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August 9, 2010


Research funding opportunities
The August Research Funding Update is available. This month's highlights include a link to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education which gives advice on becoming a successful primary investigator, and funding opportunity notices in arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.

The update is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. An abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available on the web at

Additional information about opportunities announced in Research Funding Update can be obtained by visiting the given web address or by contacting a sponsored research officer.
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

UNIQUE events
The University Union has a new way to find out about entertainment events put on by UNIQUE. Visit, and click on the button at the bottom of the page to sign up for weekly event updates. UNIQUE sponsors concerts, lectures, comedy shows, movies and performing arts on campus.
Submitted by the University Union

Campus construction
The area around the Northwest corner of the Library will be cordoned off and closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic Monday, Aug. 9-Wednesday, Aug. 11 while an air handler on the Library’s roof is being replaced.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Call for papers
The Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution and The Pan African Studies Program will host the 20th annual Africa/Diaspora Conference on contemporary issues in African studies and development April 28-30, 2011.

The campus community is invited to submit proposals on the subject. For more information, contact Ernest Uwazie, director of the Center, at 278-6282 or Deadline for submission of proposals is Nov. 30.
Submitted by the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution

Hornet fan bus
The Alumni Association will have a fully-equipped motor coach for the trip to Stanford Stadium, where the Hornet football team will take on the Stanford Cardinal Sept. 4. Kick-off is 3:30 p.m.

The bus leaves the Alumni Center at 11 a.m. Complimentary beverages will be served during the trip, and a tailgate party will be held at the stadium. Food will be available for purchase.

The bus will leave immediately after the game and should return by 9 p.m. Tickets are $55 for the game and the bus and $30 for the bus only. Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased by Friday, Aug. 20. Call 278-6295 for ticket information.
Submitted by the Alumni Association

OneCard discounts
Campus members can receive discounts with the Sac State OneCard. The ever expanding list of participating businesses includes many on nearby Fair Oaks Blvd., such as Renaissance Consignment, Pavilion Car Wash, GNC and Thai House. To view a complete list of businesses, visit

To suggest additional vendors, call the OneCard Center at 278-7878 or visit the OneCard Center in the Brighton Hall Annex.
Submitted by the OneCard Center

Lot closure
Contractors began excavation and paving work to the north end of Lot 7 Tuesday, July 6. The work is expected to be completed by Sunday, Sept. 19.

During construction:

  • Access to Parking Structure III via the main drive aisle will remain open.
  • The main entrance and exit to Lot 7 (south) will remain open.
  • Secondary access for Lot 7 (north) will remain open for access to Public Safety and the Art Sculpture Lab but will be closed to traffic through Lot 7.
  • The roadway and intersection in front of Public Safety will be closed.
  • The parking lot in front of Public Safety will remain open, but access will be via the entrances by El Dorado Hall and the Child Care Center.

For more information on the project, contact Todd McComb at 278-5183.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Football season tickets
Season tickets for the 2010 Hornet football season are available at or by calling T-Ante Sims at 278-2222. Alumni, faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $50.

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 and Portland State. Homecoming is Oct. 9 against Northern Colorado. The annual Causeway Classic is Nov. 20 at UC Davis.

Fans purchasing season tickets will have the first opportunity to buy tickets for the Stanford and UC Davis games.

To download a season ticket order form, visit
Submitted by Intercollegiate Athletics

Human Resources

Summer workshops

Planning Ahead – Pre-Retirement Death Benefits

Estate Planning 101
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 8
Alumni Center
To register, visit

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:

Lorena Solis, Human Resources
Keith Thompson, Facilities Services  
Jody Gayvert, Criminal Justice
Monica Patterson, Mail Services (may only accept vacation leave donations)
Patricia Thiel, Admissions and Outreach
Rorie Oliver, Housing and Residential Life
Mary Ann Alvarez, Division of Nursing

Computer security tip
If you need to copy official information from an off-campus organization to bring back to campus, the safest and most secure way to do that is to use a secure flash drive that allows you to password protect and encrypt the information. An “Iron Key” is one type of secure flash drive.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

News and campus videos
Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page
Current stories include the grand opening of The Well, the new recreation and fitness center; and the fall Theater and Dance schedule. Videos include the Academic Talent Search and a Summer Science program.
Submitted by Public Affairs


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