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Thank You Annual Fund Donors

Friends The Vartkess & Rita Balian Family Foundation, Inc. The George Ignatius Foundation, George Phillips, Esq. Michael Amerian, Esq. Walter Karabian, Esq.     Sponsors Jeff Atmajian Brian & Janalee Melikian Lina Melkonian Dr. Dennis & Rita Shamlian Herman Wage Supporters Dr. Shant Agajanian Armen C. Avakian Arten J. Avakian Randy Baloian Mr. & Mrs. Zaven Berberian Kerry Krikorian Bevins ...

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Thank You Hye Sharzhoom Donors

Richard G. Barberian                                Burlingame    in memory of Penny Markarian Barberian David Barsamian                                       Pasadena Jack & Barbara Bousian                           Hayward Karl DeKlotz                                               Fresno in memory of Joan Heckel Kathleen Demerdjian                               San Leandro Jane Gamoian                                           Fresno Armand J. Gougasian                              Clovis Ed & MaryAnn Hokokian                       Fresno Mary Hokokian                                         Fresno Marcia & Haig Jamgotchian                  ...

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Armenian Studies Program Book/Video/CD Archival Gifts

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Prof. Sergio La Porta, and the Armenian Studies Program would like to thank the donors, authors, and publishers for the following books, periodicals, videos, and archival gifts, either offered personally, or to the Program.   Hagop James Antranigian, for a copy of the book From Hell to Heaven: Memoirs of the Armenian Genocide and the Armenian ...

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Dr. Shemmassian Reflects on Musa Dagh Roots

Dr. Vahram Shemmassian, seated center, with members of the Fresno Musa Dagh Compatriotic Union.
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Kara Statler Staff Writer Dr. Vahram Shemmassian, director of the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Northridge, was a guest speaker for the Armenian Studies Program’s Fall Lecture Series on Friday, September 30. His talk, “On the Trail of My Musa Dagh Ancestry,” documented Dr. Shemmassian’s journey of self-discovery and what became a life-long passion to conduct research on ...

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La Porta Invited as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Univ. of Tennessee

Dr. La Porta at the University of Tennessee.
Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report Dr. Sergio La Porta was invited to be a Lindsay Young Distinguished Visiting Senior Scholar in the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Fall of 2016. Dr. La Porta visited the University from September 11-17. While there, he gave a class for undergraduates in the Religious Studies program; led a ...

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Ghazarian Family Donates Book Collection to the Armenian Studies Program

Staff Report Dr. Vatche Ghazarian of Pacific Grove, California, has donated 300 books to the Armenian Studies Program in memory of his father Mgrdich Ghazarian, who was the only male member of his family to survive the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The collection is composed of books from both the late Mgrdich Ghazarian’s library and also from Dr. Ghazarian’s collection, ...

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Armenian Students Organization Begins New Year with Plans to Expand Student Involvement

ASO members at the first general meeting of the year.
Photo: Aramayis Orkusyan

Diana Gasparyan Staff Writer The Armenian Students Organization welcomed a new executive body at the start of the school year; Tadeh Issakhanian-President, Elena Sarmazian-Vice President, Diana Gasparyan-Secretary, Molly Gostanian-Treasurer, and Arthur Khatchatrian-Public Relations. They will bring new and creative ideas, activities, and volunteer opportunities for the members. Since its inception in 1974, the club has been dedicated to promoting awareness ...

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ASO Executives Take Office

Left to right: Arthur Khatchatrian, Tadeh Issakhanian, Diana Gasparyan, Molly Gostanian, and Elena Sarmazian.
Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Alina Arakelian Staff Writer Tadeh Issakhanian President Graduate Student Major: Executive Masters of Business Administration What will you bring to ASO this year? I hope to increase the number of students who become involved. I want to combine several different ideas in order to increase involvement at Fresno State as well as open a channel of communication and involvement between ...

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ASO Spotlight-Incoming Freshmen Officers

Tadeh Issakhanian Staff Writer It has long been said by many wise men, in many different iterations, that the youth is our future. This is especially true when talking about a youth organization like the Armenian Students Organization (ASO), which constantly relies on incoming students to participate and take leadership roles. The organization’s future is looking brighter than ever with ...

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Prof. Der Mugrdechian Travels Overseas for Projects

Mer Hooys end of the year celebration in Yerevan.

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Aramayis Orkusyan Staff Writer Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian, director of the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State, is not only active in the Armenian community of Fresno, but also abroad. This past summer, Professor Der Mugrdechian was invited to Beirut by the Tekeyan Cultural Association to give a talk to the Armenian community of Lebanon. In addition to visiting Lebanon, ...

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