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October 18, 2010


Employee of the Month
CalebDeGough is a Software Developer/Analyst within Information Resources and Technology.  His nominator described him as “exhibiting outstanding accomplishment in bringing improved technological solutions to administrative departments.” 

The nominator continued saying, “Caleb has played a pivotal role as the primary programmer in the development of the new Sacramento State Graduation Application Process Automation project.  This project was highly complex, involving many constituents from academic departments, Student Affairs and IRT. Mr. DeGough is an incredibly valuable team member at Sacramento State.”

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Staff Employee Recognition Program.  Names of the recipients will be announced in November.

Details about nominations, eligibility, criteria, and procedures are available on the website link:
Submitted by the President’s Office

Memorial Service
Preston Jay Stegnga’s memorial service is Oct 23, 2 p.m. at the Sierra Arden United Church of Christ, 890 Morse Avenue.  Donations may be made to the Sierra Arden Church’s food closet or to hospice.
Stegenga oversaw international studies at Sacramento State from 1968 until his retirement in 1988. He assisted international students, helped students with study abroad programs, and established and managed a graduate program in international studies.  He also served as acting vice President for Academic Affairs in 1974 and 1975.
He worked for the United States Agency for International Development from 1966 to 1968 where he served as an advisor to the President of the University of Liberia in West Africa. After retirement, he remained interested in education and foreign affairs.

Survivors are his wife, Marcia, son James and daughter Susan.
Submitted by Global Education

Causeway Classic Blood Drive
Donate blood and join the marrow registry this Tuesday or Wednesday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom 

If you are a faculty or staff member we will have "Faculty Fast Track Passes" for you to expedite the process. We are hoping for a record-breaking event yet again this year and yes...BEAT DAVIS! Last year we collected 1,039 life-saving pints during this two-day event and this year we are hoping for 1,100 pints!

There will also be the opportunity to register as a bone-marrow donor with Be The Match registry. It only takes a cotton swab of the inside of your cheeks.
Submitted by Associated Students Inc.

Afghanistan Lecture
On Thursday, Oct. 28, Mohammad H. Qayoumi, President of California State University, East Bay will present a lecture on “Afghanistan: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities.” It will be in the Hinde Auditorium from noon to 2 p.m.
Submitted by the Department of Government

Alumni nominations
The Sacramento State Alumni Association invites nominations for the Distinguished Service Awards. The award was established in 1972 to honor alumni and supporters of Sacramento State. It is presented jointly by the University and the Alumni Association to recognize alumni for their professional achievements and community service.

Nominations are accepted in four categories: Distinguished Service, Lifetime Achievement, Honorary Alumna/Alumnus and Rising Star. Nomination deadline is Monday, Nov. 15. Visit or call 278-6295.
Submitted by Alumni Relations & Association.

Silver Jubilee dinner
The Sacramento State Retired Faculty & Staff Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a Silver Jubilee Dinner.  The Association means for this event to be a gift to the campus in appreciation for the many happy years its members have enjoyed on our campus.  Special honoree will be Wilma Krebs, whose lifetime career in service to students, faculty and staff stands as a model.

It is an opportunity for many to gather together as a campus family.  There will be plenty of time to socialize with our old friends and make new ones.  Donations received during registration for the dinner will benefit campus programs, faculty and students.

Click on the link to download a registration form.
Submitted by the Office of 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 automatically forfeited. 

To view your vacation balance, go to, 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 carry-over hours.  Those who do not have access to a computer may request a print-out from the timekeeper for their department.

Exceptions to allow carry-over of excess vacation must be approved by David Wagner, Vice President for Human Resources, prior to 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 and then to the unit’s Vice President for a recommendation. 

For staff, if approved, the recommendation must include a plan for using accrued vacation before Dec. 31, 2011.  Title V requires that managers must use any carried forward vacation by the end of March 2011.  In addition to 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 received by Vice President Wagner by Dec. 3, 2010.  For more information, contact Human Resources at 278-6078.
Submitted by the Office of Human Resources 

Presentation on belief
The Department of Anthropology George Rich Colloquium will be Oct. 29 in the Valley Suite, 3rd Floor of the University Union, from 3:30-6 p.m.

Liam Murphy will speak on "Belief Without Belonging? Religious Futures for a Renewed Europe." His presentation will feature research from his new book Believing In Belfast. Refreshments will be served after the talk.
Submitted by the Department of Anthropology

Sign up for ENS
Sacramento State encourages all students, faculty and staff to sign up for the Emergency Notification System (ENS) so they may receive automated delivery of urgent announcements in the event of a critical incident to large groups of people via text messages, telephone calls and e-mail. Examples of such events would be a bomb threat, hazardous materials spills, criminal activity, flood or fire.

For further information and to register please go to  Signing up is quick and easy.

ENS is one of many tools used by Sacramento State to protect lives and property on campus. The Office of Public Safety has approximately 22 sworn police officer positions and has recently implemented initiatives to increase visibility and awareness, including two new campus service centers and additional bicycle patrols. Other Public Safety services include after-hours night escorts and educational seminars.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Weight Watchers at Work
University Enterprises Human Resources department will host a Weight Watchers at Work program each Monday during lunch on the third floor of the Hornet Bookstore Building, room 3900.

