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December 18, 2006
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

University Library’s “wish list” online
Sacramento State’s University Library maintains a “wish list” on Amazon.com for books the librarians have identified as needed. Most of the items are scholarly works. The wish list.

After selections are made and purchased, the books ship directly to the Library. Once the books are logged in there, the donor is acknowledged by the Library.

For more information, contact the University Library at 278-5679.
Submitted by the University Library

Stickers communicate importance of hand washing
New stickers placed on University restroom mirrors remind everyone that hand washing is the single most important act for preventing communicable disease. Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, poor hand washing practices result in 5,000 food borne illnesses, 78 million communicable illnesses, and greater than 79,000 deaths from hospital contracted diseases.

It is important to wash hands: before eating and after using the bathroom; before, during and after preparing food; after playing sports; after changing diapers; and anytime hands become dirty. Use soap and water, scrub and rinse for 20 seconds and dry.
Submitted by Risk Management Services

University Village moving forward
As part of Sacramento State’s “Destination 2010” strategic plan, the 25-acre Ramona Avenue site is on track to develop into an urban village for faculty and staff. At build-out, the village will have several hundred new single- and multi-family homes, plus streets, parks, community facilities, and perhaps a business district. Homes will be priced below market rates, because the University will retain ownership of the land, selling only the improvements. “Smart growth” and “green construction” principles will be incorporated throughout the village. The project will emphasize pedestrian-friendly site planning features, significant transit orientation and sustainable building construction, focusing on the efficient use of energy, resources, and materials.

A conceptual village development plan and financial feasibility analysis will be prepared and presented at the end of January. Demolition of peripheral buildings will take place in January and February, with the main demolition later in 2007. The final development plan, the building designs, and the project’s environmental impact analysis will be ready toward the latter part of 2008. If all goes well, the first buildings should be occupied before the end of 2009. The City and Redevelopment Agency will simultaneously be working on street and utility improvements in the surrounding area.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Holiday Food Drive
The 2006 Sacramento State Holiday Food Drive ends Dec. 22. Monetary donations go the farthest. Send checks, payable to “State Employees Food Drive,” to Nancy Fox, department zip code 6076, or deliver to University Transportation & Parking Services in Foley Hall.

Employees may also pick up a bag at an Information Booth, located at each entrance to the campus, to take home and fill with food. Once bags are filled, employees may drive through an Information booth and drop it off.

Donations are greatly appreciated. For questions, call Nancy Fox at 278-5241. More information is available at www.csus.edu/utaps.
Submitted by Administration and Business Affairs


EAP Program available to faculty, staff and students
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers short term counseling—up to 6 sessions—and assessment and referral services for a variety of problems and situations. These include both work and non-work related difficulties. Among the more common issues that lead people to contact EAP are work-related or personal stress, depression, anxiety, marital/relational problems, parenting concerns, behavior problems of children, life circumstances and alcohol/drug use.

EAP services are available, free of charge, to all employees of Sacramento State, University Enterprises Inc., Capital Public Radio, Associated Students Inc., and their eligible family members. All services are entirely confidential except as required by law, and release time from work is available.

The program is accessible Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other hours can be arranged at staff discretion. EAP is located on the first floor of the Student Health Services building.

For more information, call 278-5018 or visit www.csus.edu/eapprogr.
Submitted by the Employee Assistance Program

Construction update
The Infrastructure utilities upgrade project continues in various locations. Work on the steam and chilled water pipe installation may at times disrupt pedestrian traffic on walkways between the Tahoe Hall and AIRC buildings and between the Parking Structure II and the University Union. Detours will be available.

Fire alarm system installation will occur in Capistrano, Lassen, Sacramento, and Yosemite Halls this week. Work will mainly be conducted after hours. Work notices will be posted in the building.

Stadium Drive will be closed next week to connect utilities to the new Broad Athletic Facility. Parking immediately to the north and west of the Alumni Center will also be closed. The construction will start Monday, Dec. 18 and continue to Friday, Jan. 26. Parking Lot 8 will be accessible from State University Drive East and by the information booth.
Submitted by Facilities Services

New certificate program offered in Web development
In light of rapidly changing Web technologies, the Department of Computer Science at Sacramento State is offering a newly updated Web Development Certificate program beginning Spring 2007 with full implementation in the Fall 2007.

