April 13, 1998 Vol. II, 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 the April 27 issue is Mon., April 20.

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

Committee on Extended Learning

Meets 3:15 p.m. Wed., April 15, in the College of Extended Learning's executive conference room.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2 p.m. Thu., April 16, in the Engineering Auditorium.

Presidential Advisory Board on Equity and Diversity

Meets 2-3:30 p.m. Fri., April 17, in the Building S conference room.

USU Board of Directors

Meets 5:30 p.m. Mon., April 20, in the Satellite Student Union Pieza de Celis Room.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2:15-4 p.m. Wed., April 22, in Education Building 1214-1216.

CSUN Alumni Assn.

Annual meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thu., May 21, in the University Club, Lambs Lounge.


Department Name Changes

Name changes for two academic departments have been approved by CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson. The department of foreign languages and literatures has been changed to the department of modern and classical languages and literatures. The department of speech communication has been changed to the department of communication studies. The changes also were approved by Provost Louanne Kennedy and the Educational Policies Committee.

Free Tax Services

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is offering free tax services through April 15 for anyone earning 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. The VITA program is available at 18 locations, with afternoon and evening hours.
fmi-Kapil Jain, (818) 709-6430.

Directory Recycling

The 1998 CSUN telephone directories are being distributed. The 1997 directories can be recycled and picked up by campus mail (no envelope required) through April 30.
fmi-Cyndi Signett, x2477.

Poets Competition

Comprehensive examinations for master's degree candidates in The English department is now accepting submissions for the 1998 Academy of American Poets competition. A $100 prize 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.

Susan Curzon Review

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

Summer Session Registration

The College of Extended Learning sponsors the summer session program at the Northridge and Ventura campuses, with hundreds of credit classes offered in three separate sessions beginning Mon., June 1. Mail-in registration is now underway. Other summer programs offered are certificate programs, test preparation classes and the master of public administration program. Catalogs are available at the College of Extended Learning office, Bookstore Complex room 100, at the main entrance of the bookstore.

Jewish Religious Holidays

Provost Louanne Kennedy asks that faculty and staff be sensitive to students' religious obligations when scheduling course deadlines and activities during the Jewish Passover holiday, which began April 11. Special observances will occur on the last two days of Passover on Fri. and Sat., April 17-18. Campus policy permits eligible students to reschedule tests without penalty.

History Exams

The two-part comprehensive exam for the master's program in history is scheduled Fri., April 17, for degree candidates' first area of study, and Fri., April 24, for the second area of study. To take the exam, students who complete all other program requirements must be enrolled in History 697 during the semester they take the exam and can be enrolled in the class only once. For master's candidates who choose the thesis option, the area or special focus proficiency exam will be given Fri., April 17. Students should arrange the oral exam for the thesis with their three-person thesis committee.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center needs volunteers for the following events:

Night Safety Walk

The Public Safety Advisory Board will conduct a night safety walk on campus at 7 p.m. Wed., April 22, starting at the University Park Apartments, building 14, south parking lot. The purpose is to identify potential hazards and recommend improvements for preventing accidents and injuries. The walk takes one hour. Volunteers are needed.

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. 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.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to Carolyn Barbian (Kinesiology) and her family on the loss of her father.

Friends of Grace Olson, a former CSUN employee, will be 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).


Brown Bag Film Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center will show the films "Phytochemicals" and "Vegetarian Facts and Myths," from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tue., April 14, and from noon-1 p.m. Wed., April 15, in Science trailers room 524.

Geological Sciences Lecture

The geological sciences department and the Geology Club will sponsor a lecture entitled "Mammoth Hunting on Southern California's Channel Islands," featuring Larry Agenbroad of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, at noon Wed., April 15, in Science 2, room 2132.

Kenneth Devol Memorial

The Cal State Northridge journalism department will honor the late Kenneth Devol, chair of the department from 1969-81, during a memorial reception and program from 5-8 p.m. Fri., April 17, at the University Club. The evening's theme is "Celebration of a Life: The Teaching and Scholarship of Kenneth Devol." Devol was a CSUN journalism faculty member for 30 years. Donations to a memorial scholarship fund established in his honor can be made by check payable to the CSUN journalism department.

Empowering Relationships

The California Assn. of Marriage and Family Therapists and CSUN's Center in Educational Psychology will sponsor a workshop, "Secrets of Success: Discover the Path to Better Relationships," from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. April 18, in the Business Education complex. The event will consist of various workshops and speakers. Registration is $20 for students and $35 for non-students. Participants will receive a free breakfast and a boxed lunch.
fmi-(818) 782-6869.

DIG LA Field Trips

DIG LA (Discover, Inquire and Grow in Los Angeles), sponsored by Student Development and International Programs, will host field trips to the Chumash Interpretive Center, Getty Center, Museum of Television and Radio and the Deaf West Theatre. The trips are open to students, faculty and staff, and are scheduled as follows: Meet at the University Student Union, Office of Student Development, for all departures.

USU's 20th Anniversary

Various events are scheduled the week of Mon., April 20, through Sun., April 26, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the University Student Union. The schedule is as follows: Mon., April 20 fmi-x6023.

Campus Budget Forums

The University Budget Advisory Board will hold university-wide budget forums from 11 a.m.-noon and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thu., April 23, in the Performing Arts Center.

Work-Study Program Meeting

All departments planning to participate in the Work-Study Program during the 1998/99 academic year must send a representative to the annual Work-Study Program meeting from 3:30-5 p.m. Thu., April 23, in the Business Lecture Hall. Important changes and program requirements will be introduced and discussed. Departments not represented may not be able to participate in the program for the next academic year.
fmi-Josie Carbajal, x3875.

