Campus Announcements

Employee of the Month
The Employees of the Month are Emily Chu, accounting manager, University Enterprises, Inc., and Ruth Schroeder, benefits analyst, Human Resources.

Chu’s nominator mentioned she did an excellent job in dealing with external auditors while meeting a very short deadline. Chu's colleague indicated that she provided all the information requested by the auditors and answered all questions accurately and in a very professional manner, while continuing to complete the normal day-to-day duties.

Schroeder’s colleague indicated, “It's the extra mile, the additional concern, the supportive and compassionate way she talks to individuals, and the dedication to service that makes the difference.”  Her nominator also mentioned, “She is the epitome of customer service and a welcoming environment.”

All nominations are kept as part of the continuing pool of nominees until June, and all nominees are eligible for the award until then. 

For details regarding eligibility, criteria and nomination procedures visit http://www.csus.edu/president/staffrec/index.stm
Submitted by the Office of the President

Memorial
A memorial gathering for Richard Nadeau, former California Faculty Association representative for CSU campuses and husband of Sacramento State professor Diana Tumminia, will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, in front of Capistrano Hall under the redwood trees. In case of inclement weather, the commemoration will be held in the University Union. Memorial donations can be made in Nadeau's name at Trees for Life.
Submitted by the Sociology Department


Going to D.C.?
The Public Affairs office is preparing an article on the presidential inauguration and is interested in finding out if any members of the Sacramento State community plan to attend. If you are a faculty, staff or student planning to attend the inauguration, please contact Lana Tsiberman at 278-6156, or e-mail her at cpa-05@csus.edu by Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Submitted by Public Affairs 

University Foundation Training Sessions in January
The University Foundation is offering four training/review sessions in January for faculty and staff. The sessions will include the establishment and maintenance of accounts, purchasing policy and procedures and online financial reporting (CDD.net). The training and review sessions are open to all; however, review sessions are designed for those who attended a training workshop in previous years and a certain amount of knowledge will be assumed. Please RSVP to Ann Carlson at 278-6025 or at annc@csus.edu.

Sessions are:
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon (introductory training session) and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (review session)

Friday, Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon (review session) and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (introductory training session)

Sessions will be held in the University Enterprises, Inc., Board Room in the Bookstore Building, 3rd floor.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Faculty mentoring program
The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty to participate in the Faculty Mentoring Faculty program. This program offers a variety of mentoring support for individuals at all points in their careers and provides an excellent opportunity for them to get individualized help with any teaching questions.

Some of the support offered includes observation of courses, syllabus preparation, lesson planning, strategies for assessing students, strategies for pacing courses and strategies for presenting course material. 

For more information, visit the Faculty Mentoring Faculty website at www.ctl.csus.edu/fmfdirectory.htm.
Submitted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

December Holiday Concert
Sacramento State’s Wind Studies Groups will perform a holiday concert 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10 in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall. Robert Halseth will be the conductor and Clay Redfield will be the guest conductor.

The concert includes the concert band, the symphonic wind ensemble and the combined band. Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 students/seniors. Tickets are available at www.csus.edu/music/tickets.htm or call 278-5155.
Submitted by the Music Department

Undergraduate writing journal call for submissions
The Faculty Senate subcommittee for Writing and Reading is now accepting submissions for Writing the University, a new online journal of undergraduate writing across disciplines at Sacramento State. A faculty sponsor is required for each submission. For information about how to submit, visit the Writing the University homepage at www.csus.edu/wac/journal.
Submitted by the Department of English

Study design and architecture in Florence, Italy
Get an in-depth view of Florence, Italy, by visiting and studying its historic buildings through a two-week travel study program offered by the College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State. Open to the public, the program takes place in Florence from June 13-28. Participants will study the history of Florentine architecture while earning three units of undergraduate or graduate academic credits.

Andrew Anker and Jim Kenney, architects and professors with Sacramento State’s Department of Design, lead the program. Participants will take daily walking tours, go on outdoor excursions and have sketching sessions. Study of the Renaissance masters will be emphasized. Registration is $3,400 and includes 14 nights in a three-star Florence apartment, all ground transportation, entrance fees, an evening celebrating the Festival of San Giovani, and two group dinners. Airfare is not included. For more information about the program, contact Jim Kenney, 278-6375 or kenney@csus.edu. Visit the program website at http://www.cce.csus.edu/programs/travelStudy/italy09.html.
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Telephone Directory
The 2008-09 telephone directory is ready for pick-up by faculty and staff at the Copy Graphics Center located at the River Front Center on the north end of campus. They will be available while supplies last, so pick yours up soon. Visit the Copy Graphics website for a map. http://www.enterprises.csus.edu/copygraphics/contact.html
Submitted by the Copy Graphics Center

Holiday buffet
The University Center Restaurant will feature a holiday buffet  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8 through Friday, Dec.12. The menu includes prime rib, turkey with cranberry chutney, mushroom ravioli with mushroom sauce, and corn bread stuffing. There will also be an assortment of cakes, cookies, pies, cobblers, and ice cream. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors are welcome. Call 278-6100 for reservations for groups of five or more. The University Center Restaurant is located at the west entrance of the University Union across from Round Table Pizza.
Submitted by the University Union

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

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

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

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

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. We anticipate limited campus services 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:
Maharisha Belton, Admissions and Records
Fred Angell, Mail Services
Serena Johnson, College of Business Administration
Mary Ann Alvarez, Nursing
Carol Eberhart, Foreign Languages
Nancy Hackbart, Career Center
Michael Wilson, Economics
*Toni Johnson, Financial Aid

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee