August 30, 1999 Vol. IV, No. 1


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 September 13 issues is Tue., September 7.

We will strive to include all items submitted by deadline occurring during the two-week period 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.
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Public Meetings

Faculty Executive Committee

Meets 1-5 p.m. Thu., Sept. 2, in the Business Building, conference room 3107.

Statewide Academic Senate

Meets 1:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 9, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., Sept. 10, at CSU headquarters, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach.

Volunteer Council

Meets 1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 8, in the Career Center volunteer office. fmi­x4106

CSUN Foundation

Finance Committee Meets 4 p.m. Wed., Sept. 15, in the University Club.
Executive Committee Meets 5 p.m. Wed., Sept. 15, in the University Club.


Faculty, Staff Promotions

Interim President Louanne Kennedy is pleased to announce the following promotions effective August 25, 1999:
To professor:
To associate professor:
To student services professional III:

Fall Extension Classes

Registration for CSUN¹s fall extension program is taking place now on a walk-in or mail-in basis. The College of Extended Learning provides the community with an array of professional development and self-enrichment classes, including accounting, taxation, business and management, the arts and entertainment industry, communication, computers, international business, languages and much more. Most classes take place evenings or weekends on campus. Catalogs and registration information are available by calling (818) 677- 2504 or (818) 677-2644, or by e-mail to The web site is

University Emergency Procedures

University Emergency Procedures are posted in every classroom and office on campus. This reference guide describes the steps that should be taken in the event of an emergency. Some of the emergency situations covered include: fires, earthquakes, medical emergencies and building evacuation. To ensure that all members of our campus community are familiar with these procedures, the following steps should be taken: All students, faculty and staff should know how to evacuate buildings they normally use and where to go after leaving one of these buildings. fmi­Environmental Health and Safety Office, x2401.

CSUN Transportation Plan

The annual analysis of the University¹s Transportation Plan was accepted and filed with the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Members of the university community who wish to view the plan may do so by contacting the Commuter Transportation Program through campus mail (8297), via e-mail, or by calling x3946.

Peer Coaching Program

Faculty members are invited to participate in CSUN¹s Peer Coaching Program this fall. Each participant will pair with a colleague from a different discipline to observe each other¹s teaching and provide constructive, reflective feedback. The feedback‹collegial, supportive and confidential‹will be 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. Participants may want to select a coaching partner outside their discipline and ask him or her to join them at orientation. The orientation sessions will feature success stories from last semester¹s peer coaching faculty and a short, peer coaching practicum.

The orientation sessions are scheduled from noon­1:30 p.m. Tue., Sept. 14, where Vickie Jensen, professor of sociology, will teach a short lesson for the practicum, and from 12:30­2 p.m. Wed., Sept. 15, where Matt Cahn, professor of political science, will teach for the practicum. Both sessions will be held in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, located in the Teaching and Learning Center in Sierra Hall, 4th floor. fmi­Cynthia Desrochers, x5934, or e-mail

NCOD Information

CSUN¹s National Center on Deafness provides the following Q. and A. for university faculty and staff members to better serve the university¹s deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Q: Why does the interpreter sometimes voice for the deaf student in a way that sounds awkward, or seems to interrupt someone else?

A: When hearing people are conversing, they ³hold the floor² by using filler words and tone of voice that lets you know they have more to say. Deaf people, on the other hand, use signs and eye contact to indicate the same. Since the interpreter is voicing the comments AFTER the deaf student signs the information, it is like a ³tape-delay.² The interpreter may use a variety of techniques to indicate that the student is not finished: use filler phrases such as ³another point² or ³to add,² nod while the student is signing to show that the interpreter is tracking but not yet voicing, use the phrase, ³excuse me, the student hasn¹t finished.²

Sometimes during this silence, another student may jump in with a question or comment. The interpreter, still taking in what the deaf student is signing, may then inadvertently talk over the other student. This awkward situation can be avoided if the professor focuses on the deaf students until they stop signing. That way the deaf students can participate in classroom discussions, comfortable with the knowledge they will not be cut off.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its deepest sympathy to:

Welcome Week

As part of Welcome Week, more than 30 vendors will be on hand in the Sierra Quad providing information, selling products and offering a variety of services. This event runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 3.

President¹s Welcome Back Picnic

This annual event will take place from 11 a.m.­1 p.m. and 5:30­7:30 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 1, on the Oviatt Lawn.

