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Armenian Themed Film “Aram, Aram” Previews at CineCulture and Premieres at Maya Cinemas

Left to right: Director Christopher Chambers, John Roohinian
(Aram), Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, and Sevak Hakoyan
(Hakob) at the Red Carpet premiere at Maya Cinemas.
Photo: Michael Quintero

Aramayis Orkusyan Editor There was standing room only in the Peters Educational Center Auditorium on Friday, August 28, as more than 300 Armenians and non-Armenians came to watch the special sneak preview screening of the film Aram, Aram. Co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program, the screening of Aram, Aram was part of the Fresno State CineCulture Fall 2016 film lineup. ...

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Armenian Studies Program Adds Faculty with Enrollment Increase

Left to right: Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Prof. Hagop
Ohanessian, Dr. Sergio La Porta.
Photo: ASP Archive

Katrina Bissett Staff Writer The Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State is enjoying its highest number of students enrolled in Armenian Studies courses. There are three faculty members teaching: Coordinator Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian; Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies Dr. Sergio La Porta; and the newest addition to the Program, Prof. Hagop Ohanessian. Each instructor has a unique history with ...

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Bohigian Awarded Undergraduate President’s Medal

Joseph Bohigian, left, with Dr. Joseph Castro.
Photo: Cary Edmundson, FresnoStateNews.com

Aramayis Orkusyan Editor As the Spring 2015 graduation ceremony approached its close, excitement built in the Save Mart Center as the crowd anxiously awaited the announcement of the President’s Medalists. From a group of nine outstanding undergraduate students, Joseph Bohigian was selected by President Castro as the recipient of the University’s highest academic honor. “I had a very tough choice,” ...

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Armenian Students Organization Starts Off Another Active Year

ASO members at the first meeting.
Photo: ASP Archive

Katrina Bissett Staff Writer The Armenian Students Organization (ASO) has already begun the new school year with a variety of on-campus and community events. From cultural events to fashion shows, the ASO has represented the Armenian student body with zest and spirit. The ASO volunteered at the Fabulous 50’s & Swinging 60’s Car Show on September 19, organized by the ...

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“The Cut” to Come to 2015 Fresno Film Festival

Director Fatih Akin’s “The Cut.
Photo: Strand Releasing

Yvette Mancilla Special to Hye Sharzhoom A historical epic seven years in the making about the Armenian Genocide will make its Central Valley debut at the 2015 Fresno Film Festival. “The Cut” will screen at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the historic Tower Theatre, as part of the Nov. 13-15 Festival, which celebrates independent voices in cinema. Beginning ...

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“They Will Not Perish” Near East Relief Exhibit Opens in Library

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, left, with ASO Vice-President Tadeh Issakhanian.
Photo: Hagop Ohanessian

Staff Report A traveling exhibit, “They Will Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief” opened on Monday, October 5, on the second floor of the Henry Madden Library, at Fresno State and will be on display through October 30 during regular Library hours. The exhibit was organized by the Armenian National Committee–Western Region “America We Thank You” (AWTY) initiative, ...

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Dr. Marsoobian Shares Search for Roots Through Photography

Left to right: Dr. Sergio La Porta, Michael Rettig, Dr. Armen Marsoobian, Tadeh Issakhanian, Lucie Ekezyan, and Prof.Hagop Ohanessian.
Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Michael Rettig Staff Writer Memory and the search for origins is an important facet in the understanding of one’s identity. To appreciate and internalize one’s past and history is to honor one’s ancestors and the struggles that they faced. Dr. Armen Marsoobian, Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University, was able to share his personal journey into ...

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New ASO Executive Officers Discuss Goals

Left to right: Elena Sarmazian,Tadeh Issakhanian, Michael Rettig, Aramayis Orkusyan, Lucie Ekezyan.
Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Staff Report President: Lucie Ekezyan Sophomore, Pre-Nursing Why did you run for an executive position? It was a decision I was eager to make after being a part of such monumental accomplishments by the Armenian community last year. I was not sure what to expect entering Fresno State and joining the Armenian Students Organization. Participating in ASO made me realize ...

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ASO Spotlight-Issakhanian Involved in Community

Tadeh Issakhanian
Photo: ASP Archive

Lucie Ekezyan Staff Writer A highly motivated individual, Fresno State student Tadeh Issakhanian is devoted to a variety of causes and interests. Born in Tehran, Iran, Issakhanian and his family moved to Fresno when he was only three years old. He was raised in a strong and driven household, where perseverance and strong work ethics were instilled in him from ...

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Fresno State Students Reflect on Armenian Genocide Monument Six Months After Completion

The Armenian Genocide Monument at Fresno State.
Photo: ASP Archive

Tadeh Issakhanian Staff Writer The Armenian Genocide Monument at Fresno State was unveiled this past April 23 in the presence of an estimated crowd of 4,000 plus. Since then, it has remained a focal point for Armenians in the region, who continue to visit the campus to see the Monument. The only Monument of its kind on a college campus ...

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