Director's Corner

Karlha DaviesWarrior Alumni Family,

On behalf of everyone at the University, our thoughts are with you and your families during these uncertain times. Now more than ever, we can all appreciate how small our world is and how important it is to stay connected to one another.

As your Alumni Engagement Director, I have to be honest — it’s been difficult to navigate and adjust to the new normal. I know it’s something we all have in common … figuring out how to move forward in loving, kind, positive ways while also maintaining social distancing.

Here is the good news: We are moving to create supportive, uplifting and educational virtual and digital content to continually engage and encourage our alumni and students during this difficult time.

I will need your support in stepping up to the plate by hosting webinars, alumni BYOB virtual meetups and engaging with each other on our social media platforms InstagramFacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

Do you have an exceptional idea we should try? I would love to hear from you! We are in this together and what I have learned in my four-month tenure is that our alumni are EXCEPTIONAL human beings. Each one of you has a story of triumph, perseverance and grit … what better time to showcase the strength of our Stan State Warrior alumni spirit if not now?

Our future alumni are counting on us to rise to the occasion. The Class of 2020 has shifted to online classes and commencement has been postponed until it is deemed safe. Our students are also learning how to navigate this new normal and many are experiencing anxiety and fear relating to food insecurity, housing, scholarship funding and what their futures hold as far as careers.

As we transition to virtual and digital engagement, one way that you can help is by donating to our Stan State California Faculty Association Campus Cares Fund which helps students alleviate concerns about hunger, homelessness or the expense of an unexpected emergency. The University Giving page also offers numerous opportunities to support our students during this time.

Lastly, I want to offer some local resources to help you and encourage you to be a part of taking care of our communities. California Volunteers provides a database of ways to help that is searchable by location. You can also find ways to help by connecting with the Emergency Food Bank Stockton/San Joaquin or Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties.

Our friends at Love Our Cities have launched the LoveOurNeighbors.org COVID-19 site, a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities, and you can also find great info on Hey Turlock’s Community Resources During COVID-19. I am so heartened by how our communities come together and lift each other up. We are also seeing groups and hashtags on social media — if you see one you think we should share please tag @StanStateAlumni!

As you take a walk outside this week, and continue to adjust to what we are all experiencing, remember we are not alone and that in times of difficulty. We always rise to the occasion and support one another in the best ways we can. I am honored to be a Warrior alumna and I know I can count on you to rise to the challenge!

Sending you all some virtual handshakes, high fives and hugs.

With admiration and gratitude,

Karlha Davies

Stan State Alumna – Class of 2000
Director of Alumni Engagement