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May 9, 2011


Employee of the month: Jonathan Shiveley, Assessment Research Analyst, Office of Institutional Research.

Jonathan’s nominator describes him as “the individual who directly supports assessment and accreditation campuswide, as well as being the liaison to external agencies on multiple projects.”  The nominator also said, “Jon is responsible for various survey reports for the campus and in working with other offices/departments to ensure the surveys are conducted on time.”

The nominator continued, “Jon has accomplished a great deal and his outcomes have proven that he is a valuable and effective team member of the Office of Institutional Research as well as for the University at large.”

Nominations are 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:
Submitted by the President’s Office

Dean candidate for Arts and Letters
The following candidate will be interviewed for the position of Dean, College of Arts and Letters, at the University Theater, SHS 113. Resumes are available on the College of Arts and Letters’ website. A hard copy will also be available for review in the Office of Academic Affairs (Sac Hall 230). For questions, contact Academic Affairs, 278-6331.

Cynthia Kosso
Acting Director of the University Honors Program
Northern Arizona University
1:30-3 p.m.
Thursday, May 12
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Retirement party
The retirement festivities for Nancy Tooker will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, on the Terrace at The WELL. Refreshments will be served.
Submitted by College of Arts and Letters

Another retirement party
The retirement festivities for Edward Jones will be 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the
American River Courtyard Conference Rooms. Refreshments will be served.
Submitted by Student Affairs

Free exhibits
Sacramento State presents two free exhibits highlighting the work of its graduating art students. The Senior Show will continue through May 21 in Kadema Hall’s Else and Witt galleries. Works by students graduating from the master’s program will be featured in an exhibit through May 28 in the Library Gallery Annex. The Else and Witt galleries are open noon-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Library Gallery Annex is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Submitted by the Art Department

Spring string recital
Come to this year's recital at 7 p.m. Monday, May 16, in the Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall. It is free to the public and will last approximately one hour.

The recital is presented by the children of the acclaimed Sacramento State String Project, an outreach program that provides students from the third through the eighth grade with outstanding instrumental training from our string music majors. The String Project is currently under the direction of Master Teacher Judy Bossuat and Assistant Master Teacher Tim Stanley.

For more information on the Project, visit
Submitted by the Music Department

Graduate symposium
On Wednesday, May 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Union, Redwood Room, the Title IV-E Public Child Welfare Stipend Program, Division of Social Work, will present a graduate program. Twenty-three Masters of Social Work students (19 full time and four part time) will participate and then join Sac State’s commencement ceremonies on May 21. 

The program accepts 20 first-year, 20 second-year and 10-15 part-time graduate students seeking MSW degrees. For more information, visit
Submitted by Division of Social Work

Speaker series
The division of Administration and Business Affairs (ABA) announces the ABA Speaker Series.  The purpose of the series is to provide an open, unbiased forum for the exchange of ideas and to bring intellectual enrichment to the campus community.  A guest speaker will be invited to campus once a semester.  

Please join ABA for a morning with Eric Stille, President and CEO of Nugget Markets, 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, May 13, at the Alumni Center.  

Each series is open to students, faculty, staff and auxiliaries.  RSVP to Kimberly Donaville by May 11 at 278-6312 or via email at
Submitted by Business Administration

Health Partnership
The Sacramento State/UC Davis Cancer Partnership to Reduce Health Disparities Through Education, Research and Training is offering the opportunity for faculty to serve as Partnership Faculty Fellows. Benefits include a small yearly stipend, and collaborative research and grant writing. Sacramento State Partnership Faculty Fellows will be matched with UC Davis faculty, and vice versa, for collaboration, and all will be asked to attend monthly board meetings. We hope to receive applications from faculty who are excited about working collaboratively to reduce health disparities.

The deadline for applications is May 15. For further information as well as details about how to apply, contact Partnership Co-Chair Jana Noel at
Submitted by Teacher Education

The Department of Geography will hold its second annual Posterpalooza from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Orchard Suite of the University Union.  More than 50 student research posters and maps from the department's senior research seminar and Applied GIS class will be on display, with students on hand to answer questions. The department welcomes all interested parties, including students contemplating a geography major or minor. The senior projects address a wide variety of human and physical geography topics in the Sacramento region, while the GIS projects focus on the Sacramento State campus, including patterns of exterior lighting.
Submitted by Geography Department

Staff picnic
The annual Appreciation Staff Picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, on the Main Quad across from the River Front Center.

The Picnic Committee is seeking volunteers and donations. Donation ideas include artwork, crafts, small gift items/merchandise or gift cards. We would like to have all donations by Friday, May 27. Questions, contact Krystal Bickford at or Cossette Leos at
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

Help the needy
Sac Pack Drive will collect new or gently used book bags/backpacks and school supplies May 9-20.

Many students have extra supplies that they have not used and may no longer need. Sac Pack Drive is working with a local nonprofit organization to deliver these supplies to homeless youth, foster youth and others in need.

Drop off donations at the Community Engagement Center on the Library’s fourth floor, Room 4028, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. For a list of donation dropoff locations, a Sac Pack Drive supply wish list, or if your department/program would like to sponsor a donation box, visit
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Spring issue
The spring issue of Sac State Magazine is available at

The issue focuses on alumni who are leaders in the community, including Kadhir Rajagopal, California Teacher of the Year; and John Castro, Sacramento City School District’s Teacher of the Year.

It also highlights alums Jan Nolta, one of the leading stem cell researchers; Patricia Fong Kushida, head of the Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce; and John Torres, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Also featured is the Sac State student opera production Die Fledermaus; Sac State’s government internship and public policy programs and a reprint of a poem written especially for Sacramento State’s Destination 2010 celebration by the city’s poet laureate and University professor Bob Stanley.
Submitted by University Marketing

One Book selection
Sacramento State’s One Book Program’s selection for 2011-12 is “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir” by Michele Norris. 

Journalist Norris, co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” has written a family memoir of rare candor and artistry that dramatically reveals essential yet hidden aspects of African-American life. For further information about the book, including an excerpt and reading group guide, visit She will visit the campus Thursday, Oct. 20.

We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Hellen Lee-Keller as Faculty Coordinator of the Sacramento State One Book Program. English Professor Lee-Keller is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding University Service Award (Arts and Letters). A member of the Sacramento State One Book Selection Committee, she has been instrumental in organizing and facilitating One Book events such as our film series in collaboration with the Multicultural Center.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Commuter pass price increase
The cost for faculty and staff Regional Transit commuter passes will increase from $20 to $30 for a six-month pass, beginning July 1.

“The commuter pass continues to be a great deal,” says Nancy Fox, senior director of UTAPS. “Without the commuter pass, a single one-way trip on RT costs $2.50, and a monthly pass costs $100. With the commuter pass, faculty and staff will pay only $5 a month for unlimited ridership.”

Sacramento State has a contract with Regional Transit that offers faculty, staff and students the opportunity to ride RT buses and light rail at a significantly reduced rate. Students pay for the commuter pass through a transit fee each semester.
Faculty/staff commuter passes are available at the University Cashiers Office and UTAPS. Passes are effective July 1–Dec. 31. For more information, visit the UTAPS website: www.csus/utaps/.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

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

Free training program

Student Health Services is offering Mental Health First Aid training for Sacramento State students, faculty and staff. It will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 26-27, in the University Union, Forest Suite. The event is free, but space is limited. Sign up by emailing

This program helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Those who take the 12-hour certification course learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.

For more information, visit
Submitted by Student Health Services

Temporary closure of parking facilities
To save energy costs during an off-peak period, the following parking facilities will be closed for the summer period. Closure will begin at midnight Friday, May 27; lots will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22:

  • Parking Structure II
  • Parking Structure III
  • Parking Structure IV
  • Lot 10
  • Lot 11

While most other parking facilities will be open and available during the closure of those mentioned above, there will be additional short-term parking closures for paving and improvement projects during the Summer period. The timing of these projects will be communicated separately. If there are questions, contact University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) at 278-7275,,
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Information session
The College of Business Administration is hosting an Information Session for all the business graduate programs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, on the campus.

An advisor from each of the degree programs will provide a program overview and conduct a question-and-answer session. Free parking and refreshments are also provided for this event.

You must be registered to attend. Register at
Submitted by College of Business Administration

Travel policy
Sacramento State has a new travel policy posted on the Accounts Payable and Travel Office web page at

The CSU systemwide revision was undertaken to provide a common set of procedures for handling travel claims and payments, and to assist travelers and supervisors alike with improved guidance on when travel costs are reimbursable by the University.
Submitted by Financial Services

Security Quick Tip:
Safeguarding campus physical information
Understand what is social engineering. When we talk about social engineering, the first thing that comes to mind now is a Facebook or MySpace website. However, when we refer to social engineering, we refer to an individual interacting with faculty and staff to gain access to critical systems and documents. Ask yourself, are you aware of all the faculty and staff you work with? This is a critical step to ensuring that you can prevent a social engineering attack on campus. Now that you know what social engineering is, look for Part 2 in next week’s Bulletin on the types of tricks social attackers do and how to stop them. For more, visit the Information Security website,
Submitted by Information Security Office

Yosemite South Gym closure
The Yosemite South Gym will be closed from Monday, May 23, through July for the wood floor replacement project.
Submitted by Facilities Services

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

Human Resources

Sabbatical workshop
The Office of Human Resources will conduct its annual Sabbatical Information Workshop, 2-4 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the Orchard Suite of the University Union. The workshop will provide beneficial information for full-time faculty interested in applying for a sabbatical or difference-in-pay leave for the 2012-13 academic year.

For questions about eligibility, see Provision 27.2 of the Unit 3 Faculty Contract. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 278-6779.

Summer hours
To conserve energy this summer, we will continue the practice of a modified work schedule with normal business hours for the campus of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break.  These hours will be effective Tuesday, May 31, through Friday, Aug. 19. As always, authorized supervisors may modify individual work schedules to address special situations as long as these basic hours are covered. It is important that offices are staffed during these announced hours. 

As in past summers, this schedule enables the University to realize substantial budget savings by reducing energy consumption during the late afternoon hours when energy demand is highest. We hope that this change will also permit many of our employees to get the most from the longer summer days. 

If you have any questions or concerns that cannot be answered by your supervisor or manager,  contact Elizabeth Redmond Sublett, associate vice president for Employee Services.

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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