February 15, 1999 Vol. III, No. 10


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 Mar.1 issue is Mon., Feb. 22.

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

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 1:15 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17, President's Conference Room A.

Faculty Committee on Extended Learning

Meets 3:15-5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17, Extended Learning Executive Conference Room.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2-4 p.m. Thu., Feb. 18, Engineering Auditorium Room 100.

Campus Planning Board

Meets 10 a.m. to noon Mon., Feb. 22, President's Conference Room A.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Wed., Feb. 24, Advising Resource Center/EOP Conference Room, Education Building Room 100.

Campus-Community Coalition: Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention

Meets 1-2:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 25, Student Health Service Conference Room.

Univ. Technology Council

Meets 3:30-5 p.m. Thu., Feb. 25, President's Conference Room A.


Tutoring Available

The College of Humanities is offering free tutorial help for students in English 302 and 305. All tutoring will be in Sierra Tower room 502. Students must make an appointment by calling Kelan Koning, x4784 or x4767, or go to Jerome Richfield Hall room 102. Tutorial hours are scheduled for Mondays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesdays 10 a.m. to noon and 1-7 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m.

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.

Q: When a professor wants students to break into groups for discussion, why must the deaf or hard-of-hearing students all be in the same group?

A: The professor may prefer that students rotate into different groups in order to work with a variety of students. But the deaf or hard-of-hearing students may prefer to be in a group together so they can communicate in their primary language. If the professor wants them in separate groups, he/she will need to request additional interpreting services from NCOD. The availability of additional interpreters will depend on their other obligations, and will require advance notice of at least 72 hours. If the deaf or hard-of-hearing students were put into separate groups without interpreting services, their access to communication would be eliminated. The NCOD is available at x2614 to discuss the individual needs of professors.

Volunteer Tax Program

The College of Business and Administration and Economics is offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for community members who cannot afford professional tax help. Participants must make less than $40,000-a-year. Specialized services are available for senior citizens, non-English speaking and handicapped individuals. Taxpayers should bring a copy of last year's tax returns, W-2 forms, the tax booklet received in the mail, interest dividend statements, records for deductions, receipts, and a voided check for electronic filing. The service is limited to basic returns. Volunteers do not prepare estimated taxes, business-related forms or nonresidents' returns. The program will be held from Sat., Feb. 6 through Sat., March 27 at campus and community locations. The CSUN location is in Business Building room 1111. No appointments can be made. fmi-x4519.

Trauma Center Volunteers

The Valley Trauma Center, which provides sexual assault crisis services, needs volunteers to staff its 24-hour crisis hotline or serve as counselors for the victims of sexual assault. CSUN's educational psychology and counseling department has sponsored the nonprofit center since 1984. There will be a 60-hour training program beginning Fri., Feb. 19. Volunteers must be over the age of 18. They will become certified as rape crisis advocates by the State Office of Criminal Justice Planning at the end of training. Interested volunteers should call (818) 772-0196. Anyone needing help or information can call the center's help-line at (818) 886-0453 or (805) 253-0258.

Sabbatical Leaves

President Blenda J. Wilson is pleased to announce the awarding of the following 42 regular sabbatical leaves and nine difference-in-pay leaves to be taken during the 1999-2000 academic year.

Bold-truly outstanding and exceptional
Italic-Difference-in-Pay Leave
College of Arts, Media, and CommunicationYears of Credit
Alfano, Edward 12
Bordeaux, Jean-Luc 8
Marston, Peter 13
Morrison, Philip 12
Schultheiss, John 11
Weiss, Art 27
College of Business Administration and Economics
Cary, David 3
Driscoll, Donna 19
Gunther, Richard 16
Li, Mingfang 9
Mandell, Myrna 7
Mercurio-Jennings, Penelope 8
Rogoff, Donald 10
van der Westhuizen, Brian 9.5
Ye, Richard Li 9
College of Education
Chen, Deborah 9
Cunningham, James 10
De La Torre, William 9
Eckmier, Janice 9
Ferrell, George 8
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mincer, Tom 10
Prince, Stewart 8
Radmanesh, Matthew 10
College of Health and Human Development
Grossman, Lillie 7
Luethy, Geraldine 13
College of Humanities
Arthur, R. Anthony 8
Athey, Joel 10
Collier-Lakeman, Susanne 9
Kellenberger, B. James 7
Myers, Jody 6
Ramos, Elias 6
College of Science and Mathematics
Clevenson, M. Lawrence 3
Dunne, George 6
Edmunds, Peter 8.5
Peric, Miroslav 9
Ranganathan, Radha 9
Rosen, Jerry 7
Rosen, Mary 7
Shubin, Carol 8.5
Simila, Gerald 3
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Fernandez, Nancy Page 3
Gilman, Antonio 3
Hardy, Donna 7
McMartin, James 6
Purnell, Rosentene 7
Rich, Harvey 6
Saetermoe, Carrie 10
Schutte, Jerald 15
Skolnick, Paul 9
Truex, Gregory 8
University Library
Burdex, Monica 13

