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January 31, 2011


New voice-mail system coming
This Spring Sac State will replace the campus voice-mail system with a new, more reliable and easier-to-use system. The new system is currently being successfully tested within several program centers.
Watch for more information as we get closer to the change for the rest of the campus.  For now, visit for up-to-date information about the upgrade.

If you have comments, concerns or questions about the campus voicemail system, please send them to .
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

CSU Launches New Science Blog
The CSU recently launched Science and the CSU , a new blog that will feature science-related stories and developments across the 23-campus system. Providing news, features, updates and insights, “Science and the CSU” will also spotlight activities, events, resources, research and discoveries at the CSU.

The blog was developed to promote the CSU's significant impact in addressing California's key issues in health, the environment, energy, telecommunications and climate.  CSU graduates contribute significantly to research, education and workforce development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the CSU is California's largest producer of K-12 science and mathematics teachers.

Similar to the CSU Voices and Views blog, “Science and the CSU” encourages readers to contribute blog entries, while also initiating discussion via a moderated comments section.  Find out how to contribute here .
Submitted by Office of Public Affairs

John S. Allen, Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center and the Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California, will present "Three Ideas About Human Brain Evolution," on Feb. 4. His lecture will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Valley Suite, third floor University Union, followed by refreshments.

Allen is a biological anthropologist and research scientist known for his research on evolution of the brain and cognition. He is also co-author of the definitive introductory student text "Biological Anthropology." The presentation will focus on material from his new book The Lives of the Brain.
Submitted by the Department of Anthropology

Teaching Conference
The College of Continuing Education (CCE) at Sacramento State is hosting our first international conference for local educators and visiting teachers from South Korea's Pusan and Chinju Universities. It will be Feb. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 the University Union.

Learn more about working with diverse student populations.

Gain a better understanding about second language acquisition.

Exchange ideas and share successes with peers.

Attend workshops that provide information on developmentally appropriate activities and learn skills that can be used daily while working with diverse student populations.

Develop lifelong networking opportunities with international teachers and network with local, state-level educators, and our South Korean colleagues.

Registration is $25, which covers the cost of your breakfast and lunch. To register visit: . Enrollment will be limited to the first 100 registrants.
Submitted by College of Continuing Education

 Stinger Crab Feed
On Feb. 5, the Stinger Athletic Association hosts its annual crab feed. This event has consistently sold out with nearly 550 attendees. This year's new venue is the Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, which can accommodate 200 additional people.

The festive atmosphere features student-athletes as servers, a raffle, live auction and dancing. Join us for a fun evening with the proceeds going to support athletic scholarships. The cost: $45 per person/$450 per table of 10.

For more information contact Tina Blessen, 278-4263, or .
Submitted by Athletics Department

Writing and Technology Brown Bag
“Using Technology to Teach Writing” will be the subject of a brown-bag session on Thursday, Feb. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the University Library, 4026.

The workshop, presented by Writing Across the Curriculum, a program of the Center for Teaching and Learning, will discuss different technologies to improve student writing, including:

--Online brainstorming tools

--Blogs and Wikis and other social networking tools --Research and citation tools --Tools for creating polls and surveys

Participants will leave with links to numerous technology resources for designing writing assignments for teaching 21st century writing skills.

Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

 Writing workshop
The Community Engagement Center invites faculty to a Writing Partners Brown Bag Workshop on Friday Feb. 18, from noon to 12:50 p.m., focusing on how to use and assess a program that promotes intercultural knowledge and competence through letter exchanges between elementary and college students.

It will demonstrate how faculty can tailor Writing Partners to meet discipline-specific learning goals and objectives.

Register at for event location and additional information. Space is limited.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Student fee forms
The Student Fee Advisory Committee is still 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 III (Materials, Service and Course Fee) deadline is Feb. 7.

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

Apply now
February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, which is designed to help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2011/2012 by the March 2 priority deadline. There will be activities in the library quad throughout the month to promote awareness.

Students can still file their FAFSA application after March 2, but some funds will no longer be available due to demand. Sacramento State's goal is to ensure that students receive the financial aid for which they qualify. 

Students should apply now. Financial Aid is offering four FAFSA workshops for students who need one-on-one assistance completing their applications. These free workshops will be held in Mendocino Hall Room 2007:

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit or call the Financial Aid office at 278-6554.
Submitted by the Financial Aid Office

Spring Technology Workshops
Faculty and staff may now register for the spring technology workshops - Excel, Word, Securing Online Exams, Teaching in Smart Classrooms and more. Registration and workshop descriptions are available at . For questions, contact the training coordinator at .
Submitted by Academic, Creative and Technology Services

Free Tax Preparation Advice
A Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site by Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Phi Chapter Sacramento State. Every Tuesday, Feb. 8-March 15, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mendocino Hall, 2007.


