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An Exciting New Way to “Swing Into Spring” through Feb. 5

December 17, 2020

All Matadors are invited to welcome a brand new year and the new semester at CSUN during Swing Into Spring from the University Student Union, Associated Students and Matador Involvement Center! We’re working together to bring you an unprecedented month of fun events and activities as we say “Goodbye 2020” and “Hello 2021”. Just for participating in any of the awesome and entertaining opportunities listed below from Friday, Jan. 1 to Friday, Feb. 5, you’ll be entered into a raffle each week featuring cool prizes including Swing Into Spring T-shirts and masks as well as gift cards worth up to $100 from Amazon, Chipotle, Netflix, GrubHub, the CSUN Campus Store and more. Then, for the grand finale, we’ll give away two $250 gift cards on Friday, Feb. 5! Don’t miss out on this exciting new way to Swing Into Spring with the University Student Union … Where Matadors Belong.


USU Programs

New Year’s Resolutions
Wednesday, Jan. 6 – Friday, Jan. 22
Via Instagram 

You are invited to join the University Student Union in welcoming the promise of the New Year by sharing your goals for 2021 during our New Year’s Resolutions social media event throughout the month of January. Come see what other Matadors are looking forward to in the coming year. You can participate just by using our New Year’s Resolutions template to share your hopes for the New Year to your story. 

Cultural Welcomes
Monday, Jan. 25 – Thursday, Jan. 28
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Via Zoom 

Whether you’re just settling into CSUN as a new student or you’ve been a Matador for a few semesters now, the University Student Union wants to help you feel connected and find your sense of belonging on campus with our virtual Cultural Welcomes event. You can come connect with the variety of diverse communities here at CSUN, meet some of our amazing faculty and staff members and get familiar with the many resources available to Matadors just like you.

Welcome Back Week
Monday, Feb. 1 – Friday, Feb. 5
Via Instagram

Welcome to a new semester, Matadors! The University Student Union invites all CSUN students to join us for Welcome Back Week. At this special virtual resource fair, you can learn about all the valuable resources and fun events coming up this semester. You’ll hear from USU resource centers — the Student Recreation Center, Oasis Wellness Center, Veterans Resource Center, Pride Center, DREAM Center and more — as they take over our Instagram throughout this fun and informative week. Be sure to check in every day for exciting opportunities to learn, connect and even win awesome prizes! 

Music Mondays
Monday, Feb. 1
Noon
Via Spotify

You don’t have to socially distance yourself in silence! Discover and share new music with the University Student Union on Music Mondays via Spotify. Add and listen to the soundtrack of your Spring and explore different genres with weekly playlists curated for Matadors, by Matadors. Check out a new playlist on the USU’s Spotify every week, and tune into Music Mondays with the USU! 

USU Advocacy Campaign
Thursday, Feb. 4
11 a.m.
Via Instagram

Get inspired in your personal advocacy with your friends from the University Student Union at CSUN. On select Thursdays during the Spring semester, @csun_usu on Instagram will post a messaged aimed at encouraging you to celebrate and highlight different cultures! Be sure to hop on Instagram and turn on post notifications for @csun_usu to experience the spark!

Student Recreation Center

New Year Step Challenge
Friday, Jan. 1 – Thursday, Jan. 7
Register through Thursday, Dec. 31
Via Discord

Here’s a great way to begin your 2021 with fun and fitness during the week-long New Year Step Challenge. With a team of up to 10 members, you and your friends can step your way to victory, accumulating points along the way. All members of the team with the highest step count at the end of the challenge will each walk away with a $25 Amazon gift card.

Sports Movie Bracket Challenge
Friday, Jan. 1 – Thursday, Jan. 21
Register through Thursday, Dec. 31
Via Discord

Vote for your favorite sports movies and win during the Student Recreation Center’s Sports Movie Bracket Challenge! Point values will increase each round, and every time you match a crowd favorite, you’re one step closer to winning three FREE Amazon Movie Rentals!

