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Oct. 3, 2011


Campus reception for Tim Hodson, executive director, Center for California Studies
Please join the Center for California Studies and community members in honoring the public service and teaching career of Tim Hodson, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the University Center Restaurant, University Union.

To RSVP or to make a donation to the Timothy A. Hodson Scholarship fund, contact the Center for California Studies at 278-6906 or email
Submitted by the University Advancement Development Office

Alumni Association breakfast speaker event
Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, consul general of Mexico, will be featured at the Alumni Center, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. Tickets required. This event is co-sponsored by the Sac State Alumni Association and Business Alumni Chapter. For more information and to RSVP: or call 278-6295.
Submitted by Alumni Relations

Free Homecoming tickets
President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez invite University faculty, staff and their families to the Homecoming Festival and football game Saturday, Oct. 22, when the Hornets take on Eastern Washington at 6:05 p.m. in Hornet Stadium.

Faculty and staff can reserve up to four complimentary game tickets through University Advancement at Tickets and a Sac State gift for faculty and staff can be picked up at the Homecoming Festival in the Alumni Center parking lot beginning at 4 p.m. Oct. 22. For more information: 278-7043.
Submitted by the President’s Office

Hornet football tickets on sale
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 online, go to To purchase by phone, please call T’Ante Sims at 278-2222.
Single-game tickets also are on sale and can be purchased by calling 278-4323 or by visiting the Central Ticket Office in the University Union.
Submitted by the Hornet Ticket Office 

Celebrating centennial of women’s suffrage in California
Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies and Department of Women’s Studies are co-sponsoring a campus event to mark the 100th anniversary of the approval of women’s suffrage in California. This signal achievement was marked by the October 1911 passage of a constitutional amendment submitted to the voters by the state Legislature.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen will be the keynote speaker for the event, which is free and open to the public. It will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the University Union Ballroom. For more information, contact Ted Lascher at or Rita Cameron Wedding at, or call 278-6817.
Submitted by the Center for California Studies

Chief of police candidate visits
The campus community is invited to meet the Chief of Police candidates on the dates below:

  • Monday, Oct. 3, 3-4 p.m., Hinde Auditorium, University Union: Charles F. Hogquist, police chief, San Diego Community College District Police Department, San Diego.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3-4 p.m., Hinde Auditorium, University Union: Mark M. Iwasa, undersheriff, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1-2 p.m., Orchard Suite, University Union: Pitmon Foxall III, corporate security/security manager, Conagra Foods Inc., Omaha, Neb.
  • Thursday, Oct. 6, 2:45-3:45 p.m., Orchard Suite, University Union: David S. Heaphy, lieutenant, Sacramento State Public Safety Department, Sacramento.
  • Friday, Oct. 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Hinde Auditorium, University Union: Christina Lofthouse, lieutenant, Sacramento State Public Safety Department, Sacramento.

Individuals who plan to attend are encouraged to submit written comments to Mike Lee, vice president and chief financial officer (interim), in Administration & Business Affairs, Sacramento Hall 272 (mail stop 6038) or by email at no later than noon Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Submitted by Office of the Vice President for Administration

Government professor in China on Fulbright scholarship
Professor James DeShaw Rae of the Department of Government is spending the year in China, courtesy of a Fulbright scholarship. His blog,, makes for interesting reading.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

GE Areas C and E Learning Outcomes: An Open Forum
If you currently teach or plan to teach a course in Areas C and/or E, Academic Affairs and the GE/GR Policy Committee invite you to attend one of two open forums to begin discussions on the revision of Area Outcomes and alignment with the Baccalaureate Learning Goals.

  • 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, Library 11
  • 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Library 11

For further information, contact either Reza Peigahi ( or Sheree Meyer (
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Students to make presentations at psychology conference
The Department of Psychology’s 2011 Annual Research Conference, “Innovation Through Research,” will be held noon-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the University Union Redwood Room. Undergraduate and graduate student presenters will display their scientific research under various themes, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology and Neuropsychology. After meeting highly selective submission criteria, these research posters were accepted and presented at national conventions, including the American Psychological Association, the California Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association for Psychological Science. At the conference, student presenters will interact with attendees and share their research discoveries, which spark a continual interest in scientific research.

