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November 16, 2009

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DUI warning
The Sacramento State Police Department, California State Alcoholic Beverage Control and other Sacramento area law enforcement agencies will be implementing maximum DUI and public intoxication enforcement at the Causeway Classic football game Saturday, Nov. 21. A tailgating party begins at noon at the Alumni Center and the game begins at 2:05 p.m. at Hornet Stadium. 

To help prevent alcohol-related incidents, law enforcement agencies will be patrolling the areas throughout the Sacramento State campus and immediately surrounding it.

Law enforcement officials recommend taking precautions by designating a sober driver in advance or taking a taxi to and from the game. They also encourage people to report drunk drivers by calling 911.

Hornet football tailgating policies.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Student Fee Committee

The Student Fee Advisory Committee is accepting 2009/2010 Category II and Category III Fee Proposals. 

Category II fees are mandatory fees charged to all students as part of their registration fees. The deadline for Category II fee proposals is Tuesday, Nov. 24. Category III fees are materials, services and course fees charged to student for academic programs. The deadline for submission of Category III fees is Monday, Feb. 1.

Visit for information and proposal forms.
Submitted by the Student Financial Services Center

Associate dean candidates
The campus community is invited to meet the candidates for the associate dean in the College of Education.

Edmund Lee, Sacramento State
2-3:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16
Orchid Suite III, University Union

Kathy Norman, CSU San Marcos
10-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, Library 3023

Deidre Sessoms, Sacramento State
9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19
Foothill Suite, University Union

Steven Lee, CSU Stanislaus
10:30-noon, Friday, Nov. 20
Foothill Suite, University Union
Submitted by the College of Education

State Hornet awards
The State Hornet won two national awards from Associated Collegiate Press at the organization's conference in Austin, Texas, Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

For the second year in a row, the Hornet won an Online Pacemaker, recognizing it as a national leader in college newspaper websites. Sites were judged in February and March, and the Hornet was judged against other non-daily newspapers at four-year universities.

The Hornet also won a "Best of Show" award, picking up first place for multimedia coverage in an on-site competition entered by newspapers participating in the conference. The Hornet won for its coverage of the incident at the American River Courtyard on Oct. 21. Coverage included video and audio interviews, photos, stories and an interactive timeline.
Submitted by the State Hornet

English language assistants
The Chitralada Palace School in Bangkok, Thailand, and the IDEAL English Academy program at the Sacred Heart Convent School in Bangkok have invited Sacramento State students to work as English language assistants in their programs. Both programs provide a monthly salary, accommodations, and round-trip airfare.

Competition for these assignments is currently underway. There will be an informational meeting at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in Shasta Hall, Room 264.

Interested students should contact Thomas Knutson, professor of Communication Studies, at 278-6941 or at
Submitted by Communication Studies

Identify and request course texts on time to ensure equal access
The conversion and processing of textbooks and course-readers to accessible alternative formats by the Services to Students with Disabilities’ High Tech Center is time intensive and can take several weeks or more. Faculty can assist by identifying and submitting requests to the Hornet Bookstore and/or ordering through other means for printed course materials (e.g. textbooks and course packs) by Friday, Nov. 20 to allow sufficient time for conversion of materials in time for the spring 2010 semester. 
A 3-minute “Timely Textbook Adoption” video featuring Sacramento State students with disabilities describing alternative ways they “read” books can be viewed at:

The video and web page highlight the importance of ordering textbooks and course readers at least eight weeks prior to the semester to allow sufficient time for conversion to accessible formats if needed.    
Submitted by Services to Students with Disabilities and Accessible Technology Initiative


MLK Prayer Breakfast
The Sacramento State Black Alumni Chapter will host the 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, in the University Union Ballroom. 

The event, “Living the Dream and Having All things in Common,” 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

STEM lecture

The next presentation in the Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Public Lecture Series is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the University Union Redwood Room. The title of the talk is "The Future of Fighting Disease" presented by Dr. Diane Krause, a professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and the associate director for the Yale Stem Cell Program.
The lecture is free and open to the campus community.
Submitted by the Center for STEM Excellence

Information Resources and Technology
For news and information about technology on campus, visit IT News at To locate resources for help with technology, call 278-7337 or visit
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Human Resources

Pre-retirement workshop
The Office of Human Resources Benefits Office will offer a pre-retirement planning workshop for faculty, staff and MPPs 9-11 a.m., Nov. 19, in the University Union Forest Suite.
The Benefits Office can schedule one-on-one employee meetings, however, people should consider attending these workshops before scheduling appointments. Visit to register for workshops online.

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 automatically forfeited. 

To view a vacation balance, visit, log onto My Sac State using your username and password, and click on current leave balance under Payroll & Compensation.  The page will display current vacation balance and alert you if it is approaching the maximum.  The “Leave Accrual Information” link provides information on accrual rates and maximum carry-over hours.  People who do not have access to a computer may request a print-out from the timekeeper for their department. 

Exceptions to the carry-over policy must be approved by David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, prior to the end of this 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. For staff, if approved, the recommendation must include a plan for using accrued vacation before Dec. 31, 2010.  Title V requires that managers use any carried forward vacation by the end of March, 2010. In addition to use of accrued vacation, plans must address the usual accumulation of vacation leave time during the year to avoid this situation in the future.  The recommendation must be forwarded by the program center manager to Wagner by Dec. 9, 2009, 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 40 hours of sick or vacation leave credits in one-hour increments each fiscal year. Bargaining Units 1, 8, 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, or visit the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Sacramento Hall 162 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:

Ruth Schroeder, Human Resources
Steven Borden, Facilities
Maharisha Belton, Office of University Registrar
Lizza Roy, College of Business Administration
Kristen Abundis College of Education
Patricia Vercruyssen Department of Accounting Services
Irma Salas, Division on Social Work
Mark Riley, Foreign Language Department



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