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

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

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

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

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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ASP to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Banquet March 19, 2017

  Armenian Studies Program 29th Annual Banquet Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Armenian Studies Program Special Guest Dr. Mary Papazian, President San Jose State University   Sunday, March 19, 2017 Reception-5:00PM • Dinner-6:00PM Fort Washington Golf & Country Club 10272 N. Millbrook $50 per person • Table Sponsors $2,000 • $25 Fresno State students Please respond by Friday, March ...

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Haigazian University President Dr. Paul Haidostian Discusses “Armenian Educational Life in Lebanon”

Tadeh Issakhanian Staff Writer Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, President of Haigazian University, was a guest speaker for the Armenian Studies Program Lecture Series on Monday, November 14. The presentation on “Armenian Educational Life in Lebanon: Haigazian University,” was given in front of a large audience, including many Haigazian alumni and the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at ...

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Mouradian’s Armenian Genocide Class Engages Students

Michael Rettig Editor As the Fall Semester draws to a close, students and professors reflect upon the lasting impact of the lessons they learned. With the current turmoil in Turkey and Syria as a backdrop, Dr. Mouradian’s class on “The Armenian Genocide and its Aftermath” has provided a timely forum for students to learn about their past and its effect ...

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Society for Armenian Studies Holds Annual Meeting

Staff Report   The Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) held its 42nd Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel. SAS President Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian conducted the meeting, which was attended by scholars throughout the United States and abroad. Members heard reports on SAS activities in 2016 and had an opportunity to discuss ...

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Armenian Studies Participates in Tsughrut Gospel Conservation

Staff Report The more than one thousand year old Gospel of Tsughrut (Ծուղրութի Աւետարան-Hovhannes Avetaran) is a rare example of Armenian medieval art in terms of its iconography and simplicity of miniature expression, dating from 974 AD. Many times referred to as the “Guardian of Tsughrut,” the Gospel has been carefully preserved and protected since 1830 by the Saponjyan family ...

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