HR News Campus Updates & Events | April 2024

Engage with new and old colleagues and participate in events, meetings, and workshops offered throughout campus this month.  We hope you'll take advantage of the information highlighted below.

Calm & HR Present: Develop a Healthy Relationship with Stress and Overwhelm

Stress is inevitable in our daily lives. But when it’s too much, it’ll negatively impact how you show up in your professional and personal lives. 

That’s why it’s important to take a preventative approach and build healthy coping mechanisms. So you can feel calmer, more centered, and truly thrive under any circumstances.

Here are some stress relief resources from Calm to help you get started:

  • Overcome Stress and Anxiety
    • In this guided meditation series with Dr. Julie, you get to explore 11 different tools to reclaim your calm, overcome acute anxiety and chronic stress, and build confidence for life.
  • Pump the Breaks on Stress
    • In this 3-minute grounding exercise with Jay Shetty, you’ll learn how to regain control of your mind and body through breathwork and physical motions.  
  • Lower Body Stress
    • In this 7-minute Daily Move session with Mel Mah, you’ll stretch and relax your lower body so you can release any tension from the day. 
  • Infinite Ambient for Relaxation
    • This ambient music track has been uniquely created by real musicians and designed to play for however long you need till you fall asleep.

Check out the Calm app for other diverse resources that’ll support your mental health journey. Haven't redeemed your free Calm Premium subscription yet? Visit the HR Benefits Calm website for information on how to activate your account.

Join a Calm App Webinar to learn how to personalize your app experience or deep dive into monthly themed topics to enhance your mental health toolkit.

M(c)ocktails and Cheese with Margaret Cho | March 26

The English Department presents M(c)ocktails and Cheese with Margaret Cho; an intimate discussion on the making of Fire Island.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

4:00pm to 6:00pm
Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room, University Library

Dealing with Triggers | March 28

Thursday, March 28, 2024

10:00am to 11:00am

Online via Zoom; Connection details provided upon registration


A trigger is when we react to a current situation with feelings and emotions from a prior negative experience. Learn how to overcome your triggers by addressing, processing, and resolving them.

Content includes: The nine categories of triggers; How triggers impact the brain and thus our behavior; Three personal areas triggers target; Three common feelings that triggers activate; The role relationships play in activating triggers; and, Tools for handling triggers.


Norm Arslan, LifeMatters 

CSUN Faculty & Staff – To register for this Workshop/Session:

  1. When ready, select the CSU Learn button below.
  2. Log into with your myNorthridge Portal credentials.
  3. Select the “Register” button.
  4. Click on the bullet next to the CSUN HR icon, and select “Submit” to enroll in this session.

If you require an accommodation to attend this program, please contact Human Resources at 818.677.5168 at least seven business days in advance of the program.

Alumni Relations: Veterans Alumni Chapter - Career Navigation with Mark Brenner | March 28

Veterans Alumni Chapter - Career Navigation

Date: March 28

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: CSUN Campus, USU Lakeview Terrace Room (2nd floor) Located in the East Conference Center across from Veterans Resource Center (VRC)


Join us for an insightful journey into the world of professional success. Discover the keys to a fruitful career as we welcome a distinguished subject matter expert who has cracked the code to thriving in the ever-evolving job market. With years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, our expert will share invaluable insights, strategies, and tactics to help you navigate your career path with confidence.

Learn how to identify and seize opportunities, develop a compelling personal brand, and adapt to the shifting landscapes of today's job market. This free event is your chance to gain a competitive edge, boost your professional growth, and achieve the career you've always dreamed of.

Featuring Mark Brenner, CSUN adjunct professor, veteran, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author of It's Your Career - It's Your Choice


Register Now to Be a Faculty Judge for the 2024 CSUNposium | April 5

The CSUNposium is a student conference featuring 3-minute & 10-minute oral and poster presentations. The event aims to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN students across all academic disciplines.

The 2024 CSUNposium will be held in the University Student Union on Friday, April 5th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Please visit the
CSUNposium website to view the most up-to-date information about the event.

If you are interested in serving as a faculty judge, please complete the Judges Interest form and we will contact you in early March.

We encourage the CSUN community to attend the event and support the students working on groundbreaking research projects.

