October 13, 2008
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

University Budget Advisory Committee
The President and representatives from the University Budget Advisory Committee will brief the campus community on the status of the campus budget and budget process in the context of the newly passed state budget at noon, Thursday, Oct. 16, in the University Union’s Hinde Auditorium. The briefing will consist of a short presentation followed by a question and answer session. 
Submitted by the Office of the President

Strategic Planning Council nominations
Provost Joseph Sheley is accepting nominations for a staff representative to serve through June 2011 on the Strategic Planning Council. The council meets twice monthly on average during the semester. Individuals should be familiar with the University's Strategic Plan and be willing to play an active role in the work of the council. Nominations should be e-mailed to by Oct. 20.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

University Staff events
The University Staff Assembly will hold a welcome meeting, noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the University Union Oak Room. The event is open to all staff members.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. The event is an opportunity to learn about the Staff Assembly and upcoming events.

The University Staff Assembly will hold its annual Halloween contest Friday, Oct. 31. Prizes will be awarded for best costume (individual and office), office decorating and pumpkin carving. Enter online by Oct. 27. For more information and to enter the contest go to Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

Graduate information
The Graduate Diversity Program is sponsoring a series of workshops entitled, "What You Need to Know About Graduate School."  Workshops will be held noon-1 p.m., Wednesdays in the University Union. Please visit for individual workshop titles and room locations.
Submitted by the Office of Graduate Studies - Graduate Diversity

Gift giving benefits students
The Development Office facilitated gifts totaling $859,035 during the first quarter of the fiscal year (July 1–Sept. 30). Major gifts from individuals and organizations were directed to student scholarships and programs. Gift highlights include $300,000 to the Hazel Cramer Scholarship Endowment, $100,000 from the estate of Lorraine Erickson for scholarships in math, $40,000 to the Cooper-Woodson Program, $30,000 to endow the J. R. Needy Foundation Scholarship in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration, $26,500 for the Liberace Foundation Scholarship and $25,000 for the Anthony and Soula Leones Scholarship. 
Submitted by the Development Office  

Gerontology Fair
The Sacramento State Gerontology Program will sponsor the third annual Gerontology Career Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Nov.13 in the University Union Redwood Room.

The fair is open to all majors, faculty staff and members of the community.
Representatives from state, county and other local agencies will be in attendance offering paid, internship and volunteer positions. Anyone interested in working with or providing services to older adults is encouraged to attend. Students and community members will not only be able to find positions, but will have the opportunity to learn more about gerontology and how the study of aging can be beneficial for all academic disciplines and professions.
Submitted by the Gerontology Program

Discussions about education
“Courageous Conversations about General Education and Graduation Requirements,” takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the University Union Summit Room.

This is the second of three events focusing on education issues. The series culminates with a reception honoring all faculty teaching courses within the General Education program from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in the University Center Restaurant in the University Union. The events are co-sponsored by the Faculty Senate and Academic Affairs.

The entire campus community—permanent and temporary faculty, staff and students—are welcome and encouraged to participate in these important discussions. For more information, contact Janet Hecsh at
Submitted by the College of Education

Technology assisted classroom orientation
An orientation session will be held for instructors teaching in the traditional “smart” classrooms or the new Technology Assisted classrooms (SQU 301, SQU 316, or BNC 1025) this fall to explain the new technology found in these classrooms. The sessions will teach participants to connect either Windows or Macintosh laptops to the video projector; playback a DVD, VHS tape or campus TV; switch video sources between laptops, desktop computers, DVD/VCR players, or document camera; adjust the volume; turn closed-captioning on or off; what cables are needed to connect laptops; and how to report a problem or request assistance.

Register for sessions at

The Smart Classroom Orientation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at AIRC 1009.

The Technology Assisted Classroom Orientation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at BNC 1025.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Pirate Ghost Ship
Peak Adventures will present its fifth annual Pirate Ghost Ship Spooktacular from 7 to 10 p.m., Oct. 30 and 31. The Challenge Center will be transformed into a pirate ghost ship, complete with a haunted house, maze, and carnival games for children. Participants are invited to try the barnacle wall and cargo net.

