Mar. 29, 2016
Volume 3, Edition 30
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Film Executive Credits CSUN with Influencing His Movie-Making Decisions

Glenn Gainor ’95 (Radio-Television-Film) said the lessons he learned at CSUN influence the decisions he makes every day at Screen Gems. As president of physical production for the Sony Pictures’ company, he is responsible for such popular hits as The Perfect Guy, The Wedding Ringer, Think Like a Man, Friends with Benefits and Death at a Funeral.

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Alumni Leaders to be Honored for Their Contributions to Their Fields

Classical music singer and educator Shigemi Matsumoto, Los Angeles developer James Ring, and finance industry leader Robert D. Taylor are great examples of successes in their respective fields after launching their careers with CSUN educations. Now they will be presented with one of the university’s highest honors — a Distinguished Alumni Award.

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CSUN’s Acasola Performs Alumna Diane Warren’s Til It Happens to You to Raise Awareness About Sexual Violence

When CSUN’s acclaimed a cappella group Acasola decided that it would perform the Lady Gaga hit Til It Happens to You for a student-made video, little did they know that they would later come face-to-face with the song’s writer: alumna Diane Warren ’78 (Music). Now you can vote for the video in a special contest created by Warren herself.

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Upcoming Events

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Softball vs. Long Beach State

Sat, April 2, 1 and 3 p.m.
The first 50 fans attending the first game will receive a free 2015 Big West Champion T-shirt.

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Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell

Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell at VPAC

Sat, April 2, 8 p.m.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Patty Griffin teams up with Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins and critical favorite singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell on the highly anticipated national tour, Use Your Voice.

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Magic Johnson coming to CSUN on April 4.

Big Lecture: Magic Johnson

Mon, April 4, 5:30 p.m.
The Laker icon and part owner of the Dodgers is one of the most powerful African-American businessmen in the world and a leading philanthropist. Johnson will pull from his entrepreneurial successes and personal challenges to motivate and energize students, faculty and staff at The Matadome.

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Focus on Alumni & Community


CSUN Mourns the Loss of EOP Director José Luis Vargas

José Luis Vargas ’74 (Sociology and Mexican American Studies), M.A.’75 (Educational Psychology and Counseling), the longtime director of the CSUN Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), passed away on March 19 after a brief illness.

Water Day 2016, April 4

The daylong, free event will include a discussion about the future of the Los Angeles River and experts in environmental and occupational health will talk about where we get our water and water quality from New York to Haiti.

Only a Few Weeks Left to Take Advantage of CSUN’s Free Tax Prep Assistance

CSUN’s VITA Clinic is offering free assistance with state and federal tax preparation to low-income families and individuals — including veterans, non-English speakers, senior citizens and persons with disabilities — through April 15 at locations throughout the San Fernando Valley.

National Expert on Early Care and Education Retires After Four Decades of Service

Dianne Philibosian recently retired from CSUN after 42 years of service in various capacities, including as director of the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing and associate dean of the College of Health and Human Development. She has served as faculty in four different departments and two different colleges.

Sixth Annual Orange Grove Pick, April 3

The CSUN Institute for Sustainability is hosting the annual orange pick event at the orange grove. All of the fruit will go directly to the hungry, which will help feed thousands of families.


CSUN in the News


CSUN Professor Comments on the Cities Doubling Down on Highways

The Atlantic

Cosmic Fractures: CSUN Professor Beatriz Cortez’s Simultaneous Realities


CSUN’s Tech Conference For People With Disabilities Takes Place In San Diego