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December 6, 2010


Campus Security Update
The University has taken several actions in response to the recent reports of sexual assaults on campus, including increased police patrols and officers available for night escorts. President Alexander Gonzalez, Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Varlotta and University Police Chief Dan Davis shared the most accurate and up-to-date information available in messages to the campus community last week. The University has also created a web page with information, including safety tips, at safety.html.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Winter social
The University Staff Assembly will hold its annual Winter Social on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 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 
Kings outing
Staff, faculty, alumni and students are invited to Arco Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 8 as the Sacramento Kings take on the Washington Wizards.

Come early for a reception with Kings emcee and Sac State alumnus Scott Freshour.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50 and there are no ticket fees or surcharges.
For more information or tickets, visit or call 278-6295.
Submitted by Alumni Relations

Take care
Ice and snow are rare in Sacramento, but are not unheard of.  With the advent of colder weather and rain, some sidewalks and parking lots on campus may have icy areas for the first few hours of some mornings, especially on the north (shaded) sides of a taller building. 

If you notice what appears to be an icy patch of sidewalk, especially if it is a shaded area, either adjust your stride to walk carefully through the slippery area, or avoid the area altogether.  If you see an area that is icy, please notify Facilities Services, 278-6242.
Submitted by Risk Management and Transportation and Parking

Retirement reception
A retirement reception will held for Annette Karle, Quality Improvement Assistant, Administration and Business Affairs, from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the University Center Restaurant, in the University Union. 

Annette is retiring after 23 years of service to the campus. Memory Book pages are available from Priscilla Llamas-McKaughan,, 278-5992. Send gift donations to Elena Compo, Sacramento Hall 267,, 278-82845.
Submitted by Administration & Business Affairs

December paychecks
Master payday falls on Friday, Dec. 31 during the Winter Break and will be released in a new location.  December paychecks will be released in person only upon written request from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 in the Campus Police Department.

Public Service staff will only have checks requested for pick-up.  If you would like to pick up your check in person, and you have not yet returned the pick-up request form, a form will be available in your November check. The form is also available on the Student Financial Services Center website at
Submitted by Student Financial Services Center

Gift of giving
The Giving Tree is sponsored by the University Union each year where the campus community can come together to give holiday gifts to children and families living with HIV/AIDS on behalf of the Sacramento-based “The Sunburst Project.”
Pick an envelope ornament off the "Giving Tree" in the lobby of the University Union, fulfill the wish described on the card and bring it back to the Administrative Offices of the Union located on the third floor before Dec. 10.
On Dec. 10 we'll all get together for the Wrapping Party - food, music and fun for everyone as we wrap all the gifts and send them off to the Sunburst Project's Holiday Party.
It is an amazing event each year where everyone gets involved and feels good about giving. Please reach out and give until it hurts for these children who don't have enough.
Submitted by the University Union

California State Employees Food Drive
This year’s food drive will be held at Sacramento State through Dec. 21. Your monetary donations go the farthest, as bulk food can be purchased at lower costsMake your check payable to: California Emergency Foodlink and mail to:  Nancy Fox, department ZIP code 6076. Food collection boxes will soon be appearing in most department offices on campus.

More information will soon be forthcoming regarding the food drive. Watch for mass emails and check the University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) web site at  If you have questions, contact Nancy Fox, Food Drive coordinator for Sacramento State at or 278-5241.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS)

Art display
Exploring the interface between visual and verbal expression, Design Professor Nigel Poor and English Professor Doug Rice will display their works through Dec. 9 in the Else Gallery in Kadema Hall. Gallery hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday.
Submitted by the Art Department

Classical, pops, holiday songs
On Dec. 13, 7 p.m., there will be a free concert featuring Sacramento State String Project students and teachers. It will include 75 children aged 7-17, playing violin, viola, cello and bass conducted by student teachers. Music Recital Hall - Capistrano Hall.
New registrations for next semester are possible for children already playing a stringed instrument. Check the website for more details, Or call 278-6558.
Submitted by the Department of Music

Weight Watchers
Does your New Year’s Resolution include losing weight?  If so, consider joining Weight Watchers.

A brand new Weight Watchers at Work Program is coming to the Sac State campus.  UEI is the host for weekly meetings that will be held each Monday, from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Monday, Jan 10. Contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or email her at for more information.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc. 

Training dates
On Dec.7, 8 a.m. to noon is the Building Coordinator, Safety team (floor marshals) training session. It includes building evacuation procedures, “active shooter” responses, “shelter in place" procedures and "assisting those with special needs during an evacuation". This is for all staff and faculty involved in the campus Building Coordinator/Safety team program at Sac State. It is not required but highly recommended.
The class can be registered for at the Sac State and is limited to 186 per class. Questions: 278-2397.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

News and campus videos

Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page
Current stories include Sac State’s student investors, and rock auction.
Submitted by Office of Public Affairs 

Security Quick Tip:

Do you know how to request computer access for a new employee? The request form to add or change access for faculty or staff can be found under the security website. This web site offers displays FAQs on the different account types, and has information on how to request the proper access.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Digital messages
If you have an academic event or performance that you want to publicize you are invited to submit your message to:
Submitted by Office of Public Affairs

Spring  event
Applications and information for 2011 Manzanar Pilgrimage now available on Ethnic Studies web site. Open to all faculty and students. Funds for the three day (April 30-May 1) educational experience is provided by California Civil Liberties Public Education Program. Please encourage your students to apply as well. More information is available by contacting Wayne Maeda,
Submitted by Ethnic Studies

Human Resources

Joint CSU/CFA Statement on FERP

During the Nov. 19, collective bargaining session between CFA and the CSU Chancellor’s Office, the two sides agreed to the following joint statement on the future of the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP):

“The CFA and CSU Administration have not reached agreement on all details of the FERP program for the successor contract, but there is agreement between the parties that the program will continue and that the current 5-year eligibility will remain.

“Therefore, eligible faculty members may now apply for entry into the program in 2011. If, as a result of subsequent bargaining, the program changes in ways unacceptable to you, you can decline to retire and decline to enter FERP at that time. (This can be accomplished by withdrawing your PERS retirement request subject to PERS regulations).”

Semester holidays reminder
Since Christmas falls on a Saturday, the holiday observance is shifted to Friday, Dec. 24. Thursday, Dec. 23, is a work day, and the campus will be open that day for primarily intra-campus business. Our hope is that the governor will continue the tradition of an annual gift of four (4) hours of administrative leave to state workers which should be used on Dec. 23.  This gift will allow us to close 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.

Staff vacancies

This office will post the last staff employment vacancies for this calendar year on Wednesday, Dec 8. This will allow for a minimum two week posting period and a closing date of Dec. 22, which is just prior to the winter break.  We will resume posting staff employment vacancies in January.

Questions? Office of Human Resources, Employment at 278-6326.

Part-Time Faculty Vacancies for Spring, 2011.

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, 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 Del Norte Hall, Suite 3001 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
William Phelps, Division of Social Work
Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department
Mary Ann Alvarez, Division of Nursing
Marianna Rivera, MESA Engineering Program
Kevin Ptak, Art Department
Jenny Leung, Education, Independent Doctorate


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