Top Stories for Matadors in 2022

  • Graduates in caps and gowns cheer

    Graduation 2022. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

What news on CSUN Today piqued your interest in 2022? For Matadors, it was all about coming back to campus and the ultimate goal: commencement!  A little bit of Hollywood — including Lizzo’s music video shot on campus — rounded out the Top 5 stories of 2022. In case you missed one, here’s a roundup.
Commencement 2022 in Photos
In May, in-person commencement finally returned to the CSUN campus after two years of virtual and hybrid ceremonies. Graduates of 2019-21 also had a chance for a “do-over” and were welcomed back to campus for special in-person commencement ceremonies of their own.
New Way to Teach Math Raises Test Scores, Closes the Achievement Gap for English Learners
Ivan Cheng, a secondary education professor, discusses his method for teaching mathematics — one that’s raised middle school student test scores and closed the gap between English learners and their non-English-learning counterparts in eighth-grade math.
Welcome Back! — Returning to Campus 
In-person learning resumed on Feb. 14, 2022, and we were so ready for it! Associated Students Vice President Kaitlyn Orozco, biology professor MariaElena Zavala, and Chicana/o studies professor Martha Escobar weighed in on what they missed about campus and the lessons we learned while learning “remotely.”
Distinguished Alumni Awards Returned with Star Power
CSUN’s Distinguished Alumni Awards returned in 2022 for the first time in three years, with three honorees honored at the Skirball Center in June. All three have had great success in Hollywood — they included business manager Fred Nigro ’74 (Accounting), actress Lauren Ridloff ’01 (English) and executive Keith Weaver ’96 (Journalism), M.P.A. ’07.
Lizzo’s ‘About Damn Time’ Video Filmed Entirely at CSUN — in Just One Night
CSUN is a favorite filming site for many shows, movies and productions, big and small. This year, R&B superstar and producer Lizzo came to campus to film her award-winning “About Damn Time” music video — and did it all in a single night.

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