For Your Information Mar. 23

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 Mar. 30 posting is Monday, Apr. 6.

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.


Mar. 23
Brain and Consciousness
Michael S. Gazzaniga will tell his impassioned story of his life in neuroscience in the Whitsett room at 7 p.m. He will discuss his long journey to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate and miscommunicate with their separate agendas. Dr. Gazzaniga will be signing his book, Tales from Both Sides of the Brain, immediately after the lecture.
For more information and to RSVP — call (818) 677-7169.

Mar. 26
2015 Whitsett Seminar and Lecture
CSUN’s annual Whitsett Seminar and Lecture will focus on California’s diverse immigrant and environmental history. The seminar begins at noon with a luncheon on Thursday, March 26, in the Whitsett Room, on the fourth floor of Sierra Hall. The event will continue at 7 p.m. with a lecture by Margaret Salazar-Porzio, the curator of Latino/a history and culture at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.The seminar is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested.
For more information and to RSVP — call (818) 677-3566.

Mar. 26
The Child Survivor Panel
Everyone is invited to a panel discussion between three people who endured the Holocaust as children at Sierra Hall 268 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Each survivor has a unique story to tell. After the war each survivor, through various routes, settled in the United States. All of their experiences provoke questions about the role of rescuers, onlookers and perpetrators during this period of history as well as the effect of genocide on children.
For more information and to RSVP — call (818) 677-4724 or email .

Mar. 27
Bianchi Planetarium
Come and learn about stars, constellations and planets visible in the sky during Spring at the Spring Sky Show, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. It is followed by MarsQuest 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.

Apr. 1
Bi-Annual Men of Color Enquiry and Student Research Poster Session
William Gregory Sawyer, vice president for Student Affairs at California State University, Channel Islands will be the featured speaker on “Intersectionality” in the USU, Northridge Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will also feature  students from “AFRS 325: The Black Man in Contemporary Times” presenting research posters on their work concerning black men.
For more information — email or call (818) 677- 3311.

Apr. 13
Campus Climate Lecture Series: Dr. Sue Rankin
Sue Rankin’s address to the CSUN community will focus on CSUN’s Spring 2011 campus climate assessment, where we might be today, and describing a series of recommendations for how CSUN can foster a healthy and inclusive environment, that will improve the working, living and learning for all members of the University community. The two part lecture will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Fermen Presentation room in the Oviatt library.
For more information and to RSVP — visit Climate Lecture Series.

 Apr. 21
Mandatory Work-Study Annual Meeting
All new departments, programs, and research directors that want to hire or may want to hire Federal Work-Study students in 2015-2016 must send their department contact and back-up to the annual meeting at 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the garden level of the Oviatt Library 16. Continuing departments with fewer than two FWS student employee hires per year are also required to attend. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Reserve your seat today by sending an email. In the email subject line please put your department ID number  – FWS Annual Mtg. RSVP.  In the body of the email please provide your department name, your name and phone extension.
For more information and to RSVP — email

 Public Meetings

Senate Executive Committee
Meets 1–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 26
University Hall 277
Educational Policies Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Apr. 1
University Hall 211
Academic Technology Committee
Meets 1–3 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 3
University Hall 211
University Student Union Board of Directors
Meets 12:30–2 p.m.
Monday, Apr. 13
University Student Union, Grand Salon
Graduate Studies Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Apr. 14
University Hall 277
Educational Resources Committee
Meets 2–4 p.m.
Tuesday, Apr. 14
University Hall 211


Department of Police Services Community Workshops
March 26
Identity Theft Prevention, noon – 1 p.m.
The Department of Police Services will present a workshop to assist faculty, staff, students and the community to understand how criminals obtain your personal information and how to detect, deter and defend yourself against victimization from one of the world’s fastest growing crimes. The class takes place in the department’s 2nd floor training room. It’s free.

For more information — Visit the Safety Workshops Page.

Apr. 6–10
radKIDS Personal Empowerment Safety Education, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
The radKIDS workshop teaches children from the ages 8-12 how to recognize, avoid, resist and escape physical violence and/or harm and abduction. Police Sgt. Francisco Gudani, Officer Michael Reyes and the Crime Prevention Unit will be leading this workshop in the Department of Police Services on the 2nd floor training room and the cost is $10 per child.
For more information — visit the Safety Workshops Page.


Mar. 24
Chinese New Year Banquet
The China Institute and the Chinese Student Association at CSUN will host their annual banquet on March 29 to celebrate the Year of the Goat in the USU’s Grand Salon at 5:30. This year’s banquet will feature the Women’s Chorale and winners of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association’s Singing Competition, “Voice of CSUN.” The China Institute  will also review their past year’s work and progress, present this year’s Outstanding Contributions Awards, and share good news about the development of the Chinese language and culture program, which has received strong support for several major projects this year and will have a full-time faculty in fall 2015.
For more information and to RSVP — call (818) 677-1300 or email

April 3
2015 Outstanding Senior Award
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Senior Award. Four students will receive an award of $1,000 each in recognition for academic excellence, service to community and campus, and exceptional achievement or personal life circumstances that have been overcome. Winners will be presented at the Honors Convocation on Friday, May 15.
For more information — visit

April 4
Honors Convocation Nominations
The Office of Student Involvement and Development is accepting nominations in the category of Personal Achievement from faculty, staff and administrators for undergraduate and graduate students.
For more information — visit or call (818) 677-2393.

April 30
Freedom of Speech Competition
|The NAB Education Foundation has announced their seventh annual Freedom of Speech competition. Students can submit a 30- second television or radio PSA and compete for a chance to win a $ 3,000 scholarship. Students may enter individually or in groups and have until April 30 to submit their entries. Winners will be notified in July and announced publicly on Constitution Day, Sept. 17.
For more information — visit


Faculty Senate Policies
The policies listed below were recently revised.  They were approved by the Faculty Senate and by President Dianne Harrison.
CSUN Syllabus Policy
CSUN Faculty Authored Material Policy
An index listing Faculty Senate policies, and links to recently approved and frequently requested policies, is available at the Faculty Senate website.
For more information — call Heidi Wolfbauer at (818) 677-3263.

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 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.

The following employees are out on medical leave and have exhausted their leave credits:
Cheryl McMillian (Alumni Relations)

To make voluntary donations, please forward a completed Catastrophic Leave Donation form to Payroll Administration, mail code 8228. You can access the form online.