California State University, Fresno - University Journal
December 2009 Vol. 13 No. 4

Ed EmanuEl directs his last play at Fresno State

For more than 40 years, Ed EmanuEl, professor of Theatre Arts,
has been teaching his craft to Fresno State students. This December
he will direct his last play at Fresno State, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which opens Dec. 4.

With numerous accomplishments to his credit, EmanuEl has been a key asset to the university. He's toured all over the world performing his plays, bringing American culture — Fresno culture specifically — to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Scotland.

"It’s been an amazing ride for these 40 years, when we have been able to do the global adventure," EmanuEl says.

Among his other honors, EmanuEl has been recognized with the Wong Family Excellence Award from the CSU. He was awarded the Fulbright and was nominated in 2000 for the Pulitzer Prize for one of his plays, which also won the David Mark Cohen National Award as the most outstanding play in America. The play, Dr. Sun Yat Sen, In the Mouth of the Dragon, was produced at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. D.C. and also raised $2 million for the earthquake relief fund of Taiwan.holly art

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CSU budget cuts concern Californians
In a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), Californians gave high marks to the state’s public higher education systems, but they are concerned about the effect of continued state budget cuts and college affordability. The California State University was rated as excellent or good by 61 percent of those surveyed, and more than two-thirds said they view college as necessary. However, while 69 percent said they place a very high or high priority on spending for education, a majority were unwilling to raise student fees or pay higher taxes."The California Dream of a higher education is disappearing. We are grappling with the results of massive budget cuts and unfortunately have been faced with little choice but to raise student fees and decrease enrollment," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. See the full story here.


ITS director hopeful campus is past Zimbra problems 
After approximately two weeks of significant problems in October and November with the Zimbra e-mail and calendaring systems, Richard Boes, director of Information Technology Services, believes the situation is under control. "I’m hopeful and gaining confidence that this will be my last Zimbra update for some time to come," Boes says. "After two weeks of instability, our upgraded Zimbra system is now stable and we plan to keep it that way." According to Boes, the most significant bug (a software issue) was fixed in a patch installed on Nov. 9. Unfortunately, a second software issue continued to affect the system until until the data causing it was isolated on Nov. 12. Boes says changes to Zimbra implementation will require planning for some unavailability of e-mail and calendaring. Several outages are scheduled for the first three weeks of January when classes are not in session and will be announced through Bulletin Board e-mails and posted on http://help, Boes noted that the use of Zimbra needs to be evaluated under under more stable conditions. "In the future," he says, "we will delay the installation of any major update until it has been more widely tested." See the full story here.


FresnoState MagazineFresnoState Magazine fall issue focuses on community service
The fall 2009 issue of FresnoState Magazine, published Nov. 18, spotlights students, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni who have made community service an integral part of the California State University, Fresno educational experience. The university is ahead of schedule to meet the challenge of providing one million hours of volunteer service in a year. The magazine’s articles acquaint readers with some of the individuals and groups from campus who help food banks, the immigrant community served by Stone Soup, community literacy and reading programs, hospitals and more. The magazine also details the launching of the public phase of $200 million Campaign for Fresno State, profiles athletes whose accomplishments in sports are matched by classroom excellence and reports on preparations for the centennial celebration. This issue also includes features on alumni and a campus tree portrait by award-winning illustrator and professor Doug Hansen. FresnoState Magazine is a twice-yearly publication of the Office of University Communications. It is available online at and in a limited print edition.


hollySpread some Christmas cheer this year with international traditions
This is the season for enjoying the holidays with friends and family. Around the world, people are making merry with their own Christmas traditions. From Sinterklaas coming to visit children in Holland to paper bag lanterns called farolitos brightening the homes in Mexico, there are many ways to celebrate. For more, click here.



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