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May 23, 2011


Employee of the month: Jonathan Shiveley, assessment research analyst, Office of Institutional Research.

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

Calling all artists
The University’s Library Gallery is looking for faculty and staff (with the exception of the Art and Design departments) who paint, sculpt, quilt, make jewelry, sing, dance, etc. They will be featured in “Sac State Has Talent,” the gallery’s spring art exhibit, March 8-24, 2012. For more information or to get a submission form, contact or the Library Gallery at 278-4189. Deadline is Dec. 1.
Submitted by the Library Gallery.

Service upgrade
OneCard Services has scheduled an operating system upgrade Monday, May 23, through Wednesday, May 25. It will take place during a period of low campus activity (after finals week and before the summer session begins), thereby not affecting as many students, faculty and staff.

During this upgrade, all OneCard operations will be unavailable, including obtaining new/replacement cards and checking account balances. Garage access will be available. All OneCard terminals will be off-line, including the following OneCard readers:

  • Photocopiers
  • PrintSmart Stations
  • Hornet Bucks (Eateries, Games Room, Bookstore, etc.)
  • Library
  • Department Photocopy Cards
  • Parking Permits Machines
  • VTS Machines

Submitted by OneCard Services

Staff picnic
Don’t miss the annual Staff Appreciation Picnic, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, in the Main Quad across from the River Front Center.

The Picnic Committee is seeking volunteers and donations. Donation ideas include artwork, crafts, small gift items/merchandise or gift cards. We would like to have all donations by Friday, May 27. Mark this date on your calendar and join the celebration.

Questions, contact Krystal Bickford at or Cossette Leos at
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

Training session
There will be NIMS, SEMS, ICS Awareness training from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, Hinde Auditorium, University Union, for Group 1. This includes all employees, faculty or staff who do not have duties during an emergency.
Register at or call 278-2397.
Submitted by Public Safety Department

Peace and Conflict Resolution conference
Sacramento State’s Center for Health and Human Services Research and Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution will hold their 16th annual Conflict Resolution Workshop, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, June 20, through Friday, June 24, at Sacramento State.

The workshop provides training in negotiation and mediation techniques and processes, and conflict theories and practices. It also teaches how to become a conflict mediator.

Workshop trainers include Ernest Uwazie, criminal justice professor and director of the University’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution; and attorney Daniel Yamshon, who specializes in arbitration and mediation.

The workshop, which features short lectures, role playing and exercises, is designed for people in community and nongovernmental organizations, public and private agencies, business, human rights, professional and trade unions, and educational institution groups.
To register for the conference, visit The registration fee is $595 and includes a course manual and materials, plus two lunches.

For more information on the workshop, contact Uwazie at 278-6282 or email

For information on the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, visit
Submitted by Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution

Faculty Teaching Assignment Report
The Faculty Teaching Assignment Report has been updated for Spring 2011. The updated report is available on the Office of Institutional Research website.  This report is based on the Academic Planning Data Base submitted to and approved by the Chancellor’s Office on the Census Date of Fall 10/Spring 11.  It displays the detailed information regarding faculty teaching load, such as courses and sections, student course credits, section enrollment, student FTE and weighted teaching units (WTU) by individual faculty member and department.

To view the report, go to  Click on Data Center, then Faculty: Special Reports.  Contact the Office of Institutional Research at 278-6566 if you have any questions.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Sac State Summer Golf League

Cordova Golf Course every Thursday; tee times between 4 and 6 p.m.
Cost is $7 for 18-plus holes. League play begins May 26 (BBQ at 4 p.m.) and runs all summer.
Registration required; email
Submitted by The WELL

Enrichment classes
Summer Enrichment classes will be offered for seventh- through 12th-graders through the College of Continuing Education. Teens can make the most of their summer break with our Summer Enrichment classes. These are four-day intensive classes that prepare students for future grade levels and the college admissions process.

There is high demand for this program and space is limited, so enroll today! Registration is open until Friday, June 24.

