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Sept. 6, 2011

NEWS

Hornet football tickets
Season tickets for Hornet football are on sale for as low as $50. Faculty and staff members can purchase season tickets for $50 in the reserve section (215) of Hornet Stadium. To purchase season tickets online, go to http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7084032&agency=CSUTGS1. To purchase by phone, please call T’Ante Sims at 278-2222.
Single game tickets are also on sale and can be purchased by calling 278-4323 or by visiting the central Ticket Office in the Student Union.
Submitted by the Hornet Ticket Office

Avoiding bicyclist-pedestrian collisions
The increased number of students at Sac State as the Fall 2011 semester begins has brought with it an increase in the number of bicycles on campus.

The convergence of bicyclists and pedestrians who share common walkways, with traffic going in both directions at various speeds, is potentially dangerous. In the interest of campus safety, this situation must be addressed.

When traveling through the campus beyond paved roads, please dismount from your bicycle and walk it along pedestrian pathways, landscaped areas and all campus buildings. It is safer for you and the rest of the campus community. It’s also the right thing to do, and failure to comply may result in disciplinary action.

Bicyclists will continue to have riding access to the bike trail, State University Drive North, South, East and West, Sinclair Road and Moraga Way. Bicyclists should use these designated roads to get as close as possible to their destination; the walk will not be far. More than 90 percent of all campus buildings are within 100 yards of the State University Drives, Sinclair Road or Moraga Way.  

If you follow these guidelines, our campus pathways will be much safer for all, averting the need for disciplinary action. A reminder: Skateboarding is prohibited on campus.
Submitted by Department of Public Safety

Facilities painting parking lot curbs

Facilities Services will paint the curbs in campus parking lots. One change you will notice is that 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 currently 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 orozcoa@csus.edu or 278-5242.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Hornet Express Shuttle
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Hornet Express Shuttle - Hornet Line will provide transit service straight through the day, between the hours of 7:40 a.m. and 4:57 p.m. Monday-Friday. The first run will leave the Folsom Hall stop on Hornet Drive at Folsom Boulevard at 7:40 a.m. The last run will leave the same stop at 4:48 p.m.

The Hornet Line provides transit service between Folsom Hall, Napa Hall, The WELL and the 65th Street Light Rail Station/Upper Eastside Lofts. As additional classes are being scheduled in Folsom Hall, the Hornet Line schedule change is based on the need to provide additional transit services between the main campus and Folsom Hall. The Green Line and Gold Line schedules will remain the same, with no changes.

For a Hornet Line map and schedule: www.csus.edu/aba/utaps/Hornet-Shuttle.html.

Night Shuttle transit service is available from any campus location to any other campus location, including Folsom Hall and the Upper Eastside Lofts. Call 278-7260 from an off-campus phone or 278-7260 from a campus phone for this demand-responsive service. Call when you are at the pickup location and the service is needed. Response is usually within five to 10 minutes. 

We hope the additional transit service meets your needs.  If you have questions, contact us at shuttle@csus.edu or call 278-7275, visit us in Folsom Hall, or visit our website at www.csus.edu/utaps.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Faculty writing consultants needed

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) is seeking two faculty (tenured preferred but not required) to serve as grant proposal writing consultants to our office for the spring 2012 semester. The consultants will work with tenured and tenure-track faculty and ORA staff on aspects of grant proposal writing, such as developing realistic proposal outlines and timelines, reviewing and revising drafts, providing editorial input, and advising on ways to strengthen the rhetorical and compositional aspects of research and education proposals to government agencies and foundations. 

Consultants will spend an average of 10 hours per week during the semester with individual faculty or small peer-writing groups, and will meet regularly with ORA staff.  Consultants will receive 3 units of release time per semester and the opportunity to participate in professional development activities through ORA.

Interested faculty should send the following before 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, to research@csus.edu:

  • A cover letter demonstrating interest and applicable expertise.
  • A current c.v., including a one-paragraph bio.
  • Two recent writing samples.

Questions regarding the above may be directed to David Earwicker, Office of Research Administration, at 278-3669 or david.earwicker@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Art retrospective
A retrospective of work by Art Department lecturer Mark Emerson, “Twenty Years Painting,” is on view at the University Art Gallery at CSU Stanislaus in Turlock through Oct. 7.
Submitted by Department of Art 

New University Marketing website
University Marketing has a new website: www.csus.edu/ua/universitymarketing. On the site you’ll find:

And much more. University Marketing will continue to update and add new features to the site. Watch for announcements in future Monday Briefings. If you have feedback or suggestions for items to include, send them to universitymaketing@csus.edu.
Submitted by University Marketing

Library tours

Faculty members who feel it is important for their students to use the University Library for research can assign them to take a tour to explore the facilities and special services. New this year is the third-floor Collaborative Study space.

