October 12, 1998 Vol. III, No. 4


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. 26 issue is Mon., Oct. 19.

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 pubinfo@exec.csun.edu. E-mail is the preferred method of submitting. Note: fmi-means for more information.

Public Meetings

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m. Tue., Oct. 13, Business Building Room 2224.

Athletic Facilities Siting Advisory Committee

Meets 6:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 14, SSU Fernandeno Room.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2-4:30 p.m. Thu., Oct. 15, Engineering Auditorium Room 100.

Campus Planning Board

Meets 10 a.m.-noon Wed., Oct. 21, President's Conference Room A.

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Wed., Oct. 21, President's Conference Room A.

University Technology Council

Meets 3:30-5 p.m. Thu., Oct. 22, University Club.


Dependent Care Account

The Dependent Care Account Program is holding open enrollment between Tue., Oct. 1, and Sat., Oct. 31, for participation effective January 1. The program allows employees to pay for necessary dependent care through pretax payroll deductions. Employees currently enrolled must complete a new enrollment form for continuation. Forms will be mailed directly to current participants. fmi-Jean Gearing, x3810.

University Recycling Program

The University Recycling Program, sponsored by Associated Students and CSUN, will host the City of Los Angeles HAZMOBILE from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thu-Sat., Oct. 15-17, in Parking Lot T at the corner of Lindley Avenue and Lassen Street. Household hazardous waste such as paint, motor oil, pesticides, batteries, cleaners and other household chemicals can be dropped off at the drive-thru collection. Reservations are recommended but not required. In addition, a two-hour block from 7-9 a.m. is reserved on Thu. and Fri. for CSUN faculty, staff and students only. A CSUN I.D. is required. For reservations call (800) 98-TOXIC. fmi-Cyndi Signett, x2477.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

The Office of the Chief Information Officer is conducting a survey to improve Instructional Technology and Resources customer service. The survey can be found on the web until Fri., Oct. 16, at www.csun.edu/itrsurvey. The data will be collected and analyzed to determine the best methods for improving ITR customer service.

Clubs and Organizations Rechartering

The annual clubs and organizations rechartering meeting will be held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Oct. 17-18, in the Satellite Student Union, Shoshone Room. Workshops will include: "Skin Deep," American Disabilities Act, Associated Students Funding, USU Programs and Facilities, University Polices and Procedures, and Rechartering. Each club and organization must have one officer attend one of the two days in order for the club or organization to remain chartered for the 1998-99 academic year. Clubs must register in the Office of Student Development and International Programs. fmi-Kelly Kuchenbrod, x2393, or e-mail kelly.a.kuchenbrod@csun.edu @csun.edu.

Spring Commencement

The 1999 Cal State Northridge commencement schedule is:

CSUN Helpline

The CSUN Committee to Receive Allegations of Discrimination and Harassment is offering a helpline for those who have experienced discrimination against sex, national origin, race, religious belief, ancestry, disability, age, color or sexual orientation. The helpline can be reached at (818) 349-HELP and is staffed seven days a week from 6 p.m.-midnight. The committee has also set up emergency crisis lines at (818) 886-0453 and x2111.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominations are being sought for the CSUN Distinguished Alumni Award. The program is being launched in conjunction with CSUN's 40th Anniversary celebration. Any faculty, staff, alumni or emeritus faculty and staff may nominate an alum. fmi-Office of Alumni Relations, x2137.

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: When there are deaf students in a class, how do they participate in discussions?
A: The deaf student may prefer to speak in class or may instead choose to have the interpreter voice what he or she signs. If either cannot be understood or heard, please say so. Faculty members should feel free to ask the student to repeat or clarify anything. Interpreters process information before relaying it in sign language. As a result, they are often as much as 30 seconds behind.

Q: Will service providers (interpreters, notetakers, real-time captionists) participate in classroom discussions?
A: Under no circumstances are service providers ever to directly participate in class. Even if the service provider may have worked with the faculty member before, he or she is not permitted to interject personal opinions or to participate in group discussions. Service providers must focus on their jobs, which are limited to facilitating communication among class participants. Service providers will directly interject in class discussion only to ask questions or for clarification as it directly relates to their task.

English Literary Magazine

The English department announces the arrival of the fall 1998 issue of The Northridge Review, the department's literary magazine. Copies are available in ST 706 for $5 or can be purchased at the Matador Bookstore.

JADE Presentations

Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating (JADE) peer educators are available for class, club and organization presentations on eating disorders. fmi-x7500.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to: Terry Dunn (Geological Sciences) and her family on the loss of her mother.
Shyra Compton (Financial Aid) and her family on the loss of her grandfather.
Janson Stitz (Physical Plant Management) and his family on the loss of his mother.


Volunteers Needed

The Career Center is seeking volunteers for the following events:

Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Oviatt Library is sponsoring a used books sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., Oct. 14, in Oviatt Library Lounge. Proceeds will go to buy new materials for the library. Checks are welcome with I.D. fmi-x2638.

Green Party Rally

The CSUN Greens group is sponsoring a rally with speeches from Green Party gubernatorial candidates Dan Hamburg and Sara Amir and congressional candidate Maria Armoudian. Noon Wed., Oct. 14, on the Oviatt lawn. fmi-x2787.

Books Presentation

The University Library and Friends of the Oviatt Library are sponsoring a presentation by Harold Gross, a bookbinder, titled "Much About Books: Their History, Care and Feeding. Noon Wed., Oct. 14, in the Oviatt Library, room 102C. Bring your lunch. Drinks will be provided. fmi-x2638.

