Oct. 6, 2020
Volume 8, Edition 5
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CSUN Receives $3 Million Anonymous Gift to Support Armenian Studies

An anonymous $3 million gift will support CSUN’s Armenian Studies Program and provide scholarships to students. This is the second anonymous gift to the program in the last year, following a $2.1 million gift in 2019. The program focuses on Armenian culture and the impact Armenians and Armenian Americans have throughout the world.


CSU Welcomes Next Chancellor, Joseph Castro, with Livestreamed Conversation

New California State University chancellor-select Joseph I. Castro recently introduced himself via livestream to the 23 CSU campuses. When he takes the helm in January, Castro will be the first-ever California native and Mexican American to lead the CSU. Castro, who has served as the president of Fresno State since 2013, will succeed Chancellor Timothy P. White, who is retiring after leading the CSU since 2012.

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Two Emmy statues facing each other. Image by MISHELLA, Shutterstock.

Two CTVA Alumni Recognized with 2020 Primetime Emmys

Two CSUN Cinema and Television Arts alumni were recognized for their work in the television industry at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. Arielle Kilker ’11 won two Emmys for her editing and producing work on the Netflix series “Cheer.” Six-time nominee Ryan Mallick ’10 was recognized for his editing work on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

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Focus on Faculty & Staff


The Chicano Moratorium’s 50-Year Legacy Continues

In 1970, demonstrators in East Los Angeles marched to protest the Vietnam War, where disproportionate numbers of Mexican Americans were killed and wounded. The event, known as the Chicano Moratorium, was attended by CSUN alumni, staff and faculty, who say the protest is echoed in the activism of today.

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Diplo Returns for Big Show 20th Anniversary Event

CSUN Associated Students Productions celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Big Show concert with virtual sets by the DJs Diplo and A-Trak. Big Show has attracted many big stars over the years, including LMFAO, Ludacris and Jimmy Eat World. View photos from this year’s event as well as Sundial coverage of previous concerts.

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University Counseling Services Supports Matadors Through a Challenging 2020

In a year that has brought a series of challenges, University Counseling Services remains committed to assisting students in reaching their academic, career and other life goals.

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Former CSUN VP for Information Technology/CIO Receives EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award

EDUCAUSE, the nonprofit higher education information technology association, awarded former CSUN Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Hilary J. Baker with its 2020 Community Leadership Award. Baker, who retired from CSUN in late 2019, said she hopes the award inspires other women to follow STEM careers and pursue IT leadership roles in higher education.

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Matadors Engage in Civics and Democracy Through CSUN Act Now Events

As part of a campus initiative dubbed CSUN Act Now, CSUN students, professors and administrators are hosting a series of voter engagement and civic education events leading up to Election Day on Nov. 3.

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LGBTQ and Ally Faculty and Staff Virtual Forum, Oct. 8

Join your CSUN faculty and staff colleagues for a meet-and-greet and discussion of topics important to the CSUN LGBTQ and ally community.

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Working Parents Mid-Morning Brown Bag, Oct. 14

Gather virtually with fellow CSUN colleagues — who are working on campus or remotely while parenting — for a casual conversation about the resources for making it through this new life chapter.

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How to Get Your Child to College Workshop, Oct. 21

Whether your child is going to college in the near or distant future, now is the time to participate in the How to Get to College workshop presented by Student Outreach and Recruitment.

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