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April 11, 2011

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Free exhibit
Sacramento State photographer Sam Parsons, who retired in January, shares his work in “Depth of Field: 30 Years of Photography and Multimedia,” a free exhibit, April 1-30, in the Library Annex Gallery on the campus at 6000 J St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Pieces include posters, prints, multimedia projects and a section on the Sac State gymnastics program.
Submitted by the Library Gallery

Random sample
To assist the University Library in its assessment efforts, a random sample of Sacramento State faculty, students and staff will be invited, by email, to participate in a nationally recognized survey, known as LibQUAL+Lite.

Developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), LibQUAL+Lite is a widely used and well-established survey instrument assessing the quality of library services, facilities and collections and helps libraries to identify ways to address and improve users' opinions of service quality.

The survey is available until April 22. It consists of eight core questions and takes approximately five minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and responses are anonymous.

For more information about the LibQUAL+Lite survey, please visit:
http://library.csus.edu/libqual/ or contact the LibQUAL+Lite team at wardc@csus.edu.
Submitted by the University Library

Last of series
Come to the Library Gallery at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, and hear respected chef and restaurateur Mai Pham discuss the weaving of Vietnamese and Thai history and culture into her cookbooks and columns.

Pham will be the final speaker in Sacramento State’s Friends of the Library Author Lecture Series for this academic year. Owner of Lemon Grass restaurant, Lemon Grass Express, and the recently opened Star Ginger, she has written several cookbooks and is a columnist for major publications.

For more information, contact Sally Hitchcock, the Library’s coordinator for community outreach, at 278-5954 or hitchcoc@saclink.csus.edu.
Submitted by Friends of the Library

ENS test
The University has added another component to its Emergency Notification System (ENS). This new component will allow the University Police Department to broadcast over loudspeakers to the campus community in the event of a life-threatening situation.

Testing begins this week with speakers broadcasting the following message to various campus locations at different times during the day: “Test one two, test one two, test of the mass notification system.”
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Travel policy
Sacramento State has a new travel policy with updated procedures and regulations, effective April 1. The updated information is located on the Accounts Payable and Travel Office web page at www.csus.edu/aba/accounts-payable/Travel/index.html.

The CSU systemwide revision was undertaken to provide a common set of procedures for handling travel claims and payments and to assist travelers and supervisors alike with improved guidance on when travel costs are reimbursable by the University.
Submitted by Financial Services

Writing partners workshop
All faculty are invited to participate in a "Writing Partners @ Sac State" workshop Friday, April 15 from 1-1:50 pm, in the University Union Auburn Room. We will focus on how to use and assess Writing Partners, a program that promotes intercultural knowledge and competence through letter exchanges between elementary and college students. We will demonstrate how faculty can tailor Writing Partners to meet discipline-specific learning goals and objectives. RSVP to cecenter@csus.edu (please include your name, department, and contact information).
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

BBQ and ball
The student organization AFRICA will be hosting its first annual BBQ Lunch on Thursday, April 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for all faculty and staff.

All proceeds will go toward the Elegant Affair Ball, which is a formal event AFRICA will be hosting to recognize outstanding students involved in a campus organization or club for their hard work and dedication. The ball will be Saturday, April 23, from 4-7 p.m. in the Redwood Room, University Union.

Those interested in ordering a BBQ plate should email africacsus00@yahoo.com by 5 p.m. Monday, April 11; include your name, department, room and time for pickup. On Wednesday, an officer will come to the office that you designate and collect the money. Dinners will be delivered Thursday, April 14. Questions? Email africacsus00@yahoo.com.
Submitted by AFRICA

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

Free conference
The fourth biannual Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Conference is Friday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Foothill Suite of the University Union. The program is available at http://writing.ucdavis.edu/programs-and-services/the-workshop-program/program.

There is no registration fee, and a light lunch will be served. RSVP to Dan Melzer at wac@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Department of English

Gerontology career fair
The fourth annual Gerontology Career Fair: The Future of Careers in Aging is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 25.

