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. The deadline for the next issue of Oct. 6 is Mon., Sept. 29.

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

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.

University Corporation

Board of Directors will meet at 3 p.m. Thu., Sept. 25, in the University Club. fmi-x2906.

Faculty Senate

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 Fernando Valley.

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. fmi-x3810.

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.

Brown Bag Film Series

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

"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. 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:

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 attend.

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 donations. fmi-x2871.

Retirement Party

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 information. fmi-x2857 or e-mail to

Obichere Library

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:


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.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center needs volunteers at the following events on Sat., Oct. 4: fmi-x2871.

Southern Exposure

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, x3167.

Computer Literacy Classes

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

fmi-x3970 or x7809.

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 or calling the Learning Resource Center, x2033.

Upcoming workshops 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.

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:
DeadlinesMeeting Dates
Wed., Sept. 24Wed., Oct. 8
Wed., Oct. 29Wed., 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.

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.

September 22, 1997

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