• Crowd photo of the CSUN 50th Grand Reunion.

    Celebrating 60 Years at the Grand Reunion

Grand Reunion Schedule Detail

Welcome to CSUN’s grandest reunion in a decade! 
Saturday, October 13, 2018
2:00 - 6:00 pm
Oviatt & Sierra Lawns

Below are a few helpful details about the day. Please click on each header below to view expanded details for all of our activities. A detailed campus map of all events can be found here.

Dining Options

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Food is available for purchase at eight food trucks on the Sierra Lawn.  Food trucks include The Grilled Cheese TruckMiddle FeastPeaches BBQ & SmokehouseEpic TacosThe Green TruckRice Balls of FireThe Boba Truck & Dreamy Creations

Picnic and umbrella tables are available throughout the Oviatt lawn for first-come, first-serve seating.

At the Concessions Tent in the center of the Sierra Lawn, beer, wine, hot dogs, chips, candy, popcorn, and assorted non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

Additional dining options throughout campus include:

CSUN Campus Store (Bookstore)
Freudian Sip: 10:00am-4:00pm
Panda Express: 10:00am-2:30pm
Matador Mercado: 9:00am-3:00pm

University Student Union
Shake Smart: 10:00am-7:00pm
Subway: 9:00am-3:00pm

Arbor Court
The Arbor Grill Store: 7:30am-2:30pm

For more information and a map of each of these locations, please visit:  https://www.csun.edu/csundining/locationhours

Onsite Services & Guest WiFi

Guest WiFi Credentials
Username: gr861507
Password: CSUN!1958
(valid 10.13/18 only)

Onsite Information
If you need assistance during the Grand Reunion, visit the Alumni and Information tent located on the West side of the Oviatt Lawn. Lost and Found items can also be returned or collected from the tent. Printed schedules are available and volunteers will be on hand to provide directions or assistance.

First Aid
First aid and emergency services will be onsite throughout the Grand Reunion. Visit the First Aid Tent located on the east side of the venue in front of the Sierra Hall clock tower.
Phone Charging Stations
CSUN has two outdoor phone charging stations located in front of Bayramian Hall, on the west side of the Oviatt Library. There are also indoor charging stations located in the lobby of the Oviatt Library and the Matador Bookstore Complex.

There are four ATM locations on campus:

  1. Outside the first floor of the Sol Center (Wells Fargo, Bank of America)
  2. Wells Fargo Branch located in the USU next to Subway
  3. Inside the Matador Bookstore Complex (Bank of America)
  4. In the Sierra Center, next to Jerome Richfield and Sierra Hall (Wells Fargo)

Main Stage Entertainment

Five CSUN student groups have been selected by Associated Student Productions to share their talent and compete for a $2,000 cash prize in our Student Talent Competition. Each ensemble will perform a 20 minute set. Cheer on your favorite group and enjoy this unique musical experience.

2:30 pm – TAIKO: Jishin Taiko is a Japanese taiko drumming ensemble and is one of the few Japanese cultural groups associated with CSUN and the only Japanese cultural performance group on campus. In Japanese, “Jishin” (地震) means earthquake but it is also a homonym for the word self-confidence (自信). These two ideas were merged to form the fundamental basis of our performance style of playing with confidence and loud enough to cause tremors like an earthquake. The group originally formed as part of the Nikkei Student Association in 1995 after the 1994 Northridge earthquake which became the motif for our group’s name Jishin Taiko.

The group began anew in 2002 and became chartered as an official CSUN club in 2005. We have continued to spread the cultural art of taiko through our performances and events since our establishment, and our outreach extends beyond the city of Northridge, reaching the greater Southern California community and overseas in Japan as well. 

3:10 pm – FASMODE: FASA Modern, aka “Fasmode”  has been proudly representing Northridge since 2002. We are a competitive urban hip hop dance crew that branched out from CSUN’S Filipino American Student Association (FASA). Our unique and talented collective share a common love for dance and performance. Now completing 16 years, FASA Modern continues to innovate new ideas, build leadership, create lifelong friendships, and entertain.

