March 31, 1997 Vol. I, No. 15



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 April 14 is Mon., April 7. The deadline for the issue of April 28 is Monday, April 21.

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

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

The Personnel Planning and Review Committee will meet at 1:15 p.m. Wed., April 2, in the President's Trailer, conference room A.

Faculty Executive Committee

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

Educational Equity Committee

The Educational Equity Committee will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mon., April 14, in the President's Trailer, conference room A.

Campus Planning Board

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

Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate will meet at 2 p.m. on Thu., April 17, in the Pasadena room of the University Student Union.


Joyce Kennedy Named Ventura Director Emeritus

Joyce Kennedy has been named director emeritus of CSUN's Ventura Campus by President Blenda J. Wilson. Kennedy was presented with a certificate, signed by Wilson and Faculty Senate President James Goss during a ceremony at the University Club last month. Kennedy retired as director of the Ventura Campus effective Mar. 12.

Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Wanted

Phi Beta Kappa alumni and others are needed to start a chapter on campus. Tom Piernik, director of student development and international programs, and Fred Strache, associate vice president of student affairs and director of the Student Health Center, are working to bring about the development of a chapter in association with the Blue Key honor society.
fmi-Tom Piernik, x2393, or Fred Strache or Delea Rayburn, Blue Key president, x3689.

John Toolan Departing

John Toolan, assistant director of the CSUN Annual Fund, has resigned to become director of annual giving and alumni relations at Marymount College in Palos Verdes. The campus community is invited to a farewell party for Toolan from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wed., April 2, at the University Club. Toolan has been with the Annual Fund for six years, first as a student caller and supervisor, then as acting assistant and for two years as assistant director.

Educational and Cultural Visit to China

The Center for Partnerships for Educational Reform and the CSUN China Institute have organized a 21-day tour during which participants will have the opportunity to see some of China's most scenic rural areas. They will visit farm families and learn the origins and results of China's economic reform.

Li-Bu Larson, a Chinese language instructor at CSUN, will give lectures on Chinese history, culture, language and education throughout the tour. The itinerary includes Beijing, Weifang, Jinan, Xian, Wuhan, Shanghai, a Yangtze River cruise and other locations. The tour will take place July 20 through Aug. 9 and costs $3,416 per person, including airfare, ground transportation, hotels, meals, river cruise excursion, guided sightseeing and tours. fmi-Li-Bu Larson, (213) 462-5636, or write to the China Institute.

New Pay Phones on Campus

Beginning in April, the public phones on campus will be converted to new "Smart Board" pay phones. This new equipment, which is being installed and provided by Collegiate Payphone Management Corp. (CPMC), is remotely managed 24 hours-a-day. These "smart" pay phones are capable of providing notification to service personnel of stuck coins, missing handsets and other service-affecting situations that will minimize down time and improve overall service.

CPMC will have 24-hour toll-free customer service available to users from each pay phone on campus. In addition, the new outdoor pay phone enclosures will have the CSUN logo printed on the side panels. A future enhancement will include free "hospitality dialing" for up to 12 pre-selected departments on campus. Cards will be displayed on each phone listing "hospitality" numbers and departments. Operation and rates of the new pay phones will be the same as those presently on campus.
fmi-Julie Schauer, x4879, or email julie.schauer@csun.edu.

Accreditation Review

An accreditation review of the College of Education is scheduled from Sun., April 13 to Wed., April 16, by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Poetry Contest

The English department is accepting submissions for the 1997 Academy of American Poets competition. A $100 prize will be awarded to the CSUN student whose poem or group of poems is selected. Submission guidelines are available from the department in University Park Apartments Bldg. 15, room 113. The winner will be announced Sun., June 1.

Gross Pay Report Available

Copies of the report of gross pay for the 1995-96 fiscal year are available at the reference desk in the Oviatt Library for all active and on-leave state employees.

JADE Seeking Applicants

JADE (Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating) is seeking applicants for JADE peer educator positions to begin fall 1997. Applications are available at the Counseling Center and the Health Center, or call x7500 to have an application sent to you.

