For Your Information: 1-28-13

For Your Information shares announcements of events, public meetings, notices, classes and deadlines. The submission deadline is noon on Monday, one week before the next post.

The deadline for the Feb. 18 posting is Monday, Feb. 11.

We strive to include all items submitted by deadline occurring until the next post. You can submit future items by emailing, sending them to mail drop 8242 or faxing them to (818) 677-4909. Email is the preferred method of submission.


Feb. 7
Film Screening of “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story”
The Department of Jewish Studies will be screening a 63-minute cut of the film at 6:30 p.m. at a campus location to be determined. The film shows an intimate journey into a young hero’s mind in an historic telling of the 1976 Israeli raid to free the hostages in Entebbe, Uganda. A discussion of the themes of the film will be held after the screening with a variety of Kosher snacks.
For more information—visit Hillel 818 or call (818) 886-5101.

Feb. 8
Innovative Thinking for Extraordinary Outcomes
The Office of Human Resources will host a lecture by Iris Firstenberg, an adjunct associate professor of psychology at UCLA and adjunct professor of management at UCLA Anderson School of Management, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Northridge Center, University Student Union. She will address “Innovative Thinking for Extraordinary Outcomes.” Register for the lecture at
For more information—visit HR’s website.

Feb. 19
A Conversation with Governor Michael Dukakis
The Department of Political Science and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will  sponsor a lecture by former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis on “The 2012 Election Results: What it Means for Governing in 2013 and Beyond,” in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union at 7 p.m. Reservations are requested.
For more information and to RSVP—call (818) 677-3488.

Feb. 22
CSUN Black Alumni Association: Linkages Beyond the Classroom
Join the CSUN Black Alumni Association in reconnecting and relaxing with wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres in the Lamb’s Lounge of the Orange Grove Bistro at the University Club from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The event costs $40 per person, and all proceeds go towards the BAA scholarship fund. Reservations required by Feb. 15 at
For more information—visit or email

Feb. 27
Maurice Amado Foundation Lecture on Jewish Ethics: “The Ethics of Wealth and Work”
Jennifer Thompson, the Maurice Amado assistant professor of applied Jewish ethics and civic engagement at CSUN, will explore the issues associated with wealth and work when put into the conflicting context of American culture versus Jewish tradition. The event will take place at Valley Beth Shalom at 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino 91436 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information—Admission is free, but reservations are preferred and can be made by calling the Jewish studies department at (818) 677-4724 or emailing

March 7
Environmental and Occupational Exposure to Metal Nanoparticles
The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, in conjunction with the EOH Alumni Association and Student Association, hosts its annual technical symposium. This year will focus on the impact of metallic nanoparticles used in manufacturing processes and consumer products. Experts will speak at various presentations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Northridge Center Complex of the University Student Union. Pre-registration is $85 and $75 for EOH Alumni Chapter Members. Registration at the door is $100 and does not include parking ($6) or lunch. Register at or by phone at (818) 677-2137.
For more information—visit

Public Meetings

Educational Policies Committee and GE Council Joint Meeting
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
University Hall 211

Academic Technology Committee
Meets 1–3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 1
University Hall 211

General Education Council
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
University Hall 211

Faculty Senate
Meets 2–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7
Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room
(Room 81, West Wing, Lower Level of Oviatt Library)

Research and Grant Committee
Meets 10 a.m.–noon
Friday, Feb. 8
University Hall 277

Graduate Studies Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
University Hall 277

Educational Resources Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
University Hall 211

Educational Policies Committee and GE Council
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
University Hall 211


Human Resources Workshop
The Tseng College offers a Human Resources Management Overview and PHR/SPHR Exam Preparation Workshop at CSUN on Tuesdays. Classes will run Feb. 26 through April 30 from 6 to 9:55 p.m.  Topics include business management and strategy, workforce planning and employment, HR development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and risk management. Detailed information is posted on the Tseng College website.
For more information
―email or call (818) 677-3332.

Department of Police Services Spring Safety Workshops:

Feb. 14
Basic Residential Security
“How to Make Your Home a Safer Place” will cover principles in securing your home or apartment/condo and surroundings to reduce your chances of being a victim of crime. The free class will take place at CSUN PD from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sign up at

Feb. 18
radKIDS Personal Empowerment Safety Education
For children between 5 and 7 years of age, the radKIDS curriculum includes realistic physical skills to recognize, avoid, resist and escape physical harm and abduction. Registration is $10 per child for the 5 days of class. Ending on Feb. 22, class will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at CSUN PD. Sign up at 5-7.
For more information—on workshops offered by the Department of Police Services, call (818) 677-2111.