3:25 pm – ACASOLA: Acasola is California State University, Northridge's premiere a cappella group. Since its birth in 2006, each successive generation of the group has built upon the foundation laid by those who have come before them. Acasola has appeared on TV shows such as FOX’s “Raising Hope," and ABC's "Castle" where they recorded at Capitol Records with Corbin Bleu. This year, Acasola's single, "24k Magic" by Bruno Mars, has been chosen to open the "Best of College A Cappella 2018" album along with winning the "Best Mixed Collegiate Video" at the A Cappella Video Awards. They are a diverse group of students who aim to deliver a fun and unique musical experience to its community through the art of a cappella.

3:45 pm – BALLET FOLKLORICO: Ballet Folklorico Aztlán de CSUN was originally chartered in 1970 as Ballet Folklorico Azltán until the 1994 Northridge earthquake destroyed the majority of the California State University, Northridge campus. The need to re-charter the group was brought about in 1997 by students and faculty and since then BFA de CSUN has been extremely successful and running strong. Since it’s re-chartering, the group has been recognized as one of the most active and popular organizations on the CSUN campus and over the years has been honored with several awards. 
Ballet Folklorico Aztlán de CSUN prides itself in the work they do on campus and in the community as well as in its mission to preserve the richness of the Mexican culture and Mexican/Chicana/o folklorico. The group is a student run, university based group that also allows community members ages 16 and up to join the group as a way to promote higher education. The group also put on an annual show in the Plaza del Sol as a way to educate the community.

4:15 pm – JAZZ A BAND: The award-winning CSU Northridge Jazz "A" Band is recognized as one of the finest college jazz bands in the nation. They have placed first at the Monterey Next Generation Festival and Reno Jazz Festival and the Seattle Jazz Experience festival. The band traveled to New Zealand (summer of 2018), performing concerts in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Napier, and Palmerston North. The summer of 2016 included a tour of the U.K. with performances at the Lymes Regis and Isle of Wight jazz festivals, Birmingham, and Pizza Express in Soho, London. The A Band performed at the Playboy jazz festival, held at the Hollywood Bowl, for the first time in 2016. Visit our website at csunjazz.com to enjoy pictures, videos and more information about the CSUN jazz community.

4:50 pm – Winning group announced; $2,000 cash prize awarded by DJ Lowso

Campus Tours & Open Houses

CAMPUS TOURS:

Both shuttle and walking tours of campus will be led by CSUN University Ambassadors and depart from the shuttle stop at Lindley Ave and Matador Walk. Look for the Once a Matador, Always a Matador tent adjacent to the Matador Statue.  Tours will last approximately 25 minutes. 
Tours depart at: 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

OPEN HOUSES:

2:30 pm  and  4:00 pm 
Associated Students Sustainability Center:
Drop in and visit the new home and hub for all CSUN services, educational programs and issues related to preserving our environment and sustainability.

3:00 pm 
Extended University Commons:
Come tour our new state-of-the-art academic facility and learn about innovative programs serving mid-career professionals, regional employers, international students and the community. Refreshments will be served.

3:00 pm
Marilyn Magaram Center
Sequoia Hall, 101
Drop in and learn what CSUN is doing to educate diverse communities on food science, nutrition an dietetics to promote human health and wellness.

4 pm  and  5:15 pm
University Student Union 
Departing directly from the USU Reception Tent on the Sierra Lawn. Students will lead guided tours through the Pride Center, Sol Center, Oasis Wellness Center, Computer Lab, Veterans Resource Center, East Conference Center and Student Recreation Center. 

SELF GUIDED TOUR:
11 am to 5 pm
Oviatt Library 

Explore the transforming Oviatt Library. Be sure to visit the Learning Commons on the main floor, stop by the Creative Media Studio on the main floor, west wing, take a look at the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) from the Viewing Room on the main floor, east wing, and the Library Exhibit Gallery on the 2nd floor, west wing. The Teacher Curriculum Center/Music & Media department on the 2nd floor, east wing, has K-12 materials, children’s books, and DVD and CD collections.

 

Grand Reunion Donor Experience

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Celebrate the impact of 60 years of philanthropy at CSUN! Stop by the Donor Experience tent on the Oviatt lawn to learn more about the real-life ways that giving has impacted students, the campus and our community.

If you’ve made a gift to the University in the last 18 months, included CSUN in your estate plan or are inspired to make your first donation at the Grand Reunion today, be sure to stop by and pick up a special gift. Just a little way for CSUN to say thanks for your philanthropic support.

Make an impact for the arts and community, for students and people with disabilities, and bring convenience and comfort to mothers on campus. Visit https://csunfunder.csun.edu to learn more and donate.

