February 14, 2000 Vol. IV, No. 10
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Personnel Planning and
Meets from 1:15-5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 16, in President's Conference Room A.
Meets from 3:15-5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 16, in the Executive Conference Room, Bookstore Complex.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
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.
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 (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.
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:
- "The Mind, Body & Spirit Fair": An event dedicated to education, enjoyment, relaxation and healthy lifestyle, featuring massages, a climbing wall, makeovers, book displays, information booths, aerobic demonstrations, henna tattoos and free food. Participants will be invited to enter drawings for a chance to win prizes.
- Noon: Comedienne Maria Bamford
-who has appeared on "Dharma & Greg," at the L.A. Comedy Club, the Improv, and on Comedy Central-will entertain and inform the audience about dieting, self-acceptance, weight and appearance.
- There also will be an indoor interactive display, "Room with a View," where participants may walk through an exhibit that explores the evolution of an eating disorder.
- There will be access to professional advice and resource materials throughout the day.
Wed., Feb. 16:
- "Eating Disorders Beyond Dieting" from 9:30-10:45 a.m. and again from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the USU Grand Salon. Dr. Vicky Berkus will discuss the causes of and criteria for eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and compulsive overeating. She will help students identify and understand warning signs and treatment for these disorders, will discuss media and body image issues and causes of eating disorders.
- A panel discussion titled "Impossible Expectations" will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. in the lobby of Building 9 of the University Park Apartments. Panel guests will focus on how you can help a friend, highlighting warning signs and symptoms.
fmi-Ellen Mayer, x2366, or www.csun.edu/counseling/jade.html.
- "Stories from the Inside Out-Tales and Tunes from Up Your Street and Around the World" from 10-11 a.m. in the USU Santa Clarita Room. Performer and teacher Karen Golden will use storytelling to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit. Using oral, visual and instrumental aids, Golden will discuss self-esteem and honoring a sense of self.
- "Talking it Through" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in University Counseling Services, Student Services Building room 520. A body image discussion group for women. Counseling intern Judy Prince will facilitate group exercises and discussions in an effort to help participants explore their body image. Prince will focus on the way culture and media influence the way women feel about their bodies.
- "Know Dieting" from 7:30-9 p.m. in the lobby of Building 9 of the University Park Apartments. Registered dietician and CSUN alumna Toni Kohn will talk about why diets don't work and what does work to lose weight safely and permanently toward a new "weigh of life."
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com or calling x5934.
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.
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:
- Resume Results: 1-2 p.m. Tue., Feb. 15 (Jan Potzmann), and 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 17 (Brian Finck) and 24 (Ross Berg). Learn techniques and strategies for writing a targeted resume. Sample resumes, tips on cover letters and thank-you letters will be provided.
- Intelligent Interviewing I (Preparation): 9-11 a.m. Fri., Feb. 18. Rory Barksdale will focus on preparing for an interview, emphasizing the employer's perspective.
- Job Searches for Teachers: 3-4:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 21. Workshop will be conducted by Rose Marie Barksdale and include information on resumes, interviews, placement files, portfolios, salaries and the current job market.
- Intelligent Interviewing II (Practice): 9-11 a.m. Fri., Feb. 25. Workshop will be conducted by Rory Barksdale and include mock interviews and critiques to strengthen interview skills (Interview I required).
- Job Fair Success: noon to 1 p.m. Tue., Feb. 29. Workshop will be conducted by Jan Potzmann. Learn what to do before, during and after a job fair.
- Resume/Interview Workshop for "Teacher Types": 3-5 p.m., Tue., Feb. 29, in the Career Center training room. The workshop is coordinated by Rory Barksdale and will be facilitated by Bill Bermudez, recruitment specialist for the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
- Outstanding Professor Award: One faculty member is selected as an outstanding professor and receives an award of $1,000. Nominations and supporting materials are due by Tue., Feb. 15.
- Scholarly Publication Award: The President's Associates sponsor an annual award of $1,000 for the best article, essay or book produced by a faculty member. The work must have been done primarily while the author was a CSUN faculty member or emeritus professor. Jointly authored works are eligible; notes, abstracts and reviews are not. The published work and supporting letters or reviews are due by Fri., March 3.
- Advancement of Teaching Effectiveness Award: The President's Associates sponsor an annual award of $1,000 for the best course or curriculum improvement project that advances teaching effectiveness at an educational level. The project must have had two semesters of classroom application and must be submitted within one year of the second semester application. Nominations and supporting materials are due by Fri., March 3.
- Creativity Award: The President's Associates sponsor an annual award of $1,000 for creative accomplishment. The work must have been created or produced during the two calendar years prior to the year of the award. Application material deadline is Fri., March 3.
- Distinguished Teaching Awards: As many as five faculty members are honored annually with the Distinguished Teaching Award, which rewards and acknowledges outstanding professional contributions to the learning experiences of CSUN students. This award carries a $500 prize. Supporting materials are due by Fri., March 10.
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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