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Feb. 14, 2011


Convocation to explore fostering community on campus
In cooperation with the Faculty Senate, President Alexander Gonzalez is convening a University Convocation on Monday, Feb. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom.  All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. Classes may also be dismissed for these convocations, and students should not be penalized for attending the convocation if their classes are not dismissed.

The topic will be fostering community on campus.

Last semester, the Senate approached the President about 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 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 is a clerk in 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

College of Continuing Education Dean retiring
Message From Provost Joseph Sheley: Please join me in offering congratulations and good wishes to College of Continuing Education Dean, Alice Tom, who has announced her retirement, effective June 30.  Alice has been Dean of CCE for 17 years (more than a quarter of CCE’s years of operation).  Few of us think about CCE without thinking about Alice.  She has been a tremendous asset to the University and has led CCE on its path to preeminent status within the CSU and the West more generally.   She has been especially adept at matching Sacramento State’s strengths with the strengths and needs of its home region.   The CCE web site describes a lengthy and imaginative array of offerings and activities – a range well beyond what most think of as “extended ed.” In short, today’s highly successful CCE is truly Alice Tom’s legacy.

We wish Alice well as she embarks on her new life chapter.  I look forward to working with her over the next few months to provide for a smooth transition to new leadership, knowing well that Alice’s shoes will be difficult to fill.
Submitted by Administration and Academic Affairs

Best wishes

After serving Sacramento State for 25 years, interim Associate Vice President for Facilities Services Mario Ruiz will retire April 30. 

Mario agreed to serve as the interim last year during a very difficult budget time for the California State University system and the campus.  With his many years of experience and breadth of knowledge in facilities services, he has done an outstanding job managing such a critical unit of the University.  I want to express my sincere appreciation for his dedication, professionalism and hard work during his interim term, says Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee, Interim Vice President of Administration and Business Affairs.

Please join us in thanking Mario and extending our best wishes for an enjoyable retirement.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Career Fair
Sacramento State’s Career Center will hold its annual spring career fair 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

Fausto Avendano's lecture/reading of his latest book, “Santa Maria,” a historical novel of California, will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 17, The Hornet Bookstore.
Submitted by Department of  Foreign Languages

Speech and social hour
The Doctorate in Educational Leadership will be sponsoring guest speaker, William Koski on Friday, Feb. 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the University Union, California Suite, 3rd floor.  His speech, “The California Constitution, the Courts, and the Classroom,” will be preceded by refreshments and appetizers from 3 to 4 p.m. For more information contact the Doctorate in Educational Leadership office (916) 278-2282 or email
Submitted by Doctorate in Educational Leadership Office

Sac State Magazine online
The Winter 2010-11 issue of Sac State Magazine is now available online:

It contains stories on The WELL and other efforts to make a healthy lifestyle part of the college experience, volunteers who are making a difference throughout the campus, the Guardian Scholars program to help former foster youth succeed in their studies and more.
A limited number of print copies are available by contacting the Office of University Marketing at 278-2140.
Submitted by University Marketing

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

Faculty conference travel grants available
The Community Engagement Center, a unit of Academic Affairs, is soliciting applications for Faculty Conference Travel Grants. Through the establishment of Faculty Conference Travel Grants, the Community Engagement Center aims to support and foster faculty community scholarship and the expansion of Community-Based Learning (i.e. service learning, civic learning/engagement) at Sacramento State. A maximum of $4,550 in total travel grants will be awarded.

All part-time and full-time Sacramento State faculty, including lecturers, are eligible to apply. For additional eligibility requirements, funding criteria and deadlines, and Request for Proposal application, please visit
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Mexico trip
Travel Study for Spanish and Cultural Immersion (15 days) in Oaxaca, Mexico July 8-23. Led by Dr. Peter Baird of BMED/Continuing Education; 3 units lower or upper division. $2,250 total. 
Apply now -- or write to
First information meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Napa Hall.
Submitted by College of Continuing Education and BMED

Lost and Found
The campus police department hours for lost and found items are as follows:

Monday - 8 3 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.)
Tuesday/Thursday - 2 to 5  p.m.
Wednesday/Friday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.)

Come to Public Service Building, first floor, or call 278-3463 or contact and complete the form.
Submitted by University Police Department

Making classes the best
Join teachers and students March 3, noon to 1:15 in Lobby Suite, University Union to view and discuss scenes from a popular movie that depicts students interacting in university classrooms. We’ll consider: to what extent do the scenes reflect actual experiences in learning and teaching?  And we’ll discuss what students and faculty can do to learn and to teach as well as we can together.

This event is for all students and faculty. E-mail:
Submitted by Center for Teaching and Learning

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, through March 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mendocino Hall, 2007.

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

For more information contact:
Submitted by Financial Aid

March in March
Associated Students, Inc. urges college students from across the state to participate in the March 14 March for Higher Education to protest cuts in higher education.

To help alleviate transportation issues and limited parking, buses will be available at Sacramento State. Meet in Library Quad for free bus ride to the march from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Students will be transported to the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St. The march begins at 10 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. rally on the West Steps of the State Capitol with a press conference at noon.

Questions? Contact: Brandon Sisk or call 278-4032.
Submitted by Associated Students, Inc

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 to 11 a.m., or Feb 17, 1 to 3 p.m.
Feb 21, 9 to 11 a.m.
Mar 21, 1  to 3 p.m.
April 4, 9 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:
Mar 17, 8 a.m. to noon
April 21, 1 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, 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, Veteran’s 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

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 flyer before registering to ensure that the specific workshop fits your needs. 

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

Donna Danzeris, College of Continuing Education


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