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Dec. 5, 2011


Making children’s wishes come true
The University Union is working toward fulfilling children’s wishes this holiday season through the “Wish Upon a Star” program.

Economic hardships have affected us all, and the spirit of giving is more important than ever. Please help make a wish come true by coming to the “Wish Upon a Star” display in the University Union main lobby during building hours, choosing a star, purchasing the wish listed on the star, and sharing a very special holiday gift with a child. The donated gifts benefit the Sunburst Projects, serving children and families with HIV/AIDS.

The program runs through Friday, Dec. 9. Unwrapped gifts should be delivered with the star wish between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to the University Union Administration Office on the third floor of the Union.

For more info, call the University Union Info Desk at (916) 278-6997.
Submitted by University Union UNIQUE Programs

Sac Pack Drive
The Community Engagement Center is hosting its second semi-annual Sac Pack Drive from Dec. 5-16. Please encourage students of all ages to donate new or gently used school and art supplies to benefit youth in need.

Visit for our donation wish list or more information. Donations may be dropped off from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Community Engagement Center, University Library Room 4028.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Coats for Kids
To aid those in our community who are struggling to provide even the simplest of items for their families, the United Sorority and Fraternity Council, Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority Inc. invites the Sacramento State community to participate in the campus-wide Coats for Kids Drive sponsored by News10. As a student organization, we are attempting to bring the campus together and collect at least 300 coats to donate to members of the Sacramento community.

Collections will be taken until Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the University Union (behind the main staircase). Please bring new or gently used coats of any size.
Submitted by the United Sorority and Fraternity Council, Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority Inc.

California State Employees Food Drive
This year’s California State Employees Food Drive is being held at Sacramento State through Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The holidays are such a special time of the year, when family and friends share warm and happy times. However, continued high unemployment and the slow economy have contributed to record levels of food-insecure households, making the food drive more important than ever. Many families in our area are struggling to make ends meet, and we want this food drive to bring much-needed relief and assistance. Please reach as deeply as you can to help make the holidays and the new year a little better for the many children and families helped by your donation.

Monetary donations and canned goods: Your monetary donations go the furthest, as bulk food can be purchased at lower costs. Make your check payable to “California Emergency Foodlink” and mail to Nancy Fox, department ZIP code 6076. Food collection boxes for canned goods soon will appear in most department offices and information booths at the campus entrances.

Holiday events: As you plan your department holiday events, please consider including one or more of the following activities:

  • Ask folks to bring canned or monetary donations to holiday parties, potlucks, luncheons and gatherings.
  • Place donation jars around so people can drop in their change.
  • Hold a silent auction with donated items.
  • Ask folks to bring canned goods to campus events, including lecture, athletic, theater and dance, and art events.
  • Have a book sale or rummage sale.

Watch for mass emails on the food drive and go to If you have questions, contact Nancy Fox, food drive coordinator for Sacramento State, at or 278-5241.

Together, we can make a huge difference in the lives of so many who desperately need our help.
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS)

Spirit of Giving Drive
Faculty and staff, please help spread the word and get involved in the Spirit of Giving Drive. This year, we have two ways to benefit the nearly 60,000 people in the greater Sacramento area served by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Through Friday, Jan. 6, we’ll be collecting winter clothing and food and hosting a virtual donation drive. Every dollar donated online provides $10 worth of goods and services to families in need, so please give generously. Please visit to find out how we can make a difference in our community.
Submitted by the Community Engagement Center

Winter Social
The University Staff Assembly will hold its annual Winter Social from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the University Union Ballroom. Take a few minutes out of the busy end-of-semester schedule to come by for an afternoon treat and some time to visit with old friends or meet new ones. Donations for the holiday food drive will be accepted at this event.

Visit our event page at
Submitted by the University Staff Assembly

String Project concert
Seventy-five children ages 5-15 will be playing violin, viola, cello and string bass during the String Project concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Capistrano Recital Concert Hall under the direction of Sacramento State music majors. Our String Project is part of a coalition of training centers called the National String Project Consortium, which provides an opportunity for children from the community to learn to play stringed instruments while giving undergraduate and graduate music students hands-on, supervised experience in teaching and leadership as they pursue their degrees.

This free concert will be an enjoyable 60 minutes of folk tunes and orchestra pieces for children and adults alike.
Submitted by the Department of Music

Microbes are lecture topic
“Microbes Everywhere: Hitchhikers, Friends and Foes” is the topic of biology Professor Enid Gonzalez at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Library Gallery. Gonzalez, director of the Science Educational Equity (SEE) program in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, focuses her research on plant-bacterial interactions and microbial ecology. The free lecture is sponsored by Sac State’s Friends of the Library and the Sacramento State Retirees Association.
Submitted by Friends of the Library

Anna J. Cooper lecture
The Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program would like you to join us for our annual Anna J. Cooper Lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Orchard Suite, second floor, University Union. Michele Foss-Snowden, assistant professor, Communication Studies Department, is the featured speaker.
Submitted by the Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program

Honors program
The General Education Honors Program and the International Honors Society of Phi Beta Delta invite the campus and community to join us from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the University Union Orchard Suite to discuss and reflect on international exchanges and community engagement. Faculty, students and international students will be presenting.

