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January 23, 2012


President Gonzalez announces new University initiative
President Alexander Gonzalez announced in his Spring Address a bold new initiative to transform Sacramento State into a university for the 21st century.
The campus initiative, “Redefine the Possible,” is based on recommendations from Sacramento State faculty, staff and students, as well as input from community members. The initiative focuses on progress, innovation and marshaling intellectual resources.

In the months ahead, the President will ask senior campus leaders to conduct audits to better understand areas for improvement. Additional goals include a new facility for Sacramento State’s science programs, more faculty-driven uses of novel teaching technologies, and better customer service for students and visitors.

For more information about the “Redefine the Possible” initiative, as well as a link to submit comments, click here.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

President Gonzalez continues updates
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez will post updates on campus developments throughout the semester on his web page.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Sacramento Business Review has latest regional findings
The College of Business Administration, in partnership with the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Sacramento, will release and present the latest appraisal of the local business scene and the 2012 economic forecast for the Sacramento area from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Alumni Center. Published biannually, the Sacramento Business Review and Market Forecast is the most comprehensive, accurate and intellectually sophisticated analysis of our regional economy. The publication will be available in print and online.

Sponsors are Wells Fargo, CBRE, SMUD and the CFA Society. This issue, the publication’s seventh, includes updates and forecasts for sectors such as real estate, labor markets, banking, private and small businesses.
Submitted by the College of Business Administration

2011 State Employees Food Drive results
The results are in: The Sac State community donated the equivalent of 7,775 pounds of food for the needy in the Sacramento region during the 2011 State Employees Food Drive, an increase of 332 pounds over 2010. The total included monetary donations of $2,138.70, as well as many canned and dry food items. For the first time, Sacramento State participated in the Turkey Drop, which brought in nine turkey donations.

The food drive effort was carried out by staff members in University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS), a division of Administration and Business Affairs (ABA), and coordinated by Nancy Fox, senior director. The amount of food collected and money donated was a wonderful effort by the campus community. Everyone really came together to help make this event happen. Donations were made by our staff, faculty and students, as well as members of the surrounding community. Our donations went a long way toward helping needy children and families in our region experience a warmer and happier holiday during a very difficult economic time. The Sac State community should feel proud of its efforts in the food drive. Thank you for your participation in this important annual event.

We look forward to another successful food drive beginning in November 2012!
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Dining Services changes business hours for Spring semester
Effective Monday, Jan. 23, University Enterprises Inc. (UEI) Dining Services is changing the business hours of Sac State’s eateries. For a complete list of eateries and their new Spring semester hours of operation, click here.

For questions, contact Nicole Johnson, Dining Services coordinator, at 278-6376.
Submitted by UEI/Marketing Services

UEI announces Campus Grant Program recipients
University Enterprises Inc. (UEI) recently announced 23 award recipients in its 2011-12 UEI Campus Grant Program. The UEI Campus Grant program provides funding for projects proposed by students, faculty and staff that are innovative and benefit the academic endeavors of Sac State as well as promoting teaching, research and campus engagement. 

UEI allocated and dedicated $40,000 to the Campus Grant Program, allowing recipients to be awarded amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000. Funded projects help provide learning opportunities for Sac State students and opportunities for more faculty-student interaction.

Anyone interested in the UEI Campus Grant Program can find more information on the UEI website or by emailing
Submitted by UEI/Marketing Services

UEI announces renewal of Faculty Grants Program for 2011-12
University Enterprises Inc. (UEI) recently announced a renewal of its Faculty Grants Program for 2011-12. The program is open to all tenured or tenure-track faculty, although preference will be given to requests from assistant and associate professors.

Awards will be granted for faculty professional development activities pursued during the 2011-12 academic year and may be applied retroactively to July 1, 2011, to reimburse faculty for the cost of professional activities personally paid for.

At least $50,000 will be distributed, and typical awards will be between $750 and $1,000. There are two deadlines – Tuesday, Jan. 31; and Friday, April 13 – with funds allocated to each deadline and reviews beginning immediately thereafter. All funds must be expended by Sept. 1.

For detailed information and an online application form, click here or email
Submitted by UEI/Marketing Services

Cultural Seminar in Cuba 2012
Embark on a fascinating journey where both historical culture and present-day realities are explored within the Caribbean island nation of Cuba. Here are the details:

  • Discussions led by schoolteachers, professors, doctors and other Cuban citizens will enrich you with the history of Cuba before and after 1960.
  • Our travel agent is licensed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury for legal travel in Cuba.
  • One unit of academic credit is offered.
  • The program is open to the general public.

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, Feb. 3. To learn more about the program, click here.
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Stinger Crab Feed
Come show your support for Hornet athletics by attending the annual Stinger Crab Feed on Saturday, Feb. 4. The event will be at the Citrus Heights Community Center, with a social hour starting at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30. Enjoy an evening of food, more than 100 raffle prizes and live auction items. Tickets are $50. All proceeds support student-athlete scholarships. Don’t delay in purchasing tickets – this event typically sells out.
Submitted by the Athletics Department

Student fee forms
The Student Fee Advisory Committee is now accepting 2011-12 Category III fee proposal forms. Executive Order 1054, governing fees, and the fee proposal form can be found here.

The Category III (materials, service and course fee) deadline is Friday, Feb. 10.

Send questions regarding the fee process to Julie Carroll at or call 278-7401.
Submitted by the Student Fee Advisory Committee

Call for applicants for 2012 Faculty Learning Communities
The Center for Teaching and Learning has been awarded funds to support three Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). FLCs are peer-led groups of eight to 12 faculty members who engage in an active, collaborative and supportive yearlong program with curriculum focused on a particular topic, problem or question. The goal of the FLC is to develop skills, knowledge and expertise in the area of interest by creating a focused time and space apart from the daily work environment. The products of these FLCs will enable faculty to produce, collect and evaluate evidence of student learning or secure funding for scholarly or creative projects.

Topics for the 2012 FLCs include:

  • Examining the Impacts of Learning Management System (LMS) Tools Using Action Research: Four specific SacCT 9.1 (Blackboard 9.1) tools are examined. Participants focus on the setup and implementation of the tool in comparison to its learning impact. Participants also will conduct a pilot study of the effect of their technology implementation on student learning.
  • Writing and Submitting Successful Grant Proposals: Participants engage in a step-by-step grant-writing process, including identifying funding sources, writing a persuasive project narrative, constructing a budget and submitting a completed grant proposal.
  • Program Assessment: Working in a program team, faculty will align program learning objectives to the Baccalaureate Learning Goals and course curriculum. Faculty will collect and assess student work that provides evidence of achieving student learning outcomes across courses rather than within a particular course.

Participants must be full- or part-time employees of Sacramento State and must commit to attending all FLC meetings and submit all specified deliverables by the deadlines. Benefits of participation include technical and administrative support for the production of deliverables and a chance to receive $600 in professional development funds upon submission of FLC deliverables.

The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 13. For more information, visit the center’s website, email, call 278-5945 or visit the office in the University Library, Room 4026.
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Career fair helps prepare students for future jobs
The Sacramento State Career Center holds its annual spring career fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the University Union Ballroom. The fair will feature employers from the corporate sector, education, government agencies and nonprofits, and is open to all students and alumni. Employers will be recruiting for full-time and part-time positions, student assistant jobs and internships.

Career fairs are a great way for students and alumni to meet with employers and learn about job and internship opportunities. Additionally, the fairs offer attendees the opportunity to network with employers and make company contacts.

The Career Center prepares students for a successful career fair by providing help with writing a resume, researching companies and identifying appropriate attire for meeting employers. For help preparing for the fair, students may visit the Career Center during drop-in services 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact the Career Center at 278-5621 or email
Submitted by the Academic Advising and Career Center

Call for student research entries
Sacramento State students and alumni who graduated after Spring 2011 are invited to participate in this year’s Student Research Challenge on Thursday, March 8.

Awards of $500 will be presented to the top two entries in both the undergraduate and graduate categories. Faculty mentors of student winners will receive a professional development grant.  

Please share this announcement with your students and encourage them to participate. 
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Government professor in China on Fulbright scholarship
Professor James DeShaw Rae of the Department of Government is spending the year in China, courtesy of a Fulbright scholarship. His blog makes for interesting reading.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Faculty Senate schedule
The Faculty Senate schedule is now available online.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Farmers market survey
The Associated Students, Inc., Green Team is devoted to making Sacramento State a sustainable campus. As such, ASI hopes to implement a campus-based farmers market.

Please answer these survey questions to help us structure the farmers market to best serve your needs.
Submitted by Associated Students, Inc.

Testing Center hours
Testing Center hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Makeup testing is available Mondays at 9 a.m. and Fridays at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Submitted by the Testing Center

Entertainment Books
The University Staff Assembly is selling Entertainment Books for 2011-12 as a fundraiser to support staff programs on campus, including the Awards Luncheon and the Summer Picnic. The cost of the book is $30. For more details, contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177.
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

Watch for even more University news and videos
Sacramento State is filled with activities worth keeping up on – from outstanding teaching, learning and research to the arts, wellness activities and Hornet athletics. Stories and videos on University people, events and other news are available on Sacramento State’s news page, overseen by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy. And send your ideas for campus coverage to

Another option for publicizing an academic event or performance is the University’s digital sign network on campus. Submit your message to or
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Sac State on Facebook and Twitter
Have you checked out Sacramento State’s official Facebook and Twitter pages? Managed by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy, the pages offer up-to-the-minute news and information on all things Sac State, from academics to athletics, the arts to student life. For the University’s Facebook page, go to To follow Sac State’s Twitter updates, go to!/sacstate.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Security quick tip
Did you know changing your password every year can decrease your odds of being hacked by better than 80 percent? Changing your password once a year is the simplest way to protect both your work and personal accounts.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Catastrophic leave donation
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 here, by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3002, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employee has been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:

Donna Danzeris from the College of Continuing Education


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