January 29, 2001 Vol. V, No. 9


For Your Information publishes announcements of public meetings, notices, events, deadlines, classes and courses of interest to the university community. The deadline for submitting items generally is noon on Monday, one week before the issue appears. The deadline for the February 12 issue is Mon., February 5.

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Public Meetings

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Meets from 1-5 p.m., Thu., Feb. 1, in the Engineering Building, 4th floor, EA 1440 conference room.

Academic Technology Committee

Meets from 2-4 p.m., Fri., Feb. 2, in Oviatt Library conference room 373.

North Campus/University Park Devel. Corp. Directors

Meet from 9-10:30 a.m., Mon., Feb. 5, in President's Conference Room A.

Associated Students Senate

Meets 2 p.m., Tue., Feb. 6, in the USU Grand Salon.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2 p.m., Wed., Feb. 7, in President's Conference Room A.

Educational Resources Committee

Meets from 2-4 p.m., Tue., Feb. 13, in President's Conference Room C.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2-4:30 p.m., Thu., Feb. 15, in the Oviatt Library presentation room.


Master of Public Administration

The College of Extended Learning offers a Master of Public Administration program for those in the public and nonprofit sectors seeking to improve administrative and management skills. The graduate program is offered at CSUN, CSUN at Channel Islands and Burbank. fmi-x5634 or x3909.

Naming of New Buildings

Based on recommendations from the campus naming committee, President Jolene Koester has approved Manzanita Hall as the name for the soon-to-be-completed Arts, Media and Communication Building, with the official initials of "MZ." The Speech-Drama Building has been given the new name of Nordhoff Hall, with the corresponding initials "NH" for use on campus maps and directories. Other recent campus building name selections include: the new Administration Building as University Hall, and the new Health and Human Development/ Tech Center Building as Sequoia Hall.

Dean Garcia Hospitalized

Dean Jorge Garcia of the College of Humanities suffered a heart attack recently, but is making good progress in his recovery and his doctors are pleased. As of last week, Garcia remained in the hospital and asked that there be no visitors. Upon his release, he is expected to remain home for at least six weeks. Cards expressing best wishes for his full and speedy recovery can be sent to Garcia's office in the college, campus mail drop 8252.

China Scholarship Award

The China Institute at CSUN is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study for awards from the China Scholarship Council to support a full year of study in any selected subject matter at an institution of higher learning in China. This competition will support applications for study in China for the 2001-2002 academic year.

The scholarship will cover the recipient's tuition and living expenses. There is an additional stipend of $1,000 (or $500 each if there are two recipients) provided through the "Lau Mi"Award, established in the memory of Mildred Z. Mininberg.

Applicants must submit a written proposal of no more than three double-spaced pages outlining purposes and rationale for the proposed study; intended outcomes/achievements and their significance to CSUN's China exchange programs; and description of previous knowledge in Chinese language and culture. A one-page resume highlighting relevant experiences also must be included with the proposal. Six copies of the application proposal must be submitted to the China Institute (via campus mail drop 8342) by Thu., Feb. 15. fmi-x3939 or e-mail zsu@csun.edu.

Spring Extension Classes

Registration for CSUN's spring extension program is underway on a walk-in or mail-in basis. The College of Extended Learning offers an array of professional and personal development programs to the community, including classes in business, management, computer software, arts and entertainment, gardening, health service administration, languages, test preparation and much more. Most classes occur on campus on evenings or weekends. fmi-x2504, x2644 or www.csun.edu/exl.


Pacoima Students Scholarship Ceremony

CSUN's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) will hand out scholarship awards to 180 fourth graders from Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 31 at CSUN's Performing Arts Center. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship in a special ceremony honoring their efforts to get ready for college. The ceremony is the culmination of the "I'm Going to College" project, sponsored by the university and Chela Financial, to encourage children to plan both academically and financially for a college education. To cash in their scholarships, the students ultimately must be admitted to CSUN and its EOP program and show a need for the scholarship.

Career Development Workshop

The CSUN student chapter of the California Career Development Association is sponsoring a workshop titled "At the Crossroads: Conversations on the Intersection of Work and Meaning," from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 10 at the USU Santa Clarita Room. Presenter Mark Guterman will focus on the interplay of work and meaning in our lives. The workshop will help career counseling and development professionals to incorporate and appreciate these challenges and themes in their work with clients. Light refreshments will be served. Admission will be $35 general and $15 for students, but free to CSUN student chapter members. RSVP by Wed., Feb. 7. fmi-Rae Markus, (818) 773-8911 or e-mail csun_ccda@hotmail.com.

Substance Abuse Coalition Meeting

The Campus/Community Coalition on Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention will hold a meeting from noon to 1 p.m., Thu., Feb. 8 at the Student Health Center conference room. Recommendation of additional members for the coalition (campus and community members whose work includes substance abuse and violence prevention are welcome to attend) and agenda items for the next meeting should be forwarded to Barbara Vallaire. fmi-Barbara Vallaire, x3690.

