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December 7, 2009

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Send it Forward Project
The Sacramento State community can share this year’s One Book selection with Mira Loma High School by donating used copies of When the Emperor Was Divine to the Send it Forward Project, sponsored by the Community Engagement Center.

When the Emperor Was Divine has been selected by the high school as a campus-wide common book this year. To donate, drop a copy of the book off at the English Department Office, Calaveras Hall 104; or the Community Engagement Center, Library 4028. Additional information on the Send It Forward project can be found at
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Energy saving
The Sacramento State campus will be closed Monday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 3 because of the holidays and the furlough schedule. Heat will not be available to most buildings on campus during that time.

Unless otherwise scheduled, heating systems will be turned off to most University buildings starting at the end of day Friday, Dec. 18. Events on Saturday, Dec. 19, and Sunday, Dec. 20, must be scheduled through Space Management, or heat will not be available. Heat will be restored Monday, Jan. 4.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs

Winter string concert

The Sacramento State String Project will hold a concert recital featuring 85 children ages 8-16 playing violin, viola and cello, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, in Capistrano Hall. The recital, conducted by Sacramento State Music Teachers in training, is free and open to the public.
Submitted by the Music Department

Parking facility changes
In an on-going effort to reduce costs, the University will begin closing several parking facilities when classes are not in session and there are few students on campus. These lots and structures are designated for student parking, and the University will be able to generate savings on utilities as a result of these closures. 

The following structures and lots will be closed for parking beginning Dec. 19 and will re-open Jan. 19: Parking Structure II, Parking Structure III, Parking Structure IV (at Folsom Hall), Lot 10, and Lot 11.  Parking Structure I will remain open. The closures are planned to take place during all the off peak times of the year including winter, spring and summer recess. For more information, contact University Transportation and Parking Services at 278-7275.
Submitted by Business and Administrative Services

Academic Programs and Global Engagement
Donald Taylor, professor of Communication Studies and director of Academic Planning and Quality, has been named director of Academic Affairs’ Academic Programs and Global Engagement. Taylor’s new responsibilities include being the University’s accreditation liaison officer to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. As such, he coordinates all University accreditation matters with WASC and helps the campus interpret accrediting standards, policies and procedures to satisfy WASC accreditation requirements.

He will also continue to have responsibility in the areas of assessment, program reviews and academic policy implementation. In addition to these duties, Taylor will serve as the campus liaison for faculty and curricular activities related to global engagement including the International Research Scholars Program, the Fulbright application process and review of partnership proposals on behalf of the provost for faculty teaching/research affiliations with universities abroad.
Academic Programs and Global Engagement

Student award
A Trip/Parking Generation data collection proposal by the Sacramento State student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers was one of only five selected to receive a $1,000 grant from the ITE. There were 23 schools in the running.
Submitted by the College of Engineering and Computer Science

A retirement party for Chemistry Department secretary Evelyn Bradley-Owens is 2:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Sequoia Hall’s fifth floor lobby. Bradley-Owens has worked at Sacramento State for 38 years. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Michelle Williams at 278-6684 or by Monday, Dec. 14.To make a donation to a gift, contact Michelle Watterson or Barbara Coulombe at 278-6372 or visit Sequoia 429.
Submitted by the Chemistry Department

Food drive continues
University Transportation and Parking Services is still collecting items for Sacramento State’s annual holiday food drive. The drive continues through Jan. 14.

Donation boxes have been set up in offices, information booths and common areas on campus. Monetary donations will also be accepted to help purchase bulk food items. Checks should be made payable to the State Employee Food Drive and sent to Nancy Fox, food drive coordinator, at department zip 6076.

For more information on the drive, visit the University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) web site at, or contact Fox at or 278-5241.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

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

Thailand teaching opportunity
Chitralada Palace School in Bangkok, Thailand, has again invited Sacramento State students to serve as English language assistants. The deadline to apply for positions at the Chitralada Palace School is Friday, Dec. 11.

Additionally, The IDEAL English Academy is inviting Sacramento State students to participate as English teachers in their program at the Sacred Heart Convent School in Bangkok.

Both programs provide a monthly salary, accommodations and round-trip airfare.

Competition for these assignments is currently underway. Application materials are available from the English Department office, the Communication Studies office and Professor Tom Knutson, Room 5031 in Mendocino Hall.

Interested parties should contact Knutson at or 278-6941.
Submitted by Communication Studies

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


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. Dates are:

Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Feb. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The workshops will all be held in Mendocino Hall Room 2007.
Submitted by the Financial Aid Office

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

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 of Social Work
Mark Riley, Foreign Language Department



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