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March 28, 2011

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Workshop
On Wednesday, March 30, Research Administration and Contract Administration will offer a workshop on the various University Enterprises Inc. processes related to the administration of externally funded projects. It will be of particular interest to principal investigators and project administrators responsible for the daily project and account administration. Topics covered will include personnel hiring, payroll and expenditure processing, obtaining reimbursements, travel regulations, running real-time financial reports, and tracking project deliverables.

The workshop will run 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the University Enterprises Boardroom, Bookstore Building, Room 3010.  RSVP to: Angela Lorenzo, angelal@uei.csus.edu
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

Lecture
Michael Young will present a lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 28 in the California Suite, University Union third floor. Young is a Canadian professor from Royal Roads University. His lecture will relate to his research involving the Woodwynn Farms Therapeutic Community as a unique and alternative solution to the societal problems associated with homelessness, substance abuse, mental health and criminal behavior.
Submitted by Criminal Justice

Collaborative
The Center for Teaching and Learning is launching the Teacher Scholar Collaborative, an ongoing, interdisciplinary cohort of faculty interested in discussing issues of teaching excellence and developing scholarship.

The first meeting will be Friday, April 1 in the University Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring or buy your lunch. You are welcome to come any time; open to all faculty. Please RSVP by March 31. For more information, contact Ann Moylan Moylan@csus.edu or the CTL 278-5945 or ctl@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

George Rich Colloquium
The Department of Anthropology hosts the George Rich Colloquium Lecture at 3 p.m. Monday, April 4 at the Capital Room, in the Alumni Center. This lecture “Desert Dynamics: from Art to ENSO,” will be delivered by Peter Veth, Research School of Humanities and Arts, Australian National University.
Submitted by the Department of Anthropology

Intensive Writing forums
The Senate Reading and Writing Subcommittee will host two forums to discuss ideas for possible alternative pathways to satisfy the Writing Intensive requirement. Rather than replace the current WI requirement, these would be additional pathways.

2-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, University Union Lobby Suite

10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, April  1, University Union Lobby Suite
Submitted by the English Department

Inspired by Earth Day
The Environmental Studies Department, along with the Recycling Committee and local vendors, will educate campus constituents and promote sustainability and “green” practices by having on-site collection services from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Library Quad. Items to be collected include electronic waste (LCD monitors, laptops, TVs, radios, mice, keyboards, printers, small kitchen appliances, etc.), ink toner cartridges, clothing and batteries. Printed educational information will be distributed, visual information will be exhibited and free items will be given away. For more information contact Kevin Brisco in Facilities Services at 278-7600.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Meet and serve
Volunteering to serve on a campuswide committee is a wonderful opportunity to meet people from other departments, learn new things, and serve the campus community.

The University Staff Assembly is seeking nominations for election and appointments to numerous campus committees. Details about committees and positions can be found on the USA website at http://www.csus.edu/usa/election/index.htm.

To nominate yourself or someone who may be interested, submit the name, phone number, department, email address, supervisor approval, and a brief justification to Margaret Hwang at hwangm@csus.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, April 15.
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

Sac State 5K Fun Run
At 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, the annual Sac State 5K Fun Run will commence. This Fun run is open to the campus community and public. There are two types of registrations:

  • Registration fee plus a cotton shirt - $11
  • Registration fee plus a Dri-Fit shirt - $21

The registration fee includes:

  • Chip timing
  • Race bib
  • Race packet with event rules and guidelines
  • Refreshments after race
  • Entry for sport gear giveaways

To receive a shirt, you must register by 11:59 p.m., April 20 (this is for both cotton and Dri-Fit shirts). You may pick up your shirt two weeks after the event.

Register online at www.thewell.csus.edu/5K

If you would like to volunteer, you may register online at https://uuoci.wufoo.com/forms/z7x2k5/
Submitted by The WELL

31st Annual Governor’s Employee Safety Awards
The state of California is accepting nominations for the 31st annual Governor's Employee Safety Awards (GESA).  Environmental Health and Occupational Safety (EHS) Department requests assistance in identifying individual employees and groups for this award. The nomination guidelines and forms (one form for the individual or group award, and a separate form for the Excellence in Occupational Safety award) are available for download on ORIM’s website: www.dgs.ca.gov/orim/Programs/GESA.aspx

To be reviewed and considered by the GESA Nominations Committee, nominations must be submitted by Friday, May 6.  Please coordinate nominations with Bernie Tano via email at btano@csus.edu or
278-5447.
Submitted by Environmental Health and Safety

Chinese culture
In keeping with its globally oriented educational goals, the Honors Program is sponsoring the SHEN YUN show April 5-6 at the Sacramento Community Center Theater.

This blend of Chinese culture features dancers in dazzling costumes moving in seamless, flowing patterns. A live orchestra plays rich, original accompaniment, while spectacular backdrops take you to another world. See ancient legends of virtue brought to life alongside modern tales of courage. Hear soaring songs by masterful vocalists that will move and inspire. Experience a sense of beauty and enchantment like no other with this unique, thrilling, and unforgettable show.

