Torchlight Spring 2013

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The Sacramento State Alumni Association offers numerous ways for graduates to connect with current students. For details, visit Student group builds awareness and culture of philanthropy T raditions can be tough to establish, especially when you're seeking financial support from cash-strapped college students. But Sac State's Student Advancement Council is on a mission to make philanthropy a part of life as a Hornet. "As a student you're not really aware that people give back to the University," says Brooke Butler, one of the original members of the Student Advancement Council. "There is a group of alums out there that give back and make sure the University is a thriving part of the community, educates a workforce and provides different events for the community." The Council's Hornet Pride Challenge is a student-driven initiative designed to build enthusiasm for Sac State and its programs, while providing scholarship support for deserving students. Every dollar raised through the program goes to fund scholarships and endowments. "It's hard trying to get 28,000 students on board with the Challenge, but we're trying to get the word out that the money they contribute goes directly back to them," says current Council member Angelica Carrazco. "We're making progress." Carrazco and Ariel Mosley work on the Student Advancement Council with assistance from Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. They meet with student groups and alumni to gain insights on how they can spread the message of philanthropy. This year, they are asking graduating seniors to contribute $20.13 with a goal of 100 donations. "Angelica and I love Sac State so much," says Mosley, who learned about the Student Advancement Council through the McNair Scholars program. "One way we wanted to get that culture of pride on campus is through the 'Ben Franklin effect,' which says if a person gives us a gift, they rationalize that we are good people. They will have more pride in their school." Leading up to her graduation this spring Butler bolstered her resumé Brooke Butler makes sure the University continues to thrive by her participation on the University Foundation at Sacramento State board. with an active role as a student philanthropist. She is completing a term as the student representative on the University Foundation at Sacramento State board of directors. "In addition to working with different alumni, faculty and volunteers on the board, you learn a lot about Sac State and I've realized people can make a difference for our school and for our students," Butler says. "It helps you in a corporate setting because businesses have causes that they reach out to and it gives you an idea of how interconnected the community is. Whether it's for the (Sacramento) Kings or Sac State, people can come together and improve the community." Butler connected with Carrazco last year through the honors program after Butler initiated a challenge aimed specifically at her fellow honors students. Carrazco, a sophomore in the honors biology program, hopes to become a veterinarian and she realizes every gift to Sac State enhances her experience, the reputation of her school and eventually the value of her degree. "All contributions go a long way with the Challenge," Carrazco says. "The schools that have the most success with these types of campaigns are the ones with the most spirit, the most pride in their school. Sac State definitely has the potential for students to come together and support each other. I just feel like it's now the students' turn to get the momentum going." Remembering Henry Henry Giron '11 (Sociology) didn't let anything get in the way of his determination to earn a degree from Sacramento State—not even cancer. It struck during his final semester as a Hornet and before he passed away in February of 2012, he requested that his alma mater start a scholarship for students striving to make a difference on campus. Giron is remembered as a tireless supporter of Sac State. He was heavily involved with Associated Students Inc., Sigma Phi Epsilon and the California State Student Association. He was also a founding member of the Student Advancement Council, helping to organize fundraising efforts for scholarships. This fall, the first Henry Steven Giron Memorial Scholarship will be awarded, in memory of Giron, to a Sac State student who demonstrates a similar commitment to student life and activities. To contribute to the Henry Giron Scholarship endowment, contact Kevin Gonzalez in the University Development Office at Henry Steven Giron 1982-2012 Spring 2013 7

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