Hazmobile Collection

The University Recycling Program, sponsored by Associated Students and CSUN, will host the city of Los Angeles Hazmobile Collection Program on Thu., Fri. and Sat., April 23-25. The hazmobile will be located in Parking Lot T3 near the corner of Lindley Avenue and Lemarsh Street from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. This is a drive-through collection of household hazardous waste; reservations are recommended but not required. Call 1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942) Monday to Friday to make a reservation.

A two-hour block, 7-9 a.m., has been reserved on Thursday and Friday just for CSUN faculty, staff and students to deliver products prior to opening for the public. CSUN identification required. Household hazardous waste includes paint, motor oil, pesticides, cleaners and other household chemicals labeled toxic, corrosive, flammable, irritant or poison.
fmi-Cyndi Signett, x2477.

Retirement Reception

Louanne Kennedy, provost and vice president for academic affairs, invites the university community to join her for a celebration marking the retirement of Don Cameron after many years of service at 4 p.m. Thu., April 23, in the University Club. Cameron is the former associate vice president for faculty affairs who has been serving as special assistant to the provost.

Technology Roundtable

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will host a TLT roundtable from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fri., April 24, in the Learning Resource Center Computer Lab, Engineering Field 666B. The topic will be "Envisioning Future Technological Innovations at CSUN." Faculty and staff are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Portfolio Review

The Student Advertising Graphics Assn. (SAGA) will present a portfolio review on Fri., April 24, in room 103 of the Art Design Center. The event will begin with an 11 a.m.-noon reception followed by the portfolio review. Professional graphic designers will critique graphic design majors' portfolios. Graphic design majors should sign up for an appointment for the critique in the graphics lab.

5K Jog/Walk-A-Thon

The Educational Opportunity Program will host its first annual 5K Jog/Walk-a-Thon at 8 a.m. Sat., April 25, in the Sierra Quad. Funds raised will benefit low-income, first-generation and environmentally disadvantaged CSUN students. For a registration form call x4151.

Cinco de Mayo Concert

Cal State Northridge will observe Cinco de Mayo with a noon concert Wed., April 29, in the USU Court of Community. Featured performers will include Beatrice Montez and Tierra. A larger event, previously scheduled for May 2 at the North Campus stadium, has been canceled.
fmi-(818) 505-1361.

Meet the Judges Forum

The political science department will sponsor "Cross-Examine the Judges Night" from 7-9 p.m. Wed., April 29, in the University Student Union Grand Salon. A panel of Los Angeles County Superior Court judges from the Van Nuys and San Fernando courts will answer the public's questions about how the courts work.
fmi-x3488 or x3476.

Medical Imaging Lecture

Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles of the UCLA Center for the Study of the Evolution of Life and the Art Center College of Design will present the next Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program Lecture from 4-5:30 p.m. Wed., April 29, in the University Student Union's Grand Salon. Her topic will be "Bullets and Bones, Psychics and Psychiatrists: Medical Imaging and the Law."

Northwest Family Fiesta

CSUN will co-sponsor "Northwest Family Fiesta," a Cinco de Mayo celebration, with the Northridge and Chatsworth chambers of commerce and the Valley Cultural Center, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., May 3, at the Chatsworth Train Depot (old depot plaza road). There will be food, entertainment, children's hands-on art activities, arts and crafts exhibits and demonstrations, pony rides, children's dance performances and more. Entertainers will include Infantil Aguila Azteca Mariachis, Mariachi Sol Azteca, Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana, San Fernando Gardens Folklorico and the U.S. Navy Mariachi Band. Booths are available and volunteers are needed. Admission is free.
fmi-(818) 341-2428.


Tax Shelter Annuity

The Office of Human Resource Services will sponsor a tax shelter annuity presentation and tax law changes seminar featuring Ben Maltese, a certified financial planner representing MetLife Resources. Maltese will explain recent changes to the tax law and tax shelter annuities from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wed., April 15, in the College of Business Administration and Economics, room 1107.
fmi-Jean Gearing, x3810.


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's Grand Salon. Awards application packets are 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 at 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, x2477, by Fri., April 17, or e-mail csignett@csun.edu.,

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. 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 Fri., April 24.
To register or fmi-x2901.

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 29, and the next committee meeting is Wed., May 13.

Experts Directory Update

The Office of Public Relations is updating the university's Experts Directory. Anyone who wants to be included in the new edition or make changes to their existing entry should contact public relations at x2130 for a copy of an experts survey. Changes or new submissions should be submitted by May 1.

The directory helps news media find the experts they need quickly and easily. It lists an array of faculty members whose expertise can enhance media coverage on a variety of subjects. The experts are grouped by general topics of interest to journalists, not by academic discipline or department. An updated directory is done once a year.

Employee Fee Waiver

State employees interested in participating in the Employee Fee Waiver or Faculty Dependent/Spouse Fee Waiver Programs for fall 1998 should contact Carol Hallenbeck, x2173 or e-mail feewaiver@csun.edu for an application/enrollment packet. Packets will be sent automatically to continuing participants in both programs. The application deadline for new participants and continuing participants with changes in admission status is Fri., May 1. Deadline for continuing participants is Wed., June 24. The fee deadline is also June 24. Participants in the Faculty Dependent/Spouse Fee Waiver Program should follow the deadline and procedures in the schedule of classes and their fee waiver packet. The fee waiver program is located in the Office of Human Resource Services in Administration Park 702. Hours are 8 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday.
fmi- carol.hallenbeck@csun.edu, or feewaiver@csun.edu.

Spring/Summer 1999 Graduates

Students planning to graduate with a bachelor's degree in spring or summer 1999 should apply for graduation by 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. The application deadline is Oct. 1.
fmi-Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, x2901.


April 13, 1998

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