August 31, 1998 Vol. III, No. 1


For Your Information publishes announcements of public meetings, notices, events, deadlines and classes and courses of interest to the university community. The deadline for submitting items is noon on Monday one week before the issue appears. The deadline for the next issue of Sept. 8 is Tue., Sept. 2 due to the Labor Day holiday.

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 E-mail is the preferred method of submitting. Note: fmi-means for more information.

Public Meetings

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.

Athletic Facilities Siting Advisory Committee

Meets 6:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 3 and 10, University Club, Northridge Room.

Educational Resources Committee

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.


Emergency Procedures

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.

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.

Parking Signs

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 professor:

To associate professor: To librarian: To student services professional, academic related III:

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.

NCOD Information

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.

University Holidays

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:


Welcome Week

The University Student Union is hosting a series of free Welcome Week events for the campus community. Schedule is as follows:

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 e-mail

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


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 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.

Technology Training

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 /schedule.html. Printed copies will be sent to campus offices. fmi and reservations-x3966, or e-mail

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.

Ceramics Lab

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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