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April 25, 2011


Research Opportunities with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program Luncheon
The Office of Research Administration and the Center for STEM Excellence invite you to a lunch discussion to discuss faculty and student research opportunities with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Union, Forest Suite (second floor). We will explore faculty and student opportunities for collaboration on a variety of projects that span subjects such as sea level rise, control of invasive plant species, wildlife population monitoring, database development, cataloging legacy data, water resources inventories and hydrogeomorphic assessments.

The I&M program will assist the National Wildlife Refuge System in responding to climate change and other environmental stressors, improve its science capacity and establish a consistent and coordinated approach to data management. This will involve conducting inventories and monitoring of natural resources on federal lands and waters and with other conservation partners conducting relevant monitoring at broad geographic scales to enhance development and evaluation of climate change adaptation strategies.

This event is open to Faculty, Staff and Students. To attend, RSVP online at or via email to Questions? Kristen Svozil at 278-6402.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Free food
Closing out Alumni Month is a spectacular and free event, 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 29, featuring an impressive display of delicious fare from more than 15 caterers from our approved list.

Learn more about the Sacramento State Alumni Association and the opportunities to host your next event at the Alumni Center. Or, simply come to make new connections, enjoy the great company and delight your taste buds with an array of sumptuous edibles.

Who should attend? Faculty and staff, Association members, Alumni who want to reconnect with Sac State, potential customers interested in renting the Alumni Center.

RSVP only at by Tuesday, April 26.
Submitted by Alumni Center

Open candidates forum
The Center for Teaching and Learning is holding an Open Forum with the three candidates for the CTL director position. The finalists will give a brief presentation and it will be followed by a discussion with the attendants. The search committee invites the campus community to come and participate in this open forum. For more information, contact Search Committee Chair Jennifer Lundmark, 278-7235,

The forum will be held in Library Room 11.

The dates and times are:

Jeff Paradis: noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26
Lynn Tashiro: noon-1 p.m. Thursday, April 28
Lindy Valdez: 1-2 p.m. Monday, May 2
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Dean candidates for Arts and Letters
The following candidates will be interviewed for the position of Dean, College of Arts and Letters. All interviews will be at the University Theater, SHS 113. Resumes will be available on the College of Arts and Letters’ website. A hard copy will also be available for review in the Office of Academic Affairs (Sac Hall 230). Questions, contact Academic Affairs, 278-6331.

Jeffrey DiLeo
Dean of Arts and Sciences
University of Houston-Victoria
Monday, April 25
9:30-11 a.m.

Steven Schneider
Director of New Programs and Special Projects
College of Arts and Humanities
The University of Texas-Pan American
Wednesday, April 27
10:30 a.m.-noon

Edward Inch
Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Capital University
Tuesday, May 3
1:30-3 p.m.

Jackie Donath
Former Chair, Department of Humanities and Religious Studies
Professor, Department of Humanities and Religious Studies
Sacramento State
Friday, May 6
10:30 a.m.-noon

Cynthia Kosso
Acting Director of the University Honors Program
Northern Arizona University
Thursday, May 12
1:30-3 p.m.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Associate dean candidates
The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is conducting a search for the position of Associate Dean. Four candidates have been invited to the campus for an interview. The following Open Forums have been scheduled to give the Campus Community the opportunity to meet the candidates and ask questions.

Jane Bruner
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, CSU Stanislaus
Wednesday, April 27
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Folsom Room, University Union

Ching-Hua Wang
Special Assistant to Provost, CSU Channel Islands
Wednesday, May 4
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Folsom Room, University Union

Curtis Robinson
Executive Director, Geothermal Resources Council
Friday, May 6
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Folsom Room, University Union

Dave Evans
Chair and Professor, Department of Geology, Sacramento State
Friday, May 13
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Walnut Room, University Union

Comments or feedback may be sent to the Dean’s Office, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, to the attention of Laurie Wheless,, or at campus zip 6123, and must be received by Monday, May 16.
Submitted by College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership is sponsoring guest speaker Dr. Bob Metcalf on Friday, April 29, 4-5 p.m. in the Library, Room 53. His speech: Invention of Solar Stove Impact on Community and Health. For more information, please contact the Doctorate in Educational Leadership office at 278-2282 or email
Submitted by Doctorate in Education Leadership

5K Fun Run
State State’s 5K Fun Run is 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28. The 5K is a run/walk event with music, food, fitness and fun.