Chemistry Seminar

The chemistry department, with sponsorship from the Chemistry Club and the Southern California affiliates of the American Chemical Society, is hosting the following speaker at 4 p.m. Wed., Oct. 14, in Science 2228: Leonard Rome from the UCLA School of Medicine on "What's in the Vault? A new cellular particle with roles in intracellular transport and cancer."

College Students in Broadcasting

is sponsoring an evening for those interested in television, film, radio, journalism and management to watch professionals in action at 5:15 p.m., Wed., Oct. 14, at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank for a TV taping of the new series "Jesse." Sign up in the radio-TV- film department office, Speech Drama Building room 140. Space is limited.

Entertainment Industry Speaker

CSUN's Entertainment Industry Institute is hosting a lecture titled "How to be Your Own Agent: Managing Your Own Career in the Arts," featuring Donie Nelson, who will discuss how to be an entrepreneur in your own career for artists, writers, musicians, performers, and others. Noon-1:30 p.m. Thu., Oct. 15, in the Music Building Recital Hall. fmi-x3432.

University Women's Club

will hold a membership party at 6 p.m. Sun., Oct. 18, at a private Northridge residence. Women faculty and administrators, and the wives of faculty and administrators, are encouraged to attend. For reservations and directions call (818) 363-5055.

Geological Sciences Lecture

The geological sciences department, along with the Geology Club, is sponsoring a lecture titled "The Quaternary of San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands, or The Value of Dirt on Top," featuring Daniel Guthrie, biology department faculty member, from Claremont McKenna College. Noon Wed., Oct. 21, in Science 1231. fmi-x3541.

Education Videoconferences

The College of Extended Learning will present two teleconferences via satellite to the campus in the Oviatt Library, ground level, classroom one. The schedule is as follows: fmi-Sheri x2355.

40th Anniversary Events

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson invites the campus and community to celebrate the university's 40th Anniversary as follows:

Keith Morton Memorial

The anthropology department invites the campus community to celebrate the life of Keith Morton from 7-9 p.m. Thu., Oct. 22, in the University Club. RSVP by Oct. 15. Morton was a member of the CSUN faculty for 26 years. He was chair of the anthropology department for five years and was a mentor to a generation of anthropology students. A scholarship fund has been established in his memory. fmi-x3331.


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, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, in University Counseling Services, University Park Apartments building 14, 4th floor. fmi-x2366.

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 hflrc007@csun.edu or calling the Learning Resource Center, x2033.

The next workshop is HyperNews, focusing on how to post messages to HyperNews discussion groups and how to create HyperNews discussion forums. Tue., Oct. 13 and 27. Instructor is Ilene Rubenstein.

Grant Writing Workshop

The California Career Development Assn., CSUN Student Chapter and Workshop Program, is sponsoring a grant writing workshop from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 17, in Business and Education Auditorium room 101. The cost is $20 students and $40 for others. Continuing education units will be offered for National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), Marriage, Family and Child Counselors (MFCC), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), and educators. fmi-Amy Miller, (310) 815-9194 or Diana Castle, x2549.

Conflict Mediation Training

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

Defensive Driving Courses

Defensive driving classes 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.

HyperNews Workshop

The Center for Learning and Teaching and the Office of Academic Computing are sponsoring a workshop titled "HyperNews: Technology for Writing Across the Curriculum." 2-4 p.m. Thu., Oct. 29, in the Education computer lab, room 2121B. HyperNews is a web based electronic bulletin board that allows instructors to create web pages for students to post responses. Randal Cummings (Religious Studies), Martha Highfield (Health Sciences), and Heidemarie Lundblad (Accounting) will share their experiences. fmi-x2044 or e-mail getit@csun.edu.


Human Subjects Research

All faculty and students performing research that includes the use of human subjects must complete a Human Subjects Protocol Approval Form. Forms are 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. Upcoming deadlines for the submission of protocols and committee meetings are: DeadlinesMeeting Dates Mon., Oct. 26Mon., Nov. 9 Mon., Nov. 30Mon., Dec. 14 fmi-x2901

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund announces the 1999 New Investigator Awards in the pharmacological or toxicological sciences. The goal is to foster the development of outstanding researchers early in their careers who will bring new approaches and novel thinking to these fields. Application deadline is Mon., Nov. 2. The awards, which provide $210,000 over a period of three years ($70,000 per year), are intended to give recipients the freedom to engage in higher-risk research that holds potential for moving these fields in promising new directions. fmi-Karen Jordan, x2901.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation announces the availability of the 1999 Graduate Research Fellowships. NSF graduate fellowships are for students at or near the beginning of their graduate study in science, mathematics or engineering. Stipends will be up to $15,000 per year for up to three years. Deadline is Thu., Nov. 5. fmi-x2901.

Assistive Equipment/Aid

The 1998-99 budget for the Disabled Employees Program will include funding for the Assistive Equipment/Auxiliary Aid Assistance Program for campus employees with disabilities. Call Joan Hall, x2077, for the revised form and guidelines. Requests for both assistive equipment and auxiliary assistance must be submitted at the same time and sent to mail drop 8208 by Fri., Nov. 6. If the program does not meet your needs, contact Mary Ann Cummins Prager, x2391, for information about the Grace Petrie Endowment Fund for Handicapped Students.

Student Project Grants

The University Corporation's Student Projects Committee is accepting student proposals for innovative, unique and exploratory student projects for funding. The deadline for submission of proposals is 5 p.m. Mon., Nov. 16, in the University Corporation Executive Office, second floor, Matador Bookstore complex. fmi-Liz Kioussis, x2906.


October 12, 1998

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