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March 19, 2012


Sac State earns community service honor for fourth straight year
Sacramento State has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. It’s the fourth consecutive year the University has earned the distinction. The Honor Roll recognizes more than 600 colleges and universities for exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs. With projects from the Community Engagement Center, Child Development and Recreation, and Park and Tourism Administration highlighted, Sacramento State was among 110 recognized with distinction for demonstrating a strong institutional commitment to service, developing campus-community partnerships that produce measurable impact, and engaging students in meaningful service.

Selection for the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of university and community college commitment to service and civic engagement. Honorees are chosen based on a number of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

For information on department participation in future Honor Roll applications, contact Sheila Macias, Community Engagement Center, at
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Open house will jump-start Alumni Month
Kicking off Alumni Month, the Alumni Center Open House is a spectacular and free event, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, featuring an impressive display of delicious fare from more than 15 of the caterers featured on the center’s approved list.

At the open house, you can learn more about the Sacramento State Alumni Association, upcoming Alumni Month activities and opportunities to host your next event at the Alumni Center. Or simply come to make new connections, enjoy the great company and delight your taste buds with an array of sumptuous edibles.

Who should attend? Faculty, staff, alumni and friends who want to reconnect with Sac State, and potential customers interested in renting the Alumni Center. It’s a great way to end your week.

RSVP only at by Tuesday, March 27.
Submitted by Alumni Relations

Center for Teaching and Learning announces two brown-bag events
“Adult Learning” will be led by Kelly Davenport (Design), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. “Tapping Into Meta-cognition: Assigning and Evaluating Self-Reflective Writing” will be led by Dan Melzer and Fiona Glade (Writing Center/English), noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. Bring your lunch, meet great colleagues and get some great new teaching ideas.
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Women of Influence Awards
The Women of Influence Awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the American River Courtyard. Nominate any student, staff member or faculty member who has had a major influence on you or the community as a whole. For applications and details, check out the Women’s Resource Center website. Questions? Email the WRC at
Submitted by the Women’s Resource Center

U-Nite at the Crocker
In less than four weeks, Sacramento State will gather at the Crocker Art Museum for U-Nite – University Night – an evening of art, dance, music and even an artificial thunderstorm as the University shows off its talented arts faculty. U-Nite also brings together the region’s two influential art institutes – Sacramento State and the Crocker – as an example of the community commitment of both entities. It all begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Crocker and is free to those with valid OneCards.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

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

Southern Wine & Spirits’ sixth annual Stinger Wine and Food Event
Southern Wine & Spirits’ sixth annual Stinger Wine and Food Event is a very special event at Sacramento State for those who know and love great wine and food. Enjoy wines from businesses owned and operated by alumni, and taste unique delicacies from local food purveyors at the event from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Alumni Center. Not a wine lover? No worries – there will be complimentary beer, soda and water. Call Missy Matzen at 278-4263 or email for further details or to purchase tickets, which are $40.
Submitted by the Athletics Department

Parking facility closures aim to conserve energy
In an effort to save on energy costs during an off-peak period, the following parking facilities are closed during spring break. Reopening is planned for 7 a.m. Monday, March 26:

  • Parking Structure III
  • Lot 10
  • Lot 11

All other parking facilities are scheduled to be open and available during the closure of the facilities above. If there are questions, contact University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) at 278-7275 or email
Submitted by UTAPS

Dining Services hours during spring break
University Enterprises Inc. (UEI) Dining Services has announced changes to the business hours of Sac State’s eateries for spring break. For a complete list of eateries and their scheduled hours, visit this web page.

For questions, contact Nicole Johnson, Dining Services coordinator, at 278-6376.
Submitted by UEI/Marketing Services

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

University Staff Assembly seeking committee nominations
The University Staff Assembly is seeking nominations for election/appointment to several campus committees that have openings for staff representation. More information about these committees and positions may be found here.

