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Invitation to the 5th Annual Culture Show! March 27, 2014

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Invitation to 5th Annual Culture Show

Parev! Bonjour! Ciao! Oi! Hola! Marhaba! Hej Hej!

The UC Berkeley Armenian Students’ Assocation is excited to invite you all to our 5th Annual Cultural Show!

Come and join us while we celebrate a host of cultures represented through a wide variety of performances and art displays by Cal Students and Community Members!

Our event is FREE for all to come enjoy and mingle.

Want to see more events from your ASA?
We will have a donation box at the front, with a suggested $3 minimum!

Hope to see you all there! Stay tuned for pictures/videos from some of the amazing performances by our Cal Bears!!

“The Road to Home: Defining Success in the Diaspora” Business Panel March 27, 2014

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On Sunday, March 16th, the Armenian Students’ Association at University of California, Berkeley hosted a special event, “The Road to Home: Defining Success in the Diaspora” presented at the Haas School of Business, Anderson Auditorium, at UC Berkeley. The purpose of this event was to hear and learn from the experiences of Armenians who were able to reach success in the Diaspora.  Our speaker panel hailed from a host of backgrounds including Goldman Sachs, Google, and Human Rights Watch.

Our speaker panel was composed of three parts. First, our audience heard from each of our speakers individually. The speakers introduced themselves and their line of work. After the first speaker panel, there was a brief intermission where audience members were able to approach the speakers with questions or comments. This was followed by our second speaker panel and a Q and A to wrap up.

Our speakers included: Aram Ayazyan from Google, Sarah Leah Whitson from Human Rights Watch, Christine Soussa from Symantec Corporation, Alex Saghatelian from Cisco, Adam Kablanian, the CEO of PlasmaSi, Kevin Minissian, the CEO of Norchem Corporation, Kim Bardakian from Visit Oakland, and Gasia Mikaelian from KTVU and Bay Area News.

This was a unique opportunity, for the first time ever, for students and community members alike to spend the evening with different generations of Armenians in our local Bay Area and from around the globe. The event was open to the public.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors including: the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, the UC Berkeley Armenian Studies Program, and the Associated Students of the University of California.


After the intermission we heard the second group of speakers and their success stories.

After the intermission we heard the second group of speakers and their success stories.


We started the business panel by first hearing the stories of these successful Armenians.

We started the business panel by first hearing the stories of these successful Armenians.

Click here for the link to the Asbarez article that promoted this event!



Donations During the Winter Season December 26, 2013

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Greetings! Fellow Community Member,

We are writing on behalf of the Armenian Students’ Association (ASA) at UC Berkeley to sincerely request your participation in our upcoming events, bi-monthly meetings and expanding community! All of our hosted events are free for the public, as it is our mission to unite people of all backgrounds in the unique opportunity to share in the rich culture and tradition of the Armenian collective in the Bay Area. As fundraising for our non-profit university organziation is critical in order to continue successfully providing you, our community suscribers, with our highly anticipated and engaging events year-round, we humbly look towards families, businesses, and community organizations to help support the Armenian community in our efforts at UC Berkeley. We hope to raise $2,000 dollar by the end of the spring semester 2014.

Your donation will help make our organization’s mission a reality and supports our annual cultural showcases and our new high school scholarship program. Moreover, this year, in an attempt to give back to our homeland, we have decided to sponsor a child in Armenia, as well as hold a clothing/book/toy drive. Lastly, as per usual, we will continue to host our  upcoming Genocide Awareness Week (GAW), which will take place from April 20-25, 2013. During this special week of action, we gather leading scholars from around the world to participate in panel lectures and discussions, screen educational movies/documentaries, and hold a benefit concert for the campus community and the general public. We close our week-long tribute with United Hands Across Cal, an Oski Award-winning event. Through Armenian poetry and song, we raise our voices about the injustices of genocide and encourage those who hear our story to do the same. While continuing legacies like building a memorial that will be guarded 24 hours a day throughout the entire week, symbolizing our unfaltering fight for justice, we look forward to establishing new legacies, such hosting our very own “Tebi Yergir: Repatriation to the Homeland” event. We foresee over 300 participants joining us, each bringing his or her own knowledge, awareness and empowerment to the growing community. We genuinely hope that you will dedicate time to participate in such an empowering function that your neighbors, customers, and community members work so hard and long to bring to life. In doing so, you will be joining us in keeping our community and culture alive and thriving.

The UC Berkeley Armenian Students’ Association is a sponsored student group of the Associated Students of the University of California, a non-profit unincorporated association, IRS Code 501c3. Your donation to the ASUC on behalf of ASUC/Armenian Students’ Association may be claimed as charitable (if made by December 31st).  If you would like to donate, please click on the link below.

Thank you so much for your contribution. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Kick off the Labor Day weekend with #PULSE August 21, 2013

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The Berkeley ASA invites you to raise your PULSE in unison with the best and beautiful of Berkeley as they move their bodies throughout the night to the beats of our featured guest, DJ GIGANT!

