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July 6, 2010

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Whistleblower Protection Act
California Government Code Section 8548 requires the California State University to inform its employees of the California Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA Government Code Section 8547 et seq.). Pursuant to this section of the Government Code, the University is required to electronically distribute the State Auditor’s written explanation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act.  This was done Thursday, June 17. 

David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, has been designated as the person on campus to receive protected disclosures and answer questions about these policies.  He can be reached at 278-6078, via e-mail at or through campus mail using ZIP code 6032. 

The statutorily-required notice from the state auditor can be found at:

In addition, this notice has been posted on the following campus bulletin boards designated for “Employee Organizations Only.” Visit for a list of bulletin board locations.
Submitted by Human Resources

Graduating Student Survey report
In the spring, the Office of Institutional Research administered a Graduating Student Survey to assess the quality and effectiveness of the educational programs and support services at Sacramento State.

The survey asked graduating seniors to share their views on a variety of issues covering many aspects of Sacramento State, as well as to relay their future plans.

Survey findings have been compared with the previous year’s results where applicable and are also broken down by college.

To view the report, visit
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Guy West Bridge closure
The Guy West Bridge, linking Sacramento State and the Campus Commons area, will be closed for construction July 18 - Aug. 24.

Construction will address seepage problems that pose a risk of levee failure during emergency releases of water from Folsom Dam and the American River.

The project is a cooperative effort of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.
Submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers

Lot closure
Contractors will begin excavation and paving work to the north end of Lot 7 Tuesday, July 6.  The work is expected to be completed by Sunday, September 19.

During construction:

  • Access to Parking Structure III via the main drive aisle will remain open.
  • The main entrance and exit to Lot 7 (south) will remain open.
  • Secondary access for Lot 7 (north) will remain open for access to Public Safety and the Art Sculpture Lab but will be closed to traffic through Lot 7.
  • The roadway and intersection in front of Public Safety will be closed.
  • The parking lot in front of Public Safety will remain open, but access will be via the entrances by El Dorado Hall and the Child Care Center.

For more information on the project, contact Todd McComb at 278-5183.
Submitted by Facilities Services

Sacramento State employees can receive discounts at businesses around Sacramento with the OneCard. Visit the OneCard website to view a list of businesses that provide reduced rates on frozen yogurt, doggie day care and even auto body work.

The list is ever expanding, and if employees know of vendors who would like to provide discounts, e-mail the OneCard Office at
Submitted by the OneCard office

Golf league
Sacramento State will hold its second six-week summer recreational golf league beginning July 8. Two-person teams play at 4:15 p.m. Thursdays, at Cordova Golf Course. The cost for nine holes is $9 and the back nine can be played for an additional dollar. The league is open to the campus community, and all experience levels are welcome.

A barbeque will be held before play on July 8.

For league details or to sign up as an individual or team, contact Ken Morton at or Sean Basso at 278-6577 or
Submitted by The WELL

Veterans’ class
Sacramento State is offering a new class designed for student veterans. The course, “SWRK 196A, Exploration of Veteran Studies:  An Ethnographic Approach,” is designed to guide students through an exploration of issues experienced by veterans transitioning from combat to civilian life. The course, taught by Professor Chrys Barranti, is 1:30-2:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information on the class, contact Barranti at
Submitted by the Veteran Service Center

New scholarship
A new memorial scholarship is being established to assist former foster youth attending Sacramento State.

The Julianne Marie Huerta Memorial Scholarship fund, coordinated by Assemblyman Roger Niello and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, was established to honor Julianne Huerta, a Capitol fiscal and policy analyst who died in December 2008 after a five-year battle with breast cancer.

Huerta, who had no children of her own, had a strong passion for foster children and hoped to set up a scholarship for them. Her memorial will be part of Sacramento State’s Guardian Scholar Program, which provides money, mentoring and other services to help former foster youth achieve a college education.

Niello and Steinberg say they hope to raise at least $50,000 for an endowed scholarship. Donations may be made to the University Foundation at Sacramento State for the Julianne Marie Huerta Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Guardian Scholars Program, Sacramento State, 6000 J St., Sacramento Hall, Sacramento, CA 95819-6016.
Submitted by Governmental and Civic Affairs

Football season tickets
Season tickets for the 2010 Hornet football season are available at or by calling T-Ante Sims at 278-2222. Alumni, faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $50.
The Hornets open the season with an away game against Stanford Sept. 4. The home opener is Sept. 11 against Western Oregon. Other home games include Weber State, Montana State and Portland State. Homecoming is Oct. 9 against Northern Colorado. The annual Causeway Classic is Nov. 20 at UC Davis.
Fans purchasing season tickets will have the first opportunity to buy tickets for the Stanford and UC Davis games.
To download a season ticket order form, visit
Submitted by Intercollegiate Athletics

Human Resources

Summer workshops

CalPERS Planning Your Retirement
1-3:30 p.m. July 13
University Union  Foothill Suite
Register for this workshop through your MyCalPERS account at, or by calling the CalPERS Customer Contact Center at 1-888-225-7377.

Your Benefits When You Separate From CSU
1:30-3 p.m. July 15
Sacramento Hall  275
To register, contact the Benefits Office at 278-6213.

Planning Ahead – Pre-Retirement Death Benefits
Noon-1:30 p.m. July 22
University Union Folsom Room

9-10:30 a.m. August 3
University Union Forest Suite
To register for either workshop, visit

Estate Planning 101
11:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 8
Alumni Center
To register, visit

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 Sacramento Hall 162 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:

Lorena Solis, Human Resources
Keith Thompson, Facilities Services  
Jody Gayvert, Criminal Justice

Computer security tip
Enabling a password protected screen saver ensures your computer is protected when you step away from your desk. If you need assistance enabling the password protected screen saver, see your ITC or call the Service Desk at 278.7337, or e-mail:
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology


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