An informational meeting for people interested in learning about or registering for the program is today, noon-1 p.m.  A Weight Watchers leader will provide an overview of the benefits, explain the series dues and answer questions. For more information, contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or e-mail

Informational and renewal sessions are open to the campus community.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

New feature
Budget Planning and Administration will introduce a new Reporting Relationship Self Service feature at the Oct. 19 Business Partners Round Table meeting located in the University Union Redwood Room. The presentation, from 9-11 a.m., will familiarize you with the process and importance of reporting relationships. For more information visit:, or call 278-7458.
Submitted by Budget Planning and Administration

Disability Awareness
Did you know that many students with disabilities read textbooks using “aternative formats”- including digital formats, Braille, audio CD, and human readers? It can take six weeks or more to process, scan, edit and convert textbooks into these alternative formats.

Watch the Timely Textbook adoption video at to learn more and to hear personal stories from Sacramento State students with disabilities. The web page also contains links to resources on the Higher Education Opportunity Act textbook requirement, accessible technology, and more.

For questions regarding alternative formats for students with disabilities or any other student-oriented disability topic, contact Services to Students with Disabilities at
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities

History conference
Phi Alpha Theta is sponsoring the California World History Association Conference Oct. 22-23, at the University Union.
The 4th annual CWHA Conference will include graduate students, primary and secondary school teachers, and university and graduate professors to explore researching, writing and teaching from a global perspective.

Keynote Address will be delivered by Joseph A. Pitti, professor emeritus of History and Ethnic Studies.

Registration is required no later than Oct. 15. Conference registration (includes CWHA dues for 2010-11) is $40. Student registration is $20

Keynote Buffet Lunch on Saturday, Oct. 23 is $18 and $15 (students).
For more information visit, or call 530-400-7529.
Submitted by Phi Alpha Theta

Fact Books available online
The Departmental Fact Books provide a wide range of comprehensive data and information pertaining to each academic department, ranging from student profiles, course offerings, class size, faculty profiles and faculty workload, to retention and graduation rates for the last five years. They are very useful sources of information for program reviews, accreditation and other assessment needs.
Fact Books are updated each year by the Office of Institutional Research (OIR). A copy has been sent to each departmental chair, and online access is available at Click on Data Center, then Departmental Fact Book and choose a department.
Submitted by Institutional Research

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 2010/2011 is $30, a $10 savings from last year. Contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177 for more details.
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

The state of California will hold its annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake awareness and emergency preparedness event throughout the state at 10:21 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. Faculty and staff are encouraged to do “drop, cover and hold on” drills at that time.
For more information on the ShakeOut, visit
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

News and campus videos
Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page

Current stories include Sac State hosts state senate forum and Hornet bass fishing team victory. Videos include Expanding Your Horizons.
Submitted by Public Affairs 

ABA report
The Administration & Business Affairs (ABA) Destination 2010 Report, which outlines ABA’s strategic framework for Destination 2010 and highlights the division’s contributions to the University’s growth and transformation over the past six years, is available at Click on the link above the report cover to view the electronic report or download a printable copy. Previous reports and other division publications are available on the site.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Self Service Password Management Coming
October is passphrase update month when we are encouraging everyone to set up security questions which will enable 24/7 self service for your password resets and changes.  We are also moving towards much easier to use “passphrases” (e.g. My three cats) rather than complex passwords.  Watch for more information in your e-mail.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Cell Phone Service Discounts for Faculty and Staff
Sac State employees are eligible for discounts on their personal cellular phone services from several major carriers. Faculty and staff can start taking advantage of these discounts on their existing plans by simply registering on the websites shown below. 

Following are links to the registration web pages for three major carriers with discount agreements with the university.  If you carrier is not listed you may contact them directly to see if state employee discounts plans are available.
AT&T/Cingular Wireless: 
Verizon Wireless:
You’ll see discounts showing up on your home phone bill shortly after you sign up.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Computer security tip
Safeguarding campus information part 2 of 6 - Removing confidential data:
Last week you learned the three types of data levels at Sacramento State. Now you will learn what to do with that data.

If you work with Level 1 confidential data, you need to make sure this is in a secure location.  Documents that contain Level 1 data such as old class rosters and grade sheets using SSN’s must never be kept on your local workstation/laptop. All documents that contain Level 1 data must be saved to a secure server where the files can be protected and backed-up. Removing these documents also ensures these documents are not lost in case of a workstation crash. If you don’t really need to work with Level 1 data you can delete out the column(s) of Level 1 data as in an old class roster or delete the whole file if you no longer need the file.  Look for part 3 in next week’s Bulletin and on the Information Security Website
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Human Resources
The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a series of retirement and financial planning workshops for the fall semester. The list of workshops is available at Some workshops require registration.
Submitted by 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, 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 Del Norte Hall, Suite 3001 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
William Phelps, Division of Social Work
Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department
Lorena Solis, Human Resources
Jody Gayvert, Criminal Justice
Mary Ann Alvarez, Division of Nursing
Marianna Rivera, MESA Engineering Program

Jon Wedding, College of Continuing Education


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