Former Matador Erika Bowling Receives 2011 CSUN Volunteer Service Award

Former Cal State Northridge track & field standout Erika Bowling was honored at the 2011 Cal State Northridge Volunteer Service Awards on Nov. 4th at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys.

Bowling, who was a sprinter for the women's track & field team from 1996-99, was nominated by Intercollegiate Athletics and was one of eight University Recipients. In all, 22 individuals were honored with Volunteer Service Awards by the University.

Bowling has been instrumental in organizing events for the athletic department, including the 2006 Track & Field Reunion, which was attended by 300 people. This year she served on the Don Strametz retirement celebration committee and has also provided invaluable assistance with fundraising events. Bowling received her bachelor's degree in child and adolescent development from CSUN in 2001 and continued her education by earning her master's in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Bowling was part of CSUN's Big Sky Conference champion teams in 1997 (Outdoor) and 1999 (Indoor, Outdoor). She was also a two-time All-Big Sky Outdoor honoree as a sprinter in 1997 and 1998 and also earned all-conference accolades following the Big Sky indoor seasons in 1998 and 1999. She currently ranks third on the Northridge All-Time Career Indoor Top-10 in the 400 meters (55.33) and is eighth in the 200 meters (24.55). Bowling also ranks ninth on the Matador All-Time Outdoor Top-10 in the 400 meters (54.42).

The Bowling family, along with Nortrhidge Athletic Director Rick Mazzuto, Associate Athletic Director Tom Ford and head track & field coach Avery Anderson, were in attendance at the luncheon.

Erika Bowling receives her CSUN Volunteer Service Award from University President Dr. Jolene Koester.