Apr. 19, 2016
Volume 1, Edition 14
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2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards Honorees Create an Emotional Evening

CSUN alumni Shigemi Matsumoto, Jim Ring and Robert D. Taylor were once CSUN students, who after graduation embarked on successful careers in music, urban planning and finance, and have remained tied to their alma mater. At the 18th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, the three honorees shared how CSUN made a difference in their lives as they received one of the university’s highest honors.

CSUN Engineering student with drone he invented.

Future Engineers Showcase Innovation

Unmanned aerial vehicles, a steel bridge, a social networking website for gamers, a concrete canoe and a human-powered tricycle — these were but a few of the many innovative creations developed by students in CSUN’s renowned College of Engineering and Computer Science, and put on display at the 7th Annual Senior Design Project Showcase.

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Bull Ring participant shows his business idea.

CSUN Students Show Their Entrepreneurial Side at Bull Ring Semi-Finals

The Bull Ring competition, which is CSUN’s version of Shark Tank, was cut from 20 teams to five on April 7. The final five teams will compete for a grand prize of $25,000 on April 26 at 6 p.m.

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Upcoming Events


Mardi Gras Fiesta at Matador Nights

Fri, April 22. 9 p.m.
Matador Nights goes to Mardi Gras this spring and you’re invited! Besides dancing to great mixes by DJ Rhiannon and DJ Ralphey Ralph, you can race down the giant slide with your friends, take a selfie on top of the Ferris Wheel, navigate your way out of the Inflatable Maze, conquer the Obstacle Course and much more! Free food will also be provided.

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baseball players

Baseball vs. Hawaii

Sun, April 24, 1 p.m.
Cheer on your Matadors as they face conference foe Hawaii at Matador Field. Little Leaguers age 13 and younger who are wearing their uniform get in for free.

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Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni at VPAC

Thu, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
The CSUN Opera Program and Theatre Department present Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni, sung in Italian with English supertitles and accompanied by the CSUN Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John Roscigno.

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Focus on Students


CSUN Sports Network Launches Behind the Cape

Behind the Cape features exclusive interviews, highlights, analysis of in-season sports and feature stories about off-the-field events. The premiere episode wraps up basketball season with interviews with women’s basketball head coach Jason Flowers and men’s basketball student-athlete Kendall Smith.

Earth Fair 2016 on April 21

Earth Fair is an all-day outdoor campus event featuring yoga, crafts, music, giveaways and interactive activities. This free event, which is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bayramian Lawn, is designed to inform CSUN students of both environmental conservation and world issues facing our society today.

Learn to Manage Your Personal Finances at Money Smart Week

CSUN students, faculty, staff and community members will be able to identify numerous financial resources available to them at Money Smart Week, April 23-30.

CSUN Slam Poetry Club and Open Mic on April 20

CSUN’s Slam Poetry Club will host a performance and open mic event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Learning Commons on April 20. Sign up and show the CSUN community your creative ability.

Kinesis: Emerging Choreography Concert on April 27

This dance concert, which begins at 8 p.m. at the Plaza de Sol Performance Hall, features the works of top undergraduate student choreographers and dancers, and is produced by the Department of Kinesiology.

Thousands of Students Get First Taste of Campus Life at Explore CSUN

More than 5,300 admitted students and their families got a chance to see what it’s like to be a Matador at the annual Explore CSUN event.


CSUN on Social Media


CSUN Student Speaks About Being a First-Generation College Student


CSUN Engineering Students Design Human-Powered Vehicle


CSUN Students with Diabilities Meet with Top Federal Agencies at the Federal Employment Fair