October 23, 2006
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

California State Employees Charitable Campaign
The campus “2006 Campaign” is now under way and continues through Oct. 31. A pledge form will be sent to each campus employee this week along with information about the more than 675 participating charitable organizations. Campaign chair Sanjay Varshney and vice chair Jose Macari ask the campus community to consider the important work accomplished in the community by those agencies.
Submitted by the College of Business Administration

Memorial for Patricia Sonntag
A memorial service for Patricia Sonntag will be held on Monday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom III. Patricia served as Director of the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities at Sacramento State for 31 years. Please join colleagues, students, friends, and family to remember Sonntag's life, achievements and dedication to Services to Students with Disabilities at Sacramento State. Refreshments will be provided. Donations in Sonntag's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, the Diabetes Foundation, or the California Disability Action Network. For more information contact the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities at 278-6955.
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities

Hornet Hoopfest gets radical on Thursday, Oct. 26
Sacramento State will tip off the men’s and women’s 2006-07 basketball seasons with the red-carpet treatment on Thursday, Oct. 26. Doors to the Hornets Nest will open at 6 p.m., and fans are encouraged to dress up in 80’s attire for the Totally 80’s theme. Players and coaches from both teams will be radically decked out for the evening. For more information go to
Submitted by Athletics

Serna Center talk on Latinos in higher education

The Serna Center will present a lecture and book signing by Director of Chicano Studies David Leon on “Latinos in Higher Education" on Nov. 9 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the University Union. Professor Leon will discuss his new book Lessons in Leadership: Executive Leadership Programs for Advancing Diversity in Higher Education. For more information, call 278-4512.
Submitted by the Serna Center

Textbook requisitions due
The Hornet Bookstore would like to remind faculty that Winter Session and Spring 2007 Textbook Requisitions are due into the Textbook Department. Both current students and future students benefit with timely submittal of this information. The Hornet Bookstore is able to buy-back more books at higher prices if it knows which ones to purchase. Early submittals also allow more time to search for used copies in the national wholesale market, increasing the selection even more for next semester. For more information, call the Hornet Bookstore Textbook Department at 278-6448.
Submitted by University Enterprises

Current textbook returns to vendors
The Hornet Bookstore has started to return Fall 2006 textbooks to the vendors. Faculty should announce to students that if they still need a textbook for class they should purchase it now. The Hornet Bookstore can hold books longer, if books will be assigned later in the term. Faculty should communicate this information with the textbook department if special arrangements need to be made. Textbooks that are readopted for the upcoming term will not be returned. Faculty should confirm that textbook adoption information has been submitted. For more information, contact the Hornet Bookstore Textbook Department, at 278-6448.
Submitted by University Enterprises

Former Hungarian official to visit
The former Hungarian foreign minister, Geza Jeszenszky, will give a guest lecture on campus on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. in Capistrano Hall 151. The title of the talk is “The 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising.” For more information, call Professor of Sociology Tom Kando at 278-6694.
Submitted by the Department of Sociology

News coverage analysis of the election
The Alumni Association will cosponsor an analysis of the 2006 California election on Nov. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center. Titled “ Shaping Public Opinion: What We Saw, What We Heard; News Coverage Analysis of the 2006 California Election” is also sponsored by the State Information Council and the American Society for Public Administration. Speakers include Bill Bradley, L.A. Weekly columnist and New West Notes political blogger; Patrick Dorinson, communications director, California Republican Party; Kathay Feng, executive director, Common Cause; Karen Hanretty, strategist, California Republican Party; Steven Maviglio, deputy chief of staff for California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez; Sam Rodriguez, political director, California Democratic Party; and Bob Waste, Sacramento State professor of public policy and administration. Cost ranges from $5 to $23. Seating is limited. Reserve early and RSVP to Roni Java ( For more information, call (916) 651-8957.
Submitted by the Center for Collaborative Governance

Common Management Systems forums
The CMS Project Office will be hosting “CMS Campus Forums” for staff on the following dates: Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the University Union Foothill Suite and Thursday, Oct. 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Union Orchard Suite. Learn about the latest information on the student administration implementation. No RSVP is required.
Submitted by the CMS Project Office

STEM scholars lecture
Sacramento State’s Center for STEM Excellence will be hosting its inaugural STEM Scholars Lecture on Tuesday Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Union Redwood Room. The STEM Scholars Lecture Series is the avenue for Sacramento State’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics faculty and student scholars to share their research with the Sacramento community.

