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ASO Active in Community & Campus

Tatevik Hovhannisyan Staff Writer The Spring 2015 semester has begun with many educational and fun activities coordinated by the Armenian Students Organization Executive Committee. This semester is particularly extraordinary because the members are also actively participating in the community activities planned for the Centennial Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. On January 24, the ASO members attended the Sayat Nova Choir ...

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Armenian Studies Book Donations Add to Library

Staff Report Amidst a recent donation of books on Armenian history and literature by Dr. Jeannette Hovsepian to the Armenian Studies Program was a remarkable find: a small book of 12 postcards from 1931, printed in France with captions in Armenian, entitled AGBU Memento of [its] Silver Anniversary. The cards were produced to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Armenian ...

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Eench Ga Chga

If you could go back and visit an Armenian Historical event, what would it be and why? Haverj Stanboulian Staff Writer Ani Ekezyan Freshman Major: Biology If I could go back in time and visit an Armenian historical event it would be September 21, 1991, when the Republic of Armenia was restored after 70 years of Soviet rule. It would ...

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Vartanantz Commemoration Marked by Valley Armenians

Lauren Chardukian Staff Writer 1,564 years ago, in 451 AD, the Armenians, under the leadership of General Vartan Mamigonian, fought for their religious and political freedom from the neighboring Sassanid Persians. Although the Armenians were greatly outnumbered they fought valiantly. By the end of the battle there were 1,036 Armenian casualties and many Persian casualties. This historic event is known ...

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Society for Armenian Studies Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Conference in Washingtion, D.C.

Staff Report Forty years ago five scholars, Richard Hovannisian, Avedis Sanjian, Dickran Kouymjian, Nina Garsoian, and Robert Thomson, met to found the Society for Armenian Studies, dedicated to the development of Armenian Studies as an academic discipline. Today the SAS has become the largest professional organization for scholars and students working in the field of Armenian Studies. This year SAS ...

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Dr. Douzjian Appointed as Kazan Visiting Professor for Spring 2015

Aramayis Orkusyan Staff Writer Each year, the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State has the remarkable opportunity of inviting an internationally recognized scholar in contemporary Armenian affairs to teach a one semester topics course related to Armenian history, the Armenian Genocide, and the formation of the Armenian Republic. This opportunity is made possible through the generous endowment of the Henry ...

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Apkarian Named Honorary Consul of Armenia in Fresno

Marine Vardanyan Editor “We are now on Armenian land.” These words were declared by the first Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia in the United States, Berj Apkarian, during the ceremony marking the opening of the Fresno office on Monday, October 20, 2014. Indeed, the office of the Honorary Consul, located on the eighth floor of the historic Pacific ...

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Groundbreaking for Armenian Genocide Monument Attracts Hundreds to Campus

Staff Writer Michael Rettig On a bright and cool Sunday, November 2, more than 500 people gathered at Fresno State’s Maple Mall, to break ground for a Monument in honor of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. There have been multiple such Monuments erected around the world, but Fresno State’s will be the first on a university campus. The groundbreaking ...

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Khachaturian Trio Performs in Special Keyboard Concert

Staff Writer Aramayis Orkusyan The vibrant, emotionally rich cascades of Armenian influenced melodies filled the Fresno State Concert Hall on the evening of November 14, 2014, as the Khachaturian Trio of Armenia performed for a sold-out audience of more than 300. The Trio’s repertoire included the dramatic, deftly nuanced, passionate and powerful sounds of Rachmaninoff’s “Trio élégiaque No. 2 in ...

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Celebrating Bitlis Armenians and “Saroyan Street”

Special to Hye Sharzhoom On August 8, 2014, Bitlis municipality approved the renaming of five streets in this historic town of south-eastern Turkey. Among the new names was “William Saroyan Street,” after the great American-Armenian writer, whose ancestors left Bitlis before 1915. Saroyan was born in Fresno but felt strong ties to his ancestral home. He visited Bitlis in 1964 ...

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