A Taste for the Arts -- CSUNís
new 500-seat Performing Arts Center is the centerpiece of a broad array
of university cultural arts offerings open to the community. From musical
concerts to ballet to ethnic celebrations to theater, the Performing Arts
Center hosts scores of events year-round. The CSUN Music Department, ranked
among the best in the nation, uses its separate Recital Hall to host additional
concerts. The CSUN Theatre Department also presents other plays in its
own theater in the Speech-Drama Building. Tickets for all events are available
through the campus Ticket Office at (818) 677-2488.
Sports in Action -- CSUN
offers one of the broadest intercollegiate athletic programs among comparable
universities in the United States, providing extensive and reasonably priced
spectator opportunities for local residents. The university fields 20 different
athletic teams--10 in menís sports and 10 in womenís sports. That means
local sports fans can be busy nearly year-round attending contests in football,
menís and womenís basketball, menís baseball and womenís softball, and
menís and womenís soccer and volleyball, just to name a few.
Leader in Teacher Preparation
-- CSUN is the leading public university in California in preparing
students to obtain teaching credentials. The university typically has more
than 1,000 single or multiple subject teaching credential documents issued
to students/graduates each year, more than any other Cal State or University
of California campus, according to the latest statistics.
San Fernando Valley Economy
CSUN, through its San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center,
plays a leading role in providing economic research and statistics about
the region. The center, using the research of students and faculty members,
each year publishes its ďReport of Findings on the San Fernando Valley
Economy.Ē The report has quickly become the main source of economic and
demographic information about the region.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
-- Students from CSUNís College of Business Administration and
Economics each spring offer free income tax preparation aid to low-income
residents of the San Fernando Valley. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
(VITA) program typically operates at more than a dozen community locations
and has involved as many as 300 students each year. The students help thousands
of taxpayers annually with basic problems and provide specialized services
for seniors, non-English speakers and the disabled.
International Animation Festival
-- A CSUN student organization each spring organizes an International
Animation Festival drawing artists from around the world to show off the
latest in traditional, computer and experimental animation. The festival
includes public screenings that are held during several days both at CSUN
and the Museum of Radio and Television in Beverly Hills. Past presenters
have represented countries such as Russia, Canada, Japan, Germany and the
Summer Enrichment Programs
CSUNís College of Education each summer offers low-cost enrichment
programs for local elementary, middle and high school students. The five-week
programs each July offer youngsters and their families a wide range of
educational opportunities, from the basics of math and foreign language
instruction to creative courses in dance, cartooning and theater, to name
a few. About 1,400 students enrolled in summer 2000.
Rehabilitation for the Disabled
-- CSUNís renowned Center of Achievement for the Physically
Disabled offers unparalleled, low-cost programs in therapeutic exercise
for the disabled. The center serves both students and community members,
offering assistance to as many as 300 clients at any time. In the year
ahead, the center will expand to include four therapeutic pools, adding
an aquatic therapy component to its programs and expanding their capacity.
Wheelchair Sports Campus
-- CSUN each summer hosts Los Angelesí only wheelchair sports
camp for young people with physical disabilities. Campers ages 7 to 21
learn and play sports such as tennis, track and field, basketball and swimming.
The camp is staffed by instructors and counselors who also are disabled.
The program is co-sponsored by CSUNís Kinesiology Department and Adaptive
Sports and Recreation, a Simi Valley-based nonprofit group.
Valley Trauma Center --
Valley Trauma Center provides counseling and other services to adult and
juvenile victims of sexual assault, molestation and harassment. The center
is the only treatment facility of its kind in the San Fernando Valley,
handling thousands of 24-hour hotline calls each year and serving hundreds
of clients with free or low-cost services. The center is affiliated with
CSUN's Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling.
Women's Self-Defense --
Public Safety Department offers a series of monthly self-defense courses
for women. The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program, taught by women,
is open to members of the university and surrounding community for a small
fee. The course covers risk reduction, personal safety tips and techniques
women can use if attacked. The course includes having students dress in
protective gear and respond to simulated attacks.
Language, Speech and Hearing Center
-- CSUN's Language, Speech and Hearing Center treats community
members with hearing or speech impairments. The low-cost program, operated
by the universityís Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences,
includes the dispensing of hearing aids and other devices. Programs are
offered for various age groups, with the center handling more than 12,000
client visits per year. Services are provided by CSUN students studying
to become specialists and are supervised by licensed faculty members.