Dec. 6, 2016
Volume 4, Edition 17
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CSUN Alumnus Bill Griffeth’s Shocking Discovery Becomes Foundation for his New Book

In 2007, CNBC anchor Bill Griffeth published a book about his 400-year-old family history. Five years later, Griffeth, through a DNA test, discovered the man he thought was his father really wasn’t, setting the stage for his new book, By Faith Alone.

CSUN student musicians and singers perform with world-renowned stars.

CSUN Student Music Groups Share Stage with World-Renowned Performers

The CSUN Symphony, Acasola and Jazz “A” Band experienced the performance of a lifetime accompanying System of a Down singer Serj Tankian, six-time Emmy winner Tyne Daly and nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis during their performances at the VPAC this semester.

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The 33rd annual Powwow at CSUN.

Color and Culture Shine Through at Powwow

American Indian tribes from around the U.S. gather at CSUN’s Sierra Quad for a day of celebration at the 33rd annual Powwow.

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Upcoming Events

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah at VPAC.

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah at VPAC

Wed, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street is among New York’s most prized musical treasures. Led by charismatic conductor Julian Wachner, the choir and its sister ensemble, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, have a special relationship to the work, having presented its first performance in North America in 1770.

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CSUN Symphony at Plaza de Sol Performance Hall on December 8 at 7:30 p.m.

CSUN Symphony at Plaza de Sol Performance Hall

Thur, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
The CSUN Symphony Orchestra will perform featured works that ushered in the era of symphonic writing. Tickets, which can be purchased at the Associated Students Ticket Office, are $15 for adults, $10 for faculty/staff/seniors and $7 for students.

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CSUN men's basketball takes on Loyola Marymount University on December 10 at 7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball vs. Loyola Marymount

Sat, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
The Matadors continue their tough non-conference schedule with a home game against the Loyola Marymount Lions. Forward Tavrion Dawson (15.4 points per game) and guards Kendall Smith (14.0) and Aaron Parks (13.4) are leading the team in scoring this season. You can also watch the game on the CSUN Sports Network.

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Focus on Alumni & Community


CSUN Women’s Golf Invitational, Jan. 16, 2017

Hit the links at Woodland Hills Country Club to support the CSUN women’s golf team.

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3 Wins Fitness, 5K Walk/Run, Dec. 11

Join us for an on-campus 5K, with proceeds going to the CSUN Matador Care Fund. And if it’s your first time, don’t sweat it. You can jump into training sessions run by one of our CSUN Kinesiology students.

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Organize/Participate in Mini-Reunions for Homecoming

Hop on the reunion train. Associated Students, Housing and the University Student Union are holding mini-reunions at CSUN Homecoming on Feb. 11, 2017. If you would like to organize or participate in a mini-reunion with fellow Matadors from your major, sorority or fraternity or other program, contact Alumni Relations Associate Director Samantha Delagardelle at

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The Perfect Gift for the Matador in Your Life

This holiday season, give that special Matador in your life a lasting CSUN legacy with a personalized brick in Matador Plaza under the gaze of the spectacular bronze statue of our mascot, the Matador. To receive a personalized certificate to deliver in time for the holidays, your order must be submitted no later than Dec. 14.

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Asian American Studies and Politics Event, Dec. 8

Three CSUN alumni will be talking about the different roles they have had in politics, including community organizing, creating legislation and policies and supporting arts and local businesses. They will also be speaking about the relevance of Asian American Studies for careers in politics and small business.

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CSUN in the News


CSUN Business Students Receive an Unexpected Gift (in Spanish)

La Opinión

CSUN Students, Faculty Get Diabetics Doing Squats

KPCC Southern California Public Radio

CSUN Professor Cedric Hackett, Students Examine Activism, Triumphs and Challenges of Black Men

LA Sentinel