Thanks to the Campus Community

Belinda Acuna, director of the Science and Math Advisement Center, and her family express their heartfelt thanks to the campus community for donations and support during her recent 8-1/2-month illness.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to David and Robert Douglas (Physical Plant Management) and their family on the loss of their father.


Provost's Colloquium Series

Faculty and staff are invited to the fifth annual Provost's Colloquium Series Celebrating Faculty Achievement at 4 p.m. on Tue., April 1, in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union.

The speaker will be English professor John Clendenning, the Jerome Richfield Memorial Scholar for 1996-97. His topic will be "Changing Lives: The Practice of Biography." A reception will follow.

RSVP to the Office of Graduate Studies, x2138.

Family Focus Center Open House

The Family Focus Resource Center will have an open house on Wed., April 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Education building room 3113. Participants will be introduced to services available for adult consumers with developmental disabilities. Call Kathryn Lincoln at x7063 by Mon., Mar. 31, to confirm attendance and to reserve a parking space.

Chemistry Seminar Series

Henry Abrash, chemistry department chair, will speak on "The Rates of Air Oxidation of Pyrogallols," on Wed., April 2, as part of the chemistry department's seminar series. Kenneth Shea, a UC Irvine professor, will speak on "Molecular Imprinting: the De Novo Synthesis of Binding and Catalytic Sites," on Wed., April 9. Both lectures begin at 4 p.m. in Science 2228.
fmi-Hettie Sawatzke x3381.

Project Community Meeting

Project Community will hold its monthly meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wed., April 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.

Violence Against Women Conference

The 1997 Ending Violence Against Women Conference will be held on Thu., April 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Oviatt Library lawn. The conference will deal with the different forms that abuse and violence against women can take, including domestic abuse, child custody, rape, poverty, mutilation, poor job conditions and discrimination. There also will be a multimedia room with videos, poetry and educational exhibits.

The conference will include a showing of "The Clothesline Project," a collection of T-shirts made by women violence survivors, friends or family members. An on-site T-shirt-making room with supplies will be available and counselors will be on hand to provide support as needed.
fmi-National Organization for Women (818) 769-2035.

Diversity Education Training Offered

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

Educational Technologies Teleconference

The College of Extended Learning's Educational Technologies and Distance Learning Services will broadcast a teleconference, "Quality of Life in the Global Environment: Preparing for the Next Century," from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thu., April 3, in the Matador Bookstore complex, classroom 102. The live broadcast will examine political and cultural trends, economics systems and social changes throughout the world and challenges for the future. fmi-Kathy Stimac, x2355.

Tom Tramel Memorial Service

A memorial service for art professor emeritus Tom Tramel will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thu., April 3, at the Woodland Hills Community Church, 21338 Dumetz Road.

Tramel was one of the founders of the CSUN art department, serving as its chair from 1956 to 1965. He retired in 1983 after 33 years of teaching.

International Programs Luncheon

Faculty members are invited to a luncheon hosted by the Office of Student Development and International Programs at noon on Fri., April 4, at the University Club. Details of several programs where help is needed will be announced. Faculty members are encouraged to nominate outstanding students in classes for the Study Abroad in LA-Korea Program Fall 1997, Discover, Inquire and Grow in LA (DIG LA), the Study Abroad Program and the National Student Exchange Program. For reservations contact Jeanne White at x2393.
fmi-Tom Piernik, x2393.

Oviatt Portrait Dedication

A new portrait of Delmar T. Oviatt, CSUN's first dean of instruction, will be dedicated at noon on Fri., April 4, in the lobby of the Oviatt Library. The portrait, a gift from the Oviatt family, will be presented by his two daughters, Moyne Oviatt Osborn and Mardel Oviatt Anderson. It will replace the portrait now hanging in the library.
fmi-Cindy Ventuleth, x2635.

Sports Medicine Seminar Focuses on Female Athletes

The Center for Sports Medicine at Cal State Northridge will hold its sixth clinical seminar from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sat., April 5, in the University Student Union. The program will feature lectures on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in the female athlete, addressing such topics as the effect of estrogen on ACL and rehabilitation techniques.

The seminar also will offer presentations on other subjects such as strength training techniques, pool therapy, treatment for upper extremity injuries and the effectiveness of nutritional supplements and popular exercise products.

