USU

Virtual Fall Programming for Matadors at the University Student Union

August 21, 2020

The University Student Union (USU) at CSUN welcomes all students and the campus community to the Fall 2020 semester. You are invited to experience the wide range of exciting virtual events, programs and services we are currently offering. Everything the USU provides for you is intended to optimize your sense of belonging at CSUN through student engagement, connection and community building.

USU Events

  • Matafest (Virtual USU Open House) — Sept. 3 
  • Advocacy Social Media Campaign: Thursdays at Noon via Instagram
  • Sunset Jams (Every Month): Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Craft Corner: Monthly 
  • Mystic Evening — Dia de los Muertos: Monday, Nov. 2
  • Expressions: Nov 16 — 20
  • Adulting 101: More Coming Soon
  • Student Showcase (October): More Coming Soon 
  • CrunchTime – Finals Week Stress Relief: December

Student Recreation Center

The Student Recreation Center of the University Student Union offers the CSUN community the opportunity to connect with us and enjoy the virtual fitness resources and services that are available during Fall 2020.

Virtual Group Exercise Classes
Daily Via Zoom & Other Online Services

Break a sweat from the comfort of your own home during our Virtual Group Exercise classes! Stay in shape by participating in fun fitness classes such as Zumba®, Pilates, High Intensity Interval Training Camp courses and more! Sign up for a Virtual Group Exercise class, and stay energized from home with the SRC!

On-Demand YouTube GX Classes
All Semester Long
Via YouTube

You can keep crushing those fitness and health goals by subscribing to the Student Recreation Center’s YouTube channel! You’ll gain access to a variety of brand-new pre-recorded fitness and wellness videos every Friday featuring some of your favorite SRC fitness instructors. You can turn up the heat with some bodyweight workouts or cool it down with some slow movement exercises. Either way, the SRC is here to keep you healthy and well all semester long!

Subscribe to the SRC’s YouTube Channel and turn on the bell to get the latest notifications about our On-Demand Fitness videos!

Mega Sweat Sesh
Starts Wednesday Sept. 30
Via Zoom

Sweat it out with the SRC during our Mega Sweat Sesh live on Zoom! Starting Sunday, Sept. 30, you can enjoy live virtual Group Exercise classes led by some of your favorite SRC Fitness Instructors! You can choose from either Zumba Fitness, HIIT Training or Vinyasa Flow—or, if you’re up for a challenge, you can join us for all three!

  • Zumba Fitness: Wednesday, Sept. 30 
  • HIIT Training: Wednesday, Oct. 21 
  • Vinyasa Flow: Wednesday, Nov. 18

All attendees will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a $50 gift card. Register one week in advance of each Mega Sweat SeshFind out more on the SRC Fitness Challenges webpage.

Fall Back Into Fitness
Monday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 25 

Fall Back Into Fitness this semester with our six-week virtual fitness program. All you have to do to take part in this festive program is engage in a variety of activities that promote your overall health and fitness. You’ll earn points as you go and become eligible to win some pretty awesome prizes with each milestone you reach!

Register for the SRC’s Fall Back Into Fitness starting Monday, Sept. 7 – Sunday, Oct. 11.  Find out more on the SRC Fitness Challenges webpage.

FIFA 20 Tournament 
Monday, Sept. 14 – Friday, Oct. 9 
Via Xbox One & PS4

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

Register to join in on all the FIFA action before Friday, Sept. 9 through IMLeagues.

Virtual Fit In 6
Starts Monday, Sept. 14 

It’s time to reach those fitness goals! The Student Recreation Center is here to help you put yourself first this semester with the virtual Fit in 6 fitness program starting on Sept. 14. In just six weeks, we’ll help you enhance your workout routine, set sustainable fitness and nutrition goals and become an overall stronger you. Plus, you’ll have access to exclusive fitness resources and weekly virtual check-ins with an SRC Personal Trainer.

