California State University, Fresno - University Journal
May 2008Vol. 11 No. 9

Commencement 2008 will embrace 20 events
Fresno State's 97th Commencement will begin at 9:30 a.m. (a new time) May 17 at the Save Mart Center. This year's schedule of Commencement Week activities includes 20 events beginning at 8:30 a.m. May 16 with the College of Engineering's ceremony in the Student Recreation Center. Other college and school convocations and department and program celebrations will follow throughout the two days, concluding with the Latino Commencement Celebration at 6 p.m. May 17 in the Save Mart Center. A reminder to faculty and staff that parking and traffic on May 16 may be difficult on campus. Click here for details.

Provost Award winners will be honored
A reception is scheduled at 3 p.m. May 8 in the University Courtyard Dining Hall to honor recipients of the 2007-08 Provost's Awards. Julie Olson-Buchanan (Management) is recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest honor for a faculty member. Other Provost Award winners are Mary Barakzai (Nursing), Technology in Education; Saeed Attar (Chemistry), Graduate Teaching and Mentoring; Matthew Jendian, (Sociology) Faculty Service; and Angelica Carpenter (Library), Distinguished Achievement in Research, Scholarship or Creative Activities. Click here for details.

Provost recognizes new faculty's promise
Provost Jeri Echeverria has singled out five individuals for Promising New Faculty Awards. The honorees are Thomas Attard (Civil and Geomatics Engineering and Construction), David Durham (English), Betsy Hays (Mass Communication and Journalism), Thomas Holyoke (Political Science) and Steven Rocca (Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education). Click here for details.

Eco-friendly food services items debut
May's Red Friday celebration (Friday, May 2) will feature new cups, napkins and other compostable products that will be rolling out from University Dining Services over the next few months. The new material — made from recycled paper or vegetable-based plastics — will be collected in specially marked disposal cans and composed on the University Farm. The compostable items will debut in catering and the Bucket. Click here for details.

Steven Walker receives national honor for victimology work
President Bush presented Steven D. Walker (Criminology) with the Allied Professional Award from the Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime. Walker was cited for his pioneering work in victimology. Fresno State has nearly 250 criminology majors pursuing degrees with a victimology option and more than 2,000 graduates have been employed in victim services agencies throughout the United States. Click here for details.

University wins energy efficiency award
Fresno State was awarded a 2008 state energy Efficiency Partnership Best Practices Award for the university's solar photovoltaic and shaded parking project. The award in the Renewables/Innovative Energy Generation or Procurement category was bestowed by a partnership composed of the CSU, University of California and the 109-school California Community Colleges systems. Click here for details.

New partnership aims to help businesses
The Center for Economic Research in Central California at Fresno State and Fresno County's Economic Development Corporation are new partners in an economic research venture. The center operates under the auspices of the College of Social Sciences' Department of Economics. Antonio Avalos (Economics) directs the center, which will provide data that can help businesses develop and prosper, helping the regional economy. 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