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Nov. 28, 2011


President Gonzalez continues updates
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez will post updates on campus developments throughout the semester on his web page:
Submitted by the Office of the President

General Education Recognition Event
The fourth annual General Education Recognition Event will be held from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in Library 11. We once again will present our GEmmy Awards to faculty, students and staff who have made major contributions to the General Education Program.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Microbes are lecture topic
“Microbes Everywhere: Hitchhikers, Friends and Foes” is the topic of a lecture by biology Professor Enid Gonzalez at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Library Gallery. Gonzalez, director of the Science Educational Equity (SEE) program in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, focuses her research on plant-bacterial interactions and microbial ecology. The free lecture is sponsored by Sac State’s Friends of the Library and the Sacramento State Retirees Association.
Submitted by Friends of the Library

String Project concert
Seventy-five children ages 5-15 will play violin, viola, cello and string bass during the String Project concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in the Capistrano Recital Concert Hall under the direction of Sacramento State music majors. Our String Project is part of a coalition of training centers called the National String Project Consortium, the mission of which is to provide children from the community an opportunity to learn to play stringed instruments while giving undergraduate and graduate music students hands-on, supervised experience in teaching and leadership as they pursue their degrees.

This free concert will be an enjoyable 60 minutes of folk tunes and orchestra pieces for children and adults alike.
Submitted by the Department of Music

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 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in University Union Ballroom III.
Submitted by the Office of University Advancement

Faculty, staff poets and musicians sought
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. Of special interest are those who write poetry, sing or play a musical instrument. For more information or to get a submission form, contact 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

Sac Pack Drive
The Community Engagement Center is hosting its second semiannual Sac Pack Drive from Dec. 5-16. Please encourage students of all ages to donate new or gently used school and art supplies to benefit youths in need.

Visit for our donation wish list or more information. Donations may be dropped off at the Community Engagement Center, University Library Room 4028, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Coats for Kids
To aid those in our community who are struggling to provide even the simplest of items for their families, the United Sorority and Fraternity Council, Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority Inc., invites the Sacramento State community to participate in the campuswide Coats for Kids Drive sponsored by News10. As a student organization, we are attempting to bring the campus together and collect at least 300 coats to donate to members of the Sacramento community.

Collections will be taken from Wednesday, Nov. 30, to Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the University Union (behind the main staircase). Please bring new or gently used coats of any size.
Submitted by the United Sorority and Fraternity Council, Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority Inc.

California State Employees Food Drive
This year’s California State Employees Food Drive is being held at Sacramento State through Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The holidays are such a special time of the year, when family and friends share warm and happy times. However, continued high unemployment and a 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.

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 If you have questions, contact Nancy Fox, food drive coordinator for Sacramento State, at 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

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 to find out how we can make a difference in our community.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Winter Social
The University Staff Assembly will hold its annual Winter Social from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the University Union Ballroom. Take a few minutes out of the busy end-of-semester schedule to come by for an afternoon treat and visit with old friends or meet new ones. Donations for the holiday food drive will be accepted at this event.

Visit our event page at
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

Honors program
The General Education Honors Program and Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars, invite the campus and community to join us from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the University Union Orchard Suite to discuss and reflect on international exchanges and community engagement. Faculty, students and international students will be presenting.

Contact Vanessa Arnaud at for full program and/or questions.
Submitted by the General Education Honors Program

Student fee forms
The Student Fee Advisory Committee is now accepting 2011-12 Category III fee proposal forms. Executive Order 1054, governing fees, and the fee proposal form can be found at

The Category III (materials, service and course fee) deadline is Friday, Feb. 10.

Send questions regarding the fee process to Julie Carroll at or call 278-7401.
Submitted by the Student Fee Advisory Committee

Updated Faculty Teaching Assignment Report
The updated Faculty Teaching Assignment Report is available on the Office of Institutional Research website. This report is based on the Academic Planning Data Base submitted to and approved by the Chancellor’s Office on the census date of Fall 2011. It displays detailed information regarding faculty teaching load, such as courses and sections, student course credits, section enrollment, student FTE and weighted teaching units (WTU) by individual faculty member and department.