Everyone who completes all program requirements will be entered into our raffle to win some awesome prizes! Register now through Wednesday, Sept. 2 via the SRC Portal and don’t forget to attend our mandatory virtual orientation to go over challenge expectations.

Virtual Matty 5k
Friday, Sept. 25

Make strides this semester! The Student Recreation Center of the University Student Union encourages everyone in the CSUN community to join us for our Virtual Matty 5k. On Friday, Sept. 25 you can join us in completing our Matty 5k by either walking, jogging or running. Step outside for a breath of fresh air and get moving with us from wherever you are!

Register for the Virtual Matty 5k by Friday, Sept. 18. Find out more on the SRC Fitness Challenges webpage.

Madden 20 Tournament 
Monday, Oct. 26 – Friday, Nov. 20
Via Xbox One & PS4

Get back into the game of NFL football with the SRC during our virtual Intramural Sports Madden 20 Tournament! This semester, we’re putting the game in your hands with an exciting new online competition featuring one of the most popular sports game franchises of all time. After signing up on IMLeagues, set up your matches on the SRC’s Discord to tackle the competition in Madden 20 on PS4 or Xbox One. Don’t fumble your chance to win an awesome prize! 

NBA 2K20 Tournament 
Monday, Oct. 5 – Friday, Oct. 30 
Via Xbox One & PS4

Jump off the sidelines and into the NBA 2K20 Tournament, an exciting Intramural Sports virtual competition on Xbox One and PS4 from the Student Recreation Center of the University Student Union. Here’s your chance to compete against other Matador gamers to and show them who really dominates the court. The player with the most wins on each console will earn the title of champion and walk away with an awesome prize.

Beat the buzzer and sign up on IMLeagues from Wednesday, Sept. 16 to Wednesday, Sept. 30. Then, join the SRC’s Discord to set up your matches and get the latest NBA 2K20 Tournament updates.

SRC Events Coming Soon…

Go the Distance Challenge
Monday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Dec. 6
Register starting Monday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Dec. 5.

Rocket League Tournament
Monday, Nov. 16 – Friday, Dec. 4 
Via Xbox One & PS4
Register via IMLeagues starting Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Wednesday Nov. 11.

Weekly Workouts on Social Media

Join in on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook

Looking for a new way to stay fit and have fun? The SRC is serving up some exciting weekly worksouts via social media. Follow the SRC on InstagramTwitterFacebook and YouTube for some fresh new ways to get your heart rate up and stay on track with your fitness goals, no matter where you are.

External Virtual Fitness Opportunities

CrossFit At Home
CrossFit At Home is a great way to keep your fitness routine in motion right now – no matter where you are. This resource is an essential way to keep your goals within reach and at your fingertips with instructional videos about individual workouts, functional movements, and nutritional meal ideas.

Blogilates
Blogilates has a wide range of quick 10-12 minute workouts by Cassey Ho, an award-winning fitness instructor based in Los Angeles. Her positive approach is a great way to have a fun and engaging virtual workout. While you’re at it, explore some of her articles covering an array of topics revolving around fitness, nutrition and other health-related topics.

Fitness Blender
Redundant workouts make it hard to stay motivated. But having a diverse collection of workout routines in your hands can help you plan accordingly and get the results you’re looking for. Fitness Blender has an easy-to-use video library that helps you customize your workouts based on available time, exercise difficulty, available equipment and training type. This unique fitness resource will help keep your workouts fresh and effective whether you’re on the go or at home.

Y360
Get moving and build momentum towards improving your mental and physical health! The YMCA’s Y360 health and fitness videos provide a great opportunity to engage in a group yoga class from where ever you may be. It’s a wonderful way to relax and feel the healing energy that a guided meditation class can provide.

 

USU Games Room

Join the Games Room's Discord Server

Connect with your fellow Matador gamers from wherever you are by joining the Games Room’s Discord Server! It’s the easiest way to stay connected, sign up for our upcoming eGaming Tournaments and share your funniest gaming memes. We can’t wait to chat with you online!

