Campus Announcements

Summer hours 2008
This summer, in an effort to conserve energy, the University 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 on Monday, June 2, and continue through Friday, August 22. 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. We hope that this change will also permit many people to get the most from the longer summer days.

For questions or concerns that cannot be answered by supervisors or managers, contact Elizabeth Redmond, associate vice president for Human Resources at 278-4488.
Submitted by Human Resources

Staff Employee Recognition Award submission deadline
As a reminder, the deadline for submission of a nomination for the Staff Employee Recognition Award is this Friday, May 16. Complete details regarding eligibility, criteria and nomination procedures are available on the Web at www.csus.edu/president/staffrec/index.stm. Names of the recipients will be announced in June.
Submitted by Office of the President

Candidates for the Director, Independent Doctoral in Educational Leadership
Open Forums for the search will be held on the following dates:

5/12/08 - Carlos Nevarez - 3-4 p.m. Delta Suite, University Union                
5/13/08 - Lila Jacobs - 2:30-3:30 p.m. Summit Room, University Union
5/14/08 - Jim Burns - 2-3 p.m. Lobby Suite, University Union
5/15/08 - Donna Amstutz - 1:30-2:30 p.m. Orchard Suite III, University Union

Send comments regarding the candidates to Ed Lee, Chair, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies elee@csus.edu by May 19.
Submitted by the College of Education

May issue of Funding Alert available
The May issue of Funding Alert is now available. The newsletter is published monthly to alert 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 on the web at www.csus.edu/research/funding/alert/index.htm.

Highlights include a newly launched research initiative by the Department of Energy and targeted funding opportunity notices in the following areas: arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.

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

New faculty development grants
A Wells Fargo grant will fund a limited number of faculty development sub-grants for the first two years of the One Book Program. These funds will support efforts to further develop, integrate and sustain the program. All part-time and full-time Sacramento State faculty, including lecturers, are eligible to apply. For more information, go to the Request for Funding Proposal at www.csus.edu/cec/forms/07-08One_Book_RFP.doc. The proposal deadline is May 30.

The One Book Program’s inaugural book is Firoozah Dumas’ Funny in Farsi: Growing Up Iranian in America. Dumas will be visiting the campus on Wednesday, Oct. 15. For more information on the One Book Program, go to www.csus.edu/cec/OneBook.stm or e-mail cecenter@csus.edu.
Submitted by English Department

Making the grade
Administrative Computing Services and the Registrar's Office will hold a grading training session for faculty May 13-15. Each 60-minute session will cover grade entry, the grade approval process, the grade posting process and timeliness. To attend, RSVP to cms@csus.edu and list a preferred session.

Sessions are: 
May 13, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in ARC 3013
May 13, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in ARC 3008
May 14, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in ARC 3013
May 15, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in ARC 3008

In addition, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 19 - May 28, faculty needing assistance with grading can visit the Faculty Staff Resource Center in ARC 3012, and a University Help Desk staff will assist with the grading process. For any questions, contact the University Help Desk at 278-7337.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Open labs for Student Administration
Administrative Computing Services and the Student Systems Support team will hold two-hour open lab sessions to assist with the use of the Student Administration applications. These open lab sessions can be utilized as a one-on-one session with a subject matter expert or a training session for a group. Student Administration subject matter experts can address questions or concerns related to the following areas: admissions; catalog/schedule; campus community; financial aid; student financials; records and registration; transfer credit and advising. The open lab schedule and RSVP information is available at www.csus.edu/irt/acs/services/cms/training/open.stm.

For questions, contact the University Help Desk at 278-7337.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

My Sac State 2.0 (Beta)
The newest version of My Sac State is in the final stage of development and will be available for testing soon. This version was designed to be more flexible and offer more functionality than the existing version. All the current functions will be preserved—some may improve. Once the Beta version is available, take the opportunity to “test drive” the new service and provide feedback on what is liked and disliked. This is a collaborative project intended to offer faculty, staff and students an improved method for staying in touch with the campus and utilizing the available Web services. 

The new portal service will offer a “one-stop-shop” functionality which integrates official student e-mail services and access to WebCT through a single sign-on process.  Look for the URL in the next announcement.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Open discussions on the University’s future
Provost Joseph Sheley and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee cordially invite members of the campus community to two open discussions of visions of the University’s future (coping with the budget in the short run; shaping academic priorities in the longer run). The discussions will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, in Mendocino Hall 1032, and from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, in the University Union’s Walnut Room.

Possible topics for “Where Are We and Where Do We Want to Be?” include the strategic plan, retention and graduation, pedagogy and quality, finances, governance and communication or any other proposed topics. These informal discussions are aimed at helping the Senate Executive Committee and the provost focus on issues for anticipated forums, retreats, the budget and other planning discussions this fall.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Human Resources

Catastrophic Leave
Sacramento State employees may voluntarily donate to other employees up to a maximum of 16 hours of sick or vacation leave credits each fiscal year in one-hour increments. CSUEU, MPP, Unit 4, Unit 6 and confidential employees may donate up to 40 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:

Steven Borden, Facilities Services
Martha Jean, University Transportation & Parking Services
Lisa Collins, Admissions and Records
Sharon Kelley, Academic Information Resources Center
Aleia Luster, Student Activities