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March 15, 2010

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One Book
The Devil's Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea, is Sacramento State’s One Book selection for the 2010 acadmic year. The Devil’s Highway was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. It tells the story of 26 men who attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona through the deadly region known as the Devil's Highway. Only 12 men made it out.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Night of improv
UNIQUE Programs will hold an evening of improv comedy featuring the Upright Citizens Brigade touring company 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the University Union Ballroom. The cast is hand-picked from the best improv comedians in New York City and Los Angeles. Former members include Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live), Rob Corddry (The Daily Show), Ed Helms (The Office) and Rob Riggle (Saturday Night Live). The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 278-6997.
Submitted by the University Union

Summer session 2010
The College of Continuing Education will administer Sacramento State’s 12-week summer session beginning June 1. Sacramento State and visiting students can take classes to complete graduation requirements, enroll in usually impacted classes and advance toward their degree goals.

Courses are offered during three sessions: June 1-July 11, July 12-Aug. 22 and June 1-Aug. 22. Registration begins April 5. For more information, and to view the summer session schedule, visit
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Student competition
Research Administration and Contract Administration hosted the 24th annual Student Research Competition Saturday, March 6. The winner was Bianca Davis, Biological Sciences. She received a $200 award for the best presentation. Her topic was “The Effect of Microwaves on the Ability to Detect Semen Stains on Fabric.”

Davis and eight other students were selected to represent Sacramento State at the CSU competition hosted by San Jose State University April 30 and May 1. They are:
Jennifer Mendiola, Psychology; Heather Valdez, Psychology; Tereze Lear, Education; Michelle Garbato, Psychology; Milton Rosa, Education Leadership; Megan Maas, Psychology; Jennifer Depold, Liberal Arts and History; Zachary Craig, Civil Engineering; Nicole Bain, Business Administration.
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration 

The Center for Teaching and Learning publishes a semi-monthly eForum to help connect faculty with current research and best practices on significant teaching themes. The current forum topic focuses on recent research surrounding writing multiple choice questions. The eForum is available at
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

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

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


Ken Kerri Endowment Fund Luncheon
The Department of Civil Engineering will hold its second Ken Kerri Endowment Fund Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in the Alumni Center. Keynote speaker is Col. Thomas Chapman, Army Corps of Engineers district commander for the Sacramento District.

The cost is $25, and the registration deadline is Friday, April 9. To register visit

Kerri was a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering for almost 40 years. In 1972, he helped establish the Office of Water Programs which is recognized as the leading national training program for the operators and managers of water treatment facilities, water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems and wastewater treatment and reuse facilities.

For more information on the luncheon, contact Neysa Bush at 278-6982 or
Submitted by the Department of Civil Engineering

Faculty brown bag
Writing Across the Curriculum and the Center for Teaching and Learning will hold a faculty brown bag workshop titled "Using Technology to Teach Writing" noon-1:15 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in Library 4026.

Brownbag topics include using technology to improve student reading and writing, drawing on students' digital literacies and using technology to increase student writing without increasing instructor workload.
Submitted by the English Department

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

CFA forum
The California Faculty Association will hold its second forum beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.

At noon, UNIQUE and the Council for Affirmative Action will present “From Affirmative Action to Affirmative Justice – Critical Dialogues, Part 2: A Talk with Tim Wise” 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.

Both events are free and open to the public.
Submitted by the California Faculty Association

Art show
The University Library will host an art exhibit produced by 12- to 17-year-olds in the Juvenile Justice System titled "Student Art from the Juvenile Justice Chaplaincy Art Class at River Oak" 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through Friday, March 26 in the University Library Gallery Annex.

A reception is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the gallery.
Submitted by the University Library

Student housing
Student housing applications are being accepted for the 2010 academic year. To apply, visit  

Tours of the American River Courtyard are 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 18. For more information, call 278-6655 or visit the website.
Submitted by Housing and Residential Life

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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