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August 23, 2010

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Fall Convocation
University President Alexander Gonzalez will hold his annual fall convocation 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in the University Union Ballroom. The event will begin with coffee and conversation at 9 a.m. The President’s talk will follow at 10 a.m. The address will be live streamed at www.csus.edu/pa/video/20100826_FallAddress.html.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Employee of the Month
You can help make deserving staff members feel great about the wonderful job they do for the University by nominating them for employee of the month.  All nominations are kept as part of the continuing pool of nominees until June, and all nominees are eligible for the award until then.  Additional nominations are being sought.

For details regarding eligibility, criteria and nomination procedures visit www.csus.edu/president/staffrec/index.stm.
Submitted by the Office of the President

New remote access processes
Information Resources and Technology has completed conversion to a new process for remote access of information. Campus users of the VPN processes for remotely accessing campus information recently worked with IRT to make a successful move to a new form of VPN and improved methods for remote access. This change was necessitated by the end-of-life of the software previously used for VPN access from off campus. Approximately 750 students, faculty, and staff used VPN at least once over the past year. 

In line with IRT’s desire to be inclusive in planning, these campus VPN users last spring were informed of the needed change in VPN tools. Over the summer, targeted information went to VPN users and technical support staff to ascertain continuing needs for VPN.  VPN users were introduced to the new forms of connecting remotely with the campus. Contact information was provided for those who had special circumstances, concerns or questions. The project staff took this valuable input and worked to ensure that users had assistance in moving to new remote access tools that fit their needs or to the new VPN tool.

For a full review of the transition process, visit the IRT Projects website at www.csus.edu/irt/projects/. Click on Projects,and scroll to page three, “Cisco VPN End of Life project.”  For complete information on our new remote access and VPN tools, visit www.csus.edu/irt/ServiceDesk/Support/RemoteAccess.html.\
Submitted by Information Recourse and Technology

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/.
Current stories include the grand opening of The Well, the new recreation and fitness center; and American River Courtyard receiving LEED gold certification. Videos include the Capital Fellows program.
Submitted by Public Affairs

Fee waiver program
Sacramento State will accept applications for the spring 2011 term through August 31. Graduate admissions are closed for the spring 2011.

For information on the application process, contact University Admissions Outreach at 278-7766. For questions related to the CSU/CSUS Fee Waiver program, contact Professional Development and Training at 278-6327 or visit www.csus.edu/hr/traindev/feewaiver.html.
Submitted by Human Resources

ShakeOut
The state of California will hold its annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake awareness and emergency preparedness event throughout the state at 10:21 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. Faculty and staff are encouraged to do “drop, cover and hold on” drills at that time.

For more information on the ShakeOut visit www.ShakeOut.org.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

E-mail scam
Some campus members have received a malicious e-mail designed to steal SacLink credentials. If you receive it or similar e-mails, do not reply. Forward suspicious e-mails to abuse@csus.edu.

Indicators of a phishing or malicious e-mail:

  • Requests that you reply with your ID or password. Never provide your password information. Information Resources and Technology will never request your e-mail or other personal information by e-mail.
  • The e-mail contains typos and grammatical issues.
  • The e-mail is not addressed to you directly but instead to a generic or an incorrect recipient. Official broadcast e-mails from campus will usually have a known “sent from” address such as “Office of the President.”

To find out more about phishing and other malicious e-mails, visit the campus Information Security webpage at www.csus.edu/security.
Information Resources and Technology

Regular hours
Most Sacramento State offices will return to regular business hours, 8 a.m-5 p.m. with an hour lunch, beginning Monday, Aug. 23. Several offices will be on reduced public hours because of the of state budget cuts.
Submitted by Human Resources

WELL preview
Sacramento State’s new Recreation and Wellness Facility, The WELL, will host two information sessions for faculty and staff in advance of the Grand Opening celebration Sept. 2. The preview is an opportunity to learn about benefits, programs, services and membership fees.

Dates are noon Friday, Aug. 20 and noon Tuesday, Aug. 24. Participants will meet in the lobby of The WELL.

RSVP by Thursday, Aug. 19 by contacting Jessica Roesemann at Roesemann@csus.edu. Include your name, campus department and which session you would like to attend. Space is limited.
Submitted by The WELL

Veterans/ROTC Alumni Chapter
Sacramento State has established a new Veterans/ROTC Alumni Chapter. It is open to veterans and nonveterans, students, faculty, staff and the campus community.