Students can earn course credit by attending the seminar, which is approved for 0.7 units of NATA Continuing Education. Fees are $75 for professionals and $35 for students. A complimentary luncheon will be provided. Registration will be accepted at the door based on space availability from 7:30 to 8 a.m. the day of the seminar. Parking is available in Lot C at Plummer Street and Zelzah Avenue for $1.75.
fmi-(805) 379-2993.

Training for Parents of Young Children

The Family Focus Resource Center will provide training to families with children 5-years-old or younger from 9:45 a.m. to noon on Sat., April 5, in Education building 3118. The topic will be "Navigating Your Child's Insurance Policy and Estate Planning for Your Child With Special Needs." Guest speaker will be Nadine Vogel, president of Special Advocates for Parents. The presentation will be in English with Spanish interpretation available. Faculty, staff and students are welcome. RSVP by Thu., April 3, to x5575.

CSU Cornerstones Meeting

A team working on the Cornerstones project, Cal State Chancellor Barry Munitz's strategic initiative for the CSU, will provide background and lead a discussion at 2 p.m. on Mon., April 7, in the Performing Arts Center. Cornerstones is a two-year process to evaluate educational and fiscal strategies and make plans to meet CSU's challenges, including how to serve the coming "Tidal Wave II" of students in the face of limited state resources and how teaching and learning will evolve to prepare students.

Lecture By Visiting Artists

Visiting artists Alessanda Moctezuma and Leda Ramos will speak on the exploration of their work in installation and site-specific art and design and its representation of Hispanic communities in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. Mon., April 7, in the Business Education lecture hall, room 101. The event is sponsored by the art department. There will be a reception prior to the lecture.

Associated Students Elections

Elections for Associated Students officers will be held from 6 a.m. Tue., April 8, through 6 p.m. Wed., April 9. If needed, a run-off election will be held from 6 a.m. Tue., April 15, through 6 p.m. Wed., April 16.

Oviatt Library Spring Book Sale

More than 4,000 books will be available at the Friends of the Oviatt Library Spring Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tue., April 8, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wed., April 9, on the front portico of the Oviatt Library. Books were donated by faculty, staff students and the community. Prices start at 25 cents. Proceeds will be used to purchase books and other library materials for the Oviatt.
fmi-Cindy Ventuleth, x2653.

Magaram Center Food Movies

The Marilyn Magaram Center for Food, Science, Nutrition and Dietetics will show two films: "Kitchen Safety and Sanitation" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tue., April 8, in Fine Arts 113; and "Low-Fat Cooking" at the same time on Wed., April 9, in Fine Arts 107. Parking is available in Lot A.

Faculty Teaching Discussions

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will sponsor a series of 30-minute lunch-time discussions focusing on "Best Teaching Practices" of CSUN faculty in Engineering Field Trailer 637. Participants should bring their own lunches. Dates, times, speakers and their topics are:
Tuesday, April 8:
Wednesday, April 9:
Tuesday, April 15:
Wednesday, April 16:

Archaeology Lecture

Guillermo Algaze, an associate professor of anthropology at UC San Diego and author of "The Uruk World System," will speak on "The Archaeology of Imperialism," on Tue., April 8, at 7 p.m. in Sierra Hall 245. The event is sponsored by the anthropology department.

Faculty Workshop on Racism A faculty workshop on Racism and the Social Sciences will be led by CSUN faculty members Wen Wang, James Bracy and Michele Wittig on Wed., April 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 245. Practical materials for general and classroom use will be distributed.
fmi-Wen Wang, x3597.

Campus-wide Budget Forum

Academic Affairs will host its second campus-wide budget forum on Thu., April 10 at 1 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The forum will feature a presentation of draft budgets for strategic initiatives for 1997-98. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in the budget process.
fmi-Spero Bowman, x2125.

W.P. Whitsett California Lecture

Iris H.W. Engstrand will speak on "The 18th Century Enlightenment Comes to California," on Fri., April 11, at 8 p.m. in the University Club. Participants are invited to attend a reception at 5:30 p.m. and a dinner before the lecture at 6:30 p.m. for $25. Checks should be made payable to the CSUN Foundation with an entree choice specified: prime rib, chicken dijon or spinach ricotta ravioli. The W.P. Whitsett California lecture is sponsored by the history department.

