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October 19, 2009

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Livingston Lecture
The campus community is invited to attend the John C. Livingston Faculty Lecture, 3 p.m. Nov. 3, in the Alumni Center. The event is an annual University Convocation celebrating the academic life and legacy of Livingston, a professor of Government, who died in 1981.

Livingston, a distinguished member of the Sacramento State faculty for 27 years (1954-81), was well-respected on campus. His colleagues, who established this award in his honor, believed he provided an important conscience for the faculty and was preeminently a person of strong moral convictions.

The Livingston Lecture Committee this year selected Roberto Pomo, professor of Theatre and Dance and director of the University’s Honors Program, as the recipient of the award. Professor Pomo will discuss California’s unprecedented crisis in higher education. Our financial challenges will likely continue. We must leverage our institutional strengths and inventiveness toward new paradigms for teaching and curricular development. He will discuss collaborative teaching and learning methodologies with special attention to integrating education and off-campus experiences.

A reception in Professor Pomo’s honor will be held immediately following the lecture.

In accordance with University policy, classes may be canceled at the discretion of the instructor to allow students to attend the Convocation.

Distinguished Service Awards
The Sacramento State Alumni Association invites nominations for the Distinguished Service Awards. The award was established in 1972 to honor alumni and supporters of Sacramento State. It is presented jointly by the University and the Alumni Association to recognize alumni for their professional achievements and community service.

Nominations are accepted in four categories: Distinguished Service, Lifetime Achievement, Honorary Alumna/Alumnus and Rising Star. Nomination deadline is Monday, Nov.16. Complete details can be found online at
Submitted by the Alumni Association

Disability awareness
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. During the month, Services to Students with Disabilities is collaborating with the campus and community to raise campus awareness of the contributions and skills of individuals with disabilities. The theme this year is “I Can. What Can You Do?” and captures the idea that the things people with disabilities can do can make a difference.

Through the awareness campaign, SSWD hopes to open a dialogue and show that anyone can achieve, excel, and knock down barriers. The campaign will be ongoing and SSWD will continue to update its collection of stories about ability at
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities

Transportation Advisory Committee
There are two staff vacancies on the Transportation Advisory Committee. This committee addresses parking, traffic management and campus shuttle service issues as well as alternative transportation matters. People interested in serving on this committee, should secure their supervisor’s permission and forward their name and e-mail to Kem Gravenberg, on behalf of Vice President Stephen G. Garcia, at by Oct. 23. For more information, call Gravenberg at 278-5809.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Run to Feed the Hungry
Sacramento State is putting together a team for the annual Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 26. Proceeds from the race support the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.

To register for the run, visit, click the “TEAMS” link at the top of the page, scroll to “JOIN A TEAM” and click the “register” link. Choose either “Untimed team member” or “Timed team member.” Fill out the rest of the registration information -- Sacramento State is team number 3 -- and fill out the credit card information.
Submitted by Public Affairs

Information Resources and Technology
For news and information about technology on campus, visit IT News at To locate resources for help with technology, call 278-7337 or visit
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology


Farewell reception
The College of Health and Human Services will host a reception honoring Dean Marilyn Hopkins’ 35 years of service to Sacramento State 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Alumni Center.

RSVP by Friday, Nov. 6, to 278-7255 or e-mail  If you would like to sign Hopkins memory book, visit the dean’s office in Solano Hall 5002.
Submitted by the College of Health and Human Services

Blood drive
Sacramento State will compete against UC Davis in the second BloodSource-sponsored blood drive between the two schools.

Sacramento State’s blood drive is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20, in the University Union Ballroom. A “fast track” line will be set up to speed processing for faculty and staff.

Alumni and community members may participate by either coming to the blood drive or donating to one of the BloodSource locations. If participating as an alumnus, use code L030. The code for the general public to donate is L029.
Submitted by Public Affairs

Swearing in
A swearing-in ceremony for Dan Davis, the new University police chief is 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the University Union’s Hinde Auditorium.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Funding sources workshop
Research Administration will hold an interactive workshop for faculty interested in seeking funding for research ideas or who would like to seek supplemental support for a project, 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the Hornet Bookstore Bldg, Suite 3010.

The workshop will demonstrate how to utilize online resources, including the searchable database Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN), to identify funding opportunities and other grant related information.  

To register, visit
Submitted by Research Administration

Tea ceremonies
Tea ceremonies will be held in the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room and Garden at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room and Garden is located on the lower level of the University Library.  Ceremonies are free and open to the public.  For reservations and information, call Sally Hitchcock at 278-5954.
Submitted by the University Library

A ceremony honoring Monica Freeman for her 30 years of service to Sacramento State is 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the University Union’s Foothill Suite.

To submit an item for her memory book, contact Lori Harrison at
Submitted by Global Education


USA open meeting
The University Staff Assembly (USA) will hold its semi-annual open meeting noon-1 p.m. Oct. 20, in the University Union Foothill Suite. The Executive Board and representatives of most colleges and divisions will be present, and the campus community is invited to attend.

For information, contact Darlene Monroe at 278-5564 or via e-mail at
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

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, 8, 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:

Gina Lombardo, Business and Administrative Office
Ruth Schroeder, Human Resources
Steven Borden, Facilities
Maharisha Belton, Office of University Registrar
Lizza Roy, College of Business Administration
Joseph Small, Reprographics
Kristen Abundis, College of Education



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