DJ Simon Vincible inspires Summer Celebration participants to hit the dance floor.

Photo by Sonia Gurrola.

Cedric Hackett (center), professor of Africana Studies, emcees Bingo and revs up the Summer Celebration crowd.

Photo by Sonia Gurrola.

Faculty and staff fill their plates with tacos and nachos at the Summer Celebration.

Photo by Sonia Gurrola.

Hosted by President Erika D. Beck and made possible by generous support from The University Corporation, University Student Union and the CSUN Foundation, the 2024 Summer Celebration included exciting raffle prizes for several lucky faculty and staff.

Photo by Sonia Gurrola.

After wrapping a busy academic year, CSUN faculty and staff got a chance to kick back and welcome the arrival of summer. On June 18, the university hosted the annual Faculty and Staff Summer Celebration at the Student Recreation Center, to show appreciation to CSUN employees. 

Jessica Worland, a domestic graduate admissions advisor in the Office of Graduate Studies, noted the value of more casual events for faculty and staff.

“It is important to connect, not just in a professional setting, [but] to have fun — and it’s great to meet people in other departments,” Worland said.

Sumaya Bezrati, a lecturer in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, agreed, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to mingle with other CSUN faculty. “A lot of us don’t really get to know each other because [professors] have such sporadic teaching schedules, especially with virtual classes, so this gives us a chance to actually see and connect with coworkers,” Bezrati said.

The Summer Celebration included a taco buffet and various activities for CSUN faculty and staff and their families, including a bouncy castle, rock climbing, photo booth, craft station, and games such as giant Connect Four and table tennis. The event also featured a raffle, where participants could win prizes such as CSUN hats, bags, cups and mystery gifts.  

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