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Nov. 14, 2011


Tim Hodson service
A memorial service for Tim Hodson is at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th St., Sacramento. Hodson, executive director of the Center for California Studies, died Oct. 25.

For more information: 278-6906 or For a look back at Tim Hodson’s legacy and to post your remembrances, please go to
Submitted by the Center for California Studies

President Gonzalez continues updates
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez will post updates on campus developments throughout the semester on his web page at
Submitted by the Office of the President

Student fee forms
The Student Fee Advisory Committee is accepting 2011-12 Category II and Category III fee proposal forms. Executive Order 1054 governing fees and the fee proposal form can be found at

The Category Fee II (mandatory fee) deadline is Friday, Nov. 18.

The Category Fee III (materials, service and course fee) deadline is Friday, Feb. 10.

Send questions regarding the fee process to Julie Carroll at or by calling 278-7401.
Submitted by the Student Fee Advisory Committee

Faculty, staff poets and musicians sought
The University’s Library Gallery is looking for faculty and staff (with the exception of the Art and Design departments) who paint, sculpt, quilt, make jewelry, sing, dance, etc. They will be featured in “Sac State Has Talent,” the gallery’s spring art exhibit, March 8-May 18. Of special interest are those who write poetry, sing or play a musical instrument. For more information or to get a submission form, contact or the Library Gallery at 278-4189. Deadline is Thursday, Dec. 1, to reserve a space or performance date. Pieces will be due in late February.
Submitted by the Library Gallery

Science Educational Equity Program open house
An open house has been scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Science Educational Equity (SEE) Office in Sequoia Hall, Room 315.

Come and learn about the history of the SEE Program. Tour the SEE Office and its new facilities and Study Center, and meet the SEE staff and students.

For more information, call the SEE Program at 278-6519 or visit
Submitted by Science Educational Equity (SEE)

Distinguished Service Award nominations
Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Distinguished Service Awards. These prestigious awards were established in 1972 to honor alumni and supporters of Sacramento State. They are presented jointly by the University and the Alumni Association to recognize alumni for their professional achievements, community service and support for Sacramento State.
Nominations are accepted in four categories: Distinguished Service, Lifetime Achievement, Honorary Alumna/Alumnus and Rising Star. The deadline for submitting the nomination form and supporting materials is Monday, Nov. 14. For more information: or 278-6295.
Submitted by Alumni Relations & Association

General Education Recognition Event
The fourth annual General Education Recognition Event will be held from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in Library 11. We once again will present faculty, students and staff who have made major contributions to the General Education Program with our GEmmy Awards.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

California State Employees Food Drive
There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are beginning to turn, and the holidays are right around the corner – it’s time for the California State Employees Food Drive! This year’s food drive will be held at Sacramento State from Monday, Nov. 14, through Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The holidays are such a special time of the year, when family and friends share warm and happy times. However, continued high unemployment and the slow economy have contributed to record levels of food-insecure households, making the food drive more important than ever. Many families in our area are struggling to make ends meet, and we want this food drive to bring much-needed relief and assistance. Please reach as deeply as you can to help make the holidays and the new year a little better for the many children and families helped by your donation.

Monetary donations and canned goods: Your monetary donations go the furthest, as bulk food can be purchased at lower costs. Make your check payable to “California Emergency Foodlink” and mail to Nancy Fox, department ZIP code 6076. Food collection boxes for canned goods soon will appear in most department offices and information booths at the campus entrances.

Turkey drop: For the first time, Sacramento State will participate in a “turkey drop,” 7:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. On your way to work or class, drop off your frozen turkey at one of the information booths located at each campus entrance or the University Transportation and Parking Services office at 7667 Folsom Blvd. All turkeys will be delivered directly to Food Link that morning. Turkeys are in high demand during the holidays. Without them, many families will not have meat in their holiday food box.

Holiday events: As you plan your department holiday events, please consider including one or more of the following activities:

  • Ask folks to bring canned or monetary donations to holiday parties, potlucks, luncheons and gatherings.
  • Place donation jars around so people can drop in their change.
  • Hold a silent auction with donated items.
  • Ask folks to bring canned goods to campus events, including lecture, athletic, theater and dance, and art events.
  • Have a book sale or rummage sale.

More information will be forthcoming regarding the food drive. Watch for mass emails and go to If you have questions, contact Nancy Fox, food drive coordinator for Sacramento State, at or 278-5241.

