April 6, 2009
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

Employee of the Month
Kelley Ogden and Debra Ross are April Employees of the Month.

Ogden is the administrative support coordinator for the Office of Governmental and Civic Affairs.  Her nominator says, "She is a first-rate employee who is unfailingly positive in her tone and demeanor.”  Her colleague described her as "a problem-solver who seeks to be helpful."

Ross is an office assistant for University Enterprises Inc., Business Services. Her nominator mentioned, "She is constantly dealing with staff as well as the campus community, answering all questions with courtesy and professionalism; she is a team player." 

To nominate a colleague for Employee of the Month, visit Details regarding eligibility, criteria and nomination procedures are located there.  
Submitted by the Office of the President

Fundraising benefits scholarship funds
The Office of University Development facilitated 2,170 gifts totaling $814,580 in the third quarter of fiscal year 2008-09 (Jan. 1-March 31).

Gift highlights included $75,000 for the Alpha Sigma Phi Paschal Monk Scholarship Endowment; a $39,894 gift-in-kind from Intel of computer equipment for the Computer Science Department; $35,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to the Breaking the Barriers Guardian Scholars Scholarship Fund; $32,400 from the M. Josephine Van Ess Trust for the Josephine Van Ess Endowment; and $30,684 from the Marda Lee West Trust to the Marda Lee West Endowed Scholarship and Equipment Fund.
Submitted by University Development 

Academic newsletter
The first edition of the Training & Tools eNewsletter, provided by Academic Technology and Creative Services, a division of Academic Affairs, is available online at

The newsletter consolidates information on learning opportunities, on-campus or abroad, and provides the latest news on academic technology on campus.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

General education newsletter
The spring edition of General Education News is available at

The newsletter explains changes in the Graduation Writing Assessment Program, details the G.E. R.E.A.D.S. project and reports on the success of adjunct classes in key large enrollment GE courses. There are also articles about the power of community engagement and the discussions on reforming GE.
Submitted by General Education

Beer and wine tasting
The Pre-Dental Association will hold its third Annual Wine and Beer Tasting event 7-11 p.m., Friday, April 10, in the Alumni Center. The event is a charity fundraiser for the student association.

The cost is $20 for students with ID and $40 for the general public. The event is open to the public and dress is semi-formal. For tickets and information, visit, or contact Jesse Manton at (707) 478-2065.
Submitted by the Pre-Dental Association

ATI Newsletter
The second issue of the Sacramento State Accessible Technology Initiative's "Fast Facts for Accessibility" newsletter is available online at

ATI represents the shared campus commitment to making information technology resources and services accessible to all students, faculty, staff and the general public regardless of disability. The ATI "Fast Facts for Accessibility" newsletter is published each year, and is aimed at providing information and events relevant to the implementation of the Accessible Technology Initiative, tips for how to design accessible instructional materials and web pages, steps for meeting requirements for purchasing IT products and other strategies to achieve compliance with federal and state laws to ensure universal accessibility. To send questions, feedback or suggestions for future ATI newsletter articles visit
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities

Author visits campus

California Lectures, in partnership with the English Department and the Community Engagement Center, presents an afternoon with author Andrew Sean Greer, 1 p.m., April 20, in the University Union. A lecture preview with English professor Sheree Meyer is at 12:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will occur after the lecture.

Greer is the author of a number of bestselling novels, including The Path of Minor Planets, How It Was for Me, and The Confessions of Max Tivoli.  Greer’s stories have been anthologized and have appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and other national publications. 

For program information, call (916) 737-1300. Free parking is available in Lot 10. For a campus map visit
Submitted by the English Department

Bioethics lecture
The Philosophy Department and the Sacramento State Center for Practical and Professional Ethics are sponsoring a lecture by Wesley J. Smith on bioethics, 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, April 7, in the University Union’s Hinde Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, an attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, and a special consultant for the Center for Bioethics and Culture. He has authored or co-authored eleven books. 

