Welcome to the Freshman Celebration 2015!
The Freshman Celebration is an annual event that showcases work created by first-time freshmen enrolled in University 100 at Cal State Northridge.
This fall we are hosting our tenth Celebration, in the USU Northridge Center, on Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24. Doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m. each day and close at 3:15 p.m. each day.
Projects from 38 U100 classes are on display in the USU Northridge Center. The Virtual Celebration showcases additional projects from fourteen U100 classes on Moodle.
Last year's event drew approximately 1100 students; and 75 faculty & staff turned out to view projects from the 26 participating classes and to enjoy refreshments. Additional students, staff, and faculty visited the Virtual Celebration on Moodle.
The 2015 projects
You can view the 2015 virtual projects (videos, slide shows, and more) on Moodle (login required). Not part of U100? Log in as an "external user." Either way, once you're in, search for VFC2015 (Virtual Freshman Celebration 2015).
Join us in the USU Northridge Center on Tuesday 11/24/15 from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. anytime to see the projects on display there. Photos of the projects will be posted (on Tumblr) shortly after the end of the Celebration.
About the 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.
For 2015-2016, the book is Every Day, a novel by David Levithan, who was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Freshman Convocation on September 10, 2015.
Students who attend the 2015 Celebration will be invited to cast their votes for the 2015 People's Choice Award in the USU Northridge Center. Additional projects are posted in the Virtual Celebration 2015 (online in Moodle). A panel of judges (CSUN faculty and staff) will select the 2015 Grand Prize winners: one on-site project and one virtual project.
You can read more about the 2014 Celebration in this CSUN Shine Weekly story: Freshmen Showcase Research and Creativity at Annual Celebration (Dec. 15, 2014).
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. Join us this year on November 23 or 24, 2015!