To learn more and see the wide variety of classes being offered, visit
Submitted by the College of Continuing Education

Spring issue
The spring issue of Sac State Magazine is available at

The issue focuses on alumni who are leaders in the community, including Kadhir Rajagopal, California Teacher of the Year; and John Castro, Sacramento City School District’s Teacher of the Year.
It also highlights alums Jan Nolta, one of the leading stem cell researchers; Patricia Fong Kushida, head of the Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce; and John Torres, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Also featured are the Sac State student opera production Die Fledermaus, Sac State’s government internship and public policy programs, and a reprint of a poem written especially for Sacramento State’s Destination 2010 celebration by the city’s poet laureate and University Professor Bob Stanley.
Submitted by University Marketing

Weight Watchers
Do your summer plans include losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle? If so, consider joining Weight Watchers at Work.

The Weight Watchers at Work Program is at Sac State. UEI Human Resources is the host for weekly meetings. All meetings are held in UEI’s Human Resources Department Conference Room, Suite 3900. 

An informational/renewal meeting will be held Friday, May 27, from noon to 1 p.m. The weight-loss instructor will provide an overview of the benefits of the “At Work” series and answer questions. The summer series will begin on Friday, June 3. Contact Nancy Blanton at 278-7006 or email her at for more information.
Submitted by University Enterprises Inc.

Parking permit costs for 2011/12
The cost of semester parking permits for managers, administrators and students will increase by 2 percent for the 2011/12 year. This adjustment occurs annually as part of the parking fee plan implemented in Spring 2009. Additional revenue will be used to offset cost increases for maintenance and operation of campus parking facilities.

Permits for managers (MPP) and other unrepresented employees will increase beginning July 1. The monthly permit cost will be $46/month. Other administrator permits will increase by 2 percent above their current rate. Permit costs for faculty and staff are set by their respective bargaining unit contracts.

The increase for student semester permits will take effect with purchase of the 2011 fall permit. The semester permit cost will be $159; Residence Hall student permits will be $206. 

University Transportation and Parking Services, which administers the parking program, is by law a self-supporting unit that receives no funding from the state.  UTAPS’ sole source of revenue for operations, construction and maintenance of parking facilities is from the sale of parking permits.

For more information, visit
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Commuter pass price increase
The cost for faculty and staff Regional Transit commuter passes will increase from $20 to $30 for a six-month pass beginning Friday, July 1.

“The commuter pass continues to be a great deal,” says Nancy Fox, senior director of UTAPS. “Without the commuter pass, a single one-way trip on RT costs $2.50, and a monthly pass costs $100. With the commuter pass, faculty and staff will pay only $5 a month for unlimited ridership.”

Sacramento State has a contract with Regional Transit that offers faculty, staff and students the opportunity to ride RT buses and light rail at a significantly reduced rate. Students pay for the commuter pass through a transit fee each semester.

Faculty/staff commuter passes are at the University Cashiers Office and UTAPS. Passes are effective July 1–Dec. 31. For more information, visit the UTAPS website at www.csus/utaps/.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Free training program
Student Health Services is offering Mental Health First Aid training for Sacramento State students, faculty and staff. It will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, in the University Union Forest Suite. The event is free, but space is limited. Sign up at

This program helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Those who take the 12-hour certification course  learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

For more information, contact
Submitted by Student Health Services

Network upgrade
Sacramento State will begin replacing the core of its current campus network infrastructure Wednesday, May 25, and continue through Wednesday, June 29.

This is part of an ongoing effort to maintain the effectiveness of our campus network as technology advances and user needs evolve. This refresh will ensure that the network both continues to keep pace with technology and will meet the changing needs of CSU students, faculty and staff. In addition, the upgrade will significantly reduce our long-term network maintenance costs.

Work will be performed weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on a building-by-building schedule. During the day when individual buildings are upgraded, building occupants will experience both total and intermittent network and wireless outages in that building. In buildings that are now equipped with Voice over IP Phones (VoIP), the phones will also be subject to outages during the one day upgrade period as well.

