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  • Meet Jody Nelsen
    where she worked Little did Jody know that Carla s boss and BYU student Robert S Nelsen who went by Steve at the time had conspired to meet her My sister called and my mom went with me Jody says The clothing was on one level and sporting goods was upstairs and open to the lower level My sister gets on the intercom Steve Nelsen to the front desk I notice people lining up on the balcony of the sporting goods department The whole store knows And I m thinking What s going on He comes down and introduces himself and says Want to go out on a date I was shocked and said Sure Who is this guy My sister said he was nice In addition to holding down his retail job Robert supervised the student janitorial crew that cleaned the BYU law school building He tells the story The law school dean came in every morning at about 5 to write Our crew started at 4 and went to 8 So one day he comes in and walks across my freshly waxed floor and then he does it again After the fourth time I go in and say How many years do I get if I put this putty knife in your back if you walk across my wax one more time So when I show up at her house for the second date Nelsen says we re sitting on the front porch and I see the nameplate Carl S Hawkins I m dating the daughter of the dean I threatened with a putty knife Nelsen asked Jody to marry him for real with a diamond not a plastic ring just three months after they met The wedding was Feb 14 1975 She was 19 he was 23 I liked that he was so vibrant and fun and very smart and very loving Jody says In May after the semester ended they took a belated honeymoon to Yellowstone National Park and his family s Montana ranch She was pregnant with their son Seth They both quit school and moved to Southern California where Robert managed a western wear store Jody taught Robert how to swim in their apartment s pool while baby Seth slept After a year in California Jody encouraged her husband to return to school She put her education on hold and worked as a hospital labor and delivery technician while he finished up his bachelor s and master s degrees at BYU They moved to Chicago when Seth was 3 so Robert could attend the University of Chicago s John U Nef Committee on Social Thought for his doctorate Meanwhile Jody worked as a unit secretary in obstetrics at an osteopathic hospital and then as an office manager at the American Bar Foundation where one of her mentors pushed her to return to school Jody was 28 and Seth was 8 when she enrolled at Loyola University There she earned her bachelor s degree in

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  • Meet the President
    most of it spent in the University of Texas system He was president of UT Pan American from 2010 to 2014 and most recently served as special advisor to UT s executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs Nelsen was born Jan 21 1952 in Brigham City Utah and grew up on a ranch in Montana He earned his bachelor s and master s degrees in political science from Brigham Young University and his doctorate from the University of Chicago s Committee on Social Thought where his fields of study were modern literature modern philosophy and modern political theory In 1989 90 Nelsen taught English at the University of Illinois at Chicago before joining the faculty of the University of Texas Dallas where he founded the creative writing program and served as its director During his 18 years at UT Dallas he also was a professor of Literary and Aesthetic Studies and served as vice provost In 2008 09 Nelsen was a professor of English and associate vice president for academic affairs at Texas A M University Corpus Christi In 2010 he returned to the University of Texas system as the president of UT Pan American in Edinburg Among his proudest achievements was leading the effort to merge the university with the University of Texas Brownsville to create the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley which has a medical school He is a prolific and award winning short story writer His play We Bums had a three week run at Dallas Deep Ellum Theater in 1995 Among his many awards and honors Nelsen was named the 2014 Man of the Year by the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and received a Literacy Champion award from the South Texas Literacy Coalition in 2012 This spring the Edinburg City Council

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  • Presidential Messages
    Advancement for new needed personnel To help meet NCAA reporting requirements Athletics is receiving funding for two Business Office positions and to protect the safety of our student athletes we also are adding a trainer to Athletics budget We are gearing up for the University s first Comprehensive Campaign so gift officers have been added to Advancement s budget to ramp up the campaign and to supplement the colleges fundraising efforts Another 1 56 million has been allocated to help address our Student Success and Completion Initiatives Given the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 goals for the University and given our priority to increase our retention rates and graduation rates and to decrease our students time to degree we will be hiring someone to evaluate oversee coordinate and improve our student success initiatives For me personally it is important that we measure and demonstrate success at every step of the way It is also important that we work strategically and that we effectively and efficiently use these funds to ensure the success of our faculty and students As for the All University Expenses AUE I agree with UBAC s recommendations In addition to normal cost increases the Neulion Ticketing System cost was moved back into the AUE category This system serves