If you or someone you know is interested in serving on one of these committees, submit the following to by 5 p.m. Monday, March 27:

  • Name
  • Phone extension
  • Department
  • Email address
  • A brief explanation of why that person should sit on the committee or why you would like to sit on the committee

If you are nominating someone, please obtain that person’s permission and that of the person’s supervisor and HEERA designee before submitting the name. If you are nominating yourself, please obtain permission from your supervisor and HEERA designee. Permission via email is acceptable. Elections will commence once all nominees have been confirmed.

The voice of the staff on campus is invaluable. Please consider serving the staff and the University.
Submitted by the USA Election Committee

2012 Summer Teaching Institute call for applicants
The Summer Teaching Institute is making its call for applicants May 21, 22, 24 and 25.

Who should come: Full- and part-time faculty interested in learning more about improving student learning, instructors who want to redesign and improve a specific course, and faculty interested in exploring technology use in their courses.

The benefits of attending include exploring research-based learning theories and teaching strategies; learning about topics such as high-impact practices, learning styles, peer-led team learning, effective writing assignments, learning assessment, electronic books, and mobile learning and devices; receiving instruction and mentoring in integrating current and emerging technology into your course; and receiving an iPad if you complete all institute commitments.

What are you committing to do? Redesigning a course using effective teaching strategies, experimenting with learning technology in your redesigned course, and attending two follow-up days: Workshop Day, 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013; and Showcase Day, noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013; providing a poster illustrating your course redesign project; and surveying students in the redesigned course and providing data to help us understand the institute’s impact on student learning.

How to apply:

  • Paper applications are available in Library 4026 (Center for Teaching and Learning)
  • An electronic application is available online
  • Applications are due 5 p.m. Monday, March 19, to CTL, Library 4026
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

UEI Campus Grant Program applications due April 4
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 an upcoming informational session, visit the Campus Grant Program website or email
Submitted by UEI/Marketing Services

Workshop on aligning research aims with survey instruments
The importance of correlating research aims and measurement instruments in a coherent research agenda cannot be overstated. Whether for a journal article or as the program review/evaluation section of a grant proposal, this section can often determine the acceptance or funding decision by reviewers. A campus workshop will focus on aligning your research objectives with the measurement instruments and methodological tools. Join other faculty researchers who are developing new tools and techniques to obtain funding, get published and build collaborations across disciplines.

The workshop will be presented by Serge Lee, professor of Social Work, and will be held in two sessions: 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, April 6, in the University Union, California Suite; and noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Hornet Bookstore Building Boardroom, Suite 3010

To reserve a seat, email
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration and the Center for Teaching and Learning

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 if you plan to attend.

  • 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

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

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 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

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 April and May is available online.
Submitted by the Faculty Senate

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

Angry Birds Tournament
The Hornet Bookstore Computer Department and the Residence Hall Association invite you to participate in our Angry Birds Tournament. The qualifying rounds will take place 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Dining Commons. The top scorers will compete in the finals March 29 at the Hornet Bookstore. Call the Hornet Bookstore Computer Department for more details at 278-6500.
Submitted by the Hornet Bookstore

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 or 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

Self-defense course
A self-defense course is being offered at The WELL 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 in Krav Maga and P.O.S.T. defensive tactics. 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 a 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

Email system maintenance
The University email service, Exchange, will be down intermittently for maintenance from 10 p.m. Friday, March 23, until 4 a.m. Saturday, March 24. 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 questions or concerns about this maintenance, contact the IRT Service Desk at 278-7337 or
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

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 from 2 to 3 p.m. in AIRC 3013. 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

Security quick tip
Data breaches are an active threat to all universities. Ohio State reported a data breach in December affecting 760,000 current and former faculty, students, applicants and others. Ohio State estimated it could cost the university up to $4 million to investigate, send notifications and run a calling center for those affected. It is important to recognize when you are working with confidential data (SSN, dates of birth, etc.) and partner with the Information Security Office to protect the data. Visit for more information regarding the Ohio State breach or to understand how to protect all our data.

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 Inc. for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service.

Tickets are on sale 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.

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
Kristin Abundis, College of Education Dean’s Office

Michael Rogers, Psychological Services



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