California State University, Fresno - University Journal
May 2011 Vol. 14 No. 9


Dr. Welty

Centennial celebrates the difference Fresno State makes

As Fresno State prepares to celebrate the graduation of its 100th class, the university has time to reflect on its contribution to the Valley.

"This year has provided an opportunity to reflect on the university’s past as we celebrate the Centennial," says President John D. Welty. "Indeed, it’s been a wonderful year in which we have learned more about how schools, colleges, and other major areas of the university were formed, and the impact that they have had in this region."

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PerenchioJerry Perenchio to receive honorary doctorate
Fresno native A. Jerrold (Jerry) Perenchio, who built Univision into the largest Spanish-language television company in the United States, will receive an honorary doctorate May 21 at California State University, Fresno’s Centennial Commencement. President John D. Welty will confer the honorary Doctor of Fine Arts on Perenchio upon the authority of the CSU Board of Trustees, recognizing his contributions in entertainment and communication and his commitment to art education and philanthropy. See the full story here.



Lanny LarsonA Century of Excellence publishes
May is full of excitement as Fresno State winds up its Centennial celebration which began last April. There will be a gala on May 14 and Fresno State's 100th Commencement on May 21. But one of the most exciting things that commemorates this year is the Centennial book, which is titled A Century of Excellence.

"This book is crammed with information about Fresno State from our very beginning in 1911 all the way through to earlier this year," says Lanny Larson, editor, University Communications, and co-author of the book. "I can tell you, because I have had the privilege of working on it, that it has some things that I certainly did not know about, and I've been around here a long time … and some things I bet you didn't know about, either." See the full story with video here.


Peter McDonald"Lethal Beauty" on display at Madden Library
“Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor,” a display of rare samurai weaponry, is available through June 24 in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse at the Henry Madden Library. There is no charge to the public for viewing the display.

“It’s an exhibit of samurai armor and weaponry, from guns to magnificent masks," says Peter McDonald, dean of Library Services. "It spans about 500 years from medieval times to modern works of finely wrought armor."

The exhibit is a collaborative work between the Madden Library and the Clark Center for Japanese Culture and History in Hanford, California. See the full story with video here.


PetrovichDr. Anne Petrovich selected for top teaching award
Dr. Anne Petrovich, associate professor of social work education, has been awarded the top teaching honor at Fresno State. Provost William A. Covino named Petrovich as recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Provost's Awards also honored the following: Dr. David Schecter, Political Science Department, Faculty Service Award; Dr. Susan Tracz, Educational Research and Administration Department, Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award; Dr. Mamta Rawat, Biology Department, Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Award; Dr. Brent Auernheimer, Computer Science Department /TILT, Technology in Education Award.

In addition, five faculty members were honored with the Promising New Faculty award, which recognizes exemplary achievements in teaching, research/creative activities and/or service among non-tenured, tenure-track faculty. See the full story here.

Fresno State's 100th Commencement is here
The 100th Commencement marks the university's journey from Fresno State Normal School on September 11, 1911 to California State University, Fresno today. In this century of dedication to offering quality education, the university has grown from a state normal school training teachers for the region to university offering numerous degrees in many fields through eight academic colleges and schools. Click here for the full story.



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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
Web Coordinator, Kevin Medeiros • Editorial Assistant, Angel Langridge