October 9, 2000 Vol. V, No. 5


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 October 23 issue is Mon., October 16.

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Public Meetings

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m., Tue., Oct. 10, in President's Conference Room C.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2 p.m., Wed., Oct. 11 & 25, in the President's Office.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Meets from 1-5 p.m., Thu., Oct. 12, in Engineering Building 4th floor, EA 1440 conference room.

University Student Union Board of Directors

Meets 5 p.m. Mon., Oct. 16, in the USU Board Room.

Personnel Planning & Review Committee

Meets at 2 p.m., Wed., Oct. 18, in President's Conference Room A.


Scholarship Award

Matadors Federal Credit Union and Chela Financial awarded a $1,000 scholarship to CSUN student Tacquay Bradley on Oct. 3. Bradley, a junior studying photography, was one of more than 500 students who applied to win the scholarship during new student orientation week.

Discount Books

The Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled offers 2001 Entertainment 50% Discount Books. fmi-x2182 or x3462.

Jewish Religious Holidays

The Provost's Office reminds the campus community that the major Jewish holidays occurring during the fall 2000 semester include Yom Kippur, which is sundown Sun., Oct. 8 to sundown Mon., Oct. 9. Many traditional orthodox and conservative Jewish students also will observe the religious festivals of Sukkot, (Fri., Oct. 13 sundown to Sun., Oct. 15 sundown), Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah (Fri., Oct. 20 sundown to Sun., Oct. 22 sundown).

It is campus policy that "in administering any tests or examinations, we will permit any student who is eligible to undergo the test or examination to do so, without penalty, at a time when that activity would not violate the student's religious creed." The Provost's Office calls this policy to your attention and reminds faculty and staff of the responsibility to be sensitive to students' religious obligations as course deadlines and activities are scheduled.

International Faculty Partnership Conference

Applications to participate in the CSU International Faculty Partnership Conference are being solicited. Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany in June 2001 and California in September 2002 are the locations for the first pair of conferences. The theme is "The New Europe and the New California: Coexistence, Convergence, and Collision of Cultural Communities." Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to participate. The conference hosts (Germany and the CSU) will pay the costs of participants' lodgings, meals and associated conference expenses. CSUN will pay the travel costs of up to two faculty members from CSUN (the maximum allowed from any single CSU campus). fmi-Heinrich Falk, x2138 or x3086.


Parent Support Group

The Family Focus Resource Center, in collaboration with the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, announces a new parent support group for families of children with developmental disabilities from birth to 10 years of age. Meetings will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Tue., Oct. 10 and 24, at the Family Focus Resource Center in the College of Education, Room E109D. The parent support group will be facilitated by Dorothy Ross, licensed marriage, family and child therapist. fmi-x5575.

USU Renovation Open Forums

The University Student Union is inviting the campus community to meetings on the proposed design of the USU renovation on Wed., Oct 11, in the USU Santa Clarita Room. One meeting will be from 1-3 p.m. for faculty/staff and from 3-5 p.m. for USU staff and interested students. Participants can contribute by giving architects feedback on their preliminary concept presentation for construction of a new and improved University Student Union. fmi-x2491. Also, USU has launched a renovation web page that will enable CSUN students to obtain updated information on the project. The web page can be reached via usu.csun.edu.

Retired Faculty Program

The Association of Retired Faculty invites you to attend a presentation titled "What Can We Do About Cuba?" from 2-4 p.m. Tue., Oct. 10, in the lounge of the University Club. Speaker will be Julian Nava. fmi-(818) 892-4631.

Bats: Our Flying Friends

Friends of the Oviatt Library welcomes everyone to a presentation titled "Bats: Our Flying Friends" at noon Wed., Oct. 11, in the Oviatt Library presentation room, lower level. Diana Simons, also known as the Bat Lady, will bring live bats to illustrate her talk. Bring your lunch, drinks will be provided. fmi-x2638.

Chemistry Seminar Series

The Chemistry Department is sponsoring a series of seminars. Lectures will be at 3 p.m. Wednesdays in Science Building room 2228. The schedule is as follows: fmi-x2699.

Brown Bag Film Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center will show two films titled "Sugar and Other Carbohydrates" and "Steroids, Cholesterol and Other Fats" on Wed., Oct. 11, and Thu., Oct. 12. Wednesday's showing will be from noon to 1 p.m. and Thursday's showing will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Both films will be in Science Court 524. fmi-x3102.

