Oct. 11, 1999 Vol. IV, No. 4


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 October 25 issue is Mon., October 18.

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 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

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m. Tue., Oct. 12, in President's Conference Room C.

Commission on the Status of Women

Meets noon to 1 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13, in Business Building room 2224.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2-4:30 p.m. Thu., Oct. 14, in the Engineering Auditorium room 100.

Personnel Planning and Review Committee

Meets 2-5 p.m. Wed., Oct. 20, in President's Conference Room A.


Resource Center Relocation

The Family Focus Resource Center is now located in the Student Financial Services building (Cash Management), room E109-I. fmi-x5575.

Free Movies

Catch the latest and newly released movies at the Satellite Student Union at 8 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. Student ID is required for admission. Sponsored by the Union Program Council and the University Student Union.

Monday Night Football

Watch Monday night football from 5:30-9 p.m. in the PUB at the USU. Come have food, drinks and fun. Sponsored by the University Student Union.

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 you with a detailed profile of your diet. Services for CSUN students, faculty and staff are provided at a discounted price of $5. Pick up forms at the Marilyn Magaram Center (SC 526) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 2-4 p.m. Thu., or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fri. fmi-x3102.

JADE Presentations

The Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating Program offers 30- to 60-minute presentations for classes. Facilitated by trained CSUN student peer educators, the presentations increase awareness of causes, risk factors and symptoms of eating disorders; provide information on how to help a friend who may have an eating disorder, and provide referrals for professional help. Peer educators are available to come to your class or organization at your convenience. Presentations can be tailored to your group. To schedule a presentation, call x7500.

Women's Support Group

The Women's Support Group, sponsored by the Women's Center and University Counseling Services, meets from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Student Services building, room 520. fmi-x4803.

Support for Adult Students

Adult Resource Programs and the university are sponsoring FOCUS, a Focused Opportunity to Connect with Understanding Students, for six weeks beginning Wed., Oct. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. at University Counseling Services in the Student Services building, room 520. FOCUS is a group providing support and solutions especially to adult students. Snacks are provided, bring lunch if you choose. For pre-registration or more information, call x2366.

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 do I communicate by phone with a deaf or hard-of-hearing student?

A: Deaf and hard-of-hearing students would primarily prefer to communicate with you using the e-mail system. However, if they want to talk with you by phone and you do not have a TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf), they will use the CRS (California Relay System). In this case, the relay operator will transmit the two-way conversation between the two of you. If, on the other hand, you want to call the student, you will dial one of the phone numbers to the CRS: (800) 735-2922, or (888) 877-5379. The operator will ask you for the student's phone number and then connect the call.

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College of EXL Grows

CSUN's College of Extended Learning continues to grow, hiring new staff with broad experience in the public and private sectors. Bob Brocklehurst joins the college as associate dean. He is a longtime management consultant for government, non-profit and education entities. Michael Stevenson, executive director of technology, design and production, oversees computer and Internet technology. Glen Winans, director of academic support and finance, is a former director at the Rand Institute and has conducted budget and financial analysis for the California State University chancellor's office. Patti McDaniel, senior program director, spent many years in the production end of film making and designing courses. Russell Paquette, director of marketing and advertising services, served as an advertising agency executive handling corporate communications and accounts. Victoria Branch, senior publications and communications specialist, managed government affairs communications and served as a communications consultant.

Our Deepest Sympathy

Arnold Court, professor emeritus in the Geography Department, died September 13 after a battle with emphysema. He was 85.

Author of some 165 publications, Court was best known for his work in climatology, especially wind analysis, methods for the presentation of weather data and the history of climatology. He also developed techniques in statistical geography, particularly in spatial analysis.

Court began his career as a newspaper reporter, but held positions in the U.S. Weather Bureau and U.S. Army Air Force as weather observer in Antarctica and Alaska.

Court received his Ph.D. in climatology and statistics from UC Berkeley in 1956. He joined the faculty at Northridge in 1962 but remained an active consultant to various government agencies and corporations.

Retiring in 1985, he was one of the few geographers to receive the Special Congressional Medal. Court's service was recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Meteorological Society, and the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Active until the end, Court died while on a trip to Denver to attend the annual AMS meeting.

