CSUN Shine

  • CSUN Ralph Prator Fountain

President's Message

Help Make CSUN Shine Brighter

November 7, 2012

To the Campus Community,

Dianne F. HarrisonSince my arrival to CSUN, I have appreciated the campus culture of working collaboratively to solve problems and advance the success of the university and its students. I truly feel privileged to be part of an outstanding campus community that works collectively to make CSUN shine.

Because we all share a desire to see CSUN be the best it can be, I am writing today to extend an invitation to you and introduce a new program – Help Make CSUN Shine Brighter.

As someone new to the campus, I know it can be challenging to navigate our large university. I am sure many of you have thought of potential suggestions and solutions that would make CSUN even better, more effective, more efficient, and easier to navigate – better able to serve our students, a better place to work and teach, and better positioned to help you achieve your goals. Our CSUN community contains a deep well of knowledge and insights and I hope to tap into the wisdom of our dedicated students, faculty, and staff.

This is an invitation to innovate. Help Make CSUN Shine Brighter will be a pipeline for sharing your innovative ideas and out-of-the-box thinking with campus administrators on a specific area of focus.

Every few weeks or months we will spotlight a different topic area and seek your input on making CSUN shine brighter in that area. I invite you to consider criteria such as quality, effectiveness, user-friendliness, cost efficiency and sustainability in offering suggestions and solutions. As a university, we will consider how to implement promising ideas and we will recognize innovative, solutions-based thinking.

As we launch this program today, our first topic is pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow on campus. Please consider areas for improvement and suggest possible solutions at http://www.csun.edu/MakeCSUNShineBrighter. Below is the text of the current question:

CSUN's physical master plan promotes the development of a safer, pedestrian-oriented campus core, with access to convenient mass transit options, improved vehicular circulation, and easily accessible parking facilities. Several recent projects have been completed in support of these goals, including the new Matador Drive, a formal east entry at Zelzah Avenue, the campus transit station, bicycle lanes and racks throughout campus, and ADA crosswalk improvements.

As we continually strive to improve and plan for a more user-friendly campus, what modifications or adjustments – large or small – would improve pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic flow on and around campus?

We look forward to receiving ideas and suggestions related to directions, signage, pedestrian pathways and campus roads, enforcement, safety, and other related solutions.

Please visit Help Make CSUN Shine Brighter to submit your suggestions and solutions. We look forward to hearing from you and to sharing in your pride as together we help make CSUN shine brighter!


Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.