March 24, 2008
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

Creating a strong on-line password
In this time of sophisticated hacking, passwords may be the best protection, whether a University account password or a bank account password. Simple passwords are easy to crack and given time, even more complex passwords may be compromised. Information Resources and Technology recommends using a strong password and changing it periodically.

There are some basic principles to creating a good password. The use of a meaningful phrase instead of a pass “word” can make an account more secure. Think of a meaningful phrase (I always happily obey my wife) and then use the first letters of that phrase plus a digit and a special character. From the above, you get “Iahomw1$.”

A good password should be at least eight characters long—preferably longer. IRT has set the password parameters so that the next time employees change their password, it must have at least eight characters. Three of the following four things will also need to be included: uppercase letter, lowercase letter, numeric digit, or special character (includes space character).
Submitted by Information Resource and Technology

Scholarships available to students taking Hellenic Studies courses
The Sacramento State Hellenic Studies program invites applications for the Senator Nicholas C. Petris Scholarships. The minimum scholarship amount to be awarded is $1,000. All applications must be turned in by Friday, April 18.

In honor of Senator Petris, the Sacramento State Hellenic Studies program will grant several scholarships to outstanding undergraduates of any major who are currently enrolled full time on campus, have a minimum 2.75 GPA and have taken at least one course from the Hellenic Studies minor. Applicants need not be a declared Hellenic Studies minor to apply.

All applicants are required to submit a transcript of grades at Sacramento State, a list of courses taken as part of the Hellenic Studies minor, a one- to two-page statement of purpose and one letter of recommendation.

Applications should be sent to:

Professor Katerina Lagos
Director of Hellenic Studies program
History Department
Tahoe Hall 3089
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6059

For information about the Petris Scholarships and/or the Hellenic Studies minor, visit, or contact Lagos at or 278-7103.
Submitted by History department

Communication class sponsored by Sysco Intel
The Communication 158 class is being sponsored by the Sysco Intel Co. in conjunction with the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition to hold a week-long anti-counterfeiting campaign. The class as a whole will put on events from April 14-19. The class also designed the website with the mission to educate the city of Sacramento on the dangers of buying counterfeit products. The goal is to have 10,000 online signatures promising to not buy counterfeit products.

Other universities have been sponsored by companies in conjunction with the IACC, but the California State University system is the only university on the West Coast that is involved with this campaign.  For more information, visit
Submitted by Communication Studies

Human Resources

Sabbatical workshop
The office of Human Resources will be conducting its annual Sabbatical Workshop from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11, in the Foothill Suite of the University Union. The workshop is for full-time faculty and will provide information for those interested in applying for a Sabbatical or Difference-in-Pay Leave for the 2009-10 academic years. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited so RSVP by noon on Tuesday, April 1, to Lorena Solis at 278-6779 or

For questions about eligibility, see Provision 27.2 of the Unit 3 Faculty Contract. For other questions, contact the office of Human Resources at 278-6169.
Submitted by Human Resources

Catastrophic Leave
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 40 hours per fiscal year.

If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained at, 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:
Linda Brufladt, Academic Information Resources & Technology
Mark Perry, Facilities Services
Lisa Collins, Admissions & Records
Julie Villescas, Photocopy and Technical Support
Sharon Kelley, Information & Resources Technology
*Sabrina Conklin, Student Health Center
Martha Jean, University Transportation & Parking

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee


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