December 11, 2000 Vol. V, No. 8


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 January 29 issue is Mon., January 22.

We strive to include all items submitted by deadline occurring during the two-week period until the next issue. Items further in advance will be run on a space-available basis. Submit future items by e-mailing them to, sending them to mail drop 8242 or faxing them to (818) 677-4909. E-mail is the preferred method of submitting.

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Public Meetings

Educational Resources Committee

Meets from 2-4 p.m. Tue., Dec. 12, in President's Conference Room C.

Foundation Board

Meets 6 p.m. Wed., Dec. 13, at the University Club.

Campus Planning Board

Meets from 10 a.m. to noon Tue., Dec. 19, in President's Conference Room A.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Wed., Dec. 20, in the President's Trailer.

Associated Students Senate

Meets 2 p.m. every Tuesday in the USU Grand Salon.


Textbook Buyback

The Matador Bookstore will buy textbooks during finals week at three different locations: fmi-x2932.

Entertainment Books

The Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled is offering 2001 entertainment books for half price. fmi-x3462 or x2182.

Payroll Disbursement

December payroll warrants will be disbursed in the Student Services Building main lobby on Fri., Dec. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon. Any warrants not picked up during the holidays will be available Jan. 2, 2001 in room 101 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Publication Offered on First-Generation Students

The Educational Opportunity Program special projects team and Susan Henry of the Journalism Department have published "First Generation Students at California State University, Northridge. The publication, which focuses on strategies for working with first-generation students, has been distributed to full-time and part-time faculty, as well as to selected administrators, staff and student workers. If you want a copy or need additional copies, contact Julie Williams in EOP Central. fmi-x4151 or

Our Deepest Sympathy

Peter Bellinger, professor emeritus in the Biology Department, died in November at age 81. Bellinger joined the faculty in 1958 and was a dedicated teacher and scientist. Although he retired last year, he was still active in both teaching and research until his death. Last year, his research efforts were recognized by Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, with the George Lefevre Outstanding Research Award. An open house was held Sat., Dec. 2 in his honor.

Day of College Life Program

Matadors Federal Credit Union has sponsored a special educational program called "I'm Going to College" at CSUN. The program is designed to promote the benefits of a college education by allowing students to experience a day of college campus life. Nearly 180 9-year-olds from Vaughn Next Century Learning Center participated in the program.


University Advancement V.P. Candidate Forums

Campus open forums are being held for three candidates seeking to become the university's new vice president for university advancement.

Retirement Reception

University Cash Services invites you to wish Tyra Rauch a farewell at her retirement reception from 4-6 p.m. Thu., Dec. 14, at the USU Thousand Oaks Room.

Holiday Donation Drive

The University Recycling Program, sponsored by Associated Students and the University Corp., will be collecting items for their annual Goodwill Holiday Donation Drive through Sun., Dec. 17. The donation site will be the southeast corner of student parking lot T near Lindley Avenue and Lassen Street. An attendant will be on duty daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to issue receipts for tax purposes. Goodwill will sell donated items, using the funds for vocational rehabilitation and job training programs. For information on acceptable and reusable items, contact Cyndi Signett, x2477, or Goodwill Industries, (818) 446-6394.

Parent Support Group

The Family Focus Resource Center in collaboration with the North Los Angeles County Regional Center announce a new parent support group for families of children with developmental disabilities from birth to 10 years of age. A meeting will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Tue., Dec. 12 at the Family Focus Resource Center in the College of Education, room E109-D. The support group will be facilitated by Dorothy Ross, licensed marriage, family and child therapist. fmi-x5575.


Training and Development Courses

The Office of Human Resource Services is offering professional development courses as follows:

WebCT: Hands-on Workshops

The Learning Resource Center is offering workshops on online course creation, design and management on WebCT in Student Services Building room 418. The following workshop is offered: Required prior to any of the workshops: Apply for a WebCT account at least three days prior by filling out the form at WebCTAccountRequest.html. Reserve a computer and space. fmi-x2033 or

New Employee Orientation

Every employee new to the CSUN campus should attend an orientation workshop. The next session is from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tue., Dec. 12, 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.


2000-2001 China Institute Faculty Development Grant

Two $1,000 grants are available to faculty with an interest in China or matters related to China. The grants are seed money support from the China Institute for faculty to explore their dreams or start a project in the broad field of China studies. Since the grants' purpose is to provide seed money for starting larger and longer-range projects, indicating how this might be accomplished is an important factor. For the same reason, incremental funding of existing projects cannot be approved.

Three copies of a required proposal document and resume must be submitted to the China Institute (via campus mail 8342) by the deadline of Feb. 16. Contact the China Institute about the proposal and resume details. Decisions on the awards will be announced March 16.

Awardees will be expected to make a public presentation on their project to the campus and community, as well as provide a written report on their grant activities to the China Institute by June 30, 2002. fmi-Justine Su, x3801 or

CSU Student Trustee Position

Applications are available for a student trustee position with the California State Student Association (CSSA). Students serving as the student trustee on the CSU Board of Trustees have a unique opportunity to shape higher education policy for one of the largest higher education systems in the world. The student trustee is paid a modest stipend for conducting business of the board and attending board meetings, which are held six times a year. The application deadline is Thu., March 15. fmi-Trisha Fair, x2477.

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