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April 26, 2010

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Summer hours
Sacramento State will continue the practice of modified work schedules during summer hours to help conserve energy during the late afternoon hours when energy demand is highest. 

Beginning Tuesday, June 1 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 20, normal business hours for the campus will be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break.  Authorized supervisors may modify individual work schedules to address special situations as long as the basic hours are covered. 

Questions or concerns that cannot be answered by supervisors or managers should be sent to Elizabeth Redmond Sublett, associate vice president for Human Resources at 278-4488 or
Submitted by Human Resources

Environmental award
Sacramento State was awarded the Environmental Recognition Award by the Sacramento Environmental Commission April 2. 

The award is presented annually by the commission in recognition of people and programs that “promote a high quality environment.”

Sacramento State has been active in pursuing energy efficiency, says Nathaniel Martin, Sacramento State’s energy conservation coordinator. In 2009, the University entered into an agreement to have solar electric panels installed on several campus buildings and in January, the University received $74,000 from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District for energy efficiency savings at the American River Courtyard.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Good eats
The newest eatery on campus, the American River Courtyard Market, will have its grand opening 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. The market, located in the new ARC residential housing, offers deli sandwiches, salads, snacks and made-to-order pizzas. During the grand opening, free food samples will be given away.
Normal operating hours for the Market are Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11p.m.; Friday and Saturday, closed and Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

Ethnic Studies featured
KVIE, the Ethnic Studies Department and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) have partnered to highlight the achievements and thoughts of 10 area Latina leaders. The interviews were conducted by Sacramento State University CAMP students.

A special showing of the interviews, which will be featured in a documentary aired nationally by KVIE, is Wednesday, April 28, in University Union Ballroom III. A reception with light refreshments is 4 p.m., and the program begins at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Camp administrative assistant Dolores Ortiz at 278-7241.
Submitted by the College Assistance Migrant Program

Writing Intensive Focus Groups
The Writing Programs Office is encouraging faculty who have taught a Writing Intensive (WI) course to participate in a focus group session.

The focus groups will collect information about writing assignments and outcomes in WI courses and will collaborate with WI teachers in designing a grassroots WI program pilot assessment plan and encourage discussions across sections of WI courses.

Sessions are:
Monday April 26 – 10 a.m.-10:50 a.m., Mendocino 1032
Thursday, April 29 – 2-2:50 p.m., Mendocino 1032
Friday April 30 – 10-10:50 a.m., Calaveras 128

RSVP to Aaron Eichenberger in the Writing Programs Office at
Submitted by the English Department

Faculty salary negotiation update
The California State University announced April 16 that negotiations have concluded pertaining to 2008-09 salary issues within the California Faculty Association collective bargaining agreement after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement.  Following the release of a neutral fact-finding report, each side was legally mandated to try to reach agreement during a 10 day “quiet period.” CSU press release with additional details
Submitted by the California State University

Sac-Mentoring program
Recruiting sessions for the fall Sac-Mentoring program will be held 6-7 p.m. Monday, May 3, in Amador Hall 153 and Wednesday, May 5, in Mariposa 1000. For details, contact Ricky Gutierrez at 278-5094 or
Submitted by the Criminal Justice Department


WAC Retreat
Full- and part-time faculty are invited to the 2010 Writing Across the Curriculum development retreat, "Responding and Grading More Effectively and Efficiently," 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, in the University Union Folsom Room. The retreat will feature time-saving techniques and strategies for designing rubrics, using peer response and grading writing. Breakfast and lunch will be served. RSVP to Dan Melzer at or 278-6925 by June 1. Space is limited.
Submitted by the English Department

Recognition ceremony
The Multi-Cultural Center will hold its second All People’s Recognition Ceremony 5-7 p.m. Thursday, 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, visit Nominations will be accepted until April 30.  Every nominee will receive a personalized certificate.

For more information, contact Jeanette Plascencia at
Submitted by the Multi-Cultural Center

Black Graduation Celebration
Sacramento State’s Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program will hold its annual Black Graduation Celebration 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May, 18, in the University Union Ballroom.

Students should meet at 6 p.m. in the University Union Orchard Suite for instructions about the procession and ceremony and should wear their regalia. Faculty and staff will lead the graduates into the celebration and lead them into the Redwood Room after the celebration.

RSVP by May 7 to Mykesha Kitt, Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program, at 278-4230 or
Submitted by the Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program

Latino Recognition Ceremony
Sacramento State’s Chicano/Latino Ceremony Committee will hold its 30th annual Chicano/Latino Recognition Ceremony 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in the University Union Ballroom.

The program recognizes Chicano and Latino graduating seniors and contributions by Latino community leaders to Sacramento State.

Donations are $35 for graduates. Family and friends are admitted free. The event will include food, music and a sash for the graduates.

