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June 6, 2011

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Public Safety to conduct training exercise
University Police will be training for emergency scenarios Wednesday, June 8 on the north end of campus. The drills are part of Sacramento State’s ongoing efforts to enhance emergency preparedness. The exercises will not disrupt work activities on campus, and any staff who are involved with the training have already been notified. However, campus employees are advised that they may see emergency vehicles with flashing lights and police officers in simulated situations during the training.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

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

Candidates’ forum
The Campus Community is invited to meet with the remaining candidate for the associate vice president for Facilities Service – please note the time change from the previous schedule.

Jonathan Shambare, director, Design and Construction, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Monday, June 6
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Sequoia Hall 301
  
There will be no open forum on Wednesday, June 8 as originally scheduled.

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 

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 of time.  These paving projects have been phased as much as possible to minimize disruption to campus activities. 
Submitted by Facilities Services

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. June 20-24, 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, 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 non-governmental 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 the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution

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

Discount for Sac State employees
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.

Sac State employees who present their OneCard at Napa Hall will receive a 15% discount on registration - a savings of over $20. 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
The Weight Watchers at Work program is here at Sac State.  UEI Human Resources is the host for weekly meetings.  Meetings will be held on Friday's at noon in UEI's Human Resources Conference Room, Suite 3900. 

We are recruiting new members for our 17 week Summer Session which will begin on Friday, June 10. At the first meeting our weight-loss instructor will provide an overview of the plan, provide you with the necessary tools and complete a confidential weigh-in.   All participants must pre-pay the series dues before the June 10 meeting.  

For more information or to arrange payment in advance, please contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or email her at 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. 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/month. 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 www.csus.edu/utaps/.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Commuter pass price increase
The cost for faculty and staff Regional Transit commuter passes will increase from $20 for a six-month pass to $30 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 $5.00 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
Our network upgrade will cause rolling network outages affecting most campus buildings for a one-day time period.  The schedule for 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 your building will not be affected by the project.

The computer labs in AIRC 3013 and 3008 will be available as alternate work space 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, August 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, please contact University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) at 278-7275, parking@csus.edu, 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 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, 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 on Monday, June 13, 2 p.m. at 6 p.m., 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 5,000-7,000 guests in Sacramento July 6-17, for the World Masters Athletics Championships. Most of the event will be held at Sac State
 
Volunteers may go online and sign up for opportunities directly. Contact www.wma2011.com.  Or call 808-6561.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

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

Security quick tip:
Safeguarding campus information part 3 of 6 – Converting confidential information

Once you have removed all required Level 1 data off your workstation, what do you do with it? If you need a unique identifier, but don’t want to use Level 1 data, the Information Security Office can discuss a solution to convert it. Converting data such as a Social Security Number to an Employee ID protects the identities of students, faculty and staff.   Another example is converting credit cards to show only the last four digits.  Working with your ITC’s or the Information Security Office (iso@csus.edu) to find the best possible solution will ensure that your files are cleaned of all Level 1 data.  Look for part 4 in next week’s Briefing or on the Information Security website, csus.edu/security.
Submitted by Information Security Office

Yosemite South Gym closure
The Yosemite South Gym is closed 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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