September 25, 1998 Vol. III, No. 3


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 Oct. 12 issue is Mon., Oct. 5.

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

University Corp. Directors

Meet 3 p.m. Mon., Sept. 28, University Club.

Faculty Executive Committee

Meets 1-5 p.m. Thu., Oct. 1, President's Conference Room A.

Athletic Facilities Siting Advisory Committee

Meets 6:30 p.m. Thu., Oct. 1, Athletic Department Conference Room.

President's Advisory Board on Intercollegiate Athletics

Meets 7 p.m., Tue., Oct. 6, President's Conference Room A.


President's Appointment

President Blenda J. Wilson is pleased to announce that Rick Evans has been appointed Executive Assistant to the President effective Tue., Sept. 1. Evans, who had held the position on an interim basis since March, will manage the staff and daily operations of the Office of the President.

Jewish Religious Holidays

Provost Louanne Kennedy reminds the campus community of the upcoming Yom Kippur holiday beginning Tue. evening, Sept. 29, and all day Wed., Sept. 30, and Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Toirah holidays for the traditional orthodox and conservative Jewish students Mon.-Tue., Oct. 5-6 and Mon.-Tue., Oct. 12-13. It is campus policy that "in administering any tests or examinations, we will permit any student who is eligible to undergo the test or examination to do so, without penalty, at a time when that activity would not violate the student's religious creed."

Rideshare Week

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to join the California Rideshare Week from Mon.-Fri., Oct. 5-9, by pledging to use an alternative mode of transportation at least one day that week. Pledge cards are available in the University Student Union, the lobby of University Park Apartments, building 14, by e-mailing rideshare, or at www.socalcomute .org. fmi-1-800-COMMUTE and select the "rideshare" option.

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: If two or more deaf or hard of hearing students appear to be involved in a conversation during class, how should a faculty member react?

A: One of the goals of providing communication services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing is to make their access to the university equal to that of their hearing peers. All students are responsible for their own behavior. If a faculty member does not allow hearing students to be engaged in conversations during class, he or she should not accept that behavior from deaf or hard of hearing students either. The faculty member may inquire of the students what they are talking about, or even admonish them, and depend on the interpreter to faithfully relay the spirit and content of the message.

Sometimes it may appear as though the interpreter and the students are conversing; it is likely they are merely clarifying information. Nevertheless, the faculty member must feel free to ask the student if he or she needs clarification or ask the student to contribute a comment. fmi-x2611.

Parking Permit Changes

The courtesy parking permits formerly used on campus are no longer valid and must be exchanged in the parking office for new ones. There are two new permits, "Diamond E" and "Official Guest." The Diamond E permit is for employees who use their own vehicles to do tasks for the university. It is valid only in spaces marked Diamond E. These spaces are located in visitor Lot L and in all faculty/staff and student lots. The permits are valid for only two hours and must be displayed along with a paid parking permit.

An Official Guest permit is for volunteers or guests of the campus, and is valid in all faculty/staff and student lots and in visitor Lot L for the time designated on the permit. For safety reasons, the fire marshal has forbidden anyone to park in the inner campus or next to any building or trailer regardless of reason.

Lindley Avenue has been re-striped for Diamond E, carpool, blue disabled zones and loading zones. White curbs are for passenger pick up and drop off. Drivers must stay in their vehicles while parked in those locations. Yellow curbs are for people needing to drop off items. A 30-minute loading zone permit must be obtained in order to park in those locations.

New Section 600 Edition

All full time faculty should have received a copy of the new edition of the Section 600 manual. Those who have not received a copy should see their department secretaries. fmi-Office of Faculty Affairs, x2962.

Entertainment Discount Books

The 1998 entertainment "50 percent discount" books for the greater Los Angeles area are available at the Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled, Kinesiology 156. Prices are $30 to $40 depending on location. Funds raised benefit the center. fmi-x2182 or x3462.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to Jan Ramjerdi (English) and her family on the loss of her father.


Volunteers Needed

The Career Center is seeking volunteers for the following events: fmi- or x2871 for other events.

Matador Football

is offering a chance to win $10,000 in the Punt, Pass and Kick contest at any home game. Forms are available at any home game, the Intercollegiate Athletic Office or at /athletics. Events are as follows:


AIDS Project Los Angeles is sponsoring AIDS Walk '98 on Sun., Sept. 27, starting at Paramount Studios. Bus transportation, T-shirts and breakfast will be provided for team CSUN members. The bus leaves campus at 7:30 a.m. from Lot C. Top fund-raisers will receive prizes and the sorority or fraternity, club or organization that shows support with the most walkers will be awarded a plaque. fmi-x3683.

Brown Bag Films

The Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics is offering a Brown Bag Film Series on Tue., Sept. 29, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and Wed., Sept. 30, from noon-1 p.m. Films shown will be "Vitamin Basics" and "Nutrition Facts Label," in Science trailers, SC 524. Free admission. fmi-x3102.

