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January 3, 2011


President’s spring address set
President Alexander Gonzalez will give his annual spring address to the campus community Thursday, Jan. 20, in the University Union Ballroom. The event will begin with coffee at 9 a.m., followed by the talk at 10 a.m.
Submitted by Office of the President

New voice-mail system coming
Next Spring Sac State will replace the campus voice-mail system with a new, more reliable and easier-to-use system. The new system is currently being successfully tested within several program centers.

Watch for more information as we get closer to the change for the rest of the campus.  For now, visit for up to date information about the upgrade.

If you have comments, concerns or questions about the campus voicemail system, please send them to
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

New location
The OneCard Center is merging with the Student Financial Services Center in Lassen Hall to provide staff and students with a one-stop shop.

The relocation of the center will take place this week.

You may visit the Student Financial Services Center to pay fees and take care of OneCard related business in one visit. Stop by the new center in Lassen Hall, Room 1001, next week to see our new digs and get a free re-take on your OneCard picture.

For more information call 278-7878.
Submitted by the OneCard Center

Free games
The Sacramento State Athletics Department is offering free admission to men’s basketball games in January to all University faculty and staff. Every faculty or staff member, along with their family, will be admitted free to any of the five Hornet men’s basketball games listed below.

In addition to free admission, Target gift cards will be awarded to multiple Sacramento State employees during each game. All home basketball games take place in the Hornets’ Nest (South Gym of Yosemite Hall).

Thursday, Jan. 6 vs. Montana State, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 8 vs. Montana, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 20 vs. Northern Colorado, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22 vs. Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 27 vs. Idaho State, 7 p.m.
Submitted by the Athletics Department

Training sessions
There will be Disaster Preparedness NIMS/SEMS/ICS training sessions for campus first responders (Group 2) in the Hinde Auditorium under the auspices of the Department of Public Safety. The four-hour presentation provides an overview of federal, state and local systems, identifies roles and expectations of emergency responders. It also delineates the use of integrated/standardized systems to request emergency services of allied agencies and how those agencies work together to achieve objectives.

The FEMA material covered is IS-700 and ICS-100.

This session is for faculty and staff at the University who have a direct or supporting role during a campus emergency or evacuation incident and have not had this training in the last three years. This training may be completed online, but the live class takes less time. Handouts are provided, and there will be a short true/false, multiple question test required by FEMA and CAL EMA. This training is mandated by executive order from the Chancellor’s Office and Sacramento State.

You only need to attend one of these dates:
Jan. 20, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Feb 10, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mar 17, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
April 21, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

These classes can be registered for at the Sac State LEARNER WEB and are limited to 186 per class. Questions: 278-2397.

For the Building Coordinator's Group, if you did not attend the event Dec. 7. On May 26, 8 a.m. to noon is the Building Coordinator, Safety team (floor marshals) meeting/training session in the Hinde Auditorium. It includes building evacuation procedures, “active shooter" responses, “shelter in place" procedures and "assisting those with special needs during an evacuation". This is for all staff and faculty involved in the campus Building Coordinator/Safety team program at Sac State. We will also discuss the Campus emergency Drill/Exercise which should occur during the summer of 2011.
To register for this training contact:, or call 287-2397.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Apply now
February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, which is designed to help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2011/2012 by the March 2 priority deadline. There will be activities in the library quad throughout the month to promote awareness.

Students can still file their FAFSA application after March 2, but some funds will no longer be available due to demand. Sacramento State’s goal is to ensure that students receive the financial aid for which they qualify. 

Students should apply now. Financial Aid is offering four FAFSA workshops for students who need one-on-one assistance completing their applications. These free workshops will be held in Mendocino Hall Room 2007:

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit or call the Financial Aid office at 278-6554.
Submitted by the Financial Aid Office

MLK Prayer Breakfast
The Sacramento State Black Alumni Chapter will host the 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast, 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 in the University Union Ballroom. 

