Campus Announcements

November is Women's Studies Month
Throughout the month of November, the upright display case in the media link of the library will feature photographs, traditional art and books from the collection of Ghada Masri, reflecting her research on women in the Middle East. She teaches WOMS 121, “Women in the Middle East,” for the Women's Studies Department and is currently writing her doctoral thesis. She will be giving a talk on Nov. 29 titled, "Geographies of Terror: Orientalist Visions and Women in the Middle East," where she will discuss orientalist perceptions of the Middle East, how they shape the war on terror, and their ultimate impact on women and women's issues in the region.
Submitted by Women’s Studies

University receives record private support
A recent report by the Office of University Advancement shows that Sacramento State received its highest level of private support ever in 2005-06. New gift commitments totaled $16.2 million, which was about $2 million over the goal set for the campus. A report summary is available on the University Advancement website –
Submitted by University Advancement

Learn about the Executive MBA program

The College of Business Administration's Graduate and External Programs will present two upcoming public information sessions for its Executive MBA program. The first will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Napa Hall. The second will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Folsom Chamber of Commerce offices, 200 Wool Street in Folsom.
Space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made at For more information, call 278-5974.
Submitted by the College of Business Administration

The real story behind Marie Antoinette
The History Department will present a brown bag discussion titled, “The Real and Mythic Marie Antoinette,” hosted by Mona Siegel, professor of history, and Kevin Elstob, professor of French Languages and Literature, on Thursday, Nov. 9 at noon in the University Union Summit Room. The session is free and open to the campus.
Submitted by Department of History

Breakfast Club to go on the road
The Sac State Alumni Association will be taking the next Breakfast Club session on the road. The next session will be Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Whitney Oaks Golf Club, 2305 Clubhouse Dr., Rocklin, featuring guest speaker Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt. The talk is free for Alumni Association members and one guest.

The Breakfast Club’s off-the-record format gives speakers an opportunity to share information about the area's hot topics and includes a question-and-answer session following the talk. Weygandt will focus on several important items that affect Placer County residents. Seating is limited. RSVP Linda Scott 278-4899 or
Submitted by the Alumni Association

View the transit of Mercury
The Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a daytime viewing of the transit of Mercury on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the deck of the fourth floor Observatory of Amador Hall. The event will be presented by Sacramento State lecturer Jason Ybarra. This will be the last opportunity to see the planet Mercury transit the sun until the year 2016. The event is free and open to faculty, staff, students and the public. For more information, contact Ybarra at
Submitted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Conference analyzes 2006 election
A conference titled, “Shaping Public Opinion: What We Saw, What We Heard--News Coverage Analysis of the 2006 California Election,” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center. The post-election discussion and analysis of news coverage and media issues of the 2006 California Election includes special guests such as Bill Bradley, L.A. Weekly columnist and New West Notes political blogger; Patrick Dorinson, communications director for the California Republican Party; Kathay Feng, executive director for Common Cause; Karen Hanretty, strategist for the California Republican Party; Steven Maviglio, deputy chief of staff for California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez; Sam Rodriguez, political director of the California Democratic Party; and Bob Waste, professor of Public Policy and Administration, Sacramento State.

Admission to the event is $20 Sacramento State Alumni Association members/ State Information Officers Council members/ ASPA, $23 general admission and $15 Sacramento State students. Box lunches are included. There is also a no-lunch option with seating in the back--$5 for students, $10 for all others. Proceeds benefit the SIOC Scholarship Fund.

Seating is limited. Reserve early and RSVP to Roni Java at For more information, call (916) 651-8957.
Submitted by the Center for Collaborative Policy

STEM scholars lecture
Sacramento State’s Center for STEM Excellence will be hosting its inaugural STEM Scholars Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Union Redwood Room. The STEM Scholars Lecture Series is the avenue for Sacramento State’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics faculty and student scholars to share their research with the Sacramento community.