DIG LA Field Trips

Discover, Inquire and Grow in Los Angeles will sponsor field trips as follows. DIG LA is a program dedicated to the enhancement of intercultural communication and appreciation of cultural diversity:

Students must register for each DIG LA program. Cost of the trips is $5, including bus transportation, admission and refreshments. fmi-Vicki Allen or Colleen Frenck. x2393.

Geological Sciences Lecture

The geological sciences department, along with the Geology Club, is sponsoring a lecture titled "Geology Employment in the California Oil Industry," featuring Tony Reid, a CSUN alumni, from Occidental Oil. Noon Wed., Sept. 30, in Science Building 1, room 1231. The department is also sponsoring a lecture entitled "Biotic Response to Eocene-Oligocene Climate Changes" by Donald Prothero from Occidental College. Noon Wed., Oct. 7, in the same location. fmi-x3541.

Chemistry Seminars

The chemistry department, with sponsorship from the Chemistry Club and the Southern California affiliates of the American Chemical Society, is hosting the following speaker on Wed., Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. in Science 2228: professor Tom Cole from San Diego State University on Recent Advances in the Transfer of Organic Groups Between Metals and Boranes.

Mathematics Lecture

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, the mathematics department and the Physics/Applied Mathematics Institute is sponsoring a visit and lecture by Philip Davis, professor emeritus, from Brown University. 4 p.m. Tue., Oct. 6, in Science Building 2, room 2132. The lecture is titled "Mathematics and Society: Ask and the Speaker Will Attempt Answers." A luncheon will take place earlier that day at 1 p.m. in the University Club. RSVP x2231, Karen Lubick, or e-mail klubick if attending luncheon.


Web Project Workshops

The Web Project is offering workshops for web teaching designed to meet a wide range of needs and interests. The workshops consist of two two-hour sessions from 2-4 p.m. and will be held in Music Lawn, trailer 248A. Workshops can be taken separately or in any combination. Enrollment is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Enroll by e-mailing or calling the Learning Resource Center, x2033.

Upcoming workshops are:

Academic Performance Enhancement

University Counseling Services is offering a class titled "The Academic Performance Enhancement Experience (APEX)." The class aims to improve reading, note taking, test preparation and other techniques. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, in University Counseling Services, University Park Apartments building 14, 4th floor. fmi-x2366.

Defensive Driving Courses

will be offered Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 14-15, 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.

Conflict Mediation Training

will be held Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, and Nov. 5, in UPA building 14, room 317. Instructor is Tony Johnson, coordinator, Dispute Resolution Center, University Counseling Services. fmi-x2366.


Employee Fee Waiver

State employees interested in participating in the Employee Fee Waiver or Faculty Dependent/Spouse Fee Waiver programs for spring 1999 should contact Carol Hallenbeck (x2173 or for an application/enrollment packet. Packets will be sent automatically to continuing participants in both programs.

The application deadline for new participants and continuing participants with changes in admission status is October 23. The deadline for continuing participants is November 20. The fee deadline is also November 20. Participants in the Faculty Dependent/Spouse Fee Waiver Program should follow the deadlines and procedures in the schedule of classes and their fee waiver packet.

The fee waiver program is located in the Office of Human Resource Services in Administration Park 702. The hours are 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

Parenting Seminars

The Family Focus Resource Center will hold an educational seminar entitled "How Parents Can Be Effective Communicators with Children" (for families of infants and toddlers with special needs) from 9:45 a.m.-noon Sat., Oct. 3, in the Education Building, conference room 3118. Reservations must be made by Wed., Sept. 30.

The center is also offering a seminar for the community called "Siblings: They Have Special Needs Too!" (for families of children with special needs) from 9:45 a.m.-noon on Sat., Oct. 10, held in the same location. Reservations must be received by Wed., Oct. 7. Childcare is available with advance request. fmi-Judith Sultan, x5575.

Faculty Summer Stipends

The National Endowment for Humanities announces the availability of faculty summer stipends. NEH summer stipends support two months of full-time work on projects that make a significant contribution to the humanities. The application deadline is Thu., Oct. 1. fmi-Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, x2901.

Distinguished Visiting Speakers

program is accepting applications to bring well-known speakers to campus. Applications are due Fri., Oct. 2. Faculty can request applications from department chairs or the Office of Graduate Studies. fmi-x2138.

Sabbatical Leave Applications

Faculty members intending to apply for a sabbatical leave in the 1999-2000 academic year need to file an application with their department chair by Fri., Oct. 9. Applications and information about the sabbatical leave process are available from department secretaries.

Graduate Thesis Support

program is now accepting applications. Eligibility to compete for these funds is restricted to classified graduate students working on thesis or graduate culminating projects. A thesis project planning form must be on file and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Applications for thesis support are due Mon., Oct. 12. Students may request applications from their graduate coordinator or the Office of Graduate Studies. fmi-x2138.

September 25, 1998

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