Students from all majors and community members should attend this free event. Come network with professionals, search for paid, internship or volunteer positions and explore how studying Gerontology can open up a variety of career opportunities in the exciting, growing field.
Submitted by the Department of Gerontology

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 third 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 T-shirt: $11
• Registration fee plus a Dri-Fit T-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. Wednesday, 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

Voice mail change
During the week of April 25, the 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 in early 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
Part two of the top seven best practices to follow in order to protect data on campus.
• Update system patches, security fixes, and antivirus software
Make sure home and office Windows machines have the latest patches and security fixes, and update antivirus software. Set your computers to have updates downloaded automatically.
• Use secure and supported applications
Insecure applications such as Hot Bar and Kazaa can cause trouble for your computer and leave the University open to network attack.
See all seven parts on the information service website at www.csus.edu/security. Always remember that protecting campus data starts with you.
Submitted by Information Security Office

Revision and report
The Information Technology Steering Committee presents the 2010 revision of Sacramento State’s Strategic Plan for Information Technology. Updates to the plan’s original goals are highlighted in bold text. In addition, the committee is releasing a comprehensive Progress Report on Information Technology, detailing specific achievements and remaining gaps in campus IT services. The Plan and Report can be found at www.csus.edu/itplan and www.csus.edu/itprogress.
Submitted by the Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Spring forum
Join Sacramento State’s Council for Affirmative Action for our Spring Forum on Religious Freedom, 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 14, in the Redwood Room, University Union.

Religious discrimination is a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution that protects an individual’s right to free exercise of a chosen religion. This forum will address the causes and effects of religious discrimination through a panel discussion of speakers from various faith traditions and perspectives. During this interfaith dialogue, the speakers will share their ideas and strategies to prevent and eliminate discrimination based on religion. All members of the campus community are encouraged to attend and participate in this critical dialogue.
Submitted by the California Faculty Association

ORA forum
At the request of the Office of Research Administration (ORA), a team of consultants will be on campus this week to conduct a review of Sacramento State’s Human Subjects processes and procedures.

As part of the review, ORA and the Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects are hosting a forum Wednesday, April 13, in the Hornet Bookstore Board Room, Suite 3010, from 2-3:15 p.m. Discussions will include ethical, regulatory and policy concerns about human subjects research on campus.

The forum is open to all faculty engaged in research involving human subjects, past and current members of IRB’s or Research Ethics Committees (REC), IRB administrators, individuals involved in IRB oversight, and anyone with professional involvement in IRB or research activities. For more information: research@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Stinger classic
Southern Wine & Spirits is sponsoring the fifth annual Stinger Wine and Food Classic, 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Alumni Center. Enjoy premium wines from wineries owned and operated by Sacramento State alumni and sample delicacies from local food purveyors. Beverages for the non-wine drinker will be available also. Silent auction and raffle prizes include art, restaurant certificates, golf, sporting events and of course, wine. Tickets are $40, and only 350 will be sold. Contact Tina Blessen, Sacramento State Athletics, 278-4263 for tickets or more information. All proceeds benefit student-athlete scholarships.
Submitted by the Department of Athletics

Spring workshop
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:
www.csus.edu/digitalsigns
www.csus.edu/pa/digitalsign
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

CSU, CFA bargaining update and proposals posted
The CSU and the California Faculty Association (CFA) are in the bargaining process for a new contract. Updates are posted at www.calstate.edu/LaborRel/Contracts_HTML/bargaining_updates.shtml.
Submitted by the CSU Chancellor’s Office

Human Resources

Whistleblower Protection Act
California Government Code Section 8548 requires the CSU to inform their employees of the California Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA Government Code Section 8547 et seq.). Pursuant to this section of the Government Code, the University is required to distribute electronically the State Auditor’s written explanation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act. This was done Friday, April 1.

David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, has been designated as the person on campus to receive protected disclosures and answer questions about these policies. He can be reached at 278-6078, via email at wagnerdl@csus.edu or through campus mail using ZIP code 6032. You may also call the California Attorney General’s confidential whistleblower hotlines at (800) 952-5225 or (916) 322-3360.

The statutorily required notice from the state auditor can be found at: http://www.bsa.ca.gov/pdfs/other/whstlblr.pdf.

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:
Donna Danzeris, College of Continuing Education
Deana Frandsen, Student Health Center

 


 


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