California State University, Fresno - University Journal
September 2010 Vol. 14 No. 1


Looking ahead for Fresno State

The start of this new academic year is special because the university is celebrating its Centennial. Fresno State enters its 100th year Sept. 11. Looking back at the university's history, it's amazing to see what has happened during this period, according to Dr. John D. Welty, president.

"We have over 200,000 alumni, alumni who have achieved incredible things," he says. "If you look at our background, we’ve achieved things well beyond what one might normally expect. So this will be a year for us to reflect on our great accomplishments. But more importantly, it’s also going to be a year in which we begin looking ahead."

See the full story with video here.



William CovinoSister city in Italy builds partnerships with Fresno
This June, Provost William Covino was pleased to join a delegation from Fresno to visit Verona, Italy, as one of Fresno’s sister cities. The aim was to build relationships with higher education institutions in Verona, primarily the University of Verona, and to begin to talk about possible student exchanges, faculty exchanges, programmatic sharing, and research exchanges. A delegation from Italy is looking forward to coming to Fresno in October to continue the discussions and to move forward some exciting partnerships. See the video here.


Ellen Junn

CSALT initiatives are successful
The Center for Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CSALT) has had successful initiatives this year that have reinvigorated the campus, according to Ellen Junn, associate provost. Designed to improve student learning and engagement on campus, CSALT builds partnerships that can make a difference on campus and in the community. See the video here.





Tracy NewelCentennial celebrates Fresno State's history
This year, Fresno State is celebrating its 100th birthday. It is an unprecedented opportunity for the university to tell the story of its past and to pinpoint this moment in time to see where it's going in the future, according Tracy Newel, assistant director of Development, Craig School of Business and Centennial project coordinator. See the full story with video here.



Michael CaldwellAcademic Senate meets challenges ahead
The Academic Senate is poised to make positive changes for the campus, according to its new chair, Michael Caldwell. "As we move forward in our campus planning — through strategic planning, through WASC accreditation, and many of the other initiatives that we are working on currently as a campus — we have an opportunity to do continued long-range planning that will affect the university in a positive way," he says. See the full story with video here.



piano'Centennial Steinway grand piano a library treasure
One of the treasures in the Henry Madden Library is the newly refurbished Centennial Steinway grand piano that's now in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse in the Table Mountain Rancheria Tower. Fresno State's piano was at the original Fresno State campus at University Ave. Then painted white, it was moved to the Student Union for a while in the 1970s. Glenda Harada, who now works in the library, remembers playing the piano at that time. See the full story with video here.



Mountain West logoBulldogs will compete
in Mountain West Conference  

Fresno State has accepted an invitation for our Bulldog athletics teams to compete in the Mountain West Conference. President Welty issued this message to the campus community about the news: "There are many details to be worked out, including the timing of the move, which will occur in either fall 2011 or 2012. This opportunity developed rather quickly, and after consulting with the Cabinet, I determined that joining the Mountain West is in the best long-term interest of our athletics programs, the university and our students. We have had an excellent 18-year membership in the Western Athletic Conference. We've been strong competitors and won championships. Many of our student-athletes have been honored by the conference for their academic achievement as well as their athletic ability. Now it is time to take our athletics program to the next level of success with membership in the Mountain West Conference. There are some unanswered questions, but we have prepared an FAQ sheet to provide the information that we have at this time." To read the FAQs, click here.

Happy Birthday, Fresno State!
What do you give to a university turning 100? A happy birthday message, of course! The Centennial committee is seeking videos or photos of students, alumni, and the community wishing Fresno State a happy birthday. Submit a video with a short 10-20 second message to Fresno State or a photo displaying a homespun "Happy Birthday!" sign or a pre-designed downloadable sign. We encourage you to get creative with props like birthday hats, pom poms, cakes, etc. Make it fun! It's a birthday celebration.

Click here for more information and details on how to submit your photo or video. Click here for a great example of a "Happy Birthday Fresno State" video.



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President, John D. Welty
Vice President for University Advancement, Peter N. Smits
Associate Vice President for University Communications, Shirley Melikian Armbruster
Director of University Web Communications and Publications, Bruce Whitworth
Managing Editor, Lanny Larson • Assistant Editor, April Schulthies
Web Coordinator, Kevin Medeiros • Editorial Assistant, Angel Langridge