For Your Information: Oct. 22, 2012

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 Nov. 5 posting is Monday, Oct. 29.

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.


Oct. 25

Sustainability Day
The Institute for Sustainability will host its annual Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 25, featuring discussions on climate change and a documentary about the issue. The free event will take place in the University Student Union, Northridge Center Theatre from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The day will be divided into three sessions. The campus and community are encouraged to attend.
For more information—
Sarah Johnson at (818) 677-7710 or email

The Commerce of Creativity Distinguished Speakers Series
Internationally celebrated industrial designer Ravi Sawhney ’78 (Art) will speak about his experiences and accomplishments, including his new co-authored book “Predictable Magic. There will be a book signing after the free lecture in the VPAC, Kurland Hall at 7 p.m.
For more information
call Jennifer Reifsneider at (818) 677-7038.

Oct. 28

“Orchestra of Exiles”
The Jewish Studies Program will host a free screening of “Orchestra of Exiles,” a love-song to music and to human ideal. It is told through rarely seen historic photographs, film footage and exquisite musical recordings of Bronislaw Huberman, a Polish Jew who defied Nazi Germany with his musical talents. Make a seat reservation, as space is limited.
For more information
email or call (818) 677-4724.

Oct. 30

First-time Home Buyer Seminar
The University Corp. will host the 2nd annual First Time Home Buyer’s Seminar for CSUN faculty and staff from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Orange Grove Bistro. The purpose of the seminar is to educate the attendees about the ins-and-outs 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 and of 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. Register by Oct. 27 for the seminar at
For more information
call Nicole Celentano at (818) 677-2655

Nov. 1

Volunteer Service Awards
The Office of Alumni Relations will host the 11th Annual Volunteer Service Awards and luncheon on Nov. 1 at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. Awards will be presented to exemplary volunteers.
For more information—
email or call (818) 677-1300.

Nov. 3

Phenomenal Woman Awards 2012
In celebration of women who have made outstanding contributions to the community, the Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies will host the 10th Biennial Phenomenal Woman Reception and Awards Fundraiser on Nov. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Salon, University Student Union. The honorees are Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Melissa Roxas, poet, health worker, and human rights activist; Chanchanit Martorell, community activist and organizer; and Lindsey Horvath, political activist. Tickets are $65, alumni for $40. Reservations required are required.
For more information—
visit the Women’s Studies website or call (818) 677-3110.

Nov. 8

Meditation Program
The Tseng College will host a free information session about its one-semester certificate program in Meditation and Conflict Resolution at University Club, Orange Grove Bistro from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
For more information—
visit or contact Patricia Lyon at (818) 677-4607 or

Veteran’s Resource Center Film Screening
The VRC presents a free screening of the multiple award-winning film “The Invisible War,” from 6 to 9 p.m. in the University Student Union, Northridge Center Theatre.
For more information—call (818) 677-4672.

Myth Goes to the Movies
English professor Robert Lopez presents “Lawrence of Arabia” in honor of its 50th Anniversary and role in American popular culture history at 7 p.m. in Jerome Richfield Hall 319. The film will be accompanied by student projects exploring the relationship of the film to mythology and literature and by a discussion panel of Iraq War veterans. Admission is free thanks to the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation.

Nov. 13

Richard W. Smith Lecture Series
Paul J. Zak, a professor of neurology at Loma Linda University Medical Center, presents his lecture, “Recent Research on Brain Chemistry: A Revolution in the Science of Good and Evil,” at 7 p.m. in Sierra Hall 451, Whitsett Room. Reservations are requested.
For more information—
call (818) 677-4030.

