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August 22, 2011


President Gonzalez to deliver Fall Address
President Alexander Gonzalez will hold his annual fall convocation from 9 - 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in the University Union Ballroom. The event will begin with coffee and conversation at 9 a.m. The President’s address follows at 10 a.m. The address will be live streamed at, which will be activated shortly before the address.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Faculty/Staff parking gets new color
Facilities Services is painting the curbs in campus parking lots during August. Curbs in the lots designated for faculty/staff no longer will be painted green. Gray paint will be used to cover the green in an effort to blend with the concrete and create a consistent look throughout the campus in faculty/staff lots.

Please note that all areas now designated for faculty/staff parking will remain designated as such; the curb color will not change this designation. For more information, contact Freddy Orozco at or 278-5242.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Watch for University news and videos in 2011-12
With the Fall semester about to begin, Sacramento State will soon be filled with activities worth keeping up on – from outstanding teaching, learning and research to the arts, wellness activities and Hornet athletics. Stories and videos on University newsmakers and events are available on Sacramento State’s news page, overseen by the Office of Public Affairs, at Please send ideas for campus coverage to

Another option for publicizing an academic event or performance is the University’s digital sign network on campus. Submit messages to or
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs 

Students sought for Business Honors Program

The College of Business Administration is recruiting students for a challenging new curriculum, the Business Honors Program. The program will begin in Fall 2012 and will offer an integrated approach to teaching all components of business. It’s aimed at students who are looking for an abstract approach to business operations, are creative thinkers, and have good people skills and a strong desire to become a manager or tackle large projects. For more information, visit or call 278-6578.
Submitted by the College of Business Administration

‘Sac State Has Talent’
The University’s Library Gallery is looking for faculty and staff (with the exception of the Art and Design departments) who paint, sculpt, quilt, make jewelry, sing, dance, etc. They will be featured in “Sac State Has Talent,” the gallery’s spring art exhibit, March 8-May 18, 2012. For more information or to get a submission form, contact or call the Library Gallery at 278-4189. Deadline is Thursday, Dec. 1, to reserve a space or performance date. Pieces will be due in late February.
Submitted by the Library Gallery

Graduate Office relocation
The Office of Graduate Studies has moved to River Front Center, Room 215 (down the hall from the previous location). The office will be open for business beginning Monday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Submitted by the Office of Graduate Studies

Center for California Studies fall newsletter is out
The Center for California Studies has just released its Fall 2011 “Californiana” newsletter, summarizing the center’s varied activities. 

Highlights include organizing a panel for the upcoming Envisioning California conference, focusing on the state’s nonprofit sector, publishing the reflections of celebrated Santa Cruz writer James Houston, and supporting a project commemorating the overland western migration of African Americans in the 1800s. The newsletter also includes a synopsis of recent research challenging common mythology about independent voters in California. Additionally, the newsletter provides updates about the center’s award-winning LegiSchool and Capital Fellows programs.

For more information about the Center, contact Acting Director Ted Lascher at 278-4864 or Paper copies of the newsletter may be obtained by writing
Submitted by Center for California Studies

The WELL to host open house
The campus community is invited to participate in the first “WELLcome Back” open house from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, at The WELL. The gathering will promote campus recreation, the Student Health Center, Peak Adventures and the Fresh Made Cafe in an effort to educate more students, faculty and staff on all the wonderful opportunities The WELL has to offer.

For questions regarding WELLcome Back, contact Mirjana Gavric, director, at 278-7904.
Submitted by The WELL

Sac State on Facebook and Twitter
Check out Sacramento State’s official Facebook and Twitter pages, managed by the Office of Public Affairs. These 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

Security quick tip
Many people who write down their password tape it to the bottom of their keyboard. Many accounts are stolen because the account owner wrote down his or her password and attempted to hide it somewhere like the bottom of the keyboard. In dealing with University data, writing down passwords is strictly prohibited. Dealing with personal accounts, such as bank accounts, writing down passwords isn’t wise.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Regular hours
The return to regular campus business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., with an hour lunch) begins Monday, Aug. 22. Check specific hours of campus offices – several will be on reduced public hours because of the severity of state budget cuts.

Payroll customer service hours
The Customer Service desk in Human Resources Payroll Services will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 22 to Sept. 2, and will remain open during the lunch hour.

New employees, please note:

  • New employees are required to present to Payroll Services their original Social Security card or proof that they have applied for a Social Security card.
  • The Department of Homeland Security requires that Form I-9, “Employment Eligibility Verification,” be completed for newly hired employees within the first three days of employment. A list of documents that may be used to establish identity and employment eligibility is provided on Page 5 of the attached link:

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 by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3001, or call 278-3522.



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