December 14, 1998 Vol. III, No. 8


For Your Information publishes announcements of public meetings, notices, events, deadlines and classes and courses of interest to the university community. The deadline for for the Feb. 1 issue is Mon., Jan. 25.

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

University Corporation Board of Directors

Meet immediately following the annual membership meeting at 2 p.m. Thu., Dec. 17, in the University Club. fmi-x2906.

Educational Resource Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m. Tue., Dec. 15, President's Conference Room C.

Statewide Academic Senate

Meets 1:30-5 p.m. Thu., Jan. 21 and 8:30-4 p.m. Fri., Jan. 22, at CSU Headquarters, 400 Golden Shore, Long Beach.

University Technology Council

Meets 3:30-5 p.m. Thu., Jan. 21, President's Conference Room A.


Textbook Buyback

The Matador Bookstore will buy textbooks from students during finals week at three locations:

Oviatt Library Reconstruction

Remodeling will begin after finals and tentatively end before the start of the Spring semester. Library services will continue during reconstruction, but some computers will not be available because of flooring replacement. The walls of the library will also be painted and the restrooms will be remodeled as well. fmi-Susan Curzon, x2271 or email

Intersession Courses

The College of Extended Learning offers Master of Public Administration classes during Intersession, between the fall and spring semesters. The MPA program, taught by Cal State Northridge professors, provides education in public administration for those seeking a graduate degree in this area. fmi-x5635. Also offered are noncredit and test preparation courses during Intersession. Courses include computer software classes, logistics management, and sales management as well as test preparation classes for the CBEST, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, SAT and MSAT. A schedule of classes, fees and dates are in the Intersession catalog, available at the College of Extended Learning office, Bookstore Complex, room. 100. fmi-x 2786.

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-x3939.

Catastrophic Leave Donations

Elma Morgan of Physical Plant Management's custodial services has been diagnosed with a catastrophic illness and is unable to return to work. She has served the campus for the past 19 years as a custodian. Her sick and vacation time will be exhausted on Sun., Dec. 6, and donated hours are needed. The hours may be either accrued vacation or sick leave time, but is limited to 16 hours per fiscal year. fmi-x2325.

Drug-free Workplace Campus Policy Pamphlet

The Office of Human Resource Services distributed the Drug-Free Workplace Campus Policy pamphlet to all CSUN faculty and staff on Tue., Dec. 1, along with paychecks. Student employees will receive copies of the pamphlet with their paychecks on Tue., Dec. 15. The pamphlet contains the university's statement prohibiting the unlawful manufacture, use, sale or distribution of controlled substances on campus. It also contains useful information about work-related problems and health risks associated with alcohol and other drug abuse. The pamphlet lists locations where employees may obtain help for alcohol and other drug abuse problems. Anyone who does not receive a copy of the pamphlet, contact the Office of Human Resource Services, x3820.

CSUN Web Page

President Blenda J. Wilson has appointed a CSUN Web Page Redesign Advisory Committee to review the current web page. They will assess its strengths and weaknesses and recommend changes that would make our web page presence more attractive, effective, and user friendly. The committee is requesting feedback from the campus community on this issue. Comments can be sent by e-mail to or by campus mail drop-8200.

Diamond E Parking Permits

Diamond E permits provide all-campus access for permit holders without restriction or citation. All-campus refers to any designated parking space or zoned curb on campus except disabled parking spaces, blue curb, and red curb. Diamond E striping was implemented for the purpose of providing enhanced parking availability to permit holders conducting state business is high traffic areas. A serious problem exists when college deans are being ticketed on campus, despite the intent to provide enhanced parking options thorough the issuance of Diamond E. Any further ticketing activity should be based on the stated parameters.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to:


Matador Basketball

The Matador Athletic Association (MAA) is sponsoring a bus trip to UCLA to watch the Matador basketball team play against the UCLA Bruins on Sat., Dec. 19. The bus departs from CSUN at 4:15 p.m. and tip off is at 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at the Los Angeles Tennis Center Clubhouse at 5:15 p.m. The cost of the trip is $45 for MAA members and $55 for nonmembers. For dinner and game ticket only, the price is $35 and the cost for a game ticket only is $18. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. fmi-x3215.

