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November 30, 2009

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Master payday
Master payday falls on Thursday, Dec. 31, during the winter break. December paychecks will be released in person only upon written request. To pick up your check in person, fill out the check pick-up request form available at
Checks will be available 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, in Lassen Hall, Room 1001.

People participating in the direct deposit system will have their funds deposited to their bank. Direct deposits are scheduled to post on the business day after pay day (Jan. 4); however, the practice varies by financial institution. Check with your financial institution if you have questions about when your account will be credited. 
Submitted by Human Resources

OneCard gifts
Faculty, staff and students can give a gift to their co-workers this holiday season by putting money on their OneCard. The OneCard can be used for massages at Mellow Me Out, warm soup at Saigon Bay, hot beverages at Java City, Sac State sweatshirts at the Hornet Bookstore and much more. Stop by the OneCard Center to make a gift deposit and receive a gift certificate you can give to the recipient. For information call the OneCard Center at 278-7878 or visit
Submitted by the OneCard Center


Financial aid workshops
Sacramento State’s Financial Aid Office will hold four free workshops in February to help students and their parents complete the 2010/2011 FAFSA application accurately and within the priority filing deadline. Workship dates are:

Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Feb. 24, 5-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Submitted by the Financial Aid Office

Human subject workshop
Research Administration is offering a workshop for undergraduate and graduate students on the Fundamentals of Human Subjects Research 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Hornet Bookstore Building Boardroom (Suite 3010).

The workshop will review campus, state and federal policies that affect the conduct of research involving human subjects, discuss the ethical principles of the Belmont Report, identify vulnerable populations and clarify elements needed when preparing a consent form. Students conducting or considering research that would involve human subjects are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, visit
Submitted by Research Administration and Contract Administration

After 29 years of service, former Sacramento State Police Chief Kenneth Barnett is retiring from Public Safety. His retirement celebration is 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the Alumni Center. Contributions towards a gift can be sent to Suzanne Bracamonte at Public Safety, 6092, or contact her at 278-7321 by Nov. 30.

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.
Submitted by Public Safety and the Library

Ceramics sale
The Ceramics Guild will hold its annual sale Dec. 1-3 in the Kadema Hall breezeway. Pieces by Sacramento State students and faculty will be on display. The Art Chapter of the Alumni Association will sponsor a fund-raising sale of art books and magazines on the same days.
Submitted by the Art Department

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

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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