Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Message from the Dean

Dean Sylvia A. Alva

The start of the academic year and the arrival of our students always brings a renewed sense of hope and optimism. In this issue of the College of Health and Human Development News Online, we showcase some of the many ways we prepare and support our students in reaching their personal and academic goals and, in turn, impacting and transforming the region and state.

In this issue, we feature the Language, Speech and Hearing Center, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in October, and you're invited! Information appears below. I hope you will join us for this special celebration.

I hope you will join me in extending a special welcome to President Dianne F. Harrison, who arrived on campus this June. President Harrison brings fresh ideas and strategic priorities for the campus aimed at building and expanding the excellence that has always been the distinctive mark of Cal State Northridge.


sylvia a. alva

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

50 Years of Improving Lives:
One Voice at a Time

Language speech and hearing center reads celebrating fifty years

The Language, Speech and Hearing Center is celebrating 50 years of education and service to the community. Alumni and friends, you are invited to our reception and open house!

Sunday, October 14th.
4:00--5:00 p.m., reception
5:00--8:00 p. m., open house
Monterey Hall, CSUN campus.

To RSVP, visit the website for the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.

EBS Healthcare Funds Scholarships

speech language pathology students at work

Did you know that 25 percent of the speech-language pathology master's degrees granted in California are from CSUN?

A powerful driving force of our students' success in the profession is our community partnerships.

The EBS Scholars Program offers select CSUN Speech-Language Pathology graduate students a two-year academic scholarship followed by guaranteed full time employment, with benefits, for the next two years. The program also funds a faculty mentor to guide the EBS Scholars through the transition into the clinical fellowship. Read the full story.

Scholarships for Nursing Students

happy nurses

A competitive grant from the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will support low-income students who would otherwise be unable to participate in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (A-BSN).

With an average pass-rate of over 90 percent on the state licensure exam, graduates of the A-BSN program are sought after by hospitals and other healthcare settings. Because the program is so intensive, students cannot work for the duration, so although the program offers a better future for graduates, it also means finances will be tight. For low-income students, an opportunity like CSUN’s A-BSN program has been out of reach–until now. Read the full story.

We Won the Popular Vote:
We're Going to the White House

students teach fitness at the park

“100 Citizens: Role Models for the Future," a fitness and wellness program established by professor Steven Loy and students with officials from the city of San Fernando, encourages residents to make healthy life choices for fitness and nutrition. The San Fernando program was such a success that Loy was soon asked by the Network for a Healthy California, Los Angeles County park officials and officials with the city of Pasadena to replicate it at four other parks.

To extend the reach of the message, the students made a video and entered it to in an online competition with Let’s Move!, an initiative dedicated to ending childhood obesity, launched by Michelle Obama. The video won the Popular Choice Award. Next step: the White House.

Read the full story and see the winning video.

Cirque de la Mode Features Student Fashion Designers

model walks the runway

Shirley Warren, faculty producer of the annual Apparel Design and Merchandising students' fashion show, says, “One of my favorite quotes is by Coco Chanel, 'Fashion is not something that only exists in clothes…it has something to do with ideas, with the way we live, and with what happens around us.’

The Apparel Design and Merchandising students demonstrated the above sentiment with Cirque de la Mode, the TRENDS student fashion show for 2012 held last May. Read the full story.

Give to Health and Human Development

When you donate to the College of Health and Human Development, you're helping students achieve their university degrees and, in turn, transforming communities, our region, and the state.

To make a donation to our college, please visit the "Give to Cal State Northridge" page and select "College of Health and Human Development."

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