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Alumni Association teams up to make a difference for students


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As Sac State students, Holly Tiche and Scott Maxwell didn’t delve into a lot of extracurricular activities on campus. Now they’re more than making up for it. They, like many other active members of the Alumni Association, are excited to take part in events and contribute both personally, and financially, to the Association and to the success of today’s students.

“I’m far more involved with the school as an alumna than I ever was as a student,” says Tiche ’89 (Business Administration), who along with her husband Sandor ’89 (Business Administration), is an Alumni Association life member and a member of The University Foundation at Sacramento State Board of Directors.

“I appreciate the opportunity I had to get an education and come out of school very prepared to start a career. I was given that benefit and I feel a responsibility to give back to Sac State.”

“I worked most of the time I went to school,” says former Alumni Association president Maxwell ’88 (Construction Management), who was a carpenter at the time and is now vice president at Unger Construction. “If I wasn’t in school I was working. I’ve just thought that as a graduate, I need to give back to the University.”

Those sentiments are shared by fellow alumnus Steve Biondi ’85 (Construction

“I value the educational experience Sac State offers,” says Biondi, president of Biondi Paving and Engineering.

“Educating and developing the next generation of workers and leaders, who may choose to root themselves here in our hometown, will continue the legacy that makes Sacramento a great place to live and do business.”

The Alumni Association was founded in 1950 to encourage alumni involvement with their alma mater and to support the campus community. The Association provides more than a dozen scholarships for students and spreads the good word about the University.

Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee doesn’t have a degree from Sac State, but after working on campus for 22 years, he is committed to helping the University enhance its reputation.

“I have been quite impressed by the accomplishments and dedication of Sac State alums throughout the region,” says Lee, Sac State’s vice president and chief financial officer for Administration and Business Affairs and an Alumni Association member. “I would like to see the University have even more activity and connection with alums. I hope I can help to do that, to make students and alums proud to be a part of Sac State. We’ve seen a very significant change in the past few years and I would love to see it go up a few more notches.”
Ardent Sac State supporter Chris Higdon has a family full of fellow Hornets. The former Alumni Association president says the University is a vital resource to the region and deserves support for all that it provides.

“I’ve had 11 family members go through the hallowed halls of
Sacramento State,” says Higdon ’85 (Accountancy). “We’ve been life-long Sacramentans and we don’t feel like Sac State’s received its due and we want to help make that happen.”

Margot Bach ’72 (English), is the current Alumni Association board president. She appreciates the multifaceted role the Association plays, supporting current students and building long-lasting connections with fellow Hornets.

“College was difficult for me financially even though I worked throughout my college days,” Bach says. “It’s likely the same for many students now, and if I can help out just one student then I feel that my time and effort are worth it. Being a part of the Alumni Association gave me a way to reconnect with my University and my involvement with it has led to new friendships and new ways to help students—our future alumni.”

This article was originally published in the Fall 2012 edition of Sac State Torchlight.



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