September 11, 2007

Cal State Northridge Welcomes Freshman Student-Athletes


Cal State Northridge Welcomes Freshman Student-Athletes

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - More than 2,500 freshmen convened upon the lawn of the Oviatt Library last week for the first annual Freshman Convocation. This convocation provided an opportunity for the freshman class to experience their shared goal of graduation in 2011.

Speaking on behalf of the student body was Jessica Beach, the 2007 Wolfson Scholar. Beach, a member of the Track & Field team, earned the highest honor of all graduates of the 2007 graduating class, graduating with an overall GPA of 4.0. Beach was a pre-med/biology major.

"Now is the time in students' lives that's a period of growth and discovery, and they should move through college with a passion, and all the pieces will fall into place," Beach told the large gathering.

In addition, keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. spoke to the freshman class about their responsibility to the environment and their call to action.

Also on hand to speak at the convocation was University President Dr. Jolene Koester. "It's our hope that this convocation has given you an insight into the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for you here at Cal State Northridge," said Dr. Koester. "We hope that you'll find these opportunities not just in our classrooms, but in extracurricular activities."

Prior to the Convocation, more than 350 student-athletes assembled in The Matadome for the Fall welcome back to usher in the 2007-08 seasons. Student-athletes from all sports participated in team building activities and met with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) about events for the upcoming semester. The student-athletes then joined the freshman class and distributed schedule cards and lanyards to welcome the newest members to the Northridge community.

"The evening was a great success," said Janet Pinneau, Associate Athletic Director. "The student-athletes are a terrific representation of our excellent coaching staff. We are off to a terrific start."

Four Matador teams are currently in season; women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer, and cross country. The Matador women's soccer team opens its home season on Friday (Sept. 14, 4:00 p.m.) against Baylor University. On Sunday (Sept. 16, 3:00 p.m.), the Matadors host sixth-ranked UCLA.

- GO MATADORS -

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