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California State University, Northridge will be celebrating its biggest welcome back to campus since its 50th anniversary Grand Reunion in 2009 when Homecoming returns to CSUN on Feb. 11, 2017. Continue reading about Homecoming .
Above a mirror that stretches the length of a wall at The Edge martial arts studio in Santa Clarita, there are five words: Tenacity. Resilience. Courage. Self-Discipline. Integrity. California State University, Northridge alumnus Patrick Prager ’13 (Recreation and Tourism Management), a fifth-degree black belt in the martial art American Tang Soo Do hopes that his students at the studio don’t just learn certain moves — he hopes the words on the wall resonate with them, just as they’ve guided him. Continue reading about CSUN alumnus Patrick Prager.
When California State University, Northridge announced the opening of two food pantries on campus for students struggling to pay for food and essential home supplies, a number of CSUN alumni, faculty and staff reached out to help in any way they could. Continue reading about the Matador Involvement Center food pantry.
Simply stated, Edmund Peckham — or “Dean Ed” as he was affectionately known — was one of the most influential figures in the history of California State University, Northridge. On Oct. 31, the former dean of students and vice president of student affairs passed away in Arizona at age 92 after a brief illness. Continue reading about Dean Ed Peckham.
Every year, thousands of alumni and friends give back to CSUN and its nearly 40,000 students. The 15th annual CSUN Volunteer Service Awards luncheon honored 27 of these selfless individuals during a Nov. 18 celebration at the Hilton Woodland Hills. Continue reading about the Volunteer Service Awards.
Alumni and supporters of California State University, Northridge set a new standard for giving in 2015-2016. For the third year in a row, nearly $20 million in gift commitments have been made to CSUN, putting the three-year total at $60.5 million, compared to $36.9 million from the prior three-year period — a 64 percent increase. The total last year was $19.6 million. Continue reading about CSUN's Philanthropic Support.
It was 2007 when California State University, Northridge Distinguished Alumnus and financial journalist Bill Griffeth’s book By Faith Alone was published. The CNBC host, fascinated by his genealogy and skilled in investigation, wrote the book about the 400-year history of his family and United States’ Protestant history. Continue reading about CSUN Distinguished Alumnus Bill Griffeth.
“This has been an amazing night,” said System of a Down lead singer Serj Tankian ’89 (Marketing) before introducing the song Empty Walls to conclude the second of two sold-out performances at the Valley Performing Arts Center on Nov. 10 and 12. Tankian, a California State University, Northridge alumnus, has fronted one of the most successful heavy metal bands in recent memory since its inception in 1994. Continue reading about Serj Tankian at the VPAC .
Rosa Moncada ’15 (Psychology) heard bullets and bombs for nine months in Afghanistan in 2012 and 2013. She returned to the United States and found herself in a classroom only six days later. Struggling with the adjustment, she immediately had thoughts of dropping out of school. Then, she found the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) at California State University, Northridge’s University Student Union — it lifted Moncada and motivated her to complete her degree. Continue reading about Rosa Moncada.
She said the experience was “life-changing.” On paper, a statement like that would seem like hyperbole. But when Jocelyn Gonzalez, a senior psychology major at California State University, Northridge, went on the CSUN Alumni Association’s Corporate Job Shadow Program on Oct. 27, that’s exactly how she described it. As part of the pilot Job Shadow program, CSUN alumni in high-ranking jobs from various, unique industries hosted students and took them on a tour of their workplaces. Continue reading about the Job Shadow program.
The desks were situated in a circle and students spoke one after another in Vivian Tseng’s psychology class at California State University, Northridge. She was very open to allowing her students to communicate freely and participate in class. There was this feeling of unity and comfort — so much so that when it was Quincy LeNear’s time to speak, he felt free enough to reveal something he hadn’t been public with. Continue reading about Deondray Gossett and Quincy LeNear.