Northridge Community, May 11

The Rise of Technology


Technology has increasingly become a tool for Cal State University of Northridge students in classrooms to heighten learning.


The new initiative allows CSUN students to take online classes and receive their degrees. CSUN has six official online degree programs and eight programs are in process to schedule in the next 24 months. A free web application of Moodle that the administration approved in 2009 has made an innovative technology resource for students taking online classes and for CSUN faculty members.


Recently, more faculty members are teaching online courses. More than 130 new hires since 2003. Half of the teachers are centralized in technology infrastructure and the other half are working with faculty, according to Mika Williamson, associate director of Recruitment Services.


The Faculty Technology Center on campus assists faculty members with basic technology resources, such as video workshops and quick guides. The Technology Center is funded through IT and the Academic Affairs department.


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Late CSUN Alumnus Student Remembered


CSUN alumnus Jesse Wilkes died April 27 in a motorcycle accident at age 27.


Wilkes was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and was sent to serve in Afghanistan. He graduated from CSUN with a degree in Cinema and Television Arts in the spring of 2012. Wilkes was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He returned back to CSUN and remained active in the community and fraternity.


The CSUN colony of Phi Delta Theta will hold a memorial to remember Wilkes at the fraternity’s house on Saturday. The memorial will be available to current members of the fraternity and select members who were a part of Wilkes pledge class.


Wilkes was a member of Silent Natives, a motorcycle club. Silent Natives held a candlelight for Wilkes on May 1 at the intersection of Winnetka Avenue and Devonshire Street in Chatsworth where the accident occurred. The accident has led Los Angeles City Council members to install traffic signals in the location.


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Commencement ceremonies


Many CSUN students are getting prepared for graduation. Commencements for graduation start May 20 to May 23 as each college hosts their graduation ceremony.


On May 21 the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication will hold their commencement at 8 a.m. in front of the Oviatt Library. An honors ceremony will start on Monday at 6 p.m. The College of Science and Mathematics ceremony will start at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Manzanita Hall and the College of Health and Human Development will begin at 6:30 p.m.


The College of Business and Economics and will hold their ceremonies at 8 a.m.




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