Oct. 20, 1997 Vol. II, No. 5


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 is noon on Monday one week before the issue appears. The deadline for the next issue of Nov. 3 is Mon., Oct. 27.

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 sending them to mail drop 8242, faxing them to (818) 677-4937, or e-mailing them to pubinfo@exec.csun.edu. E-mail is the preferred method of submitting. Note: fmi-means for more information.

Public Meetings

Task Force on Intercollegiate Athletics

Meets 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 and 27, in the Fernandeno Room of the Satellite Student Union, corner of Lassen Street and Zelzah Avenue.

Faculty Executive Committee

Meets at 1 p.m. Thu., Oct. 23, in President's Conference Room A.

Campus Wide Disabilities Issues Board

Meets from 2-4 p.m. Thu., Oct. 23, in President's Conference Room C. fmi- x2684.

Parking Committee

Meets at 3:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 23, in President's Conference Room B.

North Campus Board

Meets from 2-4 p.m. Fri., Oct. 31, in President's Conference Room A.

Statewide Academic Senate

Meets 1:30-5 p.m. Thu., Nov. 6, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., Nov. 7, at CSU headquarters in Long Beach.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2 p.m. Thu., Nov. 6, in the Engineering Auditorium.


Jewish Religious Holidays

Provost Louanne Kennedy asks that faculty and staff be sensitive to students' religious obligations when scheduling course deadlines and activities. Many Orthodox and Conservative Jewish students will observe the religious festival of Sukkot on Thu. and Fri., Oct. 23-24. Campus policy permits eligible students to reschedule tests or exams without penalty. fmi-x2957.

University Budget Advisory Board

UBAB will hold a special meeting from 2-4 p.m. Wed., Oct. 29, in the Business building, room 2224. The primary purpose concerns the key principles for the 1998-99 budget process.

Archaeological Field Trip

The anthropology department will sponsor a fall field trip to a new archaeological research site in La Paz, Mexico, from Fri., Oct. 31 to Mon., Nov. 3. The cost is $575 per person, double occupancy, or $659 per person, single occupancy. The cost also includes round-trip airfare, one group dinner, van transportation to Cabo San Lucas and other selected points of interest. fmi- x3331.

History Master's Degree Exams

Comprehensive examinations for master's degree candidates in history will be administered as follows: Nov. 7, first area; Nov. 14, second area. Students who complete all other program requirements must be enrolled in History 697 during the semester that they take their M.A. exams and may enroll in the class only once. fmi- Sue Mueller, x3566.

Time Pledges Needed

The Office of Students with Disabilities Resources welcomes pledges for leave of catastrophic illness for clerical supervisor Diane Madjid. fmi- x2684.

Entertainment Discount Books

The 1998 entertainment 50 percent discount books for the greater Los Angeles area are available at the Center of Achievement for Physically Disabled, Kinesiology 156. Prices are $30 to $40. Funds raised benefit the center. fmi-x2182 or x3462.

Treadmill Fitness Assessment

The exercise physiology lab in the kinesiology department will conduct physician-monitored treadmill exams for 50 to 75-year-old sedentary males. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Tsukuba in Japan where a regression equation is being developed for the prediction of fitness for the male population. A limited number of exams will be conducted in Oct. and Nov. fmi- Hossein Azimi at (310) 264-9965 or e-mail steven.loy@csun.edu.

Focus on Violence

The Center for the Study of the Effects of Secondary Violence, affiliated with University Counseling Services, will conduct two-hour focus groups to explore thoughts, feelings and observations regarding violence. Sessions are held at the University Park Apartments, building 14, fourth floor. Faculty and staff who are interested must call to set a time. fmi- x2366 or x7834.


Mathematical Physics Lecture

Chun Wa Wong from the UCLA physics department will give a talk, "The Bohr-Einstein Photon-weighing Debate," at 3:45 p.m. Mon., Oct. 20, in Science 1124. fmi-x2721 or e-mail David Klein, david.klein@csun.edu.

