September 9, 2002 Vol. VII, No. 2


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Public Meetings

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m. Tue., Sept. 10 in University Hall 211.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 in University Hall 211.

Foundation Board

Meets 6 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11 in the University Club.

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 2-5 p.m. Wed., Sept. 18 in University Hall 277.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2-4:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 19 in the Oviatt Library, Presentation Room, lower level, west wing, room 81.


Sheldon Harris Passes

Historian and CSUN professor emeritus Sheldon Howard Harris passed away Sat., Aug. 31. Harris was a renowned scholar who exposed Japanese atrocities during World War II in his book, Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-1945, and the American Cover-Up, which has been translated into Japanese and is in its third printing.

Deeply concerned with human rights, Harris provided expert witness testimony on Japan's secret experiments using biological and chemical weapons in China. Just four days prior to his death, a Japanese court issued a ruling validating his claims but denying compensation to the victims.

A New York native, Harris graduated from Brooklyn College and received his master's from Harvard and doctorate from Columbia. He taught history at the University of Massachusetts before moving to California in 1963 to become a History Department professor at Northridge. He retired in 1991.

Jon Lidford Passes

Jon Lidford, executive chef at the University Student Union, passed away Wed., Aug. 14, just two weeks after resigning his university position to open his own restaurant. He is survived by Maribeth, his wife of nine years, four brothers (Jimmy, Ron, Bill and Greg) and three stepchildren.

Lidford grew up in the San Fernando Valley and was a graduate of Los Angeles Trade Technical College and the Culinary Institute of Arts, where he received many awards. While in school, Lidford apprenticed at the Bonaventure Hotel, worked at Scandia, the legendary restaurant on the Sunset Strip, and operated his own landscaping business. Lidford came to CSUN in 1991 as chef de cuisine for the University Club, was promoted in 1994 to be the University Corp.'s executive chef, and again in 1998 joining the University Student Union team.

The university dedicated this fall's Student Development Day to Lidford, and the Family Environmental Sciences Department has created the Jon Lidford Culinary Scholarship Fund in recognition of his sponsorship of graduate students from the Dietetic Internship Program. Contributions can be made c/o CSUN, College of Health and Human Development/Family Environmental Sciences, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8308.

Entertainment Coupon Books

Entertainment Coupon Books for the 2002-2003 year are now available at the Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled. The coupons are valid until November 2003 and provide 50 percent savings at hundreds of restaurants, theaters, sports events, theme parks, hotels and resorts. Last year's reduced rates are still in effect. New this year are monthly Ralphs $5 coupons. fmi-Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled, x2182.


Retired Faculty Meeting

The Association of Retired Faculty invites the campus community to its first meeting of the school year at 2 p.m. Tue., Sept. 10, at the University Club, Lamb's Lounge. Guest speaker professor Warren Bland from the Geography Department will speak on his book, Retiring in Style: 50 Affordable Places Across America. fmi-Al Baca, x7848.

Community Health Forum

Thomas Garthwaite, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, will hold a community forum from 1-2:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 12 in the Northridge Center of the USU to discuss the proposed public health care cuts in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.

Alternative Nutrition Lecture

The Marilyn Magaram Center, along with the Los Angeles District of the California Dietetic Association (CDA-LAD), is hosting "Alternative Nutrition Use of Medicinal Herbs and Functional Foods in Dietetics." 1-4 pm. Sun., Sept. 15 in the Marilyn Magaram Center auditorium, Sequoia Hall, room 104. The event will feature a guest speaker followed by a cooking demonstration. Attendees will be eligible for continuing education credits. Nicole Matsuura will be the guest speaker. The event is $45 for non CDA-LAD members, $30 for CDA-LAD members, $30 for non CDA-LAD student members and $15 for CDA-LAD student members. Make checks payable to Jacqui Saracino, 8562 Eton Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91304. fmi-Jacqui Saracino, (818) 709-8410 or

Faculty CELT Program

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is offering the following programs to faculty members: fmi-Kelly Kroeker, x6536 or


Student Computer Workshops

The Office of Undergraduate Studies is sponsoring student workshops in the Learning Resource Center (Student Services Building, room 418). The following workshops are upcoming: fmi-x2033 or e-mail

Faculty/Staff Computer Workshops

ITR is offering the following workshops in the Oviatt Library garden level, room 30, Windows NT Lab (except as noted): To enroll for classes, call x2204 or e-mail

Counseling Services Sessions

University Counseling Services is offering groups/workshops and services for the fall semester to meet varying students needs with stress and time management, abusive family history, eating disorders and self-esteem and relationship problems.

The services are free. UCS is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Thu., and Fri., and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue. and Wed. in the Student Services Building, room 520. All sessions are in the UCS unless otherwise noted. fmi-x2366. The schedule is as follows:

Youth Speaking Course

A public speaking course for students grades six through 12 will be offered this fall by the Department of Communication Studies. The six-week course will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday mornings beginning Oct. 5 in Manzanita Hall, room 122. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis for a $20 fee. For an application and enrollment, call Rebecca Litke, x2047, or e-mail

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 class is offered in the Environmental Health and Safety training room, PPM Corporate Yard Building: Ergonomics and General Safety (Injury/Illness Prevention) 10-11:30 a.m. Tue., Sept. 17


Speakers Program Applications

Applications for the 2002-2003 Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program are due Mon., Sept. 30. The Graduate Office wishes to determine funding early in the year so they can support speakers for both the fall and spring semesters. Selection will be made by a faculty committee. The Graduate Office will notify applicants of the committee's decisions by Oct. 11. If you have questions regarding the DVSP, contact Hedy Carpenter at x2138. Applications are available via the Graduate Office's web site at

Technology & Disabilities Conference Papers

The Center on Disabilities is requesting papers for its annual Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, scheduled at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport and Marriott hotels from Mon. through Sat., March 17-22, 2003. Each proposal submitted must include an electronic copy of the complete proceedings paper. Proposals are due by Tue., Oct. 1. fmi-x2578.

Sabbatical Leave Applications

Faculty members intending to apply for a sabbatical leave for the 2003-2004 academic year should file an application with their department chair no later than Fri., Oct. 4. Application forms and information about the sabbatical leave application process are available from department secretaries.

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