May 11, 1998 Vol. II, No. 16


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 May 26 issue, the last of the semester, is Mon., May 18.

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

CSU Board of Trustees

Meets 1 p.m. Tue., May 12, and 9 a.m. Wed., May 13, at CSU headquarters, 400 Golden Shore, Long Beach.

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Tue., May 12, in President's Conference Room C.

Graduate Studies Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Tue., May 12, in President's Conference Room B.

Campus Wide Disabilities Issues Board

Meets 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thu., May 14, in President's Conference Room A. Members and guests are welcome to submit agenda items to Ralph McFarland, mail drop 8264, e-mail, or call or fax (818) 677-2684.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2 p.m. Thu., May 14, in the Engineering Auditorium.

CSUN Alumni Assn.

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


Special Education Grants

The special education department has two new grants for students that provide financial support, special learning opportunities and a way to earn credentials faster than the traditional program. They are:
Earn either a preliminary early childhood special education specialist credential (for children with disabilities ages birth, preschool and kindergarten) or a preliminary education specialist mild-moderate or moderate- severe disabilities credential (for children with disabilities grades K-12). For brochures and applications, call the project office at x2534.

Trauma Center Expansion

Cal State Northridge's Valley Trauma Center will expand to the Santa Clarita Valley and is scheduled to open Mon., May 18. The nonprofit center is staffed primarily by trained volunteers who assist assault victims and their families. The new branch will be located at 24359 Walnut St., Suite B, in Newhall. Donated items to help furnish the center will be appreciated.
fmi or to make a donation, (805) 253-1772 or (818) 772-0196.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center needs volunteers for the following events:

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.

Honor Society Inducts 62 Freshmen

Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society for college freshmen, inducted 62 new members into the Cal State Northridge chapter on May 6. Also inducted were two honorary members, William Watkins, assistant vice president for student life, and Carolyn Ellner, dean of the College of Education. The organization was founded in 1923 for freshmen who rank in the upper 20 percent of their class, earned a GPA of 3.5 or above and who are full-time students.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to the following:

Memorial Tree

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.


Nursing Lab Dedication

The department of health sciences nursing program will host a dedication for a nursing resource lab at 10:30 a.m. Mon., May 11, in the Engineering Building, room 2223. Kaiser Permanente has donated money to enable the nursing program to buy equipment for the laboratory. Kaiser representatives will be attending the dedication.

Estate Planning Seminar

The University Foundation will sponsor a seminar on estate planning for faculty, staff and retirees from 1-3 p.m. Tue., May 12, in the University Club, Lamb's Lounge. Guest speaker will be Philip Magaram, certified specialist in tax, probate, estate planning and trust law, California Board of Legal Specialization, and a member of the CSUN Foundation Board of Directors. Magaram will provide tips on maximizing an estate, including personal and family trusts, tax strategies and planned giving techniques.

Reception for Carolyn Ellner

President Blenda J. Wilson and Provost Louanne Kennedy invite the campus community to celebrate the retirement of Dean Carolyn Ellner, College of Education, after 16 years of service, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tue., May 12, in the University Club.

Honored Faculty Reception

This year's Honored Faculty Reception will be held Thu., May 14, in the USU Grand Salon. A buffet breakfast at 9 a.m. will be followed by the awards ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Honorees will be recognized for reaching emeritus status. Faculty celebrating 25 years of teaching in the CSU also will be honored. Additional honored faculty will receive awards for outstanding professor; distinguished teaching; creativity; advancement of teaching effectiveness and scholarly publications. For reservations, call the Faculty Senate office at x3263.

Festival Educacional '98

The North Los Angeles County Regional Center, La Nueva Esperanza Parent Support Group and CSUN's Family Focus Resource Center will host Festival Educacional '98, their 11th annual educational conference, entitled Retos y Logros/Challenges and Accomplishments, from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat., May 16, in the USU's Northridge Room.
fmi-(818) 756-6216.

Goodwill Donation Drive

As the spring semester ends, the time has come for packing, moving and recycling. The University Recycling Program, an Associated Students program, and Goodwill Industries will be collecting items at CSUN for the annual Check-Out Donation Drive from Sat., May 16, through Sun., May 31. The donation drive is geared to students "checking out" of the dorms and will give everyone a chance to recycle household items that are no longer needed. By allowing Goodwill to reuse donated items, funds raised will provide job training and vocational rehabilitation programs for participants with physical and developmental disabilities. Donations will be accepted at the northeast corner of Lindley Avenue and Lassen Street with an attendant on duty daily, from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. to issue receipts for tax purposes.
fmi-Cyndi Signett, x2477.

MPA Open House

The University Library is presenting an evening of classic The College of Extended Learning's Master of Public Administration program will host an open house from 5-7 p.m. Wed., May 20, in Sierra Hall room 202. Program directors will be available to answer questions about the MPA summer session offered at CSUN. The MPA is a graduate degree program aimed at individuals in the public and non-profit sectors who want to improve management or supervisory skills. An open house also will be held at CSUN's Ventura campus, 2151 Alessandro Drive, Suite 140, from 5-7 p.m. Thu., May 21.

Backyard Composting Workshop

CSUN will host a Los Angeles backyard composting workshop on campus from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., May 30, in Parking Lot C. The event will be an opportunity to provide positive outreach to the community as well as the campus.
fmi-Cyndi Signett, x2477.

Spiritual Care for Seriously Ill

Issues of spiritual care for the seriously ill and dying persons will be examined during a four-session workshop, Thu., June 4; Tue., June 30; Mon., July 27, and Tue., Aug. 4, at the University Club. The sessions will run from 8-11 a.m. each day.

Titled "Coming Alongside People: Helping Community Clergy Care for the Seriously Ill," the workshop is aimed primarily at community and hospital-based clergy, seminary students, health care students and health care providers. It is sponsored by the CSUN health sciences department, Kaiser Permanente's continuing care department, Encino/Tarzana Regional Medical Center, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Providence Health Systems and the Valley Interfaith Council.

Cost (including continental breakfast) is $15 per session or $45 for all four sessions. To register, call x7175. The topics are as follows:


Women's Center Board

The Women's Center is searching for faculty and staff interested in serving on an advisory board. The organization presents many educational programs and offers various support groups, in addition to maintaining an extensive resource center and library. The operation is student-directed and has always relied on faculty and staff support. For the 1998-99 academic year, the center is interested in re-establishing the Women's Center Advisory Board. Deadline for sending inquiries to Vicki Allen, Student Development & International Programs, is Fri., May 15.
fmi-x2393 or e-mail

Postsecondary Education Fund

The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) invites the directors of innovative postsecondary education programs that became fully institutionalized between 1988 and 1997 to apply for funds to disseminate work by becoming mentors to institutions committed to adapting their models. FIPSE considers a project to be fully institutionalized if it is funded by the college or university, permanently integrated into the administrative structure of the institution, and expected to continue into the foreseeable future. The application deadline is Fri., June 5, and awards will be in the $100,000 range. fmi-Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, x2901.

Faculty Summer Stipends

The National Endowment for Humanities announces the availability of faculty summer stipends. 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.

May 11, 1998

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