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November 1, 2010


Employee of the Month
Ted Ferrara is an Electronics Technician in the Department of Chemistry.
His nominator has described him as “the one who maintains all of the instrumentation in the chemistry department from the simplest to the most complex. The Chemistry Department literally could not function without well-maintained equipment.  It prepares students for careers in laboratories and businesses, as well as post-graduate study in Ph.D. programs.  This is why we have a regional reputation for turning out students who are skilled in scientific instrumentation.   Ted’s importance to the department cannot be overstated.”

The nominator continues to say, “Ted’s work and his attitude and demeanor are huge assets to the environment we strive to create for our students.”

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Staff Employee Recognition Program.  Names of the recipients will be announced January.

Details about nominations, eligibility, criteria, and procedures are available on the website link:
Submitted by the President’s Office

Shuttle routes
The University is holding two open forums regarding proposed Hornet Express Shuttle route changes for Spring and Fall 2011. Open forum meetings will be on the following dates:

Wednesday, Nov. 10 – 1 to 2 p.m. in Library 11
Tuesday, Nov. 16 – 2 to 3 p.m. in Library 11

The University is proposing a schedule change on all three routes beginning Spring 2011 and eliminating the Gold Line in Fall 2011.

The changes are driven by the need to reduce the Hornet Shuttle budget, as the cost to run the shuttle is exceeding the revenue available for the shuttle program. 

The proposed schedule changes for Spring 2011 are mainly eliminating the times when the Hornet Shuttle has the lowest ridership—early morning, mid-day, and after 5 p.m., based on ridership data. The Fall 2011 reduction of the Gold Line is being proposed because it services the same area as Sacramento Regional Transit.  Students can ride on RT at no extra cost with a Sac State Commuter Pass (faculty and staff can purchase a Commuter Pass for a nominal fee).

The open forums provide an opportunity for the campus community to review the proposed changes and provide feedback.  Feedback can also be provided by email sent to
More information is available at
Submitted by Transportation and Parking Services

Green and Gold Gala
Sacramento State will look to the past, celebrate the present and point to the future during its fifth Green & Gold Gala 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in the University Union Ballroom. This year’s gala is the culminating event in the University’s year-long celebration of Destination 2010.

Tickets and more information about the gala are available at 278-7043 or  For sponsorship information, contact Craig Perez, director of Development at 278-4912, or e-mail
Submitted by University Advancement

California State Employees Food Drive
This year’s food drive will be held at Sacramento State from Nov.10 through Dec. 21.
Your monetary donations go the farthest, as bulk food can be purchased at lower costsMake your check payable toCalifornia Emergency Foodlinkand mail to:  Nancy Fox, department zip code 6076. Food collection boxes will soon be appearing in most department offices on campus.

More information will soon be forthcoming regarding the food drive. Watch for mass emails and check the University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) web site at  If you have questions, contact Nancy Fox, Food Drive Coordinator for Sacramento State at or 278-5241.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS)

Semester holidays reminder
Friday, Nov.26, the day after Thanksgiving, is a workday for all nonacademic year employees.  The campus will be open for limited intra-campus business but not to the public.  It is anticipated that the University Union and University Enterprises, Inc., will be closed on that day.  Therefore, no food services will be available on campus.

Unless work is scheduled for you, our hope is that you will request use of vacation time, accrued Compensating Time Off (CTO), or your Personal Holiday to give yourself a well-deserved, uninterrupted Thanksgiving holiday break.  As always, requests for time off must be made in advance and approved by your manager.

It is also never too early to plan ahead for the December holidays.  Since Christmas falls on a Saturday, the holiday observance is shifted to Friday, Dec. 24.  Thursday, Dec. 23, is a work day for all except academic year employees, and the campus will be open that day for primarily intra-campus business.  Our hope is that the governor will continue the tradition of an annual gift of four (4) hours of administrative leave to state workers which should be used on Dec. 23.  This gift will allow us to close campus at noon.  Once again, subject to the operating needs of each of your individual units, you are encouraged to use vacation or CTO that day.

A final reminder -- the campus will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.
Submitted by Office of Human Resources

Lecture on language and immigration
The campus community is invited to attend "Crossroads and pathways: Language and immigration in the education of our youth," Thursday, Nov. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Hinde Auditorium. It features a discussion with Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, associate professor of Language and Literacy/Society and Culture at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education.