Personal and Professional Development Programs
Jan. 30

Achieving Excellence in the Workplace (Supervisory and Managerial Staff)
Join Robert Foldesi, the former associate vice president of human resources, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Department of Police Services 2nd floor training room to discuss practice skills needed by managers to set and communicate goals, provide effective feedback and create a climate of mutual accountability and recognition. Register at
For more information—
visit HR’s website.

Feb. 5
How to Feel More Encouraged During Discouraging Times (Faculty and Staff)
Join Mark Stevens, director of university ounseling services, and Julie Pearce, assistant director of university counseling services, from 10 a.m. to noon in Oviatt 16 to gain tools that help bring greater perspective and balance to life in trying times. Register at
For more information—
visit HR’s website.

Feb. 13
Learning Beyond an Email: The Top Seven Secrets of Outlook (Faculty and Staff)
Learn to efficiently use Microsoft Outlook 2010 as a professional development tool with Bergen Muzatko, information technology training consultant, in Oviatt 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Register at
For more information—
visit HR’s website.

Feb. 15
Printmaking Workshop (Faculty and Staff)
Express your creative side with Michelle Rozic, art department faculty, from 1 to 4 p.m. in room 305 of the Art Complex Printmaking Center. Customize a canvas tote and create relief prints with stamps you design regardless of art-making experience. Register at
For more information—
visit HR’s website.

Feb. 19
Preparing your Savings for Retirement (Faculty and Staff)
Employees nearing retirement are encouraged to attend this workshop with Adrienne Hubbel of Fidelity Investments to better understand the importance of building and income plan, know the steps that can be taken to prepare for the transition of retirement saving to retirement spending and learn ways to help protect their retirement assets. The workshop will be held in Oviatt 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. Register at
For more information—
visit HR’s website.

Exploring Your Financial Options (Faculty and Staff)
Join Kam Nassiri, a registered representative of ING Financial Partners, in Oviatt 16 from 9 to 10 a.m. to review the advantages of tax-deferral, the importance of starting early and building adequate retirement savings. Register at
For more information—
visit HR’s website.

Feb. 21
Seven Steps to Fool Proof Documentation (Supervisory and Managerial Staff)
Learn documentation from the gurus of campus: Human Resources. The workshop takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. in Oviatt 16 with associate director of employee relations Kristina de la Vega. Register at
For more information—visit HR’s website.

Feb. 26
Coordination of Leave Programs (Supervisory and Managerial Staff)
Laurie Gold-Brubaker, manager of benefits administration, and Kari Dom, workers’ compensation specialist and leave of absence coordinator, explain leave programs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Oviatt 16. The session will cover when the leave process is triggered, the types of programs available, your role in the coordination process and the accommodation process of the employee’s return. Register at
For more information—visit HR’s website.

Feb. 27
Financial Planning and Investments (Faculty and Staff)
Join William Jennings, interim vice president of University Advancement, and Michael Phillips, faculty of finance, real estate and insurance, in Oviatt 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. to discuss and explore annuities, mutual funds, stocks and other investment opportunities. Register at
For more information—visit HR’s website.

HealthWorks by Kaiser Permanente
Cal State Northridge and HealthWorks by Kaiser Permanente have teamed up for a third year to bring employees a suite of health tools and wellness programming developed to meet their individual needs. The wellness offerings, which are open to all interested CSUN employees, whether the employee is a Kaiser Permanente member or not consists of a variety of activities and resources and include onsite classes, health screenings and an online health competitions designed to help the client stay on track with making healthy choices.

Weight Management
Starting Feb. 4 in Oviatt 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., every Monday for eight weeks will provide a weight management program that provides the tools necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Participants will learn how healthy lifestyle choices, like good eating and physical activity, and a positive attitude can help them lose weight and keep it off. The program will run through April 22 and is free to faculty and staff. Register at

Biometric Screenings
Kaiser Permanente will host two screening sessions on Feb. 13 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and on Feb. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Oviatt 16. The screening is free and checks blood pressure, pulse rate and body mass index. Register for the events at .

Book Club Meetings and Groups:
Grow Your Mind Book Club
, sponsored by the Office of Human Resources and Faculty Development, presents a series of book club meetings facilitated by Elizabeth T. Adams, senior director of undergraduate studies. All faculty and staff are welcome to join at any time. Meetings take place on the following Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Oviatt 16. Register to be in the book club at

Feb. 6
“Rin Tin Tin: The life and the Legend” by Susan Orlean

March 6
“White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf” by Andrew Boborw-Strain

April 3
“A History of the World in 100 Objects” by Neil MacGregor
The Jewish Studies Book Group will host two spring meetings in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room on the following unique reads. For more information, contact Jewish studies at (818) 677-3007 or email

March 17
“Murder on a Kibbutz: A Communal Case” by Batya Gur
The event will be led by Rabbi Michele Paskow of the Jewish studies program starting at 2 p.m.

