March 23, 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 the April 13 issue is Mon., April 6.

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, sending them to mail drop 8242 or faxing them to (818) 677-4937. Note: fmi-means for more information.

Public Meetings

USU Directors

Meet 5 p.m. Mon., March 23, in the Satellite Student Union, Pieza de Celis Room.

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 1:15-5 p.m. Wed., March 25, in President's Conference Room A.

Faculty Executive Committee

Meets 1 p.m. Thu., March 26, in President's Conference Room A.


Free Tax Services

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is offering free tax services through April 15 for anyone making less than $40,000-a-year. Taxpayers should bring the tax booklet they receive in the mail, W-2 forms, interest and dividend statements, receipts and other records for deductions, a voided check for electronic filing and a copy of last year's tax returns. Special accommodations will be made for senior citizens, non-English speaking and handicapped individuals. Participants should arrive early to ensure assistance, as no appointments can be made. The VITA program is available at 18 locations throughout the Valley, with afternoon and evening hours of operation.
fmi-Kapil Jain, (818) 709-6430.

Directory Recycling

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.

Poets Competition

The English department is now accepting submissions for the 1998 Academy of American Poets competition. A prize of $100 will be awarded to the CSUN student whose poem or group of poems is selected. The winner will be announced in June. Submission guidelines are available from the English department in Sierra Tower, room 706.

Computer Use Guidelines

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson has approved a new, simpler policy on campus computer use as recommended by the Faculty Senate. The new policy replaces Computer Use Guidelines dated December 1996 and provides the university strength in dealing with those who would abuse our resources while also giving the university community flexibility in using those resources in pursuit of academic goals. The text of the new policy is available on the Internet at

External E-mail Access Change

New e-mail servers installed in January make processing e-mail more efficient and help control unauthorized use of CSUN computing facilities. There are now additional safeguards against outsiders sending "junk" mail through the university system. If you are using an external ISP (Internet Service Provider) with a "POP"-based mail client such as Netscape or Eudora to get university mail, there is one parameter that must now be changed. You must change your "Outgoing SMTP Server" from the current setting (i.e., to the ISP's SMTP mail server. If attempting to send mail without making this change, an individual may get a message like "No Relaying Allowed" and the e-mail will not be sent. SMTP information for some commonly used ISPs is provided below: Note: Do not change the "Incoming Mail (POP) Server." It should still be "".

Susan Curzon Review

Susan Curzon, vice provost for information & technology resources and dean of the University Library, is currently undergoing a five-year administration review. Anyone wishing to participate in the review process may obtain a questionnaire from the Office of Faculty Affairs, x7586.

Summer Session Catalogs

Summer session catalogs will be available Mon., March 23, with mail-in registration starting Mon., March 30. The College of Extended Learning sponsors the summer session program, with hundreds of credit classes offered in three separate sessions beginning Mon., June 1. Catalogs will be available at the College of Extended Learning office, Bookstore Complex, room 100 at the main entrance of the bookstore.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center needs volunteers for the following events: Call Trisha Fair, x3260, or Tracy Torgeson, x2871, to register.

Jewish Religious Holidays

Provost Louanne Kennedy asks that faculty and staff be sensitive to students' religious obligations when scheduling course deadlines and activities for the Jewish holiday Passover on Sat., April 11 to Sat., April 18 (observance begins at sundown on Fri., April 10). Special observances occur on the first two days, April 11-12, and the last two days, April 17-18. Please note that spring recess is April 6-10. Campus policy permits eligible students to reschedule tests without penalty.

Comprehensive Examination Option

To become eligible to take the comprehensive examination, students who complete all other program requirements must be enrolled in History 697 during the semester they take the examinations and may be enrolled in the class only once. A thesis option area or special focus proficiency examination will be held Fri., April 17. The oral examination for the thesis is to be arranged with the student's three-person thesis committee.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The university extends its condolences to the family of Grace Olson, long-time CSUN employee who died last week. Her friends are planting a tree on campus in her memory. Those wishing to contribute should send checks, payable to "CSUN Foundation," to Rayetta Esquibel, mail drop 8242, by Fri., May 15. (Please write "Grace Olson Tree Memorial" on the memo line).