Sixteenth Annual Heart Run & Walk

The Office of Community Relations invites all CSUN employees to join President Jolene Koester and students for the 16th Annual Heart Run & Walk at 8 a.m. Sun., Feb. 11 in Woodland Hills, at the corner of Oxnard and Owensmouth streets. The Heart Run and Walk is a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association presented by West Hills Hospital and Medical Center. There will be 5K and 10K runs, a 5K fun walk and a 1K walk for kids. To sign up, call x5504 or visit www.csun.edu/~shcenter/ heartwalk.html.

The Works of August Wilson

This free symposium honors the playwright who received an honorary doctorate from CSUN. Mon., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Also, see Joe Turner's Come and Gone in Calendar/Theater.

Majors Fair 2001

The Educational Opportunity Program, Undergraduate Studies, Associated Students and the California Career Development Association/CSUN student chapter are sponsoring Majors Fair 2001 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 28 at USU Northridge Center. The event provides students with an opportunity to explore majors, minors and campus resources at one place. The fair features faculty, staff and students from all undergraduate academic departments/programs/ options, informational displays and printed materials. Refreshments will be served and door prizes given. fmi-Helene Berg-Kolin, x2108 or e-mail helene.berg-kolin@csun.edu.

Financial Aid 101

The Financial Aid Office is holding its fifth annual Financial Aid 101 workshop titled "College is Possible" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 19 at the USU. The workshop is designed to inform and prepare incoming CSUN freshmen. Registration starts at 9 a.m., followed by a welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. and a scholarship session at 11 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center. At noon, there will be two sets of breakout/general sessions at various locations in the USU. The sessions include student loan information, Cal Grants, FAFSA line-by-line, budgeting tips and the financial aid process at CSUN. fmi-Adrianne Weinberg, x3873 or e-mail adrianne.weinberg@csun.edu.

Multi-Faith Dialogue Series

The Interfaith Council at CSUN is hosting a six-week Multi-Faith Dialogue Series in collaboration with the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council. This dialogue series will promote understanding and knowledge of other faiths among members of the CSUN faculty and staff. Information will be shared in a non-threatening way among people of different faiths in a small, intimate group setting.

The two-hour sessions are structured with exercises and thought-provoking questions. The facilitator will be Mal Cohen, who has more than 10 years experience in Interfaith dialogue and is a member of the NCCJ, the National Conference of Community and Justice, formerly known as the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

The Multi-Faith Dialogue Series will start Tue., Feb. 27 from 2-4 p.m. in the Interfaith Lounge, second floor of the south wing University Student Union. The series will be held each Tuesday at the same time for six weeks through April 3. The dialogue series is limited to 15 participants at a time. To sign up, contact Darlene Warren-Shapiro, Director of Campus Ministry, at x5814 or Mal Cohen at (818) 348-0267.

Faculty CELT Programs

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is offering these programs to faculty members during the spring: fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x5934, or e-mail adrianne.weinberg@csun.edu.


Health/Safety Workshops

The Office of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety offers a variety of health and safety workshops. The schedule is as follows: Reservations are required. fmi-x2401.

Student Computer Workshops

The Office of Undergraduate Studies is sponsoring student workshops in the Learning Resource Center on Wired Workshops, HyperNews, IRC and WebCT in Student Services Building room 418. The following workshops are upcoming: All CSUN students are welcome and may just walk in. fmi-x2033 or e-mail hflrc007@csun.edu.


Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Awards

The Research and Grants Committee announces the 2001-02 competition for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards. The awards provide faculty with the opportunity to receive up to $5,000 to pursue their scholarly and creative interests. Faculty may apply for three units of released time and/or funds for project expenses. In recent years, more than 60 percent of applicants have been funded. New faculty (hired as of fall 1998) will be considered as a group and given special consideration. The deadline for submission of applications is 5 p.m. Fri., March 9. Application materials are available in Research and Sponsored Projects, AP 706, x2901 or can be downloaded at www.csun.edu/~gripact/research.html.

Early Retirement Program

Applications for the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) are due Mon., Feb. 26. The Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that applications should be submitted at least six months prior to the beginning of the academic year in which the faculty member plans to begin participation in FERP. Application forms can be obtained from the Office of Faculty Affairs, Dome 706 (mail drop 8220). Completed application forms, including signatures of the faculty member, chair and dean, should be submitted before the deadline to the Office of Faculty Affairs. fmi-x2962.

Who's Who Nominations

Nomination forms for inclusion in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 2000-2001 are due in the Office of Student Development and International Programs (mail drop 8261) by Fri., Feb. 23, no later than 4:30 p.m. General qualifications include having junior, senior or graduate standing and an overall GPA of 3.0 for undergraduates or 3.5 for graduate students. Contribution to the campus through academics and extracurricular activities, and involvement in community activities are other criteria. Nomination forms are available upon request. fmi-Emily Dutra, x2393.

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