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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Losing a dear friend is never easy even a year later CSUN Professor Kitty Nard's death leaves a gap in the English Department a mile wide

Kitty Nard Memorial


In honor of her four daughters, Jennifer, Jessica, Sarah, and Katie who showed such amazing brilliance and strength in eulogizing their mother.  I include their memorialization of Kitty below whose celebration of life I was honored to host on June 12, 2021.

"Kitty Marie Pine Nard, age 65, of Glendale, CA passed away peacefully at 5:44 a.m. on May 27, 2020, the exact time of the L.A sunrise. She went to the hospital, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and a few days later she died.

We created this memorial page to celebrate her life.  Our mom was our hero. She taught us how to work hard, love without conditions, think for ourselves, and help those less fortunate. She gently guided us through life and provided us with the lessons we need to survive without her and know that we will be okay. Mom would NEVER just come out and tell us the answers. She fully believed in “teaching a person to fish.” And boy can we fish.

Throughout her life she took care of others. Effortlessly, Mom’s calmness and acceptance invited others to open up to her. But it was her compassion, thoughtfulness and ability to listen, hear, and support (without judgment) that impacted so many and made so many long lasting friendships.

She will stay alive through her 4 daughters, son-in-laws, sister, brother, 5 grandchildren, framily, friends, colleagues, students, and anyone who met her.

She often said us 4 girls were her greatest accomplishment, but “she was the wind beneath our wings.”

Kitty Nard strongly believed that education could open doors and change lives. She experienced this herself when she returned to school as a single mother of four.  In 1994, she joined the CSUN community as a transfer student and found herself a home. She began teaching in the English Department in 1998 while continuing to pursue her own education. She would go on to earn a Master of Arts in Creative Writing in 2000 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2004.  Her perseverance and passion for education inspired many. Over the twenty-two years Kitty taught at CSUN, she shared her passion and encouraged her students to follow theirs, reminding them along the way that “If she could do it, they can too.”  Kitty’s family has created this scholarship to continue her legacy and dedication to inspiring and helping others.  

Ways to contribute:
1. By credit card

Write in amount under Additional Information, Other Special Instructions, YOU MUST write in: "Kitty Nard Memorial Scholarship Fund."

2.By check
Please make the check out to CSUN Foundation
In the memo line, write "Kitty Nard Memorial Scholarship Fund."

Mailing address is:
California State University, Northridge Foundation,
18111 Nordhoff Street,
University Hall 110,
Northridge, CA 91330-8296

3. By Stock/Securities
https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/Gifts_by_Securities_or_Wire_Transfer_9_19_16.pdf

Our Mom will be missed greatly.  Please feel free to add photos and stories below.
"There is no end to grief and that is how we know there is no end to love""

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Linda Rader Overman appreciates her latest interview in CSUN Today Jan 27, 2021

 CSUN TODAY with Carmen Ramos Chandler

Time Will Tell How Future Writers See Trump’s Tenure as President


Three CSUN professors, two novelists and a screenwriter, ponder how future novelists and screenwriters will tell the story of Donald Trump’s time as president of the United States.

 

As the distance grows from the end of Donald Trump’s tenure as president of the United States, novelists and screenwriters will grapple with how to tell the story of that period of time in America.

It was a marked by civil unrest and growing racial strife; a pandemic that killed more than 400,000 Americans in less than a year; record unemployment; an attempt by insurgents to storm the Capitol building to stop the certification of the election of a new president; Russians hacking into key governmental agencies; and two impeachments. . . .https://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/arts-and-culture/time-will-tell-how-future-writers-see-trumps-tenure-as-president/

 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Linda Rader Overman is thankful that CSUN honored her novel LETTERS BETWEEN US with a review ...

 Linda Rader Overman is thankful CSUN's newspaper THE  SUNDIAL  honored her novel LETTERS BETWEEN US with a  review even so many years after its initial publication.

CSUN Published Authors 

 “Letters Between Us”

English Professor Linda Rader Overman, the author of “Letters Between Us”, wrote a story based in the 1960s about writer Laura Wells’s search for self-identity and lost friendship while being exposed to sex and drugs. Wells attends the memorial service for her best friend, Katharine Taylor, from childhood who was discovered in a garbage dump near Santa Barbara. When Wells obtains Katharine’s diaries, it starts a 26-year-old journey back to reveal unimaginable secrets leading to doubts of her knowing Katharine.


 

 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Badge of Completion 

Hooray!! I completed another online workshop for CANVAS STUDIO to be a better instructor for my wonderful CSUN students who work very hard on Zoom despite having Zoom fatigue after almost 16 weeks of this semester.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Hooray,👍 I completed another ONLINE Boot Camp brought to you by CSUN's  IT Academic Technology department-one of the hardest working departments currently.

CANVAS QUIZ Bootcamp Certificate of Completion 

Thank you Andreea Kosa, Instructional Technologist in IT Academic Technology. You were an amazing interlocutor--all three weeks! 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Linda Rader Overman is very proud of her son's amazing work

 Linda Rader Overman is very proud of her son's brilliant work as an artist and creative director. 

All those art classes were definitely worth it!!

MICHAEL OVERMAN'S WORK

Friday, July 3, 2020

QLT Q1 Introduction to Teaching Online 

I did it!! HOORAY!!

CSU Q1 Introduction to Teaching Online using QLT

Awarded to Linda Overmanloverman@csun.edu
Issued on
Q1 introduces faculty in the CSU System to tools and teaching strategies for designing a fully online course. Faculty become familiar with the 10 sections of the Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) Instrument, developing a conceptual theoretical framework guide, UDL, engagement tools/strategies, developing content, and assessment in online courses across 7 modules.