Spring 2010

A Message from the Dean

Dean Sylvia A. Alva

With our new online newsletter, we hope to help you get to know us better and connect with you whether Cal State Northridge is your alma mater or you are a neighbor or friend.

In the College of Health and Human Development, we bring together students, faculty, staff and community partners. Our goal is to expand knowledge and contribute in meaningful ways to the health and wellbeing of the region and the state. We have over 4,500 majors in nine undergraduate and eight graduate degree programs that engage the ideas and talents of our students both in and out of the classroom. Our academic programs and eight Centers of Excellence are recognized for their quality, for advancing knowledge and best practices in clinical and community settings, and for preparing qualified, competent and caring professionals who contribute in meaningful ways to their professions and communities.

At the end of the spring semester, over 1,500 students graduated from our college. Friends and family joined us for the commencement ceremony on May 18th. Alumna Felicia Conlan, who received her Master's Degree from Communication Disorders and Sciences last year, welcomed the new graduates as alumni of Cal State Northridge. While commencement was a festive and celebratory occasion, we continue to face budget shortfalls and complex, rapidly changing and challenging issues in the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. It is my hope that inside our inaugural issue of Health and Human Development News Online you will find stories that will inspire you to partner with us in shaping the future.


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Sylvia A. Alva
Dean, College of Health and Human Development

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New Masters Degree Program:
Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services

For people with disabilities, assistive technology means a better quality of life. But while most assistive technology equipment comes with basic instructions, tech support and training are often left to the users to find on their own. Assistive Technology and Human Services professionals bridge the gap between technology and people, and this new cross-campus collaborative Master's Degree program will educate future professionals.

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Mob Dance in the Matadome

On a Monday morning in May, over 200 Northridge Academy High School students came to CSUN to join future Physical Education teachers in a celebration of dance and music for National Physical Education and Sport Week and the theme, "Move Every Body, Every Day, Every Way." Watch the video and follow along!

Making Magic His Way

At a magic show as a child, an entranced David Minkin watched a magician perform one of Houdini's most famous stunts, The Metamorphosis: An empty trunk was locked and sealed. When opened seconds later, the magicianís smiling assistant appeared. Today, Minkin performs his own magic show, “Evening of Enchantment” which has run for two straight years. Read about David Minkin.

Interior Design Students Win National Competition: American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Mariana Selvig and Marisa Jivan, graduating seniors in the Family and Consumer Sciences Interior Design Program, won the 18th Annual AIA 1:2 Student Competition in March. Each won a cash prize in competition against students from programs in the categories of Southern Architecture, Interior Architecture, Interior Design and Environmental Design from twelve other schools. The industry-juried competition was based on a community center for Club 21, a nonprofit foundation for children with Down Syndrome. Selvig and Jivan's project was called, "A Hidden Treasure."

Give to the College of Health and Human Development

Donating to our programs helps our students and strengthens the community. When you visit the "Give to Cal State Northridge" page, please use the pulldown menu to select "College of Health and Human Development." We appreciate your generosity!

For more information about giving to the college, email John Pepitone or call 818-677-5863. Thank you!

Strengthen Public Higher Educaton:
Join the CSUN Legislative Advocacy Network

Alumni and friends are important messengers of the value of public higher education for California. The University’s Government and Community Relations office works to expand the Cal State Northridge “Legislative Advocacy Network” and welcomes the civic engagement of our alumni. If you'd like to get involved, contact Brittny McCarthy at brittny.mccarthy@csun.edu

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