Lectures by Cancer Experts

The biology department and the Center for Cancer and Developmental Biology are sponsoring a series of free lectures on cancer by experts in the field from 6-7:40 p.m. Mondays in Science, room 2132. The tentative schedule is: The lectures--open to the CSUN community, faculty and staff--are part of a course taught by Steve Oppenheimer.

Computerized Language Treatment Seminar

Paula Tallal, a researcher at Rutgers University, will present a talk, "High-Tech Hope for Children with Learning Disabilities," from 7-9 p.m. Mon., Oct. 20, at the University Student Union Performing Arts Center. Tallal and her associates have developed Fast ForWord, a computerized treatment of language-based learning disabilities. Tallal's talk is sponsored by the International Dyslexia Assn. and CSUN Students with Disabilities Resources. The cost is $8 for IDA members and $12 at the door.fmi- x2684.

Brown Bag Films Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center Brown Bag Film Series will have a free film showing on Tue., Oct. 21, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and Wed., Oct. 22, from 1-2 p.m., featuring "A Quick Look at Consumer Safe Food Handling," "Set Your Sights-ADA," and "Smart Supermarket Shopping with the New Food Label." The center is now located in Science trailer 524. fmi- x3102.

Student Leaders Rally for Athletics

Leaders of the Associated Students will hold a rally in support of CSUN's athletic programs on Tue., Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. in the University Student Union's Grand Salon. "We want the administration to understand that if they can cut the four proposed men's programs, we [Associated Students] can cut the funding to athletics," said Jon Hatemi, A.S. vice president. fmi- x2477.

Chemistry Seminar Series

The chemistry department will conduct seminars on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Science 2228 as follows: fmi-x3381.

Geological Sciences Lecture Series

The geological sciences department and the Geology Club will sponsor a lecture featuring Katrin Hafner and Julie Norris of the Caltech Seismology Laboratory speaking on the topic, "Crust and Upper Mantle ™Structure Beneath Southern California," at noon Wed., Oct. 22, in Science 1231. fmi-x3541.

Teaching, Learning and Technology

The Cyber-7 and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will sponsor a teaching, learning and technology roundtable from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24, in the Matador Bookstore complex room 102. The topic is "Enhancing Student Discussions Through the Internet-A Demonstration and Pedagogical Discussion of Two Internet Technologies." All interested faculty and staff are welcome. fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x7892, or Steven Stepanek, x2799.

Family Focus Seminars

The Family Focus Resource Center will hold programs for students, faculty, families and staff in the Education building as follows:

Multiracial Americans Conference

The Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC) will hold their 10th annual conference, "Kaleidoscope," at CSUN from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25, in the University Student Union's Grand Salon. The conference, with the theme "Building Bridges: Racial Harmony 2000," will address biracial and multi- racial identity, social reaction to mixed marriages, relations among ethnic groups and other topics. Speakers will include Maria Root, editor of "Racially Mixed People in America;" Paul Spickard, author of "Mixed Blood: Intermarriage & Ethnic Identity in the 20th Century;" and Teresa Kay Williams, editor of "No Passing Zone: The Artistic and Discursive Voices of Asian-Descent Multiracials." Admission is $50, $75 for couples, $25 for students over 18, $20 for students 13-17. Child care will be provided for ages 3-12 for $10. fmi-(310) 836-1535.

Night Safety Walk

The Public Safety Advisory Board will conduct a "Night Safety Walk" of the campus at 5 p.m. Tue., Oct. 28, 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. Walks are one to two hours. All members of the campus community are encouraged to participate. fmi- x2201.

Consumer Sciences Career Conference

CSUN will host the Family and Consumer Sciences Career Conference from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri., Oct. 31. The conference, free and open to the public, is aimed at those interested in consumer affairs, interior design, nutrition, home economics and other career areas. Participants who did not pre-register will be accommodated on a space available basis. Sponsors are the CSUN family environmental sciences department, the American Assn. of Family and Consumer Sciences and The Career Center. fmi- x3846 or e-mail carita.delvalle@csun.edu.

