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January 18, 2011

NEWS


Employee of the month
Lynn Maynard is a System Unit Coordinator in Financial Aid.

Her nominator described her as “being responsive to issues that generate daily in the complex administration of the state, federal, and institutional financial aid and scholarship programs.” The nominator  adds, “Lynn understands that delays in giving service to students impacts their desire and financial ability to attend Sac State, and her work assists the overall enrollment management goals of the University.  Lynn is a big reason for the successful administration of financial aid at Sac State.”

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Staff Employee Recognition Program.  Names of the recipients will be announced in February. Details about nominations, eligibility, criteria, and procedures are available on the website link:
www.csus.edu/president/staffrec/staffrecform.stm
Submitted by the President’s Office

President’s spring address set
President Alexander Gonzalez will give his annual spring address to the campus community Thursday, Jan. 20, in the University Union Ballroom. The event will begin with coffee at 9 a.m., followed by the talk at 10 a.m.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Pinckard memorial service

A celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in the University Theatre of Shasta Hall for Theatre and Dance costume technician S. Nina Pinckard Fechtner who died Jan. 8.

Pinckard had been with the University since 1974. Her recent design credits included Metamorphoses, Lorca in a Green Dress, 42nd Street, and Suessical the Musical.

She also contributed designs for the State Fair’s Pop Rocks Exhibition in 2007, the Viva Carnival exhibition in 2002, and productions with Capital City Ballet, Music Circus and the Sacramento Theatre Company. She also worked with theatres in Santa Rosa, San Francisco, San Diego, Hawaii and New York.

For more information on the service, contact the Department of Theatre and Dance at 278-6368.
Submitted by Theatre and Dance

Hornet Express Shuttle changes
Sacramento State will implement schedule changes on all three Hornet Express Shuttle lines beginning in the spring semester. The University will suspend its plans to eliminate the Gold Line and will continue to gather ridership data for all shuttle lines.

The Hornet Line, Green Line and Gold Line will operate during the spring and fall semesters, Monday through Friday, between 7:40 and 10:15 a.m. and again between 2:20 and 4:55 p.m.

A route change will also be made to the Hornet Line beginning in spring. The revised route will focus on the south end of campus with stops at Folsom Hall, Napa Hall, The WELL and the 65th Street light rail station. Service on the Hornet Line is being increased to a 15-minute frequency, rather than a 40-minute frequency.

The new schedules and the new Hornet Line route can be viewed at www.csus.edu/utaps.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Service.

Training sessions
There will be Disaster Preparedness NIMS/SEMS/ICS training sessions available for non-first responders (Group 1) in the Hinde Auditorium under the auspices of the Department of Public Safety.
 
The two-hour presentation provides an overview of federal, state and local systems and identifies roles and expectations of emergency responders. It also delineates the use of integrated/standardized systems to request emergency services of allied agencies and how those agencies work together to achieve objectives.

This session is for faculty and staff at the University who do not have a direct or supporting role during a campus emergency or evacuation incident and have not had this training in the last three years. This training cannot be completed online. No test is involved in this training. This training is mandated by executive order from the Chancellor’s Office and Sac State.

Participants only need to attend one of the two sessions:
Feb 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Feb 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be Disaster Preparedness NIMS/SEMS/ICS training sessions for campus first responders (Group 2) in the Hinde Auditorium.  The four-hour presentation provides an overview of federal, state and local systems and identifies roles and expectations of emergency responders. It also delineates the use of integrated/standardized systems to request emergency services of allied agencies and how those agencies work together to achieve objectives.
The FEMA material covered is IS-700 and ICS-100.

This session is for faculty and staff at the University who have a direct or supporting role during a campus emergency or evacuation incident and have not had this training in the last three years. This training may be completed online, but the live class takes less time. Handouts are provided, and there will be a short true/false, multiple question test required by FEMA and CAL EMA. This training is mandated by executive order from the Chancellor’s Office and Sacramento State.

You only need to attend one of these dates:
Jan. 20, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Feb 10, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mar 17, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
April 21, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Register at the Sac State LEARNER WEB. Classes are limited to 186 per class. Questions: 278-2397.

For the Building Coordinator's Group, if you did not attend the event Dec. 7:

On May 26, 8 a.m. to noon is the Building Coordinator, Safety team (floor marshals) meeting/training session in the Hinde Auditorium. It includes building evacuation procedures, “active shooter" responses, “shelter in place" procedures and "assisting those with special needs during an evacuation." This is for all staff and faculty involved in the campus Building Coordinator/Safety team program at Sac State. We will also discuss the campus emergency Drill/Exercise which should occur during the summer of 2011.

To register for this training contact: gnagywb@csus.edu, or call 287-2397.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Stinger Crab Feed
On Feb. 5, the Stinger Athletic Association hosts its annual crab feed. This event has consistently sold out with nearly 550 attendees. This year’s new venue is the Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, which can accommodate 200 additional people.

The festive atmosphere features student-athletes as servers, a raffle, live auction and dancing. Join us for a fun evening with the proceeds going to support athletic scholarships. The cost: $45 per person/$450 per table of 10.

For more information contact Tina Blessen, (916) 278-4263, or tblessen@csus.edu.
Submitted by Athletics Department

Free games
The Sacramento State Athletics Department is offering free admission to men’s basketball games in January to all University faculty and staff. Every faculty or staff member, along with their family, will be admitted free to any of the Hornet men’s basketball games listed below.

In addition to free admission, Target gift cards will be awarded to multiple Sacramento State employees during each game. All home basketball games take place in the Hornets’ Nest (South Gym of Yosemite Hall).

Thursday, Jan. 20 vs. Northern Colorado, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22 vs. Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 27 vs. Idaho State, 7 p.m.
Submitted by the Athletics Department

Recruitment session
The Doctorate in Educational Leadership program will present a recruitment session for prospective students for the fall semester.  The session is Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Eureka Hall, Room 313e.

Courses in the program are taught by faculty representing both university professors and executive leaders in K-12 and community college education. The program includes education policymakers and analysts.
Submitted by Doctorate in Educational Leadership

News and campus videos

Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page www.csus.edu/sacstatenews/.
Current stories include, Bayer donation, Carnegie honors Sac State, MESA award, Fulbright Scholar to teach in Portugal, Alumnus state teacher of the year. Videos, Campus security, Winter commencement.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs 

Security Quick Tip:

What are the data security best practices?

1. Know what kind of confidential information you have, who can access it and where it is stored.
2. Keep only the information you need and develop policies to handle it safely.
3. Protect information, both digital and print, by locking offices and password-protecting files.
4. Properly and securely dispose of information you no longer need.

For more security information visit, www.csus.edu/irt/is/bestpractices/security.html
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Human Resources


Tax reduction

The Social Security tax paid by employees on their earned income was lowered by two percentage points for 2011 – from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent.  This reduction is reflected on the December master pay warrants, which issued on Jan. 1, for employees who are subject to social security withholding.  The employer contribution remains at 6.2 percent.   

The reduction in withholding is part of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (TRA 2010) and will not affect a worker’s future social security benefits.

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 in one-hour increments each fiscal year. Bargaining Units 1, 10 and 11 may donate only up to 16 hours per fiscal year. If employees are interested in donating time, a form can be obtained at www.csus.edu/hr/forms.htm#Disability, or visit the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3001 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
William Phelps, Division of Social Work
Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department
Kevin Ptak, Art Department
Kenya Capers, Student Financial Services
Deana Frandsen, Student Health Center


 


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