VOL. LII, No. 12 - November 6, 1995

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.

Essence Editor to Discuss, Sign Her Book

Essence magazine Editor Susan L. Taylor will discuss and sign her new book, "Lessons in Living," on Tues., Nov. 7. The event, which takes place in the Matador Bookstore, begins with a reception at 5:15 pm. It will be followed by a brief talk and question-and-answer session at 6 pm and the booksigning at 6:30 pm.

fmi - Dorena Knepper x2123

Evacuation Drill

A building evacuation drill will take place Tues., Nov. 7, at 10:40 am. It will involve all temporary structures (domes and trailers) and the following buildings: Business Education and Economics, Education, Engineering (including the addition), Oviatt Library, and Speech Communication. The drill will test evacuation procedures, evacuation alarms, and the floor and building warden program.

For the drill to be effective, all building occupants should take part. Instructors and department heads should ensure that all building occupants are familiar with the evacuation procedures posted in their classroom and offices. Additional copies of these procedures can be obtained by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Office at x2401.

fmi - Ron Norton x2401

Policy Item Regarding Change of Program

The Faculty Senate and the President have approved a policy related to Shortening Length of Change of Program Period, recommended for approval at the Sept. 14 Faculty Senate Meeting.

Complete text of the policy, effective with the Spring 1996 semester, can be found attached to the electronic version of the UIB on the university's Web page at http://www.csun.edu/ under the headings of Campus Services and University Relations. Printed copies are also available on request from Arlene Noar at the Faculty Senate Office.

fmi - Arlene Noar x3263

Faculty Senate Office Moves

The Faculty Senate Office has moved to a new location: Faculty Office Building (FOB) 106. The telephone number (818/885-3263) and the mail drop (8221) remain the same. The new fax number is 885-3985.

fmi - Arlene Noar x3263

Affirmative Action Rally and March

A rally and march to draw attention to student concerns about the possible elimination of affirmative action will take place Wed., Nov. 8, from 11 am to 2 pm. The rally will be held on the Oviatt Lawn. The campus will remain open during the event, but President Wilson urges faculty and staff to use the event as a point of discussion with students throughout the day.

The university will continue to hold forums and debates on the issue throughout the year.

"Let's Talk About Teaching"

"Let's Talk About Teaching," a workshop on teacher observation and peer support, will take place Mon., Nov. 13, from 1 to 3:30 pm in Education 1130. All faculty are invited to the hands-on workshop. Faculty from Dominguez Hills will describe their successful program to improve teaching effectiveness and student learning.

fmi - Elizabeth Berry x2857

Talk on Student Learning Styles

Ali Zakeri (Mathematics) will speak on "Diverse Learners - A Test of Identification," on Mon., Nov. 6, at 3 pm in Engineering Field 610. He will discuss learning styles and ways to encourage classroom participation. The presentation is part of the Developmental Mathematics Program Faculty Meeting. All are invited.

fmi - x2231


The annual SCAQMD survey is being conducted this week. All university faculty, staff, and student employees (student assistant and work study students) are asked to complete a survey and submit it to their department, school, or office by Nov. 10.

fmi - Astrid Logan, Commuter Transportation Program, x3946

Parasitic and Tropical Diseases

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has announced a program to support novel approaches to the study of parasitic and tropical diseases through the use of fundamental biochemical, pharmacological, and molecular biological knowledge of major pathogens and arthropod vectors. The institution must nominate candidates. The application deadline is Jan. 15.

fmi - Research and Sponsored Projects, x2901

Workshops on Family Communication

A workshop on improving family communication will take place in the USU's Balboa Room on Wed., Nov. 8, at noon. Bonnie Karlin of Child Development will lead the workshop, which is open to all students. The Adult Re-Entry Resource Program sponsors the program.

fmi - Estella Gutierrez or Ellen Mayer, (818) 717-5552 or V/TDD 407-7834

Award for Project on Aging

The Association of Retired Faculty (ARF) will award $500 to an upper division student in any discipline for an outstanding research or creative project on the subject of aging. Last year's award went to Terry Carter and Gino Corridori (RTVF) for a video, "Aging in America." Applications may be picked up at ARF headquarters, Building 14, Room 204, until March 1. Completed projects must be submitted by April 5.

fmi - (818) 407-7848

Technology and Disabilities Conference

The international conference "Technology and Persons with Disabilities," sponsored by the university's Center on Disabilities, will take place March 19-23 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott and Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotels. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the annual conference, now in its 11th year. The first day will feature discussions on the seven habits of highly effective people and principle-centered leadership and empowerment.