-ID/Driver's License
-Social Security cards (you, spouse, dependents)
-Bank Statements
-W2(s) and Income Statements
-Green Card (if applicable)

For more information contact:
Submitted by Financial Aid

New location
The OneCard Center is merging with the Student Financial Services Center in Lassen Hall to provide staff and students with a one-stop shop.

Visitors to the Student Financial Services Center may pay fees and take care of OneCard related business in one place. Stop by the new center in Lassen Hall, Room 1001 to see the new digs.

For more information call 278-7878.
Submitted by the OneCard Center

Training sessions
There will be Disaster Preparedness NIMS/SEMS/ICS training sessions available for non-first responders (Group 1) in the Hinde Auditorium under the auspices of the Department of Public Safety.
The two-hour presentation provides an overview of federal, state and local systems and 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 do not 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 cannot be completed online. No test is involved in this training. This training is mandated by executive order from the Chancellor's Office and Sac State.

Participants need attend just one of these sessions:

Feb 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., or Feb 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Feb 21, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Mar 21, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
April 4, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

There will be Disaster Preparedness NIMS/SEMS/ICS training sessions for campus first responders (Group 2) in the Hinde Auditorium.  The four-hour presentation provides an overview of federal, state and local systems and 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.

To do this training on line visit:   search for (IS-700A) and then (IS-100.HE). Each is three hours with tests.

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 may 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 Chancellor's Office and Sacramento State.

Attend one of these dates:

Feb 10, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mar 17, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
April 21, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Register at the Sac State LEARNER WEB. Classes are limited to 186 per class. Questions: 278-2397.

For the Building Coordinator's Group, if you did not attend the event Dec. 7:

On May 26, 8 a.m. to noon is the Building Coordinator, Safety team (floor marshals) meeting/training session in the Hinde Auditorium. 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. We will also discuss the campus emergency drill/exercise which should occur during the summer of 2011.

To register for this training contact: , or call 278-2397.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Submissions sought
The 2011 Women's Herstory Month Committee is holding an event on March 3, at 5 p.m. in the American River Courtyard to recognize and honor “Women of Influence” at Sacramento State.

Nominate a staff member, faculty member, or student leader who has been a positive influence in your life.   The awards cite Sac State women who are helping to advance our campus community.

To nominate an individual, please click here .  If you have any questions email .
Submitted by Housing and Residential Life

Student Research Competition

The 25 th Annual Sacramento State Student Research Competition will be held Saturday, March 12 in Mariposa Hall, Room 1001 starting at 9 a.m.  The competition will showcase research conducted by Sac State students from all academic disciplines.  Prizes will be awarded to the outstanding entry ($500) and runner-up ($250) in both the undergraduate and graduate student divisions. Up to 10 entrants may be chosen to represent Sacramento State at the system-wide competition to be held May 6-7, at Fresno State.

Please announce the competition in class and encourage your students to participate. The deadline for letters of intent (requested, but not required) is Friday, Feb. 18, and entries are due Tuesday, March 1.

For more information including the call for entries, visit or contact: Adrienne Thompson in the Office of Research Administration at 278-3667 or ; or Ron Coleman, Faculty Director for the Competition at .
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

News and campus videos
Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State's news page .

Current stories include, President's address, Bayer donation, Students “spring” into action, STEM Scholars Lecture Series springs forth, Sac State, Galeria Posada present artist, Videos, Campus security, Winter commencement, Folsom Hall opens for Nursing Program.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs  

Digital messages
If you have an academic event or performance that you want to publicize you are invited to submit your message to:
Submitted by Office of Public Affairs

Security Quick Tip

As part of the Chancellors Office Audit, the Information Security Office will be conducting ongoing trainings to meet the audit findings and policy requirements. These trainings are conducted in an open forum setting where feedback and ideas are encouraged to help facilitate understanding and implementation of the CSU and Sacramento State Information Security Policies. Technical campus participation is encouraged as the issues involved in implementing the different areas will be discussed in an open forum.

A full list of the trainings, agenda and to RSVP for the classes can be found on the Information Security website at
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Human Resources

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:

Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department
Kenya Capers, Student Financial Services
Deana Frandsen, Student Health Center
Kevin Ptak, Art Department


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