December 8, 2003 Vol. VIII, No. 4



FYI

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The deadline for the Feb. 2 issue is Monday, Jan. 26. 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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Events
Friday, Dec. 12

Professors Golf Association Tournament

The Cal State Northridge Professors Golf Association sponsors a golf tournament at 10 a.m. at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino, Valencia. Faculty and staff, regardless of skill level, are invited. The $46 fee includes greens fees, prize money and cart. Registration and fmi–Lee Gassert, (818) 998-3021, or leland.gassert@csun.edu.

Public Meetings

Educational Policies Committee

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

Christian Faculty & Staff Association

Meets noon Thu., Dec. 11
University Student Union
Thousand Oaks Room

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 1:15–5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 4
University Hall 277

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2–4 p.m. Wed., Dec. 17 and Feb. 4
University Hall 211

Senate Executive Committee

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

Academic Technology Committee

Meets 2–4 p.m. Fri., Feb. 6
University Hall 211

University Planning & Budget Group

Meets 10 a.m. to noon Fri., Feb. 6
University Hall 277

Educational Equity Committee

Meets 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., Feb. 9
University Hall 211

Notices

Research and Grants Awards Competition

The Research and Grants Committee announces the 2004–2005 Competition for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards, providing faculty with the opportunity to receive up to $5,000 for scholarly and creative pursuits. Faculty may apply for three units of released time and/or funds for project expenses. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Fri., Feb. 27, 2004. Application materials are available in college and department offices or in Research and Sponsored Projects, University Hall 265. Faculty may also download applications from www.csun.edu/research/1Research/Competition.htm. fmi–x2901.

Winter Term Registration

Winter term registration has begun. Classes will run from Mon., Jan. 5 through Fri., Jan. 30. Students may register online, by mail or in person at the College of Extended Learning registration area, Matador Bookstore Complex, room 100. More than 100 university credit courses will be available. The College of Extended Learning also offers professional development and certificate programs for the community, a master of public administration program and test preparation classes. fmi–x2786, or www.csun.edu/exl.

Library West Wing Remodeling Project

The Oviatt Library's second floor West Wing—including the study hall—will be closed until the end of January 2004, during completion of a remodeling project that will accommodate the Tseng collection of Chinese antiquities. Entrepreneur Roland Tseng recently pledged to the university a collection valued at up to $38 million for public display and academic study. For the duration of the remodeling project, Special Collections & Archives will relocate to Oviatt, room 314. fmi–Susan Parker, x2272.

University E-Mail Storage Quota Policy

The Academic Technology Committee of the Faculty Senate has developed a university e-mail quota policy to ensure that enough disk space for e-mail storage is available for all campus e-mail users, and to manage use of the e-mail resource.

Approved university policy, available for review at www.csun.edu/policy/quotas.html, defines the default maximum e-mail storage limit as 30 megabytes per faculty or staff member. As the campus moves closer to the projected date when the 30 megabyte limit will be fully enforced—June 1, 2004—maximum e-mail storage limits will be phased in as follows:
300 megabytes by February 1, 2004
200 megabytes by March 1, 2004
100 megabytes by April 1, 2004

Users can reduce the amount of e-mail they have stored on the campus e-mail server by purging deleted e-mail messages, deleting unnecessary copies of old e-mail, storing needed attachments or by copying old e-mail messages onto their personal computers. fmi–University Help Desk, x1400 or at helpdesk@csun.edu.

China Institute Scholarship

Undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study may apply for up to two awards from the China Scholarship Council to support a full year of study during the 2004–2005 academic year at a selected institute of higher learning in China. The deadline is Feb. 14, 2004. fmi–x2138, or zsu@csun.edu.

China Institute 2004–2005 Faculty Development Grant

Cal State Northridge faculty with an interest in China have an opportunity to obtain $1,000 grants from the China Institute to start a project or study in their discipline to advance the field of China Studies. Applicants should submit written proposals and resumes, in Word file form, to China Institute Director Justine Su via e-mail: zsu@csun.edu. The deadline is Feb. 14, 2004. fmi–x2138, or zsu@csun.edu.

University Student Union Renovation

The University Student Union is undergoing major renovation. Although some services are being relocated within the existing facility, all services will be open throughout the two years of the project. Maps showing building access points are being sent via campus mail and posted at USU entrances. The Satellite Student Union will not be affected by the renovation. fmi–x2491, or usu.csun.edu.

Section 600 and 700 Manuals

All full-time faculty members should have received a copy of the academic year 2003–2004 edition of the Section 600 manual. All part-time faculty should have received a copy of the academic year 2003–2004 edition of the Section 700 manual. Those who have not received their copies should contact their department secretary. The manuals are also available at www.csun.edu/~facacct/policies.

Examinations and Religious Observances

The Office of Faculty Affairs announces that in administering any test or examination, campus policy states that any student who is eligible to undergo the test or examination will be permitted to do so, without penalty, at a time when the activity would not violate the student's religious creed. The policy requires that faculty provide accommodation to students when an exam conflicts with a religious observance. In addition, faculty are asked to be sensitive to this matter and refrain from scheduling examinations on days that would affect many students' religious observances. For assistance in evaluating a student's request to re-schedule an examination for purposes of religious observances, contact the Office of Faculty Affairs, x2962.

Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters Club has begun on campus, to develop speaking, presentation and leadership skills. Meets twice a month, noon–1 p.m. Location to be announced. fmi–Sabrina Rife, x5700, or sabrina.rife@csun.edu.

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. fmi–x7500, or jade@csun.edu.

Classes

Faculty SOLAR Grading Training

Cal State Northridge faculty will use the Student On-line Administrative Resources (SOLAR) grading module to enter class grades beginning in fall 2003. Presentation/demo-style training and hands-on training workshops will be available for faculty from Mon., Dec. 8 through Fri., Dec. 12, and lab hours to supplement training will be available from Mon., Dec. 15 through Fri., Dec. 19. Review the training schedule and sign up at www.csun.edu/ITR/SOLAR. Enrollment is required for classes but not for the lab sessions. Participants must have a CSUN e-mail account and password. fmi–x7267, or solarsupport@csun.edu.

Deadlines

Human Subjects Research Approval

Faculty and students performing research with human subjects must complete a Human Subjects Protocol Approval form. Original forms and nine copies must be submitted to the Research Office for review by the Standing Advisory Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects. Next committee meeting: Tue., Dec. 9. Next deadline: Tue., Jan. 27. Protocol submission forms are in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, University Hall 265, or can be downloaded from www.csun.edu/research. fmi–x2901.


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