Move More Challenge
Monday, Jan. 4 – Sunday, Jan. 24
Registration opens Monday, Dec. 28
Via ChallengeRunner

There’s no better way for you to start 2021 than the Move More Challenge, a brand-new 21-Day virtual fitness program presented by the Student Recreation Center of the University Student Union! By committing to move your body more in 2021, you can earn amazing rewards like speed jump ropes, resistance bands or dumbbells, each week, when you reach the weekly activity goal! Plus, you will have the chance to win a $100 gift card of your choice, if you rank in the Top 21!

Learn the Basics
Select Thursdays
Jan. 7 – Feb. 4
Via Zoom 

Interested in a great way to begin your personal fitness journey from the comfort of your own home? Learn the Basics with the Student Recreation Center is the perfect place to start. With four different interactive workshops on Zoom available for you to participate, this is a special chance to expand your knowledge of fitness and wellness while you get your body moving the right way with guidance from our SRC trainers and instructors.

Rocket League Tournaments
Round 1:
Tuesday, Jan. 12
5 – 7 p.m.
Register Friday, Jan. 1 – Monday, Jan. 11

Round 2:
Friday, Jan. 29
5 – 7 p.m.
Register Friday, Jan. 1 – Wednesday, Jan. 27 

Via Discord

Start those engines and get ready to ram your way to victory during Rocket League Tournament hosted by Intramural Sports at the Student Recreation Center of the University Student Union. In two special tourneys, kick those engines into gear for a test of speed, strategy and fun! The ultimate winner will walk away with both bragging rights and a $50 Amazon gift card.

FIFA 21 Tournaments
Round 1:
Monday, Jan. 18
5 – 7:30 p.m.
Register Friday, Jan. 1 – Monday, Jan. 18 

Round 2:
Thursday, Jan. 28
5 – 7:30 p.m.
Register Friday, Jan. 1 – Tuesday, Jan. 26

Via Discord

Go for the gold this Spring during the FIFA 21 Tournament hosted by Intramural Sports at the Student Recreation Center of the University Student Union. FIFA fanatics of all levels, here’s your chance to compete against other Matador gamers on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and battle it out to claim FIFA 21 victory. The player with the most wins on each console will be crowned FIFA 20 Tournament champion and score an awesome prize!

Gaming & Sports Trivia Night
Friday, Jan. 22
5 – 6 p.m.
Register Friday, Jan. 1 – Thursday, Jan. 21
Via Discord and Kahoot

Put your pop culture knowledge to the test during Gaming & Sports Movie Trivia Night with the Student Recreation Center of the USU. Come play to win and wow the crowd on Discord and Kahoot with all of the video game and sports movie knowledge you’ve accumulated over the years. The top two teams or individuals who answer the most trivia questions correctly by the end of the night will reign supreme as our trivia champions and walk away with both bragging rights and Amazon gift cards.

Start of Spring Semester Step Challenge
Monday, Jan. 25 – Sunday, Jan. 31
Register Friday, Jan. 8 – Sunday, Jan. 24
Via IMLeagues and Discord

Put some spring in your step during the Start of Spring Semester Step Challenge! Build a team of up to 10 members and start walking, jogging, running or hiking, recording your team’s progress along the way. At the end of the challenge, the members of the team with the highest step count will each receive a $10 Amazon gift card and the individual with the most steps will receive a FREE Intramural Sports Hoodie. Plus, everyone who participates will get an Intramural Sports Towel and be entered in a raffle to win awesome running accessories! 

Run It to Win It Challenge
Saturday, Jan. 25 – Wednesday, Feb. 5
Registration opens Saturday, Jan. 18
Via Nike Run Club App 

Build up your cadence and push your pace! Get ready for an all-new virtual fitness program called the Run It to Win It Challenge hosted by the Student Recreation Center of the University Student Union. All you need to do is connect with us on the Nike Run Club App and get ready to let your endorphins flow! Once you’re registered and connected to the Student Recreation Center NRC account, stretch your Achilles tendon and get ready to run! When the challenge begins, the first three contestants to complete 50 miles will win some sweet prizes!

