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The 2016 Freshman Celebration

Welcome to the Freshman Celebration 2016!

The Freshman Celebration is an annual event that showcases work created by first-time freshmen enrolled in University 100 at Cal State Northridge.

In fall 2016 we will host our eleventh Celebration, in the USU Northridge Center, on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 29 and 30, 2016.  We expect over 1000 members of the CSUN community to view projects created by members of CSUN's incoming freshman class as part of their work in University 100, the Freshman Seminar.

Welcome to the Virtual Freshman Celebration!

Additional projects will be displayed on Moodle as part of the Virtual Freshman Celebration. The Celebration Archives show projects from previous years in both formats, as well as links to a photo gallery of each year's projects (housed on Tumblr).


The 2015 Grand Prize Winners: Best of the Best from Last Year

People's Choice Award: Walking a Day in Our Shoes (Prof. Tina Bertacchi-Love's U100 class)

Each pair of shoes has a story to tell about its owner in this project.

Project description: Our external selves do not always reveal our internal dreams, desires and identity.  Each pair of shoes identifies an individual who is so much more than others might see. Please read our stories.

On-Site Project Award: Grit Expectations: Anticipating and Capitalizing on Mistakes (Prof. Heidi Schumacher's U100 classes)

Predicted and actual mistakes students made this fall with lessons learned. 

Project description: “A” faced a new world every day. Members of our two classes faced many new experiences this semester as CSUN freshmen. Along the way, we made mistakes, but persevered with grit, seeing mistakes as part of the learning process and drawing as much value as possible from the situations we encountered.

Virtual Celebration Project Award: Love Is Love, Beat the Binge, All You Need Is Love (Prof. Lisa Riccomini's U100 class)

Blog post pages from "Love Is Love" and "Beat the Binge"

Project description: Inspired by Every Day and The More Your Know campaign, students created projects with the goal of raising awareness and urging change. Our class voted and decided that three class projects represented our goals best. These projects focus on helping us understand binge eating and promoting social acceptance of same-sex marriage. The more we know, the better we are as a community.

About the Freshman Celebration

Welcome to the 2015 Freshman Celebration!

Each fall, freshmen taking University 100 are invited to participate in a campus celebration of their first-semester academic achievements. This showcase, the Freshman Celebration, is modeled on CSUN's Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research and Creative Works Symposium. It usually includes several projects created in response to the current year's Freshman Common Reading, which in 2016-2017 is So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.

Students who attended 2015 Celebration were invited to cast their votes for the 2015 People's Choice Award. Additional projects are posted in the Virtual Celebration 2015 (online in Moodle). A panel of judges (CSUN faculty and staff) selected the 2015 Grand Prize winners: one on-site project and one virtual project.  

The first Freshman Celebration at CSUN took place in 2006 with participation limited to Freshman Connection students. In 2007 the Celebration was opened to all students enrolled in a fall U100 class. As enrollment has continued to grow, so has the Celebration. 

You can read more about the 2015 Celebration in CSUN Today (7 Dec. 2015):