March 10, 1997 Vol. I, No. 14



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 next issue of Mar. 31 is Mon., Mar. 17. The deadline for the issue of Apr. 14 is Apr. 7.

We will 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. 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

Educational Equity Committee

The Faculty Senate Educational Equity Committee will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mon., Mar. 10, in the President's Trailer, conference room A.

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

The Personnel Planning and Review Committee will meet at 1:15 p.m., Wed., Mar. 12, in the President's Trailer, conference room A.

Campus Wide Disabilities Issues Board

The Campus Wide Disabilities Issues Board will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Thu., Mar. 13, in the President's Trailer, conference room A. Participants wanting to submit agenda items can contact Ralph McFarland at x2684 or fax them to x4932 no later than Tue., Mar. 11.

CSUN Foundation Board

The Board of Directors of the CSUN Foundation will hold its quarterly meeting at 3 p.m. Thu., Mar. 13, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sierra Hall, conference room 245. The meeting is open to the public.

CSU Board of Trustees

The California State University Board of Trustees will meet Tue., Mar. 18, beginning at 11 a.m., and again from 9 a.m. to noon Wed., Mar. 19, at the CSU headquarters in Long Beach.

Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate will meet at 2 p.m. Thu., Mar. 20, in the Pasadena room of the University Student Union.

Faculty Executive Committee

The Faculty Executive Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Thu., Apr. 3, in the President's Trailer, conference room A.

Campus Planning Board

The Campus Planning Board will meet Tue., Apr. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the President's Trailer, conference room A.


CSUN Closes Fall Admissions Early

Cal State Northridge will close admissions early for the fall semester because of a surge in student applications. CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson said the enrollment period for first-time freshmen will close Sat., Mar. 15. The university will continue to accept applications for undergraduate transfer and graduate students.
fmi- Office of Admissions and Records, x3773, or Office of Transfer Services, x4689.

Volunteers Needed During Spring Break

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers for various projects during spring break beginning Mon., Mar. 24. fmi-x2871.

Alternative Spring Break Activity

A Native American pow-wow is being offered as an alternative spring break activity by Discover Inquire and Grow in Los Angeles (DIG LA) from Fri., Mar. 28, to Sun., Mar. 30, in Palm Springs. The event is hosted by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and the All Tribes Cultural Arts Program. General admission is $30, $25 for faculty and staff, and $20 for students. Transportation, food and lodging are included. Space is limited to 40 participants. To register, contact DIG LA at x2393.

Retired Faculty Donate to Aquatic Facility Fund

The CSUN Assn. of Retired Faculty Members has presented a $500 check to the university's Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled for its proposed state-of-the-art aquatics facility.

Retired history professor Del Stelck gave the check to Sam Britten, center director, on Tue., Mar. 4, during a luncheon at the University Club. "Several of our members have been helped by the center," said Dick Zakarian, association spokesman.

The center launched a fund-raising drive Sept. 17 to raise $1.5 million to add the aquatics facility, which would feature three therapeutic pools and add 7,200 square feet to the center's existing 5,000 square feet.

National Science Foundation Program

The National Science Foundation is requesting proposals for its Computer and Information Science and Engineering Office Educational Innovation Program. The program aims to stimulate innovative educational activities at the undergraduate level by encouraging the transfer of research results into the undergraduate curriculum. Funding will support the design, development, testing and dissemination of projects. fmi-x2901.

Household Hazardous Waste Roundup

Household hazardous waste collections will occur in three Antelope Valley locations on Sat., Mar. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In Lancaster, the collection will be held at 43422 10th Street West ; in the western Antelope Valley at Del Sur School, 9023 W. Avenue H, and in Lake Los Angeles at Vista San Gabriel Elementary School, 18050 E. Avenue O. fmi-Cyndi Signett, x2477.

Counseling Speakers Available

Para-professional educators are available to give presentations on the prevention of suicide and depression to classes, clubs and organizations. Speeches run about 30 minutes but can be modified according to professors' needs. To schedule a presentation, call Dan Javinsky at (818) 775-9459 or email: Daniel.Javinsky@csun.edu.

Matadors Federal Credit Union

Members of the CSUN community and university alumni can join the Matadors Federal Credit Union now through Mon., Mar. 31, during a get-acquainted offer. New or referring members receive a free budget checking account, 1/4 percent off a new auto loan, a free 15-minute calling card, a stuffed matador bull or a $5 deposit into their MFSU savings account. The credit union is located at 9401 Reseda Blvd., and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. fmi-(818) 993-6328.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to Betty Ann Brown (Art Department) on the loss of her mother and father, and to Barbara Kroll (English Department) on the loss of her father.


Spring Job Fair

The CSUN Career Center is sponsoring a Spring Job Fair for students from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon., Mar. 10. Employers will be seeking undergraduate workers for part-time, full-time and summer jobs. The general arena for all majors will be held in the Northridge Center and Court of Community in the University Student Union. The technical arena for engineering and computer science majors will be in the USU's Grand Salon. Some of the participating employers are Hughes Electronics, Frito Lay Inc., FEDCO, KTLA and L.A. Cellular. fmi--x2878 or x3066 TDD.

Marilyn Magaram Center Film Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics will show the films "Supermarket Savvy" from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tues., Mar. 11, in Fine Arts 113, and "Good Nutrition for the Best Years" at the same time on Wed., Mar. 12, in Fine Arts 107. Parking is available in Lot A. fmi-x3446.

Chemistry Seminar Series

The CSUN Chemistry Department's Spring Seminar Series will feature William Trogler, a University of California at San Diego professor who will speak on "Metal Catalyzed NO Oxidation, Reduction and Disproportionation," at 4 p.m. Wed., Mar. 12.

Fredrick Hawthorne, a UCLA professor, will speak on "Mercuracarbonds and Their Complexes with Electron-rich Ions and Molecules" at 4 p.m. Wed., Mar. 19. Both will be in Science 2228.

Faculty Discussion on Racism

A two-session series of faculty discussions on "Racism and the Social Sciences" will open with a symposium on Wed., Mar. 12, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 245. The American Psychological Assn.'s National Conversation on Racism will feature Wen Wang, assistant professor of sociology, speaking on "The Psychological and Sociological Debate Concerning Origins of Racism;" James Bracy, professor of Pan-African Studies, on "How Racism Can Be Interpreted From Various Ethnic and Cultural Perspectives," and psychology professor Michele Wittig on "Using Psychological Principles to Explain and Reduce Racism." Readings for those wishing to participate in the second discussion on Wed., Apr. 9, will be distributed. fmi-x3597.

L.A. Bus Riders Union's Victory

The director of the Labor Community Strategy Center, Eric Mann, will discuss his new book, "Riding the Bus of History: Lessons from the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union's Victory Against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority," on Thu., Mar. 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Lambs Lounge of the University Club. The event is sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. fmi-Larry Littwin, x3317.

Adult Re Entry Program 'Mingler'

CSUN's Adult Resource and Re Entry Program will host its monthly gathering on Fri., Mar. 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Common Grounds coffee house, 9250 Reseda Blvd. in Northridge. The program encourages adult students to bring friends. fmi-x5552.

Mandatory Meeting for Credential Candidates

Multiple subject credential candidates who plan to begin student teaching in the fall must attend an orientation meeting on Tue., Mar. 18, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Santa Clarita room of the University Student Union. Cynthia Desrochers, coordinator of student teaching, will provide information on curriculum methods, requirements and school assignments. Concurrent special education students also are expected to attend. fmi-x2621.

Technology Teleconference

A teleconference, "Learning Technology and Students of Color," will be broadcast Tue., Mar. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Oviatt Library's lower level, room 5. Participants will be able to interact with the panel of speakers. The free event is sponsored by the College of Extended Learning's Educational Technologies and Distance Learning Services. fmi-x2355.

Teacher Learning Center to Open

All faculty members are invited to attend the opening of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching on Wed., Mar. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. in Engineering Field trailer 637. The center initiates, coordinates and supports programs that assist faculty members in improving their teaching abilities and achieving their professional goals. fmi-x2138.

Nobel Prize Recipient in Chemistry to Speak

George Olah, a USC chemistry professor who was awarded a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1994, will speak on "Oil, Gas and Hydrocarbons in the 21st Century" on Wed., Mar. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Olah is concerned about the effects of pollution from hydrocarbon fuels on the environment and is designing environmentally benign catalyst systems to overcome difficulties with materials such as hydrofluoric or sulfuric acid. This seminar is sponsored by the Associated Students, CSUN and the Office of Graduate Studies' Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program. fmi-Stan Metzenberg, x3601.

Liberal Studies Information Session

A presentation about admission and major requirements will be given by an adviser from the liberal studies program on Mon., Mar. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the CSUN Ventura campus, 2151 Alessandro Drive, Ventura. fmi-(805) 654-4575 or (805) 656-3606.

Easter Sunday Brunch

The University Club has planned a special brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday, Mar. 30. Included in the buffet price of $12.95 for adults and $6.95 for children 12 and under are photos with the Easter Bunny and prizes. A la carte entrees begin at $5.95. Reservations at x2076 are recommended.

The University Club also has introduced a light-fare buffet, featuring nutritional analysis of food selections, for $7.95 on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Project Community Meeting

Project Community will hold its monthly meeting from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 2, in the University Student Union's Reseda room. Project Community is funded through a grant the campus received in October 1995. The purpose is to build a better sense of community on campus through a variety of events and activities. The meeting is open to the campus community.
fmi-Wendy Yost, x2393, or email: project.community@csun.edu.


Judge Julian Beck Project Proposals

Proposals for the 1997-98 Judge Julian Beck Instructional Development Projects are due Mon., Mar. 10, by 5 p.m. Participants must submit an original and seven copies to the Office of Graduate Studies in Administration Park Dome 706.

