VOL. LII, No. 28 - March 25, 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.

New Campus Telephone Prefix

The new campus telephone prefix, which will replace the existing five prefixes, will be 677. It will become effective July 12. The last four digits of all campus Centrex numbers will remain the same.

fmi - Julie Schauer x4879 or julie.schauer@csun.edu

Your Vote Needed Tomorrow for Prop. 203

Tomorrow is Election Day! An important measure profoundly affecting all of California's public schools, Prop. 203, will be on the ballot. Don't forget to vote!

fmi - Dorena Knepper x2123

Salary Increases for CSEA Employees

The Board of Trustees approved salary increases March 19 for employees represented by CSEA. The action covers employees in bargaining units 2 (Health Care Support), 5 (Operations Support Services), 7 (Clerical and Administrative Support), and 9 (Technical Support Services). The campus has not received information beyond that in the attached news release. The Office of Human Resource Services will provide more information as it is received.

Geology Lecture Series

Ronald G. Blom of Jet Propulsion Laboratory will present a lecture, "So What Good Is Remote Sensing, Anyway?" on Wed., Mar. 27, at 4 pm in Science Court 516. Sponsors of the program are the Department of Geological Sciences and The Geology Club.

fmi - x3541

Chamber Music Concert Tonight

The Music Department and alumnus Darryl Tanikawa present Chamber Music Summit I tonight, Mon., Mar. 25, at 8 pm in the USU Performing Arts Center. Professional chamber musicians will perform the works of Ravel, Brahms, Bach, Mozart and Schumann. Tickets are $8 general, faculty, and staff; $5 students and seniors. Proceeds will benefit the Music Department Scholarship Fund.

fmi - x3180

University Counseling Services Accredited

University Counseling Services has been accredited by the University and College Counseling Centers' Board of Accreditation. It was commended for its creative outreach program, collaboration with other campus units, high respect on campus, well-trained and committed staff, and level of administrative support.

Marilyn Magaram Center Brown Bag Film Series

The videos "Vegetarian: Facts & Myths" and "New Food Guide Pyramid" will be shown on Tues., Mar. 26, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm and again on Wed., Mar. 27, from 12:15 to 1:15 pm in the Fine Arts Building, Room 107.

fmi - x3102

Videoconference on Sexual Harassment

Anita Hill, professor of law at the University of Oklahoma, will be a featured panelist in a videoconference, "Sexual Harassment 1996: Scholarly Definitions and Everyday Realities" on Wed., Mar. 27, from 10 am to noon in Room #1 of the Oviatt Library. The event is sponsored by the Presidential Advisory Board on Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action (PABNAA). Topics will include creating a harassment-free environment and evolving roles in student/teacher interactions.

fmi - Office of Affirmative Action Programs x2077

Suicide Prevention Project

The Student Suicide Prevention Project, sponsored by University Counseling Services, offers presentations to educate the campus community about suicide and its prevention. The 25-50 minute presentations are given by student paraprofessionals.

fmi- Dan Javinsky, x2366 or mail drop 8217 to schedule a presentation.

Faculty-Student Conversations

Faculty members are being sought to hold individual conversations with 20-30 of their students. The conversations will explore whether the student plans to continue here next semester or not, and why. Findings will be used in a university effort to improve student retention. A briefing session will take place before the project begins, and a meeting to discuss the findings will take place afterwards.

fmi or to take part-Roberta Madison x2969 or RMadison@huey.csun.edu or John Kroll x2130.

Media Careers Workshop

The Multicultural Career Club presents a "News and Entertainment Workshop" on Thurs., Mar. 28, at 3:30 pm in the USU Pasadena Room. Guest speakers include Diane Diaz of KNBC-4, Jesus Javier of KMEX-34 and Scott Gorbitz of KFWB. All students are invited to attend and learn about careers in the media.

fmi - Angelina Orzada x3079 or Elizabeth Luna x2887

Mathematical Physics Institute Lecture

Alan Garfinkle of the UCLA Department of Medicine will lecture on "Chaos in Cardiac Arrythmias" on Mon., Apr. 8, at 3:30 pm in Music Lawn 226. Everyone is invited.

fmi - David Klein (818)709-1530

Jazz at Northridge Series

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Ensemble will perform on Thurs., Mar. 28, at 7:30 pm in the USU Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available through the Associated Students ticket office at the USU x2488.

