September 7, 2004 Vol. IX, No. 2


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 September 20 issue is Monday, September 13. 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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Monday, Sept. 13–Thursday, Sept. 16

Counseling Services Workshops

University Counseling Services (UCS) kicks off its free fall semester groups, workshops and services for students who need help with stress and time management, eating disorders and other problems. Sessions will be held in the UCS, located in the Student Services Building, Room 520, unless otherwise noted. fmi–x2366.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Celebrating Freedom to Read

Faculty and librarians will recognize national Banned Books Week (September 24–October 1) by reading from children's books that have been banned or challenged, in a free presentation set for 7 p.m. in the Oviatt Library's Presentation Room. Excerpts from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series and Shel Silverstein's "A Light in the Attic" will be featured. Event coordinators are librarian Kimberly Embleton and English professor Joseph Thomas. An exhibition of banned books will be on view through Friday, Oct. 1 in the library lobby. fmi-Kimberly Embleton, x5336.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Northridge Toastmasters

Every first Wednesday and third Tuesday of the month, the Toastmasters meet from 12–1 p.m. in the Oviatt Library's Presentation Room. However, the September 21 meeting will be held in Room 314, Oviatt Library. Build leadership, management and public speaking skills. fmi–Sabrina Rife, x5700.

Public Meetings

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 2–5 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 8
University Hall 277

Faculty Senate

Meets 2–4:30 p.m.
Thu., Sept. 9
Oviatt Library Presentation Room 81

USU Board

Meets 1 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 13
USU Flintridge

University Planning and Budget Group

Meets 1–3 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 15
University Hall 277

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 15
University Hall 211

North Campus-University Park Corporation

Meets 9 a.m.
Tue., Sept. 21
University Hall 250

Foundation Board

Meets 6 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 29
fmi–Judy Landy, x4197


Examinations and Religious Observances

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Harry Hellenbrand reminds faculty members that university policy requires them to accommodate students when examinations conflict with religious observances. The provost urges faculty to refrain from scheduling exams on days likely to affect many students' observances. For help in evaluating requests to re-schedule exams for such purposes, call the Office of Faculty Affairs, x2962.

Approved Policy Item

President Jolene Koester has approved a change in the faculty bylaws providing for the inclusion of a Faculty Senate representative from the Athletics Department faculty.

Faculty Senate Election

A faculty election will be held for the senator-at-large seat vacated by systems and operations management professor Albert Kinderman, who has retired. Faculty members who have not yet been nominated and who wish to run for the two-year position, which begins in fall 2004, may submit a petition signed by 15 faculty members. Together with a brief biography, the petition should be submitted to the Faculty Senate Office by 5 p.m. on Thu., Sept. 23. fmi–Sandy Horwitz, x3263.

Catastrophic Leave Donation

Mae Graham (Residential Life and Conferences Services) is currently out on a medical leave of absence and is unable to return to work at this time. Her medical leave credits have been exhausted and 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.


Suicide/Depression Prevention

University Counseling Services' Student Suicide/Depression Prevention Speakers Bureau is offering presentations to classes. fmi–Marshall Bloom, x2366.

Eating Disorders Presentations

The Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating (JADE) program offers 30 to 60 minute presentations facilitated by trained CSUN student peer educators. The presentations promote awareness of the causes, risk factors and symptoms of eating disorders, provide referrals for professional help, and encourage accepting attitudes toward body shape. To schedule, e-mail JADE coordinator Ellen Mayer at, call the JADE office at x7500, or visit the University Counseling Services office, Student Services Building, Room 520.

Court and Medical Interpreting

The Roland Tseng College of Extended Learning offers a free orientation and testing session on Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to noon, to acquaint the community with its court and medical interpreting programs. Classes prepare bilingual people for careers in the public and private sectors. The orientation takes place at the Charles H. Noski Auditorium. fmi–x4769, or

ITR Faculty/Staff Training

Information Technology Resources (ITR) provides free training workshops for CSUN faculty and staff. The training labs are located on the garden level of the Oviatt Library in the Windows lab unless otherwise noted:


Speakers Program

Applications are now available for the 2004–2005 Distinguished Visitors Speaking Program. This program is designed to bring well-known speakers to California State University, Northridge. Applications are available in the Office of Graduate Studies or at under Current Events. The deadline is September 30. fmi–Hedy Carpenter, x2138.

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 meeting date: Tue., Sept. 14. Next deadline: Tue., Sept. 28. Protocol submission forms are in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, University Hall 265, or can be downloaded from fmi–x2901.

Sabbatical Leave

Faculty members intending to apply for a sabbatical leave for the 2005–06 academic year should file an application with their department chairs no later than Friday, October 1. Applications and information about the sabbatical leave application process are available in departments or online via the Faculty Affairs Web site at fmi–Tyler DeAdder, x2962.

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