Between 40 and 50 research posters will be presented by students from the Psychology Department with a projected attendance of 300. Students may access for further information.
Submitted by Department of Psychology

Library workshop series
The Library Research Workshop series runs for nine weeks, ending Thursday, Nov. 17. The three workshops are:

  • “Scholarly Journals”– Tips for finding the best research; covers the use of 250-plus databases that index more than 40,000 journals, providing 24/7 online access to full-text articles.
  • “Citing Your Sources” – Covers both APA and MLA style manuals, with two additional sessions for the Chicago Style Manual.
  • “EndNote – Bibliographies Made Easy” – Covers download, setup and use of EndNote X4 software, which is available for free as a campus site license. Cite While You Write is available to MS Word users.

Individual registration is required: All sessions will be held in Library Instruction Lab 2023 and are limited to 15 attendees.

Faculty may also request instruction on these or any research topic by using the form at:
Submitted by University Library

Fall group counseling
Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides individual, group and couples counseling for Sacramento State students. Group counseling can be an interactive way to explore a specific topic while meeting new people. Participants will have a chance to share common experiences, regardless of the topic.

Healthy Relationships Group: For Women Who are Tired of Settling. Participants will create a playful, creative environment where they can look at past and current romantic relationships with humor, grit and some laughter. Sisterhood and empowerment will be strongly encouraged. If interested, contact Mick Rogers, LCSW, at or 278-6809. Group meets 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Mondays until Nov. 14.

Sailing Through Storms: Enhancing Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance Skills. Participants learn and practice mindfulness and distress tolerance skills in a safe, supportive environment to enhance their ability to get through difficult times. If you are interested in more information about this group or would like to register, contact Mei-Fang Lan at Group meets 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Mondays until Dec. 5.

Nurturing Yourself. We all have stress in our lives. Come join other students in learning to identify your stressors, how they impact your life and positive ways to take care of yourself during stressful times. This group will be limited to eight students. If you are interested in more information about this group or would like to register, contact Laili McGrew, LCSW, at or 278-3602. Group meets 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays until Nov. 16.

Recovering from Trauma. This group aims at helping people who have experienced past and current traumatic events recognize and deal with the impacts of traumatic experience on the various aspects of one’s life in a safe, supportive environment. If you are interested in more information about this group or would like to register, contact Mei-Fang Lan at Group meets 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays until Dec. 7.

First in the Family. This ongoing group is organized specifically to address issues pertaining to first-generation (first gen) college students and to aid in support and empowerment as you transition into your Sac State college experience. This group will be facilitated by Counseling Services psychologist Gloria Petruzzelli. For further information and/or to get on the participation list, contact her at 278-5414. Group meets 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays until Dec. 7.

Transition to College. College is an exciting time in life. There are many adjustments that can make students feel isolated or overwhelmed. Come meet other students in this ongoing group and discuss strategies for meeting new people, adjusting to living alone or with roommates, being more organized, getting involved, managing stress and living a balanced life. For information, contact Laili McGrew, LCSW, at or 278-3602. Group meets 2-3 p.m. on Thursdays.

Validate & Honor Rather than Judge & React. (You must have completed the “Lifting Your Mood & Changing Your Thoughts” group or be attending currently.) This is an ongoing support group focusing on validating, allowing and exploring your thoughts and emotions in response to daily situations. Group members will provide support to one another in practicing CBT tools as well as linking hot thoughts to schemas. For information, call Rene Reis, MFT, at 278-6036. Group meets 2-3 p.m. Wednesdays; starting date TBA.

International Students’ Support Group. This group provides international students with a safe, supportive environment to address unique adjustment issues, such as cultural concerns, loneliness, stress, the educational system, finding resources, communication issues, and career choices after graduation. If you are interested in more information about this group or would like to register, contact Mei-Fang Lan at Group meets 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Thursdays until Dec. 8.

