November 10, 2008
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

State Hornet takes top honors
The State Hornet, Sacramento State's independent student-run newspaper, won a 2008 Online Pacemaker award Nov. 1 from Associated Collegiate Press. The Pacemaker is the top national honor for online collegiate journalism, recognizing general excellence and outstanding achievement.

The editor-in-chief for the period in which the Hornet was recognized was Gamaliel Ortiz, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy in spring 2008 and is now working as a news reporter at The Elk Grove Citizen. The online managing editor was Cody Kitaura, who will graduate with a bachelor's degree in journalism in December. The faculty adviser is Holly Heyser, who graduated from Sacramento State with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1987 and returned to advise the State Hornet in fall 2006.

The Hornet was one of five publications honored equally in the four-year university, non-daily newspaper category of the Pacemaker competition. The other four were the Golden Gate [X]Press, San Francisco State University;, George Washington University (Washington D.C.); The Ithacan Online, Ithaca College (Ithaca, N.Y.); and The Temple News, Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.)

Information about the contest and finalists is at
Submitted by the State Hornet

Bus route changes
UTAPS will modify the routes and schedules for the Hornet Express Shuttles beginning Jan. 26, the first day of the spring 2009 semester. New routes and schedules should be posted on the Hornet Shuttle web page by the end of December. When available, information will be posted to the Commuter Alerts section at

In addition to the Hornet Express Shuttle, riders should consider Sacramento Regional Transit routes 26, 82 and 87. For those schedules and routes visit  Call UTAPS at 278-7275 for more information.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

General Education Faculty reception
There will be a reception for general education faculty, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17 in the University Union’s Redwood Room. Faculty interested in general education are welcome. The reception is sponsored by Academic Affairs, the Faculty Senate and the General Education/Graduation Requirements Policy Committee. RSVP to Janet Hecsh, at
Submitted by the Faculty Senate

Blanket drive
The Friends of Meals on Wheels will hold its second Seniors Blanket Drive. Send new blankets and other warm items such as gloves, mittens, scarves and slippers to Mical Shilts in Mariposa Hall, room 3033 or place in the marked box in front of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department office in Mariposa 3000 by Dec. 5. For information contact Shilts at
Submitted by Family and Consumer Science

Rock auction
The Sacramento State Geology Club will hold its fifth annual rock auction at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, in the University Union’s Ballroom I.  There will be a silent auction and live auction. For more information visit the Geology Department’s website at, or call 278-6337.
Submitted by the Geology Department

Research webcast
The next research webcast is 9-10:30 a.m., Nov. 14, in Eureka Hall, room 113. The topic is Multivariate Categorical Response Models presented by Dr. Peter Westfall, Texas Tech University.

This webcast series is offered in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University and provides the opportunity for faculty and graduate students to receive advanced training in research methods and data analysis.  

RSVP via email to the Research Administration office at
Submitted by the Research Administration Office

Medical conference
The Division of Nursing, in conjunction with Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Eta Chapter, co-sponsored the third annual Clinical Practice and Research Conference, Oct. 31. Approximately 100 people attended.

Faculty podium presenters included: Dian Baker (Engaging Community Health Nursing Students in International Issues of Human Trafficking), Tanya Altmann (Nurses' Attitudes towards Continuing Formal Education), Joyce Mikal-Flynn with student Toccara Coates (A Pilot Study: Educational and Group Support Program for Post Myocardial Infarction and Cardiac Surgery Patients and Families), and Debra Brady/Katherine Kelly/Brenda Hanson-Smith (Clinical Simulation Learning: Collaborations, Creativity, and Resources).

Faculty poster presenters included: Ann Stoltz, Suzanne Sutherland, Carolynn Goetz, and Anne Whitteaker.
Submitted by the Division of Nursing

Entertainment books
The University Staff Assembly is selling Entertainment Books for $40. The books contain thousands of discounts on dining, travel, sports, entertainment and shopping. In addition to the discounts in the book, many others are offered online. To order a book, contact:

Suzanne Bracamonte, Public Service 13, 278-87321; Carolann Forseth, Mariposa 3000, 278-6393; Cossette Leos, Bookstore 3200, 278-7001; Carol Rumley, Tahoe 1010, 278-7291; Stacy Sinz, Placer 2003, 278-4691; Laurie Wheless, Sequoia 334, 278-4655.

