March 11, 2002 Vol. VI, No. 12


For Your Information publishes announcements of public meetings, notices, , 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 April 2 issue is Mon., March 25.

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Public Meetings

University Planning and Budget Group

The Mon., March 11 meeting has been cancelled.

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m. Tue., March 12 in Oviatt Library, room 372.

University Foundation Board of Directors

Meets 6 p.m. Wed., March 13 at the University Club. Please call x4197 for reservations and additional information.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2-4:30 p.m. Thu., March 14 in the Oviatt Library presentation room, lower level, west wing, room 81.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m. Wed., March 20 in University Hall 211.

Univ. Corp. Executive Committee

Meets 3:30 p.m. Wed., March 20 in University Hall 250.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Meets 1-5 p.m. Thu., March 21 in University Hall 277.


Pre-Doctoral Program

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2002-2003 California Pre-Doctoral Program open to upper division undergraduate and master's degree students enrolled at a Cal State institution as of spring 2002 who will be enrolled for at least one term of the 2002-2003 academic year. Successful candidates will receive $2,000 to travel to doctoral-granting institutions and attend conferences in their academic discipline, funds for memberships in professional organizations, graduate school applications and test fees, and have the opportunity to apply for a fully funded summer internship. Each applicant must have a faculty mentor who will be available for the duration of the plan specified in the application. Mentors will receive $1,000. Applications are available at the Graduate Office web page studies. Applications are due in the Graduate Office by Fri., March 29. fmi-Hedy Carpenter, x2138.

Employee of the Year

The Employee of the Year Award recognizes a staff employee who has made significant contributions to the university. Eligible employees include those of the University Corporation, University Student Union, Associated Students and any staff member who has been employed half-time or more for a minimum of two years and has maintained a satisfactory or better work record. Faculty and employees in the Management Personnel Plan are not eligible. A staff member may be nominated for this award by any supervisor or manager to whom the employee directly or indirectly reports, or by staff or faculty who have direct knowledge of the employee's performance. All nominations must be completed and submitted to Stacy Edwards, mail drop 8229, by Tue., April 2.

Department Chair Appointment

Provost Louanne Kennedy has announced the appointment of William (Tim) Dagodag, as chair of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, effective Wed., Aug. 21, 2002 for a three-year term.

Available Furniture and Equipment

Asset Management has a web page that lists available furniture and equipment for campus use. For possible furniture and equipment needs, visit The items will be listed for two weeks.

Diet Analysis Services

The Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics invites students, faculty and staff to learn more about their nutritional intake through diet analysis. Diet analysis interns will provide a detailed profile of your diet. Services to students, faculty and staff are provided at a discounted rate of $5, while community members pay $10. Pick up forms at the Marilyn Magaram Center, Sequoia Hall, first floor, room 120.

Nutritional Support Group

A nutritional support group for faculty and staff will be held from noon-1 p.m. every Wednesday in the conference room on the second floor of the Student Health Center. Topics to be discussed are weight loss, good fats versus bad fats, trigger foods, portion control, smart dining in restaurants and anything else that interests you. fmi-x3690.

Suicide and Depression Prevention

Para-professional and peer educators are available to give presentations on the prevention of suicide and depression to classes, clubs and organizations. The presentations are 30-40 minutes, but can be modified according to the needs of faculty. To schedule a presentation, contact Marshall Bloom or Tamara Klumpe, x2366, or

CSUN Observatory

The Physics and Astronomy Department invites the campus community to visit the CSUN Observatory from 7-10 p.m. every Wednesday. See the wonders of the winter sky through the observatory's 14-inch f/10 telescope and see the CCD camera in action from 9-10 p.m. The observatory is located between East University Drive and Bertrand Street, west of the Student Health Center.


Association of Retired Faculty

The Association of Retired Faculty invites the campus community to its third meeting of the school year from 2-4 p.m. Tue., March 12, at the University Club, Lamb's Lounge. Guest speaker Barry Boscoe, certified financial planner from the Brighton Advisory Group, will speak about "Financial Planning in Tricky Times." fmi-Al Baca, x7848.

Anthropology Lecture

The Anthropology Department, with funding from the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program, is sponsoring a lecture titled "The Last Neanderthals and the Origin of Modern Humans." 4 p.m. Tue., March 12 in Sierra Hall, Whitsett Room, fourth floor, room 451. The guest speaker will be João Zilhão, a University of Lisbon archaeology professor now serving as the director of antiquities of Portugal.

Faculty CELT Program

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is offering the following programs to faculty members:

Brown Bag Colloquium

The Center for the Study of Crime and Criminal Justice, as part of the Brown Bag Colloquium Series, is sponsoring a presentation titled "Drugs, Crime, and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms Among Juvenile Offenders." Wed., March 13 from 11 a.m.-noon in Sierra Hall, Whitsett Room, fourth floor, room 451. The speaker will be Susan Crimmins, associate professor of social work and criminal justice and coordinator of the forensic social work program at Cal State Los Angeles. Crimmins also will be available to speak with anyone interested in learning more about her program from noon-12:30 p.m.. fmi-x3591 or e-mail

Understanding Between the Sexes Forum

Project ACT (Advocates for Cultural Talk), University Counseling Services and the University Student Union present "Why Men Are the Way They Are," 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thu., March 14 at the Performing Arts Center. Guest speaker will be Warren Farrell, expert on male and female dynamics and author of the international bestsellers "Why Men Are the Way They Are" and "Myth of Male Power." Farrell's presentation will be followed by a men's beauty contest and a role reversal date. Admission is free and open to the public. fmi-University Counseling Services, x2366.

