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Nancy Owens and Joyce Munsch Recognized for Volunteerism

nancy owens and joyce munsch

Every year, The CSUN Alumni Association hosts the Volunteer Service Awards in recognition of faculty, supporters and friends who have donated time, energy and resources to the university. Nancy Owens, PhD, professor emeritus in Family and Consumer Sciences, received the Dean Ed Peckham Award for leadership and loyalty for 2012.

Joyce Munsch, PhD, has served as department faculty liaison to the Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Association for five years. For her significant, diverse and important contributions to the chapter's success, she is this year's faculty recipient of the Volunteer Service Award.


Nancy Owens

About Nancy Owens, PhD: Since retiring in 2003, Nancy Owens has continued her association with the campus as an active volunteer in the College. As the curator of the Historic Costume Collection for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, she catalogs, photographs and stores donated items with the assistance of emeritus faculty Karen Robinette. The collection is comprised of garments, antique and ethnic textiles, and accessories donated by faculty, students and members of the community. The oldest pieces date back to the 1880's.

Owens says she developed her sense of fashion out of necessity. As a tall and slender girl, she could not find clothes to fit so she learned to sew and became involved with 4-H. She continued making her own clothes until she started teaching at CSUN. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and went on to pursue a degree at the University of Illinois where she met her husband, Joe. She taught at Long Beach City College before embarking on a 36-year career at CSUN specializing in Apparel Design and Merchandising. During her early hears at CSUN, she earned her PhD in higher education with a minor in statistics from the University of Southern California.

Owens was active with the Faculty Senate, led the California Faculty Association's Northridge chapter for five years and served as advisor of the university's chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, the leading honors society for students in the human sciences. Her support of the society has continued with the creation of the Kappa Omicron Nu Scholarship Endowment. Even in retirement, Nancy has advised students, deserved on thesis committees and conducted facility tours.

She also brought international recognition to the CSUN Apparel Design and Merchandising program through two terms of service as vice president for the scholarship for the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA). Past president of the Association of Retired Faculty (ARF), Owens is the association's current program chairperson. She has received several honors from the university, including an Outstanding Professor Award in 1998, the California Faculty Association's WHO award and a Volunteer Service Award in 2009.

She and her husband Joe know the value of scholarships to fulfilling careers and lives. In fact, they have endowed scholarship programs in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences as well as creating a legacy at the university in the form of an endowment to support the textile laboratory and the costume collection. They have also directed support to the College of Engineering and Computer Science.


Joyce Munsch at a recent jumpstart event

About Joyce Munsch, PhD: Joyce has served as the faculty liaison to the Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Association since 2007. Her diverse and important contributions to the chapter's success include sponsorship of the Edith Munsch Scholarship to a First Generation Student, moderating panels at chapter events, and encouraging faculty generate student enthusiasm for alumni chapter events. A co-author on three textbooks, she has donated copies of Child Development: An Active Learning Approach to chapter-sponsored events.

Munsch earned her Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and was a faculty member at Texas Tech University for 14 years before coming to CSUN in 2002 to serve as founding chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Development. She was recognized for her commitment to community service by the CSUN Faculty Senate and received their Visionary Community Service Learning Award in 2005. Committed to the enduring value of early literacy for children, Munsch was Campus Champion for the Jumpstart Early Literacy program at CSUN from 2002 through 2012.

Read more about the Volunteer Service Award and the Dean Ed Peckham Award on the CSUN Alumni website.

-2012F/ HHD and CSUN Alumni Office