Mar. 7, 2017
Volume 4, Edition 28
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NIH Awards CSUN Professor $1.46M to Support Cancer Research

The National Institutes of Health has awarded CSUN biology professor Jonathan Kelber and his team of graduate and undergraduate students $1.46 million over the next four years to support their ongoing research studies of the cancer “support wall” gene called PEAK1.

VARJAM is a competition students work in teams to develop projects using virtual and augmented reality technology.

VARJAM Kickoff Showcases Students’ Virtual Talents

Students, faculty and staff members gathered for the kickoff event of VARJAM, a competition where students from all majors across campus work in teams to develop projects using the latest virtual and augmented reality technology.

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Chicana/o Studies Professor Denise Sandoval collaborated with other CSUN faculty on a book exploring ethnic studies.

CSUN Professors Collaborate on Anthology Exploring Ethnic Studies Education

Chicana/o Studies professor Denise Sandoval, the lead editor of the book, collaborated with CSUN Asian American Studies professor Tracy Buenavista, Africana Studies professor Anthony Ratcliff and LAUSD principal James Marín to write the two-volume anthology “White” Washing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies.

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Upcoming Events

The Big West Conference Tournament begins March 8 for the CSUN women's and men's basketball teams.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball: Big West Conference Tournament at the Honda Center

March 8-11
Thanks to winning nine of the final 11 regular-season games, the third-seeded Women’s team will have a first-round bye in the tournament and will play the lowest remaining seed on March 8 at 6 p.m. The sixth-seeded Men’s team will face Cal State Fullerton on March 9 at 2:30 p.m.

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Catch Rosemary's Baby at CSUN on March 9 at 7 p.m.

John Cassavetes Retrospective: Rosemary’s Baby

Thur., March 9, 7 p.m.
Horrifying and darkly comic, Rosemary’s Baby is a wildly entertaining film starring Mia Farrow as a young mother-to-be who grows increasingly suspicious that her overly friendly elderly neighbors and self-involved husband (John Cassavetes) are hatching a satanic plot against her and her baby.

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The classic West Side Story comes to the Valley Performing Arts Center on March 10 to 12.

West Side Story at VPAC

March 10-12
West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Put on by McCoy Rigby Entertainment, this drama is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.

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Focus on Faculty & Staff


CSUN Celebrates Carol Kelly With Alumni Gathering

CSUN’s Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter hosted a remembrance gathering in honor of emeritus professor Carol Kelly.

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2017 Honors Convocation Nominations

CSUN will recognize outstanding graduates by inviting them to participate in Honors Convocation on May 13 at 6 p.m. To be eligible, graduates must be the recipient of a department, college or university award or scholarship that recognizes demonstrated excellence of an artistic, creative or athletic nature, or the display of unusual leadership ability or community service. Nominees must also possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on all coursework through Fall 2016. Nominations are being accepted through April 7.

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Outstanding Graduating Senior Award Applications

Each year four graduating seniors are presented with the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award in recognition of academic excellence, contributions to campus and community, and exceptional achievements or personal life circumstances that have been overcome. Eligible students must complete the application form, including a statement of qualifications, and submit two letters of recommendation from faculty, staff or administrators. At least one of the recommendations must be from a member of the CSUN faculty. Deadline for applications is April 3. For questions, please call (818) 677-2391.

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Walkability Wednesday, with President Harrison, March 8

Join President Dianne F. Harrison for a walk through campus.

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GradFest 2017 is on March 15 and 16

Let your students know that their one-stop commencement shop is GradFest at the Campus Store. Matadors can purchase all their graduation gear and gifts, join the CSUN Alumni Association, donate to the Senior Class Gift and get all the information they need to prepare them for commencement.

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An Inside Perspective to Financial Planning for Retirement: Exploring Investments & Other Savings, March 9

Join Kristine Beck and Inga Chira from our Department of Finance, Financial Planning and Insurance to discuss and learn about annuities and mutual funds, ETFs, stocks and similar investment opportunities.

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Planting an Organic Vegetable Garden in Five Easy Steps, March 10

Whether you’re still thinking of planting a garden or ready to take yours organic, join associate professor Mario Giraldo and be prepared to plant your own organic garden.

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CalPERS Seminar – Planning for Your Retirement, March 13

If you are nearing retirement, this class, facilitated by CalPERS staff, will help you strategically plan and prepare for retirement.

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CSUN in the News


CSUN’s Strength United Featured as Official LA Marathon Charity


3Wins Partners CSUN Students and Communities with Health Programs


CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Helping People with Disabilities

CW-6, San Diego