The featured speaker will be Professor Lisa Hammersley from the Department of Geology. Her talk is titled, “Volcanoes in our backyard? A geochemical and geophysical study of the potential for future eruptions at Clear Lake, CA.” For more information, contact Sharon Puricelli at the Center for STEM Excellence at 278-2789 or
Submitted by the Center for STEM Excellence

2007-08 Research and Creative Activity Award Program guidelines
Guidelines have been issued for the 2007-08 Sacramento State Research and Creative Activity Award Program. The program provides assigned time, monetary grants and/or summer fellowships to faculty for research and creative activity projects. The guidelines for this year’s program can be downloaded from the web at The deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. in Research Administration, Modoc Hall, Suite 2010.

To assist in preparing a competitive proposal, the RCA Subcommittee will have two proposal workshops. The first will be on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Delta Suite, University Union; the second will be on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hinde Auditorium, University Union.

The workships provide an excellent source of support for faculty research. Over the years, hundreds of Sacramento State faculty have received awards. The program demonstrates the University’s strong commitment to scholarship.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Brown bag session “Community Service: How Can I Get Involved”
The Office of Community Collaboration (OCC) will sponsor a brown bag discussion for faculty and staff on community service on Friday, Oct. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the University Union Orchard Suite III on the second floor. Faculty and staff currently involved in community service or interested in getting involved are invited to attend. The discussion will cover different on and off-campus community service options for faculty and staff. OCC will help faculty and staff connect with a variety of resources and agencies that are interested in recruiting volunteers from Sacramento State. The session provides an opportunity for professional networking to establish collaborative service opportunities. RSVP by Oct. 25. E-mail for additional information and/or to reserve a space. To view upcoming events visit the OCC on the web at
Submitted by the Office of Community Collaboration

Estate planning seminar
Kelly Brothers will hold a free seminar titled, “Essentials of Estate Planning” on Oct. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the University Union Lobby Suite. The seminar will focus on security at retirement, paying for children’s education, preservation of assets at death and the importance of proper estate planning and avoiding traditional pitfalls. To RSVP send an e-mail to Put “Estate Planning Workshop” in the subject line and list your name, phone number, the date you are planning to attend and the names of the people attending in the body of the e-mail. Spouses and domestic partners are welcome to attend.
Submitted by University Development

Book tour at Sacramento State
Author Simon Winchester, whose book A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 offers a panoramic blend of history and science at the 100-year anniversary of the 1906 earthquake, will be speaking and signing books at Sacramento State on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. in the Hornet Bookstore.
Submitted by University Enterprises

Executive MBA Program Seminars Offered
The College of Business Administration’s Graduate and External Programs presents free public information sessions for its Executive MBA Program. Space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made at Sessions dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., SACTO Conference Room, 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2500.

Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Folsom Chamber of Commerce, 200 Wool Street, Folsom.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Napa Hall, Sacramento State.
Submitted by the College of Business Administration

Reception to honor international scholars
Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars, will host a reception in honor of the International Research Scholars at Sacramento State on Friday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Foothill Suite of the University Union. The campus community is invited to attend. For more information or to RSVP to the event, contact Global Education at 278-6686.
Submitted by Global Education

Visiting scholar to lecture on Mexican issues
Visiting scholar Alejandro Alvarez, global economist and author from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), will give a lecture titled, “What’s Going on in Mexico?” on Monday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom. Alvarez will speak about Mexico's contested national elections, the Oaxaca teachers strike, globalization and NAFTA, US-Mexico relations, and the international artist Rini Templeton.

The event is free and will include a question and answer session. Co-sponsors include the Center for Teaching and Learning, Bilingual Multicultural Education Dept., the Multicultural Center and the Serna Center, MECHA, Ethnic Studies, Sacramento Progressive Alliance and CFA.
For more information contact Professor Peter Baird at 278-4916 or at
Submitted by Bilingual Multicultural Education

Second Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration
The Second Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the University Union Redwood Room. For more information contact Karina Menjivar at (925) 864-4169 or
Submitted by Sigma Pi Alpha

Human Resources

Employee/retiree workshop
All employees and retirees are invited a workshop titled CalPERS “Post” Retirerment Workshop” on Oct. 24. The workshop is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the University Union Redwood Room. To register call the Benefits Office at 278-6213/86213 or register online at
Submitted by Human Resources

Catastrophic Leave Donation Program
Sacramento State employees may voluntarily donate to other employees up to a maximum of 16 hours of sick or vacation leave credits each fiscal year in one-hour increments. CSUEU, MPP, Unit 4, Unit 6 and Confidential employees may donate up to a maximum of 40 hours per fiscal year.

If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained by going to, 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:
• Sharon Kelley, University Computing and Communications
• Randy Morgan, Associated Students
• Nabor Lopez, Facilities Management
• Jennifer O'Neal-Watts, Library
• *Christine Kellerman, College of Health & Human Services
* only vacation leave credits may be donated to this employee
Submitted by Human Resources



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