Pre-registration, open until Wednesday, April 27:
• Registration fee plus a cotton T-shirt: $11
• Registration fee plus a Dri-Fit T-shirt: $21

Registration after April 27:
• Registration fee plus a cotton T-shirt: $15
• Registration fee plus a Dri-Fit T-shirt: $25

Register at If you are interested in volunteering, please register at
Submitted by The WELL

Free exhibits
Sacramento State presents two free exhibits highlighting the work of its graduating art students. The Senior Show will be held May 2-21 in Kadema Hall’s Else and Witt galleries on the campus at 6000 J St. Works by students graduating from the Master’s program will be featured in a May 2-28 exhibit in the Library Gallery Annex. The Else and Witt galleries are open noon-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Library Gallery Annex is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Submitted by the Art Department

Spring edition
The spring issue of Sac State Magazine is available at

The issue focuses on alumni who are leaders in the community including Kadhir Rajagopal, California Teacher of the Year and John Castro, Sacramento City School District’s Teacher of the Year.
It also highlights alums Jan Nolta, one of the leading stem cell researchers; Patricia Fong Kushida, head of the Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce; and John Torres, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Also featured are the Sac State student opera production Die Fledermaus; Sac State’s government internship and public policy programs and a reprint of a poem written especially for Sacramento State’s Destination 2010 celebration by the city’s poet laureate and University Professor Bob Stanley.
Submitted by University Marketing

Lofts open house
Upper Eastside Lofts, off-campus housing owned by University Enterprises Inc., will host an Open House from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 5. "Viva Las Vegas at Upper Eastside Lofts" will feature a Casino Night and a buffet. The event is free to the public. We will be giving tours of Upper Eastside Lofts throughout the evening.

We are Sacramento's only all-student housing complex catering to Sacramento State students. Our units are fully furnished and include all utilities including cable and Internet. We are located at the corner of 65th Street and Folsom Boulevard, across the street from the 65th Street Light Rail Hub. Our website is
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

Bike Day
University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) invites the campus community to Sac State Bike Day 2011 that will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Library Quad.

Stop by our booth at the Quad and sign up to log your miles at Students and Faculty/Staff who pledge to ride at least 50 miles in May will receive a free T-shirt.

Along with signing up to log your miles, bicyclists will have the opportunity to meet with the Sacramento Transportation Management Association to learn the benefits of using alternative transportation. Experts will also be on hand from ASI Peak Adventures to showcase their services, provide an on-site bicycle maintenance check, as well as answer your questions regarding bicycling, including tips on commuting by bike and roadside maintenance.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

One Book selection
Sacramento State’s One Book Program’s selection for 2011-12 is "The Grace of Silence: A Memoir" by Michele Norris.

Journalist Norris, co-host of NPR’s "All Things Considered," has written a family memoir of rare candor and artistry that dramatically reveals essential yet hidden aspects of African-American life. For further information about the book, including an excerpt and reading group guide, visit She will visit our campus Thursday, Oct. 20.

We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Hellen Lee-Keller as Faculty Coordinator of the Sacramento State One Book Program. English Professor Lee-Keller is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding University Service Award (Arts & Letters). A member of the Sacramento State One Book Selection Committee, she has been instrumental in organizing and facilitating One Book events such as the film series in collaboration with the Multicultural Center.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Spring event
Applications and information for the 2011 Manzanar Pilgrimage are now available on the Ethnic Studies website. Open to all faculty and students. Funds for the April 30-May 1 educational experience are provided by California Civil Liberties Public Education Program. Please encourage your students to apply as well. For more information, contact Wayne Maeda,
Submitted by Ethnic Studies

Philosophy symposium
The Philosophy Department's Nammour Symposium is 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 26, and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Hinde Auditorium, University Union.

The Symposium’s theme is "On Being Wrong." Link to the full program at, which includes abstracts from all the participants. There will also be a student panel on the concept of forgiveness, comprising winners of a student essay competition.
Submitted by the Philosophy Department

Gerontology Career Fair
The fourth annual Gerontology Career Fair: The Future of Careers in Aging is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 25.

Students from all majors and community members should attend this free event. Come network with professionals, search for paid, internship or volunteer positions and explore how studying Gerontology can open up a variety of career opportunities in the exciting, growing field.
Submitted by the Department of Gerontology

Asian Studies symposium
Come to the Asian Studies program for its second annual symposium, “Reflections on Modern Asia: From Manga to Confucius.” Keynote speaker Frederick L. Schodt will examine Japanese culture and society through popular art forms.

