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April 18, 2011


Free exhibit
Sacramento State photographer Sam Parsons, who retired in January, shares his work in “Depth of Field: 30 Years of Photography and Multimedia,” a free exhibit up through Saturday, April 30, in the Library Gallery Annex. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Pieces include posters, prints, multimedia projects and a section on the Sac State gymnastics program.
Submitted by the Library Gallery

Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award
Professor Robert Wassmer, chairman of the Department of Public Policy and Administration, will receive the Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award from the Research and Creative Activity Committee at a lecture 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the University Union Foothill Suite. Wassmer will be recognized for his record in researching urban economics, particularly in relation to urban sprawl. Wassmer teaches graduate classes and runs Sac State’s master’s degree program in urban land development and specializes in applied microeconomics, urban economics, state and local public finance and policy. He has been a resource for state lawmakers since coming to Sacramento State in 1995 and collaborated with the California Senate Office of Research in extensive projects.
Submitted by Research Administration

Dissertation defense
Three students from the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program will defend their dissertations this week. Presenters encourage visitors to attend to learn more about the program and what the dissertation defense process entails. All presentations will be held in Eureka Hall, Room 313e. Presenters, dates and times include:

Tuesday, April 19, 10 a.m.-noon
Francine Stevens: “Racial Identity, Religious Participation and Stereotype Threat: The Impact on Student Educational Outcomes.”

Wednesday, April 20, 10 a.m.-noon
Eva Aramouni: “The Impact of Diglossia on Arabic Language Instruction in Higher Education: Attitudes and Experiences of Students and Instructors in the U.S.”

Friday, April 22, 9-11 a.m.
Christian Patz: “The Black and White World of Emotional Disturbance”

For more information about the presentations, contact the Doctorate in Educational Leadership office, 278-2282.
Submitted by Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Spring event
Applications and information for the 2011 Manzanar Pilgrimage are now available on the Ethnic Studies website. It is open to all faculty and students. Funds for the three-day (April 30-May 1) educational experience are provided by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program. Please encourage your students to apply as well. For more information, contact Wayne Maeda,
Submitted by Ethnic Studies

Library survey
To assist the University Library in its assessment efforts, a random sample of Sacramento State faculty, students and staff will be invited, by email, to participate in a nationally recognized survey known as LibQUAL+Lite.

Developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), LibQUAL+Lite is a widely used and well-established survey instrument assessing the quality of library services, facilities and collections, and helping libraries identify ways to address and improve users' opinions of service quality.

The survey is available until Friday, April 22. It consists of eight core questions and takes approximately five minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary; responses are anonymous.

For more information about the LibQUAL+Lite survey, visit: or contact the LibQUAL+Lite team at
Submitted by the University Library

Retirement reception
The University Library will host a reception honoring two retiring librarians, Tamara Trujillo and Fred Batt, 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Library Conference Room 5006. All are welcome to the reception.

Trujillo joined the Sacramento State Library as associate dean in November 1988 and served as associate dean/senior associate dean through 2008 with responsibility for the technical services operations of the Library. At varying times, her administrative responsibilities also included library IT, User Services (a.k.a. Access Services), Special Collections and University Archives, and the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection. Twice during her 23 years of service, in 2001-02 and in 2006-07, she served as acting dean and director of the Library for a total of 34 months. From 2000 to 2009, she also served as the coordinator for librarywide collection development, including responsibility for the library materials budget of roughly $2 million. She joined the Library Reference Department in January 2009 with responsibilities for reference, library instruction and collection development for the departments of Art, Design, Humanities and Religious Studies, and the Spanish and German programs.

Batt joined the Sacramento State Library in September 1988. From September 1988 until June 2008, he served as associate dean for public services with an emphasis on reference services, library media services and library instructional services. He also served as coordinator of collection development from 1988 to 1990 and during some periods supervised access services, Special Collections and University Archives and library building support services. He joined the Reference Department in July 2008 with responsibilities for reference, library instruction and collection development for the departments of Music, Psychology and Gerontology.

Trujillo and Batt provided the Sacramento State campus with a combined service of 46 years.

For questions, call Library Dean’s Office at 278-5679.
Submitted by the University Library

Philosophy symposium
The Philosophy Department's Nammour Symposium is 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, April 26, and 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Hinde Auditorium, University Union.

