For Your Information: 4-15-13

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 April 29 posting is Monday, April 22.

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.


April 17
From Buckism to Barackism
Department of Pan African Studies professor Theresa Renee White will present a “rough cut” of her documentary “From Buckism to Barackism: Re-imagining Black Masculinty and Manhood,” on Wednesday, April 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Nordhoff Hall. CTVA professor Nate Thomas will moderate a panel discussion. The event is co-sponsored by CAPTURED Student Research Group, DuBois Hamer Institute, Associated Students and the University Student Union.

Information Session: Urban Studies and Planning
The Tseng College will host an information session for its graduate credit certificate in Urban Studies and Planning at the University Club Orange Grove Bistro, from 6 to 9 p.m. The program also serves as an option in CSUN’s Master of Public Administration program.  CBS 2 and KCAL 9 meteorologist Josh Rubenstein, a graduate of the program, will speak about the program. To register, visit the Tseng College website.
For more information – email or call (818) 677-3332.

April 18
Jewish Music with Cantor Mike Stein
All are welcome to join in learning about diverse and exciting Jewish music from Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Africa in Jerome Richfield 245 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Hazzan (Cantor) Mike Stein will present an overview of the history and development of Jewish music by playing the guitar, violin, oud and shofar. Seating is limited, please RSVP by calling (818) 677-4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.

April 23
The JNF Postcard Project: How a New Musical Culture Was Created for Emerging Jewish Nationalism
From 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the Flintridge Room of the University Student Union, Michael Isaacson, Ph.D., founding artistic director of The Israel Pops Orchestra and renowned composer, conductor, producer and educator, presents a fascinating musical and visual history of Jewish folk culture in pre-1948 Palestine. The Jewish National Fund commissioned distinguished European musicians to compose folk songs celebrating Zionist achievements.  Printed on picture postcards and mailed to Jewish communities around the world, these songs became part of the fabric of Jewish life in the new state and the Diaspora. Seating is limited, please RSVP by calling (818) 677-4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.

April 25
Eva Brettler, Holocaust Survivor
Eva Brettler, a survivor of the Ravensbruck concentration camp, will speak about her experiences before, during, and after the Holocaust. Seating is limited, please RSVP by calling (818) 677-4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.

Annual Federal Work-Study First and Second Year Supervisor’s Meeting
Supervisors who are hiring Federal Work-Study students for the first or second year must attend this meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room of the Oviatt Library. Please reserve a seat by sending an email to or calling (818) 677-2373 by April 19. Please note that any department or program that does not fulfill the meeting requirement will not be granted a FWS allocation and will not be able to pay their students under FWS funds.
For more information—contact Josefina Carbajal at or (818) 677-3875.

Annual Federal Work-Study Supervisor’s Meeting
Supervisors who have hired Work-Study students in the past two consecutive years may fulfill the annual meeting requirement by completing the online supervisor’s training online.
For more information—contact Josefina Carbajal at or (818) 677-3875.

April 28
5 Broken Cameras
This 90-minute documentary provides a close-range view into aspects of Palestinian and Israeli interaction rarely reported in American media. It will be followed by Q & A with CSUN Jewish Studies faculty at Laemmle Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd. Encino. Space is limited, please RSVP by calling (818) 677–4724 or email to reserve a seat (maximum 2 seats per request).

May 1
CSUN Department of Police Services K-9 Unit Fundraiser
Enjoy delicious food at Maria’s Italian Kitchen, 9161 Reseda Blvd., in the Vons shopping center, and help raise funds to assist the Department of Police Services K-9 Unit from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Come meet Officer Felix Anthony Vargas and his K-9 partner, Mitch and Cpl. Tom Finnerty and his K-9 partner, Isy. Dine-in or take-out. For more information or to make a donation, call Christina Villalobos at (818) 677-7922.