For more information or with questions, visit the CSUNposium website or contact Graduate Studies at

Celebrate Your Student Employees During National Student Employment Week | April 8 - April 12

The National Student Employment Association has declared the second complete week in April each year be set aside to recognize the value of student employees, student employment professionals, and student supervisors.

The purpose of this week is threefold:

  • To enhance awareness of student employment and its important role in higher education experience.
  • To recognize students who perform outstanding work while attending college.
  • To thank YOU, the employer, who hires students for part-time positions and take the time to guide them through the world of work.

Each year colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance of student work experience during national student employment week. Student employment offers students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skill relevant in any career, and better preparation for the job market upon graduation.

Each year CSUN joins in the celebration of National Student Employment Week. This week enables us to recognize and thank CSUN students for the contributions they make as employees to the University and the Northridge community. To celebrate student employment this year the Career Center will be having a series of events throughout the week to celebrate. Please see details on the series of events below:

Student Employment Appreciation Fair:

Join us to discover exciting on- campus student employment opportunities and snag some giveaways and snacks! This event is open to everyone, students and supervisors are welcomed!

Tuesday, April 9th
11 am to 3 pm
Bayramian Hall Lawn West
Register in Handshake

Resume Workshop:

Crafting Your Student Employment Narrative: Join us for an insightful discussion on integrating your student employment journey into your resume! This workshop is open to all students with a focus on helping student employees integrate their experience into their resume!

Thursday, April 11th
11 am to 12 pm
Register in Handshake

From Here to Career Alumni Meet Up: Student Employee Alumni Panel:

Join us as we learn from past student employees on how they leverage their student employment experience in their careers! This event is open to everyone, students and supervisors are welcomed!

Thursday, April 11th
2 pm to 3 pm
Register in Handshake

We encourage supervisors, student employees, and all to join us at these events to celebrate student employment. Please help spread the word to the campus community and invite students, faculty, and staff to the events we will be hosting.  A flyer of the week's events is linked here: National Student Employment Week Flyer.

Whether your student employees are working in-person or remotely, we encourage you to use your creativity to celebrate your student employees in new and exciting ways. If you need some ideas to get started, please refer to this Student Employee Appreciation Infographic. We have also created editable (use Acrobat Adobe to edit certificates) “Appreciation Certificates” that you can present to your student employees.

Remember this is a week-long celebration, small actions each day of the week can make a difference for your student employees!

Israel’s Black Panthers Book Talk with Asaf Elia-Shalev | April 9

Israel’s Black Panthers Book Talk with Asaf Elia-Shalev

April 9, 2024

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  

University Library Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room

Sponsors: The University Library, Departments of Journalism and History, the Tom and Ethel Bradley Center, the College of Humanities, and Jewish Studies.  This event is open to the CSUN community.

Asaf Elia-Shalev is an Israeli American journalist based in Los Angeles. He works for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a nonprofit newsroom that has been covering issues of Jewish concern around the world for more than a hundred years. He first encountered the story of the Israeli Black Panthers as a college student exploring his Mizrahi Jewish roots and learning about the legacy of the original Black Panther Party from Oakland.

Elia-Shalev will speak about his new book, Israel's Black Panthers: The Radicals Who Punctured a Nation's Founding Myth, where he tells the story of Moroccan Israeli Jews who challenged their country's political status quo and rebelled against the ethnic hierarchy of Israeli life in the 1970s. Inspired by the American group of the same name, the Black Panthers mounted protests and a yearslong political campaign for the rights of Mizrahim, or Jews of Middle Eastern ancestry.

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UCS Presents: QPR Suicide Prevention Training for Faculty and Staff | April 12 & 17

Knowing how to assist your family, friends, students or colleagues may be difficult without the necessary tools.  Join us for this training as we provide you with insightful suicide data and trends, useful resource information, tips for recognizing signs of suicidal thoughts in others and ways to help prevent suicide.  

Register for this training to receive the Zoom meeting information and online training materials information.  Please email us if you have any questions regarding this training or contact our main office at (818) 677-2366, option 1.  

Select the button corresponding to the date you wish to attend

The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Form for Tech Purchases is Moving to the Web | Workshops April 4, 9, 17

The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) form for technology purchases is moving to the web. The Universal Design Center (UDC) and Purchasing and Contract Administration are holding a series of live forums to demonstrate the new form and answer questions.

