California State University, Fresno - University Journal
May 2007 Vol. 10 No. 9

Dr. Robert LevineLevine wins top teaching honor
The 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor at Fresno State, has gone to Robert Levine (Psychology). Also honored by Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeri Echeverria are Doug Singleton (Physics),  Distinguished Achievement in Research, Scholarship or Creative Activities Award;  Michael Botwin (Psychology), chair of the Academic Senate, the Faculty Service Award; Corrine Clegg Hales (English), Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award; and Scott Sailor (Kinesiology), Technology in Education Award. Click here for details.

Timothy StearnsStearns wins prestigious Wang Family honor
Timothy Stearns (Management) is among five 2007 recipients of the prestigious California State University Wang Family Excellence Award, noted for his service in launching and growing the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His efforts to create a regional climate of innovation and encouragement of entrepreneurs extend from elementary schools into the business community. Click here for details.

Eight chosen for new faculty awards
Eight faculty members who are relatively new to Fresno State were chosen for this year’s Distinguished New Faculty Awards. They are Kevin Ayotte (Communication), Steven Church (English), Jenelle Gilbert (Kinesiology), Kenneth Hansen (Political Science), James J. Mullooly (Anthropology), Segun Ogunjemiyo (Geography), Tamyra Pierce (Mass Communication and Journalism), Mamta Rawat (Biology) and Klaus Tenbergen (Food Science and Nutrition). Click here for details.

Commencement activities begin May 18
Fresno State’s 96th Commencement begins at 10 a.m. May 19 at the Save Mart Center, the biggest of a series of college and school convocations, department and program celebrations and hooding ceremonies – 20 events in all. And for the first time, all will be held on campus. A highlight of Commencement will be the conferring of honorary doctorates on two distinguished alumni. Eight-time Emmy-winning set designer Roy Christopher will be honored for contributions to the arts and to the university’s theater programs. Malinda Pennoyer Chouinard, co-founder of Patagonia sportswear, will be honored with a doctorate in humane letters for her commitment to conservation and innovative workplace accommodations for mothers. Click here for Commencement details and click here for information about the honorary doctoral recipients.

Fresno State’s first independent doctorate is CSU first, too
Fresno State’s first independent doctorate also is a first for the California State University system, following approval from CSU Chancellor Charles Reed. The new doctoral degree in educational leadership will begin with 24 program participants in the fall. Sharon Brown-Welty (Educational Research and Administration) is the architect for Fresno State’s program and also of guidelines for similar programs at other campuses, all made possible by a change in state law. Click here for details.

Virginia Tech MemorialVirginia Tech Memorial Garden dedicated on campus
Fresno State established a living and permanent memorial to those killed April 16 at Virginia Tech. The garden, which is near the southeastern corner of the Henry Madden Library, was dedicated following a forum on the Virginia Tech shootings’ impact on the Fresno State campus and a memorial tribute attended by students, faculty and staff. Fresno State faculty members Maria Sanchez and Ira Sorenson (both Engineering), who are Virginia Tech alumni, read the names of those who died. Click here for details.

Campus PointeCampus Pointe positive potential detailed in ad
The Campus Pointe development on campus will provide a wide range of educational, work, cultural, community and economic benefits, says a full-page advertisement about the project published April 29 in The Fresno Bee. The ad was designed to acquaint the community with some of mixed-use development’s many positive elements and to counter allegations by some opposed to the project. Click here for details.


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