March 29, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 13


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Thursday, April 8

Professors Golf Association Tournament

The CSUN Professors Golf Association (CSUN-PGA) sponsors a golf tournament for CSUN faculty and staff at 11 a.m., El Cariso Golf Course, 13100 Eldridge Avenue, Sylmar. Registration is $29. Registration or fmi–Lee Gassert, (818) 998-3021, or

Tuesday, April 13

CSUN Association of Retired Faculty

The CSUN Association of Retired Faculty invites the campus community to a 2 p.m. lecture titled "The Future of Bombing" by Ron Schaffer, emeritus professor of history, at the University Club, Lamb's Lounge. fmi–

Wednesday, April 14 to Friday, May 21

Learning Centered University Dialogues

President Jolene Koester, Interim Provost Linda Bain and Vice President for Student Affairs Terry Piper host "Brown Bag Dialogues" to discuss the learning centered university concept. All sessions will be from noon–1:30 p.m., University Hall 277. Bring your own lunch; beverages and cookies will be provided. Maximum attendance: 30. The dialogue schedule: RSVP or fmi–Pattie Ridenour, x5005, or

Public Meetings

Senate Executive Committee

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

Academic Technology Committee

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

Educational Equity Committee

Meets 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mon., April 12 and 26
University Hall 211

University Student Union Board Meeting

Meets 1 p.m. Mon., April 12 and 26
USU Grand Salon

University Planning and Budget Group

Meets 1–3 p.m. Tue., April 13
University Hall 277

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 2–4 p.m. Tue., April 13
University Hall 211

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 1:15–5 p.m. Wed., April 14 and 21
University Hall 277

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2–4 p.m. Wed., April 14 and 28
University Hall 211


Linda Westphal Retires

After 23 years of valued service, Linda Westphal (Admissions and Records) will retire in April. Westphal started as a student at the then San Fernando Valley State College, worked as a student assistant, and eventually accepted a position in Admissions and Records. Westphal has most recently worked in the International Admissions and Special Programs division of Admissions and Records. She also has worked with Special Programs, including special scholarships and the Over Sixties Program.

Catastrophic Leave Donations

Carol Hallenbeck (Office of Human Resources) is currently out on medical leave and is unable to return to work at this time. Hallenbeck's leave credits are nearly exhausted. She is requesting catastrophic leave donations on her behalf. The catastrophic leave donation form may be accessed at To make a donation of sick leave and/or vacation leave, forward completed forms to Renee Venezia, manager, Payroll Administration, mail code 8228.

Strong Bones Project

The Physical Therapy Department is seeking adults with osteoporosis, ages 18–100, for a study on the effects of physical therapist intervention on bone health. Qualified subjects will receive free bone mineral density testing, balance testing and fall risk analysis, and a physical therapist evaluation. Subjects may be randomly selected to participate in a free community-based group exercise class beginning Wed., April 14. Criteria for participation are a diagnosis of osteoporosis, no fracture within the past year and a physical therapist screen. fmi–Janna Beling, x7445, or

Sigma Xi Award Nominations

Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, is seeking nominations for the George Lefevre Outstanding Researcher Award, a faculty award for research and teaching; the Outstanding Support Staff Award and the Pre-College Science/Math Teacher Recognition Award. All nominees should have made outstanding contributions to science. Nominations must be received by Mon., April 12. fmi–Ali Zakeri, mail code 8313, or

Information Technology Resources Announcements

In order to improve campus technology and security, Information Technology Resources (ITR) requires all staff with access to PeopleSoft modules to periodically change their passwords. Those who have not changed their passwords in the last 90 days will receive an e-mail message asking them to do so. Faculty and students also will be required to change their passwords regularly. Faculty who do not have access to confidential information will be required to change passwords every 180 days.

Between April 15 and May 15, e-mail notification will be sent to faculty who need to change their passwords. For assistance in choosing a "strong" password—not easily obtained by hackers—e-mail storage quotas and deadlines, and for information on spam filtering or other questions, see, or contact the Help Desk at or x1400.

Spring Evacuation Drill

As part of the university's ongoing program to improve campus emergency preparedness, building evacuation drills will be conducted on Wed., April 14, as follows: In order for the drills to be effective, it is important that all building occupants participate in the evacuations. Procedures can be obtained by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Office at fmi–Environmental Health and Safety, x2401

Experts Directory

The Office of Public Relations is updating the university's award-winning Experts Directory, designed to help local and national news media quickly and easily find the experts they need. Submission deadline is Friday, April 30. To submit an entry to the directory, or fmi–Public Relations, x2130, or e-mail

Personal Achievement Recognition

The Office of Student Development and International Programs invites nominations from faculty, staff and administrators for graduating students to receive personal achievement recognition at the 2004 Honors Convocation. Students should have demonstrated excellence of an artistic, creative, or athletic nature, unusual leadership ability or community service. Nomination forms should be completed and returned to the Office of Student Development and International Programs by 5 p.m. Thu., April 1. fmi–x2393

Summer Session Extension Catalogs

The College of Extended Learning's summer session course catalogs are available at the College of Extended Learning, Matador Bookstore Complex, room 100. Professional development classes include computers and information technology, fundraising and institutional advancement, human resources management, interpreting and translating, real estate appraising, test preparation classes and a master of public administration program. fmi–x2786, or

Graduating Seniors Award

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs will present four students with the 2004 Outstanding Graduating Seniors Award for academic excellence, service to community and campus, exceptional achievements or for overcoming personal life circumstances. Applications for the $1,000 awards are due Friday, April 2. Awards will be presented at the Honors Convocation on Tuesday, June 1. Applications are available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, University Hall, suite 310. fmi–x2391.

2003 Employee of the Year Award

President Jolene Koester will announce the annual Employee of the Year Award at the 38th staff recognition ceremony on Fri., May 14. The award recognizes a employee who has made significant contributions to the university.

Employees of the University Corporation, University Student Union, and the Associated Students are eligible, as are any university and auxiliary staff members employed half-time or more for a minimum of two years, with satisfactory or better work records. Faculty and employees in the Management Personnel Plan are not eligible for this award.

Nominations should be sent by Wed., April 14, to John Daly, director of Employee Relations/Professional Development, mail drop 8229. fmi–John Daly, x6566

Hazardous Waste Collection

Working with the L.A. City Bureau of Sanitation, CSUN is sponsoring the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event and the Electronics and Computer Recycling Event on Sat., April 17 and Sun., April 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in CSUN parking lot F10, on the corner of Lassen St. and Lindley Ave. Paint products, solvents, motor oil, anti-freeze, aerosol products, televisions, monitors and video games may be discarded at the event. fmi–Cyndi Signett, x2477, or


SOLAR Training Labs

Information Technology Resources (ITR) offers the next Student On-Line Administrative Resources (SOLAR) training lab from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Tue., March 30 in the Oviatt Library's Garden Level, room 33. fmi–Tina Actis-Purtee, x2204, or

Online Instruction Workshops

The Offices of Undergraduate Studies and Online Instruction will sponsor a faculty computer workshop on the Fireworks Web graphics program from 2–3 p.m. Wed., April 14, Sierra Hall, Faculty Lab 422. Registration is required and space is limited. Sign up at fmi–Cathy Cheal, x6558, or


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 deadline: Tue., March 30. Protocol submission forms in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, University Hall 265, or downloaded from fmi–x2901.

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