Health Science Symposium

The Health Administration Program and the Health Administration Practitioner Advisory Committee are sponsoring the first in a series of symposia titled "Can We Afford Today's Technologies Tomorrow?" Tue., Jan. 19 from 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. , in the University Student Union, Grand Salon. A distinguished panel will discuss political, economic, social, and ethical implications of technology. Reservations are required. fmi-Louis Rubino, x7476, x2485, or (818) 784-1530.

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, English as a Second Language, and English as a Foreign Language faculty. Participation by community college and high school instructors is encouraged. Enrollment will be limited to 25-30 faculty members. Word processing/Internet literacy is strongly recommended. fmi-Pat Miller, x3452.


Fire Extinguisher Training

Fire Extinguisher training will be conducted Tue., Jan. 26 from 10-11 a.m. and again from 2-3 p.m.. Training is conducted by the Los Angeles City Fire Department that gives participants the opportunity to extinguish an actual fire. All interested faculty, staff and students should contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office, x2401 for reservations and information. floor. fmi-x2366.

Employment Recruitment

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
12/21No Employment Opportunities
1/ 41/81/22

Gerontology Scholarship

The Study, Activity, Growth, and Enrichment (SAGE) Society is offering the Monja Marchand Scholarship Award in Gerontology to an outstanding graduate student whose academic program includes a substantial emphasis on aging. The award is $500. Applications are available in the Faculty Office Building, room 307. Deadline for submission is Fri., Dec. 18. fmi-Jean Daniels, x3591 or e-mail

Mack Johnson Review

A five-year review of Mack Johnson, Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies, Research, and International Programs, is underway. Faculty, staff, and students who wish to participate in this review may do so by requesting a questionnaire from the Faculty Affairs Office, x2962. Deadline for submitting questionnaire forms is Mon., Dec. 21.

Student Loans

The federal Higher Education Amendments of 1998 includes 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

Call for Papers

Papers are being called for the Fifth International Arthur Miller Conference in St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York from Fri., Apr. 16 through Sat., Apr. 17. The papers should be on the general topic "The Salesman has a Birthday," to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Broadway opening of "Death of a Salesman." Deadline for submission is Fri., Jan. 15. fmi-x3431.

Who's Who Nominations

Faculty are invited to nominate students for selection to the CSUN slate of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" for 1998-1999. Nominations must be submitted to the Office of Student Development & International Programs by Fri., Feb. 19. Nominees should be juniors, seniors, or graduate students who have grade point averages of at least 3.0 for undergraduates and 3.5 for graduate students, have contributed to the campus through academics, extracurricular/student activities and are involved in the community. fmi-Vicki Allen or Kelly Kuchenbrod, x2393.

China Institute Faculty Development Grant

The China Institute at CSUN invites faculty to apply for two $1,000 grants for the next academic year starting the summer of 1999. Faculty are encouraged to use these awards to travel to institutions in China to initiate or carry out collaborative projects. Proposals that hold, promise for the development of new courses related to China at CSUN, involve CSUN students, or visiting scholars from China are especially welcome. Applicants should submit a written proposal of no more than three double spaced pages giving their purpose and rationale, methods of inquiry or collaboration, intended outcomes/findings, their significance to CSUN's academic programs and/or China exchange programs, and a proposed budget. A one page resume highlighting relevant experience must be included with the proposal. Three copies of the proposal and resume are to be submitted to the China Institute mail drop 8342. Deadline for proposal submission is Fri., Feb. 19. Decisions on the awards will be announced on Fri., Mar. 19. Final written reports are due Thu., Jun. 30, 2000. fmi-Justine Su, x3801 or Harold Giedt, (818) 363-6272.

Faculty Awards

A variety of awards are presented each year to CSUN faculty members to recognize outstanding achievement. Nominations and documentation for the following competitions should be sent to the faculty president's office, Faculty Office Building, room 106, mail drop 8221. Awards will be presented at the honored faculty reception in May. fmi for competition guidelines-x3263.

Deadlines are as follows:

Online Course Development Grants

The Office of Instructional Technology is offering $1,000 grants for the development of online courses for the 1999-2000 academic year. Online courses are defined as one in which Internet activities replace some traditional class meetings. Part-time as well as full-time faculty are invited to apply. However, faculty who have previously received a grant for online course development are not eligible. Additional information and the application form are available at ~john/grants/index.html. Applications are due Fri., Feb. 19. fmi- Nancy Fernandez, or Shelia Harbet,

December 14, 1998

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