Jan. 27, 1997 Vol. I, No. 11



For Your Information publishes announcements of public meetings, notices, events, deadlines and classes and courses of interest to the university community. The deadline for submitting items is noon on Monday one week before the issue appears. The deadline for the issue of Feb. 10 is Mon., Feb. 3. The deadline for the issue of Feb. 24 is Monday, Feb. 17.

Please submit items by sending them to mail drop 8242, faxing them to (818) 677-4937, or e-mailing then to pubinfo@exec.csun.edu.

Public Meetings

USU Board of Directors

The next meeting of the University Student Union Board of Directors will be 5 p.m. Mon., Jan. 27, in the USU board room.

. Personnel Planning and Review Committee

The Personnel Planning and Review Committee will meet at 1:15 p.m. Wed., Jan. 29, in the President's Trailer, conference room A.

CSU Board of Trustees

The California State University Board of Trustees will meet all day Tue., Jan. 28, and from 9 a.m. to noon Wed., Jan 29, at the CSU headquarters in Long Beach.

Faculty Executive Committee

The Faculty Executive Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Thu., Jan. 30, in the President's Trailer, conference room A.

Campus Planning Board

The Campus Planning Board will meet from 11 a.m. to noon on Mon., Feb. 3, in the President's Trailer, conference room A.

Educational Equity Committee

The next meeting of the Educational Equity Committee will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Mon., Feb. 10, in the President's Trailer, conference room A.

Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate will meet at 2 p.m. Thu., Feb. 13, in the Pasadena Room of the University Student Union.


Budget Task Force Volunteers Sought

The Division of Student Affairs is seeking volunteers to serve on six initiatives task forces as part of this year's budget development process. The task forces will be charged with developing full-blown proposals for 1997-98 discretionary funding, following the guidelines for initiatives outlined in President Blenda J. Wilson's guidance memo.

Task force members will be active throughout February and will present the Student Affairs Budget Steering Committee with final proposals by Fri., Feb. 28. Faculty and staff from all areas of the university are encouraged to participate.

Those interested should contact the chair of the task force they wish to serve on as soon as possible. The task forces and chairs are Building Campus Community Through the World Wide Web, Robert Kemmerling; Partnering with the Community: Volunteerism and Service Learning, Fred Strache; Campus-Based Recruitment Plan for International/Special Talent/High-Achieving Students, Ludim de Manzano; Cross Divisional Pilot Project for Retention of EOP Students, Diane Ryan; Cross Cultural Education in an Urban Setting, Tom Piernik and Mary Ann Cummins Prager, and Training for a Student-Centered Approach to Service, Diane Ryan and Mary Ann Cummins Prager.

Ideas for Academic Affairs Initiatives

Ideas for initiatives for the 1997-98 budget planning process in Academic Affairs may be submitted by e-mail to Spero Bowman at spero.bowman@csun.edu. Include your name, department, e-mail address, the name of your initiative idea, a one-paragraph description of the idea and the related strategic planning theme. Ideas will be listed on the Internet at http://tweety.csun.edu/ideas.html.
fmi - Spero Bowman, x2125.

Asian American Community Newsletters Collection

The Asian American Studies Department and the Urban Archives Center are developing the Asian American Community Newsletters Collection, an archival record of Asian American community organization newsletters.

Community groups have been asked to participate by sending the collection all available past and future issues of their newsletters and publications. The acquisitions will be cataloged and placed in protective files, which will be available for students, scholars and others to study by the end of this summer. The collection will the housed in CSUN's main library.

Organizations that would like to contribute should send materials, including a copy of their by-laws, to Kenyon Chan, Chair of the Asian American Studies Department, CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8251.
fmi - x4966.

Associated Students Present Computer Equipment

Associated Students Inc. has donated more than $6,500 worth of computer equipment to 10 student groups and organizations. Through the Campus Reinvestment Fund, money from a 1985 fee referendum to build a multipurpose/cultural center was set aside assist various campus organizations affected by the earthquake. Those receiving the equipment were the American Indian Student Assn., Asian Pacific Student Assn., Black Student Union, CSUN Hillel, Interfraternity Council, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Resource Center, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), Panhellenic Council, Students with Disabilities and the Women's Center.

Income Tax Assistance Available

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at CSUN will provide free income tax return preparation to low-income and elderly community residents from now through April.
fmi - x4519.

