February 9, 1998 Vol. II, No. 13
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 generally is noon on Monday one week before the issue appears. The deadline for the Feb. 23 issue is Mon., Feb. 16.
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Campus Planning Board
Meets 10 a.m.-noon Thu., Feb. 12, in President's Conference Room A.
Meets 2 p.m. Thu., Feb. 12, in the Engineering Auditorium.
Meets 3:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 12, in President's Conference Room C.
University Budget Advisory Board
Meets 2-4 p.m. Wed., Feb. 18, in President's Conference Room A.
University Student Union Directors
Meet 5:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 23, in the Satellite Student Union Pieza de Celis Room.
University Corp. Directors
Meet 3 p.m. Wed., Feb. 25, in the University Club.
Faculty Executive Committee
Meets 1 p.m. Thu., Feb. 26, in President's Conference Room A.
CSUN Receives Grant
Cal State Northridge has received a $100,000 grant to continue the work of Project Community--which aims to break down barriers among campus people and groups--for another two years. This was CSUN's second grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Pluralism and Unity Program. The funds will be used, in part, to expand two student programs developed under Project Community: DIG LA (Discover, Inquire and Grow in Los Angeles), which sponsors events such as tours of Hindu and Buddhist temples, participation in Native American powwow and multicultural retreats, and Project ACT (Advocates for Cultural Talk), a diversity awareness and prejudice reduction program that trains students to conduct peer-to-peer educational presentations and facilitated discussions.
fmi-Robert Kemmerling, x2364, or Raymond Juarez, x2393.
The 1998 CSUN telephone directories will be distributed soon. The 1997 directories can be recycled and picked up by campus mail (no envelope required) through April 30.
fmi-Cyndi Signett, x2477.
Warner Center Preschool
The Warner Center Children's Corner is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. This child care center is staffed by professionals from CSUN and is accredited by the National Assn. for the Education of Young Children. Preschool spaces are available immediately in half- and full-day programs for 2-5-year-olds. All CSUN employees and students qualify for discounted tuition rates. To enroll, call Kim Colby at (818) 887-1993. The center is located at 21261-A Burbank Blvd., Woodland Hills.
Pacific Bell Internet Access
Pacific Bell Internet Services is offering unlimited Internet access to CSUN students, staff and faculty for a monthly rate of $14.95. The service includes free Internet access for 30 days, no set-up fees, billing options, free software, 24-hour, toll-free customer service and dial-up access up to 33.6 Kpbs. For information, call Pacific Bell Internet Services at (800) 708-INET, x910. Callers must mention "910" as the registration number to receive this offer.
Pay Phone Increase
The campus pay phone system has increased charges for a 15-minute local call from 20 cents to 35 cents. The new rate is comparable to Pacific Bell and General Telephone and was approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October 1997.
Student Programs on Cable
The College of Extended Learning's Educational Technologies and Distance Learning Services will run the following CSUN student programs on the local cable television system for the Northridge area (Time Warner). Watch Channel 35 on Fri., Feb. 13 and 20. On other cable systems, look for the Los Angeles City channel. The schedule is as follows:
|10 a.m. ||CSUN-Close Up|
|10:30 a.m. ||CSUN-Close Up|
|11 a.m. ||Valley View News|
|11:30 a.m. ||On-Point|
|12:30 p.m. ||RTVF Showcase|
The Career Center needs volunteers for the following events:
- Nissan Open Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita, needs volunteers in many areas from Fri., Feb. 20, to Tue., March 3.
fmi-Kellie Coon at (310) 226-6120.
- Students Talk About Race (S.T.A.R.) needs individuals to help guide discussions on diversity at nearby high schools for 50 minutes once a week for eight weeks. Training will be held from noon-6 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28, in the University Student Union Thousand Oaks Room. Lunch will be served.
Our Deepest Sympathy
The campus extends its sympathy to:
- Family and friends on the loss of Sidney Luckenbach (Philosophy).
- Nadean Dupre (Financial Aid) and her family on the loss of her brother.
Workout With Annie
The Associated Students/University Student Union Fitness Center is offering lunch hour aerobics, "Workout With Annie" with Annie Dobbrow, beginning Mon., Feb. 9. Sessions will be from noon-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in the aerobics room.
fmi-sales office, x3604.
