April 21, 2008
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

Hands-free cell phone law
Section 23123 of the Vehicle Code, which prohibits drivers of motor vehicles from using a hand-held mobile phone, will go into effect on July 1. After the effective date, drivers may only use a cell phone with a hands-free device. The law will apply to all motor vehicle operations on public thoroughfares, including driving on University business, but will not apply to driving on campus. 

Faculty and staff are urged to prepare for implementation of the law by purchasing and becoming familiar with a hands-free device. Hands-free devices come in two types: “Bluetooth” (cordless) devices and standard/wired (with a cord) devices. Members of the University community are urged to purchase hands-free equipment early as some product lines may become temporarily unavailable just prior to July 1.
Submitted by Risk Management

Thesis/Project Binding
Due to many requests for a convenient way to purchase hard bound extra copies of theses, the Copy Graphics Center is now offering hardback binding services. While this service does not replace original thesis materials submitted through the Office of Graduate Studies, it does offer students a way to get extra copies of their thesis professionally bound for their personal use. The Copy Graphics Center is located near the Patio Cafe in the River Front Center and is open from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The Copy Graphics Center is a service of University Enterprises, Inc. For more information, call 278-6960.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

2008-09 STEM Faculty Fellows Program
The Sacramento State Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Excellence and the Office of Research Administration announce the 2008-09 STEM Faculty Fellows Program. The Program provides assigned time for faculty to work with the Center for STEM Excellence to write integrative and innovative grant proposals in the following areas:

  • Program Development to Support Pathways into STEM Careers;
  • Student Retention and Success;
  • Campus STEM Curriculum, Equipment and Infrastructure; and
  • Math/Science Teacher Recruitment and Preparation.

The Program is available to full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Assistance with identifying potential funding sources, concept development, proposal writing and budget development is available for applicants. For further information please see Proposals must be submitted electronically (via e-mail) in Microsoft Word or PDF to Tom Landerholm at The deadline for receipt of proposals is 5 p.m., on May 15. Awards will be announced by May 30. For more information, contact the Center for STEM Excellence at 278-2789.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Asian Studies Program Symposium
The first Asian Studies Program Symposium, "Re-thinking Asia: Cultures, Politics and Society," will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 26 in Mariposa 1000. Professor Pattaratorn Chirapravati, director of the Asian Studies Program, will open the events and Otis Scott, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, will make opening remarks. Professors from multiple departments will present throughout the day’s events. A closing reception will be held at 5 p.m. in the Anthropology Museum on campus. For more information, contact Pattaratorn Chirapravati at
Submitted by the Art Department

Administrative Professionals Buffet
Acknowledge the contributions and hard work of team members who are administrative professionals at the University Center Restaurant's special buffet in their honor. The buffet will feature grilled cod, vegetarian quiche, grilled chicken, wild rice pilaf, assorted vegetables and a salad bar. Dessert items include assorted cakes, cookies and brownies. This special buffet is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23 and 24. The University Center Restaurant is located at the west entrance to the University Union across from Round Table Pizza. Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors are welcome. For more information, visit Reservations suggested for groups of 5 or more at 278-6100.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

2008 WAC Faculty Development Retreat
Writing Across the Curriculum invites full and part-time professors to the 2008 WAC faculty development retreat, "Writing Across Borders." The retreat will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25, at the Sacramento State Alumni Center. RSVP to Dan Melzer, University Reading and Writing coordinator, at or 278-6925. For more information, visit
Submitted by the English Department

Wells Fargo One Book Program 
The One Book Program will host a free informational luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 25 for Sacramento State faculty interested in curricular, co-curricular, and community-based participation in the One Book Program. Sacramento State's Wells Fargo One Book Program was recently established under the auspices of the Sacramento State English Department and Community Engagement Center in collaboration with California Lectures, a public service literary arts non-profit organization in Sacramento. To RSVP for the luncheon, e-mail the Community Engagement Center at

The Wells Fargo One Book Program would also like to announce the selection of its inaugural "One Book,” Firoozeh Dumas' national bestseller, Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America. Dumas will join the Sacramento State community for a day of engaging discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Submitted by Community Engagement Center

Free Concert
Professor Laurel Zucker will present the Claude Bolling Jazz Suites I and II for flute, piano, bass and drums at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 22 in Capistrano Hall Room 151. Musicians Joe Gilman, Matt Robinson and Tim Metz will join in for the one hour concert. Claude Bolling has highly recommended Laurel Zucker's Skywalker Studio (owned by George Lucas) recording as "outstanding in every way!" The event is free and open to the campus and community. For more information, e-mail
Submitted by the Music Department

Annual Report on Budget, Expenditures and Financial Information
The Annual Report on Budget, Expenditures and Financial Information is complete and available at the Budget Planning and Administration Office website at To directly access this report, use the PDF link

A limited number of report copies were printed and will be distributed to Administrative Council members, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Associated Students Board and a small number of additional areas. Several copies have been delivered to the University’s Library for inclusion in its collection. For questions about the annual report, contact the Budget Planning and Administration Office at 278-3909. 
Submitted by the Office of the President
2008-09 John C. Livingston Distinguished Faculty Lecture
The Faculty Senate is announcing the call for the nomination of faculty members to be considered for presentation of the 2008-09 John C. Livingston Distinguished Faculty Lecture. The faculty member will be selected this spring and will deliver the lecture during the fall semester at a convocation held in his or her honor. This award recognizes a sustained and unique contribution to the campus community in providing intellectual leadership and has important significance to the life of this university.

The criteria used in the selection of the annual Livingston Lecture Award recipient reflect the character and principles of its namesake. Recipients of this award are recognized for having transcended their disciplines and in so doing having positively affected the life of the University through their teaching, their service, or their creative and scholarly activities – displaying a consistent and engaging collegiality and a strong commitment to students throughout their careers at California State University, Sacramento.

The nomination letter (or letters) should include a detailed description of the nominee’s qualifications and a copy of the nominee’s resume. Nominations must be received in the Faculty Senate Office, Sacramento Hall 254, zip 6036, by 2 p.m., Monday, May 5.
Submitted by Faculty Senate

Private giving continues to be strong
The latest quarterly report from the Office of University Development shows that in January through March of this fiscal year, the University recorded $1,087,258 in new gifts and pledge payments. 
The total for fiscal year 2007-08 stands at $4,765,336. Of this, more than 61 percent of the new funds raised—or $2,929,454—is designated for student financial aid, including several new major scholarship endowments which include $1 million for the Curien Scholarship Endowment, $514,000 for the Stremple Math and Science Scholarship Endowment, $500,000 for the Cramer Scholarship Endowment and $342,333 for the Marian Weed Scholarship.

More than 12 percent of total gifts received has been designated for capital purposes, representing both donations of gifts in-kind, such as equipment for instructional purposes and collections of artwork, and project funds given toward the completion of the Broad Athletic Facility.
Submitted by University Development

Bike-walk survey
The City of Sacramento Department of Transportation is conducting a Southeast Sacramento Bike and Pedestrian Access Study. The aim of the study is to promote walking and bicycling in southeast Sacramento by identifying the elements most important to potential users.

To take part, visit:

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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