a variety of University entities e g Athletics Theatre Arts Music etc and the expenses can be erratic from year to year A summary of the University s final budget for the 2015 16 General Operating Fund is available here One Time Budgets The two areas where I have made changes to UBAC s recommendations are for the Short Term Strategic one time Funds and One Time Project Funds For the Short Term Strategic Funds I have decided to fund the new positions in University Advancement and Athletics mentioned above via permanent baseline funds hence those costs were removed from the list I also added 100 000 in one time funding for operating costs associated with the Comprehensive Campaign we will not be able to raise money without appropriately investing in the campaign A summary of the Short Term Strategic one time Funds is available here With regard to the One Time Project Funds of the 31 601 833 in requests I have approved 16 554 700 in total projects Funded projects are identified here Upon reviewing the initial recommendations and after discussing those recommendations in Cabinet and with key leaders we believed that it was important to focus on projects critical to the University s mission and to funding some very serious deferred maintenance items such as hazardous waste abatement and water exposure problems We also added items that directly affect the safety of our faculty staff and students such as work on trip hazards and fire walls We were able to reduce the funding for some items such as elevator replacements and repairs by finding funding in existing divisional budgets and I did not fund the renovation and furnishing of a downtown School of Public Policy because space for the school has not yet been found Finally because we already are funding enrollment growth with the additional baseline funding of 1 3 million as described above and because in principle enrollment growth should not be funded by one time funding I reduced the request from Academic Affairs from 4 389 632 95 to 1 000 000 This 1 000 000 is to be used to hire instructors to fill sections of needed courses especially so called bottleneck courses Martin Luther King Jr once said that a budget is a moral document I concur We are allocating more than 1 000 000 in this year s budget for equity raises and obviously we are being aggressive with enhancing safety and even more so with supporting student success and completion initiatives In the fall we will be reinstituting an annual budget presentation during which we will roll out the budget in more detail At the end of the fiscal year we also will be instituting an annual financial review where we will discuss how the actual budget was spent We have important work to do as we increase freshman and transfer graduation rates decrease the time to degree provide the classes that our students need and close the achievement gaps I look forward to working with all of you As California s Capital University we can show the nation how an excellent education can be provided in an inclusive nurturing respectful environment by understanding and learning from all cultures Oct 5 2015 I have spoken with many faculty staff students and community members about the Sept 4 2015 classroom exchange between Professor Maury Wiseman and Ms Chiitaanibah Johnson I also have read various descriptions and analyses of the incident Using the Sacramento State guidelines set forth in Academic Freedom and Responsibility Statement on Faculty Responsibilities and Professional Ethics Policy on Faculty Responsibilities and Professional Ethics Faculty Responsibilities to Students in the Instructional Environment Dealing with Incidents of Disruptive Student Behavior in the Classroom and Student Conduct Code I have concluded that neither Professor Wiseman nor Ms Johnson violated any University policy We are therefore closing the inquiry into the incident While people may agree or disagree with the decision we can all agree that change must happen We cannot and should not stop the conversations that the incident has provoked To the contrary we as a university must learn from this incident and the discussions surrounding it My most sincere hope is that our university can become a national model of inclusive dialogue regarding issues such as genocide and its lasting effects I am very impressed that the History Department is reaching out to Native American tribal leaders and I was equally impressed by the panel discussion last Thursday regarding Native Americans American Indians Myths and Misconceptions The questions raised by the panelists and members of the audience were thoughtful direct and honest I was particularly pleased to hear that Ethnic Studies is planning to offer a minor in Genocide and Holocaust Studies I understand the importance of academic freedom but I also know that no one at the University wants any of our students to feel that they have not been heard Thoughtful dialogue and sometimes heated debate are at the heart of any university but so is compassion The discussions surrounding this incident provide us with the opportunity to improve what happens in our classrooms and in the lives of our Native American students indeed in the lives of all our students We not only must be more inclusive and compassionate but we also must be true to education s universal charge to expand knowledge and understanding In that spirit we must seize this opportunity to encourage respectful discussion of controversial topics in the classroom even if these discussions may interrupt a planned lecture We also must continue to have regularly scheduled forums similar to last Thursday s panel and the International Conference on Genocide scheduled for November 2016 in order to increase public awareness and understanding We all know how critically important our faculty