California State University, Fresno - University Journal
March 2009 Vol. 12 No. 7

Service award
From left to right: Rich Berrett,
Daini Vargas and Chris Fiorentino.

FEATURE STORY: Fresno State is recognized nationally for serving others

Many times the acts of service performed by faculty, staff, and students go unnoticed, but after decades of serving the community, Fresno State has been recognized at the national level with the Presidential Award for General Community Service.

Presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the award recognizes the university's outstanding commitment to serving others. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve in the area of civic engagement.

"For us, as an institution, it means a great deal," says Chris Fiorentino, director of the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. "It means that the thousands of hours that our students have put in, the efforts of our faculty, the work put in by administration — really is being recognized at the highest level." See the full story with video here.

libraryNew Madden Library opens

The new Henry Madden Library opened to students and faculty Feb. 20. The architecturally arresting structure in the heart of the campus features an elliptical design entrance that visually represents a Native American basket and an entire north wall of windows overlooking a redesigned Peace Garden. The $105-million project included construction of a five-story north wing (one level is below ground) and renovation of the south wing. At 340,000 square feet, it is the largest academic building on campus and the largest library in the 23-campus California State University system. State budget difficulties delayed the library’s availability to the community, purchases of some of the building’s furniture and the opening of one floor for university administrative offices. See the full story with video here.

shamrockSpecial Feature
The story of St. Patrick shows that truth is more powerful than legend. See the full story here.



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