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Board of Directors

Here’s your opportunity to join the students on the Board of Directors (BOD) of the University Student Union. You can make a real difference and do more to benefit all CSUN students and our campus while also building valuable skills for your future.

Student positions are now available. Submit applications by Saturday, April 29.

USU Board of Directors

In the last few years, the USU Board of Directors (BOD) and its committees have renovated the USU, voted to increase funding for large-scale events such as Matador Nights, and launched the referendum to build the Student Recreation Center. Start doing more now, on your campus, with the BOD.

Are you interested in joining the USU BOD? There are three ways to get involved:

  1. Run for a seat on the BOD in the Spring Elections. Each spring, students run in the AS/USU elections for five of the ten student seats.
  2. Apply for an open seat on the BOD if there are any vacancies. Contact the BOD Assistant to find out about any current vacancies.
  3. Join a USU Board of Directors standing committee to learn about the USU and BOD while developing skills for the future. The standing committees include: the audit committee, the facilities and commercial services committee, the finance committee, and the personnel committee. Students who serve on committees and demonstrate leadership potential are always encouraged to run for a seat on the BOD.

Students who serve on the BOD or a committee must have a minimum cumulative and semester 2.0 GPA, and must have completed at least one semester at California State University, Northridge.


  1. The USU BOD will increase awareness about USU Programs and Services with the support from the staff.
  2. The USU BOD will increase their visibility and accountability.
  3. The USU BOD will assist in the completion of the USU’s Program Review.
  4. The USU BOD will assist in the assessment of the student body’s utilization of space for student programs and services, lounge and study space, conference and meeting space, and storage space and recommend how to meet current and future needs.
  5. The USU BOD will continue to assist in the development and design of the Wellness Center.
  6. The USU BOD will assist in the monitoring and updating of the Long Term Financial Plan.

Meeting Schedule

  • July 18, 2016
  • Aug. 29, 2016
  • Sept. 19, 2016
  • Oct. 17, 2016
  • Nov. 14, 2016
  • Dec. 5, 2016
  • Jan. 23, 2017
  • Feb. 20, 2017
  • March 13, 2017
  • April 10, 2017
  • May 8, 2017
  • June 12, 2017

Meetings are held on Mondays in the Grand Salon, USU at 12:30 p.m.
*Aug. 29, Feb. 20 and March 13 meetings will be held in the Thousand Oaks Room, USU

Other Important BOD Dates

BOD Summer Retreat
June 28 – 29, 2016

Summer Student Summit
Aug. 23, 2016

Labor Day Holiday
Sept. 5, 2016

Fall Matador Nights
Sept. 16, 2016

ACUI Region I Conference (UC Berkeley)
Nov. 4–6, 2016

Veterans Day Holiday
Nov. 10, 2016

Thanksgiving Break Holiday
Nov. 24 – 25, 2016

Dec. 2, 2016

Fall Final Exams
Dec. 9 – 15, 2016

Winter Break
Dec. 23, 2016 – Jan. 3, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Jan. 16, 2017

Winter Student Summit
Jan. 17, 2017

Spring Recess
March 20 – 26, 2017

ACUI Annual Conference (Philadelphia)
March 19 – 23, 2017

Cesar Chavez Day Holiday
March 31, 2017

Spring Matador Nights
April 21, 2017

Year-End Celebration
May 5, 2017

Spring Final Exams
May 13 – 19, 2017

Memorial Day Holiday
May 29, 2017

BOD Orientation
June 5, 2017

BOD Luncheon
June 12, 2017

Contact Information

Carrie Ward
Special Services Assignment, Board of Directors
(818) 677-6578

Board Members

Thelmari Raubenheimer, Chair

Donald “Avi” Stewart, Vice-Chair

Debra L. Hammond, Executive Secretary

Shelley Ruelas, University Representative

Sharon Eichten, University Representative

Rowie Wolfe, Staff Representative

Marquita Gammage, Faculty Representative

Tonee Sherrill, Alumni Representative

Shannon Ashford, Student Representative

Frankie Benkovic, Student Representative

Natalie Esparza, Student Representative

Farhad Khorasani, Student Representative

Hifza Murtuza, Student Representative

Michael Odinlo, Student Representative

Iris Ramirez, Student Representative

Maria Zaman, Student Representative

Sevag Alexanian, Associated Students President*
*This position serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and is not eligible to vote.


Finance Committee Chair
Michael Odinlo

Personnel Committee Chair
Frankie Benkovic

Facilities and Commercial Services Chair
Iris Ramirez


More Information

If you would like more information about the BOD or are interested in applying for an open position, please provide your information below and we’ll be in touch soon.