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June 21, 2010

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In memoriam
Alexandre Kimenyi, a professor of Linguistics, Ethnic Studies and African Languages, died Friday, June 11. Kimenyi was a native of Rwanda, who came to the United States in 1971 as a Fulbright Fellow to pursue graduate studies at UCLA. He arrived at Sac State in 1976 as a lecturer in the Department of French, Italian and African Languages teaching French, Swahili, Linguistics and upper division courses in African language.

In 1981, he was appointed as an assistant professor teaching in the Pan African Studies Program, a part of the Ethnic Studies Department. He was recognized with the University’s Livingston Award, given annually to an outstanding member of the faculty, in 2005.

His area of expertise included linguistics, genocide and holocaust studies as well as the cultural survival of minority groups and indigenous people.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to FORA (Friends of Rwanda Association), P. O. Box 1311, Elk Grove, Calif., 95759. FOR A is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting orphans of the Rwanda genocide. Kimenyi was a founding member of the organization.
Submitted by the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Golf league
Sacramento State will hold its second six-week summer recreational golf league beginning July 8. Two-person teams play at 4:15 p.m. Thursdays, at Cordova Golf Course. The cost for nine holes is $9, and the back nine can be played for an additional dollar. The league is open to the campus community, and all experience levels are welcome.

A barbeque will be held before play on July 8.

For league details or to sign up as an individual or team, contact Ken Morton at or Sean Basso at 278-6577 or
Submitted by The Well

Veterans’ class
Sacramento State is offering a new class designed for student veterans. The course, “SWRK 196A, Exploration of Veteran Studies:  An Ethnographic Approach,” is designed to guide students through an exploration of issues experienced by veterans transitioning from combat to civilian life. The course, taught by Professor Chrys Barranti, will be held from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information on the class, contact Barranti at
Submitted by the Veteran Service Center

Policy brief
Professor Su Jin Jez, of Sacramento State’s Public Policy and Administration Graduate Program, has coauthored an education policy brief titled, “Teach For America: A Review of the Evidence.” 

The brief looks at the impact of Teach For America, which aims to address teacher shortages by sending graduates from elite colleges, most of whom do not have a background in education, to teach in low-income rural and urban schools for a two-year commitment. The brief is available at
Submitted by the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Guy West Bridge closure
The Guy West Bridge, linking Sacramento State and the Campus Commons area, will be closed for construction July 18 - Aug. 24.

Construction will address seepage problems that pose a risk of levee failure during emergency releases of water from Folsom Dam and the American River.

The project is a cooperative effort of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.
Submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers

New scholarship
A new memorial scholarship is being established to assist former foster youth attending Sacramento State.

The Julianne Marie Huerta Memorial Scholarship fund, coordinated by Assemblyman Roger Niello and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, was established to honor Julianne Huerta, a Capitol fiscal and policy analyst who died in December 2008 after a five-year battle with breast cancer.

Huerta, who had no children of her own, had a strong passion for foster children and hoped to set up a scholarship for them. Her memorial will be part of Sacramento State’s Guardian Scholarship Program, which provides money, mentoring and other services to help former foster youth achieve a college education.

Niello and Steinberg say they hope to raise at least $50,000 for an endowed scholarship. Donations may be made to the University Foundation at Sacramento State for the Julianne Marie Huerta Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Guardian Scholars Program, Sacramento State, 6000 J St., Sacramento Hall, Sacramento, CA 95819-6016.
Submitted by Governmental and Civic Affairs

Football season tickets
Season tickets for the 2010 Hornet football season are available at or by calling T-Ante Sims at 278-2222. Alumni, faculty, and staff can purchase tickets for $50.

The Hornets open the season with an away game against Stanford Sept. 4. The home opener is Sept. 11 against Western Oregon. Other home games include Weber State, Montana State and Portland State. Homecoming is Oct. 9 against Northern Colorado. The annual Causeway Classic is Nov. 20 at UC Davis.

Fans purchasing season tickets will have the first opportunity to buy tickets for the Stanford and UC Davis games.

To download a season ticket order form, visit
Submitted by Intercollegiate Athletics

Human Resources

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:

Lorena Solis, Human Resources
Keith Thompson, Facilities Services  
Jody Gayvert, Criminal Justice

Computer security tip
If you received an unexpected e-mail from an old friend and it has several attachments that look like photos, use caution.

Always be suspicious of attachments from people you do not know or rarely speak to. Opening these attachments could expose your computer to malware or a virus or worm attack. E-mail the sender, and make sure the e-mail is legitimate before opening attachments.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology


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