August 31, 1998 Vol. III, No. 1
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President's Advisory Board on Intercollegiate Athletics
Meets 7 p.m. Tue., Sept. 1, President's Conference Room A.
Faculty Executive Committee
Retreat/Workshop 1-5 p.m. Thu., Sept. 3, University Club, Lamb's Lounge.
Siting Advisory Committee
Meets 6:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 3 and 10, University Club, Northridge Room.
Meets 2-4 p.m. Tue., Sept. 8, President's Conference Room C.
Statewide Academic Senate
Meets 1:30-5 p.m. Thu., Sept. 10, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., Sept. 11, at CSU Headquarters, 400 Golden Shore, Long Beach.
CSUN Foundation Directors
Quarterly meeting Sun., Sept. 13. All welcome. Call x2150 for time, place and additional information.
Reference guides describing the steps to be taken in the event of an emergency are posted in every classroom and office on campus. Some of the emergencies covered include fires, earthquakes, medical emergencies and building evacuations. To ensure that everyone is familiar with these procedures, make sure a copy is posted in classrooms and work areas. The procedures should be reviewed regularly with all students, faculty and staff. Suggested forums include:
In particular, all students, faculty and staff should know how to evacuate their buildings and where to go after leaving. For extra copies of the safety procedures, call the Environmental Health and Safety Office. fmi-x2401.
A 5-minute review during the first class meeting of the semester
Monthly safety meetings
New employee orientation and training
Revised Faculty Policies
President Blenda J. Wilson has approved a policy statement concerning appointment and evaluation of department chairs (Section 622.6) that was passed by the Faculty Senate on May 14. The policy sets three-year terms for chairs, includes procedures and due process for reassigning chairs to the faculty and provides feedback to the department after a chair has been evaluated.
Wilson also approved a revised policy on library loans to the faculty that was passed by the Faculty Senate on April 16. The policy now states that library materials can be renewed only once with a maximum loan period of up to two years. After that period, materials must be returned for inspection, repair and reshelving before a new loan cycle can begin. The due date for faculty loans will remain in February.
Department Chairs Named
The following new department chairs have been approved by President Blenda J. Wilson: Magnhild Lien, mathematics; Eugene Fritsche, geological sciences; Cynthia Rawitch, journalism, and Kim Greenhalgh, business law. Nagwa Bekir will continue as chair of electrical and computer engineering.
Laboratory School Enrollment
CSUN's Laboratory School is now accepting enrollments for its kindergarten program. The school, on Halsted Street in the northwest area of the campus, is nationally accredited and licensed, and is staffed by a credentialed, faculty educator as well as university students training to be teachers. The adult/child ratio is 1 to 4 and includes a five-hour program with a nutritious lunch and snacks. Before and after school care is available from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Enrichment after school classes are also available. fmi-x3131.
Current Address Information
All university employees (including student employees) must maintain current home address information with CSUN. For a change of address, employees need to complete an Employee Action Request form available in Payroll Services, Administration Park 705, and in Human Resource Services, Administration Park 702. Employees also can call Human Resource Services at x3812 and request a form be mailed to their campus address. Notify department secretaries of any address change. fmi-Payroll Services, x2314, or Rhonda Gershon, x3812.
The north side of Nordhoff Street between Amestoy and Etiwanda avenues has new "No Parking" signs as well as the south side of Nordhoff between Zelzah and Etiwanda avenues. The morning hours are 7-9 a.m. New afternoon hours are 4:30-7 p.m., changed from 4-7 p.m. to allow students to move their cars after afternoon classes to avoid citations.
Student Parking Regulations
Parking Services is available to assist or answer any questions regarding student parking on campus. Student permit parking is available in Lots A, B, C, O and the parking garage on Zelzah Avenue near Kinzie Street. Students may park in these lots with either a semester or daily permit. The cost for a permit is $63 in those lots, or a discounted $40 for a Lot T permit. Permits can be obtained at the cash management office in the Education Administration building at the corner of Vincennes Street and Etiwanda Avenue.
Daily permits are available at the three information booths and at a machine in the parking garage. The information booths are located at Nordhoff Street at Lindley Avenue, Darby Avenue at Prairie Street and Zelzah Avenue at Plummer Street. Metered parking is also located throughout the campus. Parking permits are required every day including Sundays, 24 hours a day, and must be clearly displayed. If individuals are not going to change vehicles, place the permit on the left corner of the rear bumper or clearly in the driver's side front windshield. If anyone receives a citation and believes it is unjust, state law mandates an appeals process. To appeal a parking citation or for any questions about campus parking, contact Parking Services, UPA Building 11, room 105, or call x2157.
Faculty, Staff Promotions
President Blenda J. Wilson is pleased to announce the following promotions effective Aug. 26.
To associate professor:
- Adams, John, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
- Cadavid, Ana, Physics and Astronomy
- Cary, David, Finance, Real Estate and Insurance
- Chen, Deborah, Special Education
- Farivar, Sydney, Elementary Education
- Hirota, Akiko, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
- Lopez, Jack, English
- Polewczak, Jacek, Mathematics
- Say, Elizabeth, Religious Studies
- Theodoulou, Stella, Political Science
- van der Westhuizen, Brian, Marketing
- Ye, Richard, Accounting and MIS
- Huff, Robert, Health Sciences
- Kim, Jaime, Computer Science
- Melikyan, Gagik, Chemistry
- Moon, David, Art
- Neubauer, Michael, Mathematics
- Prince, Stewart, Mechanical Engineering
- Whiting, William, Kinesiology
- Wilson, Barbara, Office Systems and Business Education
To student services professional, academic related III:
- Reagan, Michael, Reference and Instructional Services
- Okazaki, Carolyn, University Counseling Services
- Schmidt-Levy, Judith, University Counseling Services
- Shapiro, Bruce, University Counseling Services
CalPERS Open Enrollment
During the CalPERS open enrollment Sept. 1 to Oct. 15, all eligible state employees can enroll in a state group health, dental and vision plan and/or a FlexCash plan for the first time, change plans or add eligible dependents. Representatives will be on campus from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thu., Sept. 10, in the University Student Union, West Valley Room, to answer employees' questions. fmi-Jean Gearing, x3810.
CSUN's National Center on Deafness provides the following Q. & A. for university faculty and staff members to better serve the university's deaf and hard of hearing students.
Q. How can faculty members assist service providers for deaf and hard of hearing students?
A. Interpreters, notetakers and real-time captionists (as well as students) find it very helpful when faculty members write specialized terms, names and dates on the board. They also are aided by a copy of the syllabus and, if possible, a written list of terms at the beginning of the semester.
Service providers are obliged to spell these terms correctly, but may not be familiar with the spelling of unusual words or jargon. The deaf or hard of hearing students may know the correct spelling, but the service provider also needs to know the correct spelling.
The interpreter may (after class) ask the faculty member the definition of a term as it relates to that class. This will assist the interpreter in choosing an appropriate sign for the concept that best expresses the faculty member's intent.
For more information, the National Center on Deafness/Western Region Outreach Center & Consortia is sponsoring a live teleclass, "Focus on Faculty: Effective Pedagogy with Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing." The teleclass will be Thu., Sept. 24, from noon-2 p.m. fmi-x2611.
University Holiday, Closure Schedule
President Wilson has determined the university holiday schedule for the 1998-99 academic year. The university will be closed from Fri., Dec. 25, through Fri., Jan. 1, and will reopen Mon., Jan. 4.
Monthly rate employees are entitled to the paid holidays on the day they are observed on campus unless they are in a non-pay status on the holiday, or they are required to work to perform necessary services. Hourly employees are eligible for prorated holiday pay pursuant to the table provided to all departments by memo dated Dec. 18.
Employees who are required to work on a holiday will receive holiday compensation or compensatory time off. The holidays listed below are in addition to the personal holiday that every employee receives each Jan. 1, and which must be used before Dec. 31 that year. Part-time employees and hourly employees are entitled to a personal holiday on a prorated basis.
The university will be closed on the holidays listed below. Essential services, such as campus security, will be maintained on all the days of closure.
Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 7
Thanksgiving Day, Thu., Nov. 26
Admission Day obs., Fri., Nov. 27
Christmas Day, Fri., Dec. 25
Columbus Day obs., Mon., Dec. 28
Veterans' Day obs., Tue., Dec. 29
Lincoln's B-day obs., Wed., Dec. 30
Washington's B-day obs., Thu., Dec. 31
New Year's Day, Fri., Jan. 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day., Mon., Jan. 18
Memorial Day, Mon., May 31
Independence Day obs. , Mon., July 5
fmi-Office of Human Resource Services, x2118.
