Campus Announcements

Faculty writing workshop scheduled
The Community Engagement Center will host a Writing Partners Project workshop 3-5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5 in the University Union Auburn Room. The workshop is designed for faculty members who want to include short, engaging "pre-packaged" service-learning writing assignments in their classes. English department professor Catherine Gabor will facilitate the workshop. Gabor co-created the original Writing Partners Project in 1997 and piloted the project here in 2005. To RSVP for this workshop, send an email to cecenter@csus.edu by Thursday, Nov. 1.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Bee columnist to speak at Serna Center seminar
Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Bréton will be the next speaker for the Serna Center's seminar series at noon, Monday, Nov. 5 in the University Union Orchard Suite. Bréton has written on a wide variety of topics for the Bee, including local politics and regional issues as well as sports. Bréton, a past winner of the Guillermo Martinzez-Marquez award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, can be expected to bring his signature provocative style to his talk at Sacramento State. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Serna Center at 278-4512.
Submitted by the Serna Center

Nominations for Staff Employee Recognition Award due
The deadline to submit a nomination for the Staff Employee Recognition Award is Friday, November 16. Details regarding eligibility, criteria and nomination procedures are available at www.csus.edu/president/staffrec/index.stm.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Faculty and students raise money for cancer awareness
Professors Patricia Woodward, Heather Diaz and Melinda Seid of the Kinesiology and Health Science Department, along with Sacramento State students, raised more than $1,300 for the “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” walk-a-thon Oct. 20.
Submitted by the College of Health and Human Services

Faculty and staff support science program for girls
Sacramento State faculty and staff contributed time and expertise in support of the "Expanding Your Horizons" conference for sixth to eighth grade girls, Saturday, October 6. More than 300 girls and 84 adults from the Sacramento region participated in the conference sponsored by the Sacramento State STEM program, the Community Engagement Center and the Women of AT&T.  Through their roles as workshop presenters, faculty and staff helped to stimulate the girls' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and gave the participants insight into the possibilities and fun within their fields.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

New OneCard for campus community
New OneCards are being issued through Nov. 10. The new cards have been pre-printed with the recipients’ photos, so a new picture does not need to be taken. All that’s needed is a photo ID (an old OneCard will do) to pick up the new card. The OneCard Center will be temporarily re-located to the former bookstore building during the re-issue period.

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.
University Transportation and Parking Services

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 laurie.hall@csus.edu. For more information, call 278-4282.
Submitted by Public Affairs

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.

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
*Bonnie Jarvis, College of Continuing Education

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee.