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News for the Month of February 2020
A message from Dr. Ed Mills:
The Happy Secret to Better Work (Invest in yourself for 12 minutes today)
Last year, I talked a lot about the importance of partnering versus siloing. I offered that a partnership is more than collaboration or working together toward a common goal. Partnering is when people are truly invested in each other’s success. This is a powerful concept. It doesn’t mean we don’t disagree at times or take different approaches to our work. It means that our colleague’s success is as important to us as our own. This perspective, I thought, could change everything and help us build a happier, more productive workplace.
I missed an important step; our investment in our own happiness. It is our perspective of the world that determines whether we view something as a problem or an opportunity. When we are invested in our own happiness, we open our minds to the potential of opportunity. In that space, we can cultivate productive partnerships.   
No one that I’ve found relays this idea better (and funnier) than Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc. Watch his
Ted Talk: The Happy Secret to Better Work. I’m asking a favor of you. Take 12 minutes today and invest in your
own happiness. 
And remember, a random act of kindness might be the most important thing you do all day. 
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Sacramento State to Host Black Expo 2020

Sacramento State is proud to host the 32nd Annual Black Expo on Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1, 2020 in the University Union. More than 7,000 people from across California are expected to attend this event, making it one of the largest celebrations of Black History Month in
the region. 
Historically housed at the Cal Expo fair grounds, Sacramento State will host this year’s event on the invitation of President Nelsen. This is an opportunity to deepen Sacramento State’s role as an anchor in the Sacramento region, as well as further embrace our commitment to being an inclusive and welcoming campus for all. Event organizers are excited to be able to bring the Black Expo to Sacramento State and see it as a way to strengthen and realize their goal to educate, inform, and inspire the African American community.
Over the course of the two-day event, the Black Expo will host a small business faire and a marketplace showcasing local African American businesses, goods, and services, as well as conferences on housing and home ownership, careers, black agriculture, voting, health and wellness, and education. Additional event components include a black girl’s conference, town hall summit, youth speak out session, and live concert.
In partnership with UC Davis, Sacramento State will sponsor workshops discussing higher education and college admissions opportunities. In addition, the event will feature history makers from home and will honor alumni native to the region who have become notable members of the community.
Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny, Associate Vice President of Student Retention and Academic Success (SASEEP) and Director of the Sacramento State MLK Center, will be heading the event along with Dr. Rick Warren, CEO of
the event: “We are extremely excited that this event is happening on our campus. The Black Expo is not just one
of the largest African American community-based events in the state, but it is one of the largest and most diverse gatherings of community members that Sacramento State has hosted. It is a great example of our commitment
to diversity and inclusion as well as our role of being an anchor in the Sacramento community,” says
Dr. Watson-Derbigny.
Contact Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny for more information and to find out how you can get involved.
For more information on Black Expo 2020 visit the website.
Black Expo 2020

Carlsen Center Partners with Student Affairs to Encourage Student Entrepreneurship

The Carlsen Center has a simple mission: make innovation and entrepreneurship simple, accessible, and pervasive throughout the Greater Sacramento region.
Executive Director Cameron Law believes that entrepreneurship is a vital skill in the 21st century. Problem-solving, creativity, and learning to proactively think about solutions is a necessary skill for students and graduates entering the workforce: “Sac State is uniquely positioned to support student entrepreneurs because of the number of graduates that choose to live and work in the region, and our reputation as an anchor in our communities,” says Law.
The Carlsen Center is working to build a community where students can come to explore and discuss their ideas in a safe space. Workshops and seminars are designed with a Learn, Prepare, Launch approach, moving students from simple ideas, to building business models, and ultimately connecting to resources as needed.
Two new entrepreneurs-in-residence are available to work with students helping to break-down misconceptions on what it means to be an entrepreneur and providing a diverse range of experiences to help students grow and develop their ideas.
Student Affairs is partnering with the Carlsen Center with the goal of getting more students engaged with the idea of entrepreneurship. Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny from SASEEP says, “Our students have great ideas. Lots of them have their own businesses and are looking for resources to move them forward. However, we need to strategically identify where they need help, so we can best support their entrepreneurial goals.” By investing in our students’ success, the Division is working to build a pipeline, funneling young entrepreneurs to the resources that can best serve them.
The Carlsen Center wants to be the nexus for entrepreneurship both on campus and in the community.  To make this a reality, collaboration and partnership is key. “The success of students depends on the collaboration and partnership between the many entrepreneurial and academic stakeholders on and off campus,” says Law.
To get involved with the Carlsen Center, contact Executive Director Cameron Law.

Blood Drive

3 Days to Give
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Paint Your Piggy

Financial Wellness
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Financial Aid Carnival

Financial Aid
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All Majors Career Fair

Career Center
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Pop Up Pantry

ASI Food Pantry
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American River Clean Up

Clean Up - Give Back
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API College Day

Sacramento State will be hosting the 2nd Asian Pacific Islander College Day on Friday, March 6, 2019 from 
10 AM – 3 PM in the University Union Ballroom.
API College Day promotes early awareness of college preparation, selection, admissions, financial aid, and other critical steps for college entry to Asian Pacific Islander students and families.
In 2019, API College Day drew more than 750 students from seven school districts and three community colleges in the Sacramento Region.
Opportunities to get involved and to table are available. With an audience of high school and community college aged students, this is a great way to connect with API students and their parents. If you or your department or organization would like to table, please register here.
For more information, contact Austin Sihoe at or (916) 278-7740.
Please visit the API College Day website for more information. 

