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Sept. 19, 2011

NEWS

Clery Act information on campus safety
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Campus Fire Safety Right-To-Know Act, Sacramento State has made statistics and other information available at www.csus.edu/police/cleryact.stm. Crimes reported during the last three years on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or on property owned or controlled by Sacramento State, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus are included. The report also includes fire safety statistics and other information; and institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other safety matters. Print copies are available in the University Library and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Please visit the Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign-up page at www.csus.edu/ens to be able to receive text and email messages in case of a critical incident.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Football rally scheduled for Thursday
The Hornet Bookstore is hosting a football rally Thursday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come join for food, games, music and prizes. Special guests include head coach Marshall Sperbeck, Herky and the athletics community.
Submitted by the Hornet Bookstore

Hornet football tickets on sale
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 also are 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 

Free Homecoming tickets
President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez invite University faculty, staff and their families to the Homecoming Festival and football fame Saturday, Oct. 22, when the Hornets take on Eastern Washington at 6:05 p.m. in Hornet Stadium.

Faculty and staff can reserve up to four complimentary game tickets through University Advancement at rsvp@csus.edu or by calling extension 8-7043. Tickets and a Sac State gift for faculty and staff can be picked up at the Homecoming Festival in the Alumni Center parking lot beginning at 4 p.m. Oct. 22.
Submitted by the President’s Office 

Career Center plans annual fall fair
The Sacramento State Career Center will hold its annual fall career fair 10 a.m-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the University Union Ballroom. More than 90 employers from the corporate sector, education, government agencies and nonprofits will participate. The fair is open to all students and alumni in all majors. Employers will be recruiting for full-time and part-time positions, student assistant jobs and internships.

Career fairs are a great way for students and alumni to meet with multiple employers to learn about job and internship opportunities. Also, this is a good opportunity to network with employers, make a company contact and make an outstanding first impression.

Career fairs can help students stand out if they are prepared. The Career Center can prepare students for a successful career fair by providing help with things such as writing a resume, researching companies and identifying appropriate attire to wear when meeting employers. Students can visit the Career Center during walk-in services 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Faculty members, please let your students know about this event. For more information, please direct students to the Career Center.
Submitted by the Academic Advising and Career Center

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 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 three 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

Campus reception for Tim Hodson, executive director, Center for California Studies
Please join the Center for California Studies and community members in celebrating the public service and teaching career of Tim Hodson, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the University Center Restaurant, University Union.

To RSVP or to make a donation to the Timothy A. Hodson Scholarship, contact the Center for California Studies at 278-6906 or email calstudies@csus.edu.
Submitted by the University Advancement Development Office

Philharmonic’s maestro speaks Tuesday
Michael Morgan, conductor and music director for the Sacramento Philharmonic, will speak during a special convocation of music students at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Capistrano Hall Room 151. Morgan is in his 13th year of leading the philharmonic. In 1980, he won first prize in the Hans Swarovsky International Conductors Competition in Vienna, Austria, and has been garnering awards ever since. Music students are strongly encouraged to attend this special presentation.
Submitted by the Music Department

University works to mitigate credit card fraud
Credit card security has become more important than ever, and Sacramento State is working with two major credit card associations to help reduce the threat of credit card fraud on campus.

The Visa and MasterCard associations have implemented mandatory merchant programs to help prevent cardholder fraud and identity theft. Both associations now require that all Visa and MasterCard merchants comply with Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standards, which help protect against cardholder information exposure and compromise.

All Sac State departments, colleges and individuals that accept credit cards as a form of payment must complete a Department Credit Card Authorization Form located in University Policy ADM-0117 www.csus.edu/umanual/Credit.Card.Acceptance.htm. You must attend one of two meetings to meet the PCI compliance requirements: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Library 11 or 2-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Library 11.

The assessments will provide information on how to protect cardholder data and whom to contact should cardholder data be compromised. Key employees responsible for credit card payments and their supervisors must attend the meeting.

Departments or individuals who accept credit card payments must fill out the Sacramento State PCI contact form at www.csus.edu/security/pci. A member of the Information Security Office will contact departments to schedule a meeting to perform a preliminary assessment. University representatives who already have been contacted by the Information Security Office do not need to fill out the form.
For more information, contact the Information Security Office at 278-1999.
Submitted by Student Financial Services and the Information Security Office

Dance Gavin Dance coming to campus
Sacramento State’s University Union UNIQUE Programs is pleased to announce a live performance featuring Dance Gavin Dance in the University Union Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

Sacramento-based Dance Gavin Dance is a post-hardcore rock band formed in 2005. The six-member band signed with Rise Records in 2006 after releasing its “Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean” EP. The band has undergone several lineup changes over the years but has retained a growing fan base.