Nov. 14

Lost in Lithuania: One Family’s Journey to Discover the Truth About its Eastern European Past
Lisa Lainer-Fagan presents from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks room in the University Student Union on her extraordinary research and commemorative family trip in a slide-lecture featuring actual letters, survivor testimony, photos, government documents and maps following the fate of family members that disappeared during the Holocaust. Reservations are preferred.
For more information—
call (818) 677-4724 or email

Nov. 15

EOH Annual “Speed Mentoring Event”
The Environmental and Occupational Health Alumni Chapter invites professionals in the EOH and related fields to participate in the annual Speed Mentoring Event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. During the event, professionals will have the opportunity to share personal experience and knowledge to more than 100 CSUN students interested in a career in environmental and occupational health. To become a mentor, email the following information to
Professional Designations
Job Title
Contact Email or Phone Number To Share With Students
Areas of Interest
Degrees, Year, and Schools Attended
Picture (Optional)
For more information
—call Bob Finkelstein at (818) 383-4171.

Nov. 20

Women, Sorcery and Talmud
Maggie Anton, author of the historical fiction trilogy “Rashi’s Daughters” will discuss her newest book, “Rav Hisda’s Daughter,” in the University Student Union, Grand Salon from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Reservations are preferred.
For more information—
call (818) 677-4724 or email

Nov. 24

29th Annual Pow Wow
American Indian Studies hosts its annual Pow Wow from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on campus, at Plummer Street, east of Reseda Boulevard. Activities will include American Indian dance and music, children’s craft activities, arts and crafts vendors, and native frybread. Admission is free.
For more information
—call (818) 677-5030 or email

Public Meetings

Educational Policies Committee and GE Council
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
University Hall 211

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

Academic Technology Committee
Meets 1–3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2
University Hall 211

General Education Council
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
University Hall 211

Library Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Oviatt 373


Department of Police Services Fall Safety Workshops:

Nov. 7

Dealing with Workplace Violence and Fear or Threats of Violence
Part I of a two-part workshop offered by the CSUN Department of Police Services will familiarize staff with the range of university resources available and how to activate those resources in an emergency. The workshop will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the offices of police services. Sign up at

Nov. 14

Dealing with Workplace Violence and Fear or Threats of Violence
Part II of a two-part workshop offered by the CSUN Department of Police Services will address “worst case scenario” responses for staff and what to expect from the police department. The workshop will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sign up at
For more information
—call (818) 677-2111.

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

Jesse A. Chavez (Tseng College)
To make voluntary donations, please forward a completed Catastrophic Leave Donation form to Payroll Administration, mail code 8228. You can access the form online.


Tseng College Master’s Program
Beginning Jan. 8, 2013, Tseng College will offer a Master of Public Administration program in both the Ventura and Norwalk areas to those working in the public, nonprofit or government sectors. The MPA program provides graduate courses in management, human resources, communications, public policy and analysis and labor relations.
For more information
—email Patti Burleson 

Winter Term Registration
Winter Term registration is underway for academic-credit classes at CSUN offered in a compressed format between the fall and spring semesters. The Tseng College administers winter term with classes meeting online or on-campus Dec. 20, 2012 through Jan. 18, 2013. Classes are open to CSUN students and to the community at-large. Class schedules and registration and fee information are posted on the Tseng College winter term website.
For more information—
email or call (818) 677-2504.

House for Lease
The University Corp. has a three-bedroom, two-bath house on Lassen Street for lease beginning Nov. 1. The home is adjacent to campus, offers all utilities and is a spacious 2,100-square feet. Rent is $2,175 per month.
For more information—
email Linda Turner or visit

Fall Move-In Special
The University Corp. has a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath house on Plummer Street for lease. The home is adjacent to campus, offers all utilities and is a spacious 1,8500 square feet. Total move-in cost is $2,651.
For more information—
email Linda Turner or visit

CSUN Food Garden
Volunteer with the Institute for Sustainability on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. to help maintain the campus garden located behind Northridge Academy High School on the northeast side of campus.
For more information—
Institute for Sustainability at (818) 677-7710.

2013 Faculty Retreat
The 2013 Faculty Retreat, “CSUN. Shine. Illuminating Pathways to Success” will be held on Jan. 14 and 15, 2013 on the CSUN campus. Information and the registration link are available on the Faculty Senate website.
For more information—
call Heidi Wolfbauer at (818) 677-3263 or email

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 online 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. 18, 2013.
For more information—
call Heidi Wolfbauer at (818) 677-3263 or email