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Feb. 7, 2011


President Gonzalez to convene University Convocation

In cooperation with the Faculty Senate, President Alexander Gonzalez is convening a University Convocation on Monday, Feb. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

The topic will be fostering community on campus.

Last semester, the Senate approached the President about a convocation to focus on some very important issues facing Sacramento State, as well as university campuses across the nation. The apparent bullying-related suicide of a Rutgers student in September renewed attention on the role that higher education institutions play in creating a sense of community that is better equipped to respond to issues before they become tragedies.

Similar topics have been discussed in the media and elsewhere following the Tucson shooting and, just this week, the horrific death of an elementary school principal in Placerville.

To make this convocation as productive and relevant as possible, a committee of faculty members was created to plan the afternoon's activities. They include Dean Vanessa Sheared of the College of Education, Don Taylor from Academic Affairs and professors Kimo Ah Yun, Margarita Berta-Avila, Tim Fong, Janet Hecsh, Greg Mark and Steve Perez.

The keynote speaker is noted journalist and scholar Helen Zia. Breakout sessions led by faculty will follow, and the day will end with a reception.

The eventual goal is a set of recommendations that can inform campus policies and the University's strategic plan.
Submitted by the President's Office

President Gonzalez to host budget town hall

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a budget town hall at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 22 in the University Union's Hinde Auditorium. President Gonzalez will present more information on the California State University budget and how it could affect Sacramento State.
Submitted by the President's Office

Employees of the month

Bob Shook is an Athletic Advisor in the Student Athlete Resource Center.

One of Bob's nominators states, “he represents the epitome of dedication and professionalism. He is an excellent academic advisor and a motivating mentor with exceptional organizational skills. In his short two years back on the campus, he has created a welcoming environment for our incoming new football student-athletes and created an excellent system of academic accountability for the entire team.” Another mentioned that, “he is a great staff person, who has taken the responsibility of improving the academic success of the football team to a level consistent with the university's goals.”

Nicole Johnson, Clerk, Dining Services, University Enterprises, Inc.

Nicole's nominator described her as “being extremely efficient, meeting all deadlines, and treating others with kindness and grace.” The nominator continued, “the staff in Dining Services holds Nicole in high esteem and values her contributions to the work environment. She exemplifies a strong, conscientious and professional role model for all those she leads and supports.”

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Staff Employee Recognition Program. Names of the recipients will be announced in March.

Details about nominations, eligibility, criteria, and procedures are available on:
Submitted by the President's office

Career Fair

Sacramento State's Career Center will hold its annual spring career fair on Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom. Employers from the corporate sector, education, government agencies and non-profits will be participating. The fair is open to all students and alumni in all majors. Employers will be recruiting for full- and part-time positions, student assistant jobs, and internships.

The Career Center prepares students for a successful career by providing help with resume writing, researching companies, and identifying appropriate attire to wear when meeting employers. Students can visit the Career Center during walk-in services Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please announce this excellent networking opportunity to your students. Questions can be directed to Christine Parvin at or 278-5621.
Submitted by the Career Center

Testing Center
The Testing Center's new hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center will not close for the lunch hour.
Submitted by the Testing Center

Sign up for ENS

Sacramento State encourages all students, faculty and staff to sign up for the Emergency Notification System (ENS) so they may receive automated delivery of urgent announcements in the event of a critical incident to large groups of people via text messages, telephone calls and e-mail. Examples of such events would be a bomb threat, hazardous materials spills, criminal activity, flood or fire.

For further information and to register please go to . Signing up is quick and easy.

ENS is one of many tools used by Sacramento State to protect lives and property on campus. The Office of Public Safety has approximately 22 sworn police officer positions and has recently implemented initiatives to increase visibility and awareness, including two new campus service centers and additional bicycle patrols. Other Public Safety services include after-hours night escorts and educational seminars.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Writing and Technology Brown Bag

“Using Technology to Teach Writing” will be the subject of a brown-bag session on Thursday, Feb. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the University Library, 4026.

The workshop, presented by Writing Across the Curriculum, a program of the Center for Teaching and Learning, will discuss different technologies to improve student writing, including:

--Online brainstorming tools
--Blogs and Wikis and other social networking tools -- Research and citation tools --Tools for creating polls and surveys

Participants will leave with links to numerous technology resources for designing writing assignments for teaching 21st century writing skills.

Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Writing workshop

The Community Engagement Center invites faculty to a Writing Partners Brown Bag Workshop on Friday Feb. 18, from noon to 12:50 p.m., focusing on how to use and assess a program that promotes intercultural knowledge and competence through letter exchanges between elementary and college students.

It will demonstrate how faculty can tailor Writing Partners to meet discipline-specific learning goals and objectives.

Register at for event location and additional information. Space is limited.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Student fee forms

The Student Fee Advisory Committee is still 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

Weight Watchers at Work

University Enterprises Human Resources department will host a Weight Watchers at Work program each Friday during lunch on the third floor of the Hornet Bookstore Building, room 3900.For more information, contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or e-mail .
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Spring Technology Workshops

Faculty and staff may now register for the spring technology workshops - Excel, Word, Securing Online Exams, Teaching in Smart Classrooms and more. Registration and workshop descriptions are available at . For questions, contact the training coordinator at
Submitted by Academic, Creative and Technology Services

Free Tax Preparation Assistance

A Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site by Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Phi Chapter Sacramento State. Every Tuesday, Feb. 8-March 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mendocino Hall, 2007.


-ID/Driver's License
-Social Security cards (you, spouse, dependents)
-Bank Statement
-W2(s) and Income Statements
-Green Card (if applicable)

For more information contact:
Submitted by Financial Aid

Training sessions

There will be Disaster Preparedness NIMS/SEMS/ICS training sessions available for non-first responders (Group 1) in the Hinde Auditorium under the auspices of the Department of Public Safety.
The two-hour presentation provides an overview of federal, state and local systems and 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.

This session is for faculty and staff at the University who do not 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 cannot be completed online. No test is involved in this training. This training is mandated by executive order from the Chancellor's Office and Sacramento State.

Participants need attend just one of these sessions:

Feb 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., or Feb 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Feb 21, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Mar 21, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
April 4, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

There will be Disaster Preparedness NIMS/SEMS/ICS training sessions for campus first responders (Group 2) in the Hinde Auditorium.  The four-hour presentation provides an overview of federal, state and local systems and 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.

To participate in this training online visit:   search for (IS-700A) and then (IS-100.HE). Each is three hours with tests.

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.

Attend one of these dates:

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.

Register at the Sac State LEARNER WEB. Classes are limited to 186 per class. Questions: 278-2397.

For the Building Coordinators 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 278-2397.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Submissions sought

The 2011 Women's Herstory Month Committee is holding an event on March 3, at 5 p.m., in the American River Courtyard to recognize and honor “Women of Influence” at Sacramento State.

Nominate a staff member, faculty member, or student leader who has been a positive influence in your life. The awards cite Sac State women who are helping to advance our campus community.

To nominate an individual, please click here. If you have any questions email
Submitted by Housing and Residential Life

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 grant, Veterans Success Program, STEM Scholars Lecture, Black History Month, and Native American Artist. Videos, Nursing program's new home, MESA, Campus security.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs  

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

Security Quick Tip

What should you do if you find a USB drive on the ground?

Turn the USB drive into the Information Security Office. Never try to read or access the data on the drive as it may contain confidential information and/or could contain viruses.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Fundraising Showcase

A fundraising showcase for Sac State students participating in the Kennedy Center College Theatre competition will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 in Playwrights' Theatre. Fourteen students will present scenes and monologues. Admission is $5 at the door.
Submitted by the Theatre and Dance Department

Human Resources

Retirement and Financial Planning

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 one of the workshops, please go to the Benefits Office Workshops website for specific registration information and a copy of the workshop flier - .  Review the workshop flier before registering to ensure that the specific workshop fits your needs. 

Retirement Planning

Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to noon, University Union Orchard Suite, an introduction to the CalPERS Retirement program benefits and procedures.

CalPERS Planning Your Retirement

Feb. 16, 9 a.m. to noon, University Union Foothill Suite

*You must register for this workshop through your MyCalPERS account at , or by calling the CalPERS Customer Contact Center at 1-888-225-7377

Your Benefits When You Separate From CSU ( For Employees Not Eligible For Retirement )

Feb. 25, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Del Norte Hall 3001A

Social Security/Medicare

March 17, 9 to 11 a.m., University Union Forest Suite

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:

Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department

Kenya Capers, Student Financial Services

Deana Frandsen, Student Health Center

 Kevin Ptak, Art Department

Donna Danzeris, College of Continuing Education


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