August 25, 1997 Vol. II, No. 1


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 Sept. 8 is Tue., Sept. 2 due to the Labor Day holiday.

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 to E-mail is the preferred method of submitting. Note: fmi-means for more information.

Public Meetings

Revised MarketCenter Plans

Cal State Northridge officials will present revised plans for the proposed University MarketCenter at a community meeting at 7 p.m. Mon., Aug. 25, in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union. The new plans for the proposed retail development on Devonshire Street between Zelzah and Lindley avenues incorporate suggestions and comments from area residents, Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson's Citizens Advisory Committee and the university's own North Campus Task Force, as well as suggestions from community business leaders. Among the changes is a reduction of more than 70,000 square feet of retail space, bringing the size of the proposed development to about 150,000 square feet of retail space.

Faculty Executive Committee

The Faculty Executive Committee will meet from 1 to 5 p.m. Thu., Aug. 28, in the President's Conference Room A.

Foundation Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Cal State Northridge Foundation will hold its quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. Wed., Sept. 10, in Chisholm Hall at the National Center on Deafness.


University Holiday and Closure Schedule

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson has determined the university holiday and closure schedule for the 1997-98 academic year as indicated below. Please note that in accordance with this holiday and closure schedule, the university will be closed from Thu., Dec. 25, 1997, through Fri., Jan. 2, 1998-reopening on Mon., Jan. 5, 1998.

Please note that there are an insufficient number of holidays to cover all the days of the closure. Specifically, on Fri., Jan. 2, 1998, the campus will be closed, but we will not be observing a holiday. As a result, pursuant to system policy and collective bargaining agreements, employees will need to charge their accrued vacation or personal holiday (which all employees receive each Jan. 1), or take a leave of absence without pay to cover this day.

Employees eligible for overtime may also use compensatory time off (CTO) to cover Jan. 2. A summary sheet detailing how various groups of employees are affected by the campus closure has been directed to all heads of administrative units. All employees should check with their supervisors to establish a plan to cover this day of closure.

Monthly rate employees are entitled to the paid holidays on the day they are observed on campus unless they are in a non-pay status on the holiday, or they are required to work to perform necessary services. Hourly employees are eligible for prorated holiday pay pursuant to the table provided to all departments by memo dated Dec. 18, 1996.

Employees who are required to work on a holiday will receive holiday compensation or compensatory time off. The holidays listed below are in addition to the personal holiday which every employee receives each Jan. 1 and which must be used before Dec. 31 of that year. Part-time employees and hourly employees are entitled to a personal holiday on a prorated basis.

The university will be closed on the holidays and campus closure day listed below. Essential services, such as campus security, will be maintained on all the days of closure. If you have questions, please call the Office of Human Resource Services, x2118.

University Holiday Schedule

Labor Day Mon., Sept. 1
Thanksgiving Day Thu., Nov. 27
Admission Day observed Fri., Nov. 28
Christmas Day Thu., Dec. 25
Columbus Day observed Fri., Dec. 26
Veterans' Day observed Mon., Dec. 29
Lincoln's Birthday observed Tue., Dec. 30
Washington's Birthday observed Wed., Dec. 31
New Year's Day Thu., Jan. 1
Campus closed Fri., Jan. 2
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Mon., Jan. 19
Memorial Day Mon., May 25
Independence Day observed Fri., July 3

Employee Promotions Announced

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson announced the following promotions effective Aug. 20:

To professor: George Barker, Dorothy Barresi, Julio Blanco, Nancy Burstein, Brian Castronovo, Kenneth Chapman, Marilynn Filbeck, Karen Kearns, Linda Lam-Easton, H. James Lawrence, Geraldine Luethy, Maria Helene Noronha, Stephen Walton and Gholam-Ali Zakeri.

To associate professor: Janet Adams, Jeffrey Charonnat, June Downing, Dennis Halcoussis, Phil Kligman, Rita Kumar, Lillian Lehman, Say-Peng Lim, Gloria Melara, Carol Shubin, Michael Spagna, Shari Tarver-Behring, Viken Tchakerian and Ruqian Wu.

To librarian: Linda Keenan.

To student services professional, academic related III: Lee Axelrod.

Campus Emergency Procedures

Do you know what to do during a university emergency? Procedures are posted in every classroom and office on campus. This reference guide describes the steps that should be taken in the event of an emergency, according to Ron Norton, CSUN manager of environmental health and safety. Some of the emergency situations covered include fire, earthquake, medical emergencies and building evacuation. To ensure all members of the campus community are familiar with these procedures, the following steps should be taken: fmi-x2401.

Archaeological Field Trip

A fall field trip to Baja California, Mex., to visit the newest archaeological research sites is planned by the anthropology department Oct. 31 through Nov. 3. The trip will include the region between La Paz and San Jose del Cabo, the area of the newest archaeological research program and will coincide with the traditional Mexican holiday, El Dia de los Muertos, on Nov. 1. The weekend will include points of archaeological, historical, geological and biological interest. Field and laboratory work conducted in this area over the last six years has evolved into the establishment of a formal exchange program with the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur in La Paz, resulting in the new certificate program in coastal archaeology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

State Phone Directories Available

The Service Coordination Center has a limited supply of 1997 State of California telephone directories. They may be purchased for $7 each by submitting a technology service requisition to mail drop 8223.

