August 27, 2001 Vol. VI, No. 1


For Your Information publishes announcements of public meetings, notices, events, 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 Sept. 10 issue is Tues., Sept. 4.

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Public Meetings

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Meets 1-5 p.m., Thu., Aug. 30 in University Hall 277.

Univ. Corp. Board of Directors Executive Committee

Meets 3:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 5 in University Hall 250.

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m., Tue., Sept. 11 in University Hall 277.

Associated Students Senate

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


Fall Parking Updates

The Parking/Transportation Services Office is advising of the following adjustments to faculty/staff parking with the start of the fall semester: fmi-Parking/Transportation Services, x2157.

Jewish Religious Holidays

The Provost's Office reminds the campus community that the following Jewish religious holidays are upcoming: Rosh Hashanah, sunset Mon., Sep. 17 and all day Tue., Sep. 18, and Wed., Sep. 19, until sunset, and Yom Kippur, sunset Wed., Sep. 26, and all day Thu., Sep. 27 until sunset. Also, many traditional, orthodox and conservative Jewish students observe the following religious festival: Sukkot, Mon.-Wed., Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-10.

Faculty and staff are reminded of their responsibility to be sensitive to students' religious obligations as course deadlines and activities are scheduled. Also, under campus policy, students who are eligible to take a test or exam are permitted to do so, without penalty, at a time when that activity does not violate their religious creed.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus community extends its deepest sympathy to:

Faculty Promotions

President Jolene Koester is pleased to announce the following promotions effective August 22, 2001:

To professor:
Susanne Collier, English
Peter Edmunds, Biology
Anamarie Gallardo, Theater
Mingfang Li, Management
Say-Peng Lim, Physics & Astronomy
Evelyn McClave, English
Owen Seiver, Health Sciences
Carol Shubin, Mathematics
Ramin Vakilian, Mathematics
Omar Zahir, Chemistry

To associate professor:
Julia Heinen, Music
Doris Helfer, Library, Technical Svcs.
Cheryl Hogue, Biology
Gregory Jackson, Educational Psychology & Counseling
Mehran Kamrava, Political Science
Eric Kelson, Chemistry
Marta Lopez-Garza, Women's Studies & Chicano Studies
Sabina Magliocco, Anthropology
Aida Metzenberg, Biology
Taeboem Oh, Chemistry
Jennifer Romack, Kinesiology
Ron Saito, Art
Paul Smith, Music
Nayereh Tohidi, Women's Studies & Religious Studies
Paul Tomasek, Biology
Teresa Williams, Asian American Studies
Paul Wilson, Biology
Bruce Zucker, Business Law

Payphone Price Increase

SBC Communications, Inc. has announced an increase in the price for local payphone calls from 35 cents to 50 cents. The price increase occurred on campus payphones as of mid-July. SBC says the price adjustment is necessary to address mounting costs and the continuing decline in usage due to increased use of alternate communications including wireless phones and pre-paid phone cards.

MFCU Computer Donation

The Matadors Federal Credit Union has donated several computers to Topeka Elementary School in Northridge. The computers will be used in both regular classrooms and in the school's computer lab that is available for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Physical Plant Management Moving

As of Mon., Aug. 27, Physical Plant Management (PPM) administrative offices will be moving to their new facility at the corner of Etiwanda Ave. and Halsted Street. PPM phone lines will be disconnected on Mon., Aug. 27, and restored by Wed., Aug. 29. Service to the campus community will not be interrupted. Direct any Call Center service calls (x2222) to x2230 from Aug. 27-Aug. 29. The following facility service managers will be available and can be reached for services.

James Sutton x3902
Oviatt Library

German Gonzalez x2929
University Hall
Student Services

James Thomas x5833
College of Health & Human Development
Engineering & Computer Sciences

Chet Gallan x5942
College of Science & Math
Jeanne Chisholm Hall
Faculty Office Building
Student Health Center

Michelle Jackson x2854
College of Humanities
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Dave Baumstiger x5840
College of Arts, Media & Communication
PPM/Sagebrush Hall
Art Design Center

Chime Charter School Opening

The new Valley Charter School opens on Fri., Aug. 31. The school is initially serving children in kindergarten through third grade. The school is expected to be a national model of inclusive education, serving both disabled and non-disabled children, as well as being a laboratory for preparing teachers and other educators from CSUN.


Welcome Week

As part of Welcome Week, more than 30 vendors will be in the grassy area between the Student Services Building and Jerome Richfield Hall providing information, selling products and offering a variety of services. This event runs from Mon., Aug. 27 to Fri., Aug. 31.

A.S. Inauguration Ceremony

Associated Students Inc. will host the inauguration of the student president, vice president and senate on Tue., Aug. 28, in the USU Grand Salon. Hors d'oeuvres will be served at a 1 p.m. reception. The ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. and is by invitation only. The senate meeting is open to the campus community at 2 p.m. fmi-x2477.

President's Welcome Back Picnic

This annual event will take place on the grassy area between the Student Services Building and Jerome Richfield Hall at two times in consideration of students' schedules: from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. and 5-7p.m., on Thu., Aug. 30. Music, entertainment and food will be provided at noon and in the evening.

