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Monday, April 7, 2014
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Diane Manzella to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Our alumni keep bridges strong between the students' academic experiences and the professions they'll enter when they graduate.

Diane Manzella graduated from CSUN in 1972 and, with fellow alum Julie O. Gardner ('67), established Gardner Manzella, Inc. One of the first private speech pathology clinics in the US. Their innovative practice grew to employ 350 people.

On April 26th, Manzella will be among four alumni honored at a CSUN event. Read more.

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Physical Therapy Students Travel to Vietnam

Language, lifestyle, culture and health beliefs affect how people access health care and the ways healthcare providers meet their patients’ needs.

To expand the students' horizons, two Physical Therapy faculty traveled with eight graduate students Cambodia and Vietnam this winter to evaluate and treat patients in local hospitals.

The three week trip is the capstone event of a cultural competence course called, "International Physical Therapy. " Read more.

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Teen Sleep Loss Linked to Racial Discrimination

Overt or even subtle forms of racial and ethnic discrimination can rob minority teens of much needed sleep according to a recent study by Child and Adolescent Development faculty Virginia Huynh.

“We know adolescence is filled with stress and teens are already struggling to get enough sleep. If you are a minority teenager and receive unfair treatment based on race or ethnicity, that only adds to the problem," Huynh said.

A strong sense of belonging at school can mitigate these adverse effects. Read more.

A Message from Dean Alva

dean sylvia alvaIn this issue, we're featuring some of the many ways our students and faculty support the well being of student athletes. We have had a long standing relationship with CSUN Athletics. Collaboration makes us all stronger in attaining our goals for student success, increased research opportunities, and preparing students for exciting careers.

Brandon Martin, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, shared his perspective: "Our partnership with the College of Health and Human Development is invaluable. We are grateful as a department to work with scholars and practitioners that give our student-athletes the support they need and deserve."

We're featuring our work in Sport Psychology, Nutrition and Food Science, and Athletic Training.

Thank you,
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Sylvia A. Alva


Click on the titles beside the CSUN athlete below to learn more.

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 New AS President Tiffany Zaich and current president Christopher Woolett photo credit Loren Townsley, Daily Sundial

Tiffany Zaich, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science Student, New Associated Students President

"Tiffany is a gem," said Ritamarie Little, Associate Director of the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, and faculty in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

"She is an excellent student and among other things with her work in AS, she was instrumental in bringing the water bottle refill stations--attached to the water fountains--to our buildings and she is working on bringing a farmers’ market to campus. We are so very proud." Read the story in the Daily Sundial.


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2014 Honors Convocation and Commencement

Honors Convocation is Friday, May 16th at 6:00 P.M.

Commencement is Monday, May 19th at 6:00 P.M.

Your one-stop information guide for these events is the CSUN Commencement and Honors Convocation website.


events in april

The end of the semester gives our students a chance to show off their professionalism in a variety of ways, including demonstration and performance. These events are open to all.

Dance Concert: Kinesis, Emerging Choreography

Tuesday April 29, 8:00 P.M., Wednesday April 30, 2:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. Kinesis: Emerging Choreography is the spring dance concert featuring students in the dance program in the Department of Kinesiology. Get information on tickets.

Fashion Show: "Fantasy, Once Upon a Dream"

Saturday April 26, 6:00 P.M. - University Student Union. TRENDS, the Family and Consumer Sciences Apparel Design and Merchandising student group, presents "Fantasy: Once Upon a Dream" the 35th Annual Student Fashion show Get information on tickets.

For more events, and to stay informed throughout the year, visit the Health and Human Development Events Calendar.


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Why Give to CSUN? Because Every Dollar Makes a Difference

Philanthropic giving allows loyal alumni, parents, students, employees and friends to support CSUN. Your contribution benefits current and future students, paying for financial aid, technology improvements, lab equipment, course development and so much more. Every donor makes a difference.

We hope our stories make it clear that the impact of your donation to the College of Health and Human Development is felt exponentially as we apply it to our programs. We are grateful for your support.

To make a donation to our college, go to: Give to Cal State Northridge and select College of Health and Human Development from the pulldown menu. (Please use the Special Instructions box to direct your gift to the area you most want to support.)

Donation rates are one of the key factors used to rank schools in national listings and when competing for grants. This year, CSUN is aiming to be 7,000 donors strong. Voice your Matador pride and donate today!

To learn more about giving opportunities in the College, please email John Pepitone or call 818-677-5863. Thank you!


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

Managing Editor: Jean O'Sullivan
HHD Public Affairs/Communications

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