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October 26, 2009

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Incident updates
Updates on the Oct. 21 incident at the American River Courtyard are available at
Submitted by Public Affairs

Cancer research conference
The Sacramento State-UC Davis Cancer Center Partnership will hold its annual research conference 8 a.m-3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Alumni Center. The theme this year is “Improving Equity in Cancer Prevention and Care with Limited Resources: How Do We Do This and Why?”

The conference is free and open to students, faculty and staff. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided. Attendance is limited to 125 people. To register, visit Submitted by Research Administration

Livingston Lecture
The campus community is invited to attend the John C. Livingston Faculty Lecture, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Alumni Center. Roberto Pomo, professor of Theatre and Dance and director of the University’s Honors Program, is the recipient of the award and will present the lecture.

The event is an annual University Convocation celebrating the academic life and legacy of Livingston, a professor of Government, who died in 1981. In accordance with University policy, classes may be canceled at the discretion of the instructor to allow students to attend the convocation.

Data Dashboard
The Office of Institutional Research has created a new Data Dashboard beginning with fall 2009. It shows eight main indicators of University effectiveness such as enrollment, retention and graduation rates, admission, student FTE by college and campus diversity on the campus. It is updated each fall semester. The dashboard is available online at Click on Data Center then University Dashboard. Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Ethics Symposium
Sacramento State will host its fourth annual Fall Ethics Symposium 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in the University Union’s Hinde Auditorium. This year’s topic is “Ethics in Everyday Life: The Ethics of Food.” The symposium will bring together scientists, ethicists and professionals who will explore ethical problems relating to food. Panel discussiond include: “The Ethics of Genetically Modified Animals,” “It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog, or a Chicken: Why You Shouldn't Eat Meat,” and “Unlearned Lessons From the Diet and Health Cycle: US and Asian Parallels.”

The symposium is sponsored by the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics’ RCA Program in Ethics. It is free and open to the campus community. Refreshments will be served.
Center for Practical and Professional Ethics

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

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


Matthew Monsoor, an equipment systems specialist with Information Resources and Technology, will retire effective Oct. 31 after working for the California State University system for 30 years. He has worked at Sacramento State since 1984. A reception will be held for him at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Library 11. Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Poster session
A Doctorate of Education poster session is 5:30-8:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the University Union’s Foothill Suite.

The poster sessions provide presenters an opportunity to articulate and defend a dissertation prospectus that explores an aspect of educational leadership practices, policies, reforms, or improvements.
Submitted by the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Department

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

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


Human Resources

Request to Advertise
Beginning Monday, Nov. 9, the Office of Human Resources will begin using an electronic “Request to Advertise” process for all staff and MPP recruiting.  After that date, Human Resources will no longer accept hardcopy “Request to Advertise” submissions.

Training has been conducted for the majority of people responsible for submission and approval of a “Request to Advertise” for staff and MPP vacancies. People who have not received training can use the on-line tutorial at

Security access is required and may be established by completing the “Request to Advertise CMS User Access” form available at

Instructions for the staff and MPP employment processes can be found at, and at

Questions about the staff employment process should be directed to 278-6326. Questions about the MPP employment process should be directed to 278-6169.

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:

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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