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AVEP Scholarship Event Pic 4_600.jpgPHOTO (L-R): AVEP student Kevin Loudon; Marie Fullerton, wife of NASA astronaut and U.S. Air Force Colonel Charles Gordon; AVEP Executive Director Dr. Khalil Dajani; AVEP student Nicole Panossian; U.S. Congressman Steve Knight; Antelope Valley College Dean of Math, Science and Engineering Dr. Les Uhazy


Two Antelope Valley Engineering Degree Completion students, Nicole Panossian and Kevin Loudon, recently received the William J. “Pete” Knight Excellence in Aerospace Scholarship.

Nicole Panossian is a junior mechanical engineering in CSULB’s Antelope Valley Engineering Degree Completion Program (AVEP).  Nicole matriculated into the program from Antelope Valley College in spring 2016 and plans to graduate with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering in December, 2018.

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In April, the Center for International Education (CIE) and the International Student Association (ISA) co-sponsored the 50th International Dinner Gala at The Pointe, the education and conference center on campus.  This year’s show was particularly special, as it marked the half-century milestone achieved by the ISA. 


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Although the Bonneville Lock and Dam near Portland, Oregon is a long way from Southern California, the area is especially interesting for one student in CSULB’s Antelope Valley Engineering Program (AVEP). Built in 1938 to provide hydroelectric power to the Pacific Northwest, the dam is recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its origins as a Public Works Administration project of President Roosevelt’s New Deal.

While the dam’s history is significant, it’s the future of it that concerns Amir Labib. As a mechanical engineering student, Labib applied what he learned in the classroom to a major infrastructure project at the dam, working alongside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Brandon Irving600.jpgSometimes the road to achieving educational goals is a long one, since life has a tendency to present many detours. Brandon Irving knows this all too well. He always knew he wanted to go to college, but a long stint in the military and the demands of fatherhood meant that he had other priorities. By Fall 2015, the educational milestones of his sons gave him the push he needed to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) degree completion program at CSULB.

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PHOTO: Fine Arts student Ihab Ali holds up a pot made in the wood-fired kiln


For many students, the chance to study abroad presents a number of firsts: their first trip outside the country, their first experience in another culture, their first time navigating a new home away from home.

For 12 CSULB Fine Arts students specializing in Ceramics, their visit to Tuscany last summer also included a very special first: working with a traditional wood-fired kiln, an ancient method for manufacturing ceramics.

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When Aida Alonso came to CSULB, she was living a double life. Originally from Spain, Alonso began CSULB’s Study Abroad @ The Beach program in January 2015. Most of her classmates had no idea that Alonso was an award-winning rapper.

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