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May 3, 2010

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Congratulations to Sacramento State’s 2010 Retirees
President Alexander Gonzalez and senior administrative staff join the campus community in congratulating our 2010 retirees. We wish you well in the coming years and offer our sincere appreciation for your contributions to the University.

The following list reflects individuals who have submitted a signed Notice of Intent to Retire as of April 30.
Submitted by the Human Resources

2010 First Year College Experience Survey Report
In spring 2010, 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 39 percent, which is a 17.5 percent increase over the previous year’s administration.

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

May Employee of the Month
Nancy Hardy is the academic planning database coordinator in the Office of Institutional Research. Her nominator described her as “quickly learning new tasks, but also being able to streamline the processes in order to increase efficiency and enhance productivity.” The nominator also mentioned that with Nancy’s assistance, “our campus became one of the primary campuses to bring many of the CMS reporting issues to the forefront. Due to her efforts, Sacramento State has been able to make major changes, not just for Sac State, but for the CSU system as a whole”.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Staff Employee Recognition Program.  Names of the recipients will be announced in September. 

Details about nominations, eligibility, criteria, and procedures are available on the website link:

Ride your bike, win a prize
May is bike month. Ride your bike to work, school and errands around town and log your miles at The Sac State cyclist logging the most miles during the month of May will win a prize, donated from Peak Adventures and the Hornet Bookstore.

Biking is a joyride for your mind and body – the perfect infusion of fun, healthy energy to get you where you need to be. Tune up your body and your budget every day. Bicycle parking is available in a bicycle compound, bicycle racks and bicycle lockers.
For more information about your Sac State Commute Choices contact UTAPS at or visit our website
Submitted by UTAPS

Former University president is guest speaker
Former Sacramento State President Donald R. Gerth, who wrote The People’s University: A History of the California State University, will speak at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in the University Library Gallery. The free event is part of the new Authors Lecture Series sponsored by the Friends of the University Library and co-sponsored by Capital Public Radio.

Gerth retired from the presidency of Sacramento State in 2003, after serving the CSU system for 45 years. After his retirement, Gerth wrote the complete history of the system. Much of the book is filled with anecdotes from the system’s early founders and its subsequent leaders, faculty, staff and students. It also focuses on the California Master Plan created in 1960, which delineates the roles of the University of California, California State University and the California Community Colleges.

For Additional information, contact Sally Hitchcock, coordinator for community outreach for the University Library at or (916) 278-5954.
Submitted by Friends of the University Library

Young and old Unite
Associated Students, Inc, ASI Community Service is seeking volunteers to participate in this year’s National Join Hands Day. Join Hands is a national volunteer day that targets developing relations between young people and adults through neighborhood volunteering. Youths and adults work together on an equal basis to plan, organize and implement the day’s activities. It is a day to begin a year-round process of relationship building and making great contributions to your community.

To participate in the event, visit or e-mail the community service office for a registration form.
Submitted by ASI Community Service Associated Students Inc.

Faculty Senate

Monday, May 3

11:45 - 1:15 p.m. - Committee on Diversity and Equity (CODE) – California Suite – University Union

3 - 4:30 p.m. – General Education/Graduation Requirement Policies Committee (GE/GRPC) – Sacramento Hall 275

Tuesday, May 4
3 - 5 p.m. – University ARTP (UARTP) –Riverfront 2018 (Dean’s Conference Room)

3 - 5 p.m. – Executive Committee – Sacramento Hall 275

Wednesday, May 5
1 - 2:30 p.m. – Faculty Policies Committee (FPC) – Sacramento Hall 275

Thursday, May 6
3 - 5 p.m. - Faculty Senate – Foothill Suite - University Union

Tuesday, May 11
1:30 - 2:50 p.m. – Curriculum Subcommittee (CPC) – Sacramento Hall 275

3 - 5 p.m. – Executive Committee – Sacramento Hall 275

Wednesday, May 12
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Writing and Reading Subcommittee (CPC) – Camellia Room - University Union

3 - 4:30 p.m. – GE Subcommittee (GE/GRPC) – Sacramento Hall 275

Thursday, May 13
8:30 – 10 a.m. – Graduate Studies Policies Committee (GSPC) – Sacramento Hall 275

3 - 5 p.m. – Faculty Senate – Foothill Suite - University Union

Friday, May 14
Noon - 1:30 p.m. – Academic Information Technology Committee (AITC) – Library - 5th Floor Conference Room

