Campus Announcements

Contracting workshop
Research Administration and Contract Administration will hold a workshop on providing expertise to government agencies and other organizations through contracts from 1-3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, in Library 11.

The workshop is for individuals who would like to:

Discover which funding agencies commonly award contracts
Learn how a contract is different from a grant
Hear from faculty who have received state contracts
Review sample statements of work and budgets
Learn about current State of California research and project priority areas and
find out how the Research Administration office can serve as a liaison between factulty and the government agencies and private sector organizations that seek faculty expertise.

To RSVP for the workshop, contact Jan Burnaugh at 278-6402, or at research@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Research Administration and Contract Administration

Anthropology Museum
The Anthropology Museum will host a roundtable discussion entitled, "Careers in Primatology" as the closing event for its Order of Primates fall exhibit from 1-3 p.m., Dec. 5, in Mendocino Hall 2009. Roundtable participants include Kristina Casper-Denman, a primatologist, at American River College; Sree Kanthaswamy, a primate geneticist at UC Davis; Dave Denman, a lecturer in Sacramento State’s Philosophy Department and Holly Lamb, from the University’s Anthropology Department.
Submitted by the Anthropology Department

Winter social
The University Staff Assembly will hold its annual winter social 2 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, in the University Union Ballroom I. Take a few minutes out of the busy end-of-semester schedule to come by for an afternoon treat and some time to visit with old friends or meet new ones. Donations for the holiday food drive will be accepted at this event.

The social is made possible through the support of the University Union, Java City and the volunteer efforts of college and  division representatives. 
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

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 www.oir.csus.edu. Click on “Data Center,” then “University Fact Book.”
Submitted by Institutional Research

Cooper Lecture
Sharon Brandford, administrative law judge for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, will be the guest speaker at the annual Anna J. Cooper Lecture at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, in the University Union’s Foothill Suite. The lecture is sponsored by the Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program. Brandford is also a professor of administrative law, alternative dispute resolution and professional responsibility at the Monterey College of Law.
For more information, call 278-5363.
Submitted by Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program

Grading period
Faculty grading begins Dec. 15 and concludes at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 5. The Registrar’s Office and Administrative Computing Services will hold faculty grading sessions Dec. 9-11. Each 60-minute class will cover how to enter grades, the save and approval process and the grade posting process. To attend, RSVP to cms@csus.edu. Sessions are:

Dec. 9,   1 p.m.–2 p.m., in ARC 3013
Dec. 9,   2 p.m.–3 p.m., in ARC 3013
Dec. 10, 9 a.m.–10 a.m., in ARC 3013
Dec. 10, 10 a.m.–11 a.m., in ARC 3013
Dec. 11, 9 a.m.–10 a.m., in ARC 3013
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.–11 a.m., in ARC 3013 

Faculty unable to attend one of the above sessions may visit the Faculty Staff Resource Center in ARC 3012 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Dec. 15-19, Dec. 22-23, Jan. 2 and Jan. 5 for University Help Desk Staff assistance. For questions, contact the University Help Desk at 278-7337.
Submitted by the Registrar’s Office

Class size discussion
The Curriculum Policies Committee will hold a discussion on the topics of class size and curriculum noon-2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4 in the University Union’s Redwood Room. The discussion is open to the campus community and participants are welcome to bring a lunch.
Submitted by the Faculty Senate

Student video
Students from the College of Business Administration have developed a short YouTube video on recycling as part of a competition for Global Entrepreneurship sponsored by Stanford University. The video, which emphasizes the value of recycling water bottles, features twin brothers Donte and Dominic Morris as the good versus evil subconscious of student Aylin Davutoglu.

To view the video, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adQBKv-SBjw. A prize will be awarded to the team with the most viewed video.
Submitted by the College of Business Administration

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 www.oir.csus.edu. Click on “Data Center” then “University Dashboard.” E-mail comments or questions to oir@csus.edu for your comments and questions.
Submitted by Institutional Research

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 www.csus.edu/utaps.

In addition to the Hornet Express Shuttle, riders should consider Sacramento Regional Transit routes 26, 82 and 87. For those schedules and routes, visit www.sacrt.com.  Call 278-7275 if you have questions.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Scholarships
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 http://www.csus.edu/sernacenter/scholarships/.
Submitted by the Serna Center

Holiday food drive
Sacramento State’s holiday food drive runs 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 e-mails and check the University Transportation and Parking Services web site at www.csus.edu/utaps. If you have questions, contact Nancy Fox, holiday food drive coordinator, at foxna@csus.edu, 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 shiltsm@csus.edu.
Submitted by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Resources

Holiday reminder
Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 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. Limited campus services will be available that day.

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 www.csus.edu/hr/forms.htm#Disability, 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
Carol Eberhart, Foreign Languages
Nancy Hackbart, Career Center
Carolyn Ann Hollahan, Academic Information Resource Center
Michael Wilson, Economics
*Sherry Arrowood, Art
*Toni Johnson, Financial Aid

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee