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Dean's Awards 2014

June 19, 2014

Catherine Placencia with Dean Sylvia A. Alva

The Dean's Awards honor students for outstanding achievement in their work toward their degrees.  The faculty in each academic department nominate the most outstanding graduate student and the most outstanding senior for this prestigious award. We also recognize the Wolfson Scholar nominee for the college at this ceremony.  Get to know these dynamic scholars, and learn about their research, study and community involvement. Read more

Diane Manzella to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

April 7, 2014

diane manzella

Our alumni keep bridges strong between the students' academic experiences and the professions they'll enter when they graduate. Diane Manzella graduated from CSUN in 1972 and, with fellow alum Julie O. Gardner ('67), established Gardner Manzella, Inc., one of the first private speech pathology clinics in the US. Today, Diane is a member of the CSUN President's Associates and is an active member of the College of Health and Human Development Dean's Circle, helping to secure resources and engage alumni and industry professionals with the College. Read more

Sport Psychology: A Balanced Life and a Winning Game

April 1, 2014

ashley samson talks with athletes on the field

Before attempting a goal, before reaching beyond perceived limits, we conceive an idea of the outcome.  Some people are motivated by imagining that moment of attaining the goal, some focus on the freedoms that may follow it, and some are driven by the fear of failure. For the college athlete, any combination of the above may apply to the game, but finding the healthiest way to develop and keep a winning attitude while pursuing a university degree, can be daunting. Ashley Samson is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology and Sport Psychology Consultant for Athletics at CSUN.  She works with student athletes for optimal performance, but winning is not the entire goal. Read more

Nutrition, Food Science for the Athlete: Optimal Health Throughout the Year

April 1, 2014

Simona Hradil shows the MyPlate system of food portioning

With the multitude of approaches to diet and nutrition all around us, tips and tricks for quick weight loss or fast muscle gain and claims of maximum fitness with minimal effort, science and common sense continually point to a simple fact:  A nutrient rich diet and regular exercise are the keys to fitness and welleing. It’s easy to think an athlete at peak performance is the model of self discipline and sound nutrition practices, but that’s not always the case. Athletes need coaching for nutrition, too. Read more

Athletic Training: Injury Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

April 1, 2014

athletic trainer examines an athlete

Prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation through the lifespan are the focal points for CSUN Athletic Training Students  in the classroom, labs and clinic.  The expertise they are developing will serve throughout their careers to keep athletes strong and healthy beyond the game. Shane Stecyk is the Director of the CSUN Athletic Training Program in the Department of Kinesiology.  “One of the clinical sites where our ATSs gain clinical experience is right here at CSUN in Athletics.”  The collaboration between the College of Health and Human Development and Athletics adds to the broad range of experiences students will take into the profession. Read more


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