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November 15, 2010


Causeway Classic
Join us Saturday, Nov. 20 for an afternoon of fun, friends and football.  This is a great opportunity for Sac State students, faculty, staff and alumni from all over Northern California to come together, enjoy great BBQ food and cheer for the Hornets as they take on the Aggies at UC Davis.
Your tailgate ticket ($15 for the lunch - $35 for lunch and game) includes a delicious meal of BBQ tri-tip sandwich, potato salad, BBQ beans, and beverages. (Fans are also welcome to bring their own food and beverages and join in the fun.) Wear your green Hornet Pride gear and join us in this classic rivalry.

We will gather at Southeast corner of the Stadium, next to Schaal Aquatic Center. Tailgating will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Kick-off is at 4 p.m.

Sign-up here: or call 278-6295. Meals will NOT be available for purchase at the event.
Submitted by Alumni Relations

Dean to retire
Jeffrey D. Mason is about to depart as dean of College of Arts and Letters to concentrate on writing books, directing plays and as he puts it, “with any luck,” performing on stage. After serving Sacramento State as dean for nearly five years, Mason’s final duties will be conducted during the December 18 commencement ceremony. His academic career, which specialized in American theater, spanned more than 30 years.
Submitted by College of Arts and Letters

Data Dashboard

The Office of Institutional Research has updated the Data Dashboard to include Fall 2010 census data. 

The Data Dashboard, at a glance, shows eight main indicators of University effectiveness, such as enrollment, retention and graduation rates, admission, student FTE by college and diversity in graph forms.  The retention and graduation rates are based on the data published by the Chancellor’s Office which is slightly higher than the rates published by OIR on campus due to the different definitions.  The dashboard is available online at  Click on Data Center, then University Data Dashboard.

For more information, e-mail,
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

California State Employees Food Drive
This year’s food drive will be held at Sacramento State from Nov.10 through Dec. 21.
Your monetary donations go the farthest, as bulk food can be purchased at lower costsMake your check payable toCalifornia Emergency Foodlinkand mail to:  Nancy Fox, department zip code 6076. Food collection boxes will soon be appearing in most department offices on campus.

More information will soon be forthcoming regarding the food drive. Watch for mass emails and check the University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) web site at  If you have questions, contact Nancy Fox, Food Drive Coordinator for Sacramento State at or 278-5241.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS)

Donation Drive

To show our “Thanks” this November, Sac State Serves is also participating in Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services' “Holiday Spirit of Giving” donation drive.  Donations will be collected from Sacramento State throughout November. Food, clothing, and toy donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Library Room 4028. Help spread the word.
For more information on the donation drive, visit
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center
Value of education
This Wednesday, 4-5:30 p.m., Elizabeth Minnich, Senior Scholar, Association of American Colleges and Universities, will discuss "The Banality of Evil and Education." Her presentation will be in Mendocino Hall 3013.

Public/feminist philosopher Minnich carries on the work of her teacher, Hannah Arendt, by trying to understand how and why decent people have participated in horrific acts such as genocide. She asks why some choose to resist, and suggests how democratic education might prevent evil from taking hold. 

For more details,
Submitted by Center for Practical and Professional Ethics

Shuttle routes

The University is holding two open forums regarding proposed Hornet Express Shuttle route changes for Spring and Fall 2011. Open forum meetings will be on the following dates:

Tuesday, Nov. 16 – 2 to 3 p.m. in Library 11

The University is proposing a schedule change on all three routes beginning Spring 2011 and eliminating the Gold Line in Fall 2011.

The changes are driven by the need to reduce the Hornet Shuttle budget, as the cost to run the shuttle is exceeding the revenue available for the shuttle program. 

The proposed schedule changes for Spring 2011 are mainly eliminating the times when the Hornet Shuttle has the lowest ridership—early morning, mid-day, and after 5 p.m., based on ridership data. The Fall 2011 reduction of the Gold Line is being proposed because it services the same area as Sacramento Regional Transit.  Students can ride on RT at no extra cost with a Sac State Commuter Pass (faculty and staff can purchase a Commuter Pass for a nominal fee).

