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October 11, 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

Dedication and reception
This evening 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

Tours of Del Norte Hall 
Del Norte, which previously housed the campus bookstore, has been renovated into both office and classroom space. Tours will be conducted Friday, Oct. 15 in 30-minute intervals. Tours of the second floor classrooms and third floor office spaces will start at 2:30 p.m. with the last tour ending at 5. Tours of the large lecture hall and special interactive classroom on the first floor will start at 3 p.m. and will end at 5.

Staff and instructors will be available to lead the tours and answer any questions.
Light refreshments will be served.
Submitted by College of Continuing Education

Register now
Registration is now open for the Annual USA Halloween Contest!  Participants are encouraged to register their entries online by no later than 5 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 27, to ensure eligibility to win in one of the following categories: Best Individual Costume,Best Group Costume,Best Office Decoration

We had a tremendous show last year and hope this year will be even better, funnier or scarier! Don’t miss your chance to join in the fun!
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

Memorial Service
Preston Jay Stegnga’s memorial service is Oct 23, 2 p.m. at the Sierra Arden United Church of Christ, 890 Morse Avenue.  Donations may be made to the Sierra Arden Church’s food closet or to hospice.
Stegenga oversaw international studies at Sacramento State University from 1968 until his retirement in 1988. He assisted international students, helped students with study abroad programs, and established and managed a graduate program in international studies.  He also served as acting vice president for academic affairs in 1974 and 1975.
He worked for the United States Agency for International Development from 1966 to 1968; where he served as an advisor to the president of the University of Liberia in West Africa. After retirement, he remained interested in education and foreign affairs.

Survivors are his wife, Marcia, son James and daughter Susan.
Submitted by Global Education

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

National conference
On Oct. 13-15, Information Resources and Technology, Academic Technology and Creative Services and the Library are co-sponsoring virtual access to this year's EDUCAUSE national conference.

EDUCAUSE ( is a nonprofit association that promotes the intelligent use of information technology. This year's conference will provide a wide range of pertinent and thought-provoking information that will assist IT practitioners and end-users advance their professional knowledge and skills. The sessions will be streamed live from Anaheim, CA, into several rooms on campus. Detailed outlook meeting invitations for each session will also be sent to the target audience for these sessions for easy reference and RSVP purposes.

For more information, visit Faculty and staff should attend several program sessions and engage each other about the session topics. Call 278-3370.
Submitted by Academic Technology and Creative Services

Weight Watchers at Work
University Enterprises Human Resources department will host a Weight Watchers at Work program each Monday during lunch on the third floor of the Hornet Bookstore Building, room 3900.

An informational meeting for people interested in learning about or registering for the program is noon-1 p.m. Oct. 18. A Weight Watchers leader will provide an overview of the benefits, explain the series dues and answer questions. For more information, contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or e-mail

Informational and renewal sessions are open to the campus community.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

New feature
Budget Planning and Administration will introduce a new Reporting Relationship Self Service feature at the Oct. 19 Business Partners Round Table meeting located in the University Union Redwood Room. The presentation, 9-11 a.m., will familiarize you with the process and importance of reporting relationships. For more information visit:, or call 278-7458.
Submitted by Budget Planning and Administration

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 ( or Virginia Dixon (
Submitted by the Department of Art.

Disability Awareness
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 20th anniversary on July 26. This legislation ensures equality and accessibility to all people with disabilities in the workplace, classroom, or public.

According to the 2000 Census, 36,961,664 Californians ages 5-plus reported having a disability. If you want to learn what you can do to help Sac State students with disabilities receive a quality education, have questions regarding the accessibility of your curriculum/office/event, or would like to know more about the accessible technologies available on the Sac State campus, please visit the Services to Students with Disabilities website at or contact the office at
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities

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 is $20 Keynote 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

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 Sac State Sustainable Business Award. Videos include Smart Grid Center information. Coming soon: Homecoming.
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

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 your 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

Computer security tip
Safeguarding campus information part 1of 6

Ask yourself what type of data you work with. There are three data level classifications used at Sacramento State. Level 1 data is the most confidential and includes items such as Social Security numbers, birth date, medical records, driver’s license, bank account and credit card numbers.  

Level 1 data requires increased security controls due to federal, state or industry regulations. Level 2 and 3 data round out the remaining two data types at Sacramento State. These levels of data are considered business data and include items such as educational records and employee information.

Knowing the different types of data level helps you protect this data from the bad guys. A complete listing of the data classification can be found on the Information Security website,  Now you know the data levels what do you do with this information? Look for part 2 in next week’s bulletin or on the Information Security website
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, MESA Engineering Program
Jon Wedding, College of Continuing Education


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