Campus Announcements

Green and Gold Gala ticket information
Tickets are still available for the Sacramento State Green and Gold Gala on Friday, Oct. 6, celebrating the University’s 60th year and honoring philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Tickets are available at or 278-7043.
Submitted by University Advancement

Fall Faculty and Staff Event
The 2006 Fall Faculty and Staff Homecoming Event will round out Homecoming week this year. The event, held on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 3 to 6 p.m., will take place at the Alumni Center. Activities will include a barbeque, live music, dance performances and a "Kids Zone" with face painting, games and prizes.

Sacramento State employees will be entitled to up to four meal vouchers redeemable at the event and up to four game tickets to the Homecoming football game, when the Hornets take on Weber State at 6:05 p.m. at Hornet Stadium. Additional game tickets can be purchased for $6 each upon check-in at the Alumni Center.

RSVP your total ticket needs no later than Friday, Sept. 29, by visiting For more information, call 278-7043.

Submitted by University Advancement

Construction Update
The Infrastructure II utilities upgrade project continues in various locations. Sanitary sewer pipe installations will occur south of the Baseball Field. Trucks may be entering and exiting State University Drive West to access the site. Work on the steam and chilled water pipe installation may, at times, disrupt pedestrian and service traffic along Sinclair Road. Detours will be available.

Fire alarm system installation will commence in the Sequoia Building this week. Work will mainly be conducted in the corridors after hours.

Starting October 12, 2006, the infrastructure project will be installing a 35,000 gallon sewage storage tank across the street from Parking Structure I. Traffic in both directions on State University West shall be maintained, however, lanes will shift due to construction. Construction will last approximately six months. Alternate routes for pedestrians and bikes will be available.

Trucks may also be entering and exiting State University Drive West to access the bicycle path project site. A temporary pedestrian pathway, which runs parallel to State University Drive West from the Hornet Tunnel to Sinclair Road is open.
Submitted by University Facilities

Dorman to give Livingston Lecture on Oct. 17

Bill Dorman, professor of government, will present the 2006 Livingston Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the University Ballroom. Dorman is the first faculty member to have been selected twice to deliver the lecture. The title of his lecture is "A Teaching Life: Values Then and Now.

The Livingston Lecture is among the most prestigious awards at Sacramento State. The lecture is named in honor of the late Jack Livingston, a respected Sacramento State government professor and faculty leader from 1954 to 1981, who is remembered as an inspiration to both faculty and students.

The annual lecture, organized by the Faculty Senate, recognizes a faculty member who has played an active role in the life of the University and has shown a strong commitment to students while remaining active in creative and scholarly activities.
Submitted by the Faculty Senate

New appointments in Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs has announced that searches for the positions of University Registrar and the Director of Financial Aid are completed. Joining the University on Oct. 2 are Dennis Geyer as the new Registrar and Craig Yamamoto as the new Director of Financial Aid. Geyer comes to Sacramento State from his position as the University Registrar from California State University, Monterey Bay. Yamamoto most recently was the Financial Services Manager at Sierra College and he was the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Sac State in the mid 1990s.
Submitted by Student Affairs

Visitor parking database ends Sept. 29
The method to electronically request visitor parking permits for campus guests is migrating from the Visitor Parking Database (VPD) in the IBM system to Visitor Parking in the Common Management System (CMS). Current VPD users are being contacted by University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) and provided with training and instructions for the use of the new Visitor Parking system.

Employees will need to migrate away from VPD no later than Sept. 29 and begin using the new Visitor Parking system in CMS. Campus staff who would like to become new users of Visitor Parking may contact Carla Blanton, UTAPS Office Coordinator.

Several new enhancements will help to make the new Visitor Parking system easier to use. Visitor Parking in CMS is the campus method for requesting parking for campus visitors. For more information, contact Carla Blanton at or 278-5244.
Submitted by Business Operations

Serna Center to present talk by Tony Platt
The Serna Center will present a talk by Tony Platt, professor of social work and author of the new book, Bloodlines: Recovering Hitler’s Nuremberg Laws, from Patton’s Trophy to Public Memorial, on Oct. 4 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in Hinde Auditorium of the University Union. A reception begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Lobby Suite.

