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Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



If you are planning to do any campus-related international travel (lucky you), don’t forget that in accordance with the CSU’s Foreign Travel Insurance Policy (2011), employees and students traveling internationally on CSUN-related business and activities are required to obtain travel insurance through the CSU Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP). It is important that employees who must travel internationally, follow the U.S. State Government safety and security precautions and meet all necessary requirements as discussed in the travel policy. Due to changes in the CSUN foreign travel form process and to gain an understanding of the policy, we are offering two workshops called International Travel 101. There’s a workshop to help you do this right, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00a.m., in the Ferman Presentation Room of the Oviatt Library. And here is a sign-up, to let them know you are coming: https://ds.calstate.edu/?svc=skillsoft&org=csun&env=prod&uri=/skillportfe/main.action?path=summary/ILT/ilt_CSUN_HR_International_Travel_101.


The Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Grant call for proposal is available on the Faculty Development website, at http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/facdev-grants. Faculty can receive a $3,000 stipend to discover evidence-based learning-centered teaching practices, implement an innovation, and reflect on the impact of student learning. Award winners will receive support and guidance on their implementation through a new Beck Summer Retreat and a year-long Faculty Learning Community (FLC). Proposals are due  by Monday, April 3rd.


Lucas Bailor, a graduate student in creative writing, has been busy. He reports a boon of publications in poetry. His poems “Posture,” “C.” and “Wake” are forthcoming in Boston Accent Lit. His poem “death process” is forthcoming in POST(blank). The poem “Aquarium” is forthcoming in The Machinery, and “Remembering You” will appear in SHARKPACK Poetry Review. We extend a wild round of applause for his success.

Martin Pousson was interviewed for NPR’s The Reading Life to discuss his novel, Black Sheep Boy. The interview will air in March. His invited essay, “Against All Odds,” was just published as a web feature by On Top Down Under Book Reviews. On Monday March 6, 7:30 p.m., he’ll appear on the Queer Bird Lit author panel at Stories Books in Echo Park. On Sunday March 12, 5:00 p.m., he’ll appear on the Lambda Literary Festival author panel at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. Both events are free and all are welcome.