February 1, 1999 Vol. III, No. 9


For Your Information publishes announcements of public meetings, notices, events, deadlines and classes and courses of interest to the university community. The deadline for the Feb. 15 issue is Mon., Feb. 8.

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 pubinfo@exec.csun.edu. E-mail is the preferred method of submitting. Note: fmi-means for more information.

Public Meetings

President's Advisory Board on Intercollegiate Athletics

Meets 7 p.m. Tue., Feb. 2, President's Conference Room A.

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 1:15 p.m. Wed., Feb. 3, President's Conference Room A.

Faculty Executive Committee

Meets 1-5 p.m. Thu., Feb. 4, President's Conference Room A.

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m. Tue., Feb. 9, President's Conference Room C.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Wed., Feb. 10, Business Conference Room 2224.


UBAB Meeting

The University Budget Advisory Board will meet from 2-4 p.m. Mon., Feb. 8, in Business Conference Room 2224.

Catastrophic Leave Donations

Carole Baxter (Counseling Center/ Student Health Center) is on extended medical leave and is seeking catastrophic leave donations. All faculty and staff are eligible to donate up to 16 hours a year for this program. Forms are available from the Payroll Office.

Gross Pay Report

A copy of the Report of Gross Pay for the 1997/98 fiscal year for all active and on-leave state employees is available at the reference desk in the Oviatt Library. fmi-x2118.

Research Program Grants

The University of California University- wide AIDS Research Program is accepting grant applications for 1999-2000. Specific programs include: fmi- Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, x2901, Administration Dome 706, to request application materials.

Spring Extension

Registration for the Spring Extension program is now underway on a walk-in or mail-in basis. Extension classes provide the community with an array of professional development and self-enrichment classes. The spring program includes courses in accounting, business and management, computers, languages, test preparation, a master's of public administration and much more. Most classes are held evenings or weekends at the CSUN campus. Catalogs and registration information are available at the Bookstore Complex, room 100 (lobby area). fmi-x2786.

NCOD Information

CSUN's National Center on Deafness provides the following Q. and A. for university faculty and staff members to better serve the university's deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The NCOD appreciates the teamwork that has developed over the past 30-plus years between NCOD service providers and CSUN faculty. fmi-x2614.

Q: Why does it seem that when deaf or hard-of-hearing students are in a class, a "small army" of support people sometimes shows up? A: The National Center on Deafness may need to assign a variety of support personnel to meet individual needs of deaf or hard-of-hearing students.

SPICE Cross-Cultural Panels

Student Panels for an International Curriculum and Education (SPICE) is a program offering free cross-cultural panels to CSUN and community organizations. International students participate by visiting classrooms and local service institutions to present their perspectives on subjects selected by the professors or persons in charge. This is an opportunity to raise international awareness among students in order to encourage them to think more globally. SPICE panelists often dispel myths and misconceptions people might have about their countries. fmi-Office of Student Development and International Programs, x3185 or x3053.

Project ACT Workshops

Project ACT (Advocates for Cultural Talk), a diversity awareness/prejudice reduction program sponsored by University Counseling Services, is offering presentations/workshops to the campus and community. The workshops are facilitated by CSUN student peer educators and are designed to increase awareness of cultural diversity and to promote understanding and respect among people. For a presentation for a class or organization, contact Marshall Bloom or Carolyn Okazaki, x2366.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Chester Brezensky (Physical Plant Management) on his passing.


Afternoon in the Garden

The College of Extended Learning and the College of Science and Mathematics are sponsoring "An Afternoon in the Garden" featuring an exploration of CSUN's Botanical Garden, including its new pond, guided by horticultural experts from 1-4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 6. A new Friends of the Garden program will be launched, and information describing the 40th Anniversary Gardening Series will be offered. The event celebrates the university's 40th anniversary. There will be light refreshments. fmi-Brian Houck, x3496.

University Peer Coaching Program

Faculty members are invited to participate in CSUN's Peer Coaching Program this spring. 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 success stories from last semester's peer coaching faculty and a short, peer coaching practicum. Orientation will be from 12:30-2 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17, in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Music Lawn room 254 (south of the Matador Bookstore). fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x7892, cynthia.desrochers@csun.edu.

EOP Anniversary

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is commemorating its 30th anniversary by hosting a colloquium on the events of Jan. 9, 1969, and the impact on CSUN (then San Fernando Valley State College) from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thu., Feb. 18, at the University Club. There will be speakers and refreshments. fmi-x4151.

