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February 22, 2010

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Faculty workshop
The Community Engagement Center will hold a brown bag workshop for faculty noon- 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. E-mail to RSVP and for event location.

The workshop will focus on how to how to incorporate community engagement into courses and will highlight initial considerations; purposes, goals, and objectives; strategies for connecting with community; assessment and the creation of a syllabus.

This workshop is one of a three-part spring series entitled, "Making Community Engagement Meaningful to Students, Faculty, and Communities."  For more information on this workshop or the series, e-mail
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Sacramento State Serves
The Sacramento State community is invited to participate in the University’s first service day 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 13, at the Ronald McDonald House, 2555 49th Street. Participants will join the Ronald McDonald Outdoor Work Party, a volunteer effort to trim small trees and bushes, pull weeds, pick up trash and help keep up the grounds at the house. Space for this volunteer effort is limited to 20 participants.

Sacramento State’s participation is being organized by Sac State Serves, a community service program through the University’s Community Engagement Center.

For more information, contact Misty Sisneros, Sac State Serves program coordinator, at To join the mailing list or sign up for events, visit
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Film discussion
The Center for Teaching and Learning will hold its second Film Series Discussion noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the University Union Lobby Suite. The event is open to the campus community. Faculty members are encouraged to come with their students for a discussion of college teaching in the movie, "The Mirror has Two Faces,” staring Barbra Streisand and Jeff Bridges.
Submitted by Child Development

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

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

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:

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


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

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. 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 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

Art show
Recent works by Kristin Hartman will be shown noon-4:30 p.m., March 8-12, at the Raymond W. Witt Gallery, Kadema Hall. A reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 12 in the gallery.
Submitted by the Art Department

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

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:

Susan Grundy, Division of Nursing



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