Guided tours will start in the first-floor lobby beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, and ending Friday, Sept. 16, with the following schedule:

  • Monday: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m, noon, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. noon, 2 p.m.

Submitted by the University Library

WELL membership options
Thanks to feedback from the campus community, The WELL at Sac State is pleased to announce two additional membership options for our affiliate (faculty, staff and emeritus) members, which now include access to group fitness classes. Option details below:

  • Affiliate EFT AM Express (morning): The cost, $15 a month, includes membership and group fitness. Access is available only Monday-Friday, 6-8 a.m.; electronic funds transfer payment only; four-month minimum.
  • Affiliate EFT PM Express (lunchtime): The cost, $15 a month, includes membership and group fitness. Access is available only Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; electronic funds transfer payment only; four-month minimum.

If you are currently a member with an Affiliate EFT membership and would like to transfer to one of these options before you are charged September dues, email roesemann@csus.edu no later than Sept. 6, and we will take care of that for you. For additional questions: Jessica Roesemann, member services manager, at Roesemann@csus.edu or 278-2204.
Submitted by The WELL

Associate Dean Laurel Heffernan’s retirement
Please join the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in thanking Associate Dean Laurel Heffernan for her many years of service on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 3-5 p.m. in The Terrace Room at The WELL. To RSVP or for more information: 278-4655.
Submitted by College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Sac State Serves
Sac State Serves is a community service program open to the campus community. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to take part in local, single-day service projects throughout the year.

The American River Parkway Foundation supports the preservation, protection, enhancement and appreciation of the parkway’s natural resources. On Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, Sac State Serves is looking for volunteers to join us as we take part in the ARP Foundation’s annual Great American River Cleanup. Volunteers of all ages are needed to remove trash and debris to help prevent pollutants from entering the watershed, harming wildlife or creating hazards for recreational users.

Those looking to get involved in this or upcoming Sac State Serves events should visit www.csus.edu/cec/volunteer.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Food court open house
Visit the River Front Center open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, for great food, music and prizes! University Enterprises is sponsoring this event to welcome returning students and introduce new students to the wide variety of food offerings this favorite campus gathering spot has to offer.

All fountain drinks will be complimentary with any meal purchase, and samples from Crepes de Paris, Gordito Burrito Express, Gyro 2 Go, Miyagi Sushi, Panda Express, River Front Grill, Togo’s and Yotasia Frozen Yogurt will be offered during the open house.  Bring your friends and join the fun.
Submitted by Marketing Services, University Enterprises

Discussion of ‘Strapless’
One Book projects have connected people through literature by encouraging an entire community to read one book and share the experience through public readings and discussions. The Crocker Art Museum is expanding this idea, adding art to the mix, by presenting “One Book/Many Perspectives.”

Using a salon-style format, the Crocker will host a discussion of Deborah Davis’ Strapless. Designed to evoke lively conversations about the book and the artwork that inspired it, this program encourages participants to cross-pollinate ideas and mix discussion threads.

The conversations will be led by Elaine Gale, a writer, artist, journalist and assistant professor of Communications Studies and Journalism at Sacramento State. For more information:
www.crockerartmuseum.org/programs-events/details/9044-book-discussion-qstraplessq.
Submitted by the Department of Communication Studies

‘Art as Muse: A Writing & Reading Workshop’
“Art as Muse” is a Crocker Art Museum class for writers looking to hone their skills in an inspirational workshop environment. Using art as your muse, you will develop fiction and nonfiction pieces based on artworks on view at the museum. Later, you will refine your work through guided discussions, feedback and critiques. In your final session, you and your classmates can become part of the mix at the Crocker’s Art Mix, reading your original works for the public (optional).

The instructor is Elaine Gale, a writer, journalist and assistant professor of Communication Studies and Journalism at Sacramento State.

There are two sessions: Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 6 -8 p.m. Download the application at www.crockerartmuseum.org/programs-events/details/9186-art-as-muse-a-writing-a-reading-workshop.
Submitted by Department of Communications Studies

Watch for even more University news and videos as 2011-12 begins
Sacramento State is 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 people, events and other news are available on Sacramento State’s news page, overseen by the Office of Public Affairs: www.csus.edu/sacstatenews. And send your ideas for campus coverage to publicaffairs@csus.edu.

