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December 13, 2010


Work continues on campus safety measures
Sacramento State’s Administration and Business Affairs and Information Resources and Technology units are working to implement additional safety measures on campus, and President Alexander Gonzalez has approved a $500,000 budget allocation to improve lighting across the campus.

Current work includes the installation of new emergency “blue light” phones and security cameras. Seven new phones are expected to be up and running before the semester ends at the following locations: between Brighton and Eureka halls, the main bus stop, the Library Quad, American River Courtyard, Lot 7 (2 phones) and Lot 8.

Both units are continuing to implement security cameras on campus under a $250,000 project recommended by the University Budget Advisory Committee (UBAC) last year. Cameras are being placed at strategic locations on campus and will serve as an additional tool for University Police to prevent crime and investigate reports of criminal activity.

The University’s $500,000 lighting initiative was also recommended by UBAC and will replace current exterior bulbs with new lighting fixtures, which provide more illumination, use less electricity and last longer.

Additionally, Facilities Services, Risk Management and University Police continue to work together to identify, repair and replace any light bulbs that are burned out or broken. Police patrols routinely report lights that are not operational, and Facilities Services has staff members devoted to repair and replacement of campus lighting.
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Temporary Closure of Parking Facilities
In an effort to save energy costs during an off peak period, the following parking facilities will be closed for Winter Recess. Closure will begin Friday, Dec. 17 at midnight and will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18:

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

All other parking facilities will be open and available during the closure of the facilities mentioned above. If there are questions, contact University Transportation and Parking (UTAPS) at 278-7275, or
Submitted by University Transportation and Parking.

Big Sky Mini-Package
Purchase a  Men's Basketball Big Sky eight-game mini package for just $80. The package for conference games begins Jan. 6, vs. Portland State with seating in sections 4 and 7 of Hornet Gym and will not require any donation. This offer is open to Sacramento State employees before it is released to the general public.

To purchase a Big Sky Mini-Package, call T-Ante Sims at 278-2222.
Submitted by the Athletics Department

President’s spring address set
President Alexander Gonzalez will give his annual spring address to the campus community Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in the University Union Ballroom. The event will begin with coffee at 9 a.m., followed by the talk at 10 a.m.
Submitted by the Office of the President

Updated teaching 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 2010.  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.  Contact the Office of Institutional Research at 278-6566 if you have any questions.
Submitted by Institutional Research

Take care
Ice and snow are rare in Sacramento but are not unheard of.  With the advent of colder weather and rain, some sidewalks and parking lots on campus may have icy areas for the first few hours of some mornings, especially on the north (shaded) sides of a taller building. 

If you notice what appears to be an icy patch of sidewalk, especially if it is a shaded area, either adjust your stride to walk carefully through the slippery area, or avoid the area altogether.  If you see an area that is icy, please notify Facilities Services, 278-6242.
Submitted by Risk Management and UTAPS

Retirement reception
A retirement reception will held for Annette Karle, Quality Improvement assistant, Administration and Business Affairs, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the University Center Restaurant, in the University Union. 

Annette is retiring after 23 years of service to the campus. Memory Book pages are available from Priscilla Llamas-McKaughan,, 278-5992. Send gift donations to Elena Compo, Sacramento Hall 267,, 278-82845.
Submitted by Administration & Business Affairs

December paychecks
Master payday falls on Friday, Dec. 31 during the Winter Break and will be released in a new location.  December paychecks will be released in person only upon written request from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 in the Public Service building lobby, Campus Police Department.

Public Service staff will only have checks requested for pick-up.  If you would like to pick up your check in person, and you have not yet returned the pick-up request form, a form was available in your November check. The form is also available on the Student Financial Services Center website at
Submitted by Student Financial Services Center

Reducing health disparities among homeless youth
Nursing faculty and WIND volunteer nurse Michelle Dang collaborates with a UC Davis pediatrician, Dr. Elizabeth Miller, and WIND Youth Services to expand health services for homeless youth in the Sacramento area.

Under the supervision Dang's public health nursing students work  two days a week at a drop-in community agency (WIND) for marginalized and homeless youth to conduct health assessments, address gaps in health services, and refer youth for further health care. In addition, nursing students enroll youth in an innovative online health information system called Healthshack where homeless youth can keep their important life documents such as birth certificates, immunization records, and health records.

