March 13, 2000 Vol. IV, No. 12


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 March 27 issue is Mon., March 20.

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, 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 1:15­5 p.m. Wed., March 15, in President¹s Conference Room A.

Faculty Senate

Meets from 2­4:30 p.m. Thu., March 16, in Engineering Auditorium Room 100.

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.


Jewish Studies Essay

The Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program is sponsoring a $250 essay contest in the area of Jewish studies. Submitted papers must have been written for a CSUN course between spring 1999 and spring 2000, and be the original unpublished work of the student. Applicants must have completed 60 or more units with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. The contest is open to students from all majors. Papers must be submitted to Jody Myers, coordinator of the Jewish Studies Program, in Faculty Office Building 231 or 224, and be accompanied by a completed entry form (available in FOB 224). Final date for submission is Tue., April 25. fmi­Jody Myers, x3007, x3392 or e-mail

Diet Analysis Services

The Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics invites CSUN students, faculty and staff to learn more about their diets through diet analysis. Diet analysis interns will provide a detailed profile of your diet. Services for CSUN students, faculty and staff are provided at a discounted price of $5. The cost is $10 for community members. Recipe analyses are available at $20 per recipe. Pick up forms at the Marilyn Magaram Center, SC 526. fmi­x4160.


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 5­7:30 p.m. Mondays, March 13, 20 and 27, and from 5­7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 15 and 22. fmi­x4519.

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. fmi­Council hotline, x4106, or visit or VolunteerTrak in the Career Center. The following are upcoming volunteer opportunities:

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. fmi­Carol Hallenbeck, x3820.

Accounts Payable & Travel

As part of the Human Resource Services¹ Training and Development programs, the Accounts Payable Processing and Travel program will be held from 9­11 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 .html. fmi­x3820.

Crimes Against Women Meeting

University Counseling Services is hosting an exploratory meeting to discuss the development of a grant proposal focusing on combating violent crimes against women on campuses from 3­5 p.m. Tue., March 14, in the Student Services Building, room 520L. Send your thoughts and questions to Robert Kemmerling of University Counseling Services before the meeting by fax at x2371 or by e-mail to fmi­x2364.

Day of Diversity Forum

Day of Diversity is an interactive open forum for students, faculty and staff from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wed., March 15, in the USU. The forum will focus on non-violence, tolerance and community. It is presented by the Faculty Senate Educational Equity Committee, SPGG Diversity Group leaders, and the Presidential Advisory Board on Equity and Diversity, in cooperation with the Educational Opportunity Program, Graduate Studies and Associated Students. fmi­x2077.

Geological Sciences Lecture

The Geological Sciences Department and the Geology Club are sponsoring a lecture titled "Magmatic Interactions as Recorded in Plagioclase Phenocrysts of Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic Center, California" at 4 p.m. Thu., March 16, in SC1231. The lecture will be given by CSUN alumnus Frank Tepley from UCLA¹s Department of Earth & Space Sciences. fmi­x3541.

Center on Disabilities Conference

The 15th annual international conference titled "Technology and Persons with Disabilities," sponsored by CSUN¹s Center on Disabilities, will be held from Mon., March 20, through Sat., March 25, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport and Los Angeles Marriott hotels. Tom Whittaker, the first disabled person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, will be the featured keynote speaker. fmi­call x2578, e-mail or visit

Interior Design Show

The Family Environmental Sciences¹ Interior Design Program will hold its annual interior design show, "Design 2000: Designers of the Future," from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon., March 20, through Sat., March 25, in the USU Grand Salon. The exhibit is sponsored by student chapters of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Admission is free. fmi­Jean O¹Sullivan, x3846.

CHIME Institute Fund-Raising Event

The CHIME Institute for Children with Special Needs will hold a fund-raising event from 5­9 p.m. Thu., March 23, at Fresh Choice Restaurant, 8850 Tampa Ave., Northridge (next to Costco). Fresh Choice will donate 20 percent of your bill to the CHIME Institute. The proceeds will support the CHIME Infant/Toddler and Inclusion programs, which provide early intervention for young children with disabilities and their families, and serve as practicum sites for CSUN students. fmi­x4979 or visit the CHIME web site at /chime.html.

Back Pain Seminar

The Center for Sports Medicine at CSUN will present "Going Back to the Back: New Approaches to Disorders of the Spine" on Sat., March 25, as part of the Clinical Seminars in Sports Medicine. Morning lectures will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in the Performing Arts Center followed by a catered lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Afternoon breakout sessions will be held from 1­5 p.m. in the Kinesiology Building. Fees are $95 for professionals and $35 for students and non-professionals. A 25 percent discount can be applied to CSUN faculty and staff. Continuing education credit is available. fmi­Ken Howat, x3237.

