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December 19, 2011


ENS tests
The Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with Public Affairs and Information Resources and Technology, will conduct tests of the Emergency Notification System (ENS) the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The tests will exercise the email, telephone, text message and loudspeaker functions of the University's ENS system. The email, telephone and text message test will be sent only to building coordinators, police personnel and several key administrators; the majority of the campus community will NOT receive a notification. The campus loudspeaker system will be tested with a beep tone, followed by a recorded test message that will be repeated several times.

For questions, contact the Department of Public Safety at 278-6851.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Briefing break
The Monday Briefing will be on holiday during the Winter Break and will resume Monday, Jan. 9.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

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 consider a donation to help make the holidays and the new year a little better for the many children and families in need.

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 be found in most department offices and information booths at 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, as follows: 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 safety tips

  • Be aware that typically, crimes such as robberies, burglaries and other thefts increase slightly during the holiday season.
  • Whether you are traveling or remaining on campus throughout the holiday period, please take extra care to safeguard your property and lock your room or office when you leave it. Also, if you live off campus, remember to lock your windows.
  • Please take your items of value with you for the holiday. Don't leave your keys or ID. Put other items in your drawers and in your closet.
  • Take your laptop home! Don't leave your laptop computer unsecured in your room or unattended at any time while you travel.
  • When walking in the evening, be aware of your surroundings and only walk in well-lit and populated areas. Don't display cash on the street, and be aware of your environment. Try not to walk alone at night, and call for a security escort or safe ride on campus in the evening by dialing 278-6851.
  • Travel smart! Make your travel arrangements responsibly, and inform your family of your plans.
  • Don't overburden your holiday by carrying bags that are too heavy and cumbersome. Pack lightly. You can't be aware of your surroundings when your bags are blocking your view and slowing you down.

In addition to taking these safety measures to protect yourself and your property, you can assist us in maintaining a safe campus environment by reporting suspicious activity to the Sacramento State Police Department, 278-6851.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Farmers market
The Associated Students, Inc., Green Team is devoted to making Sacramento State a sustainable campus. As such, ASI hopes to implement a campus-based farmers market.
Please answer the survey questions at to help us structure the farmers market to best serve your needs.
Submitted by Associated Students, Inc.

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

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

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

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., followed by dinner at 7:30. Enjoy an evening of food, more than 100 raffle prizes and live auction items. Tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds support student-athlete scholarships. Don't delay in purchasing tickets, as this event typically sells out.
Submitted by the Athletics Department

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

The session is 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 278-2282 or email
Submitted by the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Department

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

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

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

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

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 minimize the impact on the campus community. 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. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27. Phone service will be available, although users may experience brief telephone and voice mail interruptions.

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

Security tip
Did you know that using a phrase is the easiest way to remember your password?

PassPhrases are the hottest new way to create passwords that are extremely secure but also easy to remember. Be creative and use special characters, upper- and lowercase letters. The longer the better! One example: "I like 1ce cream & cotton Candy!" For more information on creating a PassPhrase, type into your browser.
Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Semester holiday reminders
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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