To register for the event, contact Professor Margarita Berta-Avila, Bilingual Multicultural Education Department, at (916) 278-4395 or by April 23. Include how many guests will attend.
Submitted by the Chicano/Latino Ceremony Committee

Open house
Sacramento State’s Peak Adventures will host an open house 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Challenge Center behind Yosemite Hall. The cost is $5 for Sacramento State students and $10 for others. Proceeds benefit the Guardian Scholars Program, a local non-profit organization that offers a range of services to help foster youth pursue a college education.

The course includes a variety of activities such as a rock wall, cargo net and a giant’s ladder. It is open to climbers 8 years and older. Early registration is encouraged. Call 278-6321 to register. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing.

For more information, visit or call 278-6321.
Submitted by Peak Adventures

Clean air award
University Transportation and Parking Services will sponsor the 34th annual Breathe California Clean Air Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, in the University Union Ballroom.

Tickets are $40. For tickets or additional information, visit

Sacramento State’s Hornet Express shuttle program will be presented with the 2010 Clean Air Champion award.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

River Cats
Join students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends at Raley Field, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, May 6 for Sac State Night at the River Cats. Tickets are $7 for lawn seats and $5 each for tickets bought in quantities of 10 more.

Tickets are on sale at the Campus Recreation information desk in the University Union. Alumni can purchase tickets through the Alumni Office.  More information is available through or by calling 278-4111.

The group that purchases the most tickets will win an equal number of tickets for a future River Cats game for their group. Contest rules are at

There will also be an opportunity for a Sac State member to sing the National Anthem before the game. Auditions will be held 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in the Library Quad. To sign up for the audition, visit
Submitted by Campus Recreation-Sport Clubs

Student fashion show
Sacramento State’s Student Fashion Association will hold its spring fashion show 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, in the University Union Ballroom. The show’s theme is “Spring into Action” and features 14 student designers. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by contacting Natasia Berry at
Submitted by the Student Fashion Association


Ethics lecture
Mark Jensen, a Philosophy professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan, will present a lecture titled "The Deck and How to Stack It: A Theory of Civil Society and Democracy" 3-5 p.m., Wednesday Apr. 28, in the University Union Hinde Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

His lecture will focus on the idea that socio-political arrangements that successfully generate requisite citizen traits are, in part, a matter of luck, since only certain kinds of groups in civil society will generate the required traits and there is no way to control which groups do so without compromising commitments to freedom of conscience and association. The event is sponsored by the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics.
Submitted by the Ethics Department

John Ranlett Lecture
Economics Professor Tracy Turner will present the annual Ranlett Lecture 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the University Union Foothill Suite. She will present "Why We Should Get Rid of Tax Subsidies to Homeowners: Issues of Efficiency, Equity and Asset Bubbles." The lecture is free and open to the campus community.
Submitted by the Economic Department

Achievement award lecture
The 2009-10 Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award lecture, hosted by the Office of the President, the Research and Creative Activity Subcommittee and the Office of Research Administration, is 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in the University Union Foothill Suite. A reception follows in the Summit Room. 

This year’s recipient, Ernest E. Uwazie, professor of Criminal Justice and director of the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, is the 48th recipient of this award. His lecture will review several Alternative Dispute Resolution projects in select African countries and identify key lessons and opportunities for continuity and change.
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration


Sabbatical Leave Workshop
Human Resources will hold its annual Sabbatical Leave Workshop 9:30-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in the University Union Foothill Suite. The workshop will provide beneficial information for full-time faculty interested in applying for a sabbatical or difference-in-pay leave for the 2011 academic year. Seating is limited. RSVP to Mary Jo Puthuff at 278-6779 or by noon Monday, April 26. For questions about eligibility, see provision 27.2 of the Unit 3 faculty contract. For other questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 278-6169.
Submitted by Human Resources

Writing a Grant Proposal Workshop
Research Administration and Contract Administration is offering a workshop on “What the Reviewers Want: Essentials for Writing a Competitive Grant Proposal” 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in the Hornet Bookstore Building, Boardroom,  Suite 3010. 

The workshop will address the review process and criteria for key funding agencies, discuss ways to make proposals reviewer-friendly and highlight lessons learned by experienced reviewers. To register, visit
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

Post FAFSA workshop
The Financial Aid Office will hold two “Get your Docs Done by June 1” workshops to help students submit financial aid documents required by FAFSA by the June 1 deadline.

Workshops are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 and Tuesday, May 4, in Mendocino Hall, 2007.

The workshops will help students fill out required documents and avoid having their award letter delayed.

Students must bring copies of their 2009 tax returns and W2s. Dependents must bring their parents tax returns and W2s.
Submitted by the Financial Aid Office

Human Resources

CalPERS Planning Your Retirement
1-4 p.m., April 28, University Union, Auburn Room.

Registration for this workshop is through your MyCalPERS account at or by calling the CalPERS Customer Contact Center at 1-888-225-7377.

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 Sacramento Hall 162 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:

Susan Grundy, Division of Nursing
Lorena Solis, Human Resources
Robert Gardner, Facilities Services 
Keith Thompson, Facilities Services  

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