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November 23, 2009

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Thanksgiving week schedule
All campus offices and services will be closed for the campus-wide furlough day Friday, Nov. 27, except Public Safety and, on a limited basis, Facilities Services. Members of Unit 6 (trades and crafts) will be working that day.
Submitted by Human Resources

Service grant
Sacramento State’s Community Engagement Center has received a $45,000 California Call to Service Initiative Grant for the 2009 academic year.  

The Community Engagement Center promotes a spectrum of community engagement programs and activities for faculty, students, and staff. The grant, issued annually, supports the Center by providing resources for programs such as Alternative Break, the One Book Program, Writing Partners, Constitution Week, and Faculty Fellows

For information on the Center, visit
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Greek award
The Pan-Hellenic Council at Sacramento State received the Hornets in the Community Award presented by Student Activities, Hornet Athletics and Wells Fargo Bank this month.

The award recognizes student organizations for the service they provide in the Sacramento State community. In October, the Council volunteered nearly 140 hours to the Charity Denim organization to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.  The event raised more than $750 for ovarian cancer research. 

A check for $1,000 in the Council’s name was presented to the Alliance at the Sacramento State women’s basketball game against UNLV Nov. 19.
Submitted by Student Activities

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


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


The University Library will hold a farewell reception for Lillie Jones, who has worked on campus for 35 years, 1-3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 in the Library, Conference Room 5006. RSVP to Patricia Expose via e-mail at or 278-5679. To contribute toward a gift, contact Expose by noon Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Judy Evey, a grant administration specialist, with University Enterprises, Inc. was honored Thursday, Nov. 19. She will retire Wednesday, Nov. 25, after 38 years of service with the foundation.
Submitted by the Library and Research Administration

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

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
Irma Salas, Division on Social Work
Mark Riley, Foreign Language Department



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