See a demonstration of the new form and get your questions answered. In person or via Zoom.

  • Tues., March 26, 10 to 11am, in UL 30 or Zoom
  • Thurs., April 4, 3 to 4pm, in UL 30 or Zoom
  • Tues., April 9, 2 to 3pm, in UL 30 or Zoom
  • Weds., April 17, 10 to 11am, in UL 30 or Zoom

Learn more at the ICT Request in TOPdesk page.

CSUN's Institute for Sustainability presents the 3rd Annual EV Car Show | April 17

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Institute for Sustainability lawn

There will be free donuts, giveaways, contests, and even more cars/trucks than last year. We are excited that Porsche is providing a Launch Experience where passengers can experience the thrill of its launch control system with a professional driver. 
The event is not only for those who want to see EVs, many cars will be available for test drives. Yes YOU can test drive. We also will feature a panel discussion about careers in the EV industry. 
Music will be provided by a sustainable DJ whose equipment is solar powered!

Associated Students Invites You to Join the Fun: BIG SHOW, Farmers Market, Thursday Thrift & More! | April 2, 6, 9, 16, 17, 18, 23, 25 & 30

Associated Students invites Faculty and Staff to enjoy the fun, and connect with students and colleagues at the following events:

Tuesday, April 2

10 am - 3 pm

AS Farmers Market: Climate Justice Education Week

@ Matador Square

Pick up some fresh produce and goodies, or enjoy lunch from one of many food stands/trucks. 

Saturday, April 6

2:00 - 7:00 pm

BIG SHOW: featuring Steve Aoki

@ Library Lawn


CSUN's biggest outdoor music concert is back! Be sure to buy your ticket before we sell out of this awesome day with food, fun, and great music.

Tuesday, April 9

10 am - 3 pm

 AS Farmers Market

@ Matador Square

Pick up some fresh produce and goodies, or enjoy lunch from one of many food stands/trucks. Join AS & the USU at the Farmers Market to kickoff the elections for both AS & USU Student Leadership positions.

Tuesday, April 16

10 am - 3 pm


 AS Farmers Market: Spring Cleaning

@ Matador Square


Pick up some fresh produce and goodies, or enjoy lunch from one of many food stands/trucks. 


Thursday, April 18

7:00 - 8:15 pm

Big Comedy: featuring Wild’N Out’s Justina Valentine & Conceited

@ Plaza del Sol Performance Hall

Join us for a night of laughs and a good time as we bring a professional comedy to campus. This free event is a great way to relax and enjoy some time with your fellow matadors.

Tuesday, April 23

10 am - 3 pm

AS Farmers Market: Refill & Repair

@ Matador Square


Enjoy the Farmers Market or bring clothes to repair or jars to fill with soap, shampoo, etc.

Thursday, April 25

10 am - 3 pm

Earth Fair

@ Bayramian Lawn East

Earth Fair is an annual fair that informs both CSUN students and the community on how to live with less waste, find alternative ways to be more sustainable, and lead a healthier lifestyle.


Tuesday, April 30

10 am - 3 pm


AS Farmers Market: Grad Celebration

@ Matador Square

Enjoy the Farmers Market or bring clothes to repair or jars to fill with soap, shampoo, etc.






Join the Department of Police Services in Celebrating Autism Awareness Month

During April, the Department of Police Services, in partnership with the Family Focus Resource & Empowerment Center, will recognize and celebrate the unique talents, strengths, and contributions of individuals on the autism spectrum.

We ask for your support to increase the understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of people with autism by joining our fundraising effort. Through April, the Department of Police Services will be selling its Autism Awareness patch for ten dollars ($10), with all proceeds collected donated to an agency serving individuals with autism. To purchase a patch, please stop by the Department of Police Services in person or contact Catarino (Tony) Arias, Director of DEI and Community Outreach, at (818) 677-6215 or catarino.arias

Autism is not a limitation; it's a different way of experiencing the world. Each individual brings their perspective, creativity, and potential to our communities.

It All Comes Down to This! Volunteer to Assist at the 2024 Commencement Ceremonies!

