January 31, 2000 Vol. IV, No. 9


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 generally is noon on Monday one week before the issue appears.

The deadline for the February 14 issue is Mon., February 7.

We will strive to include all items submitted by deadline occurring until the next issue. Items further in advance will be run on a space-available basis.

Submit items by e-mailing them to pubinfo@exec.csun.edu, sending them to mail drop 8242 or faxing them to (818) 677-4909. E-mail is the preferred method of submitting.
Note: fmi-means for more information.

Public Meetings

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets from 1:15-5 p.m. Wed, Feb. 2, in President's Conference Room A.

Faculty Executive Committee

Meets from 1-5 p.m. Thu., Feb. 3, in Business Building Room 3107.


Open University Registration

Students may register for spring 2000 classes through the Open University Program from Mon., Jan. 31 to Fri., Feb. 25. Open University allows students not regularly enrolled at CSUN to take university classes for credit without going through the formal admissions and records procedure. Open University packets may be picked up at the College of Extended Learning registration area, room 100, of the Bookstore Complex. fmi-x2504 or x2644.

Voter Registration

February 7 is the last day to register to vote in the March 7 primary election. Registration or re-registration is required if you have never registered to vote, moved since the last election, changed your name, or want to change your party affiliation. Voter registration forms are available in the Office of Governmental Relations, AP 710, or may be requested by calling x2124 or sending an e-mail to dorena.knepper@csun.edu. Voter registration forms also are available at post offices, city libraries and DMV offices. Absentee ballots may be requested between February 7-29 by contacting the CSUN Office of Governmental Relations or writing to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Office, Absent Voter Section, P.O. Box 30450, Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450. Applications also are on the back page of the sample ballots that are mailed to voters about three weeks before the election. Absentee ballots must arrive in the Registrar's office by March 7.

International Student Presentations

Student Panels for an International Curriculum and Education (SPICE) will be available during the semester to faculty members interested in inviting international students to their classes to share the students' native perspectives on issues selected by instructors. The presentations serve to create cross-cultural awareness, dispel myths and stereotypes, and promote global thinking. Presentations are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The SPICE program is offered by the Office of Student Development and International Programs. fmi-Roopa Rawjee, x3053 or roopa_r@hotmail.com.

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 I become better informed about working with deaf or hard-of-hearing students?

A: You can contact the NCOD by phone (x2614) or in person. The center is located in Jeanne Chisholm Hall between the Student Health Center and the Orange Grove. When contacting the NCOD, you can talk with supervisors of interpreting, note-taking and real-time captioning services regarding service providers in your class. You may have more than one service provider, as different students may have requested different services.

You can talk with supervisors of counseling and tutoring services if you are concerned about the performance of students in your class. All deaf or hard-of-hearing students have an NCOD counselor to assist them with both academic and personal situations. Students can request tutors for classes in which they need specialized assistance.

The Library/Resource Center provides information on captioning of videotapes and equipment needed to show these films. The Resource Center has the following resources available to you:

The e-mail address for NCOD is: ncod@csun.edu.

Disabilities Center Director to Retire

Harry Murphy, founder and director of the Center on Disabilities at CSUN, will retire from state service on Fri., March 31. His tenure at CSUN spanned 23 years. He served as assistant director of the National Center on Deafness at CSUN and was the coordinator of Disabled Student Services before becoming director of the Center on Disabilities in 1993. The center provides educational support services to students with disabilities, conducts the annual conference titled "Technology and Persons with Disabilities," and directs the training program known as "Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program." Murphy will continue to contribute to the work of the center as a consultant through the end of 2000. A national search is underway for a director.

New International Coordinator

The Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs is pleased to welcome Heinrich Falk of the Theatre Department as coordinator of international programs for the spring semester. Falk previously served as CSUN's representative to the Academic Council on International Programs and as resident director in Spain for the CSU International Program in 1986-1987. During the past year, he was instrumental in coordinating the exchange between the Theatre Department and the Shanghai Theatre Academy including a performance of "Working," a musical play by 21 students at the Shanghai Centre Theatre.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to Yolanda Marsano (Physical Plant Management) on the loss of her father.

Channel Islands Commencement

CSUN at Channel Islands will hold its graduation ceremony from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fri., May 26, in the South Quad at the Channel Islands campus.


Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium

The university will host a symposium from noon to 3 p.m. Fri., Feb. 4, in the University Student Union, Santa Clarita Room. The event will feature faculty from CSUN's History, Political Science and Pan-African Studies departments who will discuss Martin Luther King Jr.'s significance in the 21st century. fmi-x3311.

Vaughn School Dedication and Groundbreaking

Yvonne Chan, principal of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center and a CSUN alumna and education faculty member, is hosting a dedication ceremony for a newly completed school community center at 10:30 a.m. Fri., Feb. 11, at 13330 Vaughn St., San Fernando. In addition, the groundbreaking ceremony of a primary center across the street from the school will be at 11 a.m. Students, parents, community and business partners will celebrate the grand opening of the new school building and the groundbreaking of the primary center to show the urgency needed in building schools. R.S.V.P to (818) 896-7461.

