With tacos and cold drinks in hand, California State University, Northridge students, faculty and staff gathered on Bayramian Lawn for the annual President’s Picnic on Aug. 30.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students William Watkins said the picnic was a perfect way for Matadors to get to know one another as the new semester kicks off.
“CSUN has a big emphasis on belonging and while this event is focused on welcoming students, it also applies to everyone who is a part of the CSUN family,” Watkins said. “This kind of event really allows the campus community to come out and share some time together and wish each other well for the year ahead.”
The picnic, which took place took place during afternoon and evening sessions, offered free food courtesy of the Orange Grove Bistro, live music, information booths about campus resources and a chance to talk with CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison.
For transfer student William Ferguson, the picnic served as a way to meet new people on campus.
“Everyone I talked to was so nice and welcoming, which helped make this first week of school easier,” Ferguson said. “I am really excited for the rest of the semester.”