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Young alumni quick to put their gratitude into action It used to be that alumni built their careers and families before they made a gift to their alma mater. But more and more, recent grads are giving back earlier, boosting the programs that assisted them along their journeys and ensuring current students receive the same opportunities they had. After moving across the country, Paul Coccovillo '11 MBA was seeking a chance to broaden his career horizons. He found what he was looking for at Sac State. Coccovillo considers Sac State's College of Business Administration, "the Oakland A's of business schools." By finding unheralded talent and mining market inefficiencies, the A's have regularly produced baseball teams that go toe-to-toe with the big-market clubs whose budgets virtually know no limits. For Coccovillo, it's the same for the MBA program. "It's a tremendous value for the money," says Coccovillo, who earned his MBA in 2011. "On a very tight budget, Sac State has put together a really great team. They're not hugely publicized all over, but they're really on par with the best schools out there. Dean (Sanjay) Varshney has done a really good job of pulling together some great talent." Coccovillo is now the inventory controller for Microsoft in Redmond, Wash. An amateur skydiver and avid golfer, Coccovillo still owns a home in Sacramento and is a member of the College of Business Administration's Dean's Leadership Circle, which supports students and programs in the College. "We are truly fortunate to have alumni like Paul, who not only spread the Paul Coccovillo '11 MBA shows his ongoing passion for Sac State through regular gifts to the university. word about the excellence of our MBA program, but give back to the College through the Dean's Leadership Circle," says Sanjay Varshney, dean of the College of Business Administration. "Leadership To join your college's Dean's Leadership Circle, contact Scott Adams at (916) 278-4354. Circle gifts help us to address emerging priorities in the College, ensuring that we continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities to our students and share the most current business knowledge with our community." Coccovillo's position in high-tech finance brought him to Sacramento from Boston, where he had started pursuing an Making strides The Dean's Leadership Circle helps ensure exellence in the College of Business Administration. Among the College's recent advances: n Celebrating its 50th year of accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Fewer than 5 percent of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. n Publishing the biannual Sacramento Business Review, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the regional economy. n Launching an international master of business program in Singapore, enrolling 18 professional students. Graduate shows his Hornet pride by giving back Gabe Apgar '07 (Civil Engineering) was searching for a place where he could get involved and learn outside the classroom. He ventured north from San Diego to Sac State in 2002 and it didn't take him long to jump at the vast array of opportunities in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. He has become a regular supporter of his alma mater in appreciation for the rewarding experience on campus. Apgar landed an internship with HDR Engineering during his freshman year. More than a decade later, Apgar is still with HDR, now as a management optimization services consultant. In between, he gained hands-on skills, leadership experience and a degree that serves him well in his career. "I got involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers on campus and met a lot of other students with the same challenges I had," Apgar says. "I was able to engage with the faculty and staff and learn how to work with people. That was very helpful for me." A donor to Hornet Athletics, Apgar is excited about assisting current students on their educational journeys. "Sac State was a big part of how I got to where I am today," he says. "I'm able to give a little here and there and hopefully students coming in can have the same experiences that I had." MBA. A graduate of Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., Coccovillo had taken classes at Harvard and wasn't sure where he would continue his education. Sac State's involvement in the community, including a growing relationship with Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance, was a major selling point and the faculty's expertise was evident right away. "We got a lot of exposure to guys at the top of their game, people who are putting into practice what they're teaching you," Coccovillo says. "The (MBA) program gives you the ability to go as high as you want in an organization. It really equips you to go far and without it, people in the Sacramento area would not have that ability." Gabe Apgar '07 shows his appreciation for his alma mater through regular gifts to Hornet Athletics. Fall 2013 5

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