For a copy of the Center's spring brochure call x3943 and leave your name and mail drop.

Tropical Rainforest Biology Study Tour

Jim Dole of the Biology Department will lead a two-week tour of Costa Rica's rainforests June 8-22. Participants will study four distinctive tropical forests, ride an aerial tram through a rainforest canopy, raft on a tropical river, visit research facilities of the Organization for Tropical Studies, and stay one night at the base of Volc=E1n Arenal, one of the most active volcanos in the world. Faculty, staff and students are welcome.

fmi - x3352 for an information bulletin

Submit California Sea Grant Proposals

The National Sea Grant Office invites preliminary proposals for research under the California Sea Grant Program. The research should contribute to the growing body of knowledge about coastal and ocean resources and help solve contemporary problems in the marine sphere. All programs for fiscal year 1997 must have a start date of Feb. 1 or Mar. 1, 1997. Application materials are available online at http://www.csgc.ucsd.edu. or through the Office of Research & Sponsored Projects. Preliminary proposals are due by Mon., Apr. 22, at 5 pm.

fmi - Office of Research & Sponsored Projects x2901

Peer Educators Sought for Eating Disorders Program

University Counseling Services and The Student Health Center are recruiting peer educators for J.A.D.E. (Joint Action on Disordered Eating), a new program to educate students on eating disorders. Participants will learn to recognize the symptoms and causes of eating disorders, offer referral sources for treatment, and present this information to classes, clubs and organizations both at CSUN and in the community. Students may be entitled to academic credit for independent study or field work. Applications for the fall semester are being accepted through Apr. 17.

fmi - Ellen Mayer x2366 or Janet Kestenbaum x3685

California Pre-Doctoral Program

Applications are being accepted for the 1996-97 California Pre-Doctoral Program for undergraduate and graduate students. The program is designed to increase the diversity of CSU students who continue doctoral studies and become eligible for faculty positions. Emphasis is also placed on increasing the number of CSU students who enter UC graduate programs. The program provides travel funds for professional meetings and funds for activities, such as membership in professional organizations and special research expenses. Applications are due in the Office of Graduate Studies by Tues., Apr. 16.

fmi - Hedy Carpenter x2138

Reception for Bonnie Story

A reception to honor Bonnie Story of the Technology Center on her retirement after 25 years at the university will take place Thurs., Mar. 28, from 3 to 5 pm at the University Club's Lambs Lounge. The campus community is invited to attend.

fmi - Tina Actis-Purtee x2787

Concert in Percussion

Percussionist Ron George will give a concert on Thurs., Mar. 28, at 8 pm in the Recital Hall. He will use the American gamelan, a percussion instrument he designed and made from tuned aluminum tubing and disc gongs, bell plates, bamboo, drums and miscellaneous percussion instruments. Tickets are $6.50 general, $5 faculty and staff, $3.50 students and seniors.

fmi - x3180

Affirmative Action Nominees Sought

Nomination forms have been sent to deans, directors and department chairs for the Sixth Annual Award for Outstanding Achievement for Affirmative Action. All departments, schools, administrative units, programs and individuals are eligible for consideration. Nominations must be received in the Office of Affirmative Action Programs, mail drop 8208, by Wed., May 1, at 5 pm.

fmi or additional forms - x2077

Matador Teams Ranked Nationally

For the week ending Mar. 23, three Matador athletic teams have moved up in national rankings in the latest NCAA Division I polls. Men's volleyball (11-7) is in second place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and ranked #4 in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll. Women's softball (21-4) is in first place in the Western Athletic Conference and ranked #6 in the Collegiate Sports Poll. Men's baseball (24-6) is in first place in the Western Athletic Conference and ranked #8 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll. Rankings as of Feb. 17 were volleyball #6, softball #8 and baseball #13.

