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January 10, 2011


Employee of the month
Lynn Maynard is a System Unit Coordinator in Financial Aid.

Her nominator has described her as “being responsive to issues that generate daily in the complex administration of the state, federal, and institutional financial aid and scholarship programs.” The nominator  adds, “Lynn understands that delays in giving service to students impacts their desire and financial ability to attend Sac State, and her work assists the overall Enrollment Management goals of the University.  Lynn is a big reason for the successful administration of financial aid at Sac State.”

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Staff Employee Recognition Program.  Names of the recipients will be announced in February. Details about nominations, eligibility, criteria, and procedures are available on the website link:
Submitted by the President’s Office

President’s spring address set
President Alexander Gonzalez will give his annual spring address to the campus community Thursday, Jan. 20, in the University Union Ballroom. The event will begin with coffee at 9 a.m., followed by the talk at 10 a.m.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Training sessions

There will be Disaster Preparedness NIMS/SEMS/ICS training sessions available for non-first responders (Group 1) in the Hinde Auditorium under the auspices of the Department of Public Safety.
The two-hour presentation provides an overview of federal, state and local systems, and identifies roles and expectations of emergency responders. It also delineates the use of integrated/standardized systems to request emergency services of allied agencies and how those agencies work together to achieve objectives.

This session is for faculty and staff at the University who do not have a direct or supporting role during a campus emergency or evacuation incident and have not had this training in the last three years. This training cannot be completed online. No test is involved in this training. This training is mandated by executive order from the Chancellor’s Office and Sac State.

You only need to attend on one of these dates:
Jan 12, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Feb 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Feb 17, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be Disaster Preparedness NIMS/SEMS/ICS training sessions for campus first responders (Group 2) in the Hinde Auditorium.  The four-hour presentation provides an overview of federal, state and local systems, and identifies roles and expectations of emergency responders. It also delineates the use of integrated/standardized systems to request emergency services of allied agencies and how those agencies work together to achieve objectives.
The FEMA material covered is IS-700 and ICS-100.

This session is for faculty and staff at the University who have a direct or supporting role during a campus emergency or evacuation incident and have not had this training in the last three years. This training may be completed online, but the live class takes less time. Handouts are provided, and there will be a short true/false, multiple question test required by FEMA and CAL EMA. This training is mandated by executive order from the Chancellor’s Office and Sacramento State.

You only need to attend one of these dates:
Jan. 20, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Feb 10, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mar 17, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
April 21, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Register at the Sac State LEARNER WEB. Classes are limited to 186 per class. Questions: 278-2397.

For the Building Coordinator's Group, if you did not attend the event Dec. 7.
On May 26, 8 a.m. to noon is the Building Coordinator, Safety team (floor marshals) meeting/training session in the Hinde Auditorium. It includes building evacuation procedures, “active shooter" responses, “shelter in place" procedures and "assisting those with special needs during an evacuation." This is for all staff and faculty involved in the campus Building Coordinator/Safety team program at Sac State. We will also discuss the campus emergency drill/exercise which should occur during the summer of 2011.
To register for this training contact, or call 287-2397.
Submitted by the Department of Public Safety

Weight Watchers Update 
Due to overwhelming interest in Weight Watchers New Point Plus program, Weight Watchers has found themselves with a shortage of weight-loss instructors. Therefore, the informational/renewal meeting scheduled for Jan 10 at noon in UEI's Human Resources Department has been temporarily postponed.

Weight Watchers is working hard to secure a leader for the group, which must have 20 paid participants to begin meeting.  The goal is closed to being met. Once the quorum is met and a leader / meeting date are determined the meeting begin. Contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or email her at for more information.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc. 

MLK Prayer Breakfast
The Sacramento State Black Alumni Chapter will host the 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast, 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in the University Union Ballroom. 

The event, “Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, Looking forward to the Future,” is presented by the Northern District Baptist Association Women’s Auxiliary. The keynote speaker is the 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

CSU Launches New Science Blog

The CSU recently launched Science and the CSU, a new blog that will feature science-related stories and developments across the 23-campus system. Providing news, features, updates and insights, “Science and the CSU” will also spotlight activities, events, resources, research and discoveries at the CSU.

The blog was developed to promote the CSU’s significant impact in addressing California’s key issues in health, the environment, energy, telecommunications and climate.  CSU graduates contribute significantly to research, education and workforce development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the CSU is California’s largest producer of K-12 science and mathematics teachers.

Similar to the CSU Voices and Views blog, “Science and the CSU” encourages readers to contribute blog entries, while also initiating discussion via a moderated comments section.  Find out how to contribute here.
Submitted by Office of Public Affairs

New CSU Trustee
Hsing Kung has been appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees. The appointment was made Dec. 30, by outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A resident of Los Altos, Kung, 65, has served as a managing partner of Acorn Campus Ventures since 2006. In 2000, he co-founded Pine Photonics Communication, and later founded Opnext where he served until 2005.  Kung was chief executive officer and founder of Luxnet Corporation from 1998 to 2000 and senior vice president of business development for American Xtal Technology from 1996 to 1998. He served as co-founder and vice president of manufacturing for SDL from 1983 to 1995 and was project manager in the Optoelectronics Division of Hewlett Packard from 1974 to 1983.

Kung earned a bachelor of science degree from National Cheng Kung University, a master of science degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley, all in electrical engineering. He also received a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. The appointment requires Senate confirmation.

Kung fills a vacancy left by C.C. Yin who resigned from the Board of Trustees in December.
Submitted by Office of Public Affairs

New location
The OneCard Center is merging with the Student Financial Services Center in Lassen Hall to provide staff and students with a one-stop shop.

The relocation of the center will take place this week.

