Campus Announcements

Sac State Magazine - Summer 2009
The Summer 2009 issue of Sac State Magazine, featuring articles and photos of Sacramento State’s upcoming commencement, Therapeutic Recreation, philanthropist George Crandell and much more is now available at www.csus.edu/sacstatemagazine/.

If you would like a copy of this issue, please e-mail publicaffairs@csus.edu or call the Public Affairs office at 86156, and one will be sent to you via campus mail.
Submitted by Public Affairs

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

New Employee Discount Program

With the Sac State OneCard, Sacramento State employees can now receive discounts all over the Sacramento area. The OneCard office has compiled a list of businesses that provide reduced rates on frozen yogurt, doggie day care and even auto body work, just to name a few. Visit the OneCard website www.csus.edu/onecard to view the discount vendors and start saving money.

Every week the discount list expands and with your help it can grow even further. If you know of any vendors that would like to provide discounts to employees or if you have any vendor suggestions, call the OneCard Center at 278-7878 or visit the OneCard Tent at the USA Employee Picnic on Friday, June 5.
Submitted by Business and Administrative Services

First college year experience survey available online
In spring 2009, the Office of Institutional Research administered a First College Year Experience survey to first-year students in an effort to better understand student learning and to help improve the quality of college education. This survey asked first-time freshmen to share their views on a variety of issues covering many aspects of their journey to Sac State, as well as their educational expectations and experiences once they got here. 

The survey report consists of ten sections:  concerns, satisfaction with campus services and facilities, satisfaction with college life, adjustment to college life, campus climate, interactions among racial/ethnic groups, co-curricular activities and behaviors, academic work, overall experience, and background information.  For instance, when asked to relay their satisfaction with their overall academic experience at this university, 72.8 percent indicated that they were either “Satisfied” or “Very satisfied.” Findings are also broken down by college. Please go to http://www.oir.csus.edu/reports/default1.cfm to view the report.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Director of Student Activities candidate visits
The campus community is invited to meet the Director of Student Activities candidates on the dates below:

Individuals who attend are encouraged to submit written comments to Edward Jones in Student Affairs, LSN 3008 or e-mail at jonese@csus.edu no later than noon, Wednesday, June 3.
Submitted by Student Affairs

SBIR/STTR Webinar Course
The Research Administration office is hosting a webinar course on the federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The course is offered by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) and will provide an overview of SBIR/STTR and discuss how universities and university researchers can benefit. Applying to SBIR/STTR is often the next step for university researchers with inventions ready for commercialization.

The webinars will be broadcast from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Hornet Bookstore Boardroom (Suite 3010) and will be open to all Sacramento State faculty, staff, and grad students.  Those interested in attending can register online at www.csus.edu/research/workshops/registration/webinars.htm

The remaining topics and dates are as follows:
Thursday, May 28:   How To Enhance Your Chances Of Winning An Award
Thursday, June 4:   Mistakes and Pitfalls To Avoid
Thursday, June 11:  SBIR/STTR Winners Experiences and Success Stories
Submitted by Research Administration

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:

Wandarah Anderson, Div. of Social Work
Julie Bradley, Math Dept.
Janelle Robinette, Nursing
Michael Wilson, Economics
Misty Sisneros, Community Engagement Center
Joseph Small, Reprographics