Together, we can make a huge difference in the lives of so many who desperately need our help.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS)

Winter Social
The University Staff Assembly will hold its annual Winter Social from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the University Union Ballroom. Take a few minutes out of the busy end-of-semester schedule to come by for an afternoon treat and some time to visit with old friends or meet new ones. Donations for the holiday food drive will be accepted at this event.

Visit our event page at
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

David Wagner’s retirement
Please join President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez in recognizing David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, for his 36 years of service to Sacramento State. The retirement ceremony will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the University Union Ballroom III.

RSVP to Tess Simas by Monday, Nov. 21, at 278-4952 or
Submitted by the Office of University Advancement

Spirit of Giving Drive
Faculty and staff, please help spread the word and get involved in the Spirit of Giving Drive. This year we have two ways to benefit the nearly 60,000 people in the greater Sacramento area served by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Through Friday, Jan. 6, we’ll be collecting winter clothing and food and hosting a virtual donation drive. Every dollar donated online provides $10 worth of goods and services to families in need, so please give generously. Please visit to find out how we can make a difference in our community.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

New University Fact Book available online
The 2011 University Factbook is now available from the Office of Institutional Research. The Factbook features student profiles as well as faculty and staff profiles. It also highlights statistics for admission, class size, degrees awarded, retention, progression, graduation and alumni. Many sections are broken down by college. All data was collected on Census Date and includes a five-year range.
The book is available online at Click on “Data Center,” then on “University Fact Book.” You can choose to view the entire book, or select only the section you are interested in viewing.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

District office on campus
Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, has opened a district office on the Sacramento State campus in Modoc Hall, near the Capital Public Radio studios. Pan says his district office is there to keep the lines of communication open between the state Capitol and the students, faculty, staff and others in the Sac State community. More from Pan can be found at For a video invitation to visit Pan’s campus office, go to
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Spring instructional materials alert
As part of National Disability Awareness Month, please take a few moments to watch this short video of some students with disabilities describing the need for early identification of textbooks and instructional materials:

We are requesting assistance to ensure that all students, including students with disabilities, can receive instructional materials in time for the start of the Spring 2012 semester. All textbooks and course materials need to be ordered early enough to post the textbook information in the course schedule used for registration purposes and to allow time for conversion into accessible or alternative formats (e.g., Braille, electronic text, captioned video), if students in the class need materials converted.

Please note the following deadlines for Spring 2012.

  • Friday, Nov. 18: Deadline to identify Spring 2012 instructional materials to facilitate timely access and meet Accessible Technology Initiative requirements; direct questions to
  • Monday, Nov. 28: Deadline to submit captioning requests for audiovisual materials (video/audio) to be used in your Spring 2012 course, to ensure that you receive these captioned in time for the first day of the semester; direct questions to

For more information:
Submitted by the Department of Services to Students with Disabilities

UTAPS professional wins award
Freddy Orozco, assistant to the senior director of University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS), has been named 2011 Parking Professional of the Year by the California Public Parking Association (CPPA). Award recipients are recognized for their creativity and innovation; contributions to their institutions, to the CPPA and the parking industry; and for demonstrating dedication to the parking industry through efforts to promote awareness of the parking profession.

The website for the California Public Parking Association is
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

IT procurement
All IT procurements costing $15,000 or more must be reviewed for student and faculty accessibility. Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 15, the threshold for review of high-impact IT and electronic procurements will drop to $2,500. In addition, IT procurements now will be reviewed for compliance with both accessibility and information security requirements. We are in the process of establishing new procedures to streamline and accommodate the resulting increased volume of reviews. Our goal is to facilitate IT procurement that meets all campus needs for accessibility and security without impeding needed purchases. We also hope to help you save money on your IT purchases by pointing out lesser-cost options for purchases whenever they are available.

To ensure timely purchasing of needed items, we suggest that you please plan in advance by contacting our campus ATI procurement specialist by email at and by submitting IT procurement requests as early as possible. While most routine purchases will go through review without delay, keep in mind that a complete accessibility or security review for larger or high-impact purchases can take several weeks or more to complete.

Please note that the $2,500 threshold is just a guideline. High-impact items below the formal dollar threshold may still require accessibility or information security review. For example:

  • Networked printers and copy machines with public access must also now be evaluated.
  • All web consulting/software/content must comply with both web accessibility and IT security policies.
  • Digital media materials (video, DVD, online content) usually need to be captioned or subtitled.

