February 14, 2000 Vol. IV, No. 10


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 28 issue is Mon., February 21.

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.
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Public Meetings

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets from 1:15-5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 16, in President's Conference Room A.

Committee on Extended Learning

Meets from 3:15-5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 16, in the Executive Conference Room, Bookstore Complex.

Faculty Senate

Meets from 2-4:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 17, in Engineering Auditorium Room 100.

Campus Planning Board

Meets from 10 a.m. to noon Wed., Feb. 23, in President's Conference Room A.


University Catalog Information Update

The Office of Faculty Affairs is preparing the alphabetical listing of full-time faculty/administration members for the 2000-2002 University Catalog. Faculty/administration members should examine the information in the 1998- 2000 catalog and report any changes to Irene Rivera (irene.m.rivera@csun.edu), Administration Dome 706 (mail code 8220), or call x2962 by Thu., Feb. 24, to guarantee inclusion in the next catalog. Additional changes after that date will not be incorporated.

Memorial Award

Applications for the Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award are available in the Association of Retired Faculty Office in Music Lawn 228. Candidates for this $1,000 cash award must be seniors or graduate students and must submit a research or creative project already in progress that will lead to the completion of their degree. The application deadline is Wed., April 5.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to Paul Krivonos (Communication Studies) and his family on the loss of his mother.

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: What should I know about deaf and hard-of-hearing students to facilitate the communication process in the classroom?

A: Any communication that involves an interpreter takes longer. This is because the interpreter must listen first and then translate into conceptually accurate American Sign Language or Signed English. As a result of this time delay, deaf and hard-of-hearing students receive information several seconds later than hearing students. Their reactions, responses and questions are all delayed.

To make the communication process in your classes equitable for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, when you ask a question of the class, instead of allowing students to shout out the answer (which effectively eliminates the opportunity for deaf students to show what they know), you might ask students to raise their hands, wait a second or two (which will give the interpreter and the deaf and hard-of-hearing students an opportunity to "catch up") and then call on a student to answer the question. This would give all students, including those who might take longer to process your question and come up with the answer, a chance to respond.

While using the interpreter to assist in the conveyance of questions and answers may be a bit awkward, it is critical that deaf and hard-of-hearing students be given the same opportunities as hearing students. Please take the time occasionally to glance at where deaf and hard-of-hearing students are seated. Like hearing students, they may have questions regarding lecture material or project assignments. By making sure that all students have equal access, you guarantee that all your students are able to participate in your classes.

University Counseling Services Presentations

University Counseling Services (UCS) is offering free confidential groups/ workshops during the spring semester to address varying student concerns, including choosing a career/major, dealing with stress, procrastination or shyness. In addition, groups are offered for those with an abusive family history, an eating disorder and concerns about self-esteem and improving relationships.

Academic Performance Enhancement Experience (APEX) is available to students who wish to better achieve their academic potential. Other offerings include a women's support group, a parent's support group, assertion training, test-taking anxiety reduction and a group dealing with diversity issues. UCS also is a sponsor of the Helpline telephone crisis intervention listening line (818-349-HELP), which operates daily from 6 p.m. to midnight.

UCS is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. UCS provides individual personal, psychological and crisis counseling. In addition, special programs are provided for adult re-entry students, persons with eating disorders and suicide awareness. UCS also coordinates the campus dispute resolution and employee assistance programs.

If you have any questions, wish to make a counseling appointment, sign-up for a group/workshop, or are a faculty member who would like to schedule a 10-minute class presentation about UCS programs, call x2366 or TDD x7834, or stop by the UCS office located in the Student Services Building room 520.


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 through Fri., April 14, at 15 centers throughout the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles areas. The center on campus is located in the Business Building room 2111 and will operate from 5-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 14, 21 and 28, and 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 16 and 23. 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, or www.csun.edu/counseling/jade.html.

Peer Coaching Orientation

Faculty members interested in participating in the University Peer Coaching Program are invited to an orientation session from 12:30-2 p.m. Tue., Feb. 15, at the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching conference room in Sierra Hall 439. The session will feature peer coaching success stories and a short practicum with a brief lesson taught by religious studies professor Pat Nichelson.

During the spring, each participant in the program will pair with a colleague from a different discipline to observe each other's teaching and provide constructive, reflective feedback based on the teaching strategies participants have asked their partners to observe. Time commitment will range from six to eight hours, including an orientation session, peer coaching practicum, working with a partner and an end-of-semester discussion meeting. fmi-Julia Donley, x6536, or e-mail julia.r.donley@csun.edu.

