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April 19, 2010

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Post FAFSA workshop
The Financial Aid Office will hold two “Get your Docs Done by June 1” workshops to help students submit financial aid documents required by FAFSA by the June 1 deadline.

Workshops are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 and Tuesday, May 4 in Mendocino Hall, 2007.

The workshops will help students fill out required documents and avoid having their award letter delayed.

Students must bring copies of their 2009 tax returns and W2’s. Dependents must bring their parents tax returns and W2’s.
Submitted by the Financial Aid Office

USA elections
The University Staff Assembly is seeking nominations for election and appointments to several campus committees. Details about committees and positions can be found on the USA website at

To nominate yourself or someone who may be interested, submit the name, phone number, department, e-mail address and a brief justification to Cossette Leos at by 5 p.m. Monday, April 19.
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

Window on Assessment
The spring issue of A Window on Assessment, the newsletter of the Office of Academic Program Assessment, is available at
Submitted by the Office of Academic Program Assessment

Clean air award
University Transportation and Parking Services will sponsor the 34th annual Breathe California Clean Air Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday , May 26, in the University Union Ballroom.

Tickets are $40. For tickets or additional information, visit
Sacramento State’s Hornet Express shuttle program will be presented with the 2010 Clean Air Champion award.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Chapter award
Sacramento’s State’s Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars, was named the top chapter in the Western Region.
The award is based on the chapter’s accomplishments including the launch of two initiatives to raise funds towards a scholarship to help Sacramento State students participate in international programs and sponsorship of public programs, such as a lecture in the Library’s tea room and receptions for international scholars.
Submitted by the Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Delta

OneCard on Facebook
OneCard is now on Facebook. Visit to become a friend and learn about OneCard discounts, special events and important dates. Friends can also get answers to questions by chatting with a member of Team OneCard and can provide feedback to the OneCard Center.
Submitted by the OneCard Center

Academic Talent Search
Academic Talent Search is accepting applications from fourth- through ninth-grade students to participate in more than 120 summer classes on the Sacramento State campus.

Academic Talent Search provides challenging and fun classes that are fast-paced and designed to allow students to explore areas of strength or special interest. Students must take a qualifying exam to apply. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 21.

For more information, visit or contact Mary Kate Erikson at
Submitted by Academic Talent Search

Recognition ceremony
The Multi-Cultural Center will hold its second All People’s Recognition Ceremony 5-7 p.m. Thursday, 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, visit Nominations will be accepted until April 30.  Every nominee will receive a personalized certificate.

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


Veterans’ Café
Sacramento State’s Veterans Affairs office, Veterans’ Student Organization and the Women’s Resource Center will hold a Veterans’ Café noon-1 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the University Union’s Summit Room.

Activities will include a discussion with Deputy Secretary Barbara Ward, California Department of Veterans Affairs, on challenges women and minorities face in the armed forces including post-traumatic stress disorder and sexual trauma. The event is free and open to the campus community.
Submitted by the Veterans Service Center

Pinhole photography
Art Department lecturer Steven Baudonnet’s students will have a show titled, "The Hole Image Through Pinhole Photography" April 19-23, in the Witt Gallery. The show will feature original works and hand-crafted cameras created by students. A reception is 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the gallery.
Submitted by the Art Department

Open house
Sacramento State’s Peak Adventures will host an open house 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Challenge Center behind Yosemite Hall. The cost is $5 for Sacramento State students and $10 for others. Proceeds benefit the Guardian Scholars Program, a local non-profit organization that offers a range of services to help foster youth pursue a college education.

The course includes a variety of activities such as a rock wall, cargo net and a giant’s ladder. It is open to climbers 8 years and older. Early registration is encouraged. Call 278-6321 to register. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing.

For more information, visit or call 278-6321.
Submitted by Peak Adventures

Nammour Symposium
The Philosophy Department will host the 2010 Nammour Symposium April 20-21, in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.  This year’s theme is “The Meaning of Success” and will feature Sacramento State faculty and alumni along with out-of-state faculty.

The full program, including descriptions of each presentation, is located at The symposium is free and open to the public. 
Submitted by the Philosophy Department

Volunteer cleanup
More than 50 Sacramento State volunteers joined thousands of volunteers throughout the county in a river and riparian area cleanup Saturday, April 17, at Steelhead Creek Levee and the Cal Expo floodplain. 

Volunteers picked up trash, cleaned waterways and removed invasive, non-native plant species. Sacramento State’s participation was organized through the Community Engagement Center’s Sac State Serves program. For more information or to sign up for future Sacramento State Serves events, visit
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

River Cats
Join students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends at Raley Field, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, May 6 for Sac State Night at the River Cats. Tickets are $7 for lawn seats and $5 each for tickets bought in quantities of 10 more.

Tickets are on sale at the Campus Recreation information desk in the University Union. Alumni can purchase tickets through the Alumni Office.  More information is available through or by calling 278-4111.

The group that purchases the most tickets will win an equal number of tickets for a future River Cats game for their group. Contest rules are at

There will also be an opportunity for a Sac State member to sing the National Anthem before the game. Auditions will be held 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in the Library Quad. To sign up for the audition, visit
Submitted by Campus Recreation-Sport Clubs

Research and creativity
The first celebration of research and creative activity is 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the University Union. More than 60 faculty members will discuss their research or creative activity. The event is free and open to the public. Faculty are encouraged to attend and to urge their classes to attend. The program will conclude with a reception at 2 p.m. in the University Union Orchard Suite.

A program listing the time and location of each presentation will be available Friday, April 16 at
Research Administration and Contract Administration

Student fashion show
Sacramento State’s Student Fashion Association will hold its spring fashion show 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, in the University Union Ballroom. The show’s theme is “Spring into Action” and features 14 student designers. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by contacting Natasia Berry at
Submitted by the Student Fashion Association


Sabbatical Leave Workshop
Human Resources will hold its annual Sabbatical Leave Workshop 9:30-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in the University Union Foothill Suite. The workshop will provide beneficial information for full-time faculty interested in applying for a sabbatical or difference-in-pay leave for the 2011 academic year. Seating is limited. RSVP to Mary Jo Puthuff at 278-6779 or by noon Monday, April 26. For questions about eligibility, see provision 27.2 of the Unit 3 faculty contract. For other questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 278-6169.
Submitted by Human Resources

Writing a Grant Proposal Workshop
Research Administration and Contract Administration is offering a workshop on “What the Reviewers Want: Essentials for Writing a Competitive Grant Proposal” 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in the Hornet Bookstore Building, Boardroom,  Suite 3010. 

The workshop will address the review process and criteria for key funding agencies, discuss ways to make proposals reviewer-friendly and highlight lessons learned by experienced reviewers. To register, visit
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

Human Resources

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
Lorena Solis, Human Resources
Robert Gardner, Facilities Services 
Keith Thompson, Facilities Services  


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