March 15, 1999 Vol. III, No. 12


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 April 5 issue is Mon., Mar. 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) 677-4909, or e-mailing them to to E-mail is the preferred method of submitting. Note: fmi-means for more information.

Public Meetings

Public Meetings

Personnel Planning and Review Committee Meets 2 p.m. Wed., March 17, President's Conference Room A.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2-4:30 p.m. Thu., March 18, Engineering Auditorium, Room 100.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Wed., March 24, Business Building, Room 2224.

Faculty Executive Committee

Meets 1-5 p.m. Thu., March 25, President's Conference Room C.

Campus Disabilities Board

Meets 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thu., March 25, USU, Thousand Oaks Room.

University Technology Council

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


Jewish Religious Holidays

Provost Louanne Kennedy asks that faculty and staff be sensitive to students' religious obligations when scheduling course deadlines and activities during the Jewish Passover holiday, from Thu., April 1 through Thu., April 8. Special observances will occur on the last two days of Passover, Wed., April 7, and Thu., April 8. Campus policy permits eligible students to reschedule tests without penalty. fmi-x2957.

Faculty Senate Elections

The Faculty Senate will be holding elections from Thu., April 1, through Fri., April 23. All ballots must be in by 5 p.m. Fri., April 23. fmi-x3263.

Emerging Leaders

Applications are available in the Office of Student Development and International Programs (SD&IP) for students to serve as mentors in the 1999-2000 Emerging Leaders, a peer mentor program designed to facilitate the development of leadership skills for new and continuing students. Mentors gain confidence in public speaking, group facilitation, and presentation skills. They have the opportunity to dynamically impact another student's life. fmi-Vicki Allen, x2393 or e-mail

Suicide Prevention Project

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

Work-Study Meeting

All departments that plan to hire Federal Work-Study students in the 1999-2000 academic year must send a representative to the mandatory annual supervisors' meeting from 3-5 p.m. Thu., March 25, in the Engineering Auditorium. Departments that do not send a representative will not be eligible to participate in the 1999-2000 Federal Work-Study Program. fmi-Josie Carbajal, x3875.

Fire Extinguisher Training

A hands-on fire extinguisher training will be conducted from 10-11 a.m. and again from 2-3 p.m. Tue., March 30, in the north end of the Satellite Student Union. The training is conducted by the Los Angeles City Fire Department and allows participants to extinguish an actual fire. Anyone interested should contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office x2401 for reservations or more details.

NCOD Information

Q: When midterms/finals are scheduled in a class, will the service provider be present?
A: Normally, notetakers and realtime captionists are not present for examinations. However, the student may want the interpreter to stay for the entire midterm/final, stay for the first ten minutes, or not come at all. The faculty member also has the option of requesting the interpreter to remain for the duration of the exam. If the interpreter is present, he or she may want to scan the exam to become familiar with the terminology that may come up in a question from the student. However, the interpreter is not there to fulfill the role of the proctor.

Summer Session Catalogs

Summer Session class schedules are available at the Matador Bookstore and in the College of Extended Learning office located at the main entrance of the Matador Bookstore. Mail-in registration begins Mon., April 5. Students need not be regularly enrolled at Cal State Northridge to take summer credit classes. Hundreds of university credit courses will be offered in three separate sessions beginning Mon., June 7. Summer classes also will be held at the university's Ventura campus, 2151 Alessandro Drive. fmi-x2786.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its deepest sympathy to:

Center on Disabilities Conf.

The Center on Disabilities is sponsoring its 14th annual international conference, "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,

Women's History Month

The Cal State Northridge Women's Center is sponsoring a series of events celebrating Women's History Month. The schedule of events is as follows:

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:

Online Teaching Tools Forum

In this "show and tell" style forum, faculty will discuss how they are using three 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, e-mail or x2204. All faculty and staff are welcome. fmi- Nancy Page Fernandez, nancy.fernandez@csun .edu, x3566 or /~nancy/forum2spring99.html.

Open House

Cal State Northridge invites the community to the '99 Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., March 20, in the Matador Bookstore Complex. Prospective first-time freshmen and new transfer students and their families will learn about academic departments and meet faculty, administrators, deans, staff and students. They can also meet representatives of student clubs, organizations and student services staff. Tours of laboratories, library, classrooms, residence halls and art gallery will be available. Prospective students must reserve by Mon., March 15, by calling Outreach and Recruitment x2967.

Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Oviatt Library will host a used book sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue., March 23, in the lobby of the Oviatt. All proceeds go to purchase materials for the library. fmi-x2638.

Entertainment Industry Institute Discussion

The Entertainment Industry Institute, the radio, television, film department, and the Motion Pictures Editors Guild are sponsoring a discussion on film editing from 5-7 p.m. Tue., March 23, in the Speech/Drama Building, room 214. Guest editors from the entertainment industry will take questions from the audience. Space is limited. Signup in Speech/Drama, room 211. fmi-Lani Daniels, x3432,

St. Francis Dam Disaster Exhibit

The university library is sponsoring an exhibit and presentation on the St. Francis Dam Disaster of March 1928, which claimed the lives of over 400 people when the dam failed. David Rogers, geologist and civil engineer, will give a presentation on the causes behind the dam failure at 7 p.m. Tue., March 23, at the University Club. The exhibit will be displayed in the lobby of the Oviatt, through Fri., April 16. fmi-x2638.

Geological Lecture

The Department of Geological Sciences and the Geology Club will sponsor a lecture titled "A Tale of Three Channels and One River on the Orange County Coast" featuring Ivan Colburn from the geology department at Cal State Los Angeles at noon Wed., March 24, in Science 1, room 1231. fmi-x3541.

