Campus Announcements

Discussions about education
“Courageous Conversations about General Education and Graduation Requirements,” takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the University Union Summit Room.

This is the second of three events focusing on education issues. The series culminates with a reception honoring all faculty teaching courses within the general education program from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in the University Center Restaurant in the University Union. The events are co-sponsored by the Faculty Senate and Academic Affairs.

The campus community—permanent and temporary faculty, staff and students—are welcome and encouraged to participate in these important discussions. For more information, contact Janet Hecsh at jhecsh@csus.edu.
Submitted by the College of Education


Technology assisted classroom orientation
An orientation session will be held for instructors teaching in the traditional “smart” classrooms or the new Technology Assisted classrooms (SQU 301, SQU 316, or BNC 1025) this fall to explain the new technology in these classrooms. The sessions will teach participants to connect either Windows or Macintosh laptops to the video projector; playback a DVD, VHS tape or campus TV; switch video sources between laptops, desktop computers, DVD/VCR players, or document camera; adjust the volume; turn closed-captioning on or off; understand what cables are needed to connect laptops; and learn how to report a problem or request assistance.

Register for sessions at http://www.csus.edu/training.

The Smart Classroom orientation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at AIRC 1009.

The Technology Assisted Classroom orientation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at BNC 1025.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Conference to reduce health disparities
The third annual Community/Campus Collaborative Conference to address Disparities in Cancer Prevention, Control and Care in all populations through translational research will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. The conference will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Midtown and is sponsored by the Sacramento State/UC Davis Cancer Center Partnership and the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center. Sacramento State faculty and students are invited to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.csus.edu/research/collaborations/cancer/index.htm.
Submitted by Research Administration

Thesis and project binding available
Because of many requests for a convenient way to purchase hard-bound, extra copies of theses, the Copy Graphics Center now offers hardback binding services. While this service does not replace original thesis materials submitted through the Office of Graduate Studies, it does offer students a way to get extra copies of their theses professionally bound for their personal use.

The Copy Graphics Center is located near the Patio Cafe in the River Front Center and is open from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The Copy Graphics Center is a service of University Enterprises, Inc. For more information, call 278-6960.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

National student survey available
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects data from students at universities around the country to assess the extent to which students engage in a variety of educationally effective activities associated with learning and development.

At Sacramento State, 3,956 students were randomly selected to participate in this survey; 2,180 of those were first-year freshmen and 1,776 were seniors. Subsequently, 1,019 students (476 freshmen and 543 seniors) completed their surveys for an overall response rate of 26 percent.

The results for the 2008 NSSE survey are available online at www.oir.csus.edu. Click on “Reports” then “National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).”

The survey is based on the premise that the frequency with which students engage in effective educational practices is a direct correlation to the quality of the educational experience.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Pirate Ghost Ship
Peak Adventures will present its fifth annual Pirate Ghost Ship Spooktacular from 7 to 10 p.m., Oct. 30 and 31. The Challenge Center will be transformed into a pirate ghost ship, complete with a haunted house, maze, and carnival games for children. Participants are invited to try the barnacle wall and cargo net.

Open to all ages, the Spooktacular costs $2 for Sac State students, $4 for faculty and staff and $5 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door.

The event is sponsored by Peak Adventures, Recreational Sports, KSSU, Air Force ROTC, Student Activities, UNIQUE and Associated Students. The Challenge Center is located behind Yosemite Hall. Free parking is available in Student Lot 1.
Submitted by Peak Adventures

Unsold textbooks to be returned
The Hornet Bookstore will begin returning unsold textbooks to publishers beginning Oct. 13.

Teachers are asked to inform their students so those who still need to purchase a textbook can do so before they are returned.

Teachers who have textbooks that will not be used until later in the semester are asked to contact the Textbook Department so the book can be retained. Teachers who will be using the same textbook(s) for winter session or spring 2009, are asked to submit their requisition at this time so the bookstore can hold on to the textbooks for the next term. Include the course number, section number, approximate enrollment and whether the book is required or recommended.

