Feb. 10, 1997 Vol. I, No. 12



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. 24 is Mon., Feb. 17. The deadline for the issue of Mon., Mar. 10, is Mon., Mar. 3.

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 University Student Union Board of Directors will meet Mon., Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. in the USU Board Room.

. Personnel Planning and Review Committee

The University Student Union Board of Directors will meet Mon., Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. in the USU Board Room.

Faculty Senate

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

Educational Equity Committee

The Educational Equity Committee will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 24, in the President's Trailer, conference room A.


Discussion Volunteers Needed

S.T.A.R. (Students Talk About Race) is seeking volunteers to help guide discussions on diversity in local high schools for 50 minutes, once a week for eight weeks. Training begins Sat., Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union, Shoshone Room.
fmi- x2871.

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 now through April.
fmi- x4519.

Human Resource Programs on the Internet

Human Resource Services training and development programs can now be accessed through Netscape at http://www-hrs.csun.edu/empdev/train97 or on the Human Resources 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.

Fire Lane Designated No Parking Area

Vehicles may no longer park in the fire lane north of Science 3. The area will be indicated with a red stripe on the curb.

Great Books Discussion Group Forming

If there is enough interest, a group will form to read and discuss the great books of the Western tradition (authors including Homer, Dante, Machiavelli, Hume, Austen, etc.), as set forth in Columbia University's core curriculum and described in David Denby's recent book.
fmi-John Kroll, x2130.


Workshops for Credential Candidates

Candidates for multiple subject credentials who plan to begin student teaching in the fall 1997 semester are expected to attend one of three orientation meetings scheduled this month and next. They will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Tue., Feb. 11; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wed., Feb. 12, and 3 to 4 p.m. Tue., Mar. 18., in the Santa Clarita Room of the University Student Union. Information will be provided regarding curriculum methods requirements and school assignments for the student teaching component. Concurrent special education program students also are expected to attend a workshop.
fmi - x2621.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center's Spring Brown Bag Series begins Tue., Feb. 11, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Fine Arts 113 and Wed., Feb. 12, in Fine Arts 107. Bring your lunch while the films "Vegetarian Facts and Myths" and "FDA Food Labels" are presented. Free information and handouts will be distributed.
fmi - x 3102.

Workplace Violence and Prevention Workshop

A conference on workplace violence and prevention will be held Wed., Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union. Presentations will include "Deterring Workplace Violence: A Model for University and College Campuses" and "Prevention of Workplace Violence at CSUN" from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; a session on the impact of violence on individuals from noon to 1:30 p.m., and "Dealing with Disruptive and Potentially Violent Students" from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The conference is free and open to the campus community. Participants may attend part or all the conference.
fmi - x2366.

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 1510.
fmi - Crerar Douglas, x3940 or x3392, or Jim Kellenberger, x2752 or x2757.

Presentation Technology Fair

The latest in presentation technology will be displayed at Tech Fair II from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thu., Feb. 13, in the marketing technology lab (BB2107). Featured will be a variety of equipment, including new digital light processing projectors, small portables that weigh 10 pounds, as well as Smart Boards, Elmo equipment and read/write CR-R. Faculty, staff and students will have an opportunity for hands-on exposure to the equipment on display.
fmi - Don Kirchner, x4998, or Wayne Smith, x2442.

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 reflections of the Curie family.

The speaker series, sponsored by Associated Students, is open to the public at no charge. Parking is available for $1.75 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.

Financial Aid Workshops The Financial Aid Office will present a workshop, "Financial Aid 101," for incoming high school and transfer students on Mon., Feb. 17, in the University Student Union's Grand Salon. The first session will run from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m., and the second from 2 to 5 p.m.

Continuing students and their parents can also attend "Financial Aid 101," a workshop on Mon., Feb. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Grand Salon. The program will focus on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and changes in the form.
fmi - Candace Stevenson, x2008.

Live Broadcast for 21st Century Retirees

A free satellite broadcast by the College and University Personnel Assn., "Retirement Ahead: Save Now," will be presented on Tue., Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Bookstore Complex, room 102. The broadcast, open to all faculty and staff, will focus on those planning to retire in the 21st century. A question and answer period will deal with the current status of the Social Security system, the impact of proposed reforms on future retirees and tips to help workers start saving. Space is limited to 100 people.
fmi - Joan Evans, x2118.

