Dec. 8, 2020
Volume 8, Edition 11
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To Preserve Joshua Trees for Future Generations, Professor Will Study Their DNA

To help stave off the potentially devastating effects of an increasingly warmer climate on the Mojave Desert’s distinctive Joshua trees, CSUN evolutionary biologist Jeremy Yoder will collect tissue samples from 300 trees across the desert. This will help identify trees that are more adaptable for future efforts to replant after fires or weather disasters.


Alumni Discuss Their Start in the Entertainment Business in Nazarian College Distinguished Speaker Series

CSUN alumni Louis Santor ’89 (Accounting), David Knoller ’86 (Theatre) and Wendy Knoller ’87 (Radio/TV Production), who have worked on projects including “The Matrix 4,” “Big Love” and “Friends,” discussed their careers in the entertainment industry. Bruce Gersh ’91 (Accounting Theory and Practice), a strategic advisor and multimedia executive, moderated the virtual Nazarian College Distinguished Speaker Series event.

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CSUN student Tracey Spann talks to a masked worker in the Student Housing area.

CSUN Dorms Still Offer Shelter to Those Who Need It Most

When public health officials ordered college dorms to limit occupancy to help slow the spread of COVID-19, CSUN leaders held out a safety net for about 250 students who otherwise wouldn’t have any place to go.

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Focus on Alumni & Community


Black Alumni Association Sparkle and Shine Holiday Bash,
Dec. 18

Join for a night of fun and fundraising for the Black Alumni Association Scholarship. The event will feature a DJ, live auction, performances, guest appearances and CSUN swag giveaways.

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SmartIDentity’s CSUN ID Protection Program

During Identity Theft Awareness Month, give yourself the gift of peace of mind while holiday shopping in store or online. Protect your identity today and take advantage of SmartIDentity’s CSUN ID protection program special pricing.

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Cal State Apply Deadline Extended to Dec. 15

To better serve high school and community college students facing university admissions challenges caused by COVID-19, the California State University will extend its fall 2021 priority application deadline to Dec. 15. Students interested in attending any CSU campus can apply at the university’s application portal, Cal State Apply.

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Take CSUN Classes Through Open University

If you want to take an academic-credit class but aren’t enrolled at CSUN, register through Open University. Spring classes are offered in a virtual format, so you can take a class from anywhere.

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Men’s Basketball Star Lamine Diane Signs with Philadelphia 76ers

Former CSUN Men’s Basketball forward and two-time Big West Player of the Year Lamine Diane inked a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers and was invited to the team’s training camp.

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