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March 1, 2010

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IRA Budget Call
The 2010-11 Instructionally Related Activities call for proposals is posted at This year’s proposal deadline is March 30.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

My Sac State
In March, My Sac State will soon include a Library Tab that will provide a suite of services provided by the University Library. My Sac State users will be able to view and renew checked out items, access research databases and e-journals, search the Library catalog, check library hours and request materials from interlibrary loan. For more information, contact
Submitted by the University Library

Visit Rome

The College of Continuing Education is offering an opportunity to visit Rome this summer to study its culture and history. This two-week program will take participants to monuments and museums while offering three units of undergraduate or graduate credit.

The program is open to the public, though participants are expected to have a familiarity with Vergil’s Aeneid and a general interest in Roman culture.

The completed application and $1,000 deposit is due by Monday, March 8. The $3,000 remainder is due by Thursday, April 1. To learn more, visit
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Sacramento State Serves
The Sacramento State community is invited to participate in the University’s first service day 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 13, at the Ronald McDonald House, 2555 49th Street. Participants will join the Ronald McDonald Outdoor Work Party, a volunteer effort to trim small trees and bushes, pull weeds, pick up trash and help keep up the grounds at the house. Space for this volunteer effort is limited to 20 participants.

Sacramento State’s participation is being organized by Sac State Serves, a community service program through the University’s Community Engagement Center.

For more information, contact Misty Sisneros, Sac State Serves program coordinator, at To join the mailing list or sign up for events, visit
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

ATI webinar
The Accessible Technology Initiative staff from the California State University Chancellor's Office will hold a series of webinar discussions in February and March to discuss major revisions to the ATI implementation in the CSU. This is an opportunity to provide feedback and address questions prior to finalization of the coded memorandum.

Attendees are encouraged to watch a pre-recorded introduction of the topic prior to these discussions. To view this presentation and download the current draft of the revised coded memorandum, visit

Webinar discussion dates are:

11 a.m. Monday, March 8, Discussion 3

3 p.m. Thursday, March 18, Discussion 4

This webinar will be captioned. For more information, contact Deborah Kaplan at
Submitted by Accessible Technology Initiative & Services to Students with Disabilities

Electronic forum
The Center for Teaching and Learning has a new semi-monthly electronic e-forum to connect faculty with current research and best practices on significant teaching themes. The current forum topic focuses on Clickers, a student response system that is being widely adopted in the classroom. Visit the newest topic at
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning


Staff Awards Luncheon
The annual Staff Awards Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, in the University Union Ballroom. The event recognizes staff employees for their years of service.

Tickets for the buffet lunch are $12 and will be available through April 6. Tickets will not be available at the door. Information about award recipients is available at Corrections to the list of award recipients should be sent to Linda Robles at or contact her at 278-6967.

For tickets, contact Denise Anderson, 278-6127; Robin Eicher, 278-4895; Cossette Leos, 278-87001; Marianne Mangosing, 278-6326; Barbara Oseto, 278-5694; Leah Railey, 278-5484; or Rolly Robinson, 278-6607.

Group tables are available, but tickets must be purchased in groups of 10 from any of the ticket sellers. To select a group table, bring tickets to Linda Robles in the Office of Human Resources.
Submitted by Human Resources

Stinger Classic
The fourth annual Stinger Wine and Food Classic is 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Alumni Center. Premium wines from wineries owned and operated by Sacramento State Alumni will be featured along with sample delicacies from local food shops. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available.

The event includes a silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets are $40, and only 350 are available. Contact Tina Westerhold at 278-4263 for tickets or more information.  Proceeds benefit student-athlete scholarships.
Submitted by the University Development

Blood drive
BloodSource will hold a campus blood drive 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 1 and 2, in the University Union Ballroom. Participants will receive a T-shirt.
Submitted by BloodSource

Faculty workshop

The Community Engagement Center will hold a brown bag workshop for faculty on "Assessing Community Engagement Student Learning Outcomes" noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, and a workshop on "Conducting Community Engagement Research” noon-1 p.m. Thursday, March 11. E-mail to RSVP and for event location.

During these workshops, faculty will learn about the newly-developed Sacramento State student learning goals for community engagement and have the opportunity to prepare proposals for the upcoming Sacramento State Community-Based Research Conference titled “Coming Together to Inform and Advance Change.” For more information, e-mail
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Art exhibition
The Graduate Art Student Association and Sacramento State will hold an Art Exhibition and Silent Auction through March 5 at the R. W. Witt Gallery on campus. Bidding will close at 8 p.m. March 4.

Artwork from graduate students, alumni and faculty will be featured, and donations support G.A.S.A which provides graduate art students opportunities for professional development. For more information, contact
Submitted by the Graduate Art Student Association

Writing workshop
John Bitchener, author of a book and articles on writing theses and dissertations, will hold a workshop titled "Writing Theses and Dissertations: The Key Moves" 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the University Writing Center, Calaveras 128. Graduate students can RSVP to Dan Melzer, University Reading and Writing coordinator, at or 278-6925.
Submitted by the English Department

Film discussion

The Center for Teaching and Learning will hold its second Film Series Discussion noon-1:15 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the University Union Lobby Suite. The event is open to the campus community. Faculty members are encouraged to come with their students for a discussion of college teaching in the movie, "The Mirror has Two Faces,” staring Barbra Streisand and Jeff Bridges.
Submitted by Child Development


Art lecture
Visiting artist and Sacramento State alumnus Arthur Gonzalez will give an art lecture 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, in the Art Sculpture Lab.

Gonzalez earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Sacramento State in the late 1970s. He is currently a professor at the California College of the Arts in Oakland. For additional information about the artist, visit The lecture is free and open to the public.
Submitted by the Art Department

Greek lecture
Evangelia (Lia) Kindinger, a visiting international research scholar and doctoral candidate in American Studies at Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany, will present “‘The Great Longing:’ Narratives of Return in Greek-American Literature and Culture” 7 p.m. March 9, in Library 3023 (Petris Room).
Submitted by the University Library


Retirement and financial planning workshops
The Office of Human Resources, Benefits is sponsoring several retirement and financial planning workshops for the spring semester. To attend a workshop, register online at

Tax Sheltered Annuity Vendor Faire
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., March 4, University Union Redwood Room

Savings Plus Program
9:30-11 a.m., March 16, University Union Foothill Suite
If you have questions about the state’s 401k/457 program or an existing account, you can make an appointment to speak with Savings Plus Program retirement specialist Greg Sabin while he is on campus. Call him at 324-0532 for available times.

Pre-Retirement Planning
9-11 a.m., March 17, University Union Forest Suite

Social Security/Medicare
9-11 a.m., March 24, University Union Delta Room

CalPERS Planning Your Retirement
1-4 p.m., April 28, University Union, Auburn Room
Registration for this workshop is through your MyCalPERS account at or by calling the CalPERS Customer Contact Center at 1-888-225-7377.

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:

Susan Grundy, Division of Nursing
Aleia Luster, Student Activities



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