September 2012 Community Update from CSUN
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Campus Update for Cal State Northridge Neighbors and Community Partners

University Events Calendar

Check out the online California State University, Northridge calendar, which lists campus events open to the public.

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What Does “Back to School” Mean
for You?
Fall semester is upon us, and it’s bringing the traffic along for the ride. Although CSUN students are encouraged to carpool and take advantage of public transportation, we would like to inform our neighbors of the expected traffic increase. Students returned to class on Monday, Aug. 27, and past observations indicate Tuesdays and Thursday have the highest levels of vehicular traffic activity around campus. We ask for your patience throughout September as we welcome our students back!
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VPAC Ticket Raffle!

Would you like to attend a VPAC performance? Enter a raffle for two free tickets to select performances. The following individuals have already won!

  • Ben T. won two tickets to the Sept. 13 performance by the Asphalt Orchestra.
  • Patricia S. won two tickets to the Sept. 27 performance by the Cirque Chinois: The National Circus of the People's Republic of China.

We keep all non-winning names to draw from for future performances. To enter, please email

Daily Sundial Students Receive Awards for Their Impeccable Journalism Skills

California State University, Northridge’s student newspaper, The Daily Sundial, has done it again. The award-winning paper last month received two first-place awards at the annual Los Angeles Press Club banquet.

The Daily Sundial received a first-place award for photography by Andrew Lopez. The Sundial’s website also took first place.

Judges referred to the website as having “a clean, simple design that leads to original content” and noted that CSUN students are “very well served by the pertinent hyper-local news the Sundial is providing in this website.”

Continue reading about the Daily Sundial.

Cal State Northridge’s Robots Take World Championship

California State University, Northridge’s senior mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering students’ hard work paid off. Not one, but two of their robots took home two of the top-three spots at an international competition.

The Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition is held annually at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. CSUN’s Red RAVEN robot 2.0—which has been compared to Star Wars’ R2D2—took first place. CSUN’s other robot, LINJA, earned third place in the design competition.

CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center’s 50th Anniversary

Since 1962, the CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center has provided quality, affordable evaluation, treatment and therapy to people of all ages throughout Southern California who need help with speech, language, hearing, cognition and swallowing disorders. CSUN students work with clients under the supervision of expert, licensed and certified faculty supervisors in their education and training to become professional Speech-Language Pathologists. The Center provides a comprehensive array of diagnostic and therapeutic services aimed at the identification, prevention and/or rehabilitation of hearing impairments in children and adults.  

Join Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, to celebrate the Center’s 50-year anniversary. The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences will also be hosting a special reception at the Orange Grove Bistro from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the university campus.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Janice Woolsey at or call (818) 677-2856.

There is no cost to attend the open house.
The reception is $35.00 per person.
Proceeds will go toward the Language, Speech and Hearing Center Fund.

CSUN Awarded $2.38 Million NSF Grant to Encourage Diversity in Scientific Research and Education

California State University, Northridge has been awarded a $2.38 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue a collaborative partnership with Princeton University that provides undergraduates an opportunity to work alongside Northridge and Princeton professors on cutting-edge research in the area of materials science.

The goal of the NSF Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) program is to broaden participation of underrepresented minorities and enhance diversity in materials research and education. This project will expand and strengthen the research and educational activities of the W. M. Keck Computational Materials Theory Center (CMTC) at CSUN and will form a long-term and formal collaborative partnership with Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM), an NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

The overarching vision of the proposed PREM Center is to establish a joint research powerhouse on computational materials science and to increase recruitment, retention and degree attainment by members of underrepresented groups in materials research. Building upon past successes, the rationale for the center’s expansion lies in its demonstrated ability to bring together unique talents and capabilities across disciplines to solve complex problems in emergent materials, to enhance the stature of materials research and to broadly impact education and outreach. The proposed research projects will have direct impacts on renewable energy, nanotechnology and spintronics.
The NSF awarded six PREM grants across the nation in 2012. CSUN is the only awardee in California.

Around Campus

CSUN Transit Station Receives Congressional Attention
President Dianne F. Harrison celebrated the opening of a new transit station on August 30, 2012.

The new transit center embodies CSUN’s commitment to achieving and attaining a more sustainable campus. Harrison hopes for the new transit station to help improve access to cost effective public transportation for students on campus, commuters and the local business community.

“The transit station will further reduce traffic as well as our environmental footprint,” Harrison said. “It will also enhance safety amongst students because the transit lanes are closed to all other vehicle traffic and pedestrians.”

Congressman Brad Sherman and L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander joined President Harrison for the grand unveiling. Sherman secured the federal funding for the transit center under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. 

CSUN Bike Paths
The Institute for Sustainability in collaboration with Facilities Planning constructed a new bike lane on Jacaranda Walk; the path can also be used by skateboarders. Stop signs have been installed at intersections. The next phase is to create a path from Halsted to Lindley that goes from student housing to the campus.

The city of L.A. approved a bike-sharing program to be used throughout the city.

CSUN 100 Citizens: Role Models for the Future Wins Popular Choice Award
Congratulations to the City of San Fernando Partnership for Healthy Families, the CSUN Kinesiology Department and professor Steven Loy on receiving “The Let’s Move! Communities on the Move Video Challenge—Popular Choice” award!

This past February marked the launch of the Let's Move! Communities on the Move Video Challenge, which invited faith-based and community leaders to share their stories about their efforts to promote wellness and solve the problem of childhood obesity in their communities.

Communities across the country responded enthusiastically to the challenge, submitting 60 videos that represented a broad range of programs, strategies and age groups—from toddlers to teenagers—with submissions from 21 states. Congregations and organizations shared inspiring work to promote healthy eating, physical activity and access to healthy, affordable food for children.

To learn more about the program, please check out the 100 Citizens: Role Models for the Future video.

Go Matadors!

Thursday, Sep 27
Women's Volleyball vs. Long Beach St.
7:00 p.m --- Matadome

Friday, Sep 28
Men's Soccer vs. UC Davis
7:00 p.m --- Soccer Field

Visit the full athletics schedule or get ticket information.

CSUN Chief of Police Elected Head of an International Law Enforcement Organization

Anne P. Glavin, California State University, Northridge’s chief of police and director of police services, was recently sworn in as the 55th president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. “I am truly honored to serve IACLEA in this role and to represent CSUN,” Glavin said. “I am grateful for all the support of the university and my staff. To be in a position to represent all of college and university public safety on a national and international stage is daunting, challenging and exciting.”

Glavin has a distinguished 38-year career in campus public safety and has blazed a trail for female campus police executives in the United States. On July 31, 2002, she was appointed as the first woman chief of police at California State University, Northridge. Prior to coming to CSUN, Glavin served as chief of police at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. She served for 27 years in the MIT Police Department, holding all ranks and serving as the chief of police for her last 13 years at the university—the first woman to serve as chief at MIT.

Glavin will serve a one-year term of office.

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