Volunteer Opportunity

The Career Center and Habitat for Humanity are sponsoring an "Alternative Spring Break Habitat for Humanity" project from Tue., March 30, through Fri., April 2, in Panorama City. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to help build homes and assist low-income families fulfill their dreams of owning their own homes. fmi-x3260.

Women's Forum

The China Institute and the Women's Studies department are sponsoring a forum titled "Women's Roles in the United States and China" at 10 a.m. Fri., April 9, in the Education Building Conference Room 1214. Featured panelists include Angela Lew, Judith Marlene, Elizabeth Say, Wendy Wang, and Baorong Yao. Elliot Mininberg and Justine Su will moderate. fmi-Justine Su, x3801,

Elderly Health Care Symposium

The Center for Sports Medicine will hold its second annual symposium, "Living Well Into the Golden Years," from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., April 10, at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills. The day-long symposium will feature Christina Economos from Tufts University, Robert Gregor from Georgia Tech, and Mark Grabiner from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Topics include arthritis management, aging eyes, IRA distributions and long term care, balance activities, pharmacist care, golden nutritional keys, aging hearing options, Alzheimer's, late-life depression, and live participatory sessions in strength training and Tai Chi. Application brochures are available in the Kinesiology department office. fmi-Bill Whiting, x4917 or Steven Loy, x3220.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

CSUN's Alumni Association recently announced the selection of four individuals to receive the 1999 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The awards will be presented Sat., April 17, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in the roof garden.

The event-to be co-hosted by President Blenda J. Wilson and the past presidents of the Cal State Northridge Alumni Association-will honor four alums who have achieved a high level of success in their chosen fields of endeavor, thus bringing distinction to themselves, their community and their alma mater.

The event commences at 6:30 p.m. Sat., April 17, in the Sheraton's Roof Garden.

Tickets are $60 per person, or $550 for a table of ten. The 1999 honorees are:

Fmi or to purchase tickets-Office of Alumni Relations (818) 677-2137.


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:

Training and Development Programs

The Office of Human Resource Services is sponsoring workshops onn topics including 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 is: Brochures are available online at fmi-Office of Human Resource Services, x3820.

Biotechnology Seminar Series

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

Career Center Workshops

The Career Center is sponsoring two workshops in the Career Center. Reservations are recommended. The schedule is as follows:

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.-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 the University Counseling Services, UPA Building, 4th floor. fmi-x2366.

Presidential Experience Program

The Northridge Presidential Scholar Association is sponsoring the Presidential Experience Program, which 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.

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, 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., March 22, for a meeting on Mon., April 12. fmi-x2901.

Staff Service Recognition Ceremony

The Staff Award Ceremony will be held on Wed., May 19, in recognition of staff members' dedicated service to the University. The awards are given in five-year service increments. Those slated to be honored are listed on pp. 6-7 in this issue. If you believe your years of service should be recognized and your name does not appear on the least, contact Rocelle Johnson, Office of Human Resource Services, x2119. The deadline for submitting your name is Mon., March 22.

Clubs & Organizations Awards

The 1998 clubs and organizations awards will be held on Wed., May 5. Award application packets are now available in the Office of Student Development and International Programs. All chartered clubs and organizations are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit awards application packets is 4:45 p.m. Thu., March 25. No applications will be accepted after that time.

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

Applications are now being accepted for the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. This award will be presented to four graduating seniors during the Honors Convocation ceremony at 6 p.m. Tue., June 1, at the University Club. Each recipient will receive a cash award of $1,000.

A selection committee comprised of campus, community and alumni representatives will select recipients based on academic excellence, contributions to school and community, and exceptional achievements or personal life circumstances that have been overcome.

Applications must possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have a degree completion date of Fall 1998, Spring 1999, or Summer 1999. Candidates must complete an application form and submit two letters of recommendation by Wed., March 31. Application forms are available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Administration Park, Dome 702. fmi-x2391.

Employee of the Year Award

The 1999 Employee of the Year Award recognizes a staff employee who has made significant contributions and provided outstanding service to the university, including its auxiliaries: the University Corporation, University Student Union, Associated Students, and California State University, Northridge, Foundation. Recognition will be awarded on an overall-university basis.

Any staff member (excluding faculty and members of the Management Personnel Plan) who has been employed halftime or more for a minimum of two years and has maintained a satisfactory or better work record is eligible.

The recipient is chosen on the basis of outstanding contributions to the university above and beyond what is expected for the position in one or more of the following areas: creativity or innovation, initiative, leadership, teamwork, and special contributions to the immediate work area or to the university as a whole.

A staff member may be nominated for this award by any supervisor or manager to whom the employee reports directly or indirectly, or staff or faculty who have direct knowledge of the employee's performance. All nominations must be completed and submitted to Lynne Rosengard, Office of Human Resource Services (mail drop 8229), no later than Wed., March 31.

Nomination forms will be mailed to the departments or can be picked up in the Office of Human Resource Services, benefits department. The recipient will be honored and the award presented by President Wilson at the Staff Recognition Ceremony on Wed., May 19, in the University Student Union, Shoshone Room.

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. Brochures and applications are available from the Family Environmental Sciences Office, "HD", x3051.

Graduate Studies Deadlines

Applications for various grants, awards, and theses are due in the Office of Graduate Studies are due on the following days: Thesis deadline: Fri., May 21. fmi-x2138.

Entertainment Industry Grants

The Entertainment Industry Institute provides funding for projects which promote interdisciplinary learning or research related to the creative, business, or technological aspects of the entertainment industry. A maximum of five projects for the 1999-2000 academic year will be funded. Projects should coincide with one or more of the following categories: research projects, classroom instruction, and interdisciplinary student projects. All faculty and staff are eligible for project support. The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. Fri., April 2, in the Speech Drama Building, room 211, mail drop code 8236. fmi-x3432 or

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