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February 8, 2010

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Employees of the Month
Tina Westerhold and Zenia LaPorte are February’s Employees of the Month.

Westerhold is the athletic compliance coordinator for Intercollegiate Athletics. Her nominator described her as "a person of the highest integrity and professionalism both in her dealings with the student-athletes she serves and her colleagues in University Administration and the Athletics Department." 

LaPorte is the programs advisor for UNIQUE at the University Union. Her nominator mentioned "Zenia demonstrates creativity in building collaborative partnerships with academic departments, campus centers and student groups." 

Nominations are being accepted for the 2009/2010 academic year. Details regarding the application and nomination procedures are available at
Submitted by the Office of the President

Ethics lectures
The Ethics Center and the RCA Program in Ethics will have three visiting speakers on campus in February.

Dr. Charles Wallis, who teaches Philosophy at California State University Long Beach, will present a lecture titled “Intelligent Design, Evil Demons, and Other Useless Fictions.” His discussion will argue that intelligent design is not a useful approach to the study of nature. The lecture is 10:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the University Union Redwood Room.

Dr. Karen Hanson, provost and professor of Philosophy at Indiana University, will discuss ethics and academic administration. Her presentation will consider some of the ethical values, ethical problems and ethical opportunities that emerge in academic administration. The lecture is 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the University Union Forest Suite.

Dennis Senchuk, a Philosophy professor at Indiana University, will present “The Peculiar Unreality of Race.” His discussion will focus on the concept of race from a philosophical perspective and will examine why some have suggested race is an unnatural and human invention that is a creature of prejudice. His lecture is 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 11, in the University Union Redwood Room.

For more information on the lectures, contact Christina Bellon, director of the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, at 278-5011.
Submitted by the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics

Ethnic Studies anniversary
Sacramento State will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Ethnic Studies on campus with an event honoring Otis Scott, former dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies; Ethnic Studies Professor Alexandre Kimenyi; History and Ethnic Studies Professor Charles Roberts; Ethnic Studies lecturer Wayne Maeda; Professor of Government and Ethnic Studies emeritus David Covin; Professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies emeritus Sam Rios; Professor of Ethnic Studies emeritus Frank LaPena; and Professor of Ethnic Studies and Japanese emeritus  Shotaro Hayashigatani.

For more information, or sponsorship opportunities for the event, contact Tim Fong, chair of the department, at 278-3536 or at
Submitted by Ethnic Studies

The WELL tours
Tours of the new fitness and wellness center, The WELL, are conducted from 3-4 p.m., Fridays through May 28 by appointment only. To schedule a tour, call Mary Lyons at 278-6745. 
Submitted by The WELL

Education discussion
Associated Students Inc., is sponsoring a discussion called, "Education in the Recession," 4-7 p.m. Feb. 18, in the University Union’s Hinde Auditorium. The discussion will focus on the state budget and the effect it has had on Sacramento State and higher education in general.

Tentative speakers include Assemblyman Roger Niello, Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, deputy legislative secretary Paul Navarro, president for the Sacramento State Chapter of the California Faculty Association Kevin Wehr and Faculty Senate Chair Tony Sheppard.

The event is free and open to the campus community.
Submitted by Associated Students Inc.

When you use your Pepsi Oh Boy card and purchase five fountain drinks from Togo’s you’ll receive a 20 ounce drink free. Ask for a Pepsi Oh Boy from a Togo’s cashier.

During February, a regular size number 5 turkey and cranberry sandwich is specially priced at $3.99.

Togo’s offers a soup express line in the River Front Center. Soup or bread bowls, drinks and grab-and-go sandwiches are offered 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast cereal is also available. The Soup Express can only take cash.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Courtyard Market
The American River Courtyard Market is the newest place on campus to get snacks, ice cream, drinks, organic and locally-grown items, Java city coffees and smoothies, fresh baked pizza and signature sandwiches. Located near the entrance of the new residence hall, this market is open 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

Award winners
The winners of the Faculty Endowment for Student Scholarships will be recognized during the second half of the Faculty Senate meeting, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the University Union Foothill Suite. A reception for the recipients will follow in the Union’s Capital Room. The undergraduate winners are Megan Drinnan, Geology; Manveer Garcha Biological Sciences and Ague Mae Manongsong, Psychology. The postgraduate winner is David Shrumpf, History.
Submitted by the Faculty Senate


Faculty brown bag
Faculty are invited to participate in a brown bag reading group called, “Teaching Diverse Student Writers,” focused on how instructors in any discipline can most effectively and efficiently respond to the writing of multilingual students.

The group, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the TESOL Program and Writing Across the Curriculum, will meet noon-1:15 p.m. the second Friday of each month, in the University Writing Center, Calaveras Hall 128. The first meeting is Feb. 12.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of Dana Ferris’s book, Teaching College Writing to Diverse Student Populations.

To confirm attendance, e-mail or call 278-5945.
Submitted by the English Department

USA Brown Bag meeting
The University Staff Assembly will hold its semi-annual Brown Bag open meeting noon-1 p.m., Feb. 16, in the Lobby Suite of the University Union. The campus community is invited to bring lunch and attend this meeting of the general board. An overview of the functions of USA will be presented. Time will be reserved for guests to ask questions or share suggestions. For more information on the event, contact Darlene Monroe at 278-5564 or e-mail
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

Kip Fulbeck Experience
Associated Students Inc., the Multi-Cultural Center and University Union UNIQUE Programs present the Kip Fulbeck Experience “Race, Sex, and Tattoos,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the University Union Ballroom.

Fulbeck’s performance includes a mixture of spoken word, stand-up comedy, political activism and personal stories that explore how ethnic stereotypes and opinions on cultural identity are formed.

Fulbeck is a professor and chair of Art and an affiliate faculty of Asian American Studies and Film Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He is also an artist, writer, poet and award-winning director/filmmaker. He is of Chinese, English and Welsh decent, and his photographic book, Part Asian, 100% Hapa, features portraits of mixed heritage participants along with their hand-written responses of how they self-identify ethnically.

The performance is free and open to the public.
Submitted by University Union, UNIQUE Programs

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 Sacramento Hall 162 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:

Ruth Schroeder, Human Resources
Susan Grundy, Nursing



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