May 20
Honored Faculty Reception
The annual Honored Faculty Reception will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Grand Salon, University Student Union. Faculty awards will be presented for Outstanding Faculty; Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship; Scholarly Publication; Creative Accomplishment; Extraordinary Service; and Visionary Community Service-Learning. Emeritus professors and faculty completing milestone years of service will be honored. A continental breakfast will be served. Please RSVP by May 13 by calling (818) 677-3263 or email

May 26
CSUN Formula SAE & ASME Car Show
Join this year’s student team of Matador Motorsports by attending their fundraiser at the MB2 Raceway, 1475 Lawrence Drive, Thousand Oaks, Calif., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Auto setup time is from 7 to 8 a.m. Admission is free for spectators, but registration is $20 for all vehicles and $15 for motorcycles. For registration, visit the ASME website.

One-on-one Retirement Consultations
The Office of Human Resources has partnered with five CSU Tax Shelter Annuity Fund sponsors to have representatives visit campus and assist those approaching retirement achieve their goals. Please bring your questions and most recent statements from your retirement plan investment providers for a comprehensive analysis. For additional information, refer to the CSU TSA website.

Upcoming Meetings
Fidelity           April 23          To schedule an appointment, call (800) 642-7131.
VALIC            April 25          To schedule an appointment, contact Rachel Baroma at (818) 326-6939 or email at

Public Meetings

Graduate Studies Committee
Meets 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16
University Hall 277

Faculty Senate Standing Committee on Extended Learning
Meets 3:15-5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17
Executive Conference Room, Bookstore Complex

Research and Grant Committee
Meets 10 a.m. – noon
Friday, April 19
University Hall 277

Academic Technology Committee
Meets 1-3 p.m.
Friday, April 19
University Hall 211

Educational Policies Committee
Meets 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24
University Hall 211

Senate Executive Committee
Meets 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25
University Hall 277


Brown Bag Spring 2013 – Research Seminar Series
The College of Engineering and Computer Science is hosting a research seminar series every Tuesday in Jacaranda Hall, conference room JD1568 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Each series, which will run now through May 7, will feature different faculty members to share their work. Bring your lunch and listen to fellow colleagues speak about their research interests and projects that they are currently working on.
For more informationdownload the Brown Bag Spring 2013 Research Seminar Series program

GE Brown Bag Series
The Department of Psychology is hosting a lunchtime seminar series designed for psychology faculty and graduate students interested in learning about current research projects and exchanging ideas. The series is open to all faculty and staff. It takes place approximately every other Friday from noon to 1 p.m., now through May 10, in Sierra Hall 322.
For more informationdownload the GE Brown Bag Series program.

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 now 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:
For more information on workshops offered by the Department of Police Services,
call (818) 677-2111.

April 25
The Basics of Pepper Spray Defense
The Basics of Pepper Spray workshop, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CSUN PD, covers a variety of topics including citizens’ possession and use, chemical properties and effects of pepper spray. Registration is $6 and now includes a hands-on demonstration with an inert canister and a personal canister of pepper spray with keychain case! Sign up for training online.

Personal and Professional Development Program:

April 16
Investing 101
Chris Maltese, financial service representative of MetLife Resources, will host a session providing interested faculty and staff information on decisions regarding your personal financial situation in Oviatt 16 from 9 to 10 a.m. Sign up to attend online.

Retirement Income Strategies
Presented by Jonathan Reilly, district manager of VALIC, and Rachel Baroma, financial adviser of VALIC, will host a session providing faculty and staff information on how to make informed choices about protecting retirement income in Oviatt 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. Sign up to attend online.

April 17
Compensation/ Classification Overview
CSUN HR liaisons, supervisory and managerial staff are welcome to attend this workshop that will cover the important components of an effective staff position description, and analyze the staff classification review and In-Range Progression processes. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the HR Training Room, Oviatt 16 Garden Level.  Sign up for the workshop online.

April 19
American Sign Language 101
This workshop, from 2 to 4 p.m. in HR Training Room Oviatt 16, will provide some basics in American Sign Language (ASL). All CSUN staff and faculty will receive updated information on ASL during the interactive seminar, led by CSUN ASL instructor, Christine Firkins. Sign up for the workshop online.

April 23
Cross-Cultural Relationships: Rewards and Challenges
CSUN faculty and staff are welcome to attend this session from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Oviatt 16 HR Training Room that will discuss how to have “difficult conversations,” that in the end will facilitate and deepen understanding of both oneself and others. Sign up for the session online.

