California State University, Fresno - University Journal
February 2011 Vol. 14 No. 6



Kennel Bookstore offers February specials

During the month of February, the Kennel Bookstore has a number of specials. For those looking for gifts, the Valentine’s Day sale starts on Feb. 9 and runs through Feb. 14.

"We are featuring all our Valentine gifts at 20 percent off," says Kim Spencer, assistant merchandise manager. "On the lower level in our general book department, we have 20 percent off all of our romance novels, and on the main level all of our red and pink apparel will be 20 percent off, including our hats. Also, all our imprinted gifts that are red will be included in that sale."

See the full story with video here.



Fresno State’s new homepage goes live
After nearly a year of planning, development and design work, Fresno State’s new homepage and a limited number of supporting pages designs will go live Feb. 15. Both the new design and the current design at will be available for use until March 1 to give our users the opportunity to become familiar with the new design and information architecture and to create new bookmarks. The redesign process began in April 2010 as part of the campus IT reorganization process and the initiation of  a collaborative effort between University Communication and a newly created Office of Web Services. A Web Services Advisory Board appointed by Cabinet also was created to represent the university’s major divisions, as well as the schools and colleges. The WSAB has met twice monthly to guide the development process. See the full story here.


Fresno State selected for first steps toward nursing, physical therapy doctoral programs
The California State University may begin planning for three Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) pilot programs to launch as early as fall 2012, pending approval by the CSU Board of Trustees at their meeting Jan. 25 -26. Fresno State is among the three campuses and also is among campuses selected to plan for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The three proposed DNP programs include two programs that will be offered jointly by multiple CSU campuses. The joint programs would include Fresno and San José in the north and Fullerton, Long Beach and Los Angeles in the south. San Diego is recommended for a stand-alone program. The DNP will build on the CSU faculty expertise and campus resources already existing in nursing departments. See the full story here.


President Welty predicts challenging times ahead
Fresno State must make "extraordinary changes" to accomplish a huge reduction in state funding during 2011-12, President John D. Welty told the annual spring assembly of faculty and staff on Jan. 12, characterizing Gov. Brown's proposed $500 million cutback to the California State University system as an enormous challenge and "devastating." See the video here. Fresno State's share of the reduction in state funding will be approximately $28 million, Welty said. That figure is offset by about $8 million in new revenue from the tuition fees increase already adopted by the board of trustees for next year. Thus, the reduction Fresno State will face in 2011-12 is about $20 million. Once an enrollment target for the year is established, Welty plans to have the campus budgeting proposal finished in early April in order to prepare for the new fiscal year that begins July 1. To stay up to date with budget news be sure to check out the “Budget Central” button that has been added to the university’s home page, The “Budget Central” page includes news releases, statements and video content from Fresno State and the Chancellor’s office regarding all things budget.


Kytle and RobertsHistory is a common bond for Kytle, Roberts
Husband and wife team Ethan Kytle and Blain Roberts came to Fresno State so they could work together. Professors of history, they specialize in the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively.

"I’m an intellectual and cultural historian," Kytle says. "I study thinkers, ideas. I’m working on a book on abolitionists and their ideas and the years leading up to the Civil War. Blain is a 20th century historian, a historian of the American South, and she is working on finishing a book on beauty in the Civil Rights Movement or beauty from Jim Crow to Civil Rights in the South."

Kytle and Roberts met in graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He started there in 1997 and she started the following year. They were married in 2005, then moved to Charleston, South Carolina. Roberts took a position as a history professor at The Citadel; Kytle was pursuing post doctoral studies at the Avery Research Center, which is affiliated with the College of Charleston. The next year, he moved over to The Citadel as well. See the full story here.


Boone receives 2011 President's Award of Excellence
Benjamin Boone, composer, saxophonist and specialist in performance of new music, is the recipient of the 2011 President's Award of Excellence. Boone joined the Fresno State faculty in 2000 as an associate professor of music, teaching music composition and theory. He was honored Jan. 12 at the Spring Assembly for faculty and staff. Since joining the faculty at Fresno State, Boone has received the university's Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, the University Faculty Spirit of Service Award for his design of a service-learning partnership with a juvenile court facility in Fresno and the Best in Show Award from the Office of the Provost for his commitment to academic excellence. Boone's compositions have been performed globally; he has also released a debut jazz album, The Benjamin Boone Quartet: LIVE with Steve Mitchell. See the full story here.


Otto BenavidesBenavides infuses education with technology
During his 21 years at Fresno State, Otto Benavides has helped bring the latest technology into the classroom. An associate professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Benavides teaches technology classes for pre-service and in-service teachers.

"I’m the director of the Instructional Technology Resource Center located on the fourth floor of the Education Building," Benavides says. "Through that center, we provide support for faculty and staff and students on the use of technology, whether it’s computers, computer classrooms, checkout of equipment, or any other technological need they might have." See the full story with video here.


heartA romantic recipe for Valentine's day
Valentine's Day is a time to remember loved ones and share sweet treats. If you're a cheesecake fan, this recipe offers plenty of taste that can be dressed up romantically. For more, click here.



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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 • Editor, April Schulthies
Photographer, Randy Vaughn-Dotta • Student Photographer, Madison Artist
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