May 17, 1999 Vol. III, No. 16


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 June 1 issue is Mon., May 24.

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

1:15-5 p.m. Wed., May 19 and Wed., May 26, President's Conference Room A.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Wed., May 19, Advising Resource Center/EOP Conference Room 100, Education Annex.

University Technology Council

Meets 3:30-5 p.m. Thu., May 20, President's Conference Room A.


Grant Recipients

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching announces the recipients of the 1999-2000 Judge Julian Beck Instructional Improvement Grants. The recipients are:

Department Chair Named

President Blenda J. Wilson has approved Jane Prather as chair of the sociology department effective Wed., Aug. 25.

Who's Who Among Students

The 1999 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" will include the names of 39 students from CSUN who have been selected as outstanding campus leaders. The following students are recognized:
Maria Abundis
Jay Africa
Brian Allado
Vicki Allen
Fabienne Ambroise
Naseem Arastu
Penny Ann Bowen
Huong Can
Diana Elaine Castle
Tammy Jeanne Clark
Marina Croci
Rosemarie De Ocampo
Edna Francisco
Linda Gooley
Maria Hernandez
Dang Huynh
Bernadette Jean-Joseph
Thang Le
Christine Mangone
Silva Matossian
Erin McBride
Joyce Merritt
Souad Nachabe
Sonia Navarro
Gabriel Ortiz
Jayna Patel
Juan Carlos Pelayo
Alain Pendon
Roopa Rawjee
Delea Lou Rayburn
My Trinh (Sony) Smith
Julissa Sosa
Erica Stevens-Abbitt
Carlos Tesoro
Monica Tully
Michael Valenzuela
Arwen Vidal
Edward Yamoah
Karina Zambrano

Graduating Senior Awards

The Office of Vice President for Student Affairs announces the recipients of the 1999 Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards. The following students are recognized:

Jake Finch, Journalism; Rondi Hegglin, Journalism; Sony Smith, FCS/Family Studies; Karina Zambrano, Electrical Engineering.

Jewish Religious Holiday

Provost Louanne Kennedy asks that faculty and staff be sensitive to students' religious obligations when scheduling course deadlines and activities during the Jewish Shavuott holiday, from Fri., May 21 through Sat. May 22. Campus policy permits eligible students, based on their religious creed, to reschedule tests without penalty. fmi-x2957.

Goodwill Donation Drive

As the spring semester ends, the time has come for packing, moving and recycling. The University Recycling Program, an Associated Students program, and Goodwill Industries will be collecting items at CSUN for the annual Check-Out Donation Drive from Sat., May 22 through Sun., June 6. The donation drive is geared to students "checking out" of the dorms and will give everyone a chance to recycle household items that are no longer needed. Funds raised will provide job training and vocational rehabilitation programs for participants with physical and developmental disabilities. Donations will be accepted at the northeast corner of Lindley Avenue and Lassen Street, with an attendant on duty daily from 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. to issue receipts for tax purposes. fmi-Cyndi Signett, x2477.

Library Exhibit

The Oviatt Library is sponsoring an exhibit titled "Mi: Beauty in Korean Culture" through the end of May in the Oviatt Library lobby.

University Holiday Schedule

President Blenda Wilson has determined the university holiday schedule for the 1999-2000 academic year. Please note that, in accordance with this holiday schedule, the university will be closed from Fri., Dec. 24 to Fri., Dec. 31. The university will reopen Mon., Jan. 3, 2000. The schedule is as follows:
Independence Day
Observed Monday, July 5, 1999

Labor Day
Mon., Sept. 6
Thanksgiving Day
Thu., Nov. 25
Admission Day
Observed Friday, Nov. 26
Christmas Day
Observed Friday, Dec. 24
Columbus Day
Observed Monday, Dec. 27
Veterans' Day
Observed Tuesday, Dec. 28
Lincoln's Birthday
Observed Wednesday, Dec. 29
Washington's Birthday
Observed Thursday, Dec. 30
New Year's Day
Observed Friday, Dec. 31
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, Jan. 17, 2000
Memorial Day
Monday, May 29, 2000
Independence Day
Tue., July 4, 2000
fmi-Joan Evans, Office of Human Resource Services, x2118.

