Long lines moved quickly and music filled the air as students, faculty and staff gathered on Bayramian Lawn at California State University, Northridge for the 23rd annual President’s Picnic on Sept. 1.
Casual events such as the picnic offer students an opportunity to see CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison in a different light.
“It shortens the gap between the president and the students,” said sophomore civil engineering major Ali Al-Farsi about his second year attending the President’s Picnic.
The annual picnic took place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and offered free food courtesy of the Orange Grove Bistro, music and information booths, where students had the opportunity to network and connect with peers, faculty and staff, and mingle with President Harrison.
“It makes the students feel welcome and cared for,” said Dr. Eric Sletten, head team physician at CSUN’s Sports Medicine Clinic, who helped serve food to students, faculty and staff and has participated in the picnic since its first year in 1993.
“As a whole, it’s a really great event that does well at integrating students into their life here at CSUN,” said Cristina Terrazas, a junior double majoring in psychology and religious studies. “It’s good to put faces to the names, especially with our president.”