November 23, 1998 Vol. III, No. 7


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 Dec. 14 issue is Mon., Dec. 7.

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

Athletics Facilities Siting Advisory Committee

Meets 6:30 p.m. Mon., Nov. 23, Satellite Student Union, Fernandeno Room.

University Technology Council

Meets 3:30-5 p.m. Wed., Nov. 25, President's Conference Room A.

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Wed., Nov. 25, and Wed., Dec. 9, Business Building room 2224.

Faculty Executive Committee

Meets 1-5 p.m. Tue., Dec. 1, President's Conference Room A.

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

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

President's Advisory Board on Intercollegiate Athletics

Meets 7 p.m. Tue., Dec. 8, President's Conference Room A.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2-4:30 p.m. Thu., Dec. 10, Engineering Auditorium room 100.

Campus Planning Board

Meets 10 a.m.-noon Mon., Dec. 14, President's Conference Room A.


Jeanette Mann Review

A five-year review of Jeanette Mann, special assistant to the president for equity and diversity, is underway. Faculty, staff and students who wish to participate in this review may do so by requesting a questionnaire from Randy Reynaldo, Office of the President, at x2128. The deadline for submitting the questionnaire forms is Wed., Dec. 2.

UBAB Meeting

The University Budget Advisory Board will meet from 3-5 p.m. Wed., Dec. 9, in President's Conference Room A.

Textbook Buyback

The Matador Bookstore will buy textbooks from students during finals week at three locations: fmi-x2985.

Intersession Registration

Intersession class schedules are available at the College of Extended Learning office in the Matador Bookstore Complex, room 100. Intersession is Mon., Jan 4-Fri., Jan. 29. Mail-in registration begins Tue., Dec. 1. On-campus registration begins Tue., Dec. 8. fmi-x2786.

Special Education Stipends

CSUN has stipends available for the following special education credential programs, which include personalized advisement and mentoring, progression through program as a cohort and one-on-one coaching by experienced teachers in professional development centers: fmi-x2534.

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: In a classroom with deaf or hard of hearing students, how does the fac- ulty member know if the interpreter is speaking for him- or herself, or on behalf of the deaf student?

A: Because interpreters are interpreting what deaf or hard of hearing students sign, they necessarily speak in the first person. The interpreter will try to show the difference between a student's question or comment and an interpreter's question for clarification. He or she may preface a student comment with: "Joe has a comment," and then switch into first person for the comment. If the interpreter needs something repeated, he or she may preface the comment with: "For interpreter clarification..." One last clue: if the interpreter is looking at the students, he or she is probably interpreting for them; if the interpreter is looking at the faculty member, it is likely the interpreter is speaking for him- or herself. fmi-x2614.

Goodwill Holiday Drive

The University Recycling Program, sponsored by Associated Students Inc. and the University Corp., will collect items for the annual Goodwill Holiday Donation Drive from Sat., Nov. 28, to Sun., Dec. 13. The collection site will be located at the southeast corner of Lindley Avenue and Lassen Street in Parking Lot T. An attendant will be available there from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to issue receipts for tax purposes. Funds raised by allowing Goodwill to collect, repair and sell donated items provide job training and vocational rehabilitation programs for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. fmi-Cyndi Signett, x2477.

Support Group

A woman's support group is available from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Women's Center on Etiwanda Avenue north of Plummer Street. Kathy Fritchey of the Counseling Center is the facilitator. fmi-x2780, x2366

China Institute Volunteers

The CSUN China Institute is seeking volunteers to be host families for 18 education administrators from China, from mid-January to the end of the spring semester. The institute will provide host families $125 per scholar to compensate for their involvement in offering the visiting scholars an opportunity to immerse in American life and culture. Lodging within walking or bicycling distance and/or meal arrangements (which will be compensated in full) are also needed. fmi-China Institute, x3939.


Anthropology Lecture

The anthropology department is sponsoring a lecture titled "The Amazons of Dahomey: The Cultural Construction of Gender," featuring Robert Edgerton from the anthropology department at UCLA. 1:30-3 p.m. Mon., Nov. 30, in Sierra Hall room 239. The lecture will be presented in memory of Laurel Petersen.

Chicano Studies Symposium

The chicano studies department is sponsoring a symposium titled "The Many Faces and Voices of Our Lady of Guadalupe." 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tue., Dec. 1, in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The symposium will explore the meanings of Guadalupe for contemporary Chicanos and Chicanas. fmi-x3395.

Business Students Advisement Fair

The College of Business Administration and Economics will hold an advisement fair from 3-7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 2, in the Business Building, main entrance.

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., Dec. 2, in Science 2228: Mark Davis from Caltech on "Self-Assembly in the Synthesis of High-Silica Zeolites."

Parenting Seminar

The Family Focus Resource Center will hold an educational seminar titled "Understanding Why Problem Behavior Occurs" featuring Patti Koss. 10 a.m.- noon Sat., Dec. 5, in the Education Building, Fleming Conference Room 3118. The seminar is for families of infants and toddlers with special needs.

