California State University, Fresno - University Journal
April 2009 Vol. 12 No. 8

Deborah Adishian-AstoneFEATURE STORY: Auxiliary Services update

Hungry staff and faculty often visit the Food Court to grab a quick bite to eat, but they may never think about how Auxiliary Services is helping to ensure that the campus community has many eating options. The truth is that campus Auxiliary Services is not really so "auxiliary.” Its operations are more integral to the campus than many might think.

“Some people on campus may not know exactly who Auxiliary Services is or what we do,” says Deborah Adishian-Astone, executive director, Auxiliary Services. “We are essentially responsible for all the commercial operations on campus. We provide the dining services, Kennel Bookstore, and University Courtyard — our on-campus housing; we also have the University Student Union and the student recreation center as a part of our corporation.”

Auxiliary Services also manages and operates the Save Mart Center, a 450,000-square-foot privately financed facility that is the largest venue of its type in Central California. It can accommodate spectators for sporting events, concerts, family shows, cultural events and community programs.

As a multi-faceted organization, Auxiliary Services has its own internal services, including human resources, and accounting. It also provides centralized management services to the other four auxiliary corporations on campus. See the full story with video here.



bookFresno State’s oldest book now in new library
The oldest book in the new Henry Madden library has found a home in the Special Collections Research Center, where it resides in a glass case covered in velvet. Titled Vita Christi [Life of Christ], it was printed in 1474 in a Carthusian monastery. The book is called an incunabulum as all books printed with movable type prior to 1501 are considered incunabula. Movable type, invented by Johann Gutenberg in the 1450s, revolutionized the production of books. Books produced during the first five decades using this method were called incunabula, or “cradle books,” because they represent the infancy of printing. These books were not rough and rudimentary, but some of the most beautiful, well-crafted books ever produced. See the full story here.

Bulldogs celebrate 'Best in Show'
Fresno State is an institution that has garnered regional and national recognition for outstanding achievements. To recognize individuals who contribute to the university's success, the campus has developed a campaign called The Fresno State Bulldogs: Best in Show. The campaign will focus attention on academics and increase recognition of academic excellence across campus. A team of public relations students has put together contests, events, and activities for everyone on campus to enjoy. See the full story with video here.

The spring traditions of Passover and Easter
During the spring, families around the world often celebrate Passover and Easter. The two holidays commemorate a time to spend with family and to be thankful for many blessings from God. See the full story here.

Campus springs to colorful life
A profusion of flowers blossoms in the burgeoning spring as verdant plants awaken and lively animals enjoy the campus' bounty. See the spring photo gallery here.

bulldogA bulldog for your Easter basket
Looking for a special Easter treat to show your Bulldog pride? Download this Easter egg that has been custom-designed by University Communcations graphic designer Todd Graves.
View and download the artwork here.



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