NFL Sports Trivia Night
Tuesday, Jan. 26
5 – 6 p.m.
Register Friday, Jan. 1 – Monday, Jan. 25
Via Discord and Kahoot

Show off your pro football knowledge during our virtual NFL Sports Trivia Night with the Student Recreation Center of the University Student Union. You can sign up as a team or a free agent to join us on Kahoot and Discord to blitz the competition with your football trivia smarts. The player with the highest score will win a $50 NFL Store gift card, and all players will be entered to win a FREE “SRC Intramural Sports” Hoodie and Workout Bag.

Games Room

Video Game Bracket Challenge
Friday, Jan. 1 – Thursday, Jan. 7
Register through Thursday, Dec. 31
Via Discord

Vote for your favorite games during our virtual Video Game Bracket Challenge, from the Student Recreation Center of the University Student Union. Point values increase each round, and every time you pick a crowd favorite, you’re one step closer to winning a $25 gift card for the gaming platform of your choice! Plus, you’ll be entered to win a FREE Amazon movie rental just for participating!

Among Us Party
Friday, Jan. 8
8 – 10 p.m.
Via Discord

Emergency Meeting! It’s sus not to come. Prove your innocence at the Among Us Party hosted by the Games Room of the University Student Union. Download the game on your smartphone or PC, then join the Games Room Discord server, and come ready to vote your way to victory! Once you have your 10 crewmates, you can start your mission and communicate via text chat or even our Discord voice chat! On top of all that, just for doing your tasks, you can win a free gaming accessory of up to a $25 value!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament
Friday, Jan. 15
6 – 10 p.m.
Via Discord

Get ready to show up and bring your best game for the exciting Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament this semester. Challenge your friends and other CSUN gamers every month to see who will be the champion. Join the battle for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card and to be entered into a raffle for a $10 Nintendo eShop gift card! Bust out your best attacks to defeat the competition and walk away with the grand prize, plus all the bragging rights!

Oasis Wellness Center

New Year Workshops
Friday, Jan. 1 – Monday, Jan. 4
Via YouTube and Zoom 

Jumpstart your new year, Matadors! Join the Oasis Wellness Center of the University Student Union to start 2021 right with New Year Workshops! Over four days, you’ll have access to brand new on-demand classes and live workshops. It’s another great opportunity to experience during Swing Into Spring. Get started by visiting us online to see the full schedule of classes on our calendar. Once you see a class you like, register by clicking the RSVP link before the workshop begins to receive the Zoom ID. 

Pride Center

GAYme Night
Thursday, Jan 28 and Thursday, Feb 4
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Looking to have some fun with your fellow CSUN GAYmers? Come join the Pride Center of the University Student Union for our weekly virtual GAYme Night this semester to connect with other CSUN LGBTQIA+ community members! Show up weekly via Zoom every Thursday and show us your competitive side! We can’t wait to have a gay ol’ time with you!

Lavender Takeover - Black Queer and Trans Fashion (open)
Tuesday, Feb. 2
5 -7 p.m.
Via Zoom

Venture into this healing space to find security and support in your community during The Lavender Takeover at the Pride Center of the University Student Union. The Pride Center will host this meeting as a space for LGBTQIA+ people of color in our CSUN community to engage in discussions, share experiences and be encouraged by one another. This is a space to not only dive into history and the past but also find hope in the future as you strengthen your roots in your community here at CSUN.

Queerations
Wednesday, Feb. 3
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Grab your favorite mug and join us on Zoom for some good conversation, hot drinks and fun crafts at Queerations by the Pride Center of the University Student Union! During these bi-monthly gatherings on select Wednesdays, LGBTQIA+ community members and allies can come together and enjoy tea, coffee and all things crafts. Whether you’re super artsy or just love a good latte, this is the place for you! 