Textbook Buyback

The Matador Bookstore will buy textbooks from students during finals week at three locations: fmi-x2913

NCOD Information

CSUN's National Center on Deafness provides the following Q and A for university faculty and staff members to better serve the campus' deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Q: Why does a second interpreter sometimes arrive 20 minutes late? Isn't one interpreter enough?

A: For a one-hour or 90-minute class, one interpreter is usually enough. But a team of interpreters may be arranged for a variety of reasons:

  1. the subject matter may be dense with specialized vocabulary;
  2. the interpreter may be avoiding an injury (tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.);
  3. the class may involve significant student participation, and the interpreter may need assistance from an additional interpreter.

    The second interpreter may arrive 20 minutes late because their assigned class was canceled or the other student was a "no-show." In that case, the second interpreter is reassigned and therefore may arrive late.

    But for three-hour lecture classes, two interpreters are normally assigned. They will alternate interpreting about every 20-30 minutes, attempting to disrupt the class as little as possible. While one is actively interpreting, the second is monitoring the interpreting and the lecture, offering support as needed. Since both are actively involved, they will require a break during the class.


    Honored Faculty Reception

    CSUN's honored faculty reception will be held from 9-11 a.m. Thu., May 20, in the USU's Grand Salon. The following faculty will receive awards:
    • Mark Raab, Anthropology, Outstanding Professor
    • Michael Spagna, Special Education, Distinguished Teaching Award
    • George Dunne, Geological Sciences, Distinguished Teaching Award.
    • Eric Kelson, Chemistry, Distinguished Teaching Award
    • Herman DeBose, Sociology, Distinguished Teaching Award
    • Rebecca Litke, Communication Studies, Advancement of Teaching Effectiveness Award
    • Jack Lopez, English, Creativity Award
    • Frederick Kuretski, Radio-TV-Film, Creativity Award
    • Paul Koistinen, History, Scholarly Publication Award
    Emeritus professors and professors reaching the 25th year at CSUN for 1999 also will be honored.

    K-12 Standards Conference

    CSUN is sponsoring a two-day conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. and Sat., May 21-22, in the USU Northridge Center. The conference will be devoted to the new California K-12 Acedmic Standards for Language Arts, Mathematics and Science

    The theme of the conference is the California State Academic Content Standards for K-12. These are brand new subject matter standards for English and language arts, math and for science. They are high standards with specific grade level benchmarks. Textbooks and statewide exams will be based on them.

    The confernce is intended for all stakeholders in K-12 public education, including CSUN faculty, K-12 teachers and administrators and parents of school children, especially in the San Fernando Valley. Members of the audience will be able to question speakers and raise concerns.

    Updated information on the conference is available at the following web site: Campus parking is available in Lot C on Zelzah Avenue north of Nordhoff Street.

    fmi-David Klein at or x7792.


    Training and Development Programs

    The Office of Human Resource Services sponsors workshops on 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.

    An upcoming session Tue., May 18, will cover a Wellness Overview. Participants will learn strength training, flexibility, cardiovascular and dietary needs. Features Geoff Stocker, AS Director of Recreational Sports. From 3-4 p.m. in the Business Building room 4117. fmi-Office of Human Resource Services, x3820.

    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. Classes begin Mon., June 7. Register early, class size is limited. fmi- x2798.


    Thesis Deadline

    The Office of Graduate Studies reminds students that the deadline to submit their theses is Fri., May 21.

    Assistive Technology Training

    The Center on Disabilities and the College of Extended Learning are hosting training classes for the Assistive Technology Training Certificate Program (ATACP) this summer. The program is designed for individuals who seek to enhance their professional development and skill level by earning a certificate in assistive technology applications.

    The Los Angeles session will be held July 12-16, with a registration deadline of Mon., June 28. An Orange County session will be held July 19-23, with a registration deadline of Tue., July 6.

    The 100-hour training will consist of lectures, demonstrations, discussions and field visit observations on practical applications of assistive technology. There will be 40 hours of live instruction during the two weeks, 52 hours of on-line instruction and eight hours credit toward a required project to be completed within 90 days of completion of the live instruction workshop. Cost is $1,995 per person. The program results in a certificate in assistive technology and 10 continuing education units. fmi-Kirk Behnke, x2578.

    May 17, 1999

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