Faculty Peer Coaching Program
Faculty members are invited to participate in CSUN's Peer Coaching Program this spring. Each participant will pair with a colleague from a different discipline to observe each other's teaching and provide constructive, reflective feedback. The feedback--collegial, supportive and confidential--will be based on the teaching strategies participants have asked their partners to observe.
Time commitment will range from six to eight hours during this semester, including an orientation session, peer coaching practicum, working with a partner and an end-of-semester discussion meeting. Participants may want to select a coaching partner outside their discipline and ask him or her to join them at orientation.
The orientation session will feature success stories from last semester's peer coaching faculty and a short, peer coaching practicum. Orientation will be from noon-1:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 10, in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Engineering Field 637 (west of the Student Union).
fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x7892, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Tax Law Changes
The Assn. of Retired Faculty with the California Faculty Assn. will sponsor a program on tax laws changes that affect retirees and their TSAs, IRAs and other investments, as well as tax implications on the withdrawal of these funds. 1:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 10, in the University Club Lamb's Lounge.
fmi-Frank McGinnis at (818) 363-4923.
Brown Bag Film Series
The Marilyn Magaram Center continues its Brown Bag Film Series with the showing of "The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Prevention and Control," a taped lecture by David Heber of the Division of Clinical Nutrition, UCLA School of Medicine, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 10, and from noon-1 p.m. Wed., Feb. 11 at the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition, and Dietetics. Science trailers room 524. Admission is free.
TFIA Student Forum
A student forum will be held with CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson on the report by the Task Force on Intercollegiate Athletics from 2-3:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 11, in the University Student Union Northridge Theatre. Copies of the report are available for review in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and at the University Student Union information counter.
Position Description Workshop
The California State Employees Assn. will host a follow-up "Position Description" workshop from noon-1:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 11, in Sierra Tower room 703. Bring your current job description and receive help in improving it.
fmi-Nancy Thompson, x3434, or Pat Tabidian, x3202
Volunteer Council Meeting
The Career Center will hold a Volunteer Council meeting at 2 p.m. Wed., Feb. 11, in the training room at the Career Center in the University Student Union.
Memorial Tree Dedication
A tree in memory of Mahlon Gaumer, former English department faculty member, will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Fri., Feb. 13, on the west side of Jerome Richfield Hall. A memorial plaque is already in place.
Enhancing Student Learning
The next Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Roundtable sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 20, in the Bookstore Complex room 102. The topic is "Enhancing Student Learning Through the Internet: A Pedagogical Discussion of Internet Technologies."
fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x7892, or Steven Stepanek, x2799.
The fifth annual California State University Symposium on University Teaching will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 21, at Cal State San Bernardino. If you wish to attend, contact Cynthia Desrochers at x7892
Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Cal State Northridge presents the third annual Eating Disorders Awareness Week to help overcome fear and obsession with food and body image. This year's theme is "The Mind and Body Fair: Indulge Yourself." The week's events are as follows:
fmi-Ellen Mayer, x2366.
- Mind and Body Fair featuring yoga classes, facials, massages and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon., Feb. 23, in the University Student Union Grand Salon;
- The play, "Food for Thought: A Love Affair with Cherry Jelly Beans," at 7:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 24, in Music building room 105;
- Discussion entitled "Voices of Courage," an open forum of speakers who will share their personal battles with eating disorders, from 12:30-2 p.m. Wed., Feb. 25, in the University Student Union Thousand Oaks Room;
- Lecture by Carolyn Costin, marriage, family and child counselor, on "Dying to be Thin," from 12:30-2 p.m. Thu., Feb. 26, in the University Student Union Santa Clarita Room.
CSEA Officer Elections
The California State Employees Assn. will hold an election meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Feb. 25, in Sierra Tower room 703.
fmi-Hai-Ling Tang, x3448 or Carlene Kouri, x2637.
CSUN Poster Fair
The second annual CSUN Faculty Poster Fair celebrating research, scholarship and creative activity will be held Wed.-Fri., Feb. 25-27, in the University Student Union Grand Salon. Schedule is as follows:
Wed., Feb. 25
Thu., Feb. 26
- Noon-6 p.m., poster fair open in Grand Salon.
