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December 14, 2009

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Spring convocation
University President Alexander Gonzalez will hold his annual spring convocation 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the University Union Ballroom. The event will begin with coffee and conversation at 9 a.m. The President’s talk will follow at 10 a.m.
Submitted by the Office of the President

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

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

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

Research Funding Update

The December issue of Research Funding Update is available. This update is published monthly to alert the campus community to possible sources of external support for research, scholarly and creative activities. An abbreviated listing and a more detailed version are available on the web at

This month’s highlight includes California’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program’s call for applications along with targeted funding opportunity notices in arts, humanities, education, community development, health, mental health, science and engineering.

Additional information about any of the opportunities announced in Research Funding Update can be obtained by clicking on the web address or by contacting Research Administration at 278-7565.
Submitted by Research Administration

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

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 IRT’s newest newsletter is available at
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

In memoriam
Shawky Sukkary, emeritus professor of English, passed away in June. He lived and worked in Sacramento for almost 40 years, teaching at Sacramento State for 16 years. He also taught in Ohio, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, his native Egypt and at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, where he taught Arabic. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Cairo University in Egypt, and after graduating, went on to Britain where he earned his master’s and doctorate in English Literature from Manchester University. He lectured on Islamic topics at local mosques and is very well-known in the Sacramento Muslim community. 



The University Library will hold a reception honoring Barbara Stephens’ 42 years of service to the California State University system, 19 of which were at Sacramento State, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 in the University Library, room 5006. To make a contribution towards a gift, contact Patricia Expose at 278-5679 or e-mail at by noon Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Submitted by the University Library

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

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

Benefits office closed
The Benefits Office will be closed Dec. 21–Jan. 4. People who have questions regarding retirement should contact the office before the break, and people who plan to retire on or before Dec. 31 must contact the office if they have not submitted an application for retirement or notified the University of the intent to retire. 

The California State University must separate faculty and staff from employment before CalPERS can process a retirement application.  A delay in submitting an application for retirement can result in a lapse in healthcare coverage and retirement processing.  

Applications for retirement must be submitted to CalPERS, and a Notice of Intent to Retire should be completed and given to the Benefits Office.  Additional information on retirement processing can be found at

Managers and supervisors are encouraged to distribute this information to employees who do not have access to e-mail, to post in conspicuous locations and provide copies in employee mailboxes. 

For questions or comments, contact the Benefits Office, Room 162, or call 278-6213.
Submitted by 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 on Social Work
Mark Riley, Foreign Language Department

David Gharagozlou, Economics Department



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