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Dr. Lori Varlotta
Whether you’re a first-year, new transfer, continuing undergrad, or graduate student,
we are happy to have you at Sacramento State. Our mission at Student Affairs is
to do everything we can to ensure that your time here will not only be productive
and rewarding academically, but in every area of your college life.
Although Sac State is a large University—we have around 28,000 students and graduate
almost 6,000 a year—we have a small school feel, and we make it difficult for any
student who reaches out to "slip through the cracks." Chances are that when you’re
reaching out, you’re talking to someone from Student Affairs, and if we don’t know
the answer to your question, we’ll guide you to someone who does.
Our involvement with you begins with "getting" you to Sacramento State in the first
place. Our admission recruitment activities target many high schools and community
colleges in search of students like you who make Sac State the uniquely diverse
community in which we take so much pride. Once you’ve decided to become a part of
our community, Student Affairs guides you through orientation programs, provides
assistance in receiving financial aid, and helps you decide your educational career
through Academic Advising. The Residence Halls are a part of Student Affairs as
well, and we strongly encourage you to live on campus. On-campus living is not only
fun, convenient, and "green," (think about the money you’ll save in gasoline and
other commuting expenses) but studies show that students who live on campus are
more likely to graduate in six years than those who commute. In addition to our
traditional residence halls we recently opened the American River Courtyard, a modern
apartment-like complex for upper-class students.
Vice President Varlotta with Congresswoman Matsui
at the new Veterans Success Center open house
Once you’re a part of the Sac State community, an equally important part of Student
Affairs is "keeping" you here as a student who is making good progress toward your
degree. But college is not just an academic pursuit. It is an opportunity to become
an active, empowered member not only of your campus but of the larger, diverse and
interconnected communities in which you live and work. Towards that end we hope
that you will check out the Multi-Cultural Center, Women’s Resource Center, the
PRIDE Program, and the many educational and entertaining lectures, concerts, and
workshops sponsored by Student Organizations and Leadership (SOL) and the University
Union’s UNIQUE program. Most of these programs are run by students for students.
In addition to offering all kinds of civic and cultural programs, Student Affairs
also provides you access to top-notch health and psychological counseling services.
Stop by your campus health center to get first aid, an annual physical, a flu shot,
counseling (for anything from test anxiety, feelings of depression, to homesickness),
or a referral to other health care professionals. In addition to the current health
center, Sac State opened the new WELL in September 2010. This large, state-of-the-art
facility houses all kinds of game courts, weight and fitness rooms, a climbing
wall, an indoor track and a new student health center.
Hopefully this overview of Student Affairs gives you a general idea of what the
Division is responsible for and offers you. The most important thing to take away
from this letter is that we’re here for you; our departments and services are all
about making your experience at Sac State the best it can be in every way. Each
of us in Student Affairs keeps that in mind at all times. So if you ever have any
questions, please ask. Being fully involved in college life will not only make your
time here enjoyable and fulfilling, but it’s proven that the more involved you become
in your campus community, the better grades you will earn, and the more likely you’ll
graduate on time.
Dr. Lori Varlotta
Vice President for Student Affairs
California State University, Sacramento | 6000 J Street | Sacramento, CA 95819 |
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