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February 16, 2010

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Haiti forum
Sacramento State will hold a forum on Haiti with a focus on “Helping Haiti move Forward” 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the Hinde Auditorium. The event is being organized on behalf of Academic Affairs by Jean-Pierre Bayard, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs Technology Initiatives, and Don Taylor, director of Academic Programs and Global Engagement. It will be moderated by Kimo Ah Yun, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The event is designed to help educate the campus community about Haiti and examine ways to assist in rebuilding the new Haiti.

Panelists for the forum include Marjorie Florestal, associate professor of law at McGeorge School of Law; Eric Boucicaut, president of A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation; Jacky Lumarque, provost of the Universite de Quiskeya; Jowel Laguerre, president of Solano Community College; Michele Pierre-Louis, former prime minister of Haiti and executive director of the FOKAL Foundation; and Bayard.

Topics will include education, economic history, spirituality and technology within the Haiti context. The forum will also be available online through Sacramento State’s web conferencing system. Online participants will receive instructions on how to join the event.

For more information, or to RSVP, e-mail When providing an RSVP, specify whether you will attend in person or online.
Submitted by Academic Technology and Creative Services

Carter G. Woodson Lecture
The 20th Annual Carter G. Woodson Lecture is 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the University Union Orchard Suite.
Edward Jones, associate vice president of Student Affairs, is the speaker. The event is free and open to the public. The Carter G. Woodson lecture is one of Sacramento State’s Black History Month events.
Submitted by the Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program

Nobel laureate visit
Stanford University Professor and Nobel Laureate in physics Douglas Osheroff will present "How Advances in Science Are Made” at the  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Mendocino Hall, Room 1015. His research efforts are centered on studies of quantum fluids and solids and gasses at ultra-low temperatures. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1996.

He will also give a special talk on Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman 2 p.m. Thursday, in Sequoia Hall, Room 316. Both events are free and open to the campus community.
Submitted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Doctoral defense
The campus community is invited to the presentation of the first dissertation defense from the Independent Doctoral Program 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Eureka Hall, room 329.

Doctoral candidate Milton Rosa’s study is entitled “A Mixed-Methods Study to Understand the Perceptions of High School Leaders about ELL Students: The Case of Mathematics.” The purpose of his study was to determine how high school leaders’ perceptions are influenced by an understanding of the effects of the ethnic cultural background of English Language Learner students on academic performance in mathematics standardized high-stakes tests.

Rosa is a mathematics teacher at Encina Preparatory High School in the San Juan Unified School District.
Submitted by the College of Education

Funding sources workshop
Research Administration and Contract Administration will hold an interactive workshop for faculty interested in seeking funding for research ideas or who would like to seek supplemental support for a project, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Hornet Bookstore Building, Boardroom, Suite 3010. 
The workshop will demonstrate how to utilize online resources, including the searchable database Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN), to identify funding opportunities and other grant related information.
To register, visit
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

Human subject workshop

Research Administration is offering a workshop for faculty on conducting Human Subjects Research 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Hornet Bookstore Building, Boardroom, Suite 3010.
The workshop will review campus, state and federal policies that affect the conduct of research involving human subjects, discuss the ethical principles of the Belmont Report, identify vulnerable populations and clarify elements needed when preparing a consent form. Faculty conducting or considering research that would involve human subjects are encouraged to attend.
To register, visit
Submitted by Research Administration

Research workshops

The University Library is sponsoring a two series of research workshops. The first can help students improve their search results while using Library databases to find scholarly articles. The second series focuses on using APA and MLA style manuals for citations and how to avoid inadvertent plagiarism.

For more information, or to register, visit
Submitted by the University Library

Community Engagement newsletter
The Community Engagement Center’s Newsletter is available at The newsletter highlights entities outside of the department; showcases individuals, innovative programs, opportunities and the work of others; and demonstrates the currency, relevancy and core principles underlying the Community Engagement Center programs and services.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Faculty mentoring
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.

Examples of support include observation of courses, syllabus preparation, lesson 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

Quilt exhibit
The University Library One Book Committee is sponsoring an exhibit through Feb. 26 featuring quilts relating to the Japanese internment camps of World War II in the University Library Gallery Annex. The exhibit is part of the One Book program that this year highlights the novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka. The book covers the journeys of a Japanese-American family through an internment camp established during World War II.

During the war, Japanese-Americans were stripped of their civil rights and sent to internment camps throughout the country. This exhibit depicts in quilts, poetry and photographs their experiences in the relocation centers.

The centerpiece of the show is a quilt that belongs to the University Library’s Special Collections and University Archives and was sewn by Yukimi Sakazaki, who was interned at the Tule Lake, Calif., Relocation Center from 1942–1945.  The quilt pattern is called “Grandmother’s Flower Garden.”
Submitted by the University Library

AIT webinar
The Accessible Technology Initiative staff from the California State University Chancellor's Office will hold a series of webinar discussions in February and March to discuss major revisions to the ATI implementation in the CSU. This is an opportunity to provide feedback and address questions prior to finalization of the coded memorandum.