Human Resource Programs on the Internet

Human Resource Services training and development programs can now be accessed through the Internet at http://www-hrs.csun.edu/empdev/train97 or on the Human Resource Services home page. All departments will receive one copy of the spring 1997 training brochure. Additional copies may be copied from the above-mentioned sources.
fmi - Carol Hallenbeck, x3820.

Old Dial-In Modem Lines Dropped

Campus computer users can no longer dial (818) 677-3999 to gain access via modem to the World Wide Web, e-mail, Usenet News and other UNIX and Internet services.

The new dial-in number, (818) 677-6700, is the only modem line now in use. The old number was dropped because the new modems are faster. However, users do not have to have a fast modem to use the newer line.

Users of the old phone number will have to change their dial-in configurations. Instructions for some common situations are available on-line at http://www.csun.edu/itr/news/6776700.html. Additional information is available at x3966 or via email at helpline@csun.edu.

Presentations on Eating Disorders Offered

JADE (Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating) offers presentations to campus classes, clubs and organizations and to the community to increase awareness of eating disorders. To schedule a presentation, call x7500.
fmi - x2366 or x3693.


Who's Who Among Students

Faculty members are invited to nominate students for selection to the Cal State Northridge slate of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and College" for 1996-97. Nomination forms are available from department chairs and must be returned to the Office of Student Development and International Programs by Fri., Feb. 14. Nominees should be juniors, seniors or graduate students, have grade point averages of at least 3.0 for undergraduates and 3.5 for graduate students, have contributed to the campus through academics and extracurricular/student activities and be involved in the community.
fmi - Vicki Allen, x2393

Distinguished Teacher Nominations

Nominations for Distinguished Teaching Awards are now being accepted. Faculty and students are encouraged to nominate a professor for this award. Nomination forms and guidelines are available in the Faculty Senate Office, Faculty Office Building 106. The deadline for nominations is Fri., Jan. 31.
fmi - x3263.

Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowships

The Cal State Northridge chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society is seeking applications for competitive fellowships for first-year graduate or professional students. Fifty outstanding senior university students from across the nation will be awarded $7,000 each and 30 students will receive $1,000 Phi Kappa Phi Awards of Excellence.

Criteria used in the selection process include undergraduate academics, leadership and service both on campus and in the community, graduate prospects, the students' personal statements and evaluation reports.

The chapter application deadline is Wed., Feb. 5, and winners will be announced in early April. Students who will have finished their undergraduate work by August of this year and have not completed any previous graduate work should contact chapter president Stan Charnofsky in Ed Room 3126 or call x2548. Applicants must be either current members of Phi Kappa Phi or be tapped for membership in the spring 1997 semester. Membership is offered to students who are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and largest national honor society that recognizes and promotes superior scholarship in all academic areas of higher education.

AIDS Research Grants Available

Grants are available through a University of California program that supports AIDS research in basic science, clinical science, social/behavioral science and epidemiology. Individual, new investigator, postdoctoral fellowship, collaborative AIDS prevention research, conference, dissertation and short-term institutional awards will be given.

The deadline for applications for collaborative AIDS prevention, research, conference, dissertation and short-term institutional training grants is Wed., Feb. 5. The deadline for all other awards is Mar. 3.
fmi - Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, x2901.

Monja Marchand Scholarship

The deadline for applications for the Monja Marchand Scholarship Award in Gerontology offered by the SAGE Society has been extended to Sat., Feb. 15. The $500 award is given to a graduate student whose academic program includes a substantial emphasis on aging. Application forms are available from Jean Daniels, director, Center for Education and Research in Gerontology in the Sociology Department.
fmi - x4992 or e-mail jean.daniels@huey.csun.edu.

Faculty Research Awards Competition

All faculty members are eligible to apply for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards as part of the 1997-98 competition. The program has the following categories: mini grants up to $5,000, summer stipends or three units of reassigned time. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Fri., March 7. Application materials are available in department offices or in Research and Sponsored Projects, AP 706. A portion of available funds will be designated for awards to faculty hired since fall 1994.
fmi - x2901

Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Incentive Program

The California State University system is seeking applications for the 1997-98 Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Incentive Program, which is designed to increase the diversity of persons qualified to fill instructional faculty positions at CSU campuses. The program provides financial support up to $10,000 a year for a maximum of $30,000 within five years for full-time graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees at accredited universities. The loan is forgiven at the rate of 20 percent for each year of full-time post-doctoral teaching at a CSU campus. Applications are available in the Graduate Studies office, AP Dome 706, and are due back to that office by Mon., Feb. 17.
fmi - Hedy Carpenter, x2138.

