Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Message from Dean Sylvia Alva

Dean Sylvia A. Alva

The end of the spring semester is always an exciting time. We're looking forward to two professional-grade shows which have been produced by the students under faculty mentorship: On Wednesday April 27th at 8pm, Dancers from the Department of Kinesiology will perform Kinesis: Emerging Choreographers in the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall; and on the 28th at 5pm the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences' Apparel Design and Merchandising and Interior Design students present CSUN Night of Fashion in the new Valley Performing Arts Center.

Honors Convocation and Commencement are just around the corner on May 23rd and 24th.

In News Online we celebrate the work of our students and faculty, and the diversity and strengths of our college. From addressing issues such as childhood obesity, to taking part in projects that build community, to exploring ways to make our water cleaner and safer, Health and Human Development students, faculty and professionals are always looking for ways to make quality of life improvements for all of us.


sylvia a. alva

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

CSUN Night of Fashion at the Valley Performing Arts Center: April 28th

Tickets Available: The Valley Performing Arts Center is the place to be for the CSUN Night of Fashion 2011. April 28th 5-8pm:

model on runway

The show blends the TRENDS Fashion Show: Style Voyage with the all new Sustainable Cotton Show and Cotton and Sustainability Art Exhibit sponsored by Cotton Inc.

Tickets are available at the North Ticket Box Office of the Valley Performing Arts Center (at the courtyard on Orange Grove Walk) or through Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com. General admission: $25/30.

Read more about the CSUN Night of Fashion.

Kinesis: Emerging Choreography:
April 27th

modern dancer up in the air

Wednesday April 17th 8-10:15 Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall, University Student Union (USU).

CSUN's top student choreographers and dancers will demonstrate diverse choreographic visions, passionate dancing and powerful performances. Kinesis provides a glimpse into the art and life that is and continues to occur at CSUN. Tickets available $15 students/seniors, $20 general.

Kinesis tickets and information.

Healthy Families Begin with You!

pregnant mom and her older childThe Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing recently co-sponsored and participated in the campus event, Healthy Families Begin With You. Dr. Frankie Augustin, Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing, is the faculty advisor to the CSUN-Preconception Peer Educators student organization that organized the event.

Read more about this event in:

@CSUN: Health Disparities Seminar Focuses on Reducing Infant Death Through Preventative Healthcare

The Daily Sundial: Healthy Families Seminar Kicks-off National Minority Health Month

Helping Stutterers Learn to Speak Freely

client and therapist work together in language speech and hearing center

Tucked into a corner of California State University, Northridge is the university’s Language, Speech and Hearing Center, where speech-language pathologists help stutterers learn to speak freely and at the same time teach and mentor those interested in entering the field. The work that takes place in the center can be life transforming.

Read the full story.

Ending Childhood Obesity through Education and Activity

kid deciding whether to eat a donut or an apple

One of the reasons students choose a major in Child and Adolescent Development is an interest in child advocacy issues. So it was no surprise that when the Advocacy Committee of the department’s alumni chapter met for a brainstorming session about projects that advocate for children, the idea of a mini-conference on childhood obesity came up.

Read more about the event.

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCP’s) in Water Systems:

Potential Impacts and Sustainable Solutions

a fish

Perhaps you’ve heard that you’re not supposed to flush old prescription medications down the toilet, or that among the complications of pollution are endocrine disrupters - chemical pollutants that are recognized by the body as hormones - which can disrupt healthy cell function. This spring, CSUN/EOH held a symposium regarding toxics in our water systems.

Read more about the symposium.

Gerontology: Aging in the 21st Century

happy older couple on a walk

It is a fact that as of January 2011, the baby boomers started to join the “senior” segment of the U.S. population, as they began to turn 65, once again setting “change” in motion. They once were the hippies, peace loving demonstrators against racial discrimination and war, and the ones who stood for civil rights.

Read more about our Gerontology Program.