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May 31, 2011

NEWS

CSU leaders advocate against further budget cuts
California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed, Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez and more than a dozen CSU presidents and their delegations met with Gov. Jerry Brown last Tuesday to advocate against further cuts to the CSU’s budget.
Earlier this month, the CSU outlined a contingency plan to address the potential $1 billion budget cut that includes "wait listing" applications for winter and spring 2012 and a possible additional tuition fee increase of up to 32 percent. CSU estimates it could turn away 20,000 qualified applicants who would otherwise enroll for the winter/spring 2012 terms. More information is at: www.csus.edu/sacstatenews///budgetcentral/documents/CSU%20Update%205-26-11.pdf
Submitted by the California State University Chancellor’s Office

CSU, CFA bargaining update posted
The CSU and the California Faculty Association (CFA) are in the bargaining process for a new contract. An update on the May 18-19 meeting is posted on the CSU’s website, and the CSU’s and the CFA’s proposals are posted here.
Submitted by the California State University Chancellor’s Office

President Gonzalez to provide updates
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez will continue to post updates on campus developments throughout the summer on his website at www.csus.edu/President/fromthedeskofthepresident.html.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Scam artists
Beware of two young women posing as students from the Department of Theatre & Dance who are selling magazines “to win a trip to London.” Their scam claims that the department will use the proceeds to put on a production of The Taming of the Shrew. They also claim to be raising money for Shriners Hospitals.

Shriners does not solicit funds in this manner. Nor is Sac State’s department sponsoring any trips to London or other places this summer. 

Last year, several faculty and staff members reported suspicious behavior by people claiming to be connected with the Department of Theatre & Dance. Sac State does not send students out to solicit funds in any manner, other than preapproved, on-campus activities directly connected to our productions during the school year. 
Submitted by the Department of Theatre & Dance

Staff picnic
Don’t miss the annual Staff Appreciation Picnic, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, on the Main Quad across from the River Front Center. Mark this date on your calendar and join the celebration.

Questions, contact Krystal Bickford at krystalb@uei.csus.edu or Cossette Leos at cossette@csus.edu.
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

Campus paving projects
Summer parking lot and perimeter road improvement projects will continue through Friday, June 24 on north and south areas of campus for temporary periods.  These paving projects have been phased as much as possible to minimize disruption of campus activities. 
Submitted by Facilities Services

Candidates’ forum
The Campus Community is invited to meet with the candidates for the associate vice president for Facilities Services.  The names, dates, times and locations are listed below:

Linda Hafar, Director of Utilities and Facilities Services, Sacramento State
Tuesday, May 31
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Sequoia Hall 301

Ali Izadian, Director of Construction, Loyola Marymount University
Wednesday, June 1
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Sequoia Hall 301

Chris Brown, Deputy vice president of Facilities Management, Enterprise Operations & Student Housing and executive director, CSU East Bay Foundation, CSU East Bay
Friday, June 3
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Sequoia Hall 301

Jonathan Shambare, Director, Design and Construction, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Monday, June 6
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Sequoia Hall 301

Michael Paul, Executive director, Facilities Management and Sustainability, Southern Methodist University
Wednesday, June 8
10 – 11:00 a.m.
Sequoia Hall 301

This will be an open forum format – questions from the audience are welcome and encouraged.

Please send any comments you have about any of the candidates to Associate Vice President Abbi Stone, Search Committee chair, by end of day Wednesday, June 8, stonea@csus.edu.
Submitted by Office of the Vice President for Administration 

Training sessions
There will be NIMS, SEMS, ICS Awareness training from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, 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 gnagywb@csus.edu or call 278-2397.
Submitted by the Public Safety Department

OneCard update
The OneCard software implementation is complete and most services are now available.

Due to an upgrade to improve the OneCard operating system, the following services were unavailable and are now active:

•         PrintSmart stations
•         Library
•         Department Photocopy Cards**
•         Wells Fargo Linked Account
•         Parking permits machines
•         Public photocopiers
•         VTS machines
•         New/Replacement cards
•         Making payments in department offices

**Department photocopy cards are currently being activated.  We expect alldepartment cards to be activated by Friday, May 27th.  Please note that if you use a photocopier with a OneCard reader attached - you no longer have to enter a 4-digit code, you can just swipe the card and begin copying.  If you have questions or problems with department charged cards, please contact David Proschold at proschold@csus.edu.

The following service will be available Tuesday, May 31:  Hornet Bucks (Eateries, Games Room, etc.)

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this upgrade.
Submitted by Office of the Vice President for Administration

Peace and Conflict Resolution Workshop
Sacramento State’s Center for Health and Human Services Research and Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution will hold their 16th annual Conflict Resolution Workshop, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, June 20, through Friday, June 24, at Sacramento State.

The workshop provides training in negotiation and mediation techniques and process, and conflict theories and practices. It also teaches how to become a conflict mediator.
Workshop trainers include Ernest Uwazie, a criminal justice professor and director of the University’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution; and attorney Daniel Yamshon, who specializes in arbitration and mediation.
The workshop, which features short lectures, role-playing and exercises, is designed for people in community and nongovernmental organizations, public and private agencies, business, human rights, professional and trade unions, and educational institution groups.
         
