Aug. 22, 2017
Volume 5, Edition 2
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Breast Cancer Survivor Grateful for Journalism Training at CSUN

Mary Billiter was on assignment when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Writing — including two fiction novels and an award-winning newspaper column — gave her an escape.

Portrait of Gabriel Chavez.

Alumnus Repays CSUN With Scholarship for Military Veterans

Gabriel Chavez, who served in the Marines as an aviation radar repairman, received various scholarships that helped him earn a degree in Radiologic Sciences. Now he has created the Sergeant Gabriel Chavez Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded to deserving CSUN student veterans.

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Wes Hambright was honored at Dodger Stadium on August 13.

CSUN Helps Musician Become LAUSD Rookie Teacher of the Year

Composer Wes Hambright — whose music has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, American Idol and The Tyra Banks Show — credits CSUN with helping him earn the 2016 LAUSD Rookie Teacher of the Year award.

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Upcoming Events

Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes in Space Jam.

Associated Students Summer Movie Fest: Space Jam

Thur, Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.
See Michael Jordan come out of retirement to help the Looney Tunes basketball team against the Monstars in this week’s AS Summer Movie Fest installment on the Oviatt Lawn.

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CSUN senior forward Jeremy Degraffenreidt makes a move on an opponent.

Men’s Soccer vs Siena

Fri, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.
The reigning champions of the Big West Conference Tournament and South Division open the season at home versus the Saints.

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Cheech Marin is coming to the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts.

Cheech Marin Hosts an Evening of Comedy

Thur, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.
Comedy icon — and CSUN alum — Cheech Marin is bringing some of the young guns of comedy with him to the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (formerly known as the VPAC).

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Focus on Alumni & Community


Jack Kirby @ 100: A Centennial Exhibit — panel discussion with comics creators Mark Badger and Tony Puryear, Aug. 28

Jack Kirby @ 100, an exhibit of comics and prints at the Oviatt Library, commemorates the centenary of the artist known for co-creating the Marvel Universe. The exhibit will run Aug. 25-Oct. 1. To launch the show, CSUN professor Charles Hatfield will host a panel with the comics’ creators in the Oviatt Library’s Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room.

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Nominate Your Favorite Athletes and Teams for the Matador Hall of Fame

Through Sept. 1, you can nominate the men, women and Matador teams that have distinguished themselves in athletics, either as undergraduates or after leaving the university.

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The Soraya’s Arts Education Series Teaches Beyond the Classroom

The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (formerly known as VPAC) Arts Education program provides K-12 students an introduction to the educational benefits of the performing arts. For the academic year 2017-18, the Student Matinee Series will feature seven performances, including the famous Yamato Drummers of Japan, flamenco dancers, African-American “stepping,” as well as other interactive cultural expressions from Mexico and Pakistan.

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Attorney Networking Group, Sept. 6

Generate business relationships, share qualified referrals and work together to support, encourage and expand your circle of resources at this monthly meeting. There is no cost to attend and dinner is provided.

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Houston-Area Alumni Mixer, Sept. 8

Houston-area alumni can mingle at Ruth’s Chris Steak House (433 Westheimer Road, Houston) for happy hour. With more than 500 CSUN alumni who work and live in the Houston area, this is a great opportunity to re-connect and network. Click for more details and to register.

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Represent CSUN on Capitol Hill, Sept. 12

Join your fellow CSUN alumni at the California State Society’s free Back to College Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 in Rayburn House Office Building Cafeteria, Capitol Hill, 45 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, D.C. This event is for alumni of any California college or university, and the CSU always has the largest number of alumni in attendance. Pre-registration is required, so click to RSVP by Sept. 8.

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Hockey Alumni Weekend, Sept. 15-17

The Matadors are looking to reconnect with all alumni from the more than 40 years of CSUN Ice Hockey history. The weekend will include a meet and greet, a dinner in the Valley, campus tours, at least one alumni game and Sunday brunch. Seats are limited for some events, so click to learn more and register.

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Volunteer for CSUN’s Black Alumni Association, Aug. 27

CSUN’s Black Alumni Association will be holding a chapter meeting at the Orange Grove Bistro on campus from 5 to 7 p.m. Those interested in serving in leadership and volunteering, please come to the meeting. No RSVP necessary. For more information on the BAA and how you can join or volunteer, please email:

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CSUN in the News


After Battling Prison and Addiction, Mother Stops Women from Returning to System

USA Today

Alumnus Hopes His First Book Breaks Barriers for Others Living With a Disability

Ventura County Star

CSUN Oasis: How to Create Healthy Learning Environments With Active Design

Building Design and Construction