Veterans Resource Center

Veteran Welcome
Thursday, Jan. 14
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Registration opens Monday, Dec. 28
Via Zoom 

Start your CSUN experience off strong by experiencing our virtual Veteran Welcome event that’s just for you, hosted by the Veterans Resource Center of the University Student Union! Connect with us on Zoom to enjoy a special afternoon dedicated to Student Veterans like yourself who are new arrivals to CSUN. We’ll help you settle into the campus community and tell you all about the impressive variety of valuable resources we have available to you. It’s a great way to get familiar with the VRC and make connections with CSUN’s welcoming Veteran community!

The Blend
Wednesday, Feb. 3
10 a.m.
Via IGTV

You’re invited to join us at The Blend on Instagram — hosted by the Veterans Resource Center at the University Student Union. Take a break from your daily routine and enjoy good conversation with fellow Veterans and other CSUN students with military connections — all blended together. Whether you can only drop by for a few minutes or want to hang around for a while, take some time out with the VRC.

Game Night
Wednesday, Feb. 3
6 – 7 p.m.
Via Zoom 

The Veterans Resource Center of the University Student Union invites all Student Veterans and military-connected Matadors to have some fun at our virtual Game Night on Zoom! Come hang out online with your friends from the VRC to enjoy a little competition and conversation playing virtual games together. Plus, a $20 Amazon gift card will be given away to the winner of the night! Come kick-back and have a chance to score some prizes while you let the good times roll!

DREAM Center

Virtual Open House
Friday, Jan. 29
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Whether you’re new to CSUN or a seasoned Matador, come check out what the DREAM Center of the University Student Union has to offer this year at our Virtual Open House! It’s another great program for you during the USU’s Swing Into Spring! You’ll get to connect with some awesome people and learn all about what the DREAM Center is doing to make your time at CSUN successful, safe and enjoyable. Plus, there will be fun activities with opportunities to win some awesome prizes! 

Know Your Rights for the Immigrant Community
Thursday, Feb. 4
Noon – 1 p.m.
Via Zoom

Join us for this informational meeting to learn about your rights and the resources available to you during Know Your Rights for the Undocumented Community by the DREAM Center of the University Student Union, in collaboration with CARECEN’s CSU Legal Project team. This 1-hour presentation will equip you with critical information and the tools to best protect yourself or other members of the undocumented community in the event of any involvement with law enforcement or immigration. Plus, you’ll receive legal guidance from a practicing immigration attorney while learning all about the resources CARECEN has to offer member of the CSUN community. 

Associated Students

Game Night
Thursday, Jan. 28
6 – 8 p.m.

Find more information on the A.S. Productions webpage!

AS Resource Fair
Monday, Feb. 8 – Friday, Feb. 12

Find more information on the A.S. Productions webpage!

Intro to Backpacking
Tuesday, Jan. 26
5 p.m.
Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 93800127416)

Find more information on the A.S Outdoor Adventures webpage!

Star Wars Virtual Tour
Tuesday, Feb. 2
5 p.m.
Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 93800127416)

Find more information on the A.S Outdoor Adventures webpage!

Sports-A-Palooza
Wednesday
Noon – 2 p.m.
Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 8186778326)

Find more information on the A.S. Sports Clubs webpage!

Matador Involvement Center

Meet the Clubs (Spring 2021)
Tuesday, Jan. 26 & Wednesday, Jan. 27
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Find more information on the Matador Involvement Center webpage!

Meet the Clubs (Live Event)
Thursday, Jan. 28
5:30 p.m.

Find more information on the Matador Involvement Center webpage!

Statewide Winter Mixer
Wednesday, Feb. 3
5:30 p.m.

Find more information on the Matador Involvement Center webpage!