One-Day Web Presentation

A web course project teaching colloquium will be presented by faculty on Fri., April 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Business Auditorium, room 101. Use of Internet Relay Chat (IRC), Hypernews discussion, compact disks, Powerpoint presentations from a web page, on-line quizzes, Realaudio and other electronic resources to enhance instruction will be demonstrated. The presentations will be followed by hands-on breakout sessions. Applications for Web Course Project $500 summer grants will be distributed.
fmi-Nancy Fernandez, x3561.

Adult Re Entry Program 'Mingler'

CSUN's Adult Resource and Re Entry Program will host its monthly gathering on Fri., April 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Common Grounds coffeehouse, 9250 Reseda Blvd. The program encourages adult students to bring friends.

Retirement Party for Arlene Noar

A retirement celebration for Arlene Noar, administrative operations analyst in the Faculty Senate office, will be held after the Thu., April 17, Faculty Senate meeting from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Pasadena room of the University Student Union. Those who wish to contribute to a retirement gift may send a check made out to "Faculty Senate Fund--Arlene Noar" to the Faculty Senate office, mail drop 8221.

Daily Sundial 40th Anniversary Party

The journalism department is hosting a 40th anniversary party and reunion for the Daily Sundial on Fri., April 18, at 6 p.m. at Rusty's Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier. Tickets are $35 and will benefit students through scholarships, research grants, equipment and technology.

The party is a major fund-raising event for the department. A feature will be a silent auction offering such items as walk-on parts on television shows, concert and sporting event tickets, movie passes, food, wine and lunch with Walter Cronkite. Sponsorships are available ranging in price from $1,200 for a table of 10 to $75 to be a classified ad page sponsor. For reservations, call x3135.

Miss Deaf CSUN Pageant

The semi-annual Miss Deaf CSUN Pageant featuring the talents of CSUN deaf women will be held at 7 p.m. Sat., April 19, in the Performing Arts Center. The winner will go on to compete in the Miss Deaf California Pageant in July. General admission is $15 and $6 for children.
fmi-x2099 (V/TDD).

Dispelling Myths About Disabilities

"Disabilities--A Matter of Perception"--featuring two videos, one on disability misperceptions and the other on disability services at CSUN, along with a panel discussion--will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. on Wed., April 23, and Thu., April 24, in the Burbank room of the University Student Union.

The program is designed to give those attending a new understanding about people with disabilities and increase awareness of disability myths. Students with disabilities make up 5 percent of CSUN's student population, according to the program's sponsors, Students with Disabilities Resources and Students with Disabilities Connection.
fmi-x2684 or e-mail Jim Hammitt at jhammitt@csun.edu.

Environmental Earth Fair

An environmental Earth Fair will be held Wed., April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Student Union Court of Community. The event will feature an array of environmental displays, organizations, public agencies and campus groups. The CSUN Steel Drum Band will perform at noon. A recycled can sculpture contest will be held with winners announced at 1 p.m.

Volunteers Needed for Campus Pride Day

The Volunteer Services Program needs volunteers to help plant 40 new orange trees in the grove at Lindley Avenue and Nordhoff Street during the second annual Campus Pride Day on Thu., April 24. Participants can arrive any time between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with the first 150 people receiving a free T-shirt.

Volunteers also are needed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., April 26, to help with screenings and tests at a health fair at Arminta Street School, 11530 Strathern St., North Hollywood.

Also, AIDS Project Los Angeles needs helpers at its dance party benefit from 7 to 11 p.m. on Sat., April 26, at Universal Studios.
fmi and to register-x3260.


Ruth Lencione Fellowship

Undergraduate and graduate students wishing to work with children and their families may apply for the Ruth Lencione Fellowship, a $5,000 amount awarded over two semesters. Lencione, who died in 1986, was the author of numerous books and articles about young children. She also was chair of communicative disorders at Syracuse University. Her estate 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., April 1.

