January 27, 2003 Vol. VII, No. 8



FYI

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 Feb. 10 issue is Monday, Feb 3. 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 pubinfo@csun.edu, 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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Events
Saturday, Feb. 8

Matador Basketball Sell-out Saturday

The Alumni Association is offering $3 tickets for the Matador men's basketball game against University of the Pacific. The discounted price is available to association members who purchase their tickets in advance of game day. Tickets can be purchased at the Alumni Association office, University Hall, third floor, room 305. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. fmi­x2137 or www.csunalumni.com.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Literacy Volunteer Training

Students, faculty and staff are invited to become literacy volunteers, reading to a child for one hour, once a week in Los Angeles public schools. Koreh L.A., the Los Angeles Jewish Coalition for Literacy, will hold a free training session for volunteers. Lynn Gordon of the Elementary Education Department is serving as the CSUN coordinator for the program. The training session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., , in the Education Building, room 1214. Those interested should R.S.V.P. by calling (323) 761-8153 or e mail literacy@jewishLA.org. fmi­Lynn Gordon, x7894. Saturday, Feb. 15

Matador Basketball Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night

The Athletic Department is offering $5 tickets to the UC Santa Barbara game for all faculty and staff in appreciation for their support of the Matador men's basketball team. A CSUN I.D. must be presented before the game day at the A.S. ticket office or on game day at the box office to receive the special ticket price. The first 25 faculty and/or staff members to e-mail doug.kleintop@csun.edu will receive two complimentary tickets. In addition, all faculty and staff attending will receive a special gift compliments of the event's sponsor, Alan Zinsmeister of Allstate Insurance. Game time is 7:05 p.m. fmi­x3208.

Public Meetings

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 1:15­5 p.m. Wed., Jan 29
University Hall 277

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Meets 1­5 p.m. Thu., Jan. 30
University Hall 277

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2­4 p.m. Wed., Feb. 5
University Hall 211

A.S. Senate

Meets 2 p.m. every Tuesday
USU Grand Salon

Notices

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus community wishes to extend its condolences to Karen Berkeland (Oviatt Library) on the loss of her mother and Matt Berkeland (University Cash Services) on the loss of his grandmother. The campus community also wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to Alicia Carrillo (Financial Aid) on the loss of her father.

Catastrophic Leave Request

Catherine Sluter of the Oviatt Library's technical services department is on a long-term medical leave of absence and is in need of catastrophic leave donations. Most staff employees may donate up to 40 leave credits per fiscal year in one hour increments. Unit 4 employees may donate up to 32 sick and vacation hours and those in bargaining units 1, 3 and 8 up to a total of 16 hourly credits. The "Pledge for Donation of Leave for Catastrophic Illness" form may be accessed at www-admn.csun.edu/ hrs/forms/pledge.pdf. Completed forms should be forwarded to Manager, Payroll Administration, mail drop 8228.

Campus Parking Permits

With the start of the new semester, faculty, staff and students are reminded to make sure they have their Spring 2003 parking permits. Fall 2002 parking permits will be honored until the morning of Fri., Jan. 31. Thereafter, all vehicles without valid spring parking permits will be issued citations. Please note that parking regulations are enforced seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Parking on sidewalks, along curbs painted red, in driveways, in disabled spaces without a placard and blocking disabled ramps are violations and will result in citations. fmi­x7599 or e-mail james.parlor@csun.edu.

Spring Extension Registration

Registration is underway for Spring Extension classes in the College of Extended Learning. The evening and weekend courses include accounting, art, business management, computer software, entertainment, foreign languages, health services management and more. CSUN Extension also offers a master of public administration degree program and test preparation classes. fmi­x2786 or www.csun.edu/exl.

CSU Forgivable Loan Program

The forgivable loan program provides assistance to graduate students who show promise of becoming candidates for California State University faculty positions. CSU directs this competitive program that is open to doctoral students across the country to increase its pool of qualified individuals with the motivation and skills needed to teach the university system's diverse student body. fmi­Office of Graduate Studies, x2138 or www.csun.edu/graduatestudies.

