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September 14, 2009



Bulletin changes
The Sacramento State Bulletin, normally published every Monday, will have a new publishing schedule beginning Monday, Sept. 14. The Bulletin will be published bi-monthly and the next issue will be available Sept. 21. Monday Briefing, a compilation of news, events and activities of interest to faculty and staff, will continue to be published every Monday. To submit articles to the Bulletin or Monday Briefing, visit
Submitted by Public Affairs
American River Courtyard dedication
A dedication ceremony for the new 606-bed American River Courtyard residential housing complex is 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. RSVP to Carman Cataldo at 278-4952 or e-mail
Submitted by Public Affairs

Hornet Express operations on furlough days
Sept. 18 and Oct. 16 are designated furlough days on campus, and Hornet Express Shuttle buses will not be in operation on those days. People in need of transit service should visit Sacramento Regional Transit’s website at for route and schedule information.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Coach Mattos to be honored
Former Sacramento State football coach Bob Mattos will be inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Stockton Civic Auditorium. Mattos played on the Hornet football team as a student in 1962-63 and later came back to coach the team from 1978 to 1992, taking it to a Western Regional championship in 1988. He has the most wins of any coach in the history of the Sacramento State football program.
Submitted by Public Affairs

Music lessons
The Sacramento State String Project provides group and individual violin and cello lessons for beginners and for those who have playing experience but seek additional guidance and performance opportunities. The program is open to children in grades 3-9. Classes are Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-5:20 p.m. in Capistrano Hall. Cost is $95 a semester for group lessons. Add-on individual lessons are possible on a space-available basis.
A parent meeting is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 for former students and 6 p.m. for new students. Both meetings are in Capistrano Hall Room 227. Classes begin either Sept.16 or 21, depending in the experience level of the student.
For more information visit
Submitted by the Music Department

Research Funding Update
The September issue of Research Funding Update is available. This update is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. An abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available on the web at
This month’s highlight includes a feature article about the National Institutes of Health new reporting tool along with targeted funding opportunity notices in the following areas: arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.
Additional information about opportunities announced in Research Funding Update can be obtained by clicking on the given web address or by contacting Research Administration at 278-7565.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Entertainment Books
The University Staff Assembly has Entertainment Books available for $40 through Dec. 15. The books contain discounts for dining, entertainment, sports and shopping.
Books can be purchased from:
Carolann Forseth - Mariposa 3000 - 278-6177
Laura Zamora - Sequoia Hall 0202 - 278-6535
Chris Putnam - Tahoe Hall 1030 - 278-2499
Suzanne Bracamonte - Public Safety 0013 - 278-7321

Books can also be purchased online at (Group ID 160001).
Contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177 for more details.
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

2009 Departmental Fact Books
The Departmental Fact Books, which provide a wide range of comprehensive data and information pertaining to each academic department, are now available.
The books contain a variety of information including student profiles, course offerings, class sizes, faculty profiles, faculty workload and retention and graduation rates for the last five years. 
The books are updated each year by the Office of Institutional Research and are a useful source of information for program review, accreditation and other assessment needs. 
Fact Books are given to each department chair and are available online at Click on Data Center, and select Departmental Fact Book.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Make-up testing hours
The Testing Center has adjusted the make-up testing schedule for the fall semester.  Make-up testing is offered on Mondays 9 a.m.-noon and Fridays 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Students may sign up on the Testing Center website at
Submitted by the Testing Center

Price matching
Sacramento State’s Reprographics and Mail Services will match any written quote for printing and mail services from vendors in the area. Call 278-6198 to speak with a representative about printing or mailing projects, or e-mail reprographics at .
Submitted by Reprographics and Mail Services

In Memoriam
Fred Angell, who worked for 17 years at the University, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 10. Angell started at Sacramento State in Receiving but worked most of his time in Mail Services. Co-workers describe Angell as a diligent worker who always had a kind word for people, a dedication that was illustrated by the compliments Mail Services continually received about him.