Open to all ages, the Spooktacular costs $2 for Sac State students, $4 for faculty and staff and $5 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door.

The event is sponsored by Peak Adventures, Recreational Sports, KSSU, Air Force ROTC, Student Activities, UNIQUE, and Associated Students. The Challenge Center is located behind Yosemite Hall. Free parking in Student Lot 1.
Submitted by Peak Adventures

Focus on Iran
This year’s One Book author, Firoozeh Dumas, who will visit the campus on Wednesday, Oct. 15, has frequently expressed the hope that her book, Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America, will help Americans see beyond the limited, and frequently negative, portrayal of Iran and Iranians. This is also a goal of Sacramento State’s Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies Center (IMESC in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. The One Book Program has partnered with IMESC this year to create a free community series focusing on the history, culture and politics of Iran.

“U.S.-Iran Relations in Historical Perspective,” a lecture and discussion by Professor Bahman (Buzz) Fozouni, Government Department, will be presented from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Library Gallery.

A Concert of Classical Persian Music will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Capistrano Hall Music Recital Hall.

For all One Book Program events please visit:
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

“Who Is an American?”
The “Who is an American?” film series, co-hosted by the Multi-Cultural Center and the One Book Program, will show two films in October. The series, presented by Hellen Lee-Keller, English, will screen Lana's Rain on Friday, Oct. 17, and Saving Face on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The films will be screened in Library 1010. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a 5:45 p.m. showtime. A discussion follows each screening.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Writing strategy workshop
Writing Across the Curriculum invites you to attend a campus-wide workshop focused on simple strategies to increase student writing while decreasing your own workload using “writing to learn” assignments.

The workshop will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the University Union’s California Suite. RSVP to or 278-6925.
Submitted by the English Department

Human Resources

Holiday reminder
The day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28, is a workday for all non-academic year employees. The campus will be open for limited intra-campus business, but not to the public. It also is anticipated that the University Union and University Enterprises, Inc., will be closed that day, so no food services will be available on campus. Human Resources officials hope that, unless work is scheduled for them, employees will request the use of vacation time, accrued Compensating Time Off or their personal holidays for that Friday.

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, also is a workday for everyone except academic year employees, and the campus will be open primarily for intra-campus business. It is hoped the governor will continue the tradition of a gift of four hours of administrative leave to state workers which may be used Dec. 24 and allow the campus to close at noon.

Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, is also a workday. We anticipate limited campus services available that day.

The campus will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11, to observe Veterans Day.

Vacation balance
Sacramento State employees are limited in the amount of vacation they can keep as an unused balance.  Those hours are reconciled annually and hours in excess of carry-over maximums must be used by Dec. 31 or be automatically forfeited. 

To view a vacation balance, go to, log onto My Sac State using your username and password, and click on View Balances under Leave Accounting.  The page will display current vacation balance and maximum vacation carry-over hours and alert you if it is approaching the maximum.  Those who do not have access to a computer may request a print-out from the timekeeper for their department. 

Exceptions to the carry-over policy must be approved by David Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, prior to the end of the calendar year. The request must include the reasons for the exception and be submitted in writing to the employee’s program center manager for a recommendation. If approved, the recommendation must include a plan for using accrued vacation by Dec.31, 2009. The recommendation must be forwarded to Wagner by Dec. 5 for approval. For more information, contact Human Resources at 278-6078.

Open enrollment reminder
Open enrollment continues through Oct. 24. During that period, employees can make changes, without a qualifying event, to their benefit plans. Changes include medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts (HCRA/DCRA) and flexcash programs. For more information, visit the Benefits Office webpage at and click on the announcements link.
If you have questions regarding benefits or open enrollment, contact the Benefits Office at 278-6213.

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 each fiscal year in one-hour increments. Bargaining Units 1, 8, 10 and 11 may only donate up to 16 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:
*Toni Johnson, Financial Aid
Scott Flack, Facilities Management
Nancy Hackbart, Career Center
Mary Ann Alvarez, Nursing
Carolyn Ann Hollahan, Academic Information Resource Center

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee


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