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May 17, 2010

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RCA Capstone recipients
Four faculty members received awards during the first Sacramento State Celebration for Research and Creative Activity April 21.

Awards were made to the presenters whose projects were judged to have made a significant contribution to their field.  Winners are:

Robin Fisher, associate professor of Voice for her presentation “American Art Song and American Poetry.” She was awarded a $1,000 professional development grant.

Rebecca Kluchin, assistant professor of History for her presentation “Fit to be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950-1980.” She was awarded a $1,000 professional development grant.

Jaime Kneitel, assistant professor of Biological Sciences for his presentation “Eutrophication in California Vernal Pools.” He was awarded three units of assigned time.

Jana Noel, Community Engagement Center and professor of Teacher Education for her presentation “Connecting Schools-Communities-Universities to Transform Urban Education.” She was awarded three units of assigned time.

Mi-Suk Seo, assistant professor of English for her presentation “Nonverbal Repair Initiators: A Conversation Analytic Study of Gestures that Engender Repair in ESL Conversational Tutoring.” She was awarded a $1,000 professional development grant.

For more on the Celebration and the Capstone Awards, visit
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

In memoriam
Professor Emeritus Frank Bautista, a faculty member in the Department of Education from 1972 until 1989, passed away Sunday, May 9. Memorial Services are noon Saturday, May 22, at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 2141 Walnut Ave. (Walnut and Cottage), Carmichael. For additional information, contact his daughter, Marisa Bautista, at 995-2980.
Submitted by Science Educational Equity Program

Reprographics award
University Reprographics received silver and bronze awards in the Visual Media Alliance printing and design competition May 6 at the Printing Industries of Northern California Show at the University of California, San Francisco.              

Winners were selected from among hundreds of entries submitted by Northern California and Nevada print shops and design studios.

In the printing category, Silver was awarded for the University Union annual report, for a student project, Duotone Magazine, by Raoul Ortega and to Reprographics for printing the magazine. Bronze was given for a General Education flier and the University holiday card.

The Reprographics Center can assist with student projects and offers low cost printing.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Honors Newsletter
The Sacramento State Honors Program Newsletter is published twice a year and provides information about the program's activities, together with faculty and student profiles. The current newsletter is available at
Submitted by the Honors Program

Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program will be open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. during the summer. To make an appointment, contact Cathy Connors or Doug Adams at 278-5018.
Submitted by the Employee Assistance Program

Phi Beta Delta
The Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Delta welcomed 15 new members at its annual initiation ceremony and banquet May 6. The initiates were:

Jessica Bagger, College of Business Administration; Laura Basini, Music;
Nicole Buffard, Foreign Languages; Samantha Hens, Anthropology and Nikolaos Lazaridis, History.

International students:
Hsiang Wen (CoCo) Cheng, Haruna Kochiyama and Karthik Suresh Kumar.

Domestic students
Rebecca Adler, Michael Brandt, Peter Fenger, Xavier Le, William Misquez, Carmen Mootz and Kassandra Perlongo.

Officers for 2010-2012 are Catherine Turrill, president; Virginia Dixon, vice president; Kazue Masuyama, secretary; Janis Silvers, treasurer; and Roy Dixon, Awards and Scholarships Committee.

Le also won the Omicron Chapter's travel photo competition.
Submitted by the Art Department

Temporary parking facility closures
To save energy costs, several parking facilities will be closed for the summer period. Facilities will close at midnight May 26 and will reopen at 7 a.m. Aug. 23.

Closing facilities are:

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

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, contact University Transportation and Parking at 278-7275 or visit,
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

College report
In spring 2010, the Office of Institutional Research administered a First College Year Experience survey to students to help better understand student learning and help improve the quality of college education.

This survey asked first-time freshmen to share their views on a variety of issues including satisfaction with campus services and facilities, satisfaction with college life, adjustment to college life, campus climate and interactions among racial/ethnic groups. The survey findings are broken down by college and have been compared with the previous year’s results where applicable. Visit to view the report.

The response rate for this survey was 39 percent, which is a 17.5 percent increase over the previous year. 
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Football season tickets
Hornet football tickets for the 2010 season are available at or call 278-2222.

The Hornets open the season with an away game against Stanford Sept. 4. The home opener is Sept. 11 against Western Oregon. Other home games include Weber State, Montana State, Northern Colorado and Portland State. The annual Causeway Classic will be held at UC Davis on Nov. 20. Fans that purchase season tickets will have the first opportunity to buy tickets for the Stanford and UC Davis games.
Submitted by the Athletic Department

The WELL tours
Tours of The WELL will end Friday, May 28. Construction will continue through the summer and The WELL will have a day-long grand opening celebration Thursday, Sept. 2. Visit for more information.
Submitted by The WELL

Environmental Studies newsletter
The Department of Environmental Studies was one of the first academic programs of its kind in this country, and continues to educate undergraduates with its interdisciplinary emphasis on science, public policy, economics, communications, and law. Its newsletter is available at
Submitted by Environmental Studies


Ice Cream Safari
Sac State Serves will take part in the Ice Cream Safari at the Sacramento Zoo, Saturday, July 24.  Volunteers are needed to help set up, scoop ice cream, paint faces and serve refreshments for this fundraiser for the Sacramento Zoo. This event is open to volunteers age 15 or over.

For more information or to sign up, visit
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

String Project concert
Children ages 7-17 will perform classical and popular repertoire on stringed instruments at a free concert 7 p.m. Monday, May 17, Capistrano Hall Concert Recital Hall.

The performance will be conducted by Sacramento State student teachers; Andrew Luchansky, director of the String Project; and Judy W. Bossuat, master teacher. The concert is free and open to the public.

Registration is going on for the String Project fall semester. Visit for more information.
Submitted by the Music Department

Staff Appreciation Picnic
The Staff Appreciation Picnic is 11:30 a.m.-1-30 p.m. Friday, June 4, in the main quad in front of the Riverfront Center. The Picnic Committee is looking for donations for door prizes and drawings.  

Donation ideas include artwork, crafts, small gift items and gift cards. For more information or to donate, contact Cossette Leos at or call 278-7001. Donations are due by Friday, May 28, 2010.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

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

Human Resources

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  
Marianna Rivera, College of Engineering and Computer Science    
Jody Gayvert, Criminal Justice

Computer security tip

Confidential data
If you are unsure whether data is confidential (level 1 or level 2), take a moment to review the data classification standards on the Information Security website by clicking on the definition of confidential data at
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology


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