April 7, 2003 Vol. VII, No. 14


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 April 28 issue is Monday, April 21. 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, April 9

Nutrition Lecture

The Marilyn Magaram Center is sponsoring a lecture by nutrition professor Dr. Carol Koprowski titled "Diet and Breast Cancer: Does What a Woman Eats Make a Difference?" 4­5 p.m. in the Marilyn Magaram Center, Sequoia Hall room 103. fmi­Kristen Rumsey, x3102.

Wednesday, April 9

Faculty Literary Symposium

The Chicano/a Studies Department invites the public to "A Faculty Literary Symposium II: Words Unmasked." Faculty members Diana Contreras, Lorenzo Flores, Ramon Garcia, Mark Joslin, Gerry Meraz and Roberta Orona-Cordova will read their works and professor Margarita Nieto will moderate. 7 p.m. in the Oviatt Library presentation room. A question and answer session will follow the readings. Refreshments will be served. fmi­x2734.

Wednesday, April 9

University Club Lecture

The University Club will host a lecture as part of its 35th anniversary Faculty Lunch series. History professor Ronald Davis will discuss his research on the Natchez, Mississippi Project. For reservations, call x2076.

Thursday, April 10

Cesar Chavez Tribute

The University Student Union presents a tribute to the late farm labor leader Cesar Chavez from 6­9 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union, Shoshone Room. Chicano/a Studies professor Rudy Acuna will be the keynote speaker and there will be performances by Conjunto Hueyapan, along with special guests. Mexican food will be available and meal plans accepted. The charge is $5.75 with a CSUN ID. fmi­x2491.

Saturday, April 12 to Friday, April 25

Recycling Week 2003

The University Recycling Program is sponsoring programs and activities on recycling, special collections of hazardous waste and educational presentations, as follows: fmi­smaisen@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 16

Botanic Garden Open House The College of Extended Learning is sponsoring an open house of the campus botanic garden from 9­11 a.m. fmi­x2786.

Friday, April 18

Professors Golf Tournament

The Professors Golf Association will celebrate spring break with a golf tournament starting at 10 a.m. at the Simi Hills Golf Course. The tournament fee is $48, which includes cart, green fees and prizes. All ability levels are welcome. fmi­leland.gassert@csun.edu.

Tuesday, April 22

Earth Fair

Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to protect the environment at CSUN¹s annual environmental fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the USU Court of Community.

Tuesday, April 22

University Club Gala The University Club presents a special 35th anniversary gala reception from 4­6 p.m. at the University Club. Founding members and faculty who signed the Faculty Center Association mortgage will be honored. fmi­x2076.

Wednesday, April 23

Disabilities Career Fair

The National Center on Deafness (NCOD) will host a career information exchange for people with disabilities and employers, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the patio of the Student Services Building. More than 30 companies will distribute recruitment materials for jobs, internships and volunteer programs. Also, adaptive technology demonstrations will be held. fmi­Mandy Sherlock, x2099 or mandy.sherlock@csun.edu.

Thursday, April 24

Student Success Teleconference

The Undergraduate Studies Office and University 100 invite the campus community to a live teleconference titled "Embracing Parents and Families: Strategies for Student Success." 10 a.m. to noon in the Oviatt Library, Garden Level rooms 1 and 5. Panelists will be Thomas Brown, managing principal of Thomas Brown and Associates; Karen Levin Coburn, assistant vice chancellor for students at Washington University and Richard Mullendore, vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia. Please RSVP to Mary Ankeny to receive the accompanying information packet. fmi­Cheryl Spector, x2969 or cheryl.spector@csun.edu.

Thursday, April 24

Eisner College Naming

The Michael D. Eisner College of Education dedication ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in front of the education building, where the Eisner family will be honored for their leadership gift to the university. President Jolene Koester and Dean Philip Rusche will be joined by CSU Board of Trustees Chair Debra Farar, an alumna of the college, to celebrate the occasion with invited guests and community leaders. The Northridge Singers will perform and a reception will follow. fmi­x5473.

Saturday, April 26

5K Run, Walk & Roll

The Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled and its support group invite the public to the second annual CSUN Run, Walk and Roll fundraiser to help equip its new aquatic therapy center. Registration and packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m. and races start at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration fees are $20 for entries before April 20 and $25 for entries the day of the race. Register online or by mail. fmi­x3462.

Saturday, April 26

Diabetes Education Seminar

Associated Students, Providence Health Systems and the American Diabetes Association¹s San Fernando Valley chapter present the third annual Latino Diabetes Education Seminar & Expo titled "Winning with Diabetes." Workshops will be offered in Spanish with English interpreters and provide information on the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes among the Latino/a community, risks to children of diabetics and the role obesity plays in the disease. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the USU. A complimentary breakfast and lunch and free transportation will be provided. Parking is available in lot G4. fmi­x7450, x7391 or 1-(800) 828-8293, x7450.

