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Dean Webb

We in the College of Health and Human Development want to let you know that Dean Farrell J. Webb has chosen to accept a new position as Provost Administrative Fellow for Special Projects at CSUN in the Office of the Provost.

We will miss Dean Webb tremendously but we are happy for the greater University to benefit from his creativity, diversity of thought, and entrepreneurial spirit.

As the College search for a new Dean moves forward, we are in excellent hands with Associate Dean Dimitri Tamalis serving as Administrator in Charge, and at this point in the fall 2021 Semester, we are looking forward to a greater return to campus in the spring. Meanwhile in-person and online classes are thriving as we all navigate the changes driven by the pandemic.

In this issue of Milestones, we share a sampling of the ways we establish success for our students, strengthen our academic programs through research, and reach out into the community to enhance, enrich, and empower the human experience.

We send our best wishes to you and your families and friends, and as always, we thank you for your continued engagement and support of the CSUN College of Health and Human Development.



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USDA Funding Supports Pipeline to Create More Lactation Education Counselors

The USDA has funded a grant to support the "Pipeline to Certified Lactation Counselor" for the Lactation Education program in the Department of Health Sciences with funding in the amount of $750,000.

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Colaboratoria Outdoor Dance Concert Performances

Bring your blankets or beach chairs for these outdoor performances of the CSUN Kinesiology/Dance concert, Colaboratoria. Thursday 11/04 through Sunday 11/07, 3:00 - 4:15pm. Lawn, south side of Manzanita Hall (MZ on map). Free!


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Fashion Design Students Get Boost from TOMS

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The fashion design students who create the garments that are shown in the annual Family and Consumer Sciences TRENDS Apparel Design and Merchandising Student Fashion show this spring will benefit from a $10,000 grant from TOMS Men’s Footwear and Beyond Footwear.

Find Out More about TRENDS & TOMS >

HHD Launches Two New Video Series

CSUN HHD presents two new series: Stories come to life and wellbeing with hhd

Stories Come to Life is a virtual visit with an alum or community partner where we follow up on stories first published in CSUN Today and find out how life has progressed, and how influences at CSUN initiated succcess. 

What does well-being mean to you?  Our new series, Wellbeing with HHD is also a virtual visit with an alum or community parner to talk about wellbeing, life practices, and how HHD helped with the establishment of a career helping others.

Featured Episode of Stories Come to Life

Lee Zeidman

Lee Zeidman, Recreation and Tourism Management Alum, President, Staples Center, Nokia Theatre, and LA Live talks with Mechelle Best, Chair of RTM and HHD Dean Farrell J. Webb about how he got his start at CSUN in the 1970s, establishing an entertainment venue on campus where there was none, and the career path he walked to get where he is today.

Watch this Featured Episode of HHD Stories Come to Life >

In Loving Memory of Philip Magaram

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Philip Magaram. The Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nurtrition and Dietetics in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences was established by Phil and his family in 1991 as a tribute and memorial to his late wife, Marilyn, who was an alumna and faculty of CSUN and who studied Nutrition and Food Science in FCS. Phil’s efforts resulted in an auxiliary center that is not only of vital importance to CSUN students, but one that has grown into a trusted resource in support of the professional dietetics and food science communities.

Read More about Phil Magaram and the Magaram Center >

Did You Know?

EHAC logoThe CSUN Environmental and Occupational Health Program is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accrediation Council (for both BS and MS degrees). The agency said that the program is the best EOH program in the US.  It is also the largest! The program is also in the highest approval category for registered EOH specialists by the California Department of Public Health.

csun saa logo graphic onlyThe Communication Disorders and Sciences Student Academy of Audiology (the CSUN Chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology, CSUN SAA) received two awards this year for Diversity and Inclusion as well as for Outstanding Fundraising.

eop satellite logoThe HHD Student Services Center EOP can help students develop academic plans, resolve issues that might impede graduation and learn to build action plans - and that's a skill that will be helpful well beyond college life.

Explore HHD Advising >

a splash of colors, oranges and yellowsEffective Online Teaching Practices: Faculty from seven of our nine academic departments served as facilitators at the Pinning Ceremony for CSUN Faculty Development's year-long Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), completion. ACUE is a nationally recognized teaching Program for higher education. Under the direction of the office of the Provost with Faculty Development, participants practiced new evidenced-based teaching methods in both online and face-to-face learning environments. 

Find Out More About CSUN and ACUE and HHD >

jennifer newmanAs we continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, health administration professionals are seeking ways to understand the ways hospitals function, with a focus on improving systems for those who use them. Jennifer Newman (Health Sciences) has been awarded funding from the NIOSH Education and Research Center to explore these crucial interdynamics.

pt image shows dynamics of baseball bat swingThe graduaton rate and first-time licensure examination pass-rate for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in 2020 was 100% for each. The employment rate for graduates who sought employment as physical therapists within one year of graduation in 2018-19 was, again, 100%. 

lorena gonzalezBachelor of Science in Nursing student Lorena Gonzalez, who graduated last spring, was among eight graduates featured recently in CSUN Today.  Lorena teared up as she recalled the first day she arrived at Dodger Stadium to help administer COVID-19 vaccinations. "I knew I had made the right choice in becoming a nurse," she said.

Read More about Lorena Gonzalez >

2021 Faculty Award Recipients


kandice groteKandice Soraya Grote (Child and Adolescent Development) received the 2021 CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award, alongside Greg Knotts from Elementary Education in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education. She was recognized for her contributions to distinguished teaching through service, scholarship, and mentoring to the great benefit our students, our faculty, and the reputational strength of CSUN.

kim henigeKim Henige (Kinesiology) received the 2021 CSUN Extraordinary Service Award for her  advocacy and passion for the success of students, colleagues, and the community programs she has designed over the past decade. She is focused on improving the learning experience of students in exercise physiology and was acknowledged for extraordinary service that benefits CSUN, the community, and alumni worldwide.

Find Out More About the CSUN 2021 Faculty Award Winners >

Polished Apple Award 2021

carrie pullenEvery year, each of the CSUN University Student Ambassadors selects a CSUN staff or faculty to receive the distinguished Polished Apple Award. Recipients are those who have made a profound impact on the nominating student during their educational journey. We are proud to announce that Health Sciences faculty Carrie Pullen was selected as a 2021 Polished Apple Award recipient.

Staff Service and Recognition of Excellence Award

geoff stockerHHD Facilities Coordinator Geoff Stocker received the CSUN Presidential Award at the 55th Annual CSUN Staff Service and Recognition of Excellence Awards, 2021. In a virutal version of a tradition that is nearly as old as the university, Stocker was recognized for his consistent, outstanding performance and demonstration of sustained work that reflects the values of the university. 

Read More About this Year's Staff Service and Recognition Awards >

Every Gift Enriches Lives

give to student successYour support of the CSUN College of Health and Human Development strengthens projects, programs and events like the ones we are sharing today. Your gift helps our students and faculty improve the quality of life across the lifespan--locally and globally.

A donation to CSUN HHD of any amount is meaningful and helpful. Please donate today and say yes to student success! Thank you!

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Milestones is the newsletter for the alumni, community partners, and friends
of the CSUN College of Health and Human Development.

Managing Editor/Graphics Jean O’Sullivan, Public Affairs/Communications Specialist, HHD


We thank our Faculty for their contributions to this newsletter and our colleagues at CSUN Today for their detailed and dynamic coverage of HHD students, faculty, and community partners.

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