The event, “Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, Looking forward to the Future” is presented by the Northern District Baptist Association Women’s Auxiliary. The keynote speaker is the Rev. Dr. Claybon Lea, Jr., pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield and president of California State Baptist Convention, Inc.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $21 for children 12 and under. To attend, contact Evelyn Bradley-Owens at (916) 206-2995 or (916) 427-2447 before Dec. 31. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Submitted by the Sacramento State Black Alumni Chapter

Student fee forms

The Student Fee Advisory Committee is now accepting 2010/2011 Category II and Category III fee proposal forms.  Executive Order 1034 governing fees and the fee proposal form can be found at

The Category Fee III (Materials, Service and Course Fee) deadline is Feb. 7.

Send questions regarding the fee process to Gina Curry at or call 278-7433.
Submitted by Student Fee Advisory Committee

Recruitment session
The Doctorate in Educational Leadership program will present a recruitment session for prospective students for the fall semester.  The session is Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Eureka Hall, Room 313e.

Courses in the program are taught by faculty representing both university professors and executive leaders in K-12 and community college education. The program includes education policymakers and analysts.
Submitted by Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Weight Watchers
Does your New Year’s Resolution include losing weight? If so, consider joining Weight Watchers at Work. 

A brand new Weight Watchers at Work Program is coming to the Sac State campus. UEI Human Resources is the host for weekly meetings. An informational/renewal meeting will be held Monday, Jan 10, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or email her at for more information.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc. 

Volunteers needed
The Sacramento Sports Commission will be hosting over 5,000 athletes and 5,000-7,000 guests in Sacramento (majority of the event will be held at Sac State) July 6-17for this World Track and Field Event.
At the end of January, volunteers may go online and sign up for opportunities directly. Contact  Or call 808-6561.
Office of Public Affairs

Reducing health disparities among homeless youth
Nursing faculty and WIND volunteer nurse Michelle Dang collaborates with a UC Davis pediatrician, Dr. Elizabeth Miller, and WIND Youth Services to expand health services for homeless youth in the Sacramento area.

Under Dang’s supervision, public health nursing students work two days a week at a drop-in community agency (WIND) for marginalized and homeless youth to conduct health assessments, address gaps in health services, and refer youth for further health care. In addition, nursing students enroll youth in an innovative online health information system called Healthshack where homeless youth can keep their important life documents such as birth certificates, immunization records, and health records.

This program was created in collaboration with former homeless youth, who now work as Health Ambassadors for the program, and envisioned by Dr. Miller. It is the first web-based health information system specifically geared for homeless youth. As an effort by Dang, Miller, Melissa Binger (manager of Healthshack), and Kim Whitney (volunteer nurse), WIND is now also a site for qualified youth and children under age 18 to receive immunizations for free.

Nursing faculty, volunteer nurses, and student nurses will provide immunization services. This is a critical service at a time when budgets are forcing many clinics to close, and services such as free immunizations are difficult to obtain.
Submitted by the Division of Nursing

Spring  event
Applications and information for the 2011 Manzanar Pilgrimage are now available on the Ethnic Studies web site. Open to all faculty and students. Funds for the three-day (April 30-May 1) educational experience is provided by California Civil Liberties Public Education Program. Please encourage your students to apply as well. For more information contact Wayne Maeda,
Submitted by Ethnic Studies

News and campus videos

Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page
Current stories include, MESA award, Fulbright Scholar to teach in Portugal, Distance learning with a twist, Security grant for Computer Science Department. Videos, Campus security, Winter commencement.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs 

Security Quick Tip:

Do you have a social networking account such as Facebook?
If you are on social networking site be mindful of what information you share. Hackers are always looking for information about you. Make it harder on them by posting only limited personal information.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Digital messages
If you have an academic event or performance that you want to publicize you are invited to submit your message to:
Submitted by Office of Public Affairs

Human Resources

Part-Time Faculty Vacancies for Spring, 2011.

Catastrophic Leave Donation Program  
Sacramento State employees may voluntarily donate to other employees up to a maximum of 40 hours of sick or vacation leave credits in one-hour increments each fiscal year. Bargaining Units 1, 10 and 11 may donate only up to 16 hours per fiscal year. If employees are interested in donating time, a form can be obtained at, or visit the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3001 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
William Phelps, Division of Social Work
Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department
Kevin Ptak, Art Department
Jenny Leung, Education, Independent Doctorate
Glenmil Biete, Facilities
Kenya Capers, Student Financial Services


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