Check out our list of upcoming USU Games Room eGaming Tournaments:

Season 1

  • Brawlhalla
    Wednesdays (Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 7)
    5 p.m.
  • Super Smash Bros.
    Thursdays (Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Sept. 24)
    5 p.m.
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
    Fridays (Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2)
    5 p.m.
  • Trivia Nights
    Tuesdays (Sept. 8, Sept. 29) 
    5 p.m.
  • Completion Bounties
    Sunday, Sept. 6 – Saturday, Oct. 10 
    Ongoing

Season 2

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
    Wednesdays (Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18) 
    5 p.m.
  • Super Smash Bros.
    Thursdays (Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5) 
    5 p.m.
  • Tekken 7 
    Fridays (Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13)
    5 p.m.
  • Trivia Nights
    Tuesdays (Oct. 20, Nov. 10) 
    5 p.m.
  • Completion Bounties
    Sunday, Oct. 18 – Saturday, Nov. 21
    Ongoing

Oasis Wellness Center

The Oasis Wellness Center of the University Student Union invites all Matadors to connect to the virtual wellness resources and services that are available during Fall 2020. Check them out!

Virtual Wellness Challenge — More coming soon!

Oasis Weekly Virtual Wellness Programs

Right now is the perfect time to put yourself first and indulge in a little self-care—and the Oasis Wellness Center is here to help you do it! Stay balanced and reduce stress from the comfort of your own home by attending our Weekly Virtual Wellness ProgramsSign up through MINDBODY and connect with us on Zoom every week in workshops dedicated to your personal well-being. Get centered and rejuvenated with the Oasis by attending our Weekly Virtual Wellness Programs!

Wellness Coaching Telehealth Sessions: Virtual

Tuesdays: 9 a.m. – Noon
Wednesdays: 1 – 4 p.m.
Call the Klotz Student Health Center at 818-677-3666 (choose Option 1) to Make an Appointment

Taking positive steps to maintaining your overall wellness during this time is one of the best things you can do for yourself. These free one-on-one consultations with a certified wellness and health coach will help you enhance your holistic health and wellbeing. Our coaches will assist you in developing your wellness plan, discuss ways to overcome your personal barriers ad discover inner strengths and motivations to help you achieve optimal wellbeing and a renewed focus on academics.

More Virtual Wellness Opportunities

Explore our Oasis FAQs for additional online resources to practice mindfulness and wellbeing while we are developing even more programs for you.

Pride Center

The Pride Center of the University Student Union offers all LGBTQIA+ Matadors the chance to connect with your community and enjoy engaging events virtually. Check them out!

Pride Center
Available by phone 
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(818) 677-4355
Meetings can be scheduled via Zoom — Contact Us!

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Sarina Loeb
Manager, Pride Center

Virtual Pride Center
Thuesdays
3 – 5 p.m.
Via Zoom (Meeting ID 316-032-342)

Every weekday you’re invited to visit with the Virtual Pride Center on Zoom to talk with friends, get your questions answered and spend some time with us while still practicing social distancing. It’s the best way to keep in touch with the Pride Center of the University Student Union and get the updates about issues that affect you. Whether you want to see a familiar face, have lunch with a group, or ask a question about available resources, we’re here for you at the Virtual Pride Center — so please join the conversation on Zoom.

Visit the Virtual Pride Center.

Virtual T-Time
Wednesdays
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Experience support, guidance and a network of peers to help you navigate living as trans* or outside the gender binary at Virtual T-Time, hosted everyday Wednesday on Zoom. Take advantage of this welcoming space where you can feel free to discuss living with in-tersecting identities with individuals who can relate. Whether you’re transgender, gender questioning, genderqueer or believe you fit outside of the gender binary, you are invited to explore and embrace who you truly are. RSVP now and join us for Virtual T-Time on Zoom

GAYme Night 
Thursdays
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 964-7225-0312)

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 all throughout Fall se-mester to bask in glory that lives within the CSUN LGBTQIA+ community! Show up weekly on Zoom every Thursday to show the Pride Center your competitive side during GAYme Night. We can’t wait to have a gay ol’ time with you!

