‘Diversity’ and ‘Tolerance” Central Themes at Annual Freshman Celebration

December 5th, 2010 | News

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The 2010 Freshman Celebration is a yearly exhibition of presentations by students in University 100 classes. This year, many freshman students opted to expand upon themes from “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” the book selected for the 2010-11 Freshman Common Reading Program. About 60 projects and displays were featured at the event.

“This is an opportunity for students to present their work,” said Cheryl Spector, director of the Academic First Year Experiences program, which hosts the Freshman Celebration. “Great work comes out of these classes.”

The Academic First Year Experiences program aims to pull together various freshman learning programs to enhance the learning and teaching of freshman students at California State University, Northridge.

For the first time in the history of the event, students were invited to submit multimedia projects via Moodle to the celebration. Barbara Boyd’s class took first place overall in the virtual presentations category with their video, “Our Uniqueness: Deafness.” Second place was awarded to Kim Henige’s class for a website titled, “How Does Pollution Affect Health?”

The event’s grand prize was awarded to Ellen Stohl’s class for their project, “Are We Self-Defined, or are We Defined by our Interaction with Others?” Tina Bertacchi-Love’s class project, “Scholarly Journals on Cognitive Disorders,” was awarded first place and Ellyn Gersh Lerner’s class was awarded second place with their display, “Showing What We Share.”

Elliot Yi, Montana Cohen, and Shawn Nolen from Lerner’s class choreographed a live performance that featured the differences and similarities of three styles of dance. Students from Mary Schaffer’s class also opted for a live-action presentation by distributing free hugs to 85 of the people in attendance at the Celebration.

To view winning projects and learn more about the Freshman Celebration, visit www.csun.edu/univ100/freshman-celebration.html.

—Carly Gillis

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