Dance Gavin Dance recently released “Downtown Battle Mountain Pt. II.” The album peaked at No. 82 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and at No. 4 on the U.S. Hard Rock Albums chart. The band embarked on a North American and European tour, performing “Downtown Battle Mountain” and “Downtown Battle Mountain Pt. II” back-to-back in London. Support acts include other Sacramento locals Ten After Two and A Lot Like Birds, featuring Kurt Travis, a former Dance Gavin Dance member, on vocals.

Admission is $10 for students and $15 for the general public. Tickets are available at www.tickets.com and the Union Box Office.

For more information: www.SacStateUNIQUE.com or 278-6997.
Submitted by University Union UNIQUE Programs

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 hours
The Hornet Express Shuttle-Hornet Line provides transit service between 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 leaves 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. The Hornet Line schedule change is based on the need to provide additional transit services between the main campus and Folsom Hall, where additional classes are being scheduled. The Green Line and Gold Line schedules will remain the same.

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 8-7260 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

Sac State Connection
Sac State Connection is a monthly e-newsletter sent to all alumni of Sacramento State. Produced by the Alumni Association, it compiles stories and news from all departments on campus, keeping alumni and supporters informed of the latest Sac State news and opportunities to get involved. To view: www.sacstatealumni.com/sacstateconnection/.
Submitted by the Sacramento State Alumni Association

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 Friday, Oct. 7.
Submitted by the Department of Art 

Ethics symposium
We are starting the semester ethics events series with the annual Fall Ethics Symposium, a partnership production of Cosumnes River College and the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics at Sacramento State.

The annual Fall Ethics Symposium is now in its sixth year. This year’s theme is “Dimensions of Ethics in Research.” We have assembled experts on a variety of topics in this area.

Christine Grady, deputy and acting chief, head of the Section on Human Subjects Research, Department of Bioethics, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, is the symposium keynote speaker.

See the complete event program and campus map and directions at www.csus.edu/cppe/symposium/symposium_fall_2011_program.html.
Submitted by the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics

The WELL expands its 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:

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

For additional questions: Jessica Roesemann, member services manager, at roesemann@csus.edu or 278-2204.
Submitted by The WELL

Campus to celebrate Constitution Week
Each year, Sacramento State celebrates the signing of the Constitution with a week of special activities and events. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, as part of Constitution Week, Sacramento State’s Community Engagement Center is hosting a panel discussion and resource fair on how students can be engaged citizens through advocacy.

This nonpartisan, informational event, titled “Influence, Change, and the Impact of Individuals,” will address different avenues of and for advocacy. Please join us from noon to 1 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom I for a panel presentation featuring perspectives from government representatives and student issue advocates.

There will be a resource fair providing information about on-campus resources for advocacy issues and education from 1 to 2 p.m., immediately following the panel presentation.

Should your campus club or organization wish to provide a representative and resources about advocacy, send an email request with the contact person and the name of the program being represented to mgarcia@csus.edu for reservation availability and information. To respect all perspectives, we ask that no campaigning be done during this event.

For questions, contact Misty Garcia at 278-4610 or mgarcia@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

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 Communication 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, both 6-8 p.m.: Thursday, Sept. 29, and Thursday, Oct. 6. Download the application at www.crockerartmuseum.org/programs-events/details/9186-art-as-muse-a-writing-a-reading-workshop.
Submitted by the Department of Communication 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 
Student information session
The Doctorate in Educational Leadership program will host a prospective student information session 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Eureka Hall, Room 415.
Submitted by the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Department

Arboretum tours
The Arboretum is conducting 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 three-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

Entertainment Books
The University Staff Assembly is selling Entertainment Books as a fundraiser to support staff programs on campus, including the Winter Social, the Awards Luncheon and Summer Picnic. The cost of the book for 2011/2012 is $30. For more details, contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177.
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

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 begins Monday, Sept. 26. Register at The WELL front desk by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.
Submitted by The WELL

Weight Watchers at Work
Want to shed some pounds before the holidays? Weight Watchers at Work is here on campus. UEI Human Resources is the host for weekly lunchtime meetings. Research shows that people who attend Weight Watchers meetings lose three times more weight than people dieting on their own. Weight Watchers at Work meetings make it easier for you to achieve your weight-loss goals.

We are recruiting new members for a fall series. An informational/renewal meeting will be held noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Our weight-loss instructor will provide an overview of the benefits of the “At Work” series, answer questions and collect series dues from those who want to join.