How to:
Mondays (Aug. 24 – Dec. 7)
5 – 6 p.m.
Via Pride Center Instagram Live

Looking for something to do while you’re in self-quarantine? The Pride Center has you covered! Check out our IG Live every Monday for tutorials on a variety of interesting, fun and relevant topics during How to:! Whether you want to take up art, cooking or self-care, you can learn something with How to: on the Pride Center’s IG live every Monday! 

Check it Out!
Wednesdays (Aug. 26 – Dec. 9)
3 – 4 p.m.
Via Pride Center Instagram Live

Join the Pride Center for an informative afternoon on our IG Live for Check it Out! Learn about a variety of different resources curated for our community, by our community, and engage with impactful LGBTQIA+ organizations on and off campus. Visit our IG Live every Wednesday and check out what we have just for you! 

Generation Pride
Thursday, Aug. 27
5 – 6 p.m.
Via Zoom (Meeting ID:  955-4447-3784)

Let’s scrap the labels CSUN! Your Pride Center of the University Student Union invites in-coming Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, and Boomer students to all come together and join Generation Pride.

We want you to attend this Zoom gathering to learn about all of the LGBTQIA+ resources and organizations that are available to you on and around the CSUN campus and experience how your USU loves you! Plus, you’ll get your shot at winning the Generation Pride Challenge! Register now and join us on Zoom!

OUT on Stage
Fridays (Monthly)
Aug. 28 – Nov. 20
7 – 9 p.m.
Via Pride Center Instagram Live

LGBTQIA+ students and allies, you’re invited to the Pride Center’s virtual variety show, OUT On Stage! On select Fridays, you can tune in via Instagram Live to enjoy live performances from talented queer artists and connect virtually with fellow LGBTQIA+ folx. Just because we can’t see each other in person, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate talent together! Join us at OUT On Stage to spread the support and celebrate our queer talent with the Pride Center. 

The Lavender Takeover
Fridays (Sept. 4 – Nov. 20)
5 – 7 p.m.
Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 997-8612-4304)

Take a step back from the complexities of white heteronormative society and express some gratitude for your queerness and melanin during The Lavender Takeover. Enter this vibrant weekly space for learning, healing, embracing and igniting the intersectional activ-ism needed to give future LGBTQIA+ people of color a beautifully violet world that is proudly violence-free.

Bi, Pan, Poly Power
Wednesday, Sept. 23
5 – 7 p.m.
Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 936-2129-5592)

Calling all lovers! Come celebrate Bisexual Visibility Day with the Pride Center at our Bi, Pan, Poly Power virtual workshop! Hear the voices and experiences of bisexual, pansexual and polysexual individuals to increase your recognition and understanding of these communities. Show-off your heart and come help us share what the LGBTQIA+ and our allies are all about! Always remember Matadors, you’re valid just by being you!

An AROdynamic spACE
Wednesday, Oct. 28
5 – 7 p.m.
Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 985-7018-3498)

The Pride Center invites you to join an inclusive virtual environment dedicated to Asexual and Aromantic Matadors during An AROdynamic spACE! We’re amplifying Asexual and Aromantic voices with an inclusive panel discussion where you can learn more more about the community. Blast off into our AROdynamic spACE and expand your understanding of your peers!

Trans* Empowerment Week — More Details to Come!
Monday, Nov. 11 – Friday, Nov. 20
Via Zoom & Instagram Live

Transcend beyond LGB and come empower CSUN’s transgender community during our virtual Trans* Empowerment Week. Join us on Zoom and IG Live to recognize and raise the visibility of transgender, gender-queer and gender non-conforming individuals while we explore vital resources to help uplift the community. Keep an eye out for more information on our webpage and get ready to celebrate CSUN’s transgender community during Trans* Empowerment Week!

Veterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center of the University Student Union offers Student Veterans and all military-connected Matadors the opportunity to connect with us to enjoy the many virtual resources and services that are available to you during Fall 2020.