Platt’s book looks at a wide range of issues ranging from war-time looting, remembrance of the Holocaust, German and American eugenics, and the public responsibilities of museums and cultural centers. The talk is free and open to the public.
Submitted by the Serna Center

Homecoming Week debate Oct. 3
The Sac State debate team will host its annual Homecoming Week Public Debate on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Center. The topic for this year's debate is the proposed Arena Tax - measures Q and R. Assembly member Dave Jones will represent the No on measures Q and R side of the issue. The representative for the Yes on measure Q and R side of the issue has yet to be announced. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kristen Tudor, director of debate, or call 278-5489.
Submitted by Kristen Tudor of Communication Studies

Physics colloquium talk Oct. 5
Jeffrey Neaton of the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will present a talk on Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. in Mendocino Hall 1015. Neaton’s talk, titled “Theory and Simulation of Electrical Transport at the Nanosscale,” is part a colloquium series sponsored by the Physics and Astronomy Department.
Submitted by Physics and Astronomy

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day
The Hornet Bookstore announces that Oct. 10 will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. Mark your calendar and watch for future announcements regarding this event. The day will be highlighted with prize drawings, discounts, and refreshments.
Submitted by University Enterprises

Former Hungarian official to visit
The former Hungarian foreign minister, Geza Jeszenszky, will give a guest lecture on campus on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. in 151 Capistrano Hall, The title of the talk is “The 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising.” For more information, call Professor of Sociology Tom Kando at 278-6694.
Submitted by Tom Kando of Sociology

Academic Resources Conference upcoming
Looking for an opportunity to network with counterparts from other CSU campuses? Register now to attend the annual Academic Resources Conference (ARC). Take advantage of a special discounted registration rate of $199 for Sacramento State employees with early bird registration by Oct. 1. ARC will be held at The Radisson Hotel in Sacramento Nov. 7-9. Speakers and conference sessions will include topics such as campus leadership in a changing environment, ethics and compliance, revenue management program. One session is titled “Supercharged: Running 90 mph with Your Hair on Fire and Feeling Great!” For more details regarding the agenda topics and how to register, visit the website at: or contact Leigh Barber at 278-6778 or
Submitted by the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Poetry readings this week
The Library Gallery will host two poetry readings this week. Craig Paulenich will read from his book of poetry, Drift of the Hunt, published by Nobodaddies Press. The reading will take place on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Library Gallery. Professor of English Peter Grandbois will read from his first book of fiction, The Grave Digger, on Sept. 28 at noon in the gallery. For more information about the readings call 278-5435.
Submitted by Doug Rice of English

The latest sources for funding
The September issue of Funding Alert is now available. The newsletter is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. Both an abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available on the web at

Highlights include a profile of the National Science Foundation’s new Discovery Research K-12 Program and targeted funding opportunity notices in the arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering. Additional information about any of the opportunities announced in Funding Alert can be obtained by clicking on the web address above or by contacting Research Administration at 278-7381.
Submitted by Research Administration

Book tour at Sacramento State
Author Simon Winchester, whose book A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 offers a panoramic blend of history and science at the 100-year anniversary of the 1906 earthquake, will be speaking and signing books at Sacramento State on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. in the Hornet Bookstore.
Submitted by University Enterprises

Research methods, analysis webcasts
The Office of Research Administration and Office of Graduate Studies will present a fall 2006 live webcast series on research methods and analysis. In collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis at Virginia Commonwealth University, the offices will offer this program at no cost to allow faculty and students the opportunity to hear the latest methodological developments relevant to their research.

The presentations in the series will emphasize the substantive application of methodological developments and can supplement the education that occurs in traditional courses. Viewing these live webcasts is also an important community building activity for the campus community of scholars and scholars-in-training. Each Friday a presentation will be held in Room 11 of the Library. Coffee and muffins will always be available 30 minutes prior.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Sonya Lovine at 278-3668 or This series is free and open to all faculty and registered students of the University. Off-campus participants may attend at no cost as well, but only if registered in advance.

