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October 5, 2009

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One Book loan
The University Staff Assembly has partnered with the One Book Program to start a book loan program. This year’s book is When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka. This book is available for loan to the campus community. To borrow a copy, contact Carlyn Pollock at 278-7669 or via e-mail at There are 15 copies available on a first-come first-served basis.
Submitted by The University Staff Assembly

Funding Research Update
The October 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 at

This month’s highlight includes a feature article announcing HHS funding of the public initiative, along with targeted funding opportunity notices in arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.

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 Research Administration

EOAA changes
Peter Lau retired after 12 years as director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action for Sacramento State Sept. 30. The duties of this position have been assigned on an interim basis to other members of the Human Resources staff. 

Employment-related matters, such as reviewing vacancy announcements and signing off on process summaries, are handled by Jackie Kernen, manager for Employment and Faculty Compensation.  Complaints and investigations of discrimination and retaliation are handled by Julie Thue, manager for Employee Relations Services.  Americans with Disabilities Act-related matters are handled by JoAnne Davis, manager for Disability Leaves Administration.
Submitted by Human Resources

People can give a gift to a co-worker, student assistant or friend by depositing funds through their OneCard Hornet Bucks account. OneCard bucks can be used for many things, such as massages at Mellow Me Out, lunch at the University Center Restaurant, Sacramento State items at the Bookstore or refreshments at any on-campus food vendor.

The OneCard office can assist with deposits and provide a gift certificate for the recipient. The center is located in the Brighton Hall Annex and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Contact the OneCard Center at 278-7878 for more information.
Submitted by the OneCard Center

Lot 3 access limited
The University is remodeling Del Norte Hall ( the old Bookstore) to add classrooms and offices. Because of construction, access to Lot 3 (on the backside of Riverfront Center and Del Norte) will be limited through June 2010.  Refer questions to University Enterprises, Inc., at  278-7001.
Submitted by Facilities Services


Health care debate
Capital Public Radio and the Sacramento Bee will hold a forum to “Clear the Air on Health Care Reform,” 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Alumni Center. Guest speakers are Daniel Zingale, senior vice president for Policy, Communications and Public Affairs for the California Endowment; Bobby Caina Calvan, Sacramento Bee health reporter; and Marian Mulkey, senior program officer with the California HealthCare foundation. The program will be moderated by Jeffrey Callison, host of the station’s Insight program.
Submitted by Capital Public Radio

Mayor’s visit
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will speak at a campus breakfast  7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. The topic will be “Sacramento’s Economy: Today’s Priorities, Tomorrow’s Opportunities.”  The event is co-sponsored by the Sacramento State Alumni Association and the Alumni Association’s Business Chapter Breakfast Speaker Series. It is open to the campus community. Cost is $10 for Alumni Association members and $20 for non-members.  Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 9.  For additional information and to RSVP, visit
Submitted by the Alumni Association

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.

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


USA open meeting
The University Staff Assembly (USA) will hold its semi-annual open meeting noon-1 p.m. Oct. 20, in the University Union Foothill Suite. The Executive Board and representatives of most colleges and divisions will be present, and the campus community is invited to attend.

For information on the meeting, contact Darlene Monroe at 278-5564 or via e-mail at
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

Graduate workshops
The Office of Graduate Diversity is sponsoring a series of workshops to provide information and guidance to students who are considering study at the graduate level. The first three workshops will focus on the application process, deadlines, how to write a winning statement of purpose and resources for financing graduate education. 

For students contemplating a doctoral degree, the last two workshops will provide information about the importance of being involved in research as undergraduate and graduate students, and how to develop research opportunities. Information on date, time and locations of each workshop can be found at
Submitted by the Office of Graduate Diversity

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

Research opportunities in Africa
Sacramento State’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution in collaboration with the Center for Health and Human Services Research, presents a forum on research opportunities in Africa noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the University Union’s Walnut Room.

The forum is an opportunity for faculty interested in research and teaching activities in or on Africa to learn of prospects and support for professional development activities in a number of areas.

To register, visit
For more information, contact Ernest Uwazie at 278-6282 or e-mail, or Bonnie Raingruber at Lunch will be provided.
Submitted by the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution

Human Resources

HR office hours
Beginning Monday, Oct. 12, public service hours for the Human Resources offices will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Calls to the general office numbers before and after these hours will be routed to voice mail, and no public counter services will be available. Appointments either before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. may still be made with individual employees in Human Resources.
Submitted by Human Resources

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 the 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. 

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
Kristen Abundis, College of Education
Aleia Luster, Student Activities Office
Gina Lombardo, Business and Administrative Services



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