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Thursday, January 14, 2016 

Lou Rubino with Hubai students

Causes in Common: Health Care and Student Success

For CSUN students who want to study abroad, opportunities for campus based exchange programs span the globe from Limerick, Ireland to Hubei, China, and many places in between.

Louis Rubino, Faculty and Director of the CSUN Health Administration Program, is driven by a desire to create opportunities for student success by promoting and teaching about the value of cultural immersion as part of the college experience.

Most recently, he traveled to Hubei University of Medicine (HUM) to strengthen the bonds he forged on his first visit there in 2012. "On a trip like this, not only can I conduct research and teach based on investigation," Rubino said, "I can teach from experience about international health care issues, and expand our students' horizons for greater global awareness."

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Interior Design: Awarded for Imagination and Skill

When Interior Design senior Rina Velasco heard in class that she could take part in a design competition that would put her into collaboration with students from other colleges and universities, she didn't ask whether there was any prize money at stake. "I just did it for the experience," she said. "Ms. Kohn encouraged us to try it, and I thought, why not?"

So when her five member team won the $10,000 first place award at the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Design Charette for their design for a youth hostel, she was beside herself. "I tell my friends it was my favorite senior moment," Velasco laughed.

And she wasn't the only winner from CSUN. Michelle Sima, a junior, was part of the team who won 3rd place, and one of our newest Interior Design students, Neda Bakhtar, also participated.

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Karen Guzman

Being the Change She Wants to See in the World

The inaugural Ruth Shiffrar Scholarship for Physical Education was recently awarded to Kinesiology major Karen Brambila Guzman. Her ideal academic profile made her a stand-out for the scholarship.

Guzman is passionate about physical education and helping children. She's a community builder among teachers and students, and those are the criteria the scholarship committee was looking for. "I am truly honored to merely try to make you all proud of me," Guzman said.

Maggie Shiffrar, Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies at CSUN, established the scholarship in her mother's name as a way to continue Ruth Shiffrar's legacy as an educator. She taught Physical Education and predicted dramatic negative repercussions as PE programs in schools were being cut.

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"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Peace begins with a smile." - Mother Teresa


Greetings from Interim Dean Tami Abourezk

Interim Dean Tami Abourezk

Happy 2016!

As I step into a new year, I often look for inspirational words to live by and/or use as daily mantras. These words serve as subtle reminders about my role in our collective global community. The inspirational expressions above are my 2016 selections. They are reminders of how fortunate we are to have daily opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our students and each other.

In this issue we highlight inspiring connections and the positive effects our students and faculty have within the community. From every area of the College of Health and Human Development, our students serve others. They bring new strengths and thoughts, change attitudes, and bring peace to the lives of individuals and families in many ways, large and small--and sometimes it all starts with a smile… have a terrific new year!



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Tami Abourezk

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students dancing

Dance: A High Impact Practice for Learning and Life

Where does dance lead in life? Kinesiology students in the Dance program choreograph, produce and perform three dance concerts every year for the campus and local communities. But beyond dance, what are students learning – and how?

While CSUN dance concerts are by nature performances for audiences, from the perspective of educators, the productions are known to be High Impact Practices (HIPs) because the experience also leads students into self-discovery while helping them develop skills for further education and life overall.

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Commencement 2016

Honors Convocation and Commencement Ceremonies are scheduled to take place from Friday, May 20, through Monday, May 23, 2016.

Honors Convocation
Friday, May 20, 8:00 a.m., Oviatt Lawn

All CSUN Honors Students

HHD Commencement Ceremony 1
Monday, May 23, 8:00 a.m., Oviatt Lawn

Child & Adolescent Development, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Recreation & Tourism Management, Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services

HHD Commemcement Ceremony 2
Monday, May 23, 6:00 p.m., Oviatt Lawn
Communication Disorders & Sciences, Environmental & Occupational Health, Family & Consumer Sciences (ceremony partners with College of Humanities)

For more information, please visit the University Commencement site.

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Your Support Makes a Difference

Your generosity directly contributes to student success and helps make the world a better place. Your gifts to the College of Health and Human Development enrich our students' lives and serve the community in many ways, and we are very thankful for your involvement with us!

Did you know that the percentage of alumni who make a gift each year affects rankings and influences major funders? That means the more you give, the more others will, too. And giving puts you front and center to experience the excitement that continues to grow here on campus. Join in by making your gift now!

To make a donation, go to: Donate to CSUN's College of Health and Human Development. Use the pulldown menu under "Donation Information" to direct your gift to the area of your choice.

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

Editor in Chief
Tami Abourezk
Interim Dean

Managing Editor
Jean O'Sullivan
Public Affairs/Communications Specialist

Photographic contributors
Lee Choo, GradImages(TM), Jean O'Sullivan

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