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 email@example.com, 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
fmi - Julie Schauer x4879 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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 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
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
fmi - Elliot Mininberg x2593, e-mail: email@example.com 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
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.
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
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.