Engineering 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more, click here.
FresnoState 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 FresnoStateNews.com or www.fresnostatenews.com/Magazine/FSMagFall08-Full.pdf.
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.
Need 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.