1. Announcements

On Wednesday, October 16th, Rick Mitchell will be speaking about the work of dramatist Sam Shepard at A Noise Within Theatre, Glendale, immediately prior to the production of Shepard’s Buried Child. The talk, part of the theatre’s A Symposia Within series, begins at 6:45 p.m., followed by a performance of the play at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.anoisewithin.org/play/buried-child/.

CSUN Faculty Mentor Program & Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has issued a Call for Nominations for
Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards for 2019, which awards exceptional contributions to the mentoring of past or present CSUN students, especially EOP students. Application deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit Apply.

Im addition to normal travel funds for students through Graduate Studies and Associated Students, this year Graduate Studies is offering an additional $300 for students to attend (not even necessarily present) at a conference for educational and/or career advancement (networking with potential faculty, learning more about a given field, etc). Contact Hedy Carpenter in Graduate Studies if you have questions (hcarpenter@csun.edu).

2. Reminders

The Office of Community Engagement is offering Faculty SEED/Mentorship Grants (up to $1000 per faculty member applicant) and Student Scholar Grants (up to $500 to pay for a student scholar to support your teaching). Deadline: October 15 by 5:00 p.m. to communityengagement@csun.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Spratt, Director of Faculty Engagement, at danielle.spratt@csun.edu.

Please let Wendy Say know which classes you will have evaluated this semester by October 15th. (wendy.say@csun.edu)

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS). The goal of this program is to bring prominent artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to campus to engage CSUN students and faculty. The deadline is Monday, October 15, but the DSS program will fund speakers during the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, it is not necessary that you have already secured the speaker. A faculty committee will review and make recommendations for funding.

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following workshops:

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information, visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

3. Opportunities

The STARTALK Russian Language and Cultural Immersion Program is seeking a student assistant to support the program director for approximately 10 hours per week. Specific hours and scheduling has some flexibility. Computer knowledge and advanced skills in standard office software – including Microsoft Office Suite – is required. Thorough knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation is also required and some experience creating professional documents – letters, reports, emails, etc. – is highly preferred. Salary: $14.25 per hour. Email resume to dina.mokhnatkin@csun.edu. Please include all relevant skills and work experience.

Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program supports high-caliber scholarship in the social sciences and humanities, making it possible for the recipients to devote time to research and writing that addresses pressing issues and cultural transitions affecting us at home and abroad. For more information, guidelines can be found at: 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. If you have any question, please contact Liza Johnston, Grants & Contracts Analyst in RSP at liza.johnston@csun.edu or at ext. 3441.

This is an invitation to participate in a showcase of student work (113A/114A/115)! All composition instructors, students, writing support centers, departments, programs are welcome. The Whitsett room has been reserved for the following dates/times:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 6, 2019: 8:00-11:00 a.m.

This event is an opportunity for faculty and students to share the wonderful work produced by students in writing courses. Each participating class will have a space in the Whitsett room to display their work. CSUN Campus Writing Centers, Tutoring Centers, Writing Labs, and Supplemental Instruction (and S.I.), and tutors are also invited to share their excellent student support services.

CSUN’s Research and Sponsored Programs office is hosting two faculty workshops this fall on proposal development. On Friday, October 18th from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Laura Serrano, Central Grants Officer, will lead the workshop, Making Your Match: Aligning Research to Funding Opportunities, where faculty can learn about the major federal grantmaking agencies and the mechanisms through which they award funding. The workshop will also provide an overview of foundation funding, cover how to analyze funding announcements to determine if your research is a good fit, and help assess deadlines and proposal deliverables to determine feasibility. On Wednesday, November 6th from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Shirley Lang, Senior Grants & Contracts Analyst, will lead the SciENcv and ORCID Workshop, where faculty can learn about the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) tool to help create biographical sketches in the required format for grant applications. The workshop will also cover how to set up your required Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) and link it to your eRA Commons personal profile.

4 Achievements

Katherine Coldiron (aka Katherine Mason, a CSUN English M.A. program alumna) has written a lyric novella, Ceremonials, which will be published by KERNPUNKT PRESS in February 2020

Noreen Lace has been invited to read from her new book, How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party, as well as from Eddy (a fictional story of an actual event in Poe’s life) at The Open Book on Soledad Canyon in Santa Clarita on Saturday, Oct. 12th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Ten Dollar Books on Tampa in Northridge on Saturday, Oct 19th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.; and Gatsby’s Books in Long Beach on Saturday, Oct 26th, at 5:00 p.m. A Q & A and refreshments follow the book signing. A psychic will be available to give readings.

Rick Mitchell’s poem “Bone” was recently published in After Moby-Dick: An Anthology of New Poetry, and he participated in a couple of conferences during the summer. In May, he presented a paper focusing on storms in 19th century Puerto Rico, in “Winds of Resistance: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm,” VII International Colloquium: Diversity in the Caribbean, at Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba, and in June he presented “Energy Imperialism, Decolonization, and Resistance In Post-Maria Puerto Rico,” as part of Ecotones #5, The Caribbean: Vulnerability and Resilience, at Manhattanville College in New York.