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February 13, 2012

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High-Speed Rail talk on campus
The College of Engineering and Computer Science invites you to “Engineers Investing in California’s Future: Elements of Building a California High-Speed Rail.” This event, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the University Union’s Hinde Auditorium, is being held in conjunction with National Engineers Week and will feature the High-Speed Rail CEO, Roelof Van Ark, as well as two of the High-Speed Rail Authority’s top engineers, John Popoff and Gregg Albright.

The California High-Speed Rail is one of the largest infrastructure projects in our country’s history. The challenges of implementation range from high-level planning of the project, connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles in two hours and 40 minutes, to detailed engineering aspects of planning, aesthetic design, sustainability and stakeholder coordination.
Submitted by the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Doctorate in Educational Leadership sponsors talk on community colleges
The Doctorate in Educational Leadership program will sponsor guest speaker Nancy Shulock from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in AIRC 1011. A professor and the executive director of the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy at Sacramento State, Shulock will give a talk titled “Student Success in California’s Community Colleges: The Evolution of Research and Policy.” All interested persons are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Doctorate in Educational Leadership office at 278-2282 or edd@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Doctorate in Educational Leadership office

Alumnus reveals life of South Pacific islanders
A free photographic exhibit by Sac State alumnus Andrew Connelly, illustrating the lives of indigenous Melanesians, is on display through Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the Anthropology Museum, Mendocino Hall 1000. “Art of Ethnography: Images From Trobriand Islands Fieldwork” is a collection of photos by Connelly, who is pursuing a doctorate in Pacific History. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Connelly will talk about his experiences in a free lecture at noon Friday, Feb. 17, in Mendocino 1005, followed by a reception in the gallery.
Submitted by the Anthropology Department

Library’s Hellenic Collection makes two acquisitions
The Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection in the University Library has acquired the library of the late Pyrrhus J. Ruches and the Hellenic library of the late Dr. Steve A. Demakopoulos. For most of his career, Ruches worked in New York as a journalist. He authored two books, Albania’s Captives (1965) and Albanian Historical Folksongs, 1716-1943: A Survey of Oral Epic Poetry From Southern Albania, With Original Texts (1967). Over the years, he also published freelance articles in the Greek American and Greek periodical press related to his interest in Northern Epirus and issues of the Greek minority in southern Albania. Among the roughly 1,800 items acquired from his library are books, pamphlets, journals, maps and audio-visual materials in various languages reflecting his broad interests.

Demakopoulos was an economist, computer scientist and author whose Hellenic library contains approximately 3,400 volumes in the fields of Greek lexicography, literature, folklore and music; a music collection consisting of sheet music, musical archives and audio recordings; and related subject files. He is the author of Do You Speak Greek? (2000), in which some of his numerous published articles are reprinted in an exploration of Greek language in use in everyday contexts.

These acquisitions dramatically strengthen the Tsakopoulos Collection’s holdings in several key subject areas as it inaugurates a three-year Library Research Fellowship Program. Funded by the Elios Society, the program will give both budding and senior scholars outside the Sacramento region sustained access to the materials in the Collection in support of their academic endeavors while in residence for varying periods of time. Click here for further information about these acquisitions or the Library Research Fellowship Program.
Submitted by the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, University Library

Valentine buffet scheduled for Feb. 13-17
The University Center Restaurant will offer a Valentine buffet featuring port-braised pork with cherry demi glaze, chicken cacciatore and ratatouille rustica as a vegetarian option. Assorted gourmet salads and savory sides, such as cauliflower mashed potatoes with truffle oil and lemon-scented rice, are also included. The tantalizing buffet is available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 13-17. The University Center Restaurant is at the southeast entrance of the University Union across from Round Table Pizza. For more information, click here. Reservations are recommended at 278-6100.
Submitted by University Enterprises

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

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

February 2012 Research Funding Update available online
The update is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. This month’s feature includes updated information regarding federal funding, including updates on funding for specific agencies. Both an abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available here.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Free statistical and writing support available for faculty
Faculty consultants are available to work with tenured and tenure-track faculty at no cost on statistical analysis and grant proposal writing.

Dr. Serge Lee, professor of Social Work, is a faculty statistical consultant available to faculty who are developing journal articles, grant proposals, sponsored project evaluations, program reviews, pilot studies or other research projects involving the collection and manipulation of data. Lee will be available by appointment to work with tenured or tenure-track faculty on statistics, methodologies, survey methods, questionnaire development, data analysis and SPSS.

