April 27, 2021
Volume 8, Edition 21
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CSUN’s Animated Opera Is a New Way to Experience Musical Performance

In a monumental effort unlike anything in CSUN history, 107 students from the art, music and theatre departments joined forces to present Giacomo Puccini’s one-act opera “Gianni Schicchi.” The musicians recorded their audio and video parts at home, and then animators and visual effects artists combined the recordings and created striking animated backgrounds to bring the production to life. The opera will premiere May 8 on the CSUN Opera YouTube channel.


CSUN President Discusses Equity at National Briefing on Hispanic-Serving Institutions

CSUN President Erika D. Beck discussed CSUN’s efforts to boost the success of Latinx/a/o students, on a panel of higher education leaders examining the national impact of Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The event, which included new U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, was part of a series of briefings by national nonprofit advocacy group Excelencia in Education.

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A graphic of a space helmet with an augmented reality interface reflection.

CSUN Students Join Forces with NASA to Design Next-Generation Spacesuits

Students in CSUN’s Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM (ARCS) are developing augmented-reality spacesuit information displays that could be used to assist astronauts during NASA’s upcoming Artemis mission to the moon.

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Focus on Faculty & Staff


Earth Month Events Continue

Virtual Earth Month is a collaboration between the Institute for Sustainability, Associated Students Sustainability, AS Productions, AS Outdoor Adventures, CSUN Food Pantry, Campus Store, and the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing.

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‘The Making of The Soraya,’ April 30

Ten years after The Soraya’s opening, CSUN President Erika D. Beck and The Soraya Executive and Artistic Director Thor Steingraber will co-host an event that includes conversations with former CSUN President Jolene Koester and former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who reflect on the pivotal moments that made history in Los Angeles.

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Uplifting and Healing Asian American Communities: Culture, Action and Social Justice, May 4

In light of recent tragedies associated with anti-Asian violence and hate, let’s get inspired by people spreading hope and solidarity. At this event, you will hear from Asian Americans who are doing innovative work that uplifts our diverse communities.

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CSU’s Got Talent: Transforming Tech Stress Into Tech Health, April 29

Re-envision your relationship with technology by developing habits and strategies to prevent illness and optimize health.

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Matador Employee Social Circles: After Hours @ The Bingo Lounge, April 29

Drop in for the last games of the semester. Don’t miss this chance for a night of laughs with colleagues, courtesy of amateur bingo callers Tim and Chris from Associated Students.

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Effective Coping Strategies for Mental Wellbeing, April 29

There is no better time than now to assess how you, your friends and family are doing and to choose some practical, immediate ways to better cope.

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Personal Resilience: Managing Your Energy, May 6

One factor influencing our stress level is how well we manage our energy. The concept of energy management challenges the widely held view that time management is the key to work/life balance.

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Department of Theatre Spring 2021 Virtual Productions

“SYZYGY: The BLK Light Mixtape,” an original hip-hop, video-theatre project created by CSUN students and alumni guest artists, is available to stream April 29-May 2. The department’s virtual Spring Student Festival takes place May 6-9.

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