SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State Athletics Department officially opened a new student-athlete study lounge in the Athletics Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.
"We are continually working to enhance the student-athlete experience at Sacramento State," Director of Athletics Bill Macriss said. "In our strategic plan our vision statement says, 'we work hard to achieve excellence on the field and in the classroom'. The creation of an additional study space provides individual students and teams another tool to enhance their academic success."
The new lounge features study space for up to 50 people with a combination of computer stations, group study areas, and open seating. There is also printing capability in the lounge, which includes graphics promoting upcoming events and honoring the top team GPAs and individual academic all-conference selections from the last school year.
"The graphics convey the message of the importance of academics in our department, with everything from images of graduation to plaques that recognize and honor our academic all-league selections," Macriss said. "Hopefully our student-athletes will work hard to add themselves to those lists."
The new study lounge compliments the Student-Athlete Resource Center (SARC), which is located in Lassen Hall. It enhances the space available for studying, tutoring, and mentoring for the nearly 500 Sacramento State student-athletes.
Juniors Nikki Pappelis and James Del Curto, president and vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, as well as Sacramento State alum Dan Turner, were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony along with athletics department staff members and supporters of the project.
"We want to thank a number of people who have helped make this room a reality with their gracious support," Sacramento State Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs Markus Jennings said. "The additional academic space would not have been possible without generous donations from Dan and Sarita Turner, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the CSUS Retirees Association."
While the new lounge is already a great addition to the Athletics Center, Macriss has further aspirations for the enhancement of the student-athlete experience.
"In the short term it provides additional study space, which is always critical for our students," he said. "Long term, we would like to add a fueling station in there so when our students are between classes and practice and weights they'll have a chance to grab a quick bite to help as they are going through their day. Ultimately, it all helps us better serve the well being of our students."