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April 16, 2012


Outstanding Faculty Awards
The Faculty Senate is pleased to invite you to attend the 2011-12 Outstanding Faculty Awards and reception at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the University Union, Redwood Room. All members of the University community are welcome. Join us in recognition of the accomplishments of our Sacramento State faculty.

Outstanding Community Service Award:

  • Deidre Sessoms, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education
  • Hao Nguyen, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Todd Migliaccio, Department of Sociology, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activities Award:

  • Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Department of Art, College of Arts and Letters
  • Jessica Bagger, Management, College of Business Administration
  • Kevan Shafizadeh, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Vassili Sergan, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Tatiana Sergan, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Outstanding Teaching Award:

  • Matthew McCormick, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Letters
  • Anne Fuller, Management, College of Business Administration
  • Sherrie Carinci, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education
  • Patrick Homen, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Lisa Jorgensen, Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, College of Health and Human Services
  • Michael McKeough, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health and Human Services
  • Jeff Paradis, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Emily Wickelgren, Department of Psychology, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Outstanding University Service Award:

  • Christine Miller, Department of Communication Studies, College of Arts and Letters
  • Seung Bach, Management, College of Business Administration
  • Bruce Ostertag, Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, School Psychology and Deaf Studies, College of Education
  • Bob Buckley, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Chris Taylor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Tim Fong, Department of Ethnic Studies, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Submitted by the Faculty Senate

Kickoff for University’s One World Initiative
In recognition of the many global and international studies, exchanges, research projects and activities occurring on campus, the University is launching an initiative titled “One World.” The kickoff event for the initiative will be from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Hinde Auditorium of the University Union.

The event will highlight teaching and learning opportunities in world perspectives for faculty and students in the Fall 2012 semester. The first annual theme of the synergistic initiative will be “Global Perspectives on Water.” Reinforcing the cross-disciplinary theme of the initiative will be a musical performance by Professor Dan Kennedy.

Based on the University’s popular One Book program, the One World Initiative is designed to create conversation across the campus curricula. For more information, contact Lisa Hammersley at 278-7200 or email
Submitted by the One World Task Force

‘Green Fire’ screening at Sac State
The Department of Environmental Studies, the Environmental Students Organization and Keep California Beautiful will host a screening of “Green Fire” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Folsom Hall 1050. A discussion of the film led by the director, Steven Dunsky, follows at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to the entire community.

“Green Fire” is an award-winning film about “the land ethic” and how Aldo Leopold’s philosophy has shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It illustrates how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inspire people around the world, highlighting “the land ethic” in action. More information:
Submitted by the Department of Environmental Studies

General Education/Graduation Requirements Policy Committee to hold forums
The General Education/Graduation Requirements Policy Committee (GE/GRPC) is holding a series of open forums to discuss proposed revisions to the General Education Program and associated graduation requirements. Open forums will be held for faculty, staff and students from 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in Kadema Hall 145; and 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19, in Amador Hall 152. A students-only forum is scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in Kadema Hall 145.
Submitted by the Faculty Senate

Talent abounds among faculty, staff
If you haven’t yet caught Sacramento State Has Talent, swing by the Library Galleries and find out just how talented our faculty and staff are. From paintings to metal works to fabric art to song and poetry, and everything in between, the Sac State community is one talented group. More information is available at
Submitted by the University Library Galleries

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 at
Submitted by The WELL

2012 Spring Forum
The Sacramento State Council for Affirmative Action, Services to Students with Disabilities, the Veterans Success Center, the Women’s Resource Center and the Pride Center will present the 2012 Spring Forum.

  • From Affirmative Action to Affirmative Justice – Critical Dialogues: Part 5
  • Inclusion: Creating an Environment of Universal Access for Individuals with All Abilities

The forum will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 26, in the University Union Ballroom. Administration, faculty, staff and students are welcome.

Individuals needing reasonable accommodations for disability access should contact Frank Lilly at 278-4120 or at least five business days before the event.
Submitted by the California Faculty Association

All People’s Recognition Ceremony
The Multi-Cultural Center is having its fourth annual All People’s Recognition Ceremony from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Multi-Cultural Center in Library 1010 (next to Java City). For all who participated last year, you know what a truly inspiring and eventful day it was. We heard stories of courage, listened to music from Sac State students and celebrated the culmination of the year. For those of you who were not able to attend, you were missed, and we hope you will be able to attend this year.

