August 17, 2009
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

President’s fall address
University President Alexander Gonzalez will give his fall address to the campus community at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug, 27, in the University Union Ballroom. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. in the adjoining ballroom. University staff members who wish to attend should secure the permission of their supervisors.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Furlough plan approved
The campus implementation plan for furloughs has been approved by the California State University Chancellor’s Office. The full text of the six-page document is available at A grid noting staff, management and faculty designated furlough days is on page two of the document and is a good visual summary. 

Campus officials are encouraging offices, departments and individuals to use Outlook’s Out-of-Office Assistant and their voice mail greetings to inform the public of office closures and hours because of furloughs.

A link to an instructional video on changing Out-of-Office Assistant and voice mail greetings also is posted at

Tea room ceremony
The University Library will hold tea ceremonies in the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room and Garden at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9.

The Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room and Garden is located on the lower level of the University Library. Ceremonies are free and open to the public. For reservations, call Sally Hitchcock at 278-5954.
Submitted by the University Library

Student employment workshop
The Human Resources office will hold a workshop on student employment 8-10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in the University Union’s Lobby Suite.

Titled,“How to Effectively Hire and Retain a Student Assistant,” the workshop is designed for people involved in recruiting and hiring student assistants and will cover student eligibility, classification, recruiting, assignments and hours and evaluations.

Presenters include representatives from Human Resources, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, financial aid (Federal Work Study) and Global Education will provide updated information  as well as review best practices.

Representatives from the Career Center and University Enterprises, Inc., will also be available.

To register for this workshop, visit
Submitted by Human Resources

Research Funding Update
The August issue of Research Funding Update is now available. This update is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. An abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available on the web at

This month’s highlight includes a feature article about the National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award grants program along with targeted funding opportunity notices in arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.

Information on opportunities announced in Research Funding Update can be obtained by clicking on the web address or by contacting Research Administration at 278-7565.
Submitted by Research Administration

OneCard benefit
Members of the campus community who have funds in their OneCard Hornet Bucks Account are eligible to receive discounts during August and September from the Pita Pit and Zambezi Frozen Yogurt & Wild Salads.

Members who pay with their OneCard can get any Pita Pit pita for $3.99, and Zambezi Frozen Yogurt & Wild Salads is offering a 16 oz. yogurt with hot and dry toppings on the bottom two rows for $5. There will also be a raffle for two $25 Zambezi Gift Certificates and one $75 Sacramento State Hornet Bookstore certificate for people who pay using their OneCard.

For more information on the OneCard and its benefits, call 278-7878.
Submitted by the OneCard Office

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
The Human Resources Benefits Office has scheduled a series of informational 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.

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

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

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

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

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 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 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    
Lizza Roy, College of Business Administration         
Sharon Baker, Learning Skills


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