February 28, 2000 Vol. IV, No. 11


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., March 1, in President's Conference Room A.

Faculty Executive Committee

Meets 9 a.m. Thu., March 2, in Business Building Room 3107.

Foundation Board

Meets 6 p.m. Thu., March 16, at the University Club. For reservations and additional information, call x2150.

University Student Union Board of Directors

Meets 5:30 p.m. Mon., March 20, in the USU Board Room.


Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to Charlie Wood (Physical Plant Management) and his family on the loss of his brother, and to Dean Edward Carroll (College of Science and Mathematics) on the loss of his wife.

New Library Services

The University Library announces the following new library services:

Suicide/Depression Prevention Speakers' Bureau

The Student Suicide/Depression Prevention Speakers' Bureau is comprised of specially trained paraprofessionals who are available to give presentations to classes, campus organizations and student housing residents. The presentations have an interactive focus and are about 25-60 minutes, depending on your needs. The Speakers' Bureau is an excellent resource for you and your students to become more informed about the facts, as well as misconceptions, regarding suicide and depression. For more information or to request a speaker, send an e-mail to marshall.bloom@csun.edu.

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 faculty members best contact deaf or hard-of-hearing students outside of class?

A: Instructors have two primary means of contacting a deaf or hard-of-hearing student outside the classroom. One way would be by phone. While a few hard-of-hearing students can hear enough to use the phone directly, most of them access phone communication through a TTY, a telecommunications device that transmits data though phone lines. The challenge in using this method is that both parties need a TTY, or that one party needs to use a relay service. That service is provided by both California Relay Service at (800) 735-2922 and by Sprint at (888) 877-5379. A hearing person simply calls one of the numbers above, gives the relay operator the phone number of the deaf or hard-of-hearing person they wish to contact, and proceeds with the conversation with the understanding that the operator is relaying voiced messages through TTY, and TTY messages back through voice. A much easier way to contact deaf and hard-of-hearing students is through e-mail. Since computers are completely accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing students, e-mail is the ideal way to contact them. It is quick, efficient and eliminates the need for a third party (relay). If this idea works for you, simply ask the deaf or hard-of-hearing student for their e-mail address.

Roundtable Scholarships

The Public Employees Roundtable scholarship program awards money to bright and talented college students considering careers in government. PER is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of professional associations dedicated to educating Americans about the ways public employees enrich the quality of life in communities nationwide. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their current undergraduate or postgraduate degree program. Applications are due by Fri., May 19. fmi-Irma Salley, (202) 927-4923, or isalley@theroundtable.org or visit www.theroundtable.org.

Ruth Lencione Fellowship

The Family Environmental Sciences Department is accepting applications for the Ruth Lencione Fellowship, which offers undergraduates and graduates an opportunity to work with children and their families. The recipient is awarded $5,000 during a period of two semesters. Brochures and applications are available from the Family Environmental Sciences Office, Bungalow "HD". The deadline is Sat., April 1. fmi-x3051.


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. 28, and March 6 and 13, and from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 1 and 8. fmi-x4519.

Volunteer Opportunities

Students are invited to join the Volunteer Council. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. every Wednesday in the USU Ventura Room. There are many one-time and ongoing volunteer experiences available. fmi-Council hotline, x4106, or visitwww.csun.edu/volunteer or VolunteerTrak in the Career Center. The following are upcoming volunteer opportunities:

China Institute Lecture

The China Institute at CSUN is sponsoring a lecture titled "Temporary Rural-Urban Migration in China Since the 1980s" presented by Richard Xing Li of Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau at 10 a.m. Wed., March 1, in the Education Building, conference room 1214. The presentation will examine the background, causes and characteristics of the internal temporary migration in China and its dynamic impact on the Chinese economy and society, especially the urbanization process. fmi-Justine Su, x3801 or e-mail zsu@csun.edu.

Senate/Assembly Debates

Associated Students is hosting two debates of the candidates for the 19th District Senate seat and the 38th District Assembly seat from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wed., March 1, in the USU Grand Salon. The debates are open to the public. fmi-Associated Students, x2477.

English Conference Guest Speaker

As part of the Association of Graduate Students in English (AGSE) Graduate Student Conference, John Rechy-author of "City of Night" and "The Coming of the Night"-will speak at 1:30 p.m. Sat., March 4, in Jerome Richfield Hall, room 319. This free event is sponsored by the AGSE, the English Department, Wings, the Office of Graduate Studies Distinguished Speakers Program and the College of Humanities. fmi-send e-mail to agse-g@csun.edu.

Job Fair 2000

The Career Center is sponsoring a spring job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., March 6, in the USU Grand Salon. The event is open to students of all majors and class levels. Recruiters from various fields will offer full-time, part-time, internship and volunteer opportunities. fmi-x2878.

Retirement Reception The Public Safety Department invites you to wish Mary Cooley, parking manager, a farewell at her retirement reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mon., March 6, at the University Club, main dining room. fmi-x2201.

Employee Fee Waiver Program

As part of Human Resource Services' Training and Development Programs, the Employee Fee Waiver Program workshop will be from 9-10 a.m. Wed., March 8, SB 535A. The workshop will review eligibility to take classes at CSUN, the fees and the number of courses allowed, and applications, forms and deadlines. fmi-x3820.

CSUN Hillel Speaker

CSUN's Hillel Jewish Student Center has invited Dennis Prager, the KABC Radio talk show host and author, to speak on "What Jews Can Learn from Christians, What Christians Can Learn from Jews, and What Both Can Teach the World" at 7 p.m. Thu., March 9, in the USU Santa Clarita Room. fmi-(818) 886-5101.

