February 2, 2009
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

January Employees of the Month
Tuan Pham, Information Resources and Technology desktop software support consultant and Richard Clakeley, University Union event service coordinator are the employees of the month.

Pham’s nominator mentioned, "Tuan's solutions are directly attributable to his mastery of computer programming, his inquisitive intelligence and ability to innovate and most importantly, his interest in providing exemplary customer service." 

Clakeley’s colleague said, "Richard is an exceptionally dedicated individual who goes above and beyond his job description on a continuous basis."  He was described as an employee who "creates lasting relationships through the excellent assistance of event planning."

Details regarding eligibility, criteria and nomination procedures are available on the website link:
Submitted by the Office of the President

The Multi-Institutional Study on Leadership
Sacramento State students will participate in the Multi-Institutional Study on Leadership (MSL) Feb. 9–27. The study will be distributed to 4,500 undergraduate students, 4,000 selected at random and 500 selected from leadership programs and positions within Student Affairs departments. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to participate in the survey if selected.

The MSL contributes to the understanding of college student leadership development with special attention to the role of higher education in fostering leadership capacities. More than 100 institutes of higher education are participating in this second distribution

Visit, for more information about the MSL.
Submitted by Student Affairs

Lecture by Paralympic gold medalist
Mark Zupan, a quadriplegic rugby player, Paralympics gold medalist and star of the documentary film Murderball, will give a lecture from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5 in the University Union Ballroom.

The event is free and is open to the public. It is sponsored by UNIQUE Programs, Associated Students, Inc., Recreational Sports, and Services to Students with Disabilities.
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities

One Book Program
Julie Otsuka’s, When the Emperor Was Divine, has been selected by the Sacramento State One Book Program for the 2009-2010 One Book. Otsuka will visit the campus for a series of One Book activities on Oct. 5. 

The book was chosen by the One Book selection committee, comprised of representatives of the faculty, staff, students and community.

A faculty One Book workshop will be held this spring. To join a general interest or information list, please email
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Tea Ceremony
Students, faculty and community members are welcome to attend a Japanese tea ceremony at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the Sokiku Nakatani tea room on the lower level of the University Library. For questions or reservations, call Sally Hitchcock at 278-5954.

Submitted by the University Library

Time management workshops
The Academic Advising Center will offer eight time management workshops prior to spring break. These workshops provide students with time management and study skill techniques. Workshops last one hour and are located in the University Union. Dates are:

Thursday, Feb. 5, 10:30 a.m., Lobby Suite
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m., Lobby Suite
Tuesday, Feb. 17, noon, Lobby Suite
Monday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m., California Suite, 3F
Tuesday, March 3, 9 a.m., Lobby Suite
Wednesday, March 11, 3 p.m., Oak Room, 2F
Thursday, March 19, 9 a.m., Oak Room, 2F
Monday, March 23, noon, Folsom Room, 3F
Submitted by Academic Advising

Faculty Mentoring Faculty program
The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty to participate in the Faculty Mentoring Faculty program. This program offers a variety of mentoring support for individuals at all points in their careers and provides an excellent opportunity for them to get individualized help with teaching questions.

Some of the support offered includes observations of courses, syllabus preparation, lessons planning, strategies for assessing students, strategies for pacing courses and strategies for presenting course material.

For more information, visit the Faculty Mentoring Faculty website at
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Writing Journal
The Faculty Senate Subcommittee for Writing and Reading announces publication of the first edition of the Sacramento State online undergraduate writing journal, Writing the University. The journal can be found at It contains a variety of writing genres from students in classes across the curriculum.

To sponsor a student essay for the next edition, follow the submission guidelines link from the home page of the journal. 
Submitted by the Faculty Senate

Faculty brown bag workshop
The Community Engagement Center is hosting two faculty brown bag workshops on its Writing Partners program. The workshops are designed to help faculty re-energize the classroom environment and enhance students' critical and creative thinking by integrating effective and meaningful writing exchange assignments that students will enjoy

Workshops are 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 and 1-2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26.

For information on the Writing Partners program, visit To RSVP, email or call 278-4610.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Proposal Development Workshops
The Research Administration office offers three proposal development workshops in February. Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend.

“Research Grant Resources: Meet Your Sponsored Research Officer,” noon- 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, University Union Foothill Suite. This workshop is for anyone interested in submitting a grant proposal for external funding. Participants will learn how sponsored research officers can help identify potential sources of support and develop competitive proposals.

“National Science Foundation FastLane Overview and Interactive Demo,” 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, Foothill Suite, University Union. This workshop is for those new to FastLane, the interactive, web-based system used for the submission of grant proposals and project reports to NSF.

“Funding Sources, Funding Searches,” 9-10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 27, Hornet Bookstore building, Boardroom (Suite 3010). This interactive workshop is for people interested in seeking funding for research ideas or who currently have grants and would like to seek supplemental support. Participants will learn about online resources including the Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) and will discuss ways to ensure funding opportunities are a mutual good fit.

To register, visit
Submitted by Research Administration

Webinar on employment agreements
The Research Administration office is hosting an 11-part webinar course from the National Center on Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer on the essentials of commercialization for researchers. 

The topic of the next session is “The Fundamental Essentials: Employment Agreements,” and will be broadcast from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Hornet Bookstore Building Boardroom (suite 3010). 

Sacramento State faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend.  For more on the series, or to reserve a seat, visit
Submitted by Research Administration

Buddha screening

Maria Jaoudi, Humanities and Religious Studies Department, will lead a discussion and present the film Little Buddha, 7 p.m., Feb. 19, at the Crocker Art Museum. A pre-film tour of the museum begins at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $7 for nonmembers. Members are free.

For additional information visit
Submitted by the Department of Humanities and Religious Studies

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 each fiscal year in one-hour increments. Bargaining Units 1, 8, 10 and 11 may only donate up to 16 hours per fiscal year. If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained at, or by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Sacramento Hall 162, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Julie Bradley, Math Department
Maharisha Belton, Admissions and Records
Maryann Alvarez, Nursing
Wanderah Anderson, Division of Social Work
Michael Wilson, Economics
*Annette Karle, Strategic Planning and Quality Improvement

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee


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