VOL. LII, No. 20 - January 29, 1996

The deadline for contributions to the University Information Bulletin is Thursday at noon. The bulletin will be published each Monday and as needed during the week. Submissions should be hand-carried to 9528 Etiwanda, FAXed to x4937, e-mailed to pubinfo@exec.csun.edu, or sent through campus mail to mail code 8242. Please type all items double spaced, or supply a file on disk. Direct UIB inquiries to x2130.


FYI: fmi - means for more information.

EQ Plus 2

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a brief ceremony celebrating the second anniversary of the university's continuing recovery from the earthquake on Tue., Jan. 30, at 11 am near the main entrance of the Oviatt Library. The ceremony was organized by student Tony Teresi, who arranged for the presentation of a new flag to fly over the Oviatt. President Wilson will speak.

fmi - Bruce Erickson x2130

Sabbatical Leaves

Attached to the hard copy this issue is a list of sabbatical leaves approved by President Wilson for the 1996-97 academic year.

fmi - Donald Cameron x2962

University Peer Counseling

All faculty are invited to participate in a Peer Coaching Program being initiated this semester. A voluntary, professor-to-professor interaction designed to enhance college teaching, peer coaching involves classroom observation followed by reflection on teaching strategies in a nonevaluative atmosphere of collegial partnership and trust.

fmi - Elizabeth Berry x2857 or Cynthia Desrochers x7892

Presidential Management Intern Program

The Presidential Management Intern Program is a two-year internship for those with advanced degrees who are interested in careers in Federal service. Individuals who have shown academic promise, have strong leadership skills, and have demonstrated their commitment for public service, are urged to apply. Participants will work with an agency and gain valuable insight concerning the management of Federal programs.

The application deadline is Feb. 15.

fmi - Career America Connection (912) 757-3000 or Hedy Carpenter x2138

CSU Student Research Competition

The Tenth Annual CSU Student Research Competition will take place May 3 and 4 at CSU Stanislaus. Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled here and alumni who received degrees in 1995 are eligible. Ten students will be selected to present their work before a jury and audience. Competition and travel expenses will be provided. CSUN students wishingn to participate should submit a paper not to exceed five double-spaced typewritten pages describing their project to the Graduate Studies Office, AP Dome 706, by March 4.

fmi - Hedy Carpenter x2138

Admissions and Records Hours

Admissions and Records Hours during the first three weeks of the semester, Mon., Jan. 29, through Fri., Feb. 16, will be Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 7 pm and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Beginning, Mon., Feb. 19, the office will resume normal hours: Monday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 7 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

fmi - Suzy Babikan, Admissions and Records

Change in Financial Aid Form

The Coordination of Student Aid Form is no longer used or accepted for processing departmental scholarships. Instructions are available from the University Scholarship Office (mail drop 8307).

fmi - Lili Vidal x2106

CSUN on College View

Cal State Northridge now uses College View, a CD-Rom software program, as a recruiting tool. College View presents a multimedia description of the campus to prospective college students nationwide. Presentations can be viewed at 2,300 sites, most of them high schools. About 250 are in California. The presentation makes use of text, audio, video, and still photos and encompasses general university information, academic information, student life, admissions, and vital statistics. Students viewing the presentation who wish more information can transmit their request electronically.

A modified version of the presentation can be viewed on the World Wide Web at http://www.collegeview.com

fmi - Ludim de Manzano, Student Outreach and Recruitment, x2967

Symposium on University Teaching

CSU Los Angeles will host the Fourth Annual CSU Symposium on University Teaching on Sat., Feb. 10, from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Over 100 colleagues from 11 CSU campuses will demonstrate and discuss innovative teaching strategies. Participation is limited. All faculty are encouraged to make reservations by calling (213) 343-5444.

fmi - Elizabeth Berry x2857 or eberry@csun.edu

Language and Literacy Program

Beginning next week, the Los Angeles Times Literacy Center of the School of Education will offer a language and literacy program for elementary and secondary students experiencing literacy difficulties. To qualify, students must be in at least the second grade and functioning six months or more below grade level in reading achievement.

fmi - Glenn Bailey x3333

Instructional Improvement Grants

The Judge Julian Beck Instructional Improvement Projects Grants provide up to $5,000 for projects that enhance instruction at the university. All faculty, lecturers, and staff are eligible for project support. The categories under consideration are promoting student learning through nontraditional methods of teaching and learning in general education and the academic disciplines; classroom research and assessment; on-campus seminars and conferences; and innovative uses of technology for improving instruction. Application guidelines and proposal forms are available in the Office of Graduate Studies x2138. Applications are due Feb. 19.

fmi - Elizabeth Berry x2857

Proposals Invited

The National Science Foundation's Undergraduate Education Reform program invites proposals to develop innovative undergraduate courses in science, math, engineering, and technology. Projects should revitalize undergraduate courses although the actual implementation of the course is not funded. May 1 is the deadline for letters of intent, and June 10 for full proposals.