Please save the date and participate to affirm and appreciate those who cultivate community at Sacramento State. Everyone who is nominated will receive a personalized certificate and be in the company of great people.

Please nominate anyone who you feel has contributed to creating an inclusive environment at Sacramento State, has left a significant mark on your understanding of your multiple identities, embodies the goals of diversity and social justice, or simply deserves recognition for being so wonderful during the past school year.

Nominations are accepted until Friday, April 27. To submit your nominations, please go to or cut and paste the link below into your browser.
Submitted by the Multi-Cultural Center

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

13th annual McGinty Cup Golf Tournament
A day of fun, friends and golf! You are invited to join students, faculty and friends of the Department of Physical Therapy for the 13th annual McGinty Cup Fundraiser Golf Tournament and retirement lunch for Dr. Susan McGinty. All proceeds support the students in the Physical Therapy Program. The tournament is Saturday, May 5, at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, 3645 Fulton Ave. Fees are $80 per player for golf and lunch or $25 per person for lunch only.


  • Bronze Sponsor ($300): Company name on all tournament materials and the opportunity to add advertising literature/product to players’ swag bags.
  • Silver Sponsor ($400): Bronze sponsorship privileges plus company sign on a tee.
  • Gold Sponsor ($500): Silver sponsorship privileges plus golf and lunch for two players.
  • Platinum Sponsor ($1,000): Silver sponsorship privileges, golf and lunch for four players, plus company sign on choice of tee, and signage at the luncheon.

Contact Ruth LeBlanc at 501-2946 or visit for additional information.
Submitted by the Physical Therapy Department

CBA maintains key accreditation
The College of Business Administration has maintained its business accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Only 643 schools of business worldwide – fewer than 5 percent – have earned this hallmark of excellence in management education. The College of Business has graduated about 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its more than 50 years.
Submitted by the College of Business Administration

New, improved parking permits on the way
This summer, UTAPS will implement newly designed, repositionable parking permits that will adhere to the inside of vehicle windshields. The new permits, which will feature different campus beauty shots, will go into effect beginning this summer for all student, faculty and staff semester permits. Faculty and staff who have a 24-month payroll deduct permit will have permits replaced in September 2013.

The new permits will replace the existing “hang tag”-style permits. Benefits of the new design include using less material for a “greener” product, cheaper production costs, ease in moving from vehicle to vehicle and the ability for parking officers to scan and identify stolen parking permits.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Police Department on Facebook and Twitter
Have you checked out the Sacramento State Police Department’s official Facebook and Twitter pages? Managed by the Office of the Chief, the pages offer important news and alerts at Sacramento State, such as emergency notifications, traffic alert updates, alert bulletins, media releases, upcoming trainings/events, services and safety tips. For the Police Department’s Facebook page, go to To follow the Police Department’s Twitter updates, go to Email any suggestions or questions to
Submitted by University Police

University Staff Assembly still seeking committee nominations; deadline extended
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 at

If you or someone you know is interested in serving on one of these committees, submit the following to by 5 p.m. Monday, April 16:

  • 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 First College Year Experience survey report
In spring 2012, the Office of Institutional Research successfully administered a First College Year Experience survey to first-year students in an effort to better understand student learning and help improve the quality of college education. The response rate for this survey was 33 percent.

This survey asked first-time freshmen to share their views on a variety of issues covering many aspects of their journey to Sac State. The survey report consists of 10 sections: concerns; satisfaction with campus services and facilities; satisfaction with college life; adjustment to college life; campus climate; interactions among racial/ethnic groups; co-curricular activities and behaviors; academic work; overall experience; and background information. The survey findings are also broken down by college and have been compared with the previous year’s results where applicable.

Please go to to view the report.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Women’s Resource Center names new faculty fellow
The Women’s Resource Center has named Professor Patty Woodward as its Faculty Fellow.

The center will continue to serve the campus community by offering resources for students, such as information and community referrals in the areas of public health and well-being, access to contraception, single-mom support groups, access to the WRC media center, as well as campus community events on a monthly basis.

