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September 13, 2010


Employee of the Month
Nancy Blanton is the Human Resources Representative with University Enterprises, Inc. Her nominator described her as “working behind the scenes to ensure student eligibility requirements are met for over 1,700 student workers each semester.”  The nominator noted that she “provides training to new managers on the recruitment process and relentlessly problem solves for clients and students.”

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Staff Employee Recognition Program.  Names of the recipients will be announced in October.

Details about nominations, eligibility, criteria, and procedures are available at:
Submitted by the President’s Office

Honors reception

The Honors Program will host a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 16, in the University Library Gallery to recognize donors who have provided many of the scholarships granted to students. President Alexander Gonzalez, scholarship recipients, Honors faculty and staff will acknowledge the generosity of those who have contributed to the program.
Submitted by the Honors Program

New Key policy
A change in the University Key issue policy was approved by President Gonzalez to highlight the safety and security of the campus community. Click on the links below for the complete documents:
Call  278-6242 for more information.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Retirement reception
A retirement reception for Steve Garcia, vice president for Administration and Business Affairs, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.14, at the Alumni CenterReservations,
Submitted by the President’s Office
Strings for students
The Music Department’s String Project has openings for community students grades 3-10 to participate in its twice weekly classes. This low-cost opportunity provides instruction on violin, viola, cello and bass. More information and registration forms are available on the website

Parent meetings are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 13 in room 227 Capistrano Hall at 5 p.m. for returning students and 6 p.m. for new students. Classes begin on Sept. 15 or 20, depending on the playing level.

For more information call 278-6558.
Submitted by the Music Department

Peace gathering
Peace & Conflict International is a student organization to discuss ideas about peace and organize events to include guest speakers from academia to international organizations.

PCI meets every Wednesday during the fall semester at 6 p.m., and the speakers/discussion runs 7 - 9 p.m. For precise meeting places in the Union check the website: or e-mail:

PCI is holding a documentary showing of "The Day after Peace" on Sept. 21, which chronicles the creation of this global ceasefire day. The movie at Hinde Auditorium, 6 - 7:30 p.m., will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A. A reception at 8 p.m. in Orchard Suite, second floor, will feature peace art and refreshments. This event is free to all students, staff and faculty.
Submitted by the Government Department

Research Funding Update
The September Research Funding Update includes a call from the National Science Foundation for innovative research ideas in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, and funding opportunity notices in the following areas: arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.
The monthly update alerts 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 online at:
Additional information about any of the opportunities announced in the update can be obtained by clicking on the given web address or by contacting your Sponsored Research Officer.
Submitted by Research Administration

Fact Books available online
The 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. They 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 (OIR).

A copy has been sent to each departmental chair and online access is available at Click on Data Center, then Departmental Fact Book and choose a department.
Submitted by Institutional Research

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
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

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 Deadline for submission of proposals is Nov. 30.
Submitted by the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution

One Book
Copies of this year's One Book, The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea, are available through the University Staff Assembly's One Book Lending Program.

Devil's Highway is a non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert. It won the 2004 Lannan Literary Award and Urrea was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize for this book.

To check out a copy, contact Janett Torset at 278-5933 or

More information on this year's One Book and related campus events can be found at
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

News and campus videos
Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page

Current stories include the grand opening of The WELL, the new recreation and fitness center and Preview Day. Videos include Move-in Day activities and "Dance House," the kickoff concert for the fall dance season.
Submitted by Public Affairs

Football season tickets
Season tickets for the 2010 Hornet football season are available at or by calling T-Ante Sims at 278-2222. Alumni, faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $50.
The Hornets’ remaining 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 UC Davis game.
To download a season ticket order form, visit
Submitted by Intercollegiate Athletics

ABA report
The Administration & Business Affairs (ABA) Destination 2010 Report, which outlines ABA’s strategic framework for Destination 2010 and highlights the division’s contributions to the University’s growth and transformation over the past six years, is available at Click on the link above the report cover to view the electronic report or download a printable copy. Previous reports and other division publications are available on the site.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Certificates of Insurance
University organizations holding events off campus may be required to show the University has sufficient liability and/or workers compensation insurance in place. 

The customary instrument for conveying that information is a certificate of insurance issued by an insurance broker. If your host site requires such a certificate, contact Risk Management and provide:

Event type/activity
Number of attendees
Date and time of event
Venue and address
Venue point of contact
If the venue has a requirement to be named an additional insured party on the policy, Risk Management will need a copy of the contract/agreement.

Requests for a certificate of insurance should be submitted to Risk Management at least two weeks in advance. Some venues require the certificate 60 days in advance and will not book the venue until the certificate is received. Send requests to Kirtland Stout at or at 278-7233. For more information, visit
Submitted by Risk Management Services

Testing Center
The Testing Center’s new hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The center will not close for the lunch hour.
Submitted by the Testing Center

Computer labs
PC computers in the University computer labs have been upgraded to Windows 7. Faculty who make assignments or teach in one of the University instructional computer labs (SLN2003, BRH205, MND2003, MND2007and AIRC1016) are urged to review detailed instructions they provide related to computer-based assignments. The FSRC (AIRC2013) has computers with Windows 7 for faculty testing.

For more information, browse For questions, contact the Service Desk, 278-7337. To learn more about on-campus training, visit     
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Computer security tip

If you receive a call from someone saying they are from the security office and need your password, should you be worried? Is this a phishing attempt?
YES!  Any request for your password is a problem. No one should ever ask you for your username and password. If you receive a call from someone asking for this information, take their name and number. Report the incident to your manager and to the Information Security Office.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a series of retirement and financial planning workshops for the fall semester. The list of workshops is available at Some workshops require registration.
Submitted by Human Resources

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 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:
William Phelps, Division of Social Work
Sydney Williams, Financial Aid
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


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