For Your Information Jan. 26

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

The deadline for the Feb. 9 posting is Monday, Feb. 2.

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.


Jan. 12–Jan. 28
Spring 2015 Intramural Sports Programs
The Student Recreation Center is inviting all CSUN students, faculty and staff to sign up for Spring 2015 Intramural Sports Programs from Jan. 12–Jan. 28. All those interested in participating can register online at and choose the indoor or outdoor sport they would like to participate in.
For more information — visit SRC Intramural  or call (818) 677-5865.

Jan. 26
From Witch-Cult to Pagan Pride
Please join the Anthropology Department and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences for a very special presentation featuring Vivianne Crowley from Kings College, London. The presentation will be held on the 2nd floor of the USU theater at 4 p.m. Dr. Crowley is an author, psychologist, and both a practitioner and scholar of Wicca, a modern Pagan religion.
For more information — visit College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Jan. 30
Bianchi Planetarium
Come and learn about stars, constellations and planets visible in the sky during Winter at the Winter Sky Show, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. It is followed by Comet-Chaser Rosetta and its Wild Bounce at Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko show at 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $6 for one show and $10 for two shows; students are $4 for one show and $7 for two shows.
For more information — visit the Bianchi Planetarium website or call (818) 677-5601.

Feb. 1
CSUN Jewish Studies Program Upcoming Films
The CSUN Jewish Studies Program will be holding a screening of Above and Beyond followed by a discussion with CSUN Jewish Studies faculty. This new documentary by Nancy Spielberg tells the story of the American and other foreign fighter pilots who volunteered for Israel’s War of Independence. The film will start at 10 a.m. at Laemmle’s Town Center 5
 located at 17200 Ventura Blvd.
, Encino, Calif. 91316. This film is free and open to the public until seats have been filled.
For more information and to RSVP — call (818) 677-4724 or email (maximum 2 names per request).

Feb. 2
Understanding and Helping Students
Student Affairs will sponsor a panel of representatives from various campus offices to provide information on resources available to students. This panel discussion is intended to remind and introduce the participants of a sampling of the resources that are available for students and how they can access the services. The session will be held in Oviatt Library 16, the HR Training Room from noon to 1:30 p.m.
For more information and to RSVP — visit Human Resources.

Feb. 3
Associated Students Farmer’s Market
Associated Student is hosting a farmers market located on East University Drive and Magnolia Walk every Tuesday from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The farmers market will feature farm fresh fruits and vegetables including organic produce, artisanal breads, jams and jellies, nuts, pre packaged foods, a freshly prepared foods court, nuts, flowers, crafters and a variety of other products each week. The first market opening ceremony will begin on Feb. 3 at 9:45 a.m. at Matador Square.
For more information — visit Division of Student Affairs.

Feb. 5
Fee Waiver and Tuition Reduction Benefit
Are you interested in furthering your educational goals or transferring the benefit to an eligible family member? If so, you will want to attend this session in Oviatt Library 16, the HR Training Room at 10 a.m. In this informational session you will learn about the CSU, CSUN Employee Fee Waiver Program which allows eligible staff and faculty to enroll in CSU courses at reduced rates for up to six units per semester.
For more information and to RSVP — visit Human Resources.

Feb. 13
19th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium
Undergraduate and graduate students will showcase their diverse research and creative work at the 19th Annual CSUN Student Research and Creative Works Symposium on Feb. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Northridge Center. This year, 166 participants will present oral and poster presentations on various topics. Students from across all fields of study will be competing for $200 and $100 cash prizes, and the chance to compete in the CSU State Wide Research Competition. This year will also feature 11 Ted Talk’s hosted in the USU Plaza Del Sol Theatre.
For more information — visit

Public Meetings

Senate Executive Committee
Meets 1–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 29
University Hall 277

Educational Resources Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 10
University Hall 211

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

Academic Technology Committee
Meets 1–3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 6
University Hall 211

University Student Union Board of Directors
Meets 12:30–2 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 26
University Student Union, Grand Salon

Graduate Studies Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 10
University Hall 277


Department of Police Services Community Workshops
Feb. 12
Basic Residential Security, 12–1:30 p.m.
The Basic Residential Security workshop will teach you basic residential security principles and how you can apply those principles to secure your home and surroundings and reduce your chances of being a victim of crime.The workshop will also discuss what to look for when living in multiresidental apartments/condos.
For more information — visit the Safety Workshops Page.


Feb. 20
2015 Faculty Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 faculty awards honoring outstanding faculty achievement.  Nominations must be received in the Faculty Senate Office by Friday, Feb. 20.  Supporting materials must be received by Friday, March 20. 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.

Feb. 25
Spring 2015 Faculty Senate Elections
Nominations for Faculty Senate positions are being accepted at the Feb. 12  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, Feb. 25.  Open for election are the posts for vice president (one-year term), secretary (one-year term), CSU statewide academic senator (three-year term), senators-at-large (two-year term, six positions).
For more information — call Heidi Wolfbauer at  (818) 677-3263.

