California State University, Fresno - University Journal
January 2008 Vol. 11 No. 5

President John D. WeltyFaculty and Staff Assembly will be Jan. 10
President John Welty will talk about progress that’s being made and what’s ahead during the remainder of the academic year and beyond during the Spring 2008 Faculty and Staff Assembly from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Satellite Student Union. Welty will review what has been accomplished on campus since the Fall Assembly and what lies ahead this semester. He’ll talk about how the new Master Plan will be implemented after its expected approval by CSU trustees this spring and announce centennial celebration plans. The event also is when the President’s Award of Excellence is presented to a staff or faculty member.

Women’s sports lineup gets two additions
Fresno State athletics is adding lacrosse and swimming and diving to its lineup of women’s intercollegiate sports beginning in the fall. The sports – one new and one returning after being cut for budget reasons in 2003 – will make more scholarships available and enhance the university’s efforts to satisfy Title IX gender-equity mandates. Click here for details.

Chestnut Avenue project moves forward
Although rain delayed work, the Chestnut Avenue widening project through the campus has advanced, with significant paving and construction of the traffic circles. Access is available to the Save Mart Center via Chestnut during events and to the Farm Market (a 10 percent discount is available to thank customers, Center for Irrigation Technology and Ornamental Horticulture Nursery and Floral Lab. Chestnut will be opened in phases as approvals are given. For more information, contact Amy Armstrong (University Police Department) at 278.6709 or Click here for detour map.

Sgt. Maria AvilaAnother national honor for Air Force Tech Sgt. Avila
Sgt. Maria Avila, a staff member of Fresno State’s Air Force ROTC detachment, won 2007 AFROTC Communication and Information Manager of the Year honors in competition with other ROTC staffers nationwide. It was her third national award during 2007, recognizing her performance, leadership, initiative and accomplishments. In addition to her detachment responsibilities, Avila has mentored more than 70 cadets from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and is a tireless off-campus community service worker.

The 'Dogs celebrate thier victory over Georgia Tech at the Humanitarian BowlBulldog football ends on high note
Fresno State’s eighth bowl game in nine years resulted in a 40-28 defeat of Georgia Tech at the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise. Fresno State was the only one of four Western Athletic Conference schools victorious in the postseason. The team’s 2007 success under Coach Pat Hill and his staff prompted anticipation of the 2008 season, which begins Aug. 30 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena when the Bulldogs meet UCLA. The entire schedule will be finalized in the next few months after television coverage is set. Click here for details.

University High SchoolUniversity High rated Valley’s top public high school; 36th in nation
University High School is ranked 36th among 18,000 public high schools by U.S. News & World Report – the highest ranking in the San Joaquin Valley and seventh in California. The magazine’s assessment is based on academic and enrollment data that determines which schools best prepare students for postsecondary success. University High is a collaboration involving Fresno State and the Fresno Unified School District. Click here for details.


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