Campus Announcements

Faculty and graduate webcast 
The Office of Research Administration and the Office of Graduate Studies, in conjunction with the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA), will present the monthly CARMA Consortium webcast, 9-10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 26 in Modoc Hall, room 2008.  This series of programs provides University faculty and graduate students with advanced training in research methods and data analysis. This month’s topic is “The Relative Importance of Predictors with Regression Models.”  It is presented by Dr. James LeBreton of Purdue University. To attend, RSVP by email to lovinesd@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Independent film screening series
The Community Engagement Center is hosting a monthly screening of the ITVS Community Cinema. ITVS Community is the national community engagement program of the Independent Television Service and the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. The Community Cinema is its flagship monthly film screening series. Sacramento State students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Faculty and staff interested in participating as panelists should visit www.csus.edu/cec for a list of upcoming films and screening dates. For information, call the Community Engagement Center at 278-4610.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Don’t get caught with the flu

Influenza immunizations will be available on campus beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17. A clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day on the Library Quad. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 18, flu shots will be available at the Student Health Center from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no charge to students. Faculty, staff and open University students will be charged $15 and services are dependent on vaccine supply. No pediatric vaccine is available.
Submitted by the Student Health Center

Accessible Technology Initiative forum
The Office of Academic Affairs and the Faculty Senate will co-sponsor a campus-wide forum on the Accessible Technology Initiative, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Oct. 22, in the University Center Ballroom II. The forum will provide information for faculty, staff, and other members of the University community on the details and impact of the initiative. Information on the California State University Accessible Technology Initiative is posted at www.calstate.edu/accessibility/. More information about Sacramento State’s accessibility, plans, and activities is at www.csus.edu/accessibility.
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities

Film starring Sally Field headlines 2007 Health Care Decisions Week 
Two Weeks, a film featuring Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field as a mother with terminal cancer, will be shown at Hinde Auditorium, 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4. A discussion will follow. There will be an information fair on family care giving, advance directives and hospice care before and after the screening.  A reception with refreshments will follow.  

General admission is $5 and students, $2.50. Register at www.sachealthdecisions.org/events/two-weeks.html.
For information contact Laurel Sunderman, 278-7163
Submitted by the Gerontology Department

Hornet Bookstore returning unsold textbooks to publishers
The Hornet Bookstore will begin returning books to the publisher. Students who need textbooks later in the semester should contact the Textbook Department so they can retain the book.  Faculty members who know they will use the same textbook for winter session or spring 2008 should submit requisitions so the book can be held for the next term. Include the course number, section number, approximate enrollment and whether the book is required or recommended.
If you have any questions or concerns, email them to textbooks@fndmail.csus.edu or call the Textbook Department at 278-6448.
Submitted by the Hornet Bookstore

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 carry-over maximums must be used by Dec. 31 or be forfeited.

To view a vacation balance, go to www.csus.edu, log onto My Sac State using your username and password, and click on View Balances under Leave Accounting. The page will display current vacation balance and maximum vacation carry-over hours and alert you if it is approaching the maximum. Those who do not have access to a computer may request a print-out from the HR Payroll Office at 278-6211.

Exceptions to the carry-over policy must be approved by David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, prior to the end of the calendar year. The request must include the reasons for the exception and be submitted in writing to the employee’s Program Center manager for a recommendation. If approved, the recommendation must include a plan for using accrued vacation by Dec. 31, 2008. The recommendation must be forwarded to Wagner by Dec. 3, 2007 for approval. For more information, contact Human Resources at 278-6078.

Workplace harmony seminars

Human resources will offer professional development seminars to address workplace issues such as disrespect, poor communication, and dealing with difficult co-workers. Seminars are:

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work

8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the University Union Redwood Room. For seminar details visit www.csus.edu/fas/traindev/brochure.html#FC.

Working with You is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself

8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the University Center Ballroom. For seminar details visit www.csus.edu/fas/traindev/brochure.html#WWY

Registration fees are associated with the seminars; however, Presidential scholarships are available.

Benefit programs
For information on the spring 2008 CSU Fee Waiver Program, go to www.csus.edu/fas/traindev/announce.html. For information on Flexible Spending Accounts and CalPERS Retirement workshops sponsored by the Human Resources Benefits Office, go to www.csus.edu/fas/traindev/seminars.html#PED.

Catastrophic leave donation program
Sacramento State employees may voluntarily donate to other employees up to a maximum of 16 hours of sick or vacation leave credits each fiscal year in one-hour increments. CSUEU, MPP, Unit 4, Unit 6 and Confidential employees may donate up to a maximum of 40 hours per fiscal year.

If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained by going to www.csus.edu/hr/forms.stm#Disability, or by visiting the Human Resources, Disability Leaves Office in Sacramento Hall 162, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Mike Mullen, Facilities Management
Marcelino Coelho, Housing and Residential Life
Julie Villescas, Photocopy and Technical Support
Susan Wykoff, Counselor Education
*Lien Nguyen, Admissions and Records
*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee