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Oct. 31, 2011

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Food drive for veterans shelter
Sacramento State’s Student Veterans Organization is collecting donations of canned and nonperishable food to distribute to a local veterans shelter on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The students’ goal is to collect one can each from every faculty and staff member on campus. Food donations can be left at Lassen Hall, Room 3003, beginning Monday, Oct. 31, and running through Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Submitted by the Veterans Success Center

‘Sac State Has Talent’
The University’s Library Gallery is looking for faculty and staff (with the exception of the Art and Design departments) who paint, sculpt, quilt, make jewelry, sing, dance, etc. They will be featured in “Sac State Has Talent,” the gallery’s spring art exhibit, March 8-May 18. For more information or to get a submission form, contact 2012csus.talent@gmail.com or the Library Gallery at 278-4189. Deadline is Thursday, Dec. 1, to reserve a space or performance date. Pieces will be due in late February.
Submitted by the Library Gallery

Distinguished Service Award nominations
Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Distinguished Service Awards. These prestigious awards were established in 1972 to honor alumni and supporters of Sacramento State. They are presented jointly by the University and the Alumni Association to recognize alumni for their professional achievements, community service and support for Sacramento State.
Nominations are accepted in four categories: Distinguished Service, Lifetime Achievement, Honorary Alumna/Alumnus and Rising Star. The deadline for submitting the nomination form and supporting materials is Monday, Nov. 14. For more information: www.sacstatealumni.com/alumniDistinguishedService.stm or 278-6295.
Submitted by Alumni Relations & Association

California State Employees Food Drive
There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are beginning to turn, and the holidays are right around the corner – it’s time for the California State Employees Food Drive! This year’s food drive will be held at Sacramento State from Nov. 14 through Dec. 20.

The holidays are such a special time of the year, when family and friends share warm and happy times. However, the continued high unemployment and slow economy have contributed to record levels of food-insecure households, making the food drive more important than ever. Many families in our area are struggling to make ends meet, and we want this food drive to bring much-needed relief and assistance. Please reach as deeply as you can to help make the holidays and the new year a little better for the many children and families helped by your donation.

Monetary donations and canned goods: Your monetary donations go the furthest, as bulk food can be purchased at lower costs. Make your check payable to “California Emergency Foodlink” and mail to Nancy Fox, department ZIP code 6076. Food collection boxes for canned goods soon will appear in most department offices and information booths at the campus entrances.

Turkey drop: For the first time, Sacramento State will participate in a “turkey drop,” 7:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. On your way to work or class, drop off your frozen turkey at one of the information booths located at each campus entrance or the University Transportation and Parking Services office at 7667 Folsom Blvd. All turkeys will be delivered directly to Food Link that morning. Turkeys are in high demand during the holidays. Without them, many families will not have meat in their holiday food box.

Holiday events: As you plan your department holiday events, please consider including one or more of the following activities:

  • Ask folks to bring canned or monetary donations to holiday parties, potlucks, luncheons and gatherings.
  • Place donation jars around so people can drop in their change.
  • Hold a silent auction with donated items.
  • Ask folks to bring canned goods to campus events, including lecture, athletic, theater and dance, and art events.
  • Have a book sale or rummage sale.

More information will soon be forthcoming regarding the food drive. Watch for mass emails and go to www.csus.edu/utaps. If you have questions, contact Nancy Fox, food drive coordinator for Sacramento State, at foxna@csus.edu or 278-5241.

Together, we can make a huge difference in the lives of so many who desperately need our help.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS)

David Wagner’s retirement
Please join President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez in recognizing David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, for his 36 years of service to Sacramento State. The retirement ceremony will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the University Union Ballroom III.

RSVP to Tess Simas by Monday, Nov. 21, at 278-4952 or rsvp@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Office of University Advancement

Spirit of Giving Drive
Faculty and staff, please help spread the word and get involved in the Spirit of Giving Drive. This year we have two ways to benefit the nearly 60,000 people in the greater Sacramento area served by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Through Friday, Jan. 6, we’ll be collecting winter clothing and food and hosting a virtual donation drive. Every dollar donated online provides $10 worth of goods and services to families in need, so please give generously. Please visit www.csus.edu/cec to find out how we can make a difference in our community.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Brown-bag discussion
The Center for Teaching and Learning will conduct a brown-bag discussion, “Connecting Teaching and Research,” led by Mark Stoner, from 3-4:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the center (Library 4026).
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

District office on campus
Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, has opened a district office on the Sacramento State campus in Modoc Hall, near the Capital Public Radio studios. Dr. Pan says his district office is there to keep the lines of communication open between the state Capitol and the students, faculty, staff and others in the Sac State community. More from Dr. Pan can be found here: www.asmdc.org/pan. And for a video invitation to visit Dr. Pan's campus office: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ-vHr333H4.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Sleep workshops for students
Student Health Services’ Counseling & Psychological Services is offering two workshops focused on healthy sleeping habits for Sacramento State students, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, and 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 8.

