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January 30, 2012


President 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, titled “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 on the “Redefine the Possible” initiative as well as a link to submit comments, click here.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

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

  • Discussions led by schoolteachers, professors, doctors and other Cuban citizens will enrich you with the history 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. Submit your application today! To learn more about the program, click here.
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Pioneering TV journalist to deliver lecture in Library Author series
Award-winning Bay Area journalist Belva Davis will discuss her book, Never in My Wildest Dreams – A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the University Library Gallery. The talk is free and open to the public.

As a reporter for almost five decades, Davis overcame obstacles of racism and sexism, and her memoir tells how she helped change the face and focus of news as the first African American woman TV journalist in the western United States.

The lecture is presented by the Friends of the Library Author Lecture Series and is cosponsored by the University Library, Capital Public Radio and the University Library Gallery.

For more information, contact Sally Hitchcock, 278-5954 or
Submitted by the University Library

Violence in the Workplace Prevention Training
Violence in the Workplace Prevention Training is scheduled for 9-10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the University Union’s Hinde Auditorium. More information can be found online.
Submitted by the University Police Department

Campus Safety and Environmental Health Committee staff vacancy
This committee meets at least three times per year and will advise the President regarding campus safety and environmental health concerns. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please secure your supervisor’s permission and forward your name and email to Kem Gravenberg, on behalf of Vice President Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee, at by Friday, Feb. 10.

If you have any questions, email or call Gravenberg at 278-5809.
Submitted by the Office of Vice President for Administration/CFO

Weight Warriors
Weight Warriors is a comprehensive physical improvement and behavior change team challenge. Teams of three to five participants will embark on a 10-week training course instructed by a certified personal trainer to help them reach their personal fitness goals. Each team will participate in weekly workouts with a personal trainer, as well as compete weekly against other Weight Warriors teams in various fitness challenges.

Before beginning the journey toward a healthier lifestyle, each participant will be able to choose which physical attributes he or she would like to improve. This program is designed to provide the support, tools and encouragement necessary to achieve your fitness goals through a friendly and competitive atmosphere. Change your behavior and improve your physical abilities to become the top Weight Warrior!

We are adding a nutritional component this semester as well. With Weight Warriors Plus, you can get a diet analysis and consultation to give you the edge for your New Year’s resolution.

The training course is Feb. 13-Apr. 27. Registration is due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. You may register at The WELL front desk starting at $65 per participant. For further information, call 278-2244.
Submitted by The WELL

Call for Applicants for the 2012 Faculty Learning Communities
The Center for Teaching and Learning earlier this month was awarded funds to support three Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). FLCs are peer-led groups of eight to 12 faculty that 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 deadlines. Benefits of participation include technical and administrative support for production of deliverables and a chance to receive $600 in professional development funds upon submission of FLC deliverables.

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

Free FAFSA application workshops
The Financial Aid Office will conduct four free workshops in February to help students and their parents complete the 2012-13 FAFSA application accurately and within the priority filing deadline. Financial Aid staff will offer individual help to interested students.

Workshop dates are:                                                                

  • 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23

All workshops are in Mendocino Hall 2007. Please bring:

  • Parent information if you are a dependent (under age 24)
  • Social Security card
  • Driver license/state identification
  • 2011 bank statements and/or investment records
  • Alien registration card if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Spouse’s information if married
  • 2011 federal income tax return or W2, or records of any untaxed income (Food Stamps ­– SNAP)
  • Records of child support paid

Submitted by the Financial Aid Office

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

Washington, D.C., internship available
Students are invited to apply for the Congressional Internship Program offered by the Panetta Institute of Public Policy. One student will be chosen to work for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. The next semester internship runs Aug. 12-Nov. 10 and includes a two-week orientation, the cost of tuition and fees, food and housing, and air and ground transportation. Applicants must have high academic achievement, submit a written essay, and be a U.S. citizen and California resident. For more information, contact Donna Hoenig-Couch in the Center for California Studies at 278-6906 or
Submitted by the Center for California Studies

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 fair offers 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

Major Fair
After a short hiatus, the Major Fair is back. The Academic Advising and Career Center, in conjunction with New Student Orientation, will co-sponsor the annual event, which is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the University Union Ballroom.

The Major Fair is open to all students and is designed to help undeclared students learn about the different majors available on campus. In addition, it is a great opportunity for departments that are undergoing impaction to inform students about the application process. Career counselors also will be available to answer questions.
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

ASI elections
With ASI elections approaching, this is your opportunity to represent Sac State students as a member of the ASI Board of Directors. Learn more about being on the BOD by watching this video. Pick up an election packet here and run for the board.
Submitted by Associated Students Inc.

UEI announces Campus Grant Program recipients
University Enterprises Inc. (UEI) recently announced 23 award recipients of their 2011-12 UEI Campus Grant Program. The UEI Campus Grant program provides funding to projects proposed by students, faculty and staff that are innovative and benefit the academic endeavors of Sac State as well as promote 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 to fund their projects. Funded projects help provide learning opportunities to 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 Faculty Grant deadline is extended
The first submission deadline for the 2011-12 UEI Faculty Grants Program has been extended to Wednesday, Feb. 15. Funds will be awarded for faculty professional development activities pursued during the 2011-12 academic year, and may be applied retroactively to reimburse faculty for the cost of professional activities personally paid for retroactive to July 1, 2011.

