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November 8, 2010


Employee of the Month
Ted Ferrara is an Electronics Technician in the Department of Chemistry.

His nominator 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 continued 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 in 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

Raymond Carver’s Sacramento years
Known as the “most beloved American short story writer,” Raymond Carver’s works continue to influence writers, de­cades after his death in 1988. Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life by Carol Sklenicka (Scribner 2009) was named by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 best books in 2009.

This Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the University Library Gallery, the author will discuss her work and Carver’s ties to Sacramento State, where he studied and published his first collection of poetry.

For more information, contact Sally Hitchcock, the Library’s coordinator for community outreach at 278-5954 or
Submitted by the Friends of the Library

Retirement reception
A retirement reception honoring Terry Manns for his 26 years of service to the Sacramento State Research Administration office will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Aspen Room on the second floor of The Well.  Please join in wishing Terry all the best in his upcoming retirement.  To RSVP, e-mail
Submitted by Research & Administration 

Donation Drive
To show our “Thanks” this November, Sac State Serves is also participating in Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services' “Holiday Spirit of Giving” donation drive.  Donations will be collected from Sacramento State throughout November. Food, clothing, and toy donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Library room 4028. Help spread the word.
 For more information on the donation drive, visit
 Submitted by the Community Engagement Center
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 workday, 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

Monday Evening Art History
Kadema Hall will host the following presentations by artists of their current work and their professional/educational paths since earning recent undergraduate degrees in art history at Sac State. Each session begins at 5 p.m. in Room 145.

 Nov. 15: Michele Taylor Hamilton, "Lost and Found: Visions of the Davis Art Center,” Sacramento State Master’s Thesis and Exhibition (on view now at the Davis Art Center until Nov. 19).

 Nov 22: Kristina Schlosser Marrone, "The Twenty-First Century Tiller Girls: Natalie Bookchin’s Mass Ornament," Sacramento State BA in Art History, UC Davis MA in Art History.

 Nov. 29: Heather Brown: "Art Conservation," Sacramento State BA in Art History, University of London, Courtauld Institute MA in Art History.
Submitted by the Department of Art

New Fact Book available online
The 2010 University Fact Book is now available from the Office of Institutional Research. The Fact Book features student profiles, as well as faculty and staff profiles. It also highlights statistics for admission, class size, degrees awarded, retention, graduation, and alumni.  Many sections are broken down by college.

All data was collected on Census Date and includes a five-year range. The book is available online at Click on Data Center then on University Fact Book. You can choose to view the entire book, or select only the section you are interested in viewing.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Training dates
On Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to noon there will be a NIMS/SEMS/ICS training session for campus first responders in the Hinde Auditorium under the auspices of the Sacramento State Police Department and Emergency Operations Center.
The four-hour presentation provides an overview of federal, state and local systems, identifies roles and expectations of emergency responders. It also delineates the use of integrated/standardized systems to request emergency services of allied agencies and how those agencies work together to achieve objectives.

This session is for faculty and staff at the University who have a direct or supporting role during a campus emergency or evacuation incident and have not had this training in the last three years. This training can be completed online, but the live class takes less time. Handouts are provided, and there will be a short true/false, multiple question test required by FEMA and CAL EMA. This training is mandated by executive order from the Chancellor’s Office and Sac State.

On Dec. 7, 8 a.m. to noon is the Building Coordinator, Safety team (floor marshals) training session. It includes building evacuation procedures, “active shooter" responses, “shelter in place" procedures and "assisting those with special needs during an evacuation". This is for all staff and faculty involved in the campus Building Coordinator/Safety team program at Sac State. It is not required but highly recommended.
Both classes can be registered for at the Sac State LEARNER WEB and are limited to 186 per class. Questions: 278-2397.
Submitted by Department of Public Safety

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 e-mail,
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

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 or call 278-6295.
Submitted by Alumni Relations

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.
Submitted by Department of History

Coms 105 fundraiser
The Small Group Communications class is holding a fundraiser/silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the University Union California Suite. All proceeds will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California in Sacramento.
Submitted by Coms 105 students

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 Sac State engineering champions, Rock Auction. Videos include Sac State champions.
Submitted by Public Affairs 

Computer security tip

Safeguarding campus information part 5 of 6

If you no longer need to access Level 1 data it must be deleted. Archiving Level 1 data should only be done for regulation purposes and must be encrypted in storage. The Information Security Office has tools that can ensure these files are either secured or scrubbed of the Level 1 information. Look for part 6 in next week’s Monday Briefing 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.

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


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