Union Traditions

Homecoming & Causeway Classic Football Games

Go Hornets! The University Union supports all Hornet Sports, but we especially get excited about Homecoming and the Causeway Classic. We show our school spirit during the Fall season with decorations and “rally-like” banners throughout the building. As soon as you enter the Union you will be filled with Hornet Pride.


Established in 2000, Phlagleblast is an annual event in which the University Union showcases all of the great vendors, offices and services the Union has to offer. Phlagleblast is held the second week of each Fall semester either Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the calendar year. A committee decides on a theme and the building is transformed/decorated overnight. Past themes include: “Love”, Candy Land, Under the Sea, Jungle Safari, Circus, and many more.  

The Phlagleblast game allows students, staff, and faculty to familiarize them with the Union. As visitors enter the building, they are greeted and welcomed by our friendly staff with a happy smile and a game card. Participants then visit each vendor, office or program on the game card and receive a stamp and other information and useful goodies such as highlighters, pens, post-its, and many other school supplies. Once their game card is complete, they submit it to the prize table and are automatically entered into a raffle to win grand prizes such as an  Xbox, PlayStation, iPads, Apple TV’s, Beats by Dre headphones and a ton of other cool and free stuff including meal vouchers. Each participant is a winner just for completing the game card. They receive either a collectors' t-shirt or useful gift that is theme related.  Everyone can play, but only students can win grand prizes. Sac State looks forward to Phlagleblast each year to see what theme has been chosen, what exciting entertainment has been planned for the day, and what cool over-the-top prizes will be given away. This is a fun and free event- if you are a Sac State student, you should never miss it!

Save the date for Phlagleblast 2024: Wednesday, September 4, 2024 from 8 am- 2 pm

Wish Upon A Star Gift Drive

The University Union sponsors an annual gift drive each Fall that benefits the Sunburst Project. The Sunburst Project is an organization that creates safe and supportive communities for children, youth and families living with HIV/AIDS in Sacramento.  A heartwarming display of stars with children’s wishes, ranging from newborns to 18 year olds, is set-up from mid-November thru early December in the University Union’s main lobby each year. All faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to pick a star(s) with a wish, purchase the gift and return the gift prior to the due date.

A Wrapping Party is scheduled on the last Friday of the gift drive so that all of the gifts received are wrapped prior to delivering them to Sunburst. Everyone is invited to come wrap gifts, have a warm drink and a sweet pastry while making a child’s holiday wish come true. For more than ten years, this annual University Union gift drive has granted over 3,000 holiday wishes.

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