- Noon-1 p.m., faculty will be present to discuss posters.
Fri., Feb. 27
- 8 a.m.-8 p.m., poster fair open in Grand Salon.
- Noon-1 p.m., lecture by Randy Thornhill, biology department, University of New Mexico, on the topic "Beauty and Symmetry, Mate Choice in Humans," University Student Union Pasadena Room.
- 1-3 p.m., faculty will be present to discuss posters;
- 3-5 p.m., reception for participants.
- 8 a.m.-2 p.m., poster fair open in Grand Salon.
Extended Learning Spring Classes
The College of Extended Learning's spring program offers hundreds of classes and numerous certificate programs for professional and personal development. Courses include business and management, computers, foreign languages, human resources management, international business, legal programs, master of public administration, purchasing, real estate, test preparation and more. Most classes meet evenings or weekends. Catalogs and registration information are available from the college in the Bookstore Complex room 100, at the main entrance.
University Counseling Services
A variety of groups/workshops for the spring 1998 semester are being offered to help students choose a major or career and deal with anxieties, eating disorders, personal crises and other problems. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Thu., and Fri., and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tue.-Wed., in the University Park Apartments, building 14, fourth floor. Helpline telephone crisis intervention at (818) 349-HELP is available from 6 p.m. to midnight.
fmi-x2366, TTY x7834.
The ceramics lab in the University Student Union offers non-credit classes in wheel throwing and hand building. Sessions run eight weeks and include individual instruction. Register early, class size is limited.
Accelerated Language Programs
The College of Extended Learning is offering accelerated language programs to teach foreign language basics in an intensive weekend format on Fridays, 6-9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The fee is $300 per course, but faculty and staff receive a substantial discount. Foreign language classes also will be offered starting in mid-Feb. once a week in the evenings. Classes include Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese and Farsi.
- Beginning Spanish meets Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-22;
- Beginning French meets March 6-8 and March 13-15; and
- Beginning Italian meets March 27-29 and April 3-5.
Financial Aid 101 Workshop
The Financial Aid Office will host "Financial Aid 101," a workshop to inform and prepare new students on financial matters, including budgeting tips, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA), student loans, CSUN's financial aid process and how to apply for scholarships. Session times and dates are 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 16, in the Performing Arts Center.
Defensive Driving Courses
Defensive driving classes will be offered from 8-11:30 a.m. Wed., Feb. 18, and from 1-4:30 p.m. in the University Student Union West Valley Room. Faculty, staff and student employees who drive a state vehicle (including carts) in the course of their work must complete this class. Note: this class no longer needs to be repeated every four years. Space is limited. For reservations, call Rami De Los Reyes, Environmental Health and Safety Office, x2401.
The Guitar for Youth program in the music department is offering guitar lessons for children 7-12 years old. Students will be instructed in Music room 110 from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays with 10 sessions beginning Feb. 19 and ending April 30. Each weekly session includes class instruction from 3:30-4:20 p.m. and private instruction from 4:30-5 p.m. A $50 fee includes a tutor book. Children must have a nylon acoustic guitar--no electric guitars. Enrollment is limited.
fmi-Ron Purcell, x2339.
Information and Technology Resources (ITR) offers a variety of free information and technology training workshops to faculty, staff and students. The February workshop schedule will be accessible on the web Mon., Feb. 23, at http://www.csun.edu/itr/tsg/training/schedule.html. Printed copies will be sent to campus offices.
fmi and reservations-x3966 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speech for Youth Institute
A public-speaking course for students in grades 9-12 will be offered by the speech communication department for six Saturdays beginning Feb. 28 from 9-11:30 a.m. in room 224 of the Speech Communication building. Enrollment is first-come, first-serve. A $20 fee will be collected at the first class for materials.
fmi-Rebecca Litke, x2047.
Awards are presented each year to CSUN faculty members to recognize outstanding achievement. Nominations and documentation for the following competitions should be sent to the Faculty President's Office, Faculty Office Building room 106, mail drop 8221. Awards will be presented at the honored faculty reception in May.
