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February 1, 2010

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Town hall meeting location changed
University President Alexander Gonzalez will hold a town hall meeting to discuss budget issues and answer questions noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. Attendees are asked to arrive a few minutes early so the event can begin on time.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Career fair
The Career Center will hold its annual spring career fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the University Union Ballroom. Employers will offer full-time, part-time, internship, cooperative education and volunteer work opportunities. Students should bring resumes and dress professionally.
For more information, e-mail
Submitted by the Career Center

Assessment Newsletter
The fall 2009 Assessment Newsletter, published by the Office of Academic Program Assessment, Academic Affairs, is available in electronic format at

Forward comments about the newsletter to Terry Underwood at
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Research Funding Update
The February issue of Research Funding Update is available. This update is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. An abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available on the web at

This month’s highlight includes a National Institutes of Health announcement of expanded funding of basic behavioral and social sciences research along with targeted funding opportunity notices in arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.

Additional information about any of the opportunities announced in Research Funding Update can be obtained by clicking on the given web address or by contacting Research Administration at 8-7565.
Submitted by Research Administration

The WELL tours
Tours of new fitness and wellness center, The WELL, are conducted from 3-4 p.m., Fridays through May 28 by appointment only. To schedule a tour, call Mary Lyons at 278-6745. 
Submitted by The Well

Education discussion
Associated Students Inc., is sponsoring a discussion called, Education in the Recession 4-7 p.m. Feb. 18, in the University Union’s Hinde Auditorium. The discussion will focus on the state budget and the effect it has had on Sacramento State and higher education in general.

Tentative speakers include Assemblyman Roger Niello, Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, deputy legislative secretary Paul Navarro, president for the Sacramento State Chapter of the California Faculty Association Kevin Wehr and Faculty Senate Chair Tony Sheppard.

The event is free and open to the campus community.
Submitted by Associated Students Inc.

Automated course creation
To streamline the SacCT course shell creation and student enrollment process, Information Resources and Technology and Academic Technology and Creative Services have collaborated with more than 80 faculty to develop a new automated course creation process that will make it easier for faculty to create a course and load students into courses.

Faculty members who have one or more registered courses in PeopleSoft can visit to create SacCT course shells and enroll students.

For more information on SacCT Self-Service, including step-by-step instructions, links to handouts and access to online video tutorials, visit the SacCT self-service help site at
Submitted by Academic Technology and Creative Services

Counseling services
The Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services offers counseling services for the public. Counselors are graduate students in a Counselor Education graduate program, and they can provide individual, couples, adolescent, career and rehabilitation counseling, and marriage and family therapy. There are 13-14 sessions per semester for a flat rate of $100.

For dates, times and more information, call 278-6252.
Submitted by the Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services

Weight Watchers
The University Enterprises Human Resources department hosts a Weight Watchers at Work program each Thursday during lunch on the third floor of the Hornet Bookstore Building, room 3900.

 An informational meeting for people interested in learning about the program is noon-1 p.m. Feb. 4. A Weight Watchers leader will provide an overview of the benefits, explain the dues and answer questions. For more information, contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or e-mail  Informational and renewal sessions are open to the campus community.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

Togo’s soup express
Togo’s offers a soup express line in the River Front Center.  Soup or bread bowls, drinks and grab-and-go sandwiches are offered from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast cereal is also available. The Soup Express can only take cash.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

Courtyard Market
The American River Courtyard Market is the newest place on campus to get snacks, ice cream, drinks, organic and locally-grown items, Java city coffees and smoothies, fresh baked pizza and signature sandwiches. Located near the entrance of the new residence hall, this market is open 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

Faculty Teaching Assignment Report
The Faculty Teaching Assignment Report is available on the Office of Institutional Research website at

The report is based on the Academic Planning Data Base submitted to and approved by the Chancellor’s Office on the census date of fall 2009. It displays detailed information regarding faculty teaching load, such as courses and sections, student course credits, section enrollment, student full-time equivalent  and weighted teaching units by individual faculty member and department.

Contact the Office of Institutional Research at 278-6566 for more information on the report.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Information Resources and Technology
For news and information about technology on campus, visit IT News at To locate resources for help with technology, call 278-7337 or visit IRT’s newest newsletter is available at
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology


Faculty brown bag
Faculty are invited to participate in a brown bag reading group called, “Teaching Diverse Student Writers,” focused on how instructors in any discipline can most effectively and efficiently respond to the writing of multilingual students.

The group, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the TESOL Program and Writing Across the Curriculum, will meet from noon-1:15 p.m. the second Friday of each month, in the University Writing Center, Calaveras Hall 128. The first meeting is Feb. 12.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of Dana Ferris’s book, Teaching College Writing to Diverse Student Populations.

To confirm attendance, e-mail or call 278-5945
Submitted by the English Department

USA Brown Bag meeting
The University Staff Assembly will hold its semi-annual Brown Bag open meeting noon-1 p.m., Feb. 16, in the Lobby Suite of the University Union. The campus community is invited to bring lunch and attend this meeting of the general board. An overview of the functions of USA will be presented. Time will be reserved for guests to ask questions or share suggestions. For more information on the event, contact Darlene Monroe at 278-5564 or e-mail
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

Human Resources

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 Sacramento Hall 162 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:

Ruth Schroeder, Human Resources



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