The Sundial

CSUN’s Valley View News provides students with work experience

Gwenn Crittle

July 21, 2010

Recent journalism graduate Allen Carter, 24, credits Valley View News for giving him the skills that helped him get a job in broadcast journalism after graduating. Carter worked on VVN as a reporter where he produced and reported various materials. Valley View News (VVN) is CSUN’s half hour, student-run...

First Lt. in National Guard receives CSUN’s First Outstanding Graduating Veteran Award

Gwenn Crittle

July 21, 2010

Single mother to a teenage son, Leah McGowan, 29, has achieved success as a First Lt. in the National Guard and in May received her master’s degree in social work and was presented with CSUN's First Outstanding Graduating Veteran Award. With all of the obstacles she has had to overcome, friends...

Making a better life for me and my son

Gwenn Crittle

June 29, 2010

When I graduated two years ago from a community college with my associate’s degree in journalism, my son was there. He even wore my graduate medal. I cannot wait for him to see me graduate from CSUN with my bachelor’s degree. Graduating from junior college was special, especially since...

Leading by example

Gwenn Crittle

June 24, 2010

It’s a hard job being a college parent. I made the choice to go back to school in January 2006. By then my son was 4 years old and a few months away from starting kindergarten. He knew his mommy went to school and his teachers would often tell me he would say to them that his mommy was in also in school lik...

Making time for a home cooked meal

Gwenn Crittle

June 16, 2010

As a single college parent, I am working on balancing and sometimes compromising the value of home cooked meals with homework for both my son and I. Dinnertime has been a struggle during my school years. Most days, I get home a few hours before I have to pick up my son and try to start on homework when I could be pr...

CSUN students to travel to Poland to learn more about the Holocaust

Gwenn Crittle

June 15, 2010

Students from CSUN and Loyola Marymount University will travel to Poland to learn about the Holocaust. CSUN Associate Professor of English Dr. Dorothy Clark along with her colleague Associate Professor of English and Director of Jewish Studies at LMU, Dr. Holli Levitsky, taught the English 495 Holocaust...

CSUN Librarian and professor in Chicano(a) studies dies

Gwenn Crittle

June 15, 2010

Dr. Karin Duran, a librarian and professor in Chicano(a) studies died Friday, June 11, 2010, of complications from a stroke. Susan C. Curzon, dean of the university’s library, posted a statement on the website of the Oviatt Library where she expressed great respect for Duran as a person and a colleague. “It is not possible to...

A lesson in learning to let go

Gwenn Crittle

June 9, 2010

Over the past weekend, my 7 year-old son learned how to ride his bike without training wheels. I did it mommy, he said. He rode his bike down the sidewalk and around the curve without the aid of my maternal arms holding the handlebars or his shirt.  With tears in my eyes I began to jump up and down bec...

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