To learn more about the upgrade, and to download the schedule to see when your building will be affected, see the project site: The site will also provide contact information if you have further questions.
Submitted by Networking and Telecommunications Office

Temporary closure of parking facilities
To save energy costs during an off-peak period, the following parking facilities will be closed for the summer period. Closure will begin at midnight Friday, May 27; lots will reopen 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22:

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

While most other parking facilities will be open and available during the closure of those mentioned above, there will be additional short-term parking closures for paving and improvement projects during the summer period. The timing of these projects will be communicated separately. If there are questions, contact University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) at 278-7275,,
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Information session
The College of Business Administration is hosting an Information Session for all the business graduate programs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, on campus.

An adviser from each of the degree programs will provide a program overview and conduct a question-and-answer session. Free parking and refreshments are also provided for this event.

You must be registered to attend. Register at
Submitted by College of Business Administration

McNair Scholars Research Symposium.
The new cohort of the McNair Scholars Program will unveil its work in a symposium of academic research, 2-6 p.m. Monday, June 13, Mendocino 311

The scholars will present their research results to prepare for their upcoming trips to the Student Research Competition (SAEOPP) in Atlanta (June 23-26), and the 19th annual Penn State McNair Summer Research Conference (July 8-10).

Past research topics include: The Making of a Disney Princess; Violent Video Games; and The Influence of Internet Pornography on College Students. Watch the McNair Scholars showcase their work.
Submitted by McNair Scholars program

Volunteers needed
The Sacramento Sports Commission will host more than 5,000 athletes and 5,000-7,000 guests in Sacramento (most of the event will be held at Sac State) July 6-17 at the World Masters Athletics Championships.
Volunteers may go online and sign up for opportunities directly. For more information: or 808-6561.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Travel policy
Sacramento State has a new travel policy posted on the Accounts Payable and Travel Office web page at

The CSU systemwide revision was undertaken to provide a common set of procedures for handling travel claims and payments, and to assist travelers and supervisors alike with improved guidance on when travel costs are reimbursable by the University.
Submitted by Financial Services

Spam protection
To improve spam and malware protection and lower our costs, the University will transition to Microsoft’s Forefront malware protection during the week of Monday, June 6.  The transition will occur gradually over a week. Users should see no change in their protection from malware, but please inform the service desk at 278-7337 if you see a marked change in spam in your inbox.

We will inform the campus about the process for transitioning from McAfee to Forefront protection on home computers that currently use our campus McAfee protection. Current McAfee malware software will continue to protect your computer until the transition to Forefront is completed.
Submitted by Operations and Systems Services

Security quick tip: Safeguarding campus information, Part 1 of 6
Understand what is protected data

Ask yourself what type of data you work with.  

There are three data level classifications used at Sacramento State. Level 1 data is the most confidential and includes items such as Social Security numbers, birth dates, medical records, driver’s license numbers, and bank account and credit card numbers. Level 1 data requires increased security controls due to federal, state or industry regulations. Level 2 and 3 data round out the data types at Sacramento State; these levels of data are considered business data and include items such as educational records and employee information. Knowing the different types of data helps protect this data from the bad guys.

A complete listing of the data classification can be found on the Information Security website, Now that you know the data levels, what should you do with that knowledge?  Look for part 2 in next week’s Briefing or on the Information Security website.
Submitted by Information Security Office

Yosemite South Gym closure
The Yosemite South Gym will be closed from Monday, May 23, through July for the wood floor replacement project.
Submitted by Facilities Services

News and campus videos
Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs 

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 the Office of Public Affairs

Human Resources

Summer hours
To conserve energy this summer, Sacramento State will continue the practice of a modified work schedule with normal business hours for the campus of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. These hours will be effective Tuesday, May 31, and continue through Friday, Aug. 19. Authorized supervisors may modify individual work schedules to address special situations as long as these basic hours are covered. It is important that offices are staffed during these announced hours. 

This schedule enables the University to realize substantial budget savings by reducing energy consumption during the late afternoon hours when energy demand is highest. We hope that this change will also permit many of our employees to get the most from the longer summer days. 

If you have any questions or concerns that cannot be answered by your supervisor or manager,  contact Elizabeth Redmond Sublett, associate vice president for employee services.

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, 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:
Deana Frandsen, Student Health Center
* Remedios Malonzo, Facilities Department. Because she is caring for a family member, she may only accept (*VL) Vacation Leave donations.


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