July 27, 2009
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

Budget information
During the July 21 meeting of the California State University Board of Trustees, the board approved a 20 percent increase in student fees that will be implemented for the upcoming fall semester.

The board also approved changes to Title 5 that allow for furloughs of management and non-represented employees. That move, coupled with the California State University Employees Union’s ratification of a furlough agreement, means the CSU will proceed with a furlough plan for the affected employees. CSU officials say the furlough plan means managers, non-represented employees and those represented by bargaining units that have ratified furlough agreements will have a reduction of a little more than 10 percent beginning with the August pay period.  Details of the plan are being finalized, and when approved, will be presented to employees.

For the latest budget information, visit Public Affairs’ Budget Central website at Additional information can also be found at the University’s YouTube accounts at and on its Facebook page at
Submitted by the Office of the President

WASC accreditation
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has reaffirmed the accreditation of Sacramento State.   

WASC is the regional higher education association that, through its Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, is responsible for the accreditation of several higher education institutions in the Western United States. Accreditation is used to define and evaluate the quality of an institution’s programs. Only accredited institutions are eligible to receive federal funding, including financial aid and grants.

"These commendations clearly reveal that as a campus, we do well when we work together in pursuit of our mission and our strategic goals" said University President Alexander Gonzalez. 

In its report, the WASC team noted that Sacramento State’s “staff and faculty have demonstrated a considerable effort, an expert knowledge, a spirit of cooperation among themselves, a willingness to sustain a culture of evidence, and an unflagging commitment to the institution’s students.  Nothing short of a remarkable cultural shift has occurred at Sacramento State towards best practices in transparency and collaborative governance.”

The WASC Action letter and the Report of the WASC Visiting Team are available at
Submitted by the Office of the University Provost

Aerospace museum tour
Sacramento State’s Alumni Association is sponsoring a private, after-hours event at the new California Aerospace Museum, 3200 Freedom Park Drive on the former McClellan AFB, 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13. The tour will include a pasta dinner catered by Buca di Beppo.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for Sacramento State students with ID and $10 for children 3-10. Proceeds will support scholarships for Sacramento State students.

To RSVP, visit, and click on events. For more information, call 916-278-6295.
Submitted by the Alumni Association

Golden Hornet Award
Gary L. Quattrin, class of 1965, will be presented the Golden Hornet Award from the Sacramento State Alumni Association Football and Friends Chapter, 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22 in the Alumni Center.

Quattrin has been a long-time support of the University and its football program. 

RSVP by Friday, Aug. 14 at, or contact Linda Scott at the Alumni Center at 278-6295. Cost is $30.

Campus paving
Central Valley Asphalt will excavate and patch eight locations on campus Monday, July 27 to Thursday, Aug. 6. Areas will be clearly marked by signage, fencing, traffic cones and barricades. Foot and vehicle traffic in those areas will be restricted. Map of affected areas.
Submitted by Facilities Services

In memoriam
Robert “Bob” Bess, former executive vice president of Sacramento State (1986-91) and former president of the University’s Emeritus Association, passed away Monday, July 20, after a fight with cancer. He was 74.

Bess’ career spanned six decades and included posts at several universities, including the Office of the Chancellor, California State University system.

There will be a celebration of Bess’ life on Monday, Aug. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sacramento State University Alumni Center. A fund in his name has been established to support Sacramento State arts. Make checks payable to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation (with “Bob Bess Fund” in the memo line), and mail to:

Sacramento Region Community Foundation
740 University Avenue, Suite 110
Sacramento, CA 95825

For more fund information and a mail-in donation form, visit:
To donate online with a credit card, visit:
Submitted by the Sacramento State Emeritus Association

Staff Recognition
Nominations for the Staff Employee Recognition Program for the new academic year are being accepted at

People are encouraged to nominate employees they feel are deserving of this award. Names of the next recipients will be announced in September as the Employee of the Month.
Submitted by the Office of the President

A trip to The Well
Tours of The WELL recreation and fitness center construction site will be held 3-4 p.m., Fridays for faculty, staff and students.

Reservations are required, and the minimum group size is five. Cancellation notices will be sent out Friday mornings when necessary. To RSVP, call Joanna Cuellar at 278-6744 or e-mail
Submitted by The WELL

Human Resources

Human Resources Benefits Office workshops and sessions
The Human Resources Benefits Office has scheduled a series of informational workshops and sessions addressing the most frequently asked questions regarding furloughs and their effect on benefits.  

Also scheduled are workshops on pre-retirement planning. In addition, Department of Personnel Administration (401k and 457 plans) and CSU Tax-Sheltered Annuity (430b plans) approved vendors will provide information on managing finances and investment contributions. Representatives will be available for scheduled one-on-one client meetings.  

The HR Benefits Office is available for scheduled one-on-one employee meetings about this information, but individuals are asked to consider attending these workshops before scheduling appointments.

Visit to register for workshops online.

Furloughs: Campus implementation and common benefits questions (staff and MPP)
July 28, 9-10:30 a.m., Forest Suite
July 30, noon- 1:30 p.m., Forest Suite
Aug. 5, 1-2:30 p.m., California Suite

Digging For Dollars
Aug. 17, 1-2 p.m., Auburn Room
Aug. 26, 1-2 p.m., Orchard Suite
Sept. 3, 9-10 a.m., California Suite

Digging For Dollars (Schedule for one-on-one client meetings)
Aug. 17, 2-4 p.m., Auburn Room
Aug. 26, 2-4 p.m., Orchard Suite
Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-noon, California Suite

Pre-Retirement Planning (Staff and MPP)
Aug. 11, 9-10:30 a.m., Mendocino 1020

Pre-Retirement Planning (Faculty)
Aug. 20, 1-2:30 p.m., Forest Suite

Your Benefits When You Separate From CSU
Aug. 25, 1-2:30 p.m., Mendocino 1022

Tax Deferred Investment Fair
Aug. 4, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Redwood Room (walk-ins)

For more information on workshops contact Human Resources at 278-6213.

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, or visit the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Sacramento Hall 162 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:

Joseph Small, Reprographics
Mary Chao, Facilities
Maharisha Belton, Office of University Registrar
Monica Patterson, Mail Services Center*                                                                                          
*Can only accept vacations hours



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