Enjoy the full bar and meet & mingle with new and old friends while viewing the glittering lights of the Bay Bridge from the waterside patios.

PULSE is an experience that will leave you throbbing with endorphins and memories for a lifetime.

Come pre-party and head over to Sinbad’s with us! There will be several places to meet up so that no one has to walk to and from the BART alone. Locations will be determined as we get closer to the event date.

$15 Presale, $20 At door

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE AUG 16th, HERE! (look at PayPal link located on the right sidebar)

18+ to get in
21+ to get dizzy

For those who are under 18, please don’t hesitate to inform one of the ASA exec members.

No refunds as of August 25th.

For more information, or to see who is attending, feel free to join the public Pulse Event on FB. If you cannot find it, please leave your fb name down below in a comment, and we’ll personally invite you to the event.

Check out special preview mixes here:



Presenting the writing of Gegham Mughnetsyan: Recent Graduate of UC Berkeley July 4, 2013

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First off, I would like to congratulate all the 2013 graduates who have left our little, Armenian Students’ Association family this spring.  We’ll miss every one of you but we know that as you go out to the “real world” news will always trickle back with your accomplishments.

In this case, it did not take long for Gegham Mughnetsyan, previous ASA president, to pass on his knowledge and thoughts in a newly published article.  This thought provoking piece, written in Armenian Weekly, gives readers a novel glimpse of the varied people that we call the “Armenian Diaspora.”  Congratulations on your success Gegham and keep up the great work! You make ASA proud!!

Here is the following link. Enjoy:


UC Berkeley’s ASA Presents: Genocide Awareness Week 2013 April 14, 2013

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Every year, the Armenian Students’ Association here at UC Berkeley hosts Genocide Awareness Week – a week-long series of events dedicated to spreading community-wide awareness of the Armenian Genocide while simultaneously recognizing the various injustices perpetrated against people of all backgrounds.

Lineup of Events:

Sunday April 21: Candlelight Vigil

When/Where: UC Berkeley’s Memorial Glade, 7PM.

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/177251362424714/

Monday, April 22: Keynote Lecture featuring Khatchig Mouradian

When/Where: B5 Hearst Annex, 7PM

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/178990445584809/

Tuesday, April 23: Movie Screening – The Ordinary Genocide

When/Where: 100 Wheeler Hall, 7PM

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/429184810506082/

Wednesday, April 24: Silent Protest

When/Where: UC Berkeley’s Memorial Glade, 10AM-5PM

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/557043167673660/

Thursday, April 25: FREE Concert Featuring Armenian Public Radio

When/Where: Krutch Theater, Clark Kerr Campus Building 14 (2601 Warring St, Berkeley CA 94720)

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/592821094069822/

Friday, April 25: United Hands Across Cal

When/Where: Upper Sproul Plaza, 12PM

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/514165901974462/


Additionally, there will be a genocide memorial set up on the grass area in between Doe Library and Memorial Glade during the entire week. This year’s memorial will be a replica of Tsitsernakapert, the monument in Armenia which honors the victims of the Armenian Genocide. A pamphlet will be available at the memorial with more information.

We’ll be tabling on Sproul through the end of GAW as well as guarding our memorial 24/7 so feel free to stop by any time. T-shirts will be available this year for $7. We look forward to seeing you all throughout the week!

Welcome back/Tahoe Meeting January 24, 2013

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome back to Spring 2013.  We will have our first meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m. in 185 Barrows. This meeting is mandatory for everyone who will be going to Tahoe this weekend. Come out to get updated on the final details about the trip.

Also we will be talking about the upcoming events that ASA is planning to do this semester such as the Cultural Show and the Genocide Awareness Week.

One more exciting news, the apparel for this year is here!!!! If you would like to purchase our new sweater, it will be 25 dollars for those who haven’t paid their dues and 20 for due-paying members. Bring your money with you because we have a limited number of sweaters and are only handing them out to those who pay first.

The rest of the updates you’ll get at the meeting, so good luck with your new semester and I hope to see you all tomorrow!!!

P.S. my apologies for the late email I have been occupied with all the planning for Tahoe.

Your President,

Gegham Mughnetsyan

Tahoe! Sweaters! and other ASA updates December 23, 2012

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Hi all! Hope your Holiday Break has been treating you extremely well!

We know you couldn’t get enough of us, so we decided to say hello during winter break too!

Thank you for everything you have done this past semester and we are incredibly excited for what is to come this next semester. To all Fall graduates, best of luck in the future!  Read more to find out about our annual trip to Tahoe (limited seats!), buy your awesome apparel, and find out about the most recent election results!