are to achieving our institution s mission to transform lives by preparing students for leadership service and success and we depend upon the faculty to provide an excellent education to our students As I have said in many venues I am very impressed with our faculty and their dedication to our students Not only are our faculty delivering critical information and encouraging dialogue inside the classroom they also are offering guidance advice and personal instruction outside the classroom often going beyond the call of duty We must support our faculty and provide them with the tools and help to be successful inside and outside the classroom I am directing Academic Affairs to ensure that new faculty orientations include culturally sensitive instruction about the makeup of our student body Additionally I am asking that we initiate an orientation program for all part time faculty that is culturally relevant that details the traditions and resources available at Sacramento State and that introduces the part time faculty to our diverse student body Both orientations should focus on effective classroom management that creates a respectful learning environment and encourages constructive discussion of important issues relevant to the classroom material and the students lives The instruction also will focus on how to engage students and encourage discussion and questions from students And I am asking that the materials generated as a part of these enhanced orientations be made available to all faculty members Additionally I am directing Student Affairs to enrich the discussion of student conduct and decorum in the classroom during student orientation sessions and in the various training sessions in which students participate The goal of this discussion will be to increase students abilities to engage in classroom discussions and hear not only the words of their professors but of their peers as well I will be working with Student Affairs and my Cabinet to provide more funding for programming for the Multi Cultural Women s Resource and PRIDE centers and for hiring coordinators for all three centers Finally I am asking Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to work with the Faculty Senate Associated Students Inc and the University Staff Assembly to constitute a committee to develop a Hornet Honor Code an agreed upon set of principles and guidelines that will encourage honesty integrity and mutual respect amongst students faculty staff and administration As part of their discussions I also am asking the committee to make a recommendation for or against hiring a Student Ombudsperson i e a student advocate charged with ensuring the protection of students rights and with helping to resolve student complaints Sacramento State has the seventh most diverse student body west of the Mississippi River In diversity there is strength I believe We must build on that strength As California s Capital University we can show the nation how an excellent education can be provided in an inclusive nurturing respectful environment by understanding and learning from all cultures Let s move forward and hand in hand make our great university even greater I encourage all of our students faculty and staff to attend and participate in this difficult but important conversation Sept 29 2015 In my previous messages to you about creating a productive nurturing and academically stimulating campus environment I announced an upcoming series of panel discussions and dialogues to continue a positive campus conversation As a result of the meetings of last Friday and with feedback from the Native American American Indian community students faculty and staff the first panel and dialogue session will be focusing on the myths and misconceptions that impact Native Americans American Indians on a daily basis The panel will be held from 11 a m to 1 p m Thursday Oct 1 in the University Union s Orchard Suite The session will open with Native Americans American Indians offering their personal testimony to be followed by facilitated dialogue I encourage all of our students faculty and staff to attend and participate in this difficult but important conversation Please join me in welcoming Dr Cely Smart to Sacramento State Sept 28 2015 I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Cely Smart as Special Assistant to the Office of the President effective today Before joining Sacramento State Cely served as the Assistant Registrar over Official Publications in the Office of the Registrar at The University of Texas at Austin She supervised a department of four who reviewed edited and published all curriculum changes to five university catalogs and degrees as well as an inventory of more than 10 000 courses She managed the yearly assessment plan for the office and worked as part of the management team in the Registrar s Office to design curriculum and curriculum based policies After graduating from Texas Tech University with her B S in Human Development and Family Studies and her M Ed in Elementary Education in 2007 Cely moved to Corpus Christi to pursue a doctorate at Texas A M University Corpus Christi While pursuing her degree she worked in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library and eventually joined the Provost s Office in 2009 as Assistant to the Provost In 2010 she graduated with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership Higher Education As Assistant to the Provost then Director of Academic Policy and Administration she managed the revision of university policies and rules curriculum changes for the university catalogs faculty credentialing and undergraduate program evaluation She also worked with the campus accreditation team to complete the reaffirmation report for university accreditation Please join me in welcoming Dr