March 5, 2006
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

Commencement News
The University’s spring commencement – which will be May 25 and 26 – will be held at Arco Arena this year rather than on campus. Holding the ceremonies indoors at Arco will prevent issues related to very hot weather at afternoon ceremonies or rain at any time. Two ceremonies last year experienced rain, one very seriously. This year, we also face heavy construction at the south end of the stadium. The move to Arco will also save money; the Arena provides all services for a set fee that campus would otherwise have to cover from its funds.

More information is available at

Submitted by Academic Affairs and University Advancement

Teaching Workshop
The Center for Teaching and Learning and Writing Across the Curriculum invite all full and part-time faculty to attend a workshop on teaching in large classes. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 12 - 1:15 p.m. in the Walnut Room of the Union. RSVP to Dan Melzer, University Reading and Writing Coordinator, at or 278-6925.
Submitted by the English Department

Private Support
The University is on its way to recording another strong year of private support. According to a mid-year report from the Office of University Development, Sacramento State has documented about $9.4 million in gift commitments as of January. More than $1.5 million has been given in support of new and continuing student scholarship funds. There are also more than $6 million in bequest intentions, which will eventually fund scholarships, program support and endowed faculty positions.

Highlights so far include:
• More than $1 million from the Osher Foundation to endow the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program.
• Endowment gifts of $50,000 from Max and Maurine Smart for the Robert Smart Memorial Lenaea Scholarship in Theatre, and $50,000 from William S. “Bill” Faught for the Barbara R. Faught Memorial Scholarship for Elementary Teachers.
• Support for the Guardian Scholars Program, which is for students who were previously in foster care. This includes $20,000 from the Foster Youth Education Fund and $12,500 from the Walter S. Johnson Foundation.
• $40,000 from GenCorp Foundation for the Roberts Family Development Center Tutoring Program in Mathematics, plus additional support of $25,000 for programs in Engineering and MESA Engineering Program (MEP). MEP also received more than $47,000 in support from Intel Corporation.

To learn more, visit
Submitted by University Advancement

My Sac State – Change is Coming!
Sacramento State is introducing "My Sac State" (a replacement for CasperWeb). Beginning March 19, all Sacramento State students will be using My Sac State to view their Financial Aid information for fall 2007 and update their personal information. The self-service Faculty Center is scheduled for availability on April 2. Subsequently, continuing students will begin fall 2007 registration on April 23 through My Sac State.

Faculty will use CasperWeb to post spring and summer 07 grades. Student registration for summer 07 will also occur in CasperWeb. Additionally, CasperWeb will be used to advise continuing students for summer and fall 07 registrations.

CMS training will begin in March and April. For session details, visit the Training Calendar at Additional communications will be sent prior to specific training sessions.

All Faculty and Staff are encouraged to get a jump-start by taking the Information Security Program Training located in LearnerWeb at After completion of this 15 minute training, print and sign the certificate provided and forward it to the Office of Human Resources. This process will help avoid any delays in granting you access to the system.

Other key changes include:
• Fall 2007 registration for continuing students begins April 23.
• New students, freshmen and transfers will register at orientation in June.
• Fee collection will occur after registration, post-pay as compared to pre-pay.
• Enrollment cancellation for non-payment of fees will begin July 5.
• Auto-enrollment from the wait list will be run nightly and seats will be filled as they open up.
• Registration unit cap has been raised from 17 to 21 units for graduating seniors.
• Sac State Messaging, a new one-way communication channel with students, will be made available to all faculty.

CMS Forums
The CMS Project Office will be hosting Campus Forums on the dates listed below:

Tuesday, March 20, 10:30-11:30am, University Union (3rd floor) Summit Room
Wednesday, March 21, 8:30-9:30am, University Union (2nd floor) Forest Suite

Please plan to join the team on either March 20 or March 21 to obtain the latest information about the Student Administration implementation. No RSVP.
Submitted by CMS Office


Visiting author to speak
Hornet Bookstore visiting author Skip Yowell, co-founder of JanSport, will be speaking and signing his book, The Hippie Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder & Other Mountains on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the University Union in Ballroom 3. Yowell co-founded JanSport in 1967 while in search of the perfect hiking pack. He is also credited with creating the first dome tent, waist suspension flexible frame pack, travel pack, and the panel-load daypack. Today Skip Yowell holds the title Vice President of Global Pacific Relations at JanSport and consults with JanSport International businesses in Europe, Asia, and South America. For more information, visit
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.


Dining Services Welcomes MEGO
Mediterranean To Go 'MEGO' officially opens on the Sacramento State campus on Monday, March 5, 2007. Located in the Riverfront Center, MEGO will be open Mon. - Thurs. 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Selis Koker is the owner/operator of MEGO, and she writes:

"Our menu is a true blend of the cuisines of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Our goal is to provide Sac State students and staff with fresh, healthy choices. Mediterranean cuisine commonly features ingredients already familiar to the United States palate. For example one popular lunch item is pauté, a giant stuffed baked potato loaded with mozzarella cheese and choice of meats and vegetables, topped with delicious dressings. Other lunch items include gyro sandwiches and pitas. They come in two choices freshly carved from the cone in the vertical broiler in front of your eyes. Unique panini sandwiches are another option on our menu. Whichever your choice is, we guarantee that it will be a delight for your taste buds and a good choice for your health!"
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Sac States Togos honored
At a recent Togos corporate meeting the management and staff of our Sacramento State Togos unit garnered a prestigious Rising Star award as the franchise with the largest growth in sales for the September through December earnings period. Enthusiastic Togos team members are very proud and want to thank their Sacramento State customers for their support and patronage.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Lucky Buffet at the University Center Restaurant
St. Patrick's Day at the University Center Restaurant features Corned Beef and Cabbage, Baileys Irish Chicken, Fish and Chips, fresh vegetables and assorted gourmet salads. Top all of this with a sweet from the dessert bar. Available Wednesday and Thursday, March 14 and 15 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The University Center Restaurant is located at the west entrance to the University Union across from Round Table Pizza and all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome. More information online at Reservations suggested for groups of 5 or more at 916-278-6100.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Leatherby's for Breakfast
Warm up chilly mornings on the north side of campus with hot breakfast at Leatherby's. Specialties like the Denver Crêpe, the croissantwich, pancakes, french toast and waffles are all featured-and the best part is that breakfast is available all day long. View the menu at Leatherby's Ice Cream and Crêpes is located in the Patio Café in the River Front Center. Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Fridays. Call 916-278-8695 to place your order for pickup.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Human Resources

Catastrophic Leave Donation Program
Sacramento State employees may voluntarily donate to other employees up to a maximum of 16 hours of sick or vacation leave credits each fiscal year in one-hour increments. CSUEU, MPP, Unit 4, Unit 6 and Confidential employees may donate up to a maximum of 40 hours per fiscal year.

If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained by going to, or by visiting the Human Resources, Disability Leaves Office in Sacramento Hall 162, or by calling extension 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:

Gary Davis, Facilities Services
Kaylene Ekeh, Criminal Justice
Rose Marie Fisher, Graduate Studies
Jenny Yang, Financial Aid

Submitted by Human Resources




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