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Oct. 17, 2011

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Free Homecoming tickets
President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez invite University faculty, staff and their families to the Homecoming Festival and football game 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. 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. For more information: 278-7043.
Submitted by the President’s Office

Rally for another victory
Join the Homecoming rally, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Hornet Bookstore to welcome back our Hornets for another home victory. There will be special appearances by coach Marshall Sperbeck, the Green Army and Herky; and refreshments, games and music by KSSU.
Submitted by the Hornet Bookstore

The WELL offering family climbing hours
The WELL is introducing family climbing hours. These special hours will be 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday. The cost is $5 per guest of WELL members and $15 for guests of eligible members who have not activated their memberships. All climbers must have signed the WELL waiver, and all minors must have a minor waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. All equipment necessary for climbing is included in the price and available for checkout at the equipment desk. Please contact Sam Braband at 278-1784 or sam.braband@csus.edu with any additional questions.
Submitted by The WELL

Take pride in our campus
Show your Hornet Pride, in conjunction with The WELL and the University Union, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Oct. 23, and help clean up Hornet Stadium after a fun-filled Homecoming game.

Join us, rain or shine, at Hornet Stadium. Enter through Gate 4 on the stadium’s east side. Supplies and tools will be provided. Just show up and be ready to make new friends and work together to do something positive for our campus. You must be 18 years or older unless enrolled as a Sac State freshman.

Contact either Jill Farrell at jfarrell@csus.edu or 278-3908, or Sam Braband at sam.braband@csus.edu or 278-1784 by Wednesday, Oct. 19, if you are interested in assisting so we may make arrangements for supplies. We are hoping for approximately 35 volunteers.
Submitted by The WELL

Gold LEED reception
The WELL building is an environmentally conscious project recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design (LEED) certification system.

There are four levels of LEED certification a project can achieve: Basic, Silver, Gold and Platinum. These certification levels are based on meeting environmental goals in such categories as energy management, water conservation, waste recycling, the use of recycled and “green” materials, and the protection of occupant health (a particular emphasis for The WELL). Sacramento State policy is for all new buildings to reach at least the Silver level of certification. We are proud to report that The WELL has achieved Gold certification.

The WELL staff invites the Sac State campus community to the unveiling of the Gold LEED plaque, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, on the second floor of The WELL, Terrace Suite. A reception and tours highlighting key LEED elements at The WELL will follow the unveiling of the plaque.
Submitted by The WELL

NSF proposal development workshop series
Program directors from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education will conduct an interactive, web-based workshop series over the next several weeks. The Office of Research Administration invites you to participate with your colleagues on our campus.

The series will be presented with a focus on NSF’s Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) program (formerly CCLI) ,with engineering and computer science faculty members in mind. However, the information provided will be beneficial to faculty members in other STEM areas who are interested in submitting a proposal to TUES or to other NSF programs that fund educational development projects, such as CAREER or BRIGE. Faculty who participate in NSF projects as program evaluators will also benefit from this workshop.

The series is designed to actively engage faculty participants in a group setting, and it is hoped that bringing together faculty interested in education research and development projects will foster new collaborations within the colleges and across our institution.

The workshops will be held at 10 a.m. on four consecutive Wednesdays starting Oct. 19 in the Hornet Bookstore, third-floor boardroom, Suite 301. Each session will be divided into two one-hour segments with a 15-minute break between segments. A question-and-answer session will follow the second segment. You may participate in as many workshops as you like.

To register, email research@csus.edu and indicate which session(s) you are interested in attending. If you are interested but are unable to attend on Wednesdays, or would like additional information, please contact Lise Loeffler-Welton in the Office of Research Administration at lloefflerwelton@csus.edu.

The workshops are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19: Funding Decision Processes at NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26: Proposal Writing Strategies and Reviewer Feedback
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2: Project Evaluation
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9: Making an Impact: Building Transportable Projects

Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

CAMP’s 30th anniversary
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) has fostered a family-like environment for students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds and offers an array of support services, including pre-college and first-year assistance. CAMP celebrates its 30th anniversary 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Alumni Center.