Free Tax Help

As part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, students of the College of Business Administration and Economics and VITA supervisors will be offering free tax preparation assistance to low-income families and individuals from Sat., Feb. 12 through Fri., April 14, at 15 centers throughout the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles areas. The center at CSUN is located in the Business Building room 2111 and will operate from 5-7:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 14, and 5-7:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 16. fmi-x4519.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

CSUN, in collaboration with Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention, Inc. (EDAP), has planned three days of free events from February 14-16 focusing on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and self-acceptance. Events will be held on campus and are open to the public. The program is as follows:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon., Feb. 14, in the USU Grand Salon: Tue., Feb. 15: Wed., Feb. 16: fmi-Ellen Mayer, x2366, orwww.csun.edu/counseling/jade.html.

Teaching Symposium

Cal State San Marcos is sponsoring a CSU Regional Symposium on University Teaching from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 26, at the San Marcos campus. The symposium seeks to recognize and advance excellent instructional practice, to disseminate innovative ideas, to promote collaboration, and to encourage the continued exploration and evaluation of ways that we teach. This year's program addresses teaching and learning in arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, professional schools and graduate programs. Lunch will be served. Register through the CSUN Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching by sending an e-mail to celt@csun.edu or calling x5934. The deadline to register is Thu., Feb. 10.


Extended Learning Classes

Registration for the Spring Extension program of classes is underway on a walk-in or mail-in basis. The College of Extended Learning offers programs in accounting, business and management, the arts and entertainment industry, computer software, environmental science and management, gardening, health science and health administration, languages, test preparation and public administration. Most classes are on campus during the evenings or weekends. Catalogs may be picked up at the College of Extended Learning registration area, room 100, of the Bookstore Complex. fmi-x2504 or x2644.

Career Workshops

The Career Center is offering career workshops during the spring. Space is limited, so reservations are preferred by calling x2878. Those attending should check in at the reception desk in the Career Center on the day and time of the workshop. The schedule is as follows:

Computer Workshops

Student Computing in the Learning Resource Center is responsible for training CSUN students in basic computer skills. Emphasis is placed on general computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheets, visual presentations, keyboarding and web page creation. Instruction is offered on acquiring an e-mail account, using Pine e-mail and other communication programs such as HyperNews and IRC, which are used by many instructors in the classroom. Student Computing is offering the following workshops during the spring in SSB 418: - Wired Workshop for Students: 11 a.m. Fri., Feb. 4; noon Fri., Feb. 11, and 10 a.m. Mon., Feb. 14. - HyperNews Workshop for Students: noon Fri., Feb. 4, and 11 a.m. Thu., Feb. 10. The full spring semester workshop schedule may be viewed at www.vcsun.org/~ccheal/Spring2000schedule.html. fmi-Catheryn Cheal at catheryn.cheal@csun.edu.

Ceramics Lab

Learn to throw cups, bowls and vases on the electric wheel. Afternoon and evening sessions begin Mon., Feb. 7. Classes are open to staff, faculty, students and the Valley community. These small, non-credit, eight-week sessions offer individual instruction plus additional time to work outside of class. Register early since class size is limited. To enroll or for more information, call x2798.

Defensive Driving

Defensive driving classes will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1-4:30 p.m. on Tue., Feb. 15, in the USU Balboa Room. 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 the Environmental Health and Safety Office, x2401. fmi-Christina Lewis, x2401.

Ergonomics Training

The Environmental Health and Safety Office is offering ergonomics training from 10-11 a.m. Tue., Feb. 29. Participants will learn techniques to customize their workstations and tasks, identify potential problems and begin implementing solutions. For reservations and location, contact Nicki Keller, x2401.


Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships

The CSUN chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is accepting applications for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships. Fifty outstanding seniors from across the nation will be awarded fellowships of $7,000 each. Thirty additional students will receive Phi Kappa Phi Awards of Excellence worth $1,000. Applicants must be current Phi Kappa Phi members or be tapped for membership in the spring 2000 semester. The application deadline is Fri., Feb. 11. For more information and the application packet, contact Stan Charnofsky in ED 3126 or call x2548.

Human Subjects Research

All faculty and students performing research that includes the use of human subjects must complete a human subjects protocol approval form. These forms are available from the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (AP 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. The next deadline for submission of protocols is Thu., Feb. 3, for the meeting on Thu., Feb. 17.

Early Retirement Applications

Applications for the Faculty Early Retirement Program are due Wed., Feb. 23. The Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that applications should be submitted at least six months prior to the beginning of the academic year in which the faculty member plans to begin participation in FERP. Application forms can be obtained from the Office of Faculty Affairs, Administrative Park Dome 706 (mail code 8220). Completed forms-including signatures of the faculty member, the chair, and the dean-should be submitted to that same office.

Research and Grants Awards

The Research and Grants Committee announces its annual competition to support faculty research, scholarship and creative activity for fall 2000 and spring and summer 2001. The maximum award is $5,000. All faculty are eligible to apply. The deadline for submitting proposals is Fri., March 10. Application material is available in college and department offices, from Research and Sponsored Projects in Administrative Park Dome 706 (x2901), or at www.csun.edu/~gripact/ awards.html.

Gerontology Scholarship

The Study, Activity, Growth and Enrichment Society is offering the Sonja Marchand Scholarship in Gerontology to an outstanding graduate student or graduating senior whose academic program includes a substantial emphasis on aging. The application deadline is Fri., March 24. For an application, contact Jean Daniels in the Sociology Department (Center for Education and Research in Gerontology) in FOB 307, x4992, or e-mail jean.daniels@csun.edu.


January 31, 2000

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