Sunday, April 27

Free Concert/Event

Student Production/Campus Entertainment and the Union Program Council are hosting their third annual "Big Show: Version 3.0" from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on the Sierra Quad. The free concert will feature music from a variety of genres and the afternoon includes arts and crafts booths, a vendor village, food, prizes and giveaways. fmi­Associated Students, x2477.

Public Meetings

Association of Retired Faculty

Meets 2 p.m. Tue., April 8
University Club, Lambs Lounge

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 1:15­5 p.m. Wed., April 9 and 23
University Hall 277

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2­4 p.m. Wed., April 9 and 23
University Hall 211

Faculty Senate

Meets 2­4:30 p.m. Thu., April 10
Oviatt Library presentation room

University Planning and Budget Group

Meets 1:30­3 p.m. Mon., April 14
Univerity Hall 277

Extended Learning Committee

Meets 3:15­5 p.m. Wed., April 16
Matador Bookstore Complex conference room


Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus community extends its condolences to professor Peter Marston (Communication Studies) for the loss of his mother; Judy Mardis (Financial Aid) for the loss of her mother; and Nickie Stambolis (Communication Studies) for the loss of her mother.

Israeli-Palestinian Presentations

Professors Jody Myers (Religious Studies) and Mehran Kamrava (Political Science) are offering two presentations on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and recent peace negotiations. The program includes a PowerPoint presentation followed by a question and answer session. Available times are Tuesdays, April 8 & 29, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The professors are seeking instructors who want their classes to participate. To schedule a presentation, contact Jody Myers, x3007 or jody.myers@csun.edu.

Work Study Meetings

All departments, programs and research directors interested in hiring federal work-study students in 2003­2004 must send at least one representative to one of the following meetings: Newcomer sessions are for supervisors who have not participated in the program or have participated for less than three years. All meetings will be in the Oviatt Library presentation room. For reservations, call Josie Carbajal, x3875 or e-mail work.study@csun.edu.

Bicycle Registration

The CSUN Public Safety Department is providing free bicycle registration to improve the chances of stolen bikes being recovered. Bring your bicycle and CSUN ID to the Parking and Transportation Services Department, UPA Building 14. You will be asked to fill out a registration form, which you can receive in the department office or online at www-admn.csun.edu/transport. Hours to register: Mon./Wed./Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Tue./Thu. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. fmi­x3946.

Clean Out Your Files

As part of the University Recycling Program¹s "Recycling Week," recycle all your old files and all office paper during the month of April. Use the blue bins in your office and make a difference. Co-sponsored by Physical Plant Management. fmi­x2477 or www.csunas.org. Approved Policy Items President Jolene Koester has approved the following policy items recommended by the Faculty Senate at its March 13 meeting:


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

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 be held in Sierra Hall, fourth floor, room 422. For reservations, call x6558. The following courses are upcoming:


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., April 29. The next committee meeting is Tue., May 13. Protocol submission forms are available at the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, University Hall 265 or can be downloaded from www.csun.edu/research. fmi­x2901.

Experts Directory

The Office of Public Relations and Strategic Communications is updating the university¹s award-winning Experts Directory. The directory is designed to help local and national news media gain access to expert opinions and/or information. To obtain a form to submit a directory entry listing information about a faculty member¹s area of expertise, call the office at x2130 or e-mail carmen.chandler@csun.edu The deadline for submission is Fri., April 25.

Request for Input on the CSUN Campus Smoking Policy

The CSU Board of Trustees adopted a resolution permitting campus presidents to adopt rules regulating smoking on the campus and property of the California State University. In keeping with the Trustees¹ resolution, the CSUN Facilities Use Policy Review Committee is seeking student, faculty and staff comment on the following questions:
  1. Is there a need to consider changing the existing CSUN Smoking Policy?
  2. If so, what changes are necessary?
  3. On what justification are these changes based?
Written comments may be submitted via e-mail at smokingpolicy.opinion@csun.edu or mailed to Smoking Policy Opinion, Mail Drop 8239, on or before May 3, 2003.

Existing Smoking Policy:

It is the policy of California State University, Northridge, to maintain a smoke free environment for our employees and students.
  1. Smoking is prohibited in all university buildings and leased space (including space within buildings shared with others.)
  2. Smoking is prohibited in state/university-owned vehicles. This prohibition includes passenger vehicles and all other state-owned mobile equipment including powered carts, light and heavy duty trucks, cargo and passenger vans, buses, and any other mobile equipment with an enclosed or enclosable driver/passenger compartment.
  3. Smoking is prohibited within 15 feet of doorways and ground level air intake structures.
  4. Smoking is prohibited within stadium seating areas, tennis courts, and other recreational facilities.
  5. Specific outside areas for smoking will not be established or identified.
  6. For the purpose of fire safety and litter prevention, the university will place ashtrays and other smoking litter appliances outside of university buildings.

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