For more information, visit
Submitted by the Women’s Resource Center

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 colleges and universities 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

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, from 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

Workshop 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 workshop on research and grant proposal development. RSVP to if you plan to attend.

  • 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 provide 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. All employees who have not participated in a previous session must participate in one of the following training sessions in the University Union, Hinde Auditorium:

Group 1
9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 25

To register, contact Bill Gnagy at 278-2397 or Training also can be done online. Click the individual links for classes: IS 700.a at, IS 100.HE at and IS 800.b at 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 at
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Faculty Senate schedule
The Faculty Senate schedule for April and May is available at
Submitted by the Faculty Senate

President Gonzalez continues updates
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez will post updates on campus developments throughout the semester on his web page at
Submitted by the Office of the President

ASI begins election campaign, offers scholarships
The Associated Students Inc. election campaign has kicked off. Voting starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, and ends at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.

Also, ASI is offering 15 $500 scholarships for Sac State students who are active and involved in the University community. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 20.
Submitted by Associated Students Inc.

College of Continuing Education administers Summer Session 2012
Summer Session is a 12-week program at Sacramento State open to the following individuals:

  • Continuing students who have completed the formal admissions process and were enrolled in Spring 2012 or Fall 2011 but will not graduate prior to Summer 2012.
  • Community members who are not formally admitted to the University or students who have been admitted to another college.
  • Students who have been admitted to Sacramento State for Fall 2012.

Registration for summer session courses begins Monday, April 16, for matriculated Sacramento State students on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no appointments this year. Registration for non-matriculated students begins Monday, May 7.

Summer Session schedule:

  • 12-week courses: May 29-Aug. 19
  • First-six-week courses: May 29-July 8
  • Second-six-week courses: July 9-Aug. 19

For more information or to register, visit the Summer Session website at
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Gerontology Program hosts Career Fair
The Gerontology Program will host its fifth annual career fair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the University Union, Redwood Room. Nineteen public and private agencies, as well as the Sac State Career Center and the Gerontology Club, will provide information on possible jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. The theme is “Opportunities for Students and Professionals in the Fields of Healthy Aging and Elder Care.” The fair is free and open to the public; students from all majors and members of the community are encouraged to attend and explore how studying Gerontology can open up a variety of career opportunities in the exciting and ever-growing field of aging.
Submitted by the Gerontology Department

College of Business Administration to host Information Session
The College of Business Administration is hosting an Information Session for all business graduate programs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, on campus. An adviser from each of the degree programs will provide a program overview and conduct a question-and-answer session.

To reserve a seat for the Information Session, RSVP at You must be registered to attend.
Submitted by the College of Business Administration

On-Campus Recruitment Program at Career Center
The On-Campus Recruitment Program runs through Friday, May 4, 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 that require 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, visit the on-campus recruitment website at
Submitted by the Career Center

Summer Academies for High School Students begin July 23
High school students will explore the fields of biotechnology, health careers and culinary arts from July 23-Aug. 2 on the Sacramento State campus.

The Summer Academies for High School Students offer a personalized learning experience via small classes and a hands-on approach. Teens can study potential careers and prepare for the future while meeting other high school students from around the region.

To register, visit For questions, contact Carole Taylor at or 278-2794.
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Self-defense course at The WELL
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

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 available online at

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: Safeguarding campus information (Part 1 of 6)
Understand what is protected data. Ask yourself what type of data you work with. There are three data level classifications used at Sacramento State. Level 1 data is the most confidential and includes items such as Social Security numbers, birth dates, medical records, driver’s license numbers, bank accounts and credit cards. Level 1 data requires increased security controls due to federal, state or industry regulations.

Level 2 and 3 data round out the types. These levels of data are considered business data and include items such as educational records and employee information. Knowing the different types of data helps protect this data from the bad guys. A complete listing of the data classifications can be found on the Information Security website,

Now you know the data levels – what should you do with it? Look for Part 2 in next week’s Briefing or on the Information Security website,
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Annual Staff Awards Luncheon
Sacramento State will hold its Staff Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 20, to honor University staff and administrators, as well as employees of University Enterprises Inc. and Associated Students Inc., for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service.

Click to view a list of recipients.

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 at, 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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