Sept. 22, 1997 Vol. II, No. 3
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.
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Campus Planning Board
Meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Mon., Sept. 22, in the President's Conference Room A.
University Student Union Board
The USU Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Mon., Sept. 22, in the Satellite Student
Union, Pieza de Celis Room. fmi-x2491.
Faculty Executive Committee
Meeting will meet at 1 p.m. Thu., Sept. 25, in the President's Conference Room A.
Board of Directors will meet at 3 p.m. Thu., Sept. 25, in the University Club. fmi-x2906.
The Faculty Senate will meet at 2 p.m. Thu., Oct. 9, in the Engineering Auditorium.
University Women's Club
The CSUN Women's Club honored its 40th year of service and friendship to faculty and
staff at a breakfast Sat., Sept. 20, at the University Club. Lili Vidal, the new president,
announced the names of 14 new board members. Linda Nyquist announced the club will
award scholarships totaling $3,750. A new scholarship started by former CSUN President
Ralph Prator in his wife's name has been established. A membership party will be held
Mon., Oct. 20, at the home of Lee and Ernest Velardi. For reservations, call (818) 349-2701.
President's Office Appointments
CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson has announced the appointments to her staff of Veronica
Santa Maria as appointment secretary to the president, and Yvette Yoncee as new
receptionist. Santa Maria has worked in the president's office since 1994. Yoncee
previously worked at A.E. Schmidt Environmental and the Boys and Girls Club of the San
Jack Smith Award
Myrtle Harris, a Cal State Northridge Foundation board member, was named a 1997
recipient of the Jack Smith Community Enrichment Award by the Board of Directors of
the Historical Society of Southern California. She will receive the award Wed., Sept. 24, at
the Biltmore Hotel. In 1986, as head of the Whitsett Foundation, Harris helped to
successfully negotiate the first endowment at CSUN, carrying it through to final
implementation in 1994 with the establishment of the W.P. Whitsett Chair in California
History, the only endowed chair in California history in the nation.
Students with Disabilities Resources
The Students with Disabilities Resources program (SDR) 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.
Student Trustee on CSU Board
Eric Mitchell is the new student representative on the CSU Board of Trustees. Mitchell, 26,
is a student at San Diego State studying computer science and is employed by the IBS
Corp., a software development firm in Del Mar. He will serve a two-year term.
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.
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.
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.
Our Deepest Sympathy
The campus extends its sympathy to Felix Rodriguez (Physical Plant Management) and
his family on the loss of his son Marco on Aug. 29.
Building Reopening Celebration
CSUN officials will celebrate the formal reopening of Jerome Richfield Hall, which had
been closed since the 1994 Northridge earthquake, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2
p.m. Mon., Sept. 22 in front of the building.
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.
- Sept. 22, cancer genes and cancer cells.
Brown Bag Film Series
A film will be featured this month in the Brown Bag Film Series sponsored by the Marilyn
"The Taste Maker/WIC Nutrients: Making a Difference & Food Safety" will be shown from
1:30 p.m. Tue., Sept. 23, and from noon-1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 24. Both showings are in the
Science 524 trailer conference room. fmi-x3102.
Chemistry Seminar Series
The CSUN chemistry department will conduct a series of seminars this fall on Wednesdays
at 4 p.m. in Science 2228 as follows:
- Sept. 24, Michael Garst, Allergan Inc., Topic to be announced.
- Oct. 1, Reginald Penner, UC Irvine professor, "Hybrid Electrochemical Chemical Syntheses
of Luminescent Quantum Dots on Electrode Surfaces."
- Oct. 8, UCLA professor Michael Jung, "Total Synthesis of Cytoxic Halogenated Terpenes."
Masters of Business Admin. & Economics
College of Business Administration and Economics will hold an orientation session
for students seeking to enter Ventura County's only fully accredited MBA program in the
spring 1998 semester. The meeting will take place 8 a.m. Thu., Sept. 25, in the library at
CSUN's Ventura Campus, 2151 Alessandro Drive. This will be the only opportunity to enter
the program for next year
Phi Beta Delta Lecture
Phi Beta Delta will sponsor a lecture, "The Americanization of Modern World Culture,"
featuring Winfried Fluck, chair of American culture, Freie Universitaet, Berlin, from 9:30-11
a.m. Thu., Sept. 25, in the Speech Communication building, room 101. fmi-x3454.
