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Garabedian Foundation Allocates $5,000 to Armenian Studies

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced that the Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation has made a generous donation of $5,000 to the Armenian Studies Program for 2016. This brings the total donations from the Foundation to the Armenian Studies Program to over $100,000. The grant will be used for a variety of activities, including outreach ...

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Dr. Richard Hovannisian Presents Latest Book in Series on “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces”

L. to R.: Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Dr. Sergio La Porta, Dr. Richard Hovannisian, and Prof. Hagop Ohanessian.
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Kara Statler Staff Writer Dr. Richard Hovannisian, Professor Emeritus of Armenian and Near Eastern at UCLA, was invited by the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State to give a lecture entitled, “Armenian Communities of the Northeastern Mediterranean: Musa Dagh-Dört-Yol and Kessab,” on Friday, January 27 at the University Business Center at Fresno State. A standing room only audience enjoyed the ...

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15th Annual Armenian Film Festival at Fresno State

Director Anahid Nazarian, center, with students and faculty after the Film Festival. Left to right: Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Marina Chardukian, Kara Statler, Diana Gasparyan, Ashkhen Chamasanyan, Anahid Nazarian, Tatevik Hovhannisyan, Michael Rettig, Dikran Dzhezyan, David Safrazian, Aramayis Orkusyan, and Arthur Khatchatrian.
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Diana Gasparyan Staff Writer The 15th Annual Armenian Film Festival, a popular event organized by the Armenian Studies Program and Armenian Students Organization, was held this year on Friday, February 17. The Festival featured three films created by a new generation of young Armenian directors, writers, and producers. The Festival helps to cultivate an awareness of Armenian culture among the ...

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Dr. La Porta “Honorary Coach” at Fresno State Basketball Game

Dr. Sergio La Porta, center, at the Fresno State game.
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Staff Report On Saturday, January 14, 2017, Dr. Sergio La Porta served as the “Honorary Coach” for the Fresno State Bulldogs Men’s Basketball team against the Boise State Broncos. In an exciting game, the Bulldogs defeated the Broncos 89-80, completely dominating the first half of the match-up. The game was sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities and Dr. ...

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Dr. La Porta Travels the California Coast for Two Lectures

Dr. Sergio La Porta
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Staff Report   The middle of February was a busy time for Dr. Sergio La Porta who in one week spoke both at Pomona College and Sonoma State University. On Friday, February 17, Dr. La Porta participated in a Mediterranean Seminar entitled “Culture Wars” hosted by Dr. Kenneth Wolf of the Department of History at Pomona College. Dr. La Porta’s ...

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Armenian Studies Program Library Develops Photo Archive on Flickr

Claire Kasaian Staff Writer   In recent months Armenian Studies Program archivist Malina Zakian has been continuing her project to digitize the Armenian Studies Program’s photographic archive. Zakian and several graduate students have been digitizing photographs in the archive, which includes the Meltickian Collection: Armenians in China, 1915-1953 and the Kazarian Collection. Zakian has created a Flickr Commons account for ...

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Fresno State Alumni Association Honors Three Armenians as “Top Dog” Alumni

Left to right: Hon. Chuck Poochigian, Debbie Poochigian, and Fresno State First Lady Mrs. Mary Castro.
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Staff Report   Three Armenians were honored for accomplishments in their respective fields and commitment to service in the community at the annual Fresno State Alumni Association “Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala.” Each year, one alumnus from each of the University’s eight academic schools and colleges, as well as the Department of Athletics, the Henry Madden Library, the Division of ...

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Author and Community Activist Berge Bulbulian Passes Away at 91

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Staff Report Berge Bulbulian, staunch supporter of the Armenian Studies Program and of Fresno State, died on January 26, 2017 at the age of 91. Bulbulian was a native of Mexicali, Mexico, but grew up on a farm in the Del Rey area. Bulbulian was actively involved in many organizations. He traveled to Armenia on several occasions, with the Armenian ...

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Leon S. Peters Foundation Continues Support of Armenian Studies Program with Grant of $30,000

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced that the Leon S. Peters Foundation has made a generous donation of $30,000 to the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State for 2016. This continues the tradition of the Peters Foundation in supporting the Armenian Studies Program Annual Lecture Series, as well as a variety of other activities, including ...

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ASO Begins New Semester with Elections and Social Activities

L. to R.: Anoush Hakopyan, Kara Statler, David Safrazian, Arthur Khatchatrian, Marina Chardukian, Dikran Dzhezyan, Michael Rettig, Aramayis Orkusyan, and Abraham Tanousian. Seated, left to right: Claire Kasaian, Melanie Kojaartinian, Diana Gasparyan, Prof. Hagop Ohanessian, and Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian.
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Kara Statler Staff Writer   The Armenian Students Organization has been busy for the past few months. In the first meeting of the semester, members elected two new executives; Diana Gasparyan, President, and Kara Statler, Vice President. On Friday December 16, 2016, ASO had its Annual Christmas Party. The party was a huge success with great music, food, and dancing. ...

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