Run to Feed the Hungry
Sacramento State is putting together a team for the annual Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 26. The run is billed as the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the nation, and organizers expect to draw more than 30,000 people this year. Proceeds from the race support the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.
To register for the run, visit, click the “TEAMS” link at the top of the page, scroll to “JOIN A TEAM” and click the “register” link. Choose either “Untimed team member” or “Timed team member.” Fill out the rest of the registration information -- Sacramento State is team number 3 -- and fill out the credit card information.
After registering, you may click on the “My Fundraising” page to create a personal fundraising site. After creating a login, you can track donations and find tools to help with raising funds.
For more information, please visit or contact Megan Emmerling at 278-7043.
Submitted by University Advancement

Samuel Johnson’s birthday
The English Department is celebrating author Samuel Johnson’s 300th birthday, 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in Douglas Hall, room 110. Professor David Bell will speak on “Allurement and Delight: Samuel Johnson, Jane Austen and the Pleasure of Reading.” The event is free and open to the campus community. Refreshments will be served.
Submitted by the English Department

Hornet football
Season tickets for Hornet football are on sale for as low as $50. Faculty and staff members can purchase season tickets for $50 in the reserve section (215) of Hornet Stadium. To purchase season tickets, call T-Ante Sims at 278-2222, or visit
Single game tickets went on sale Sept. 8 and can be purchased by calling 278-4323 or by visiting the central Ticket Office in the Student Union.
Submitted by the Hornet Ticket Office

Blues festival on campus
Capital Public Radio will hold a Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue behind its offices on campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. The concert will feature the blues talents of Tommy Castro, Janiva Magness, Kenny Neal, John Nemeth and Terry Hanck.
Tickets are $25 in advance and on sale at Capital Public Radio, R5 Records or at Space is limited to 500 people. For more information, call 447-6508.
Submitted by Capital Public Radio

A trip to The Well
Tours of The WELL recreation and fitness center construction site will be held 3-4 p.m. Fridays for faculty, staff and students.
Reservations are required, and the minimum group size is five. Cancellation notices will be sent out Friday mornings when necessary. To RSVP, call Mary Lyons at 278-6745 or e-mail
Submitted by The WELL


Weight Watchers at Sac State
University Enterprises Inc., Human Resources Department hosts a Weight Watchers 'At Work' program that meets each Monday on the third floor of the Hornet Bookstore building, suite 3900.
People interested in learning about the program should attend an informational meeting/renewal session noon-1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 or noon-1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. A Weight Watchers leader will provide an overview of the benefits, answer questions and explain the series dues. For information, please contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or e-mail
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Human Resources

Open enrollment
The 2010 open enrollment period has begun. During open enrollment, members are encouraged to take a close look at their benefits to insure that their choices still meet current needs. Members should review open enrollment communications including benefit statements and newsletters.
Members who do not wish to change plans or add or delete dependents on their enrollment do not need to take an action. However, eligible employees should review open enrollment announcement and attend the benefits fair to keep abreast of changes affecting healthcare coverage, or to receive updated information on overall benefits.
A full description of open enrollment including 2010 premium rates, enrollment processing procedures, 2010 benefit changes, benefits eligibility and open enrollment frequently asked questions are available at

Flexible Spending Account alert
Enrollees in the Healthcare Reimbursement and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account must authorize a new enrollment for the 2010 calendar year during open enrollment. These programs require annual re-enrollment. 

Sabbatical  leaves
Full-time faculty members who wish to apply for sabbatical leaves for the 2010-11 academic year must submit an online application to Human Resources by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. The application is available at
For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 278-6169.
Submitted by the Office of 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, 8, 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:
Ruth Schroeder, Human Resources Benefits Department
Wandarah Anderson, Department of Social Work
Steven Borden, Facilities Department
Maharisha Belton, Office of University Registrar
Lizza Roy, College of Business Administration  
Sharon Baker, Learning Skills
Darlene Weaver, Office of University Registrar
Sandra Granger, Facilities
Kristen Abundis, College of Education
Aleia Luster, Student Activities Office



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