Sac State Magazine

Fall 2014

Sac State Magazine is a publication produced by the Office of Advancement Communications and Stewardship at Cal State University, Sacramento highlighting alumni, students, faculty and staff.

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6 S AC S TAT E M AGA Z I N E | Fa l l 2 014 6 S AC S TAT E M AGA Z I N E | Fa l l 2 014 BRIEFLY: It's time to put on a smile. "Global Perspectives on Happiness" is the One World theme for the 2014-2015 academic year. Sac State's One World Initiative connects the campus community through discussions and activities around a single topic of global importance. Past themes have been incorporated into course curriculums and campus events. In August, Sac State celebrated its inaugural Vintage '47 event, which featured some of the region's best wine and food from vineyards and restaurants owned by alumni and friends of the University. Named to honor the year Sac State was founded, Vintage '47 made its debut as the University's newest fundraising event and raised funds for the Green & Gold Scholarship, benefitting undergraduate students from any major. The Student Advancement Council also hosted a silent auction for the newly created Student Emergenc y Fund. As the fall semester gets underway, some new names are in leadership positions with Sac State, both in academia and athletics. James Prince is the new vice provost for Academic Affairs. Prince was previously the associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences at CSU Chico. Orn Bodvarsson is the new dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. Bodvarsson was formerly dean and professor at the School of Public Affairs at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. Lorenzo M. Smith is the new dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Smith was previously with Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., where he was associate dean and professor at the School of Engineering and Computer Science. "Global Perspectives on Water," for example, had management students analyzing a successful global water treatment firm and microbiology students looking at water habitats and waterborne diseases. And it spurred more than 40 water-related events including a Great American River Cleanup Day and lectures on the preservation of Northern California's waterways. Last year's theme of "Global Perspectives on Migration" inspired lectures, exhibits and film screenings on the impact of migration on human, animal and even plant populations. Ed Mills was named interim vice president for Student Affairs. He had been the division's associate vice president for enrollment management. Christine Miller is the new associate chief information officer in Information Resources and Technology. She comes to Sac State from the University of Georgia. William (Bill) Macriss was named the interim athletics director. He has been the deputy director of athletics since 2007, and has been a member of Sac State's athletics family since 1996. Ed Mills Christine Miller William Macriss Orn Bodvar sson James Prince New leadership, new roles on campus One campus, one big idea Wine and dine for scholarships Online Extra: To see a gallery of photos from the event, visit Lorenzo M. Smith To learn how you can be part of this year's One World activities, visit

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