November 17, 2008
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

The Serna Center is now accepting applications for its scholarship programs.

The Bustos Family Leadership Through Service Scholarship gives $1,000 to three students who have internships at social service agencies in the greater Sacramento area.

The Crowley Children's Fund scholarship gives $1,000 to four students who have internships at social service agencies that serve at-risk youth in the greater Sacramento area.

The deadline for both of these scholarships is Friday, Dec. 5. More information is available on the scholarship page of the Serna Center website at
Submitted by the Serna Center

The University Fact Book is here
The 2008 University Fact Book is available from the Office of Institutional Research. The fact book highlights student profiles, as well as faculty and staff profiles. It also highlights statistics for admission, class size, degrees awarded, retention, graduation, and alumni.  Many sections are broken down by college. 

The book is available online at Click on “Data Center,” then “University Fact Book.”
Submitted by Institutional Research

A new data dashboard
The Office of Institutional Research has created a new data dashboard beginning with fall 2008. It shows eight main indicators of University effectiveness at a glance, such as enrollment, retention and graduation rate, admission, student FTE by college and diversity. It will be updated each fall semester after Census Date.

The dashboard is available online at Click on “Data Center” then “University Dashboard.” E-mail comments or questions to
Submitted by Institutional Research

Book signing
Sociology professor Tom Kando will sign copies of his book, A Tale of Survival: From War Ravaged Europe to the Promise of America, noon-2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Hornet Bookstore.
Submitted by the Sociology Department

Bus route changes
UTAPS will modify the routes and schedules for the Hornet Express Shuttles beginning Jan. 26, the first day of the spring 2009 semester. New routes and schedules should be posted on the Hornet Shuttle web page by the end of December. When available, information will be posted to the Commuter Alerts section at

In addition to the Hornet Express Shuttle, riders should consider Sacramento Regional Transit routes 26, 82 and 87. For those schedules and routes, visit  Call UTAPS at 278-7275 for more information.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Holiday food drive
Sacramento State’s holiday food drive is Nov. 17 through Jan. 9. Donations will be used to help families in the Sacramento region. Food collection boxes will be placed in many department offices on campus soon.

Monetary donations go the farthest since bulk food can be purchased at lower costs. Make your check payable to the State Employee Food Drive, and mail to Nancy Fox, department zip code 6076.

For more information on the food drive, watch for mass e-mails and check the University Transportation and Parking Services web site at If you have questions, contact Nancy Fox, holiday food drive coordinator, at, or call  278-5241.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Blanket drive
The Friends of Meals on Wheels will hold its second Seniors Blanket Drive. Send new blankets and other warm items such as gloves, mittens, scarves and slippers to Mical Shilts in Mariposa Hall, 3033 or place in the marked box in front of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department office in Mariposa 3000 by Dec. 5. For information contact Shilts at
Submitted by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

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, 278-7321; 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 for more information.  The sale ends Dec. 12.
Submitted by the University Staff Association

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, e-mail ASI at, or call 278-4241. For more information about ASI activities, visit
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 Upcoming classes include:

Monday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, in AIRC 3008 -- “Adobe Acrobat: Creating Accessible PDFs" focuses on how to make sure PDFs are accessible for users with disabilities.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.–noon, in AIRC 3013 -- "Express Help: Accessible Adobe PDF" is a one-on-one open session with hands-on personal help to convert digital document and files to an accessible PDF.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10-noon, in AIRC 3013 --"Toolbook: Creating Interactive Quizzes - Part 2" achieves even greater interactivity and customization, which can create quizzes that pass student scores to the SacCT grade book.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1–3 p.m., in AIRC 3008 --"Cascading Style Sheets" will allow users to get precise control and consistency with the way their web pages look (such as fonts, colors and layout).

Thursday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.- noon, in AIRC 3013 -- "Images for the Web" covers how to optimize and adjust images for viewing on the web and ways to use them in Dreamweaver.

Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-noon, in AIRC 3008 -- "Faculty Web Site" focuses on helping faculty understand the process of creating and updating their homepage using templates and Dreamweaver.

Friday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-noon in AIRC 3008 -- "Videos: iMovie Essentials (Mac users)" add video clips to your course materials with hands-on demonstration of video editing, adding titles and publishing videos to the web.

Monday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-noon, in AIRC 3008 -- "Web Accessibility: Advanced Best Practices for Web Developers/Designers Part 2" shows how accessibility can be achieved with tableless layouts, complex forms, and image replacement.
Submitted by Academic Technology and Creative Services

Thanksgiving buffet
The University Center Restaurant will host a Thanksgiving buffet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18 through Friday Nov. 21. Enjoy a pleasant dining experience complete with autumn decor and a warm seasonal atmosphere. The chef has prepared an elegant custom menu for the holiday including roasted garlic and rosemary turkey with cranberries, baked maple fennel ham, pecan cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes with turkey gravy and more. To see the complete menu, visit Reservations are suggested for groups of five or more. Call 278-6100 for reservations.
Submitted by the University Union

Employee of the month
Nominations are being accepted for the employee of the month. Names of the recipients will be announced in December as the employee of the month. Details regarding eligibility, criteria, and nomination procedures are available at
Submitted by the Office of the President

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.

TSA enrollment
The California State University system will hold a special TSA enrollment from Nov. 3 through Nov. 28. 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, 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:
Fred Angell, Mail Services
Serena Johnson, College of Business Administration
Mary Ann Alvarez, Nursing
Wandarah Anderson, Division of Social Work
Carol Eberhart, Foreign Languages
Nancy Hackbart, Career Center
Carolyn Ann Hollahan, Academic Information Resource Center
Michael Wilson, Economics
*Sherry Arrowood, Art Department
*Toni Johnson, Financial Aid

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee


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