Another option for publicizing an academic event or performance is the University’s digital sign network on campus. Submit your message to www.csus.edu/digitalsigns or www.csus.edu/pa/digitalsign.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs 

Theater auditions
Open auditions for Sacramento State’s productions of The Seagull and holiday musical review A Broadway Christmas will be held in September at the University Theatre.

Seagull auditions will be held 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 10, for mature roles, including Shamreyev (male, 60s), Sorin (male, 50s) and Arkadina (female, 40s). Actors should prepare a two-minute monologue.

A Broadway Christmas holds auditions Sept. 10 and 17, 10 a.m.-noon for singers, noon-2 p.m. for roller-bladers and dancers. Community members are sought for tap dancing, choral singing and supporting characters. Tappers ages 8-12 are especially sought.

The Seagull runs Nov. 9-20; A Broadway Christmas will be staged Dec. 7-11. For more information: www.csus.edu/dram/audition.html or 278-6368.
Submitted by the Department of Theatre and Dance

‘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 2012csus.talent@gmail.com or 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

Arboretum tours
The Arboretum will conduct free guided tours of the gardens at 9 and 11 a.m. each Sunday in September.

Established more than 50 years ago and compactly arranged on a 3-acre site just west of the north entrance to campus off J Street, the Arboretum is home to more than 800 species of trees and shrubs from throughout the world’s temperate regions. Visitors will have a good opportunity to see what grows in Sacramento’s hot, dry summer climate, with a little thought given to “product placement.” One-third of the garden is devoted to California native plants naturally adapted to our xeric environment.

Mike Baad, director of the Arboretum for the past 40 years, will lead the 45-minute tours. Tours will begin at the south entrance to the facility at the stop sign.  If you have questions, contact mbaad@csus.edu.
Submitted by Biological Sciences/University Arboretum

Call for applications
The Center for Teaching and Learning is initiating a yearlong faculty learning community called “Cognitive Coaching: Enacting Reflective Practice to Transform Teaching.” Cognitive coaching is a collaborative process in which faculty partners learn skills to facilitate their partner’s thinking about planning, conducting and self-assessing their teaching. Outcomes are greater personal control, creativity and satisfaction in teaching; deep collegial connections; and improved student learning.

Selected participants will receive, upon completion of the program, $700 in faculty professional development funds. Since participants will work in pairs, a commitment to attendance at all workshops is essential. The CTL is seeking a broad range of participants from all colleges and academic ranks, including lecturers.

Four workshops in Fall 2011 will focus on understanding the coaching model, and developing and practicing coaching skills through mutual class observations.  Four workshops in Spring 2012 will feature the transfer of cognitive coaching skills to the classroom to facilitate student engagement and learning.  Participants will engage in action research on coaching effects in higher education classrooms.

To apply, download an application from the CTL website, www.ctl.csus.edu. For questions, call Lynn Tashiro or Mark Stoner at 278-5945 or visit the faculty learning community wiki at: http://csuscognitivecoachingflc.wikispaces.com/Home. Applications will be due by 5 p.m. Sept. 9.
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Graduate Office relocation
The Office of Graduate Studies has moved to the River Front Center, Room 215 (down the hall from the previous location). We are open for business from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Submitted by the Office of Graduate Studies

Fall newsletter from Center for California Studies
The Center for California Studies has just released its Fall 2011 “Californiana” newsletter (www.csus.edu/calst/publications/newsletters/Californiana%20F11_LoRes.pdf ) summarizing the center’s varied activities. 

Highlights include organizing a panel for the upcoming Envisioning California conference, focusing on the nonprofit sector in the state; 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 mtedl@csus.edu. Printed copies of the newsletter may be obtained by emailing calstudies@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Center for California Studies

The WELL to host Weight Warriors
Weight Warriors is a weight loss and behavior change team challenge. Teams of three to five participants will embark on a 10-week training course led by a certified personal trainer to help them reach their personal fitness goals.

Each team will participate in weekly workouts with a personal trainer and compete weekly against other Weight Warriors teams on various fitness challenges. Before beginning his or her journey to a healthier lifestyle, each participant will choose which physical attributes he or she would like to improve. This program is designed to provide the support, tools and encouragement necessary to achieve your fitness goals in a friendly and competitive atmosphere.

Change your behavior and improve your physical abilities to become the top Weight Warrior at The WELL. The cost is $65 for 10 weeks of training, only $6.50 per week. Open to all WELL members.