Deadlines are as follows:
- Outstanding Professor Award. Nominations and supporting materials due by mid-February. $1,000 prize.
- Advancement of Teaching Effectiveness Award. Nominations and supporting materials due the first week of March. $1,000 prize.
- Creativity Award. All materials must be submitted by the first week of March. $1,000 prize.
- Scholarly Publication Award. Published work and supporting letters or reviews must be submitted by the first week of March.
- Distinguished Teaching Awards. Nominations due by the second week of February. Supporting materials due by the second week in March. Up to five faculty members can receive $500 awards each.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is soliciting proposals for research investigations concerning the role of solar variability in affecting terrestrial global climate. Participation is open to all faculty. Proposals are due Wed., Feb. 18. Information can be requested by e-mail from email@example.com or through the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, x2901.
Who's Who Nominations
Faculty are invited to nominate students for selection to the CSUN slate of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" for 1997-1998. Nomination forms must be returned to the Office of Student Development and International Programs by Fri., Feb. 20. Nominees should be juniors, seniors or graduate students who have grade point averages of at least 3.0 for undergraduates and 3.5 for graduate students, have contributed to the campus through academics, extracurricular/student activities and are involved in the community.
fmi-Vicki Allen or Kelly Kuchenbrod, Office of Student Development and International Programs, x2393.
Research Involving Human Subjects
All faculty and students performing research using human subjects must complete a human subjects protocol approval form. The original form and seven copies should be submitted to the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects for review by the Standing Advisory Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects. The next submission deadline is Wed., Feb. 25, and the next committee meeting is Wed., March 11.
Governor's Safety Award
Nominations are being accepted for the 1997 Governor's Employee Safety Award. The award program is an annual event to recognize outstanding performances 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 Fri., Feb. 27.
fmi-Ron Norton, x2401.
Disabled Technology Conference
CSUN's 13th annual international conference, "Technology and Persons with Disabilities," will be held at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton and the Marriott Hotel March 17-21. Hotel costs are $109 single/double occupancy and must be booked 14 days in advance for this offer. For hotel reservations, contact the CSUN Center on Disabilities.
The pre-conference day with a series of three-hour workshops will be Tue., March 17. The cost will be $225 if registered by Feb. 27 and $275 after. The cost for the regular conference from Wed.-Sat. will be $349 if registered by Feb. 27 and $399 thereafter. This includes 200 speaking sessions and more than 200 exhibits.
General Research Grants
The American Philosophical Society is accepting proposals for its General Research Program. This program funds scholarly research in all areas of knowledge except those in which support by government or corporate enterprise is more appropriate. The maximum grant award is $6,000 and can be used in conjunction with awards from other granting institutions. Deadline for applications and all letters of support is Sun., March 1 for June's decision. APS also funds the North Native American Research Program and the Mellow Resident Research Fellowships.
fmi-Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, x2901.
Julian Beck Grants
The Judge Julian Beck Instructional Development Project Grants support up to $5,000 for projects that enhance instruction at the university. All faculty and staff are eligible for project support. Application guidelines and proposal forms are available in the Office of Faculty Affairs, Dome AP 706, or by calling x7586. Proposals are due Mon., March 9.
1998-99 Research Competition
The Research and Grants Committee announces the 1998-99 Competition for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards. All faculty are eligible to apply in one of the following categories: Mini grants up to $5,000, summer stipends or three units of reassigned time. The deadline for submission of applications is 5 p.m., Mon., March 16. New faculty (hired as of fall 1995) will be considered as a group and given special consideration. Application materials are available in department offices or in Research and Sponsored Projects, AP 706, x2901. The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects will conduct two workshops to aid faculty in preparing their proposals from 2-3 p.m. Thu. and Fri., Feb. 19-20, in Sierra Hall room 245.
Continuing Financial Aid
It is time for continuing CSUN students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the 1998-99 school year. If you have moved or applied late, the FAFSA application can be obtained in the Financial Aid Office. For questions, contact the Financial Aid Office at x3000 or at http://www.csun.edu/finaid. The priority filing date for state aid is Mon., March 2.
February 9, 1998
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