Sept. 8, 1997 Vol. II, No. 2


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. 22 is Mon., Sept. 15.

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

Educational Resources Committee

The Educational Resources Committee will meet from 2-4 p.m. Tue., Sept. 9, in BB 3107, Business building complex.

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. fmi-x2150.

Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate will meet Thu., Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Engineering building auditorium.

Statewide Academic Senate

The Statewide Academic Senate will meet from 1:30 -5 p.m. Thu., Sept. 11, and from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., Sept. 12, at CSU headquarters, 400 Golden Shore, Long Beach.

CSU Board of Trustees

The Cal State Board of Trustees will meet at 1 p.m. Tue., Sept. 16, and at 9 a.m. Wed., Sept. 17, at the CSU headquarters, 400 Golden Shore, Long Beach.

University Budget Advisory Board

The University Budget Advisory Board will meet from 2-4 p.m. Fri., Sept. 19, in President's Conference Room A.

Faculty Executive Committee

The Faculty Executive Committee will meet on Thu., Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. in President's Conference Room A.

University Corporation

The University Corporation Board of Directors will meet at 3 p.m. Thu., Sept. 25, at the University Club.


Faculty Senate and Exec. Comte. Schedules

The Faculty Senate schedule of meetings for the year-all Thursdays at 2 p.m. in the Engineering building auditorium-is as follows: Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, April 16 and May 14.

The Faculty Executive Committee schedule of meetings for the year-all Thursdays at 1 p.m. in President's Conference Room A-is as follows: Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 30.

Disabilities Resources Invites ADA Questions

The Students with Disabilities Resources Office would like to better inform the university community about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by soliciting questions about the legislation and its requirements. Questions about making offices and classes more accessible to students and employees can be submitted to "Dear ADA" at the Students with Disabilities Resources office, mail drop 8264. Questions submitted will be answered in future editions of this publication's FYI column.

New Edition of Section 600

All full-time faculty should have received a copy of the new edition of the Section 600 manual from their department secretary. Faculty who have not received a copy should consult with their department secretary or call the Office of Faculty Affairs at x2962.

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. fmi-x1400.

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

Giving to the CSUN Foundation

Last year, CSUN faculty and staff contributed just under $160,000 to the CSUN Foundation. These gifts helped specific departments-the library, student scholarships, athletics and other areas. Budget increases for this year are minimal, so external funding becomes even more important. Faculty President Jim Goss is encouraging faculty and staff to join in contributing to the foundation or to the President's 21st Century Fund, which is unrestricted and provides money to help meet unexpected needs. Donors can make a one-time donation by check, credit card or payroll deduction. fmi-x3263.


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 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.

Welcoming Reception

Provost Louanne Kennedy invites the university community to join her in welcoming John Mason, new associate vice president of faculty affairs, and Fran Horvath, new director of institutional research, at a reception from 4-6 p.m. Wed., Sept. 10, at the University Club.

Brown Bag Film Series

Two films will be featured this month in the Brown Bag Film Series sponsored by the Marilyn Magaram Center.

"Food Guide Pyramid/Foods of Latin America" will be shown from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tue., Sept. 9, and from noon to 1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 10.

"The Taste Maker/WIC Nutrients: Making a Difference & Food Safety" will be shown from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tue., Sept. 23, and from noon-1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 24.

All showings are in the Science 524 trailer conference room. fmi-x3102.

Building Reopening Celebrations

CSUN officials are throwing two parties this month to celebrate the reopening of two buildings damaged by the Jan. 17, 1994, earthquake. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Kinesiology building, closed over the summer for repairs, is scheduled from 10-11 a.m. Wed., Sept. 10. The university will celebrate the reopening of Jerome Richfield Hall, closed since the earthquake, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 2-3 p.m. Mon., Sept. 22.

CalPERS Open Enrollment

During the CalPERS open enrollment, which began this month and continues through Oct. 15, all eligible state employees can enroll in a state group health, dental and vision plan and/or a FlexCash plan for the first time, change plans or add eligible dependents. Health, dental and vision plan representatives will be on campus from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thu., Sept. 11, in the University Student Union, West Valley room. fmi-x3810.

Experience Alaska

"Experience Alaska," a multimedia production prepared by David Cary of the department of finance, real estate and insurance, will be presented from 5-6 p.m., Fri., Sept. 12, in the Business building, fourth floor conference room BB 4117.

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 Sat., Sept. 13, from 10 a.m.-noon, a seminar on attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) for families with children ages 3-12 with developmental disabilities is scheduled. Behavioral tips for home and school, medications, ADD/ADHD as a secondary diagnosis to a developmental disability will be explored. Call Laura Taylor at x7063 for information or if you plan to attend. Child care is available if requested in advance.

On Sat., Sept. 20, from 10 a.m.-noon, a seminar, "Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers" by Kirk Behnke, training coordinator of the CSUN Center on Disabilities, is planned for families of children newborn to age 3. Call Judith Sultan at x5575 for more information or if you plan to attend. Child care is available if requested in advance.

Also on Sat., Sept. 20, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., there will be a seminar, "Looking at Quality of Life for People with Developmental Disabilities," featuring Laura Mendosa of the Northern Los Angeles County Regional Center. Child care and Spanish translation are available if requested in advance. fmi or if you plan to attend-Myriam Alban x7063.

