November 3, 2003 Vol. VIII, No. 6


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 Nov. 17 issue is Monday, Nov. 10. 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, 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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Tuesday, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11

Nutrition Lectures

The Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors a nutrition lecture series in Sequoia Hall 112. fmix3102.

Wednesday, Nov. 5 and Thursday, Nov. 6

Brown Bag Film Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center sponsors "Brown Bag Film Series" titled "Kitchen Safety and Sanitation, and Food Safety" in Sequoia Hall 112. fmix3102.

Wednesday, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12

Physics & Astronomy Lectures

The Physics and Astronomy Department will sponsor lectures at 3:45 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 5 and Wed., Nov. 12. in Science Building 1, room 1124. Topics to be announced. fmix2775.

Thursday, Nov. 6

Alzheimer's Association Open House

The San Fernando Valley office of the Alzheimer's Association hosts an open house from 7:309 a.m., Monterey Hall 201. "Mingle, Munch and Meet Michelle Barclay," association's new regional director. fmiArturo Montenegro, x4404.

Thursday, Nov. 6

Central American Studies Journal

The Central American Studies Program inaugurates its student journal, "Mandrgora: Cultural Remittances from the Central American Studies Program," 6 p.m. Manzanita Hall, Alan and Elaine Armer Theater. Refreshments served. fmiDouglas Mena, x6487, or Beatriz Cortez, x3585.

Saturday, Nov. 8

Harvest Festival

Family and friends of the Child and Family Studies Center are invited to annual Harvest Festival, 14 p.m. in the center's Lab School play yard, 18330 Halsted St., Northridge. Admission $5 adults, $3 children, children two years or younger free. fmix3131.

Monday, Nov. 10

Vietnam Veteran Slide Presentation

Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars, together with the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program through the Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs, and the Religious Studies Department, host a slide presentation/discussion by Vietnam veteran Mike Boehm, chairman of My Lai Peace Park Project. Noon1:30 p.m., University Student Union, Pasadena Room. fmiJohn Charles, x3487.

Monday, Nov. 10

UNICO Charity Golf Tournament

UNICO service organization's third annual charity golf tournament, 9:30 a.m., California Country Club, 1509 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. $150.00 fee, or $40 for dinner only. fmiGailya Brown, x3301, or Al Consalvi, (626) 445-0225.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Chris Erskine: Lecture/Book-Signing

The Friends of the Oviatt Library host a lecture and book signing by Los Angeles Times columnist Chris Erskine, author of "Surviving Suburbia." 7 p.m., Oviatt Library presentation room. Copies of book available for purchase. Refreshments served. Parking $4. fmix2638.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Geology Lecture

The Geological Sciences Department hosts a lecture by Linda Bonnell, 20032004 Distinguished Lecturer of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, titled "Sealed, Bridged or Open: A New Theory of Quartz Cementation in Fractures," 33:50 p.m., Science Building 1, second floor, room 1219. fmix2046.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Real Estate Lecture

Cal State Northridge's Center for Real Estate and the Los Angeles Chapter of Lambda Alpha International host lecture by Andrew Adelman, Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety director, on zoning laws and building codes. 7 p.m., University Student Union Grand Salon. To reserve space or fmi, Donald Bleich, x2459, or

Thursday, Nov. 13

Collection of Recycling Pledges

The Associated Students University Recycling Program team will collect recycling pledges from the campus community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Matador Bookstore. Event celebrates November 15 America Recycles Day. Pledges automatically enter participants in contest for prizes. To pledge online: fmiCyndi Signett, x2477.

Thursday. Nov. 13

Youth in Central America: A Public Forum

The Central American Research and Policy Institute and Sin Fronteras present a forum titled "The Transnationalization of Violence: Youth in Central America and the United States." Speakers Miguel Cruz, Universidad Centroamericano; Toms Andino, Save the Children; and Donna DeCesare, University of Texas journalism professor, discuss fight against poverty, violence and its effect on youth. 11 a.m to 2:30 p.m., University Student Union Northridge Center. fmiCarleen Sanchez, x6321.

Friday, Nov. 14

Faculty Tech Faire

The Office of Online Instruction through Undergraduate Studies sponsors a faculty tech faire in the Sierra Center second floor special events room. Faire presents varying online course technology. Food, vendor booths and faculty presentations planned. Schedule as follows: fmiCatheryn Cheal, x6558.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Community Health Forum

The Marilyn Magaram Center sponsors a community health forum from 34:30 p.m. in Sequoia Hall 104. Toh-Bin Lim discusses U.S. health care system. fmix3102.

