Meet CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison

Being a university president is never an easy job, and when you’re at the helm of one of the largest in the country—in a state facing a budget crisis, no less—the stakes get even higher. To get to know our new president better, we sat down for a Q&A.

Saluting Matador Pride

Fifty-three years after students at what was then San Fernando Valley State College selected a matador as the official mascot in 1958, a larger-than-life Matador Statue—a symbol of CSUN pride—has finally found its home on our campus.

Seizing the Future

How to best ensure that the university’s mission of teaching and scholarly excellence, unparalleled student access and opportunity, and community service be preserved and grow? CSUN stakeholders, finding a common bond, offer their input.

KCSN Moves Boldly Forward

A lot has changed since Cal State Northridge’s radio station, whose call letters at the time were KEDC, first went on the air in November 1963. Here’s the story behind the station’s dramatic resurgence.

An Enduring Legacy

President Jolene Koester retired in December 2011 after 12 years of service—but not before leaving an enduring mark on California State University, Northridge.

A Historic Summit

Galvanizing university volunteers, President Jolene Koester convened the Inaugural Volunteer Leadership Summit in December 2011—her last month in office.

A Profile of Giving

Heritage Society member Ruth Rothman ’73 (Speech-Communicative Disorders), M.A. ’77 (Communicative Disorders) established a CSUN scholarship program as her way of carrying on a family tradition of helping others.

Campus News

Focus On: Diversity

As a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the university will receive about $12.6 million in federal grants over a period of five years to meet the needs of its diverse student population and local communities.

Focus On: Innovation

CSUN has been at the forefront of getting teachers to re-examine what they do and 
how to do it more effectively. This spring, the university continued in this vein by graduating its second cohort of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

Focus On: Community

After the persistence and dedication of 10 different University Student Union boards of directors, a 138,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center—open to students, alumni, faculty and staff—is now open.

Word’s Out

Check out these recently published books in print—from mystery novels to scholarly works—by CSUN faculty, staff and alumni.

Student Film Shown at Cannes Film Festival

Benny Wolde-Yohannes ’12 (CTVA) screened his senior film project, Pareto Principle, at the Cannes Film Festival this past May.

Accreditation Reaffirmed by Regional Commission

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has reaffirmed the accreditation 
of Cal State Northridge, with association officials calling the university “a model learning organization.”

CSUN Offers Community Access to Fitness

Cal State Northridge’s Department of Kinesiology has created a free, convenient option for local residents and CSUN faculty, staff and students who want to incorporate a moderate to vigorous workout into their daily exercise routine.

CSUN’s Disabilities Conference a Success

Thousands from around the world gathered in San Diego at the end of February to attend Cal State Northridge’s 27th annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Gives to CSUN

California State University, Northridge has received nearly $1.2 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop an online social network for parents in an effort to reduce the mistreatment of children.

Faculty Help Preserve Salvadoran Culture

CSUN Central American Studies faculty are working on a program that examines El Salvador’s cultural history while developing ways to document cultural changes that are occurring as Salvadorans emigrate from their homeland.

A New Minor: Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

The Sufism movement; the fundamentals of the Persian language; Israel’s history and people; Muslims and the media; and gender, sexuality and Islam in the U.S. are just a few of the topics planned for the university’s new offering.


A Dream Team of Coaches

Award-winning athletes in their respective sports before joining the university’s coaching staff, Tairia and Jason Flowers are an indisputable Matador power couple now bringing their best game to Northridge.

Newest CSUN Hall of Famers

More than 300 family, friends and avid supporters of Matador athletics honored the newest members of CSUN’s prestigious Hall of Fame during a luncheon Feb. 19, 2012, at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Big West Scholar-Athletes

Matadors Jennifer Sher (women’s tennis) and Joey Franco (men’s soccer) were named Cal State Northridge’s Scholar-Athletes of the Year and were honored in March 2012 at a banquet.

Matador Memo: Athlete Updates

The latest news on Recreation and Tourism major and basketball guard/forward Stephan Hicks; former Matador shortstop Adam Kennedy; and former men’s soccer co-captain Rafael Garcia.

Alumni News

A Message from Dennis DeYoung ’87

Alumni Association President Dennis DeYoung ’87 (Finance and Real Estate) welcomes CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison and invites all alumni to join the highly engaged alumni and friends already volunteering for our alma mater.

2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The CSUN Alumni Association’s 14th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards gala on April 21, 2012, honored Joan Chen ’92 (RTVF), John J. Harris ’72 (Political Science) and Richard Kaufman ’77 (Music).

2012 Teacher of the Year

President Barack Obama recognized Rebecca Mieliwocki ’96 (Secondary English Education) as the 2012 National Teacher of the Year during a ceremony at the White House earlier this year.

He Writes the Hit Songs

Andy Grammer ’07 (Music) emerged as one of the biggest success stories in the music business in 2011.

An Award-Winning Poet

James B. Golden ’07 (Pan African Studies), MPA ’09 (Political Science) received the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in the poetry category for his book Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain.

Continuing in Public Service

Vincent Barabba ’62 (Marketing), Hon. D. ’12 (Laws) added to his long career in public and private service recently by becoming a member of the California Citizens’ Redistricting Commission.

Alumni Spotlight: Keith R. Miller

An NBC News senior foreign correspondent based in London, Keith Miller ’72 (Journalism) began his professional journalism career at KNBC in Los Angeles.

Alumni Spotlight: Francine Oschin

President of Oschin Partners, a government affairs consulting firm, Francine Oschin ’84 (Journalism), M.A. ’85 (Mass Communications) is a tireless advocate for higher education in California.

Alumni Spotlight: Page Hannah Adler

Page Hannah Adler ’96 (Educational Psychology and Counseling) has devoted her career to enhancing the lives of children with serious medical conditions.

Alumni Spotlight: Peg Cagle

An advocate for national education reform, Peg Cagle ’04 (Secondary Math Education) was named a 2011–2012 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.

Class Notes

Find out what your classmates are doing now. Do you have updates to share? Please send us an email at alumni@csun.edu.

In Memoriam

We miss these beloved alumni, faculty and staff.

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