fmi - Brian Swanson x4839

Summer Science Study in Hawaii

"Waikoloa Science Project," a series of three one-week programs for high school and college science instructors, will be held in July at the Royal Waikoloa Hotel on the Island of Hawaii. CSUN Center, Partnership for Educational Reform, sponsors the project. Topics are astronomy, biology and geology. Visits to the Mauna Kea Observatory, Volcanoes National Park and the marine facilities in Waikoloa and Kona are included in the programs. Registration deadline is May 1.

fmi - Elliot Mininberg x2593, e-mail: emininberg@huey.csun.edu or Pete Hansen phone/fax (619) 225-0995, e-mail: Vphansen@aol.com

Workshop Opportunities in Thailand

The Center for Partnerships for Educational Reform in the School of Education has established a Professional Development Academy in Thailand. Teachers and administrators are being sought to provide focused workshops in a variety of academic areas. Opportunities exist for regular full-time faculty on sabbatical or during instructional break periods, part-time faculty and recently retired or FERP personnel.

fmi - Elliot Mininberg x2591 or x2593, e-mail elliot.mininberg@csun.edu

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus community extends its condolences to Barbara Polland of Child Development on the loss of her mother and to Ralph Baccash of the Foreign Language and Literature Department on the loss of his father.


CSU TRUSTEES ADOPT STAFF SALARY INCREASES

The contract negotiations between the California State University system and the California State Employees' Association, which began in April 1995 and included mediation and fact-finding as required under the law, concluded today [March 19] when the CSU Board of Trustees approved salary increases for more than 12,000 CSEA-represented employees whose pay hikes for fiscal 1995-96 had to await the conclusion of bargaining.

The fact-finding panel, comprised of a neutral chair appointed by the Public Employee Relations Board and a representative for each party, issued a report that included some pay increases retroactive to Nov. 1, 1995, as well as market/equity adjustments for employees in certain classifications. The report and its recommendations were made public on March 18, 1996.

The CSU panel member supported all the recommendations of the report, including the retroactive salary increases, and indicated that these recommendations could serve as a basis for a new contract. The CSEA panel member dissented on several issues, and Union negotiators subsequently indicated that the CSEA would not agree on a contract based upon the panel's findings. As a consequence, the CSU was not legally permitted to unilaterally implement the retroactive pay raises, and other recommendations of the report.

Not wishing to continue to deny pay raises to several thousand of its employees, the CSU board resolution provides the salary increases which are consistent with proposals made by the CSU prior to the bargaining impasse. The resolution includes a 1.2% across the board General Salary Increase for all employees and an additional 2% Service-based salary increase for about 6,000 eligible employees. Both are effective on April 1, 1996.

The salary program also now will include a pool of $3 million to be provided to employees who demonstrate meritorious performance. These performance increases will be added on to employees' base salaries retroactive to July 1, 1995.

"We would certainly have preferred a negotiated agreement, rather than a board resolution, in order to raise the salaries of these employees," said June Cooper, CSU vice chancellor for human resources and operations. "However, once the union refused to accept the compromise on retroactive pay increases recommended in the fact-finding report, we decided it would not be in the best interest of our employees to allow their increases to be delayed any longer. Once it was decided to increase the salaries of CSEA-represented employees, the board was required to implement changes consistent with our pre-impasse proposals, rather than the fact-finding report's recommendations."

The total annualized cost of all the salary increases is approximately 2.5%, or $8.5 million, which is the same amount offered by the CSU, and rejected by CSEA negotiators, in July of 1995. It is also the same percentage increase agreed upon by other CSU unions early in the fiscal year, including the faculty union, permitting their increases to become effective as early as July of 1995.