Here is the schedule:
Sept. 29 (9 –10:30 a.m.) Regression Models for Limited Dependent Variables by David Harrison, Pennsylvania State University
Oct. 27 (8– 9:30 a.m) Robust Regression by William Starbuck, New York University/ University of Oregon
Nov. 17 (9-10:30 a.m.) Issues with Internet Data Collection by Jeff Stanton, Syracuse University; Non-responses to Organizational Surveys (10:30 a.m. – noon) by Steven Rogelberg, University of North Carolina Charlotte; and Methodological Issues in Cross-Cultural Research (noon – 1:30 p.m.) by Michele Gelfand, University of Maryland.
Submitted by Research Administration

Brown bag seminar
Faculty, staff and the community are invited to a brown bag seminar on Friday, Sept. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. in Eureka Hall 213. The seminar, “Brasil (with an S!): Ethnomathematics, Mathematical Modeling and School Outreach in Brasil,” will be presented by Professor Daniel Orey, Teacher Education. Orey will share some of his work while he lived abroad this past year in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brasil. His talk will include:
The Ouro Preto Math Trail, work with Intel, Wimax and Intel and outreach for public schools and the future goals for CELB (The Center for Luso-Brazilian Studies/O Centro) at Sacramento State.

Prof. Orey will also outline possible opportunities presented at Sacramento State for those who might be thinking of visiting, working, and traveling to South America.

For additional information, contact Orey at 278-5531 or
Submitted by Daniel Orey of Education

Foster Youth Education Fund fashion show

The Foster Youth Education Fund will hold a fashion show on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom. The show will feature Sacramento area foster youths as models. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Guardian Scholars Program at Sacramento State, a comprehensive program of financial aid, life coaching, mentoring, housing and other services for foster youths enrolled at the University.

Tickets are $25 each and are available by calling 944-4935. Information on the Guardian Scholars Program is available at 278-3643.
Submitted by Guardian Scholars Program

Project activity grants
The University Enterprises, Inc. Board of Directors allocates funds for worthwhile campus projects that benefit students, faculty and staff. If you are a member of a recognized student organization, faculty, or staff and have a project or activity that is innovative, shows demonstrable need, and benefits the Sacramento State community, apply now for a Project Activity Grant.

Project Activity Grant funding guidelines and submittal forms may be obtained from the University Enterprises web site at or in the UEI Contract Administration and Grant Administration office in Modoc Hall, Room 2010. Application due dates are Nov. 20 and Feb. 26. Applications are accepted on a continual basis and are received until noon on the due date. Those received after that time will be considered for the next award cycle.

For more information call Ann Carlson at 278-6025.
Submitted by University Enterprises

Regulatory compliance training e-mail notifications
Risk Management Services on Tuesday, Sept. 26 will launch an automated e-mail process that will serve to remind employees/supervisors of their mandatory compliance training obligations. The automated process will repeat thereafter on a cycle of every 45 days.

Based on PeopleSoft/CMS employee reporting hierarchies, and LearnerWeb Learning Track assignments, a “Supervisor’s…” report will be generated and distributed to all supervisors informing them of subordinate training compliance progress (direct reports only). A second, “Employee’s…” report will be generated and sent directly to each employee informing them of their Learning Track (i.e., mandatory training) progress.

For more information on the automated process, contact Risk Management Services at 278-6456.
Submitted by Risk Management Services

Time management, study skills workshops
The Academic Advising Center will be presenting Time Management/Study Skills workshops this semester. The workshops are open to all students. No pre-registration is necessary.

All time management/study skills workshops will be held in Lassen Hall 3011 on the following dates and times:

Monday, Sept. 25, noon - 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 5, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 4 - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2 - 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 23, 3 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. - noon
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2 - 3 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16, noon – 1 p.m.

The schedule may also be viewed on the Academic Advising website at For additional information contact Jennifer Druskin at or the Academic Advising Center at 278-6351.
Submitted by Academic Advising

Human Resources

Catastrophic Leave Donation Program
Sacramento State employees may voluntarily donate to other employees up to a maximum of 16 hours of sick or vacation leave credits each fiscal year in one-hour increments. CSUEU, MPP, Unit 4, Unit 6 and Confidential employees may donate up to a maximum of 40 hours per fiscal year.

If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained by going to, or by visiting the Human Resources, Disability Leaves Office in Sacramento Hall 162, or by calling extension 278-3522.

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

Randy Morgan, Associated Students
Florie Acio, Facilities Management
Paula McNeil-Shelby, Kinesiology and Health Science
Nabor Lopez, Facilities
Sharon Kelley, Computing and Communications Services
Jennifer O’Neal-Watts, Library
Submitted by Human Resources