March 16, 2009
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

Employee of the Month
Gerald Helland and Ada Lai are the March Employees of the Month.

Helland is an analyst programmer for the Office of Institutional Research. His nominators said, "He has been providing critical data and generating reports for the university for more than 30 years."  Gerald's colleagues indicated that his broad range of knowledge and experience with regard to this University is unparalleled.

Lai is the business analyst assistant for University Enterprises, Inc., Dining Services. She was described as "Displaying a contagious enthusiasm for the job and her division."  Her nominator said, "She has a positive attitude while handling several responsibilities concurrently and comfortably."

Details regarding eligibility, criteria and nomination procedures are available on the website at
Submitted by the Office of the President

Test Anxiety
Psychological Counseling Services will offer test anxiety workshops this term. These workshops provide students with test-taking strategies, relaxation techniques and stress management skills. Workshops last 90 minutes and are in the second-floor conference room of the Student Health Center. The tests are free for all Sacramento State students, and no pre-registration is required.

Dates are noon-1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12; 3:30-5 p.m., Thursday, April 9; and noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 6.

For more information, contact Psychological Counseling Services at 278-6416.
Submitted by Psychological Counseling Services

Faculty travel funds
The Office of Research Administration, which formerly administered a Faculty Travel Grant program, has increased the funds available from $60,000 to $75,000 for this fiscal year and has transferred the full balance of the funds directly to the deans. 

The allocations to colleges are based on a formula which takes into account equally the overall funding rate of faculty by college in the RCA application process and also a calculation of F&A recovery rates and direct sponsored research expenses by college. This process will continue for the upcoming fiscal year. 

Faculty interested in receiving funding for research and scholarly travel should contact their dean for more information on how to obtain funding.
Submitted by Research Administration

Managing Your Funded Grant or Contract workshop
Research Administration is offering a Managing Your Funded Grant or Contract workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in the Hornet Bookstore Building Board Room (suite 3010). This workshop will provide principal investigators and project directors with an introduction to the administration of externally funded projects. Elements of award administration will be addressed including how to expend funds, hire and pay employees, obtain reimbursement and track project deliverables. To register, visit
Submitted by Research Administration

Funding Alert
The latest issue of Funding Alert is available. This newsletter is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. Both an abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available on the web at

This month’s highlights include articles related to the economic stimulus bill along with targeted funding opportunity notices in the following areas: arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.

Additional information about any opportunities announced in Funding Alert can be obtained by clicking on the given web address or by contacting Research Administration at 278-7565.
Submitted by Research Administration

Alumni Center open house
The Alumni Center will hold an open house 4-6 p.m., Friday, March 27. The event is free and open to the campus community. A showcase of caterers will be at the center to provide samples from their menu.

To RSVP, visit
Submitted by the Alumni Center

Sac State Night at the River Cats
Tickets are available for the third annual Sac State Night at the River Cats Thursday, May 7, when the Pacific Coast League Champion River Cats take on the Reno Aces.

Tickets are on sale at the Recreational Sports Office located on the first floor of the University Union. Tickets are $7 each, or $5 each in groups of 10 or more. 
For information, call the Recreational Sports Office at 278-4111.
Submitted by the Recreational Sports Office

Sacramento Breakfast Briefings
Sacramento State’s College of Continuing Education will hold a series of quarterly forums called Sacramento Breakfast Briefings. The forums are thought-provoking presentations by prominent government executives, business leaders, authors and others. 

The first forum is 7:30-9 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, in the Alumni Center. The presenter is Secretary Kim Belshé, California Health and Human Services Agency. Single tickets are $45. Membership is $120 and includes all 2009 dates. A buffet breakfast will be served at each session.
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Grading brown bagger
The Center for Teaching and Learning and Writing Across the Curriculum will hold a brown bag, "Faster, Fairer, Easier Grading Using Rubrics" workshop from noon to 1:15 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in Library 4026. Confirm attendance at or 278-5945.
Submitted by the English Department

New faculty workshop

A new workshop for preparing accessible instructional materials will be held from noon-1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, in Library Room 11 (lower level).

Participants will learn about Accessible Technology Initiative requirements, new course requirements, new instructional materials accessibility checklists, universal design concepts for teaching and learning and tips to create accessible Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF instructional materials.

To attend, RSVP by e-mail at or call 278-2847. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Individuals needing reasonable accommodations for disability access should e-mail or call 278-2847 at least five business days before the workshop.
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities

Commercialization for Researchers Webinar

The topic of the next webinar in the Essentials of Commercialization for Researchers course is "The Advanced Essentials of SBIRs and STTRs."  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs assist small businesses in bringing potential research projects to the marketplace.  Collaboration with colleges and universities is encouraged by the SBIR program, while the STTR program specifically seeks to fund joint ventures between small businesses and university research partners.
The webinar will be broadcast from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 11, in the Hornet Bookstore Building Boardroom (suite 3010). Sacramento State faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend.  For more on the series, or to reserve a seat, visit
Submitted by Research Administration

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, 8, 10 and 11 may only donate up to 16 hours per fiscal year. If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained at, or by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Sacramento Hall 162, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Janelle Robinette, Nursing
Julie Bradley, Math Department.
Wandarah Anderson, Division of Social Work
Michael Wilson, Economics
Brittini Collins, University Transportation and Parking Services
Candace Parke, College of Continuing Education
Misty Sisneros, Community Engagement Center


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