The Symposium’s theme is “On Being Wrong.” Link to the full program at, which includes abstracts from all the participants. There will also be a student panel on the concept of forgiveness, composed of winners of a student essay competition.
Submitted by the Philosophy Department

Inspired by Earth Day
The Environmental Studies Department, along with the Recycling Committee and local vendors, will educate campus constituents and promote sustainability and “green” practices by having on-site collection services from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Library Quad. Items to be collected include electronic waste (LCD monitors, laptops, TVs, radios, mice, keyboards, printers, small kitchen appliances, etc.), ink toner cartridges, clothing and batteries. Printed educational information will be distributed, visual information will be exhibited, and free items will be given away. For more information, contact Kevin Brisco in Facilities Services, 278-7600.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Free conference
The fourth biannual Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Conference is 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Foothill Suite of the University Union. The program is available at

There is no registration fee, and a light lunch will be served. RSVP to Dan Melzer at
Submitted by the Department of English

Gerontology career fair
The fourth annual Gerontology Career Fair: The Future of Careers in Aging is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 25.

Students from all majors and community members should attend this free event. Network with professionals; search for paid, internship or volunteer positions; and explore how studying Gerontology can open up a variety of career opportunities in the exciting, growing field.
Submitted by the Department of Gerontology

Faculty-only discussion
The Office of Research Administration and the Center for STEM Excellence invite faculty to attend a luncheon discussion with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the University Union Forest Suite.

This discussion will focus on the new federally funded California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC), which just set up operations in Modoc Hall. Sacramento State and USF&W have signed a five-year cooperative agreement to partner on informing and promoting integrated science, natural resource management and conservation to address impacts of climate change and other stressors within and across ecosystems.

The CA LCC will work with researchers and stakeholders across the state and into northern Mexico, and it is hoped that Sacramento State faculty and students can play a role in supporting and expanding aspects of their research and science enterprise.

The initial faculty-only discussion April 21 will review USF&W priorities and projects, and participants will learn about the capacities and interests of Sacramento State faculty in these areas. An additional discussion session that is open to students is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, and that event will have particular summer research opportunities for faculty and students detailed.

To reserve a seat, visit and complete the registration form.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Recognition ceremony
The Multi-Cultural Center will hold its third annual All People’s Recognition Ceremony, 3-5 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the center, Library 1010, near Java City.

People are encouraged to nominate someone they feel has contributed to creating an inclusive environment at Sacramento State, left a significant mark in the understanding of multiple identities, embodies the goals of diversity and social justice, or deserves recognition for their actions during the academic year.

To nominate someone, click here or cut and paste the link below into your browser.
Nominations are accepted until Friday, April 29. All nominations will be recognized and awarded with a personalized certificate. Your comments will be shared with the person you would like to recognize. You may submit more than one nomination.

For more information, contact the MCC at
Submitted by the Multi-Cultural Center

Writing Across the Curriculum
The Center for Teaching and Learning's current eForum topic focuses on Writing Across the Curriculum, a post submitted by Professors Fiona Glade and Dan Melzer (English). In the post, Professor Jessie Gaston talks about her experiences with teaching in a Writing Intensive course.

For more information on submitting your own post, contact the CTL at Link to Writing Across the Curriculum at
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Sac State 5K Fun Run
At 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, the third annual Sac State 5K Fun Run will commence. This Fun Run is open to the campus community and public. There are two types of registrations:
• Registration fee plus a cotton T-shirt, $11
• Registration fee plus a Dri-Fit T-shirt, $21

The registration fee includes:
• Chip timing
• A race bib
• A race packet with event rules and guidelines
• Refreshments after the race
• Entry for sport gear giveaways

To receive a shirt, you must register by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 (this is for both cotton and
Dri-Fit shirts). You may pick up your shirt two weeks after the event.

Register online at

Those wishing to volunteer, register online at
Submitted by The WELL

31st annual Governor’s Employee Safety Awards
The State of California is accepting nominations for the 31st annual Governor’s Employee Safety Awards (GESA). Environmental Health and Occupational Safety (EHS) Department requests assistance in identifying individual employees and groups for this award. The nomination guidelines and forms (one form for the individual or group award, and a separate form for the Excellence in Occupational Safety award) are available for download on ORIM’s website:

To be reviewed and considered by the GESA Nominations Committee, nominations must be submitted by Friday, May 6. Please coordinate nominations with Bernie Tano via email at or
Submitted by Environmental Health and Safety

Voice mail change
During the week of Monday, April 25, the campus voice mail system will be replaced. The current system is old, and vendor support is coming to an end, so this is a great opportunity to move to an updated system – CallXPress.

CallXPress is very simple to use, and documentation, hands-on training, and online help will be available as desired. Visit for up-to-date information about the upgrade. Notification of the exact schedule, along with documentation, were emailed to each user in early April. This will require no change of phones, and voice mail from the old system will be available for approximately five days after the conversion.

