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
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
communicate importance of hand washing
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
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
For more information,
call 278-5018 or visit www.csus.edu/eapprogr.
Submitted by the Employee Assistance Program
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 atwww.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
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:
Dan Kern, Facilities Services
Submitted by Human Resources
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