California State University, Fresno - University Journal
April 2008Vol. 11 No. 8

Gwen GibsonRue GibsonFarm Market named for longtime Fresnans
The Fresno State Farm Market now is named the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market, honoring the memory of the Fresno couple, whose daughter, Joyce Mae Gibson, gave the university $2 million, some of which will help renovate the market. California State University  trustees approved the name at their March meeting in Long Beach. Money from the Gibson gift also will establish an endowment for the Equine Studies program. Joyce Mae Gibson died in January. A celebrating the naming will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 3, at the market. Click here for details.

University High’s permanent home advances
California State University trustees have approved the schematic plans for University High School on campus, allowing design and construction to proceed on the 37,500-square-foot building south of the Joyal Administration Building. The $15.5 million project will be funded from state public school resources. Click here for details.

Tri-college initiative begins
Fresno State’s first initiative involving three academic colleges is “Engineering for People and Markets,” a collaboration aimed at recruiting anthropology, business and engineering onto enterprise teams to work on technological innovation. The goal is to help students learn to solve real-life problems by using the expertise in different areas to develop the solutions. The tri-college initiative is supported by a seed grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. Click here for details.

Students will study wine making in Europe
A dozen Fresno State viticulture and enology students have been invited by the Engineering School of Enology in Changins, Switzerland, to participate in an international grape and wine-related educational program in Europe this summer.
The four-week program will include study in Switzerland, France and Italy feature an annual four-week course of classroom lectures and practical work in labs and in the experimental winery. Click here for details.

University and Fresno partner on sustainability
Fresno State and the city of Fresno are working together to establish solutions for the environmental challenges facing the San Joaquin Valley in a new partnership – Univer/City Sustainability Initiative. The local effort follows on the university signing the Talloires Declaration in fall 2007, which commits the university to a program of sustainable measures on campus and spreading the word throughout the community about the need for environmental sustainability. Click here for details.

Vintage DaysVintage Days set to roll April 17
“Bringing Vintage Back” is the theme of the 34th Annual Vintage Days celebration April 17-20, which kicks off with the Staff Assembly Pancake Breakfast, followed by a parade and the opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. April 17. The Golden State Strongman Challenge, an auto show, entertainment, crafts and food booths will be part of the annual event along the Maple Mall. Click here for details.


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