The 2024 Commencement & Honors Convocation ceremonies are just around the corner, calling an end to the academic year.  Once again, the campus community will gather at the core of our campus in a magnificent way, as we all celebrate the success of our CSUN graduates. This year, we expect a healthy amount of guests in attendance of these exercises, and looking to our colleagues across the campus to assist as volunteers.  Volunteers add a valuable layer of support that enhanced our graduate and guest experience.                                                   

If you are interested in volunteering, please see the full details below.  The Office of Student Development & Transitional Programs can also answer other general commencement-related questions you may have.  We are really excited to have your support!

2024 Commencement Volunteers

An online sign up web-form can be found at:


  • Way Finder/Greeter - Initial point of contact for guests to help guests navigate into/around the venue
  • Diploma Cover Distributor - Provide students with diploma covers just prior to them walking on stage
  • Line Management - Guide the graduating students into their seats during the processional
  • Gate Supervisor - Back-up for ticket scanners who identify persons with invalid tickets and offer suggestions 
  • Name Card Distributor –Point of Contact for graduates at check-in providing students their official name cards


Attending a brief training will be necessary, and we’ll cover event logistics, real-scenarios, and speaking points to help enable and empower volunteers to providing consistent messages with empathy, accuracy, and pride.  training should take about 45 to 60 minutes and are both on Wednesday, May 1, 2024:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.,  USU Pasadena Room
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., USU Pasadena Room

Note: If unable to make it to one of the trainings, you can reach out to us and we’ll look at alternatives for make-up dates or possibly schedule an individual meeting with you.

We recommend that volunteers be present about 1 ½ to 2 hours (90 to 120 minutes) before each Commencement and plan to remain one (1) hour into the ceremony for a three (3) hour commitment per ceremony.  This year, the ceremonies are as follows:
Note: Diploma Cover distributors will arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, but still till the ceremony concludes.

  1. Honors Convocation - May 11, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  2. Ceremony 1 - May 17, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  3. Ceremony 2 - May 18, 2024 at 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  4. Ceremony 3 - May 18, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  5. Ceremony 4 - May 19, 2024 at 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  6. Ceremony 5 - May 19, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  7. Ceremony 6 - May 20, 2024 at 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  8. Ceremony 7 - May 20, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Explore Commute with Enterprise, a Vanpooling Solution for All Employees

CSUN Parking Services is subsidizing a part of your vanpool with Commute with Enterprise, a vanpooling alternative as a transportation solution for all employees. By vanpooling with a group of coworkers, you’ll greatly reduce your gas expense, decrease the wear-and-tear and depreciation on your personal car, and decrease time spent behind the wheel. Employees are provided a fully insured vehicle with all the newest safety features, 24-hour roadside assistance, and emergency rides home!

Through your partnership with Commute with Enterprise and by linking up with just 3 other State employees, you could each save over $6,000+ per year by vanpooling!

Riding together adds up 

  • Save over $6,000+ per year
  • Employees split the cost of the vanpool and fuel
  • Ride in a fully insured newer make/model vehicle with the newest safety features & interior upgrades
  • Reduce your carbon emissions by 12,500 lbs. per year
  • Less wear and tear on your personal vehicle
  • Reduce the stress of commuting and gain time back in your day
  • Reserved vanpool parking on site for ease

 For additional information on vanpool or if you have a group of 3 (or more state employees) ready to start, please visit Commute with Enterprise by clicking, HERE or join us on April 2, 2024 to hear more. If interested,  email

Ready to Take Control of Your Diabetes Journey? Join the Marilyn Magaram Center's Thrive With Diabetes Program

Ready to take control of your diabetes journey? Our expert registered dietitian is here to guide you through a dynamic and effective management program from the comfort of your own home! Reach out now to discover the empowering possibilities that come with our program. Your path to better diabetes management starts here!

Here are 3 reasons why you should join!

  1. Our Thrive with Diabetes Management program will give you the tools you need to improve your diabetes management.
  2. Effectively managing your diabetes can lower risks of diabetes complications such as kidney disease, nerve damage and more.
  3. Improving your diabetes management can lead to improved overall quality of life allowing you to enjoy the things and foods you love!

Explore CSUN's Zero Waste Event Guide Before Planning Your Commencement Events!

Dive into sustainability with CSUN's Zero Waste Event Guide! Your blueprint for hosting sustainable events that reduce waste, inspire change, and leave a lasting positive impact. Let's make every celebration a step towards a better future!

