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June 13, 2011


Welcome, Jane
It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Jane Bruner as associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, effective Monday, Aug. 1.  Jane is a graduate of Sac State, with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, concentration in Clinical Laboratory Technology, and of UC Davis, with a Ph.D. in Microbiology.  A faculty member at California State University, Stanislaus since 2000, she has held numerous administrative positions, including department chair, associate dean, acting dean and interim associate vice president for Academic Resources.  She has served as principal investigator on several large grants aimed at increasing the participation of underserved students in science and mathematics.  I believe her breadth of experience and commitment to student learning will be an asset to the college.

I would like to thank members of the Selection Advisory Committee and its chair, Rosalee Carter for their diligence and professionalism in conducting a thorough screening of candidates.  I am especially grateful for the committee’s commitment to meeting an aggressive timetable, ensuring continuity of this important position.  I also thank all who participated in the search process and shared comments about the candidates. 

It has been my distinct honor to work with associate dean, Laurel Heffernan, who will retire this summer, effective Wednesday, Aug. 24. Laurel joins me in asking you to welcome Jane Bruner to campus.

Jill M. Trainer, Dean
Submitted by College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Campus email service upgrade
The weekend of June 17– 19 we will be completing the first half of an upgrade to the campus Exchange email service.

This portion of the upgrade will support new features for Outlook Web Access (OWA) in a number of major browsers such as Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer.  The second half of the upgrade scheduled for late summer will support new Office 2010 features.
How will this affect you?

From 6 to 9 p.m. on June 17 there may be intermittent email outages lasting several minutes.  All email received during this time will be available when the upgrade is complete.  

Due to the email upgrade, SacSend will be unavailable starting June 17 at 6 p.m. through Monday, June 21, 7:30 a.m.

Starting June 17 through the completion of the second half of the upgrade (to be determined pending testing), the automatic display of email in My Sac State will be replaced with a login link for Outlook Web Access (OWA).

If you have any questions about the upgrade, please contact the IRT Service Desk at 278-7337 or
Submitted by Information Resources & Technology

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
Submitted by the Office of the President

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

Sac State on Facebook and Twitter
Have you checked out Sacramento State’s official Facebook and Twitter pages? Managed by the Office of Public Affairs, the pages offer up-to-the-minute news and information on all things Sac State, from academics to athletics, the arts to student life. For the University’s Facebook page, go to To follow Sac State’s Twitter updates, go to!/sacstate.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Faculty status report (Fall 2010)
This is an amended version of the former “Full-time and Part-time Faculty Ratio” report.  In addition to displaying four different tabulations of the ratio: All faculty headcount, All Full-time Equivalent Faculty (FTEF), Instructional FTEF, and Full-time Equivalent Student (FTES) generated by Instructional FTEF, this report also regroups faculty headcount, All FTEF, Instructional FTEF, and FTES into four separate categories: Tenure/On-tenure track, Non-tenure track, FERP/Staff, and Teaching Assistant.

All figures are aggregated at the departmental, college, and University levels.  Please note that the 2009 report has also been revised to reflect these changes.  Other reports from previous years will soon be revised as well.

For a detailed look at the report visit:

For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Research at 278-6566.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Graduating Student Survey report
This spring the Office of Institutional Research administered a Graduating Student Survey to assess the quality and effectiveness of the educational programs and support services at Sacramento State.

The survey asked graduating seniors to share their views on a variety of issues. It consists of 10 sections:  satisfaction with campus services and facilities, satisfaction with college experiences, progress, campus climate, interactions among racial/ethnic groups, faculty support, engagement and commitment, future plans, and background information.  Survey findings have been compared with the previous year’s results where applicable and are also broken down by college.

To view the report, visit
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

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, 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 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
For information on the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, visit
Submitted by the 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.
$7 for 18-plus holes. League-play runs all summer.
Registration required, email
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 percent 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:
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. 

For more information contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or email her at
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 Friday, July 1. 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
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 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

Group counseling works
counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides individual, group and couples counseling for Sacramento State students.  Group counseling can be an interactive way to explore a specific topic while also meeting new people.  Group participants will have a chance to share common experiences, regardless of the topic.      
Lifting Your Mood and Changing Your Thoughts: Rene’ Reis, MFT, a Marriage &Family Therapist and Dena Sehr, MSW will co-facilitate and teach students how to apply Cognitive Behavioral Theory concepts so your thoughts can increase your positive and hopeful outlook, to create less stress and more contentment in your day to day activities.
Mondays 2--3:30 p.m. June 20 through August 22.

Coping with Loss:  Finding Strength and Hope as Life Moves On: Regina Kentner, Psy.D. A Psychologistwill facilitate a support group for those who have lost a loved one (whether recently or in the past) that is focused on giving and receiving support and understanding in a safe, nurturing environment. Members of the group will gain understanding of the wide variety of emotions that accompany loss and support each other through this often painful life journey.
Tuesdays 4-5 pm. June 28 through August 16

Group Counseling is a confidential service provided through your student fees at no further cost to you.  To enroll in any of these groups call 278-6416.
Submitted by Counseling and Psychological 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:

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, 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, please contact University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) at 278-7275,,
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,
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 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, June 13, 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 from 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  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

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 4 of 6: Need to use
What if you need to use Level 1 data?  It is the responsibility of everyone who uses Level 1 data to be aware of who has access to this data.  Level 1 data is on a need-to-know basis and access must therefore be limited to only those who need to use it. Departments must ensure that all who use Level 1 data have a confidentiality agreement on file. For more solutions on how to limit access to Level 1 data, contact the Information Security Office. 

Look for part 5 in next week’s briefing and on the Information Security website
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
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

Savings Plus Program
Are you a current Savings Plus 401(k) or 457 participant? Are you interested in starting a new Savings Plus Program account? Then take advantage of this opportunity to meet with a retirement specialist from Nationwide Retirement.
What:  One-on-one meetings on campus with a Savings Plus Program retirement specialist to review your account or to help get your new account started. 
Date:   Thursday, June 16
Time:   Appointments start at 10 a.m.
Where: Del Norte Hall 3001A

Contact Greg Sabin at or at 324-0532 for an appointment

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 continue through Friday, Aug. 19. 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 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, 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--May only accept (*VL) Vacation Leave donations.



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