DIG LA Sends Building Connections for Success to Valley Performing Arts Center

November 14, 2012

DIG LA Sends Building Connections for Success to Valley Performing Arts Center for The National Circus Of The People’s Republic of China Performance

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On Thursday, September 27, DIG LA, a Cal State Northridge program dedicated to supporting cultural group activities to the Cal State Northridge community, provided funding for more than 60 Building Connections for Success students and faculty to attend The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China’s Cirque Chinois performance at the Valley Performing Arts Center.

DIG LA, or Discover, Inquire, & Grow in Los Angeles, encourages cultural learning that extends beyond the classroom, giving faculty members an opportunity to enhance their curriculum with local cultural events at locations including museums, concerts and theatres to further student understanding.

As part of the University 100 curriculum in the Freshman Connection program, students are required to attend one artistic cultural event at Cal State Northridge and reflect on their experience.

The event gave Building Connections for Success freshman the chance to meet peers in other University 100 courses and experience a dynamic performance from one of China’s most celebrated circus troupes at Cal State University Northridge’s new prestigious venue.

Students and faculty alike were mesmerized with the Company’s breathtaking movements as they effortlessly performed a variety of daring feats including juggling, contortion and balancing.

Since 1953, the Company has wowed audiences in more than 80 countries with traditional acts dating back 2000 years ago in Chinese culture. For many Building Connections for Success freshman, this was a first-time experience attending a cultured event—one that would not have been possible without the support of DIG LA.

Maher Aloraini, a freshman student majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology attended the performance with his University 100 classmates and Building Connections for Success Peer Mentor Johanna Quintanilla.

“It was a beautiful show and I’m glad I came,” said Aloraini. “This is my first time coming to an event like this, and

I’d definitely go to something like this again.”

Eric Perez , a Building Connections for Success Undecided freshman student who also experienced a cultural event like this for the first time described the show in one word “Amazing!”