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January 24, 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

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.

WELL for free
The WELL is offering “Try Before you Buy” week, today through Jan. 30. Faculty and staff may access Sac State's brand new Recreation and Wellness facility including the Cardio Suite, Fitness Floor, Climbing Wall, Racquetball Courts, Indoor Track, Equipment Check Out, Locker Rooms and Informal Recreation activities. 

Fee-based programs are also free. This includes group fitness classes, small group training, climbing classes and instructional courses including Karate and Boot Camp. 

To sign up, e-mail Roesemann@csus.edu.
Submitted by the WELL

First Tea
The New Year’s first tea ceremony will be this Thursday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m. in the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room and Garden in the University Library’s lower level.

RSVP by Jan. 25 To Sally Hitchcock at 278-5954, or hitchcocks@library.csus.edu .
Submitted by the University Library

South Korean teachers in Sacramento
Twenty English teachers from Chinju University in South Korea are participating in Sacramento State’s International Teacher Training Program, offered by the College of Continuing Education.

This four-week intensive training program includes teaching practicum days at Golden Empire Elementary School on Jan. 26 and 27. During this time, participants will experience American classroom interactions and teaching methods first-hand. Golden Empire Elementary is also hosting a reception for both Korean and American teachers the afternoon of Jan. 27.

This is the second year of the successful program, which has seen more than 150 South Korean educators come to Sacramento for ESL instruction and intercultural awareness.

For more information about the International Teacher Training program, contact: Michela Lombard at 278-2349 or mlombard@csus.edu.
Submitted by College of Continuing Education

New voice-mail system coming

This Spring Sac State will replace the campus voice-mail system with a new, more reliable and easier-to-use system. The new system is currently being successfully tested within several program centers.

Watch for more information as we get closer to the change for the rest of the campus.  For now, visit www.csus.edu/irt/servicedesk/support/voicemail for up-to-date information about the upgrade.

If you have comments, concerns or questions about the campus voicemail system, please send them to itfeedback@csus.edu.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Lecture
John S. Allen, Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center and the Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California, will present "Three Ideas About Human Brain Evolution," on Feb. 4. His lecture will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Valley Suite, third floor University Union, followed by refreshments.

Allen is a biological anthropologist and research scientist known for his research on evolution of the brain and cognition. He is also co-author of the definitive introductory student text "Biological Anthropology." The presentation will focus on material from his new book The Lives of the Brain.
Submitted by the Department of Anthropology

Student fee forms
The Student Fee Advisory Committee is still accepting 2010/2011 Category II and Category III fee proposal forms.  Executive Order 1034 governing fees and the fee proposal form can be found at www.csus.edu/sfsc/sfac.

The Category Fee III (Materials, Service and Course Fee) deadline is Feb. 7.

Send questions regarding the fee process to Gina Curry at curryg@csus.edu or call 278-7433.
Submitted by Student Fee Advisory Committee

Apply now
February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, which is designed to help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2011/2012 by the March 2 priority deadline. There will be activities in the library quad throughout the month to promote awareness.

Students can still file their FAFSA application after March 2, but some funds will no longer be available due to demand. Sacramento State’s goal is to ensure that students receive the financial aid for which they qualify. 

Students should apply now. Financial Aid is offering four FAFSA workshops for students who need one-on-one assistance completing their applications. These free workshops will be held in Mendocino Hall Room 2007:

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit www.csus.edu/faid or call the Financial Aid office at 278-6554.
Submitted by the Financial Aid Office

Spring Technology Workshops
Faculty and staff may now register for the spring technology workshops - Excel, Word, Securing Online Exams, Teaching in Smart Classrooms and more. Registration and workshop descriptions are available at http://www.csus.edu/training/. For questions, contact the training coordinator at training@csus.edu.
Submitted by Academic, Creative and Technology Services

Free tax preparation assistance
A Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site by Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Phi Chapter Sacramento State. Every Tuesday beginning Feb. 8-March 15 4:30 to 6:30p.m., Mendocino Hall, 2007.

Bring:
-ID/Driver's License
-Social Security cards (you, spouse, dependents)
-Bank Statements
-W2(s) and Income Statements
-Green Card (if applicable)

For more information contact: vita@bapsacramento.org
Submitted by Financial Aid

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

This report based on the fall Census, displays detailed information regarding faculty teaching load such as courses and sections, student course credits, section enrollment, student FTE and weighted teaching units (WTU) by individual faculty member and department.
 
To view the report, go to http://www.csus.edu/oir.  Click on Data Center, then Faculty: Special Reports. Questions? Contact the Office of Institutional Research at 278-6566.
Submitted by Office of Institutional Research

New location
The OneCard Center is merging with the Student Financial Services Center in Lassen Hall to provide staff and students with a one-stop shop.

Visitors to Student Financial Services Center may pay fees and take care of OneCard related business in one place. Stop by the new center in Lassen Hall, Room 1001 to see the new digs and get a free re-take on your OneCard picture.

For more information call 278-7878.
Submitted by the OneCard Center

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 need attend just one of these sessions:
Feb 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., or 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:
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 the men’s basketball game this Thursday, Jan. 27 vs. Idaho State, 7 p.m. Faculty, staff members, along with their family, will be admitted free. Target gift cards will be awarded to multiple Sacramento State employees during the game.
Submitted by the Athletics Department

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, President’s address, Bayer donation, Carnegie honors Sac State, MESA award, Fulbright Scholar to teach in Portugal, Alumnus state teacher of the year, Security grant for Computer Science Department. Videos, Campus security, Winter commencement, Folsom Hall opens for Nursing Program.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs 

Security Quick Tip:

Do you know how to safely share files?

If you need to share documents with others at the University, the best way is to use a network share. This allows you to restrict access to just those who should be able to access the data, and provides a secured, backed up location for the files. For more information, contact the Information Security Office:  by phone, 278-1999 or E-mail: iso@csus.edu.
 
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:
Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department
Kenya Capers, Student Financial Services
Deana Frandsen, Student Health Center
Kevin Ptak, Art Department


 


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