November 19, 2001 Vol. VI, No. 7


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 December 10 issue is Mon., December 3

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Public Meetings

Extended Learning Committee

Meets 3:15-5 p.m. Wed., Nov. 21 in the Matador bookstore complex conference room.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m. Wed., Nov. 21 in University Hall 211.
Meets 2-4 p.m. Wed., Dec. 5 in University Hall 211.

University Corp. Executive Committee

Meets 3:30 p.m. Mon., Nov. 26 in University Hall 250.

University Planning and Budget Group

Meets 3-5 p.m. Mon., Dec. 3 in University Hall 211.

A.S. Senate

Meets 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 4 in the USU Grand Salon.


Parking Lot Restored

Lot B5 (formerly Lot M) was reopened on Mon., Nov. 12. This is now a mixed-use lot that provides parking for all members of our campus community. It contains parking meters, visitor spaces, carpool spaces, spaces for disabled parking, motorcycles, faculty/staff and students. There are two entrances from Darby Street and one from Plummer Street. Drivers should not enter the lot from Etiwanda Street. The first new campus parking structure is scheduled to start construction in this lot in summer 2002. Lanes to exit and enter via Etiwanda will be provided when the structure is completed.

University Catalog

The Office of Faculty Affairs is preparing the alphabetical list of full-time faculty/administration members for the 2002-2004 University Catalog. Faculty/administration members should examine their information in the 2000-2002 catalog and report any changes to Irene Rivera (irene.m.rivera, University Hall 225 (mail drop 8220) or call x2962 by Mon., Dec. 10 to guarantee inclusion in the next catalog. Changes after Dec. 10 will not be incorporated.

Sociology Chair Passes

Bernard Thorsell, a longtime Northridge Sociology Department faculty member, died recently. Thorsell came to the university in 1963 as an assistant professor. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, he had served in the U.S. Navy and then taught at the University of Buffalo and Humboldt State. Thorsell was known as a gentleman--kind, gentle, humorous and conciliatory. Those characteristics made him an ideal chair of the department, a position the then-full professor held from 1977 until his retirement in 1992. He is survived by his wife Carol and two adult children. The Sociology Department is honoring Thorsell with a scholarship that will be awarded at its spring honors banquet. Donations for the scholarship can be sent to the Sociology Department, with checks payable to CSUN Foundation/Sociology.

Professor Potts Passes

Don Potts, emeritus professor of mathematics, passed away Fri., Nov. 2. Potts received his doctorate in 1947 from the California Institute of Technology, joined the Mathematics Department in 1964 as an assistant professor and later served as the chair of the department from 1987-1990. An avid track and field follower, Potts was an official statistician at many Olympic Games.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus community extends its deepest sympathy to:

Weisinger Retirement Party

Dorothy Weisinger recently retired from the Admissions and Records Office after being employed with the university for almost 34 years. Weisinger began in 1967 as an intermediate clerk when the campus was called San Fernando Valley State College. Between 1969 and 1983, Weisinger was promoted to intermediate stenographer, secretary, acting supervising clerk II and eventually to supervising clerk II. In 1984, Weisinger became an administrator in the Management Personnel Plan. A retirement party will be held at the Odyssey Restaurant at 6 p.m. Thu., Dec. 6. fmi-Phyllis Gilson, x3740 or

Winter Intersession

The winter intersession schedule of classes will be available on campus Tue., Nov. 20 at the Extension registration office at the main entrance of the Matador Bookstore complex, room 100. Intersession runs Wed., Jan. 2 to Fri., Jan. 25. Master of Public Administration and many non-credit extension courses will be available. fmi-x2786 or visit (a href="">

WASC Self Study Report

To receive a copy of the 2000 Self Study Report submitted to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for the university's 10-year reaccreditation review, contact Sarah Loffler or Mary Ankeny in the Undergraduate Studies Office, x2969.

Holiday Sale

The Ceramic Guild is sponsoring its 39th annual holiday sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at the Design Center courtyard, 18226 Halsted St. Original designs by students and staff in ceramics, slumped stained glass, wood, textiles, sculpture and jewelry will be featured.

Online GE Course Grants

The Office of Online Instruction is sponsoring grants of $2,000 each for faculty in developing and teaching a completely online upper division GE course for the fall 2002 semester. The purpose of the stipend is to create more options for students finishing their GE courses. The stipends are in addition to any regular salary paid to faculty for teaching these classes. All full-time and part-time faculty at all ranks who have taught an upper-division GE course that can be put online for fall 2002 are eligible to apply. Requirements are as follows:
  • Applicants should have the approval of their department chair to offer the online course prior to application.
  • Some prior knowledge of online teaching methods is preferable, although additional computer and pedagogical training will be available.
  • The application must be submitted to Online Instruction by Fri., Jan. 18, 2002.
  • If selected, the applicant is expected to attend workshops as needed in the spring, construct the online course in the summer and teach in fall 2002 semester.
  • Complete and submit the form at The grant committee will inform recipients after Fri., Feb. 15, 2002.

    Web-Enhanced Course Grants

    The Office of Online Instruction is sponsoring grants of $500 each for faculty interested in developing a web page to teach a web-enhanced or partially online course. The purpose of the stipend is to enrich and supplement the pedagogical repertoire available to instructors in the traditional classroom setting. Possibilities include online syllabi, interactive study guides or quizzes, and discussion groups via bulletin boards and chat. All full-time and part-time faculty at all ranks who have not yet taught web-enhanced courses are eligible to apply. Requirements are as follows:

    Final Examination Schedule

    Under university policy for final examinations, as listed on page 47 of the current University Catalog, it states "in lecture courses, no final examination may be scheduled by an instructor prior to the regularly scheduled time." Final examinations for the fall 2001 semester are scheduled between Mon., Dec. 10 and Sat., Dec. 15. Under no circumstances should faculty change the time or date of the scheduled final examination without written approval of the department chair and college dean.

    Religious Holidays

    Between now and the end of the fall semester, there are a few religious holy days that many students and employees observe. Faculty and staff will want to continue their tradition of being sensitive to students' religious obligations as course deadlines and tests are scheduled. 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.

    Because some students and employees will observe holy days during the balance of the semester, the following religious holidays are listed below:

    Department Name Change

    The College of Business and Economics has changed the name of the Department of Management Science to the Department of Systems and Operations Management.

    Beck II Awards

    The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching announces the Judge Julian Beck Instructional Improvement Grant Awards. The following grant recipients are for the spring 2002 semester:


    Faculty CELT Program

    The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is offering the following programs to faculty members in Sierra Hall, 4th floor, room 439. fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x5934, or

    First Annual Unico Golf Classic

    Unico National District I is sponsoring a daylong golf tournament to benefit students who are part of the Italian Fellowship Program in the College of Humanities on Mon., Nov. 26 at the Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Dr. in Northridge. Entry fee is $150, which includes cart, green fees, continental breakfast, box lunch, dinner, free gifts and prizes. To register, contact the Unico National District I Golf Classic, (626) 584-0491.

    Fallen Journalists Memorial

    The Journalism Department will rededicate the Fallen Journalists Memorial, a historic plaque honoring 17 California journalists who lost their lives in pursuit of the news, from 10-11:30 a.m. Tue., Nov. 27. An 18th name will be added during the ceremony. The plaque was first placed in the Press Club building in Los Angeles and, when that building was demolished, it was moved to City Hall. The memorial hung there until the 1994 earthquake and was moved into a closet while City Hall was retrofitted. The second floor of Manzanita Hall will be the memorial's permanent home. KCET "Life and Times" host Jess Marlow will be the master of ceremonies.

    Women Studies Lecture

    The Women's Center and the Women's Studies Department are sponsoring a lecture by Mary Pardo from the Chicano/a Studies Department from noon-1 p.m. Tue., Nov. 27 in the Women's Center, 18344 Plummer St. Pardo will be speaking on "Mexican American Women Activists: Identity and Resistance in Two Los Angeles Communities." Admission is free and attendees may bring their lunches.

    Geological Sciences Lecture

    The Geological Sciences Department and the Geology Club are sponsoring a lecture titled "Dating the End of Deformation in the East Sierran Thrust System" at noon Wed., Nov. 28 in Science Building 1, room 210. George Dunne, chair of the department, will be the guest speaker. fmi-x3541.

    Retirement Reception

    The University Library invites the campus community to a retirement reception for Virginia Elwood (29 years), Ann Perkins (31 years) and David Perkins (32 years). Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the University Club from 4-6 p.m., Thu., Nov. 29. fmi-x2271.

    Creative Works Symposium

    The sixth annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium for fall 2001 will be held Fri., Nov. 30. Opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in the University Student Union, Grand Salon, and the event will conclude at 4 p.m. The purpose of the symposium is to highlight student achievement and inform the campus community of the excellent quality and diversity of research and creative activity being conducted.

    Service Learning Events

    The Center for Community Service Learning invites all faculty and students to participate in fall 2001 service learning events, grants and opportunities. For further information and to register for attendance at events, contact the center at x7395, mail drop 8370 or e-mail commserlearn The following events are upcoming:

    America Responds to Terrorism

    U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman will address the campus community and invite questions and comments on terrorism and the war in Afghanistan from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Mon., Dec. 3 at the Performing Arts Center. fmi-x2124.

    Anthropology Lecture

    The Anthropology Department is hosting a lecture honoring the late professor Keith Morton titled "Grandma's Home Cooking Changed the Course of Human Evolution." 4 p.m. Wed., Dec. 5 in Sierra Hall, 4th floor, room 451. Margaret Schoeninger, anthropology professor from UC San Diego, will be the speaker. An endowment in Morton's memory will be established. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the Keith Morton Memorial Scholarship/CSUN Foundation, and sent to mail drop 8244. fmi-x3331.

    Faculty/Staff Computer Workshops

    ITR is offering the following workshops in the Oviatt Library garden level, room 30, Windows NT Lab (except as noted): For reservations, x2204 or

    Health/Safety Workshops

    The Office of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety offers a variety of health and safety workshops. All classes will take place in the Oviatt Library, Human Resources training room 16. For reservations, call x2401. The schedule is:

    Faculty Workshop

    The offices of Undergraduate Studies and Online Instruction are sponsoring faculty computer workshops to facilitate online teaching and learning. All workshops are in the new faculty lab in Sierra Hall, fourth floor, room 442. 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 topic at For reservations, call x6558. The next workshop is Blackboard: 2-3 p.m. Thu., Nov. 29.


    Resident Director Positions

    Application packets are available for Resident Director positions with CSU International Programs. Full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty members holding a teaching or administrative appointment on a CSU campus are eligible to apply. Deadline for completed applications for all positions is Sat., Dec. 1. For additional information and to receive an application packet, contact Heinrich Falk at x2138 or

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