Books may also be purchased online.  Visit the USA website at for more information.  The sale ends Dec. 12.
Submitted by the University Staff Association

Call for Proposals
For the fiscal year 2008/2009, fee proposals are being accepted for new fees and changes to existing fees. The process has changed based on the fee category. For more information on the change, see Executive Order 1034 at

The new Student Fee Policy can be found at

Forms are available at the website:

A workshop to help with the proposal process will be held 10-11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Student Financial Services Office in Lassen Hall 1003.  RSVP to Gina Curry at 278-7433 or to attend.
Submitted by Student Financial Services Center

Donate a Thanksgiving food basket
Associated Students, Inc., is collecting food baskets to distribute for Thanksgiving. Stop by the Student Life and Service Center in the University Union to sign up and receive an information packet. Baskets are due to the center by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21. Baskets will be decorated from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24 in the Redwood Room and will be delivered on Wednesday, Nov. 25. If you are interested in donating or wrapping baskets, email ASI at, or call 278-4241. For more information about ASI activities, visit
Submitted by ASI

Technology workshops
Faculty and staff can sign up for free technical workshops. There are workshops for beginners as well as experienced users. In just hours, learn effective means of using technology which can make your projects more successful. For more information, or to sign-up, visit Upcoming classes include:

Monday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-noon, in AIRC 3008  -- “Web Accessibility: Introduction for Authors Part 1" helps those who write content for web pages to consider Section 508 accessibility issues and solutions.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, in AIRC 3013 -- "Toolbook: An Introduction and Creating Presentations - Part 1."  Go beyond PowerPoint with robust non-linear presentations which can then be put online as interactive learning tools.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1-3 p.m., in AIRC 3008 -- "Dreamweaver: Links and Tables" will show how to better organize the layout of websites and link to other websites.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-noon, in AIRC 3008 -- "Photoshop Elements: Basics" will cover basic techniques to edit, enhance, and prepare digital images for the Web, PowerPoint, SacCT, and CD-ROM.
Submitted by Academic Technology and Creative Services

Gerontology Fair
The Sacramento State Gerontology Program will sponsor the third annual Gerontology Career Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13 in the University Union Redwood Room.

The fair is open to all majors, faculty staff and members of the community.
Representatives from state, county and other local agencies will be in attendance offering paid internship and volunteer positions. Anyone interested in working with or providing services to older adults is encouraged to attend. Students and community members will not only be able to find positions, but will have the opportunity to learn more about gerontology and how the study of aging can be beneficial for all academic disciplines and professions.
Submitted by the Gerontology Program

Human Resources

Holiday reminder
The day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28, is a workday for all non-academic year employees. The campus will be open for limited intra-campus business, but not to the public. It also is anticipated that the University Union and University Enterprises, Inc., will be closed that day, so no food services will be available on campus. Human Resources officials hope that, unless work is scheduled for them, employees will request the use of vacation time, accrued Compensating Time Off or their personal holidays for that Friday.

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, also is a workday for everyone except academic year employees, and the campus will be open primarily for intra-campus business. It is hoped the governor will continue the tradition of a gift of four hours of administrative leave to state workers which may be used Dec. 24 and allow the campus to close at noon.

Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, is also a workday. We anticipate limited campus services available that day.

The campus will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11, to observe Veterans Day.

TSA enrollment
The California State University system will hold a special TSA enrollment from November 3 through November 28. The open period is for current participants and employees who would like to participate in the program. During that time, employees can direct their contributions to any or all of these fund sponsors: AIG Retirement, Fidelity Investments ING, MetLife, TIAA-Cref. For information, contact the Sacramento State Human Resources office at 278-6213.

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 each fiscal year in one-hour increments. Bargaining Units 1, 8, 10 and 11 may only donate up to 16 hours per fiscal year. If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained at, 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:
Fred Angell, Mail Services
Serena Johnson, College of Business Administration
Mary Ann Alvarez, Nursing
Wandarah Anderson, Division of Social Work
Carol Eberhart, Foreign Languages
Nancy Hackbart, Career Center
Carolyn Ann Hollahan, Academic Information Resource Center
Jennifer O'Neal-Watts, Library
*Sherry Arrowood, Art
*Toni Johnson, Financial Aid

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee


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