Family Focus Resource Center
The Family Focus Resource Center will hold programs for students, faculty, families and
staff in the Education building, room 3118, as follows:
On Sat., Sept. 27, from 10 a.m.-noon, a seminar, "What is Domestic Abuse and What Can We
Do to Stop It?" for adults with developmental disabilities, their families, friends and
professionals. Call Kathryn Lincoln at x7063 for more information or if you plan to
Also on Sat., Sept. 27, from 2-4 p.m., there will be a seminar, "Full Inclusion" featuring
Mark Starford of the Northern Los Angeles County Regional Center, for families of
children newborns to age 3. Call Judith Sultan at x5575 for more information or if you
plan to attend. Child care available if requested in advance.
The center also will sponsor an open house for families, faculty and caregivers of people
with developmental disabilities ages 13-21 on Mon., Sept. 29, from 10 a.m.-noon, in room
3113 of the Education building. Call Myriam Alban at x7063 for more information or if you
plan to attend.
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.
AIDS Walk 1997
The AIDS Project Los Angeles walk will held Sun., Sept. 28. Bus transportation will be
provided for CSUN team members and will leave from CSUN Lot C at 7:30 a.m. that day.
Participants using other means of transportation should meet at Paramount Studios at
the Gold Team table at 8:30 a.m. A CSUN T-shirt will be provided for persons who raise
The campus community is invited to the retirement party for Mary Hart from 3-5 p.m.
Tue., Sept. 30, in the Lamb's Lounge of the University Club. Hart has worked in the
University Library for 31 years. fmi-x2635.
Revisions to the Baccalaureate
The Educational Policies and Faculty Executive committees will hold a joint meeting to
formulate a response to the proposed revision of the baccalaureate from 1-3 p.m. Thu.,
Oct. 2, in the President's Trailer, Conference Room A. Anyone wishing to have a copy of
the proposal should contact the Faculty Senate office. Anyone interested is invited to
attend the meeting.
California Faculty Assn.
The Northridge chapter of the California Faculty Assn. will conduct workshops for faculty
involved in the personnel process from 2-4 p.m. Thu., Oct. 2, and Wed., Oct. 8, in the Speech
Communication building, second floor conference room. Those considered for retention,
promotion and tenure will benefit from these workshops. Relevant sections of
Administrative Manual (Section 600) will be reviewed. Both sessions will cover the same
fmi-x2857 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSUN will celebrate the memory of historian Boniface Obichere with the opening of a
campus library in his honor Fri., Oct. 3. The late UCLA Pan African studies professor's family
has donated 4,250 of his books, as well as papers, manuscripts, research material, African
art and other items to the library.
The schedule for the opening is as follows:
- Noon to 1 p.m., Sierra Hall 245, welcoming remarks.
- 1-2 p.m., Sierra Hall 235, formal presentation by the Obichere family and tours of the
- 2 p.m., Sierra Hall 245, First Annual Obichere Lecture, "Africans in Mexico" delivered by
guest speaker Ron Wilkins.
- 4 p.m., Sierra Hall 245, reception.
Clubs and Organizations Rechartering
All clubs and organizations must recharter each year in order to remain a viable student
organization on campus. Rechartering meetings will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct.
4, in the Satellite Student Union's Shoshone Room and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 5, in
Sala de la Osa at the Satellite Student Union. A club or organization officer must attend
one of the two days to continue having Associated Student Inc. privileges. Advisers are
asked to remind student groups about these rechartering meetings. Any group not
attending will automatically be suspended until the spring 1998 semester. fmi-x2392.
The Career Center needs volunteers at the following events on Sat., Oct. 4:
- American Diabetes Assn. six-mile walk "Walktoberfest," Promenade Mall, Woodland Hills.
Walkers needed. Check-in at 8 a.m. No entrance fee.
