CSUN faculty, staff and their family members were treated to an afternoon of food and games at the annual Summer Celebration, in recognition of and gratitude for their unwavering dedication to Matador students. The event was held at the Student Recreation Center (SRC) on July 20. Attendees enjoyed dancing, a photo booth and climbing the SRC’s rock wall. The popular event returned after being on hiatus for the past two years.

The event was supported by The University Corporation, the University Student Union and the CSUN Foundation. The celebration included a food drive, and guests were encouraged to donate canned goods or personal hygiene items in support of the CSUN Food Pantry.

President Erika D. Beck welcomed guests at the beginning of the event in the MatArena, one of the SRC’s larger rooms on the second floor, with brief welcoming remarks, and she thanked the staff and faculty.

“Thank you for all of the incredible work that you facilitate every day,” Beck said. “Thank you for the ingenuity, the passion and the creativity with which you do it, and today we get to celebrate all of that.”

Beck then led the crowd in a line dance on the dance floor. Other activities took place in the adjacent Red Ring Courts, where basketball, hula hoop contests, Giant Jenga and more were available. Food and drinks also were served. Approximately 900 people attended the celebration, according to organizers. A prize raffle at the end of the event included a $50 gift card to the CSUN Campus Store, Hollywood Bowl concert tickets and a Bronze Level Membership for The Soraya’s 2022-23 season.

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