Both workshops are free and will be held in the Aspen conference room of The WELL. For more information, visit our website at www.csus.edu/psysrv or call Dr. Kentner at 278-7357.
Submitted by Student Health Services’ Counseling & Psychological Services

Spring instructional materials alert
As part of National Disability Awareness Month, please take a few moments to watch this short video of some students with disabilities describing the need for early identification of textbooks and instructional materials: www.csus.edu/accessibility/textbook.html.

We are requesting assistance to ensure that all students, including students with disabilities, can receive instructional materials in time for the start of the Spring 2012 semester. All textbooks and course materials need to be ordered early enough to post the textbook information in the course schedule used for registration purposes and to allow time for conversion into accessible or alternative formats (e.g., Braille, electronic text, captioned video), if students in the class need materials converted.

Please note the following deadlines for Spring 2012.

  • Friday, Nov. 18: Deadline to identify Spring 2012 instructional materials to facilitate timely access and meet Accessible Technology Initiative requirements; direct questions to ati@csus.edu.
  • Monday, Nov. 28: Deadline to submit captioning requests for audiovisual materials (video/audio) to be used in your Spring 2012 course, to ensure that you receive these captioned in time for the first day of the semester; direct questions to ati@csus.edu.

For more information: www.csus.edu/accessibility/textbook.html.
Submitted by the Department of Services to Students with Disabilities

IT procurement
All IT procurements costing $15,000 or more must be reviewed for student and faculty accessibility. Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 15, the threshold for review of high-impact IT and electronic procurements will drop to $2,500. In addition, IT procurements now will be reviewed for compliance with both accessibility and information security requirements. We are in the process of establishing new procedures to streamline and accommodate the resulting increased volume of reviews. Our goal is to facilitate IT procurement that meets all campus needs for accessibility and security without impeding needed purchases. We also hope to help you save money on your IT purchases by pointing out lesser-cost options for purchases whenever they are available.

To ensure timely purchasing of needed items, we suggest that you please plan in advance by contacting our campus ATI Procurement Specialist by email at futrell@csus.edu and by submitting IT procurement requests as early as possible. While most routine purchases will go through review without delay, keep in mind that a complete accessibility or security review for larger or high-impact purchases can take several weeks or more to complete.

Please note that the $2,500 threshold is just a guideline. High-impact items below the formal dollar threshold may still require accessibility or information security review. For example:

  • Networked printers and copy machines with public access must also now be evaluated.
  • All web consulting/software/content must comply with both web accessibility and IT security policies.
  • Digital media materials (video, DVD, online content) usually need to be captioned or subtitled.

For more information, visit www.csus.edu/accessibility/procure.html.
Submitted by Information Resources & Technology and the Accessible Technology Initiative

Volunteer for The WELL’s Secret Shopper Program
The WELL is launching our Secret Shopper Program and is looking for faculty/staff volunteers. This is a volunteer program designed to evaluate The WELL’s customer service level. All volunteers are eligible for incentives that include credit toward membership, and our programs and services. Please contact Julie Rodriguez for a volunteer application and more information on the program.
Submitted by The WELL

The WELL offers 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

USA Book Loan Program
In cooperation with the One Book Program, the University Staff Assembly offers a limited number of copies of the current One Book choice to staff members through the USA Book Loan Program. The selection for 2011-12 is “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir” by Michele Norris.

To borrow a copy of the book (two-week time limit), please contact one of the following USA reps:
Richard Cotenas: 278-6951, cotenas@csus.edu; Veronica Pruitt: 278-5843, vpruitt@ecs.csus.edu; or Aaron Eichenberger: 278-2875, aeichenb@saclink.csus.edu.
Submitted by Library Acquisitions

Causeway Classic Luncheon
The annual Causeway Classic Luncheon will be at noon Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Doubletree Hotel. Tickets are $30 per person or $300 for a table of 10. The program will feature Sacramento State head football coach Marshall Sperbeck, UC Davis head football coach Bob Biggs, team captains, and the bands and spirit squads from each school. Please contact Tina Blessen with Sacramento State Athletics Development at 278-4263 or email her at tblessen@csus.edu to purchase tickets.
Submitted by the Athletics Department

Workshop series
The Library Research Workshop series runs for nine weeks, ending Thursday, Nov. 17. The three workshops are:

  • “Scholarly Journals” – Tips for finding the best research; covers the use of 250-plus databases that index more than 40,000 journals, providing 24/7 online access to full-text articles.
  • “Citing Your Sources” – Covers both APA and MLA style manuals, with two additional sessions for the Chicago Style Manual.
  • “EndNote – Bibliographies Made Easy” – Covers download, setup and use of EndNote X4 software, which is available for free as a campus site license. Cite While You Write is available to MS Word users.

Individual registration is required: http://library.csus.edu/workshops. All sessions will be held in Library Instruction Lab 2023 and are limited to 15 attendees.

Faculty may also request instruction on these or any research topic by using the form at: http://apps.lib.csus.edu/instruction_request/.
Submitted by the University Library

Fall group counseling
Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides individual, group and couples counseling for Sacramento State students. Group counseling can be an interactive way to explore a specific topic while meeting new people. Participants will have a chance to share common experiences, regardless of the topic.

