Jan. 31, 2017
Volume 4, Edition 23
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Homecoming Flash Sale until Feb. 3!

Get your Homecoming tickets before Feb. 3, and you will also receive admission to that night’s CSUN Men’s Basketball game, 25% off merchandise at the CSUN Campus Store, 50% off tickets to all spring 2017 shows at VPAC, and a Matador Meal that includes choice of chicken, beef, hot link or vegetarian, plus two sides, beverages and dessert. Don’t miss this opportunity to reunite with your fellow Matadors and reconnect with CSUN.

Viola Davis' February 8 Big Lecture highlights CSUN's Black History Month events throughout February.

CSUN Celebrates Black History Month 2017

This year’s celebration, themed Africana Studies 360: Black Synergy, will highlight the similarities that unite black people – while also focusing on what makes people distinct as individuals. One of the highlights of the monthlong celebration is three-time Academy Award nominee for Best Actress Viola Davis delivering the Big Lecture on Feb. 8.

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CSUN Helps Local Government Draw Battle Lines in Fight to Eradicate Human Trafficking in the San Fernando Valley.

CSUN Helps Eradicate Human Trafficking in the San Fernando Valley

Alumna and Los Angeles Councilmember Nury Martinez held a press conference on Jan. 26 in Van Nuys to highlight recent successes working with CSUN professors Henrik Minassians and David Lopez, along with the Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force, and shared future implementation plans to fight human trafficking in the area.

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Upcoming Events

CSUN's Passport Series is February 1 to 4.

CSUN Athletics’ Passport Series

Feb. 1-4
CSUN Athletics has brought back the Matador Passport Series, when fans in attendance at Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Men’s Volleyball games in the Matadome during the four days can have their passports stamped at each contest in the series to win prizes that include CSUN parking passes, MataMoney cards, CSUN campus store gift cards and exclusive game-day experiences.

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The Black Youth Guidance Forum is Feb. 13.

Black Youth Guidance Forum

Sat, Feb. 13, 8 a.m.
The Black Youth Guidance Forum is a day-long program for CSUN students, professors and community members of all ages. This free event provides participants with a unique opportunity to engage in educationally purposeful activities, which include featured speakers, four instructional tracks and the Nonprofit Resource & Advocacy Fair.

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The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 perform at Valley Performing Arts Center on February 9.

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 at VPAC

Thurs, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.
Combining forces for the first time, the Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 will create an unforgettable night. Between them, the two groups have 20 Grammy Awards and a range of styles that cover nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B.

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Focus on Alumni & Community


Commit to be Fit This Spring

CSUN Kinesiology students and faculty will be helping community members, students and faculty reach their fitness goals this spring. Beginning on Feb. 6 and continuing until May 11, the program will take place Monday through Thursday. Orientation is on Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

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Twenty-Nine Matadors Receive All-Big West Academic Team Honors

A total of 29 CSUN student-athletes received 2016 Big West Conference Fall All-Academic Team honors, meaning they had a GPA above 3.0, were at least a sophomore academically and competed in at least 50 percent of their team’s games during the season.

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Attorney Networking Group, Feb. 1

The CSUN Alumni Attorney Networking Group is holding its monthly meeting on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.at Lewitt Hackman: 16633 Ventura Blvd., 11th Floor, Encino, 91436. The cost is free and the event is open to CSUN alumni attorneys.

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From Hardship to Achievement – Student Receives CSUN’s Highest Honor

Tyler Pugeda, a double major in philosophy and mathematics who happens to be deaf, was recently awarded the prestigious President’s Scholarship due to his excellent work in the classroom.

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CSUN in the News


‘Do Not Step Away,’ Says CSUN President Harrison

Inside Higher Ed

Cutting Middle Class Scholarship Could Hit Southern California, CSUN Hard

KPCC, Southern California Public Radio

CSUN Study Spurs Plan to Curb Sex Trafficking in Van Nuys

Los Angeles Times

7 Real-Life Dragons That Live Up to Their Names

National Geographic