Tree Fresno honors Fresno State green efforts
Tree Fresno presented a Judges Special Award to Fresno State for “its continuous and varied efforts to enhance the community not only by beautifying but by educating the general public as well as the students about horticulture options.” The environmental organization praised the university’s arboretum, upgraded landscaping in the Agricultural Sciences Building courtyard and the ability to handle the many challenges of a large-scale green space. Robert Boyd and Ryan McCaughey (Plant Operations) accepted the award at the organization’s annual banquet at the Smittcamp Alumni House. Click here for details.
Lot V reopens with sheltered parking
Parking Lot V has reopened after being closed since spring so shelters could be erected and photovoltaic panels installed on the roofs. The lot will include premium reserved parking for faculty and staff at $50 per month, which guarantees a sheltered space reserved 24/7. When completed, photovoltaic panels will transfer the sun’s energy into the university power grid, generating about 20 percent of Fresno State’s electricity demand. An opening ceremony for the project – a partnership with Chevron Energy Solutions – is scheduled in November. Click here for details.
Fugelsang receives prestigious international honor
Kenneth Fugelsang (Enology) will receive the International Organisation of the Vine and Wine’s prestigious 2007 Prix de l’OIV for the text “Wine Microbiology – Practical Applications and Procedures.” Fugelsang’s co-author, Charles Edwards of Washington State University, will accept the award Oct. 23 in Paris. Fugelsang and Edwards are the second Americans to receive the award in enology and the third in enology and viticulture. In 2005, Fresno State Professor Emeritus Vincent Petrucci and Carter Clary, former research scientist at the Viticulture and Enology Research Center, were honored in viticulture. Click here for details.
Library looks more like building it will be
With the installation of 64 massive textured-concrete wall panels, the rebuilding Henry Madden Library no longer is a concrete and steel construction skeleton, but a building moving toward completion late in 2008 and occupancy in early 2009. On Sept. 18, installation began of the 14- by 30-foot, 15-ton panels that were cast in Sacramento and trucked to Fresno, then swung into place on the south, east and west sides of the building by a crane. The elliptical element on the east side is framed and soon will be covered with wood, glass and perforated metal. Glazing on the north side of the building will be installed in the next few weeks and the entire outer shell will be in place by year’s end. Click here for updated construction information.
Homecoming embraces campus’ past, present and future
A variety of activities are planned for Homecoming, all around the theme “Bulldog Blaze: The Heat is On,” and all built around the decades-old rivalry between Fresno State and San Jose State, whose teams play football in Bulldog Stadium at 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Details about the athletics activities are found in the Sports section of University Journal, but Homecoming’s not just about sports. Each day, beginning Oct. 15, there will be activities around noon that include music, competition and spirit building, plus the annual homecoming office decoration contest. In keeping with the theme, there will be chile eating competitions and salsa recipe contests, plus salsa dancing. Click here for details.
Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala in spotlight Oct. 18
The Fresno State Alumni Association will present its Top Dog Alumni Awards during the annual gala at 5 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Save Mart Center, honoring alumni for their career and public service contributions. This year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award will be presented to Boeing Co. executive Larry Dickenson, acclaimed for his aviation expertise and his efforts on behalf of Fresno State. Other alumni from the colleges, schools and other divisions will be honored during the $85-per-person event. Reservations may be made by contacting 278.ALUM. Click here for details.