Attendees are encouraged to watch a pre-recorded introduction of the topic prior to these discussions. To view this presentation and download the current draft of the revised coded memorandum, visit

Webinar discussion dates are:

10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, Discussion 1

2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, Discussion 2

11 a.m. Monday, March 8, Discussion 3

3 p.m. Thursday, March 18, Discussion  4

This webinar will be captioned. 
For more information, contact Deborah Kaplan at
Accessible Technology Initiative & Services to Students with Disabilities

Ethnic Studies anniversary
Sacramento State will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Ethnic Studies on campus with an event honoring Otis Scott, former dean of the College Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies; Ethnic Studies Professor Alexandre Kimenyi; History and Ethnic Studies Professor Charles Roberts; Ethnic Studies lecturer Wayne Maeda; Professor of Government and Ethnic Studies emeritus David Covin; Professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies emeritus Sam Rios; Professor of Ethnic Studies emeritus Frank LaPena; and Professor of Ethnic Studies and Japanese emeritus  Shotaro Hayashigatani.

For more information, or sponsorship opportunities for the event, contact Tim Fong, chair of the department, at 278-3536 or at
Submitted by Ethnic Studies

The WELL tours
Tours of new fitness and wellness center, The WELL, are conducted 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.

When you use your Pepsi Oh Boy card and purchase five fountain drinks from Togo’s you’ll receive a 20 oz. drink free. Ask for a Pepsi Oh Boy from a Togo’s cashier.
During February, a regular size no. 5 Turkey and Cranberry sandwich is specially priced at $3.99.
Togo’s offers a soup express line in the River Front Center. Soup or bread bowls, drinks and grab-and-go sandwiches are offered 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast cereal is also available. The Soup Express can only take cash.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.


Author visit
Author, environmentalist and outd
oorswoman, Kathryn Madison will discuss the wolves of Yellowstone National Park and talk about her latest novel, Woman’s Sigh, Wolf’s Song noon Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Hornet Bookstore.

Madison grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but now lives in Grass Valley, Calif. Her novel is an outdoor adventure story that follows a recently divorced woman who seeks solitude in the Canadian Rockies and must deal with the challenges of nature and its fury. Her challenges parallel that of a white timber wolf she comes across during her retreat.
Submitted by the Department of Humanities and Religious Studies

Writing workshop
John Bitchener, author of a book and articles on writing theses and dissertations, will hold a workshop titled "Writing Theses and Dissertations: The Key Moves" 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the University Writing Center, Calaveras 128. Graduate students can RSVP to Dan Melzer, University Reading and Writing coordinator, at or 278-6925.
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

Kip Fulbeck Experience
Associated Students Inc., the Multi-Cultural Center and University Union UNIQUE Programs present the Kip Fulbeck Experience “Race, Sex, and Tattoos,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the University Union Ballroom.

Fulbeck’s performance includes a mixture of spoken word, stand-up comedy, political activism and personal stories that explore how ethnic stereotypes and opinions on cultural identity are formed.

Fulbeck is a professor and chair of Art and an affiliate faculty of Asian American Studies and Film Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He is also an artist, writer, poet and award-winning director/filmmaker. He is of Chinese, English and Welsh descent, and his photographic book, Part Asian, 100% Hapa, features portraits of mixed heritage participants along with their hand-written responses of how they self-identify ethnically.

The performance is free and open to the public.
Submitted by University Union, UNIQUE Programs

Financial aid workshops

Sacramento State’s Financial Aid Office will hold free workshops in February to help students and their parents complete the 2010/2011 FAFSA application. Dates are:
Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Feb. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The workshops will all be held in Mendocino Hall, room 2007.
Sac State’s Beta Alpha Psi VITA site will provide free tax preparation for students who meet certain eligibility requirements ahead of the FAFSA deadline. Tax services are available in Mendocino Hall, room 2007, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb 9, 16 and 23 and March 2, 9, 16 and 23. For more information, contact

For more information on financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office at or 278-6554.
Submitted by the Financial Aid Office

Human Resources

Retirement and financial planning workshops
The Office of Human Resources, Benefits is sponsoring several retirement and financial planning workshops for the spring semester. To attend a workshop, register online at

Your Benefits When You Separate From CSU
(For Employees Not Eligible To Retire)
9-10:30 a.m., Feb. 18, University Union Foothill Suite

CalPERS Planning Your Retirement
9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 24, University Union Forest Suite
Registration for this workshop is through your MyCalPERS account at or by calling the CalPERS Customer Contact Center at 1-888-225-7377.

Tax Sheltered Annuity Vendor Faire
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., March 4, University Union Redwood Room

Savings Plus Program
9:30-11 a.m., March 16, University Union Foothill Suite
If you have questions about the state’s 401k/457 program or an existing account, you can make an appointment to speak with Savings Plus Program retirement specialist Greg Sabin while he is on campus. Call him at 324-0532 for available times.

Pre-Retirement Planning
9-11 a.m., March 17, University Union Forest Suite

Social Security/Medicare
9-11 a.m., March 24, University Union Delta Room

CalPERS Planning Your Retirement
1-4 p.m., April 28, University Union, Auburn Room
Registration for this workshop is through your MyCalPERS account at or by calling the CalPERS Customer Contact Center at 1-888-225-7377.

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
Susan Grundy, Division of Nursing
Josephine Leung, College of Continuing Education



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