The featured speaker will be Professor Lisa Hammersley from the Department of Geology. Her talk is titled, “Volcanoes in our backyard? A geochemical and geophysical study of the potential for future eruptions at Clear Lake, CA.” For more information, contact Sharon Puricelli at the Center for STEM Excellence at 278-2789 or
Submitted by the Center for STEM Excellence

Serna Center talk on Latinos in higher education Nov. 9
Director of Chicano Studies David Leon will discuss his book Latinos in Higher Education during a lecture and book signing on Nov. 9 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the University Union. Professor Leon also will discuss his book, Lessons in Leadership: Executive Leadership Programs for Advancing Diversity in Higher Education. For more information, call 278-4512.
Submitted by the Serna Center

Staff Recognition Award nominations due
The deadline for submission of a nomination for the Staff Employee Recognition Award is Thursday, Nov. 16. If you have considered submitting a nomination for a fellow employee, please take the opportunity to do so. Now is the chance for you to help a worthy employee get the extra credit they deserve.

Complete details regarding eligibility, criteria, and nomination procedures are available on the website link:
Submitted by the President’s Office

Distinguished Service Award nominations being accepted
The Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the Distinguished Service Award. The annual dinner will be held Thursday, April 12, 2007 during Alumni Month. Nominated alumni should be individuals who have achieved prominence in their chosen field and brought distinction to the University and/or their community through their accomplishments. Any Sacramento State constituent may nominate an alumnus. Paperwork should be received by Nov. 20.

For more information and to receive a nomination form, contact Dawniela Hightower 278-3862 or email
Submitted by Alumni Relations

Textbook Requisitions Due
Winter Session and Spring 2007 Textbook Requisitions are due into the Textbook Department. Both current students and future students benefit with timely submittal of this information. The Hornet Bookstore can buy back more books at higher prices with the knowledge of which ones to purchase. Early submittals also allow more time to search for used copies in the national wholesale market, increasing the selection even more for next semester. For more information, contact the Hornet Bookstore Textbook Department, 278-6448.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Staff vacancy in Transportation Advisory Committee
There is a staff vacancy on the Transportation Advisory Committee effective immediately due to a retirement. This committee addresses parking, traffic management, and campus shuttle service issues as well as alternative transportation matters. Anyone interested in serving on this committee must secure their supervisor's permission and forward their name and e-mail to Kem Albert, on behalf of Vice President Stephen G. Garcia, at by Nov. 9. For more information, call Albert at 278-5809.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Dining Services Satisfaction Survey
The campus community is invited to participate in a survey that will help Dining Services know how well they are serving the campus community. Pick up a survey card at any campus eatery that will allow you to log in to a 5-minute online survey to rate any or all of the campus dining facilities. Gifts are offered for the first 500 participants. The survey is being conducted from Oct. 27 through Nov. 22 in conjunction with the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). For more information, contact Ada Lai at 278-5526.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Faculty Alert—Current Textbook Returns to Vendors
The Hornet Bookstore has started to return Fall 2006 textbooks to the vendors. Faculty are advised to announce to students that if they still need a textbook for class, it should be purchased immediately. The bookstore can hold books longer, if books will be assigned later in the term. Textbooks that are readopted for the upcoming term will not be returned. Faculty are also advised to confirm that their adoption information has been submitted. For more information, contact the Hornet Bookstore Textbook Department, 278-6448.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Togo's Catering
Togo’s can cater a variety of events. Items include sandwich trays, salads, appetizers, box lunches and desserts. To order for on-campus pick up, call 278-8646. Please call 24 hours in advance for large orders or party-sized footer sandwiches. VISA, MasterCard, American Express and the Sacramento State OneCard are accepted. See the Togo's catering menu at
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

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 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
• Sharon Kelley, University Computing and Communications
• Randy Morgan, Associated Students
• Nabor Lopez, Facilities Management
• Jennifer O'Neal-Watts, Library
• *Christine Kellerman, College of Health & Human Services

* only vacation leave credits may be donated to this employee
Submitted by Human Resources