The open forums provide an opportunity for the campus community to review the proposed changes and provide feedback.  Feedback can also be provided by email sent to
More information is available at
Submitted by Transportation and Parking Services

Kings outing
Staff, faculty, alumni and students are invited to join us Wednesday, Dec. 8, at ARCO Arena as the Sacramento Kings take on the Washington Wizards.

Come early for a reception with Kings emcee and Sac State alumnus Scott Freshour.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Tickets start at just $17.50, and there are no ticket fees or surcharges.
For more information or tickets, visit or call 278-6295.
Submitted by Alumni Relations

Teach in Thailand
The Chitralada Royal Palace School in Bangkok, Thailand, has requested applications from Sacramento State people to teach English.

This will be the fifth Sacramento State group to serve as English language assistants at the school. Qualified candidates may be graduates of Sacramento State or in their final semester prior to graduation. The informational meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 22 at Mendocino Hall 3007, 2:30 p.m. Contact Tom Knutson, 278-6941 or for application materials.
Submitted by Department of Communications Studies

Monday Evening Art History
Kadema Hall will host the following presentations by artists of their current work and their professional/educational paths since earning recent undergraduate degrees in art history at Sac State. Each session begins at 5 p.m. in Room 145.

Nov. 15: Michele Taylor Hamilton, "Lost and Found: Visions of the Davis Art Center,” Sacramento State Master’s Thesis and Exhibition (on view now at the Davis Art Center until Nov. 19).

Nov 22: Kristina Schlosser Marrone, "The Twenty-First Century Tiller Girls: Natalie Bookchin’s Mass Ornament," Sacramento State BA in Art History, UC Davis MA in Art History.

Nov. 29: Heather Brown: "Art Conservation," Sacramento State BA in Art History, University of London, Courtauld Institute MA in Art History.
Submitted by the Department of Art

Art display
Exploring the interface between visual and verbal expression, Design Professor Nigel Poor and English Professor Doug Rice will display their works Nov. 15-Dec. 9 in the Else Gallery in Kadema Hall. Gallery hours are noon-4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday. Poor will give a talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, and a reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, with Rice reading an excerpt from his Between Appear and Disappear at 5:30. Both events are in the gallery and are free
Submitted by the Department of Art

Training dates

On Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to noon there will be a NIMS/SEMS/ICS training session for campus first responders in the Hinde Auditorium under the auspices of the Sacramento State Police Department and Emergency Operations Center.
The four-hour presentation provides an overview of federal, state and local systems, identifies roles and expectations of emergency responders. It also delineates the use of integrated/standardized systems to request emergency services of allied agencies and how those agencies work together to achieve objectives.

This session is for faculty and staff at the University who have a direct or supporting role during a campus emergency or evacuation incident and have not had this training in the last three years. This training can be completed online, but the live class takes less time. Handouts are provided, and there will be a short true/false, multiple question test required by FEMA and CAL EMA. This training is mandated by executive order from the Chancellors’ Office and Sac State.

On Dec.7, 8 a.m. to noon is the Building Coordinator, Safety team (floor marshals) training session. It includes building evacuation procedures, “active shooter” responses, “shelter in place" procedures and "assisting those with special needs during an evacuation". This is for all staff and faculty involved in the campus Building Coordinator/Safety team program at Sac State. It is not required but highly recommended.

Both classes can be registered for at the Sac State LEARNER WEB and are limited to 186 per class. Questions: 278-2397.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Hornet Bookstore
The bookstore will be hosting a hiring event Monday, Nov. 15 through Thursday, Nov.18.  Interviews will be held on the 2nd floor in the Bookstore.

We are hiring for cashiers and text clerks to work through Fall Buyback, Winter Break and/or Spring Rush. Call 278-5701.
Submitted by Hornet Bookstore

Alumni nominations
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. 15. Visit  orcall 278-6295.
Submitted by Alumni Relations.