Meet the Clubs Day

More than 100 clubs and organizations will participate in the Meet the Clubs Day program from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thu., Aug. 30, on the grassy area between the Student Services Building and Jerome Richfield Hall. Come learn more about CSUN's clubs and organizations.

Dietetic Workshop

The Marilyn Magaram Center will host the Los Angeles District of the California Dietetic Association's monthly workshop titled "Alternative Nutrition Therapies" on Sat., Sept. 8, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Nobbs Auditorium, Sequoia Hall room 104. Admission is $25 general and $12 for students. fmi-Marilyn Magaram Center, x3102.

Volunteer Opportunities

Students are invited to join the Volunteer Council. Meetings are held at 2 p.m. every Wednesday in the Career Center's Volunteer Program Office. fmi-Council hotline, x4106 or visit or VolunteerTrak in the Career Center. The following opportunity is upcoming: fmi-call 1(800) COAST-4U or visit

Alumni Wine Tasting & Crush Party

The CSUN Alumni Association welcomes its alumni to a wine tasting and crush party at the Gainly Ranch Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley on Sat., Sept. 22. Check in is at 9 a.m. in Parking Lot F10 (formerly Lot T) at the corner of Lindley Ave. and Lassen St. The bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. The bus also will make a pickup off the 101 Freeway at Seaward Ave. for Ventura County alumni. The cost is $75 and includes roundtrip transportation with complimentary snacks and beverages, a crush party, lunch, wine tasting and live entertainment. The event's attire is casual, shorts and sandals. Participants can experience crushing grapes in a crush barrel, but need to bring an extra change of clothing. fmi-x2137 or reserve online at

Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction

CSUN's Intercollegiate Athletic Assn. will host its annual Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction on Sun., Sep. 23 at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. The evening will begin with cocktails at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony honoring alumni, athletic boosters and coaches. Admission is $45 per person or $400 per table of 10. fmi-x3215.

President's Reception for Alumni Employees

All faculty and staff members who are CSUN alumni are cordially invited to a reception in your honor hosted by President Jolene Koester at her home on Wed., Oct. 10, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Said Gray Mounger, CSUN's assistant vice president of Alumni Relations, "The Alumni Association recognizes that no single group is more loyal or more knowledgeable about the university than our alums who work on campus. This is the association's way of showing appreciation to you for your good work on behalf of our alma mater as you teach and mentor our future alumni who we refer to as 'alumni-in-residence.' In many cases, you've chosen a profession here because you simply didn't want to leave CSUN."

Participants should RSVP by Fri., Oct. 5 via mail drop 8385, by phone to x2137, or via e-mail to gray.mounger include name, department, phone extension, e-mail, preferred address and degree information. The event is compliments of the Alumni Association.


Fall Extension Classes

Registration for CSUN's fall 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 accounting, art, business and management, computer software, foreign languages, test preparation, entertainment industry classes and much more. Most classes occur on campus on evenings or weekends. Free catalogs are available inside the Matador Bookstore or in the CSUN Extension registration area at the main entrance of the Matador Bookstore Complex. fmi-x2504, x2644 or visit

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 their administrative and management skills. The graduate program is offered at CSUN, CSUN at Channel Islands in Ventura County and Burbank. fmi-x5635.

Test Preparation Classes

The College of Extended Learning offers many classes to prepare students for the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I) and Single Subject Assessments for Teaching Mathematics. Classes are held on campus on evenings and weekends. To register, call x2504 or x2644. fmi-(818) 225-8981.

Piano for Youth

The Music Department's Piano for Youth Program is accepting students between the ages of seven and 11 who have never had piano lessons. Students will be interviewed prior to lessons on Sept. 11. fmi-Jeanine Jacobson at x3167 or e-mail

Student Computer Workshops

The Office of Undergraduate Studies is sponsoring student workshops in the Learning Resource Center (Student Services Building, room 418) on topics including Wired Workshops, HyperNews, IRC, WebCT, HTML and PowerPoint. The following workshops are upcoming: These workshops are open to all CSUN students. fmi-x2033 or e-mail or randal.l.

Career Center Workshops

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

New Employee Orientation

The Human Resource Services Office invites all newly assigned staff members to attend the upcoming New Employee Orientation on Tues., Sept. 11, at 8:30 a.m. in the HR Training Room, Oviatt 16 (garden level). The workshop will cover a campus overview, employment and benefit information, the compensation system, public safety and parking, and an overview of training opportunities. Reservations are required. fmi-Carol Hallenbeck, x3820.

Faculty CELT Program

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is offering the following program during the fall: fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x5934 or e-mail

Faculty/Staff Computer Workshop

Information Technology Resources is offering the following workshop in the Oviatt Library Garden Level (room 30) Windows NT Lab:

Technology and Disabilities Conference

The CSUN Center on Disabilities is requesting papers for its annual Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference held Mon. through Sat., March 18-23, 2002, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport and Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotels. Each proposal submitted must include an electronic copy of the complete proceedings paper. Proposals are due by Mon., Oct. 1. fmi-x2578.

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