Meet the Clubs Day

More than 100 clubs and organizations will be participating in the Meet the Clubs Day program from 11 a.m.­2 p.m. Wed., Sept. 1, in the Sierra Quad. Come learn more about CSUN¹s clubs and organizations.

MPA Open House

The College of Extended Learning¹s Master of Public Administration program will hold a daily open house and registration for new students at 7 p.m. from Wed.­Sun., Sept. 1­5, in Sierra Hall room 202. The program provides graduate- level administration classes to those in the public and non- profit sectors. Classes begin in September and are held evenings and weekends at the CSUN campus. Classes also are held at the Channel Islands campus and in Glendale. fmi­MPA office, x5635, or e-mail

Emerging Leaders Training Program

Emerging Leaders invites new and continuing students to learn more about campus leadership opportunities as it kicks off its 1999­2000 Peer Mentor Leadership Training Program. 2 p.m. Wed., Sept. 8, in the University Student Union¹s Grand Salon. fmi­x2393.

Psychology Orientation Programs

Y2K Preparation Seminar

Matadors Federal Credit Union is hosting a free seminar on year 2000 preparedness from 5­6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept 15, at its office at 9401 Reseda Blvd. Credit union members and the public are invited to learn about the plans and procedures that various agencies and companies are putting in place to assure that their services will not be interrupted on Jan. 1, 2000. Please RSVP to (818) 993-6328 x206.

Hollywood Bowl Alumni Night

CSUN¹s Alumni Association encourages college and department alumni to participate in ³CSUN Alumni Night at the Hollywood Bowl² on Sat., Sept. 18. This will be the bowl¹s last concert weekend of the century and is billed as its kick-off party for the new millennium complete with fireworks. Alan Cumming, straight from his show-stopping run in ³Cabaret,² and other surprise guests will be featured. There are 250 seats reserved in section R for best viewing of the fireworks. Tickets are $25 per person on a first-come first-serve basis. A wine reception, including lemonade, iced tea and coffee, will be provided in the Camrose Garden Picnic Area (picnic area #15). Picnic area opens at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own food. Flyers are available in Alumni Relations, x2137, for alumni, donors, faculty and staff to post in their departments. For transportation and parking information, call (323) 850-2000. Valley residents may wish to come on MTA bus line #420. fmi­x2137.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center is seeking volunteers for the following events:

New Administrators Reception

Provost Philip Handler invites the campus community to attend a welcome reception in honor of new administrators in the Academic Affairs Division. 4:30­6:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 23, at the University Club. Those honored are:

Ventura Campus Open House

Ventura Campus alumni and others are invited to ³Celebrate the Move,² an open house of the new CSUN at Channel Islands facility from 1:30­4:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 26. The celebration will include a ribbon-cutting officially opening the campus, and tours, entertainment and prizes. More than $8.5 million has been spent renovating the beautiful Spanish mission style architecture for the former Ventura Campus. Visit the alumni table and find out about activities of the new CSUN chapter for Ventura County graduates.


Ceramics Lab

The University Student Union ceramics lab is offering fall classes. These small, non-credit, eight-week sessions offer individual instruction plus additional time to work outside of class. Registration begins Sept. 1. Afternoon and evening sessions begin Oct. 4. Register early, space is limited. fmi­x2798.

Defensive Driving Classes

Defensive driving classes will be offered Wed., Sept. 15, in the University Student Union, Pasadena Room, and Thu., Oct. 7, in the USU Balboa Room. Class times for both days will be from 8:30 a.m.­noon and again from 1­4:30 p.m. 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. Call the Environmental Health and Safety Office, x2401, for reservations. fmi­Christina Lewis, x2401.

Piano for Youth

The Music Department¹s Piano for Youth Program is offering piano instruction to students ages 7 to 11 who have never previously had piano lessons. The sessions begin in mid- September. For further information and to make an appointment for an interview, contact Jeanine Jacobson, x3167. Space is limited.


Student Research Symposium

The application deadline for CSUN¹s third campus-wide Student Research Symposium is Mon., Oct. 18. The symposium, which highlights student diversity and achievement and informs the campus of the excellent quality and diversity of student research, will be held Fri., Nov. 19, in the University Student Union¹s Grand Salon. The format permits 10-minute oral presentations and poster sessions. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate by submitting an abstract of their entry. Cash awards will be provided for the outstanding presenters. Contact your department or the Office of Graduate Studies for applications. fmi­x2138.

August 30, 1999

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