Her interests include the social and learning contexts in K-12 education, access to higher education, community and faith-based education among Latinos, and more generally, the practices of linguistic and cultural reproduction, transformation, and change among immigrant groups to the U.S. This lecture is presented in association with Sac State's One Book Program.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Data Dashboard
The Office of Institutional Research has updated the Data Dashboard to include Fall 2010 census data. 

The Data Dashboard, at a glance, shows eight main indicators of University effectiveness, such as enrollment, retention and graduation rates, admission, student FTE by college and diversity in graph forms.  The retention and graduation rates are based on the data published by the Chancellor’s Office which is slightly higher than the rates published by OIR on campus due to the different definitions.  The dashboard is available online at  Click on Data Center, then University Data Dashboard.

For more information visit,
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Recognition Day
Academic Affairs, the Compass Project, and ASI are co-sponsoring a GE Recognition Day on Friday, Nov. 5, from 3-5 p.m. in Library, Room 11.  Faculty and staff are invited to help us celebrate the achievements of our colleagues who have contributed to our General Education Program and to be inspired by their work past, present and future. 

Keynote Address:”General Education: Our Students’ Best Job Security” by
Ken O’Donnell, State University Associate Dean, CSU Chancellor’s Office.

Special Recognition: Greg Wheeler, professor of Geology and former associate dean for Undergraduate Studies.

Light Refreshments will be served.
Submitted by Academic Affairs

Alumni nominations
The Sacramento State Alumni Association invites nominations for the Distinguished Service Awards. The award was established in 1972 to honor alumni and supporters of Sacramento State. It is presented jointly by the University and the Alumni Association to recognize alumni for their professional achievements and community service.

Nominations are accepted in four categories: Distinguished Service, Lifetime Achievement, Honorary Alumna/Alumnus and Rising Star. Nomination deadline is Monday, Nov. 15. Visit orcall 278-6295.
Submitted by Alumni Relations & Association.

Greek exhibition
The Hellenic Studies Program is hosting an exhibit, “The Creative Photograph in Archeology,” a series of 76 images of Greece from the 19th century to the present.  These historic photos depict Athenian architecture and also landscape photography.

The exhibit will continue through Saturday, Nov. 20 at the University Library Gallery.  The closing reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include a keynote presentation from Professor Catherine Turrill of Sac State’s Art Department.
For more information visit,, or call 278-7103.

Student fee forms
The Student Fee Advisory Committee is now accepting 2010/2011 Category II and Category III fee proposal forms.  Executive Order 1034 governing fees and the fee proposal form can be found at

The Category Fee II (Mandatory Fee) deadline is Nov. 22.

The Category Fee III (Materials, Service and Course Fee) deadline is Feb. 7, 2011.

Send questions regarding the fee process to Gina Curry at or by call 278-7433.
Submitted by Student Fee Advisory Committee

Entertainment books
The University Staff Assembly is selling Entertainment books as a fundraiser to support staff programs on campus including the Winter Social, the Awards Luncheon and Summer Picnic. The cost of the book for 2010/2011 is $30, a $10 savings from last year. Contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177 for more details.
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

News and campus videos

Additional stories and videos of campus activities, events and news items are available on Sacramento State’s news page
Current stories include Rock Auction, Creative Chemistry Professor. Videos include Fostering Guardian Scholars.
Submitted by Public Affairs 

Computer security tip
Safeguarding campus information part 4 of 6 - Need to use:
What if you need to use Level 1 data?  It is the responsibility of everyone who uses Level 1 data to be aware of who is accessing this data.  Level 1 data is on a need to know basis and access must be limited to only those who need to use it. Departments must ensure all people that use Level 1 data have a confidentiality agreement on file. For more solutions on how to limit access to Level 1 data, contact the Information Security Office. Look for part 5 in next week’s bulletin and on the Information Security Website:   
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Human Resources


The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a series of retirement and financial planning workshops for the fall semester. The list of workshops is available at Some workshops require registration.
Submitted by Human Resources

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 Del Norte Hall, Suite 3001 or call 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
William Phelps, Division of Social Work
Marielle Brandt, Counselor Education Department
Mary Ann Alvarez, Division of Nursing
Marianna Rivera, MESA Engineering Program
Jon Wedding, College of Continuing Education


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