May. 2, 2017
Volume 4, Edition 36
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2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards Inspire With Personal Stories of Excellence

A moving evening was highlighted by investment banking titan Milton Berlinski ’78 (Computer Science), STEM pioneer Patricia Maloney ’80 (Chemistry) and reality TV trailblazer Mike Darnell ’87 (Communication Studies) sharing how their CSUN education helped catapult them to accomplished careers.

CSUN 2017 honorary doctorates will be awarded to Michael Watanabe and Bill Griffeth.

Substance-Abuse Educator, Business News Anchor to Receive Honorary Doctorates from CSUN

CNBC financial journalist Bill Griffeth and President and CEO of Asian American Drug Abuse Program Michael Watanabe will receive honorary doctorates from CSUN during commencement proceedings.

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Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros spoke to CSUN students.

Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros Speaks to CSUN Students About the Future of Urban Development

The former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development examined the contemporary urban economy during a lecture at CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.

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Upcoming Events

The documentary 7 Days in Syria is showing at the Armer Theatre on May 5 at 7 p.m.

7 Days in Syria at Armer Theatre

Fri, May 5, 7 p.m.
This documentary shines a light on one of the largest humanitarian disasters of the 21st Century – an ongoing, six-year war that has displaced more than half of Syria’s population. This free showing is open to the public.

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Man of La Mancha is at the Valley Performing Arts Center on May 5-7.

Man of La Mancha at VPAC

May 5-7
Man of La Mancha tells the incredible story of Don Quixote and his pursuit of the impossible dream. His dream is every man’s dream and his tilting at windmills is every man’s adventure.

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Enjoy Matatude Taco Tuesday at the CSUN Baseball game on May 9.

Matatude Taco Tuesday: Baseball vs. CSU Bakersfield

Tue, May 9, 3 p.m.
Celebrate the final Tuesday home game of the season by receiving a free taco as the Matadors take on the Roadrunners.

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Focus on Alumni & Community


Nearly 11,500 Invited to Take Part in CSUN’s 2017 Commencement

Eight commencement proceedings start up with Honors Convocation the evening of May 13 and continue May 19-22, with all celebrations taking place on the lawn in front of the Oviatt Library.

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CSUN Alumni Discount for Malibu Family Wines Spring Vineyard Party, May 21

Join us starting at noon for a fantastic outdoor afternoon of Hawaiian Style Food, Saddlerock and Semler Wine tasting, live entertainment and raffle all while enjoying vineyard views. CSUN Alumni Discount: $40, Wine Club Members: $10 (limit 2). For tickets and/or to join the club, contact Malibu Family Wines directly at or by calling (818) 579-2455.

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38th Annual TRENDS Fashion Show is Transcendent

Titled Transcendent, the annual TRENDS fashion show will showcase the creations from CSUN student-designers, who are also getting some help from alumni to launch their careers.

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Opening Reception for CSUN’s MA/MFA Graduate Art Exhibition

Please join the CSUN Art Galleries and the Department of Art during the opening reception for the 2017 MA/MFA Graduate Exhibition on May 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display May 6-27 in the CSUN Art Galleries.

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Nurses Wellness Day, May 6

Come to CSUN for the ultimate relaxation experience at the Oasis Wellness Center. There will be special guest speakers and events that will educate and further relax the mind and body. Special door prizes will also be given away. This event is open to everyone. RSVP today for only $5. This event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Inaugural Bookstein Tax Development Conference, May 5

CSUN accounting alumni, tax professionals and academicians are encouraged to come out for this first-of-its-kind forum where tax professors from various West Coast universities will exchange ideas, present their research and hold a discussion with attendees.

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CADV Celebrating Excellence, May 6

The Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter will recognize, award and honor our outstanding alumni, community partners, volunteers and students at the eighth annual awards banquet.

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CSUN Advanced Acting and Directing Students Bring “Angels” to Life

CSUN’s most advanced acting and directing students have been hard at work this spring on a production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches, which will conclude on May 7.

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CSUN Baseball Visits Challenger Little League

A group of CSUN Baseball players went to Northridge Little League, where they were given the opportunity to help out with a Challenger League game, which was created for kids with special needs to play baseball.

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CSUN in the News


CSUN’s MariaElena Zavala: Marching for Science and for the Future

Huffington Post

How I Made It: CSUN Alumna Started Flipping Burgers, Now She’s the Boss at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Los Angeles Times

CSUN Professor Reflects on From Los Angeles to Ferguson: 25 Years After the Rodney King Riots