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Feb. 28, 2011


Employee of the Month
Katie Beekman, administrative analyst/specialist in Information Resources and Technology, is the Employee of the Month.

Her nominator described her as, “exhibiting an outstanding overall sense of belonging while promoting campus client service, dedication, and professionalism in her role as campus operator supervisor.  The campus averages 94,000 operator calls a year; 99.9% of the campus operator calls have a direct correlation to the success of our student body.”  

The nominator adds, “Katie coordinates and facilitates critical campus communications to resolve problems that impact the campus at large. Katie is indeed an unsung hero that would be extremely deserving of special recognition for her hard work and dedicated service to Sac State.”

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Staff Employee Recognition Program.  Names of the recipients will be announced in April.

Details about nominations, eligibility, criteria, and procedures are available on the website link:
Submitted by the President’s Office

Professor Rebecca Kluchin to discuss U.S. women’s reproductive history
History professor and researcher Rebecca Kluchin will discuss U.S. women’s reproductive history and government sterilization programs during a free talk at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 in the University Library Gallery.

Kluchin is the author of Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950-1980, which won the Francis Keller-Sierra prize for best monograph in 2009 from the Western Association of Women’s Historians.

Her talk, open to the public, is sponsored by the Retired Faculty and Staff Association. Cosponsors include the Friends of the University Library, Capital Public Radio and the University Library Gallery.

For more information, contact Sally Hitchcock, coordinator for community outreach, University Library, at 278-5954.
Submitted by the University Library.

Staff Awards Luncheon tickets for sale
The annual Staff Awards Luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the University Union Ballroom. The event will honor University staff and administrators as well as employees of University Enterprises, Inc. and Associated Students, Inc. who have 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service.

Tickets are $12 per person. Ticket sales will end on or before April 5. To purchase tickets, contact: Denise Anderson, 278-6127; Ashley Ciraulo-Stuart, 278-5728; Robin Eicher, 278-4895; Cossette Leos, 278-7001; Leah Railey, 278-5484; or Jodi Reid, 278-6940.

Group tables are available, but tickets must be purchased in groups of 10 from any of the ticket sellers. To select a group table, bring all 10 tickets to Linda Robles in the Office of Human Resources.

For additional luncheon information, visit the USA website at, or contact Linda Robles at or 278-6967.
Submitted by Human Resources

Campus ADA repairs
Central Valley Engineering & Asphalt, a contractor working for the University, will begin excavation and patch repair to two locations on campus beginning Monday, February 28 through March 11.

Access to these areas will be governed by traffic control personnel for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the project to allow the contractor to complete the project in the shortest time possible over the next few weeks.  Signage, fencing, traffic cones and barricades will be utilized in each area while the work is in progress:

Site #1:  Reconstruct portions of the ADA walkways and ramps between Facilities and the old Student Health Center.  Gate entry from Lot 1 will be detoured to other campus gates Monday thru Friday (Feb. 28 – Mar. 11).

Site #2:  Reconstruct portions of the ADA walkways and ramps between Yosemite Hall and the old Student Health Center.  Gate use along State University Drive will be detoured to other campus gates Monday thru Friday (Feb. 28 – Mar. 11).

Both gates will not be closed at the same time.  If you have any questions regarding this project scope and/or schedule, please contact Todd McComb at extension 278-5183.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Teaching Institute applications
The Center for Teaching and Learning is accepting applications for the 11th annual Teaching Institute, to be held May 23, 24, 26 and 27, 2011 with two additional meeting dates scheduled Jan. 18, 2012 and March 9, 2012. The theme is redesigning/ designing courses. Participants will talk with colleagues and work with mentors regarding their teaching interests, and learn new approaches to designing or re-designing course units in ways that they and their students find engaging. Participants will also examine some technological tools that will assist them in implementing best teaching practices.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m., March 16. Applications are available online at: Participants choosing to submit a hard copy must deliver their application to the Center for Teaching and Learning, LIB 4026.
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Open Forum: Area B Learning Outcomes and the Baccalaureate Learning Goals

All faculty members, including tenured and tenure-track faculty and temporary part-time and full-time lecturers, as well as students, are welcome to attend and participate in an Open Forum discussion of GE Area B Learning Outcomes, the Baccalaureate Learning Goals and GE Program assessment.  The Open Forum is scheduled for Friday, March 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Library 11.  For further information, contact the General Education Office at 278-5344.
Submitted by General Education

IRA Budget Call
The 2011-12 Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) call for proposals is now posted at
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Sacramento State One Book’s Latino Alumni Chapter Essay Contest
In honor of this year’s Sacramento State One Book, Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Devil’s Highway, the Latino Alumni Chapter is generously sponsoring a student Essay Contest.  First Prize: $500; Second Prize: $250.  Submissions are due no later than March 21 at 5 pm and can be turned in, along with the contest form, to either the GE Office (Sacramento Hall 234) or the Community Engagement Center Office (Library 4028).  For criteria and the essay contest form, please see the Sacramento State One Book website: .
Submitted by General Education

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

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 278-6025,

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.

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 at or write to
First Information Meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 6 to 8 pm in Napa Hall.
Submitted by College of Continuing Education and BMED

Making classes the best
Join teachers and students 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

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 alumni scholarships.
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 the Office of Public Affairs

Human Resources

Save the date:
Benefits Administration will host a Voluntary Benefits Fair on Tuesday, March 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the University Union California Suite and Folsom Room.  In addition, vendor representatives will be available for two 15-minute morning and afternoon presentations regarding their plans during the fair.  A schedule of events and timelines will be distributed shortly. 

A special open enrollment will be held March 1- March 31, and benefits will become effective May 1.

The plans include:

  • MetLaw Group Legal Plan (new offering)
  • Group Critical Illness Insurance - offered by AFLAC (new offering)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) – offered by The Standard
  • Auto and Homeowners Insurance – offered by California Casualty
  • Life Insurance – offered by The Standard

Long-Term Disability Insurance (LTD) – offered by The Standard

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. 

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:
Donna Danzeris, College of Continuing Education
Kenya Capers, Student Financial Services
Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department
Deana Frandsen,  Student Health Center
Monica Patterson, Mail Services


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