished Service Awards:

  • Kraig Clark ’91 (Accountancy): Founder of JLM Energy and eScreen Logic
  • Carol Garcia ’08 (Family and Consumer Sciences): Senior Vice President of Community 1st Bank
  • Gilbert Herdt, MA ’72 (Anthropology): Clinical and cultural anthropologist specializing in human sexuality
  • Andrei Tokmakoff ’98 (Chemistry): Henry G. Gale Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago
  • Angelo Williams, MA ’06 (Education), MA ’07 (Higher Education Leadership), Ed.D. ’10: Director of Community Engagement and Mobilization for the California Black Health Network

In addition, Ryan Harrison, MS ’11 (Criminal Justice) will receive the Rising Star Award, given to a graduate of Sacramento State to have received his or her first Sac State degree since 2006. Harrison is a principal human resources consultant for the California Senate Rules Committee.

Learn more about each of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners at csus.edu/news/articles/2017/4/18/sac-state-to-honor-seven-with-distinguished-alumni-awards. To learn more about the awards and see past winners, visit csus.edu/alum/programs/daa.

And if the above video has you pumped for Commencement, you can learn more about the event at csus.edu/commencement.

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‘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.