Breath Walk/Run & Games

The American Lung Assn. and CSUN will host a 5K Breath Walk n' Run and the 1997 Breath Games, a series of track and field activities for children with asthma, on Sat., Nov. 1, on the CSUN campus. Registration for the 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. and the breath games begin at 9 a.m. The games will feature an appearance by Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson. CSUN students can compete for $1,000 or $500 scholarships by signing up participants for the 5K walk and run. Scholarship contest rules are available in Kinesiology 250. fmi-Steven Loy, x3220, or Julie Golgert, x7518.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center needs volunteers at the following events: fmi-x2871.

Ugo Spirito Conference

The Italian section of the foreign languages and literatures department and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles will sponsor a conference on philosopher Ugo Spirito from noon-2:30 p.m. Mon., Nov. 3, in the University Student Union's Santa Clarita Room. Speaking will be Enzo Coniglio of the Italian Institute presenting "Theroy and Praxis in Spirito's Thought Between World War I and World War II," and Giovanni Dessi of the Universita di Roma who will present "Ugo Spirito between Fascism and Communism." fmi- x3467 or x3580.

Beck Teaching Forum

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching invites faculty and staff to the Beck Teaching Forum: A Showcase of Instructional Development Projects, from 2-4 p.m. Fri., Nov. 7, at the University Club. The event will feature this year's Judge Julian Beck award recipients who will receive up to $5,000 for projects that promote student learning at CSUN. fmi-x7892, x2857 or x7586.


Computer Literacy Classes

The Office of Academic Technology offers free computer literacy classes to students.

fmi-x3970 or x7809.

Defensive Driving

Defensive driving classes will be offered Wed., Oct. 22, from 8-11:30 a.m. and again from 1-4:30 p.m. in the Balboa Room of the University Student Union. Faculty, staff and student employees who drive a state vehicle (including carts) for their work must complete this class. Note: this class no longer needs to be repeated every four years. Space is limited. fmi and reservations- Environmental Health and Safety Office, Rami De Los Reyes, x2401.

Conflict Mediation Training

Conflict mediation training will be held Thu., Oct. 23 and 30, 9 a.m.-noon, in the University Park Apartments, building 14, room 317. Instructor is Tony Johnson, coordinator, Dispute Resolution Center, University Counseling Services. Anyone is welcome. fmi-x2366.

Spanish for the Workplace

Beginning Oct. 25, the "Spanish for the Workplace" series of language courses will be available at the CSUN Ventura Campus on four consecutive Saturdays. The first two courses offered will be Spanish for teachers and medical Spanish for the workplace. Both courses meet four times for four hours and carry continuing education credit. The cost for enrollment in each course is $80. fmi or for registration materials-(805) 654-4575.

On-line Tutorials

The information and technology training schedule for November will be available on-line Mon., Oct. 27. The on-line tutorials are available on both types of campus computers. It is assumed that participants are already somewhat familiar with the Windows or Macintosh environment. Tutorials included are office systems, Internet-related, multi-media, electronic resource access and document delivery. fmi-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 fall semester. Each workshop consists of two two-hour sessions during consecutive weeks and will be held in Engineering Field 666B. Enrollment is limited to 20 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Enroll by e-mailing hflrc007@csun.edu or calling the Learning Resource Center, x2033.

Upcoming workshops are as follows:

University Counseling Services

A variety of groups/workshops for the fall 1997 semester is 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. and 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.


Budget Advisory Board Nominations

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson is requesting nominations for a staff representative to the University Budget Advisory Board. Nominations for an appointment during the 1997-98 fiscal year should be sent to the President's Office, mail drop 8230, by Tue., Oct. 21. The board will review budgetary information, projections, strategies and plans related to the university's support budget, and may provide recommendations to help ensure that the approved budget is consistent with CSUN's institutional mission and purpose.