His lecture is titled, “Bioethics: Creating a Disposable Caste of People?”  It will examine why some human beings, including embryos and fetuses, newborns and people who have lost cognitive capacities, are deemed nonpersons and have a lesser value on their lives.
Submitted by the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics

Lecture on care for aging prison population
The Division of Social Work will host a lecture on hospice and palliative care for inmates 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday, April 6, in the University Union’s Forest Suite.

John Linder, a specialist with the Department of Internal Medicine at the West Coast Center for Palliative Care Education and Research, will discuss the California prison system and the needs and care of its aging population. 

For information, call, 278-6943.
Submitted by the Division of Social Work

Meet the candidates
Candidates for the dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies will visit the campus this month. Faculty, staff and students are invited to meet with them.

The first visit will be from Clayton Dumont, Jr., a professor in the Department of Sociology at San Francisco State University. He will be available 1:30-3 p.m., Monday, April 13, in the University Union’s Delta Suite.

The next visit will be from Charles Gossett, professor and chair of the department of Political Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He will be available 8:30-10 a.m., Thursday, April 16, in the University Union’s Delta Suite.

Comments should be submitted to Academic Affairs (Sacramento Hall 230; zip 6016) or e-mailed to (use subject line, “SSIS Dean Comment”) by noon, Friday, April 17. Resumes of both candidates may be found at
Submitted by Academic Affairs by

Open Research Administration Forum
The Office of Research Administration and Contract Administration will hold an open discussion on issues related to grant proposals and budget development, research policies and compliance, facilities and administrative cost rates, human subjects and account administration 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in the University Union Capital Room.

Representatives from the pre-award and post-award offices will be present to answer questions. Questions can be asked at the forum or e-mailed in advance to RSVPs can be sent to the same address.

For more information, call Jan Burnaugh at 278-6402.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Grant proposal workshop
The office of Research Administration is offering a budget basics workshop 9-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 15, in the Hornet Bookstore Building Board Room (suite 3010). This workshop will address how to develop a budget that meets the needs of a proposed project, while conforming to the requirements of the agency and the University. To reserve a seat, visit
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Retirement announcement
A retirement reception for Louise Scanland, interim Help Desk manager with Information Resources and Technology, is 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in Library 11. Scanland has been with Sacramento State for 25 years. Her retirement is effective May 30.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

What is Islam?
Yufus Estes, a former Christian minister who is now a Muslim sheikh, will speak about Islam at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 6, in the University Union’s Redwood Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Estes served as a delegate to the United Nations Peace Summit for Religious Leaders and as a U.S. federal chaplain from 1994 until 2000. More information on Estes is available at For information on the Muslim Student Association, e-mail
Submitted by the Muslim Student Association

Sac State Striders
The Susan G. Komen 2009 Race/Walk for the Cure is 7:45 a.m., Saturday, May 9, at Cal Expo, and the Sac State Striders will be part of the event.

The Striders are Sacramento State students, faculty, staff, friends and family members who support breast cancer awareness. To join the team, sign up online at, and choose "Sac State Striders." People who would like to contribute but can’t make the event may donate toward the Stiders’ fundraising goal through the web site.

For more information, call Janet Dumonchelle at 278-6093.
Submitted by the Student Health Center Pharmacy

A look inside a classroom
“Let’s Talk: Images of Teaching and Learning in Film,” an hour-long discussion of college teaching and how it is depicted in the movies, will be presented at noon, Tuesday, April 7, in the University Redwood Room. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend.

The presentation includes clips from a movie and a discussion on the reality of classrooms depictions in movies.

The event is sponsored by UNIQUE and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Submitted by Child Development

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

New faculty workshop

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

Workshop topics will include Accessible Technology Initiative requirements, new course requirements, and new instructional materials accessibility checklists.

Guest speaker is Brett Christie, from the Sonoma State University School of Education and Center for Teaching and Professional Development.

To attend, RSVP by e-mail at or call 278-2847.
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities

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
Misty Sisneros, Community Engagement Center
Rick Pasalo, Facilities Services


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