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January 19, 2010

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Spring convocation
University President Alexander Gonzalez will hold his annual spring convocation 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the University Union Ballroom. The event will begin with coffee and conversation at 9 a.m. The President’s talk will follow at 10 a.m.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Employees of the Month
Cossett Leos and Kathy Mine are Sacramento State’s Employees of the Month for January.

Leos is the administrative office assistant to the executive director of University Enterprises, Inc. She is described as, "working hard with a positive attitude and is always very cheerful, friendly and readily offering assistance."  Her nominator also mentioned, "Cossett is always willing to share her expertise with those who need it, and she is an excellent example of an employee who takes seriously the value of creating a welcoming environment."

Mine is the secretary for the Office of Academic Affairs. Her nominator mentioned, "she has worked in the Vice President/Provost's Office for more than 20 years providing excellent customer service assisting any way she can by sharing information, resources and time."  Her colleague also indicated, "Kathy works well with others and can always be counted on to go the extra mile."
Submitted by the Office of the President

Annual Asbestos Notification
In accordance with the provisions of the California Health and Safety Code, employees must be notified annually that an asbestos survey has been completed and the report confirms the presence of asbestos-containing building materials in several buildings on campus.

The presence of asbestos in building materials does not present a health hazard. However, if disturbed, asbestos-containing materials can release fibers. Exposure to asbestos may result in asbestos-related diseases, including cancer. Employees are required to contact Facilities Services for approval prior to beginning work that would disturb building construction materials in any campus buildings or location. This includes any type of construction, alterations or improvements such as drilling or cutting into walls or ceilings, disturbing floor tiles or finishes or disturbing insulating materials or fireproofing.

For additional information, visit the Environmental Health and Safety website at or call 278-5174.
Submitted by Risk Management Services

Faculty Teaching Assignment Report
The Faculty Teaching Assignment Report is available on the Office of Institutional Research website at

The report is based on the Academic Planning Data Base submitted to and approved by the Chancellor’s Office on the census date of fall 2009. It displays detailed information regarding faculty teaching load, such as courses and sections, student course credits, section enrollment, student full-time equivalent, and weighted teaching units by individual faculty member and department.

Contact the Office of Institutional Research at 278-6566 for more information on the report.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Research conferences
The campus community is invited to participate in two community-based research conferences.
The California State University’s annual Conference on Community-Based Research, titled, "Transforming Scholarship: Transforming All Our Lives," will be held at UC Berkeley on Friday, March 5.

CSU faculty, staff, students and community partners will explore how campuses and communities can collaborate on research to address significant social issues in California and beyond, promote learning and development and advance the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

Sessions will include interactive hands-on workshops, research panel presentations, small group discussions and networking opportunities. Proposals to present community-based research are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Cost to attend is $25 for CSU faculty and staff and $5 for students and community members. More information can be found at
On Thursday, April 15, Sacramento State’s Community Engagement Center is hosting a conference called, "Sacramento State Community-Based Research Conference: Coming Together to Inform and Advance Change."

Proposals to present community-based research at the conference are due Friday, March 5. Space is limited for this free event. Conference and proposal information will be available soon at
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Californiana now available
The fall issue of Californiana, the newsletter of the Center for California Studies, is available at

The newsletter is published twice a year and provides information about the Center’s activities and events, Capital Fellows alumni profiles, policy snapshots and book reviews.

This issue includes articles on the major conference on constitutional reform organized by the Center, Stanford and UC Berkeley; the winner of the LegiSchool Project’s high school photo contest, “California Through My Eyes;” a policy snapshot on the 2010 census and a profile of the late state Senator Bob Beverly who nearly 30 years ago was instrumental in moving the Assembly and Senate Fellow Programs to Sacramento State.
Submitted by the Center for California Studies

Information Resources and Technology
For news and information about technology on campus, visit IT News at To locate resources for help with technology, call 278-7337 or visit IRT’s newest newsletter is available at
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology


Bev Reed, who works in the Writing Programs Office in the Department of English, is retiring this month after working for Sacramento State for 33 years. An open house farewell celebration will be held 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the University Writing Center, Calaveras 128. RSVP to Aaron Eichenberger at

If you have memories of Reed’s long career to share, send them to for inclusion in the memory book. To donate to the party or to a gift, contact Sheree Meyer at
Submitted by the English Department

Human Resources

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, 8, 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, or visit the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Sacramento Hall 162 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:

Ruth Schroeder, Human Resources
Maharisha Belton, Office of University Registrar
Irma Salas, Division on Social Work



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