SRC and Wellness Center offering virtual programs amid closures

Miguel Gonzalez, Reporter

In response to the government’s “Safer at Home” order, CSUN’s Student Recreation Center and the Oasis Wellness Center announced their closure on March 18 until further notice.

“We continue to make the health and safety of our campus community a top priority and will follow the recommendations of public health officials,” said Kaila Lavin, interim director of the SRC.

The two branches of the University Student Union offer interactive experiences to enrich campus culture. The SRC houses CSUN’s recreational pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The Oasis provides students with a suite of relaxation and wellness services, featuring nap pods, study rooms and an outdoor zen labyrinth.

Virtual fitness programs will be provided to students online in lieu of the on-campus resources at the SRC. As COVID-19 has prompted the closure of several fitness centers around the nation, at-home workout videos have seen a steady incline in popularity.

“These programs may include links to helpful websites and articles, videos for workout tips, self-guided meditation forums, and a variety of other options,” Lavin said.

Students can find information regarding each facility and its operation on the website — as well as the SRC and Oasis social media accounts — for up-to-date information.

The USU released an overview of the facilities that remain operational:

The USU Computer Lab will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The USU Computer Lab is a professional workspace that offers CSUN students 130 workstations, 20 print stations, 10 scanners and will continue to provide students 20 free pages per day and internet access. Computer Lab Technicians are available for software-related questions and can be reached at 818-677-5746.

The USU guest services and information desk in the Sol Center will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For questions, call 818-677-2491.

USU Reservations and Event Services will be available by phone Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations and Event Services provides high quality event planning, reservation of rooms for conferences or any other type of gatherings. It offers support services in an attractive environment that emanates exceptional positive experiences. They can be reached at 818-677-3644

The Pride Center will be available by phone Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and meetings can be scheduled via Zoom. The Pride Center supports LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff through programming and educational outreach to improve campus climate for LGBTQIA+ individuals. They provide resources to advocate for the respect and safety of all members of the campus. The center can be reached at 818-677-4355. Sarina Loeb, whose pronouns are they/them and she/her, is the Pride Center manager and can be reached at

The Veterans Resource Center will be available by phone Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The VRC assists CSUN students as they transition from the military to academic success. The VRC center can be reached at 818-677-4672 and is managed by Mayra Plascencia, who can be reached at

Updates to the USU’s ongoing response to COVID-19 are posted to their website.