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    Freshman Celebration, 2013 Project

Freshman Celebration

Welcome to the Freshman Celebration 2014!

Fragments of a glass Coca-Cola bottle repurposed as a heart-shaped work of art created by students of U100 professor Katie Christolear.

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, the ninth annual Celebration will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, December 3 and 4, 2014, in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union.

If you didn't get to see last year's on-site projects in the USU Northridge Center (on December 4-5, 2013), you might want to take a look at the pictures on the Freshman Celebration photo blog.  You can also check out the Freshman Celebration Archives to view projects from earlier years.

Last year's virtual projects (slideshows, videos, artwork of various kinds, and more) are still available for viewing on Moodle at the Virtual Freshman Celebration 2013 Moodle site. To view the virtual projects, log in to Moodle if you're a U100 student; or log in as a guest if you were not enrolled in a fall 2013 section of U100.

You can read more about the 2013 Celebration in this CSUN Today article by Shante Morgan (12/12/13): "Freshman Celebration Recognizes Student Achievement."

About the Freshman Celebration

Students view projects at the 2013 Freshman Celebration in the USU Northridge Center.

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.

In 2014-2015, the book is The Postmortal: A Novel by Drew Magary, who will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Freshman Convocation on September 4, 2014. Last year's book was Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes, who was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Freshman Convocation.

1046 students attended the 2013 Celebration and cast their votes for the 2013 People's Choice Award in the USU Northridge Center. Additional students (and faculty and staff) viewed projects in the Virtual Celebration online. A panel of seven judges (CSUN faculty and staff) selected two other projects as 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. Join us this fall!