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    Connecting alumni to each other and to current students

  • CSUN fans in the stands

    Building Matador pride and spirit

  • 2016 Distinguished Alumni AwardsBlank.jpg

    Honoring and showcasing alumni of distinction

  • CSUN graduates at commencement

    Helping alumni achieve personal and professional success

  • Spirited CSUN students

    Strengthening resources and philanthropic support

  • CSUN president with alumni in China

    Engaging volunteers and leaders and advocates


Welcome To The Alumni Association

Welcome to the California State University, Northridge Alumni Association. CSUN alumni have every right to be proud. With more than 40,000 students the demand to attend your alma mater grows stronger each year. The Alumni Association understands the importance of not only keeping alumni informed, but providing you with the ability to reunite and network with one another for personal and professional benefit. Staying in touch with fellow alumni and the university is one of the main benefits of membership in the Alumni Association.


Irv Zakheim Photo by Lee Choo.Irv Zakheim Makes $1.5 Million Lead Gift to CSUN Athletics

CSUN Matadors Baseball has received a donation of $1.5 million from alumnus Irv Zakheim ’71 (Physical Education) as a lead gift to fund renovations to Matador Field. The gift will help fund a renovated entryway to the stadium, the first of multiple projects that will modernize a complex that is more than 50 years old. Continue reading about Irv Zakheim.

Manny CastellanosCSUN Alumnus Is One of the Most Inspiring Coaches in the Nation

First came the national award from Brooks Running Company for being “Inspiring Coach of the Year” in June 2015. Next came the spread in People magazine this May. But California State University, Northridge alumnus Manny Castellanos ’09 (Art), M.A. ’12 (Secondary Education) still has a hard time accepting the praise and publicity. Continue reading about Manny Castellanos.

CSUN's 1984 and 1985 won NCAA Division II championships. They will be inducted as one unit in the Matador Hall of Fame on July 24.The ’84 and ’85 CSUN Softball Teams Were Champions, Now Are Hall of Famers

Over the span of two seasons in 1984 and 1985, the California State University, Northridge softball team won 77 percent of its games. Opponents didn’t score on the Matadors 58 percent of the time. In total, it was 85 times that a CSUN opponent didn’t score a run — including a still-standing National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II record 45 shutouts in 1985. Continue reading about the ’84 and ’85 CSUN Softball Teams.

Photo of Benjamin Krasner.Teen Grad Completes Two CSUN Degrees, Heads to Yale

If Benjamin Krasner’s educational career up to this point were defined by a musical term, it would be allegro — a brisk, lively tempo. This week, Krasner will graduate from California State University, Northridge with two bachelor’s degrees — one in music and one in economics — and this fall, he will head to Yale University on a full scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in music. He’s hit all these high notes at the tender age of 16. Continue reading about Benjamin Krasner.

Photo of Jeff Vargos.CSUN Alumnus Jeff Vargo’s Name Now Means Physical Therapy

CSUN alumnus Jeff Vargo is a star of the Physical Therapy program, having opened up nine clinics in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and impacted numerous lives. Continue reading about Jeff Vargo.

Photo of Cole Christie.From Matador to Malaysia: CSUN Grad Teaches English as Fulbright Scholar

Cole Christie ’15 (Business Management) has been teaching English in a rural town in Malaysia since January. As a participant in the Fulbright Student Scholar program — a U.S. government-sponsored initiative to support mutual cultural understanding between the U.S. and more than 160 participating countries — Christie chose Malaysia because of its rich and diverse environment and culture. Continue reading about Cole Christie.

Photo of Shawn Hakim.CSUN Alumnus Shawn Hakim Is a Beacon of Hope for the Dominican Republic

California State University, Northridge alumnus Shawn Hakim ’10 (Finance, Real Estate) found an article about solar lanterns at just the right time. He was in a place in his life where he wanted to flex his entrepreneurial muscles and, at the same time, impact other people’s lives. Continue reading about Shawn Hakim.

Photo of Jeff Lulla.CSUN Alumnus Turns a Passion for Gymnastics Into a New Way to Teach Sports

Jeff Lulla ‘76 (Physical Education), remembers living in an apartment building next to a construction site as a child. “In the evenings, we would take walks around the neighborhood, and we would go to a vantage point and look over this big excavation site,” he recalls. “My parents said, ‘One day, you’re going to go to school here.’ That was my first involvement with California State University, Northridge.” Continue reading about Jeff Lulla.

Photo of Shawn Adhoot.Young Alumnus Provides Opportunity for Fellow Matadors

California State University, Northridge alumnus Shawn Ahdoot ’11 (Marketing) not only created an opportunity for himself, but extended it to other CSUN students as well. As a student dealing with the everyday pressures of trying to earn a degree, Ahdoot also maintained a full-time job. However, he managed to push through his daily challenges, rise in his company and give back by creating internship opportunities for his fellow classmates, some of whom eventually became his co-workers. Continue reading about Shawn Adhoot.


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