You may visit the Student Financial Services Center to pay fees and take care of OneCard related business in one visit. Stop by the new center in Lassen Hall, Room 1001 next week to see the our digs and get a free re-take on your OneCard picture.

For more information call 278-7878.
Submitted by the OneCard Center

Free games
The Sacramento State Athletics Department is offering free admission to men’s basketball games in January to all University faculty and staff. Every faculty or staff member, along with their family, will be admitted free to any of the Hornet men’s basketball games listed below.

In addition to free admission, Target gift cards will be awarded to multiple Sacramento State employees during each game. All home basketball games take place in the Hornets’ Nest (South Gym of Yosemite Hall).

Thursday, Jan. 20 vs. Northern Colorado, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22 vs. Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 27 vs. Idaho State, 7 p.m.
Submitted by the Athletics Department

Apply now
February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, which is designed to help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2011/2012 by the March 2 priority deadline. There will be activities in the library quad throughout the month to promote awareness.

Students can still file their FAFSA application after March 2, but some funds will no longer be available due to demand. Sacramento State’s goal is to ensure that students receive the financial aid for which they qualify. 

Students should apply now. Financial Aid is offering four FAFSA workshops for students who need one-on-one assistance completing their applications. These free workshops will be held in Mendocino Hall Room 2007:

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit or call the Financial Aid office at 278-6554.
Submitted by the Financial Aid Office

Annual Asbestos Notification
In accordance with the provisions of the California Health and Safety Code, employees must be notified annually that an asbestos survey has been completed and the report confirms the presence of asbestos-containing building materials in several buildings on campus.

The presence of asbestos in building materials does not present a health hazard. However, if disturbed, asbestos-containing materials can release fibers. Exposure to asbestos may result in asbestos-related diseases, including cancer. Employees are required to contact Facilities Services for approval prior to beginning work that would disturb building construction materials in any campus buildings or location. This includes any type of construction, alterations or improvements such as drilling or cutting into walls or ceilings, disturbing floor tiles or finishes or disturbing insulating materials or fireproofing.

For additional information, visit the Environmental Health and Safety website at or call 278-5174.
Submitted by Risk Management

Student fee forms
The Student Fee Advisory Committee is now accepting 2010/2011 Category II and Category III fee proposal forms.  Executive Order 1034 governing fees and the fee proposal form can be found at

The Category Fee III (Materials, Service and Course Fee) deadline is Feb. 7.

Send questions regarding the fee process to Gina Curry at or call 278-7433.
Submitted by Student Fee Advisory Committee

Recruitment session
The Doctorate in Educational Leadership program will present a recruitment session for prospective students for the fall semester.  The session is Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Eureka Hall, Room 313e.

Courses in the program are taught by faculty representing both university professors and executive leaders in K-12 and community college education. The program includes education policymakers and analysts.
Submitted by Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Volunteers needed
The Sacramento Sports Commission will host over 5,000 athletes and 5,000-7,000 guests in Sacramento (majority of the event will be held at Sac State) July 6-17, for this World Track and Field Event.

At the end of January, volunteers may go online and sign up for opportunities directly. Contact  Or call 808-6561.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Reducing health disparities among homeless youth
Nursing faculty and WIND volunteer nurse Michelle Dang collaborates with UC Davis pediatrician Dr. Elizabeth Miller and WIND Youth Services to expand health services for homeless youth in the Sacramento area.

Under Dang’s supervision, public health nursing students work two days a week at a drop-in community agency (WIND) for marginalized and homeless youth to conduct health assessments, address gaps in health services, and refer youth for further health care. In addition, nursing students enroll youth in an innovative online health information system called Healthshack where homeless youth can keep their important life documents such as birth certificates, immunization records, and health records.

This program was created in collaboration with former homeless youth, who now work as Health Ambassadors for the program, and envisioned by Dr. Miller. It is the first web-based health information system specifically geared for homeless youth. As an effort by Dang, Miller, Melissa Binger (manager of HealthShack), and volunteer nurse Kim Whitney, WIND is now also a site for qualified youth and children under age 18 to receive immunizations for free.

Nursing faculty, volunteer nurses, and student nurses will provide immunization services. This is a critical service at a time when budgets are forcing many clinics to close, and services such as free immunizations are difficult to obtain.
Submitted by the Division of Nursing

News and campus videos

Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page
Current stories include, Carnegie honors Sac State, MESA award, Fulbright Scholar to teach in Portugal, Alumnus state teacher of the year, Security grant for Computer Science Department. Videos: Campus security, Winter commencement.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs 

Security Quick Tip:

Data breaches are an active threat to all universities. 

Ohio State reported a data breach in December that affects 760,000 current and former faculty, students, applicants and others.  Ohio State estimated it could cost the university up to $4 million to investigate, send notifications and run a calling center for those impacted.  It is important to recognize if you are working with confidential data (SSN, dates of birth, etc.) and partner with the Information Security Office to protect it.

Visit for more information regarding the Ohio State breach or to understand how to protect all our data.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Digital messages
If you have an academic event or performance that you want to publicize you are invited to submit your message to:
Submitted by Office of Public Affairs

Human Resources

Tax reduction

The Social Security tax paid by employees on their earned income was lowered by two percentage points for 2011 – from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent.  This reduction is reflected on the December master pay warrants, which issued on Jan. 1, for employees who are subject to social security withholding.  The employer contribution remains at 6.2 percent.   
The reduction in withholding is part of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (TRA 2010) and will not affect a worker’s future social security benefits.

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, 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 Del Norte Hall, Suite 3001 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
William Phelps, Division of Social Work
Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department
Kevin Ptak, Art Department
Kenya Capers, Student Financial Services
Deana Frandsen from the Student Health Center.


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