The chapter was established to create a “veterans helping veterans” environment on campus and the community. The aim is to help veterans achieve their academic goals as they prepare for life after college.

To learn more about the chapter or to register, visit www.csus.edu/vets/alumni/.
Submitted by the Veterans Service Center

Call for papers
The Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution and The Pan African Studies Program will host the 20th annual Africa/Diaspora Conference on contemporary issues in African studies and development April 28-30, 2011.

The campus community is invited to submit proposals on the subject. For more information, contact Ernest Uwazie, director of the Center, at 278-6282 or uwazieee@csus.edu. Deadline for submission of proposals is Nov. 30.
Submitted by the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution

UNIQUE events
The University Union has a new way to find out about entertainment events put on by UNIQUE. Visit www.SacStateUNIQUE.com, and click on the button at the bottom of the page to sign up for weekly event updates. UNIQUE sponsors concerts, lectures, comedy shows, movies and performing arts on campus.
Submitted by the University Union

Football season tickets
Season tickets for the 2010 Hornet football season are available at www.hornetsports.com or by calling T-Ante Sims at 278-2222. Alumni, faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $50.

The Hornets open the season with an away game against Stanford Sept. 4. The home opener is Sept. 11 against Western Oregon. Other home games include Weber State, Montana State and Portland State. Homecoming is Oct. 9 against Northern Colorado. The annual Causeway Classic is Nov. 20 at UC Davis.

Fans purchasing season tickets will have the first opportunity to buy tickets for the Stanford and UC Davis games.

To download a season ticket order form, visit
www.hornetsports.com/assets/ticket/FBSeasonTix2010.pdf.
Submitted by Intercollegiate Athletics

Hornet fan bus
The Alumni Association will have a fully-equipped motor coach for the trip to Stanford Stadium, where the Hornet football team will take on the Stanford Cardinal Sept. 4. Kick-off is 3:30 p.m.

The bus leaves the Alumni Center at 11 a.m. Complimentary beverages will be served during the trip, and a tailgate party will be held at the stadium. Food will be available for purchase.

The bus will leave immediately after the game and should return by 9 p.m. Tickets are $55 for the game and the bus and $30 for the bus only. Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased by Friday, Aug. 27. Call 278-6295 for ticket information.
Submitted by the Alumni Association

OneCard discounts
Campus members can receive discounts with the Sac State OneCard. The ever-expanding list of participating businesses includes many on nearby Fair Oaks Boulevard., such as Renaissance Consignment, Pavilion Car Wash, GNC and Thai House. To view a complete list of businesses, visit www.csus.edu/onecard.

To suggest additional vendors, call the OneCard Center at 278-7878 or visit the OneCard Center in the Brighton Hall Annex.
Submitted by the OneCard Center

Lot closure
Excavation and paving work to the north end of Lot 7 is expected to be completed by Sunday, Sept. 19.

During construction:

  • Access to Parking Structure III via the main drive aisle will remain open.
  • The main entrance and exit to Lot 7 (south) will remain open.
  • Secondary access for Lot 7 (north) will remain open for access to Public Safety and the Art Sculpture Lab but will be closed to traffic through Lot 7.
  • The roadway and intersection in front of Public Safety will be closed.
  • The parking lot in front of Public Safety will remain open, but access will be via the entrances by El Dorado Hall and the Child Care Center.

For more information on the project, contact Todd McComb at 278-5183.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Human Resources

Summer workshops

Planning Ahead – Pre-Retirement Death Benefits

Estate Planning 101
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 8
Alumni Center
To register, visit www.csus.edu/giving/estateplanning.stm

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, 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:

Lorena Solis, Human Resources
Jody Gayvert, Criminal Justice
Monica Patterson, Mail Services (may only accept vacation leave donations)
Mary Ann Alvarez, Division of Nursing
Marianna Rivera, Minority Engineering Program
Jon Wedding, College of Continuing Education
Rhonda Franks, College of Arts and Letters (may only accept vacation leave donations)

Computer security tip
If you received an e-mail from an address such as "IT@gmail.com" asking you to reset your password, do not respond to it.

This is a classic "phishing" technique where attackers attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords, by masquerading as an official communication. Often they will send a link for you to respond to.

A way to confirm the e-mail is legitimate is to manually type the link address into your browser. If the address does not work, then it is fraudulent. The hidden URL will send you to a site where the information you enter can be stolen. Forward suspicious e-mails to abuse@csus.edu.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology


 


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