Three Generations Celebrate CSUN’s 50th Anniversary

Posted on May 22, 2009. Filed under: California State University at Northridge, CSUN | Tags: , , , , , |

My family was honored at the CSUN 50th Reunion on April 25th because we hold the distinction of being the first identified Three Generation Family to have graduated from what is now California State University at Northridge.

It was a very nice warm day out in the Quad at CSUN. When we arrived, we were told to call a special phone number and a cart to transport our entire family was sent for us. The cart accommodated my mother-in law, Eva Angelin, (97) who was in her wheelchair. Eva received her teaching credential in 1958. The cart had room for her son, Wayne; Susi, who received a bachelor’s degree in English and Art in 1969; and our two daughters. Both of our daughters graduated in 1996. Catrina received her degree in deaf studies and psychology while Stephanie was awarded her bachelors of science in biology.

We were all whisked away and transported to the campus to meet Gray Monger, Assistant Vice-President of Alumni Relations. He planned a full schedule for us from the moment we arrived to the time we got back into the cart and returned to our car.

First we were introduced to Dr. Sylvia Alva, Dean of the College of Health and Human Development, who greeted us and informed us of services available to alumni who are 60 years and older. These services are available in the Center of Achievement at the Brown Center in the form of rehab, exercise programs, and even the ability to take classes on campus with the fee being waived. These activities are part of a state-sponsored 60 Plus Program).
A reporter from one of CSUN’s newspapers interviewed us and snapped our photos to give us photographic memories of the day. Other visitors joined us in the special tent set aside for us.

Just before we were ready to leave the campus, President Jolene Koester came to call on us. Another photographer showed up for some more pictures.

My daughter Catrina had a chance to view the plaque from the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Her name is one of those inscribed on it for helping on campus after the quake. When I came to SAGE, I met Joyce Linden, one of Catrina’s intructors when she was a student at the university.
I also had the opportunity to remember Dr. Addie Klotz, for whom the Health Center is named, and inform another generation that she was a wonderful lady. I was a student at San Fernando Valley State College, as the school was called at that time. Dr. Klotz started keeping the Health Center open all night during finals so that students could come in to study, sit and chat with someone, or find an empty couch and sleep, just so they were not alone during that stressful time.

Dr. Klotz brought in her dogs at night for added company, and around 3:00 a.m. someone would go over to Western Bagel and buy fresh bagels and cream cheese for everyone to snack on. There was a special feeling that someone really cared about the student.

What a wonderful day that was on campus! We also were able to visit the wonderful Botanic Gardens managed by Brenda Kanno, who gave us a personal tour. She was Stephanie’s former lab teacher. They were able to meet up years later as Stephanie, along with SAGE’s Barbara Caretto, became volunteers at the gardens. –Susi White


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A marvelous story, Susi. Thank you for sharing it with us. Ellis

Congratulations, Susie, to you and your family.
An honor well-deserved. I note your reference
to Dr. Addie Klotz. I was her secretary for
about four years when the Student Health Center
was in two Quonset huts before the beautiful
building that now is the Student Health Center
was built. She was a unique person and cared
deeply for the welfare of the students.

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