VRC Virtual Lunchtime Pop-In 
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Tuesdays, Thursdays: 2 – 4 p.m.
Via Zoom

Join us every weekday for a virtual place to talk with friends, get answers to your questions and still share some social distancing. Whether you want to see a familiar face, have lunch with a group, or learn about all of our available resources — the VRC Virtual Lunchtime Pop-In is your way to stay connected with the VRC and get updates about issues that affect you. We’re here for you — so please join the conversation.

Join the VRC Virtual Lunchtime Pop-In via Zoom.

The Blend — Virtual
Wednesdays
Noon
Via Instagram Live

Take a break from your daily routine and enjoy good virtual 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.

Veterans Welcome — Virtual 
Thursday, Aug. 13
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Settle right into campus by joining us for our virtual Veteran Welcome event, hosted by the Veterans Resource Center of the University Student Union! On Thursday, Aug. 13, you can come 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 teach you all about the variety of helpful resources available to Matadors like you!

Reserve your spot by submitting your RSVP. We look forward to meeting you.

Women to Women — Virtual 
Friday, Oct. 16 
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Via Zoom

The Veterans Resource Center of the University Student Union invites all female Student Veterans to our empowering online event, virtual Women to Women. Come join us on Zoom to share your story, make new connections and learn about the many resources offered to you through the VRC. 

Register for Women to Women starting Monday, Sept. 21 to Friday, Nov. 16.

Elevate — Virtual 
Fridays (Sept. 4 – Oct. 26)
Noon 
Via IGTV

Prepare for the career you want after graduation by joining us for Elevate, the VRC’s job search information series. Starting Friday, Sept 4, we’ll host a weekly virtual webinar just for Student Veterans on the VRC’s IGTV. Elevate is specially designed to help you through your transition from the classroom toward your future career.

Be sure to check out all nine of the videos that will be released Friday at noon on the VRC’s IGTV, each featuring a working professional from a range of different careers. During the last week of the series, you’ll also want to join us live for select meetings on Zoom from Monday Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30 to get the right answers to all of your questions and even more job seeking tips!

Military Connected — Virtual 
Friday, Nov. 20
Noon – 1 p.m.
Via Zoom

The Veterans Resource Center of the University Student Union invites CSUN students who are military dependents, have family members who serve and others with military ties to Military-Connected virtual. Come get connected with other Matadors like you and learn about the various resources the VRC has to offer you on campus and beyond!

Reserve your spot by submitting your RSVP starting Monday, Nov. 9 to Friday. Nov. 20.

More VRC Events Coming Soon!

CSUN Remembers 9/11 Tribute — Virtual
Friday, Sept.11
Via VRC Social Media Platforms

Family Fun Day — Virtual
Saturday, Sept. 19

VRC Wellness Challenge — Virtual
Tuesday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Oct. 9

Veterans Day Shout Out — Virtual
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Via VRC Social Media Platforms

ETA 5K Fun Run — Virtual
Sunday, Nov. 8

Joining Forces — Virtual
Monday, Nov. 9 
1 – 3 p.m.

Salute to Service Noon Time Concert — Coming Soon
Thursday, Nov. 12
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Via Zoom

DREAM Center

The DREAM Center of the University Student Union offers undocumented students, mixed status families, staff, faculty, allies and future undocumented students the opportunity to connect with us to enjoy the many virtual resources and services that are available during Fall 2020.

Upcoming Events for Fall 2020:

Pathway to Citizenship Presentation Series (led by CARECEN)
Thursdays (Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12) 
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Let’s Talk with University Counseling Services
Every Thursday 
11 a.m. – Noon (drop-in)

CARECEN Legal Clinic
Every Wednesday by appointment (all day)

Coffee Talks
Every 3rd week of the month

Charnae’s Office Hours
Every Wednesday and Thursday 
10 a.m. – Noon (by appointment)

 

Check here often for more information about our virtual opportunities for you at the University Student Union… Where Matadors Belong!