Campus Announcements

Summer hours 2008
This summer 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

Employee Assistance Program summer hours
The Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff counseling and consultation located in the Student Health Center will be open for summer. Hours begin at 7:30 a.m. with the last scheduled appointment at 3 p.m. Two counselors will be on staff. To schedule an appointment, call 278-5018, drop by, or e-mail (e-mail is not confidential).
Submitted by the Student Health Center

California conference focuses on the arts
The Center for California Studies’ 20th annual Envisioning California Conference is September 18-19 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Organizers are soliciting ideas for panels and speakers for the event. The conference typically focuses on public policy or governance issues, but this year will explore and celebrate the arts in California. The conference will cover issues such as whether there is such a thing as California art, as well as arts education, contemporary visual arts and how the arts are enriched by California’s diversity.

For more information, visit calstudies@csus.edu. To submit ideas, call 278-6906.
Submitted by the Center for California Studies

2008-09 Faculty Senate officers
The following were elected to serve for 2008-09:

Chair  
Bruce Bikle (Criminal Justice)

Vice Chair
James Sobredo (Ethnic Studies)

Chair, Academic Policies Committee
Bob Buckley (Computer Science)

Chair, Curriculum Policies Committee
David Lang (Economics)

Chair, Faculty Policies Committee
Wendy Cunningham (Family and Consumer Sciences)

Chair, General Education Policies/Graduation Requirements Policies Committee Janet Hecsh (Teacher Education)

At-large members:

Sylvester Bowie (Social Work)
Tony Sheppard (Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration)
Kristin VanGaasbeck (Economics)

In addition to his election to the Faculty Senate, Bob Buckley (Computer Science) was also elected as vice chair for the Executive Committee of the California State University Academic Senate. 
Submitted by the Faculty Senate

Sac State Striders succeed
The Sac State Striders recruited 55 team members from the campus to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on May 10. Picture-perfect weather coupled with positive energy and excitement set the tone for success. The team raised more than $1,600 for the cure. 
Submitted by the Student Health Center

Library relaxes rules so students can relax during finals
Follow the signs from the tiki-hut in the Library’s main lobby downstairs and find the new Stress-Free Zone set up for study breaks during finals week. The alcove adjacent to the Friends of the Library book bin has comfortable chairs and a tropical theme with palm trees, hula hoops, games, toys and puzzles to take students’ minds off their finals. The Library will also relax the “no food rule” by offering popcorn fresh from an old fashioned cart. Students can also bring their own food and drink downstairs without guilt for the week of finals.

Relax even further when librarian Alicia Patrice, registered Yoga instructor, offers free relaxation sessions during finals week. Sessions will be offered from noon to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:30 to 4 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m.

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