CIO Forums

Open forums featuring finalists for the university's new chief information officer position are scheduled as follows:

Gender Equity Presentation

The College of Education and Phi Kappa Phi invites the campus and community to celebrate Women's History Month by attending the third annual Reznik & Reznik Gender Equity Presentation from 7-9 p.m. Tue., March 24, in the Performing Arts Center. Featured will be actress Carmen Zapata and Teatro Sin Fronteras CSUN Theater Group.

Bill Outhouse Reception

A reception to welcome Bill Outhouse to his new position as CSUN vice president of university relations will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wed., March 25, in the University Club.

CSUN Health Fair

The Student Health Center will sponsor a health fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed., March 25, in the Sierra Quad to provide awareness of health issues and organizations. People are encouraged to participate at the several diverse health stations for a chance to win prizes. The first 250 participants to complete the participation entry form will receive a free week's pass to the Fitness Center. Volunteers also are needed to assist at the event.
fmi-Sonya Scott, (818) 886-3234, or e-mail sonya.scott@

Oviatt Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Oviatt Library will hold a used book sale on the front portico of the library from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed., March 25, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu., March 26. About 4,000 books will be for sale costing $1 and up. Proceeds will benefit the library.
fmi-Cindy Ventuleth, x2635.

Proposition 227 Debate

The Union Programs Council will sponsor a debate on Proposition 227 (ending bilingual education in California) from 6-8 p.m. Wed., March 25, in the Performing Arts Center. Debating will be Ron Unz, chairman, English for the Children initiative campaign, and Alice Callaghan, director, Las Families Del Pueblo, vs. Raul Ruiz, CSUN professor of Chicano studies, and Holli Thier, spokesperson for the No on Proposition 227 campaign. Members of the university community who wish to attend must obtain free tickets at the USU ticket office, starting Mon., March 23. A symposium on Prop. 227, a June 2 ballot initiative, will precede the debate from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the USU Thousand Oaks Room.
fmi-x2731 or x2734.

Ending Violence Against Women

The Student Health Center will host the 1998 Ending Violence Against Women Conference from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu., March 26, in the University Student Union. Many workshops and activities will be offered to enhance public awareness of important issues concerning violence in the community.
fmi-Jean Morrison, (818) 819-4333, or Carole Baxter, x4779.

Healthy Cooking

The Student Health Center will offer a NutriFit healthy cooking demonstration from 5-6:30 p.m. Thu., March 26, at Granada Hills Community Hospital. NutriFit is known for demonstrations that take the mystery out of creating great-tasting, nutritious and convenient food. The cost is $10 per person and will benefit the American Heart Assn., Northwest San Fernando Valley Division. Space is limited. Sign up at the health center or call Barbara Vallaire, x3690.

Technology Roundtable

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will host its next TLT roundtable from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fri., March 27, in the Learning Resource Center Computer Lab, Engineering Field 666B. Faculty who are currently using Internet technologies in teaching CSUN courses will give demonstrations. Refreshments will be served.

Brown Bag Film Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center will show a taped lecture by Cynthia Halpert, registered dietitian, titled "Cancer Malnutrition Care Plan Development," from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tue., March 31, and from noon-1 p.m. Wed., April 1, in Science trailers room 524.

Geological Sciences Lecture

The geological sciences department will host a lecture featuring Scott Paterson of the USC earth sciences department at noon Wed., April 1, in the Science building 1, room 1231. The topic will be "Faults and Plutons: Relatives or Strangers?"

Valley Secession Forum

The Center for Southern California Studies will sponsor a citywide forum, "Secession: What Does It Mean For Us?" from 1:30-3 p.m. Thu., April 2, in the Performing Arts Center. Speaking will be policy specialists, community and business leaders, elected officials and academicians who will address topics such as the San Fernando Valley tax base, governance, water and utilities, employment, local representation and police and fire services.

