For Your Information 2-8-16


CSUN Black History Month Celebration: Hallowed Grounds
Here are some events:

  • Feb. 8: Film Screening of Hollywood Shuffle with special guest Robert Townsend, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Armer Theatre.
  • Feb. 10:  Keeping the Legacy Alive for 365, noon to 12:55 p.m. at the Tseng Gallery Oviatt.
  • Feb 10: GROOV3 Hip Hop Dance Class, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Redwood Hall 292.
  • Feb. 11: Spoken Word with Vocal ARTIllery, 8 to 10 p.m. at Santa Susana Mezzanine.
  • Feb. 12: Katherine Dunham film, lecture and demonstration with CSUN professor Aimee Glocke, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the USU, Grand Salon.
  • Feb. 13: Black Youth Guidance Forum, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., USU.
  • Feb. 15: Film Screening of The Five Heartbeats, 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Armer Theatre.
  • Feb. 16: Black Wall Street. noon to 12:55 p.m. Location to be announced.
  • Feb. 20: Haitian International Film Festival: Haitian Americans telling Their Stories, 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Armer Theatre.
  • Feb. 22 Lecture and Book signing: Representations of Black Women in the Media by Marquita Gammage.
  • For more information, visit or contact the Department of Africana Studies at (818)-677-3311

Feb.13 and 15-20

Polaroids, Photographs, and Films: Re-Viewing Andy Warhol’s Work in the Age of Social Media and Self Curating

This exhibition, which is from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Main Art Gallery, situates Warhol’s nonstop photographic portrait production of the famous and infamous — as well as a host of unglamorous and unusual inanimate objects — in relation to sharing our minute-by-minute likes and daily activities on various social media platforms.

Feb. 19

Bianchi Planetarium: Winter Sky Show and Total Solar Eclipse of Aug. 2017

Come to the Bianchi Planetarium learn about stars, constellations and planets visible in the sky during this winter starting at 7:30 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m., Dr. Jay Pasachoff from Williams College will present the circumstances for viewing the 2017 eclipse.

For more information, contact Jan Dobias at (818)-677-5601

Feb. 21

Celebrate Chinese New Year at CSUN
CSUN China Institute and CSSA will host this year’s celebration party at the USU, Grand Salon from 4 to 7.30 p.m. Attendees will celebrate what we have accomplished in the Year of Ram and look forward to more exciting happenings in the Year of Monkey. Entertainment programs will be provided and Chinese food will be served.  For more information, email

Documentation Can Help Raise the Bar for You and Your Employee(s)
Routinely documenting an employee’s performance, as well as your coaching, counseling or disciplinary conversations can serve as a dynamic tool for performance evaluations and goal setting. The class, located in the Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt Library 16 from 9 to 10:25 a.m., will discuss creating proper documentation, the benefits and hazards of electronic documentation, and strategies to teach your employees how to document their own performance.

Feb. 10

VOYA One on One Advisement

If you are already enrolled in a Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) 403(b) with VOYA Retirement Life & Annuity or want to explore their retirement planning products, this is an opportunity to schedule a 30-minute individualized appointment to discuss retirement savings planning with a VOYA representative. The session is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., location is still being decided.

For more information, visit:

Feb. 10

Lunch Time Express

The SRC offers several Lunch Time Express group exercises classes to faculty and staff participating in the CSUN HR professional Development program. Head to the SRC from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. on your lunch break every Wednesday and Thursday this spring term to pursue your wellness goals.

For steps on registering, visit


Feb. 10

Identity Theft Protection

This workshop will help you understand what identity theft is, how criminals obtain your personal information and how to detect, deter & defend yourself against victimization. The class will be from noon to 12:55 p.m. in the Department of Police Services, 2nd Floor Training Room.
For steps on registering, visit

Feb. 11

Sustainability: Go Green & Save Green

Come learn how to save money while also saving electricity and water!

Attend the free workshop at Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt Library 16 from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. to get information about the many rebates and free programs that are being offered to make homes more efficient, and learn simple measures that can be taken to reduce energy and water consumption.

For steps to register, visit

Feb. 15

When Coaching and Counseling are Not Enough:Taking Corrective Action & Improving Performance

One of the most important responsibilities is the ability to provide comprehensive performance feedback through coaching and counseling. The class, located in the Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt Library 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., will discuss how to best conduct an effective discussion when faced with performance concerns as well as ongoing coaching and support through consistent, honest feedback throughout the year to employees who need to improve their performance.

For steps to register, visit

Feb. 18

VALIC One on One Advisement

Faculty and Staff who are with VALIC or want to explore their retirement planning products can schedule a 30-minute appointment with a VALIC representative. Advisement is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UN 165.

To schedule an appointment, contact VALIC representative Rachel Baroma at (800) 892-5558 or

Feb. 18

You Can’t Take it With You: Essential Estate Planning in California

The session, located in the Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt Library 16 from noon to 12:55 p.m., will cover the basics of what estate planning entails, cover topics that are specifically relevant to CSU employees, and discuss resources that are available to you on campus, such as Charitable Gift Annuities.

Whether you’re planning for yourself, your family or your favorite charity, we’ll provide you with information to get started on the right path.


President Dianne F. Harrison is pleased to announce the awarding of the following 42 regular sabbatical leaves, 2 academic year sabbatical leaves, and 1 difference-in-pay leave to be taken during the 2016-17 academic year.