E-mail correspondence to textbooks@fndmail.csus.edu.
Submitted by the Hornet Bookstore

Focus on Iran
This year’s One Book author, Firoozeh Dumas, who will visit the campus on Wednesday, Oct. 15, has frequently expressed the hope that her book, Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America, will help Americans see beyond the limited, and frequently negative, portrayal of Iran and Iranians. This is also a goal of Sacramento State’s Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies Center (IMESC http://www.csus.edu/imesc/) in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. The One Book Program has partnered with IMESC this year to create a free community series focusing on the history, culture and politics of Iran.

“The History of Iran from the Ancient to the Modern,” a lecture and discussion by professor Afshin Marashi, History Department, will be presented from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Library Gallery.

“U.S.-Iran Relations in Historical Perspective,” a lecture and discussion by Professor Bahman (Buzz) Fozouni, Government Department, will be presented from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Library Gallery.

A Concert of Classical Persian Music will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Capistrano Hall Music Recital Hall.

For all One Book Program events please visit: www.csus.edu/onebook.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

“Friends” book discussion
Another One Book event will be presented by the Friends of the Library. The group will lead a free community book discussion on Funny in Farsi, by Firoozeh Dumas. The discussion will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the University Library Room 5006.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

“Who Is an American?”
The “Who is an American?” film series, co-hosted by the Multi-Cultural Center and the One Book Program, will show two films in October. The series, presented by Hellen Lee-Keller, English, will screen Lana's Rain on Friday, Oct. 17, and Saving Face on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The films will be screened in Library 1010. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a 5:45 p.m. showtime. A discussion follows each screening.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Writing strategy workshop
Writing Across the Curriculum invites you to attend a campus-wide workshop focused on simple strategies to increase student writing while decreasing your own workload using “writing to learn” assignments.

The workshop will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the University Union’s California Suite. RSVP to melzer@csus.edu or 278-6925.
Submitted by the English Department


Calaveras Station accepting submissions for 2009
Calaveras Station, Sacramento State’s literary journal, is accepting submissions of original poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction and critical analysis for possible inclusion in the May 2009 issue of the annual journal. Any currently enrolled University student may submit, with a maximum of three submissions per category. Submission deadline is Friday, Oct. 17. Students should submit three printed copies of each manuscript in 12 pt. font, and each copy should contain the title of the work only—no author’s name, in MLA format. No electronic submissions will be accepted. For more information and submission details, visit www.csus.edu/govt/Pages/Call-for-Submissions.doc or contact Trina Drotar at tld52@saclink.csus.edu.
Submitted by the Department of History

Human Resources

Holiday reminder
The day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28, is a workday for all non-academic year employees. The campus will be open for limited intra-campus business, but not to the public. It also is anticipated that the University Union and University Enterprises, Inc., will be closed that day, so no food services will be available on campus. Human Resources officials hope that, unless work is scheduled for them, employees will request the use of vacation time, accrued compensating time off or their personal holidays for that Friday.

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, also is a workday for everyone except academic year employees, and the campus will be open primarily for intra-campus business. It is hoped the governor will continue the tradition of a gift of four hours of administrative leave to state workers which may be used Dec. 24 and allow the campus to close at noon.

Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, is also a workday. We anticipate limited campus services available that day.

The campus will be closed Tuesday, November 11, to observe Veterans Day.

Open enrollment reminder
Open enrollment continues through Oct. 24. During that period, employees can make changes, without a qualifying event, to their benefit plans. Changes include medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts (HCRA/DCRA) and flexcash programs. For more information, visit the Benefits Office webpage at www.csus.edu/hr/benefits and click on the announcements link.
If you have questions regarding benefits or open enrollment, contact the Benefits Office at 278-6213.

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 each fiscal year in one-hour increments. Bargaining Units 1, 8, 10 and 11 may only donate up to 16 hours per fiscal year. If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained at www.csus.edu/hr/forms.htm#Disability, or by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Sacramento Hall 162, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
*Toni Johnson, Financial Aid
Scott Flack, Facilities Management
Nancy Hackbart, Career Center
Mary Ann Alvarez, Nursing
Carolyn Ann Hollahan, Academic Information Resource Center

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee