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May 16, 2011


Employee of the month: Jonathan Shiveley, assessment research analyst, Office of Institutional Research.

Jonathan’s nominator describes him as “the individual who directly supports assessment and accreditation campuswide, as well as being the liaison to external agencies on multiple projects. Jon is responsible for various survey reports for the campus and for working with other offices/departments to ensure the surveys are conducted on time.”

The nominator continues, “Jon has accomplished a great deal, and his outcomes have proven that he is a valuable and effective team member of the Office of Institutional Research as well as for the University at large.”

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

Details about nominations, eligibility, criteria and procedures are available at
Submitted by the President’s Office

Spring String Recital
Come to this year's recital at 7 p.m. Monday, May 16, in the Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall. It is free to the public and will last approximately one hour.

The recital is presented by the children of the acclaimed Sacramento State String Project, an outreach program that provides students from the third through the 10th grade with outstanding instrumental training from our string-music majors. The String Project is currently under the direction of Master Teacher Judy Bossuat and Assistant Master Teacher Tim Stanley.

For more information on the project:
Submitted by the Music Department 

Faculty Teaching Assignment Report
The Faculty Teaching Assignment Report has been updated for Spring 2011.

The updated report is available on the Office of Institutional Research website. This report is based on the Academic Planning Data Base submitted to and approved by the Chancellor's Office on the Census Date of Fall 10/Spring 11. It displays the detailed information regarding faculty teaching load, such as courses and sections, student course credits, section enrollment, student FTE and weighted teaching units (WTU) by individual faculty member and department.

To view the report, go to Click on Data Center, then Faculty: Special Reports. Please contact the Office of Institutional Research at 278-6566 if you have any questions.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Training sessions
There will be NIMS, SEMS, ICS Awareness training from 9 to 11 a.m. June 3 in Hinde Auditorium, University Union, for Group 1.This includes all employees, faculty or staff who do not have duties during an emergency. Register at or call 278-2397.

Reminder to all building coordinators, floor marshals, safety team members and such who did not attend Building Coordinators training Dec. 7:You need to attend the May 20 meeting from 8 a.m. to noon in Hinde Auditorium. Register at, or call 278-2397.
Submitted by the Public Safety Department

Edward Jones is retiring
Edward Jones, associate vice president for Student Affairs/Campus Life, is retiring. A celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Residence Halls’ American River Courtyard conference room. Refreshments will be served.
Submitted by Division of Student Affairs & Office of Student Conduct

Speakers and Experts Guide
Sacramento State’s faculty help create the policies, analyze the issues and understand the trends that shape California and the nation. Their unmatched expertise, along with our University’s location in the nation’s most influential state capital, gives Sac State a tremendous advantage.

The Office of Public Affairs is in the process of updating the University’s Speakers and Experts Guide.
Faculty and staff who wish to be listed in the guide are encouraged to go to and complete the form as soon as possible

All individuals listed in the guide are volunteering to serve as media sources. Our office staff will be glad to assist you if you are needed for a media interview.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Free exhibits
Sacramento State presents two free exhibits highlighting the work of its graduating art students. The Senior Show will be held through May 21 in Kadema Hall’s Else and Witt galleries. Works by students graduating from the master’s program will be featured in a May 2-28 exhibit in the Library Gallery Annex. The Else and Witt galleries are open noon-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Library Gallery Annex is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Submitted by the Art Department

The Department of Geography will hold its second annual Posterpalooza from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Orchard Suite of the University Union.  More than 50 student research posters and maps from the department's senior research seminar and Applied GIS class will be on display, with students on hand to answer questions. The department welcomes all interested parties, including students contemplating geography major or minor.

The senior projects address a wide variety of human and physical geography topics in the Sacramento region, while the GIS projects focus on the Sacramento State campus, including patterns of exterior lighting.
Submitted by the Geography Department

Parking permit costs for 2011/12
The cost of semester parking permits for managers, administrators and students will increase by 2 percent for the 2011/12 year. This adjustment occurs annually as part of the parking fee plan implemented in Spring 2009. Additional revenue will be used to offset cost increases for maintenance and operation of campus parking facilities.

Permits for managers (MPP) and other unrepresented employees will increase beginning July 1, 2011. The monthly permit cost will be $46. Other administrator permits will increase by 2 percent above their current rate. Permit costs for faculty and staff are set by their respective bargaining unit contracts.

The increase for student semester permits will take effect with purchase of the 2011 fall permit. The semester permit cost will be $159; residence hall student permits will be $206. 

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 operations, construction and maintenance of parking facilities is from the sale of parking permits.

For more information, visit
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Help the needy
Sac Pack Drive is collecting new or gently used book bags/backpacks and school supplies through Friday, May 20.

Many students have extra supplies that they have not used and may no longer need. Sac Pack Drive is working with a local nonprofit organization to deliver these supplies to homeless youth, foster youth and others in need.

Drop off donations at the Community Engagement Center on the Library’s fourth floor, Room 4028, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. For a list of donation drop-off locations, Sac Pack Drive supply wish list, or if your department/program would like to sponsor a donation box, visit
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Sac State Summer Golf League
Cordova Golf Course every Thursday; tee times are between 4 and 6 p.m. The cost is $7 for 18-plus holes. League play begins Thursday, May 26 (BBQ at 4 p.m.) and runs all summer.
Registration required, email
Submitted by The WELL

Enrichment classes
Teens can make the most of their summer break with our Summer Enrichment classes for seventh through 12th grade, offered through the College of Continuing Education. These are four-day intensive classes that prepare students for future grade levels and the college admission process.

There is high demand for this program and space is limited, so enroll today! Registration is open until Friday, June 24.

To learn more and see the wide variety of classes being offered, visit
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Spring issue
The spring issue of Sac State Magazine is available at

The issue focuses on alumni who are leaders in the community, including Kadhir Rajagopal, California Teacher of the Year; and John Castro, Sacramento City School District’s Teacher of the Year.
It also highlights alums Jan Nolta, one of the leading stem-cell researchers; Patricia Fong Kushida, head of the Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce; and John Torres, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Also featured are the Sac State student opera production Die Fledermaus; Sac State’s government internship and public policy programs; and a reprint of a poem written especially for Sacramento State’s Destination 2010 celebration by Sacramento poet laureate and University Professor Bob Stanley.
Submitted by University Marketing

One Book selection
Sacramento State’s One Book Program’s selection for 2011-12 is The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris. 

Journalist Norris, co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” has written a family memoir of rare candor and artistry that dramatically reveals essential yet hidden aspects of African-American life. For further information about the book, including an excerpt and reading group guide, visit She will visit our campus Thursday, Oct. 20.

We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Hellen Lee-Keller as faculty coordinator of the Sacramento State One Book Program.  English Professor Lee-Keller is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding University Service Award (Arts and Letters).  A member of the Sacramento State One Book Selection Committee, she has been instrumental in organizing and facilitating One Book events such as our film series in collaboration with the Multicultural Center.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Weight Watchers
Do your summer plans include losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle? If so, consider joining Weight Watchers at Work.

The Weight Watchers at Work Program is at Sac State. UEI Human Resources is the host for weekly meetings. All meetings are held in UEI’s Human Resources Department Conference Room, Suite 3900. 

An informational/renewal meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 27. Our weight-loss instructor will provide an overview of the benefits of the "At Work" series and answer questions. Our summer series will begin Friday, June 3.  For more information, contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or email her at
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

Commuter pass price increase
The cost of faculty and staff Regional Transit commuter passes will increase from $20 to $30 for a six-month pass, beginning Friday, July 1.

“The commuter pass continues to be a great deal,” says Nancy Fox, senior director of UTAPS. “Without the commuter pass, a single one-way trip on RT costs $2.50, and a monthly pass costs $100. With the commuter pass, faculty and staff will pay only $5 a month for unlimited ridership.”

