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Inspired by The Glass Castle, students explored survival on a larger scale by setting out to create art and crafts projects using only recycled materials.

Students in this class dealt with the challenge of hunger by holding a bake sale from which they raised $137.50, enough to buy 1375 meals.  They were inspired by “Share Our Strength,” and learned to navigate various applicable campus rules and processes to accomplish their successful fund-raiser.

Students in this class dealt with the challenge of hunger by holding a bake sale from which they raised $137.50, enough to buy 1375 meals. They were inspired by “Share Our Strength,” and learned to navigate various applicable campus rules and processes to accomplish their successful fund-raiser.

Students painted “Starry Night” as their depiction of the glass castle, paying homage to Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting of the same name.

Students painted “Starry Night” as their depiction of the glass castle, paying homage to Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting of the same name.

For this project, students researched bullying, comparing public and private high schools in Los Angeles by conducting a series of interviews.  Their work was inspired by the well-known “It Gets Better” initiative.

For this project, students researched bullying, comparing public and private high schools in Los Angeles by conducting a series of interviews. Their work was inspired by the well-known “It Gets Better” initiative.

Overcoming Obstacles: students prepared case studies (modeled after the UNIV 100 textbook) showing how they would each address challenges often facing freshmen. The class also wrote a brochure offering advice to their classmates, and researched the factors leading to success.

Overcoming Obstacles: students prepared case studies (modeled after the UNIV 100 textbook) showing how they would each address challenges often facing freshmen. The class also wrote a brochure offering advice to their classmates, and researched the factors leading to success.

This project was designed to allow students to explore themes in The Glass Castle: education, dreams and goals, family, home, homelessness, and poverty. Students explored their chosen theme through photography, collage, or another chosen medium and wrote a one-paragraph description of how their project reflected this theme.

"Snack on Success" featured a [cardboard] vending machine from which students were invited to select any of several forms of involvement that research has shown will increase the likelihood of college success, including student-faculty interaction, participation in student government, academic involvement, and more.

"Snack on Success" featured a [cardboard] vending machine from which students were invited to select any of several forms of involvement that research has shown will increase the likelihood of college success, including student-faculty interaction, participation in student government, academic involvement, and more.

Our class focused on identifying sociological issues in The Glass Castle. We selected hope as a theme because we believe that for every issue presented, there is an organization to provide the support needed for individuals to succeed against the odds.

This class of Finance majors was asked to imagine that they were approached by NASA to be part of the first colony in outer space, only if they would study what they were passionate about.  The range of answers is a reflection of their individuality as students.

This class of Finance majors was asked to imagine that they were approached by NASA to be part of the first colony in outer space, only if they would study what they were passionate about. The range of answers is a reflection of their individuality as students.

The Tree of Life, a project focused on individuality and unity inspired by The Glass Castle.  “Our hands reaching out to children’s hands represent the leaves of the tree on which we describe our freshman experience and why we chose to major in Child and Adolescent Development.”

The Tree of Life, a project focused on individuality and unity inspired by The Glass Castle. “Our hands reaching out to children’s hands represent the leaves of the tree on which we describe our freshman experience and why we chose to major in Child and Adolescent Development.”

Commemorative altars: UNIV 100 meets Chicano/Chicana Studies.

Inspired by The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and Hero’s Adventure by Joseph Campbell, this class produced “glasses” that include each student’s dreams for the years ahead at CSUN along with dragons/demons that must be overcome.

The Glass Castle:  movie posters.

The Glass Castle: movie posters.

Title IX pro and con: a debate by student-athletes about student-athletes.

Glass Castle blueprint: interpretations

Inspired by The Glass Castle, students explored survival on a larger scale by setting out to create art and crafts projects using only recycled materials.

Students in this class dealt with the challenge of hunger by holding a bake sale from which they raised $137.50, enough to buy 1375 meals.  They were inspired by “Share Our Strength,” and learned to navigate various applicable campus rules and processes to accomplish their successful fund-raiser.

Students in this class dealt with the challenge of hunger by holding a bake sale from which they raised $137.50, enough to buy 1375 meals. They were inspired by “Share Our Strength,” and learned to navigate various applicable campus rules and processes to accomplish their successful fund-raiser.

Students painted “Starry Night” as their depiction of the glass castle, paying homage to Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting of the same name.

Students painted “Starry Night” as their depiction of the glass castle, paying homage to Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting of the same name.

For this project, students researched bullying, comparing public and private high schools in Los Angeles by conducting a series of interviews.  Their work was inspired by the well-known “It Gets Better” initiative.

For this project, students researched bullying, comparing public and private high schools in Los Angeles by conducting a series of interviews. Their work was inspired by the well-known “It Gets Better” initiative.

Overcoming Obstacles: students prepared case studies (modeled after the UNIV 100 textbook) showing how they would each address challenges often facing freshmen. The class also wrote a brochure offering advice to their classmates, and researched the factors leading to success.

Overcoming Obstacles: students prepared case studies (modeled after the UNIV 100 textbook) showing how they would each address challenges often facing freshmen. The class also wrote a brochure offering advice to their classmates, and researched the factors leading to success.

This project was designed to allow students to explore themes in The Glass Castle: education, dreams and goals, family, home, homelessness, and poverty. Students explored their chosen theme through photography, collage, or another chosen medium and wrote a one-paragraph description of how their project reflected this theme.

"Snack on Success" featured a [cardboard] vending machine from which students were invited to select any of several forms of involvement that research has shown will increase the likelihood of college success, including student-faculty interaction, participation in student government, academic involvement, and more.

"Snack on Success" featured a [cardboard] vending machine from which students were invited to select any of several forms of involvement that research has shown will increase the likelihood of college success, including student-faculty interaction, participation in student government, academic involvement, and more.

Our class focused on identifying sociological issues in The Glass Castle. We selected hope as a theme because we believe that for every issue presented, there is an organization to provide the support needed for individuals to succeed against the odds.

This class of Finance majors was asked to imagine that they were approached by NASA to be part of the first colony in outer space, only if they would study what they were passionate about.  The range of answers is a reflection of their individuality as students.

This class of Finance majors was asked to imagine that they were approached by NASA to be part of the first colony in outer space, only if they would study what they were passionate about. The range of answers is a reflection of their individuality as students.

The Tree of Life, a project focused on individuality and unity inspired by The Glass Castle.  “Our hands reaching out to children’s hands represent the leaves of the tree on which we describe our freshman experience and why we chose to major in Child and Adolescent Development.”

The Tree of Life, a project focused on individuality and unity inspired by The Glass Castle. “Our hands reaching out to children’s hands represent the leaves of the tree on which we describe our freshman experience and why we chose to major in Child and Adolescent Development.”

Commemorative altars: UNIV 100 meets Chicano/Chicana Studies.

Inspired by The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and Hero’s Adventure by Joseph Campbell, this class produced “glasses” that include each student’s dreams for the years ahead at CSUN along with dragons/demons that must be overcome.

The Glass Castle:  movie posters.

The Glass Castle: movie posters.

Title IX pro and con: a debate by student-athletes about student-athletes.

Glass Castle blueprint: interpretations

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Photos from the 2011 Freshman Celebration at California State University, Northridge: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2011. For more information, see http://www.csun.edu/univ100/freshman-celebration.html