For more information, contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or email her at nancyb@csus.edu.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

University Marketing has website
University Marketing has a new website: www.csus.edu/ua/universitymarketing. In addition to many other things, on the site you’ll find:

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 universitymarketing@csus.edu.
Submitted by University Marketing

CMS HR/SA 9.0 Upgrade
Beginning Thursday, Oct. 27, the campus will implement an upgrade to the Student and HR portions of CMS. This project will move us to the most current version of PeopleSoft, Version 9.0. This is only an upgrade to our existing system, so there will be minimal change. The good news is that we expect most of our processes will not change at all; however, the new version does provide many enhancements. We plan to introduce a few of them during the upgrade, and we will have the basis for additional enhancements later. Some of the initial enhancements include accessibility improvements and transcripts that are easier to read and more attractive.

During the upgrade, the system will be unavailable for up to two weeks, beginning Oct. 27. There will be informational forums for faculty, staff and schedulers on the following dates. All sessions are scheduled for Library 11 and each session should be less than an hour. 

  • 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20
  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21
  • 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6

For ongoing information about the project, visit www.csus.edu/irt/servicedesk/support/CMSupgrade.html. For comments or concerns, contact itprojects@csus.edu.
Submitted by Information Resources & Technology

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
What is the best way to back up files? The most safe and secure way to ensure that your files are backed up is to use a shared department drive or your personal U drive. These drives are located in a secure location and are routinely backed up.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Excess vacation hours
Sacramento State employees are limited in the amount of vacation they can keep as an unused balance. Those hours are reconciled annually, and hours in excess of carryover maximums must be used by Dec. 31 or be automatically forfeited. It is each employee’s responsibility to monitor their accumulated vacation time.

To view your vacation balance, go to www.csus.edu, log onto My Sac State using your username and password, and click on “Current Leave Balance” under “Payroll & Compensation.” The page will display current vacation balance and alert you if it is approaching the maximum. The “Leave Accrual Information” link provides information on accrual rates and maximum carryover hours. Those who do not have access to a computer may request a printout from the timekeeper for their department.

Exceptions to the carryover policy must be approved by David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, before the end of this calendar year. The limited grounds for such requests may be found in the “Vacation” article of your Collective Bargaining Agreement or in Title V, Section 42909. The request must include the reasons for the exception and be submitted in writing to the employee’s program center manager for a recommendation. For staff, if approved, the recommendation must include a plan for using accrued vacation before Dec. 31, 2012. For managers, Title V requires that any vacation carried forward must be used by the end of March 2012. In addition to the use of accrued vacation, plans must address the usual accumulation of vacation leave time during the year to avoid this situation in the future. The recommendation must be forwarded by the program center manager to Vice President Wagner by Friday, Dec. 2, for approval. For more information, contact Human Resources at 278-6078.

Sabbatical leave application
Full-time faculty members interested in applying for sabbatical leaves for the 2012-13 academic year must submit an online application to Human Resources no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The application must be completed at www.csus.edu/hr/faculty/sabbatical/sabbatical.htm. For more information about the sabbatical leave process, contact the Office of Human Resources at 278-6169.

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.

University Policy Manual updated
Please note the following update to the University Policy Manual:

Executive Order 822 (“Complaint Procedure for Allegations of Retaliation Under the California Whistleblower Protection Act”) has been superseded by Executive Order 1058 (“Complaint Procedure for Allegations of Retaliation for Having Made a Protected Disclosure Under the California Whistleblower Protection Act”). This revised procedure covers campus employees, former employees and applicants for employment at Sacramento State who believe they have been retaliated against for making a protected disclosure. A major change in the new policy is to provide for on-campus filing of retaliation complaints. This update has been made in the University Policy Manual: www.csus.edu/umanual/hr/HRS-0104.html.

The procedures as defined in Executive Order 1058 may be found at:
www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1058.html.

New orders temporarily replace sex harassment policy
Faculty and staff have received an email notification that Executive Order 927 and Executive Order 928 have temporarily replaced the campus policy against sexual harassment. Questions or complaint filings should be directed to Susan Hough, the University’s director of Employment Equity, Office of Human Resources, Del Norte Hall 3002G, extension 8-7469, shough@csus.edu.

Congratulations to Sacramento State’s 2010-11 retirees
President Alexander Gonzalez and senior administrative staff join the campus community in congratulating our 2010-11 retirees. We wish you well in the coming years and offer our sincere appreciation for your contributions to the University.
This 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).

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:
Timothy Hodson, Center for California Studies

 


 


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