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Dean's Student Council

The Dean’s Student Council consists of one student from each undergraduate and graduate program in the College of Humanities. Students on the council act as liaisons between the departments and the Dean, as well as working on ways to engage the broader community about the Humanities.

The Dean’s Student Council is a way for student concerns and issues to be addressed in the College. Go to the Members page for council members' contact information.

Alumni Stories

Janet Garufis
B.A. English, ’77; M.A. English, ’02

Janet GarufisJanet Garufis only started training as an endurance runner a little over a decade ago. It was at the suggestion of one of her two sons, who hoped that the discipline would help her cope with the 2007 death of her husband. Yet you could say that the marathon is an apt metaphor for Garufis’s life journey, from false academic starts to a banking career with zero shortcuts to the top. 

Now the chairperson and CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust, Garufis, among CSUN’s three Distinguished Alumni Award honorees in 2018, credits her success in the male-dominated industry to her steady rise through the ranks, from an unassuming start as a bank teller at Security Pacific National Bank in 1972. Janet Garufis article continues


D. Zeke Zeidler
B.A. English, '87

D. Zeke ZeidlerThe CSUN Alumni Association announced its first Distinguished Alumni Award back in 1981. In years since the Association has singled out scores of Matadors for the honor from among CSUN’s 350,000-strong lifetime graduate body, showcasing the University’s impact on the personal and professional lives of individuals, and highlighting the profound contributions of CSUN grads to regional and national business, education, arts, and culture.

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients in 2018 include the Honorable D. Zeke Zeidler, a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Zeidler ’87 (English), a friend and booster of the College of Humanities, notes his delight in joining the ranks of Distinguished Alumni honorees such as Frank del Olmo, Irene Tovar, the Honorable Linda Lingle, Cheech Marin, Larry Feldman, Bill Imada, and Judy Baca. “What they all have in common is the ongoing commitment to better our society, while also continuing to find time to support the wonderful work going on at CSUN,” says Zeidler. “I can only hope that I have been able to make a small fraction of the impact that each of them has.” Zeke Zeidler article continues