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February 20, 2012


Center for Practical Ethics hosts visiting scholars
Marina Oshana, a professor of philosophy at UC Davis, is scheduled to discuss privacy, free speech and the law from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Hinde Auditorium. From 1:30-2:45 p.m., her subject will be feminism.

Jason Eberl of the Philosophy Department at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will discuss “Defining Death of a Human Person” from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the University Union Redwood Room. From 1:30-2:45 p.m., he will discuss “Genetics: Clones, Chimeras and Stem Cells.”

The talk on Tuesday, March 6, will feature Mike Austin, professor of philosophy, Eastern Kentucky University, from 10:30-11:45 a.m. in Hinde Auditorium. He will present “Conceptions of Parenthood.” From 1:30-2:45 p.m., he will address sports for the sake of the soul.

There will be coffee and conversation from 3-4:15 p.m. following each day of presentations.
Submitted by the Philosophy Department

Sac State 5K Fun Run
The Sac State 5K Fun Run is an event for everyone! No matter what your physical level or ability is, this is a run you will love as you make your way through the Sac State campus. All students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages are welcome to sign up and be a part of this University tradition. In the past, the 5K Fun Run has attracted everyone from competitive 5K enthusiasts to casual run/walkers  looking for a great community event to participate in. The event begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26. You may register online.
Submitted by The WELL

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.
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

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

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 available here.

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

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

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

Free FAFSA application workshops
The Financial Aid Office is conducting 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.

Remaining workshop dates are:                                                  

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23

The 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

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
Submitted by the Center for California Studies

College of Engineering and Computer Science 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

Opportunity in Thailand
Chitralada Palace School in Bangkok recently informed Professor Tom Knutson, Communication Studies, that it is seeking Sacramento State graduates to serve as English-language assistants during the 2012-13 academic year. The school, sponsored by His Majesty King Bhuminbol, is the most prestigious elementary and high school in Thailand. Sac State has placed more than 20 graduates there during the last several years. The preference is for Communication Studies, English majors or graduates with a TESOL or English Education emphasis, though applicants with different academic backgrounds are welcome to apply. Interested persons are invited to contact Professor Thomas Knutson at 929-7651 or
Submitted by Communication Studies

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! For questions, contact Davise Fletcher at 278-4806 or
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

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

Another option for publicizing an academic event or performance is the University’s digital sign network on campus. Submit your message to or
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 To follow Sac State’s Twitter updates, go to!/sacstate.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

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. 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 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 the certificate of completion to Gnagy.
Submitted by Emergency Operations Center

First Academic IT Forum set for Feb. 24
As part of its 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 faculty and staff ownership of computing devices and the implications for the University. 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: Ray Koegel, Mary Reddick, Mike Wimple, Charles Gossett, Nick Burnett, and Bill Post (Chico). This panel will respond to questions that attempt to review the many complex aspects of increasing faculty and staff ownership of computing devices. Should the University provide software for use on faculty and staff devices? Do personal devices used on campus need to follow the same security rules? Are we responsible for reimbursing faculty and staff 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
Submitted by the Accessible Technology Initiative

Security quick tip
How do you safely share files? If you need to share documents with others at the University, the best way is to use a network share. This allows you to restrict access only to those who should be able to access the data, and provides a secured, backed-up location for the files. For more information, contact the Information Security Office. You will find contact information on its website.
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.

  • 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 or 324-0532 for an appointment.

Part-time faculty
Sacramento State anticipates a need for part-time instructors for the 2012-13 school year. For more information, follow this link.

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, Facilities Housing Department
Carlyn Ster-Pollock, College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Office
Donna Danzeris, College of Continuing Education
Lorena Solis, Human Resources



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