California State University, Fresno - University Journal
September 2009 Vol. 13 No. 1


President WeltyFEATURE STORY: Meeting the challenges ahead this academic year

This academic year offers challenges for the university which can be met by a concerted effort to stay on course, according to President John D. Welty.

"The new academic year is upon us, and this is a year in which there will be lots of challenges as we face a very difficult fiscal situation, but it’s also a year in which we have a number of very important things to do," Welty says.

This year the university will look at revising its Plan for Excellence III, the strategic plan that serves as the blueprint to transform the university to meet economic, cultural, and demographic changes in the San Joaquin Valley.

Also, during this year Fresno State starts planning for its centennial, which will begin in the spring of 2010. The university began as a junior college in 1910, then became a state normal school in 1911. It later became a teacher's college in 1921. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fresno State's beginnings, with a number of events and activities planned to celebrate.

See the full story with video here.



William CovinoWilliam Covino named provost/VP for Academic Affairs
Dr. William A. Covino, who has extensive academic and administrative experience, became the new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, effective July 6, 2009. Covino held the same position at California State University, Stanislaus. He was selected from a field of more than 30 candidates from throughout the country. He succeeds interim Provost Dr. Dennis Nef, who was appointed earlier this year to head the university’s academic programs after Provost Jeronima Echeverria left Fresno State to become the chief academic officer of the California State University system. See the full story here.


Happy 100th Birthday, Fresno State!
Fresno State, which started as a normal school back in 1911, turns 100 this year, and the university has planned a number of activities to celebrate the momentous event. "In April 2010, Fresno State will kick off our marketing campaign of the centennial at Vintage Days," says Michelle Frontani, centennial project coordinator. "During this time, our Web site will go live and we will hand out marketing materials to remind people that the centennial is coming upon us. In August 2010, we’ll welcome back our students. In September 2010, we are hoping to have a centennial 5k race in conjunction with Fresno City College, which actually will turn 100 years before we do." See the full story here.


Sidney B. Cox
Sidney B. Cox

Trent Dilfer
Trent Dilfer
Top Dog Gala honors alumni and friends
Some of Fresno State's most accomplished alumni will be honored Oct. 16 at the annual Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala at the Save Mart Center, a highlight of the 2009 Homecoming Week. Trent Dilfer, a former Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback who now is an ESPN football analyst, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Sidney B. Cox, retired from a career in communications with Producers Cotton Oil Co., will be honored with the Arthur Safstrom Service Award for his volunteer efforts in the community and for Fresno State. In addition, Top Dog awards will be presented to outstanding alumni representing each of Fresno State’s colleges and schools, athletics, the Henry Madden Library, Student Affairs and Graduate Studies. The Top Dog Alumni Gala begins with a no-host reception at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16, followed by dinner at 6:30 and awards presentations at 7:30. The Bulldogs’ homecoming football game against San Jose State begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Sponsorships for the gala are available for $500-$5,000 until Sept. 21. Individual tickets are $100. More information is available online at


Journal deadlines, number of issues changed
Because of the impact of furloughs on staff work schedules, the Journal has new deadlines for the year. There will be combined issues in some months because of lack of work days and campus closures. Please see the updated Journal information here.

Campus offices undergo changes
Recently, a number of campus offices changed their location or were refurbished. Click here for more.



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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
Web Coordinator, Kevin Medeiros • Editorial Assistant, Angel Langridge