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February 27, 2012


Center for Teaching and Learning hosts annual film event
Faculty mentors with the Center for Teaching and Learning will host their annual film event, “College Teaching and Learning in the Movies,” noon-1:15 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the California Suite in the University Union. Clips from two films (“Tenure” and “21”) that portray very different teaching styles will be viewed; a discussion of what elements of style help or hinder student learning will follow. All part-time and full-time faculty, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, are invited to this free event. Bring your lunch and enjoy the clips and conversation.
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

‘Engaging GE: Big History’ presentation, discussion
Faculty, staff and students are invited to a presentation and discussion of “Big History,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Walnut Room of the University Union. Big History, a field pioneered by David Christian, is an interdisciplinary study leading to our baccalaureate learning goal of “knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, focused by engagement with big questions, contemporary and enduring.” Discussing their experiences with Big History programs will be Cynthia Brown, professor of History and Education at Dominican University, and co-author of the forthcoming text Big History: Between Nothing and Everything; Mojgan Behmand, professor of Literature and Languages and director of General Education and First Year Experience at Dominican University; and Michael Vann, professor of History at Sacramento State.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Center for Practical Ethics hosts visiting scholars
Jason Eberl of the Philosophy Department at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will discuss “Defining Death of a Human Person,” 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.”

From 10:30-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, Mike Austin, professor of philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University, will present “Conceptions of Parenthood” in Hinde Auditorium. 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

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

New home for the University Ticket Office
Beginning Monday, March 5, the University Ticket Office will be moving across campus from the University Union to the Athletics Center, located in the former Student Health Center in Parking Lot 1.

Three 15-minute parking spaces are available near the entrance for the convenience of ticket purchasers.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the University Ticket Office website.
Submitted by the University Ticket Office

Sac State 5K Fun Run
The Sac State 5K Fun Run is an event for everyone! No matter your physical level or ability, 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 in which to participate. The event begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26. You may register online.
Submitted by The WELL

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

CEC seeks applications for Faculty Travel Grants
The Community Engagement Center is soliciting applications for Faculty Travel Grants to attend the 15th annual Continuums of Service Conference, April 11-13 in Seattle. Through the establishment of Faculty Conference Travel Grants, the CEC 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 six travel grants will be awarded.

All part-time and full-time Sacramento State faculty, including lecturers, who will not receive other funding to attend this conference are eligible to apply. For additional eligibility requirements, funding criteria and deadlines, and the Request for Proposal application, please visit the CEC website.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

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 now 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

On-Campus Recruitment Program at Career Center
The On-Campus Recruitment Program begins Monday, March 5, in the Career Center. This program runs through May 5 with Fortune 500 companies, top accounting firms, government agencies and other well-known companies coming to Sacramento State to interview graduating seniors, graduate students and alumni for full-time, entry-level professional positions.

The program’s mission is to assist graduating seniors and alumni in interviewing with organizations from industry, government and the nonprofit sector offering professional career opportunities requiring a bachelor’s or master’s degree. It also aims to assist employers in selecting the most qualified candidates to fill vacant positions.

To find out more about On-Campus Recruitment, including eligibility, how to register and which companies are hiring this spring, please click here.
Submitted by the Career Center

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, D.C. 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 73 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 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 week of Feb. 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

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

Self-defense course
A self-defense course is being offered at The WELL from Monday, March 12, through Friday, April 27 (Session 2). The goal of the class is to teach the basics of self-defense. Students will learn Krav Maga’s stance and movements. This program teaches you how to defend yourself against common chokes, grabs, bear hugs and other attacks, including fighting on the ground and when confronted by a weapon. We emphasize realistic scenarios and realistic defenses.
Instructor: Vic Vinson is a University Police sergeant. He has been a martial artist since 1975 and has been teaching since 1990. He holds a second-degree black belt in Shorin Ryu Karate/Goju Ryu Karate. He is also trained on Krav Maga and P.O.S.T. defensive tactics training self-defense methods.
Price: $10/spring six-week session, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
If interested in signing up, contact The WELL’s Fitness department at
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Weight Watchers at Work: New session, new pricing, new way to register
Weight Watchers Meetings with Monthly Pass are here. For more information, contact Nancy Blanton with UEI at 278-7006 or
Submitted by UEI Human Resources

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

Online tool for continuity of operations planning
Renewed emphasis is being placed on business continuity planning, also known as continuity of operations planning, which is the discipline and practice of putting advance arrangements or preparations into place to be employed if operations are disrupted. By making advance arrangements, the disruption is minimized to the extent possible, and the organization can be up and running much faster than if no planning had been done.  Executive Order 1014 requires that the campus and organizations within it prepare continuity plans. 

Risk Management Services has developed a unique, high-quality and intuitive online application to guide departments in the creation of their continuity plans. The online tool provides a process for departments to create, store and maintain their own plans.  Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 29, and every Wednesday until May 2, Risk Management Services will offer instruction in continuity of operations planning and in using the online tool.  Classes are scheduled in AIRC 3013 from 2 to 3 p.m.  Register for the classes by calling Janie Xiong at 278-6456.
Submitted by Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning

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
One major cause of security incidents involves forwarding emails containing confidential information. Always be aware of what information you are emailing. Take a moment to ensure all the information contained in the email is appropriate to the recipient.

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.

If you are interested in scheduling a one-on-one meeting on campus with a representative to review your current Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) account or help you enroll in a new account, please visit the Tax Sheltered Annuity Vendor Sessions page to view the schedule of vendor representatives on campus.

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 & Letters Dean’s Office

Donna Danzeris, College of Continuing Education



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