Majors Fair

The Advising Resource Center/EOP is sponsoring the 1999 Majors Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue., Feb. 23, in the University Student Union, Northridge Center. The Majors Fair provides students with opportunities to explore majors, minors and campus resources through informal interaction with faculty, staff and students, creative informational displays, and useful printed materials. fmi-Helene Berg-Kolin, x2108 helene.berg-kolin@csun.edu.


Youth Martial Arts

The Center for Asian Movement Arts in the kinesiology department is sponsoring a martial arts program for youths age 4 and older. The program is continuous. Classes for children ages 4-10 are held Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-noon. Classes for children ages 11 and older are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m., Fridays from 6-7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from noon-1:30 p.m. Classes are held in the Kinesiology Building, room B1. The cost of instruction is $60 per month or $150 for three months. fmi-x3205.

T'ai Chi Chuan

The Center for Asian Movement Arts also is sponsoring T'ai Chi Chuan classes Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.. The classes will be held in the Kinesiology Building, room 200. The classes, offered free to all faculty and staff, begin Tue., Feb. 2. Participants also may start on Tue., Feb. 9. Instructors will be Li Schroeder and Susan Snyder. fmi-x4780, susan.snyder@csun.edu.

Class Web Page Workshop

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the Office of Instructional Technology are sponsoring a workshop where presenters will discuss the pedagogical value of course WWW pages; pointers for effective course page design; and planning strategies for department, program and other institutional sites. Tue., Feb. 16, from 2-4 p.m., in the Education Building, room 2121B. To reserve a spot, e-mail getit@csun.edu or phone Tina Actis-Purtee, x2204. fmi- http://lrc.csun.edu/ ~john/webworkshopss99.html, or contact Nancy Fernandez, nancy. fernandez@csun.edu or call x3566.

Ceramics Lab

The Ceramics Lab in the University Student Union is offering non-credit classes in wheel throwing and hand building. Sessions run eight weeks and include individual instruction and additional time to work outside of class. A special five-week workshop in making containers for Ikebana flower arrangements is scheduled. Register early, class size is limited. fmi-x2798.

Diversity Training

University Counseling Services is sponsoring a semester-long diversity training class with the goal of helping students examine their thinking about diversity and providing opportunities to bridge racial, class, gender and other divisions. The class will focus on experimental learning and can be taken for one unit of independent study. fmi-Carolyn Okazaki or Marshall Bloom, x2366.

University Counseling Services

A variety of groups and workshops for the spring 1999 semester are being offered to help students choose a major or career and deal with anxieties, eating disorders, procrastination, shyness, personal crises and other problems. Free confidential groups/workshops are available. The Academic Performance Enhancement Experience (APEX) is also available for students who wish to better reach their academic potential. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon., Thurs., Fri., and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tue.-Wed., in the University Park Apartments, Building 14, fourth floor. Help-line telephone crisis intervention at (818) 349-HELP is available from 6 p.m. to midnight. fmi-x2366, TTY x7834.

Training and Development Programs

The Office of Human Resource Services is sponsoring workshops designed to meet and enhance professional and personal goals and answer work-related questions. Subjects include accounting, career assessment, conflict mediation, employee relations, fee waiver, labor law, managing stress, new employee orientation, purchasing, retirement, tax-sheltered annuities, travel, and wellness. Brochures are available online at www-hrs.csun.edu. fmi-Office of Human Resource Services, x3820.

Call for Papers

The Pacific Southwest Women's Studies Association is soliciting proposals for its ninth annual conference titled "Gender, Power and Sexuality: Students and Teachers Learning Together." Workshops, panels, papers or presentations dealing with innovative and traditional feminist theory and practice are welcome. Collaborative presentations are particularly encouraged. The deadline is Mon., Feb. 8. The conference will be held at CSUN on Sat., April 17. fmi-x3431.

Research Involving Human Subjects

All faculty and students performing research that includes the use of human subjects must complete a Human Subjects Protocol Approval Form. Forms are available from the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects in Administration Park 706. The original form and eight copies should be submitted to the research office for review by the Standing Advisory Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects. The next deadline for submission of protocols is Mon., Feb. 22, for a meeting on Mon., March 8. fmi-x2901.

Who's Who Nominations

Faculty are invited to nominate students for selection to the CSUN slate of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" for 1998-1999. Nominations must be submitted to the Office of Student Development & International Programs by Fri., Feb. 19. Nominees should be juniors, seniors or graduate students who have grade point averages of at least 3.0 for undergraduates and 3.5 for graduate students, have contributed to the campus through academics, extracurricular/student activities and are involved in the community. fmi-Vicki Allen or Kelly Kuchenbrod, x2393.

