Oct. 3, 2017
Volume 5, Edition 8
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CSUN’s Martin Pousson Wins PEN Literary Award for Fiction

The professor’s “fabulist” coming-of-age novel about a queer mixed-race boy in the bayous of Louisiana has won the 2017 PEN Center USA Fiction Award.

Portrait of Hilary J. Baker

Hilary J. Baker Named to EDUCAUSE Board

Baker, CSUN’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer, has been appointed to the board of EDUCAUSE, the association for information technology in higher education.

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Tom Petty plays a show in 2011.

CSUN’s 88.5 FM Remembers Tom Petty

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had a lasting relationship with CSUN, and even played multiple benefit concerts on the campus in recent years.

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Upcoming Events

Women's soccer action.

Soccer Doubleheader vs UC Santa Barbara

Thurs, Oct. 5, 4 p.m.
Celebrate a pair of Big West home openers. The CSUN women play at 4 p.m. and the men follow at 7 p.m. The first 100 fans at the women’s game and the first 300 at the men’s game receive a free Matador T-shirt.

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Overhead shot of Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

Thurs, Nov. 2, 8 p.m.
For three decades, this quintessential Russian orchestra has been led by conductor Pavel Kogan. They bring their powerful, emotional sound to The Soraya (formerly VPAC) in an all-Russian program.

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A woman plays a violin.


Sun, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.
TEMPO is a new-music ensemble based in Los Angeles comprised of piano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion. The group routinely performs premieres and recently composed works in addition to standard works of the 20th century.

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Focus on Faculty & Staff


She Started It! Public Invited to Screening of Documentary on Female Technology Entrepreneurship, Oct. 4

The documentary follows five young women over the course of two years as they travel the world to pitch to venture capital entrepreneurs, build teams, bring products to market, fail and start over. President Dianne F. Harrison will give introductory remarks. A panel discussion follows with entrepreneur/engineer Carolyn Casavan, CSUN biochemistry professors Karin Crowhurst and Paula Fischhaber, and USC media arts and practice professor Tania Mulry.

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CSUN Welcomes ACE Fellow Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Mehrzad Boroujerdi, professor and former chair of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a 2017-18 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, will spend this academic year at CSUN to study the best practices for student success initiatives.

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CSUN Outdoor Adventures Throws Down Gauntlet for Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

CSUN is currently competing in the nationwide Outdoor Adventures challenge — and you can help.

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Payroll Basics for Timekeepers and Approvers, Oct. 4

This course is designed to help supervisors with the time-reporting process in reviewing and approving time reporting for their employees.

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Identity Theft Prevention, Oct. 4

This workshop will help you understand what identity theft is, how criminals obtain your personal information and how to detect, deter and defend yourself against victimization

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Matador Masters — Toastmasters Meeting, Oct. 4

Increase your confidence in speeches and leadership skills with CSUN’s new Toastmaster chapter open to all staff and faculty. Practice developing communication and leadership skills at your own pace and comfort level.

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Research and Sponsored Projects Drop-in Consultation, Oct. 5

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects invites you to drop in for one-on-one assistance with the following activities: proposal budget development, interpretation of request for proposal guidelines, Cayuse record creation, human and animal subjects protocol writing and revisions, intellectual property and drone questions, and much more.

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Making CSUN’s eTravel Solution Your Roadmap to Seamless Travel, Oct. 10

This session will help make every CSUN-related travel experience a more positive one, whether you are the traveler making travel arrangements or the one tasked with following up to ensure receipts and claims are finalized.

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Understanding and Responding to Campus Sexual Violence, Oct. 10

Whether a student or colleague has disclosed to you they they’ve been sexually assaulted, it is important to be prepared and aware of resources to support survivors. This presentation will include skill-building components to increase confidence in helping survivors in a trauma-informed way as well as how to engage in prevention efforts and strategies for bystander intervention.

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CSUN in the News


Public Universities Do Best When It Comes to Diversity

The Wall Street Journal

As Deadline Looms, Legal Service Providers Ramp up DACA Renewal Efforts

Los Angeles Times

Campuses Cautious as They Adjust to New Sexual Assault Guidelines


More Colleges Add Free Food Pantries as ‘Starving Student’ Cliche Becomes Reality

Los Angeles Daily News