California State University, Fresno - University Journal
March 2007 Vol. 10 No. 7

Boeing gift honors Husband legacy at Fresno State
The Boeing Company is adding to the legacy of alumnus Col. Rick Husband, commander of space shuttle Columbia that was lost with all her crew upon return to Earth in 2003, by establishing the Husband-Boeing Honors Scholars Program in Engineering. Boeing, the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial and military jet planes, is providing a $2 million endowment to Fresno State that will help aspiring engineers pursue studies and careers. Click here for details.

Commission will assess Athletics financing
President Welty has asked members of Fresno State’s administration, Athletics Department, faculty and the public to serve on a Commission on Athletics Finances to help ensure that athletic and academic programs of the university are fully integrated. The creation of the commission is in response to the final report of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Presidential Task Force on the Future of Division I Intercollegiate Athletics on which Welty served. The NCAA report emphasizes campus-based presidential and institutional accountability in funding of athletics. The Commission on Athletics Finances is chaired by Paul Oliaro, vice president for dean of student affairs. Click here for details.

Wellness ChallengeNearly 2,000 join campus Wellness Challenge
Wellness Challenge participantsA Nutrition Fair (noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Satellite Student Union) and a community Fun Fair (10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 21, University Student Union) are two major Wellness Challenge activities this month. The challenge began on Valentine’s Day with almost 2,000 faculty, staff and students entered to complete 10 Well Choice activities by April 25 to promote their own health and to be eligible for prizes. Click here for details.


Center for Economic Research and Education of Central CaliforniaEconomic research center will help region
Fresno State’s newest institute engaged in connecting the university with regional challenges is the Center for Economic Research and Education of Central California. Economics faculty heading the center are Antonio Avalos, research director, and Janice Peterson, education director. The center will measure economic performance in Central California and make its data available to educators and the general community. A key component is a three-way university-business-public school partnership that allows the center to offer economic education programs for teachers in the region’s school systems and for future teachers enrolled at Fresno State. Click here for details.

First Generation Stories Project seeks to inspire
The First Generation Stories Project has a Web site to display the submissions it is collecting through March 29 of personal stories from staff and faculty who are the first in their family to go to college. The stories will be used to inspire high school and college students who may need an extra spark to pursue a college education or stay in school. Stories should be no more than 1,200 words, written in reader-friendly style that will include personal experiences, the importance of mentors and any special moments that stand out. Click here for details.

International Water TechnologyInternational conference on campus focuses on water, ozone
Fresno State will become the center of world scientific efforts to promote water development, efficient reuse, irrigation and ozone preservation during the inaugural International Water Technology Conference and Ozone V from April 2-4 at the Save Mart Center. Fresno State’s International Center for Water Technology is hosting the gathering, which director David Zoldoske says will bring together some of the world’s best minds in water technology and science. Click here for details.

Francine OputaCultural Heritage Institute a valuable resource
Francine Oputa is the director of the new campus-based Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute, dedicated to helping the university and Valley community celebrate, study and better understand the vast diversity of cultures in the region. The institute is a resource for students, faculty and staff on diversity and cultural competency. Oputa and is working with a steering committee and advisory board to develop information from cultural organizations and agencies throughout the region about how the institute can best serve their needs. Click here for details.


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President, John D. Welty
Vice President for University Advancement, Peter N. Smits • Associate Vice President for University Communications, Mark Aydelotte
Director of Publications and Web Services, Bruce Whitworth • News Director, Shirley Melikian Armbruster • Journal Editor, Lanny Larson
Web Coordinator, Kevin Medeiros • Editorial Assistant, Angel Langridge