October 20, 2008
Sacramento State Bulletin

Campus Announcements

Economic crisis forum
“Financial and Economic Crisis: What is Happening and Why it Matters” is the topic of a special forum from 1-2:30 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 20, in the Foothill Suite of the University Union.

Topics include the housing market, banking and financial system stability, implications for the economy and the government bailout and policy evaluation.

Presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Submitted by the Department of Economics

Employee of the month nominations
Nominations for the employee of the month are being accepted. Names of the recipients will be announced in November. Details regarding eligibility, criteria, and nomination procedures are available on the website link:
Submitted by the Office of the President

Photography Exhibit - Zambia and Botswana, Africa
Staff member and photography student Jan Lopez has an exhibit of photographs from her recent trip to Lusaka, Zambia and Chobe National Park, in northwest Botswana on display in the Design Gallery, Mariposa Hall, 4th floor. A reception will be held for her 4:30-6:30 p.m., Oct. 23 in the gallery.

In addition to the wildlife photographs, the exhibit includes photographs of people from the developing nations of Zambia and Botswana. The Chobe National Park has one of the largest game concentrations on the African continent.
Submitted by the Department of Design

University Staff 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

Anthropology lecture
The Sacramento Anthropological Society invites the campus community to a guest lecture on California Indian Basketry by Ralph Shanks, president of the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin, 3-5 p.m., Oct. 22 in the University Union’s Oak Room. Shanks will sign his latest book, Indian Baskets of Central California: Art, Culture, and History, following the lecture.
Submitted by the Anthropology Department

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

Webcast lectures
The next research webcast is Oct. 24 in Eureka Hall, Room 113. Three lectures will be presented. This webcast series is offered in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University and provides the opportunity for faculty and graduate students to receive advanced training in research methods and data analysis. RSVP via email to the Research Administration office at The lectures are:

Measurement Issues in Stress Research
Daniel Ganster, University of Arkansas
9–10:30 a.m.

Measurement of Affect and Episodic Events
Howard Weiss, Purdue University
10:30 a.m.–noon

Question and Context Effects in Organizational Survey Data
Adam Meade, North Carolina State University
noon–1:30 p.m.
Submitted by the Office of Research Administration

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
Sacramento State’s Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies Center (IMESC in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, will sponsor 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

Chitralada Royal Palace School program
The application deadline for people interested in the Chitralada Royal Palace School program is Wednesday, Oct. 22. Participating students will be employed as guest teachers at the Chitralada Royal Palace School, situated within the grounds of one of the royal residences in Bangkok.

Application materials are available from the English Department office, the Communication Studies office and Professor Tom Knutson. His office is Room 5031 in Mendocino Hall and he can be reached at or 278-6941.

Writing strategy workshop
Writing Across the Curriculum invites the University community 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:
*Sherry Arrowood, Art
Carol Eberhart, Foreign Languages
Nancy Hackbart, Career Center
Carolyn Ann Hollahan, Academic Information Resource Center.
Jennifer O'Neal-Watts, Library
Wandarah Anderson, Division of Social Work
*Toni Johnson, Financial Aid

*only vacation credits may be donated to this employee


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