2 - 3:30 p.m. – Academic Policies Committee (APC) – Sacramento Hall 275

Monday, May 17
TENT - 11:45 - 1:15 p.m. - Committee on Diversity and Equity (CODE) – California Suite – University Union

TENTATIVE - 3 - 4:30 p.m. – General Education/Graduation Requirement Policies Committee (GE/GRPC) – Sacramento Hall 275

Tuesday, May 18
TENTATIVE - 3 - 5 p.m. – Executive Committee – Sacramento Hall 275

Thursday, May 20
8:30 - 10 a.m. – Graduate Studies Policies Committee (GSPC) – Sacramento Hall 134

TENTATIVE - 3 - 5 p.m. – Faculty Senate – Library 11

Summer hours
Sacramento State will continue the practice of modified work schedules during summer hours to help conserve energy during the late afternoon hours when energy demand is highest. 

Beginning Tuesday, June 1 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 20, normal business hours for the campus will be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break.  Authorized supervisors may modify individual work schedules to address special situations as long as the basic hours are covered. 

Questions or concerns that cannot be answered by supervisors or managers should be sent to Elizabeth Redmond Sublett, associate vice president for Human Resources at 278-4488 or
Submitted by Human Resources

Environmental award
Sacramento State was awarded the Environmental Recognition Award by the Sacramento Environmental Commission April 2. 

The award is presented annually by the commission in recognition of people and programs that “promote a high quality environment.”

Sacramento State has been active in pursuing energy efficiency, says Nathaniel Martin, Sacramento State’s energy conservation coordinator. In 2009, the University entered into an agreement to have solar electric panels installed on several campus buildings and the new American River Courtyard residential housing includes numerous energy efficient upgrades. In January, the University received $74,000 from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District for energy efficiency savings at the residence hall.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Sac-Mentoring program
Recruiting sessions for the fall Sac-Mentoring program will be held 6-7 p.m. Monday, May 3, in Amador Hall 153 and Wednesday, May 5, in Mariposa 1000. For Details, contact Ricky Gutierrez at 278-5094 or
Submitted by the Criminal Justice Department


WAC Retreat
Full- and part-time faculty are invited to the 2010 Writing Across the Curriculum development retreat, "Responding and Grading More Effectively and Efficiently," 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, in the University Union Folsom Room. The retreat will feature time-saving techniques and strategies for designing rubrics, using peer response and grading writing. Breakfast and lunch will be served. RSVP to Dan Melzer at or 278-6925 by June 1. Space is limited.
Submitted by the English Department

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

Black Graduation Celebration
Sacramento State’s Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program will hold its annual Black Graduation Celebration 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday May, 18, in the University Union Ballroom.

Students should meet at 6 p.m. in the University Union Orchard Suite for instructions about the procession and ceremony and should wear their regalia. Faculty and staff will lead the graduates into the celebration and lead them into the Redwood Room after the celebration.

RSVP by May 7 to Mykesha Kitt, Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program, at 278-4230 or
Submitted by the Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program

Latino Recognition Ceremony
Sacramento State’s Chicano/Latino Ceremony Committee will hold its 30th annual Chicano/Latino Recognition Ceremony 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in the University Union Ballroom.

The program recognizes Chicano and Latino graduating seniors and contributions by Latino community leaders to Sacramento State.
Donations are $35 for graduates. Family and friends are admitted free. The event will include food, music and a sash for the graduates.

To register for the event, contact Professor Margarita Berta-Avila, Bilingual Multicultural Education Department, at (916) 278-4395 or by April 23. Include how many guests will attend.
Submitted by the Chicano/Latino Ceremony Committee

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

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

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


Achievement award lecture
The 2009-10 Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award lecture, hosted by the Office of the President, the Research and Creative Activity Subcommittee and the Office of Research Administration, is 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in the University Union Foothill Suite. A reception follows in the Summit Room. 

This year’s recipient, Ernest E. Uwazie, professor of Criminal Justice and director of the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, is the 48th recipient of this award. His lecture will review several Alternative Dispute Resolution projects in select African countries and identify key lessons and opportunities for continuity and change.
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration


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

The workshops runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in Mendocino Hall, 2007.

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

Students must bring copies of their 2009 tax returns and W2s. Dependents must bring their parents tax returns and W2s.
Submitted by the Financial Aid Office

Human Resources

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

Catastrophic Leave Donation Program   (May 3 version)
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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