Our Deepest Sympathy
The campus extends its sympathy to:
- Vicki Morton (Journalism) and her family on the loss of her husband, Keith Morton, professor and former chair, the department of anthropology.
- Joseph Antunez (Provost's Office) and his family on the loss of his mother.
- Gale LaFreniere (Extended Learning) and her family on the loss of her father.
- Maria Amaya (Physical Plant Management) and her family on the loss of her father.
The University Student Union is hosting a series of free Welcome Week events for the campus community. Schedule is as follows:
- Mon., Aug. 31: USU obstacle course. Noon, Oviatt Lawn. Compete against your friends.
- Tue., Sept. 1: Hollywood-style multimedia game show called "Earning Credit." 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union, Fernandeno Room. Win a $1,000 scholarship and additional prizes.
- Wed., Sept. 2: Hypnotist show with Chuck Milligan, 8 p.m. USU Northridge Center.
- Thu., Sept. 3: Dive-In Movie, "Wild Things." 9:30 p.m., University Park Apartments, Building 13 pool facility. Bring an inner tube.
AS Officers Installation
CSUN's Associated Students will hold its annual installation of officers on Tue., Sept. 1, in the USU Grand Salon. A luncheon buffet will begin at 1 p.m. followed by the installation of officers and remarks at 1:30 p.m. and a Student Senate meeting at 2 p.m.
President's Welcome Picnic
CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson and faculty and staff members will don aprons Wed., Sept. 2, to welcome new and returning students with a picnic. The event will take place on the Oviatt Lawn from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Faculty and staff volunteers will join the president and other administrators in dishing out food, drinks and other goodies. fmi-x2391.
Meet the Clubs Day
Meet the Clubs Day, an event to introduce the various student opportunities and organizations on campus, will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., Sept. 2, in the Sierra Quad. This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to display projects and to recruit students for internships, fellowships, research projects, employment or organizations. fmi-Kelly Kuchenbrod, Office of Student Development & International Programs, x2393, or
Library Wings Groundbreaking
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Oviatt Library's new wings will be held 10 a.m. Wed., Sept. 9, under the shade trees near the southeast corner of the Oviatt Lawn. CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson, Provost Louanne Kennedy, Vice President Art Elbert, Dean Susan Curzon and State Sen. Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley) will be among those participating. Refreshments will be served.
Faculty Peer Coaching Program
Faculty members are invited to participate in CSUN's Peer Coaching Program this fall. 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, 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 noon-1:30 p.m. Tue., Sept. 15, in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Music Lawn 254 (south of the Matador Bookstore). fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x7892, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extended Learning Classes
The College of Extended Learning offers the community an array of professional development and self-enrichment classes through its fall extension program. Registration is now underway on a walk-in or mail-in basis. The program includes courses in business and management, computers, contract management, purchasing, foreign languages, a master of public administration program, test preparation classes and more. Most classes are evenings or weekends on campus. Catalogs and registration information are available by calling x2786, or e-mail email@example.com. Accelerated language classes are also offered for two intensive weekends in which participants learn the basics of Spanish, French or Italian. fmi-Daniele Dibie, x4769.
Information and Technology Resources (ITR) offers a variety of free information and technology training workshops to faculty, staff and students. The September workshop schedule is accessible on the web beginning Mon., Aug. 31, at www.csun.edu/itr/tsg/training
/schedule.html. Printed copies will be sent to campus offices. fmi and reservations-x3966, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Defensive Driving Courses
Defensive driving classes will be offered Tue., Sept. 15, in the USU Thousand Oaks Room, and again Wed., Sept. 16, in the USU West Valley Room. Class times for both days are 8:30 a.m.-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.
The USU ceramics lab is offering fall classes in wheel throwing and hand building. These small, non-credit, eight-week sessions offer individual instruction plus additional time to work outside of class. Register early, space is limited. fmi-x2798.
SFV Economic Research Center
The College of Business Administration and Economics and Dean William Hosek invite the campus and community to attend the launching of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center, 7:30-9 a.m. Wed., Sept. 9, at the University Club. Continental breakfast will be served. RSVP by Wed., Sept. 2. Cost is $20 per person. Space is limited. fmi-x3621.
August 31, 1998
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