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May 2, 2011


Employee of the month: Jonathan Shiveley, Assessment Research Analyst, Office of Institutional Research.

Jonathan’s nominator described him as “the individual who directly supports assessment and accreditation campuswide, as well as being the liaison to external agencies on multiple projects. … Jon is responsible for various survey reports for the campus and in working with other offices/departments to ensure the surveys are conducted on time.”

The nominator continued, “Jon has accomplished a great deal and his outcomes have proven that he is a valuable and effective team member of the Office of Institutional Research as well as for the University at large.”

Nominations are being accepted for the Staff Employee Recognition Program. Names of the recipients will be announced in September.

Details about nominations, eligibility, criteria and procedures are available on the website link:
Submitted by the President’s Office

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 paper copy will also be available for review in the Office of Academic Affairs (Sac Hall 230). For questions, contact Academic Affairs, 278-6331.

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.

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

Dave Evans
Chair and Professor, Department of Geology, Sacramento State
Friday, May 6
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Folsom 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

Blood drive
Meet Del Mendoza, grateful blood recipient and proud blood donor: Del gives new meaning to the term “survival” because he says, "I technically died 12 times over a two-week period before going into a monthlong coma." The truck that hit him as he rode his motorcycle on Highway 88 left him with many broken bones and a great need for blood transfusions. He lived not only to tell the story but to give back and inspire others to donate blood. You just never know when you or someone you love will need it. On April 4, 2011, Del gave back his 95th pint of blood, replacing the 95 pints he used following the terrible  accident in 1982.

Our blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, in the University Union Ballroom. Participate in fun games and win prizes while you wait, courtesy of the Hornet Bookstore, Apple and ASI. We will also be taking sign-ups for the Marrow Registry, and we will have the Faculty Fast Track passes.

Can’t donate blood? We also need many wonderful volunteers to help out at this event. Contact Kaitlyn Yergenson:
Submitted by Associated Students Inc.

Folsom Hall ribbon-cutting and open house
The campus community is invited to a ribbon-cutting and open house for the Division of Nursing’s move to Folsom Hall at 4 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Folsom Hall, 7667 Folsom Blvd. RSVP to 278-7255 or

The event is the official celebration of the Division of Nursing’s new home in Folsom Hall (the former CalSTRS building on Folsom Boulevard). Earlier this year, the division moved to Folsom Hall, increasing the classroom and laboratory space available for student use from 10,000 to 60,000 square feet and boosting the number of high-fidelity simulation laboratories from two to seven.
Submitted by University Marketing

Retirement party
The retirement festivities for Edward Jones will be 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the
American River Courtyard Conference Rooms. Refreshments will be served.
Submitted by Student Affairs

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. 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

Lofts open house
Upper Eastside Lofts, off-campus housing owned by University Enterprises Inc., will host Open House, 6-10 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 give 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 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, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Library Quad.
Stop by our booth in 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 to answer your questions regarding bicycling, including tips on commuting by bike and roadside maintenance.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Teacher collaborative
The CTL Teacher Scholar Collaborative will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the University Restaurant banquet room. Join a developing faculty group that is exploring the nexus of teaching and research; these are folks interested in connecting research projects and teaching practices individually and collaboratively within and across disciplines. It’s an excellent opportunity to anticipate summer projects and fall course development with colleagues or use the discussion as inspiration for solo efforts.

For more information, contact Ann Moylan ( or the Center for Teaching and Learning (

Visit the Teacher Scholar Collaborative wiki:
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

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. Lee-Keller, an English professor, 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 our film series in collaboration with the Multicultural Center.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Commuter pass price increase
The cost of faculty and staff Regional Transit commuter passes will increase from $20 to $30 for a six-month pass beginning July 1.

“The commuter pass continues to be a great deal,” said Nancy Fox, senior director of UTAPS. “Without the commuter pass, a single one-way trip on RT costs $2.50, and a monthly pass costs $100. With the commuter pass, faculty and staff will pay only $5 a month for unlimited ridership.”

Sacramento State has a contract with Regional Transit that offers faculty, staff and students the opportunity to ride RT buses and light rail at a significantly reduced rate. Students pay for the commuter pass through a transit fee each semester.

Faculty/staff commuter passes will be available beginning Monday, May 2, at the University Cashier’s Office and UTAPS. Passes are effective July 1–Dec. 31. For more information, visit the UTAPS website at www.csus/utaps/.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Sac State Night at the River Cats
It’s coming Thursday, May 5; doors open at 7:05 p.m. The game will pit Salt Lake vs. Sacramento.
Lawn tickets ($5) may be purchased at The WELL; Delta Box tickets ($10) 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, at the center, Library 1010, near Java City.

Nominees will be judged to have contributed to creating an inclusive environment at Sacramento State, to have left a significant mark on the understanding of multiple identities, to have embodied the goals of diversity and social justice, or to deserve recognition for their actions during the academic year.

All nominations will be recognized and awarded with a personalized certificate.

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

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, a “how to” workshop on the application process
12:15 p.m.: a drawing for a free Kaplan course
12:20-12:50 p.m.: Julie Mumma, “Go to Law School for Free,” on how to get scholarships for law school

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

Speaker series
The division of Administration and Business Affairs presents the ABA Speaker Series. The series provides an open, unbiased forum for the exchange of ideas and intellectual enrichment to the campus community.  A guest speaker will be invited to campus once a semester.

Join ABA for a morning with Eric Stille, President and CEO of Nugget Markets, from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 13, at the Alumni Center.  

Each series is open to students, faculty, staff and auxiliaries. RSVP by May 6 to Kimberly Donaville at 278-6312 or email
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

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

This program helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness 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; the facilities will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 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 on 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

Security quick tip:
Taxes and protecting your privacy 

A growing phenomenon has taken root in America: preparing and submitting your taxes on your home computer. While this has helped many of us, it also creates a risk to our personal information.  Tax-preparing applications retain our Social Security numbers (SSN), dates of birth, names and address of our closest family members, all in one place. This makes the application and any saved PDF of your tax return a target for data theft. 

To protect yourself, you should remove SSN and dates of birth from the application after you confirm your e-file or print out your filed tax return. This may require you to overwrite the data with bogus data. Also, do not save unencrypted PDF versions of your tax return on your computer. If you are unable to encrypt the PDF, move it to a USB memory device or print it out and secure it with your other sensitive paperwork.
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 also will be available. Silent auction and raffle prizes include art, restaurant certificates, golf, sporting events and, of course, wine. Tickets are $40; 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 July for the wood floor replacement project.
Submitted by Facilities Services

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

Human Resources

Sabbatical workshop
The Office of Human Resources will be conducting its annual Sabbatical Information Workshop, 2-4 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the Orchard Suite of the University Union. The workshop will provide beneficial information for full-time faculty interested in applying for a sabbatical or difference-in-pay leave for the 2012-13 academic year.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP by noon Thursday, May 5, to Lorena Solis at or 278-6779. For questions about eligibility, see Provision 27.2 of the Unit 3 Faculty Contract. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 278-6779.

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.-4 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. These hours will be effective Tuesday, May 31, and continue through Friday, Aug. 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,  contact Elizabeth Redmond Sublett, Associate Vice President for Employee Services.

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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