Interdisciplinary Science Seminar Series

The colleges of Science and Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science, and Health and Human Development are sponsoring a series titled Imaging Across the Sciences from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in Science 2132. The next presentation will be Tue., Feb. 15. This series explores the interdisciplinary nature of imaging in health sciences and the sciences, and is presented by experts from academia and industry. The series also provides a brief introduction to imaging techniques and the underlying mathematical theories and engineering designs behind them. fmi-x2721.

Brown Bag Film Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center will show two films titled "Eating Disorders" and "WIC Nutritionists" in Science Court room 524 from noon to 1 p.m. Wed., Feb. 16, and from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 17. fmi-x3102.

Geography Hike

The Geography Council is sponsoring a fun and educational hike and picnic in Towsley Canyon, just north of the San Fernando Valley off Interstate 5, to start at 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 19. fmi-Darrick Danta, x3532.

Workshop on Encouraging Students

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is sponsoring a workshop on encouraging students to be responsible for their own learning from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 22, in the CELT conference room, Sierra Hall 439. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. fmi-x5934.

Majors Fair 2000

The Educational Opportunity Program, Undergraduate Studies, Associated Students and the California Career Development Association/CSUN Student Chapter are sponsoring Majors Fair 2000 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed., Feb. 23, at the USU Northridge Center. This event provides students with the opportunity to explore majors, minors and campus resources in one place at one time. The fair features informational displays, printed materials and faculty, staff and students from all undergraduate academic departments/ programs/options. Sign language interpreting services will be available. Refreshments will be served and door prizes given. fmi-Helene Berg-Kolin of the Advising Resource Center/ EOP, x2108, or e-mail helene.berg-kolin@csun.edu.

Geological Sciences Lecture

The Geology Club and the Geological Sciences Department are sponsoring a lecture titled "Enigmatic Mesozoic Intraplate Tectonics Beneath China's Great Wall" presented by earth sciences professor Gregory Davis from USC at 4 p.m., Wed., Feb. 23, in SC 1231. fmi-x3541.

Teaching Symposium

California State University, San Marcos is sponsoring a Symposium on University Teaching from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 26, at the Cal State 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Students are invited to join the Volunteer Council. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. every Wednesday in the Career Center. There are many one-time and on-going volunteer experiences available. fmi-Council hotline, x4106, or visit www.csun.edu/volunteer or VolunteerTrak in the Career Center. The following is an upcoming volunteer opportunity: - Used Book Sale: The Oviatt Library is having a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue., Feb. 29, in the Oviatt lobby. Call x2638 to volunteer.


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: fmi- Deadlines

China Scholarships

The People's Republic of China government is seeking CSUN nominations of two candidates for different Chinese Government Scholarship programs for 2000-2002. One is for foreign teachers of the Chinese language; the other is for foreign experts in the study of Chinese culture. Applicants interested in these two grants should contact Justine Su immediately at x3801 or e-mail

The language teachers scholarship will enable the selected candidate to take short-term courses to improve their teaching techniques. The scholarship covers four weeks of language studies in China and includes all costs for tuition, medical care, lodging and living allowance (about 2,000 Chinese yuan total). Other eligibility criteria apply.

The Chinese Culture Research Fellowship, only for professors or associate professors who already work in this field, will cover up to five months of study/research in China and include full tuition, medical care, lodging, living allowance, reference materials and a research tour in China. The research should be conducted in the Chinese language. Other eligibility criteria apply.

Faculty Awards

Various awards are presented each year to CSUN faculty members to recognize outstanding achievement. All nominations and documentation must be submitted to the Faculty President's Office, FOB 106 (mail drop 8221). The following list contains information about the awards coordinated by the Faculty Senate Office. fmi-Faculty Senate Office, x3263.

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 drop 8220). Completed forms-including signatures of the faculty member, the chair, and the dean-should be submitted to that same office.

Governor's Safety Award

Nominations for the 1999 Governor's Employee Safety Award are due Fri., Feb. 25. This award program is an annual event recognizing outstanding performance of individual state employees for improving job safety, responding to life threatening situations and preventing and reducing the number of occupational injuries and vehicular accidents. For nomination forms and additional information, contact Ron Norton at x2401.

Who's Who Nominations

Applications/nominations for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 1999-2000 are due at the Office of Student Development & International Programs (mail drop 8261) by Fri., Feb. 25. fmi-Stephanie Lester, x2393.


February 14, 2000

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