Disabilities Seminar

Family Focus Resource Center and North Los Angeles County Regional Center present a free seminar titled "Learning About Disabilities from Adults with Disabilities" from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., March 25, at the Family Focus Resource Center in Education Building room 3118. Call Kathryn Lincoln at x7063 or (818) 756-6225 before Thu., March 23, to reserve a seat.

Relationships Discussion Group

Family Focus Resource Center and North Los Angeles County Regional Center are sponsoring relationship discussion groups on a quarterly basis. The next meeting will be from 1:30­3 p.m. Sat., March 25, at the Family Focus Resource Center in Education Building room 3118. We will discuss your questions, concerns and personal experiences with loving relationships.

Education Careers Panel

The College of Education is offering a Careers Panel on Early Childhood Special Education by experts in the field from 7­10 p.m. Mon., March 27, in Education Building room 1214. fmi and for reservations­x2534.

Women in the Media Forum

A "Year 2000: Women in Television News" presentation will take place from 2­4 p.m. Wed., March 29, in the USU Grand Salon. Leading female broadcast journalists‹including Marta Waller with KTLA Channel 5; Beverly White with KNBC Channel 4 and Christina Gonzalez with KTTV Channel 11‹will examine the progress women and minorities have made in television news. Judy Marlane, chair of CSUN¹s Radio-Television-Film Department, will moderate the discussion. fmi­x3192.


Defensive Driving

Defensive driving classes will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1­4:30 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. fmi and for reservations-call the Environmental Health and Safety Office, x2401.

Computer Workshops

Student Computing in the Learning Resource Center is offering the following computer workshops in Student Services Building 416: The full spring semester workshop schedule may be viewed at www.vcsun .org/~ccheal/Spring2000schedule.html. fmi­Catheryn Cheal at catheryn.cheal

SIMSR Workshops

Information Technology Resources offers the following workshops: fmi­x2204 or send an e-mail to

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:

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. on Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28, and April 4. The second section will be offered from 1­3 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 15, 22, 29, and April 5 and 12. fmi­x2366.

Teaching Narratives Workshop

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is sponsoring a workshop to discuss using teaching narratives from 12:30­2:30 p.m. Tue., March 14, in the CELT Conference Room, Sierra Hall 439. The workshop will be led by Carrie Rothstein-Fisch of the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department. Light refreshments will be available. Space is limited. fmi­x5934.

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. fmi­x2366.

Technology Orientation

Information Technology Resources offers one-hour workshops to provide information about campus computing, resources and services, and technology training. Workshops will be held from 3­4 p.m. Thu., March 16, and from 10­11 a.m. Wed., March 22. Space is limited, enrollment is required. To enroll, send an e-mail request to or call x2204. fmi­Camille Brooks, x1400 or e-mail

Sundays in Cyberspace

The Web Project is sponsoring free Sunday workshops/forums on web teaching from 12:30­4:30 p.m. March 19, 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 discuss issues in effective web teaching and 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 or call x2033.

Workshop on Critical Thinking

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is sponsoring a workshop on extending students¹ critical thinking from 12:30­2 p.m. Tue., March 21, in the CELT Conference Room, Sierra Hall 439. The workshop will be facilitated by Don Brownlee of the Communication Studies Department, Richard Rodewald of the Philosophy Department and Cynthia Desrochers of CELT. Light refreshments will be available. Space is limited. fmi­x5934.

Web Project Forum

In continuing to develop and expand its support for Internet teaching, the Web Project will sponsor a web teaching forum titled "Collaborative Online Teaching and Learning the Internet" from 2­4 p.m. Tue., March 21, in Student Services Building 416. Nancy Page Fernandez, Shelia Harbet and special guest Jolene Koester (from Sacramento) will demonstrate how to use the Internet to expand your classroom. Pat Swenson and participating faculty will discuss how they use the Internet to link composition courses from different departments. The forum is open to all members of the campus community. No reservations are required. fmi­Nancy Fernandez, x4103 or, or visit


Faculty Development Grants

The Center for Community-Service Learning announces the Faculty Development Grant Program. Ten faculty curriculum development grants of $1,000 each will be awarded for the 2000­2001 academic year to promote the university¹s 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. fmi­Maureen Rubin, x7395, Sierra Hall room 435.

March 13, 2000

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