Campus Announcements

Employee of the month

Alma Ponce, Teacher, Children's Center, has been named employee of the month.

Ponce is the Casa Four Teacher for the Children's Center. Her nominator mentioned, "She goes well beyond her duties helping students and staff."  Her colleague mentioned, "Working at the Children's Center for over 25 years takes a very dedicated and patient person who loves her job."

Submissions for the Employee of the Month will remain as part of the continuing pool of nominees until June, and all nominees are eligible for the award until then.  Anyone interested in nominating an employee should do so. Details regarding eligibility, criteria, and nomination procedures are available on the website link http://www.csus.edu/president/staffrec/index.stm.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Presidential election watch 2008
The Office of Governmental Affairs, in collaboration with Associated Students, Inc., will host a presidential election watch for the University community, 4-10 p.m., Nov. 4, in the University Union Redwood Room. Students, administration, staff and faculty are encouraged to drop by to check up on their favorite candidate. 
Submitted by Associated Students, Inc.

Entertainment books
The University Staff Assembly is selling Entertainment Books for $40. The books contain thousands of discounts on dining, travel, sports, entertainment and shopping. In addition to the discounts in the book, many others are offered online. To order a book, contact:

Suzanne Bracamonte, Public Service 13, 278-87321; Carolann Forseth, Mariposa 3000, 278-6393; Cossette Leos, Bookstore 3200, 278-7001; Carol Rumley, Tahoe 1010, 278-7291; Stacy Sinz, Placer 2003, 278-4691; Laurie Wheless, Sequoia 334, 278-4655.

Books may also be purchased online.  Visit the USA website at www.csus.edu/usa for more information.  The sale ends Dec. 12.
Submitted by the University Staff Association

Major fair
Academic Advising and the Career Center are sponsoring the ninth annual Major Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the University Union Ballroom. The Major Fair is open to all students and provides an opportunity for students to receive information on majors prior to registration for the spring 2009 semester. Career counselors will also be available to answer questions.
Submitted by Academic Advising

Call for Proposals
For the fiscal year 2008/2009, fee proposals are being accepted for new fees and changes to existing fees. The process has changed based on the fee category. For more information on the change, see Executive Order 1034 at http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1034.pdf.

The new Student Fee Policy can be found at http://www.csus.edu/umanual/admin/StudentFeePolicy.ADM-0140.htm.

Forms are available at the website: http://www.csus.edu/sfsc/sfac.

Workshops to help with the proposal process will be held 10-11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 7, and 10-11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Student Financial Services Office in Lassen Hall 1003.  RSVP to Gina Curry at 278- 7433 or curryg@csus.edu to attend.
Submitted by Student Financial Services Center

Technology interviews
The Information Resources and Technology Division will hold interviews for the position of associate vice president, administrative computing services, Nov. 7, Nov. 10, Nov. 14 and Nov. 17. All university faculty and staff members are invited to attend the open forum portion of the interview process.

Candidates and times are:

Ed Koop
Nov. 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Lower Library 11

Josee Larochelle
Nov.10, 10-11 a.m., Lower Library 11

Peggy Kay
Nov. 14, 3-4 p.m., Lower Library 11

Helen Norris
November 17, 1-2 p.m., Lower Library 11
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

President’s Award
University President Alexander Gonzalez will present the 2008-2009 President’s Award for Research and Creative Activity to Charles Postel at 4 p.m., Nov. 5, in the University Union’s Orchard Suite. The ceremony will include a lecture by Postel and a reception after the lecture in the Union’s Lobby Suite. 

Postel is an assistant professor in the Department of History. His recent book, The Populist Vision, won the 2008 Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the 2008 Bancroft Prize.
Submitted by Research Administration

Causeway Classic
Join the Sacramento State Alumni Association at the 55th Annual Causeway Classic to watch the Hornets take on UC Davis, at 2:05 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8 at Aggie Stadium. Attendees will meet at Sacramento State’s Alumni Center at 11:30 a.m. for a Hornet rally and tailgate party. The festivities will continue on the Hornet Fan Bus ride across the causeway.

The cost is $49 per person for the tailgate party, a game ticket, round-trip transportation and refreshments on the bus, or $29 for the tailgate party and bus trip only.

