It is an honor to celebrate Associated Students, Inc. at
Sacramento State’s (ASI) 65th Anniversary.
ASI is an organization with a robust and storied history rooted
in supporting and serving the students of Sacramento State. This
timeline provides a small glimpse of the incredible work that
Sacramento State students have accomplished and the programs they
have built over the years.
Repeatedly, students have recognized a need and have risen to
meet it. From actively championing the need for and the
creation of the ASI Children’s Center to support student parents
in 1972 to once again recognizing the rise in food insecurity on
campus and creating a food pantry that now provides fresh food
and produce to students five days a week. ASI also
recognized the need to meet students’ recreational needs by
creating Mountain Wolf Sports, which is Peak Adventure’s
precursor and supporting the creation of the Sacramento State
Aquatic Center over the years.
As Sacramento State students’ needs continue to evolve and
change, ASI will continue to uplift the student voice through its
tireless advocacy work to address these needs. You can
count on ASI and its student board of directors to work
diligently to meet and surpass students’ need by creating
programming and programs that enhance the student
Please spend some time exploring this timeline – a journey
through 65 years of service to the Sacramento State student
– Samantha Elizalde, ASI President and CEO, 2021-22
Associated Students, Inc. Celebrates 65 years! 2021 marks the 65th anniversary of the organization. Through the years Associated Students, Inc. has made an impact on the lives of students at Sac State. Our work is not over, get connected or join a committee today!
ASI adopts the Vote Center located in Modoc Hall and wins the most creative award from the California Secretary of State’s office for getting voters to the voting site via golf cart. 11.6.2018 Sac State Vote Center leads the county of Sacramento with the most conditional ballots submitted.
The ASI Food Pantry opens its doors. The ASI Food Pantry opened in 2015 in Yosemite Hall 163. ASI Board of Directors had an idea for the ASI Food Pantry and tasked SEO with running the program. On April 22, 2019, the ASI Food Pantry had its grand opening in the University Union after ASI programs and services moved back to the Union.
2015 marks a huge HR milestone for the organization, it was the turning point for converting our HR and Payroll processes from paper to 90% online. Prior to Dayforce we were using multiple systems to keep employee information and payroll, not to mention we had paper timesheets. Now everything is one place for all levels of personnel, Managers all the way down to employees. In consequence, this made HR processes more efficient, allowed for a seamless transition to remote work during COVID and California wildfires, and created a centralized employee management tool for managers. We have come a long way since 2015 and will continue to leverage our technology to advance our operations.
Sac State hosts its first on-site polling place at the American River Courtyard for Sac Students in particular with lobbying work by the OGA Civic Engagement Coordinator and the County of Sacramento Elections division.
Student Engagement & Outreach put on the first-ever Block Party during the fall semester in 2010 that included fun games and activities and started an annual tradition with ASI. The annual Block Party continues to be a highlight of the year for many students and has featured zip lines through the quad, live performances, crafts, giveaways, and more!
In the 2010’s KSSU launched original events such as Dance Marathon: Silent Disco and Speed Friending, which have become a regular tradition for the station. Sac State students danced the night away in the residential dining halls to the beat of three separate KSSU DJs, all at the same time! At Speed Friending, new friends were made as students cycled through fast-paced rounds of fun activities, topics and quirky questions
2008 was a year of national recognition for KSSU as the station was chosen for multiple prestigious awards. At the College Music Journal (CMJ) Awards, KSSU brought home titles such as Station of the Year, Student-Run Station of the Year, Best Community Resource, and Best Use of Limited Resources (for the third straight year). Additionally, KSSU was chosen as a finalist for MTVU’s College Station of the Year.
The ASI Children’s Center became nationally accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). Less than 8% of all child care agencies in the United States are accredited.
