Janey Way Memories – Sacramento State College

Sacramento State College played a very important role in my life.
When I was young, growing up on Janey Way, I often walked across Elvas Avenue, over the levee and onto its sprawling campus.
There, I did things like playing tennis, hitting golf balls, or swimming in the campus pool.
Later in life, during high school, I often used the campus library to do research for my class reports.
After graduating from high school, and lacking a post-secondary education plan, I enrolled in Sacramento City College with my friends and relatives.  I did reasonably well at City College, earning enough units in four semesters to get into Sacramento State.
Once there however, I ran into academic trouble.  I simply was not prepared for the rigors of university level academics.  So, after three semesters, I dropped out.
Back then, during the Viet Nam War era, it didn’t take long for the draft board to catch up with me.  In April 1969, I was conscripted into the U.S. Army.  I lucked out though. With my brother Terry already serving in Viet Nam, I ultimately received orders sending me to Germany where I served 18 months with the 510th Ordinance Battalion: a special weapons storage unit.
That proved a great assignment.  I essentially worked Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the weapons depot before returning to my base for dinner.  I had weekends off to explore the German country side.  I read voraciously, and traveled often, including a 6-month journey after exiting the Army while still in Europe.
The Army proved greatly beneficial to me.  I came back a more mature and enlightened person. I was ready for my return to Sac State.
Once there, I excelled, making the Dean’s Honor List three of my last four semesters.  I graduated with honors, in June of 1975 thanks to great professors like Ken Donaldson (history), Alex Garber and Tom Kando (Sociology) and Marc Bertanasco (English).
My academic experience benefited me immediately at my work with the State of California.  I soon earned a promotion from Statistical Clerk to Research Analyst.  My education did more for me than that.  It helped me continuously advance throughout my state career.  I retired in 2002, after 31 years in the position of Chief of the Bureau of Administration at the Department of Technology Services.
As the old saying goes, “I couldn’t have done it without my (Sac State) education.”
Now, my time attending Sacramento State College, the school right across from my home, is just another, inspirational Janey Way memory.Sacramento State College played a very important role in my life.
When I was young, growing up on Janey Way, I often walked across Elvas Avenue, over the levee and onto its sprawling campus.
There, I did things like playing tennis, hitting golf balls, or swimming in the campus pool.
Later in life, during high school, I often used the campus library to do research for my class reports.
After graduating from high school, and lacking a post-secondary education plan, I enrolled in Sacramento City College with my friends and relatives.  I did reasonably well at City College, earning enough units in four semesters to get into Sacramento State.
Once there however, I ran into academic trouble.  I simply was not prepared for the rigors of university level academics.  So, after three semesters, I dropped out.
Back then, during the Viet Nam War era, it didn’t take long for the draft board to catch up with me.  In April 1969, I was conscripted into the U.S. Army.  I lucked out though. With my brother Terry already serving in Viet Nam, I ultimately received orders sending me to Germany where I served 18 months with the 510th Ordinance Battalion: a special weapons storage unit.
That proved a great assignment.  I essentially worked Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the weapons depot before returning to my base for dinner.  I had weekends off to explore the German country side.  I read voraciously, and traveled often, including a 6-month journey after exiting the Army while still in Europe.
The Army proved greatly beneficial to me.  I came back a more mature and enlightened person. I was ready for my return to Sac State.
Once there, I excelled, making the Dean’s Honor List three of my last four semesters.  I graduated with honors, in June of 1975 thanks to great professors like Ken Donaldson (history), Alex Garber and Tom Kando (Sociology) and Marc Bertanasco (English).
My academic experience benefited me immediately at my work with the State of California.  I soon earned a promotion from Statistical Clerk to Research Analyst.  My education did more for me than that.  It helped me continuously advance throughout my state career.  I retired in 2002, after 31 years in the position of Chief of the Bureau of Administration at the Department of Technology Services.
As the old saying goes, “I couldn’t have done it without my (Sac State) education.”
Now, my time attending Sacramento State College, the school right across from my home, is just another, inspirational Janey Way memory.

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