Campus Announcements

Staff Employee Recognition recipients announced
The recipients for the Staff Employee Recognition Program are Patricia Jackson, Human Resources, University Enterprises, Inc. and Lupe Lopez, confidential office support, Student Affairs.

Patricia Jackson is a human resources technician for UEI.  Patricia's nominator described her as "committed to serving students on a daily basis."  Her colleague mentioned, "She willingly takes on additional projects and works hard to ensure the tasks are completed."

Lupe Lopez is a confidential office support for Student Affairs.  Lupe's nominator indicated that "her calm and caring style provides an oasis of stress relief to busy and harried managers, co-workers and students."  She was described as "possessing a willing and capable attitude."

There are many commendable staff on campus, and employees are encouraged to nominate those who are deserving of this award. The deadline for submission of a nomination for the Staff Employee Recognition Award is Friday, Feb. 15. Details regarding eligibility, criteria, and nomination procedures are available at www.csus.edu/president/staffrec/index.stm.
Submitted by the President’s Office

Campus community encouraged to participate in an Alternative Break
The Community Engagement Center has been working across campus to promote Alternative Break. Sacramento State students, faculty and staff can participate in Alternative Break - Winter 2008. Alternative Break will take place the week before school starts, Monday, Jan. 21 through Friday, Jan. 25; individuals can choose to participate from one to five days. Team up with other Sacramento State students to work on projects throughout the week with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and Hands on Sacramento.

For more information visit www.csus.edu/cec/Alt_Break.stm or www.csus.edu/union/alternate.htm.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Resolve to be ready
This New Year’s Eve, nearly 50 percent of Americans will make at least one resolution as they look toward the New Year. Risk Management Services encourages the staff, faculty and students to make a new year’s resolution that is both important and easy to keep: prepare for emergencies.

Risk Management Services encourages the campus community to visit www.ready.gov/, call 1-800-BE-READY, or contact our department at 278-6456 to learn how to prepare your families, homes and departments for all types of emergencies including natural and human-caused disasters. Free materials, including family emergency plan templates and sample business continuity plans, are available through these resources. These materials will provide the campus community with tools to make a New Year’s resolution that will bring peace of mind.
Submitted by Risk Management Services

November fundraising news
For the month of November, the campus received 947 new gifts of cash and in-kind donations, for a total of $1,184,535.  The total for the 2007-08 fiscal year is $3,076,497. For more information about University Development, visit www.csus.edu/giving/.
Submitted by University Development

Events

Film examines stem cell research  
The Community Engagement Center will screen a PBS film on stem cell research at 12:30 p.m., Dec. 11 in the Hinde Auditorium in the University Union.

“Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita,” looks at the life and laboratory of Dr. Jack Kessler, a renowned stem cell expert. Kessler, a prominent neurologist, shifted his diabetes research to stem cell research when his daughter became paralyzed from the waist down.

The screening is free and open to the public. It is presented through ITVS Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series supporting the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
Submitted by the Center for STEM Excellence

Food/Merchandise

Holiday Buffet
The University Center Restaurant’s Holiday Buffet features carved roast baron of beef, roast turkey, grilled Mahi-Mahi, eggplant parmesan, mashed potatoes and gravy, winter vegetables and assorted gourmet salads. Desserts include a selection of cakes, cookies and ice cream sundaes. This special buffet is available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Dec. 11, 12, and 13 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The University Center Restaurant is located at the west entrance to the University Union across from Round Table Pizza. More information online at www.enterprises.csus.edu/dining/area/ucr.html  Reservations suggested for groups of 5 or more at 278-6100.
Submitted by University Enterprises

Human Resources

Winter break information
The Winter Break for 2007 will extend from Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. Specifically, the schedule is as follows:

December 25, 2007:  Holiday, Christmas Day observed
December 26, 2007:  Holiday, Columbus Day and Indigenous People's Day observed
December 27, 2007:  Holiday, Admission Day observed
December 28, 2007:  Holiday, Lincoln's Birthday observed
December 31, 2007:  Holiday, Washington's Birthday observed
January 1, 2008:       Holiday, New Year's Day observed

Please note that on Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, the campus will not be closed, however departments are not required to remain open. We anticipate that the governor will again grant four (4) hours of Informal Time Off. Staff and administrators are encouraged to use accrued vacation or CTO to take the remaining four hours off.  Employees may choose to work the four hours in lieu of using vacation or CTO or taking time without pay. Some staff and administrators may be required to work their regular schedule on Dec. 24 and/or other days during the break in order to meet campus needs. In those cases, managers and supervisors should discuss staffing needs with affected employees as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please call Elizabeth Redmond, interim associate vice president for Human Resources, at 278-4488.

Catastrophic Leave
Sacramento State employees may voluntarily donate to other employees up to a maximum of 16 hours of sick or vacation leave credits each fiscal year in one-hour increments. CSUEU, MPP, Unit 4, Unit 6 and confidential employees may donate up to a maximum of 40 hours per fiscal year.

If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained at www.csus.edu/hr/forms.stm#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:

Toni Johnson, Financial Aid
Gary Davis, Facilities Management
Rose Marie Fisher, Office of Graduate Studies
Kandi Sanders, Facilities Management
Linda Brufladt, Computing, Communications & Media Services
Marcellino Coelho, Housing & Residential Life
Julie Villescas, Photocopy & Technical Support
*Lien Nguyen, Admissions & Records
*Bonnie Jarvis, College of Continuing Education

*only vacation credits may be donated to these employees