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October 25, 2010

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Town Hall on Futures Initiative feedback
University President Alexander Gonzalez will hold a town hall meeting to present feedback on the University’s Futures Initiative that was given by members of the campus community. The event is noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the University Union’s Hinde Auditorium. In addition to the presentation, there will be time for input and questions. Attendees are asked to arrive a few minutes early so the event can begin on time.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Employee of the Month
Caleb DeGough 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: www.csus.edu/president/staffrec/staffrecform.stm.
Submitted by the President’s Office

Recognition Day
Academic Affairs, the Compass Project, and ASI are co-sponsoring a GE Recognition Day on Friday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Library, Room 11.  Faculty and staff are invited to help us celebrate the achievements of our colleagues who have contributed to our General Education Program and to be inspired by their work past, present and future. 

Keynote Address:”General Education: Our Students’ Best Job Security” by
Ken O’Donnell, State University Associate Dean, CSU Chancellor’s Office.

Special Recognition: Greg Wheeler, professor of Geology and former associate dean for Undergraduate Studies.

Light Refreshments will be served.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

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

Executive Order
Please note that Executive Order 821 (“Reporting Procedures for Protected Disclosure of Improper Governmental Activities and/or Significant Threats to Health or Safety”) has been superseded by Executive Order 929 (“Protected Disclosure of Improper Governmental Activities and/or Significant Threats to Health or Safety”). This update has been made in the University Policy Manual. 

The procedures as defined in Executive Order 929 may be found at: 
http://www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-929.html
The report form may be found at: 
http://www.csus.edu/hr/forms/Complaint%20Form%202010.pdf

Group fitness at the WELL
This Friday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., all Group Fitness classes are free to Well Members.

Try Yoga, Pilates, Capoeira, Step, Zumba, Kickboxing and Ab-solute Strength or try a new class, Cycle Circuit, Karate, Polynesian Dance. Group Fitness Passes are half price as of Oct. 25.
Submitted by the WELL.


Green & Gold Gala
Sacramento State will hold its fifth Green & Gold Gala 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in the University Union Ballroom. Tickets are $200 per person. Sacramento State faculty and staff tickets are available for $150. Proceeds from the Gala support student scholarships.

The event includes a reception, dinner and dancing. Music will be provided by area band Clean Slate. Emcees are CBS News 10’s Cristina Mendonsa and KCRA 3 political reporter Kevin Riggs.

Tickets and more information about the gala are available at 278-7043 or www.csus.edu/gala. For sponsorship information, contact Craig Perez, director of Development at 278-4912, or e-mail cperez@csus.edu.
Submitted by University Marketing

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 www.sacstatealumni.com/alumniDistinguishedService.stm or call 278-6295.
Submitted by Alumni Relations & Association.

Presentation on belief
The Department of Anthropology George Rich Colloquium will be Oct. 29 in the Valley Suite, third Floor of the University Union, from 3:30 to 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

Mathematica tutorial
Craig Bauling from Wolfram Research, Inc. will guides computer users through the capabilities of Mathematica on Oct. 28, 3 p.m., Sequoia Hall, Room 456. He will demonstrate the key features that are directly applicable for use in teaching and research on campus. Topics include:

* 2D and 3D information visualization
* Teaching with interactive models to encourage student
  participation and learning
* Practical applications in Economics, Finance, Sociology,
  Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering and Mathematics
* On-demand Chemical, Biological, Economic and Social data
* Mathematica as a modern programming language
 
Prior knowledge of Mathematica is not required - new users are encouraged.  Current users will benefit from seeing the many improvements and new features of Mathematica 7 at www.wolfram.com/products/mathematica/newin7/.
Submitted by College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

MLK Prayer Breakfast
The Sacramento State Black Alumni Chapter will host the 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 in the University Union Ballroom. 

The event, “Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, Looking forward to the Future” is presented by the Northern District Baptist Association Women’s Auxiliary. The keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Claybon Lea, Jr., pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield and president of California State Baptist Convention, Inc.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $21 for children 12 and under. To attend, contact Evelyn Bradley-Owens at (916) 206-2995 or (916) 427-2447 before Dec. 31. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Submitted by the Sacramento State Black Alumni Chapter

Student fee forms

The Student Fee Advisory Committee is now accepting 2010/2011 Category II and Category III fee proposal forms.  Executive Order 1034 governing fees and the fee proposal form can be found at www.csus.edu/sfsc/sfac.

The Category Fee II (Mandatory Fee) deadline is Nov. 22, 2010.

The Category Fee III (Materials, Service and Course Fee) deadline is Feb. 7, 2011.

Send questions regarding the fee process to Gina Curry at curryg@csus.edu or by call 278-7433.
Submitted by Student Fee Advisory Committee

Disability Awareness
Aristotle, Einstein, Beethoven, DaVinci, Galileo, Homer, Michelangelo, all names synonymous with achievement. Did you know that each one of them had a disability? Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD) helps provide Sac State students with disabilities the accommodations needed to succeed and achieve. To learn more about what SSWD can do for students with disabilities and the campus, visit their website at http://www.csus.edu/sswd.

SSWD and the Multi-Cultural Center (MCC) are co-sponsoring “Let’s Talk Ability,” an event designed to bring together diverse students to discuss ability and able-ism. The event will be on Wednesday Oct. 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Multicultural Center.  Everyone is welcome. SSWD and MCC hope that this collaborative event provides students with a chance to discuss their experiences, challenges, and triumphs.  Individuals needing reasonable accommodations for the event please contact the MCC at 278-6101 or jplascen@saclink.csus.edu at least five business days before the event. To learn more about the MCC events and programs, visit www.csus.edu/mcc.
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities

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 the University Staff Assembly

News and campus videos

Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page www.csus.edu/sacstatenews/.
Current stories include National Science Foundation grant and Veterans Diversity Awareness Conference. Videos include Fostering Guardian Scholars.
Submitted by Public 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 your carrier is not listed you may contact them directly to see if state employee discounts plans are available.
AT&T/Cingular Wireless:  www.att.com/wireless/csus 
Sprint/Nextel:  www.sprint.com/CaliforniaHigherEducation
Verizon Wireless:  www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/employee/emaildomainauthentication.jsp
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 3 of 6 – Converting confidential information:

Now that you have removed all required Level 1 data off your workstation what do you do with it now? If you need a unique identifier, but don’t want to use Level 1 data, it can be converted. Converting data such as Social Security Number to Employee ID protects the identities of the university students and staff.   Another example is converting credit cards to only show the last four digits.  Working with your ITC’s or the Information Security Office (iso@csus.edu) to find the best possible solution will ensure that your data is cleaned of all Level 1 data.  Look for part 4 in next week’s bulletin and on the Information Security Website www.csus.edu/security.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Human Resources


Workshops

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 www.csus.edu/hr/benefits/workshops.htm. 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 www.csus.edu/hr/forms.htm#Disability, 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
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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