Cely Smart to Sacramento State In the coming weeks we will be holding a series of forums conferences town halls and events on our campus addressing the concerns I have outlined in my previous messages to campus Sept 23 2015 We are quickly approaching Native American Day this Friday Sept 25 I am out of town and unable to be with you because my father has passed away But I wanted to let everyone know that I received feedback last week from the President s Committee to Build Campus Unity along with representatives of our Native American students faculty staff and ASI that the proposed campus wide Friday discussion panels might detract from the Native American Day Celebration at the State Capitol taking place on the same day There was strong sentiment that we should reconsider the timing of the panels while retaining the goals of having continuous conversations about inclusion academic freedom respect tolerance and the value of and means for difficult discussions on campus and in society I have taken the feedback to heart and therefore we are changing our plans Instead of the panels we will be holding a breakfast celebration and blessing in honor of Native American Day in a concerted effort to show solidarity and support for our community partners who already had planned to attend the State Capitol celebration The morning send off will be held from 9 to 10 a m in the University Union Ballroom Ms Connie Reitmann Solas executive director of the Inter Tribal Council of California Inc will serve as a guest speaker I encourage students faculty and staff to attend the breakfast especially those students faculty and staff who will be traveling to the State Capitol celebration which begins at 10 a m For those unable to attend the festivities at the Capitol we invite you to be part of a dialogue that will be facilitated in a Breaking of the Bread Ceremony at the Multicultural Center from 11 15 a m to 12 45 p m In the coming weeks we will be holding a series of forums conferences town halls and events on our campus addressing the concerns I have outlined in my previous messages to campus We also are establishing a webpage to include all upcoming campus activities involving these efforts The first panel and dialogue is set for 11 a m to 1 p m Oct 1 in the University Union s Orchard Suite Another important event a campus Healing and Renewal Ceremony beginning with a Sunrise Gathering to which we are inviting the elders of the Native American American Indian community will be held Oct 12 Further details will follow I encourage all of our students faculty and staff to partake in all these activities that I hope will help facilitate difficult but constructive conversations about controversial subjects without violating academic freedom or the welfare of our students Thank you for your support for strengthening our University by utilizing recent events as teachable moments I regret that because of my father s passing I will not be there on Friday I will be speaking at my father s services He was a great man an inspiration a true cowboy at heart I am at peace knowing that he is no longer suffering Going forward we want to make certain that our campus is a productive nurturing and academically stimulating environment for our students Sept 15 2015 Our priority at Sacramento State must be our students As many of you know or may have read we had a confrontation between a student and a faculty member in one of our history classes at the start of the semester The incident has prompted thoughtful dialogue and sometimes heated debate on the campus and in social media Dialogue and debate are at the heart of any university but the welfare of Ms Chiitaanibah Johnson and of all of our students is quintessential to Sacramento State s mission to transform lives by preparing students for leadership service and success We must work together to ensure that our students succeed and that we have a campus where all individuals staff faculty and students feel at home We must truly be a Hornet family I like everyone at the University want to ensure that Ms Johnson is able not only to move beyond this incident but also to thrive personally and academically Even though we are still in the midst of evaluating what happened in the classroom I am writing today to give you an update Upon learning of the confrontation we contacted Ms Johnson I met with her and her family I also met with the professor involved and with his representatives The Provost is currently conducting the investigation of the incident As I indicated in my earlier message to the campus Our university must be a place of mutual respect with processes in place to ensure that the rights of students and faculty are protected and that respect must reach into our classrooms Because this investigation is also an ongoing personnel matter and because of FERPA I cannot discuss details of the findings at this point in time But I can say we are following the guidelines in the following policies Academic Freedom and Responsibility Statement on Faculty Responsibilities and Professional Ethics Policy on Faculty Responsibilities and Professional Ethics Faculty Responsibilities to Students in the Instructional Environment Dealing with

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  • News