CELT Programs for Faculty

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is offering the following programs to faculty members during the fall: fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x5934, or e-mail cynthia.desrochers@csun.edu.

Volunteer Opportunities

Students are invited to join the Volunteer Council. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. every Wednesday in the Career Center's Volunteer Program office. fmi-Council hotline, x4106, or visit www.csun.edu/volunteer or VolunteerTrak in the Career Center. The following is an upcoming volunteer opportunity: fmi-(626) 577-2700.

Searching for Spaceships

The Santa Fe Institute's Fellows-at-Large Program is sponsoring a lecture on cellular automata and complex systems titled "Searching for Spaceships" at 1 p.m., Mon., Oct. 16 in Sierra Hall room 310. Speaker will be David Eppstein, professor of information and computer science at UC Irvine. fmi-x2705 or www.csun. edu/~kme52026/caseries.html.

Matador Mania 2000

The Matador Athletic Association invites you to an evening of dinner and dancing at 5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 21 at USU's Grand Salon. Silent and live auctions benefiting athletic programs and scholarships will take place in the Pub. Master of ceremonies is Sam Lagana, director of sports marketing of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, and Dallas Raines, KABC-TV weatherman, will be the featured auctioneer. Reservations are $45 per person or $400 per table (seats 10). Limited seating. Advance ticket sales only. fmi-x3215.

Campus/Community Coalition Meeting

The Campus/Community Coalition on Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention will be holding its first meeting of the academic year from noon to 1 p.m. Mon., Oct. 23 at the Student Health Center. In recent years, the coalition has met to advance the discussion regarding substance abuse, violence prevention and challenges that link these two critical issues. Fred Strache, interim vice president for student affairs, and Susan Cohen, executive secretary of the coalition, will outline plans for the semester. fmi-Barbara Vallaire, x3690.


New Employee Orientation

Every employee new to the CSUN campus should attend an orientation workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tue., Oct. 10, in Student Services Building 535A. The workshop will cover a campus overview, employment and benefit information, the compensation system and public safety and parking information. Reservations are required. fmi-Carol Hallenbeck, x3820.

Faculty/Staff Computer Workshops

Information Technology Resources offers the following workshops in Music Lawn 204 (trailer). To enroll, send an e-mail request to training@csun.edu or call x2204.

Career Center Workshops

The Career Center is offering career workshops to assist students with career decisions and the job search, resume and interviewing strategies. Reservations are preferred for all workshops. To sign up, call x2878. The schedule is as follows:

University Counseling Services

University Counseling Services is offering groups, workshops and services for the fall semester to meet varying student needs on career/major choices, stress and time management, abusive family history, eating disorders and self-esteem and relationship problems. Free confidential groups/ workshops are available. UCS is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon., Thu. and Fri., and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tue. and Wed. in Student Services Building room 520. fmi-x2366 or TDD x7834. The schedule for group/workshops is as follows:

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 for all classes. Courses may be scheduled on an as-needed basis. fmi-x2401.

WebCT: A Demonstration for Faculty

The Learning Resource Center is offering an introduction to WebCT, an online teaching courseware at 3 p.m. Wed., Oct. 18, in Student Services Building room 416. This is an integrated package that offers password protected homepages, course content areas, a bulletin board, chat, online grades, student tracking capabilities, a whiteboard, image database, a calendar and other features. Additional workshops on how to create a class and use the functions in WebCT also will be offered this semester. fmi-x2033 or e-mail lrc@csun.edu to reserve a space.

SIMSR Workshop

Information Technology Resources offers a workshop on Query & Advisement from 1:30-3 p.m. Thu., Oct. 19, in the Oviatt Library, room 2 (garden level). fmi-x2204 or e-mail to training@csun.edu.


Assistive Services and Equipment Requests

The 2000-2001 budget for the Disabled Employees Program includes funding for the Assistive Equipment/Auxiliary Aid Program for campus employees with disabilities. Requests for both assistive equipment and auxiliary assistance must be submitted at the same time and sent to mail drop 8208 by Fri., Oct. 13. The request forms and guidelines have been revised. To receive the updated versions, contact Joan Hall, x2077.

Graduate Thesis Support

Applications are due. Mon., Oct. 9. Eligibility is restricted to classified graduate students working on their projects. A thesis planning form must be on file and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. fmi-x2138.

