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October 4, 2010


Employee of the Month
Caleb DeGough is a Software Developer/Analyst within Information Resources and Technology.  His nominator described him as “exhibiting outstanding accomplishment in bringing improved technological solutions to administrative departments.”  The nominator continued saying, “Caleb has played a pivotal role as the primary programmer in the development of the new Sacramento State Graduation Application Process Automation project.  This project was highly complex involving many constituents from academic departments, Student Affairs and IRT. Mr. DeGough is an incredibly valuable team member at Sacramento State.”

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

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

Free tickets

President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez invite University faculty, staff and their families to the Homecoming Festival and Football Game on Saturday, Oct. 9, when the Hornets take on Northern Colorado at 2:05 p.m. in Hornet Stadium.

Faculty and staff can reserve four game tickets through University Advancement at or by calling extension 8-7043.  Tickets and Sac State gift for faculty and staff can be picked up at the Homecoming festival in the Alumni Center parking lot beginning 10 a.m., Oct. 9.
Submitted by the President’s Office 

Sign up for ENS
Sacramento State encourages all students, faculty and staff to sign up for the Emergency Notification System (ENS) so they may receive automated delivery of urgent announcements in the event of a critical incident to large groups of people via text messages, telephone calls and e-mail. Examples of such events would be a bomb threat, hazardous materials spills, criminal activity, flood or fire.

For further information and to register please go to Signing up is quick and easy.

ENS is one of many tools used by Sacramento State to protect lives and property on campus. The Office of Public Safety has approximately 22 sworn police officer positions and has recently implemented initiatives to increase visibility and awareness, including two new campus service centers and additional bicycle patrols. Other Public Safety services include after-hours night escorts and educational seminars.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Dedication and reception
On Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m., the Department of Art will dedicate the Donald W. Herberholz Bench and Sculpture, located at the east end of Kadema Hall.  Donated by his wife, Barbara, the installation includes a sculpture by him, Infinite Spirit. A reception will be held in the Kadema Hall breezeway.

Herberholz taught at Sacramento State for 35 years, retiring in 1991. He was particularly known for his abstract and whimsical sculptures in welded metal.  He  was chair of the Art Department, received Sacramento State’s Meritorious Professor Award in 1984, won the California Art Education Association’s Award of Merit twice (1981, 1988), and was named California Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association  in1985.

He and his wife also wrote one of the leading art education textbooks, Artworks for Elementary Teachers.
Submitted by the Department of Art

Forum on Proposition 19

On Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m., in the University Ballroom, the California Association of African American Advocacy Professionals host Point and Counterpoint: A Community Forum on Proposition 19: Should California Legalize Marijuana? 

Panelists including community leaders, faculty, students, law enforcement and clergy will discuss the pros and cons of the initiative.
Submitted by the Division of Social Work

Philosophy lecture

On Thursday, Oct. 7,  3-4:30 p.m., Eric Sotnak, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Akron, will discuss “Are We Free to Do Evil (or Good)?” The free event will be in the University Union’s Orchard Suite. For more information, updates and future events, visit our website
Submitted by the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics

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, student Kaori Matsuzawa will do a unicycling performance. World champion at age 14, 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". 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 ( and Virginia Dixon ( Arnaud has been the lead person on the project.
Submitted by the Department of Art, 278-5786

Faculty Learning Community

The Center for Teaching and Learning is accepting applications from faculty interested in participating in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) focused on course design and assessment.

The FLC will be comprised of seven faculty members across the University who will meet monthly to design or redesign a course to meet the evolving conditions, goals and needs of specific courses in either the major or GE contexts. Faculty will receive $600 in professional development funds for their participation.

Visit:  or call 278-5945 for more information and the application. The application deadline is Oct. 8, 5 p.m.
Submitted by Center for Teaching and Learning.

Disability Awareness

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which recognizes contributions made by Americans with disabilities to the workforce and in society.

For more than ten years, Sacramento State has participated in the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), an employment recruitment program for college students with disabilities in search of local and national summer jobs or full-time employment with federal agencies and private sector employers.
Students with disabilities can find out more about the WRP and how to apply by visiting the Services to Students with Disabilities website at
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities

Walk for Autism

This year’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Raley Field is Oct. 10. You may walk or donate to this cause. Registration begins at 9 a.m. that day; the walk begins at 10:30. For more details visit:, e-mail or call 759-0677.
Submitted by Mark Fragoso

History conference

Phi Alpha Theta is sponsoring the California World History Association Conference Oct. 22-23, at the University Union.
The 4th Annual CWHA Conference will include graduate students, primary and secondary school teachers, and university and graduate professors to explore researching, writing and teaching from a global perspective.

Keynote address will be delivered by Joseph A. Pitti, professor emeritus of History and Ethnic Studies.

Registration is required no later than Oct. 15. Conference registration (includes CWHA dues for 2010-11) is $40, student registration $20Keynote Buffet Lunch on Saturday, Oct. 23 is $18 and $15 (students).
For more information visit, or call 530-400-7529.
Submitted by Phi Alpha Theta

Research paper session

All full- and part-time faculty are invited to participate in a brown bag lunch Oct. 7 from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the University Library 4026 that will offer you new and creative approaches to teaching research papers.
Facilitators are Dan Melzer, CTL/University Reading and Writing Coordinator, Mark Stoner, CTL and Reza Peigahi, University Library. Please confirm attendance at or call 278-5945
Submitted by Center for Teaching and Learning

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:
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 and Contract 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

Entertainment books

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 2010/2011 is $30, a $10 savings from last year. Contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177 for more details.
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

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 Homecoming events, and the One Book: The Devil's Highway. Videos include Smart Grid Center information.
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 278-7233. For more information, visit
Submitted by Risk Management Services

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

Self Service Password Management Coming
October is passphrase update month when we are encouraging everyone to set up security questions which will enable 24/7 self service for your password resets and changes.  We are also moving towards much easier to use “passphrases” (e.g. My three cats) rather than complex passwords.  Watch for more information in your e-mail.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Cell Phone Service Discounts for Faculty and Staff
Sac State employees are eligible for discounts on their personal cellular phone services from several major carriers. Faculty and staff can start taking advantage of these discounts on their existing plans by simply registering on the websites shown below. 

Here are links to the registration web pages for three major carriers with discount agreements with the university.  If you carrier is not listed you may contact them directly to see if state employee discounts plans are available.
AT&T/Cingular Wireless: 
Verizon Wireless:
You’ll see discounts showing up on your home phone bill shortly after you sign up.
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

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:
William Phelps, Division of Social Work
Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department
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


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