The program, which costs $65 per participant, begins Sept 26. Register at The WELL front desk by 5 p.m. Sept. 23.
Submitted by The WELL

Author’s free talk
Michael Lemov, author of a recent biography of Sacramento-area Congressman John Moss, who championed the Freedom of Information Act and other major legislation, will speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the University Library Gallery. The free presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and our Department of Government, among others.
Submitted by the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies   

New Departmental Fact Books available online
Departmental Fact Books provide a wide range of comprehensive data and information pertaining to each academic department, ranging from student profiles, course offerings, class size, faculty profiles and faculty workload to retention and graduation rates for the last five years. These Fact Books are very useful sources of information for program reviews, accreditation and other assessment needs. Fact Books are updated each year by the Office of Institutional Research.

A printed copy has been sent to new departmental chairs, and online access is available at www.csus.edu/oir.  Click on “Data Center,” then “Departmental Fact Book” and choose a department.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

New interim director of First Year Programs
Deidre Sessoms has been appointed interim director of First Year Programs for 2011-12. A past participant in First Year Programs, Sessoms, who joined Sacramento State as a Teacher Education faculty member in 1997, exhibited excellent administrative and leadership skills as director of Teacher Preparation and Credentials from 2004 to 2010. During 2010-11, she served as associate chair of the Teacher Education Department and director of STEM Research Development. She is well aware of the best practices needed to support our students in their first year of study at Sacramento State.

We thank Lynn Tashiro for her service as director of First Year Programs (2004-2011). Under her leadership, First Year Programs has flourished and grown so that more and more of our students start off on a path to retention and success.
Submitted by First Year Programs

New OneCard Services web portal
Through the new OneCard Services web portal, students and staff will be able to suspend their lost or stolen OneCards, make OneCard Hornet Bucks deposits, view their OneCard statements, give guests access to statements and account information, and much more.

Visit your My Sac State account’s Student/Staff Services tab and click on “OneCard Services” in the personal information box. For more information: 278-7878.
Submitted by OneCard Services

Sac State on Facebook and Twitter
Have you checked out Sacramento State’s official Facebook and Twitter pages? Managed by the Office of Public Affairs, the 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 www.facebook.com/sacstate. To follow Sac State’s Twitter updates, go to http://twitter.com/#!/sacstate.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Security quick tip
Always be aware of whom you talk to about projects involving Level 1 or Level 2 data. Some phishing attempts are in person or by phone and not just by email. For more on phishing, see www.csus.edu/irt/is/phishing/index.html.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Fall 2011 Benefits Workshops
The Office of Human Resources-Benefits is sponsoring a variety of workshops and information sessions designed to help you with retirement and financial planning by providing confidential consultations with program representatives, keep you up to date on your CSU benefits, ensure that your personal information is current, provide information when you separate from CSU and provide you with online tools that will answer the most commonly asked questions.

If you are interested in attending one of the workshops, go to the Benefits Office Workshops website (www.csus.edu/hr/benefits/workshops.htm)  to view the schedule, find specific registration information and download a copy of each workshop flier. Registration for most workshops is now available through LearnerWeb.  Please review the workshop flier before registering to ensure that the specific workshop fits your needs. 

If you are interested in scheduling a one-on-one meeting on campus with a representative to review your current Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) account or help you enroll in a new account, visit the Tax Sheltered Annuity Vendor Sessions page (www.csus.edu/hr/benefits/tsasessions.htm) to view the schedule of vendor representatives on campus.

CalPERS system update
CalPERS is consolidating 49 different computer systems into one integrated system this month. The new system will streamline many CalPERS processes and decrease dependency on paper documents. New member self-service capabilities will be introduced in 2012.

During the system conversion period, Sept. 2-18, some services may be unavailable, and business transactions may take longer to process. Telephone and regional office wait times may also increase.  For additional information regarding the new system, visit the CalPERS website at www.calpers.ca.gov.

Congratulations to Sacramento State’s 2010-11 retirees
President Alexander Gonzalez and senior administrative staff join the campus community in congratulating our 2010-2011 retirees. We wish you well in the coming years and offer our sincere appreciation for your contributions to the University.
The following list reflects individuals who have submitted a signed Notice of Intent to Retire with a retirement date during the 2010-11 Academic Year (Aug. 25, 2010-Aug. 23, 2011).

Wellness classes
Employee Wellness Classes begin Sept. 12 at Yosemite Hall and the pool. Noontime classes include aqua aerobics, yoga and basketball.  Yoga is also offered on Tuesday and Thursday, 5:15-6:15 p.m. For more information: www.csus.edu/hr/traindev/noonwellnessFall11.html.

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 by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3002, or call 278-3522.

The following employee has been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
* Marianne Mangosing, Human Resources Department. May only accept (*VL) vacation leave credits.

 

 



 


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