Healthy Relationships Group: For Women Who are Tired of Settling. Participants will create a playful, creative environment where they can look at past and current romantic relationships with humor, grit and some laughter. Sisterhood and empowerment will be strongly encouraged. If interested, contact Mick Rogers, LCSW, at rogersm@csus.edu or 278-6809. Group meets 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Mondays until Nov. 14.

Sailing Through Storms: Enhancing Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance Skills. Participants learn and practice mindfulness and distress tolerance skills in a safe, supportive environment to enhance their ability to get through difficult times. If you are interested in more information about this group or would like to register, contact Mei-Fang Lan at lanm@csus.edu. Group meets 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Mondays until Dec. 5.

Nurturing Yourself. We all have stress in our lives. Come join other students in learning to identify your stressors, how they impact your life and positive ways to take care of yourself during stressful times. This group will be limited to eight students. If you are interested in more information about this group or would like to register, contact Laili McGrew, LCSW, at mcgrewl@csus.edu or 278-3602. Group meets 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays until Nov. 16.

Recovering From Trauma. This group aims at helping people who have experienced past and current traumatic events recognize and deal with the impacts of traumatic experience on the various aspects of one’s life in a safe, supportive environment. If you are interested in more information about this group or would like to register, contact Mei-Fang Lan at lanm@csus.edu. Group meets 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays until Dec. 7.

First in the Family. This ongoing group is organized specifically to address issues pertaining to first-generation (first gen) college students and to aid in support and empowerment as you transition into your Sac State college experience. This group will be facilitated by Counseling Services psychologist Gloria Petruzzelli. For further information and/or to get on the participation list, contact her at 278-5414. Group meets 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays until Dec. 7.

Transition to College. College is an exciting time in life. There are many adjustments that can make students feel isolated or overwhelmed. Come meet other students in this ongoing group and discuss strategies for meeting new people, adjusting to living alone or with roommates, being more organized, getting involved, managing stress and living a balanced life. For information, contact Laili McGrew, LCSW, at mcgrewl@csus.edu or 278-3602. Group meets 2-3 p.m. on Thursdays.

Validate & Honor Rather Than Judge & React. (You must have completed the “Lifting Your Mood & Changing Your Thoughts” group or be attending currently.) This is an ongoing support group focusing on validating, allowing and exploring your thoughts and emotions in response to daily situations. Group members will provide support to one another in practicing CBT tools as well as linking hot thoughts to schemas. For information, call Rene Reis, MFT, at 278-6036. Group meets 2-3 p.m. Wednesdays; starting date TBA.

International Students’ Support Group. This group provides international students with a safe, supportive environment to address unique adjustment issues, such as cultural concerns, loneliness, stress, the educational system, finding resources, communication issues, and career choices after graduation. If you are interested in more information about this group or would like to register, contact Mei-Fang Lan at lanm@csus.edu. Group meets 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Thursdays until Dec. 8.

Survivors of Suicide. This ongoing support group is for family members and friends of loved ones who ended their lives through suicide. The group encourages members to grieve and adapt through psycho-education, support and engaging activities. If interested, contact Mick Rogers, LCSW, at rogersm@csus.edu or 278-6809. Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Veterans’ Couples Group: Readjusting & Reengaging. This ongoing couples group will create a safe space where couples can support one another in readjusting and reengaging. Participants will examine how to nurture their romantic relationships by discussing changes in roles, stressors and by emphasizing strengths. Couples will use art to facilitate personal growth and self-knowledge. The group process will be fun, encouraging and playful. If interested, contact Mick Rogers, LCSW, at rogersm@csus.edu or 278-6809. Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Group counseling is a confidential service provided through your student fees at no cost. Students may join ongoing groups at different times. We are not set up for drop-in groups, so call in advance to ensure that the group will meet your needs and there is space available. For questions, contact the specific counselor.
Submitted by Counseling and Psychological Services

New Sac State Magazine is here
The Fall 2011 issue of Sac State Magazine is now available online. Read about:

  • Putting the “Unity” in Community – Faculty perspectives on community and a look at alumni who are making a difference in their communities.
  • Home Sweet Folsom – Take a tour of our new home for nursing, the focus of a $1.8 million fundraising campaign.
  • Meeting Needs – Sac State faculty and students are addressing issues affecting the Sacramento region, including autism and the needs of senior citizens.
  • Class Notes and Alumni Profiles – News and information about your fellow Hornets.
  • Planner – Events calendar.
  • And much more.

Submitted by University Marketing

CAMP’s 30th anniversary
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) fosters 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. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Alumni Center.

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

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

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

Campus reception for Vicki Kawamura, resources analyst
Please join the College of Business Administration 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 Administration – Dean’s Office

October’s Research Funding Update now available
The October 2011 Research Funding Update is 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

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 is being upgraded to Exchange 2010. 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 for the final group:

  • This week (Oct. 31-Nov. 4): Individuals with last names starting 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
The campus has begun to 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 www.csus.edu/irt/servicedesk/support/CMSupgrade. For comments or concerns, contact itprojects@csus.edu.
Submitted by Information Resources & Technology

Human Resources

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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