Aug. 25, 2020
Volume 6, 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.

You’ve Got This: 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 Students


Keeping the Matador Connection Strong in a Primarily Online Fall Semester

While physically meeting new faces on campus is mostly on hold during a primarily virtual fall semester, many of CSUN’s most popular fall kickoff events will continue virtually. On Aug. 28, Associated Students, the Matador Involvement Center and the University Student Union join forces for a Creating Your Fall 2020 Experience online event to discuss what student life will look like during the fall 2020 semester.

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Admissions and Records Launches New Website

Check out the newly minted Admissions and Records website for current students. It is designed for easy navigation, to help you find what you need quickly and easily.

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Get Alumni Advice Through ‘Ask A Matador’ Mentoring Platform

“Ask A Matador” is a powerful new tool that uses artificial intelligence to find the best Matadors among our 370,000 alumni to help you. It couldn’t be simpler: You ask and then get answers via email. We’ve provided tips and resources to help you learn more about this platform.

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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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