CDC Talk and Book Signing

Dr. Joseph McCormick will speak and sign copies of his book "Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC" (Center for Disease Control) on Tue., Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
fmi - x2638.

Katz to Discuss Valley as a City

Former state Assemblyman Richard Katz will speak on "The San Fernando Valley: A City Of Its Own?" on Thu., Feb. 20, at noon at the University Club. The talk is sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi honor society and is part of its Intellectual Exchange Series. For reservations, call Stan Charnofsky at x2548.

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 Thu., 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.

Teleconference on Educational Media and Technology

The College of Extended Learning will broadcast teleconferences entitled "Fair Use Guidelines For Educational Media" on Thu., Feb. 20, and "Educational Technology '97," on Thu., Feb. 27, in the Bookstore Complex , room 102. Times for both are from 10 a.m. to noon.
fmi - x2355.

Toddler Music Therapy Clinic

Parents of toddlers with special needs, and the children themselves, are invited to "Music Therapy in Early Intervention" on Fri., Feb. 21, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Music Building room 108. The presentation does not require previous musical training and will introduce children to musical instruments and activities. Participants must call Judy Nelson at x3174 by Fri., Feb. 14, to make reservations

Volunteers Needed For College Workshop

The San Fernando Valley Unity Network needs volunteers to help guide campus tours, work at information booths and act as ushers for its workshops, "College: Making it Happen." The workshops for future students and their parents are scheduled Sat., Feb. 22, and Sat., Mar. 1, in the University Student Union from 8 a.m. to noon.
fmi - Fred Strache, x3689.

Funding for Community Linked Projects

Katherine Kubarski, the head of Grantworks, a proposal consulting firm, will lead a workshop to help participants conceptualize, create and fund community projects. The workshop will take place Tue., Apr. 1, at the University Club. Participants may attend either a morning session (9 a.m. to noon) or an afternoon session (1:30 to 4:30 p.m.)

Prospective participants must submit a one-page statement about a potential project they would like to see funded that links the university with the community. This statement is due Fri., Mar. 14, and should be sent either to Millie Loeb, Corporate and Foundation Relations, at mail drop 8275 or at fax x4823, or to Mark Lipschutz, Research and Sponsored Projects, at mail drop 8222 or at fax x4691. The workshop is free but limited to 25 people per session.
fmi - Millie Loeb, x2150 or Mark Lipschutz, x2901.


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

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@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.

Instructionally Related Activities Budgets Due

The 33 programs receiving funds from the Instructionally Related Activities Budget have been mailed budget request forms for 1997-98 funds. Other programs wishing to request funds must submit a budget request form for the 1997-98 school year by Fri., Mar. 21. Forms are available by calling x2962 or visiting the Administration Park Dome 706. Eligible programs must be associated with a credit course offered by the academic department and involve students in an out-of class activity resulting in a planned product, such as a written publication or a performance on campus.
fmi - x2962.


Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan Class Opening

The Center for Asian Movement Arts will offer a class in Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the main gym of the Kinesiology Building. The class begins Tue., Feb. 11, and is free for faculty and staff. Those participating must wear non-marking tennis shoes and loose clothing.
fmi - Lee Schroeder, x2206.

Driving Course Required To Operate State Vehicles

All faculty, staff and students who drive a state vehicle or cart must complete a defensive driving course. The class will be offered on Tue., Feb. 18, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the South Valley Room of the University Student Union. A $20 fee per person will be charged to each department. Call the Environmental Health and Safety Office at x2401 for reservations. Space is limited.

Anxiety Reduction Workshop

Clinical psychologist Sandra Harris will begin an eight-week workshop on public speaking anxiety on Thu., Feb. 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in University Counseling Services, Building 14. The workshop, for students who fear speaking in class, will help them develop coping strategies.
fmi - x2366.

Professional and Personal Improvement Classes

The College of Extended Learning is offering a variety of classes for business, professional and personal improvement this spring, including management, writing, foreign languages, computers, art and certificate programs. Classes are held evenings and weekends. Catalogs are available in the Extended Learning office in the bookstore complex.
fmi - x2786.

February 10, 1997