For more information, visit
Submitted by Information Resources & Technology and the Accessible Technology Initiative

Japanese American internment is subject of forum
“The World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans” offers personal viewpoints as two individuals who were held in internment camps during the war discuss their experiences in a special presentation 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 17, in the University Union Orchard Suite. Kiyo Sato lived in the Poston, Ariz., camp, and Mas Hatano was in California’s Tule Lake camp. The isolation of these American citizens still has lasting effects on the former residents and American society, says Gregory Yee Mark, director of Asian American Studies. The presentation is open to the public.
Submitted by Asian American Studies

Volunteer for The WELL’s Secret Shopper Program
The WELL is launching our Secret Shopper Program and is looking for faculty/staff volunteers. This is a volunteer program designed to evaluate The WELL’s customer service level. All volunteers are eligible for incentives that include credit toward membership, and our programs and services. Please contact Julie Rodriguez for a volunteer application and more information on the program.
Submitted by The WELL

The WELL offers family climbing hours
The WELL is introducing family climbing hours. These special hours will be 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday. The cost is $5 per guest of WELL members and $15 for guests of eligible members who have not activated their memberships. All climbers must have signed the WELL waiver, and all minors must have a minor waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. All equipment necessary for climbing is included in the price and available for checkout at the equipment desk. Please contact Sam Braband at 278-1784 or with any additional questions.
Submitted by The WELL

USA Book Loan Program
In cooperation with the One Book Program, the University Staff Assembly offers a limited number of copies of the current One Book choice to staff members through the USA Book Loan Program. The selection for 2011-12 is The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris.

To borrow a copy of the book (two-week time limit), please contact one of the following USA reps:
Richard Cotenas: 278-6951,; Veronica Pruitt: 278-5843,; or Aaron Eichenberger: 278-2875,
Submitted by Library Acquisitions

Causeway Classic Luncheon
The annual Causeway Classic Luncheon will be at noon Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Doubletree Hotel. Tickets are $30 per person or $300 for a table of 10. The program will feature Sacramento State head football coach Marshall Sperbeck, UC Davis head football coach Bob Biggs, team captains, and the bands and spirit squads from each school. Please contact Tina Blessen with Sacramento State Athletics Development at 278-4263 or email her at to purchase tickets.
Submitted by the Athletics Department

Workshop series
The Library Research Workshop series runs for nine weeks ending Thursday, Nov. 17. The three workshops are:

  • “Scholarly Journals” – Tips for finding the best research; covers the use of 250-plus databases that index more than 40,000 journals, providing 24/7 online access to full-text articles.
  • “Citing Your Sources” – Covers both APA and MLA style manuals, with two additional sessions for the Chicago Style Manual.
  • “EndNote – Bibliographies Made Easy” – Covers download, setup and use of EndNote X4 software, which is available for free as a campus site license. Cite While You Write is available to MS Word users.

Individual registration is required. Register at All sessions are in Library Instruction Lab 2023 and are limited to 15 attendees.

Faculty may also request instruction on these or any research topic by using the form at
Submitted by the University Library

Government professor in China on Fulbright scholarship
Professor James DeShaw Rae of the Department of Government is spending the year in China, courtesy of a Fulbright scholarship. His blog,, makes for interesting reading.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Disaster preparedness training session
If you did not attend earlier this year, this is the NIMS, SEMS, ICS and “active shooter” awareness training for Group 1 (all employees, faculty or staff who do not have duties during an emergency).
The training runs from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the Hinde Auditorium at the University Union. Register by email at or call 278-2397.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Entertainment Books
The University Staff Assembly is selling Entertainment Books for 2011-12 as a fundraiser to support staff programs on campus, including the Winter Social, the Awards Luncheon and the Summer Picnic. The cost of the book is $30. For more details, contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177.
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

November’s Research Funding Update now available
The November Research Funding Update is now available online. The update is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. Both an abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available at

This month’s features include an article on the Department of the Navy’s STEM Roadmap and getting funding for innovative research through the National Institutes of Health.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Watch for even more University news and videos
Sacramento State is filled with activities worth keeping up on – from outstanding teaching, learning and research to the arts, wellness activities and Hornet athletics. Stories and videos on University people, events and other news are available on Sacramento State’s news page, overseen by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy: And send your ideas for campus coverage to

