California State University, Fresno - University Journal
March 2010 Vol. 13 No. 6

Celtic heroes of times past

Today's generation has its heroes, but the heroes of Celtic legend have never grown old. According to Dr. Lisa Weston, professor of English, they were an enterprising group who left legends in their wake.

Saint Patrick comes easily to mind. Despite the modern associations of green beer, shamrocks, and probably leprechauns, there is more to the real Patrick. Celtic art

"There is a historical Saint Patrick, who was a very early missionary to the Irish," Weston says. "He actually started out his life as a kidnapped and enslaved nobleman. He was, legend tells us, found by slavers on the coast one day and taken over to Ireland and enslaved, then put in charge of looking after cattle."

See the full story with video here.



William A. CovinoProvost Covino talks about challenges at Fresno State
Times may be tough fiscally here at Fresno State, but Dr. William A. Covino, who recently became provost, says the university is still putting its priorities on meeting student needs. Covino says he was was attracted to the university by its regional, statewide, and national reputation as a standout university — especially the areas of community engagement, dedication to student success, and research.

"I was really eager to come and find out what’s going on here and I have been impressed every step of the way," he says. "Over the last few months, I have visited all of the schools and colleges for hours at a time, our centers and institutes, and the offices in Academic Affairs, and I found that what I suspected was going on here, really is going on here." See the full story with video here.


Welty with Hiroshi OtomoPublic help sought to contact Japanese-American alumni
Fresno State is trying to locate 87 Japanese-American former students who may be eligible for honorary degrees because their college studies were interrupted by Executive Order 9066, issued Feb. 19, 1942. The order, in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, sent thousands of Japanese-Americans to prison camps, hundreds of whom were residents of the San Joaquin Valley. In September 2009, California State University trustees approved participation in the Nisei College Diploma Project, agreeing to recognize Japanese-American students at CSU campuses in 1941 and '42 with honorary degrees. Three months later, Fresno State awarded the first such honorary degree from a CSU campus to John Hiroshi Otomo of Selma. Now, the university is trying to find classmates (or their relatives, if the former students are deceased) to confer additional honorary degrees. See the full story here.


badgeCampus flag lowering, UPD badges memorialize slain officers
Flags on campus Fresno were lowered to half-staff on Feb. 26, in memory of two law enforcement officers with ties to the university who were fatally wounded in a shootout in southeastern Fresno County. University Police Department officers also placed black tape across their badges in tribute to the sacrifice of Reedley Police Officer Javier Bejar and Fresno County Sheriff’s Detective Joel Wahlenmaier. Officer Bejar, who graduated with high honors in May 2008 from Fresno State with a major in kinesiology, was a Marine Corps veteran, who joined the Reedley Police Department in 2005. Detective Wahlenmaier took a course through Fresno State’s Extended Education program in fall 2002. In issuing the order to lower flags until after the officers’ funerals, President John D. Welty said, “This is a tragedy we share with our entire community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these brave men, and we are reminded again of the price all law enforcement personnel are willing to pay in service to the safety of all members of our community.” A delegation of University Police Department officers will attend the funerals, Chief David Huerta said.


Budget summit remarks from Welty, Matson available on video
On Feb. 5, approximately 110 faculty, staff, administrators and students participated in a campus budget summit. Opening remarks from President Welty and Vice President Matson may be viewed here. Recommendations from the participants can be found at the Budget Central Web site. The recommendations are listed under the 2010 Budget Summit Tab (Budget Summit Ideas).


shamrockIrish traditions for food and fun
As luck would have it, the Irish have plenty of traditions for celebrating this time of year.
From fabulous recipes to fun activities, there's a little bit o' something for everyone.
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