To register for the conference, visit www.csus.edu/hhs/capcr/Documents/2010ConflictResolution.pdf. The registration fee is $595 and includes a course manual and materials, plus two lunches.
For more information on the workshop, contact Uwazie at 278-6282 or email uwazieee@csus.edu.  For information on the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, visit www.csus.edu/org/capcr/aboutcapcr.htm.
Submitted by Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution

Sac State Summer Golf League
Cordova Golf Course every Thursday; tee times between 4 and 6 p.m. Cost is $7 for 18-plus holes. League play runs all summer.
Registration required; email basso@saclink.csus.edu.
Submitted by The WELL

Enrichment classes
Summer Enrichment classes for seventh through 12th grades are offered through the College of Continuing Education. Teens can make the most of their summer break with Sac State’s Summer Enrichment classes. These are four-day intensive classes that prepare students for future grade levels and the college admissions 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: www.cce.csus.edu/summerenrich
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Weight Watchers
Do your summer plans include losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle? If so, consider joining Weight Watchers at Work 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. Due to the Staff Appreciation Picnic on Friday, June 3, the Weight Watchers at Work summer session will not begin until Friday, June 10.

For more information, contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or nancyb@uei.csus.edu.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

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. 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 the sale of parking permits.

For more information, visit www.csus.edu/utaps/.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

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

Network upgrade
The University’s network upgrade will cause rolling network outages affecting most campus buildings for a one-day period. The schedule of these outages and other information regarding the upgrade can be found on the upgrade project page: www.csus.edu/NetworkUpgrade. Some changes have been made to the original list, so please review this schedule. To follow the status of the scheduled rollout, follow the link Building Status Schedule here or on the project page. Also note that if your building is not on the list, then you building will not be affected by the project.

The computer labs in AIRC 3013 and 3008 will be available as alternate workspace locations during the upgrade. As another alternative, laptop computers will be available for loan during the outages. Those laptops (or department laptops) may be used wirelessly in unaffected spaces such as the library or the AIRC.  
Submitted by Networking and Telecommunications Office

Temporary closure of parking facilities
To save energy costs during an off-peak period, the following parking facilities are closed for the summer and will reopen 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. The timing of these projects will be communicated separately. If there are questions,  contact University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) at 278-7275, parking@csus.edu or www.csus.edu/utaps.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Information session
The College of Business Administration will host an information session for all the business graduate programs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, on campus.

An adviser 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 www.surveymonkey.com/s/RSVP_June_22_2011_Info_Session.
Submitted by 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 McNair Scholars Program

Volunteers needed
The Sacramento Sports Commission will host more than 5,000 athletes and 5,000 to 7,000 guests in Sacramento July 6-17 for the World Masters Athletics track and field event. Most of the event will be held at Sac State.

Volunteers can go online and sign up for opportunities directly. Visit www.wma2011.com or call 808-6561.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Make a difference
The Veterans/ROTC chapter of the Alumni Association is seeking a diverse group of leaders to join its core board. The chapter is primarily looking for Sac State alumni, faculty, staff, students or community members who wish to make a positive difference for Sac State veterans, their families and the local community.

The chapter is looking for board members who wish to:

  • Participate in activities that help Sac State veterans and their families.
  • Develop programs of special interest to veteran and ROTC alumni, faculty, staff and students.
  • Promote awareness of transitional issues for Sac State veterans

Meetings are typically scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. the last Thursday of every other month (location to be determined). The meeting dates are as follows: Aug. 25; Oct. 27; Feb. 23, 2012; and April 26, 2012.
Anyone interested in joining the core board of the Veterans/ROTC Alumni Chapter can contact jweston@csus.edu or 278-6733.
Submitted by Veterans Affairs Office

Updated faculty report 

The updated Faculty Teaching Assignment 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 2010/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 www.csus.edu/oir. Click on Data Center, then Faculty: Special Reports.  Contact the Office of Institutional Research at 278-6566 if you have any questions.
Submitted by Office of Institutional Research

Book swap
The Student Health Center and The WELL are sponsoring a book swap. Bring in all your used books to the Cove at The WELL. Then join us on Thursday, June 2, and browse for books for your summer reading.  Take as many books as you want. And you can bring a book to swap or make a donation to the SPCA. Donations are not required, but please limit the books you take to two if you do not bring any donations. Please remember this is a fundraiser for the SPCA.

Books left over from the event will be donated to the Sacramento SPCA’s book sale. For more information, contact Jessica Heskin at 278-3799 or heskin@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Student Health Center and The WELL  

Travel policy

Sacramento State has a new travel policy posted on the Accounts Payable and Travel Office web page at www.csus.edu/aba/accounts-payable/Travel/index.html

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, we will be transitioning to Microsoft’s Forefront malware protection during the week of June 6.  The transition will occur gradually over one 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 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

Security quick tip: Safeguarding campus information, Part 2 of 6
Removing confidential data
Last week, we discussed the three data levels at Sacramento State. Now we will review what to do with that data.

If you work with Level 1 confidential data, you need to make sure it is stored in a secure location.  Documents that contain Level 1 data, such as old class rosters and grade sheets using SSNs, must never be kept on your local workstation/laptop. All documents that contain Level 1 data must be saved to a secure server where the files can be protected and backed up. Removing these documents also ensures they are not lost in case of a workstation crash. If you don’t really need to work with confidential data, you can delete the column(s) of Level 1 data, such as an old class roster, or delete the whole file if you no longer need it. 

Look for Part 3 in next week’s Monday Briefing and on the Information Security website, http://www.csus.edu/security.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Yosemite South Gym closure
The Yosemite South Gym will be closed from now 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 www.csus.edu/sacstatenews.
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:
www.csus.edu/digitalsigns
www.csus.edu/pa/digitalsign
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Human Resources

Summer hours
To conserve energy this summer, Sacramento State 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 Tuesday, May 31, and continue through Friday, Aug. 19. 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. 

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 of our employees to get the most from the longer summer days. 

If you have any questions or concerns that cannot be answered by your supervisor or manager,  contact Elizabeth Redmond Sublett, associate vice president for employee services.

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 www.csus.edu/hr/forms.htm#Disability, 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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