March 1, 1999 Vol. III, No. 11


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.15 issue is Mon., Mar. 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) 677-4909, or e-mailing them to to E-mail is the preferred method of submitting. Note: fmi-means for more information.

Public Meetings

Personnel Planning and Review Committee President's Advisory Board on Intercollegiate Athletics

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

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Wed., March 3, President's Conference Room A.

University Corporation Board of Directors

Meets 3 p.m. Thu., March 4, University Club.

Faculty Executive Committee

Meets 1 p.m. Thu., March 4, President's Conference Room A.

Educational Resources Committee

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

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Wed., March 10, Business Building, Room 2224.

Statewide Academic Senate

Meets 1:30-5 p.m. Thu., March 11, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., March 12, at CSU headquarters, 400 Golden Shore, Long Beach.

CSUN Foundation Directors

Quarterly meeting 6 p.m. Thu., March 11. College of Extended Learning board room, BC102, in the Matador Bookstore complex. fmi-x2150.


History Program

History professor emeritus Sheldon Harris will narrate a television broadcast titled "Unit 731: Nightmare with Manchuria," at 7 p.m. (local time) Sun., March 7, on the History Channel.

Suicide Prevention Project

University Counseling Service is sponsoring the Student Suicide Prevention Project. The program offers presentations to educate the campus community about suicide and its prevention. Contact Marshall Bloom or Tamara Klumpe, x2366 or mail drop 8217 to schedule a presentation or for more information.

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 an interpreter or note-taker is absent, why does a substitute walk in 20 minutes late or not show up at all? A: A substitute is normally coming from another assignment where the student hasn't shown up, the professor hasn't shown up, etc. The service provider then calls the office, is dispatched to another assignment and walks there. This usually takes about 20 minutes. The NCOD is currently providing service in more than 700 classes on campus. Unfortunately, this is still not enough. There is a nationwide shortage of quality interpreters. The NCOD employs more than 100 interpreters from entry level through nationally certified. But we need more, as you may be aware. We are recruiting heavily by putting ads in professional journals, attending conferences, putting ads on the Web, speaking at interpreter training programs, etc. We continue these recruiting efforts year-round with the goal of resolving the shortage of qualified interpreters here at CSU Northridge.

Pasadena Playhouse Tickets

The Pasadena Playhouse is offering half-price tickets for teachers during the 1999 season. Prices range from $83 to $45. The playhouse will show plays by Oscar Wilde, Jeff Baron and others. fmi-(626) 792-8672, x405.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its deepest sympathy to:


Blood Drive

Associated Students, the Student Health Center and the American Red Cross are sponsoring the annual spring blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon., March 1 through Thu., March 4, in the quad area between the Matador Bookstore and the Oviatt Library. fmi- and appointments for donation can be made by calling Barbara Vallaire, x3690.

China Institute Events

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

College Students in Broadcasting

College Students in Broadcasting will have a guest speaker from the entertainment industry to offer advice from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Tue., March 2, in the Speech Drama Building, room 209.

Religious Studies Film

The religious studies department is sponsoring a screening of the film titled "Mahmoud Darwish: As the Land is the Language" from 7-10 p.m. Tue., March 2, in the University Student Union Theater. The director/producer of the film about the man called the national poet of Palestine will be on hand for a discussion following the screening. fmi-Amir Hussain, x2741.

Chemistry Seminars

The chemistry department, with sponsorship from the Chemistry Club and the Southern California affiliates of the American Chemical Society, is hosting upcoming seminar speakers. Wednesdays, 4 p.m., in Science 2228 as follows: n March 3: Neil Schore from UC Davis on "Chemoselectivity in Polymer-Supported Organic Synthesis." n March 10: Richard Dickerson from UCLA on "DNA Sequence Recognition by Drugs and Proteins."


The Alumni Association, Campus Activities and the Commencement Committee are sponsoring the third annual GradFest program for graduating seniors on Wed., March 3. For day students, the event will take place in front of the Matador Bookstore from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for the evening students from 5-6:30 p.m. in the USU, Northridge Center. Prospective graduates can make arrangements for June commencement, including ordering caps and gowns and learning about benefits offered by the CSUN Alumni Association. fmi-x2393.

Flag Dedication Ceremony

The Cal State Northridge Blue Key Leadership Honor Society and the Oviatt Library are sponsoring the 4th annual Rayburn-Blue Key Leadership U.S. Flag Dedication to CSUN to honor outstanding faculty, teachers and students at 11 a.m. Wed., Mar. 3, in the Oviatt Portico. The University Chorus and Color Guard also will be participating.

Service Learning Conference

The CSUN Center for Community Service Learning will be holding its Western Region Compact Consortium 2nd Annual Continuum of Service Conference from Wed., March 3 through Fri., March 5. The conference is co-sponsored by CSUN and Cal State Fullerton. The event will discuss how to integrate service learning into department and existing courses. fmi-Maureen Rubin, x2864 for location and times.