The Uniqueness of the DEGREES Project

The Dedicated to Educating, Graduating, and Retaining Educational Equity Students (DEGREES) Project aims to reach out to students in unconventional ways. The team takes pride in reaching out and meeting with students wherever they are, as opposed to waiting for students to come to them. The department, which Sacramento State alumna, Ruth Williams oversees, is a culmination of peer mentoring, peer academic advising, and various other resources designed for student success.
Williams joined DEGREES during the 2019 academic year. Her role as a program coordinator and counselor consists of supporting underrepresented students at Sacramento State. The program is also peer supported— meaning many of the peer coaches are students themselves. Studies have shown that if students are peer supported, they will perform better academically. Many students appreciate one-on-one interactions with their coaches and Williams strives to increase the number of advisors and coaches within the department. 
Being new in her position, Williams hopes to bring awareness to all students in the Sacramento State population about the wide range of opportunities the program has to offer: “My mission is to help students achieve a degree” quoted Williams. She focuses on serving students who are first-generation in their family to attend college, struggle with their academics, or come from a low socioeconomic background. 
A new innovative strategy she has begun to use is to engage with students utilizing social media polls. This allows the student population to ask for support services that they desire. From those responses, DEGREES creates resources and events that students have requested.
Another major contribution Williams offers for the program is organizing several informational workshops among which are mock interviews, resume building, or applying for graduation. These resources are not only provided for academic success, but its sole purpose is to help individuals develop lifelong professional skills.
To learn more and to find out how you can partner contact the DEGREEs Project at

Green and Gold Speaker Series

The Centers for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) and Services to Students With Disabilities (SSWD) are proud to present the next Green and Gold speaker, Haben Girma.
Haben is the first Deafblind woman to graduate Harvard Law and has taken the world by storm through her work as an Author, Speaker, and Disability Rights Advocate.
Haben will present her work to the campus community on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 at 12:00PM, in University Ballrooms I & II.
For questions and inquiries concerning accommodations, please email
Thank you for supporting the Green and Gold Speaker Series and Sac State’s continuous effort to increase diversity and inclusion.

Census 2020

Happening every 10 years, the Census counts everyone living in the United States.
In cross-campus collaboration, 30 plus departments are working together to raise awareness and encourage students to get involved and be counted. Events are happening throughout February and March which aim to break misinformation and educate our students about the critical importance that the Census has on the shaping our communities. By participating in the Census, students are impacting their communities not just now, but for the next 10 years.
Annually, more than $675 billion is federally allocated to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and many other vital resources in our communities. An accurate headcount is the foundation for how this money is distributed. The census also determines government representation impacting the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Beginning in March households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail.
Be on the look out for the many Census events on campus and encourage students to get involved and be counted.
For more information and to get involved with Census 2020, contact Lilia A. Contreras Ramirez.

Graduate Writing Workshops

The Student Research Center, in partnership with the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development is hosting a series of Grant Proposal Writing Workshops for graduate students. This six-part series is offered during the Spring 2020 semester and is built to introduce students to the grant proposal writing process. In addition to walking students step-by-step through the process of writing a grant proposal it also aims to engage them with a group of peers who will provide feedback along the way.
Workshops will be held every Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm in the Library, room 2026 beginning on February 19 and ending on March 25. All graduate students are invited to register for the workshops and can do so here.
For more information, contact the Student Research Center at

PAVE: Partnerships to Advance the Values of Education

Residing in the Division of Student Affairs, the PAVE program or Partnerships to Advance the Value of Education is an academic tutoring and college mentoring program which specializes in working collaboratively with regional K-12 school partners to engage Sacramento State students in the classroom setting.
As a tutor or mentor, Sacramento State students are trained and prepared to educate the community in areas ranging from common core to STEM. On average, about 50 of our students are deployed to serve the educational community per semester.
87% of student academic tutors agreed that by being involved in this program, they obtained a positive experience both as a student and as a tutor.
Not only do Sacramento State students obtain a new perspective, but they are also able to build their resume and prepare for the workforce ahead. As a representative of Sacramento State, tutors bring the unity of the university to K-12 classrooms across the region.
By creating this environment, PAVE extends beyond the pillars of Student Affairs by creating external collaboration to not only introduce experience to Sacramento State students, but to the greater Sacramento area as well: “PAVE is an important mechanism for achieving Sacramento State’s institutional goal as an Anchor University to transform lives by preparing students to serve as academic tutors and college role models in the local school communities” according to Chao Vang.
This program is open and welcome to all Sacramento State students, regardless of major. Any students interested in this experience are encouraged to attend PAVE recruitment, which begins in May and extends through July 2020.
For more information about PAVE, contact Chao Vang.

Do you remember the pesky snooze button?
It has a new feature and now there are two steps!

This is how software updates and security patches are pushed to all university-owned workstations every Thursday. You will now receive two different alerts to complete the update. After clicking "Ok" at the Desktop Alert (left), your computer will download the updates. Then you will have the option to Reboot or Snooze at the Reboot Alert (right).
Prevent problems down the line; the sooner you reboot, the sooner you are safe.
Don’t forget to click “Ok” then “Reboot” and please do not “Snooze”.

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