To view the report, go to Click on “Data Center,” then “Faculty: Special Reports.” Please contact the Office of Institutional Research at 278-6566 if you have any questions.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

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,, makes for interesting reading.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

New University Fact Book available online
The 2011 University Fact Book is now available from the Office of Institutional Research. The Fact Book features student profiles as well as faculty and staff profiles. It also highlights statistics for admission, class size, degrees awarded, retention, progression, graduation and alumni. Many sections are broken down by college. All data were collected on census date and include a five-year range.

The book is available at Click on “Data Center,” then on “University Fact Book.” You can choose to view the entire book, or select only the section you are interested in viewing.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

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:

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 deadline for Spring 2012.

  • 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

For more information:
Submitted by the Department of Services to Students with Disabilities

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

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 and Advocacy: And send your ideas for campus coverage to

Another option for publicizing an academic event or performance is the University’s digital sign network on campus. Submit your message to or
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

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 and Advocacy, 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 To follow Sac State’s Twitter updates, go to!/sacstate.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Security tip: How is malware spread? 
Criminals continually come up with new and innovative ways to get malware onto your computer. Here are some of the more common ways in which malware is spread.

  • Email: Malware is often present in email attachments, or can be automatically downloaded and installed on your computer when you click on links within emails.
  • Websites: Malware can be inadvertently downloaded from websites or automatically downloaded when visiting some websites.
  • Pop-ups: A fairly new tactic to spread malware is through the use of cleverly disguised pop-up ads that appear as legitimate-looking Windows alerts or messages.
  • Social networking sites: Malware is increasingly spread through social networking sites by installing dubious third party add-on applications or by clicking on web links in messages. There is a false sense of security when using these sites, so you must remain vigilant at all times.

Next week, we will cover how to prevent malware from infecting your computer.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

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 Saturday, Dec. 31, or be automatically forfeited. It is each employee’s responsibility to monitor his or her accumulated vacation time.

To view your vacation balance, go to, log onto My Sac State using your username and password, and click on “Current Leave Balance” under “Payroll & Compensation.” The page will display the 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. Those who do not have access to a computer may request a printout from their department timekeeper.

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 limited grounds for such requests may be found in the “Vacation” article of your Collective Bargaining Agreement or in Title V, Section 42909. The request must include the reasons for the exception and must 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, 2012. For managers, Title V requires that any carried-forward vacation must be used by the end of March 2012. 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 Friday, Dec. 2, for approval. For more information, contact Human Resources at 278-6078.

Semester holiday reminders
It is never too early to plan ahead for the December holidays. Friday, Dec. 23, is a workday for all except academic year employees, and the campus will be open that day primarily for intracampus business. Our hope is that the governor will continue the tradition of an annual gift of four hours of administrative leave to state workers, which should be used Dec. 23. If granted, this gift will allow us to close the campus at noon. Once again, subject to the operating needs of each of your individual units, you are encouraged to use vacation or CTO that day.

Therefore, the holiday campus closure is as follows:

  • Friday, Dec. 23: Anticipated annual gift from the governor of four hours of administrative leave.
  • Monday, Dec. 26: Campus closed in observance of Christmas Day (Sunday, Dec. 25).
  • Tuesday, Dec. 27: Campus closed in observance of Admission Day.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 28: Campus closed in observance of Columbus Day.
  • Thursday, Dec. 29: Campus closed in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday.
  • Friday, Dec. 30: Campus closed in observance of Washington’s Birthday.
  • Monday, Jan. 2: Campus closed in observance of New Year’s Day (Sunday, Jan. 1).

The campus will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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, by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3002, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Donna Danzeris from the College of Continuing Education
David Prato from Housing & Residential Life – Grounds Department



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