fmi - Center on Disabilities, V/TDD x2578; e-mail LTM@csun.edu

Nondiscrimination Board to Meet

The Presidential Advisory Board on Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action will meet Tues., Nov. 7, from 8:30 to 10 am in the School of Business, Conference Room 2224. The meeting is open.

fmi - x2077

Magaram Center Brown Bag Film Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center will show two videos, "Heart Healthy Food Choices" and "FDA: Food Labels," on Tues. Nov. 7, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm and on Wed., Nov. 8, from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. The screenings take place in the Fine Arts Building, Room 107.

fmi - x3102

Ventura Campus Advisory Board Members

Timm Herdt, the editorial page editor of the Ventura County Star, and Mario de los Cobos, regional affairs manager for the Southern California Gas Company, have been appointed by President Wilson to four-year terms on the Ventura Campus Community Advisory Board.

Leadership Institute Workshop

The Leadership Institute will hold a workshop, "Recruiting, Retaining, and Motivating Members" on Tues., Nov. 7, from noon to 1:30 pm and on Wed., Nov. 8, from 5:30 to 7 pm in the USU's Santa Monica Room.

fmi - Colleen Farrell, x2393

Official to Speak on L.A. Hospital Crisis

James Houghton, M.D., senior policy advisor to the L.A. County Department of Health Services, will discuss the consequences of the current financial crisis on Tues., Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Business and Education Complex Auditorium, Room 101. The talk is open to the campus community.

1996 Social Security Information

The percentage deduction for social security (OASDI- 6.2% and Medicare - 1.45%) will remain the same in 1996. The OASDI wage base for 1996 increases to $62,700 from $61,200 in 1995. There is no limit on the Medicare wage base. As a consequence, this tax continues to be taken out of your pay regardless of how much money you earn.

fmi - Don Glynn x2119

Campus Wide Disabilities Issues Board

The Campus Wide Disabilities Issues Board meeting for the Fall 1995 semester will take place Wed., Dec. 6, from 1 to 3 pm in the USU's Balboa Room. Members and consultants may submit agenda items in writing until Mon., Dec. 4, at noon. Send them to Steve Loving, Office of Disabled Student Services, in Building O or at Mail Drop 8264.

fmi - Steve Loving x2578

Financial Aid Office Disruptions

Remodeling of the Financial Aid Office will cause some disruption in services. Students may access Touch Tone Financial Aid at 885-3000, but operators for individual service will not be available from Nov. 3-8. Office hours will remain the same on those days, but services will be transferred to the Scholarship/ Work-Study entrance on the east side of the building.

fmi - x2085

Mediation Training

The Dispute Resolution Center, a program of University Counseling Services, will offer dispute mediation training for five consecutive Tuesdays from 9 to 11:30 am beginning Nov. 14. The sessions will take place in Building 14, Floor 3. It is open to all CSUN students, faculty and staff. Participants must agree to attend all five sessions. For reservations, call X2366.

fmi-- Tony Johnson X 4811

Advising Resource Center Open House

The campus community is invited to the Advising Resource Center/EOP's Fall Open House Thu., Nov. 9, from 9 to 11 am in the Business/Education Complex Room 100. Refreshments will be served.

fmi - x2108

Mathematics Seminar

B.A. Sethuraman (Mathematics) will speak on "Modular Forms and Fermat's Last Theorem" on Fri., Nov. 10 at 3:30 pm in Music Lawn 224. All are invited.

Outcomes Assessment Grants

The Provost's Office will provide grants of up to $4000 each to five or six departments to defray the cost of establishing outcomes assessment programs. A copy of the application has been sent to every faculty member. Additional copies are available through the Office of Undergraduate Studies (x2969).

Direct questions to Margaret Holzer (x2375), Roberta Madison (x4645), or Marilynn Filbeck (x3116), members of the Educational Policies Committee's Assessment Subcommittee. Proposals must be submitted to Margaret Holzer (Mail Drop 8262) by Dec. 1.

fmi - Margaret Holzer x2375

Hazmobile Itinerary

The Hazmobile, which collects household hazardous waste, will be in Reseda Nov. 9-11. Additionally, there is a HHHW roundup in Palmdale Sat.,Nov. 18.

fmi - Cyndi Signett, 885-2477, x241.


The November issue of NORTHRIDGE, now being distributed, includes an alternative to the RAND Corporation's view of Valley demographics and the likely impact on future college enrollment. Other features include an interview with RTVF's Donald Wood about his forthcoming book, Post-Intellectualism and the Decline of Democracy, a "cutting edge" profile of kinesiology, a description of the first cross-cultural program offered by Summer Bridge, a conversation with new Vice President of Finance and Administration Art Elbert, and a description of the Special Majors Program.