April 24
Leadership Feedback
Kristina de la Vega, associate director of employee relations, will present a session addressing communication between supervisor and employee, how to build on strengths by affirming positive behaviors, and how to use concrete examples as of means of clarifying expectations. CSUN supervisory and managerial staff are welcome to attend this session held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the HR Training Room, Oviatt 16 Garden Level. Sign up for the session online.

May 1, 7
Dealing with Workplace Violence and Fear of Threats of Violence
All interested faculty and staff are welcome to attend this two-part workshop starting with Part I, on May 1 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., designed to familiarize you with the range of university resources available and how to activate those resources when responding to a variety of behaviors that are cause for concern. Part II will take place on May 7 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and will deal with the worst case scenario of an active shooter situation on campus. In order to attend Part II, you will need to attend Part I both in the 2nd Floor Training Room of the Department of Police Services. Seating is limited, to register for Part I visit here. To register for Part II, visit here.

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

Weight Management
Continuing its program in Oviatt 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., every Monday for eight weeks, HealthWorks 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. Sign up to register online.

Book Club Meetings and Groups:
The Jewish Studies Book Group will host its last unique read at CSUN Hillel at 17729 Plummer Street. For more information, contact Jewish studies at (818) 677-3007 or email

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 Department of English.


Registration Continues for Summer Session
Summer Session registration continues for Summer Session classes at CSUN. Summer Session one runs May 28 through August 20. Summer Session two runs May 28 through July 9. Summer Session three runs July 10 through August 20. Students do not have to be regularly enrolled at CSUN to take Summer classes, so long as they meet course prerequisites. Summer Session information is posted on the Tseng College website.

Training for Dealing with Distressed Students
Faculty Senate invites faculty and staff participation in two interactive on-line training programs, meant to enhance your confidence and provide you resources when dealing with students who are showing signs of emotional distress and/or adjustment issues.  One training program is designed for the general student population and the other for our student veterans. Each training takes between 45 and 75 minutes and can be done in the privacy of your own office. Access Training can be found here for general student training and here for veteran student training. To log-on, use enrollment key “csun42,” create a password, answer the series of questions and complete the training. Other on-line resources for addressing student behavior that may be of concern can be found at the University Counseling Services website. For more information, contact Mark Stevens, director of CSUN’s University Counseling Services at (818) 677-4069 or email Counselors at UCS are also available to come to a department or staff meeting to facilitate a discussion about the Kognito trainings.

CSU Employee Update
Attached you will find the most recent California State University Employee Update provided by the CSU Chancellor’s Office for all employees. It contains information about the CSU’s budget plans presented at the March 2013 Board of Trustees meeting, and information about several CSU system activities and recognitions. Of note, CSUN received “Honor Roll with Distinction” in the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which annually commends colleges and universities that achieve meaningful and measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Policy Information
The Office of Human Resources hosts a website that features useful information about work-related problems and health risks associated with alcohol and other drug abuse problems. Also listed are campus and community resources available to faculty, staff and students. Please take a moment to review this important information at the Office of Human Resources website. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources, Employee Relations at (818) 677-6566.

Charles Wiggins
The campus community extends deep condolences to the family and friends of Charles Wiggins, emeritus music professor and retired chair of the music department, who passed on March 28 at age 88. He focused his time at CSUN on contributing to the university’s music program and enriching people’s lives through music. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Clarence and Margaret Wiggins Music Education Scholarship Fund.


April 19
47th Annual Staff Service and Recognition of Excellence Event
Submission of nomination forms are due to the Office of Human Resources in University Hall 165 or via mail, drop 8229. The event celebrates employees that have achieved service milestones at five year increments as well as outstanding achievement. The Recognition of Excellence Awards include the Presidential Award, Award of Merit, the Jolene Koester Team Award and the Alumni Relations Award, the latest addition to the group.
For more information—call the Office of Human Resources at (818) 677-2101.

May 1
Fall 2013 Master of Public Administration Program
The deadline to apply online for the program held at various off-campus locales is May 1. The locations include Alhambra, Beverly Hills, City of Industry, Inglewood, downtown Los Angeles, Norwalk, Pasadena, Santa Barbara and South Gate.
For more information – visit the Tseng College website.