Play Zone & USU Carnival

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Presented by students from the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management and the University Student Union, the Play Zone features fun for all ages, including lawn games, team races, and craft activities. The adjacent USU Carnival will feature an inflatable slide and six carnival booths.

Children 18 years and under will require a waiver to be signed onsite by a parent/guardian to participate in some activities. There is no cost to participate and parents are responsible to supervise their own children. 

Zip Line

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Take a ride on CSUN’s Zip Line, part of the Outdoor Adventures Ropes Course.  If you’ve pre-ordered your ticket, or would like to purchase a ticket on-site, please visit the Recreation and Tourism Management (RTM) Alumni Chapter booth on the Oviatt Lawn. 

Tickets are $5 and proceeds benefit the Recreation and Tourism Management Alumni Chapter. All riders must have a wristband, be at least 10 years of age, more than 48 inches tall and weigh 50-300 lbs. to ride.

Corn Hole Tournament

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Grab a partner, create a team and compete in the CSUN Corn Hole Tournament on the Sierra Lawn, presented by CSUN Student Housing and the Residence Halls Association.  If you can’t find a willing companion, don’t worry, we’ll also be forming teams onsite. Check-in at the RHA Tent next to the tournament boards to be assigned a competition time.

Matador Motorway

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Purchase a CSUN pinewood derby car and race against other alumni and students on our giant 12-lane Matador Motorway.  Derby cars are available for pre-order through the Grand Reunion website or purchase onsite. Both can be picked at the CSUN Alumni & Information Tent on race day. Enter as many races as you want or just display your car for best of show. Derby cars are $20 each and proceeds benefit the MataCare Emergency Grant Fund, which helps students with unexpected urgent financial needs.

Vendor & Sponsor Village

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Visit our Vendor & Sponsor Village and browse through booths and exhibits set up by our sponsors and campus partners!

Campus Partners include: Athletics, Associated Students, AS Sports Clubs, AS Sustainability Center, Biology Alumni Chapter, Black Alumni Association, Center for Achievement, Child and Adolescent Development Department, CSUN Arts Council, FIRE Alumni Chapter, KCSN, La Raza Alumni Chapter, Magaram Center, MESM Department, NCOD, Oviatt Library, Psychology Alumni Chapter, RHA & CSUN Housing, RTM Alumni Chapter, Ski Club, University Ambassadors, University Student Union, and the Veterans Alumni Chapter.

Sponsors & Vendor booths include: Dignity Health, Everglobe Corporation, GEICO, Guide Dogs of America, H&R Block, L'Oreal, Job's Volunteers, Malibu Family Wines, NSFV BRT Metro Project, Paul Davis Insurance Services, San Fernando Valley Brewing, and Wells Fargo.

5:00 pm - Group Photo

5:00 pm
Keeping with tradition from our 50th Anniversary, we will gather all grand reunion attendees the Oviatt Lawn in front of the main stage for a group photo at 5 p.m. Don’t be left out of our legendary 60th Anniversary Big Picture!

 

6:00 pm - Additional Reunions (by invitation only)

6:00 pm

Journalism Department Reunion – University Student Union Northridge Center
TAKE Reunion – University Student Union Grand Salon
University Student Union Reunion – Oasis Wellness Center Garden

CSUN Men’s and Women’s Soccer

Saturday Game: 7:00 pm
CSUN Men’s Soccer vs. Cal Poly 
Matador Field

Sunday Game: 1:00 pm
Women’s Soccer vs. UC Riverside
Matador Field

Tickets are $8 per adult and ticket vouchers are available at the Matador Athletics tent on the Oviatt Lawn or online at GoMatadors.com https://gomatadors.com/sports/2015/6/22/Tickets.aspx

Matty’s Closet and CSUN Food Pantry Donations

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CSUN Alumni is partnering with Matty’s Closet and the CSUN Food Pantry to collect alumni & community donations on-site during the Grand Reunion. Drop off your donations for Matty’s Closet and the CSUN Food Pantry at the CSUN Alumni & Information Tent on Sierra Lawn.

Matty’s Closet is a new clothing resource at the Career Center offering free interview outfits to help students dress for success.  All business and business casual style clothes, accessories and shoes are needed. For more information on Matty's Closet, please click here.

The CSUN Food Pantry provides emergency nourishment and basic necessities at no cost to CSUN’s students. The Food Pantry is currently looking for these items.