Survivors of Suicide. This ongoing support group is for family members and friends of loved ones who ended their lives through suicide. The group encourages members to grieve and adapt through psycho-education, support and engaging activities. If interested, contact Mick Rogers, LCSW, at or 278-6809. Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Veterans’ Couples Group: Readjusting & Reengaging. This ongoing couples group will create a safe space where couples can support one another in readjusting and reengaging. Participants will examine how to nurture their romantic relationships by discussing changes in roles, stressors and by emphasizing strengths. Couples will use art to facilitate personal growth and self-knowledge. The group process will be fun, encouraging and playful. If interested, contact Mick Rogers, LCSW, at or 278-6809. Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Group counseling is a confidential service provided through your student fees at no cost. Students may join ongoing groups at different times. We are not set up for drop-in groups, so call in advance to ensure that the group will meet your needs and there is space available. For questions, contact the specific counselor.
Submitted by Counseling and Psychological Services

Disaster preparedness training sessions
If you did not attend earlier this year, this is the NIMS, SEMS, ICS and “active shooter” awareness training for Group 1 (all employees, faculty or staff who do not have duties during an emergency). Times are 9-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7; Wednesday, Nov. 2; and Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the Hinde Auditorium at the University Union. Register by email at or call 278-2397.
Submitted by Department of Public Safety

Entertainment Books
The University Staff Assembly is selling Entertainment Books as a fundraiser to support staff programs on campus, including the Winter Social, the Awards Luncheon and Summer Picnic. The cost of the book for 2011-12 is $30. For more details, contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177.
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

Clery report is available
Sacramento State’s 2011 Clery and Fire Safety Act report is now available at

The report includes fire safety statistics and other information; and institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other safety matters.

Printed copies are available in the University Library and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
Submitted by Department of Public Safety

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Report
In spring 2011, the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) administered the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to assess students’ engagement in a variety of educationally effective activities associated with learning and development, as well as to gather data with regard to the nature and quality of their undergraduate experiences.

Composed of 751 participating universities in the United States and Canada, the NSSE is a national survey that can be used to help institutions measure their effectiveness in key areas of interest with national and regional benchmarks.

The OIR created a report that provides a brief overview of the original NSSE Institutional Report. As such, it focuses on benchmarking by comparing the student responses for Sacramento State with three groups: participating CSU campuses, national peer institutions, and all colleges and universities participating in NSSE 2011.

To view the report:
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Dance Gavin Dance coming to campus
Sacramento State’s University Union UNIQUE Programs is pleased to announce a live performance featuring Dance Gavin Dance at the University Union Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

Sacramento-based Dance Gavin Dance is a post-hardcore rock band formed in 2005. The six-member band signed with Rise Records in 2006 after releasing its “Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean” EP. The band has undergone several lineup changes over the years but has retained a growing fan base.

Dance Gavin Dance recently released “Downtown Battle Mountain Pt. II.” The album peaked at No. 82 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and at No. 4 on the U.S. Hard Rock Albums chart. The band embarked on a North American and European tour, performing “Downtown Battle Mountain” and “Downtown Battle Mountain Pt. II” back-to-back in London. Support acts include other Sacramento locals Ten After Two and A Lot Like Birds, featuring Kurt Travis, a former Dance Gavin Dance member, on vocals.

Admission is $10 for students and $15 for the general public. Tickets are available at and the Union Box Office.

For more information, visit or call 278-6997.
Submitted by University Union UNIQUE Programs

Business graduate program hosting information session
The College of Business Administration is hosting an Information Session for all business graduate programs, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, on campus.

An adviser from each degree program will provide an overview and conduct a question-and-answer session. Refreshments are provided. To reserve a seat for the information session, please register at

For questions, contact the Graduate Business Advising Center at 278-6772 or, or visit
Submitted by College of Business Administration

Art retrospective
A retrospective of work by Art Department lecturer Mark Emerson, “Twenty Years Painting,” is on view at the University Art Gallery at CSU Stanislaus in Turlock through Friday, Oct. 7.
Submitted by the Department of Art 

The WELL expands its membership options
Thanks to feedback from the campus community, The WELL at Sac State is pleased to announce two additional membership options for our affiliate (faculty, staff and emeritus) members, which now include access to group fitness classes:

  • Affiliate EFT AM Express (morning): The $15 monthly cost includes membership and group fitness. Access is available only 6-8 a.m. Monday-Friday; electronic funds transfer payment only; four-month minimum.
  • Affiliate EFT PM Express (lunchtime): The $15 monthly cost includes membership and group fitness. Access is available only 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday; electronic funds transfer payment only; four-month minimum.

