Oct. 6, 1997 Vol. II, No. 4


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 Oct. 20 is Mon., Oct. 13.

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. Mon., Oct. 6 and 13, in the University Student Union.

Faculty Senate

Holds an open forum on campus planning issues. 2 p.m. Thu., Oct. 9, in the Engineering Auditorium. The regular Senate meeting was canceled.

University Student Union Board

Meets 5:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 13, in the Satellite Student Union, Pieza de Celis Room. fmi-x2491.

Faculty Executive Committee

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


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 following Jewish holidays: Yom Kippur on Fri. evening, Oct. 10, and all day Sat., Oct. 11. In addition, many Orthodox and Conservative Jewish students will observe the religious festival of Sukkot on Thu. and Fri., Oct. 16-17, and Oct. 23-24. Campus policy permits eligible students to reschedule tests or exams without penalty. fmi-x2957.

Students with Disabilities Resources

The Students with Disabilities Resources (SDR) program wants to increase the university community's awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). "Dear ADA" describes how to make student services more accessible through the act. SDR invites individuals to submit questions about how they can meet the needs of students with disabilities in their classes or departments under the 1991 law. Submit questions to: "Dear ADA" at Students with Disabilities, mail drop 8264. Answers will appear in future editions of this publication's FYI column.

Gross Pay Report Available

A copy of the Report of Gross Pay for Fiscal Year 1996-97 for all active and on-leave state employees at CSUN for the period July 1, 1996, through June 30, 1997, is available at the reference desk in the Oviatt Library. fmi-x2118.

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.

New Policy Items

On Sept. 19, President Blenda J. Wilson signed the following policy items:

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. University Park Apartments, building 14, fourth floor. Faculty and staff who are interested must call to set a time. fmi- x2366 or 7834.


Brown Bag Film Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center Brown Bag Film Series will show two free films: Tue., Oct. 7, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., "7 Most Popular Weight Management Facts and Myths," and on Wed., Oct. 8, from 1-2 p.m., "Taste and Global Poverty: From Despair to Solutions." Note new location in the Science trailers, room 524, near the orange grove. fmi x3102.

Student Health Fair

The CSUN Student Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed., Oct. 8, in Sierra Quad. Advice about nutrition, physical fitness, stress management and more will be available. There will be drawings for free membership to the AS Fitness Center, bookstore prizes and other free gifts. fmi-Darlene Eubanks, x3600.

Geological Sciences Lecture Series

The geological sciences department and the Geology Club will sponsor a lecture featuring Shinji Takarada, Geological Survey of Japan, speaking on the topic, "Transportation Mechanisms of the 1991-1996 Pryoclastic Flows at Unzen Volcano Japan," at noon Wed., Oct. 8, in Science 1231. fmi-x3541.

Faculty Personnel Workshop

The Northridge chapter of the California Faculty Assn. will conduct a workshop for faculty involved in the personnel process from 2-4 p.m. Wed., Oct. 8, in the Speech Communication building, second floor conference room. Those considered for retention, promotion and tenure will benefit from the workshop. Relevant sections of Administrative Manual Section 600 will be reviewed. fmi-x2857 or e-mail to elizabeth.berry@csun.edu.

Chemistry Seminar Series

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

Philosophical Perspectives

CSUN will host its sixth annual Philosophical Perspectives Lecture at 3 p.m. Fri., Oct. 10, in Sierra Hall, room 222. Tyler Burge, UCLA professor of philosophy, will present "Computer Proof, Apriori Knowledge and Other Minds." fmi-x2757.

Social Development Seminar

The Family Focus Resource Center will host a seminar and training from 10 a.m. to noon on Sat., Oct. 11, in the Education building, room 3118. Diane Cullinane, developmental pediatrician medical director, Pasadena Child Development Associates, will present "Social Development/ Friendship-Making in Elementary Special Education and the Outside World" geared toward ages 3-12. Child care available if requested in advance. fmi or to RSVP-Laura Taylor, x7063.

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.

Systemwide Internal Partnership

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson and Vice Provost Susan Curzon will host an open campus forum to explain, discuss and answer questions regarding the upcoming Systemwide Internal Partnership (SIP) Initiative from 2-4 p.m., Tue., Oct. 14, at the University Student Union's Performing Arts Center. This Chancellor's Office initiative is intended to join the CSU system and major technology corporations in a partnership to build out and support the technological infrastructure of all the CSU campuses. The campus community is invited to attend. fmi x2271.

CalPERS Open Enrollment

During the CalPERS open enrollment, which continues through Oct. 15, all eligible state employees can enroll in a state group health, dental and/or a FlexCash plan for the first time, change plans or add eligible dependents. fmi-x3810.

PSSI Discussion Session

Members of the CSU Statewide Academic Senate will be on campus from 2-5 p.m. Thu., Oct. 16, in the Santa Clarita Room of the University Student Union to gather information on the Performance Salary Step Increase (PSSI) package in the next faculty contract.

