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May 7, 2012

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Sac State Bike Day 2012
University Transportation and Parking Services invites the campus community to Sac State Bike Day 2012. The event will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the Library Quad.

Stop by the UTAPS booth in the Library Quad and sign up to log your miles at www.mayisbikemonth.com. Faculty, staff and students who pledge to ride at least 50 miles in May will receive a free T-shirt.

Experts will be on hand from ASI Peak Adventures to showcase their services, provide on-site bicycle maintenance checks and answer your questions about bicycling, including tips on bike commuting and roadside maintenance.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Staff Appreciation Picnic scheduled for June 1
Don’t miss the annual Staff Appreciation Picnic, which will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, in the Main Quad across from the River Front Center.

Please contact your college/department representative of the University Staff Assembly to get your picnic ticket. The picnic is free for all staff, MPPs and children 5 and under. Tickets for faculty, students, guests and children over 5 are $10.

The Picnic Committee is still seeking volunteers for setup and teardown. If you want to volunteer or have any questions about the event, contact Ashley Ciraulo Stuart at aciraulo@csus.edu.
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

Hornet Bookstore Spring Festival and Sale
The Hornet Bookstore will hold its Spring Festival and Sale on Thursday, May 10. The event will feature 20 percent off logo apparel, hats and gifts; booths and games from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; music by KSSU; special guests; a prize drawing; and refreshments.
Submitted by the Hornet Bookstore

Talent abounds among faculty, staff
If you haven’t yet caught “Sacramento State Has Talent,” swing by the Library Galleries and find out just how talented our faculty and staff are. From paintings to metal works to fabric art to song and poetry, and everything in between, the Sac State community is one talented group. More information is available at http://bit.ly/x1QAL9.
Submitted by the University Library Galleries

Community Engagement Center sponsors annual Sac Pack Drive
The Community Engagement Center is sponsoring its spring Sac Pack Drive, May 7-25. Please donate new or gently used school and art supplies to benefit youths in need. Encourage fellow faculty, staff and students of all ages to donate. Visit www.csus.edu/cec/sacpack for the donation wish list or more information. Donations can be dropped off at the Community Engagement Center, Library 4028, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Larry Glasmire will offer photo and narrative presentation on recent trip
Please join the California State University Retirees Association for a photo and narrative presentation by Larry Glasmire about his recent trip to Belgium and the Netherlands. The presentation will be held at noon Friday, May 11, in Lassen Hall Room 1013. Bring your lunch; a tasty Belgian dessert will be provided. Contact Sally Brewer at 278-6060 or sbrewer@csus.edu with any questions.
Submitted by Student Affairs

CCE cited for life-support training center
The College of Continuing Education has been designated as an American Heart Association Authorized Training Center. The AHA serves as the gold standard in life-support training in the allied health care field.

Sac State is the first CSU campus to earn this approval. CCE was previously authorized to provide training under the auspices of the Sonora Regional Medical Center. Now, CCE is authorized to offer its own training and partner with subsidiary training sites.
Submitted by College of Continuing Education

Sacramento State receives awards at conference
Sacramento State has been honored with two awards at the California State University Alcohol, Other Drugs and Violence Educational Conference. Student Health and Counseling Services received the Student Club/Organization Award and the Chancellor’s Award.

The Active Minds Peer Health Education Program received the Student Club/Organization Award. It recognizes a student organization or club that is committed to educating others on the effects of alcohol or other drugs in an effort to create a healthier campus environment. Recipients of this award have demonstrated dedication and creativity in their educational efforts.

Joy Stewart-James, Ed.D., director of Student Health and Counseling Services, was honored with the Chancellor’s Award. This award recognizes a CSU staff member, faculty member or administrator who has exhibited a commitment to furthering alcohol and other drug initiatives on a California State University campus or within the CSU system.
Submitted by Student Health and Counseling Services

Nominations sought for safety awards
The Governor's Employee Safety Awards (GESA) were established in 1980 to highlight and encourage safety on the job by recognizing individuals and groups that have provided outstanding safety and health service to the state. Awards are presented to individuals or groups that have responded to hazardous or life-threatening events, as well as those that have developed safety programs that are not part of their normal duties during the preceding year.