DIG LA Field Trips

Discover, Inquire, and Grow in Los Angeles (DIG LA) is sponsoring a field trip to see a play titled "The Rape of Djuna Barnes" from 1:30-6 p.m. Sun., March 7. Participants will depart from the USU and registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. The 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.

Geological Sciences Lecture

The geological sciences department, along with the Geology Club, is sponsoring a lecture titled "History of the CSUN Department of Geological Sciences and Myrmekite-A Clue to Many Geologic Problems," featuring Larry Collins, CSUN geological sciences professor emeritus, at noon Wed., March 10, in SC1231. fmi-x3541.

Violence Against Women

Cal State Northridge and a community education project are sponsoring a conference titled "Ending Violence Against Women" from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in the University Student Union. Some of the topics that will 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.

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. fmi-Center on Disabilities, x2578, or

Online Teaching Tools Forum

In this "show and tell" style forum, faculty will discuss how they are using three exciting online tools for instruction in their classes. With HyperNews, instructors may create a web based bulletin board for asynchronous communication. Internet Relay Chat enables synchronous discussion in a "virtual classroom." Quizmaker allows instructors to develop online testing and assessment in a variety of evaluation formats. The forum is from 2-4 p.m. Wed., March 17, in Education 2121B. Reservations are appreciated but not required. To save a spot, or call x2204. All faculty and staff are welcome. fmi-Nancy Fernandez, nancy.fernandez, x3566 or ~nancy/forum2spring99.html.


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. The schedule is as follows:

Technology Training

Information and Technology Resources (ITR) offers a variety of free information and technology training workshops to faculty, staff and students. The schedule of classes is as follows:

Biotechnology Seminar Series

The colleges of Science and Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science, Health and Human Development, and Social and Behavioral Sciences are sponsoring a biotechnology interdisciplinary seminar series. The series will explore the interdisciplinary nature of biotechnology, presented by experts from academia and industry. One unit credit can be applied by signing up for independent study course 499 (undergraduate) or 699 (graduate). The seminars will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Fridays, in Science 2132. The schedule of seminars is as follows:

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. The schedule of workshops is as follows: Brochures are available online at fmi-Office of Human Resource Services, x3820.

Youth Institute Program

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

Defensive Driving Course

A defensive driving class will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1-4:30 p.m. Tue., March 9, in the University Student Union, Santa Clarita Room. 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.

Academic Performance Enhancement Experience

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 March 9. Section II will be held from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 17. Classes will meet in University Counseling Services, UPA Building, 4th floor. fmi-x2366.

NCAA Self-Study Draft

The final draft of CSUN's NCAA Certification Self-Study is available for review. Copies are available for review in the Office of the President, the Office of the Faculty President, the AS Office and the Reference Desk in the Oviatt Library. Individual copies can be obtained by calling the Office of Equity and Diversity at x2077. Please send any comments, corrections or suggestions for improvement to the Office of Equity and Diversity, mail code 8208, or no later than Mon., March 1.

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:

Graduate Studies Deadlines

Applications for various grants, awards and theses are due in the Office of Graduate Studies on the following days:

Presidential Experience Program

The Northridge Presidential Scholar Association is sponsoring the Presidential Experience Program for any CSUN student. The Presidential Experience Program will give three CSUN students the opportunity to experience the duties and responsibilities facing President Blenda J. Wilson on a daily basis, by accompanying her on her itinerary for a day. The three students will be chosen based on evaluation of their essays. Faculty are urged to encourage students to apply, especially those who wish to gain a better understanding of the office of president and/or those who have a unique perspective as a student. Applications are available in the Student Development & International Programs office. Deadline to submit an application is Fri., March 19. fmi-x2393.

Faculty Senate Elections

Faculty members who want to run for an office of the Faculty Senate and have not yet been nominated may submit a petition signed by 15 faculty members to the Faculty Senate Office. Petitions are due in the Faculty Senate Office by 5 p.m. Fri., March 12. If one knows of faculty members who wish to run for office, please encourage them to circulate a petition or circulate one on their behalf. The following faculty members have been nominated for Faculty Offices:

Vice President (1 year term)
Michael Neubauer, Mathematics

Secretary/Treasurer (1 year term)
Michael Barrett, Library Brian van der Westhuizen, Marketing

Statewide Academic Senate (3 year term)
Lynne Cook, Special Education
Barbara Swerkes, Kinesiology

Senators-At-Large (2 year terms) 6 vacancies
Elizabeth Berry, Comm. Studies
Warren Bland, Geography
David Horne, Pan-African Studies
Donald Hall, English
Amir Hussain, Religious Studies
Charles Macune, History
Clara Park, Secondary Education
Steven Stepanek, Computer Science
Cheryl Spector, English
Peter Bellin, Health Sciences

Senate positions available for re-election in balloting due to begin April 1 are: vice-president, secretary/treasurer, statewide academic senator and senators-at-large.

March 1, 1999

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