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September 20, 2010


Employee of the Month

Nancy Blanton is the Human Resources representative with University Enterprises, Inc. Her nominator described her as “working behind the scenes to ensure student eligibility requirements are met for over 1,700 student workers each semester.”  The nominator noted that she “provides training to new managers on the recruitment process and relentlessly problem solves for clients and students.”

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

Details about nominations, eligibility, criteria, and procedures are available at:
Submitted by the President’s Office

Miracles debate
A special three-day event hosted by the Philosophy Department, begins this afternoon 3-4:30 p.m. in the Hinde Auditorium. Each program consists of a debate between Professors Russell DiSilvestro and Matt McCormick concerning miracles in Christian belief and theology. For more information visit:, or call 278-5011.
Submitted by Center for Practical and Professional Ethics

Mideast presentation
Tonight at 7 p.m. in the University Union Redwood Room, Robert Fisk, best-selling author, provocative journalist and critic, will discuss:  “Lies, Misreporting and Catastrophe in the Middle East.”

General Admission: $15, Seniors $10, Sac State students with ID $5. Seating is limited; parking is free in Structure III, sixth floor only.
Submitted by Sacramento State’s Middle East Cultural Association

UFL home opener
Sacramento Mountain Lions Home Opener Saturday, Sept. 25 at Hornet Stadium FanFest, featuring performances by Jackie Greene, local food and beverage vendors, starts at 5 p.m. Kickoff at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15 with a $5 discount for Sac State students,  faculty and alumni.
Submitted by Sacramento Mountain Lions

Career Fair

Sacramento State’s Academic Advising and Career Center will hold its annual fall career fair on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m-2 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom.  Employers from the corporate sector, education, government, and non-profits will be participating. The fair is open to all students and alumni in all majors. The career fair is an excellent place for students and alumni to meet employer representatives and gather information about industries, companies and organizations that interest them.  Employers will be recruiting for full-time and part-time positions, student assistant jobs, and internships. 

Visit the Academic Advising and Career Center, Lassen Hall 1013, for information about preparing for the career fair. The center provides walk-in services Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Receive help with resume writing, job-search strategies, interviewing skills, and much more. Visit, or call 278-4674.
Submitted by Career Center

International Honors Forum
On Tuesday, Oct. 19, there will be an Honors International Forum on
ASIA: Facing East: Global Learning and Conversations. This all-day event (approximately 10 a.m -5 p.m.) with contributions by guest lecturers, Sacramento State faculty, and Sacramento State students is co-hosted by the University Honors Program and Sac State's award-winning Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars.

Final details of the schedule still are being resolved, but all of the events and presentations will take place in or near the University Library, and include contributions by Honors Students who are studying Confucius, students who have studied abroad, and students of Asian art history. At midday, Japanese student Kaori Matsuzawa will do a unicycling performance. World champion at age 14, Ms. Matsuzawa was also second in the 2009 U.S.championship.

University faculty from different departments will discuss their work and research in Asia, including Brad Baker (Chemistry) and Virginia Dixon (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies).  Guest speakers include two faculty from San Francisco State's Asian American Studies Department, Valerie Soe and Russell Jeung, who recently collaborated on a film about an impoverished neighborhood in Oakland, “The Oak Park Story" (2010).

Presented at the 2010 Asian American Film Festival in San Francisco, this documentary  “recounts the journeys of three families ­ from Cambodia, Mexico, and California ­ who band together at a run-down slum in Oakland and win a landmark settlement against their landlord.”
For additional information, contact any of the following members of the Omicron Chapter: Vanessa Arnaud ( Kazue Masuyama ( Roberto Pomo ( or Virginia Dixon (
Submitted by the Department of Art, 278-5786

Yoga Day on the Library Quad

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- a day of yoga and prizes! The free event is open to all Sac State faculty, staff and students. Organizers will try for a collective 108 sun salutations.  Come and do one sun salutation or stay for all 108.  No previous yoga experience necessary. Classes will be taught by wonderful new instructors at the WELL. Prizes will be raffled off, including free passes to classes at the WELL, yoga mats, water bottles, and the grand prize an all-class pass to the WELL for a semester of yoga and other mind/body classes.

For more information contact Jessica Heskin at or 278-3799.  For more information on global mala project visit
Submitted by Student Health Services and the WELL.

New Key policy

A change in the University Key issue policy was approved by President Gonzalez to highlight the safety and security of the campus community. Click on the links below for the complete documents:
Call 278-6242 for more information.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Peace gathering
Peace & Conflict International is a student organization to discuss ideas about peace and organize events to include guest speakers from academia to international organizations.

PCI meets every Wednesday during the fall semester at 6 p.m., and the speakers/discussion runs 7 - 9 p.m. For precise meeting places in the Union check the website: or e-mail:

PCI is holding a documentary showing of "The Day after Peace" on Sept. 21, which chronicles the creation of this global ceasefire day. The movie at Hinde Auditorium, 6 - 7:30 p.m., will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A. A reception at 8 p.m. in Orchard Suite, second floor, will feature peace art and refreshments. This event is free to all students, staff and faculty.
Submitted by the Government Department

Research Funding Update

The September Research Funding Update includes a call from the National Science Foundation for innovative research ideas in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, and funding opportunity notices in the following areas: arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.
The monthly update alerts the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. Both an abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available online at:
Additional information about any of the opportunities announced in the update can be obtained by clicking on the given web address or by contacting your Sponsored Research Officer.
Submitted by Research Administration

Fact Books available online

The Departmental Fact Books provide a wide range of comprehensive data and information pertaining to each academic department, ranging from student profiles, course offerings, class size, faculty profiles and faculty workload, to retention and graduation rates for the last five years. They are very useful sources of information for program reviews, accreditation, and other assessment needs. Fact Books are updated each year by the Office of Institutional Research (OIR).

