Campus Announcements

Return of regular hours
The return to regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour lunch) begins Monday, Aug. 28.

Visitor parking permits
The method to electronically request visitor parking permits for campus guests is migrating from the Visitor Parking Database (VPD) in the IBM system to Visitor Parking in the Common Management System (CMS). Current VPD users are being contacted by University Transportation & Parking Services (UTAPS) and provided with training and instructions for the use of the new Visitor Parking system.  All users will need to migrate away from VPD no later than September 30. Anyone who would like to become a new user of Visitor Parking may contact Carla Blanton, UTAPS Office Coordinator.

There are also several new enhancements to help make the new Visitor Parking system easier to use. For more information, contact Blanton at cblanton@csus.edu or 278-5244.

Annual Employee Benefits Faire planned
In preparation for the California Public Employees Retirement System’s 2006 Health Plan Open Enrollment period (Sept. 1-29), the Office of Human Resources – Benefits Office will host its annual Employee Benefits Faire on the first day of the semester, Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in University Union Ballroom. Individuals who will not be able to attend can either pick up their new health insurance coverage information at the Benefits Office in Sacramento Hall 162 after the fair, request that the information be mailed to them, or attend one of the open enrollment overviews which will be held later in the month.

Representatives from CSU benefit programs will be available to answer general questions and provide new 2006 program literature for their plans. There will also be special 20-minute presentations from health care representatives every hour addressing topics such as: disease management, health education, preventive services, healthy lifestyles, health risk assessment and a variety of other program features designed to help individuals maintain healthy lifestyle habits. There will be giveaways including donations of eatery tickets from Java City and University Enterprises, as well as drawings for prizes every 30 minutes.

All employees are encouraged to stop by at any time from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Spouses/partners are welcome to attend. No reservations needed. Questions regarding the fair should be directed to the Benefits Office at 278-6213.

Comprehensive review of CSU benefits available
The Human Resources Benefits Office will conduct a comprehensive review of the CSU Benefits Program for new/newly eligible part-time faculty. Workshops will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each day. The schedule is as follows: Sept. 7 in Amador Hall 354; Sept. 19 in Douglass Hall 105; Sept. 25 in Douglass Hall 105; and Sept. 29 in Douglass Hall 105.

Topics covered will include healthcare, insurance, supplemental programs, disability, retirement (CalPERS), tax deferred options, flexible/medical spending accounts, etc. Spouses/partners are invited. Individuals who are interested in attending workshops should contact the Benefits Office at 278-6213 to reserve a space.

You can start a vanpool
Sac State Commute Choices along with Enterprise Rideshare will staff a table in the Library Quad on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with information on how to start a vanpool and how it can be beneficial to commuting. There will also be information available on riding the Hornet Shuttle Express, RT and carpooling. For information regarding Sac State Commute Choices, contact Freddy Orozco, employee transportation coordinator, at 278-7527 or orozcoa@csus.edu.

Get the latest issue of Funding Alert
The August issue of Funding Alert is now available. The newsletter is published monthly to notify the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. Both an abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available on the web at www.csus.edu/rsp/Funding%20Alert.htm.

Highlights include a profile of the U.S. Institute of Peace and targeted funding opportunity notices in the arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.

Federal, state employment notices on display

Employee rights are protected by federal and state laws and regulations. To help make employees become aware of their rights, Sacramento State is displaying employment notices. Employees with any questions or who want clarification on something they have read in these notices should contact their immediate supervisor or the Office of Human Resources.

A listing of location where notices are posted can be found at www.csus.edu/hr.

Human Resources

Catastrophic Leave Donation Program
Sacramento State employees may voluntarily donate to other employees up to a maximum of 16 hours of sick or vacation leave credits each fiscal year in one-hour increments. CSUEU, MPP, Unit 4, Unit 6 and Confidential employees may donate up to a maximum of 40 hours per fiscal year.

If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained by going to www.csus.edu/hr/forms.stm#Disability, or by visiting the Human Resources, Disability Leaves Office in Sacramento Hall 162, or by calling extension 278-3522.

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

• Randy Morgan, Associated Students
• Ondria Small, College of Continuing Education
• Robert Lobua, Facilities Services
• Fred Angell, Mail Services Center
• Sharon Kelley, Computing and Communications Services
• *Tala York, College of Continuing Education
(*Only vacation leave credits may be donated to this employee)