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its deepest sympathy to:


Campaign Reception

President Blenda J. Wilson and Provost Louanne Kennedy will host the closing reception for the 1998/99 California State Employees' Campaign from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Wed., Feb. 17, in the University Student Union Thousand Oaks Room. All individuals who contributed to this year's campaign and team leaders for the campaign are invited to attend. fmi-Sabrina Rife, Academic Resources, x3735.

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 six to eight 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 the 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 or cynthia.desrochers@csun.edu.

Students in Broadcasting

College Students in Broadcasting (CSB) is sponsoring a pizza party for students interested in pursuing careers in the entertainment industry from 4-7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17, at Pizzeria Uno Bar and Grill in the Northridge Mall.

Chemistry Seminar

The chemistry department is sponsoring a series of seminars in Science 2228, as follows: fmi-Michelle Le, x3381.

Philosophy Lecture

The philosophy department and the College of Humanities are hosting a lecture titled "Naturalism and the Explanation for Evil" featuring Douglas Geivett from Biola University. 4-6 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17, in Jerome Richfield Hall room 344. fmi-x2757 or www.csun.edu/~vfeed00a.

Geological Sciences Lecture

The geological sciences department, along with the Geology Club, is sponsoring a lecture titled "What the Dinosaurs Ate-Other Than Each Other," featuring Bruce Tiffney, geological sciences department faculty member from UC Santa Barbara. 4:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17, in Science 2132. fmi-x3541.

English Lunch Discussion

The English department is holding a lunch discussion, "Linking English 302 and English 305," from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 18, in Sierra Tower room 701.

EOP Anniversary

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

Heart Association Walk

CSUN invites students, faculty and staff to participate in the 14th annual Heart Run and Walk, the official warm-up to the Los Angeles Marathon, at 8 a.m. Sun., Feb. 21, in Warner Center. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. The entry fee is $18 and includes a T-shirt exclusively designed for this year's event. Walkers and runners are encouraged to raise pledge money to win exciting prizes. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association for heart research and educational programs. Information and registration forms are available from Fred Strache in the CSUN Health Center, room 235, or by calling x3689. Interested volunteers can contact Deirdre Hollenbeck at (310) 457-5121.

DIG LA Field Trips

Discover, Inquire and Grow in Los Angeles (DIG LA) is sponsoring theater opportunities to enhance intercultural communication and appreciation of cultural diversity. The schedule of plays is as follows: Participants will depart from the USU and registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis for each play. Each event costs $6 for students, $8 for faculty/staff and $16 for non-CSUN guests. Transportation and tickets to the play are included in the fee. fmi-Office of Student Development and International Programs, x2393, voice message 431.

Eating Disorders Week

The University Counseling Service and the Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating (JADE) Project are sponsoring Eating Disorders Awareness Week from Mon., Feb. 22 through Fri., Feb. 26. The schedule of events is as follows: Mon., Feb. 22: fmi-x7500.

Eating Disorders Events

University Counseling Services and Sierra Tuscon Inc. are sponsoring events featuring Vicki Berkus, director of Sierra's eating disorders program, on Thu., Feb. 25. The schedule is as follows: RSVP and fmi-x2366.

Violence Against Women

CSUN and an affiliated community education project are sponsoring a conference titled "Ending Violence Against Women" from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thu., March 11, in the University Student Union. Some of the topics to be discussed include relationship violence and date rape, rape and sexual assault, abuse of the elderly, child abuse and violence against immigrant workers. fmi-Robert Kemmerling, x2364.

Majors Fair

The 1999 Majors Fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue., Feb. 23, in the University Student Union's 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. The event is sponsored by EOP, Undergraduate Studies and Associated Students. fmi-Helene Berg-Kolin, x2108 or helene.berg-kolin@csun.edu.

Technical Recruiting Day

The Career Center and the College of Engineering and Computer Science are sponsoring a Technical Recruiting Day in celebration of Engineering Week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Feb. 24, in the Engineering Building. Companies with full-time, part-time, and internship openings will be present for undergraduates and graduates. Graduates should bring their resume and come dressed for success. fmi-x2878 for help with resume and interviewing skills.