For additional questions: Jessica Roesemann, member services manager, at or 278-2204.
Submitted by The WELL

‘Art as Muse: A Writing & Reading Workshop’
“Art as Muse” is a Crocker Art Museum class for writers looking to hone their skills in an inspirational workshop environment. Using art as your muse, you will develop fiction and nonfiction pieces based on artworks on view at the museum. Later, you will refine your work through guided discussions, feedback and critiques. In your final session, you and your classmates can become part of the mix at the Crocker’s Art Mix, reading your original works for the public (optional).

The instructor is Elaine Gale, a writer, journalist and assistant professor of Communication Studies and Journalism at Sacramento State.

The session is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Download the application at
Submitted by the Department of Communication Studies

Watch for even more University news and videos
Sacramento State is filled with activities worth keeping up on – from outstanding teaching, learning and research to the arts, wellness activities and Hornet athletics. Stories and videos on University people, events and other news are available on Sacramento State’s news page, overseen by the Office of Public Affairs: And send your ideas for campus coverage to

Another option for publicizing an academic event or performance is the University’s digital sign network on campus. Submit your message to or
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs
Sac State on Facebook and Twitter
Have you checked out Sacramento State’s official Facebook and Twitter pages? Managed by the Office of Public Affairs, the pages offer up-to-the-minute news and information on all things Sac State, from academics to athletics, the arts to student life. For the University’s Facebook page, go to To follow Sac State’s Twitter updates, go to!/sacstate.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Sac State Connection
Sac State Connection is a monthly e-newsletter sent to all alumni of Sacramento State. Produced by the Alumni Association, it compiles stories and news from all departments on campus, keeping alumni and supporters informed of the latest Sac State news and opportunities to get involved. To view, visit
Submitted by the Sacramento State Alumni Association

Campus email is upgrading to Exchange 2010
Campus email will be upgraded to Exchange 2010 from Oct. 3 through Oct. 28. There are benefits to the new email if you use Outlook in Office 2010 or the web client, OWA, on a Mac. We have received positive feedback from the users who have already been moved to the new email system, and we expect that you will also find a benefit to this upgrade. Your email box will be moved based on the first letter of your last name. Below is the expected upgrade schedule:

  • Week 1 (Oct. 3-7): Individuals with a last name that starts with A, B, C, D, and E will be upgraded.
  • Week 2 (Oct. 10-14): Individuals with a last name that starts with F, G, H, I, J, K, and L will be upgraded.
  • Week 3 (Oct. 17-21): Individuals with a last name that starts with M, N, O, P, Q, and R will be upgraded.
  • Week 4 (Oct. 23-28): Individuals with a last name that starts with S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z will be upgraded.

To view the full schedule and daily updates:

This upgrade should not even be noticeable, but there are some things you need to be aware of and prepare for:

  • During your scheduled week, we ask that you close your Outlook and/or shut down your computer when you leave for the day. This simple step will make the transition smoother.
  • If you are using Office 2010 or are moving to Office 2010, you will have new features in Outlook. One new feature is “conversation mode.” This means that by default, your email will be organized by subject threads rather than the “date order” you are probably used to. If you would prefer the date order setting, it is relatively easy to change by selecting the “View” tab and under the “Conversations” section unchecking the “Show as Conversation” button.
  • If you are using a Macintosh, and you don’t have Office 2011, please consider upgrading immediately or plan to use OWA exclusively.  You can access OWA by going to Office 2011 for the Mac includes Outlook, which is a full-featured and robust email client. Mac Mail and Microsoft Entourage will no longer be supported. If you are faculty or staff and using a campus-owned machine, you may call the IRT Service Desk at (916) 278.7337 and request an upgrade to Office 2011 or send an email request to
  • If you have issues reading your email on your personal computer, the latest copies of Office for both Macintosh and Windows (with the latest email client) may be purchased at the bookstore, or you may use OWA, the web client.  It is located at

Although we do not expect you to have any problems using the upgraded email system, if you have a problem with your university-owned computer, please contact your local ITC or the IRT Service desk at 278.7337 or for assistance.
Submitted by Office of Information Resources & Technology

CMS HR/SA 9.0 Upgrade

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 27, the campus will implement an upgrade to the Student and HR portions of CMS. This project will move us to the most current version of PeopleSoft, Version 9.0. This is only an upgrade to our existing system, so there will be minimal change. The good news is that we expect most of our processes will not change at all; however, the new version does provide many enhancements. We plan to introduce a few of them during the upgrade, and we will have the basis for additional enhancements later. Some of the initial enhancements include accessibility improvements and transcripts that are easier to read and more attractive.

