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The 2021 Freshman Celebration

The 2021 Freshman Celebration

Welcome to the Freshman Celebration 2021!

The Freshman Celebration is an annual CSUN event that showcases work created by first-time freshmen enrolled in University 100 during the fall semester at Cal State Northridge. The event usually has a dual format with traditional projects displayed on-site at the showcase and digital projects displayed online using Portfolium. Portfolium is a digital portfolio network that students can use throughout their college career and beyond to showcase their work, projects, and activities. For the fall of 2021, all projects will be displayed using Portfolium.

The 16th Annual Freshman Celebration was held from Monday, November 29 to Thursday, December 2, 2021.

2021 Judges' Grand Prize Awards

  • Motion-Graphics project (animation, video, etc.)
  • Still Image(s) project (photography, graphic design, illustration)

Judges' Grand Prize Criteria

  • Critical thinking (defined in the Information Competence Vocabulary list at the University Library as “The process of effectively examining and questioning information in order to weigh evidence and make choices and/or take action”.
    • Including appropriate credit to sources, if applicable
  • Significance and importance of content and/or meaning
  • Creativity, artistry, and aesthetic value


2021 Judges’ Grand Prize – Motion Graphics Project

Professor Keli Rowley’s U100 Kinesiology cohort

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2021 Judges’ Grand Prize – Still Image(s) Project

Professor Marvin Villanueva’s U100 FreshStart/EOP cohort

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2021 Runners-up

Motion Graphics

    • Professor Matt Reinig’s U100 Kinesiology cohort

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    • Professor Autumn Fabricant’s U100 College of Science & Mathematics cohort

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    • Professor Sharon Lim’s U100 Child & Adolescent Development cohort

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Still Image(s)

    • Professor Debbi Mercado’s U100 NCOD/Deaf Studies cohort

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    • Professor Sherilyn Ashena’s U100 class

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To view all of the projects, please go to:


About the Freshman Celebration

The first Freshman Celebration at CSUN took place in 2006 with participation limited to Freshman Connection students. In 2007 the Celebration was opened to all students enrolled in a fall U100 class. As enrollment has continued to grow, so has the Celebration. 

Each fall, freshmen taking University 100 are invited to participate in a campus-wide celebration of their first-semester academic achievements. This showcase, the Freshman Celebration, is modeled on CSUN's Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research and Creative Works Symposium. The student projects often (but not always) respond to the current year's Freshman Common Reading, which in 2021-2022 is When They Call You a Terrorist, by Patrisse Kahn-Cullors & asha bandele.