Sabbatical Leave
President Dianne F. Harrison is pleased to announce the awarding of the following 42 regular sabbatical leaves, 6 academic year sabbatical leaves, and 1 difference-in-pay leave to be taken during the 2015-16 academic year.

Mike Curb College Arts, Media and Communication:
David Blumenkrantz (Journalism)
Sakile Camara (Communication Studies)
Marcella DeVeaux (Journalism)
Samantha Fields (Art)
Stacy Holman Jones  (Communication Studies)
Dianah Wynter (Cinema & Television Arts)

David Nazarian College of Business and Economics:
Tina Kiesler (Marketing)
Rishma Vedd  (Accounting & Information Systems)
Sung Wook Yoon (Accounting & Information Systems)

College of Engineering and Computer Science:
Ali Amini (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Ronald Mehler (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
John Noga (Computer Science)
Matthew Radmanesh (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Michael D. Eisner College of Education:
Shartriya Collier (Elementary Education)
Lynn Gordon (Elementary Education)
Wilda Laija-Rodriguez  (Educational Psychology & Counseling)
David Moguel (Secondary Education)
Mira Park (Secondary Education)

College of Health and Human Development:
Janna Beling (Physical Therapy)
Mechelle Best (Recreation & Tourism Management)
|Yi Cai (Family & Consumer Sciences)
Kyusuk Stephan Chung (Health Sciences)
Claudia Fajardo-Lira (Family & Consumer Sciences)
Jonegun Kim (Family & Consumer Sciences)
Margaret Peggy Roller (Physical Therapy)
Alan Wright (Recreation & Tourism Management)

College of Humanities:
Edith Chen (Asian American Studies)
Irene Clark (English)
Katharine Haake (English)
Adrian Perez-Boluda (Modern & Classical Languages)
Mustafa Ruzgar  (Religious Studies)
Enchao Shi (English)

College of Science and Mathematics:
Alberto Candel (Mathematics)
Karin Crowhurst (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Daniel Curtis (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Ray Hong (Biology)
Dayanthie Weeraratne (Geological Sciences)

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Jose Abara (Psychology)
Phyllis Karren Baird-Olson (Sociology)
Robert Cleve (History)
Ronald Davidson (Geography)
Laura Edles (Sociology)
Eric Goldner (History)
Luciana Lagana (Psychology)
Helene Rougier (Anthropology)
Abraham Rutchick (Psychology)

University Library:
Lindsay Hansen (Reference, Instruction and Outreach Services)
Marcia Henry (Reference, Instruction and Outreach Services)

Student Affairs:
Judith Schmidt-Levy (Counseling Services)

 STANDARD PRINT – Sabbatical Leave
BOLD PRINT– Academic Year Sabbatical Leave
ITALIC PRINT – Difference-in-Pay Leave 


Jean Daniels
The Department of Social Work and the campus community extends condolences to the family of Jean Daniels, an emeritus faculty member who served as the founding member of the Department of Social Work. She passed away on Jan. 17. Her tenure at CSUN began in the fall of 1976 as a part-time lecturer and she remained until her retirement in 2013. Throughout her time at CSUN, Daniels continued to give back to the social work community by serving in various roles in the San Fernando Valley local chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and as a board member of organizations such as the American Lung Association, American Heart Association and the Northeast Valley Multipurpose Senior Center. After her retirement, Daniels was inducted into the Social Work Hall of Fame at the California Social Welfare Archives 2014 Awards Reception. Her legacy will live on in the Jean E. Daniels Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence that is presented during CSUN’s MSW hooding ceremony every May. The CSUN community will celebrate her life  at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 2 at a campus memorial service in the Thousand Oaks Room. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Jean E. Daniels Scholarship Fund at,

Marcus Hissong                                                                                                                         Longtime CSUN Chief of Police, Marcus “Mark” Hissong passed away on Oct. 19, 2014 after a long and valiant fight against Alzheimer’s. Chief Hissong was a retired LAPD sergeant who had been with the CSUN Police Department for 20 years as a lieutenant and had filled in several times as interim chief. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association can be made at

DeWayne “Doc” Johnson
The Department of Journalism and the campus community extends condolences to the family of  DeWayne “Doc” Johnson, an emeritus faculty member who served as a professor in the Department of Journalism and adviser for over 20 years. Johnson was the last surviving member of the original three Valley State College faculty who helped establish the college’s journalism department. He passed away on Dec. 31. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made payable to Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, Ark. 72202-8058 or to the CSUN Journalism Chair’s Fund, 18111 Nordhoff St., MC8311, Northridge, Calif. 91330-8311.

Manley Witten
The Department of Journalism and the campus community extends condolences to the family of  Manley Witten. Witten served as a professor in the Department of Journalism and publisher of the Daily Sundial for 11 years. He passed away on Jan. 18 after a battle with cancer. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m., Feb. 1 at Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Boston Latin or other organization whose mission honor Witten’s memory.