For Your Information 9-1-14

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 Sept. 15 posting is Monday, Sept. 8.

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.


Sept. 2
Rainbow Reception
The CSUN Pride Center and LGBTQ Alumni Association are having a rainbow reception in the University Student Union’s Northridge Center from 6 to 9 p.m. This  is an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and students within the LGBTQA community. Refreshments will be served. The deadline to register is Aug 31.
For more information–email or call (818) 677-2137

Sept. 4
Freshman Convocation 2014
All campus faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the Freshman Convocation on the Delmar T. Oviatt Library Lawn at 6 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be Drew Magary, author of The Postmortal: A Novel, the freshman common reading book. Freshmen students and faculty and staff who wish to walk in with them are to assemble in the Matador Square at 5:30 p.m.
For more information–Visit (818) 677-4100

Sept. 4
Commit to be Fit
Join colleagues from throughout campus in this free, convenient, after-work program that will help you achieve your fitness goals in a structured, friendly and fun environment. There will be a program orientation held in Redwood Hall 200 to explain what the exercise program will consist of. The deadline to turn in your blood pressure check and paperwork will be Wednesday, Sept. 3 and Thursday, Sept. 4 from 5-6 p.m. in Redwood Hall 200.
For more information–visit

Bianchi Planetarium
Come and learn about stars and constellations and planets visible in the sky during late summer at the Summer Sky Show, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. It is followed by Voyager: History’s Greatest Explorers, a program that examines Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft, which were launched at the end of August 1977. General admission tickets are $6 for one show, $10 for two shows; students are $4 for one show and $7 for two shows.
For more information―visit Bianchi Planetarium website or call (818) 677-5601.

Sept. 13
The Constitution and Political Parties Discussion
In honor of U.S. Constitution Day, Tseng College will host a presentation, The Constitution and Political Parties, led by CSUN history professor James Sefton and John Evans, political science professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.  The discussion takes place at CSUN’s University Club, Orange Grove Bistro, and the public is invited to attend.  The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with continental breakfast and will be followed by the presentation at 9 a.m.  There is no charge, but reservations are required.
For more information–visit the Tseng College website at To RSVP email

Sept. 14
The Green Prince
CSUN’s Jewish studies program presents a dramatic documentary about the story of a Hamas leader’s son who agreed to spy for the Shin Bet (Israel’s security agency). The screening of The Green Prince will take place at 10 a.m. at the Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino.
For more information and to RSVP―Call (818) 677-4724 or email

Sept. 10–Sept. 18
Route 66, Westbound to Paradise
Route 66 is known as the “road to opportunity,” linking Chicago to Los Angeles beginning in the mid 1920s.  This art exhibit will showcase the 20 printmakers and their take on the metaphorical road in the West Gallery. For more information, call CSUN’s Art Galleries at (818) 677-2156.

Sept. 16
Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair
The Office of Human Resources will host a Benefits and Wellness Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the University Student Union, Northridge Room. Benefit plan representatives and several of our internal campus partners will be available to answer your questions. Join us and receive a free carotid artery screening, giveaways and plenty of information to assist you with your Open Enrollment selections.
For more information, visit 2014 Benefits and Wellness Fair

Sinbad causes an uproar of comedic hysteria when he takes the painful trials and embarrassing tribulations of day-to-day life and throws them back into his audiences’ faces. He will be performing in the Valley Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.
To buy ticketsvisit the VPAC website.

Sept. 19
Bianchi Planetarium
Come and learn about stars and constellations and planets visible in the sky during late summer at the Summer/Autumn Sky Show, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. It is followed by Light Years from Andromeda. General admission tickets are $6 for one show, $10 for two shows; students are $4 for one show and $7 for two shows.
For more informationvisit the Bianchi Planetarium websiteor call (818) 677-5601.

Sept. 20
Founders’ Day
Celebrate the legacy of achievement that has become California State University, Northridge and reunite with classmates and colleagues whose hearts never left San Fernando Valley State College. The event starts in the University Student Union at 10:30 a.m. Graduates from the class of 1964 and former faculty/staff members who started their first year of service at Valley State in 1964 will be inducted into the 50-year club. Tickets are $35 per person and available for purchase online. The registration deadline is Sept. 10.

Public Meetings
Educational Policies Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 3
University Hall 211

Academic Technology Committee
Meets 1–3 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 5
University Hall 211

Graduate Studies Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 9
University Hall 277

Educational Resources Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 9
University Hall 211

General Education Council
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 10
University Hall 211

Faculty Senate
Meets 2–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11
Jack and Florence Presentation Room
(Room 81, West Wing, Lower Level of Oviatt Library)

University Student Union Board of Directors
Meets 12:30–2 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 22
University Student Union, Grand Salon

General Education Council
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 24
University Hall 211

Department of Police Services Community Workshops
Sept. 16
Building Marshal Training, noon – 1:30 p.m.
The Building Marshal Program will provide emergency response procedures for some of the most common or likely critical incident emergency situations that may occur on the campus. The training is designed to enhance your chances of protecting yourself as well as assisting others in an emergency situation. The training is for those faculty and staff who are participants in the Building Marshal program. If you are interested in volunteering to be a Building Marshal, please contact Kit Espinosa at 5973 or before registering for this event.

Sept. 18
Tools and Tips for Your Safety, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Tighten up your safety tool belt and discover the programs and services offered by CSUN Department of Police Services, many of which are free! Learn about the resources around you that increase your awareness and personal safety such as street smarts, vehicle & personal safety, theft prevention and minimizing your risks of becoming a victim. This workshop will help you make safety a priority whether on campus or at home.


Sept. 15–Oct. 10

The Annual Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment is an opportune time to evaluate your current benefits and review what makes the most sense for you and your family going forward. Any changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective January 1, 2015. During the Open Enrollment period, employees may enroll in a health plan, change health plans, remove or add eligible dependents, and enroll or re-enroll in the Health Care or Dependent Care Reimbursement Account plans.For more informationvisit  Open Enrollment

Sept. 13
Open University
Students in CSUN’s Open University program may register for classes Aug. 25 through Sept. 12. The Tseng College administers Open University, which allows community members who are not regularly enrolled CSUN students to register for academic-credit classes on a space-available basis so long as they meet course prerequisites and receive the instructor’s permission.For more informationvisit Open University or (818) 677-2504.