Mike Curb College Arts, Media and Communication:

Frances Gateward (Cinema & Television Arts)

Peri Klemm (Art)  

Alexis Krasilovsky (Cinema & Television Arts)

Laurel Long (Art)

Jaime Morrison (Theatre)

Jared Rappaport (Cinema & Television Arts)

Jessica Retis-Rivas (Journalism)


David Nazarian College of Business and Economics:

Mu-Sheng Chang (Finance, Financial Planning, Insurance)

Gordon Phillips (Finance, Financial Planning, Insurance)

Melanie Williams (Business Law)

Chi-Chuan Yao (Systems and Operations Management)


College of Engineering and Computer Science:

Mohamed Hegab (Civil Engineering and Construction Management)

Abhijit Mukherjee (Mechanical Engineering)

Ignacio Bruno Osorno (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Michael D. Eisner College of Education:

Joyce Burstein (Elementary Education)

Nathan Durdella (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies)

Wendy Murawski (Special Education )

Ellen Schneiderman (Special Education)

College of Health and Human Development:

Frankline Augustin (Health Sciences)

Hira Cho (Family Consumer Sciences )

Sarah Jaque (Kinesiology)

Gretta Madjzoob (Health Sciences)

Paula Thomson (Kinesiology)


College of Humanities:

Scott Andrews (English)

Douglas Carranza (Central American Studies)

Yreina Cervantez (Chicana/o Studies)

Tomo Hattori (Asian American Studies)

Clement Lai (Asian American Studies)

College of Science and Mathematics:

David Bermudes (Biology)

Igor Beloborodov (Physics and Astronomy)

Matthew D’Alessio (Geological Sciences)

Robert Espinoza (Biology)

Gagik Melikyan (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Elena Miranda (Geological Sciences)

Joshua Schwartz (Geological Sciences)


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences:

Richard Horowitz (History)

Sun-Mee Kang (Psychology)

Michael Love (Anthropology)

Debra Malmberg (Psychology)

Bradley Mcauliff (Psychology)

Carrie Saetermoe (Psychology)

Karin Stanford (Africana Studies)

Theresa White (Africana Studies)

University Library:

Coleen Martin (Research, Instruction and Outreach Services)



STANDARD PRINT – Sabbatical Leave

BOLD PRINT– Academic Year Sabbatical Leave

 ITALIC PRINT – Difference-in-Pay Leave


20152016 China Institute Faculty Development Grants

Faculty at CSUN with an interest in China are invited to apply for  initial seed money from the China Institute to start a project in their discipline that advances the field of China Studies or promotes long-term exchange and collaboration for faculty and students.   Applicants should explain how this grant may stimulate larger and longer range projects.   There will be two or three grants of $1200 each, which can be used to support travel expenses for faculty’s visit to China to conduct their projects.

Applicants should submit a written proposal of no more than three double-spaced pages.  It should cover the nature and purpose of their project, how they intend to carry it out, how it may help CSUN students or our collaborative relationship with Chinese institutions, and how the funds will be spent related to their travel to China. Additionally, a one page resume highlighting relevant experiences must be included.  A word file containing the proposal and resume must be submitted to the China Institute Grant Committee Chair, Dr. Yifei Sun, via e-mail:, by Feb. 15, 2016.  A China Institute Grant and Scholarship Review Committee will review all applications carefully and make recommendations to the China Institute Director and Advisory Committee.  Decisions on awards will be announced by March 15, 2016. Grant recipients are expected to provide written reports on their grant activities to the China Institute by June 30, 2017.

Faculty interested in further information regarding these grants may contact the director of China Institute by e-mailing Dr. Weimin Sun at

Study in China For Free 

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Program is allowing CSUN students to study in China Next Year for free. Application deadline is Feb. 17. For more specific information, visit For questions, email Besnike Saitoski at

Spring 2016 Faculty Senate Elections
Nominations for Faculty Senate positions are being accepted at the February 18th Faculty Senate meeting.  Another option to run for an open position is to submit to the Faculty Senate Office a petition with 15 faculty signatures by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 24.  Open for election are the posts for faculty president (two-year term), vice president (one-year term), secretary (one-year term), CSU statewide academic senator (three-year term), senators-at-large (two-year term, six positions).  fmi  Heidi Wolfbauer, x3263

Faculty and Staff Appointments

Kent Baxter — Appointment

Kent Baxter has been appointed as Acting Chair of the Department English, effective Jan. 22. The position will hold until May 27, 2017.

Mechelle Best — Appointment

Mechelle Best has been appointed as Acting Chair of the Department of Recreation, Tourism and Management, effective Jan. 22. The position will hold until May 27, 2017.

2016 Faculty Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 faculty awards honoring outstanding faculty achievement.  Nominations must be received in the Faculty Senate Office by Friday, February 19.  Supporting materials must be received by Friday, March 18.

Faculty awards include the Outstanding Faculty Award; the Distinguished Teaching, Counseling or Librarianship Award; the Scholarly Publication (s) Award; Creative Accomplishment(s) Award; Extraordinary Service Award; and the Visionary Service- Learning Award.   The criteria and online nomination form are on the Faculty Senate website –   fmi, X3263.