Religious Holidays

The Faculty Affairs Office reminds the campus community that campus policy states 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." Faculty and staff should be sensitive and accommodating to students' religious obligations when scheduling course deadlines, examinations and other activities. Faculty members needing assistance in evaluating student requests for re-scheduling examinations should call the Office of Faculty Affairs, x2962.

Faculty Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2002­2003 Faculty Awards and may be made by any interested person or organization: students or student organizations, fellow faculty, administrators, staff, parents, friends and alumni. Candidates for the Preeminent Scholarly Publication(s) Award, the Exceptional Creative Accomplishment(s) Award and the Extraordinary Service Award may nominate themselves. Submissions should include a nomination form, letter of nomination and support materials, which may also be submitted by the nominee. Supporting materials should address the criteria and may include: convincing letters of support, evidence of superlative performance in the form of written or numerical student evaluations, evidence of professional accomplishments such as publications, reports, creative works, performances, etc. Nominations forms are available at the Faculty Senate Office in the Faculty Office Building, mail drop 8221 and must be returned by Fri., Feb. 21. Supplemental materials are due by Fri., March 21. fmi­Faculty Senate, x3263.

CSUN Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference

CSUN's Center on Disabilities will hold its 18th annual international Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities on March 17­22 at the Hilton and Marriott hotels at Los Angeles International Airport. Last year the conference drew nearly 4,200 participants from across the U.S. and from 40 foreign countries. This year's event will host more than 150 exhibitors of assistive technology and service delivery programs. More than 270 general sessions will be presented Wednesday through Saturday, March 19­22. For more information, see www.csun.edu/cod/conf/.

Pre-conference workshops will be offered Mon. and Tue. March 17­18. The fee for these workshops is $249 per day if registered by Fri., Feb. 21 or $279 thereafter.

Registration for all four days of the March 19­22 general session is $379 per person if received by Fri., Feb., 21 and $429 thereafter. Participants may also register at single day rates.

There are four ways to register:
Phone: (818) 677-2578
Fax: (818) 677-4929
E-mail: ctrdis@csun.edu
Mail: Attn: Conference Registration
CSUN, Center on Disabilities 18111 Nordhoff Street,
Building 11, Suite 103
Northridge, CA 91330-8340

Department Chair Appointments

Provost Louanne Kennedy has announced the following department chair appointments:

Engineering and Computer Science Appointment

Dean S.T. Mau of the College of Engineering and Computer Science has announced that professor Diane Schwartz, who had been serving as interim associate dean, will return to the faculty for the Spring 2003 semester and professor Sharlene Katz has been appointed as special assistant to the dean.

HHD Interim Associate Dean

Dean Helen Castillo of the College of Health and Human Development has announced the appointment of professor Marilynn Filbeck as interim associate dean following Mary Shamrock's retirement in December 2002. Filbeck began her administrative duties Jan. 2.

Sabbatical Leaves

President Jolene Koester is pleased to announce the award of the following 42 sabbatical leaves and 8 difference-in-pay leaves to be taken during the 2003­04 academic year.
+ denotes "truly outstanding and exceptional."
* denotes difference-in-pay leave.
College Years of Credit
Arts, Media and Communication
*Abbitt, Jerry 12
Aks, David7
Gallardo, Anamarie12
Hasenauer, Jim6
Henry, Susan7
+Kim, Ah-Jeong9
Lehman, Lillian13
Rubin, Maureen6
Business Administration and Economics
+Blake, Daniel9
+Chapman, Kenneth12
+Gifford Jr., Adam8
+Gray, Glen6
+Greenhalgh, Kim11
+Lowenberg, Anton8
+Marcal, Leah7
+Moore, Richard6
*Rossy, Gerard5
Education
Cook, Lynne7
Cota, Irene9
*Fish, Janet5
Fleischer, Larry 31
Hanson, Charles7
Schneiderman, Ellen 6
Engineering and Computer Science
+Bekir, Nagwa11
*Ehrgott, Richard5
+Gabrovsky, Peter9
+Lingard, Robert9
Melara, Gloria7
*Radmanesh, Matthew3
+Timmerman, Brenda6
Health and Human Development
+Trost-Cardamone, Judith7
+Whiting, William11
Humanities
McCarty, Nancy17
+Noguchi, Rei6
+Stanley, Sandra6
+Stern, Cindy16
Science and Mathematics
+Baresi, Larry9
+Breen, Stephen7
+Doty, Duane37
*Edmunds, Peter3
+Noronha, M. Helena6
+Reichman, Sandor10
+Zavala, Maria Elena6
Social and Behavioral Sciences
*Bland, Warren4
Jeffries, Vincent6
Jensen, Vickie6
*Lee, Howard5
Vatai, Frank7
Wang, Wen9
Winters, Loretta9