Presentations will be made by Sacramento State faculty from a range of diverse interests, analyzing culture, politics, and society across Asia: Confucianism in contemporary China, Brahmin education in India, rebuilding Cambodia and East Timor after war, interpretation of Thai funerals from Buddhist manuscripts, and exploration of distinctive literatures such as manga and Japanese wartime plays. One of our own students will offer her insights on her year abroad in Japan.
Submitted by the Asian Studies Program

Sac State Night at the River Cats
Thursday, May 5, doors open at 7:05 p.m., Salt Lake vs. Sacramento.

$5 Lawn tickets may be purchased at the WELL. $10 Delta Box tickets can be purchased online at:

The first 500 to wear Sac State apparel get free Cat cash.

For more information, contact Mirjana Gavric at 278-7904.
Submitted by The WELL

Recognition ceremony
The Multi-Cultural Center will hold its third annual All People’s Recognition Ceremony 3-5 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Center, Library 1010, near Java City.

People are encouraged to nominate someone they feel has contributed to creating an inclusive environment at Sacramento State, left a significant mark in the understanding of multiple identities, embodies the goals of diversity and social justice or deserves recognition for their actions during the academic year.

To nominate someone, click here or cut and paste the link below into your browser.
Nominations are accepted until Friday, April 29. All nominations will be recognized and awarded with a personalized certificate. Your comments will be shared with the person you would like to recognize. You may submit more than one nomination.

For more information contact the MCC at
Submitted by the Multi-Cultural Center

Writing Across the Curriculum
The Center for Teaching and Learning's current eForum topic focuses on Writing Across the Curriculum, a post submitted by Professors Fiona Glade and Dan Melzer (English). In the post, Professor Jessie Gaston talks about her experiences with teaching in a Writing Intensive course.

For more information on submitting your own post, contact the CTL at Link to Writing Across the Curriculum at
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

31st annual Governor’s Employee Safety Awards
The state of California is accepting nominations for the 31st annual Governor’s Employee Safety Awards (GESA). Environmental Health and Occupational Safety (EHS) Department requests assistance in identifying individual employees and groups for this award. The nomination guidelines and forms (one form for the individual or group award, and a separate form for the Excellence in Occupational Safety award) are available for download on ORIM’s website:

To be reviewed and considered by the GESA Nominations Committee, nominations must be submitted by Friday, May 6. Please coordinate nominations with Bernie Tano via email at or 278-5447.
Submitted by Environmental Health and Safety

Voice mail change
During the week of April 25, the campus voice mail system will be replaced. The current system is old, and vendor support is coming to an end, so this is a great opportunity to move to an updated system – CallXPress.

CallXPress is very simple to use, and documentation, hands-on training, and online help will be available as desired. Visit for up-to-date information about the upgrade. Notification of the exact schedule, along with documentation, was emailed to each user in early April. This will require no change of phones, and voice mail from the old system will be available for approximately five days after the conversion.

If you have comments or concerns about this article, please send them to
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Law Day celebration
The fourth annual celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the University Union, Hinde Auditorium.

This year’s Law Day theme honors the legacy of John Adams, explores the historical and contemporary role of lawyers in defending the rights of the accused and renews our understanding of and appreciation for the fundamental principle of the rule of law.

The program:
10-10:30 a.m.: Kaplan LSAT workshop
10:40-11:40 a.m.: San Francisco County Bar Association hosts a law school Q&A panel
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Laurie Kubicek leads a "how to" workshop on the application process
12:15 p.m.: Drawing for free Kaplan course
12:20-12:50 p.m.: Julie Mumma, "Go to Law School for Free," how to get scholarships for law school

Free, no registration required, all are welcome. For additional details: Laurie Kubicek at or Debbie Mullin in the Criminal Justice Student Service Center, 278-6485.
Submitted by Criminal Justice Division, Pre-Law Advising Program

Free training program
Student Health Services is offering Mental Health First Aid training for Sacramento State students, faculty and staff. It will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 26-27 in the University Union, Forest Suite. Event is free, but space is limited. Sign up at

This program helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Those who take the 12-hour certification course learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

For more information, contact
Submitted by Student Health Services

Temporary closure of parking facilities
To save energy costs during an off-peak period, the following parking facilities will be closed for the Summer period. Closure will begin at midnight Friday, May 27; facilities will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday, August 22:

• Parking Structure II
• Parking Structure III
• Parking Structure IV
• Lot 10
• Lot 11

While most other parking facilities will be open and available during the closure of those mentioned above, there will be additional short-term parking closures for paving and improvement projects during the summer period. The timing of these projects will be communicated separately. If there are questions, please contact University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) at 278-7275,,
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Information session
The College of Business Administration is hosting an Information Session for all the business graduate programs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, on the campus.

An advisor from each of the degree programs will provide a program overview and conduct a question-and-answer session. Free parking and refreshments are also provided for this event.

