April 14, 2008
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

Robert J. Else memorial service
A memorial service for Robert J. Else will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 2425 Sierra Boulevard in Sacramento. Else, for whom the Else Gallery is named, was a retired art professor and department chair. He taught at Sacramento State for 29 years and died Jan. 4 in Palo Alto at the age of 89. Donations to an art scholarship fund may be made to the University Foundation at Sacramento State and include “Professor Robert J. Else Scholarship” on the memo line.
Submitted by Public Affairs

Wine and Food Classic
The second annual Wine and Food Classic sponsored by the Stinger Athletic Association will be held 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 25 in the Alumni Center at Sacramento State. All proceeds from this event help provide scholarships to student athletes. A total of 16 wineries will be pouring, and food samplings from a variety of area restaurants will be presented. With few exceptions, the wineries and restaurants are owned or operated by Sacramento State alumni. A silent auction and raffle will take place at the event and donations include fine dining gift certificates, sporting events, art work and wine. Tickets are $40. To purchase tickets, contact Toni Brown at 278-4263. 
Submitted by University Advancement

Staff Employee Recognition Program
Sacramento State is continuing the Staff Employee Recognition Program. Nominations are due by May 16. Names of recipients will be announced in June. The benefits of being honored by the Staff Employee Recognition Program include a reserved parking space for the quarter in one of several lots (employee’s choice), a congratulatory letter from the President, an award certificate and an article with a photograph on the University's website.

Complete details regarding eligibility, criteria and nomination procedures are available at
Submitted by Office of the President

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies presentation

The College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies will present “When is Extremism Necessary?,” from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 in the University Union Orchard Suite. The interdisciplinary colloquium and audience discussion, moderated by Anthropology professor Pei-Lin Yu, will feature the following:

Professor Andrew Hertzoff, Government
“The Necessity of Desire”
Professor Kevin Wehr, Sociology
“The Eco-Terror Hoax: Extremist Resistance to Domestic Security and the Culture of Fear”

Professor Michelle Stevens, Environmental Studies
“An eco-centric view of the war in Iraq: restoring the marshes, killing the people”
Submitted by SSIS

Research webcast
The Office of Research Administration and the Office of Graduate Studies, in conjunction with The Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA), will present the CARMA Consortium Webcast Program. This series has been established to provide University faculty and graduate students with advanced training in research methods and data analysis. The next session, “Publishing Criteria for Qualitative Research,” presented by Michael Pratt, University of Illinois, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 18 in Modoc Hall 2008.

For more information on the CARMA Consortium Webcast Program or to RSVP to the event, contact Jan Burnaugh at
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

2008 PRIDE Week events
Sacramento State’s PRIDE Center, in association with the University Union UNIQUE Programs, Queer Straight Alliance, KSSU, L.E.N.S, Women’s Resource Center, Multicultural Center, Student Activities and Academic Advising, will present the 2008 PRIDE Week events April 22-25.

Tuesday, April 22
Julia Serano (author of Whipping Girl) speaks about her life as a Transexual Lesbian Biologist
University Union Ballroom III, 7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23
“Guess Who’s Gay?”
University Union Hinde Auditorium, 7 to 9 p.m.
Note: Parking is not free for this event.

Thursday, April 24
Kings of Drag Performance
University Union Hinde Auditorium, 7 to 9 p.m.

Friday, April 25
Seventh Annual Gender Bending Extravaganza
University Union Hinde Auditorium, 7 to 9 p.m.

All events are free with free parking available on the top floor of Parking Structure III near Hornet Stadium. For additional information, contact Alexa Harris at 278-8720, or e-mail
Submitted by the PRIDE Center

STEM May 9 Brownbag
Professor Boris Koichu, Department of Education in Technology and Science, at Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) in Haifa, Israel will share the discussion "What is a Beautiful Problem? A Students' Perspective," from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 9 in Modoc Hall Room 2010.

Professor Koichu will share results from an ongoing project on the aesthetic aspects in problem solving. Professor Koichu´s group is studying factors that influence students' aesthetic judgment involving both the “interesting” and the “non-trivial.”

For more information, contact The Center for STEM Excellence at 278-2789 or professor Daniel Orey at
Submitted by Teacher Education Department

April issue of Funding Alert available
The April issue of Funding Alert is now available. The 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

Highlights include an announcement by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for funding availability, as well as targeted funding opportunity notices in the following areas: arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.

Additional information about any of the opportunities announced in Funding Alert can be obtained at the given Web address, or by contacting Research Administration at 278-7565.
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

Human Resources

New CMS Benefits Administration Module
The Office of Human Resources implemented a new automated CMS Benefits Administration Module effective Monday, April 7. The new module will manage multiple employee benefit programs and determine eligibility. A self-service component will be added at a later date to allow employees to make changes to their benefits.

Because “BenAdmin” determines benefit eligibility immediately upon entry of employee information, timely entry of all personnel actions into CMS will be even more critical. HR/Benefits is requesting that departments and program centers process personnel transactions that affect benefits as soon as possible.  Delay in processing personnel transactions for new hires, for example, will delay benefit eligibility determination and may be a disadvantage for the employee or prospective employee. 

For questions regarding this new module, contact the Benefits Office at 278-6213.
Submitted by Human Resources

Catastrophic Leave
Sacramento State employees may voluntarily donate to other employees up to a maximum of 16 hours of sick or vacation leave credits each fiscal year in one-hour increments. CSUEU, MPP, Unit 4, Unit 6 and confidential employees may donate up to 40 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:

Martha Jean, University Transportation and Parking Services
Lisa Collins, Admissions and Records
Mark Perry, Facilities Services
Julie Villescas, Photocopy and Technical Support
*Sabrina Conklin, Student Health Center
Sharon Kelley, Academic Information Resources Center

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee


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