As a reminder, this program is open to all tenured and tenure-track faculty, although preference will be given to requests from assistant or associate professors. For information and the online application form, visit the program website or email
Submitted by UEI/Marketing Services

Emergency training
Federal- and state-mandated National Incident Management System training sessions are upcoming. The training provides attendees with an overview of various national and state emergency response systems and an overview of the National Response Plan (NRP). The training provides familiarization of terms, systems, and roles of campus individuals during an actual critical incident or disaster. The training is required by FEMA/OES/Chancellor’s Office and Sac State to be taken every three years.

Employees who do not have responsibilities during an emergency are in Group 1, and those who do are in Group 2. All employees must participate in one of the following training sessions, all of which are in the University Union, Hinde Auditorium:

Group 1
9-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
9-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27
9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 25

Group 2
8 a.m.-noon Monday, March 12
8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 28

To register for one of these dates, contact Bill Gnagy at 278-2397 or Training also can be done online. Email a copy of certificate of completion to Gnagy.
Submitted by Emergency Operations Center

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

Nutrition Program offers cooking demonstrations
The Nutrition Program at Student Health and Counseling Services is excited to offer cooking demonstrations for Sacramento State faculty and staff. All classes are led by Nutrition Program peer health educators and take place in The Cove at The WELL. Classes may be demonstration-only or hands-on and may include recipes and tasting samples.

Registration is available in-person only at the Health and Wellness Promotion office at The WELL (Room 1011, by The Cove). Class cost is $10 per person per class for faculty and staff. Registration is considered complete after payment and must be made prior to class instruction. If you are unable to make a class, no refund will be given. Refunds are issued only when a class is canceled.

Please check the current schedule for class information, dates and times, or call 278-5422 for more information.

All classes hold 15 participants; early registration is encouraged, as some classes fill rapidly.
Submitted by Health and Wellness Promotion, Student Health and Counseling Services

New menu, new look for River Front Grill
University Enterprises Inc. (UEI) Dining Services is excited to announce a new menu for the River Front Grill that includes a savory selection of healthy salads such as antipasto and Caesar, and Italian food items including hand-pressed 7-inch pizzas, pizza rolls and soft breadsticks. Pizza selections and toppings include tried-and-true favorites such as pepperoni, barbecue chicken and vegetarian.
Also, a selection of chicken wings has been added along with fruit smoothies and homemade cookies.

To complement this satisfying new menu, a new logo and signage showcasing many of the food items now appears. Click here for a peek at the new menu.
Submitted by UEI/Marketing Services

Dining Services changes business hours for Spring 2012
Effective Jan. 23, University Enterprises Inc. (UEI) Dining Services has changed business hours for Sac State’s eateries. For a complete list of eateries and their new spring semester scheduled hours of operation, click here.

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

Faculty Senate schedule
The Faculty Senate schedule is now available online.
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

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

Email system maintenance begins Saturday
The University email service, Exchange, will be down intermittently for maintenance on Feb. 4 and Feb. 18 between 12:01 a.m. and 2 a.m. Any incoming or outgoing mail during those two hours (midnight-2 a.m.), including SacSend email, will be queued and delivered when the system is returned to service. For the same two hours of maintenance, the email function of the Blackboard pilot will be disabled.

If you have any questions or concerns about this maintenance, contact the IRT Service Desk at 278-7337 or
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

IT system maintenance required
Some major systems will be unavailable for 5½ hours from 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 through 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. We normally do major maintenance between terms. However, due to a critical system component problem, we have chosen this late night/early morning time for maintenance to least affect the campus. The systems affected include:

  • Email
  • MySacState
  • SacCT
  • The Data Warehouse
  • Network drives (for example, U:, N:, P:)

Any incoming or outgoing email will be queued and delivered when the email system is returned to service.

If you have any questions or concerns about this maintenance, contact the IRT Service Desk at 278-7337 or
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Security quick tip
Enabling a password-protected screensaver ensures that your computer is protected when you step away from your desk for any reason. If you need assistance enabling the password-protected screensaver, please contact the IRT service desk or your local IT support for assistance. You can reach the IRT service desk at 278-7337 or
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Spring 2012 benefits workshops
The Office of Human Resources – Benefits is sponsoring the following retirement and financial planning workshops for the Spring semester. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please go to the Benefits Office Workshops website to view the schedule, find specific registration information and download a copy of each workshop flier. Registration for most workshops is now available online through LearnerWeb. Please review the workshop flier before registering to ensure that the specific workshop fits your needs, andsecure the approval of your supervisor to attend prior to registration.

  • Pre-Retirement Planning (Part 1) (Course ID: HR_BEN_01): 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, University Union, California Suite.
  • CalPERS Planning Your Retirement (Part 2): 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Feb. 28, University Union, Foothill Suite. You must register for this workshop through your MyCalPERS account online or by calling the CalPERS Customer Contact Center at (888) 225-7377.
  • Social Security/Medicare Workshop (Course ID: HR_BEN_05): 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, University Union, Orchard Suite II and III.
  • Savings Plus Program (Course ID: HR_BEN_04): 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. (repeated) Friday, March 16, University Union, Lobby Suite.

If you have questions about the state’s 401(k)/457 program or an existing account, you can make an appointment to speak with SPP Retirement Specialist Greg Sabin while he is on campus. Contact him at or 324-0532 for an appointment.

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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