A copy has been sent to each departmental chair and online access is available at Click on Data Center, then Departmental Fact Book and choose a department.
Submitted by Institutional Research


The state of California will hold its annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake awareness and emergency preparedness event throughout the state at 10:21 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. Faculty and staff are encouraged to do “drop, cover and hold on” drills at that time.

For more information on the ShakeOut, visit
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Call for papers

The Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution and The Pan African Studies Program will host the 20th annual Africa/Diaspora Conference on contemporary issues in African studies and development April 28-30, 2011.
The campus community is invited to submit proposals on the subject. For more information, contact Ernest Uwazie, director of the Center, at 278-6282 or Deadline for submission of proposals is Nov. 30.
Submitted by the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution

One Book

Copies of this year's One Book, The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea, are available through the University Staff Assembly's One Book Lending Program.

Devil's Highway is a non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert. It won the 2004 Lannan Literary Award and Urrea was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize for this book.

To check out a copy, contact Janett Torset at 278-5933 or
More information on this year's One Book and related campus events can be found at
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

News and campus videos

Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page

Current stories include the grand opening of The WELL, the new recreation and fitness center and Preview Day. Videos include Move-in Day activities.
Submitted by Public Affairs

ABA report

The Administration & Business Affairs (ABA) Destination 2010 Report, which outlines ABA’s strategic framework for Destination 2010 and highlights the division’s contributions to the University’s growth and transformation over the past six years, is available at Click on the link above the report cover to view the electronic report or download a printable copy. Previous reports and other division publications are available on the site.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Certificates of Insurance

University organizations holding events off campus may be required to show the University has sufficient liability and/or workers compensation insurance in place. 

The customary instrument for conveying that information is a certificate of insurance issued by an insurance broker. If your host site requires such a certificate, contact Risk Management and provide:
Event type/activity
Number of attendees
Date and time of event
Venue and address
Venue point of contact
If the venue has a requirement to be named an additional insured party on the policy, Risk Management will need a copy of the contract/agreement.

Requests for a certificate of insurance should be submitted to Risk Management at least two weeks in advance. Some venues require the certificate 60 days in advance and will not book the venue until the certificate is received. Send requests to Kirtland Stout at or at 278-7233. For more information, visit
Submitted by Risk Management Services


This Wednesday at 3 p.m. Jeff Lustig will present the Friends of the Library lecture  in the University Library Gallery. The topic: “California’s Constitutional Crisis.” Free to the public. Call 287-5954.
Submitted by Friend of the Library

Testing Center
The Testing Center’s new hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The center will not close for the lunch hour.
Submitted by the Testing Center

Computer labs

PC computers in the University computer labs have been upgraded to Windows 7. Faculty who make assignments or teach in one of the University instructional computer labs (SLN2003, BRH205, MND2003, MND2007and AIRC1016) are urged to review detailed instructions they provide related to computer-based assignments. The FSRC (AIRC2013) has computers with Windows 7 for faculty testing.

For more information, browse For questions, contact the Service Desk, 278-7337. To learn more about on-campus training, visit     
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Computer security tip

Protect your account and Sacramento State’s data; lock your workstation and laptop when you leave your computer logged on and unattended.  Locking your system is as easy as press the windows key (between “Ctrl” and “Alt”) and “L” key at the same time.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology 

Human Resources


The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a series of retirement and financial planning workshops for the fall semester. The list of workshops is available at Some workshops require registration.
Submitted by Human Resources

Open Enrollment update

The Open Enrollment period will run through Oct. 15, rather than the 22nd as previously announced  Take a close look at your CSU Benefits to insure that your choices still meet your current needs. Carefully review the Open Enrollment communications available to you, including the benefit statements and newsletter mailed to enrolled employees’ home address.   If you do not wish to change plans, or add/delete dependents on your enrollment, no action is necessary on your part. However, eligible employees should review the Open Enrollment announcement and attend the Benefits Fair to keep abreast of changes affecting your health-care coverage, or to receive updated information regarding your overall benefits.

A full description of open enrollment including 2011 premium rates; enrollment processing procedures; 2011 benefit changes; benefits eligibility and open enrollment frequently asked questions are available on the HR Benefits Office Open Enrollment Webpage at
Submitted by Human Resources

Flexible Spending Account Alert
Enrollees in the Healthcare Reimbursement and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account must authorize a new enrollment for the 2011 calendar year during Open Enrollment in order to continue contributions.  These programs require annual re-enrollment. 

Managers and supervisors should distribute this information to employees in your departments who do not have access to email.  Please post in a conspicuous location and provide copies in your employees’ mailboxes.  For questions or comments, contact the HR Benefits Office, Room 162, or call 278-6213 or 86213
Submitted by 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:
William Phelps Division of Social Work
Sydney Williams Financial Aid
Lorena Solis, Human Resources
Jody Gayvert, Criminal Justice
Monica Patterson, Mail Services (may only accept vacation leave donations)
Mary Ann Alvarez, Division of Nursing
Marianna Rivera, Minority Engineering Program
Jon Wedding, College of Continuing Education
Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department


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