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Dean's Letter to Students, February 2024

Dean's Letter to Students

Dear Nazarian College Students:

I hope you are enjoying your Spring semester classes and taking some time to catch up with friends and classmates after your holiday break! This has definitely been an interesting start to a semester – what with a faculty strike and then a torrential downpour and National Weather Service Alerts—what more can happen? Hopefully only good things moving forward.

Some of the good things include connecting outside of the classroom—with friends, campus clubs or other activities. This is an important part of the college experience and can help build networking and leadership skills that are critical in today’s business world.

CSUN Nazarian supports a number of business-related clubs, including the Accounting Association, American Marketing Association, ALPFA and Beta Gamma Sigma, among many others, that provide an opportunity for valuable social contact and organizational experience. I encourage you to visit our website for more information and to get involved.

In addition, the college has several interesting events and activities coming up this semester to help our students make real-world business connections. These include:

  • Meet the Firms, the largest career fair for accounting, finance and information systems students. More than 60 firms will be at this year’s event, which takes place from 6-9 p.m., Feb. 13, at 15600 Odyssey Dr., Granada Hills. Get more information, including how to register, here.
  •  Industry Night, a bi-annual career fair and networking event where students can engage in conversations with employers about professional opportunities. The event takes place from 3 to 6 p.m., Feb. 14, at CSUN’s Student Union. We expect around 50 employers and more than 500 students to attend. Make sure you are one of them by registering here.
  • Distinguished Speaker Series, a bi-annual event that brings high-level speakers to campus to inspire our students and alumni. On March 12, we will welcome Dr. Marty Chavez, vice chair and partner of Sixth Street Partners. Dr. Chavez is a financial trailblazer and disrupter who turned the Wall Street trading business into a software business and revolutionized the way that capital moves and works. During his remarks, Dr. Chavez will discuss recruiting, internship and career opportunities for CSUN students at his firm. Make sure you register today to attend!
  • CSUN Jeff Marine Bull Ring Competition, an annual competition dedicated to helping students develop their business ideas. Applications are being accepted from now through March 3. All CSUN students are welcome to apply. If you are a budding entrepreneur, I encourage you to apply now!
  • Workforce of the Future: Technical Bootcamp Series, a new set of tech certificates as part of “Career jumpstart” – a program funded by JPMorgan Chase Foundation. The bootcamps are led by tenure-track faculty members and will cover topics and skills that are in exceptionally high demand by employers in every discipline and every industry—data analytics, python, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing and more. Please register at Workforce of the Future: Technical Bootcamp Series. When you click the link, you will see a series of bootcamps and time tables (alternatively, click Learn More). You can register for as many bootcamps as you would like. The first set of four bootcamps starts on Saturday, Feb. 10.

And finally, I want to invite you to apply for a Nazarian College scholarship before the March 15 deadline. The college offers more than 80 scholarships. In addition, there are many more opportunities offered by individual departments and the financial aid and scholarship departments. If you apply for one of these scholarships, you may also be eligible for any of the other scholarships on the college list as well. Learn more about the available scholarships and apply here.

Wishing you continued success throughout the semester!


Chandra Subramaniam, Ph.D.

Dean, Nazarian College of Business and Economics


February 2024