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"Welcome" sign: M. Vivar.
"Creating Your Own 'Glass Castle.'" University 100, Prof. Emmanuel Sabaiz. Traditional project: "From class discussions, we learned how our culture, family, friends, education, and even those who may stand in our way have helped shape who we are. So we have created castles that are built out of these ideas, reflecting what each group considered important to become successful."
"Our Glass Castle: Sources of Resilience through Graduation." University 100, Dr. Jamison Keller, with Dr. Barbara Rigney-Hill, Family & Consumer Sciences. Traditional project: "Despite experiencing a childhood of neglect and abuse, Jeannette Walls found comfort in her family's plans to build a Glass Castle. Though the Glass Castle was never constructed, the planning process helped Walls become more resilient. We wrote about our own sources of resilience as college students journeying towards graduation."
"The Glass Castle: Communication Studies." University 100, Prof. Sally Kassamanian. Virtual project: "Our section of U100 is comprised of College of Arts, Media, and Communication majors, so we were asked to examine, interpret and present a project inspired by The Glass Castle through the lens of a certain discipline/field from our College. Our group defined the book through the eyes of a Communication Studies major and our theme for this project is individualism. We created a blog using posts, quotes, videos, and pictures to tie this theme to The Glass Castle."
"On the Run: the U One Hundreds." University 100, Prof. John Binkley. Virtual project: "Perseverance and forgiveness were communicated through Jeannette Walls's memoir, The Glass Castle. For our medium, we used music and wrote a song from Walls's perspective."
Lyrics (excerpt) Living in the world of poverty Life gets hard as one, two three The family goes through every hell Riding in a plymouth mini van Trying to run away with a better plan Being chased by all the government, Man. They are always on the run from the cops to casino owners they are always on the run They are always on the run Run from the world of trouble They can only hide for so long
"Representing Our Dreams for CSUN." University 100, Dr. Wendy Snyder, with Prof. Sharron Kollmeyer, Humanities 101. Traditional project: "Our class has combined the idea of a glass catle representing the Walls family's dreams with the idea of Joseph Campbell's 'Hero's Adventure,' studied in our HUMN 101 cohort, to produce 'glasses' that represent each student's dreams for the CSUN years as well as the dragons/demons we need to overcome."
For additional 2011 projects, see the 2011 Freshman Celebration photo blog.
The first Freshman Celebration at CSUN took place in 2006 with participation limited to Freshman Connection students. In 2007 the Celebration was open to all students enrolled in a fall U100 class. As enrollment has continued to grow, so has the Celebration.