President Junn pictured with her husband, Dr. Allan Greenberg.

STAN Magazine

Inspiring Inclusive Engagement and Warrior Spirit

President Junn with mascot, Titus

A Word from the President

President Junn recalls meaningful recent events, including the unveiling of the J. Burton Vasché Library Donor Wall and the return of the President’s Gala supporting First-Gen Scholars. More importantly, as she pens her final STAN Magazine message, she says goodbye and thank you to all who have made her seven years as president so special.

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Energizing the Economy

Stan State’s impact goes beyond the classroom or boundaries of its beautiful campus. According to the latest Economic Impact Report for its six-county service region, Stan State generated $770.5 million through operations spending, research spending, student spending, volunteerism and alumni impact.

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Forecasting the Central Valley’s Bottom Line

When leaders want to understand the economic outlook for the Central Valley, they turn to Stan State. Specifically, they look to the annual San Joaquin Valley Business Forecast produced by Economics Professor Gökçe Soydemir and a team of students who continually analyze and update the data.

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Professor Soydemir

Building on a Tradition

More programs, more faculty and more renovations take hold at the Stockton Campus as the site awaits the beginning of construction of a new $54 million classroom building scheduled to open in fall of 2025, just after the opening of the renovated Magnolia Mansion.

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A render of the proposed building for the Stockton Campus.
President Junn at podium in regalia.

Inspiring Inclusive Engagement and Warrior Spirit

When she took the helm at Stan State seven years ago, Ellen Junn made history by becoming the first Korean American woman to serve as president of a four-year public university in the United States. Since then, she has dedicated her tenure to fostering student success, creating a congenial campus culture and increasing academic excellence, all while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Welcoming Warriors

The first Warrior Expo was a hit, welcoming students committed to attending Stan State as well as welcoming prospective students. Future Warriors who’d already submitted an application, got to pick up their admission packet and visit with representatives of student clubs and organizations, majors and student services. Prospective students got a taste of what it would be like to choose to be Warriors.

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Two female athletes running.

Running Headlong into the National Spotlight

Slowed by injury, Stan State runner Kaela Dishon still captured an All-American Cross Country Finish at National Championships. Dishon managed to finish 34th to achieve the sports’ top status. The Angels Camp native has helped build the reputation of the Warrior program under Coach Darren Holman.

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Getting Experience & Giving Back

The We Care Program, E. & J. Gallo Winery and Safe Kids Stanislaus County are among the local entities that take Stan State students out of the classroom and offer hands-on, real-world experiences through service-learning projects and internships. “This was excellent training for us. We don’t usually get experiences like this in undergrad classes,” one participant said.

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A Cultural Experience

Nursing students travel afar to understand cultural differences they’ll encounter locally when they enter the profession. Retired nursing program lecturer Esther Harris keeps her hand in educating the next generation by guiding students on their trip to Ecuador.

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Two students take a photo together on a mountain in Equador.

STAN Magazine is published by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs in the Division of University Advancement at Stanislaus State.

Ellen Junn

Vice President for
University Advancement

Michele Lahti

Senior Associate Vice President for Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs
Rosalee Rush

Director for Communications
and Creative Services

Kristina Stamper (’06)

Associate Director of Marketing
& Digital Strategy

Mandeep Khaira (’02)

Senior Writer and Content Specialist
Donna Birch Trahan

Content Specialists
Gina Oltman
Lori Gilbert (’91)
Kristin Platts

Marketing Specialist
Kristen Sederquist ('13)

Digital Communications Specialist
Sara Balisha (’13)

Web Accessibility Coordinator
Saul Avila (’17)

Senior Graphic Designer
Steve Caballero (’21)

Graphic Designer
Katie Dowling

Tracee Littlepage
Katie Dowling
Kristen Sederquist ('13)
Steve Caballero (’21)

Media Production Specialist
Frankie Tovar (’11)