Agriculture Grants Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for its Higher Education Challenge Grants Program, which is designed to enable colleges and universities to produce baccalaureate or higher degree level graduates capable of strengthening the nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce. Areas of interest include agricultural and natural resources, forestry, veterinary medicine, home economics, food science and closely allied disciplines. The application deadline is Tues., Feb. 18.
fmi - x2901.

Governor's Employee Safety Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 1996 Governor's Employee Safety Award, an annual program designed to recognize outstanding performance of individual state employees for improving job safety, responding to life-threatening situations and preventing and reducing the number of occupational injuries. Nominations are due by Fri., Feb. 28. For nomination forms and additional information, contact Ron Norton at x2401.


Family Focus Resource Center Open House

CSUN's Family Focus Resource Center, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities, is holding an open house for youngsters ages 13 to 21, their parents, teachers and school liaisons, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mon., Jan. 27, at the center, room 3113 in the College of Education.
fmi - Myriam Alban, x7063.

Media Day for Nonprofits

Cal State Northridge, KNBC Channel 4 and the Los Angeles Times Valley Edition will sponsor a media day for nonprofit organizations from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Wed., Jan. 29, in the Performing Arts Center on campus. Speakers from radio, television and newspapers and agency and government public affairs officers will discuss how to get items into the various media.

Registration is $30 at the door the day of the event, which includes lunch. Checks should be made payable to the CSUN Foundation.
fmi - (818) 840-3328.

Congressional Hearing on Campus

U.S. Rep. Howard (Buck) McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) will conduct a hearing of the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Training and Life-Long Learning, which he chairs, from 9 a.m. to noon on Thu., Jan. 30, in the Shoshone Room of the Satellite Student Union. The subcommittee will hear testimony on proposed amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Testimony will be given by two panels, one representing statewide administrators, the other students, teachers and campus administrators. Scheduled speakers include CSU Chancellor Barry Munitz, University of California Provost C. Judson King, CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson, California Community Colleges Chancellor Thomas Nussbaum and Jon Shaver, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission.

Black History Month Celebration

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) will be the keynote speaker at the annual Black History Month celebration sponsored by the Pan-African Students Department at 11 a.m. on Thu., Jan. 30, in the University Student Union's Performing Arts Center. Her topic will be "Crack Cocaine: CIA and the Contras." The event is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Hazardous Waste Collection

The Los Angeles City HazMobile, which collects household hazardous wastes, will be in Canoga Park at the Rocketdyne DeSoto facility from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thu. through Sat., Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, and Feb. 6-8.
fmi - Cyndi Signett, x2477.

Eating Disorders Prevention Week

CSUN's JADE (Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating) Project will sponsor the second annual Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention Week from Mon. to Fri., Feb. 3-7. Planned events will focus on recognizing signs and symptoms of eating disorders and how to direct those who need assistance to the proper sources. JADE estimates that 5 percent of college students suffer from an eating disorder.
fmi and complete schedule of events - call x7500.

Clubs, Organizations Need to Recharter

Clubs and organizations that failed to recharter during the fall 1996 semester may do so at 2 p.m.. Thu., Feb. 6, in the Thousand Oaks room of the University Student Union. The meeting will last two hours and late-comers will not be admitted. Groups that fail to recharter are denied Associated Students funding, not allowed to use University Student Union facilities and denied the ability to post or distribute information on campus. The Feb. 6 meeting will be the last rechartering opportunity for the 1996-97 academic year.
fmi - Vicki Allen, x2393.

Brown Bag Film Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center will sponsor its first Brown Bag Film Series event for the spring semester from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 11, in Fine Arts 107 and during the same hours Wed., Feb. 12, in Fine Arts 107. Films presented will be "Vegetarian Facts and Myths" and "FDA Food Labels." Admission is free.
fmi - x3102.