Do you know what you’re earning? Stop by Premier America Credit Union at the Campus Store Complex

Now through August 31, stop by Premier America’s on-campus branch (or visit us online) and open a Premier Plus Checking account and earn 3.00% APY* on your checking balance when you have an active checking account! Our on-campus team is ready to help you open your account, connect your direct deposit, and get you your CSUN branded debit (and credit card) all in the same day!

And, when you open your new checking account and become an active user, you can earn a $100 cash bonus**!

Stop by the campus branch in the CSC or open your account easily online here:

*APY: Annual Percentage Yield. Promotional 3.00% APY paid on balances up to $20,000.00 and 0.10% APY paid on funds exceeding $20,000 for new accounts opened from March 1, 2024 through August 31, 2024. Legacy shares opened prior to March 1, 2024 will earn 1.50% APY on balances up to $20,000.00 and 0.10% APY on funds exceeding $20,000.  Requirements to earn premium yield: 1) Fifteen or more Premier America Credit Union debit and / or credit card point of sale purchases must post to the card between the first day of the month and the last day of the month. 2) Must be opted in for eStatements. If qualifiers are not met, 0.10% APY will be paid on all balances. Any points earned on a Premier America Credit Union Mastercard® Platinum Rewards credit card will still accrue even if these requirements are not met. Fees may reduce earnings. Premier Plus Checking is a consumer-only account. Promotional APY will revert to 1.50% APY on September 1, 2024. **To qualify for the $100 New Premier Plus Checking Account Bonus, new account must have an ACH Direct Deposit (minimum single deposit of $250), be opted in to eStatements, and conduct 10 debit and/or credit card point of sale transactions within the first 60 days of account opening. Bonus will be paid out on day 61 if qualifications are met and membership is in good standing. Members with open or converted checking account not eligible for account bonus. Member may receive a 1099 Form from Premier America. Offer subject to change or end without notice. Offer may be combined with other offers at the sole discretion of Premier America Credit Union. An initial deposit of $1 in a consumer share savings is required to join Premier America. Federally Insured by NCUA.

Check Out and Share these April Career Center Events

The Career Center is pleased to announce these upcoming events:

Education Expo – Job Fair

Wednesday, April 10th
12 - 4 pm
USU, Northridge Center Complex
Register in Handshake

Education Expo – Concurrent Teaching Credential Info Session

Wednesday, April 10th
12:15 - 1 pm
USU, Northridge Center Complex, Reseda Room
Register in Handshake

Education Expo – Concurrent Teaching Credential Info Session

Wednesday, April 10th
2:15 - 3 pm
USU, Northridge Center Complex, Reseda Room
Register in Handshake

National Student Employment Week: Pathways to Success Events | Monday, April 8 - Friday, April 12

Student Employee Appreciation Day

Tuesday, April 9th 
11 am – 3 pm  
Career Center or Bayramian Lawn
Register in Handshake

Resume Workshop: Crafting your Student Employment Narrative

Thursday, April 11th
11- 12 pm  
Virtual; Zoom
Register in Handshake

Alumni Meet Up: Student Employee Alumni Panel | Pathways After Graduation: What’s Next? 

Thursday, April 11th  
2 pm – 3 pm 
Register in Handshake

Don't miss out on the Matador Move Out Donation Drive Event!

CSUN Sustainability is partnering with CSUN Student Housing to pilot a donation drive!

Mark your calendars: Residential Lobby Donations are from May 6th to May 18th.

Join us for a fun Swap & Shop on May 16th from 10:00am-2:00pm at Housing Sports Lawn, and don't forget the big volunteer day on May 18th starting at 11:00am for Matador Move Out! Starting May 6th, we're accepting gently used clothing, non-perishable food items, and mini-appliances (fridges, microwaves, and toasters). Scan the QR code to learn more about volunteer opportunities and donation requirements. Stay tuned for more details. Let's make a difference together. 

Stay In The Know: Read the Latest Issue of CSU Leader

You can access the online version of the March 22, 2024 CSU Leader here.

Read the Latest Issue of Insight Into Diversity | April 2024

The April2024 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, featuring Dr Luke Woods, Sacramento State's president, is now available online and for download at