Contact Vanessa Arnaud at for the full program and/or questions.
Submitted by the General Education Honors Program

President Gonzalez continues updates
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez will post updates on campus developments throughout the semester on his web page:
Submitted by the Office of the President

Student fee forms
The Student Fee Advisory Committee is now accepting 2011-12 Category III fee proposal forms. Executive Order 1054, governing fees, and the fee proposal form can be found at

The Category III (materials, service and course fee) deadline is Friday, Feb. 10.

Send questions regarding the fee process to Julie Carroll at or call 278-7401.
Submitted by the Student Fee Advisory Committee

Temporary closure of parking facilities
To save energy costs during the off-peak winter period, the following parking facilities will be temporarily closed. Closure will begin at midnight Friday, Dec. 16, and the parking facilities will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17:

  • Parking Structure II
  • Parking Structure III
  • Parking Structure IV
  • Lot 10
  • Lot 11

For questions, please contact University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) at 278-7275 or, or visit
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking Services

Updated Faculty Teaching Assignment Report
The updated Faculty Teaching Assignment Report is available on the Office of Institutional Research website. This report is based on the Academic Planning Data Base submitted to and approved by the Chancellor’s Office on the census date of Fall 2011. It displays detailed information regarding faculty teaching load, such as courses and sections, student course credits, section enrollment, student FTE and weighted teaching units (WTU) by individual faculty member and department.

To view the report, go to Click on “Data Center,” then “Faculty: Special Reports.” Please contact the Office of Institutional Research at 278-6566 if you have any questions.
Submitted by the Office of Institutional Research

Government professor in China on Fulbright scholarship
Professor James DeShaw Rae of the Department of Government is spending the year in China, courtesy of a Fulbright scholarship. His blog,, makes for interesting reading.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Entertainment Books
The University Staff Assembly is selling Entertainment Books for 2011-12 as a fundraiser to support staff programs on campus, including the Winter Social, the Awards Luncheon and the Summer Picnic. The cost of the book is $30. For more details, contact Carolann Forseth at 278-6177.
Submitted by University Staff Assembly

Watch for even more University news and videos
Sacramento State is filled with activities worth keeping up on – from outstanding teaching, learning and research to the arts, wellness activities and Hornet athletics. Stories and videos on University people, events and other news are available on Sacramento State’s news page, overseen by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy: And send your ideas for campus coverage to

Another option for publicizing an academic event or performance is the University’s digital sign network on campus. Submit your message to or
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Sac State on Facebook and Twitter
Have you checked out Sacramento State’s official Facebook and Twitter pages? Managed by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy, the pages offer up-to-the-minute news and information on all things Sac State, from academics to athletics, the arts to student life. For the University’s Facebook page, go to To follow Sac State’s Twitter updates, go to!/sacstate.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Security tip: What controls will help me prevent malware?
Malware is a very real and constant threat to the security of your information. Consequently, specific security controls can be put in place to help protect against malware. The following controls will help prevent malware from getting onto your computer:

  • Use anti-virus software: Install a good anti-virus and anti-spyware program, and ensure that it is activated. There are many good, free malware prevention programs that can be used, such as Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows computers. A free home version called Sophos is available for Macintosh.
  • Update all software: Configure your operating system to automatically download and install all updates.
  • Do not use the administrator account: Never use an administrative user account for your daily computing. This will prevent malware from obtaining administrator rights on your computer and aid in limiting any potential damage caused.
  • Turn on spam and phishing filters: Ensure that you have activated the spam and phishing filters for your email and your Internet browser. Your SacLink email already comes with active spam and phishing filters.

Submitted by the Information Security Office

Human Resources

Semester holiday reminders
It is never too early to plan ahead for the December holidays. Friday, Dec. 23, is a workday for all except academic year employees, and the campus will be open that day primarily for intracampus business. Our hope is that the governor will continue the tradition of an annual gift of four hours of administrative leave to state workers, which should be used Dec. 23. If granted, 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.

Therefore, the holiday campus closure is as follows:

  • Friday, Dec. 23: Anticipated annual gift from the governor of four hours of administrative leave.
  • Monday, Dec. 26: Campus closed in observance of Christmas Day (Sunday, Dec. 25).
  • Tuesday, Dec. 27: Campus closed in observance of Admission Day.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 28: Campus closed in observance of Columbus Day.
  • Thursday, Dec. 29: Campus closed in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday.
  • Friday, Dec. 30: Campus closed in observance of Washington’s Birthday.
  • Monday, Jan. 2: Campus closed in observance of New Year’s Day (Sunday, Jan. 1).

The campus will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Catastrophic leave donation
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, by visiting the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Del Norte Hall, Suite 3002, or by calling 278-3522.

The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Donna Danzeris from the College of Continuing Education
David Prato from Housing & Residential Life – Grounds Department



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