February 10, 2003 Vol. VII, No. 10


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. 24 issue is Monday, Feb 17. 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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Wednesday, Feb. 12

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium

The Physics and Astronomy Department will host its weekly colloquium titled "Flowing Bubbles at 1010 K: Fluctuations, Velocity, and Effective Temperature in Two-Dimensional Foams" with guest speaker UC Irvine physics professor Michael Dennin. The lecture runs from 3:45­5 p.m. in the Science 1 building, first floor, room 1124. fmi­Carole, x2775.

Saturday, Feb 15

Matador Basketball
Employee 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 CSUN Athletics. A CSUN ID must be presented before 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.eduwill receive two complimentary tickets. Game time is 7:05 p.m. fmi­x3208.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium

The Physics and Astronomy Department will host its weekly colloquium titled "Probing the Young Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope" with guest speaker Michael Corbin from the Space Telescope Science Institute. The lecture runs from 3:45­5 p.m. in the Science 1 building, first floor, room 1124. fmi­Carole, x2775.

Monday, Feb. 24 to Thursday, Feb. 27

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating (JADE) and University Counseling Services invite the campus community to attend the free events of CSUN¹s eighth annual "Free Mind, Body and Spirit Fair" and a variety of programs throughout the week. fmi­x7500 or http://www.csun.edu/counseling/ jade.html. The following are the week¹s events:

Monday, Feb. 24

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Thursday, Feb. 27 Wednesday, Feb. 26

Writers Workshop

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society hosts a presentation by Dennis Palumbo, author of "Writing from the Inside Out," from 2­4 p.m. in the University Club. fmi­Brennis Lucero-Wagoner, x2827.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Majors Fair

Advising Resource Center/EOP is holding a one-day majors fair giving students an opportunity to explore majors, minors and campus resources available to assist them in their academic careers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USU Northridge Center. fmi­Helene Berg-Kolin, x2108 or e-mail henry.abrash@csun.edu.

Saturday, March 1

Chinese New Year Banquet

The China Institute invites the campus and the community to welcome the Year of the Sheep at its annual Chinese New Year Banquet at 6 p.m. in the USU Grand Salon. The evening¹s entertainment includes authentic Chinese performances and a holiday dinner catered by L.A. Buffet. Members who make a donation or pay membership fees will qualify for two complimentary banquet seats and may bring additional guests for $25 per person. Membership fees/contributions are $50 for members, $75 for supporters and $100 or more for patrons. fmi­Justine Su, x2138 or e-mail zsu@csun.edu. Membership/contribution forms with payments are due by Mon., Feb. 24.

Saturday, March 15

Arts Council Luncheon/Fashion Show

The CSUN Arts Council will hold its annual luncheon and fashion show featuring the latest looks for spring presented by Petite Sophisticates and Casual Corner. The cost of event is a $35 donation that goes toward scholarship funds for CSUN students in visual arts, music and theater. The event will be held at the Odyssey restaurant at 15000 Odyssey Drive in Granada Hills. Doors open at 11 a.m. fmi­Betty Butzer, (818) 892-6336.

Public Meetings

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 1:15­5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 12 University Hall 277

Faculty Senate

Meets 2­4:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 13 Oviatt Library Presentation Room

University Planning and Budget Group

Meets 1:30­3:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 17 University Hall 277

University Student Union Board of Directors

Meets 4 p.m. Mon., Feb. 17 USU Lake View Terrace Room

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2­4 p.m. Wed., Feb.19 University Hall 211

Extended Learning Committee

Meets 3:15­5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 19 Matador Bookstore Complex conference room

A.S. Senate

Meets 2 p.m. every Tuesday USU Grand Salon


Cancer and Developmental Biology Research

Biology professor Steven Oppenheimer welcomes all students interested in cancer and developmental biology research to join him in his lab in basement 2 of the Science 2 building, room 2005, for an introductory visit into these areas of research. Oppenheimer also is seeking volunteers to help with his Biology of Cancer course scheduled from 6­7:40 p.m. Mondays. fmi­e-mail steven.oppenheimer@csun.edu.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus community and the staff of Physical Plant Management wish to extend their condolences to the family of Michael Brooks on his passing. Brooks was an electrician with the department for 13 years and will be greatly missed.

Test Preparation Discounts

The College of Extended Learning is offering 10 percent discounts to CSUN faculty, staff, alumni and their immediate family members for all of its test preparation programs. The program is being offered in collaboration with Jerry Bobrow, a CSUN alumni, author and national authority in the field of test preparation programs. The classes provide test preparation for LSAT, GRE, GMAT, MSAT, CBEST, SATI, SSAT and RICA. The registration discount will be given with presentation of a photo ID or copy (if a family member) at the college¹s Client Services counter in the Bookstore Complex, room 100.

