Vol. VIII, No. 11


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 March 15 issue is Monday, March 8. 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.

Note: fmi-means for more information.

Monday, March 1 through Friday, March 12

Interior Design Showcase

Family and Consumer Sciences students will display their work in the Interior Design Showcase 2004 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 1 through March 12 in Sequoia Hall. A 5:30 p.m. Sequoia Hall reception, followed by a 7 p.m. awards ceremony recognizing outstanding designs, is scheduled for March 12. Admission is free. fmi–Paulette Sontag, x3846 or paulette.sontag@csun.edu.

Wednesday, March 3

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Speaker

The honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, will hold an intellectual exchange at 3 p.m. in the University Club. The guest speaker is Bruce Matsui, professor of higher education at Claremont Graduate University. He will speak on "Developing Communities of Resilience." Admission is free and refreshments will be served. fmi–Stan Charnofsky, x2548.

Tuesday, March 9

Association of Retired Faculty

The Association of Retired Faculty invites the campus community to a lecture by biology professor emeritus Joyce Maxwell titled "Teaching English in Afghanistan," at 2 p.m. in the University Club's Lamb's Lounge. fmi–Gwen Brewer, (805) 449-8775

Friday, March 12

Philosophy Lecture

The Philosophy Department is hosting a lecture titled "The Vanishing Point: A Model of the Self as an Absence" at 4 p.m. in Sierra Hall's Whitsett Room 451. The guest speaker is Roy Sorensen, philosophy professor at Dartmouth College. fmi–x2757, or www.csun.edu/~philos33.

Friday, March 19

Learning-Centered Universities

President Jolene Koester invites the campus community to attend an address by William Plater, executive vice chancellor and dean of the faculties of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, on "Learning-Centered Universities." The address is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon in the Music Building recital hall, room 158. President Koester said Plater's address will help launch the university's investigation of what it means to be a "learning-centered university," a concept that will be the subject of informal campus dialogues throughout the spring semester. For additional background, go to www.csun.edu/~presofc/2003convocation.html.

Public Meetings

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 1:15–5 p.m. Wed., March 3 and 17
University Hall 277

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2–4 p.m. Wed., March 3 and 17
University Hall 211

Senate Executive Committee

Meets 1–5 p.m. Thu., March 4
University Hall 277

Academic Technology Committee

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

University Student Union Board Meeting

Meets 1 p.m. Mon., March 8
USU Grand Salon

Educational Equity Committee

Meets 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mon., March 8 University Hall 211

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 2–4 p.m. Tue., March 9
University Hall 211

Foundation Board Meeting

Meets at 6 p.m. Wed., March 17
fmi–Judy Landy, x4197


Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus community expresses its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Alyce Akers (Family and Consumer Sciences) on the passing of her mother.

The campus community also offers its deepest condolences to Jan Tolan (Leisure Studies and Recreation) on the passing of her mother.

Department Chair Appointments

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Bain announced the appointment of Brian Malec as acting chair of the Health Sciences Department effective January 29, 2004, and concluding at the end of the 2004–2005 academic year. The appointment was based on the recommendation of his colleagues and Helen Castillo, dean of the College of Health and Human Development.

Provost Bain also announced the appointment of Joyce Linden as acting chair of the Deaf Studies Department effective January 29, 2004, and concluding on June 4, 2004. The appointment was based on the recommendations of her colleagues and Philip Rusche, dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education.

Suicide/Depression Prevention Presentations

The Cal State Northridge Counseling Services' Suicide/Depression Prevention Speakers Bureau is offering 25–60 minute presentations to classes. fmi–Marshall Bloom or Tamara Klumpe, x2366.

Campus Health Services Policy

The new campus health services policy is accessible at www-admn.csun.edu/vp/new_directory/900_univ_oversight/index.htm.

Gradfest 2004

Cal State Northridge's Alumni Association and Division of Student Affairs will sponsor Gradfest 2004 at the Matador Bookstore Complex from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wed., March 17. Representatives from college departments, campus organizations, programs and various companies will assist with graduation issues ranging from cap and gown rentals to exploring options for postgraduate work at CSUN. Students must submit graduation applications to Admissions and Records no later than Fri., March 5 in order to participate in the 2004 commencement ceremony. Other Gradfest sponsors include Hamer Toyota, Jostens, ArtCarved, Matador Bookstore and Chappell Graduation Images. fmi–Hilda Garcia, x2393.