Nominations for 2011 are currently being accepted. Awards are given in individual, group and departmental categories according to different criteria. If you would like to nominate an individual or group, please contact Bernie Tano at btano@csus.edu for additional information.
Submitted by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety

New, improved parking permits on the way
This summer, University Transportation and Parking Services will implement newly designed, repositionable parking permits that will adhere to the inside of vehicle windshields. The new permits, which will feature different campus beauty shots, will go into effect beginning this summer for all student, faculty and staff semester permits. Faculty and staff who have a 24-month payroll deduct permit will have permits replaced in September 2013.

The new permits will replace the existing “hang tag”-style permits. Benefits of the new design include using less material for a “greener” product, cheaper production costs, ease in moving from vehicle to vehicle and the ability for parking officers to scan and identify stolen parking permits.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Parking costs unchanged for managers, administrators, students for 2012-13
The cost of semester parking permits for managers, administrators and students will not be increased by 2 percent for the 2012-13 year. Since 2008-09, this 2 percent adjustment has occurred annually as part of the parking fee plan implemented in Spring 2009. Additional revenue from the 2 percent increase is used to offset cost increases for maintenance and operation of campus parking facilities.

This waiver of the 2 percent adjustment is for 2012-13 only. The adjustment will again be implemented in 2013-14 and beyond in accordance with the 2008-09 parking fee plan.

Permit costs for faculty and staff are set by their respective bargaining unit contracts and not by the University.

University Transportation and Parking Services, which administers the parking program, is by law a self-supporting unit that receives no funding from the state. UTAPS’ sole source of revenue for operation, construction and maintenance of parking facilities is from the sale of parking permits.

For more information, visit www.csus.edu/utaps/.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Price of commuter pass increases for faculty and staff
The cost for faculty and staff Regional Transit (RT) commuter passes will increase from $30 for a six-month pass to $40 beginning July 1, 2012.

The commuter pass provides a significant discount for Sacramento State faculty and staff who ride RT buses and light rail.  Sac State faculty and staff will pay only $6.67 a month for unlimited ridership, whereas an unlimited ridership pass purchased from RT costs $100 a month.  Fees paid for faculty/staff commuter passes help fund the contract between the University and RT that allows faculty, staff and students to ride RT transportation at a reduced rate. Students pay for the commuter pass through a transportation fee each semester.

Faculty/staff commuter passes can be purchased at the Student Financial Services Center and the UTAPS Office. Passes are effective July 1–Dec. 31, 2012. 

For more information, visit the UTAPS website at www.csus/utaps/.

2012 Writing Across the Curriculum faculty development retreat
All full- and part-time instructors are invited to the 2012 Writing Across the Curriculum faculty development retreat, “Time Saving Strategies for Assigning, Evaluating, and Responding to Student Writing,” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in the University Union, Foothill Suite. The retreat is free, and breakfast and lunch will be served. RSVP to Dan Melzer at wac@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Violence in the Workplace Prevention Training
Violence in the Workplace Prevention Training is scheduled for 9-10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, in the University Union’s Hinde Auditorium. More information can be found at www.csus.edu/aba/police/eventstraining/violence-in-the-workplace-prevention.html.
Submitted by University Police

Police Department on Facebook and Twitter
Have you checked out the Sacramento State Police Department’s official Facebook and Twitter pages? Managed by the Office of the Chief, the pages offer important news and alerts at Sacramento State, such as emergency notifications, traffic alert updates, alert bulletins, media releases, upcoming training/events, services and safety tips. For the Police Department’s Facebook page, go to www.facebook.com/sacstatepolice. To follow the Police Department’s Twitter updates, go to http://twitter.com/sacstatepolice. Email any suggestions or questions to police@csus.edu.
Submitted by University Police

Research Funding Update
The May Research Funding Update is now available. The monthly update alerts the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. Both an abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available at www.csus.edu/research/funding/update.
 
Additional information about any of the opportunities announced in the update can be obtained by clicking on the given Web address or by contacting your sponsored research officer.
Submitted by Research Administration

Instructional Cost Personnel Report
The Office of Institutional Research compiles special reports each year to show information on faculty workload during the Fall 2011 term. These reports are based on the Academic Planning Data Base, which is submitted to and approved by the Chancellor’s Office.

The Instructional Cost Personnel Report, combined with information from Human Resources, calculates the personnel costs directly associated with instruction. For a detailed look at the reports, visit www.csus.edu/oir/Data%20Center/Faculty%20Special%20Reports/Faculty%20Special%20Reports.html. For information, contact the Office of Institutional Research at 278-6566.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Faculty Senate schedule
The Faculty Senate schedule for May is available at www.csus.edu/sacstatenews/Articles/2012/03/FacultySenateAprilMaySked03-14-12.html.
Submitted by the Faculty Senate

Professional activities
The latest professional activities are available at http://www.csus.edu/sacstatenews/Articles/2012/05/ProfessionalActivities05-07-12.html.

President Gonzalez continues updates
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez will post updates on campus developments on his web page at www.csus.edu/President/fromthedeskofthepresident.html.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Model United Nations receives award
The Model United Nations team returned triumphant from the 2012 National MUN conference with an Outstanding Delegation award for its representation of the Non-Governmental Organization, Third World Network.

This marks the third consecutive year a Sacramento State delegation has won this prestigious award at the National MUN conference, which this year brought together nearly 6,000 students from 397 colleges and universities and 30 countries. Senior Marcus Taylor won awards for Best Delegate in Committee and Best Position Paper in the Organization of American States. A Best Position Paper award was also won by Alyssa Boyce and Milena Paez in the Commission on the Status of Women. 

Congratulations to the Model U.N. program for its continued excellence.
Submitted by the Government Department

Teeter-Totter-A-Thon will help One World Fútbol Project
A 32-foot teeter-totter will lift spirits while raising funds to represent the power of play in Rotaract at Sac State’s campaign to support the One World Fútbol (soccer ball) Project. The event runs from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. May 9-10 in the Library Quad.

Capture live photo and video footage of participants lifted 6-plus feet in the air. Interview opportunities will also be available with a representative from the One World Fútbol Project and the president of Rotaract at Sac State.
Submitted by Rotaract at Sac State

College of Continuing Education administers Summer Session 2012
Summer Session is a 12-week program at Sacramento State open to the following individuals:

  • Continuing students who have completed the formal admissions process and were enrolled in Spring 2012 or Fall 2011 but will not graduate prior to Summer 2012.
  • Community members who are not formally admitted to the University or students who have been admitted to another college.
  • Students who have been admitted to Sacramento State for Fall 2012.

Registration for Summer Session courses began Monday, April 16, for matriculated Sacramento State students on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no appointments this year. Registration for non-matriculated students begins Monday, May 7.

Summer Session schedule:

  • 12-week courses: May 29-Aug. 19
  • First-six-week courses: May 29-July 8
  • Second-six-week courses: July 9-Aug. 19

For more information or to register, visit the Summer Session website at www.cce.csus.edu/summer/.
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

College of Business Administration to host Information Session
The College of Business Administration is hosting an Information Session for all business graduate programs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, on campus. An adviser from each of the degree programs will provide a program overview and conduct a question-and-answer session.

To reserve a seat for the Information Session, RSVP at www.surveymonkey.com/s/VS7HTJ9. You must be registered to attend.
Submitted by the College of Business Administration

Summer tech fun coming to campus
Here’s a chance to save $125 and let your child experience summer tech fun at 60-plus universities nationwide, including Sacramento State. The iD Tech Camps program provides weeklong, day and overnight programs for kids ages 7-17. Students create iPhone apps, video games, C++ and Java programs, websites, robots and more. Additionally, iD Teen Academies are held at select locations: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy. Save $125 with promo code FACSTAFF2012 when you register and pay in full at the time of registration (you need your college/university email address). For more information, visit www.internalDrive.com or call (888) 709-8324.
Submitted by Conference Services

Summer Academies for High School Students begin July 23
High school students will explore the fields of biotechnology, health careers and culinary arts from July 23-Aug. 2 on the Sacramento State campus.

The Summer Academies for High School Students offer a personalized learning experience via small classes and a hands-on approach. Teens can study potential careers and prepare for the future while meeting other high school students from around the region.

To register, visit www.cce.csus.edu/acads. For questions, contact Carole Taylor at catalyor@csus.edu or 278-2794.
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Graduation Buffet scheduled for May 7-11
The University Center Restaurant will be offering a Graduation Buffet featuring a savory variety of picnic-style items such as barbecued pork ribs, Korean chicken, roasted root vegetable cassoulet and brown sugar baked beans. Sides and salads included are baked potato salad, mixed greens, fruit salad and an assortment of scrumptious desserts. This buffet is available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 7-11. The University Center Restaurant is at the southeast entrance of the University Union across from Round Table Pizza. For more information: www.dining.csus.edu/ucr/buffets/. Reservations are recommended at 278-6100.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

Dining Services hours for finals week
Business hours for Sac State’s eateries will change for the week of May 14-20. For a complete list of eateries and their hours of operation during the week of class finals, please visit www.enterprises.csus.edu/dining/hours.html.