During the upgrade, the system will be unavailable for up to two weeks, beginning Oct. 27. Final informational forums for faculty, staff and schedulers are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Library 11. Each should be less than an hour.

For ongoing information about the project, visit For comments or concerns, contact

Submitted by Information Resources & Technology

Security quick tip: Connecting to the campus wireless network

When connecting your laptops, smart phones, tablets or other devices to the campus wireless network, you may see multiple networks available (for example, just SacLink instead of SacLinkSecure). Always select SacLinkSecure first to maximize your network speed, mobile coverage and security. Only connect to the far less secure SacLink version of the network if your device won’t support the faster and more secure protocols of SacLinkSecure. The legacy SacLink network is still supported at this time to address legacy technology that will not work with the preferred SacLinkSecure technology.

When using wireless, always be aware of whether you are on a secure connection; you should see https (“s” for secure) at the beginning of the web URL and should also see a locked icon on your browser, indicating a secure connection.

For more information on the campus wireless coverage or how to configure your wireless devices, go to
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Part-time possibilities
Sacramento State anticipates a need for part-time instructors for the 2011-12
academic year. To view the possible subject areas:

Be mindful of excess vacation hours
Sacramento State employees are limited in the amount of vacation they can keep as an unused balance. Those hours are reconciled annually, and hours in excess of carryover maximums must be used by Dec. 31 or be automatically forfeited. It is each employee’s responsibility to monitor accumulated vacation time.

To view your vacation balance, go to, log onto My Sac State using your username and password, and click on “Current Leave Balance” under “Payroll & Compensation.” The page will display the current vacation balance and alert you if it is approaching the maximum. The “Leave Accrual Information” link provides information on accrual rates and maximum carryover hours. Those who do not have access to a computer may request a printout from the timekeeper for their department.

Exceptions to the carryover policy must be approved by David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, before the end of this calendar year. The limited grounds for such requests may be found in the “Vacation” article of your Collective Bargaining Agreement or in Title V, Section 42909. The request must include the reasons for the exception and be submitted in writing to the employee’s program center manager for a recommendation. For staff, if approved, the recommendation must include a plan for using accrued vacation before Dec. 31, 2012. For managers, Title V requires that any vacation carried forward must be used by the end of March 2012. In addition to use of accrued vacation, plans must address the usual accumulation of vacation leave time during the year to avoid this situation in the future. The recommendation must be forwarded by the program center manager to Vice President Wagner by Friday, Dec. 2, for approval. For more information, contact Human Resources at 278-6078.

Fall 2011 benefits workshops
The Office of Human Resources-Benefits is sponsoring a variety of workshops and information sessions designed to help you with retirement and financial planning by providing confidential consultations with program representatives, to keep you up to date on your CSU benefits, to ensure that your personal information is current, to provide information when you separate from CSU and to provide you with online tools that will answer the most commonly asked questions.

If you are interested in attending one of the workshops, go to the Benefits Office Workshops website ( to view the schedule, find specific registration information and download a copy of each workshop flier. Registration for most workshops is now available through LearnerWeb. Please review the workshop flier before registering to ensure that the specific workshop fits your needs.

If you are interested in scheduling a one-on-one meeting on campus with a representative to review your current Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) account or help you enroll in a new account, visit the Tax Sheltered Annuity Vendor Sessions page ( to view the schedule of vendor representatives on campus.

Catastrophic leave donation
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 by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3002, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Lorena Solis, Human Resources
Nathan Bagwill, Budget Planning & Administration

* Kelly McRae is on the program due to an ill family member and may accept only vacation leave (VL) credits.

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