California State University, Fresno - University Journal
October 2010 Vol. 14 No. 2

Thomas Boeh

Student athletes a success competitively, academically

Fresno State's student athletes have been able to be successful both in the competitive venue and in the classroom, while at the same time contributing to the campus and to the community, according to Thomas Boeh, athletics director.

"In terms of competitive success, we've been very fortunate in the last three years in the Western Athletic Conference to have won the Commissioner Comp, which is the all-sports trophy in the Western Athletic Conference," says Boeh. "The student athletes have won that twice and this past year we finished close second behind Boise State."

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Roger TatarianTatarian inducted into the Hall of Fame
In conjunction with the Centennial celebration, H. Roger Tatarian will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 14 when he will be posthumously inducted into the MCJ Alumni and Friends Chapter Hall of Fame. The event will be at the Smittcamp Alumni House from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is open to students and MCJ alums and supporters. Former inductees are Dr. Roberta Asahina and Ray Steele. The son of an immigrant Armenian shoemaker, Roger Tatarian fell so much in love with the printed word that as a kid he towed a child's wagon to school just before summer vacation to fill with borrowed books so he would not fall short of reading matter before classes resumed. That extra effort continued throughout his life. See the full story here.




treasuresTreasures of the Library: The First-Year Book Collection
When the Fresno State Normal School opened in 1911, it had no library, no librarian, and no library books. During the first year, the administration assigned Maude Schaeffer, an instructor of English, the task of starting the library. In that year, the campus acquired 432 books for the library. While some of the books were purchased, many were gifts from faculty – including from President McLane himself. Of that first collection, the Henry Madden Library still owns 44 volumes. Most of these books will be on display in the library throughout the fall semester on shelves near the Reference Desk on the First floor. See the full story here.



archivesUniversity Archives keeper of Fresno State’s history
The University Archives is a treasure trove full of unique items documenting Fresno State’s long history. It is not a hidden, dusty archive full of dilapidated boxes in some dark basement, but part of the newly remodeled Special Collections Research Center featuring an exhibit area, a research room and stacks on the fourth floor of the Library’s South wing. It includes, for example, the plaque dedicating the very first building (the Administration Building, now called the Old Administration Building on the Fresno City College campus) on the Fresno School Normal School campus in 1916. It also includes a 1937 history of Fresno State written by Charles L. McLane, the first president and the minutes of the very first meeting on campus in 1911. See the full story here.



pumpkinPumpkin flavors the season
Spice up your autumn with pumpkin recipes for homecoming, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or just because.
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