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September 21, 2009

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WRC, Pride Center move
The Women’s Resource Center and the Pride Center are now located on the third floor of the University Union. Both were previously located in Lassen Hall. For information on the WRC, call 278-7388. For information on the Pride Center, call 287-8720.
Submitted by Student Activities

Staff recognition
Nominations for the Staff Employee Recognition Program are being accepted at
People are encouraged to nominate employees they feel are deserving of this award. Names of the next recipients will be announced in November as the Employee of the Month.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Hornet Stakeholder’s Report
Sacramento State’s Athletic Department has posted its inaugural Stakeholder’s Report online at
.The report highlights and recaps successes garnered by the Hornets during the 2008-09 campaign in areas of academics, athletics and fundraising.
Submitted by the Athletic Department 

Research Funding Update
The September issue of Research Funding Update is available. This update is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. An abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available on the web at

Additional information about opportunities announced in Research Funding Update can be obtained by clicking on the given web address or by contacting Research Administration at 278-7565.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Entertainment Books
The University Staff Assembly has Entertainment Books available for $40 through Dec. 15. The books contain discounts for dining, entertainment, sports and shopping

Books can be purchased from:

Carolann Forseth - Mariposa 3000 - 278-6177
Laura Zamora - Sequoia Hall 0202 - 278-6535
Chris Putnam - Tahoe Hall 1030 - 278-2499
Suzanne Bracamonte - Public Service 0013 - 278-7321
Books can also be purchased online at (Group ID 160001).

Contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177 for more details.
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

Hornet Express
Oct. 16 is a designated furlough day on campus, and Hornet Express Shuttle buses will not be in operation on that day. People in need of transit service should visit Sacramento Regional Transit’s website at for route and schedule information.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services


STEM lecture
Sacramento State Professor Warren Smith will describe his work in biomedical engineering at the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) lecture, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the University Union Redwood Room. The lecture is free and open to the public

Smith has developed tiny medical monitors and is working with researchers at the Shriners Hospital for Children of Northern California to develop wearable monitors to detect falls and activity levels in children with cerebral palsy.
Submitted by the STEM Center for Excellence

Run to Feed the Hungry
Sacramento State is putting together a team for the annual Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 26. The run is billed as the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the nation, and organizers expect to draw more than 30,000 people this year. Proceeds from the race support the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.

To register for the run, visit, click the “TEAMS” link at the top of the page, scroll to “JOIN A TEAM” and click the “register” link. Choose either “Untimed team member” or “Timed team member.” Fill out the rest of the registration information -- Sacramento State is team number 3 -- and fill out the credit card information.

After registering, you may click on the “My Fundraising” page to create a personal fundraising site. After creating a login, you can track donations and find tools to help with raising funds.

For more information, please visit or contact Megan Emmerling at 278-7043.

Faculty, staff, student mixer
The annual Black faculty and staff mixer is 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.22, in the Multicultural Center. It is an opportunity to interact with the African-American students on campus and to meet Black faculty and staff members. RSVP to Brittany Arpel at
Submitted by the Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program

A trip to The Well
Tours of The WELL recreation and fitness center construction site are held 3-4 p.m. Fridays for faculty, staff and students.

Reservations are required, and the minimum group size is five. Cancellation notices will be sent out Friday mornings when necessary. To RSVP, call Mary Lyons at 278-6745 or e-mail
Submitted by The WELL


Faculty workshop
Writing Across the Curriculum invites faculty to a workshop on time-saving strategies for responding to student writing noon-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the University Union Folsom Room. RSVP to Dan Melzer at or 278-6925.
Submitted by the English Department

Weight Watchers at Sac State
University Enterprises Inc., Human Resources Department hosts a Weight Watchers At Work program that meets each Monday on the third floor of the Hornet Bookstore building, suite 3900.

People interested in learning about the program should attend an informational meeting/renewal session noon-1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, or noon-1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.

A Weight Watchers leader will provide an overview of the benefits, answer questions and explain the series dues. For information, please contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or e-mail
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Human Resources

Affirmative action plan
Sacramento State’s 2008 Affirmative Action Plan is available at Contact Peter Lau, director of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, if you have questions or comments about the plan. 

Open enrollment
The 2010 open enrollment period has begun. During open enrollment, members are encouraged to take a close look at their benefits to insure that their choices still meet current needs. Members should review open enrollment communications including benefit statements and newsletters

Members who do not wish to change plans or add or delete dependents on their enrollment do not need to take an action. However, eligible employees should review open enrollment announcement and attend the benefits fair to keep abreast of changes affecting healthcare coverage, or to receive updated information on overall benefits.

A full description of open enrollment including 2010 premium rates, enrollment processing procedures, 2010 benefit changes, benefits eligibility and open enrollment frequently asked questions are available at

Flexible Spending Account alert
Enrollees in the Healthcare Reimbursement and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account must authorize a new enrollment for the 2010 calendar year during open enrollment. These programs require annual re-enrollment. 

Sabbatical leaves
Full-time faculty members who wish to apply for sabbatical leaves for the 2010-11 academic year must submit an online application to Human Resources by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. The application is available at

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 278-6169.
Submitted by the Office of 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, 8, 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:

Ruth Schroeder, Human Resources Benefits Department
Wandarah Anderson, Department of Social Work
Steven Borden, Facilities Department
Maharisha Belton, Office of University Registrar
Lizza Roy, College of Business Administration  
Sharon Baker, Learning Skills
Darlene Weaver, Office of University Registrar
Sandra Granger, Facilities
Kristen Abundis, College of Education
Aleia Luster, Student Activities Office



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