For questions, contact Viridiana Diaz, CAMP director, at viridiaz@csus.edu or by calling 278-7241.
Submitted by College Assistance Migrant Program

Finding external funding: Grants, gifts and more
The Development Office and the Office of Research Administration invite you to a discussion of strategies and procedures for seeking grants and philanthropic gifts in support of research, program development or other areas of need and interest.

Join us 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the University Union, Forest Suite. The forum will provide information on seeking funding from external sponsors (federal and state agencies, private foundations, industry, etc.) as well as the best approaches for working with funders, and what happens once you’ve been funded. Newly developed guidelines that clarify campus processes associated with gifts and grants as well as the roles of each office will be distributed to attendees.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Government professor in China on Fulbright scholarship
Professor James DeShaw Rae of the Department of Government is spending the year in China, courtesy of a Fulbright scholarship. His blog, http://deshawrae.blogspot.com/, makes for interesting reading.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

GE Areas C and E Learning Outcomes: An Open Forum
If you currently teach or plan to teach a course in Areas C and/or E, Academic Affairs and the GE/GR Policy Committee invite you to attend a forum 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Library 11 to discuss the revision of Area Outcomes and alignment with the Baccalaureate Learning Goals.

For further information, contact either Reza Peigahi (reza.peigahi@csus.edu) or Sheree Meyer (meyers@csus.edu).
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Students to make presentations at psychology conference
The Department of Psychology’s 2011 Annual Research Conference, “Innovation Through Research,” will be held noon-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the University Union Redwood Room. Undergraduate and graduate student presenters will display their scientific research under various themes, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology and Neuropsychology. After meeting highly selective submission criteria, these research posters were accepted and presented at national conventions, including the American Psychological Association, the California Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association for Psychological Science. At the conference, student presenters will interact with attendees and share their research discoveries, which spark a continual interest in scientific research.

Between 40 and 50 research posters will be presented by students from the Psychology Department, with a projected attendance of 300. Students may access http://csuspsychresearchconference.weebly.com/ for further information.
Submitted by the Department of Psychology

UEI Campus Grant Program inviting applications
University Enterprises Inc. (UEI) invites applications under its 2011-12 Campus Grant Program for projects that are innovative, have a demonstrable need and clearly benefit Sacramento State students, faculty and/or staff.

Of particular interest are projects that advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, research and campus engagement. The award maximum is $5,000, with the average award anticipated to be $2,500 or less. Applications are due Thursday, Nov. 10.

For more, including details on upcoming informational sessions, visit www.enterprises.csus.edu/campusgrantprogram/about.html or email campusgrants@uei.csus.edu.
Submitted by Research Administration & Contract Administration

Disaster preparedness training sessions
If you did not attend earlier this year, this is the NIMS, SEMS, ICS and “active shooter” awareness training for Group 1 (all employees, faculty or staff who do not have duties during an emergency).
Times are 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, and Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the Hinde Auditorium at the University Union. Register by email at gnagywb@csus.edu or call 278-2397.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Entertainment Books
The University Staff Assembly is selling Entertainment Books for 2011-12 as a fundraiser to support staff programs on campus, including the Winter Social, the Awards Luncheon and the Summer Picnic. The cost of the book is $30. For more details, contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177.
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

Fourth annual Causeway Classic Blood Drive
Associated Students, Inc., in collaboration with BloodSource, is sponsoring the fourth annual Causeway Classic Blood Drive 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, and Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the University Union Ballroom.

Bring a photo ID and eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating. In exchange for blood donations, BloodSource will hand out free T-shirts, 25 percent Gap discount cards and free chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A Arden Fair (while supplies last). In addition to T-shirts, discounts and food, there will be drawings each day to win a variety of prizes.

For more information: www.asi.csus.edu, www.bloodsource.org or 278-4241.
Submitted by Associated Students, Inc.

Visiting Scholars Lecture
David Hessl, associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and M.I.N.D. Institute at the UC Davis School of Medicine, will present “Standardized Testing in Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities: Problems, One Solution, and Where to Go from Here?”

His lecture will be 3-3:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Amador Hall, Room 217.
Submitted by the Department of Psychology

Business graduate program hosting information session
The College of Business Administration is hosting an information session for all business graduate programs, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, on campus.

An adviser from each degree program will provide an overview and conduct a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be provided. To reserve a seat for the information session, register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/RSVP_Oct26_2011.

For questions, contact the Graduate Business Advising Center at 278-6772 or cba-gbac@saclink.csus.edu, or visit www.cba.csus.edu/graduate/UpcomingEvents.html.
Submitted by the College of Business Administration

Campus reception for Vicki Kawamura, resources analyst
Please join the College of Business in celebrating Vicki Kawamura’s 37 years of dedicated service to our students, faculty, staff and the CBA community, 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Alumni Center.
Submitted by the College of Business – Dean’s Office

October’s Research Funding Update now available
The October 2011 Research Funding Update is now available. The Update is published monthly to alert 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 at www.csus.edu/research/funding/update.

This month’s highlights include an article on the National Center for Environmental Research, plus several funding opportunities available through the Transportation Research Board.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

Conflict resolution seminar
Sacramento State’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, in collaboration with the Sacramento County Bar Association-ADR Section and the California Lawyers for the Arts/Sacramento Mediation Center, presents “Integrating Information Technology in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).” It will be held 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at The WELL, Shoreline Room.

The seminar will identify the various information technology facilities and use options, discuss their possibilities for conducting ADR (negotiation, mediation and arbitration) processes (before, during and after), examine their limitations and adaptations to certain critical issues – e.g., confidentiality, face-to-face communication, signing of agreements – and share some experiences and lessons.

Registration is $30; checks are payable to University Enterprises Inc./CAPCR. RSVP to 278-6282; email uwazieee@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution

Conference call for papers
Sacramento State’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) and the Pan African Studies Program, in collaboration with the Honors Program, will present the 21st Annual Africa/Diaspora Conference, “Africa at Crossroads: Revolution, Democracy, Youth Empowerment, Social Media and Non-Violence,” April 26-28.

Please include the following in your proposal: name, current position and institutional affiliation, paper title, abstract (150 words maximum), your mailing address, email, phone and fax number.

You will be notified of acceptance by email. Selected papers will be considered for publication and inclusion in the conference proceedings. We prefer presentations in English but can accommodate French speakers.

Participants are responsible for the conference registration fee of $75, plus travel costs.

Please email/fax/mail your proposal to: Dr. Data D. Barata, CSUS, Mendocino Hall 4032, 6000 J St., Sacramento CA 95819, USA; (916) 278-6651; fax: (916) 278-6339; email: dbarata@csus.edu. Inquiries about CAPCR should be directed to: Professor Ernest Uwazie, director, Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, CSUS, 6000 J St., Sacramento CA 95819-6085, USA; (916) 278 -6282; fax: (916) 278-3429; email: uwazieee@csus.edu.

For more information, visit us at: www.csus.edu/org/capcr. Deadline for submission of proposals is Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Submitted by Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution

Weight Watchers at Work now forming fall series
We are recruiting new members for a fall series. University Enterprises is the host of weekly lunchtime meetings held in UEI’s HR Conference Room, on the third floor of the Hornet Bookstore.

Interested participants must have 15 paid members to start. Contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or nancyb@csus.edu.
Submitted by UEI

Watch for even more University news and videos
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 

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

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, visit www.sacstatealumni.com/sacstateconnection/.
Submitted by the Sacramento State Alumni Association

Campus email is upgrading to Exchange 2010
Campus email will be upgraded to Exchange 2010 through Friday, Oct. 28. There are benefits to the new email if you use Outlook in Office 2010 or the web client, OWA, on a Mac. We have received positive feedback from the users who have already been moved to the new email system, and we expect that you will also find a benefit to this upgrade. Your email box will be moved based on the first letter of your last name. Below is the expected upgrade schedule:

  • This week (Oct. 17-21): Individuals with a last name that starts with M, N, O, P, Q and R will be upgraded.
  • Week 4 (Oct. 24-28): Individuals with a last name that starts with S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z will be upgraded.

To view the full schedule and daily updates: www.csus.edu/irt/servicedesk/support/2010.