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

Intensive English Program

Student Services for the College of Extended Learning's Intensive English Program has moved its headquarters in the Matador Bookstore from room 222 to room 101 (off the main lobby). The program handles housing and other services for foreign students who study English at CSUN. The telephone number, x3923, and fax number, x2700, remain the same. The e-mail address is

Piano for Youth

The music department's "Piano for Youth" program is accepting applications for fall enrollment for beginning piano students ages 7 through 10. Students are accepted by interview only. For information or to make an interview appointment, call Jeanine Jacobson's office, x3167.

Student Success in Archives

The National Archives chose three CSUN students to fill three openings for archivists at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. They are David Bridge, Shelly Jacobs and Josh Tenenbaum. The students participated in either an internship program coordinated by Merry Ovnick or an archival focus program coordinated by Robert Marshall of the Urban Archives or both.

Paul Humphreys Joins LMU

Paul Humphreys has announced that he is joining the faculty in Loyola Marymount University's music department this fall. Humphreys served as an assistant professor in the CSUN music department since 1990. During those years, he helped bring a variety of musical events to the CSUN campus and represented the university as a presenter at scholarly conferences. Humphreys continues to serve as a staff member of the CSUN-based site of the California Arts Project.

Laurel Ashley-Petersen Dies

Laurel Ashley-Petersen, a part-time faculty member in the anthropology department since 1991, died June 19 of lung cancer. She leaves her husband, Donald, and five children.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to:


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 top experts in the field from 6 to 7:40 p.m. Mondays, beginning Aug. 25, in Science room 2131. The tentative schedule is: The lectures-open to CSUN community, faculty and staff-are part of a course taught by Steve Oppenheimer.

President's Picnic Welcomes Students

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson and hundreds of faculty and staff members will don aprons Wed., Aug. 27, to welcome new and returning students with a picnic. The annual President's Welcome Picnic will take place on the university's Oviatt Lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to serve evening students. Faculty and staff volunteers will join Wilson and other administrators in dishing out hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetarian burgers, baked beans, soft drinks and other goodies to thousands of students.

Meet the Clubs Day

Meet the Clubs Day, an event to introduce the various student opportunities and organizations on campus, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Wed., Aug. 27, in the Sierra Quad. This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to display projects as well as to recruit students for internships, fellowships, research projects, employment or organizations. fmi-Kelly Kuchenbrod, Office of Student Development & International Programs, x2392, e-mail

Family Focus Resource Center

The Family Focus Resource Center will hold programs for students, faculty, families and staff in the Education Building, room 3118.

On Thu., Aug. 28, and Thu., Sept. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a parent mentor program for families with children ages 3-12 with developmental disabilities is scheduled. Call Laura Taylor at x7063 for information or if you plan to attend. Child care is available if requested in advance.

On Sat. Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon, a seminar, "Making and Being a Good Friend," for adults with developmental disabilities, their families, friends and professionals is planned. A panel of adult consumers and professionals will share their experiences and tips on how to make friends, keep friends and be a good friend. Call Kathryn Lincoln at x7063 for information or if you plan to attend.

San Fernando Mission Bicentennial

The CSUN history department, in cooperation with the San Fernando Mission and the Historical Society of Southern California, will commemorate the bicentennial of the San Fernando Mission with an all-day symposium on Sat., Sept. 6, at the mission. Noted scholars will present papers on various aspects of mission history and architecture. The morning session will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Mission Church. Reservation forms for the symposium are available in the history department office, Sierra Tower 612. Reservations should be made no later than Sat., Aug. 30, to assure seating. Admission to the symposium is free.

For those who wish to order a box lunch, a $9 check, made payable to San Fernando Mission, should be included with the reservation form. Parking is available at the mission and on the nearby grounds of Alemany High School.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center is seeking volunteers on Sat., Sept. 20, to help beautify local schools, community centers, hospices etc. during the United Way's Day of Caring from 8 a.m. to noon, and to participate in the International Coastal Clean-up Day from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers also are needed for Students Talk About Race training on Sun., Sept. 21, in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union. Those trained will lead discussions at local high schools.


Computer Literacy Classes

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

Writing a Term Paper with Microsoft Word is scheduled at the following times:
6 p.m., Mon., Aug. 25, in Education 1117;
5 p.m., Tue., Aug. 26, in Oviatt 2;
6 p.m. Wed., Aug. 27, in Education 1117;
5 p.m. Thu., Aug. 28, in Oviatt 2;
5 p.m., Tue., Sept. 2, in Education 1117;
6 p.m., Wed., Sept. 3, in Oviatt 2, and
5 p.m. Thu, Sept. 4, in Education 1117.

Using the E-Mail System at CSUN is scheduled at the following times:
5 p.m. Mon., Aug. 25, in Education 1117;
6 p.m. Tue., Aug. 26, in Oviatt 2;
5 p.m. Wed., Aug. 27, in Education 1117;
4 p.m. Thu., Aug. 28, in Oviatt 2;
6 p.m. Tue., Sept. 2, in Education 1117;
5 p.m. Wed., Sept. 3, in Oviatt 2, and
4 p.m., Thu., Sept. 4, in Education 1117.

Designing Spreadsheets with Microsoft Work and Using Netscape as an Academic Research Tool also will be taught later in September.
fmi-x3970 or x7809.

Ceramics Lab Classes

The Ceramics Lab in the University Student Union offers classes in wheel throwing and hand building. These small, eight-week sessions offer individual instruction plus additional time to work outside of the classes. Students, staff and community are welcome. Register early as class size is limited. fmi-or to enroll, x2798.

August 25, 1997

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