1. Election Results 2. Apparel Sign-Ups 3. Tahoe Sign-Ups


1. Election Results!  We would like to announce our newest members of the UC Berkeley ASA Executive Board. We are super excited to see what these two wonderful ladies have to offer our organization.  Co-Cultural Chair: Nanor Aghamal Treasurer: Sona Ter-Yegishyan  ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

2. Apparel  Below is the Google doc for ASA apparel sizes! Please fill in each column with the appropriate information. This year’s sweaters will be navy blue crewnecks, with the design on the back created by the very talented Mary Kasmajian. A final version of the design will be posted by Tamar in Armoland early next week.  Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlzMT_pVUIIVdFdVY3pVenhUY2s5VFFQem5rSmUtbkE __________________

Prices: $20 for due-paying members (If you are not sure whether or not you have paid your dues, don’t hesitate to ask an exec member. We will be checking!) $25 for non due-paying members  Pay online through the Paypal link on our website: asa.berkeley.edu.  We will be ordering them during winter break in time for next semester’s cold weather and more importantly, TAHOE! **You must pay before we order you a sweatshirt**.

The deadline to order is JANUARY 6TH!! If you have any questions or concerns, contact Tamar:  tamarboyadjian@berkeley.edu (408).644.1522   ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

3. ASA’S Annual Tahoe Trip!!!! When: January 25-27, 2013 (Friday – Sunday)  Where: LAKE TAHOE!!  Cost: $135 (includes $20 deposit) for payments submitted before January 6, 2013  $150 (includes $20 deposit) for payments submitted thereafter (limited seating)  You’ve heard about it, and now it’s your turn to be a part of it!! ASA’s Tahoe Weekend Getaway will be held from Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27!!! Come enjoy an unforgettable weekend with Berkeley’s ASA. We will be accepting payments online AND in person, but you should sign up and pay soon because spots on the bus are limited and will fill up quickly.  Signups HAVE ALREADY BEGUN on the ASA Website (http:// asa.berkeley.edu/) and in person (sign up and pay with any exec member). The fees described above include lodging, food (dinner Fri. and Sat, breakfast Sat and Sun), drinks (including alcohol), and the bus ride to and from Tahoe. The deposit will be returned to you after the trip if no damage is done to the cabin.  SIGN UP TO SECURE YOUR SPOT ON THIS INCREDIBLE TRIP!!!  If you have any financial problems, contact Talar and we will see what we can do to make it work.  Any questions? Email Talar at talarkakilian@gmail.com , Facebook message her, text her (818) 480-2913 or contact any exec member.  IN ORDER TO BUY YOUR TAHOE TICKETS AND ORDER YOUR APPAREL, CLICK ON THE PAYPAL LINK ON OUR WEBSITE AND THEN CHOOSE EITHER THE TAHOE TICKET OR THE APPAREL (YOU HAVE THE CHOICE OF PAYING $20 OR $25 DEPENDING ON IF YOU ARE A DUE-PAYING MEMBER OR NOT). MAKE SURE TO GET BOTH YOUR TAHOE TICKET AND YOUR APPAREL!!!!!  ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Happy Holidays!



Meeting with US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern December 19, 2012

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Hello everyone,

Prof. Astourian informed us that US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern will be visiting the campus on Tuesday; however, for some reason the ASA has not been notified until now. That is why we are not aware if the students are invited to meet with the ambassador. The meeting with the ambassador will take place in 270 Stephens Hall at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, December 11. This information is tentative as the meeting might be formal and not for students. However, as soon as we hear more about it we’ll provide you with details. I know this is a short notice, we were surprised too, but if the Ambassador wishes to meet with the ASA community I am sure there are those among you who will be interested in meeting him and asking him questions.

That’s all for now,


Last email of the Semester!!!! December 18, 2012

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Hello my friends,

It is hard to believe that this semester came to an end so soon. This is the last email from the ASA for this semester and if those Mayans were right and the world does end, then this will be the last email from ASA ever!!  In the meantime, our friend Meghry is letting us have our End of the Semester party at her place tomorrow, Friday November 30th. You can find all the info on the event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/451704224887353/ so we hope to see you all and one last time have a great time before finals take all of our time and happiness away.

On Sunday, the UCBAA, the Armenian Alumni Association, has invited us to a brunch at Arrmen Sedrakian’s residence and we also hope that those of you who have time can join us for a nice get-together with our alumni. Here is the info: http://www.facebook.com/events/453521684706340/

And on next Tuesday, December 4th, we will have our last ASA General Meeting of the year. All the info and details of the meeting could be found here: http://www.facebook.com/events/171263526330599/

Elections will happen during this meeting for two open positions on the exec: co-cultural chair, the responsibilities are to assist the cultural chair with the organization of major ASA cultural events such as the Cultural Show and the Genocide Awareness Week; and treasurer, the responsibilities include consistent keeping track of the finances of the organization. If any of you are interested, let me know and be prepared to introduce yourself and talk about why you want to get the position during the meeting.

One last thing, please let us know on the poll that Talar has posted on our FB page if you are coming to Tahoe or not. That will reeeeally help us to know how many people are coming so that we don’t end up renting a house for fewer people and face the trauma of last year all over again.

I hope you guys can find the time to join us at some of these events and for the last time in 2012,

your president Gegham Mughnetsyan