Holiday Sale

The Ceramic Guild is sponsoring its 36th annual holiday sale from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. 5-6, in the Design Center courtyard, 18226 Halsted Street. Original designs by students and staff will be featured.

Aging Parents Discussion

The CSUN Commission on the Status of Women is sponsoring a discussion titled "Living with Aging Parents" from noon-1 p.m. Wed., Dec. 9 in the Education Building, room 1214-1216. This discussion is a follow-up to the recent videoconference and seminar to determine future programs and activities.


Discover, Inquire, and Grow in Los Angeles will be attending Soka University's Day for Human Dignity featuring Arun Gandhi, grandson of the late Mahatma Gandhi, on Thu., Dec. 10, in Calabasas. The event begins at 10 a.m. A shuttle bus will leave from in front of the Student Development Office, located at the University Student Union, at 9 a.m. and return at 1:30 p.m. Another shuttle bus will leave CSUN for the same event at 1:30 p.m. and return at 5 p.m. The program is free. Faculty and students are invited, and reservations are recommended. fmi-x2393.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center is seeking volunteers for the following events. or x2871 for other events. fmi-(818) 896-0246.

Faculty Workshop

The College of Humanities, the department of modern and classical languages and literatures, and the Language Learning Resource Center in association with Houghton-Mifflin Company will be hosting a faculty development/teaching with technology workshop from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu. and Fri., Jan. 21-22, in the Language Learning Resource Center, Jerome Richfield Hall room 316. The workshop is intended for-but not limited to-foreign languages, ESL, and EFL faculty. Participation by community college and high school instructors is also encouraged. Enrollment will be limited to 25-30 faculty members. Word processing/Internet literacy is strongly recommended. fmi-Pat Miller, x3452.


Employment Recruitment Schedule

Departments may request to begin recruitment to fill staff and professional vacancies by submitting a personnel requisition form to the Office of Human Resource Services. Requisitions received on time and given the necessary clearances will be posted in the Employment Opportunities listing. Closing dates are based on a minimum of 10 working days for the receipt of nonprofessional applications. fmi-x2101.

The upcoming requisition and recruitment schedule is as follows:
Req.Due Begins Closes
11/23 11/30 12/11
11/30 12/4 12/17
12/7 12/11 1/4
12/14 12/18 1/8
12/21 No Employment Opportunities announcement
1/4 1/8 1/22

1999 Faculty Retreat

The 1999 faculty retreat will be held Tue.-Thu. Jan. 26-28, at the Casa Sirena Resort in Oxnard. Faculty are encouraged to attend. Priority will be given to faculty who have been at CSUN for five years or less. The cost is $25 for faculty who have been on campus for more than five years, and $15 for newer faculty. Faculty need to inform their college office of their attendance no later than Mon., Nov. 23. fmi-x3263.

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 as follows:
Deadlines Meeting Dates
Mon., Nov. 30 Mon., Dec. 14
Mon., Jan. 25 Mon., Feb. 8

Honorary Degrees

The university is soliciting nominations of distinguished men and women for honorary degrees to be conferred at commencement. Anyone within the university community may nominate candidates. Candidates for honorary degrees are expected to be distinguished in their fields and of widely recognized eminence. Nominations should include the name of the person nominated, relationship to the university, if any, a brief biography, and a justification for awarding an honorary degree. Include sufficient information to establish the credentials of the individual, drawn from reputable sources such as Who's Who or other major published sources. Nominations are due Fri., Dec. 4. The Honorary Degree Committee will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the president for submission to the Cal State Board of Trustees. Submissions should be sent to Jim Goss, executive associate to the president, at mail drop 8230.

Cuddle and Read Drive

The College of Extended Learning, President Blenda J. Wilson, and the University Ambassadors are sponsoring the annual Cuddle and Read Drive for children ages 4-12. University Ambassadors will donate new sweaters, sweatshirts and books for children to Para Los Ninos, which is a nonprofit family service agency designed to help at-risk children from poverty. There is a donation box in the Public Relations, Marketing and Communications Office of the College of Extended Learning. Bookstore Complex, room 225. Deadline for donations is Fri., Dec. 4. fmi-x4852.

Student Loans

The federal Higher Education Amendments of 1998 include a provision that sets a new interest rate formula, resulting in a new interest rate of 7.46 percent on all new federal students loans. The new rate also applies to direct consolidation loans until Sun., Jan. 31. Any alumni with a direct loan or a Federal Family Education Loan, and any student with a direct loan, can apply to refinance their loan(s) at the new, lower rate. Current students with Federal Family Education Loans are not eligible to apply for a direct consolidation loan. It is estimated that a student who consolidates $20,000 in loans can save more than $1,000 over the course of repayment. The deadline to apply for the new rate is Sun., Jan. 31. fmi-Loan Consolidation Network, 1-800-557-7392, from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, or at the website

November 23, 1998

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