Cancer Risk, Genetic Counseling Conference

The CSUN Genetic Counseling Program and the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center will sponsor a conference on cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri., Jan. 31, at the University Student Union:

Presentations will include "Genetic Counseling in Familial Cancer," June Peters, genetic counselor, Medical Genetics Branch, National Center on Human Genome Research; "Ethics in Clinical Cancer Genetics," Alexander Capron, medical ethicist and professor of law and medicine at USC; "Public Health Issues in Cancer Risk Assessment," Dr. George Cunningham, chief, Genetic Diseases Branch, State of California; "Preventing Cancer in the 21st Century--Can We Get There From Here?" Dr. Robin Clark, medical geneticist and head of the Cancer Genetics Unit, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center; "Hereditary Breast Cancer," Dr. Valerie Israel, medical oncologist, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and "Hereditary Colon Cancer," Dr. Heinz-Joseph Lenz, medical oncologist, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The conference is free, but participants must pre-register because of limited space. To register by email, send your name, address and phone number to aida.metzenberg@csun.edu . or by fax at x3355.

Former Surgeon General Koop to Appear at CSUN

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop will join CSUN professor emeritus Robert C. Horn for a signing of Horn's book, "How Will They Know If I'm Dead?" on Fri., Feb. 7.

Horn, an authority on the Soviet Union and U.S. foreign policy in the Third World, was forced to retire from the university five years ago because of Lou Gehrig's disease. Horn's book chronicles how he and his family coped, and continue to cope, with his illness. The disease has left Horn paralyzed and unable to eat, talk or breathe without assistance. He has been able to write with a special computer hooked up to his right foot.

The book signing and a reception for Horn will be from noon to 2 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union.
fmi - x3488.

Ethics and Values Colloquium

Claremont McKenna College professor Stephen Davis will discuss Christian ethics at the first spring semester meeting of the Ethics and Values Colloquium from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 12, in Zelzah Court room 1510. fmi - Crerar Douglas, x3940 or x3392, or Jim Kellenberger, x2752 or x2757.

Physicist Langevin-Joliot to Speak

Physicist Helene Langevin-Joliot will speak Thu., Feb. 13, as part of the 1996-1997 Distinguished Speaker Series. She will speak at 1 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on "The Curies, Radioactivity and Women in Science and Education."

Langevin-Joliot is the granddaughter of Nobel laureates Marie and Pierre Curie and the daughter of Nobel laureates Irene and Frederic Joliot-Curie. She will discuss the history of radiochemistry and her personal reflections of the Curie family.

The speaker series, sponsored by Associated Students, is open to the public at no charge. Parking for $1.75 is available in Lot C, at the corner of Zelzah Avenue and Plummer Street.

Du Bois-Hamer Institute Inaugural Event

The inaugural public event of CSUN's Du Bois-Hamer Institute for African American Achievement, a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Levering Lewis, will be held Fri., Feb. 14, in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union.

Lewis, who won the Pulitzer in 1994 for the book "W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race," will speak at 11 a.m. on the responsibilities of scholars to the community. The event is open to the public. Lewis holds the Martin Luther King Jr. chair in history at Rutgers University.

The CSUN institute was established to support the academic achievements of African American students. W.E.B. Du Bois, a life-long scholar and activist, and Fannie Lou Hamer, a sharecropper who became one of the most powerful political activists of the 1960s, were chosen as its standard bearers because of the passion and commitment their lives reflect.

Nobel Laureate Crick to Speak on Campus

Francis H.C. Crick, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his role in the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA, will speak on campus Thurs., Feb. 20, in the Performing Arts Center.

His appearance is sponsored by the National Science Foundation Institutionalizing Student Biology Research Projects program directed by Steve Oppenheimer. Seating for National Science Foundation fellows and special guests will be at 2 p.m. All others will be seated at 2:20 p.m.

Crick is a J.W. Kieckhefer distinguished research professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he served as president in 1994 and 1995. He also is an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego. His discovery of DNA's molecular structure with two other scientists is considered by many to be the most important discovery in the life sciences of all time.


Ceramics Lab Classes

The Ceramics Lab in the University Student Union will offer small, non-credit classes in forming, glazing and firing your own work. The spring session begins the week of Mon., Feb. 3. Afternoon and evening classes are available. And faculty, staff and community members can enroll.
fmi - x2798.

January 27, 1997