California State University, Fresno - University Journal
December 2008 Vol. 12 No. 4

Teresa Ramos

Feature Story: The spirit of giving thrives on campus

As the Christmas season returns with all its joyous times and memories, many Fresno State staff and employees think about giving. Teresa Ramos, assistant to the associate dean in the College of Agricultural QuoteSciences and Technology, not only thinks about giving at Christmas, but also throughout the year. She exemplifies the community service Fresno State faculty and staff are engaged in year-round.

Ramos describes herself as someone who has the "donating bug." She donates school supplies and books to various schools and organizations. She has helped build a library at Lafayette Elementary School in Eureka by donating more than 5,000 books. She's also donated books, school supplies, clothes, games, and other items to two separate Indian Reservations in Arizona and Utah. In addition, she has donated books, clothing and school supplies to the Sanctuary. This year, she partnered with Pinedale Elementary School and was able to supply each pupil with notebooks, pencils, paper, glue, crayons and other various school supplies. She also donated several hundred notebooks, pencils, erasers and other school supplies to Hoover Mentoring Program. more...

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Bill LylesEngineering college renamed
Fresno State’s engineering college has been renamed the Lyles College of Engineering to honor a $10 million commitment by Bill Lyles, his family and companies. The Lyles gift, announced by university President John D. Welty on Aug. 18, will be matched by $10 million in support gathered by the university for the Lyles College in the coming years. The total impact could be $20 million for the college. Lyles said Fresno State is a key component in his vision to encourage excellent mathematics and science education beginning in the region’s middle schools. A ceremony celebrating the naming of the college will be held on campus at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. For more, click here.

Choosing America Project invites stories from campus
The Choosing America Project has invited Fresno State and the community to submit stories from immigrants who chose to live in America. The project is looking for authentic dramatic short stories (1,500-4,000 words) that epitomize the experience of Fresno State students, professors, writers, editors, educators, colleagues, friends, and community leaders as immigrants. The goal of the project is to turn some of these stories into short films. Whether you're from Germany, England, Italy or the Czech Republic, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, China, or Cuba; whether you immigrated to America as a child, a young adult, or with your own children; whether it was your decision or your parents'; whether you immigrated in the '20s, '50s, '80s or just yesterday — your special story is welcomed. Send your story to For more, click here.

FresnoState MagazineFresnoState Magazine details university’s green initiatives
The fall 2008 issue of FresnoState Magazine, published by the Office of University Communications, focuses on the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability.   Articles detail research, student recycling, organic food production, solar-power projects, the campus arboretum, the heightened priority of sustainability, the university’s efforts to lead the community on environmental issues and some of the staff and faculty making it happen. FresnoState Magazine also profiles the champion Fresno State baseball team’s season;  new coaches Jeanne Fleck (swimming and diving) and Sue Behme (lacrosse); benefactor William Lyles; and Katie Johnson’s (Alumni Association) passion for the outdoors. Art and design professor Doug Hansen provides his signature portrait of a campus tree, selected by Ellen Jamra, executive director of Advancement Services. Copies of the magazine, which is published twice each year, are delivered via campus mail to staff and faculty. Each issue is available electronically at or

Fresno State budget FAQs
In response to the Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposed $63 million cuts, Chancellor Charles Reed indicated that additional cuts would disrupt campus operations and the university's ability to provide mission-critical services. Have these areas been identified, and if so, which ones are they? Because of the state fiscal crisis, Fresno State has a budget and hiring freeze. If you have a budget question, see the FAQs, or visit the contact us page and a Fresno State administrator will reply with an answer.

Bulldog reindeerNeed to decorate your tree? Why not celebrate, bulldog style?
This year, make your Christmas tree festive with a custom-designed paper ornament by University Communcations graphic artist Joel Beery. Click here for your copy of the bulldog Christmas ornament.


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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
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