Wednesday, December 15, 2010


happy holidays from dean alva and the college of health and human development CSUN

A Message from Dean Sylvia Alva

Dean Sylvia A. Alva

To the faculty and staff of the College of Health and Human Development: As we complete the fall 2010 semester, I want to reflect on the past year and offer a sincere thank you for your professionalism, dedication, caring, and all that you do to educate and support our students through their degree programs.

As the students leave for winter break and we all move toward spending time with family and friends for rest, relaxation, recreation and holiday celebrations, I want to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

I'll look forward to seeing you in 2011!

Dean Sylvia A. Alva

College Faculty Heavily Involved with New Title V Grant

"The CSUN campus has been selected this year to receive the five year grant from teh US Department of Education. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, we are grateful for the generous support this grant will offer our university in fostering greater students success."

- Discipline Based Freshmen Connection
- Peer Learning Facilitators Program
- Service Learning Program
- Peer and Faculty Mentorship Program
- Faculty Learning Community Program
- High School Outreach Program

Read more about the participation of Health and Human Development faculty in the Department of Education Title V Grant Newsletter.

Strengthening the Core of Our Quality of Life

indicates wellness, meditation

A relatively new force on the CSUN landscape, the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing serves the community as it educates students and strengthens collaboration among faculty.

Read the full story.

Ruth Harris: Next, the Voice Science Lab

ruth harris

Several years after retirement, Ruth Harris has kept involved with the College by serving as a volunteer.  This November Harris was among those recognized by the University at the CSUN Volunteer Service Awards Event. 

Instrumental to the next phases of the department’s clinical development, Harris is currently working on fundraising for a Voice Science Lab for the department.  And she has volunteered her time - and her home - to keep academic, professional and community networks strong. Read the full story.

CSUN Pays Tribute to its Volunteers:

award medals

Each year, the university honors its volunteers at the Volunteer Service Awards event. We rely on volunteers to strengthen connections between the university and the community, and we join President Koester in recognizing the faculty and community members who give their time so generously.

"Thank you for your support,thank you for listening, thank you for being attentive, thank you for being part of this university,” said President Koester to the more than 350 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university at the luncheon event. Read the full story.

College Honors:

- Audrey Clark, MA ’71,
- Ruth Harris (featured above)

Alumni Chapter Honors:

- Houri Keshishian, ’98, MS ’01, CADV Alumni Chapter
- Helen Sherman Wade, MA ’76, CDS Alumni Chapter
- Laura Drew, ’87, MS ’96, EOH Alumni Chapter
- Antonio Machado, ’93, MS ’94, EOH Alumni Chapter
- Sheryl Low, ’86, MPH ’91, PT Alumni Chapter
- James Syms, ’87, PT Alumni Chapter

Get the details on all of our Volunteer Service Award winners.

University Citizenship

By Veda Ward
Wait! I am sure your first thought is, “I don’t have time to read about citizenship. I’m too busy.” Upon reflection, however, you might think, “Hmm, this might provide some new insights into how I manage my work life here at CSU Northridge.”  Certainly most of us are feeling stretched in many different directions...

Read the full story.

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