Aug. 25, 2020
Volume 8, Edition 2
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In Challenging Year, CSUN President’s Welcome Address Shows Reasons for Hope

With the nation and university facing an unprecedented combination of issues including a pandemic and the related economic fallout, CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison kicked off the 2020-21 academic year with a direct assessment of the challenges ahead — as well as reasons for optimism.


BUILD PODER Receives 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education, recently honored CSUN’s undergraduate biomedical research training program, BUILD PODER, for assisting students from underrepresented groups with entering fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

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A student looks at a tablet with a CSUN sticker outside in a pre-pandemic photo.

The Advice Returning Students Have for New Matadors

New Matadors are facing a unique challenge this year — connecting and succeeding virtually from the first day. On Instagram, we asked those who experienced virtual learning last semester for words of wisdom for new students, and we got an incredible response. Seasoned Matadors offered wise and inspiring advice to those who just arrived.

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Focus on Alumni & Community


Calling All Alumni! Share Advice with Students Through ‘Ask A Matador’ Mentoring Platform

“Ask A Matador” is a powerful new tool that uses artificial intelligence to match students with the expertise of our 370,000 alumni. Students ask for advice, and based on their ask, an algorithm will match their questions with alumni experts. You may receive an email that will direct you on how to make a connection.

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New Distance Learning Opportunity for Preschool-Age Children

The Associated Students Children’s Center is offering a distance learning opportunity for preschool-age children by providing weekly child-parent activities and interactive Zoom meetings. Teachers will provide fun and engaging art, music, movement, literacy, language, math and science activities.

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Register for the Free Project Management Course Through ‘Courses for Causes’

For individuals whose business is affected by COVID-19, CSUN is offering a free project management course to help you in your workplace. The class is part of Courses for Causes, a collaboration with the California State University Chancellor’s Office. The course runs Wednesday evenings, Sept. 16-Oct. 21, in a virtual format via Zoom. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 7.  

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