Dr. Brad Baker, associate professor of Chemistry; Dr. Dian Baker, associate professor of Nursing; and Dr. Jana Noel, professor of Teacher Education, are serving as writing consultants for the Spring 2012 semester. They are available to tenured and tenure-track faculty for assistance with grant proposal writing, including developing realistic proposal timelines, reviewing and revising drafts, providing editorial input, and advising on ways to strengthen the rhetorical and compositional aspects of research and education proposals to government agencies and foundations.

For more information or to arrange a consultation time, contact your sponsored research officer directly or Truli Koski at 278-7565.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Sponsored research and contract activity: Year in Review publications
The Year in Review highlights and celebrates research and creative activity, focusing on some of the innovative work being developed by Sacramento State faculty and staff in various disciplines across campus. The latest edition, featuring projects undertaken in 2009-10 and 2010-11, is now available here.

To request a hard copy of this publication, please e-mail research@csus.edu or call 278-7565.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Call for applicants for the 2012 Faculty Learning Communities
The Center for Teaching and Learning in January was awarded funds to support three Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). FLCs are peer-led groups of eight to 12 faculty 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 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.

FLC meeting dates:

  • Examining the Impacts of Learning Management System Tools using Action Research. Limited to seven participants; all sessions 2-4 p.m.; all dates are Fridays: Feb. 24, March 16, April 6, April 27, May 4, May 18.
  • Writing and Submitting Successful Grant Proposals. Limited to 15 participants; all sessions noon-2 p.m.; all dates are Tuesdays: Feb. 21, March 6, March 27, April 10, May 1.
  • Program Assessment. Limited to 12 participants; all sessions 3-5 p.m.; all dates are Mondays: Feb. 20, March 12, April 9, April 23, May 14.

Five additional meetings for Fall 2012 are to be announced. The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 13. For more information, visit the center’s website, email ctl@csus.edu, call 278-5945 or visit the office in the University Library, Room 4026.
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

State of the Students address
This week, Associated Students Inc. President Laura Gonzalez will deliver the State of the Students address. “Spread the Love” will take place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the University Union Lobby. ASI is using Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to signify support and love for the Sac State student body. Prizes and refreshments will be available. Students are asked to tweet their questions for ASI President Gonzalez in advance @SacStateASPrez. For more information, contact the A-Team at asi-ateam@csus.edu.
Submitted by Associated Students Inc.

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.

Free FAFSA application workshops
The Financial Aid Office will conduct four free workshops this month 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’s 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

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. 17. To learn more about the program, click here.
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Washington 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. 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 hoenigco@csus.edu.
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 careercenter@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Academic Advising and Career Center

College of Engineering and Computer Science’s annual Career Day
The College of Engineering and Computer Science’s annual Career Day is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the University Union. Hiring of technical professionals is expanding rapidly, and we have 55 companies signed up to attend. The complete current list of companies that will attend can be found online. Companies interested in hiring technical candidates can still sign up for the event here.

Career Day is the most productive day of the year. More hiring happens on this day than at any other time. It is a must-attend for companies hiring technical majors, experienced engineers or computer science professionals in 2012.
Submitted by the College of Engineering and Computer Science

CAPS provides groups and workshops during Spring 2012
Counseling and Psychological Services is offering several workshops and therapy groups focused on a variety of topics to meet the needs of Sacramento State students. Workshops will occur during the weeks of Feb. 20 and 27, and will cover topics such as healthy sleeping habits, test-taking anxiety, study skills, communication, motivation and goal-setting. Therapy groups will run through the entire semester and have limited spots available. A complete list of workshops and therapy groups is available on the CAPS website.

Workshops and therapy groups are free to all currently enrolled Sac State students. For more information about CAPS services, please visit our website.
Submitted by Counseling and Psychological Services

Instructional Design for eLearning certificate program
Do you have the knowledge and tools needed to transition from traditional classroom training to eLearning? The Instructional Design for eLearning certificate program will help you develop and use strategies to lead and manage instructional challenges in a variety of online educational settings, and introduce the skills needed for building coursework for the web.

The instructors are subject matter experts in the field of instructional design and work hands-on with program participants. They know the content and provide real-life examples. The program offers “take-away” resources that participants can apply to their own personal or work-related projects throughout the program.

The Spring 2012 cohort begins Saturday, March 3. Register now!
Submitted by CCE Communications

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, 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 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

18th annual ‘College: Making It Happen!’ event
Sacramento State will once again team up with other local colleges and universities to host a special program on preparing for college. The 18th annual “College: Making It Happen!” event will be from 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 17, in the University Union. This event is free and open to the public.
         
