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Dec. 12, 2011


Sac Pack Drive
The Community Engagement Center is hosting its second semiannual Sac Pack Drive through Dec. 16. Please encourage students of all ages to donate new or gently used school and art supplies to benefit youth in need.

Visit for our donation wish list and more information. Donations may be dropped off from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 16, at the Community Engagement Center, University Library Room 4028.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

California State Employees Food Drive
This year’s California State Employees Food Drive is being held at Sacramento State through Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The holidays are such a special time of the year, when family and friends share warm and happy times. However, continued high unemployment and the slow economy have contributed to record levels of food-insecure households, making the food drive more important than ever. Many families in our area are struggling to make ends meet, and we want this food drive to bring much-needed relief and assistance. Please reach as deeply as you can to help make the holidays and the new year a little better for the many children and families helped by your donation.

Monetary donations and canned goods: Your monetary donations go the furthest, as bulk food can be purchased at lower costs. Make your check payable to “California Emergency Foodlink” and mail to Nancy Fox, department ZIP code 6076. Food collection boxes for canned goods will appear in most department offices and information booths at the campus entrances.

Holiday events: As you plan your department holiday events, please consider including one or more of the following activities:

  • Ask folks to bring canned or monetary donations to holiday parties, potlucks, luncheons and gatherings.
  • Place donation jars around so people can drop in their change.
  • Hold a silent auction with donated items.
  • Ask folks to bring canned goods to campus events, including lecture, athletic, theater and dance, and art events.
  • Have a book sale or rummage sale.

Watch for mass emails on the food drive and go to If you have questions, contact Nancy Fox, food drive coordinator for Sacramento State, at or 278-5241.

Together, we can make a huge difference in the lives of so many who desperately need our help.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS)

Spirit of Giving Drive
Faculty and staff, please help spread the word and get involved in the Spirit of Giving Drive. This year, we have two ways to benefit the nearly 60,000 people in the greater Sacramento area served by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Through Friday, Jan. 6, we will be collecting winter clothing and food and hosting a virtual donation drive. Every dollar donated online provides $10 worth of goods and services to families in need, so please give generously. Please visit to find out how we can make a difference in our community.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Holiday buffet
The University Center Restaurant’s holiday buffet features a luxurious array of delicacies such as carved prime rib, garlic shrimp, artichoke spinach potato gratin, assorted gourmet salads and a dessert bar. This buffet is available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. through Wednesday, Dec. 14, and is a great opportunity to share some holiday spirit with your staff.

The University Center Restaurant is at the southeast entrance of the University Union across from Round Table Pizza. For more information, visit Reservations recommended at 278-6100.
Submitted by UEI/Marketing Services

String Project concert
Seventy-five children ages 5-15 will be playing violin, viola, cello and string bass during the String Project concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Capistrano Recital Concert Hall under the direction of Sacramento State music majors. Our String Project is part of a coalition of training centers called the National String Project Consortium, which provides an opportunity for children from the community to learn to play stringed instruments while giving undergraduate and graduate music students hands-on, supervised experience in teaching and leadership as they pursue their degrees.

This free concert will be an enjoyable 60 minutes of folk tunes and orchestra pieces for children and adults alike.
Submitted by the Department of Music

Stinger Crab Feed
Come show your support for Hornet athletics by attending the annual Stinger Crab Feed on Saturday, Feb. 4. The event will be at the Citrus Heights Community Center, with a social hour starting at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30. There will be more than 100 raffle prizes and live auction items. Tickets are $50. All proceeds support student-athlete scholarships. Don't delay in purchasing tickets, as this event typically sells out.
Submitted by the Athletics Department

Entertainment Books
The University Staff Assembly is selling Entertainment Books for 2011-12 as a fundraiser to support staff programs on campus, including the Awards Luncheon and the Summer Picnic. The cost of the book is $30. For more details, contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177.
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

Doctoral information
The Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program will host an information session for prospective applicants who wish to enroll next fall.

The session will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Eureka Hall, Room 329. For more information about the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program, contact the office at (916) 278-2282 or visit
Submitted by Doctorate in Educational Leadership Department

Student fee forms
The Student Fee Advisory Committee is now accepting 2011-12 Category III fee proposal forms. Executive Order 1054, governing fees, and the fee proposal form can be found at

The Category III (materials, service and course fee) deadline is Friday, Feb. 10.

Send questions regarding the fee process to Julie Carroll at or call 278-7401.
Submitted by the Student Fee Advisory Committee

Government professor in China on Fulbright scholarship
Professor James DeShaw Rae of the Department of Government is spending the year in China, courtesy of a Fulbright scholarship. His blog,, makes for interesting reading.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Temporary closure of parking facilities
To save energy costs during the off-peak winter period, the following parking facilities will be temporarily closed. The closure will begin at midnight Friday, Dec. 16, and the parking facilities will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17:

  • Parking Structure II
  • Parking Structure III
  • Parking Structure IV
  • Lot 10
  • Lot 11

For questions, please contact University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) at 278-7275 or, or visit
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

President Gonzalez continues updates
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez will post updates on campus developments throughout the year on his web page:
Submitted by the Office of the President

Watch for even more University news and videos
Sacramento State is filled with activities worth keeping up on – from outstanding teaching, learning and research to the arts, wellness activities and Hornet athletics. Stories and videos on University people, events and other news are available on Sacramento State’s news page, overseen by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy: And send your ideas for campus coverage to

Another option for publicizing an academic event or performance is the University’s digital sign network on campus. Submit your message to or
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Sac State on Facebook and Twitter
Have you checked out Sacramento State’s official Facebook and Twitter pages? Managed by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy, the pages offer up-to-the-minute news and information on all things Sac State, from academics to athletics, the arts to student life. For the University’s Facebook page, go to To follow Sac State’s Twitter updates, go to!/sacstate.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

CSU database training session
The California State University Center for Community Engagement has been working on a database module, S4, that works in conjunction with the PeopleSoft system to support other high-impact practices on CSU campuses. The module features include, but are not limited to: basic service-learning site information storage and display, community partner site contact management and a news page to communicate within the system.

Campus departments and offices that oversee high-impact practices, such as service learning, internships and undergraduate research, and those interested in learning more about S4 and how it can support their academic programs are welcome to attend the training. The sessions will be 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in AIRC Room 1016:

  • 10 a.m.-noon ­– Campus IT/CMS staff
  • Noon-1:15 p.m. – Joint lunch for IT/CMS and end-users at University Café
  • 1:30-4:30 p.m. – End-user session for those responsible for managing/using S4. IT/CMS staff are encouraged to attend so they understand the end users’ needs.

Space is limited to 40 and registration is required. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 16, to register:
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

IRT plans temporary computer systems outage
Information Resources and Technology will shut down the University’s central data center between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, for annual maintenance. The timeframe of this maintenance was chosen to affect the campus community as little as possible. The downtime will affect most of the University’s computer-related functions. During this time, network and Internet service may be intermittent, and some systems and services will be down for the full duration of the outage. The website will be available, but some links may not work.

Areas affected by the outage will include:

  • MySacState
  • Email
  • SacCt
  • CMS
  • Network drives
  • Data Warehouse

IRT will also begin upgrading the campus telephone system from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27. Phone service will be available; however, users may experience brief telephone and voicemail interruptions.

Annual system and phone maintenance is conducted during the winter break to minimize the impact on the campus community. For any questions or concerns, email
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Security tip: What controls will help me prevent malware?
Malware is a very real and constant threat to the security of your information. But specific security controls can be put in place to help protect against malware. The following controls will help prevent malware from getting onto your computer.

  • Use anti-virus software: Install a good anti-virus and anti-spyware program, and ensure it is activated. There are many good, free malware prevention programs that can be used, such as Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows computers. A free home version, Sophos, is available for Macintosh.
  • Update all software: Configure your operating system to automatically download and install all updates.

Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Semester holiday reminders
It is never too early to plan ahead for the December holidays. Friday, Dec. 23, is a workday for all except academic year employees, and the campus will be open that day primarily for intracampus business. The governor has continued the tradition of an annual gift of four hours of administrative leave to state workers, which should be used 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.

Therefore, the holiday campus closure is as follows:

  • Friday, Dec. 23: Annual gift from the governor of four hours of administrative leave.
  • Monday, Dec. 26: Campus closed in observance of Christmas Day (Sunday, Dec. 25).
  • Tuesday, Dec. 27: Campus closed in observance of Admission Day.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 28: Campus closed in observance of Columbus Day.
  • Thursday, Dec. 29: Campus closed in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday.
  • Friday, Dec. 30: Campus closed in observance of Washington’s Birthday.
  • Monday, Jan. 2: Campus closed in observance of New Year’s Day (Sunday, Jan. 1).

The campus will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Catastrophic leave donation
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, by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3002, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Donna Danzeris from the College of Continuing Education
David Prato from Housing & Residential Life – Grounds Department



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