Counseling Services Student Workshops

University Counseling Services is offering support groups and workshops for students seeking assistance in dealing with issues such as choosing careers or majors, stress management, procrastination, shyness, abuse, eating disorders, relationships and self-esteem. Groups/workshops are confidential and free. The UCS, located in the Student Services Building, room 520, also provides individual counseling. To sign up for the groups/workshops or fmi­x2366 or TDD x7834.

Congressional Address Change

U.S. Rep. Howard Berman has changed his district and Washington offices.
14546 Hamlin St., Suite 202
Van Nuys, CA 91411-4128
Phone: (818) 994-7200
Fax: (818) 994-1050
2221 Rayburn Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4695
Fax: (202) 225-3196

Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference

CSUN¹s 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 year¹s event will host more than 150 exhibitors of assistive technology and service delivery programs. More than 270 general sessions covering a wide variety of subjects will be presented Wed. through Sat., March 19­22. For more information, go to the web site at www.csun.edu/cod/conf/.

Pre-conference workshops will be offered Mon.­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

Emeritus Faculty

The following Emeritus faculty members have completed participation in the Faculty Early Retirement Program or have retired:
Richard Arthur, English
William Brown, Economics
Dwight Call, Accounting and Information Systems
Peter Collas, Physics & Astronomy
James Dennis, Pan-African Studies
Michael Kline, Health Science
Gloria Lothrop, History
Nirmal Mishra, Electrical and Computer Engineering
David Ostroff, Mathematics
Gerald Prescott, History
Robert Reid III, English
Mary Shamrock, Music
Jon Shively, Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management


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 classes are offered in the Environmental Health and Safety training room, PPM Corporation Yard building:

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:

ITR Computer Workshops

ITR is offering the following workshops in the Oviatt Library, garden level, room 30, Windows 2000 Lab (except as noted): To enroll in classes, call x2204 or e-mail training@csun.edu.

HR Professional Development

A training class titled "Exceptional Customer Service Skills" will be offered on Tue., Feb. 25 by the Office of Human Resource Services. The program is open to faculty, staff, student assistant, Associated Students, Student Union, and Foundation employees‹but not to employees of The University Corporation. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Oviatt Library, garden level, HR training room 16. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration forms are available at the Human Resources office. Completed forms should be returned to the Office of Human Resource Services, mail drop 8229 or faxed to x5956. fmi­x2101.

Youth Speaking Course

A public speaking course for sixth through twelfth graders will be offered by the Department of Communication Studies this semester. The six-week course will be held from 9­11:30 a.m. on Saturdays beginning March 1 in Manzanita Hall, room 122. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and class size is limited. There is a $20 materials fee for the class. For application and enrollment info, call Rebecca Litke at x2047 or e-mail rebecca.litke@csun.edu.

China Institute Faculty Grants

The China Institute is offering two $1,000 grants to CSUN faculty members to start a project or for study in 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 drop 8342, by Fri., Feb. 14. fmi­x3939 or e-mail zsu@csun.edu.

China Scholarship Awards

The China Institute invites undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study to apply for up to two awards from the China Scholarship Council. This competition supports applications for a full year of study in any selected subject matter at an institution of higher learning in China for the 2003­04 academic year. The scholarship will cover recipients¹ tuition and living expenses during their stay in China and there is an additional stipend of $500 per recipient provided through the Lau Mi Award, established in the memory of Mildred Z. Mininberg. Six copies of the application proposal and resume must be submitted to the China Institute via campus 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 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.

Gerontology Scholarship

The SAGE Society¹s Sonja Marchand Gerontology Scholarship is offered to students who are graduating seniors with major research interest in gerontology or graduate students who are already conducting research in the field. The scholarship is being offered through the Center for Education and Research in Gerontology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Applications are due by Mon., Feb. 17. fmi­Jean Daniels, x4992 or jean.daniels@csun.edu

Faculty Early Retirement

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.

Faculty Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2002­03 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 will be considered for awards in the following categories: Outstanding Faculty, Preeminent Scholarly Publication, Exceptional Creative Accomplishment, Visionary Community Service-Learning, Distinguished Teaching, Counseling or Librarianship and the Extraordinary Service Award. The deadline for nominations is Fri., Feb. 21 and supplemental materials are due by Fri., March 21. fmi­Sandy Horwitz, x3263.

Who¹s Who Nominations

Forms to nominate students for selection to the "Who¹s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 2002­2003" are now available at the Office of Student Development and International Programs in the USU. General qualifications include having junior, senior or graduate standing during the 2002­03 academic year and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for undergraduates and 3.3 for graduate students by the end of the fall semester. 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 through 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.

Human Subjects Research Approval

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. The next deadline for submissions is Thu., Feb. 20. The next committee meeting is Thu., March 6. 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.

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