Tickets are available online at www.SacStateAlumni.com
Submitted by Alumni Affairs

Conversations about general education and graduation requirements
A reception honoring all faculty teaching courses within the General Education program will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in the University Union’s Redwood Room. This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty Senate, Academic Affairs and the campus community. Faculty, staff and students are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Janet Hecsh at jhecsh@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Faculty Senate

Donate a Thanksgiving food basket
Associated Students, Inc., is collecting food baskets to distribute for Thanksgiving. Stop by the Student Life and Service Center in the University Union to sign up and receive an information packet. Baskets are due to the center by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov.21. Baskets will be decorated from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24 in the Redwood Room and will be delivered on Wednesday, Nov. 25. If you are interested in donating or wrapping baskets, email ASI at asicommunityservice@csus.edu, or call 278-4241. For more information about ASI activities, visit http://www.asi.csus.edu/ComService.asp.
Submitted by ASI

Technology workshops
Faculty and staff can sign up for free technical workshops. There are workshops for beginners as well as experienced users. In just hours, learn effective means of using technology which can make your projects more successful. For more information, or to sign-up, visit www.csus.edu/training. Upcoming classes include:

Monday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-noon, in AIRC 3008  -- "Creating Accessible Word Documents." This course will make it easier to set up a Word document which can be converted into a PDF or HTML file and still be accessible.

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-noon, in AIRC 3008 -- "Express Help: Accessible Syllabus." Bring your files to this one-on-one open session with hands-on personal help to make your syllabus accessible.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, in AIRC 3008 -- "Dreamweaver: Introduction to Editing Web Pages." This course helps people learn to use Dreamweaver to create and update web pages as well as use images and content from Word files.

Thursday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-noon in AIRC 3013 -- "Image Scanning" has tips on how to do good quality scans as well as what to look for when buying a good scanner.

Thursday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-noon, in AIRC 3008 -- "PowerPoint for All: Create Accessible Presentations." This course will cover problems and solutions with making your presentations accessible to people with various disabilities.

Friday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-noon, in AIRC 3013 -- "Express Help: Accessible PowerPoint." Bring your files to this one-on-one open session with hands-on personal help to setup a PowerPoint presentation that is accessible.
Submitted by Academic Technology & Creative Services

Gerontology Fair
The Sacramento State Gerontology Program will sponsor the third annual Gerontology Career Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Nov.13 in the University Union Redwood Room.

The fair is open to all majors, faculty staff and members of the community. Representatives from state, county and other local agencies will be in attendance offering paid, internship and volunteer positions. Anyone interested in working with or providing services to older adults is encouraged to attend. Students and community members will not only be able to find positions, but will have the opportunity to learn more about gerontology and how the study of aging can be beneficial for all academic disciplines and professions.
Submitted by the Gerontology Program

Human Resources

Holiday reminder
The day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28, is a workday for all non-academic year employees. The campus will be open for limited intra-campus business, but not to the public. It also is anticipated that the University Union and University Enterprises, Inc., will be closed that day, so no food services will be available on campus. Human Resources officials hope that, unless work is scheduled for them, employees will request the use of vacation time, accrued Compensating Time Off or their personal holidays for that Friday.

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, also is a workday for everyone except academic year employees, and the campus will be open primarily for intra-campus business. It is hoped the governor will continue the tradition of a gift of four hours of administrative leave to state workers which may be used Dec. 24 and allow the campus to close at noon.

Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, is also a workday. We anticipate limited campus services available that day.

The campus will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11, to observe Veterans Day.

TSA enrollment
The California State University system will hold a special TSA enrollment from November 3 through November 28, 2008. The open period is for current participants and employees who would like to participate in the program. During that time, employees can direct their contributions to any or all of these fund sponsors: AIG Retirement, Fidelity Investments ING, MetLife, TIAA-Cref. For information, contact the Sacramento State Human Resources office at 278-6213.

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 each fiscal year in one-hour increments. Bargaining Units 1, 8, 10 and 11 may only donate up to 16 hours per fiscal year. If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained at www.csus.edu/hr/forms.htm#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:
Jennifer O'Neal-Watts, Library
Wandarah Anderson, Division of Social Work
Carol Eberhart, Foreign Languages
Nancy Hackbart, Career Center
Carolyn Ann Hollahan,, Academic Information Resource Center
*Toni Johnson, Financial Aid
*Sherry Arrowood, Art

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee