California State University, Fresno - University Journal
April 2011 Vol. 14 No. 8


Dr. Stearns

Lyles Center brings bring entrepreneurship and innovation to the Valley

Eighty-five percent of all jobs are created by entrepreneurs, according to Professor Timothy M. Stearns, executive director of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. That's why entrepreneurship is so important to job development in the Central Valley.

Stearns believes the Lyles Center can play a key role in the Valley's future. The Lyles Center at Fresno State is designed, primarily, to service students, faculty, and the community.

"Our footprint really is across the Central Valley, so we try to bring entrepreneurship and innovation to about every corner of the Central Valley we can," says Stearns. "Of course, that doesn't restrict us from working with many organizations and educational institutes overseas as well."

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31 emeriti honored at luncheon for distinguished service
The annual Emeriti Luncheon on March 24 honored 31 individuals who were awarded emeritus status for distinguished careers at Fresno State. See the full story with videos here.

BakkagardEmeritus turns 100 this year
Benjamin M. Bakkagard, professor emeritus of music, is turning 100 this year. He graduated from high school in 1931 and received a provisional credential in order to teach. He later taught in Minnesota, where he married his fellow teacher and now wife of 55 years. Dwight Eisenhower's signature is on his doctorate because at the time Dwight Eisenhower was president of Columbia College. After entering higher education and working at the University of Texas, Bakkagard started teaching at Fresno State in 1958. See the video here.


Spring emerges on campus
A colorful array of flowers and blossoming trees announces the first beginnings of spring on campus. See the spring photo gallery here.

lamb artEaster traditions in America
Easter is a time to rejoice in the joy of hope and renewal. Easter customs and traditions
in the United States include colorful Easter baskets, Easter parades, and an assortment
of activities that involve Easter Eggs.
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