Professors present preview lecture
English professors Catherine Gabor and Hellen Lee-Keller will present the preview lecture for Booker Prize-winning author Yann Martel and illustrator Tomislav Torjanac at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento. The lecture is part of the California Lectures series. Tickets are $25. More information is available at http://www.californialectures.org/tickets.html.
Submitted by the English Department
Sacramento State’s Office of Institutional Research will conduct a survey between Oct. 22 and Nov. 16 to gather information about the campus climate, particularly with respect to intergroup dialogue about issues of diversity on campus. Faculty members who have been contacted about this survey are asked to consider participating in this important endeavor and return the participation request form to the Office of Institutional Research, Sacramento Hall 250, campus zip 6028, by Oct. 22. Or reply by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concerns regarding the survey should be forwarded to the Office of Institutional Research, at email@example.com or 278-6566.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research
McGowan exhibits works
Art student Jayme McGowan will display paintings and drawings in the Witt Gallery at Kadema Hall Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26. For hours, contact the Art Department at 278-6166.
Submitted by the Art Department
Exhibit honors Favela
“Calacalandia: Somewhere Between Aztlán and Mictlán,” a memorial exhibition featuring the life and art of late Sacramento State art professor Ricardo Favela, will be held Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. in the Witt Gallery at Kadema Hall. Calacalandia, or “Land of Skeletons,” was chosen as the exhibit’s title, because Favela often used skeleton figures in his work in the tradition of Day of the Dead themes. The exhibition is curated by Xico Gonzalez, one of Favela’s former students. A reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2. There will be an Aztec blessing by Quetzalcoatl Citlalli and musical performance by Atapaz. Contact the Art Department office at 278-6166 for exhibition hours.
Submitted by the Art Department
Scholarship deadline nears
The Hornet Bookstore and University Enterprises, Inc. remind everyone that the second annual Bookstore Scholarship deadline is Friday, Oct. 26. The “Books Without Bills” program provides $250 to the winning student for texts, supplies, or just about anything else for the upcoming semester.
To enter, submit a typed, double-spaced, 250 word (maximum) essay on the theme of “The Greatest Book Never Written” in 12-point Arial type. On a separate sheet of paper type your name, the essay’s word count, a list of your Fall 2007 classes, your class standing and major and the best way to reach you in early December. Place the items in an envelope and submit it in person to the customer service desk at the bookstore no later than 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.
Students must be enrolled in at least one class to be eligible. The essays will be judged on quality and creativity. Only original material may be submitted.
Submitted by the Hornet Bookstore
Toastmasters hosts campus reception
The Sacramento State Toastmasters Leadership Club has been chartered as an official Toastmasters International chapter and will host a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Summit Room of the University Union. Guests will include members of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the press. The gathering will be followed by a club general meeting.
Submitted by Toastmasters Leadership Club
Destination 2010 students sought
The Public Affairs Office is looking for students to profile for the Destination 2010 page of the University’s website. The students will also be featured in various publications including Sac State Magazine, the Sacramento State Bulletin, as well as campus recruitment and donor recognition materials.
Public Affairs is especially interested in students with interesting stories about where they came from, what they hope to do with their education, or who have had a transforming experience at Sacramento State, or have any other unique experiences or accomplishments. Destination 2010 profiles also reflect the campus’ diversity in gender, ethnicity and life experiences.
Names of students should be submitted to Laurie Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 278-4282.
Submitted by Public Affairs
Special faculty, staff OneCard re-issue
Faculty and staff are urged to stop by the old bookstore, next to River Front Center, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 for an early pick-up of their new OneCards. All that’s needed is a photo ID (an old OneCard will do) to pick up the new card. The new cards have been pre-printed with the recipients’ photos, so a new picture does not need to be taken. Those who cannot make it on that day will be able to stop by at any time when students also pick up their cards from Oct. 25 through Nov. 10. The OneCard Center will be temporarily re-located to the old bookstore during the re-issue period.
Submitted by Business Operations
Transit riders need old OneCard
Even though new OneCards are being issued, bus and light rail riders will still need the old OneCard with the current commuter sticker adhered to the back. The current sticker is valid through Dec. 31, so the new OneCard will not be accepted by regional transit until Jan. 1, 2008. Beginning at that time, the commuter pass will have a new look. The new OneCard will need to be slipped into a clear-plastic sleeve with the Spring 2008 commuter sticker adhered to the front of the sleeve. The new card must be placed into the sleeve facing the sticker to be a valid transit pass. Failure to display any one of the three components while boarding a bus or light rail will prohibit ridership and may result in a citation. The old OneCard will not be valid after that date.
The sleeve, with the spring commuter sticker, will be available in mid-December through University Transportation and Parking Services, the OneCard office, Student Financial Services Center and Associated Students, Inc. in the Union. A specific date will be announced later.
Submitted by the Information Resources and Technology
Hallway storage is a hazard
Officials with Risk Management Services remind everyone that equipment and furniture cannot be stored in corridors or stairwells for any length of time because it could impede emergency egress from a building and interfere with the ability of emergency responders to perform their duties. It is also a violation of the State Fire Code. Instructions for proper disposal can be found at www.fm.csus.edu/iwm/. The Integrated Waste Management and Moving Services department on campus can assist with the timely removal and reuse or recycling of large surplus equipment and furniture. This service can be requested through the Facilities Services Customer Service website, www.fm.csus.edu/Service_Request.htm, or by calling 278-6242. It is the responsibility of the equipment owners to plan ahead and work with Facilities Services to assure their surplus does not become a safety hazard or result in a regulatory violation for improper storage.
Submitted by Risk Management Services
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 L. 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.
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