Getty Center Field Trips

DIG LA (Discover, Inquire and Grow in Los Angeles) will sponsor field trips to the Getty Center from 3-7 p.m. Thu., April 23, and Fri., April 24. A guided tour will be provided and admission and bus transportation are free. Meet at the University Student Union, Office of Student Development. DIG LA is a program dedicated to the enhancement of intercultural communication and appreciation of cultural diversity.
fmi-Vicki Allen or Edita Keshishyan, x2393.

Alumni Assn. Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the CSUN Alumni Assn. will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thu., May 21, in the University Club, Lambs Lounge.


Technology Training

Information and Technology Resources (ITR) offers a variety of free information and technology training workshops to faculty, staff and students. The April workshop schedule is accessible on the web beginning Mon., March 23, at Printed copies will be sent to campus offices. fmi and reservations-x3966 or e-mail

Conflict Mediation Training

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

Language Programs

The College of Extended Learning is offering an accelerated language program 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. Beginning Italian will meet March 27-29 and April 3-5. The fee is $300 for the course, but faculty and staff receive a substantial discount.


Graduating Senior Awards

CSUN will present five graduating seniors with Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards in the amount of $1,000 each during the Honors Convocation, 6 p.m. Tue., May 26, at the University Club. A selection committee comprised of campus, community and alumni representatives will select recipients based on scholarship, personal and community service achievements. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a degree completion date of fall 1997, spring or summer 1998. Candidates must complete an application form and two letters of recommendation by Fri., March 27. Forms are available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Administration Park Dome 702.

Cinco de Mayo Scholarship

The Union Programs Council will sponsor the Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Award this spring. Funds for the award are donated by Latino role models such as Oscar de la Hoya. The award will recognize undergraduate Latino students who have demonstrated financial need, excellence in academics and citizenship at CSUN. Scholarship applications are available in the Financial Aid Office and must be submitted by Mon., March 30. The Cinco de Mayo celebration will relocate from the University Student Union Court of Community to the CSUN North Campus Stadium this year to accommodate established international talent and other Latino performers.
fmi-Rocio Lopez, (818) 887-1363.

Employee of the Year Award

President Blenda J. Wilson will announce the recipient of the second annual Employee of the Year Award at this year's Staff Recognition Ceremony on Thu., May 7. The award recognizes one staff employee each year who has made significant contributions and provided outstanding service to the university, including its auxiliaries--The University Corp., University Student Union, Cal State Northridge Foundation and Associated Students.

Recognition will be awarded to a staff employee who has demonstrated outstanding service in the areas of creativity and/or innovation, initiative, leadership, teamwork and special contributions to the immediate work area or to the university as a whole. The recipient will receive a personalized plaque memorializing the event and a $500 savings account from the Matadors Federal Credit Union. The recipient also will be honored by having a picture taken with Wilson, his/her name engraved on the all-university Employee of the Year perpetual plaque located in the President's trailer and an article about him/her printed in "From the President's Desk" and/or

Any staff member of CSUN and its auxiliaries (excluding faculty and members of the Management Personnel Plan) who has been employed half-time or more for a minimum of two years and has maintained a satisfactory or better work record is eligible. A staff member may be nominated by any supervisor or manager to whom the employee reports directly or indirectly, or by staff or faculty who have direct knowledge of the employee's performance. All nominations must be completed on the nomination form and submitted to Maria Diaz, Office of Human Resource Services (mail drop 8229), by Tue., March 31. The nominated employee's signature must appear on the form to signify that he/she approves of his/her name being submitted for consideration.

In the event that the employee is nominated by someone other than his/her manager or supervisor, an opportunity to sign the nomination form and include any comments will be provided to the manager or supervisor after the awards committee receives and reviews the nomination. The award recipient is selected by an awards committee comprised of two staff representatives and one management representative from each of the four divisional areas.
fmi-Maria Diaz, x3809.

Pre-Doctoral Program

Applications are being accepted for the 1998-99 California Pre-Doctoral Program for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. The program is designed to increase the diversity of CSU students who will continue their studies at the doctoral level and be eligible for faculty positions. A special emphasis will be placed on increasing the number of CSU students who enter graduate programs at University of California institutions. The program provides travel funds for professional meetings, funds for activities such as membership in professional organizations and special research costs. Applications are due in the Office of Graduate Studies by Fri., April 3.
fmi-Office of Graduate Studies, AP Dome 706, or call x2138.

Academic Regalia Rental

Order forms for renting caps and gowns for the 1998 Honors Convocation, May 26, and/or for graduation ceremonies May 28-30, are available by calling the Matador Bookstore at x3624 or x2908. Faculty planning to participate must submit reservations and rental fees by Fri., April 3. Be sure to order early. Regalia is shipped from the East Coast. Late orders will result in additional fees due to added shipping charges. Department secretaries have forms for those who have not received one. Pick-up dates are May 20-25.

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., April 1, and the next committee meeting is Wed., April 15.

Gerontology Scholarship

The Monja Marchand Scholarship Award in Gerontology is being offered by the SAGE (Student, Activity, Growth and Enrichment) Society to an outstanding graduate student or graduating senior whose academic program includes a substantial emphasis on aging. For an application for the $500 award, contact the sociology department in Faculty Office Building room 321, or e-mail Jean Daniels at Deadline is Fri., April 3. The scholarship will be awarded in early May.

Extension Credit Courses

The deadline for submission of proposed courses, workshops and seminars to be offered during fall 1998 through the College of Extended Learning is Fri., April 10. This includes postbaccalaureate, professional courses and workshops developed to upgrade, update or meet license requirements offer additional opportunities, particularly when developed in cooperation with professional organizations.
fmi-Academic Support and Fiscal Management, x4573.

Clubs and Organizations Awards

The 1997-1998 Clubs and Organizations Awards Ceremony will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wed., May 6, in the University Student Union Grand Salon. Award application packets are currently available in the Office of Student Development and International Programs. All chartered clubs and organizations are encouraged to apply. Deadline to submit awards application packets is 5 p.m. Wed., April 15. No applications will be accepted after that time.
fmi-Kelly Kuchenbrod, x2393.

Can Sculpture Contest

Associated Students and the University Recycling Program will sponsor the fifth annual Aluminum Can Sculpture Contest beginning 9 a.m. Thu., April 23, during EarthFair '98. Individuals, groups, clubs and departments are encouraged to enter. Prizes will be awarded, including cash. Anyone submitting a sculpture will receive a one-day pass to the Associated Students/University Student Union Fitness Center. fmi or to enter-Cyndi Signett at x2477 by Fri., April 17, or e-mail

Writing for Publication Workshop

Faculty members are invited to participate in a workshop with Robert Lucas, director, CSUN Institute for Scholarly Productivity, from 8:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Fri., May 8, in Education building room 1214-1216. This opportunity is open to all faculty on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants and there is no fee. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. The workshop is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Registration deadline is Friday, April 24. To register or fmi-x2901.

Spring/Summer 1999 Graduates

Students planning to graduate with a bachelor's degree in the spring or summer of 1999 should apply for graduation by this Fri., May 1. There is a $30 fee. After the deadline, students should not expect their graduation evaluations in time for touch-tone registration or before classes begin for the spring 1999 semester. To apply, students should contact the department of their major and take a copy of the departmental evaluation form to the Admissions and Records Student Information Center, located in the University Student Union, to obtain the graduation application form.

Faculty Fellowships, Stipends

The National Endowment for Humanities announces the availability of faculty fellowships and summer stipends. NEH fellowships provide support for six to 12 months of full-time work on a project that will make a significant contribution to thought and knowledge in the humanities. The application deadline is Fri., May 1. NEH summer stipends support two months of full-time work on projects that will make a significant contribution to the humanities. That application deadline is Oct. 1.
fmi-Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, x2901.

March 23, 1998

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