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New Armenian Students Organization Execs Take Office in September

L. to R.: ASO Executive officers Marine Vardanyan, President; Kevork Ajamian, Public Relations; Lilit Grigoryan, Treasurer; Hagop Ohanessian, Vice-President; and Lauren Chardukian, Secretary.

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Ruzan Orkusyan Staff Writer New ASO executive members were elected at the first general meeting held on Friday, September 7, 2012. They look forward to a new year filled with innovative ideas and activities and are very eager to engage Armenian youth in the community. All agree that the goals for ASO are to bring the youth together, to raise ...

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Janigian Discusses and Reads from New Novel “This Angelic Land” at Art Museum Event

L. to R.: Robert Boro, Aris Janigian, & Dr. Sergio La Porta.

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Denise Altounian Staff Writer In April 1992 the world watched for six days as Los Angeles self-destructed. The city had finally reached a breaking point in the days following the not-guilty verdict of the Rodney King trial. Although most have since forgotten those days, the memories are still alive for those who lived through the devastation. On Wednesday, September 19, ...

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Alumnus Stockdale Active in Community

Stephanie Stockdale

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Staff Report Stephanie Stockdale – Class of 2005 MBA International Relations BA-Political Science and Geography Minor in Armenian Studies and Spanish After graduation, Stockdale earned her Master’s degree from Fresno State in International Relations with an emphasis of study on the political and court issues of the Rwandan Genocide. While earning her Master’s Degree, she studied and researched in Tanzania. ...

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Der Mugrdechian Gives Talk on American- Armenian Literature to SOAS in London, England

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, left, with Ara Sarafian of the Gomidas Institute, in London.

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Staff Report Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State, was a guest lecturer on Thursday, July 5, at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England, giving a fascinating talk on William Saroyan and the American-Armenian writers of his generation. Starting from a general background on Armenian emigration to the United States, ...

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La Porta Joins Keyan Armenian Community School Board

Seated, left to right: Diane Messerlian and Dr. Sergio La Porta. Standing, left to right: Vahagn Bznuni, Serpouhie Messerlian, Alain Ekmalian, Jerry Kutumian, Principal Zar Der Mugrdechian, Marshall Moushigian, and Kevork Oflazian.

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Staff Report This year Dr. Sergio La Porta, Haig and Isabel Berberian Chair of Armenian Studies at Fresno State, was elected to serve on the board of the Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School. The school, located in Clovis, has approximately 95 students and includes classes from pre-K through 6th grade. Dr. La Porta said he was eager to serve on ...

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Armenian Professional Society of San Francisco Establishes $25,000 Endowment

Staff Report Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program, announced that the Armenian Professional Society of the San Francisco Bay Area has established a new scholarship endowment at Fresno State in the amount of $25,000, to benefit students pursuing Armenian Studies. “As tuition and fees have increased dramatically in the past few years, the Armenian Studies Program ...

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Antaramian-Hofman Receives Outstanding Thesis Award

Hazel Antaramian-Hofman

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Emma Shaljyan Staff Writer There are certain images that stay with us throughout our lives. Some we witness, others we see in the form of paintings. For Hazel Antaramian-Hofman, one such image was the royal portrait of King Gagik-Abas of Kars, found in the 11th century Gospel of King Gagik of Kars. Hofman first saw this image in an “Arts ...

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Kloian Armenian Genocide Collection Established

Richard Kloian

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Staff Report Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program announced that Fresno State has become the recipient of an important Armenian Genocide collection from the estate of the late Richard Kloian. Kloian, who passed away in 2010, established and directed the Richmond, California-based Armenian Genocide Resource Center, contributing to the work of organizations pursuing recognition of the ...

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Armenian Students Organization Holds Meeting to Start Semester

ASO members at the first general meeting of the year.

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Ruzan Orkusyan Staff Writer With the dawn of a new academic year and the election of new executive officers, the Armenian Students Organization promises an exciting semester for its members. The Fall semester kicked off with the first ASO general meeting on September 7, 2012, and since then, ASO has volunteered at several functions and held various educational and social ...

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Former U. S. Secretary of the Navy Ignatius Speaks to Armenian Studies Audience

Guest speaker Paul R. Ignatius, seated center, with students and faculty of the Armenian Studies Program.

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Marine Vardanyan Staff Writer Former U.S. Secretary of the Navy and assistant Secretary of Defense Paul R. Ignatius returned to Fresno after many years to give a talk on his memoir titled, Now I Know In Part: An Armenian-American Reflects on His Life and Time. The Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State and the National Association for Armenian Studies and ...

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