Employees and students may use the special discount code SACUS to get a 10 percent discount when ordering from www.sfshow.net/csus or the ticket hotline, 888-363-8212. For questions, call the Honors Program at 278-2804.
Submitted by the Honors Program

Voice mail change
During the week of April 25, the current campus voice mail system will be replaced. The current system is old, and vendor support is coming to an end, so this is a great opportunity to move to an updated system – CallXPress.  

CallXPress is very simple to use, and documentation, hands-on training, and online help will be available as desired. Visit www.csus.edu/voicemail for up-to-date information about the upgrade.  Notification of the exact schedule, along with documentation, will be emailed to each user early in April. This will require no change of phones, and voice mail from the old system will be available for approximately five days after the conversion.

If you have comments or concerns about this article, please send them to itfeedback@csus.edu.
Submitted by Information Security Office

Security quick tip
Offices in high-traffic areas present a challenge for keeping confidential information secure. If you are in a high-traffic area, here are some tips to help. Use confidential folders for hardcopy documents. Position your monitor so it is not easy for passersby to see. Always lock your computer and drawers when you are not at your desk, even if it is just for a quick break.
Submitted by Information Security 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 www.csus.edu/training. For questions, contact the training coordinator at training@csus.edu.
Submitted by Academic, Creative and Technology Services


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


Key CSU legislative bills
The California State University has secured authors for four sponsored bills that have made it on the table for California’s 2011 legislative session. The bills (and sponsors) include:

AB 633 (Olsen)—Vehicle Purchasing: This proposal would permanently authorize the CSU to purchase vehicles. The CSU’s current authority expires in mid-2012. CSU as an education entity, not a state agency, has special needs that the state Department of General Services is not prepared to meet. Annual reports to the Legislature demonstrate that CSU can complete purchases faster and at less cost.

AB 822 (Block)—K-12 Higher Education General Obligation Bond: This is a placeholder measure to put a four-year K-12/higher education bond before the voters in 2012 or 2014 that would invest in California’s education infrastructure.

SB 292 (Padilla)—SB 1440: Veterans Clean-up: Last year, California passed historic legislation (SB 1440) that allows students to move from the community colleges to the CSU in a quicker, more efficient and less costly way. This proposal clarifies SB 1440’s impact on veterans’ status for admission.

SB 736 (Canella)—Direct Vendor Pay: Campus Audits: This proposal would eliminate time-consuming and duplicative independent campus audits that are used as oversight in the CSU’s direct vendor pay process, providing an estimated annual savings of $1.5 million. Since the audit reports were required in 1996, no issues have arisen. Oversight and accountability of CSU operations would not be affected given continuing systemwide audits including independently audited GAAP financial statements required by CSU revenue bond indentures, risk management authority and the federal government. This proposal would have no effect on auxiliary organizations as an independent audit would still be required on every auxiliary.

The CSU is also working with the University of California and the California Community Colleges to develop a proposal to improve the transparency and accountability of auxiliaries, including foundations, student unions and Associated Students Inc., that will clarify the privacy rights of donors and volunteers and clarify the law regarding proprietary business information.

In addition, the CSU is monitoring bills that could affect or are of interest to the University including measures addressing accountability, admissions/enrollment, curriculum, fees, financial aid, governance, retirement and veterans. More information is available at: www.calstate.edu/air/legislative_report/2011/03.04/story2.html.
Submitted by the CSU Chancellor’s Office

CSU, CFA bargaining update and proposals posted
The CSU and the California Faculty Association (CFA) are in the bargaining process for a new contract. An update on the March 10-11 meeting is posted on the CSU’s website at www.calstate.edu/LaborRel/Contracts_HTML/CFA-Bargaining-Update03_14_11.pdf.
The CSU’s and the CFA’s proposals have been added and are now posted at www.calstate.edu/LaborRel/Contracts_HTML/bargaining_updates.shtml.
Submitted by the CSU Chancellor’s Office

Human Resources

Staff awards
The annual Staff Awards Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 15 in the University Union Ballroom. The event will honor University staff and administrators, as well as employees of University Enterprises Inc. and Associated Students Inc. for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service.

Tickets are $12 per person. Ticket sales will end on or before Tuesday, April 5. To purchase tickets, contact: Denise Anderson, 278-6127; Ashley Ciraulo-Stuart, 278-5728; Robin Eicher, 278-4895; Cossette Leos, 278-7001; or Jodi Reid, 278-6940.

Group tables are available but tickets must be purchased in groups of 10 from any of the ticket sellers. To select a group table, bring all 10 tickets to Linda Robles in the Office of Human Resources.

For additional luncheon information, visit the USA website at www.csus.edu/usa/lunch/index.htm, or contact Linda Robles at roblesl@csus.edu or 278-6967.

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.

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 or visit www.csus.edu/hr/benefits/workshops.htm. Review the workshop flier before registering to ensure that the specific workshop fits your needs. 

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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