Another option for publicizing an academic event or performance is the University’s digital sign network on campus. Submit your message to or
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy
Sac State on Facebook and Twitter
Have you checked out Sacramento State’s official Facebook and Twitter pages? Managed by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy, the pages offer up-to-the-minute news and information on all things Sac State, from academics to athletics, the arts to student life. For the University’s Facebook page, go to To follow Sac State’s Twitter updates, go to!/sacstate.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Sac State Connection
Sac State Connection is a monthly e-newsletter sent to all alumni of Sacramento State. Produced by the Alumni Association, it compiles stories and news from all departments on campus, keeping alumni and supporters informed of the latest Sac State news and opportunities to get involved. To view, visit
Submitted by the Sacramento State Alumni Association

Technology assistance for students and faculty
Faculty members, do you ever find yourself spending time guiding students through basic computer or software use when you would rather be concentrating on your subject? Help is available! The Student Technology Center supports students on a drop-in basis or by appointment in the use of technology required to complete assignments. In addition, numerous workshops are held throughout the semester to teach students Microsoft Office, Adobe CS 5, iLife, SPSS, webpage creation and other topics that meet the specific needs of faculty. For example, a graduate student thesis-formatting workshop series was developed to give students the tools needed to properly format a thesis that meets Graduate Studies requirements.

The Center also works with faculty directly to support the use of technology in teaching and learning. For example, the STC can create a custom class targeted to a faculty member’s class objectives. To speak to staff about particular needs, please send an email to or call Maureen McQuestion at 278-2315 or Corrin Mattos at 278-2261.

For current hours and other information, go to The Student Technology Center is located in ARC 3007, and workshops are held in ARC 3008.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Faculty Staff Resource Center
The Faculty Staff Resource Center is a one-stop shop for learning about accessible instructional materials and other topics related to the use of technology for teaching and learning. Hands-on help is available to assist faculty with the creation of accessible instructional materials as well as with use of Microsoft Office, SacCT and other popular software. There is equipment to convert VHS tapes to a digital format and scan and print documents. Faculty can also access special project rooms to create narrated audio and/or video lectures. To assist faculty in preparing materials suitable for students, the computers in the center have the same software as those in the classrooms and open computer labs. The center is staffed by student assistants who have been specially trained to help faculty at the first point of contact. If a student assistant cannot help, he or she can connect the faculty member with a staff member from ATCS or IRT who can.

For current hours and other information, go to The Student Technology Center is located in ARC 3012, and workshops are held in ARC 3013.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Security tip: Safeguarding campus physical information
A social engineering attack can also include people entering areas where they are not supposed to be. They may have false credentials or may simply act as if they know their way around the office. If you see someone in your area whom you do not recognize, either ask them for ID or get your supervisor. This is especially important in areas that house or provide access to critical data.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Excess vacation hours
Sacramento State employees are limited in the amount of vacation they can keep as an unused balance. Those hours are reconciled annually, and hours in excess of carry-over maximums must be used by Saturday, Dec. 31, or be automatically forfeited. It is each employee’s responsibility to monitor his or her accumulated vacation time.

To view your vacation balance, go to, log onto My Sac State using your username and password, and click on “Current Leave Balance” under “Payroll & Compensation.” The page will display current vacation balance and alert you if it is approaching the maximum. The “Leave Accrual Information” link provides information on accrual rates and maximum carry-over hours. Those who do not have access to a computer may request a printout from their department timekeeper.

Exceptions to the carry-over policy must be approved by David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, prior to the end of this calendar year. The limited grounds for such requests may be found in the “Vacation” article of your Collective Bargaining Agreement or in Title V, Section 42909. The request must include the reasons for the exception and must be submitted in writing to the employee’s program center manager for a recommendation. For staff, if approved, the recommendation must include a plan for using accrued vacation before Dec. 31, 2012. For managers, Title V requires that any carried-forward vacation must be used by the end of March 2012. In addition to use of accrued vacation, plans must address the usual accumulation of vacation leave time during the year to avoid this situation in the future. The recommendation must be forwarded by the program center manager to Wagner by Friday, Dec. 2, for approval. For more information, contact Human Resources at 278-6078.

Catastrophic leave donation
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, by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3002, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employee has been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Donna Danzeris from the College of Continuing Education




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