You must be registered to attend. Register at:
Submitted by College of Business Administration

Major network upgrade to cause short outages
Sacramento State has been selected as the first CSU campus to receive a major upgrade of its campus networking. This upgrade will ensure that our network infrastructure continues to keep pace with both technology and the changing needs of CSU students, faculty and staff.

Our upgrade will take place in June, with rolling network outages affecting most campus buildings for one day. The schedule for these outages and other information regarding the upgrade can be found on the upgrade project page: If your building is not on the list, then your building will not be affected by the project.

Upgrade work will be on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., during which times building occupants will experience both total and intermittent network and wireless outages. In buildings equipped with Voice over IP Phones (VoIP), the phones will be subject to outages during the one-day upgrade period as well.

Alternate workspaces will be provided for those affected and laptop computers will be available for loan during the outages. Those laptops (or department laptops) may be used wirelessly in unaffected spaces such as the library or the AIRC. The computer labs in AIRC 3013 and 3008 will also be available as alternate workspace locations.

There will be more communication to the campus prior to the June upgrade, including signs posted on each building with the specific dates and times of each building outage. Any questions or concerns may be sent to
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Security quick tip: The final installment of the top seven practices to follow to protect data on campus
Use a password-protected screensaver to "lock" your computer when unattended, and turn off your computer at night (unless it is backed up at night and must be left on).

Turning off your computer will save energy and will protect it from outside network attack.
See all seven parts on the information service website at Always remember: protecting campus data starts with you.
Submitted by Information Security Office

Stinger classic
Southern Wine & Spirits is sponsoring the fifth annual Stinger Wine and Food Classic 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Alumni Center. Enjoy premium wines from wineries owned and operated by Sacramento State alumni and sample delicacies from local food purveyors. Beverages for the non-wine drinker will be available also. Silent auction and raffle prizes include art, restaurant certificates, golf, sporting events and of course, wine. Tickets are $40 and only 350 will be sold. Contact Tina Blessen, Sacramento State Athletics, 278-4263 for tickets or more information. All proceeds benefit student-athlete scholarships.
Submitted by the Department of Athletics

Yosemite South Gym closure
The Yosemite South Gym will be closed from Monday, May 23, through the end of July for the wood floor replacement project.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Testing Center
The Testing Center’s new hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center will not close for the lunch hour.
Submitted by the Testing Center

News and campus videos
Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Digital messages
If you have an academic event or performance that you want to publicize, you are invited to submit your message to:
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

2011-12 Senate Executive Committee
Senate Chair: Anthony G. Sheppard, Recreation, Parks and Tourism
Vice Chair: Janet Hecsh, Teacher Education

Standing Committee Appointments
Academic Policies Committee: Kristin Van Gaasbeck, Economics
Curriculum Policies Committee: Kath Pinch, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration
Faculty Policies Committee: Jana Noel, Teacher Education
General Education/Graduation Requirements Policies Committee: Reza Peigahi, Library
Graduate Studies Policies Committee: Christine Miller, Communication Studies

At Large Positions
Bob Buckley, Computer Science
Lisa Hammersley, Geology
Ray Koegel, Communication Studies
Dale Russell, Social Work
Submitted by Faculty Senate

Human Resources

Summer hours
This summer, in an effort to conserve energy, we will continue the practice of a modified work schedule with normal business hours for the campus of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. These hours will be effective Tuesday, May 31 and continue through Friday, August 19. As always, authorized supervisors may modify individual work schedules to address special situations as long as these basic hours are covered. It is important that offices are staffed during these announced hours.

As in past summers, this schedule enables the University to realize substantial budget savings by reducing energy consumption during the late afternoon hours when energy demand is highest. We hope that this change will also permit many of our employees to get the most from the longer summer days.

If you have any questions or concerns that cannot be answered by your supervisor or manager, please contact Elizabeth Redmond Sublett, associate vice president for Employee Services.

Whistleblower Protection Act
California Government Code Section 8548 requires the CSU to inform their employees of the California Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA Government Code Section 8547 et seq.). Pursuant to this section of the Government Code, the University is required to distribute electronically the State Auditor’s written explanation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act.

David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, has been designated as the person on campus to receive protected disclosures and answer questions about these policies. He can be reached at 278-6078, via email at or through campus mail using ZIP code 6032. You may also call the California Attorney General’s confidential whistleblower hotlines at (800) 952-5665 or (916) 322-3360.

The statutorily required notice from the state auditor can be found at:

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 Del Norte Hall, Suite 3001 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Donna Danzeris, College of Continuing Education
Deana Frandsen, Student Health Center


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