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Lezley Saar: 'Gender Renaissance' at Walter Maciel Gallery, LA

Lezley Saar was born in Los Angeles, CA in the year 1953. Saar studied at L'Institut Francais de Photographie in Paris and San Francisco State University before receiving a BFA from California State University, Northridge in 1978. Saar presents a series of surreal portraits with an intricate puzzling of objects to create expression, personality and setting. Unlike the typical subjects featured in a classical painting, these figures show diversity and tell unexpected stories. With an intimate knowledge from her personal biracial identity, Saar presents a range of multi-ethnic subjects ranging in skin colors, physical attributes and hair types. The new work entitled Gender Renaissance explores the complex topic of transgender identity based on Saar’s observations and interactions with her son who has spent recent years transitioning from female to male. Done in traditional oval formats set within found antique frames, the subjects are shown as individual portraits with lavish headdress and outfits and lacking exaggerated facial expressions. -- Blouin Artinfo

Rabbi Jonathan Fisch named a chaplain with Coral Gables Police Department

Rabbi Fisch received his rabbinical ordination in May 2014, and he received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. He also attended California State University Northridge, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Jewish Studies. -- Miami's Community Newspapers

Credit Union names new President

The newly appointed CEO earned his undergraduate degree in computer science from Cal State Northridge and an MBA from Norwich University. -- Moorpark Acorn

Dr. Marcella Klein Williams Appointed Oxnard College STEM Director

Williams’ academic credentials include a doctorate in Educational Leadership from California Lutheran University, a master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies also from CSUN. She currently serves as the President of the Channel Islands Foundation and sits on the board of Two Bit Circus Foundation, an entrepreneurial tech, design and engineering firm. Williams is a native of Ventura County and enjoys spending free time with her family. She has four children, all of whom work within STEM fields along the California coast (she hopes that one moves into teaching at some point). -- Tri-COunty Sentry

Premier names president

The newly appointed CEO earned his undergraduate degree in computer science from Cal State Northridge and an MBA from Norwich University. -- Camarillo Acorn

Bettendorf native writes series based on hometown

Though he's penned short stories throughout his life, this is his first full-length novel (set in Bettendorf) and his first published work. Mr. Speak is a special-education teacher at an alternative school for students with learning differences, in Northridge, Calif. He lives in Burbank, with his family. -- Quad-Cities Online

Percussionist with the Stars Picks TELEFUNKEN

Gajate-Garcia was born and raised in Los Angeles and is the son of renowned percussionist/teacher/inventor from Puerto Rico, Richie Gajate-Garcia. He earned his bachelor's degree in music at California State University at Northridge, has taught world wide clinics including the world famous PASIC drum convention, and has also taught at the Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena. -- Digital Producer

A Night to Support Independent Media—Such a Deal

While getting my teaching credential from CSUN, my African American studies professor assigned his students to keep a daily diary of KPFK. Throughout the semester had had to listen to an hour a day and journal. That diary has stayed with me and so has public radio, especially the program “Democracy Now”. I am a true Amy Goodman fan relating to issues that I do not normally encounter or even consider. -- City Watch LA

Andersons Make Education a Family Affair

Although it seems incredible and nearly impossible, CSUN track & field head coach Avery Anderson and his wife Bridget Anderson, an assistant track & field coach with the Matadors, finally accomplished the feat on the evening of May 21 when they graduated from CSUN with their Master of Public Administration degrees with an emphasis in Leadership. -- San Fernando Valley Sun

CSUN's Robert Krol: America’s highways and bridges aren’t exactly ’crumbling’

Interstate 85 reopened in Atlanta earlier this month, six weeks after a homeless man allegedly set a fire that caused a bridge collapse and shut down the freeway in both directions. It could be easy to misjudge the catastrophe as the latest proof that America’s infrastructure is falling apart from coast to coast. In reality, our highways and bridges are in surprisingly good shape — at least compared to what headlines and politicians would have us believe. -- The Daily World