California State University, Fresno - University Journal
September 2007 Vol. 11 No. 1

President John WeltyPresident welcomes faculty, staff
President John Welty welcomed new and returning staff and faculty in fall assemblies in which he expressed optimism about the university’s role in “Powering the New California.” He spoke about campus projects, eco-friendly initiatives and expanding community service. Welty highlighted Fresno State’s success at securing research grants and generating community giving to the university through the Campaign for Fresno State. Welty noted budget challenges and acknowledged recent criticism of matching gifts and personnel decisions in athletics. He said new people and processes are in place and that Fresno State is moving forward as “the university of opportunity for everyone.” Click here for details.

Jan and Bud Richter talk to the local news mediaRichters’ gift will encourage volunteerism
A gift from longtime community and Fresno State volunteers Bud and Jan Richter will help establish the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at Fresno State. President John Welty announced the Richters’ $3.5 million gift, which will establish the center and help meet the needs of the region through service. Following consultation with the Academic Senate, Welty will seek permission from the CSU Board of Trustees to name the center for the Richters, who have been Fresno State benefactors for more than 60 years. Click here for details.

Wellness and benefits share the stage Sept. 7
This year’s Benefits Fair includes the Wellness Expo, which will help raise awareness of campus health and wellness initiatives for faculty and staff. The 2007 Benefits Fair and Wellness Expo will be held Friday, Sept. 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union, providing health screenings (skin, diabetes, blood pressure, bone density), fitness assessments, chair massages, benefits information and demonstrations of tai chi, yoga and martial arts. Click here for details.

University message emphasized in ads, radio shows
As part of Fresno State’s efforts to tell stories of accomplishment and opportunity, the university has begun publishing ads each Monday on Page B2 of the Fresno Bee. The ads promote the university as the driving engine in “Powering the New California.” Reinforcing the newspaper messages is a new series of radio programs, “Profiles of the New California,” which airs at 4:58 p.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays (during and after National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”) on KVPR-FM 89.3. The radio message in abbreviated form airs on other stations at various times. Both efforts give insights into the people and programs that distinguish Fresno State. Click here for details.

New library will have improved indoor environment
There will be more than 700,000 square feet of drywall in the new Henry Madden Library, all of it mold-resistant as part of the California State University system’s effort to reduce the potential for mold-related health hazards. Wallboard panels have a fire- and moisture-resistant gypsum core encased in heavy moisture-, mold-, mildew-resistant 100 percent recycled purple paper. It costs more than standard material, but is projected to more than pay for itself in operational savings over the life of the building, while reducing the risk of moisture related problems. Click here for library construction updates.


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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