Feb. 23, 1998 Vol. II, 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 generally is noon on Monday one week before the issue appears. The deadline for the March 9 issue is Mon., March 2.

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 emailing them to pubinfo@exec.csun.edu, sending them to mail drop 8242 or faxing them to (818) 677-4937. Note: fmi-means for more information.

Public Meetings

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.


Disabled Parking

CSUN no longer requires that people with a Department of Motor Vehicles disabled license plate or placard also obtain a CSUN medical permit to park in the campus blue zones. Individuals who do not have a disabled plate or placard must still obtain a permit from Students with Disabilities Resources to park in blue zones.

Performing Arts Center Volunteers

The Performing Arts Center is seeking volunteers to join a new group called Friends of the New Performing Arts Center. Members will perform volunteer work at the center that includes ushering at shows, publicizing events, doing office work and organizing special programs and events. A meeting of the group is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sat., Feb. 28, in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center lists the following opportunities for volunteers:

Trauma Center Needs Volunteers

The Valley Trauma Center, which provides sexual assault crisis services, needs volunteers to staff its 24-hour crisis hotline. CSUN's educational psychology department has sponsored the nonprofit center since 1984. There will be a 60-hour training program for volunteers the first four weekends in March. Volunteers will become certified as rape crisis advocates by the California State Office of Criminal Justice Planning at the end of training.
fmi-Dove Poock, (818) 772-0196.

Project ACT Workshops

Project ACT (Advocates for Cultural Talk), a diversity awareness/prejudice reduction program sponsored by University Counseling Services, is offering presentations/workshops to the campus and community. The workshops are facilitated by CSUN student peer educators and are designed to increase awareness of cultural diversity and to promote understanding and respect among people. For a presentation for a class or organization, call Marshall Bloom or Carolyn Okazaki, x2366.


Eating Disorders Awareness Week

The third annual Eating Disorders Awareness Week to help overcome fear and obsession with food and body image begins Mon., Feb. 23. This year's theme is "The Mind and Body Fair: Indulge Yourself." The week's events include:

CSEA Officer Elections

The California State Employees Assn. will hold an election meeting from 11 a.m.-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:

DIG LA Field Trips

DIG LA (Discover, Inquire and Grow in Los Angeles) will sponsor field trips to the Getty Center, Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance and the Museum of Television and Radio. DIG LA is a program dedicated to the enhancement of intercultural communication and appreciation of cultural diversity. The events are as follows:

Cost of the museum trips is $10, which includes bus transportation, admission and refreshments.
fmi-Vicki Allen or Edita Keshishyan, x2393.

Alcohol and Drug Seminar

The Family Focus Resource Center will present a seminar on "Fetal Alcohol and Drug Exposure" from 1-3 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28, in the College of Education's Fleming Conference Room, third floor.

Bess Lomax Hawes Folklore Archive

A reception to announce the opening of the Bess Lomax Hawes Folklore Archive at the Oviatt Library's Urban Archives Center will be held from 2-6 p.m. Mon., March 2, in the University Student Union Grand Salon. Faculty Emerita Bess Lomax Hawes will speak about the archive's history and its function as a teaching tool in anthropology. Also speaking will be UC Berkeley scholar Alan Dundes.

Geological Sciences Lecture Series

The geological sciences department and the Geology Club will sponsor a lecture by Tanya Atwater from the department of geological sciences, UC Santa Barbara, at noon Wed., March 4, in Science 1231. Her topic will be "Cenozoic Tectonic History of Southern California: A Computer Animation Adventure."

Interactive Media Teleconference

The College of Extended Learning will host "Using Interactive Media and Web-Based Marketing Effectively," a live national teleconference, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wed., March 4, in the Matador Bookstore Complex, room 102.

Financial Opportunities and Obstacles

Faculty members are invited to attend a presentation on "Frequently Overlooked Financial Opportunities and Obstacles," sponsored by Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity, at noon Thu., March 5, in the Business building room 4117. The presentation addresses issues and concerns of pre-retired professionals. Guest speaker will be Thomas O'Connor, senior financial advisor with American Express Financial Advisors. Refreshments will be served.
fmi-Krystian Trybus, (818) 366-1456.

W.P. Whitsett Lecture

University of Washington professor Richard White will deliver the annual W.P. Whitsett Lecture sponsored by the history department at 8 p.m. Fri., March 6, in the University Student Union Grand Salon. His topic will be "Disney's Nature: Walt Disney and the Nature of America." White is a "New Western" historian and author of several award-winning studies on American Indians and the American West. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Dinner seating is limited and reservations for $25 are required. They must be sent to the history department by Mon., March 2. Make checks payable to the CSUN Foundation.
fmi-Jerry Prescott, x5449.