NSF also solicits proposals for the Teacher Preparation Program to support comprehensive changes in future teachers' undergraduate education. Projects should increase the quality and number of well-prepared teachers in the sciences, especially from previously underrepresented groups. Creativity in both method and content of teaching and innovative approaches should be stressed. April 1 is the deadline for preliminary proposals and Sept. 2 for full proposals.

The National Endowment for the Arts will fund Creation and Presentation Grants to preserve and support the many facets of American culture as expressed through the arts. Both new works of art and the preservation of existing art are supported. Projects could facilitate time and supplies for artists to create new art or support programs to present art to audiences through a diverse range of activities in formal or informal settings. Letters of intent are due Feb. 20, and complete applications are due April 3.

fmi - Research and International Programs x2138

Percent Body Fat

The Exercise Physiology Laboratory is conducting a scientific investigation to determine differences in body fat among African American, Caucasian, and Latino men and women ages 18-80. The normal cost of $100 will be waived for individuals partipating from now through April. Space is limited. All university personnel and their friends and family fitting the ethnic categories being studied are eligible. Consultation regarding results will be provided. The test and consultation requires four to five hours.

fmi - Elizabeth Likes or Steven Loy, x23246 or x3220

New Campus Video Studio Policy

The Classroom Video Studio, part of Creative Media Services in ITR, has instituted a new policy regarding location video tapings. It still welcomes reservations for on-location taping at x3592. However, due to a shortage of staff, it now requires a reservation confirmation 24 hours before the event. That policy allows the studio to be used most efficiently for campus projects.

fmi - Tony Hillbruner x3592 or Tony.Hillbruner@csun.edu or Tom Poelhmann x2204 or Tom.Poehlmann@csun.edu.

CSEA Chapter 312 Meeting Schedule

The CSEA Chapter 312 has scheduled meetings for spring semester: Executive Board and member meetings from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the 'T' Building Conference Room on Feb. 13, March 12, April 9, and May 14. CSEA Labor Clinics and member meetings from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Sierra South 240 on Feb. 28, March 27, April 24, and May 22. Virginia Watts, the CSEA LRR, will normally be available. Bargaining Unit 2,5,7, and 9 employees are welcome to attend all meetings.

fmi - Dennis Dillon x2662, Mail Drop 8320, or DDillon@huey.csun.edu

Popsicle Stick Competition

The campus student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers will host the popular Popsicle Stick Competition on Feb. 23 from 9 am to noon in the Engineering Complex, followed by a picnic in the courtyard. Los Angeles-area high school students will construct bridges from popsicle sticks and bring them to the campus to be judged on aesthetics and their abillity to withstand load. The event is part of National Engineering Week.

fmi - Jerralyn Kurowski 700-5920

Assessment Expert's Visit

Meeting schedules for the visit of Douglas Eder, a nationally known expert on student outcomes who will be on campus Feb. 5-7, are available from the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Eder is director of assessment and program review at Southern Illinois University.

fmi - x2969

University Handbell Ensemble

The Music Department seeks students and other community members who have experience with handbells-or those who read music and want to learn to "ring"-to join the University Handbell Ensemble. The one-unit class meets Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 pm in Music Room 108. The ensemble will perform several times during the semester, including the University Chorus's spring concert.

fmi - Professor Ulrich x3184

Ceramics Lab Classes

The Ceramics Lab in the USU begins its spring season Feb. 5 with eight-week, non-credit classes for students, staff, and the community. Students learn to center and throw on the electric wheel, making mugs, bowls, pitchers, and small plates, and to glaze and fire pieces in a gas kiln. Individual instruction and small classes are offered afternoons and evenings.

fmi - x2798

Evaluation of Dean

An evaluation of the performance of Charles Alexander, dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, is being conducted according to the Administrative Manual (622.4.3). Individuals who have not yet been contacted and who desire to contribute to the evaluation may request a questionnnaire from Joseph Antunez at x2957. Questionnaires must be returned by Feb. 9.

fmi - Louanne Kennedy x2957