May 5
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories” by Nathan Englander
The event will be led by Audrey Thacker of the English department.

Catastrophic Leave Notices
The following employees are out on medical leave and have exhausted their leave credits:

Michelle Beller (Pan African Studies)
To make voluntary donations, please forward a completed Catastrophic Leave Donation form to Payroll Administration, mail code 8228. You can access the form online.


Social Media Privacy for Students
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Senate Bill 1349 regarding social media privacy in postsecondary education will be enforced. It prohibits postsecondary education institutions and their employees and representatives from requiring or requesting a student, prospective student or student group to disclose, access or divulge personal social media. Penalization of students who do not comply with a request or demand to access personal social media violates this law.
For more information—

Policy on Procedures for Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness
Section 612.5.2.c.(2)(b)(ii) of the Administrative Manual was reaffirmed to comply with changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement of Fall 2012 by the Faculty Senate and approved by President Dianne F. Harrison. The policy can be viewed at All policies can be found under Resources at
For more information—
Heidi Wolfbauer at (818) 677-3263.

Policy on Procedures for Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness (Lecturers)
Section 706.3.2.b of the Administrative Manual was reaffirmed to comply with changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement in Fall 2012 by the Faculty Senate and President Dianne F. Harrison. The policy can be viewed at All policies can be found under Resources at
For more information—
Heidi Wolfbauer at (818) 677-3263.

Evelyn McClave Appointed Chair of the Department of Linguistics
Evelyn McClave, professor of English and linguistics and coordinator of the Linguistics/TESL program, was appointed to the position of department chair of the linguistics department upon recommendation of Elizabeth Say, dean of the College of Humanities. Her term, effective Oct. 17, 2012, will last three years through the end of the 2014–2015 academic year.

Policy on Examinations and Religious Observations
In correspondence with campus policy, the office of the Provost would like to remind faculty members that “in administering any test or examination, we will permit any student who is eligible to undergo the test or examination to do so, without penalty, at a time when the activity would not violate the student’s religious creed.” The policy can be viewed at If a faculty member needs assistance in evaluating the request of a student for the re-scheduling of an examination for purposes of religious observation, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs at (818) 677-2962.

Master of Public Administration
Applications are now accepted for the fall 2013 Master of Public Administration program offered at CSUN and online. The Tseng College administers this graduate degree program designed for those in the public or nonprofit sector.  Detailed information is posted at
For more information
―email or call (818) 677-5635.

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
As a result of amendments to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and the issuance of Executive Order 1083 (Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect), all CSU employees now have an obligation to report suspected or known incidents of child abuse or neglect. The university will provide detailed information about the law and faculty/staff reporting obligations, including a form to acknowledge that the information has been reviewed and faculty understand their obligation to comply with CANRA.  This form will require a signature and must be returned to a designated campus official.

Emergency Desk Reference for Staff Members
Be prepared and informed before an emergency or disaster occurs by referencing sources provided by the Emergency Desk. The Desk Reference is a quick guide for what to do in emergency situations that might occur on campus including medical emergencies, fires/explosions, involvement of hazardous materials, bomb threats, encounters with suspicious behaviors and objects and earthquakes. Access to the guide can be done from the home page by clicking the link “Emergency Information” at the bottom of the page. Updating personal contact information can also be done to enhance emergency contact on the myNorthridge portal in the “Emergency Information” section. Text messaging can also be managed through the system—check the box next to “Emergency Text Message” on the portal page.


Feb. 8
Open University
Tseng College administers Open University, which allows those not regularly enrolled in CSUN’s spring semester to take classes on a space-available basis with the instructor’s permission and all course prerequisites are met.
For more information—
visit the Tseng College website or email

Feb. 21
Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) Applications
Completed applications for faculty to participate in FERP during the 2013-2014 academic year must be submitted to the Office of Faculty Affairs with signatures from the faculty member, chair and dean. Applications are available on the Faculty Affairs website at
For more information—
call the Office of Faculty Affairs at (818) 677-2962.

Feb. 22
2013 Faculty Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 faculty awards honoring outstanding faculty achievement. Nominations must be received in the Faculty Senate Office by Friday, Feb. 22.  Supporting materials must be received by Friday, March 22. 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 nomination form are on the Faculty Senate website.
For more information—Call the Faculty Senate office at (818) 677-3263.

Gerald H. Meaker
The campus community extends deep condolences to the family of Gerald H. Meaker, professor emeritus of history, who passed peacefully in his Long Beach home on Dec. 20, 2012 at 86 years of age. A distinguished historian of 20th century Spain, Meaker was faculty member at CSUN from 1968 to 1980, where he taught courses in European history.  His book, “The Revolutionary Left in Spain: 1914–1923” (1974, Stanford University Press), was a finalist for the 1975 National Book Award. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976 for his study of Iberian and Latin American history.