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Armenian Studies Program Celebrates 40th Anniversary at 29th Annual Gala Banquet

L. to R.: Assoc. Dean Honora Chapman, Dean Saúl Jiménez-
Sandoval; Dr. Mary Papazian, Dr. Joseph Castro, First Lady
Mary Castro, Dr. Sergio La Porta, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian,
Dr. Dennis Papazian, and Prof. Hagop Ohanessian.
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Aramayis Orkusyan Staff Writer The Armenian Studies Pro-gram 29th Annual Banquet, held on Sunday, March 19 at the Ft. Washington Golf and Country Club, was a special occasion that marked the Program’s 40th anniversary. Distinguished guests, alumni, and students gathered to celebrate the success of students and the ever-growing Armenian Studies Program, which has become the preeminent Armenian Studies Program ...

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April 24 Armenian Genocide Commemoration at Fresno State

The Armenian Students Organization commemorated the
Armenian Genocide on Monday, April 24.
Photo: Raffi Mouradian

Claire Kasaian Staff Writer The Armenian Students Organization held a “Multicultural Genocide Awareness Event” on Thursday, April 20, to raise awareness about genocides around the world. The event also served to bring attention to the Genocide Commemoration planned for Monday, April 24. ASO students set up tables in the Free Speech area of campus, with posters and banners providing information ...

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“The Promise” Opens in Theatres Nationwide- Hye Sharzhoom Covers Student Reaction

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Barlow Der Mugrdechian Advisor Armenians have long awaited a “Genocide Movie” to bring the story of the Armenian Genocide to a broad audience. Maybe it has been a wish that has had too much expectation built in to it, so that no movie could ever be made to be the movie. However it has been important to have such a ...

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Fethiye Çetin “Echo of Silence”

Left to right: Dr. Sergio La Porta, Prof. Hagop Ohanessian,
Prof. Ani Kasparian, Fethiye Çetin, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian,
and Greg Gostanian.
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Anto Sakayan Staff Writer The Armenian Studies Program was privileged to welcome Turkish lawyer and human rights activist Fethiye Çetin to give a talk on “Echo of Silence” on Wednesday, April 26, at St Paul Armenian Church in Fresno. Çetin spoke in Fresno as part of a nation-wide speaking tour and was accompanied by Ani Kasparian of Detroit, who read ...

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“Lost Birds” Premieres at April 7 CineCulture Event

Left to right: Dr. Mary Husain, Directors Ela Almayac and
Aren Perdeci, and Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian.
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Marine Vardanyan Staff Writer Described as the first Armenian Genocide movie to make a Turkish audience cry, Lost Birds premiered in Fresno on Friday, April 7, as part of the CineCulture Film Series. The Armenian Studies Program, a sponsor of the screening, invited directors Ela Almayac and Aren Perdeci from Istanbul to speak about their film. Armenian Studies Program Coordinator ...

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President’s Armenian Leadership Council Holds Inaugural Meeting at Smittcamp Alumni House

Seated, left to right: Jane Bedrosian, Dean Saúl Jiménez-
Sandoval, President Dr. Joseph I. Castro, Justice Marvin
Baxter. Standing, left to right: Phil Maroot, Victor Sahatdjian,
Dr. Sergio La Porta, Prof. Arakel Arisian, Jacqueline Lion,
Debbie Adishian-Astone, Warren Paboojian, Shirley Melikian-
Armbruster, Marine Vardanyan, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian,
and Kenneth Peters.
Photo: Moon-Ja Yunouhe

Staff Report The President’s Armenian Leadership Council of Fresno State held its inaugural meeting at 7:30AM on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Smittcamp Alumni House on the Fresno State campus. Fresno State President Dr. Joseph I. Castro welcomed the Leadership Council members to the breakfast meeting and emphasized the significance of the Council and its future activities. The purpose ...

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Armenian Culture Featured at USDA Cultural Diversity Day

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, center, with members of the
USDA Cultural Diversity Committee.
Photo: ASP Archive

Michael Rettig Editor On Monday, January 23, Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian delivered a presentation on Armenian culture to the United States Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service in Parlier. This talk was a part of the USDA-ARS’s effort to educate its employees on the Valley’s diverse cultures by holding four presentations a year with speakers from various ...

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ASP 40th Anniversary Banquet

Dr. Mary Papazian
Photo: ASP Archive

Marine Vardanyan Staff Writer The Annual Armenian Studies Program Banquet is a much-anticipated event, held every Spring to recognize the accomplishments of the Program and its students. This year, the Banquet will also celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Armenian Studies Program. Dr. Mary Papazian, President of San Jose State University is the featured guest speaker at the Banquet. A ...

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California Genocide Curriculum Subject of Radio Interview

Left to right: Prof. Jeffrey Purvis, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian,
and Dean Justin Atkinson.
Photo: Missy Mckai Cartier

Anto Sakayan Staff Writer Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Coordinator of Fresno State’s Armenian Studies Program, was interviewed on KFCF (88.1 FM) radio’s “Valley Views on the Law” on January 5, 2017. The interview, conducted by Justin Atkinson, Academic Dean of the San Joaquin College of Law and Jeffrey G. Purvis, Professor of Constitutional Law, addressed the importance of teaching about ...

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Thomas Kooyumjian Foundation Establishes $50,000 Scholarship to Benefit Armenian Studies Students

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced that the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship was established with a $50,000 gift to Fresno State on January 25, 2017. Thomas A. Kooyumjian passed away in 1985 and his Foundation was established in 1987. The goals of the Foundation are to encourage education, with an emphasis on ...

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