For questions, please contact Nicole Johnson, Dining Services coordinator, at 278-6376.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

Weight Watchers at Work: 17-week session starts at noon May 10
For more information or to register and pay for the new series, please contact Nancy Blanton with UEI at 278-7006 or nancyb@csus.edu.
Submitted by UEI Human Resources

Marketing now part of Public Affairs and Advocacy
The Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy is now responsible for University marketing, including brand and logo compliance, campus-wide advertising, and review of the design and development of all communications intended for an external audience.

If you have materials you need reviewed, please email them to universitymarketing@csus.edu or call (916) 278-4381. Please allow for at least two working days for the review process. This procedure ensures that Sacramento State’s identity standards and guidelines are maintained. 
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Watch for even more University news and videos
Sacramento State is filled with activities worth keeping up on – from outstanding teaching, learning and research to the arts, wellness activities and Hornet athletics. Stories and videos on University people, events and other news are available on Sacramento State’s news page, www.csus.edu/sacstatenews/, overseen by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy. And send your ideas for campus coverage to publicaffairs@csus.edu.

Another option for publicizing an academic event or performance is the University’s digital sign network on campus. Submit your message to www.csus.edu/digitalsigns or www.csus.edu/pa/digitalsign.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Sac State on Facebook and Twitter
Have you checked out Sacramento State’s official Facebook and Twitter pages? Managed by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy, the pages offer up-to-the-minute news and information on all things Sac State, from academics to athletics, the arts to student life. For the University’s Facebook page, go to www.facebook.com/sacstate. To follow Sac State’s Twitter updates, go to http://twitter.com/#!/sacstate.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Border firewall security update
Sacramento State is receiving a new border firewall from the Chancellor’s Office this summer. The new equipment will push the campus up to a faster connection to the Internet. As part of the upgrade, the Information Security Office is auditing existing firewall exceptions to close unnecessary rules and appropriately scope down rules that are overly permissive.

The office already has removed or scoped down about 32 percent of the rules in the firewall. Our next path is to remove firewall rules that do not conform to campus policy. In most cases, these rules are legacy and will have no impact on faculty, students or staff. The office is planning on removing border firewall rules Thursday, May 24, for the following protocols:

  • FTP (replaced by Secure FTP)
  • Telnet
  • POP
  • IMAP
  • rLogin
  • RDP

The office is still reviewing uses of these protocols on campus and will make exceptions as needed. Any exception will be documented in the office’s risk management process, which will include a plan to move to a secure alternative. Contact the Information Security Office at iso@csus.edu if you have any questions.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Security quick tip:
Safeguarding campus information, Part 4 of 6: Access to Level 1 data
What if you need to use Level 1 data? It is the responsibility of everyone who uses Level 1 data to be aware of who has access to this data. Level 1 data is on a need-to-know basis, and access must therefore be limited to those who need to use it. Departments must ensure that all people who use Level 1 data have a confidentiality agreement on file. For more solutions on how to limit access to Level 1 data, contact the Information Security Office. Look for Part 5 in next week’s Briefing and on the Information Security website, www.csus.edu/security.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

HUMAN RESOURCES

Summer office hours
This summer, in an effort to conserve energy, Sacramento State will continue the practice of a modified work schedule with normal business hours for the campus of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. These hours will be effective Tuesday, May 29, through Friday, Aug. 17. As always, authorized supervisors may modify individual work schedules to address special situations as long as these basic hours are covered. It is important that offices are staffed during these announced hours.

As in past summers, this schedule enables the University to realize substantial budget savings by reducing energy consumption during the late afternoon hours when energy demand is highest. The University hopes that this change will also permit many employees to get the most from the longer summer days.

If you have any questions or concerns that cannot be answered by your supervisor or manager, please contact Kent Porter, associate vice president for Labor Relations and Compliance.

Catastrophic leave donation
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, by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3002, or by calling 278-3522.

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

Cynthia Hester, Facilities Housing Department
Carlyn Ster-Pollock, College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Office
Kristin Abundis, College of Education Dean’s Office


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