A Year to Remember

Dear Campus Community,

It’s hard to believe that this is only our third year together, and what a whirlwind and wonderful academic year this has been! From the WASC accreditation to execution of major construction projects, the continued presence of Stan State on national lists of excellence and our historic record 3,562 graduates, 2018-19 certainly has been a year to remember!

Our accomplishments reaffirm that we’re all committed to moving forward together. Highlights from this year include:

  • Forbes magazine “America’s best-value colleges” for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Princeton Review’s list of America’s top 384 colleges for a 13th straight year.
  • U.S. News & World Report as a Top 10 public university in the West Region.

These ongoing accolades do not happen by accident. They are the result of a strong, cohesive team working together or as Henry Ford said: “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is a success.” Our rankings are also a clear reflection of the significant and impressive accomplishments of our hardworking and remarkably talented students, and all of the amazing faculty, staff and administrators who support them!

Our collaboration across campus, and our shared vision and team-based efforts have resulted in great accomplishments this past year, including, but not limited to:

  • Our WSCUC self-study and site re-affirmation visit, which was a grand success!
  • Founding of new Center for Applied Spatial Analysis, by the Dept of Anthropology, Geography & Ethnic Studies.
  • Our newly reaffirmed partnerships with our three major community college partners with the Warriors on the Way (WOW), funded in part by a $186,000 planning grant from the College Futures Foundation.
  • Admissions and Outreach Services celebrating a record 2,000+ students and parents to Warrior Welcome, and transfer applications showing a one-year increase of more than 30 percent.
  • The launch of the Dr. Marvalene Hughes Student Leadership Conference, developed through a partnership with Student Leadership and Development and Advancement.
  • The Career and Professional Development Center collaboration with Human Resources to establish the campus’ first Student Worker Appreciation Week and Warriors at Work Student Assistant program.
  • Human Resources implementation of the e-recruiting platform CHRS (Common Human Resources System) to attract, hire and onboard talented faculty, staff and student workers.
  • Math and biology securing two National Science Foundation grants totaling more than $2.1 million to boost educational opportunities in the STEM fields.
  • $11.5 million in private gifts raised by University Advancement since 2016.
  • A significant increase of WiFi hotspots across campus.

I’m so proud of the steps we’ve taken toward making Stan State a place where all can flourish and where all feel safe. This year, we moved ahead with several initiatives:

  • The University Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan was approved by the Academic Senate. We also hired our first Director of our new Diversity Center, Carolina Alfaro, and established our new Dreamers’ Center on campus.
  • The establishment of a Joint Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion with the City of Turlock. The taskforce held its first community event, called “Stand Against Hate” on April 26 at Pitman High School.

Thank you to the entire campus community for working so hard together to make Stan State our region’s academic, social and cultural catalyst.

A Year to Remember


Reflecting on the 2018-2019 Academic Year … view tweets and photos from the year highlighting the collaboration and accomplishments achieved by our amazing Warrior community!

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BRAVO and GO WARRIORS and have a great summer!

Kind regards,

Ellen Junn