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March 7, 2011

NEWS

Sacramento State’s Homepage Gets Updated Design
The office of Public Affairs is happy to announce improvements to the University’s homepage, which has a slightly different look and feel. The most noticeable difference is the addition of drop-down menus in the center of the page, which can be activated by the using the mouse or by using the keyboard. Quick links is now located in the Directories menu, which is organized to provide users with straightforward access to information. There is a link to Athletics at the top of the page and a new Connect area at the bottom of the page that provides easy and larger icon access to Facebook and YouTube.

The homepage update is a joint project of Public Affairs and Information Resources Technology. The ongoing project will continue to address the needs of faculty, students, staff and the community. If you wish to comment on the changes or provide feedback you can e-mail Public Affairs at infodesk@csus.edu.
Submitted by Public Affairs

Breakfast with Congressman Dan Lungren
The Alumni Center is presenting a breakfast with Congressman Dan Lungren from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 24 in the Alumni Center. The congressman will address issues relevant to the Sac State community. Spaces fill up quickly and registration is required. Ticket prices are $5 for students, $10 for Alumni Association members, and $15 for non-members. The deadline to RSVP is March 18. Visit www.SacStateAlumni.com to register or call 278-6295 for more information.
Submitted by Alumni Relations

Professor Rebecca Kluchin to discuss U.S. women’s reproductive history
History professor and researcher Rebecca Kluchin will discuss U.S. women’s reproductive history and government sterilization programs during a free talk at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 in the University Library Gallery.

Kluchin is the author of Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950-1980, which won the Francis Keller-Sierra prize for best monograph in 2009 from the Western Association of Women’s Historians.

Her talk, open to the public, is sponsored by the Retired Faculty and Staff Association. Cosponsors include the Friends of the University Library, Capital Public Radio and the University Library Gallery.
For more information, contact Sally Hitchcock, coordinator for community outreach, University Library, at 278-5954.
Submitted by the University Library

Teaching Institute and eAcademy

The 2010 Teaching Institute (TI) and eAcademy showcase takes place noon–1:30 p.m., Friday, March 11 in Library 11.  We invite all faculty, full-time and part-time, to come and see what new instructional ideas and practices your colleagues have been working on. Presenters will represent the TI threads: teaching GE, large or hybrid courses. eAcademy participants will present/discuss new course design ideas and applications of various instructional technologies from their recent eAcademy participation.
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

IRA Budget Call

The 2011-12 Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) call for proposals is now posted at
http://www.csus.edu/aba/admin-ops/ira.html
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Teaching Institute applications

The Center for Teaching and Learning is accepting applications for the 11th annual Teaching Institute, to be held May 23, 24, 26 and 27, 2011 with two additional meeting dates scheduled Jan. 18, 2012 and March 9, 2012. The theme is redesigning/designing courses. Participants will talk with colleagues and work with mentors regarding their teaching interests, and learn new approaches to designing or re-designing course units in ways that they and their students find engaging. Participants will also examine some technological tools that will assist them in implementing best teaching practices.
Completed applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 16. Applications are available online at: http://ctl.csus.edu/ti. Participants choosing to submit a hard copy must deliver their application to the Center for Teaching and Learning, L
ibrary 4026.
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Sacramento State One Book’s Latino Alumni Chapter Essay Contest

In honor of this year’s Sacramento State One Book, Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Devil’s Highway, the Latino Alumni Chapter is generously sponsoring a student Essay Contest.  First Prize: $500; Second Prize: $250.  Submissions are due no later than March 21 at and can be turned in, with the contest form, to either the GE Office (Sacramento Hall 234) or the Community Engagement Center Office (Library 4028).  For criteria and the essay contest form, please see the Sacramento State One Book website: www.csus.edu/onebook.
Submitted by General Education

University Foundation training sessions in March

The University Foundation is offering four training/review sessions in March for faculty and staff.  The sessions will include the establishment and maintenance of accounts, purchasing policy and procedures and online financial reporting (Dashboard).  Both the training and review sessions are open to all; however, review sessions are designed for those who attended a training workshop in previous years and a certain amount of knowledge will be assumed. RSVP Ann Carlson (extension 278-6025, annc@csus.edu).

Sessions are Tuesday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. - noon (introductory training session) and 1-2:30 p.m. (review session) and Wednesday, March 23, 10:30 a.m.-noon (review session) and 1-2:30 p.m. (introductory training session). Sessions will be held in the University Enterprises, Inc. Board Room in the Bookstore Building, third floor.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

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, through March 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.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

March in March

The Associated Students, Inc. urges college students from across the state to participate in the Monday, March 14 March for Higher Education to protest cuts in higher education.

To help alleviate transportation issues and because of limited parking, buses will be available at Sacramento State. Meet in the Library Quad a for free bus ride to the march from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Students will be transported to the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St. The march begins at 10 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. rally on the west steps of the State Capitol with a press conference at noon.

Questions? Contact: Brandon Sisk asicssarep@csus.edu or call 278-4032.
Submitted by Associated Students, Inc

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.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs 

Digital messages

If you have an academic event or performance that you want to publicize, you are invited to submit your message to:
http://www.csus.edu/digitalsigns
http://www.csus.edu/pa/digitalsign
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Information Resources and Technology


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 University’s Information Security Office by phone, 278-1999 or e-mail: iso@csus.edu.

Tax season and protecting your privacy 
A growing phenomenon has taken root in America: preparing and submitting your taxes on your home computer.  While this has helped many of us it also creates a risk to our personal information.  Tax preparing applications retain our Social Security Numbers (SSN), dates of birth, and names and addresses of our closest family members all in one place.  This makes the application and any saved PDF of your tax return a target for data theft.  To protect yourself, remove SSN and dates of birth from the application after you confirm your e-file or print out your filed tax return.  This may require you to over-write the data with bogus data.  Also, do not save unencrypted PDF versions of your tax return on your computer.  If you are unable to encrypt the PDF, move it to a USB memory device or print it out and secure it with your other sensitive paperwork.

Human Resources


Part-time faculty vacancies
A listing of part-time faculty vacancies for the 2011-12 academic year is available at www.csus.edu/hr/faculty/vacancies.htm

Save the date:
Benefits Administration hosts a Voluntary Benefits Fair Tuesday, March 8, in the University Union California Suite and Folsom Room.  In addition, vendor representatives will be available for two 15-minute morning and afternoon presentations regarding their plans during the fair.  A schedule of events and timelines will be distributed shortly. 
A special open enrollment will be held March 1-31, and benefits will become effective May 1.

The plans include:

  • MetLaw Group Legal Plan (new offering)
  • Group Critical Illness Insurance — offered by AFLAC (new offering)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) – offered by The Standard
  • Auto and Homeowners Insurance – offered by California Casualty
  • Life Insurance – offered by The Standard

Long-Term Disability Insurance (LTD) – offered by The Standard

Retirement and financial planning

The Office of Human Resources – Benefits is sponsoring the following retirement and financial planning workshops for the Spring Semester.  If you are interested in attending one of the workshops, please go to the Benefits Office Workshops website for specific registration information and a copy of the workshop flier — http://www.csus.edu/hr/benefits/workshops.htm.  Review the workshop flier before registering to ensure that the specific workshop fits your needs. 

Social Security/Medicare
March 17, 9 to 11 a.m., University Union Forest Suite

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
Donna Danzeris, College of Continuing Education
Deana Frandsen, Student Health Center
Monica Patterson, Mail Services


 


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