Black Men's Conference

The second annual Black Men's Conference will begin at 9 a.m. Sat., Oct. 18, in the University Student Union. This year's theme is "Thinking Globally for the 21st Century." Keynote speaker at 3:45 p.m. will be Amen Rahh of the Cal State Long Beach black studies department. Also speaking at 9:40 a.m. will be Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. Among topics to be discussed are black stereotypes in the media, understanding the black woman and economic empowerment. The event is sponsored by the Black Student Union and USU. fmi-x2491.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center is seeking volunteers for the Health Choice American Heart 5K Walk at 7 a.m. Sun., Oct. 19, in Lot C at CSUN. fmi- x2871.

Job Career Festival

The Career Center is sponsoring its biannual Job Festival from 10 a.m. a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., Oct. 20, in the University Student Union. More than 150 employers are expected to participate. Seminars on making job fairs work, resume writing and interview techniques will be available prior to the fair. fmi- x2878.

University Women's Club

The CSUN Women's Club will hold a membership party on Mon., Oct. 20, at the home of Lee and Ernest Velardi. For reservations, call (818) 349-2701.

Mathematical Physics Lecture

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

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 Bookstore Complex, room 102. The goal is to enhance teaching and learning through the integration of technology. All faculty and staff are welcome. fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x7892, or Steven Stepanek, x2799.

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.

Southern Exposure

The two remaining lectures in history professor Ron Davis' Southern Exposure series will be on Sat., Nov. 1 and Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Club. The lectures may be taken in conjunction with a trip to Mississippi. fmi-x4330.


Success Over Stress

The University Counseling Services is holding its "First Monday: Success Over Stress" workshop for students, faculty and staff from noon to 1:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 6, in University Counseling Services, University Park Apartments building 14, 4th floor. fmi-x2366.

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:

Computer Literacy Classes

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

fmi-x3970 or x7809.

Conflict Mediation Training

Conflict mediation training will be held on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 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 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.

University Counseling Services

A variety of groups/workshops for the fall 1997 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. to 5 p.m. Mon., Thu., and Fri., and 8 a.m. to 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.

College of Extended Learning Classes

The College of Extended Learning is offering hundreds of classes to the community this fall. Certificate programs, business and computer courses, test preparation, foreign language and arts are among the offerings. Free catalogs are available at the College of Extended Learning office in the Matador Bookstore complex. fmi-x2786.

Master of Public Administration

The College of Extended Learning's Master of Public Administration program offers fall classes at CSUN, the Ventura campus and at a Glendale site. The MPA program is open to those with any undergraduate college degree who work in the public or nonprofit sector. The program teaches how to improve management and administrative skills. Courses are held evenings and weekends. The degree program teaches participants how to improve their management and administrative skills. fmi-x5635 or x3909.


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:
DeadlinesMeeting Dates
Wed., Oct. 8Wed., Oct. 29
Wed., Nov. 12Wed., Nov. 26

Consumer Sciences Career Conference

Registration deadline for the CSUN Family and Consumer Sciences Career Conference is Fri., Oct. 10. The Fri., Oct. 31 conference is free and open to the public. Those who do not pre-register will be accommodated on a space available basis. The conference is aimed at those interested in consumer affairs, interior design, nutrition, home economics and other career areas. Sponsors are the CSUN family environmental sciences department, the American Assn. of Family and Consumer Sciences and the CSUN Career Center. fmi-x3846 or e-mail carita.delvalle@csun.edu.

University Catalog

The Office of the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs is preparing the alphabetical listing of full-time faculty members for the 1998-2000 university catalog. Faculty members are asked to examine the 1996-98 catalog and report any changes to Pamela Valiton or Nancy Cichon, Dome 706, mail drop 8220, x2962, no later than Fri., Oct. 17, to guarantee inclusion in the next catalog. Additional changes after that date may be reported, but will appear in the new catalog only if received prior to the final printing deadline. Promotion and department titles will automatically be incorporated. Professional certification awarded by the recognized certifying agency can also be listed.

Student Research Symposium

The application deadline for CSUN's second campus-wide Student Research Symposium is Fri., Oct. 17. The symposium, which highlights student diversity and achievement and informs the campus of the excellent quality and diversity of student research, will be held Fri., Nov. 14, in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union. The format permits 10 minute oral presentations and poster sessions. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate by submitting an abstract of their entry. Cash awards will be provided for the outstanding presenters. Contact your department or the Office of Graduate Studies for applications. fmi-x2138.

Budget Advisory Board Nominations

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson is requesting nominations from the university community 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 has 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. to noon Mon. through Fri.

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. Release time, up to three units, will be given to selected faculty. Applications are available in the Office of Graduate Studies, located in Administration Park, Dome 706. fmi-x2138.

National Science Foundation

Graduate Research and Minority Graduate Fellowship 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.


October 6, 1997

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