- Memory Walk to benefit Alzheimer's Disease, 7 a.m., Los Angeles Zoo. There will be a
two-mile stroll through the zoo along with food, entertainment, live music and prizes.
Entry fee is $15.
- Operation Sparkle sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Department at 8 a.m. Napa
Street Elementary School, 19010 Napa Street, Northridge. Participants will help rid the
San Fernando Valley of graffiti, vandalism and litter. Bring work gloves. Breakfast
Southern Exposure Semester is bringing a taste of the South to CSUN this fall. A
three-lecture series on Southern culture and cuisine will be held by history professor Ron
Davis. The lectures will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6, in the
University Club. The lectures may be attended in conjunction with a trip to Mississippi. A
special package will be available for those wanting to participate in the lectures and the
tour. Participation is open to all. fmi-x4330.
Archaeological Field Trip
A fall field trip to Baja California, Mexico, 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,
Computer Literacy Classes
The Office of Academic Technology offers free computer literacy classes to students.
fmi-x3970 or x7809.
- Writing a Term Paper with Microsoft Word is scheduled at the following times:
5 p.m., Mon., Sept. 22, in Education 1117.
5 p.m., Thu., Oct.2, in Oviatt 2
- Using the E-Mail System at CSUN
is scheduled at the following times:
5 p.m., Wed., Sept. 24, in Education 1117, and
5 p.m., Tue., Sept. 30, in Oviatt 2
5 p.m., Mon., Oct. 6, in Education 117
- Designing Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel
is scheduled at the following times:
5 p.m., Tue., Sept. 23, in Education 1117, and
5 p.m., Mon., Sept. 29, in Oviatt 2.
- Using Netscape as an Academic Research Tool
is scheduled at the following times:
5 p.m., Thu., Sept. 25, in Education 1117
5 p.m., Wed., Oct. 1, in Oviatt 2
5 p.m., Tue., Oct. 7, in Education 1117
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
email@example.com or calling the Learning Resource Center, x2033.
Upcoming workshops are as follows:
- Teaching with Netscape E-mail, focusing on the most effective ways to use e-mail in
teaching. Mondays, Sept. 22 and 29, 3-5 p.m. Instructor is Carlos Maldonado, director of
on-line programs, College of Extended Learning.
- On-line Testing and Assessment, focusing on creating and administering testing
formats using the program "Quizmaker." Tuesdays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, from 3-5 p.m.
Instructor is sociology professor Jerry Schutte.
- Language of the Web, focusing on the basics of HTML necessary for creating
instructional Web documents. Tuesdays, Oct. 7 and 14, from 3-5 p.m. Taught by John
Hartzog, Learning Resource Center and Web Project coordinator.
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.
Conflict Mediation Training
Conflict mediation training will be held on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
and 30, in the University Park Apartments, building 14, room 317. Tony Johnson,
coordinator of the Dispute Resolution Center, University Counseling Services, will discuss
the dynamics of conflict, resolving conflict and plenty of role playing. The campus
community is welcome. fmi-x2366.
University Counseling Services
University Counseling Services is offering a variety of groups/workshops for the fall
1997 semester 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.
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 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 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.
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 upcoming committee meeting schedule are as follows:
|Wed., Sept. 24||Wed., Oct. 8|
|Wed., Oct. 29||Wed., Nov. 12|
Performance Salary Step Increases
The deadline for applications/nominations for faculty Performance Salary Step Increases
is Fri., Sept. 26. Applications should not exceed three pages and should be sent to the
college/unit committees at the dean's office, along with a copy to the university
president. fmi-x2962 or x5933.
Faculty Mentor Training Program
The Faculty Mentor Training Program is seeking faculty applicants for the spring 1998
semester. Faculty interested in applying for three units of reassigned time to participate
in the program should contact their department chairs for an application and must
submit it to the college dean by Wed., Oct. 1. Assistant and associate professors are
encouraged to apply. fmi-Gordon Nakagawa, x4151.
Sabbatical Leave Applications
Application forms and information regarding sabbatical leaves are available from
department secretaries. Faculty members intending to apply for the 1998-99 academic
year should file with their department chair no later than Fri., Oct. 3.
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
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.
September 22, 1997
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