Sept. 5, 2017
Volume 5, Edition 4
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Alumna’s Research Helps Students with Disabilities Worldwide

Students with disabilities from Middle Eastern, North African and Southwest Asian backgrounds often come to the United States from war zones. Before Soraya Fallah’s CSUN research, there was almost no information to guide their teachers.

President Harrison poses with students.

CSUN Kicks off Semester with Food and Laughs at President’s Picnic

With tacos and cold drinks in hand, students, faculty and staff gathered to get to know one another and start the academic year off with a sense of belonging.

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Arthur Grutman stands with Jeff Craig.

Secrets of the CSUN Bells

For more than 50 years, the CSUN carillon has serenaded the campus with melodies. But these beloved “bells” hold a secret.

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Upcoming Events

The Upright Citizens Brigade is coming to CSUN.

Upright Citizens Brigade All-Stars Featuring Sasheer Zamata and Horatio Sanz

Sat, Oct. 14, 8 p.m.
The Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group helped launch the careers of numerous TV and movie stars, including former Saturday Night Live stars Sasheer Zamata and Horatio Sanz. Now Sanz and Zamata bring UCB alumni for a one-of-a-kind reunion performance at the Soraya (formerly VPAC).

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A men's soccer dribbles the ball.

Men’s Soccer vs San Jose State

Thur, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
The Matadors rumble with the Spartans.

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Poster for the movie Three Ages.

Buster Keaton Retrospective: Three Ages and Our Hospitality (Double Feature)

Thurs, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.
The exploration of the acclaimed actor-director's work includes a free screening of these two movies at the Armer Theater.

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Focus on Alumni & Community


Alumni Scholarship Recognition Dinner, Sept. 24

Join the Alumni Association in recognizing the 14 outstanding students selected to receive one of the Alumni Legacy, First Generation or Graduate Scholarships awarded annually. Meet the students, hear their stories and celebrate the future of CSUN. If you are unable to attend, please consider sponsoring a student’s attendance.

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CSUN Professor’s Book a Finalist for PEN Center USA Literary Award

Martin Pousson is a finalist for a 2017 PEN literary award from the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization. His novel Black Sheep Boy is the chronicle of a young gay man in Louisiana’s Cajun bayou.

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Computer Science Professor Wins Gold at Computer Olympiad

Richard Lorentz designs programs to compete against other programs in games resembling chess or checkers. He has won more than a dozen medals at the International Computer Games Association’s Computer Olympiad.

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CSUN Men’s Basketball Reveals 2017-18 Schedule 

The Matadors open up the season hosting Life Pacific on Nov. 10, then tip off Big West Conference play when Hawaii comes to the Matadome on Jan. 6, 2018. Senior forward Tavrion Dawson is one of the top returners, averaging 14.1 points and 6.9 rebounds last year.

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Coastal Cleanup Day – Volunteers Needed, Sept. 16 

Environmental and Occupational Health is recruiting volunteers to join in cleaning Sunset Point Beach from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 16. Coastal Cleanup Day 2017 is an international event by Ocean Conservancy, a Guinness Book of World Records holder for biggest single-day volunteer event.

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Engineering Welcome Back BBQ, Sept. 23

Here is your chance to network with fellow Engineering alumni and be a valuable mentor to upcoming graduates in a relaxed environment. This free event, which is from noon to 4 p.m., will take place in the dorm housing pool area. 

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Student Recreation Center Buffs Up With More Equipment and Space

By popular demand, the SRC’s third-floor training zone is adding TRX Suspension Trainer straps, ninja grips, “turbo trainers” and more. The training zone also will have expanded space on one side of the indoor track.

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CSUN in the News


A Checklist for New Transfer Students

U.S. News and World Report

Will Trump Dump DACA? California Schools Brace for News

Los Angeles Times

Legal Clinic to Help Immigrant CSUN Students Opens for Work

La Opinion