Legal Foundation Scholarships

Applications for the 2004 Valley Community Legal Foundation Scholarships are now available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, University Hall, suite 310. This year, the foundation will award $4,000 in scholarships to Cal State Northridge graduating seniors who plan to start law school in fall 2004. Up to four scholarships will be presented at the foundation's annual Law Day dinner. Applications are due by Fri., March 19. fmi–x2391.

Judge Julian Beck Project Grants

All faculty and staff are eligible for the Judge Julian Beck Project Grants, which award up to $5,000 for projects that enhance instruction and improve student learning at CSUN. Application guidelines and proposal forms are available at the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), Sierra Hall 438, or at www.csun.edu/~celtact/grant.html. Proposals are due at the center by Mon., March 8, at 4 p.m. fmi–x6536.

Faculty Senate Spring 2004 Elections

Faculty members who want to run for an office in the Faculty Senate and who have not yet been nominated may submit a petition, signed by 15 faculty members, to the Faculty Senate office by Fri., March 5, at 5 p.m. The following offices are open for the election: president (two-year term), vice president (one-year term), secretary/treasurer (one-year term), statewide academic senator (three-year term), senators-at-large (two-year terms, six positions). fmi–Sandy Horwitz, x3263.

Valley New High School Informational Meetings

Prospective students, parents and guardians are invited to attend informational meetings about the Valley New High School No. 1, set to open on the campus of Cal State Northridge in September 2004. Sponsored by Local District A of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the meetings will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, and from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, in Odin Hall of Monroe High School, 9229 Haskell Avenue, North Hills. Parking is available at Nordhoff Street and Haskell.

To apply to the new high school, students must be current eighth or ninth graders who reside in the attendance areas of Cleveland High School, Granada Hills Charter High School or Monroe High School. The school will offer three thematic academies: Careers in Education, Health and Human Development, and Arts, Media, and Communication. fmi–Principal Connie Semf, (818) 256-2820, or Assistant Principal Karen Matsui, (818) 256-2976.

2004–2005 California Pre-Doctoral Program

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting California State University students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Applicants must be upper division or master's degree students enrolled at a CSU institution as of spring 2003, and who will be enrolled at a CSU campus for at least one semester of the academic year 2004/05. Obtain an application at www.calstate.edu/predoc/. The deadline for submission is Tue., March 30. fmi–Hedy Carpenter, x2138.

Italian Program Scholarships

As a longtime friend of the Italian Program at Cal State Northridge, philanthropist Robert Barbera will in spring 2004 award a one-time prize of $2,200 to a graduate or undergraduate student who has distinguished himself or herself in the study of Italian language and culture. Applicants must have declared an Italian minor, completed a minimum of four courses in Italian, and maintained grade point averages of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in completed Italian courses. Applications are available in Sierra Tower 405/408. fmi–Pat Miller, x3467 or Anthony Costantini, x3580.


Public Speaking Course

The Communication Studies Department is accepting applications for a public speaking course for students in grades 5–12. Communication for Youth Institute classes will be held from 9–11:30 a.m. Saturdays, beginning on March 13. (No class will be held on April 10). The six-week program develops confidence in oral communication. fmi–Ruth Kalin, x6545 or ruth.kalin@csun.edu.

Online Instruction Workshops

The Offices of Undergraduate Studies and Online Instruction are sponsoring faculty computer workshops to facilitate online teaching and learning. Registration is required and space is limited. All workshops are in the Sierra Hall, Faculty Lab 422. Sign up at www.csun.edu/~webteach/workshops.html. The workshops are as follows: fmi–Cathy Cheal, x6558, or catheryn.cheal@csun.edu.


Human Subjects Research Approval

Faculty and students performing research with human subjects must complete Human Subjects Protocol Approval form. Original forms and nine copies must be submitted to Research Office for review by the Standing Advisory Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects.Next committee meeting: Tue., March 9. Next deadline: Tue., March 30. Protocol submission forms in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, University Hall 265, or downloaded from www.csun.edu/research. fmi–x2901.

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