For Your Information October 26, 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. 9 posting is Monday, Nov. 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.


Oct. 26 to Oct. 29

Commit to Be Fit

CSUN staff, faculty and students who want to improve their physical fitness are invited to Redwood Hall 180 from Sep. 14 – 5:30 p.m. to Sep. 17– 6:30 p.m. Commit to be Fit will help with weight loss and maintenance through exercise and nutrition. All participants must complete paperwork prior to participation at

Oct. 26

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

Oct. 26

Worksite Wellness Event

Maxim HealthSystems will be performing biometrics screenings for all interested CSUN employees from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Human Resource Training Room, Oviatt Library 16. By completing the screening, employees will be entered to win a Visa gift card. 

For steps to register, visit

Oct. 27

Gender Dynamics in Contemporary Iran: Socio-Demographic Perspective

This free seminar, presented by Yaghoob Foroutan, focuses on gender dynamics in Iran from a social and demographic perspective. This context has witnessed a wide range of socio-cultural and demographic changes over the past decades: more than a half-century of the Western-oriented Pahlavi monarchy, the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the post-revolutionary modernization period commencing with the First Five-Years Development Plan (1989-1993), and more. The seminar is from 4:15 to 6 p.m. in Jerome Richfield 221. 

Oct. 28

Mexican American Women in Sports and Their Struggle for Gender Equality

This presentation, presented by Jose Alamillo, tells the hidden story of Mexican American Women who overcame multiple barriers to play sports in the United States. It highlights their athletic achievements and contributions to gender equality in sports and making great strides in Chicana/Latina History. The presentation begins at 2 p.m. in Sequoia Hall 104.

Oct. 29 and Oct. 30

Annual Noche de Ofrendas and Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Procession begins at 5:30 p.m. in the breezeway between Sierra Hall and Jerome Richfield and will resume at the Chicana/o House, which is located on Plummer and Etiwanda, from 6 to 10 p.m. Noche de Ofrendas will be a night of remembrance, reflection, and a viewing of the alters. Dia de los Muertos will begin at 6 p.m. the following day at the Chicana/o House.

Nov. 2 through Nov. 6

Africana Studies Week

This week-long event will begin with an Africana Studies open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on the mezzanine of Santa Susana Hall. Nov. 3 will feature a lecture from Nina Smart, author of Wild Flower — The True Story of a Romanian Girl in Africa from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Sierra Hall 342. On Nov. 4, a screening of the film Storm at Valley State will take place in the Little Theater from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by a 46th Anniversary Keynote Lecture by Rev. Zedar Broadous from 3 to 4 p.m., and finally a #BlackLivesMatter@CSUN from 4 to 6:45 p.m. in the Flintridge Room (USU). On Nov. 5, there will be a Black Wall Street Fair from noon to 3 p.m. outside of Santa Susana. On the final day, Nov. 6, there will be a film screening and race discussion on Dear White People in the USU Theater from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit

Nov. 3

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. 6

$5.99 Lunch Friday’s 

Every friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. faculty and staff can enjoy lunch for $5.99 at Geronimo’s and Bamboo Terrace.


Oct. 27

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

Oct. 27

Social Security Administration Workshop

Come learn how Social Security affects your retirement, survivor benefits, medicare and disability in the Human Resource Training Room, Oviatt Library 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

For steps to register, visit

Oct. 27

Living in Earthquake Country: Preparing for the Big One

This course will focus on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake to ensure that are ready. The course, which is from noon to 12:55 p.m. in the Department of Police Services, 2nd Floor Training Room, will enhance participant awareness of earthquake hazards by providing a scientific background of the effects of recent and historical earthquakes. 

For steps to register, visit

Oct. 28

VOYA One on One Advisement

If you are already enrolled in a Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) 403(b) with VOYA Retirement Life & Annuity or want to explore their retirement planning products, this is an opportunity to schedule a 30-minute individualized appointment to discuss retirement savings planning with a VOYA representative. The session is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University Hall 165.

Oct. 28

Dealing with Workplace Violence & Fear or Threats of Violence – Part I

PLEASE NOTE:  This session has reached its maximum capacity.  Dealing with Workplace Violence & Fear or Threats of Violence Part 1 and Part 2 will be held again on April 6, and April 13, 2016 respectively.  Please sign up for the April Date.

With the rise in occurrence and increased publicity of school shootings on college campuses around the United States, at CSUN we have seen an increase in the number of faculty, staff and students who have raised concerns about their own safety and/or the safety of others.

Part I of this two-part workshop is designed to familiarize staff with the range of university resources available and how to activate those resources when responding to a variety of behaviors that may cause concern within your department.

Oct. 29

Securing Student Success I: Understanding and Helping Students

This presentation, held at the Oviatt Library Presentation Room from 10 to 11:30 a.m. will give faculty a better understanding of the demographic representation of the student population. The course will also help faculty learn more about the CSU and CSUN’s admissions process.

For steps to register, visit

Oct. 30
American Red Cross Adult CPR and AED 

Learn how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, including the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). Upon completion of the course, you will receive a 2 year certificate via email. Only 12 spaces available so please register early. The class will be held in the Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt Library 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 2
Incorporating Healthier Behaviors Into Your Lifestyle

This course is designed to give you information on ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle and various tools that you can use to improve your overall wellness.

In this session we will discuss ways to make healthier lifestyle and behavioral choices using various tools to incorporate fitness and wellness related activities into your life. The class will be held at the Student Recreation Center Conference Room from 2 to 3 p.m.

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 3

Theater for Social Change

Balancing our daily lives with doses of the healing arts can contribute to our overall sense of wellbeing and productivity. Join us as we explore using techniques of drama to cope with the stresses of life and open ourselves to creativity. This class will be in the Human Resource Training Room, Oviatt Library 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 3 and Nov. 5

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. 4

Dealing with Workplace Violence & Fear or Threats of Violence – Part II

Part II of the workshop, which will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Department of Police Services, 2nd Floor Training Room, will deal with the worst case scenario of an active shooter situation on campus. A dynamic video will be shown and discussion will follow to explain the survival mindset necessary in that situation as well as realistic strategies for dealing with it. There will also be an explanation of what to expect regarding emergency response by CSUN Police.

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 4

Sustainable Alternatives for Your Lawn

With California’s drought going on four years, and water supplies dwindling, it is in our best interest to reconsider how we landscape our homes and communities. CSUN is doing its part on campus and you can do your part at home.

Workshop attendees will: learn the best way to remove your lawnDiscuss alternatives plant types and recommendations, the difference between Drought-Tolerant vs Native Plants, and how to apply for rebates. The class will be in the

Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt Library 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

For steps to register, visit

Nov. 5

Your Role in Supporting Transgender Students

This session will provide faculty and staff with simple tools on how to make their classroom or department more inclusive for transgender students. The class will be held in the Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt Library 16 from 10:05 to 11:35 a.m.

For steps to register, visit

Public Meetings

Educational Policies Committee

Meets from 2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

UN 211

Board of Directors

Meets at 12:30

Monday, Nov. 16

Grand Salon, USU


2016 Faculty Retreat

The 2016 Faculty Retreat, “Rediscovering CSUN” will be held on Jan. 19 and 20, 2016 on the CSUN campus. The registration deadline is Dec. 4, 2015.

To link to register can be found at

For more information– 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 University Service Form.  To be considered for the spring faculty elections, please submit the form to the Faculty Senate Office by January 21, 2016.   fmi, X3263


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