Sept. 19, 2017
Volume 3, 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

Jenna Elfman, CSUN alumna and Golden Globe® winner, moderated a panel of HFPA senior members who shared about encounters with Marilyn Monroe, Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Bronson and more. 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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Bree Newsome delivers her speech at CSUN freshman convocation.

Welcoming New Matadors at Freshman Convocation 2017

Author/Activist Bree Newsome, who gained national attention when she climbed up the flagpole on the South Carolina State House grounds in 2015 and removed the Confederate flag, encouraged CSUN freshmen to be unafraid, to stand up for their beliefs and to walk their own paths.

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Upcoming Events

Big Show 17 promotional art.

Big Show 17 featuring Dillon Francis and Phantoms

Sat, Oct. 7, 3 p.m.
Rock out on the Oviatt lawn to Dillon Francis’ groundbreaking remixes, the LA-based EDM duo Phantoms and an amazing mystery guest.

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Women's volleyball action at the net.

Women’s Volleyball vs Long Beach State

Sat, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
Help the Matadors open home conference play by cheering them on 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 (formerly VPAC).

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Focus on Students


Fourth Week Change of Schedule Petition

Written approval is required to add/drop classes in week four and beyond. Submit the petition no later than 4 p.m. on Sept. 22.

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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, as well as early issues starring the X-Men, Avengers and Black Panther.

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CSUN Engineering Students Triumph at General Electric Competition

The team created a software tool that helps the campus air conditioning’s chiller system be more efficient.

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Families Invited to Explore Paths to Success at Feria de Educación, Sept. 23

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.

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The Footprint No. 37

In this newsletter: The theme for this year’s Sustainability Day (Oct. 25) is Sustainable Food Systems, in support of World Food Day. Hear speakers from food justice organizations throughout Los Angeles, take a walking tour of campus to learn about edible plants found around our school and see a cooking demonstration. Also: learn about CSUN’s water bottle refill stations.

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Teachers to Explore How to Diversify Student’s Learning Habits with Education on the Edge Lecture, Sept. 21

The next Education on the Edge speaker will discuss an approach to curriculum that minimizes educational barriers and helps students utilize their abilities to absorb knowledge. Katie Novak, assistant superintendent for the Groton-Dunstable School District in Massachusetts, will discuss Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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Susan Burton to Speak on Life as Incarcerated Woman on Sept. 21

After gaining freedom and sobriety in 1997, Susan Burton made it her goal to help other women walking in her shoes. This free presentation will be held in the Whitsett Room (Sierra Hall, 4th floor) from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

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Banned Books Readout With Pizza, featuring Guest Author Alex Gino, Sept. 25

CSUN students will give dramatic readings from banned books. Genderqueer guest author Alex Gino will read from their middle-grade book George, in which the titular transgender protagonist wishes to play Charlotte in the class production of Charlotte’s Web.

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Journalism Speed Mentoring - The News Pros Want to Help YOU, Sept. 27

From noon to 4 p.m. in the Oviatt Library, Ferman Presentation Room, connect with some of Los Angeles’ top broadcast, print, digital/online and public relations professionals (many of whom are CSUN alumni) and gain insight into how to find success and break into the business.

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Careers in Data Sciences Event, Oct. 3

Several accomplished alumni panelists will share the skill sets you’ll need (beyond a degree) to land a job as a data scientist at 6:30 p.m. in the USU, Grand Salon.

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Sign Up for the Corporate Connect Program and Explore Career Opportunities

Corporate Connect opens up a range of possibilities allowing students to job shadow closely with potential employers, consider different industries, hear alumni career stories and observe real-world corporate developments in an engaging environment.

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

This unique presentation, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 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. Students get a discounted rate of $35.

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CSUN on Social Media


So sportscaster legend #VinScully stopped by today...


Announcing the mystery artist for Big Show 17...


Celebrating the HFPA Wing in Manzanita Hall.