Community Service Summit

The Career Center is hosting the university's first Community Service Summit, "Campus and Community: Partners for Progress," on Thu., March 14. The event will bring faculty, students and service program administrators together with local nonprofit organizations, business and government representatives for an important day of exploration and planning. Participants will engage in several workshops and working groups. Speakers from higher education, government organizations and foundations will instruct. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. The at-the-door fees will be $5 for faculty, staff and students, and $20 for the public. At-the-door fee requires advance registration. fmi-x2871 or

China Institute Lecture

The Center for China Finance and Business Research and the China Institute are hosting a lecture titled "Technology and Innovation Management in China" from 10 a.m.-noon Fri., March 15 in the Business Building, fourth floor, room 4117. Guest lecturer will be Qingrui Xu, chair of the Research Center of Management Science and Strategy at Zhejiang University. fmi-Chao Chen, x4622

Disabilities Conference

The CSUN Center on Disabilities is sponsoring its 17th annual international conference, "Technology and Persons with Disabilities," from Mon. to Sat., March 18-23 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport and Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotels. Gregg Vanderheiden, a pioneer in the field of augmentative communication and assistive technology, will be the keynote speaker. fmi-Center on Disabilities, x2578, or

Brown Bag Lunch

As part of the Brown Bag Film Series, the Marilyn Magaram Center presents "Miracles on Your Plate" from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Mon., March 18 and 2-3 p.m. Thu., March 21, in Sequoia Hall, first floor, room 112.

Education Expo

The Career Center is hosting the 2002 annual Education Recruitment Fair for Teachers and Education Professional Staff K-12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu., March 21 in the University Student Union, Northridge Center. The recruitment fair gives administrators from many school districts the opportunity to meet and interview qualified CSUN students and alumni. School administrators will review resumes and conduct interviews. Alumni may be charged a service fee.

Botanic Garden Open House

The College of Extended Learning is sponsoring tours of the university's Botanic Garden from 9-11 a.m. Sat., April 6. Learn about cacti and exotic plants and go through the Botanic Garden greenhouse and the New Zealand native plant garden. Horticulturalist Brian Houck will lead the tours. fmi-x2572 or x3496.


Faculty Computer Workshops

The Office of Undergraduate Studies and Online Instruction is sponsoring faculty computer workshops to facilitate online teaching and learning. All workshops will be held in the faculty lab in Sierra Hall, fourth floor, room 442. Any of the workshops may be taken individually and assume no prior knowledge. Before taking a workshop course, you must sign up for a WebCT account on that particular topic at: WebCTHelp.html. For reservations, call x6558. The following courses are upcoming:

Financial Planning Course

The Office of Human Resource Services is offering a professional development course on Financial Planning from 10-11:30 a.m. Thu., March 14 in the Oviatt Library, garden level, Human Resource training room 16. This class is designed to help you take charge of your financial future and will explore issues in calculating your net worth, saving for retirement, planning for the unexpected, investing, and developing and managing a budget. fmi-x2623.

Youth Speaking Course

A public speaking course for sixth to twelfth graders will be offered this spring by the Communication Studies Department. The six-week course will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday mornings beginning March 16 in Manzanita Hall, room 122. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $20. For an application and enrollment, call Rebecca Litke, x2407, or e-mail

Teacher Training

The College of Extended Learning is offering two courses for those training to be teachers. The first course, "What to Expect as an Elementary Substitute Teacher," will be held on Sat., March 16, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The second course, "Tips for Substitute Teaching in Urban Secondary Schools," will be Sat., April 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The fee is $79 per class. fmi-x4618 or e-mail

Test Preparation

The College of Extended Learning is offering test preparation classes for those studying to be teachers. The Multiple Subjects Assessment for Teachers (MSAT) review course, ticket number 00308, will be held from 7-10 p.m. beginning Wed., March 20 for six Monday and Wednesday meetings ending on Mon., April 15. The Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) review course, ticket number 00310, will meet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for two meetings, Sunday, March 17 & 24. fmi-x2786.


Legal Foundation Scholarships

Applications for the 2002 Valley Community Legal Foundation Scholarships are available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in University Hall 310. This year the foundation, at its annual Law Day dinner, will award up to four $1,000 scholarships to CSUN graduating seniors who plan to start law school in fall 2002. Applications are due by Tue., March 19. fmi-x2391.

Clubs & Organizations Awards

Application packets for the 2001-2002 Clubs and Organizations Awards are now available in the Office of Student Development and International Programs. Students can nominate clubs, organizations or individuals in numerous categories. The deadline to submit applications is Wed., April 3 by 4:45 p.m. fmi-Jennifer Mendoza, x2393.

Graduating Seniors Award

Applications for the 2002 Outstanding Graduating Seniors Award are due Fri., April 5. Four students will receive awards of $1,000 each in recognition of academic excellence, overcoming extraordinary personal circumstances and dedication to community and campus service. The awards will be presented at the university's Honors Convocation on Tue., May 28. Applications are available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, University Hall 310. fmi-x2391.

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