Sept. 13, 1999 Vol. IV, No. 2


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 27 issues is Mon., September 20.

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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

Educational Policies Committee

Meets 2 p.m. Wed., Sept. 15, in President's Conference Room A.

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.
Foundation Board
Meets 6 p.m. Thu., Sept. 23, in the College of Education.
For reservations, call Judy Landy, x4197.

Campus/Community Coalition on Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention

Meets 1-2:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 16, in the Student Health Center Conference Room.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2-4:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 16, in Engineering Auditorium, room 100.


Jewish Religious Holidays

The Provost's Office reminds the campus community that the following Jewish religious holiday is upcoming: Yom Kippur, sunset Sun., Sept. 19, and all day Mon., Sept 20, until sunset. Also, many traditional, orthodox and conservative Jewish students observe the following religious festivals: Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, Sat.-Sun., Sept. 25-26, and Sat.-Sun., Oct. 2-3.

Faculty and staff are reminded of the responsibility to be sensitive to students' religious obligations as course deadlines and activities are scheduled. Also, under campus policy, students who are eligible to take a test or exam are permitted to do so, without penalty, at a time when that activity does not violate their religious creed.

New Reprographics Prices

Purchasing and Logistical Services announces a new price schedule that took effect Sept. 1. The new prices for multiple copies of the same document are as follows: 1-25 copies cost 4 cents per impression, 26-50 cost 3.5 cents per impression, and more than 50 cost 3 cents per impression. fmi-x2898 or x2309.

Discount Books

Year 2000 Entertainment 50% Discount Books are available at the Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled throughout the fall semester in the Kinesiology Building, room 156. fmi-Sam Britten, x2182, or Nick Breit, x3462.

Peer Coaching Program

Faculty members are invited to participate in CSUN's Peer Coaching Program this fall. Each participant will pair with a colleague from a different discipline to observe each other's 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, time 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 are scheduled from noon-1:30 p.m. Tue., Sept. 14, and from 12:30-2 p.m. Wed., Sept. 15. Both sessions will be held in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, in the Teaching and Learning Center, Sierra Hall, 4th floor. fmi-Cynthia Desrochers, x5934, or e-mail

Cross Cultural Panels

Student Panels for an International Curriculum and Education is a program offering free cross cultural panels to CSUN and community organizations. This program comprises international students who visit classrooms and local service institutions to present their native perspectives on subjects selected by professors or the persons in charge. This is an opportunity to raise international awareness among students to lead them to think more globally. SPICE panelists often eliminate myths and misconceptions people might have about their countries. fmi-Roopa Rawjee, Student Development and International Programs, x3053.

Fulbright Scholar Awards

The competition for 2000/2001 Fulbright Scholar Awards for U.S. faculty and professionals opened March 1, 1999. Opportunities for lecturing or advanced research in more than 125 countries are available to college and university faculty as well as to professionals outside academe, including artists, journalists and lawyers. Awards range from two to 10 months, and many are flexible according to the needs of grantees. In addition, a number of open awards allow applicants to suggest their own grant activities and host institutions. Various deadlines are in effect for special programs, including international education administrators programs and the Fulbright German studies seminar (November 1), and NATO advanced research fellowships and institutional grants (January 1, 2000). For application call (202) 686-7877, or e-mail fmi-Tom Spencer-Walters, x2138, or

NCOD Information

CSUN's National Center on Deafness provides the following Q and A for university faculty and staff members to better serve the campus' deaf and hard of hearing students.

Q: What if the professor does not want the interpreter to interpret something?

A: If the professor is speaking to all students in the class who can hear him or her, then the deaf or hard-of-hearing students must have the same access. The interpreter is there to provide access to all communication that occurs in the classroom-for the professors, the deaf and hard-of-hearing students and other students as well. Not including the deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the class results in segregating them from the other students and from the professor. If the interpreter does not hear a word or phrase, he or she will ask the professor to repeat it. Often, responses such as: "Oh, it wasn't important" or "Never mind" cause exclusion of the deaf or hard-of-hearing students. Interpreters are bound by a Code of Ethics. One of the tenets states that they "shall render the message faithfully, always conveying the content and spirit of the speaker." Therefore, anything that transpires while the interpreter is working will be interpreted.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its deepest sympathy to:

Psychology Department Orientations

The Department of Psychology's Advisement Center is sponsoring student orientations in September from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays in Sierra Hall, room 307. The next session is Freshman Orientation on Sept. 15: Topics include using the GE package to your advantage; minor; dual major; major; study habits; graduate school workshop options; and campus resources such as financial aid, the Computer Center, library, fitness center, library tours, and the Advisement Center. fmi-Carrie Saetermoe, x3506.

Chemistry Seminars

The Chemistry Club and the Department of Chemistry are sponsoring a series of seminars 4 p.m. Wednesdays in the Science complex, room 2228. The schedule is as follows:

Y2K Preparation Seminar

Matadors Federal Credit Union is hosting a free seminar on year 2000 preparedness from 5-6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept 15, in 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. RSVP to (818) 993-6328, x206.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center is seeking volunteers for the following events:

Geology Lecture

The Geology Club is sponsoring a lecture presented by Robert Stull, UCLA Department of Geological Sciences, titled "The Incredible Geology of South Africa," at noon Wed., Sept. 22, in Science room 1231.

Brown Bag Film Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center will host its Brown Bag Film Series on Wed., Sept. 22, and Thu., Sept. 23, in Science Court 5, room 524. The films are titled "Vitamin Basics" and "Low Fat Cooking". Wednesday's showing will be from noon to 1 p.m., and Thursday's from 12:30-1:30 p.m. fmi-x3102.

Welcome Reception

Interim Provost Philip Handler will host a welcome reception for new or newly assigned administrators in the Academic Affairs Division. The reception will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 23, in the main dining room at the University Club. Those honored will be:

Administrators Reception

Interim President Louanne Kennedy will host a welcome reception for new and newly assigned campus administrators. The reception will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 24, at the University Club. RSVP to Doretta Crawford at x2132. Those honored will be:

University Relations Reception

Vice President Bill Outhouse and the UR staff invite the campus community to a reception welcoming Murray Wood, Associate Vice President for University Development, and Suzanne Hackett, Director of Campaigns, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 27, at the University Club. RSVP to Veronica Grant, x4400, or Patricia Capaldi, x2150, by September 23.

Celebrate the Move


Ceramics Lab

The University Student Union ceramics lab is offering fall classes. Afternoon and evening hours are offered in wheel throwing. These small, non-credit, eight-week sessions offer individual instruction plus additional time to work outside of class. Registration began 9/1. Classes begin 10/4. Register early, space is limited. fmi-x2798.

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 1-4:30 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 Environmental Health and Safety Office for reservations. fmi-Christina Lewis, x2401.

Forums/Workshops for Web Teaching

The Learning Resource Center's Web Project offers "show and tell" style forums and Internet tools workshops to support the development of web teaching. The programs are designed to meet a wide range of needs and interests, from Internet beginners to advanced users. Forums feature faculty from various disciplines who discuss their experiences of teaching and learning with Internet resources. Each forum is followed by tools workshops to help you learn the simple computer skills required for web teaching. Tools workshops may also be scheduled on request for your group. Forums and workshops are open to all members of the CSUN community. fmi-e-mail or, or visit the Forums and Workshops web site at, or call x2033.

During the fall semester, the Web Project will offer the following programs:


Student Research Symposium Distinguished Alumni Awards

The CSUN Alumni Association announces that nominations for the year 2000 Distinguished Alumni Awards are being accepted through Homecoming Day, on Sat., Oct. 16. The Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented April 15, 2000, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. The past presidents of the association serve as the honorary hosts.

The Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize alumni who have achieved a high level of success in their chosen fields of endeavor, thus bringing distinction to themselves and their alma mater. Any alum, faculty, staff or emeriti faculty or staff may nominate individuals and forward the nominations to the association.

General Criteria for the Award

All nominations are active for three years. The 1999 recipients were: international opera star Carol Vaness, Ethernet computing pioneer Dirk Gates, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank del Olmo, and Los Angeles charter school innovator Yvonne Chan.

Nomination packets are available at the CSUN Office of Alumni Relations, 9528 Etiwanda Ave., north of Plummer Street. fmi-x2137.

Graduate Thesis Support

Graduate Thesis Support applications are due Fri., Oct. 15. Eligibility is restricted to classified graduate students working on their projects. A thesis planning form must be on file and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Individuals who have previously received support from this program are ineligible. fmi-Office of Graduate Studies, x2138.

Visiting Speakers Program

Applications for the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program are due Fri., Oct. 1. This program is designed to bring well-known speakers to CSUN. Applications may be submitted for classroom visits or department seminars by a guest lecturer (up to $400) or to bring to campus individuals or small groups of scholars with broad appeal to the campus community (up to $1,500). fmi-Office of Graduate Studies, x2138.

September 13, 1999

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