Groundbreaking is official start of Madden Library project
Following less than two months of tearing down, the new, expanded Henry Madden Library soon will be going vertical before our eyes. More than 200 students, faculty, staff, administrators, Madden Library supporters and members of the community gathered outside the construction fence Sept. 25 for the official groundbreaking on the $95-million project. Mere minutes before the ceremony began, the last above-ground part of the north complex was leveled. President John Welty counseled that there would be inconveniences on campus as the striking, four-story building rises from the footprint of the old. “When we’re done, we will share in the satisfaction that we have given to our campus – and our region – a state-of-the-art library dedicated to the spirit of learning,” Welty said. Provost Jeri Echeverria talked about the academic impact of the new library. Library Dean Michael Gorman, whose retirement is imminent, amused the crowd by recalling that when he first saw the old buildings: “I said then it looked like a Bulgarian police station.” Associated Students President Juan Pablo Moncayo talked about the importance of the library to the student community and expressed regret that he will be finished with his studies at Fresno State before the project is completed in late 2008. When finished, the Madden Library will be the new architectural focal point of the campus in a location that has a unique connection to the Free Speech Area, where students can exchange ideas, and the Peace Garden, which inspires reflection.
Fresno State's Gilbert will present report to United Nations
Dr. Wade Gilbert, an
associate professor of kinesiology and a leading scholar in the psychology
of coaching and
preparing teachers in sports and physical education, won a prestigious award
in his field and this month will present a paper to the United Nations.
During September, Gilbert (back row third from right in photo taken in front
of the UN building in New York City) represented
the United States at a meeting of sports and physical education experts at
U.N. and was chosen to draft the final report. He also was named 2006
recipient of the Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award honoring contributions to
the field of sport psychology in the United States by scholars or
practitioners of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport
Psychology. He accepted the Harris award Sept. 29 in
At the U.N., Gilbert will present a report that recommends four global
centers of excellence and U.N. recognition criteria for sport and physical
education organizations that “could essentially be the framework for sports
and physical education on the planet,” Gilbert said. Gilbert was the only
U.S. representative among a dozen experts invited to the United Nations from
Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America to develop the report.
honors Cuellar, González
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