February 24, 2003 Vol. VII, No. 11



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Events
Tuesday, Feb. 25 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:

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

Morality Debate

The Center for Ethics and Values is sponsoring a special discussion of moral relativity and the role it plays in today¹s society. 4­6 p.m. in the Oviatt Library presentation room. Patrick Nichelson (Religious Studies), Christina von Mayrhauser (Anthropology) and Douglas Portmore (Philosophy) will conduct the panel discussion.

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. The event is sponsored by EOP, Undergraduate Studies, Associated Students and the California Career Development Association CSUN Chapter in collaboration with the eight academic colleges, the Career Center and Student Affairs. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USU Northridge Center. fmi­Helene Berg-Kolin, x2108 or e-mail helene.berg-kolin@csun.edu.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Sigma Xi Lecture

Sharon Glotzer, associate professor of Chemical Engineering and Material Science at the University of Michigan and Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, will present a public lecture on "The Complex Nature of Molecular Motion in Liquids and Glasses: Finding Order in Disorder." 3 p.m. in Science building 2, second floor, room 2225. This lecture is sponsored by the CSUN Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. fmi­x2473 or e-mail henry.abrash@csun.edu.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Anthropology Lecture

The Anthropology Department is hosting a public lecture titled "The Stone-Built Strongholds of North Cameroon: Watch or Water Towers?" 5 p.m. in Sierra Hall, room 234. Guest speaker will be professor Nicholas David from the University of Calgary. fmi­x3331.

Monday, March 3

China Institute Lecture

The China Institute and the Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs are hosting a lecture titled "Chinese Traditional Medicine and Philosophy" from 10 a.m. to noon in the Education Building, room 1214/1216. Andy and Shelly Tsing, researchers and practitioners of Chinese medicine, will present. fmi­x2138 or zsu@csun.edu.

Wednesday, March 5

Philosophy Lecture

The Philosophy Department is hosting a public lecture titled "Conditional Intention and Mens Rea" at 4 p.m. in Sierra Hall, room 182. Guest speaker will be Gideon Yaffe, assistant philosophy professor at USC. fmi­x2757 or www.csun.edu/~philos33.

Tuesday, March 11

Retired Faculty Meeting

The Association of Retired Faculty invites the campus community to its fourth meeting of the school year at 2 p.m. in the University Club¹s Lamb¹s Lounge. Ronald Davis of the History Department will speak on "What is Happening in the Natchez Project: the Relationship of Natchez-Under-the-Hill to Greater Natchez and to New Orleans." fmi­Helen Lodge, x7848.

Wednesday, March 12

Family Business Awards

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal, in partnership with the CSUN Family Business Center, presents its inaugural Family Owned Business Awards. 5:30­7:30 p.m. at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills. Awards are given in five categories to individuals with significant achievements as family business owners. Individual tickets are $45; reserved tables for ten seats are $450. Sponsorship opportunities, nomination forms and ticket purchases are available by calling (818) 676-1750 or by e-mail at events@sfvbj.com. fmi­www.sfvbj.com under Upcoming Events.

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. 26 University Hall 277

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Meets 1­5 p.m. Thu., Feb. 27 University Hall 277

Educational Policies Committee

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

University Planning and Budget Group

Meets 1:30­3:30 p.m. Mon., March 10 University Hall 277

Christian Faculty & Staff Association

Meets noon every 2nd and 4th Thursday USU Thousand Oaks Room

A.S. Senate

Meets 2 p.m. every Tuesday USU Grand Salon

Notices

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 the 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 Wednesday through Saturday, 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 $279. Registration for all four days of the March 19­22 general session is $429. 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
UPA Building 11, Suite 103
Northridge, CA 91330-8340

Department Chair Appointment

Provost Louanne Kennedy has announced the appointment of Nancy Burstein as chair of the Special Education Department for a three-and-a-half year term effective February 6, 2003. The appointment was based on the recommendation of Philip Rusche, dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education.

Northridge Review Submissions

The English Department¹s literary magazine, the Northridge Review, is accepting original works of fiction, poetry, drama and art for consideration for its Spring 2003 publication. Submissions should include a cover letter with name, address, phone, e-mail and the titles for each piece‹the author/artist name must not be on the work itself. There is a limit of five poems and three fiction pieces per author. Submission forms are available at the Northridge Review office in Sierra Tower, room 706. Works may be submitted in person at the office or by mailing them to the Northridge Review, mail drop 8248. The deadline for submissions is March 7.

Suicide & Depression Prevention Talks

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 30­50 minutes, but can be modified according to the needs of faculty. To schedule a presentation, contact Marshall Bloom or Tamara Klumpe, x2366, marshall.bloom@csun.edu or tamara.klumpe@csun.edu.

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:

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.

Professional Development

The Office of Human Resource Services is offering a series of professional development workshops. The programs are open to faculty, staff, student assistant, Associated Students, Student Union and Foundation employees‹but not to employees of the University Corporation. The workshops will be held 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 Communication Studies Department 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.

Online Research Classes

The Oviatt Library offers faculty, staff and students walk-in instruction in the use of the bibliographic database and its online catalog. The sessions are adaptable to students of varied backgrounds and aimed at the independent researcher who needs more detailed instruction than can be provided by reference desk librarians. Classes will be held in the Oviatt Library, room 102-D, on the main floor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon. through Thu., March 10­13.

Deadlines

Faculty Senate Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for those wanting to seek the Faculty Senate positions of vice president, secretary/treasurer, academic senate and six senator-at-large positions. Petitions signed by 15 faculty members are due 5 p.m. Fri., March 7 in the Faculty Senate office in the Faculty Office Building, room 106, mail drop 8221. fmi­x3263.

Faculty Research Competition

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects will offer faculty grants of 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 Tue., Feb. 25. The next committee meeting is Tue., March 11 committee meeting. Protocol submission forms are available at the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, University Hall 265 or downloaded from www.csun.edu/research. fmi­x2901.




Open Letter to California State University Northridge Community
from CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed


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