Environment, History Conference

Cal State Northridge will host the Southern California Environment and History Conference on Thu., Fri. and Sat., Sept. 18-20. The theme will be "Nature's Workshop: Environmental Change in 20th Century Southern California."

Featured guests will include Mike Davis, co-chair and author of "City of Quartz;" Catherine Mulholland, historian and author; Leonard Pitt and Dale Pitt, authors of "Los Angeles A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the City and County." Conference highlights are as follows:

Registration fees are $50 for academics, $30 for instructors kindergarten through community college and $20 for the general public. Students with identification will be admitted free. To register, make checks payable to SCEHC and mail to: Center for Southern California Studies, Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., 91330-8371 Include name, address and phone number. fmi-Lorna Fenenbock, x8371.

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.-noon, and to participate in the International Coastal Clean-up Day from 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers also are needed for Students Talk About Race training on Sun., Sept. 21, in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union and for AIDS Walk '97 on Sun., Sept. 28. fmi-x2871.

Religious Diversity Fair

CSUN and the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council will host a day of workshops and speakers that reflect the San Fernando Valley's diverse religious character from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Sept. 27, at the University Student Union. Topics to be covered range from mainstream American faiths to Zen and witchcraft. Other workshops will explore religion in the movies, same-sex unions and religion and women in religion. The theme of the event will be "Cultures and Religions: Seeds of Coexistence." Registration fee of $15 includes lunch. fmi-x6460 or x5814.

Archaeological Field Trip

A fall field trip to Baja California, Mex., to visit the newest archaeological research sites is planned by the anthropology department on 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 a new certificate program in coastal archaeology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Cost is $575 per person double occupancy and $659 per person single occupancy, including airfare, three nights at the Los Arcos Hotel, one dinner and transportation to Cabo San Lucas and other points of interest. fmi-x3331.


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. fmi or to make an interview appointment -Jeanine Jacobson's office, x3167.

Computer Literacy Classes

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

fmi-x3970 or x7809.

Web Project

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 or calling the Learning Resource Center, x2033.

Workshops for September are as follows:

Defensive Driving

Defensive driving classes will be offered on Thu., Sept. 25, from 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks room of the University Student Union. Faculty, staff and student employees who drive a state vehicle (including carts) in the course of their work must complete this class. Note: this class no longer needs to be repeated every four years. Space is limited. fmi and reservations - Rami De Los Reyes, Environmental Health and Safety Office, x2401.

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 members are welcome. Register early as class size is limited. fmi or to enroll -x2798.

College of Extended Learning

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 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 the 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. fmi-x5635 or x3909.

Spanish for the Workplace

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


University Peer Coaching Program

Faculty members are invited to participate in CSUN's Peer Coaching Program this fall. Each participant will pair with a colleague from a different discipline to observe each other's teaching and provide constructive, reflective feedback. The feedback-collegial, supportive and confidential-will be based on the teaching strategies participants have asked their partners to observe.

Time commitment will range from 6 to 8 hours during this semester, including an orientation session, peer coaching practicum, working with a partner and an end-of-semester discussion meeting. Participants may want to select a coaching partner outside their discipline and ask him or her to join them at orientation.

The orientation session will feature two peer coaching success stories told by last semester's peer coaching faculty. The success stories this session will be from Penny Mercurio-Jennings (Business Law) and John Dye (Mathematics). Orientation will be from noon-1:30 p.m. on Tue., Sept. 16, in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Engineering Field 637 (west of the Student Union). RSVP by noon Fri., Sept. 12, to Cynthia Desrochers, x7892 or by e-mail to

Intersession and Spring Courses

The deadline for submission of proposed courses, workshops and seminars for Intersession '98 and the Spring 1998 semester through the College of Extended Learning is Fri., Sept. 19. Post baccalaureate, professional courses and workshops developed to upgrade, update or meet license requirements offer additional opportunities, particularly when developed in cooperation with professional organizations. fmi-x4573.

Open University Registration

Registration for Open University is under way at the College of Extended Learning office on the first floor of the Bookstore complex. This program allows students to take university credit classes without going through the formal admissions procedure. Deadline is Fri., Sept. 19. fmi-x2786.

Assistive Services and Equipment

The 1997-98 budget for the Disabled Employees Program includes funding for the Assistive Equipment/ Auxiliary Aid Program for campus employees with disabilities. Requests for both assistive equipment and auxiliary assistance must be submitted at the same time and sent to mail drop 8208 no later than Fri., Sept. 26. Old request forms and guidelines have been revised. New ones are available. fmi-Joan Hall, x2077.

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 committee meeting schedule are as follows:
DeadlinesMeeting Dates
Wed., Sept. 24Wed., Oct. 8
Wed., Oct. 29Wed., Nov. 12
Wed., Nov. 26Wed., Dec. 10
Wed., Jan. 28Wed., Feb. 11
Wed., Feb. 25Wed., Mar. 11
Wed., April 1Wed., April 15
Wed., April 29 Wed., May 13

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.


An Aug. 25 article in misstated the academic background of Susan Parker, the University Library's new associate dean for library operations. She earned master's degrees in history from Indiana University, Bloomington, and in library science from Queens College, City University of New York.

September 8, 1997

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