President's Office

Message from President Dianne Harrison

August 23, 2013

Dear CSUN staff and faculty,

Next week marks the beginning of the fall 2013 semester and a new academic year.

The start of a new academic year is a busy and exciting time for all, and I always look forward to welcoming new and returning students. The arrival of students for the fall semester means that CSUN is back in full swing and focused on its mission to help students achieve their educational and long-range goals.

This fall semester will bring a record number of new students to CSUN, as well as large numbers of returning students. Let me extend appreciation in advance to all our staff and faculty who will be very busy helping students navigate their way. Each encounter in a classroom, department office, administrative office, or service area such as student housing, the bookstore, or food service makes a difference. It is an opportunity to ensure that our students are having an excellent experience at CSUN.

This is the second year that employee volunteers will serve as CSUN Navigators throughout campus during the first week of classes. As they did last year, the Navigators will welcome students, answer their questions, help them find their way to class and service locations, and offer them bottled water to quench their thirst. This year they will also be showing students the new CSUN Mobile App, which includes the campus map navigation and campus directory, and can be used by students to view class schedules and to add and drop classes. The CSUN Navigators program provides a warm welcome to our new and returning students, and it provides our staff volunteers the opportunity to step out of the normal scope of their jobs and interact with students in this more informal yet very helpful way. The experience also serves as a reminder that each of us plays a role in helping CSUN students realize their educational goals. Thank you to our CSUN Navigators, and to the supervisors who support the Navigators' time away from their regular duties.

The coming weeks and months will be rewarding as we help students settle into their classes and fully engage with CSUN.  On Thursday, August 28, we will have the Welcome Back Picnic (again staffed by staff and faculty volunteers), and we are looking forward to more formally welcoming the new freshman class on September 12 at Freshman Convocation.

Let me wish everyone a positive and productive beginning of our fall 2013 semester, and thank you for all you do to make CSUN shine.


Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.