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Spring 2014

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Make a gift today: csus.edu/Giving Your Hornet connection: SacStateAlumni.com Each year, seven students are put forward as a Dean's Award recipient —the outstanding graduate from their college. Across the board, this year's recipients are notable for their academic achievements and determination to succeed. But what makes these students stand out has as much to do with their experiences out of the classroom. Research projects, internships, participation in student organizations and other campus groups—many of which benefit from private support— have played a role in making them the best and brightest. Best thing I ever did Maryam Ahmad says the diplomatic skills she learned as a delegate to Sac State's Model United Nations are already helping her in interactions with constituents in her internship with California Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento). "Honestly, Model UN was the best thing that I did during my time here. It helped me to overcome my shyness and use my interpersonal skills," the international relations major says. "And it's really in line with what I'm doing in (Dickinson's office)—crafting legislation, caucusing, coming to resolution. Everything I've done with extracurricular activities, I'm gaining experience I can't learn elsewhere." Her campus pursuits also include founding the ACLU Club at Sac State and serving with the Odyssey Mentoring Program. "I came here from a smaller school and (Sac State) was so much bigger," she says. "I could have used a mentor when I arrived, so as soon as I got settled in, I wanted to give back." Life-changer Mechanical engineering major Troy Miller says his out-of-classroom activity changed his life. e byproduct of his work with a mechanical engineering team took him to Uganda, where he is preparing to install a reliable energy source for a school that is educating more than 1,000 children way "off the grid." Deans' Award recipients benefit from out-of-class experience "I See Deans' Awards, Page 2 Spring 2014 2014 Deans' Award recipient, Maryam Ahmad, says being a delegate to the Model United Nations prepared her for her internship at the Legislature. t changed my life." "It was the best thing I ever did." "It challenged me and kept me going."

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