Michelle Nelson functions as 'gatekeeper' for president
Keeping President John D. Welty's day on schedule is a monumental task that Michelle Nelson has mastered. As assistant to the president, Nelson is an experienced gatekeeper with more than 10 years on the job. Nelson sees her role as a guardian, facilitating access to President Welty when necessary and shutting the door on things that detract from his efficiency. Often she is called upon to take care of daily tasks that might interfere with the president's main job. See the full story here.
Budget impacts enrollment this year; reductions necessary
As Fresno State faces drastic budget cuts this year, concerns about how this will affect enrollment have been raised. Bernie Vinovrski, associate vice president of Enrollment Services, who has been in higher education for more than 30 years, says he's never seen a more serious problem with underfunding of education. The reduction in budget, he says, will have consequences for students. See the full story with video here.
University Standards Manual gets update, new policies
After a yearlong campuswide review of university communication standards, several new policies have been instituted that are designed to answer questions about and clarify campus print, Web and broadcast communications procedures. One of the major changes is that a formal review now is required by the Office of University Communications before a purchase order will be issued or a payment for print or Web publication is processed. See the full story here.
Fresno State waiting for H1N1 vaccine
Fresno State has not received any H1N1 vaccine doses yet for students, faculty and staff, but officials hope the vaccine will arrive sometime in the next month. Joyce Harris, assistant vice president of University Health and Psychological Services, said she is uncertain just when the H1N1 vaccine will arrive or how much Fresno State will receive. Although the CDC does not expect that there will be a shortage of the vaccine, availability and demand can be unpredictable. The details about H1N1 vaccination clinics will be sent to student e-mail addresses and also posted on Fresno State's "Flu Central" Web site at www.fresnostatenews.com when information is available. In the meantime, Harris has requested additional doses of the seasonal flu vaccine for students. Last week, 225 seasonal flu shots were given to Fresno State students in about two hours and others had to be turned away. See the full story here.
Flu Web page, prevention efforts under way
A new Flu Central Web page has been launched as part of a campus-wide effort to provide information about prevention and treatment of the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu virus. The Web page can be accessed through a link prominently displayed on www.csufresno.edu or www.fresnostatenews.com. It will be updated regularly with new information and links to other Web pages. See the full story here.
Treat family and friends this Halloween
Hungry family and friends can really get into the spirit of trick-or-treating with special treats. For Halloween recipes with flare, click here.