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March 8, 2010

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Employees of the Month
March Employees of the Month are Kem Gravenberg and Annmarie Hildebrand.

Gravenberg is the executive assistant to the vice president of Administration and Business Affairs. Her colleagues remarked that “her many years of dedication and effort at Sacramento State have made her an indispensable employee who has made innumerable, valuable contributions to the campus.”

Hildebrand is the payroll technician for University Enterprises, Inc. Her colleague mentioned her more than 20 years of campus service and says "she is not afraid to step up to the plate and get involved."

Nominations are being accepted for the 2009/2010 academic year. Details regarding application and nomination procedures are available at
Submitted by the Office of the President

Veterans’ program
Sacramento State and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer will present a “Welcome Home to Veterans” event 10 a.m.-3 p.m., March 12, in the Alumni Center. The event is open to veterans and their family members and information will be provided on medical care benefits and disabled veterans services. Representatives will also provide employment referrals, educational counseling and assistance in applying for state and federal benefits. For more information, call 916-448-2787.
Submitted by Government Affairs

Teaching Institute
The Center for Teaching and Learning is accepting applications for the 2010 Teaching Institute through Wednesday, March 24. Participants can select one of three teaching communities – teaching large classes, shaping technology for learning or engaging students in general education classes.

The Institute runs May 24-27. Applications are available at
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

CHESS applications
Associated Students, Inc. will sponsor 40 students to attend this year’s California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS) in Sacramento in April.

The conference begins with a welcome reception April 23 followed by two days of educational sessions, a press conference and a student advocacy day at the Capitol April 26. For details or to apply, visit
Submitted by Associated Students, Inc.

Human Subjects Workshop
Research Administration and Contract Administration is offering a workshop for undergraduate and graduate students on the fundamentals of human subjects research 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in the University Union Walnut Room.

The workshop will review campus, state and federal policies that affect the conduct of research involving human subjects, discuss the ethical principles of the Belmont Report, identify vulnerable populations and clarify elements needed when preparing a consent form. Students conducting or considering research that would involve human subjects are encouraged to attend. To register, visit
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

Research Funding Update
The March issue of Research Funding Update is available. This update is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. An abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available at

This month’s highlight includes an announcement of digital humanities institutes offered this summer along with funding opportunity notices in arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.

Additional information about opportunities announced in Research Funding Update can be obtained by clicking on the given web address or by contacting Research Administration at 278-7565.
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

IRA Budget Call
The 2010-11 Instructionally Related Activities call for proposals is posted at This year’s proposal deadline is March 30.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Food drive
Sac State donated the equivalent of 7,172 pounds of food during the 2009 State Employees Food Drive during the fall and winter. The drive was organized and managed by Nancy Fox and members of her staff at University Transportation and Parking Services. The 7,172 pounds included monetary donations totaling $2,210, as well as many canned and dry food items.  

Of note, members of the Kinesiology and Health Science Department donated 2,265 pounds of non-perishable food. That drive was organized by Professor Heather Diaz and members of the Department. They won top honors for an organization with 50 or fewer members and will receive a certificate from the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services


Stinger Classic
The fourth annual Stinger Wine and Food Classic is 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Alumni Center. Premium wines from wineries owned and operated by Sacramento State Alumni will be featured along with sample delicacies from local food shops. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available.

The event includes a silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets are $40, and only 350 are available. Contact Tina Westerhold at 278-4263 for tickets or more information.  Proceeds benefit student-athlete scholarships.
Submitted by the University Development

Film discussion

The Center for Teaching and Learning will hold its second Film Series Discussion noon-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,” starring Barbra Streisand and Jeff Bridges.
Submitted by Child Development

State of the Student Address

Associated Students, Inc. will hold its annual spring State of the Students Address 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 11, in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.

The event will highlight progress made toward accomplishing the goals outlined in the board’s 2009-10 strategic plan, as well as upcoming events and opportunities for student involvement. It will also offer tips to students on how to participate in activism that makes a difference and how to engage in the push against student fee increases.
Submitted by Associated Students, Inc.


Race lecture
The California Faculty Association, in cooperation with UNIQUE and the Council for Affirmative Action, will present “From Affirmative Action to Affirmative Justice – Critical Dialogues, Part 2: A Talk with Tim Wise” noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the University Union Ballroom.

Wise is an anti-racist writer and activist who lectures on race and inequality. He is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama.

The event is free and open to the public.
Submitted by the California Faculty Association

Greek lecture
Evangelia (Lia) Kindinger, a visiting international research scholar and doctoral candidate in American Studies at Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany, will present “‘The Great Longing:’ Narratives of Return in Greek-American Literature and Culture” 7 p.m. March 9, in Library 3023 (Petris Room).
Submitted by the University Library

Ethics lecture
Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan of Or Shalom Synagogue, Vancouver, British Columbia will speak at the next RCA Program in Ethics Lecture series 3 p.m. Monday, March 8, in the University Union Hinde Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Her discussion is called, “Telling and Re-Telling Stories: A Narrative Path to Ethical Awareness.” She will present a technique of ethical reflection, perfected 1,500 years ago by early Biblical interpreters.

For information on the lectures, contact Christina Bellon, director of the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, at 278-5011.
Submitted by the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics

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

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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