Religious Studies Lecture

The College of Extended Learning and the religious studies department will co-sponsor a free lecture for the community: "Life and Death, Good and Evil in Zen," from 10 a.m.-noon on Sat., March 7, in Sierra Hall room 353. Masao Abe, an internationally known Buddhist scholar, will lead the seminar.

Job Fair '98

Job Fair '98, sponsored by the Career Center, will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon., March 9, in the University Student Union Northridge Center. Employers will interview graduating seniors for full-time career positions. Employers also are seeking undergraduates for part-time seasonal (summer) jobs, internships and community service.
fmi-Ann Morey, x2388.

Mathematics Lecture

Faculty and students are invited to a lecture by Philip Davis, a nationally known authority in mathematics, at 3 p.m. Mon., March 9, in Science 2132. Davis is an award-winning professor emeritus from Brown University. The title of the lecture is "Ask, and the Speaker Will Attempt Answers." Davis will respond to four or five questions submitted by CSUN faculty and students on the relation between mathematics and society. Deadline for submission is Mon., March 2. E-mail questions to elena.marchisotto@csun.edu or bill.watkins@csun.edu.

Spring Community Forum

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson will hold her Spring Community Forum on Wed., March 11, in the Thousand Oaks Room of the University Student Union. There will be two sessions, one at 11:30 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. The topics Wilson will address include the annual budget process, plans for development of the North Campus and the university's response to the report of the Task Force on Intercollegiate Athletics. Anyone with specific issues for discussion should contact the president's office at x2121 or send the items to her office by e-mail before the forum.


University Counseling Services

Various groups and workshops for the spring 1998 semester are being offered by University Counseling Services 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.-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.-midnight.

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.

Technology Training

Information and Technology Resources (ITR) offers a variety of free information and technology training workshops to faculty, staff and students. The March workshop schedule will be available 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 training@csun.edu.

Web Project Workshops

The Web Project is offering workshops for web teaching designed to meet a wide range of needs and interests during the spring semester. Workshops consist of one two-hour session followed by individual tutorial assistance and will be held in Engineering Field 666B (unless otherwise noted). Enrollment is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. Enroll by e-mailing hflrc007@csun.edu or calling the Learning Resource Center, x2033. Workshops are as follows:

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-served. A $20 fee will be collected at the first class for materials.
fmi-Rebecca Litke, x2047.

Conflict Mediation Training

The University Counseling Services is sponsoring "Conflict Mediation Training" from 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2, in the University Park Apartments, building 14, room 317. The instructor is Tony Johnson, coordinator, Dispute Resolution Center.

Accelerated Language Programs

The College of Extended Learning is offering an accelerated language program to teach French basics in an intensive weekend format on Fridays, 6-9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Beginning French will meet March 6-8. The fee is $300, but faculty and staff receive a substantial discount. Foreign language classes also are being offered through May 12, once a week in the evenings. Classes include Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese and Farsi.

Writing Proficiency Workshop

Gale Larson, coordinator of the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam, will conduct a workshop on holistic scoring from 2-4 p.m. Wed., March 18, in Jerome Richfield Hall room 117. This workshop is required for those who want to be considered as a reader/scorer for the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam. Readers are given a stipend for their services. Reservations are required. Deadlines

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 awards 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 on 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.

CFA Annual Awards

The California Faculty Assn. needs nominations for its annual awards by Fri., Feb. 27. There are three award categories: a single award each for the defense of faculty rights and for the promotion of equal rights in the CSU, and several awards for exceptional service to the union. Send nomination letters to:
Awards Committee
California Faculty Assn.
5933 West Century Boulevard, Suite 216
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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.

CSUN Faculty Awards

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:

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.

Faculty Elections

Nominations are being solicited for the spring elections for faculty officers, the Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate committees. If the nominee is someone other than yourself, please obtain the nominee's approval before submitting their name. Names of nominees must be received by 5 p.m. Fri., March 6.
fmi-x3263 or e-mail sandy.horwitz@csun.edu.

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.
fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x7892.

Disabilities Issues Board

The Campus Wide Disabilities Issues Board will meet from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thu., March 12, in President's Conference Room A. Members, consultants and guests are invited to submit agenda items by noon Tue., March 10, to Ralph McFarland, Office of Students with Disabilities Resources, mail drop 8264, or e-mail to ralph.mcfarland@csun.edu.

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.


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