Classes

Faculty Computer Workshops

The offices of Undergraduate Studies and Online Instruction are sponsoring faculty computer workshops to facilitate online teaching and learning. All workshops will take place in Sierra Hall, fourth floor, room 422. Any of the workshops may be taken individually and assume no prior knowledge. Before taking a workshop, you must sign up for a WebCT, Blackboard or Flashlight account on that particular topic at www.csun.edu/~webteach/account.html. For reservations, call x6558. The following courses are upcoming:

Health/Safety Workshop

The Office of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety offers a variety of health and safety workshops. For reservations, call x2401. The following upcoming class is offered in the Environmental Health and Safety training room, PPM Corporation Yard building:
Deadlines

China Institute Faculty Grants

The China Institute is offering two $1,000 grants to CSUN faculty members to start a project or for study within their discipline that advances the field of China studies. Four copies of a written proposal and resume must be submitted to the China Institute via campus mail, mail drop 8342, by Fri., Feb. 14. fmi­x3939 or e-mail zsu@csun.edu.

Five-year Reviews

Five-year reviews for Edward Carroll, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, and Fran Horvath, director of Institutional Research, are underway. Questionnaires have been sent to a number of faculty, staff and students familiar with their work, but others are invited to participate in either review by requesting a questionnaire from the Office of Faculty Affairs. The deadline for submission is Mon., Feb. 17. fmi­x2962.

Early Retirement Applications

Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) applications are available in the Office of Faculty Affairs, University Hall 225, mail drop 8220. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, faculty must submit applications for FERP six months prior to the start of the academic year in which they wish to begin participation. Completed forms must include signatures of the faculty member, department chair and dean, and should be submitted to the Office of Faculty Affairs before Thu., Feb. 20. fmi­x2962.

Human Subjects Research

All faculty and students performing research including the use of human subjects must complete a Human Subjects Protocol Approval form. An original form and nine copies should be submitted to the Research Office for review by the Standing Advisory Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects. Protocol submission forms are available in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, University Hall 265 or can be downloaded from www.csun.edu/research. fmi­x2901.
Deadlines Meeting Dates
Feb. 20 March 6
March 20April 3
April 17May 1
May 22June 5

Who's Who Nominations

Forms to nominate students for selection to the "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 2002­2003" are now available in the Office of Student Development and International Programs in the University Student Union. General qualifications include having junior, senior or graduate standing during the 2002­2003 academic year and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for undergraduates and 3.3 for graduate students by the end of the fall 2002 semester. The selected candidates must have made outstanding contributions to the university through academics and extracurricular activities or within the community-at-large. Online application forms are available by e-mailing jennifer.ames@csun.edu. The deadline for submitting nominations is 4:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 21. fmi­x2393.

Faculty Research Competition

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects will offer faculty grants up to $5,000 through its 2003­04 competition for the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards. Faculty may apply for three units of released time and/or funds to pursue their scholarly and creative interests. Applications are available through college and department offices, or from Research and Sponsored Projects in University Hall 265. The application also is available online at www.csun.edu/research/1Research/Competition.htm. Submissions must be made by 5 p.m. Fri., March 7. fmi­x2901.


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