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March 5, 2012


Administration and Business Affairs Speaker Series features Dale Carlsen
The campus community is invited to attend the Administration and Business Affairs (ABA) Speaker Series featuring Sac State alumnus Dale Carlsen, founder and CEO of Sleep Train Mattress Centers. The event is 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15, in the University Union, Hinde Auditorium. Please join ABA in welcoming Carlsen back to his alma mater.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

University Library invites all to experience a Japanese tea ceremony
The University Library invites students, faculty and staff, and community members to experience a Japanese tea ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Sokiku Nakatani tea room and garden on the lower level of the Library. Guests will be served whisked green tea and a sweet tea, and it is free of charge.

For reservations or inquiries, contact Sally Hitchcock at 278-5954.
Submitted by the University Library

‘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 scholar
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 the presentation.
Submitted by the Philosophy Department

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. 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

New home for the University Ticket Office
Beginning Monday, March 5, the University Ticket Office has moved 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, visit the University Ticket Office website.
Submitted by the University Ticket Office

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, visit the CEC website.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

UEI Campus Grant Program invites applications
University Enterprises Inc. is inviting applications under its 2012-13 Campus Grant Program for projects that are innovative, have a demonstrable need, and clearly benefit Sacramento State students, faculty and/or staff. Of particular interest are projects that advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, research and campus engagement. The award maximum is $5,000, with the average award anticipated to be $2,500 or less. Applications are due Wednesday, April 4. For more, including details on the upcoming informational sessions, visit the UEI Campus Grant Program website or email
Submitted by UEI/Marketing Services

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, email or call 278-7565.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

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. 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 the Emergency Operations Center

Workshops on research and grant proposal development
The Office of Research Administration and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite you to the following one-hour workshops on research and grant proposal development. RSVP to and let us know if you plan to attend.

  • Critical Strategies for Managing Your Research Agenda, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, California Suite, University Union: Managing a research agenda can be a challenge at Sacramento State. This panel of grant-successful faculty will discuss approaches they’ve utilized in the pursuit of external funding. Panelists: Brad Baker, associate professor, Chemistry; Dian Baker, associate professor, Nursing; and Jana Noel, professor, Teacher Education.
  • Conceptualizing and Prioritizing Your Research, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Hornet Bookstore, UEI Board Room, Suite 3010: A discussion on conceptualizing and prioritizing your research throughout the year and the relationships needed for success. Presenter: Dian Baker, associate professor, Nursing.
  • The Art of the Article: Journal Writing and You, 11 a.m.-noon Monday, April 9, Hornet Bookstore, UEI Board Room, Suite 3010: Techniques for shaping articles, using language, working with editors, and locating the most appropriate journals for submission. Presenter: Jana Noel, professor, Teacher Education.
  • The Grant Proposal as Story, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, Hornet Bookstore, UEI Board Room, Suite 3010: Crafting a research plan as a story, including the development of the driving question and correlated activities. Presenter: Brad Baker, Associate Professor, Chemistry.

Submitted by the Office of Research Administration and the Center for Teaching and Learning

IRA budget call
The 2012-13 Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) call for proposals is now posted here.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

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

Educator Exchange
The Career Center will host the Educator Exchange from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the University Union, Redwood Room.

The Educator Exchange gives students the unique opportunity to meet with professionals working in the education field as they discuss trends and opportunities for careers in teaching. The event includes a panel discussion followed by a mixer allowing for informal networking. This is a great opportunity for students to hear from industry professionals and speak one-on-one with panelists.

This event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff; however, you must RSVP for this event through Career Connection at this website.
Submitted by the Career Center     

Educator Expo
The Career Center will host the annual Educator Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the University Union Ballroom.

The Educator Expo facilitates a connection between educational agencies and students interested in pursuing employment in the education field. School districts, educational services, and agencies in need of qualified credentialed and non-credentialed educators will attend the event.

Many participating organizations will conduct on-site interviews; come dressed for success and be sure to bring copies of your resume. For a complete list of organizations attending the Educator Expo, click here. This event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.
Submitted by the Career Center

On-Campus Recruitment Program at Career Center
The On-Campus Recruitment Program runs through May 5 in the Career Center. As part of the program, Fortune 500 companies, top accounting firms, government agencies and other well-known companies come 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, click here.
Submitted by the Career Center

2012 Sacramento State Student Research Challenge
Academic Affairs and the Office of Research Administration invite the campus community to the 2012 Sacramento State Student Research Challenge from 1-5 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the University Union, Orchard Suite. This year, 22 students – 13 undergraduates and nine graduates – will present their original scholarly work. Each will have 10 minutes to present and three minutes to respond to questions from the jurors and audience.

An awards reception will follow from 5-7 p.m. in the University Union Restaurant. Awards will be given to the top two presenters in both the undergraduate and graduate categories, and the top 10 students will be selected to represent Sacramento State at the California State University System-wide Competition in May at CSU Long Beach.

For additional information, contact the Office of Research Administration at 278-3667 or visit our website.
Submitted by Academic Affairs and the Office of Research Administration

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

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

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

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 exploration of 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

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. Realistic scenarios and realistic defenses are emphasized.

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

Coffee and Clickers – Sac State Clicker Day
ATCS, a division of Academic Affairs, will host three student response system (aka “clicker”) vendors from 8:30 a.m.-noon Friday, March 9, in the University Union Redwood Room to demonstrate the features of both hardware- and software-based clicker systems. All faculty, staff and students are invited and encouraged to attend and provide feedback on a preferred system for potential campus standardization/adoption.

Presentation schedule:

  • 8:30 a.m. – Intro and overview
  • 8:45-9:30 a.m. – eInstruction presentation
  • 9:45-10:30 a.m. – Turning Technologies presentation
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m. – iClicker presentation
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon – Open forum with all vendors

This initiative is in response to the 2010-11 CSSA Resolution in Support of the Standardization of Student Response Systems, which speaks to the need for campus standardization of student response systems (“clickers”). Current practices frequently require students to purchase multiple devices that many times are used for one class and then not used again. The costs associated with the single use of these instructional technology devices are increasing and creating a burden for students required to purchase these supplemental educational materials. Standardization of such devices on individual campuses would serve to reduce student costs while improving Information Technology support services to students.
Submitted by Academic Technology and Creative Services

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. 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

Email System Maintenance at 10 p.m. Friday
The University email service, Exchange, will be down intermittently for maintenance beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, March 9, until 4 a.m. Saturday, March 10. Any incoming or outgoing mail during this maintenance, including SacSend email, will be queued and delivered when the system is returned to service. For the same maintenance period, the email function of the Blackboard pilot will be disabled.

If you have any questions or concerns about this maintenance, contact the IRT Service Desk at 278-7337 or
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Security quick tip
Offices in high-traffic areas present a challenge for keeping confidential information secure. If you are in a high-traffic area, here are some tips to help:

  • Use confidential folders for hard-copy documents.
  • Position your monitor so it is not easy for passers-by to see.
  • Always lock your computer and drawers when you are not at your desk, even if it is just for a quick break.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

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

Tickets are on sale now for $12 per person; ticket sales will end on or before Tuesday, April 10. To purchase tickets, contact Denise Anderson, 278-6127; Ashley Ciraulo-Stuart, 278-5728; Robin Eicher, 278-4895; Cossette Leos, 278-7001; or LindaKay Soriano, 278-3922.

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 information about the Staff Awards Luncheon, visit the USA website and click on the link for Events & Activities, or contact Linda Robles at or 278-6967.

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. 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.

  • 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 vacancies
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



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