Cal State Northridge has received a $20,000 grant from the Citi Foundation to help disadvantaged middle school and high school students. The money supports “The College Can Happen” initiative, which will serve 4,000 educationally disadvantaged middle and high school students and their parents through the 2009-2010 academic year. http://blogs.csun.edu/news/2009/11/17/citi/.
Cal State Northridge students walked away with an armful of honors, including the top prize, at the prestigious annual California State University Media Arts Festival. The festival’s top honor-the Best of Show Rosebud Award-went to Northridge students Joseph Umana and Shirley Kim for their short film, The Sounds of Silence. The film also earned a First Place Rosebud Award in the experimental category. For their creative efforts, Umana and Kim will share cash awards of $1,000 for the Best in Show and $500 for the First Place Award. Joseph Umana, who graduates this December with a degree in cinema and television arts, also received a First Place Rosebud Award in the short screenplay category for his screenplay of The Sounds of Silence. This recognition comes with a $500 cash award. http://blogs.csun.edu/news/2009/12/01/media-arts/.
As Congress debates financial regulatory reform and the Obama Administration advocates for greater consumer financial protection, a new study by researchers at Cal State Northridge and The George Washington University finds a need for Congressional action on fringe banking practices used heavily by financially vulnerable families. The study released in October details the toll on communities with a high concentration of payday lending businesses and finds a clear association between the presence of payday lenders and neighborhood crime rates. The study recommends that Congress take action to cap payday-lender interest rates at 36 percent, enacting for the entire country protections Congress put in place for U.S. military families. http://blogs.csun.edu/news/2009/11/02/payday/.
The Northridge campus is using 3-D building information models on both the new student recreation center and the Valley Performing Arts Center to achieve integrated design between the engineering and architectural proposals. This effort has resulted in more efficient building designs that use fewer raw materials and achieve better energy performance.
Noted historian and author Catherine Mulholland, granddaughter of William Mulholland, the engineer who brought Owens Valley water to Los Angeles, donated a collection of family memorabilia—including rare books, archival papers, photographs and music recordings—to Cal State Northridge. The collection, which will be housed in CSUN’s Oviatt Library’s Urban Archives Center, offers rare insight into the Mulholland family’s day-to-day life on its San Fernando Valley ranch as well as William Mulholland’s tenure with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. http://blogs.csun.edu/news/2009/05/18/mulholland-collection/.