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.

Award-winning student employee is California’s best

Keylen Newsome, President Robert Nelsen, and Vice President for Student Affairs Edward Mills
Sac State and California Student Employee of the Year Keylen Newsome (center) with Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen (right) and Vice President for Student Affairs Edward Mills. (Sacramento State/Manuel Pacheco)

Congratulations to Keylen Newsome, who was honored Friday, April 15, as Student Employee of the Year – not only for Sacramento State but for the entire state of California!

He and 14 other nominees for the University honor were celebrated at the annual Student Employee Appreciation Luncheon in the University Union Ballroom.

A second-year Economics major, Newsome was honored for his work as an academic mentor with Improve Your Tomorrow, a college preparatory program that provides services and support for young men of color with academic and disciplinary issues.

Each year, the National Student Employment Association recognizes exceptional student employees at the university, state, and federal levels. Keylen was selected as the winner from both Sacramento State and California for the outstanding work he does in our community and the differences he makes in others’ lives every day.