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Let's get physical Physical Therapy

Sac State’s Department of Physical Therapy has room to move, grow and do what it does best: prepare students to make a difference for others.

The Department nearly doubled its usable square footage after moving from Yosemite Hall to Folsom Hall last summer. The new facility includes three teaching labs and two research labs, along with a small lecture hall.

The Department also gained access to the acute care simulation labs in the Department of Nursing, housed at Folsom Hall.

The increase in space may allow for expansion of the doctorate program, which currently accepts as many as 34 students each fall.

“Our current maximum onsite student count will increase from 64 students to 96 students, with the potential to increase to 120 students,” says Ed Bakaratt, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. “Not only will we be able to accommodate this increase in students in Folsom Hall, we will be able to do it comfortably!”

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Campus answers mobile demand

We take pictures with them. We store music on them. Sometimes, we even make calls with them. And at Sac State, there’s one more use for your cell phone: parking.

Instead of scrounging for change to feed the permit machine, students and campus guests can pay to park with the touch of a few buttons and a credit or debit card though a mobile parking permit app.

“Since it launched in the fall, 22 percent of people who buy permits are doing so by using PayByPhone,” says Tony Lucas, senior director of University Transportation and Parking Services. “The convenience factor is pretty big for a student.”

The parking app is just one of the ways the University is using advances in communication technology to share information. There’s a “My Sac State” app offering links to campus resources including the campus events calendar. And students, faculty and staff who sign up for the Emergency Notification System receive text alerts on their mobile phones in the event of a significant incident on campus.

Sophomore Rosalyn Hillard says she spends six to 10 hours weekly on her phone accessing information, including at least two on Sac State’s sites like My Sac State, Blackboard and Student Center.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into enhancing student access,” says Larry Gilbert, vice president for Information and Resources and Technology. Gilbert notes that Sac State was among the first CSUs to make Blackboard—which is used for everything from posting grades and submitting assignments to online chats—to be used on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

 “We look at the most prominently used services for students… and we’re constantly looking for ways to allow students to be able to access those functions,” Gilbert says.

Contributed by Journalism major Sammie Thach


Sac State welcomes new Provost 

Provost Frederika Harmsen

Frederika “Fraka” Harmsen is the University’s new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, the University’s second-highest administrative position. Harmsen has been dean of the College of Natural Sciences and a professor of geology at Chico State since 2011.

Harmsen is no stranger to the California State University system, spending 26 years at Fresno State as a professor, department chair and associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. In 1989-90, she was San Jose State’s visiting scientist at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

Education conference marks milestone

This April, the College of Education celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Multicultural Education Conference. The annual event brings faculty, students and local educators together to discuss their continuing efforts to improve the region’s K-12 schools, with a focus on promoting educational excellence, social justice and equity. Previous conferences highlighted issues affecting California’s historically underserved students, including low-income and English language-learners.

College of Education professor and former conference chair Jose Cintron says the conference represents the promotion of bilingualism and multiculturalism, and how the state is preparing teachers to work with those populations. “The conference is unique because it’s a free opportunity for the community to listen to prominent figures in the field of multicultural education.”

For information visit or call (916) 278-6639.

Spring arts on showcase for annual festival

Sac State’s Festival of the Arts takes place April 9-13. The festival is a celebration of art, photography, design, music, dance and theater created and performed by faculty and students.

One of the more popular events is U-Nite—University Night Out. Held at the Crocker Art Museum, this year on April 11, U-Nite has attracted more than 1,000 attendees in its first two years. It’s an opportunity to bring together the Sacramento community, celebrate the arts and promote education. U-Nite is open to the public and is free to Sac State students, alumni, faculty and staff as well as Crocker members.  

The festival also includes Family Sunday Funday on April 13. The whole family can enjoy a day full of free attractions and activities such as exhibits, performances, live music and a special Kids’ Zone.


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