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Feb. 21, 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 their 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, most recently, 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

Campus police available to speak to groups/departments
Are you a member of a campus organization or department that is concerned about campus, office or personal safety? Want a police officer to answer your questions?  Contact the University Police Department at 278-6851 or by email at, and arrange for an officer to talk to your group or department.
Submitted by Public Safety

Research Funding Update available
The February 2011 Research Funding Update is now available. The Update is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. Both an abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available online at

This month’s highlights include an article on planning the educational component of an NSF CAREER proposal, and funding opportunity notices in the following areas: arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

University Foundation Training Sessions in March
The University Foundation is offering four training/review sessions in March for faculty and staff.  The sessions will include the establishment and maintenance of accounts, purchasing policy and procedures, and online financial reporting (Dashboard).  Both the training and review sessions are open to all; however, review sessions are designed for those who attended a training workshop in previous years and a certain amount of knowledge will be assumed. RSVP Ann Carlson (extension 86025,

Sessions are
Tuesday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. - noon (introductory training session) and 1 - 2:30 p.m. (review session)

Wednesday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. - noon (review session) and 1- 2:30 p.m. (introductory training session)

Sessions will be held in the University Enterprises, Inc. Board Room in the Bookstore Building, third floor.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

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

Eureka access unavailable Feb. 24
The University Library will be upgrading its online catalog system (EUREKA) and EUREKA access will be unavailable on Thursday, Feb. 24. The Library has made contingent plans to provide limited user access to EUREKA resources and services on Feb. 24.  Library users will be able to access a backup system for online searching of the Library's holdings.  Access to reserves material will be greatly impacted and longer than normal lines are anticipated for Feb. 24.  In addition, all online links to eReserve material will be unavailable on Feb. 24.  The Library requests your patience during this upgrade and apologizes for any inconvenience.  Please visit the library website for more information about the upgrade and its affect on EUREKA services or contact
Submitted by the University Library

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, 6-8 pm in Napa Hall.
Submitted by College of Continuing Education and BMED

Making classes the best
Join teachers and students on 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
The 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

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 Physical Therapy doctorate moving forward, Nursing students tackling community needs, and the upcoming STEM lecture “About Face:Using symmetry to measure the health of ancient Romans.”
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

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. 

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
Monica Patterson, Mail Services*
*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee


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