Nov. 17, 2020
Volume 8, Edition 9
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CSUN President-Select Introduces Herself in Virtual Conversation

CSUN’s sixth president-select, Erika D. Beck, introduced herself to the university community with a virtual conversation with alumnus and CNBC anchor-at-large Bill Griffeth ’80 (Journalism), Hon.D. ’17. During their talk, Beck promised to listen to individuals at every level of the university and build a coalition to realize a brighter, just and more equitable future together.


CSUN Alum Doug Emhoff Set to Be America’s First ‘Second Gentleman’

With former Vice President Joe Biden the president-elect of the United States, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris will make history as the first female vice president. And by her side, her husband, CSUN alumnus Doug Emhoff ’87 (Communication Studies), will also be making history as the nation’s first “Second Gentleman.”

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Actor Jamie Lee Curtis poses with CSUN alumnus Brad Bessey of Project Angel Food.

Emmy-Winning Producer, CSUN Grad Student Enlists Stars to Feed the Sick

After executive producing a star-studded telethon to help the nonprofit Project Angel Food raise money to prepare and deliver meals for individuals impacted by serious illness, Brad Bessey ’19 (Communication Studies) took on a new role as the organization’s first head of communications and talent relations.

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Focus on Alumni & Community


ClearlyNext Provides Career Coaching for Matadors

The CSUN Alumni Association is partnering with ClearlyNext to provide personalized, one-on-one career coaching exclusively for Matadors.

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Planning for Retirement Webinar, Nov. 19

This Bank of America-sponsored webinar will show how to plan for your retirement goals.

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CSUN Honors String Quartet Joins The Soraya’s Linda Ronstadt Tribute Airing Nov. 18 on KCET

CSUN student musicians, including the CSUN Honors String Quartet, joined Latin music stars Aida Cuevas, La Marisoul, Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and special guests David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and Sarah Watkins in celebrating trailblazing singer Linda Ronstadt in a televised special filmed at The Soraya, airing Nov. 18 on KCET. The show will later air on PBS SoCal and be available for streaming.

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Theatre Department Presents Streaming Performances

The Department of Theatre is providing streaming access to pre-recorded student performances of the plays “Lorca in a Green Dress” (Nov. 19-22), “Uncle Vanya” (Nov. 23-25) and “Pippin” (Dec. 4-6). Streaming will be free, but donations to the department’s fundraising campaign are appreciated.

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An Invitation to Share Your Memories, A Farewell to President Harrison

As President Dianne F. Harrison prepares to step away from her post, you can share a tribute or make a gift to support the Dianne F. Harrison Leadership Endowment at the “A Farewell to President Harrison” website.

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