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 Faculty & Staff


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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LifeMatters Webinar: Combatting Perfectionism, Aug. 26

Learn ways to maintain high expectations for yourself without falling prey to the negative impacts of perfectionism. The webinar is offered at 9 a.m. and noon.

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Learn About Faculty Benefits, Sept. 9 or 10

For new and returning faculty members, this session will provide information and resources to assist with choosing plans that make sense for you.

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Mata-Tech Monday: Adopting Adobe Sign, Sept. 14

Join IT Staff to learn how Adobe Sign can increase efficiencies in your virtual operation. Join for an introduction at 10 a.m. and then for a session on creating templates at 2 p.m.

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