Greek exhibition
The Hellenic Studies Program is hosting an exhibit, “The Creative Photograph in Archeology,” a series of 76 images of Greece from the 19th century to the present.  These historic photos depict Athenian architecture and also landscape photography.

The exhibit will continue through Saturday, Nov. 20 at the University Library Gallery.  The closing reception will be held Friday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include a keynote presentation from Professor Catherine Turrill of Sac State’s Art Department.

For more information visit,, or call 278-7103.
Submitted by Department of History

Coms 105 fundraiser
The Small Group Communications class is holding a fundraiser/silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the University Union California Suite. All proceeds will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California in Sacramento.
Submitted by Coms 105 students

Certificates of Insurance

University organizations holding events off campus may be required to show the University has sufficient liability and/or workers compensation insurance in place. 

The customary instrument for conveying that information is a certificate of insurance issued by an insurance broker. If your host site requires such a certificate, contact Risk Management and provide:
Event type/activity
Number of attendees
Date and time of event
Venue and address
Venue point of contact
If the venue has a requirement to be named an additional insured party on the policy, Risk Management will need a copy of the contract/agreement.

Requests for a certificate of insurance should be submitted to Risk Management at least two weeks in advance. Some venues require the certificate 60 days in advance and will not book the venue until the certificate is received. Send requests to Kirtland Stout at or at 278-7233. For more information, visit
Submitted by Risk Management

Long Wait For Home
On Nov. 18 from noon to 2 p.m. there will be a Chinese adoption documentary film featuring discussions with birth families of Chinese adoptees and an intimate look at the living conditions in Chinese orphanages. It will be in the University Union, Forest Suite, 2nd floor.

The film will be shown from 7 to 9p.m. at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church,
McMillen, Hall 5645 Marconi Avenue.

A discussion with filmmaker, Changfu Chang will following the screenings, as well as an opportunity to purchase his films. For more information on his work, please visit Chang’s website:
Submitted by Division of Social Work

Student fee forms
The Student Fee Advisory Committee is now accepting 2010/2011 Category II and Category III fee proposal forms.  Executive Order 1034 governing fees and the fee proposal form can be found at

The Category Fee II (Mandatory Fee) deadline is Nov. 22.

The Category Fee III (Materials, Service and Course Fee) deadline is Feb. 7, 2011.

Send questions regarding the fee process to Gina Curry at or by call 278-7433.
Submitted by Student Fee Advisory Committee

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

Computer security tip
Safeguarding campus information part 6 of 6
Is your department running more than one system with Level 1 data stored on it? If you have more than one system with confidential data, contact the Information Security Office to help consolidate your information to a central location that can be protected and backup. By limiting where you are storing your confidential data you can protect it better form a data breach. See all six topics at 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.

Semester holidays reminder
Friday, Nov.26, the day after Thanksgiving, is a workday for all nonacademic year employees.  The campus will be open for limited intra-campus business but not to the public.  It is anticipated that the University Union and University Enterprises, Inc., will be closed on that day.  Therefore, no food services will be available on campus.

Unless work is scheduled for you, our hope is that you will request use of vacation time, accrued Compensating Time Off (CTO), or your Personal Holiday to give yourself a well-deserved, uninterrupted Thanksgiving holiday break.  As always, requests for time off must be made in advance and approved by your manager.

It is also never too early to plan ahead for the December holidays.  Since Christmas falls on a Saturday, the holiday observance is shifted to Friday, Dec. 24. Thursday, Dec. 23, is a workday, and the campus will be open that day for primarily intra-campus business. Our hope is that the governor will continue the tradition of an annual gift of four (4) hours of administrative leave to state workers which should be used on Dec. 23.  This gift will allow us to close campus at noon.  Once again, subject to the operating needs of each of your individual units, you are encouraged to use vacation or CTO that day.

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
Mary Ann Alvarez, Division of Nursing
Marianna Rivera, MESA Engineering Program
Kevin Ptak, Art Department


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