State budget funding for Fresno State presents challenges
President John D. Welty said the university’s state funding for 2008-09 is approximately $153.6 million, compared to $153.7 million last year. Welty said he and campus administrators anticipated a budget shortfall and have taken preliminary steps to curtail 2008-09 spending. He said it will be a difficult year, but faculty and staff are committed to maintaining Fresno State’s academic quality and programs. “We say that Fresno State is ‘powering’ the New California and we intend to continue providing the power to move the region ahead through highly trained, resourceful graduates,” Welty said. For more, click here.
New-look TimeOut mascot debuts
Fans voted and Athletics listened, making its second change to the TimeOut mascot in two seasons, substituting a gray head and body for last year’s brown and giving TimeOut a lolling tongue, more like the longtime mascot. The leaner look introduced a year ago remains.
Associate Athletic Director Paul Ladwig heard complaints – and compliments – after the change before the 2007-08 athletics season. Ladwig said TimeOut needed updating, the old costume was uncomfortable to wear and it presented a nonathletic image. In summer, he conducted an on-line vote, offering fans a choice between the brown and gray TimeOut.
The vote, said Ladwig, was very close, but a decision was made to change the mascot’s color back to the traditional gray and to soften the look somewhat by changing the tongue. The new TimeOut helped lead the Bulldogs onto the field before the Wisconsin football game.
Ladwig said the makeover was appreciated by fans. He told the Collegian: “TimeOut loved all the hugs and high-fives. He had a blast at the game and thought the fans loved him.”
Top Dog Gala honors accomplished Fresno State alumni
Some of California State University, Fresno’s most accomplished alumni will be honored Oct. 10 during the annual Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala at the Save Mart Center. Nat DiBuduo (Class of 1972), president of Allied Grape Growers, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The Top Dog Alumni Awards ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 with a no-host reception, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the gala are $100 each. Sponsorship options range from $500 to $5,000 and are available through Sept. 8. For more, click here.