California State University, Fresno - University Journal
January 2009 Vol. 12 No. 5

Peter McDonald

Feature Story: Madden Library gets ready for big opening

Often thought of as the hub of academic endeavors, the Henry Madden Library has undergone a startling change. Construction and renovation have reached their final phase in the new 300,000-square-foot north wing. Now considered to be the largest library in the CSU system, the library will offer the latest information technology, individual and group study areas, compact bookshelving, a Starbucks café, and more.

As the library renovation project nears completion with a scheduled opening in February, Dean Peter McDonald sees opportunities and challenges ahead. “The library will provide students all sorts of resources that they haven’t had — not only in the last few years, but probably ever before on the campus,” he says. more...

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EcheverriaProvost accepts a position at CSU
Jeronima “Jeri” Echeverria, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, has been named associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs of the California State University system. She moves in February to her new position at CSU headquarters in Long Beach. Echeverria has been provost and vice president since 2003. She joined the university faculty in the Department of History in 1988 after completing her doctorate in American History at the University of North Texas. For more, click here.

Mike Dozier to head Community and Economic Development
Mike Dozier, Clovis director of community and economic development, leaves his position with the City in January to assume new duties with Fresno State, as interim director of community and economic development. Dozier will succeed Ashley Swearengin, who leaves the position after her election last month as mayor of Fresno. For more, click here.

Department's name change approved
The Department of Public Health is the new name of the current Department of Health Science. The name change for the department, housed in the College of Health and Human Services, takes effect this month. For more information on the department, click here.

Spring Assembly scheduled Jan. 20
President John D. Welty's annual Spring Faculty and Staff Assembly address is scheduled at 1 p.m. Jan. 20 and will include a look ahead at campus initiatives as the university navigates through difficult financial conditions. This year's assembly is being held in the afternoon at the Satellite Student Union to avoid conflict with the inauguration of Barack Obama as president. The new president takes his oath of office at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Jan. 20.

Top 10 New Year's resolutions
It's a new year, and that means many people are resolving to improve themselves in 2009. Ever wonder what others are planning to do? Click here.

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