This upgrade should not even be noticeable, but there are some things you need to be aware of and prepare for:

  • During your scheduled week, we ask that you close your Outlook and/or shut down your computer when you leave for the day. This simple step will make the transition smoother.
  • If you are using Office 2010 or are moving to Office 2010, you will have new features in Outlook. One new feature is “conversation mode.” This means that by default, your email will be organized by subject threads rather than the “date order” you are probably used to. If you would prefer the date order setting, it is relatively easy to change by selecting the “View” tab and under the “Conversations” section unchecking the “Show as Conversation” button.
  • If you are using a Macintosh, and you don’t have Office 2011, please consider upgrading immediately or plan to use OWA exclusively. You can access OWA by going to https://webmail.csus.edu. Office 2011 for the Mac includes Outlook, which is a full-featured and robust email client. Mac Mail and Microsoft Entourage will no longer be supported. If you are faculty or staff and using a campus-owned machine, you may call the IRT Service Desk at 278-7337 and request an upgrade to Office 2011 or send an email request to servicedesk@csus.edu.
  • If you have issues reading your email on your personal computer, the latest copies of Office for both Macintosh and Windows (with the latest email client) may be purchased at the Bookstore, or you may use OWA, the web client. It is located at https://webmail.csus.edu.

Although we do not expect you to have any problems using the upgraded email system, if you have a problem with your University-owned computer, please contact your local ITC or the IRT Service desk at 278-7337 or servicedesk@csus.edu for assistance.
Submitted by Office of Information Resources & Technology

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

Security quick tip: Connecting to the campus wireless network, Part 2 of 4
When connecting your laptops, smart phones, tablets or other devices to the campus network you may see multiple networks available. Always select SacLinkSecure to maximize your network speed, mobile coverage and security. 

While most devices support the fast and secure protocols of SacLinkSecure, some may not. If your device does not, try connecting to SacLink. SacLink is still supported at this time to address legacy technology that is not supported by SacLinkSecure technology. SacLink will provide you with mobile coverage, but by default your network connection is not secure unless the site you are visiting secures your connection. To know you are on a secure connection, you should see https in the beginning of the URL and a locked icon on your browser.

For more information on the campus wireless coverage or on how to configure your wireless devices, open a browser and type www.csus.edu/irt/wireless.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Semester holiday reminders
The campus will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Friday, Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving, while an academic holiday for Academic Year (AY) faculty, is a workday for all other staff, managers and 12-month faculty. The campus will be open for limited intra-campus business but not to the public. It is anticipated that the University Union and University Enterprises, Inc., will be closed that day. Therefore, no food services will be available on campus.

Unless work is scheduled for you, our hope is that you will request use of vacation time, accrued Compensating Time Off (CTO), or your Personal Holiday to give yourself a well-deserved, uninterrupted Thanksgiving holiday break. As always, requests for time off must be made in advance and approved by your manager.

It is also never too early to plan ahead for the December holidays. Friday, Dec. 23, is a workday for all except academic year employees, and the campus will be open that day for primarily intra-campus business. Our hope is that the governor will continue the tradition of an annual gift of four (4) hours of administrative leave to state workers, which should be used Dec. 23. If granted, this gift will allow us to close campus at noon. Once again, subject to the operating needs of each of your individual units, you are encouraged to use vacation or CTO that day.

Therefore, the holiday campus closure is as follows:

  • Friday, Dec. 23: Anticipated annual gift from the governor of four (4) hours of administrative leave.
  • Monday, Dec. 26: Campus closed in observance of Christmas Day (Sunday, Dec. 25).
  • Tuesday, Dec. 27: Campus closed in observance of Admission Day.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 28: Campus closed in observance of Columbus Day.
  • Thursday, Dec. 29: Campus closed in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday.
  • Friday, Dec. 30: Campus closed in observance of Washington’s Birthday.
  • Monday, Jan. 2: Campus closed in observance of New Year’s Day (Sunday, Jan. 1).

The campus will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Part-time possibilities
Sacramento State anticipates a need for part-time instructors for the 2011-12 academic year. To view the possible subject areas: www.csus.edu/sacstatenews/Articles/2011/09/documents/PTFaculty2.pdf.

Catastrophic leave donation
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, by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3002, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employee has been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:

Lan Liu, College of Business Administration

 


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