Campus Announcements

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

In the event of a large-scale emergency, local emergency services might be overwhelmed and unable to help when you need it. Individual and family preparedness can see you through until services are restored. To learn how to prepare your family, home and office for emergencies including natural and human-caused disasters, visit any of the websites below:
Department of Homeland Security –www.ready.gov (or call 1-800-BE READY) Red Cross-http://www.redcross.org/services/prepare/0,1082,0_239_,00.html
FEMA- http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/.

You can also contact Risk Management Services at 278-6456. Free materials, including family emergency plan templates and sample business continuity plans, are available through these resources.
Submitted by Risk Management Services

Employee Assistance Program
During the winter break, the Employee Assistance Program for Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation will be open for services. Hours starting on Jan. 5 will be 8 to 5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays. The phone number is 278-5018.
Submitted by the Employee Assistance Program

Gift certificates
The OneCard Center is now providing gift certificates that are the perfect present for co-workers, student assistants or friend.  People can deposit funds on a person’s Hornet Bucks account and that person can use the funds to make purchases all over campus and even at some off-campus locations. Gift certificates are available at the OneCard Center located at the Brighton Hall Annex.  For questions or more information, call 278-7878 or visit www.csus.edu/onecard.
Submitted by the OneCard Center

Weight Watchers
The University Enterprises Human Resources department is the site of a Weight Watchers at Work program that meets each Friday on the third floor of the Hornet Bookstore building in room 3900.

For additional information contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006.
University Enterprises, Inc.

Retirement reception
Information Resources and Technology will hold a retirement reception for Nhi Luong from 2-3 p.m., Dec. 18, in AIRC 4003. Luong is retiring after 29 years at Sacramento State. Much of her career has been spent on the swing shift as an IBM mainframe operator. She also performed 98 percent of the electronic scanning of faculty evaluations and student testing.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Employee of the Month
You can help make deserving staff members feel great about the wonderful job they do for the University by nominating them for employee of the month.  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

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. 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 1p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (introductory training session)

Sessions will be held in the University Enterprises, Inc., Board Room in the Bookstore Building, third 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

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. 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 www.cce.csus.edu/programs/travelStudy/italy09.html.
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Holiday food drive
Sacramento State’s holiday food drive runs through Jan. 9. Donations will be used to help families in the Sacramento region. Food collection boxes will be placed in many department offices on campus soon.

Monetary donations go the farthest since bulk food can be purchased at lower costs. Make your check payable to the State Employee Food Drive, and mail to Nancy Fox, department zip code 6076.

For more information on the food drive, watch for mass emails and check the University Transportation and Parking Services web site at www.csus.edu/utaps. If you have questions, contact Nancy Fox, holiday food drive coordinator, at foxna@csus.edu, or call 278-5241.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Human Resources

Benefits office updates and reminders:

New TSA Program Deadlines & Processing Schedule:

The Tax Sheltered Annuity (403b) program open enrollment ended on Nov. 28, 2008.  Individuals who wanted to continue enrollment in this program, and who wanted to ensure that a contribution was processed in their December warrant (warrant issued Jan. 1) were required to complete the newly created online enrollment process administered by AIG Retirement Manager. 

The online enrollment system, Retirement Manager, was deactivated for the month of December to allow time to apply all contributions and to fully implement.   To process a new enrollment, or to change/cancel the monthly contribution (salary reduction) for the January pay period (warrant issued Feb. 1) individuals must complete the online enrollment process via the Retirement Manager during the January processing schedule beginning January 1, 2009 and ending Jan. 5, 2009
Note: The Retirement Manager will not be activated until Jan. 1.  

Visit the Benefits Office webpage at www.csus.edu/hr/benefits and click on “Retirement Manager Cutoff Dates “ for the full 2009 deadline schedule.  All tax sheltered annuity transactions are no longer processed by the campus Benefits Office.

Enrollees who have not selected an investment option (e.g., allowed their contributions to be placed in a life cycle default account), or whose desired investment option is not available until Jan. 1, must contact their investment fund sponsor directly in order to update or change their asset allocations and to determine their investment fund sponsor’s deadlines and timeframes. 

Open Enrollment 2009 Changes:

The 2009 open enrollment health premium rate changes will be deducted from the December pay check (warrant issued January 1).  Individuals should review the CSU Healthcare Monthly Premium Rate Chart to determine the employer/employee share of premiums.   Enrollees in Blue Shield HMO and Kaiser Permanente in most cases will notice an increase in their share.  Visit the Benefits Office webpage at www.csus.edu/hr/benefits and click on the 2009 Rate Chart under “What’s New.” 


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
Mary Ann Alvarez, Nursing
Carol Eberhart, Foreign Languages
Nancy Hackbart, Career Center
Michael Wilson, Economics