Alumni Breakfast Seminar

Accounting professor Ronald Stone and Gary Auer, senior supervisory resident agent for the FBI, Ventura and Lancaster, will present "White Collar Crime in the '90's: Fraud Detection and Prosecution from 7:30-9 a.m. Thu., Oct. 30, in the University Club. Space is limited. RSVP by Fri., Oct. 24. The breakfast seminar is sponsored by the College of Business Administration and Economics and the CSUN Alumni Assn. fmi-x3621

Employee Fee Waiver

State employees interested in participating in the Employee Fee Waiver or Faculty Dependent/Spouse Fee Waiver programs for spring 1998 should contact Carol Hallenbeck, x2173 or feewaiver@csun.edu, for an application-enrollment packet. Packets will be sent automatically to continuing participants in both programs. Application deadlines are Fri., Oct. 24, for new participants in the employee fee waiver program and continuing participants with changes in admission status. Deadline for continuing participants is Thu., Nov. 20. The fee deadline is Nov. 20. Participants in the Faculty Dependent/Spouse Fee Waiver program should follow the deadlines and procedures in the schedule of classes and their fee waiver packet. However, undergraduate admissions have been closed to the Faculty Dependent/Spouse program. Graduate applications should be submitted to Human Resource Services as soon as possible. The fee waiver program is located in the Office of Human Resource Services in Administration Park, Dome 702. Hours are 8 a.m.-noon Mon.-Fri.

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. Deadlines for submission of protocols and the upcoming committee meeting schedule are as follows:
Deadline: Wed., Oct. 29. Meeting Date: Wed., Nov. 12.

Faculty Support Program

The Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs is seeking applications for the faculty support program. Deadline is Mon., Nov. 3. The program assists probationary faculty in meeting qualifications for retention, tenure or promotion by providing a limited number of faculty release time assignments during the spring 1998 semester. Applications are available in the Office of Graduate Studies, located in Administration Park, Dome 706. fmi- x2138.

Science Research Fellowships

Graduate research and minority graduate fellowships programs are available through the National Science Foundation. Application deadline is Thu., Nov. 6, in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. This program provides stipends of up to $15,000 to help defray the costs of graduate school. Eligibility is limited to those who have completed no more than 20 semester hours of graduate study in the sciences or engineering. fmi-x2901.

Advances in Obesity

The "Advances in Obesity Management" workshop sponsored by the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics will be held from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., Nov. 21 at the Red Lion Hotel Los Angeles Airport in Culver City. Deadline for pre-registration is Fri., Nov. 7. Fee is $65. On-site fee is $80. Student-intern rates also are available. Lunch is included. fmi-x3102.

Student Project Grants

The University Corporation's Student Projects Committee is accepting proposals for funding student projects. Deadline is 5 p.m. Mon., Nov. 17, with no exceptions. Application forms are available in the University Corporation's executive office, second floor, Matador Bookstore complex. fmi-x2906.


"Dear ADA" Advice

The Students with Disabilities Resources program (SDR) wans to increase awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). "Dear ADA" describes how to make student services more accessible through the act. SDR invited employee questions about how to meet the needs of students with disabilities in classes or departments under the 1991 law. Submit questions to: "Dear ADA" at Students with Disabilities, mail drop 8264. Answers will appar in this publication.

Dear ADA: I've been reading articles in the media on the need for new definiations for learning disabilities (LD). Can you give me an appropriate definition of LD.

--A concerned instructor

Dear Concerned: Jennifer Zvi, a specialist in the Disabilities Resources Program, says the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities defines LD as a generic term for learning limitations that are reasonably grouped. She refers to this group as a mixed collection of disorders characterized by significant difficulties in the acquisition and/or the use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning or mathematical skills.

They control the way that individuals collect, process and transmit information. The primary cause of these disorders is a dysfunction in the central nervous system. The effects of these disorders can be as debilitating as any other physical disability such as cerebal palsy or blindness. Individuals with an LD condition are not retarded, as their I.Q.'s range from average to very superior. For more information, contact Lee Axelrod or Jennifer Zvi at x2684.


October 20, 1997

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