If you have comments or concerns about this article, please send them to
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Major network upgrade to cause short outages
Sacramento State has been selected as the first CSU campus to receive a major upgrade of its campus network. This upgrade will ensure that our network infrastructure continues to keep pace with both technology and the changing needs of CSU students, faculty and staff.

The upgrade will take place in June, with rolling network outages affecting most campus buildings for a one-day period. The schedule for these outages and other information regarding the upgrade can be found on the upgrade project page: If your building is not on the list, then your building will not affected by the project.

Upgrade work will be on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., during which times building occupants will experience both total and intermittent network and wireless outages. In buildings equipped with Voice over IP Phones (VoIP), the phones will be subject to outages during the one-day upgrade period as well.

Alternate workspaces will be provided for those affected and laptop computers will be available for loan during the outages. Those laptops (or department laptops) may be used wirelessly in unaffected spaces such as the library or the AIRC. The computer labs in AIRC 3013 and 3008 will also be available as alternate work space locations.

There will be more communication to the campus prior to the June upgrade, including signs posted on each building with the specific dates and times of each building outage. Any questions or concerns may be sent to
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Security quick tip:
Part three of the seven best practices to follow in order to protect data on campus.

• Don't open suspicious email attachments. Many viruses and worms are spread through email files.
• Back up your data: Protect your important information by making sure your data is backed up regularly, either remotely or by doing it yourself.
See all seven parts on the information service website at Always remember: protecting campus data starts with you.
Submitted by Information Security Office

CAMP crossing program
As part of Sacramento State’s One Book Program, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) will host “Crossing Borders to College Attainment: From Dreams to Reality.” The 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 event is open to the campus community and takes place at the University Union, Hinde Auditorium.

Much like the act of “crossing a border” as described in Luis Alberto Urrea's, The Devil's Highway, the transition from high school to college can feel like entering a foreign world for first-generation college students, requiring them to learn a new language, social customs and way of life.

During this presentation, CAMP students will share experiences of crossing their own educational border during their first year of college. Because there is no one way to express this complex and at times challenging journey, these first-generation college students will use media such as art, digital storytelling and poetry to convey how they found a path to academic success.
Submitted by the College Assistance Migrant Program

Stinger classic
Southern Wine & Spirits is sponsoring the fifth annual Stinger Wine and Food Classic, 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Alumni Center. Enjoy premium wines from wineries owned and operated by Sacramento State alumni and sample delicacies from local food purveyors. Beverages for the non-wine drinker will be available also. Silent auction and raffle prizes include art, restaurant certificates, golf, sporting events and, of course, wine. Tickets are $40, and only 350 will be sold. Contact Tina Blessen, Sacramento State Athletics, 278-4263, for tickets or more information. All proceeds benefit student-athlete scholarships.
Submitted by the Department of Athletics

Testing Center
The Testing Center’s new hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The center will not close for the lunch hour.
Submitted by the Testing Center

News and campus videos
Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Digital messages
If you have an academic event or performance that you want to publicize, you are invited to submit your message to:
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

2011-12 Senate Executive Committee
Senate Chair: Anthony G. Sheppard, Recreation, Parks and Tourism
Vice Chair: Janet Hecsh, Teacher Education

Standing Committee Appointments:
Academic Policies Committee: Kristin Van Gaasbeck, Economics
Curriculum Policies Committee: Kath Pinch, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration
Faculty Policies Committee: Jana Noel, Teacher Education
General Education/Graduation Requirements Policies Committee: Reza Peigahi, Library
Graduate Studies Policies Committee: Christine Miller, Communication Studies

At-Large Positions:
Bob Buckley, Computer Science
Lisa Hammersley, Geology
Submitted by Faculty Senate

Human Resources

Whistleblower Protection Act
California Government Code Section 8548 requires the CSU to inform their employees of the California Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA Government Code Section 8547 et seq.). Pursuant to this section of the Government Code, the University is required to distribute electronically the State Auditor’s written explanation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act.

David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, has been designated as the person on campus to receive protected disclosures and answer questions about these policies. He can be reached at 278-6078, via email at or through campus mail using ZIP code 6032. You may also call the California Attorney General’s confidential whistleblower hotlines at (800) 952-5665 or (916) 322-3360.

The statutorily required notice from the state auditor can be found at:

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 Del Norte Hall, Suite 3001 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Donna Danzeris, College of Continuing Education
Deana Frandsen, Student Health Center



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