For Your Information Nov. 10

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 Nov. 24 posting is Monday, Nov. 17.

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.

Jewish Music
Enjoy great Jewish music from around the globe. Come hear the incomparable Hazan Stein for a melodic and joyful taste of diverse Jewish music in Jerome Richfield 246 from 9:30–10:45 a.m.
For more information  call (818) 677-4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.eduto reserve a seat.

Nov. 10
Chinese Film Festival
Please bring your students and colleagues to the Chinese Film Festival in Armer Theatre, Manzanita Hall from 5–7 p.m.  As China celebrates its status as the highest performing country in the OECD Program of International Students Assessment, this new film, A Class of One, will show you the dilemma in China’s poor and rural schools. The film is part of the 10th Chinese American Film Festival.
For more information — visit

Nov. 12
2014 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards
A reception honoring the recipients of the Don Dorsey Excellence Awards will be held in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room from 5–7 p.m. This year’s recipients are sociology professor Vicki Jensen, child and adolescent development emeritus professor Carol Kelly, Chicana/o Studies professor Mary Pardo and a posthumous award to Mack Johnson, former associate vice president of graduate studies. All faculty and staff are invited to the reception to  learn more about the contributions of this year’s recipients
For more information and to RSVP — call (818) 677 – 4151


Nov. 12–16
Latin American Festival
The five-day event will feature lectures, live performances, a photography exhibit and a film festival highlighting some of Latin America’s most talented filmmakers. The festival is sponsored by the Center for Mexico and Latin American Studies (CMLAS), the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Central American Studies, the Department of Cinema and Television Arts, the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication and the UNAM Los Angeles. All events are free of charge and open to the entire CSUN community and the general public. However, space is limited so please reserve your spot by ordering your tickets online.
For more information and to RSVP — visit the Center for Mexico and Latin American Studies website.

Nov. 12
The Lost and the Living: One Family’s Journeys from the Old World to the New and Back Again
Los Angeles native Lisa Lainer-Fagan will present her extraordinary research and the family trip to Lithuania in Sierra Hall 451 from 12:30–1:45 p.m. On this trip she discovered the fate of her great-uncles and aunts who disappeared during the Holocaust. This slide lecture will feature photographs of the many clues they followed in learning the truth – actual letters, survivor testimony, historical photos, government documents, maps – and the actual sites in Lithuania that they visited.
For more information — call (818) 677-4724 or email to reserve a seat.

Nov 13 –Nov. 14
Do You Really Want to Live Forever?
Twenty eight indefatigable CSUN freshmen (under the direction of CSUN faculty member Ellyn Gersh Lerner, PhD) are busy developing, researching, writing and rehearsing an original script for a 45-minute performance inspired by this year’s Freshman Common Reading, The Postmortal by Drew Magary. The project is presented by and for University 100 students, but everyone is invited. There will be five performances on Nov. 13 at 7:30 and 8:45 p.m., and Nov. 14 at 4, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in OV 25 (under the Grand Staircase on the Garden Level of the library).
For more information and to RSVP — visit or email

 Nov. 14
Contemporary Chinese Art in the Past Three Decades
CSUN art professor Meiqin Wang will discuss Contemporary Chinese Art in the Past Three Decades from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in Live Oak 1124. Dr. Wang has designed and conducted multiple research projects on contemporary Chinese art in the past few years and has been instrumental in bringing several major Chinese artists to campus for exhibition and presentations to our students and faculty.
For more information — call (818) 677-3801

 Nov. 14
The Women’s Chorale
The Women’s Chorale will have its concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Cypress Recital Hall. They are performing two pieces in Mandarin: Yang Guan San Die and Mo Li Hua. CSUN’s Women’s Chorale is an auditioned ensemble of university students who have performed all around the world.
For more information — call (818) 677-3445

 Nov. 14 20
Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival
The public is invited to attend the Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival at the NoHo (North Hollywood) Laemmle Theatre. There are many fine films, including four films focusing on the Holocaust in Hungary: The Last Mentsch (a feature film, Los Angeles premier), Carl Lutz – the Forgotten Hero (documentary), Regina (documentary about the first female rabbi) and The Hungarian Cube (Israeli-Hungarian documentary). All films have subtitles. Documentary films are free. All feature films, including The Last Mentsch, cost $6.
For more information — see the Hungarian Film Festival website at 

Nov. 14
Deaf Jewish Life in Germany and Eastern Europe During the 1940s
Mark Zaurov will present his research on Deaf Jewish life in Germany and Eastern Europe during the 1940s and the Holocaust in the Kurland Lecture Hall, next to the Valley Performing Arts Center from 2:30–4 p.m. Included in his discussion will be the term “Deaf Holocaust” and the issues of Aktion T4 and Forced Sterilization, which are often used in general for research or exhibitions about deaf people in the Holocaust.The presentation will be capped by a discussion of the importance of establishing a memorial for deaf Jews. This event is sponsored by the CSUN Deaf Studies Department.
For more information — call  (818) 677-5116.

Nov. 15
Watching the Earth Breathe
All are welcome to join us for a stellar afternoon and a light lunch as we explore what NASA-JPL and other researchers in astrophysics and earth-system science are finding out about the health of our Planet EARTH. The adventure is free and begins at the Oviatt Library from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. There will be a spectacular star show at the Bianchi Planetarium and a variety of activities led by the CSUN Institute for Sustainability and JPL-NASA Education. The featured speaker, Karen Yuen, Science Data Applications Lead for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, will speak on Spaceship Earth: Air, Land and Water in the Jack and Florence Ferman Room. RSVP by Nov. 10 at
For more information — call (818) 677-2638

Nov. 18
Master of Social Work Information Session
Come find out about CSUN’s Master of Social Work program, offered by the Department of Social Work in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, in collaboration with the Tseng College.  An information session takes place in Sierra Hall, Whitsett Rm. 451, fourth floor, from 5:30-7 p.m. Faculty and staff will give an overview about this program, offered on campus, online and off-site at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita.
For more information — or

Nov. 19
The Racialized Criminalization of Life
Why and How is criminality in the U.S. racialized? How are some lives marked unworthy of being lived and even killable? The panel addresses the racial discrepancies in the criminal legal system, which incarcerates predominantly people of color. Since criminalization is largely driven by notions of war, the center of the discussion will be  on “LIFE.” The panel discussion will be held in the Oviatt Room 25 (garden-level) from 4-6 p.m.
For more information — Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies

Nov. 20
The Challenge of Jewish Religious Divorce Today
Attorney Esther Macner will discuss this problem and the various attempts being made to rectify it within the Orthodox community in Jerome Richfield 345 from 9:30–10:45 a.m. According to Jewish religious law, a religious divorce cannot be granted without the express consent of the husband. A couple who divorces in civil court will still be married in the eyes of Jewish religious law – and this means that they are not allowed to marry others. This power disparity is especially difficult for Orthodox Jewish women whose husbands withhold a religious divorce from them. Such a woman is anchored (Hebrew: agunah) to the man.
For more information — call (818) 677-4724 or email to reserve a seat.

Nov. 20
Study and Intern in China: Full Scholarships & Life-Changing Opportunities for CSUN Students
The China Institute and the International and Exchange Student Center at CSUN will host a panel presentation from 2:30–4 p.m. in Conference Room ED 1214/1216, Education Building. The panel will feature Chinese visiting scholars, CSUN students and alums who have studied in China under full scholarships from the China Scholarship Council as well as our partner universities in China. Please bring your students over to this exciting event to learn more about the full scholarship program.
For more information — contact Dr. Justine Su at or Cindy Cruz at

Nov. 21
Bianchi Planetarium
Come and learn about stars, constellations and planets visible in the sky during Autumn at the Autumn Sky Show, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. It is followed by The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 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.


Public Meetings
General Education Council
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 12
University Hall 211

University Student Union Board of Directors
Meets 12:30–2 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17
University Student Union, Grand Salon

Graduate Studies Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18
University Hall 211

Educational Policies Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19
University Hall 211

Faculty Senate
Meets 2–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20
Jack and Florence Presentation Room
(Room 81, West Wing, Lower Level of Oviatt Library)

Department of Police Services Community Workshops 

Nov. 13
The Basics of Pepper Spray Defense
The Basics of Pepper Spray workshop, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at CSUN PD, covers a variety of topics, including citizens’ possession and use of chemical properties and effects of pepper spray. Registration is free but a personal canister of pepper spray with keychain case can be purchased for $6.
For more informationvisit the Safety Workshops Page

First-Time Home Buyer’s Seminar
The University Corporation will host its fourth annual First-Time Home Buyer’s Seminar for Faculty and Staff at the Orange Grove Bistro from 4-6 p.mThe seminar will educate the attendees about the in’s and out’s of purchasing a home in today’s real estate environment. The panel will focus on understanding the role of the real estate buyer’s agent, the importance of choosing the right lender, how you hold title to your property, the meaning and use of escrow, and lastly, understanding the legal aspects of property disclosure documents prior to signing them.
For more information—Email or call (818) 677 -3974

2015 Faculty Retreat
The 2015 Faculty Retreat, “CSUN: Celebrating Diversity” will be held Jan. 12-13, 2015. The first day  will be on the CSUN campus with the usual schedule. On the second day, faculty will have an opportunity to go on a “walking tour” of the historic downtown Los Angeles area. If you wish to attend, please click here to register. The deadline to register is Dec. 5.
For more information—Email or call (818) 677-3263.

 Policy on Examinations and Religious Observations
Campus policy states that “in administering any test or examination, we will permit any student who is eligible to undergo the test of examination to do so, without penalty, at a time when the activity would not violate the student’s religious creed.” 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.
For more informationVisit the Office of Faculty Affairs website

Service on Faculty and University Committees and Boards
Faculty who would like to be considered for election or appointment to positions in faculty governance, to standing or advisory committees of the Faculty Senate, or to various all-university committees and boards are invited to complete the University Service Form on the Faculty Senate website. To be considered for the spring faculty elections, please submit the form to the Faculty Senate Office by Jan. 20, 2015.
For more information—Email or call (818) 677-3263


Dec. 17
December Payroll Distribution
December pay warrants will be distributed in the lobby of Bayramian Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 31 from noon-2 p.m.  A form must be filled out and delivered to University Cash Services by Dec. 17. The form is available at University Cash Services or online at A CSUN photo ID is required in order to release your pay warrant.  Employees unable to pick up checks may authorize someone to do so, in writing.  Include the name of the authorized person, the employee’s department, the last four digits of the employee’s Social Security number and the employee’s signature. Uncollected checks will be available for department pick-up from noon-4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.
For more information—call University Cash Services at (818) 677-7222.