Dec. 13, 2016
Volume 4, Edition 17
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CSUN Music Department Ranked No. 17 Worldwide

With notable alumni Diane Warren and Andy Summers, the CSUN Music program ranked among the top 25 music schools by The Hollywood Reporter for the third year in a row.

The Nazarian family presented 50 CSUN business students with laptops.

Nazarian Family Presents Laptops to Help Smooth the Road to Graduation

Philanthropists and business titans Younes and Soraya Nazarian presented 50 CSUN business students with laptops courtesy of the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation as part of a larger effort to invest in student success.

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CSUN is working with the CSU system to increase retention and graduation rates.

CSUN Implementing Strategies to Elevate Graduation Rates, Student Success

CSUN is continuing to raise the bar in conjunction with the California State University’s Graduation Initiative 2025, which aims to elevate retention and graduation rates across the nation’s largest public university system by the year 2025.

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Upcoming Events

The Hot Sardines at VPAC on December 17.

The Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp at VPAC

Sat., Dec. 17, 8 p.m.
The Hot Sardines, New York’s acclaimed ambassadors of swing, will deliver a white hot Christmas that will make your office party seem downright dull.

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CSUN women's basketball takes on Southern Utan on December 21.

Women’s Basketball vs. Southern Utah

Wed, Dec. 21, 2 p.m.
Head to the Matadome for a great afternoon matchup between the Matadors and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. Leading the Matadors this season has been sophomore sensation Channon Fluker (15.8 points per game) and talented guard Serafina Maulupe (12.4).

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CSUN Homecoming is Feb. 11, 2017.

CSUN Homecoming 2017

Sat, Feb. 11, 3 p.m.
You’re invited to CSUN’s biggest reunion in almost a decade. Reconnect with your friends and alma mater and enjoy a BBQ and the wine garden, compete in the Matador Motorway, and stay for a CSUN men’s basketball game. Tickets are on sale now!

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Focus on Faculty & Staff


CSUN’s Legendary Dean Ed Peckham Left a Wide and Lasting Impact

Edmund Peckham, whose influence on CSUN student life spanned more than two decades, oversaw student leadership/Associated Students, CSUN Athletics, Greek life, as well as the openings of the University Student Union and the Klotz Student Health Center. The former dean of students and vice president for student affairs passed away at the age of 92 on Oct. 31.

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Niece’s Imagination Inspires CSUN Staffer’s Book for Children

Alumnus and staff member Sahag Gureghian and alumna Annie Morcos teamed up to create a children’s book based off the sketches of Gurenghian’s niece, Samantha.

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Passing of Former Chancellor Charles B. Reed

For 14 years, Chancellor Charles B. Reed led the California State University to transform California and maintain its place as a national model of excellence in higher education. Initiatives under his tenure promoted quality instruction among faculty, increased access for underserved student populations and returning veterans, and established the university’s role as a supplier of a highly-skilled workforce for California’s knowledge-based economy.

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America Recycles Day Informs Campus on Importance of Recycling

Associated Students Sustainability and Recycling Services at CSUN hosted its annual America Recycles Day at the Bookstore Lawn. Several free items, made from recycled content, were given away such as bottles, notebooks and sticky pads.

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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

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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Author Reading Gives Students Insight into Published Works and the Craft of Writing

Authors Dana Johnson and Natashia Deón visited CSUN to read from their most recent books, focusing on themes of race and inequity, written from a black female’s perspective.

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December Payroll Distribution

December pay warrants will be distributed in the lobby of Bayramian Hall on Dec. 30, from noon to 2 p.m. A form must be filled out and delivered to University Cash Services by Dec. 16. A CSUN photo ID is required in order to release your pay warrant. Employees unable to pick up checks may authorize someone to do so, in writing. Include the name of the authorized person, the employee’s department, the last four digits of the employee’s Social Security number and the employee’s signature. Uncollected checks will be available for department pickup from noon to 4 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2017. For more information, please contact University Cash Services at ext. 7222.

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CSUN in the News


The Hollywood Reporter Ranks CSUN Music School #17

The Hollywood Reporter

California Positions Itself to Lead a Blue State Rebellion, Quotes CSUN Prof. Hogen-Esch

The Christian Science Monitor

CSUN Sustainability Center Under Construction

American School and University Magazine