Debra Ann (Barber) Gonzales, lead interpreter at CSUN's National Center on Deafness, died September 30 after a long battle with cancer. She was 46.

Gonzales received her bachelor's in sociology in 1974 from CSUN. The daughter of deaf parents, her native signing skills and knowledge of the deaf community provided her with the background necessary to obtain her Comprehensive Skills Certificate (C.S.C.) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf in 1973, from which she recently received recognition for 25 years membership. Her work experience included advising at the Residential School for the Deaf in Riverside, teaching American Sign Language and interpreting courses, as well as interpreting in many settings such as medical, legal, business, conference and education.

Nationally recognized for her skills, Gonzales had worked at CSUN for more than 25 years through the NCOD. She became lead interpreter in 1984 and assisted in coordinating a mentorship program for NCOD interpreters, in hosting annual interpreter symposiums, and in scheduling interpreting services for CSUN.

Gonzales will be greatly missed by colleagues, friends and the deaf community. She is survived by her daughter, Heather. The memorial service for Gonzales was held October 5 at the Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.

Council Taylor, former CSUN professor, died July 5 at the age of 82. The Departments of Anthropology and Pan-African Studies request your presence at a memorial for Taylor from 5:30-7 p.m. Tue., Oct. 19, in Sierra Hall room 245.

Taylor was born in Brooklyn and received his bachelor's in 1950 and his Ph.D. in 1955 from Yale University. He taught anthropology at CSUN in the 1960s and 1970s and in pan-African studies after his retirement from the State University of New York-Old Westbury in 1985.

A past president of the Association of Black Anthropologists, he was a man of broad knowledge and sharp wit, whose work ranged from African social organization to the anthropology of dance. His students will remember him as a brilliant teacher who challenged them to confront their preconceptions.

A scholarship fund has been established in memory of Council Taylor. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the "Council S. Taylor Scholarship Fund" and mailed to the Department of Anthropology, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8244.


Bioinformatics Seminar

The Department of Mathematics is sponsoring a lecture on bioinformatics titled "Use of Microsatellites in Wildlife Forensics" from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 12, in Science Building room 2132. The featured speaker is Ken Jones, president of Genetic Identification Services, Inc., and a CSUN professor emeritus. fmi-x2721.

CELT Workshops

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is sponsoring two workshops: Space is limited for both workshops. For reservations and more information, call x5934.

Italian Language and Literature Lecture

The Italian section of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is sponsoring a lecture titled "The Pathos of Living in the Philosophy of Benedetto Croce" from 1-3 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13, in Jerome Richfield Hall room 315. The lecture will be given by Pio Colonello of the University of Naples, Italy.

Chemistry Seminar

]The Chemistry Club and the Department of Chemistry are sponsoring a seminar titled "Mimicking the Sense of Olfaction: A Conducting Polymer Based Electronic Nose" at 4 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13, in Science Building room 2228. Nathan Lewis of Caltech will speak. fmi-x3381.

Brown Bag Film Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center will be showing two films titled "Vegetarian: Facts and Myths" and "Project Lean" on Wed., Oct. 13, and Thu., Oct. 14. Wednesday showings will be from noon-1 p.m., and Thursday showings will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Both films will be in SC 524. fmi-x3446.

Psychology and Counseling Workshops

The Centers in Educational Psychology and Counseling Workshops Program are sponsoring the following workshops in October: For information on fees and any further questions, call program coordinators Diana Castle or Heidi Kwok, x2549.


CSUN invites the community to join university faculty, staff, students and alumni on the CSUN Team participating in the 15th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles on Sun., Oct. 17, at Paramount Studios. Breakfast and bus transportation will be provided free from university parking lot C the morning of the walk. There are no fees to join the AIDS Walk, but pre-registration is required. People donating $5 or more will receive a free shirt. For information or to sign up, call Amy Reichbach, x3683.

Geography Careers Lecture

The Geography Department will be hosting a lecture on geography careers in business and government from 1-2 p.m. Mon., Oct. 18, in Sierra Hall room 105. Karen Coca, environmental supervisor for the Bureau of Sanitation of the City of Los Angeles, and Wendy Mazotti, environmental risk analyst for Imperial Thrift and Loan, will be speaking. Admission is free. fmi-x3532.