The Sac State Aquatic Center received a capital improvement grant from the California Department of Boating Waterways (DBAW) to build a flagship Boating Instruction and Safety Center (or BISC). For five years the Aquatic Center maintained operations while transforming from the outgrown small metal building to a state-of-the-art multi-use campus. In 2003 the realization of many hopes and dreams was opened to the public serving the mission of the Associated Students, the University, DBAW, and the Community of the greater Sacramento area.
The beginning of the Office of Governmental Affairs office is formed as staff members of the Government office.
The ASI Peak Adventures Challenge Center was built in 1997 at its current location. The Challenge Center hosts thousands of participants a year who test themselves and their teamwork on the various challenges and elements that are up to 40’ high!
Sac State has held a tradition of student broadcasting since the 1960s. On September 10, 1991 KSSU (known then as KEDG) began broadcasting after a long campaign to start a student led college radio station at the Sac State. The station’s signal was heard on the frequency 530 AM and carried to all corners of the campus. At the time, the station aired radio shows that showcased alternative rock, hardcore punk, heavy metal, and industrial dance music. Over 26 disc jockeys provided CSUS with radio unavailable anywhere else in Sacramento.
1989 Mountain Wolf Sports becomes ASI Peak Adventures. ASI adopted the on-campus bike tool co-op and expanded its services. Mountain Wolf Sports rebrands itself as Peak Adventures. Since then, Peak Adventures has expanded its outdoor trip program, bike shop, team building, and gear rental services for students and the community!
The main building for the Children’s Center was eventually created in 1988, the same year our current director, Sherry Velte, was hired as a teacher ! The Children’s Center has had Sherry’s presence for more than half of ASI’s existence.
The ASI Business Office opened its doors on the 3rd floor of the University Union (where it can still be found today). They opened their doors with check-cashing services, bus passes, discounted movie tickets, money orders, special event tickets, and typing services.
In 1984 the Aquatic Center brought National Recognition to Sacramento State University by hosting regional and nation championships, and has since hosted the following events:
WIRA Rowing Championships, California Youth Rowing Championships (CJ’s) later changed to Southwest Youth Rowing Championships, Western Sprints, Pacific Coast Rowing Championships, West Coast Conference Rowing Championships, PAC 10 and later PAC 12 Rowing Championships, American Athletic Conference “AAC” Championships, Gold Rush Masters Regatta, NCAA Womens National Rowing Championships, IRA Men’s National Rowing Championships, Brookfields run for your boats (Biathlons), Regional Kayak Water Polo Tournament, Head of the American Regatta, NCWSA Western Regional Water Ski Championships, NCWSA National Water Ski Championships and co-host Concrete Canoe Regionals.
The ASI Children’s Center was founded in 1972 and began in a trailer in its current location. Our start to serve families and employ students began!
The early days of Peak Adventures. Two Sacramento State students felt that the campus needed a tool co-op; a place for students to share tools in order to fix their bikes conveniently and affordably. This idea quickly gained strength throughout the campus, and so they purchased a metal shed and set up a tool co-op. This was essentially the campus’s first bicycle shop. The grassroots program expanded, starting running trips, and named themselves Mountain Wolf Sports.
What is now known as CSSA is formed. ASI President Joe Hay encourages the association to form a lobby advocacy group statewide with all CSU’s in the system. He serves as the first “lobby partner.” Becomes what is now known as California State Student Association (CSSA).
ASI Finance & Budget committee becomes formalized and responsible for formulation of the annual ASI Budget.
ASI Board of Directors, led by President Jim Downton began advocating on issues facing students off campus including racial discrimination in housing and immigration rights.
June 27, 1956, Associated Students of Sacramento State college becomes a nonprofit. The structure of the board is approved by the students on June 8th, 1956. Tom Willoughby is the ASSSC President this year and they have a budget of $50,000.
The then 289-acre campus opened to approximately 2,400 students.
Sacramento State College came into being in 1947, but not at the current site. Originally, Sacramento State College was housed on the grounds of Sacramento City College