Sept. 19, 2017
Volume 5, Edition 6
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The Soraya Opens Season With Amadeus Live, Celebration of Younes and Soraya Sarah Nazarian

CSUN’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts opened its season with a stirring performance of Amadeus Live, featuring the Oscar-winning film accompanied by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and members of the LA Opera Chorus. But first, the sold-out crowd celebrated the award-winning venue’s namesakes, whose transformative philanthropic support ensures that The Soraya will remain a jewel in Los Angeles’ thriving arts scene.

HFPA 75th anniversary panel.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association Wing Dedicated With Stories of Close Encounters With Film Legends

HFPA senior panelists were on hand to tell CSUN alumna Jenna Elfman about their brushes with Marilyn Monroe, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlon Brando and Bette Davis. The HFPA’s $2 million donation to the Department of Cinema and Television Arts is considered an investment in the voices of a diverse group of future filmmakers.

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A mother and daughter sit on the lawn in front of the Oviatt Library to read a book at last year's Feria de Education.

Families Invited to Explore Paths to Success at Feria de Educación

Thousands of young Latinos and their families can discover paths to success at Feria de Educación, a daylong celebration of the power of education to positively change lives. The free Feria is scheduled to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in areas and buildings around CSUN’s Delmar T. Oviatt Library, located in the heart of the campus.

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Upcoming Events

Scorched promotional artwork.


Sept. 22-24
Wajdi Mouawad’s beautiful, sorrowful play about the legacy of anger and the cycle of revenge and war. Twins Janine and Simon journey to their mother’s war-torn homeland in the Middle East, hoping to solve the mystery of their origins. Multiple dates in the Experimental Theatre at The Soraya.

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Women's volleyball action at the net.

Women’s Volleyball vs Long Beach State

Sat, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
The Matadors open home conference play against the 49ers.

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Portrait of Sasheer Zamata.

Upright Citizens Brigade All-Stars

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 star Sasheer Zamata. Now Zamata brings UCB alumni for a one-of-a-kind reunion performance at The Soraya.

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Focus on Alumni & Community


Jack Kirby Exhibit at Oviatt Library Honors Co-Creator of Marvel Comics Universe

Jack Kirby, who co-created Marvel characters including the Fantastic Four, X-Men and the Hulk, is honored at an exhibit in the Oviatt Library. The collection includes rare comics from the 1940s and 1950s.

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Bassist/CSUN Alumnus Lobbies Congress for Music Education

Justin Emord, bass guitarist for the Los Angeles rock band Love and a .38, advocates on Capitol Hill about the importance of music education in K-12 schools.

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An Evening With Ross Porter, Oct. 3

CSUN alumni Richard Kaufman and Chris McGee join one of the most famous announcers in Southern California sports history, and the voice of CSUN Baseball, for an evening of sharing stories, with proceeds to be donated to the nonprofit organization Stillpoint Family Resources.

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Careers in Data Are Booming, Oct. 3

A dynamic group of alumni will share the skill sets you’ll need (beyond a degree) to land a job as a data scientist.

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Attorney Networking Group October Meeting

Join fellow CSUN alumni attorneys for dinner, networking and a guest speaker on Oct. 4 at Lewitt Hackman 16633 Ventura Blvd. 11th Floor, Encino, Calif. There is no cost to attend and dinner is provided, so bring a friend!

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Communication Disorders & Sciences Chapter - Continuing Education Workshop, Oct. 14

This unique presentation, which will be held from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Monterey Hall, develops the expertise of experienced professionals to successfully fulfill the rewarding commitment of mentoring students, new clinicians and assistants. CSUN Alumni Association members get a discounted rate of $55. This course fulfills the California State requirements for mandatory supervision continuing education coursework.

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CSUN in the News


CSUN Names Building in Honor of HFPA, Hosts Special Screening, Senior Member Panel

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

California State University, Northridge Debuts HFPA Wing

The Hollywood Reporter

How LA’s Halo Top Became America’s Bestselling Ice Cream Pint

Los Angeles Times

Ana Kasparian Interview:  “The Young Turks” Host Provides a Fearless Progressive Voice

Smashing Interviews