Robert H. Schiffman Memorial Award

Nominations for the Robert H. Schiffman Memorial Award are due by Thu., April 3, to the Office of Graduate Studies, Administration Park 706. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of graduate study at CSUN and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA and a undergraduate 3.25 GPA.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Nominations for graduate students who completed degrees in fall 1996 or who will complete degrees in spring or summer 1997 are being solicited for the annual President's Associates' Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Criteria used in selecting the award recipient will be grade point average and recommendations from faculty. Applications are available in the Office of Graduate Studies, Administration Park 706, and are due by Thu., April 3.

Summer Study Abroad Scholarship

EF International Language Schools will award a summer study abroad scholarship to a first- or second-year CSUN student who embodies commitment to intercultural awareness through academic study, community service and leadership. The scholarship includes an eight-week program at an EF school in France, Spain or Germany, including round-trip travel expenses and room and board. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and one year of foreign language study. Applications are due by Thu., April 3.
fmi-(818) 772-0903.

Nominations for Commission on Status of Women

The Commission on Status of Women at Cal State Northridge invites nominations, including self-nominations, for student co-chair and representative to the Women's Council of the California State University. Nominations may be made by mail, telephone, e-mail or in person to Olivia Gaines, chair of the nominating committee, Student Development and Equity Center, mail drop 8295, phone x2191, or e-mail olivia.gaines@csun.edu. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Fri., April 4.

Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards

Five graduating seniors will each receive $1,000 awards at the Honors Convocation ceremony on Tue., May 27. To apply, a student must have a degree award date of fall 1996, spring 1997 or summer 1997. Those with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, either cumulative or in the last 60 units, will be considered. An application form and two letters of recommendation from faculty, staff or administrators must be submitted by Fri., April 4, and be addressed to William Watkins, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, mail drop 8239. The awards are funded by the Alumni Association, the President's Associates, Mildred Z. Mininberg Memorial Fund and the Karen, Leon and Rita Goldstein-Saulter Memorial Fund.

National Science Foundation Proposals

The National Science Foundation is requesting proposals for "Life in Extreme Environments" by Mon., April 14. The work must entail the study of life within extreme environments on earth and its application to the study of possible life on other planets. The interdisciplinary program involves the directorates for biological sciences, engineering, geosciences and mathematical and physical sciences, as well as the Office of Polar Programs.
fmi-Research and Sponsored Projects, x2901 or fax x4691.

California Pre-Doctoral Program

Participants applying for the California Pre-Doctoral Program must do so by Mon., April 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 underrepresentation 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 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 those continuing by June 26. 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 702. Hours are from 8 a.m. to noon, Mon. to Fri.

Invention Contest

The BF Goodrich Co. is seeking entries for its annual Collegiate Inventors Program. Inventions, ideas or processes must be original and the result of work completed by students and their faculty advisers. The program is open to any graduate or undergraduate students. Submissions are due by Tue., June 3.


Fashion Sketching Seminar

Trends, a CSUN fashion design and merchandising organization, will offer a concentrated course to those wishing to learn the art of fashion illustration. Fashion and costume illustrator Jemi Armstrong will demonstrate techniques for drawing the fashion figure, illustrating garments and rendering fabric textures.

The course consists of two Saturday sessions on April 5 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both will be held at in family environmental sciences room 400. The cost is $25 including supplies. To reserve a space, call Trends at x3440 or Jemi Armstrong at (818) 986-6429.

Workshop for Students Declaring Majors

A workshop to help students declare their majors and career paths will be held Wed., April 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Advising Resource Center and EOP, Education room 100. fmi-x2108.

Keys to Success

The Adult Resource and Re Entry program is offering "Keys to Success," a program that will consist of a seminar and six workshops, on Sat., April 19, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Sierra Hall 122. Keynote speaker Dee Shepherd-Look will discuss "Taking Charge of Your Personal Power." Registration is free.

Master of Public Administration Summer Classes

The College of Extended Learning's Master of Public Administration program offers summer classes at CSUN, the CSUN Ventura campus and CSUN's Glendale site. The MPA program is open to those with an undergraduate college degree who work in the public or non-profit sector. Courses are held evenings and weekends and participants learn how to improve management and administrative skills.
fmi-x5635 or x3909.

March 31, 1997