    implement the University s academic Strategic Plan using architectural and landscape designs that incorporate best practices in sustainability and water conservation and showcasing and maximizing engagement with the American River Trustee Margaret Fortune who is from Sacramento said of the Master Plan I want to say this is an exciting plan for the campus and the region and I am looking forward to the fruition The price tag for the entire project would be about 3 7 billion in today s dollars Earlier this spring the Board of Trustees approved the first project in the Campus Master Plan a 54 9 million residence hall to be built alongside the American River The groundbreaking will take place this summer and the first group of 416 students will move in for the Fall 2017 semester Read our story about the new residence hall This summer the University will install a network of low impact development LID best management practices BMPs to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on the nearby American River Among the BMPs are bioretention planters rain gardens and compost amended bioswales that will collect treat and infiltrate urban stormwater runoff In addition to removing pollutants the BMPs will reduce the volume of runoff discharged into the river thus preventing erosion and replenishing the campus groundwater supplies used for irrigation The 2 8 million sustainability project is funded through a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board and will be carried out by Sacramento State s Office of Water Programs These BMPs will serve as examples for future stormwater management practices to be incorporated with the campus Master Plan It s a dream situation said Ming Tung Mike Lee Sacramento State s vice president for Administration and chief financial officer The campus and community will benefit from this sustainability

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  • Meet the President
    Majors Arts Letters Business Administration Continuing Education Education Engineering Computer Science Health Human Services Natural Sciences Mathematics Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Studies Academic Departments Student Life Admissions Undergraduate Graduate Financial Aid for Future Students Athletics Make a Gift President s Office President Nelsen s Biography University Leadership Lisa Cardoza Chief of Staff 916 278 7737 lisa cardoza csus edu Cely Smart Ed D Special Assistant 916 278 7737 cely smart csus edu LindaKay Soriano Presidential Aide 916 278 5868 lksoriano csus edu Donna L Thomason Presidential Aide 916 278 6323 donnat csus edu Learn about Sac State s future Sacramento State is positioned for a bright future with the approval of its Campus Master Plan which details the physical improvements to be made over the next 20 years and the Strategic Plan which shapes the University s mission vision values and strategic direction through 2020 From the Desk of the President Strategic Plan Campus Master Plan University Leadership President s Office California State University Sacramento 6000 J Street Sacramento CA 95819 916 278 6011 Visit Sac State at Twitter Visit Sac State at Facebook Visit Sac State at Instagram Visit Sac State at Flickr Visit Sac State at Youtube Campus Map

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  • UTAPS Staff
    30pm Info Booth 1 near J St Entrance Monday Friday 7 30am 5 00pm Info Booth 2 near Alumni Center Monday Friday 7 30am 4 30pm Summer Hours May 26 August 21 Monday Friday 7 30am 4 00pm SPECIAL HOURS OFFICE CLOSURES UTAPS Staff DIRECTORS Tony Lucas Senior Director 916 278 5241 tlucas saclink csus edu Vacant Director Transportation Parking Administration 916 278 6103 OFFICE STAFF Mel Ardelean Information Service Provider 916 278 7275 mel ardelean csus edu Shelbie Ashby Cashier Customer Service Representative 916 278 7275 sna73 csus edu Noel Carolipio Appeals Coordinator 916 278 7527 ncarolip csus edu Sara Espinosa Jenkins Cashier Customer Service Representative 916 278 7275 espinosa jenkin csus edu Jayme Hunter Interim Office Coordinator 916 278 4538 sac49191 saclink csus edu Florence Jackson Cashier Customer Service Representative 916 278 7275 fljackso saclink csus edu Josh Neri Parking Events Services Coordinator 916 278 2985 neri csus edu Freddy Orozco Coordinator Parking Shuttle Operations 916 278 5242 orozcoa csus edu Emily Parmelee Resource Analyst 916 278 5159 parmelee csus edu Brandon Sanchez Information Service Provider 916 278 7275 bsanchez saclink csus edu PARKING OFFICERS J Bakke Parking Officer I 916 278 7275 Vacant Parking Analyst 916 278

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  • Special Hours & Office Closures
    5078 Physical Address 7667 Folsom Blvd Folsom Hall Mailing Address University Transportation Parking Services UTAPS Folsom Hall 6000 J Street Sacramento CA 95819 6076 Regular Hours Fall and Spring Monday Friday 7 30am 4 30pm Info Booth 1 near J St Entrance Monday Friday 7 30am 5 00pm Info Booth 2 near Alumni Center Monday Friday 7 30am 4 30pm Summer Hours May 26 August 21 Monday Friday 7 30am

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  • PayByPhone
    M F during fall and spring 7 30am 4 30pm SPECIAL HOURS OFFICE CLOSURES PayByPhone PayByPhone Sacramento State s PayByPhone mobile payment service means that students with smartphones no longer have to wait in line to buy machine issued daily parking permits PayByPhone works on iPhone Blackberry and Android devices When students sign up online at www paybyphone com or by downloading the free phone app they will supply their license plate and credit card numbers Use the last seven digits of the VIN if license plate is not available new vehicle Once on campus they park in a student only space open the app enter Sac State s PayByPhone location number 5115 and their desired parking duration either two hours or all day Students without a smartphone can use the service by calling PayByPhone s toll free number posted on the campus parking permit machines 866 234 7275 Users will get a text five minutes before their time expires offering the opportunity to increase their parking permit duration FAQ s How much is it 3 00 for 2 hours 6 00 for All Day Plus 0 35cent transaction fee How do I get the app Download the free PaybyPhone

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