This program was created in collaboration with former homeless youth, who now work as Health Ambassadors for the program, and envisioned by Dr. Miller. It is the first web-based health information system specifically geared for homeless youth. As an effort by Michelle Dang, Dr. Miller, Melissa Binger (manager of Healthshack), and Kim Whitney (volunteer nurse), WIND is now also a site for qualified youth and children under age 18 to receive immunizations for free.

Nursing faculty, volunteer nurses, and student nurses will provide immunization services. This is a critical service at a time when budgets are forcing many clinics to close, and services such as free immunizations are difficult to obtain.
Submitted by Department of Nursing

John S. Allen, Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center and the Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California, will present "Three Ideas About Human Brain Evolution," on Feb. 4. His lecture will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Valley Suite, third floor University Union, followed by refreshments.

Allen is a biological anthropologist and research scientist known for his research on evolution of the brain and cognition. He is also co-author of the definitive introductory student text "Biological Anthropology." The presentation will focus on material from his new book The Lives of the Brain.
Submitted by Department of Nursing


California State Employees Food Drive
This year’s food drive will be held at Sacramento State through Dec. 21. Your monetary donations go the farthest, as bulk food can be purchased at lower costsMake your check payable to: California Emergency Foodlink and 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)

Classical, pops, holiday songs
On Dec. 13, 7 p.m., there will be a free concert featuring Sacramento State String Project students and teachers. It will include 75 children ages 7-17, playing violin, viola, cello and bass conducted by student teachers in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.
New registrations for next semester are possible for children already playing a stringed instrument. Check the website for more details, or call 278-6558.
Submitted by the Department of Music

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 Chinese Art Exhibit, Distance learning with a twist, Security grant for Computer Science Department and MESA Award.  
Submitted by Office of Public Affairs 

Data Center shutdown

IRT will be performing scheduled annual maintenance on the Data Center from 7 a.m. Dec. 27 to 7 a.m., Dec. 28. 

Most computer services are planned to be unavailable during this time, though actual downtime may be less.  This includes services such as email, Student CMS Systems, HR and Finance CMS systems, SacCT, the MySacState web portal, Wireless, VPN, SacSend and internet connectivity.  Incoming Email messages during the shutdown period will be retained and processed when the maintenance period is complete.

This has been carefully scheduled to cause the least disruption possible to the campus community.  If you are concerned with any issues that may be caused by the downtime, please contact us so those problems can be mitigated.  Concerns, questions and issues may be directed to the service desk:
Submitted by the Information Resources and Technology

Security Quick Tip:
Did you know 80 percent of all computer breaches are possible because of easy-to-guess passwords?

Making a strong password is a key to protecting your professional and personal digital identity. Avoid passwords that use similar charters sequentially or consecutive patterns. To better understand how to create a strong password, check out this information on PassPhrases.
Submitted by Information Resources and Technology

Digital messages
If you have an academic event or performance that you want to publicize you are invited to submit your message to:
Submitted by the Office of Public Affairs

Human Resources
Joint CSU/CFA Statement on FERP
During the Nov. 19, collective bargaining session between CFA and the CSU Chancellor’s Office, the two sides agreed to the following joint statement on the future of the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP):

“The CFA and CSU Administration have not reached agreement on all details of the FERP program for the successor contract, but there is agreement between the parties that the program will continue and that the current 5-year eligibility will remain.

“Therefore, eligible faculty members may now apply for entry into the program in 2011. If, as a result of subsequent bargaining, the program changes in ways unacceptable to you, you can decline to retire and decline to enter FERP at that time. (This can be accomplished by withdrawing your PERS retirement request subject to PERS regulations).”

Semester holidays reminder
Since Christmas falls on a Saturday, the holiday observance is shifted to Friday, Dec. 24. Thursday, Dec. 23, is a work day, 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 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.

Staff vacancies

This office will post the last staff employment vacancies for this calendar year on Wednesday, Dec 8. This will allow for a minimum two week posting period and a closing date of Dec. 22, which is just prior to the winter break.  We will resume posting staff employment vacancies in January.

Questions? Office of Human Resources, Employment at 278-6326.

Part-Time Faculty Vacancies for Spring, 2011.

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
Kevin Ptak, Art Department
Jenny Leung, Education, Independent Doctorate


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