The updated program provides hands-on training and covers the full cycle of the Web development process using the latest Web technologies. Topics such as Blogs and Wikis, E-Commerce and content management systems are covered. Standards-based and open-source technologies, such as PHP, AJAX, .NET, and J2EE are emphasized in the updated program.

For additional information, see the program Web site at:
www.ecs.csus.edu/csc/webcertsite.
Submitted by the Department of Computer Science


Holiday Thanks from University Enterprises
As we celebrate the joys and accomplishments of 2006, we are reminded and inspired by our connectedness with Sacramento State and the people who work, grow, and flourish here together. From everyone at University Enterprises-we extend our sincere appreciation and best wishes for a healthy, productive, and very happy new year.
Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.


Food/Merchandise

Dining Services Winter Break Hours
Jan. 2 - 28, 2007

North Campus :
Togo's: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

GBX!: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

River Front Vending: Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Java City – Roundhouse: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

South Campus:
Round Table: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Burger King: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Gordito Burrito: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Java City - Union Station: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Kung Fu Fat's: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

University Center Restaurant: Breakfast - Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Lunch - Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Union Vending: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Java City - Modoc Hall: Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Submitted by University Enterprises, Inc.

Human Resources

Release of Dec. 2006 payroll warrants
Master payday falls on Friday, Dec. 29 during the winter break. This year, paychecks will be released in person only upon written request from the individual employee. Checks will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 29 in Lassen Hall Room 1001. The check pick-up request form is available at www.csus.edu/sfsc/disbursement.htm.

Checks not requested for pick-up will be distributed to the appropriate warrant officer on Jan. 2, 2007. Employees who choose to but become unable to pick up checks on Dec. 29 can pick them up in the Student Financial Services Center on Jan. 2. Individuals participating in the direct deposit system will have their funds deposited to their bank. Warrant officers will distribute direct deposit slips on Jan. 2.

For more information, contact Elvia Garcia, Student Financial Services Center, at 278-7422.

Supervisors/managers of those employees who do not receive personal e-mail should arrange to distribute or post this notice for their employees' information.
Submitted by Human Resources

Healthcare deductions delays
The Chancellor’s Office has advised the campus that the State Controller’s Office is experiencing processing delays in applying healthcare deductions and premium information for individuals who have enrolled or authorized transactions during the month of November. This means that a few individuals may experience eligibility problems for their health, dental and/or vision programs for the months of December and possibly January. The Benefits Office has reviewed all transactions processed during this period and when necessary requested verbal authorizations of eligibility. Our office will continue to monitor healthcare deductions until this matter is resolved. Contact the Benefits Office in Sacramento Hall, Room 162, or call 278-6213 or 278-6213 if you have additional questions.
Submitted by Human Resources

New vision plan insurance carrier
The Chancellor’s Office recently completed a competitive bid process to select the insurance carrier for the employer-paid California State University (CSU) vision plan. As a result, the CSU has awarded a three-year contract to Vision Service Plan (VSP), replacing Medical Eye Services (MES/Blue Shield), effective Jan. 1, 2007. The CSU continues to pay the full monthly premium cost for the vision benefit for eligible employees and their dependents. For details regarding VSP and new benefit enhancements and/or co-payments under the plan, go to the Office of Human Resources Benefits website and click on “What’s New”. A benefit program announcement and a vision plan benefit summary are available for viewing. For more information regarding the VSP Select Network of providers, visit the VSP website at www.vsp.com. VSP’s Customer Service Center is available Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. via their toll-free number: (800) 877-7195.
Submitted by Human Resources

Catastrophic Leave Donation Program
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 by going to www.csus.edu/hr/forms.stm#Disability, or by visiting the Human Resources, Disability Leaves Office in Sacramento Hall 162, or by calling extension 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Nabor Lopez, Facilities Services
Dan Kern, Facilities Services

Submitted by Human Resources

 

 

 

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