Sacramento State has a contract with Regional Transit that offers faculty, staff and students the opportunity to ride RT buses and light rail at a significantly reduced rate. Students pay for the commuter pass through a transit fee each semester.
Faculty/staff commuter passes are available at the University Cashiers Office and UTAPS. Passes are effective July 1–Dec. 31. For more information, visit the UTAPS website at www.csus/utaps/.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Free training program
Student Health Services is offering Mental Health First Aid training for Sacramento State students, faculty and staff. It will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 26-27 in the University Union Forest Suite. The event is free, but space is limited. Sign up at

This program helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Those who take the 12-hour certification course  learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.

For more information, visit
Submitted by Student Health Services

Network Upgrade
Sacramento State will be replacing the core of its current campus network infrastructure. This is part of an ongoing effort to maintain the effectiveness of our campus network as technology advances and user needs evolve. This refresh will ensure that the network continues to keep pace with technology and will meet the changing needs of CSU students, faculty and staff. In addition, the upgrade will significantly reduce our long-term network maintenance costs.

The upgrade starts Wednesday, May 25, and goes through Wednesday, June 29.  Work will be performed weekdays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on a building-by-building schedule. During the day, while individual buildings are upgraded, building occupants will experience both total and intermittent network and wireless outages in that building. In buildings that are now equipped with Voice over IP Phones (VoIP), the phones will also be subject to outages during the one-day upgrade period as well.

To learn more about the upgrade and to download the schedule to see when your building will be affected, see the project site: The site will also provide contact information if you have further questions.
Submitted by Networking and Telecommunications Office

Temporary closure of parking facilities
To save energy costs during an off-peak period, the following parking facilities will be closed for the summer period. Closure will begin at midnight Friday, May 27; lots will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22:

  • Parking Structure II
  • Parking Structure III
  • Parking Structure IV
  • Lot 10
  • Lot 11

While most other parking facilities will be open and available during the closure of those mentioned above, there will be additional short-term parking closures for paving and improvement projects during the summer period. The timing of these projects will be communicated separately. If there are questions, contact University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) at 278-7275,,
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Information session
The College of Business Administration is hosting an Information Session for all business graduate programs, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, on campus.

An advisor from each of the degree programs will provide a program overview and conduct a question-and-answer session. Free parking and refreshments are also provided for this event.

You must be registered to attend. Register at,
Submitted by the College of Business Administration

McNair Scholars Research Symposium.
The new cohort  of the McNair Scholars Program will unveil its work in a symposium of academic research from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 13, in Mendocino 311.

The scholars will present their research results to prepare for their upcoming trips to the Student Research Competition (SAEOPP) in Atlanta (June 23-26), and the 19th annual Penn State McNair Summer Research Conference (July 8-10).

Past research topics include: "The Making of a Disney Princess," "Violent Video Games" and "The Influence of Internet Pornography on College Students." Watch the McNair Scholars showcase their work.
Submitted by the McNair Scholars Program

Travel Policy
Sacramento State has a new travel policy posted on the Accounts Payable and Travel Office web page at

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

Spam protection
To improve spam and malware protection and lower our costs, Operations and Systems Services will transition to Microsoft’s Forefront malware protection during the week of June 6. The transition will occur gradually over a week. Users should see no change in their protection from malware, but please inform the service desk at 278-7337 if you see a marked change in spam in your inbox.

We will inform the campus about the process for transitioning from McAfee to Forefront protection on home computers that currently use our campus McAfee protection. Current McAfee malware software will continue to protect your computer until the transition to Forefront is completed.
Submitted by Operations and Systems Services

Yosemite South Gym closure
The Yosemite South Gym will be closed from Monday, May 23, through July for the wood floor replacement project.
Submitted by Facilities Services

News and campus videos
Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page
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:
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

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, 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, 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:
Deana Frandsen, Student Health Center
* Remedios Malonzo, Facilities Department. Because she is caring for a family member, she may only accept (*VL) Vacation Leave donations.


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