The program is intended primarily for sixth- through ninth-grade students and their families, although all students are welcome. Because of its popularity, reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve your spot or register online, visit our website. Fliers in English and Spanish are available at this site as well.

The program will include practical workshops and interactive sessions on college readiness, financial planning and exploring career options. Representatives from Sacramento-area colleges and universities will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about their institutions.

Also, video will be shown emphasizing the importance of planning for college and the need for the whole family to be involved. A number of workshops will be facilitated in Spanish.
         
“College: Making It Happen!” is sponsored by Sacramento State, the Los Rios Community College District, UC Davis Academic Preparation Programs, the Sacramento CAL-SOAP Consortium, MESA, Breakthrough Sacramento, ScholarShare, and other educational and community-based organizations.
Submitted by Admissions and Outreach

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 (NIMS, SEMS, ICS – IS100.HE, IS700.a & IS 800.b), four hours of training
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 gnagywb@csus.edu. Training also can be done online. Click the individual links for classes IS 700.a, IS 100.HE and IS 800.b. Total online training time is 15 hours. Email a copy of certificate of completion to Gnagy.
Submitted by Emergency Operations Center

Annual asbestos notification
In accordance with the provisions of the California Health and Safety Code, employees must be notified annually that an asbestos survey has been completed and the report confirms the presence of asbestos-containing building materials in several buildings on campus.

The presence of asbestos in building materials does not present a health hazard. However, if disturbed, asbestos-containing materials can release fibers. Exposure to asbestos may result in asbestos-related diseases, including cancer. Employees are required to contact Facilities Services for approval prior to beginning work that would disturb building construction materials in any campus building or location. This includes any type of construction, alterations or improvements, such as drilling or cutting into walls or ceilings, disturbing floor tiles or finishes, or disturbing insulating materials or fireproofing.

For additional information, visit the Environmental Health and Safety website or call 278-5174.
Submitted by Risk Management Services

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

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

Sustainable dining
University Enterprises Inc. Dining Services is now offering EcoProducts compostable and recycled content disposables at the following locations: the Dining Commons, Courtyard Market, Togos, University Center Restaurant and University Catering. Other eateries now offering compostable to-go ware include Panda Express, Gordito Burrito, Saigon Bay, Miyagi Sushi, Crepes de Paris and Yotasia Frozen Yogurt. For further information on sustainable dining practices, click here.
Submitted by UEI/Marketing Services

First Academic IT Forum set for Feb. 24
As part of its ongoing commitment to engage on IT issues that affect teaching and learning, Information Resources and Technology is initiating a biannual Academic IT Forum this spring. The first forum will address the hot topic of faculty ownership of computing devices and the implications for the University of personal ownership. This forum will take place 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the University Union Foothill Suite.

The forum will consist of a panel of faculty and academic administrators who will respond to a series of questions that attempt to review the many complex aspects of increasing faculty ownership of computing devices. Should the University provide software for use on faculty devices? Do personal devices used on campus need to follow the same security rules? Are we responsible for reimbursing faculty when they don’t have an adequate University computer? These are just a few of the many interesting and controversial questions that will be addressed at our first IT Forum.
Submitted by the Information Resources and Technology

Materials Accessibility Workshop
Help us make instructional materials more accessible to all our students by attending an Instructional Materials Accessibility Workshop this semester. Workshop topics include:

  • Captioning Self-Service Overview
  • Using the Accessible Syllabus Template
  • Create Accessible Word Documents
  • Create Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
  • Create Accessible PDF Documents

A complete workshop schedule is here.

If you are interested in individual consultation or would like to schedule a workshop to be taught at your department/event, contact ati@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Accessible Technology Initiative

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 publicaffairs@csus.edu.

Another option for publicizing an academic event or performance is the University’s digital sign network on campus. Submit your message to www.csus.edu/digitalsigns or www.csus.edu/pa/digitalsign.
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 www.facebook.com/sacstate. To follow Sac State’s Twitter updates, go to http://twitter.com/#!/sacstate.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Security quick tip
If you receive an unexpected email from an old friend with several attachments that look like photos, what should you do?

Always be suspicious of attachments from people you do not know or rarely speak to. Opening these attachments could expose your computer to malware or a virus or worm attack. Email the sender back and make sure the email is legitimate before opening unexpected attachments.
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, and secure 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 sabing@nationwide.com 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 employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Cynthia Hester from the Facilities Housing Department
Carlyn Pollock from College of A&L Dean’s Office
Donna Danzeris from the College of Continuing Education

 


 


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