Geological Sciences Lecture

The Geological Sciences Department and the Geology Club are sponsoring a lecture titled "What Minerals Management Services Does and How to Prepare to be a Professional Geologist" at noon Wed., Oct. 20, in SC 1231. Craig Ogawa, Cathie Dunkel, Harold Syms, Ken Piper and Scott Drewry will lecture.

Satellite Teleconference

The Marilyn Magaram Center will be hosting the American Dietetic Association's satellite teleconference titled "Childhood Obesity: The New Epidemic" from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 20, in the Bookstore Complex, room 102. After Sun., Oct. 10, the cost will be $30 for professionals and $10 for students. RDs, DTRs and CFCs will receive four hours CPE credit. fmi-x3102.

Community Summit

CSUN's Center for Southern California Studies, in conjunction with 20 community-based organizations, invites you to attend "Building Community for the New Millennium: A Community Summit" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thu., Oct. 21 in the Grand Salon. The summit is planned as a community wide conference on improving the state of community in Los Angeles. Its goals are to hear from speakers on the concept of community; to generate discussion between community leaders in civic organizations, the business community, government and community-based organizations; and to establish long-lasting and supportive relationships between these communities. The summit is especially relevant for organizational leaders and key members. Space is limited and a RSVP by Mon., Oct. 11, is necessary. For more information and to RSVP, call Shervin Boloorian at x6518, or e-mail the center at cscs@csun.edu.

Business and Entertainment Conference

CSUN's Entertainment Industry Institute, the College of Business Administration and Economics, and the College of Extended Learning are sponsoring a conference titled "Adam Smith Goes to Hollywood: Demystifying the Economics of the Entertainment Industry." From 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 22, in the Business Building, room 4117. The event will feature an array of guest speakers from academia and the industry, and panel discussions on topics including predicting profits in the entertainment industry and entertainment and the regional economy.

Men's Basketball Banquet

The men's basketball program is hosting a tip-off banquet to introduce the 1999-2000 Northridge men's basketball team at 6:30 p.m. Mon., Nov. 1, at the University Student Union, Grand Salon. Reservations are $100 per person or $1,000 per table (seats 9). For an invitation or more information, call Phyllis Wade, x7245.


Forums and Workshops for Web Teaching

The Learning Resource Center's Web Project offers the following "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. For information or to reserve a space, e-mail hflrc007@csun.edu or nancy.fernandez@csun.edu, or visit the Forums and Workshops web site at http://lrc.csun.edu/ ~john/webworkshopsf99.html, or call x2033.

Conflict Mediation Training

Training will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays through Nov. 4, in Student Services Building room 520L. Everyone is welcome. fmi-x2366.


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-x2138.

Assistive Services and Equipment Requests

The 1999-2000 budget for the Disabled Employees Program includes funding for the Assistive Equipment/Auxiliary Aid Program for campus employees with disabilities. Requests for both assistive equipment and auxiliary assistance must be submitted at the same time and sent to mail drop 8208 by Fri., Oct. 15. The request forms and guidelines have been revised. To receive the updated versions, contact Joan Hall, x2077.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Alumni Association announces that nominations for the 2000 CSUN Distinguished Alumni Awards will be accepted through Homecoming Day, Sat., Oct. 16. The 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 nomination to the association. Nomination packets are available in the Office of Alumni Relations, 9528 Etiwanda Ave. The awards will be presented during an April 15 ceremony at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. fmi-x2137.

Student Research Symposium Applications

CSUN will hold its third campus-wide Student Research and Creative Works Symposium on Fri., Nov. 19, highlighting student achievement and the quality and diversity of research and creative activity being conducted. Applications and abstracts of presentations or poster displays must be submitted by Mon., Oct. 18, to the Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs (mail drop 8222). fmi-x2138.

Student Project Grants

The University Corporation's Student Projects Committee is accepting student proposals for funding of innovative, unique and exploratory student projects. Guidelines and application forms are available in the University Corporation's executive office, second floor, Matador Bookstore Complex. Deadline for submission of proposals is 5 p.m. Mon., Nov. 15. This is a firm deadline with no exceptions. fmi-Liz Kioussis, x2906.


October 11, 1999

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