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ASO Assists ValleyPBS

Tamar Karkazian Editor Living in the Central Valley, we often find ourselves entertained and preoccupied with things special to the Valley, such as Fresno State football, agriculture, and ValleyPBS. So when the Armenian Students Organization was asked to help answer telephones to raise money for ValleyPBS on Tuesday, August 9, the students were ready to help—especially since it was a ...

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Review-“Passage through to Hell”

Andrew Esguerra Staff Writer Passage Through Hell: A Memoir by Armen Anush. Studio City, CA: H. and K. Manjikian Publishers. 2005. 123 pp. Volume 1 of the Armenian Genocide Library Book Series. The eyes of a boy just shy of ten years old capture details more horrific and vivid than any photograph of the Armenian Genocide. These experiences were recorded ...

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Genocide Library Presented by Hagop Manjikian

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Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Ruzan Orkusyan Staff Writer Yet another eventful Spring Lecture series for the Armenian Studies Program came to a close on May 4, 2011 with the emotional presentation of books from the “Armenian Genocide Library Book Series,” founded by Mr. and Mrs. Hagop and Knar Manjikian. Armenian Studies Program Director Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian introduced two guest speakers for the evening: ...

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Fresno State Awarded $3.1 Million Ag Training Grant

L. to R.: Adapt Project Manager Paul Sommers, left, teaches Marines about pomegranate trees, which grow in Afghanistan

Photo: Randy Vaughn-Dotta

Staff Report Dr. Bill Erysian, Director of International Programs for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at California State University, Fresno, has been named Program Director of a recently-awarded $3.1 million grant from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. The project, entitled “Agricultural Development for Afghanistan Pre-Deployment Training” (ADAPT), is designed to strengthen the capacity of U.S. sponsored agriculture ...

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“Armenian Poetry of our Time” Released by The Press

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Staff Report The Armenian Studies Program and The Press at California State University, Fresno announce the release of Armenian Poetry of Our Time, translated by Diana Der-Hovanessian. The American-born poet has won national and international awards for her translations and poetry in Armenia and the Diaspora. Armenian Poetry of Our Time is the third book published in the recently established ...

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ASO Plans for a Great Year

L. to R.: ASO members gather at the first meeting of the year.

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Mari Koshkakaryan Staff Writer As the new school year began, the Armenian Students Organization (ASO) was ready to welcome new and returning members to the organization. With a new year ahead, new executives in charge, and an increase in member participation, it meant a change in the club agenda. With a wider range of participants there are a variety of ...

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Fourteen Students Visit Armenia in Summer on Armenian Studies Program Study Trip

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, left, and students, with the tree they planted at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Grove.

Photo: ASP Archive

Denise Altounian Staff Writer “Every Armenian should visit their motherland”—as young Armenians we often hear that phrase preached to us, encouraging us to visit Armenia and see the sights. This past summer, Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program, and 14 students made the journey to Armenia for the 2011 Summer Study Trip and did just that. ...

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Pianist Vardan Mamkonian Opens Keyboard Concert Series

L. to R. Andreas Werz, Vardan Mamikonian, and Prof. Barlow der Mugrdechian.

Photo: ASP Archive

Ruzan Orkusyan Staff Writer On Sunday afternoon, September 18, 2011, a full house at the Fresno State Concert Hall was transported into the vibrant world of do, re, mis. The talented pianist Vardan Mamikonian dazzled an attentive audience of more than 400 with passages from Liszt, Bach, and Chopin, allowing the audience to escape into a fantasy, forgetting for a ...

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