Hazardous Waste Collection

The Los Angeles City Bureau of Sanitation and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works are cosponsoring a countywide household hazardous waste collection program. The "HazMobile" will be in Canoga Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fri. and Sat., March 10-11. The location will be the Boeing/Rocketdyne-De Soto facility south parking lot on De Soto Ave. at Gresham (south of Nordhoff St.). The "HazMobile" will collect paint products and solvents, motor oil and anti-freeze, aerosol products, household and garden chemical, pesticides and fertilizers, and car batteries and pool cleaners. fmi-Cyndi Signett, recycling coordinator, x2477, or the city of Los Angeles, (800) 988-6942.

New Employee Orientation

Every employee new to the CSUN campus should attend this workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Tue., March 14, in SB 535A. The workshop will cover a campus overview, employment and benefit information, the compensation system and public safety and parking information. Reservations are required. Call Carol Hallenbeck, x3820.

Accounts Payable & Travel

As part of Human Resource Services' Training and Development Programs, the Accounts Payable Processing and Travel program will be held from 9-11 a.m. Tue., March 14, in Business Building 4117. The workshop will cover the direct-pay process, procurement card program, department statements, travel forms, submitting claims and follow-up. Send registration forms to Carol Hallenbeck in Human Resources, mail drop 8229. Forms can be obtained online at www-hrs.csun .edu/Year2000Train.html. fmi-x3820.


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:

CBT Training

CSUN Information Technology Resources is offering hands-on Computer Based Training (CBT) from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday through March 17 in Music Lawn 214. The next session will be March 3. Call x2204 for reservations. ITR's faculty and staff training schedule can be viewed at www.csun.edu/itr/training/ schedule.html.

Effective Learning Workshops

The Academic Performance Enhancement Experience (APEX) provides students with the opportunity to acquire effective learning techniques by improving reading, note-taking and test preparation techniques. Students will learn how to better manage time, avoid procrastination, reduce stress and motivate themselves. Two sections, each consisting of five meetings, will be offered in Student Services Building 520. One section will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4. The second section will be offered from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, March 15, 22, 29, and April 5 and 12. fmi-x2366.

Computer Workshops

Student Computing in the Learning Resource Center is offering instruction 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. The following workshops are being offering in Student Services Building 416: The full spring semester workshop schedule may be viewed at www.vcsun. org/~ccheal/Spring2000schedule.html. fmi-Catheryn Cheal at catheryn.cheal @csun.edu.

Defensive Driving

Defensive driving classes will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1-4:30 p.m. on Mon., March 13, 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.

Conflict Mediation Training

Learn techniques to mediate the conflicts of others as well as resolve your own disputes without a mediator. Training involves attending five meetings from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, March 16, 23, 30, and April 6 and 13, in Student Services Building 520L. fmi-x2366.

Sundays in Cyberspace

The Web Project is sponsoring free Sunday workshops/forums on web teaching from 12:30-4:30 p.m. March 19 (enroll by March 12), April 9 (enroll by April 2), and May 7 (enroll by May 2), in the Learning Resource Center, Student Services Building 408. Faculty from CSUN, regional community colleges and K-12 schools will come to discuss issues in effective web teaching and to learn how to use key online teaching tools. Concurrent sessions will provide hands-on learning and discussion about web teaching strategies for all levels, from beginners to advanced users. A workshop for beginners will be repeated each Sunday followed by a "best practices" workshop/discussion forum. To enroll, e-mail lrc@csun.edu or call x2033.


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., March 2, for the meeting on Thu., March 16.

Jewish Studies Scholarships

The Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program is sponsoring four need-based university scholarships of $350 each for the 2000-2001 academic year. CSUN students who have taken or are currently enrolled in a Jewish Studies course are eligible. Applicants must agree to enroll in an additional Jewish Studies course in the year they receive the scholarship. Applications are available at the Financial Aid Office in the Matador Bookstore Complex and at www.csun.edu/finaid. Applications are due Thu., March 2, using the scholarship application checklist. fmi-Jody Myers, x3007 or x3392, or jody.myers@csun.edu.

Faculty Awards

Each year a variety of awards are presented 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 awards coordinated by the Faculty Senate Office. fmi-Faculty Senate Office, x3263.

Employee of the Year Nominations

The Employee of the Year Award recognizes one staff employee annually who has made significant contributions to the university through creativity, initiative, leadership, teamwork or through a special contribution to the immediate work area or to the university as a whole. The recipient receives a $500 cash award and a plaque. Nomination forms must be submitted to Laurie Gold-Brubaker, Human Resource Services (mail drop 8229) by Mon., March 6.

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

Faculty Senate Elections

Faculty members interested in running for an office of the Faculty Senate, who have not yet been nominated, may submit a petition signed by 15 faculty members by 5 p.m. Fri., March 10, to the Faculty Senate Office in FOB 106.

Faculty Development Grants

The Center for Community-Service Learning announces the Faculty Development Grant Program for 1999-2000. Ten faculty curriculum development grants of $1,000 each will be awarded for the 2000-2001 academic year to promote the university's strategic planning goal of having 30 percent of graduates obtain service-learning or internship experience. Grants will be given to support innovative curriculum development that combines community service with explicit academic learning objectives, reflection and assessment. Grant applications are due to the Center for Community-Service Learning by 5 p.m. Wed., March 15. Grant awards will be announced Mon., April 24. fmi-Maureen Rubin, x7395, Sierra Hall room 435.


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