CSUN Hillel Lecture

Faculty and staff are invited to a free lecture/lunch sponsored by CSUN Hillel titled "From Benares to Jerusalem: the Quest for Jewish Spirituality" featuring Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller from UCLA. 11:30 a.m. Thu., Feb. 25. For location and RSVP, contact CSUN Hillel at (818) 886-5101.

Sigma Xi Award Lecture

The CSUN chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, is sponsoring the George Lefevre Award Lecture titled "The Amazing Geologic Rotation and Evolution of Southwestern California" featuring A. Eugene Fritsche, professor of geological sciences. 3:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 25, in Science 1231.

Devonshire Dash

The Matador Athletic Association and the Police Activity League Supporters (PALS) are sponsoring the 8th annual Devonshire Dash-an official warm-up event to the Los Angeles Marathon -on Sat., Feb. 27, starting on Lassen Street between Lindley and Zelzah ave. The event schedule is as follows:
7:00 a.m. Late registration and packet pick-up
7:30 a.m. Aerobic warm-up
8:00 a.m. Start 5K run/walk
8:20 a.m. Start 10K run
The advance race entrance fee is $15 before Sat., Feb. 20, and $20 thereafter until race day. Discounts are available for students, senior citizens and disabled. All runners will receive a special event T-shirt with their entries. fmi-LAPD's Devonshire Division Community Relations, (818) 756-8270.

Anthropology Lecture

The anthropology department is sponsoring a lecture titled "Eskimo Mapping" featuring Edmund Carpenter, the first anthropology department chair at CSUN, from 4-5:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 22, in Sierra Hall room 245.

China Institute Events

The China Institute is sponsoring a series of events during the spring semester, as follows: fmi-Justine Su, x3801 or zsu@csun.edu.


Career Center Workshops

The Career Center is sponsoring a series of workshops on various topics. All workshops will be held in the Career Center. Reservations are recommended. fmi-x2878. The schedule is as follows:

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. to 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 Kinesiology Building room B1. The cost of instruction is $60 per month or $150 for three months. fmi-x3205.

Training/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. The schedule of upcoming workshops is as follows: Brochures are available online at www-hrs.csun.edu. fmi-Office of Human Resource Services, x3820.

Class Web Page Workshop

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the Office of Instructional Technology are sponsoring a workshop in which 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. From 2-4 p.m. Tue., Feb. 16, in 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, e-mail a href="mailto:nancy.fernandez@csun.edu"> nancy.fernandez@csun.edu or call x3566.

Defensive Driving Courses

Defensive driving classes will be offered Tue., Feb. 23, Thu., Feb. 25 and again on Tue., March 9, in the University Student Union's Santa Clarita Room. Class times for both days are 8:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1-4:30 p.m. 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. For reservations, call Kathy Yamaguchi, Environmental Health and Safety Office, x2401.

Public Speaking Course

The communication studies department is sponsoring a Saturday morning public speaking course for students in grades 7-12 from 9-11:30 a.m. beginning March 6 in the Speech Communication Building room 224. The course materials fee is $20. Class size is limited. fmi-Rebecca Litke, x2047 or x2853.

Academic Enhancement

University Counseling Services is sponsoring a results oriented, academic success program to help participants become better students, learn more effective and efficient ways to read textbooks, take notes and prepare for tests. Participants will also learn how to better manage time, avoid procrastination and reduce stress. The program is conducted in two sections, each lasting five weeks at two hours per meeting. Section I will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Tue., March 9. Section II will be held from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Wed., March 17. Classes will meet in University Counseling Services, UPA Building, 4th floor. fmi-x2366.

China Institute Grant

CSUN's China Institute invites faculty to apply for two $1,000 grants for the 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 Fri., Mar. 19. Final written reports are due Thu., June 30, 2000. fmi-Justine Su, x3801, or Harold Giedt, (818) 363-6272.

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.

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.

Disabilities Conference

The Center on Disabilities is sponsoring its 14th annual international conference titled "Technology and Persons with Disabilities" from Mon., March 15 through Sat., March 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, or 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 for competition guidelines-x3263. Details are as follows:

Ruth Lencione Fellowship

The family environmental sciences department has an outstanding fellowship opportunity for students who wish to work with young children and their families. The award is $5,000 given over two semesters. Undergraduates and graduates may apply. The deadline is Thu., April 1. Ruth Lencione was a former chair of communicative disorders at Syracuse University and an author of numerous books and articles regarding young children. Her estate has provided for ten fellowships during a five-year period. Brochures and applications are available from the family environmental sciences office, "HD." fmi-x3051.


February 15, 1999

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