Even in the blistering Los Angeles heat lingering through the end of the summer, CSUN students, faculty and staff eagerly stood in line out on the lawn. A few moments later, as if someone had waved a checkered flag in front of them, attendees streamed past the two grand tents to get their hands on some delicious fare.
On Aug. 29, the first Thursday of the fall 2019 semester, CSUN held its annual President’s Picnic on Bayramian Lawn to welcome new and returning Matadors to campus for the new academic year. Attendees devoured free tacos, fresh watermelon slices and ice-cold drinks.
CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison stopped by to give out stickers and greet participants.
Welcomed by the warm smiles of CSUN staff and Associated Students (AS) student volunteers, newcomers found information about a variety of services, programs and organizations on campus. Among the booths were The Soraya, the Unified We Serve volunteer program, CSUN Mentorship Program and Associated Students.
A special Matadors Rising booth gave out CSUN swag, including T-shirts, pens, drawstring bags, sticky notes and a wallet card that contained contact details for campus services, such as University Counseling Services, the Learning Resource Center and more.”We just heard the music and came by to see what was going on,” said freshman Vianey Magaña, who was enjoying tacos with her friend and fellow freshman Jezzel Barrera. Magaña and Barrera said that the week’s kickoff events made them feel welcome, and they’re excited to begin their college lives and see what’s ahead for them.