Online Course Development Grants

The Office of Instructional Technology is offering $1,000 grants for the development of online courses for the 1999-2000 academic year. Online courses are defined as those in which Internet activities replace some traditional class meetings. Part-time as well as full-time faculty are invited to apply. However, faculty who have previously received a grant for online course development are not eligible. Additional information and the application form are available at www.vcsun.org/~john/ grants/index.html. Applications are due Fri., Feb. 19. fmi-Nancy Fernandez, nancy.fernandez@csun.edu, or Shelia Harbet, shelia.harbet@csun.edu.

China Institute Grant

CSUN's China Institute invites faculty to apply for two $1,000 grants for the next academic year starting in summer 1999. Faculty are encouraged to use these awards to travel to institutions in China to initiate or carry out collaborative projects. Proposals that hold promise for the development of new courses related to China at CSUN, involve CSUN students or visiting scholars from China are especially welcome.

Applicants should submit a written proposal of no more than three double-spaced pages giving their purpose and rationale, methods of inquiry or collaboration, intended outcomes/findings, their significance to CSUN's academic programs and/or China exchange programs, and a proposed budget. A one-page resume highlighting relevant experience must be included with the proposal. Three copies of the proposal and resume are to be submitted to the China Institute, mail drop 8342. Deadline for proposal submission is Fri., Feb. 19. Decisions on the awards will be announced on Fri., Mar. 19. Final written reports are due Thu., Jun. 30, 2000. fmi-Justine Su, x3801, or Harold Giedt, (818) 363-6272.

FERP Program Deadline

Article 29.2 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that applications for the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) should be submitted at least six months prior to the beginning of the academic year in which the faculty member plans to begin participation in FERP. Assuming the FERP program is continued, the deadline for applications for this year is Thu., Feb. 25. Applications can be obtained from the Office of Faculty Affairs, Dome 706, mail drop 8220, or x2962. Completed application forms, including signatures of the faculty member, the department chair and the dean, should be submitted before the deadline to that same office.

Media Library Requests

The Media Library has sent out media request forms to all faculty, via their departmental mailboxes, to help determine what new videos will be purchased for our collections. If any faculty member has not received a form, please contact the Media Library at x2211. Deadline for submittal is Fri., Feb. 26.

Center on Disabilities Conference

The Center on Disabilities is sponsoring its 14th annual international conference titled "Technology and Persons with Disabilities" from Mon., Mar. 15 through Sat., Mar. 20 at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton and Towers and Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotels. The featured keynote speaker is Ted Kennedy, Jr. Pre-registration materials are due Fri., Feb. 26. fmi-Center on Disabilities, x2578, www.csun.edu/cod.

Faculty Awards

A variety of awards are presented each year to CSUN faculty members to recognize outstanding achievement. Nominations and documentation for the following competitions should be sent to the faculty president's office, Faculty Office Building, room 106, mail drop 8221. Awards will be presented at the honored faculty reception in May. fmi and competition guidelines-x3263. Details are as follows:


CSUN Night at Van Gogh

Reservations are available through Feb. 15 for the private CSUN showing of Los Angeles' hottest ticket, "Van Gogh's Van Goghs," at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Sat., Feb. 27 showing is sponsored by CSUN and the Alumni Association in honor of the campus' 40th anniversary. The museum is located at 6067 Wilshire Blvd. at Fairfax.

Reservations are $75 each. CSUN students also may be sponsored at $75 each or co-sponsored at $40. Because space is limited, reservations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, said Alumni Association Director Gray Mounger.

There will be a brief program with Alumni Association President Allan Oberman, CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson and Cal State Chancellor Charles B. Reed. The Van Gogh event is intended for members of the university community, alumni and a guest.

To order, send a check payable to The CSUN Foundation/Van Gogh-along with your name, address, phone number and the name of a guest (if applicable)-to the Office of Alumni Relations, campus mail drop 8385. Telephone reservations are not being accepted.

The evening will begin with a dessert and champagne reception, catered by Patina restaurant, from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by the private showing of the exhibition from 9 to 11 p.m.

The Van Gogh exhibit is expected to attract one million visitors during its four-month stay in Los Angeles, one of only two U.S. appearances. It may be the last time so many Van Goghs are seen together.


After working through the fall semester, CSUN's 12-member Athletic Facilities Siting Advisory Committee (AFSAC) has voted to recommend two options for a future campus football facility: on-site by building a new field on the North Campus, or off-site by negotiating to improve and use the current stadium at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. In the wake of its Jan. 21 final votes, the advisory committee now plans to draft a final report and submit it to CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson.


February 1, 1999

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