Category: Education

CSU Northridge Renames Arts Center after Receiving Major Donation

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Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center
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With more than three decades of international business experience, Stephen M. Timms is vice president of strategic programs at International Golden Group in Abu Dhabi. Stephen M. Timms holds an MBA in international business from California State University at Northridge (CSUN), which has renamed its Valley Performing Arts Center after receiving a $17 million donation from the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation.

CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center has been renamed the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts after the university received one of the largest gifts in its history. Starting in the 2017-2018 season, the center will be informally referred to as the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (or “The Soraya”), which will become its formal name in the 2018-2019 season.

The gift is not the first from the Nazarian family. In 2014, David Nazarian, a CSUN alumnus and philanthropist, made a substantial donation that led the university to rename its business school the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. Two years later, Younes and Soraya made a donation of 50 laptops to CSUN business students and sponsored the celebration of the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics’ 50th anniversary. With this most recent gift, CSUN can continue to serve as a venue that brings together community members with a love for the performing arts.

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California State University, Northridge, Professor Wins NIH Grant

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Jonathan Kelber
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Since 2011, Stephen M. Timms has served as vice president of strategic programs for International Golden Group in Abu Dhabi. Stephen M. Timms holds a master of business administration from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), which recently announced that one of its professors has won an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIH has awarded biology professor Jonathan Kelber $1.46 million to continue his research on PEAK1, a “support wall” gene. Kelber’s research has the potential to further the diagnosis and treatment of breast and pancreatic cancer.

For many years, Kelber has conducted research on the role of PEAK1 in cancer metastasis, which is the spread of cancer cells through the bloodstream to other areas of the body. Kelber and his fellow researchers at CSUN were the first researchers to demonstrate that the PEAK1 gene is pivotal during the initial phases of breast cancer metastasis. The NIH grant will allow Kelber to access resources and collaborate with other institutions, which in turn will give CSUN students the opportunity to learn new methods from other scientists.

California State University, Northridge’s Financial Lab

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Financial Lab
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Since 2011, Stephen M. Timms has led International Golden Group as vice president of strategic programs in the United Arab Emirates. Stephen M. Timms holds an MBA in international business from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), which provides students a unique Wall Street experience in its Financial Lab.

The CSUN Nazarian College of Business and Economics offers students hands-on experience with trading technology in its Financial Lab. Remodeled in 2016, the Financial Lab enables students to use Bloomberg Terminals, equipped with specialized financial analysis tools, monitor data from the financial markets in real time.

CSUN purchased access to the Bloomberg Terminals with both state funds and donations from the Richard Siegel Foundation, an education-focused nonprofit organization that contributed $40,000 toward the Bloomberg Terminals in 2015 and $12,000 more in 2016.

Students use this technology in a variety of courses, including Business Valuation, Seminar in Financial Theory and Policy, Advanced Topics in Finance, and MBA Portfolio Management. The Bloomberg Terminals also allow students to work toward their Bloomberg Market Concept certification free of charge.

To learn more about the CSUN Nazarian College of Business and Economics and its programs, visit http://www.csun.edu/busgrad.

Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity – TEKE Publication

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Tau Kappa Epsilon
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Before beginning his professional career in business development, Stephen M. Timms attended California State University in Northridge, California, where he earned a master of business administration in International Business. Prior to attending Cal State Northridge, Stephen M. Timms attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering while also serving as vice president of his chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

The Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity was created in 1899 by a group of five students at Wesleyan University in Illinois. The group was founded to organize a society of collegiate men for the purpose of aiding in moral, mental, and social development. This social fraternity gains an average of 4,000 members each year across the country, with 248 active chapters and an overall population of 272,000 members.

The official publication of TKE, known as TEKE, provides members with details about the fraternity’s monthly events, stories about service by past members, and other details related to membership in the fraternity.

CSU Northridge’s Evening MBA Program

 

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An international business professional with more than 30 years of experience, Stephen M. Timms leads as vice president of strategic programs at International Golden Group. Stephen M. Timms holds a master of business administration in international business from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), which now offers an evening MBA program.

Designed to accommodate working professionals, the evening MBA program at CSUN Nazarian College of Business uniquely combines lecture, class discussion, and analysis. With an emphasis on experiential learning, the program engages students in group activities that focus on business cases and current business articles. Students also have the opportunity to share their ideas with both professors and peers.

The program requires students to take eight core courses, and those without an undergraduate business degree may have to take 15 credits of foundational courses. Students also choose three electives on a wide variety of topics, from finance and management to marketing and international business.

Students finish their MBA program with a culminating experience, such as the CSUN Nazarian MBA Consulting Project. During this project, students work collaboratively with a client organization to create a business or marketing plan or undertake a feasibility study. To learn more about CSUN business programs, visit www.csun.edu/busgrad.

TKE’s Charles R. Walgreen Leadership Academy

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Tau Kappa Epsilon
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As the vice president of strategic programs for Abu Dhabi-based International Golden Group, Stephen M. Timms is responsible for developing and growing the defense firm’s international relationships. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickson University, Stephen M. Timms served as the vice president of the college’s Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity.

Founded in January of 1899 by five Illinois Wesleyan University students, TKE is a national fraternity with the majority of its chapters on the east coast of the United States. With a goal of preparing better men for a better world, the fraternity hosts the Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Leadership Academy each year. Only TKE members in good standing with their university (2.5 GPA or higher) and chapter are eligible to attend.

Funded by donations made through the TKE Educational Foundation and a small registration fee, the leadership academy features workshops, outdoor activities, and various keynote speakers. The 2016 TKE Leadership Academy took place from Aug. 5-9 in Colorado Springs.

California State University Hosts Unique Innovation Conference

 

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Art of Innovation Conference
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Stephen M. Timms is the vice president of strategic programs at International Golden Group (IGG). In this role, Stephen M. Timms specializes in international business relations, which he studied while completing the international business MBA program at California State University, Northridge, the site of the annual Art of Innovation Conference.

Sponsored by the university’s Engineering and Computer Science program, the Art of Innovation Conference provides students, educators, and professionals within the innovation domain an opportunity to discuss and collaborate on the challenges associated with technological developments in fields such as wireless sensor networks, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. The event, the only one of its kind in the region, identifies trends in start-up opportunities related to advances in the aerospace, transportation, and military industries, thereby giving future and current business leaders insight into leading-edge technology and entrepreneurial opportunities in the 21st century.