Campus Announcements

Employee of the Month
Robin L. Pollock and Arlette M. Barnard are University employees of the month.

Pollock is the administrative analyst/specialist, in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. Her colleague described her as “a dedicated mentor who coaches and encourages her colleagues to understand the advantages of professional development opportunities.” 

Arlette Barnard is the special assistant to the executive director of University Enterprises, Inc. Her nominator mentioned, “Arlette is always willing to share her expertise with those who need it, and is an excellent example of an employee who takes seriously the value of creating a welcoming environment.” 

Nominations are being accepted for the new academic year for the Staff Employee Recognition Program. Names of the recipients will be announced in September.

Details regarding eligibility, criteria, and nomination procedures are available on the website link:
http://www.csus.edu/president/staffrec/index.stm
Submitted by the Office of the President

Topping out ceremony
The University Union will hold a topping out ceremony to celebrate another milestone in the construction of the Recreation and Wellness Center (the WELL) beginning at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 12, in parking lot 12.

The topping out ceremony has a long history and it signifies the placement of the last beam on top of a building. The campus community is invited to sign the last beam that day before it is hoisted to the top of the structure.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. with the beam signing, and the beam will be lifted into place at 11 a.m. Free food and music will be available starting at 11:30 a.m.
Submitted by the WELL

Research Funding Update
The May issue of Research Funding Update (formerly known as Funding Alert) is available. This update is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. An abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available on the web at http://www.csus.edu/research/funding/update.

This month’s highlight includes the National Science Foundation’s $9 million funding availability and targeted funding opportunity notices in arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.

Additional information about any of the opportunities announced in Research Funding Update can be obtained by clicking on the web address or by contacting Research Administration at 278-7565.
Submitted by Research Administration

USA elections
Nomination statements and ballots for voting for staff representation on campus committees have been distributed by University Staff Assembly (USA) representatives. Your vote will help determine who will represent the staff community on various campus committees. Ballots are due on May 15. For more information, contact your USA representative or visit http://www.csus.edu/usa/.
Submitted by USA

Special election forum
The Department of Government presents a forum on the May 19 special election noon, Thursday, May 14, in the University Union Delta Suite.

Academic experts will present a non-partisan "explainer" on the special election ballot measures. Sacramento State government and public policy professors will help to clarify the context, impact, and meaning of Props 1A-1F.
Submitted by the Department of Government

Modified work schedule
To help conserve energy during the summer months, the University will continue using a modified work schedule. Effective Monday, June 1, and continuing through Friday, Aug. 21, normal business hours for the campus will be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a 30-minute lunch break. 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.

For more information contact your supervisor or Elizabeth Redmond, associate vice president for Human Resources.
Submitted by Human Resources

Manager’s workshop
Human Resources will conduct workshops on the Sacramento State Performance Evaluation Process for new managers and supervisors.  To attend, e-mail Marianne Mangosing at mgm59@saclink.csus.edu. Include your name and the date of the workshop you would like to attend.

Workshop times are 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Monday, May 11 and 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, May 14. Workshops will be held in Sacramento Hall, room 275.
Submitted by Human Resources

Capital Public Radio Health Forum
Capital Public Radio will hold a Second Opinions Community Health Forum 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, May 11, in Sacramento State’s Alumni Center. The forum, presented in partnership with The Sacramento Bee, will tackle the topic of staying healthy against all odds during stressful times. It will be moderated by Jeffrey Callison, host and producer of Capital Public Radio’s Insight. He will be joined by a group of local panelists specializing in wellness.

For more information, contact Shirlee Tully Fong (916)765-9000 or go to www.secondopinions.org.
Submitted by Capital Public Radio

Copy discounts
The Copy Graphics Center, located in the River Front Center, is offeriing faculty and staff a discount on color copies during May. Any quantity of color copies will be 49 cents each. Copy Graphics offers a variety of print services, graduation announcements, thesis binding, mounted oversized prints and design services.

For information visit www.enterprises.csus.edu/copygraphics.

Submitted by UEI

Strategic Planning Council
The Strategic Planning Council (SPC) is inviting the campus community to participate in small focus groups on shaping the University’s future through May 8. The focus groups will be looking 10 years ahead at what will attract the next generation of students to Sacramento State and what they may experience here.

Focus groups conducted earlier in the semester provided SPC with exceptional data as the campus prepares to engage in a new Futures Initiative.

To learn more about the focus groups and to sign up, visit www.csus.edu/spc/focusgroups.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Writing the University call for submissions
Sacramento State Faculty members are asked to submit outstanding student writing to Writing the University, an online journal of undergraduate writing from across the curriculum. The journal is published by the Senate Reading and Writing Subcommittee. Visit www.csus.edu/wac/journal for submission guidelines.
Submitted by the English Department

Getting the grades
Spring 2009 grading begins May 18. The Office of the University Registrar will conduct in-person faculty grade training sessions in the AIRC 3013 training lab on the following dates:

Session 1:  May 19, 9-10 a.m.
Session 2:  May 19, 10-11 a.m.
Session 3:  May 19, 1-2 p.m.
Session 4:  May 20, 9-10 a.m.
Session 5:  May 20, 10-11 a.m.
Session 6:  May 20, 1-2 p.m.

Each session will cover grade entry, the grade approval/save process, the grade posting process and timelines. To sign up, RSVP to Learner Web at www.rms.csus.edu/training/instructions.html or call the CMS HelpDesk at 278-7337.
Submitted by the University Registrar

Leadership scholarship
The Serna Center is accepting applications for the Bustos Family Leadership through Service Scholarship. Students can receive $1,000 for the fall semester.  Scholarship qualifications and applications can be viewed at the Center's website, www.csus.edu/sernacenter/scholarships/index.htm.
For more information, call 278-4512.
Submitted by the Serna Center

Human Resources

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, 8, 10 and 11 may only donate up to 16 hours per fiscal year. If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained at www.csus.edu/hr/forms.htm#Disability, or by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Sacramento Hall 162, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Janelle Robinette, Nursing
Julie Bradley, Math Department
Wandarah Anderson, Division of Social Work
Michael Wilson, Economics
Misty Sisneros, Community Engagement Center
Joseph Small, Reprographics