Sunday, Nov. 16

Mesoamerican Network Meeting

The Anthropology Department and the Central American Studies Program host the fall meeting of the Southern California Mesoamerican Network, with papers presented by Cal State Northridge faculty. 15 p.m. in Sierra Hall's Whitsett Room, fourth floor. fmiCarleen Sanchez, x6321.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Philosophy Lecture

The Philosophy Department hosts a lecture by USC School of Philosophy Director James Higginbotham titled "The English Progressive," 4 p.m., Sierra Hall 120. fmix2757,

Public Meetings

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 24 p.m. Wed., Nov. 5
University Hall 277

Faculty Senate

Meets 24:30 p.m. Thu., Nov. 6
Oviatt Library presentation room

Academic Technology Committee

Meets 24 p.m. Fri., Nov. 7
University Hall 211

Educational Equity Committee

Meets 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., Nov. 10
University Hall 211

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 24 p.m. Tue., Nov. 11
University Hall 211

Foundation Board Meeting

Meets 6 p.m. Thu., Nov. 20
University Hall 250

Christian Faculty & Staff Association

Meets noon Thu., Nov. 13
USU Agoura Room


Donations in Memory of Peter Weigand

In memory of Peter Weigand, professor emeritus of Geological Sciences who passed away in September, donations can be made in lieu of flowers to several organizations, as well as to the Peter Weigand Scholarship Fund. For complete information and donation instructions, the Weigand family asks that the following Web site be consulted: The family also requests that friends consider donations of blood, in memory of the professor, to any Kaiser Permanente facility.

Among many other distinctions, Professor Weigand was honored at Cal State Northridge with the Distinguished Teaching Award by the President's Associates in 2002, and with the George Lefevre, Jr. Research Award in 1999.

Deepest Sympathies

The campus community and the Secondary Education Department offer condolences to the family and friends of Jan Eckmier, on the passing of her mother.

W-2 Statement Mailing

To ensure timely receipt of W-2 statement, submit any changes in mailing address by completing an Employee Action Request Form available from Human Resource Services, Payroll Administration, University Hall, room 185. Deadline: Fri., Nov. 14. fmix2118.

Wang Award Nominations

Cal State Northridge's nominating committee is accepting applications for the CSU system's Wang Awards for Faculty Excellence. Campus community can nominate faculty members of various disciplines. Instructions at Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Wed., Nov. 12 to the Office of Faculty Affairs, mail drop 8220, or e-mail attachment to

Eating Disorder Program

Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating (JADE), a peer education and prevention project sponsored by University Counseling Services, offers campus presentations on eating disorder awareness. fmix7500, or

Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters Club starts on campus, to develop speaking, presentation and leadership skills. Meets twice a week, noon1 p.m. Location to be announced. fmiAmita Naganand, x3277, or Sabrina Rife, x5700.

Honorary Degree Committee

President Jolene Koester has appointed a committee to consider nominations for the conferral of honorary degrees. Committee chairperson is Dean William Toutant, College of Arts, Media, and Communication. Names of proposed candidates should be submitted directly to Dean Toutant, on a strictly confidential basis, through college deans or university vice presidents. Submissions should include a cover letter explaining the reason for nomination, and a curriculum vita or biographical information. Criteria for nomination: meritorious or outstanding service to Cal State Northridge or the CSU, excellence and extraordinary achievements in a significant field of human endeavor, wide recognition of distinction and achievement, commitment to intellectual life and humane values, serving as an example and inspiration for students, and outstanding contributions to California or the world. Submission deadline: noon Fri., Nov. 14.


CELT Workshops

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching offers a workshop titled "Effective Teaching and Learning in Large Class Settings" to faculty members, 12:302 p.m. Tue., Nov. 11, Sierra Hall, CELT Conference Room 439. fmiKelly Kroeker, x6536, or

ITR Computer Workshops

ITR offers a "One Hour Photoshop Series" for faculty and staff. Enrollment required. Classes from noon1 p.m., Sequoia Hall 250 A. fmix2204, or

Major Gifts Class

The College of Extended Learning offers "Major Gifts," a class that teaches students to research, obtain and manage major gifts for nonprofits, part of the college's Fundraising and Institutional Advancement certificate program. 710 p.m. Wed., Nov. 5Dec. 17 in Extended Learning, Bookstore Complex, room 102. Fee: $235. fmix3922, or

Career Strategies Seminar

Adele Scheele, Cal State Northridge Career Center director, leads a seminar showing staff how to develop competitive edge and realize career dreams. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Wed., Nov. 5, Oviatt Library presentation room. Registration required. Registration forms available online at Turn in completed forms to Human Resource Services by fax: (818) 677-5956, or walk-in. fmix5386.

Faculty Computer Workshops

The Office of Online Instruction in Undergraduate Studies sponsors faculty computer workshops to facilitate online teaching and learning. All classes are in Sierra Hall, faculty lab 422. For reservations, x6558, or sign up at


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., Nov. 11. Next deadline: Tue., Nov. 25. Protocol submission forms in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, University Hall 265, or downloaded from fmix2901.

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