HR News Campus Updates & Events | Intersession, January 2022

Even during this transitional period between semesters, there are many ways for you to stay up-to-date and engage with the campus community.

Nichole Ipach Named CSUN’s New VP for University Relations and Advancement

Nichole Ipach joined CSUN as our new vice president for university relations and advancement effective January 1, 2022.

Nichole most recently served as vice president for university advancement at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) and has more than 20 years of experience in advancement, fundraising and communications.

As CSUN’s vice president for university relations and advancement, in addition to fundraising, Nichole will be responsible for overseeing alumni relations, government and community relations, and marketing and communications. She als0 will serve as president of the California State University, Northridge Foundation.

You can read more about Nichole Ipach and her appointment in CSUN Today

Claudia Keith Appointed Interim Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Claudia Keith has joined CSUN as of December 14 and will be serving as the interim AVP for Marketing and Communications during the recruitment and hiring of a permanent replacement with the departure of Jeff Noblitt.

Claudia is returning to the CSU, albeit in a different capacity, as she served as the assistant vice chancellor for public affairs at the CSU Chancellor’s Office from 2006 to 2013. In that capacity, she provided strategic communications counsel to executive leadership including the chancellor, trustees, presidents and staff on a full range of issues. She has also held senior communications positions with local government, environmental and transportation agencies, and most recently has taught public relations writing and mass communication courses at the community college and four-year university level.

Claudia is a graduate of both the University of Oregon (B.S. Journalism) and a proud alum of CSUN where she received her master’s degree in Mass Communication.

Traffic Advisory - Beginning of the Semester

Please be advised traffic on campus roads and parking lots have the potential to become heavily impacted for the first several weeks of the semester. Parking lots nearest the core of the campus will fill as early as 8:00 AM Monday thru Thursday. Detour routes may occur after 10:00 AM. In preparation for potential traffic delays, we recommend you plan for an additional 45 minutes to your daily commute. When you arrive on campus, we also recommend you follow the direction of LED sign boards and traffic direction officers to find the nearest available parking space. Please click here for the visual traffic map.  

Parking permits can be obtained through your CSUN portal or by visiting the Parking Services Office. To enroll in automatic payroll deduction, please visit the Parking Services Office during regular business hours. 

Daily parking permits for $8.00 are also available for purchase. Day permits can be purchased at Information Booth 1 (Lindley and Nordhoff), Information Booth 2 (Prairie and Darby), and Information Booth #3 (Zelzah and Prairie). You may also purchase a day permit at dispensers in all parking structures and in all student lots.  

Rides to and from the Metrolink Northridge station are available. Please contact the Parking Services Office for more details by calling 818-677-2157 or by emailing  

CSUN Among 21 CSU Campuses Honored as Equity Champions of Higher Education

​​​Twenty-one California State University campuses were named 2021 Champions of Higher Education for their commitment to ensuring community college students have a strong pathway into the CSU. CSUN was among those recognized for leading the state and working with intentionality to support Latinx students through the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program.

The announcements were made at The Campaign for College Opportunity's annual Champions of Higher Education and Equity Champions for Excellence in Transfer awards ceremony in November 2021.

The Campaign for College Opportunity is a nonprofit organization devoted to ensuring that all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college.

You can read more in the December 2, 2021 issue of CSU Leader.

In Case You Missed It: Update on Road Map to the Future

On December 16, 2021 Provost Mary Beth Walker wrote to the campus community about the collective work being done to build consensus around CSUN’s priorities and strategic directions, with our guiding vision of an equitable and just future for our community and world.

Over the past few months, the Road Map Steering Committee has been planning and designing an inclusive process for engaging the campus community in this important work, including establishing a three-phase process for the Road Map – Design, Engage and Synthesize. Three town halls were held as part of the Design phase where comments and suggestions for making the process more inclusive were invited. Spring semester marks the start of the Engage phase. Information about the opportunities to share your input about strategic directions for CSUN will be available to you in the near future.

You are invited to share your good ideas in one or more of the many forums, town halls or surveys being planned to help chart CSUN’s Road Map to the Future. You can even share your good ideas now, through our form. As information is added regularly, we encourage you to bookmark the website to stay current on our progress and for important updates.

You can access the Road Map to the Future website here.

COVID-19 Testing Resources for You and Your Family

YMCA offers free COVID testing at 12 sites in LA

On January 6th, the YMCA announced it is offering free COVID testing at 12 sites in Los Angeles in response to the recent surge in cases of the omicron variant that has caused an urgent need for test results.

A YMCA spokeswoman said Thursday that no appointments are necessary at most sites — but that, because of high demand, some sites are requiring appointments, and people interested in getting a test are urged to go to for specific details.

PCR tests will be administered at the sites, with results available in 24 to 48 hours.

The locations and testing times are at:

  • Anderson Munger Family YMCA
    • 4301 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90020
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Culver-Palms Family YMCA
    • 4500 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA, 90230 (Rear Parking Lot)
    • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m-5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon
  • East Valley Family YMCA
    • 5142 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood, CA, 91601
    • Monday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Gardena-Carson Family YMCA
    • 1000 W Artesia Blvd., Gardena, CA, 90248
    • Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Mid Valley Family YMCA
    • 6901 Lennox Ave., Van Nuys, CA, 91405
    • Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA
    • 301 S Bandini St., San Pedro, CA, 90731
    • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m.-11a.m.
  • Torrance-South Bay YMCA
    • 2900 W Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance, CA, 90505
    • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 8a.m.-noon
  • Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA
    • 2900 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90023
    • Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center
    • 9900 S Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90044
    • Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-noon and 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m
  • Westchester Family YMCA
    • 8015 S Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester, CA, 90045
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Wednesday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon
  • West Valley Family YMCA
    • 18810 Vanowen St., Reseda, CA, 91335
    • Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wilmington YMCA
    • 1127 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington, CA, 90744
    • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Source: Spectrum News1

Read the January/February Issue of INSIGHT into Diversity

The January/February issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is now available online and for download at This issue features a Special Report on Nursing and Pharmacy Schools.