For Your Information November 9, 2015

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. 23 posting is Monday, Nov. 16.

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.


Nov. 9

Lunch Time Express

CSUN faculty and staff wanting to exercise during their lunch break can come to the Student Recreational Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Available classes are indicated by a red symbol next to the class name on the SRC group exercise schedule.

The exercise schedule can be found at

Nov. 12 through Nov. 15

2015 Latin American Film and Art Festival 

The four-day event, which begins at 5 p.m. in the West Gallery, CSUN Art and Design Center, will feature lectures, live performances, an exhibit by interdisciplinary artist, Eva Malhotra, as well as a film festival highlighting some of Latin America’s most talented filmmakers.

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.

To register for this event, visit

Nov. 16

Sephardic Heritage and Culture

Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, director of the Sephardic Education Center, will share some of the rich cultural history of the Jews of Spain and their descendants throughout the world. He will also tell the fascinating stories of the crypto-Jews, who secretly preserved Jewish practices through the centuries.  Bouskila will discuss the vibrancy and renewal of Sephardic life today in the U.S. and Israel. The free event is from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Jerome Richfield 215.

Dec. 3

Center for Assessment, Research, and Evaluation (CARE) Kickoff Event

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the CARE kickoff event from noon to 2 p.m. in the Ferman Presentation Room, Oviatt Library. CARE, which is a research center formed by professors of multiple colleges at CSUN, will introduce their research and grant writing. CARE also offers students and staff training and paid work opportunities. Attendees will be able to ask questions and participate in the discussions throughout the event.


Nov. 9

Student Resources: Guiding our Students To Success — With a Little Help from Our DRES

At least 1 in 10 college students have a disability, yet many faculty and staff report being unsure how to support these students appropriately. Come learn the basics about supporting learning for students with disabilities and the services DRES offers to help students succeed. This class will take place from 2 to 3:25 p.m. in the Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt 16.

For steps to register, visit–-little-help-our-dres

Nov. 10

Supporting Employees with Disabilities Part I — MPP’s Only

This interactive discussion will focus on how managers and supervisors can make sound decisions regarding reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. This workshop will cover key concepts including defining disability, understanding disability laws, recognizing and responding to requests for reasonable accommodation, and how to initiate the interactive process. This class will be from 2 to 3:35 p.m. in the Human Resources Room, Oviatt 16.

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 10 and Nov. 17

Faculty and Staff Yoga 

CSUN faculty and staff members can take part in yoga from 11 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at Nordhoff Hall 106. Wear stretchy comfortable clothes and bring a mat.

To register, visit 

Nov. 10 and Nov. 17

CERT Training

This seven-week course meets once a week from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room, Oviatt Library. At the end of the course, participants will be certified with basic competency in emergency medical triage and operations, damage assessment, fire suppression, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, volunteer team management and more.

To register, visit

Nov. 10 and Nov. 12

Rape, Aggression Defense (RAD) for Women

Utilizing the R.A.D. student manual, students will start the first class by discussing such topics as: risk reduction strategies, “date rape,” continuum of survival, defensive strategies, and the basic principles of defense. This is a hands-on training with the opportunity to utilize the RAD techniques in a safe, comfortable training environment, monitored by instructors. The class will be held in the Department of Police services, 2nd Floor Training Room from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 12

Emergency Kit Essentials

This workshop, which will be from noon to 12:55 p.m. in the Department of Police Services, 2nd Floor Training Room, will give participants an opportunity to focus on assembling emergency kits. The class will go over best practices for emergency kits, essential contents, maintenance plans, and more on any budget! Recommended items for kits in cars, offices, for individuals and families will be discussed.

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 12

First time Home Buyer’s Seminar

The purpose of the seminar is to educate the attendees about the in’s and out’s of purchasing a home in today’s real estate environment.

Attendees will gain an understanding of: the role escrow and of the real estate buyer’s agent; the importance of choosing the right lender; and the legal aspects of property disclosure documents prior to signing. The seminar will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Orange Grove Bistro. 

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 16

Managing Conflict in the Work Environment – MPP’s Only

This session, we will discuss skills such as deep listening, asking good questions, conflict tendencies, perspective taking, and positive solutions. Also discussed in this workshop will be creating and fostering a healthy environment, and discuss case scenarios in a higher education environment. The workshop will be from 2 to 3:25 p.m. in the HR Training Room, Oviatt 16.

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 17
Understanding How CSUN’s Classification & Compensation System Works
This class, which is from 10 to 11:25 a.m. in the Human Resource Training Room, Oviatt 16, will discuss the factors that are, and are not used in determining the appropriate classification, the types of reviews conducted in the classification process, potential reclassification impact(s), and classification appeal process. 

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 18

What You Need to Know About Diabetes

This class will discuss information about diabetes during pregnancy for children to adults to seniors, what are the effects of not controlling and monitoring your diabetes; losing your vision, possible amputations, medicine for the rest of your life, etc. This class is from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt 16. 

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 18

Grow Your Mind Book Club

Missoula,  by Jon Krakauer is this months’ offering. This book is sure to stimulate spirited and thought-provoking discussions. Attendance at every meeting is not required for participation, so feel free to come to as many discussions as you would like. The club will meet from noon to 1 p.m. in the Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt 16. 

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 19

Cooking on a Budget for Kids and Families

This session will cover: Tips to save money in the supermarket, how to choose the most nutritious foods for your family, how to involve your kids in the kitchen and a delicious food demonstration. This class will be from 10 to noon in Sequoia Hall 112. 


Research and Grant Committee

Meets from 10 to noon

Friday, Nov. 13

Second Floor, University Hall

Board of Directors

Meets at 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 16

USU, Grand Salon

Educational Policies Committee

Meets from 2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

UN 211

Faculty Senate Committee

Meets from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room, Oviatt Library


The CSU Catastrophic Leave Donation Program 

The CSU Catastrophic Leave Donation Program allows employees to voluntarily donate sick and/or vacation leave credits to employees that are totally incapacitated due to a catastrophic illness or injury, and have exhausted all leave credits.  Family illnesses that are deemed catastrophic, requiring an employee to be absent to care for an immediate family member, are also eligible for the CSU Catastrophic Leave Donation Program.

Any employee who accrues vacation or sick leave credits may voluntarily donate either of those credits to another employee

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

Shane Moshiri (Economics)

Gregory Byars (Physical Plant Management)

Suzanne Edwards (IT Help Center)

Nov. 11

Campus Closed – Veterans’ Day