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Rosalie Mahakian Bequest of $50,000 to ASP

Staff Report Castro Valley resident Rosalie Mahakian has bequeathed the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Fresno $50,000 for general Program purposes. She passed away in Castro Valley on February 10, 2007. Rosalie Hagopian Mahakian, born in Fresno, California July 7, 1922, was one of five children in the family of Ovagim and Elizabeth Hagopian. Her childhood was that ...

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Keyan Armenian School Begins New Year with Positive Changes

Tamar Karkazian Staff Writer For over 30 years Armenian children from all over the Valley have been attending the Armenian Community School of Fresno. In the past couple of years the Armenian Community School has undergone numerous changes, ranging from a change in location to introduction of after-school programs. Some of the more obvious changes are of the name and ...

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La Porta Starts New Semester at Fresno State with Enthusiasm

Hagop Ohanessian Staff Writer Dr. Sergio La Porta was appointed as Haig and Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies at Fresno State and joined the faculty this Fall semester as an Associate Professor of Armenian Studies. Dr. La Porta’s father immigrated from Sicily in 1960 and his mother, whose parents were English and Dutch, was born in New York. Dr. ...

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Pianist Nareh Arghamanyan Gives Outstanding Concert in Philip Lorenz Keyboard Series

Evelyn K. Demirchian Staff Writer Twenty-year-old piano prodigy Nareh Arghamanyan graced a packed auditorium on September 18th at the Fresno State Concert Hall. Arghamanyan’s electrifying performance was at once elegant, moving, and worthy of the international praise she has received as one of the youngest professional concert pianists. Playing a two-hour set, Arghamanyan exuded energy with her performance, not often ...

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Der Mugrdechian-25th Year in Armenian Studies Program

Pateel Mekhitarian Editor Dr. Dickran Kouymjian was recruited from France to restart the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State in 1977. Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian was a freshman at Fresno State in 1974, and was present to experience the beginning of the new program. Der Mugrdechian was very involved in Armenian related events during his college career, taking a one-month ...

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