California State University, Fresno - University Journal
September 2008Vol. 12 No. 1

Dr. Welty

Feature Story: Welty sees challenges and opportunities for 2008-09
This academic year presents a number of changes and advancements for the university, according to President John D. Welty. These include the opening of the new library, the relocation of a number of staff and faculty across the campus and upgrades of the campus telephone and e-mail systems. The campus also will be publicly announcing its Comprehensive Campaign, the largest fundraising effort in the university’s nearly 100-year history.

“This will be an exciting and challenging year,” Welty says. “All of those things are going to mean that there is a lot of change in the air.” more...

COMING NEXT MONTH: Advances in Accessibility

LylesWilliam Lyles to give College of Engineering $10 million
William Lyles, President and CEO of Lyles Diversified Inc., his family and their companies have committed a $10 million gift and the university agrees to seek an additional $10 million in support for the College of Engineering in the coming years. The total impact over time will be $20 million for the college. Lyles family members are longtime supporters of Fresno State. Thanks to the Lyles family, entrepreneurs have a chance to translate their visions into business reality through the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Students, faculty and visiting performers enjoy playing the Elizabeth Lyles pipe organ at the Concert Hall in the Music Building. For more, click here.

Fresno State educator leaves a legacy
Elizabeth "Betty" Hansen, the first African-American professor at California State University, Fresno, passed away June 1 in Fresno, leaving a legacy as a lifelong educator. Professor Hansen earned her bachelor's degree at Fresno State in 1952 and taught at Fresno Unified School District. She was later hired by Fresno State's demonstration laboratory school. While earning her master's degree, she worked as an associate professor at Fresno State before returning to Fresno Unified in 1970. Her awards include the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley and the Fresno State Alumni Association Top Dog Alumni Award.

Harper named Craig School interim dean
Dr. Robert M. Harper has been named interim dean of the Craig School of Business. Harper has been associate dean of the Craig School for four years and previously served for seven years as chairman of the Department of Accountancy. He joined the Fresno State faculty in 1990. Harper will take over for Dr. Douglas Hensler, who accepted a position as dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University. For more, click here.

Rogerson named dean of College of Science and Mathematics
Dr. Andrew Rogerson, a biology professor, researcher and administrator at Marshall University in West Virginia, was appointed dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. He succeeds Dr. Kin-Ping Wong, who retired earlier this year. Rogerson has considerable experience in research and grant funding. For more, click here.

photoLibrary work headed for ‘home’
By Dave Tyckoson, Associate Dean, Madden Library

Construction of the new Henry Madden Library is continuing on schedule and will be completed by January. Like our national championship baseball team, the library has rounded third and is headed for home! It will definitely hit a grand slam when it opens to the campus and the public.

Throughout the fall semester, we will be in the final phase of construction. This includes the total renovation of the 60,000 square-foot south wing, completed in 1981. The south wing had served as the library’s base of operations for the past two years. This renovation is taking place as the new north wing is being completed, allowing the entire project to be completed by January. For more, click here.

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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
Managing Editor, Lanny Larson • Assistant Editor, April Schulthies
Web Coordinator, Kevin Medeiros • Editorial Assistant, Angel Langridge