Student Research Symposium

The first campus-wide Student Research Symposium will be held Tue., Apr. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The format will permit 10 minute oral presentations and poster sessions. However, abstracts and faculty participant forms are due by Wed., Mar. 12.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines may participate in one or both areas by submitting an abstract. Oral presentations and posters will be judged. Cash awards for oral presentations will be given to the outstanding presenter and runner-up in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions in each category.

The categories are behavioral and social sciences; biological and health sciences; business and education; math, engineering and physical sciences, and arts and humanities. Categories may be adjusted as numbers of submissions necessitate. For the poster session, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding presenter in the graduate and undergraduate divisions only.

All departments with participating students are expected to select one faculty member to assist in judging the competitions. fmi-Office of Graduate Studies, x2138.

Teaching Effectiveness Awards

Submittal of work for Creativity, Scholarly Publication and Advancement of Teaching Effectiveness Awards is due by 5 p.m. Thu., Mar. 13, in room 106 of the Faculty Office Building.
fmi-Maureen Machado, x3263.

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 be held 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 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Prospective participants must submit up to 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 to Millie Loeb, Corporate and Foundation Relations, at mail drop 8275 or fax x4823, or to Mark Lipschutz, Research and Sponsored Projects, at mail drop 8222 or fax x4691. The workshop is free, but limited to 25 people per session. fmi -Millie Loeb, x2150, or Mark Lipschutz, x2901. Instructional Activities Budgets Due The 33 programs receiving funds from CSUN's 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 in Administration Park Dome 706. Eligible programs must be associated with a credit course offered by an 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.

Intergroup Dialogue

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a series of train-the-trainers intergroup dialogue sessions called "Participation Respect Identity Diversity Education," covering issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, immigration and others. Participants must attend all sessions, which will be held Thursdays--Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 8--from 9 a.m. to noon, and on Fri., May 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Student Union. Pre-registration is required by Fri., Mar. 28.
fmi-Carolyn Okazaki or Marshall Bloom at University Counseling Services, x2366.

Ruth Lecione Fellowship

Undergraduate and graduate students wishing to work with children and their families may apply for the Ruth Lecione Fellowship, a $5,000 amount awarded over two semesters. Lecione, a former author and chair of communicative disorders at Syracuse University, has provided 10 fellowships for students over a five-year period. Brochures and applications are available from the Family Environmental Sciences Department office. The deadline is Tue., Apr. 1. fmi-x3051.

California Pre-Doctoral Program

Participants applying for the California Pre-Doctoral Program must do so by Mon., Apr. 14. The program is designed to increase the diversity of CSUN students who will continue their studies at the doctoral level and be eligible for faculty positions. Funding for travel, membership in professional organizations, special research costs and graduate school application test fees is provided by the program.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of potential for success in completing a doctoral program, probable effectiveness of the student/faculty plan and degree of under-representation in the national pool of doctoral recipients in the area of study proposed by the applicant. Each applicant must have a faculty sponsor who will be available for the duration of the plan specified in the application.
fmi-Hedy Carpenter, x2138.

Fee Waiver Programs

State employees interested in participating in the employee fee waiver or faculty dependent/spouse fee waiver programs for fall 1997 should contact Carol Hallenbeck at x2173 or email feewaiver@csun.edu for an enrollment packet. Packets automatically will be sent to continuing participants in both programs. New participants must submit the application by May 1, and by June 26 for those continuing. The application deadline for continuing participants with changes in admission status is May 1. The fee deadline is June 26.

Participants in the faculty dependent/spouse fee waiver program should follow the deadlines and procedures in the schedule of classes and their fee waiver packet. The program is located in the office of Human Resource Services in Administration Park Dome 702. Hours are from 8 a.m. to noon, Mon. to Fri.


Fire Extinguisher Training

Hands-on fire extinguisher training will be conducted by the Los Angeles City Fire Department on Tues., Mar. 11 and 18. Both classes will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union. The training gives participants the opportunity to extinguish an actual fire. All interested faculty, staff and students should contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office, x2401.

Workshop for Students Declaring Majors

A workshop that will help students declare their majors and career paths will be held Wed., Mar. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Advising Resource Center and EOP in Education 100. The same session will be repeated on Wed., Apr. 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. fmi -x2108.

Academic Performance Enhancement

The second workshop of a five-session, results-oriented Academic Performance Enhancement Experience (APEX) program begins Wed., Mar. 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in University Counseling Services, University Park Apartments building 14. The program focuses on study skills, test-taking skills, time management, motivation, overcoming obstacles and stress. To register, call x2366.

Driving Course for Operating 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 Thu., Mar. 13, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the South Valley room of the University Student Union. A $20 fee per participant will be charged to each department. Call the Environmental Health and Safety Office at x2401 for reservations. Space is limited.

March 10, 1997