Student Project Grants

The University Corp.'s Student Projects Committee is accepting student proposals for funding of innovative, unique and exploratory student projects. Guidelines and application forms are available in the University Corp.'s executive office, second floor, Matador Bookstore complex. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Wed., Nov. 15. fmi-Liz Kioussis, x2906.

Distinguished Visiting Speakers

Applications for the 2000-2001 distinguished visiting speakers program are due Mon., Oct. 16. This program is designed to bring well-known speakers to CSUN. fmi-Office of Graduate Studies, x2138.

Resident Director Positions

Application packets are available for Resident Director positions with California State University International Programs. Full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty members holding a teaching or administrative appointment on a CSU campus are eligible to apply. Twelve-month appointments for 2002-2003 will be made to the following countries: France, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Zimbabwe. An academic-year appointment will be made to Japan. Deadline for completed applications is Fri., Dec. 1. fmi-Heinrich Falk, x2138 or x3086.

Korea Month in the Oviatt Library

The Oviatt Library, Friends of the Oviatt Library and the Korean Cultural Center welcome university community members to the following events:
  • Oct. 2-Nov. 8. "Land of the Morning Calm: The Western View of Korea, 1741-1960." An exhibition of rare books from the collection of Peter Maeng. Location: Exhibition Room
  • Thu., Oct. 12 at noon: "Early Printing in Korea," a film and lecture about the history of Korean printing by Juliann Wolfgram of the Art Department.
  • Thu., Oct. 19 at noon: "The Korea Summit and Beyond," a film and lecture on the Korean war and reunification by Gi-Wook Shin from UCLA.
  • Thu., Oct. 26 at noon: "A Mormon Missionary's Encounter with Korea (1988-1990)," a slideshow travelogue about Korea by Rick McBride from the Korean Cultural Center.
All noon lectures will be held in the Oviatt Library presentation room. Bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided by the Friends of the Oviatt Library. fmi-x2638.

Campus Week of Dialogue

The Office of Student Development, Project Community and Project ACT are sponsoring a Campus Week of Dialogue from Tue., Oct. 10 through Sun., Oct. 15 with the theme "Many Paths, One Journey: Building One America." The following events are scheduled:
  • Town Hall Breakfast on Hate Crimes: 8-10 a.m., Wed., Oct. 11 at the USU Grand Salon. Join the dialogue to discuss race relations with guest speaker Joseph McClenton. fmi-Hilda Garcia, x2393.
  • Armenian Cultural Event: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wed., Oct. 11 at the Matador Lawn. Attend a traditional Armenian Wedding! Come and experience traditional music, food and activities. fmi-Arpineh, the Armenian Student Association,
  • Study Abroad Fair: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 11 in the Sierra Quad. Study and travel internationally or nationally to experience a new way of life. fmi-Marta Lopez, x2393.
  • "Ending Violence Against Women" conference: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thu., Oct. 12 at the USU. Be part of the solution in ending violence against women. fmi-Valley Trauma Center, (877) 522-8337.
  • "Beast on the Moon": 5-10 p.m., in Hollywood. Experience Richard Kalinoski's drama about two Armenian immigrants overcoming the emotional scars of Turkey's massacre of Armenians. Space is limited. fmi-Vicki Allen, x2393.
  • International Hate Crime Forum and Coffee Hour: Noon to 2 p.m., Fri., Oct. 13 at USU Grand Salon. Hate crimes occur all over the world. Listen to dialogue from CSUN international students about hate crimes in their countries. fmi-Roopa Rawjee, x2393,
  • Museum of Tolerance: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri., Oct. 13. Visit a museum that focuses on the dynamics of racism and prejudices in America and the history of the Holocaust. Space is limited. fmi-Vicki Allen, x2393.
  • Neighborhood Pride Day: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., Oct. 14. Volunteer by painting and repairing 10 homes in Pacoima. Pre-registration required. fmi-Jorge Valle, (818) 834-8758 x14.
  • AIDS Walk 2000: Sun., Oct. 15 at Paramount Studios. Walk and make a difference. Free bus transportation will be provided from university Lot C at 7 a.m. Participants donating a minimum of $5 will receive a free Team CSUN T-shirt. fmi-Amy Reichbach, x3683.

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