Mar. 7, 2017
Volume 2, Edition 28
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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.

CSUN professor Jonathan Kelber has received a $1.46 million grant to fund breast and pancreatic research.

NIH Awards CSUN $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.

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CSUN has new healthy and nutritional food options throughout campus.

CSUN Provides New and Improved Healthy Choices for Everyone On Campus

The University Corporation at CSUN is making it easier than ever to find healthy and nutritional food options on campus this semester.

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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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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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The Oasis Wellness Center offers self-care practices March 13 to 16.

Spring Into Wellness at the Oasis Wellness Center

March 13-16
Learn how you can improve your self-care practices through yoga, playing with puppies, participating in wellness workshops and more. Experience an exciting range of special, free events throughout the week or just stop by for some healthy snacks and beverages.

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Focus on Students


GradFest 2017 is Coming: March 15 and 16

Get your cap and gown, purchase a GradFest pack, join the CSUN Alumni Association, donate to the Senior Class Gift and get all the info you need for commencement. Your one-stop shop is at the CSUN Campus Store.

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Campus Climate Student Survey on Sexual Assault/Sexual Misconduct Prevention

The U.S. Department of Education requires that a campuswide student survey on Sexual Assault/Sexual Misconduct Prevention be conducted on every campus nationwide that receives federal funds. The survey was distributed to CSUN students three weeks ago. Although participation is anonymous and voluntary, your participation is invaluable. If you have taken the survey, we appreciate your involvement and thank you. However, if you have not participated in the survey and are committed to improving this campus, please refer to your CSUN email of Feb. 13 and again on Feb. 24, from President Harrison, for the link to the survey.

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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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Spring Internship and Career Expo, March 15

The Career Center is excited to launch our newly rebranded 2017 Spring Internship & Career Expo on March 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the USU, Northridge Center and Grand Salon. This is our largest job fair of the year, with more than 100 employers offering full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities to CSUN students and alumni.

Thesis/Dissertation/Project Planning Form Due

March 10 is the last day for graduate students to file their thesis/dissertation/graduate project planning form online through the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation System (ETD) for the spring 2017 semester.

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All That Art: An Interactive Art Experience at the USU, March 9

This is an interactive celebration of culture and creativity where every Matador is an artist. You can get as expressive as you want during our painting lessons, vinyl record spinning splatter painting and more! Head to the USU, Plaza del Sol at 11 a.m. for an afternoon of fun.

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Men’s Basketball’s Kendall Smith and Tavrion Dawson Earn All-Big West Honors

The Matadors’ top scorer and distributor, Smith received an All-Big West Second Team selection while Dawson, the team’s top rebounder, nabbed Honorable Mention.

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Women’s Basketball’s Channon Fluker, Serafina Maulupe and Eliza Matthews Earn All-Big West Honors

Sophomore Channon Fluker has been named the 2016-17 Big West Conference Player of the Year while rookie Eliza Matthews was named Big West Freshman of the Year and junior Serafina Maulupe earned Second Team All-Big West honors.

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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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CSUN on Social Media


CSUN’s Strength United Featured on KTLA 5 Morning News


3WINS Partners CSUN Students and Communities with Health Programs


With Midterms in Full Swing, Take the “Path to Knowledge” at the Oviatt Library