Fresno State ranked No. 9 among West’s public universities
U.S. News and World Report ranks Fresno State at No. 9 on its new list of top public universities in the West and sixth among public regional universities in California. In addition, Fresno State was listed as No. 37 among all regional schools, both public and private, in the 2012 West rankings. The ranking methodology considers peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The western region comprises Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. Fresno State's graduate programs also ranked high in another assessment issued by Washington Monthly magazine in its September/October issue. See the full story here.
Patents pave way for university's role in the Valley
Securing a patent to new technologies can be critical to Fresno State's future, and no one knows this better than Grace Liu, intellectual property and research administrator with Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. See the full story with video here.
Granville Homes brings hope
to Fresno State’s former foster youth
By Coreen Aguilar and Kizzy Lopez
Fresno State’s Renaissance Scholars Program is one of eight beneficiaries of Granville Home of Hope’s annual fundraising event. Participants who buy a ticket have a chance to win a brand new home valued at more than $300,000 or one of 21 other prizes including: lunch with Mayor Ashley Swearengin, appliances from Central Distributing, an Apple iPad, one year family Tennis Membership at Copper River Country Club, two $500 gas gift cards and many other items. The Granville Home of Hope program provided almost $40,000 in scholarships last year to Fresno State’s Renaissance Scholars Program, which provides a wide range of services to former foster youth such as year-round housing, university orientation, academic and career counseling, scholarships, and leadership and networking opportunities. The program’s mission is to provide support to ambitious, college-bound individuals, formerly in foster care. To purchase a ticket, contact Kizzy Lopez: 278-5055 or Granville: 440-8388, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., before the drawing on Oct. 8, 2011. View a virtual tour of the Granville Home of Hope here.
CSU Summer Arts honored with Horizon Award
The Fresno Arts Council honored CSU Summer Arts with a Horizon Award in the "Special" category at its 26th annual Horizon Award this August. The Fresno Arts Council recognized Summer Arts' contributions to arts education in the visual, performing, literary, and media arts, and for the arts festival featuring nationally and internationally recognized artists. The associate dean of Arts and Humanities, Jose Diaz, was present at the ceremony to introduce Summer Arts director Jim Spalding and community relations specialist Jacqueline Doumanian to receive the award. The Horizon Awards started in 1984 to provide recognition of exceptional contributions in the arts by individuals, organizations, and businesses to the Fresno community. All award recipients received a specially commissioned paperweight by local glass artist Bob Kliss of Kliszewski Glass.
Fresno State publishes novel of Renaissance intrigue
New from the Press at California State University, Fresno is a novel about 16th century Venetian intrigues written by Dr. Joseph Satin, a dean emeritus of the College of Arts and Humanities, who now lives in the Bay Area. See the full story here.
Student cancer research at the heart of grant-funded program
Jason Bush (Biology) reports on the second phase of the three-year, $1.2 million National Cancer Institute grant program following a successful first cohort of eight Cancer Scholar students at an intensive eight-week summer laboratory research experience. See the full story here.
SAFARI a success again
The successful sixth annual SAFARI (Student Affairs Fair and Resource Information) was held on Sept. 14 at the University Student Union with more than 1,200 students participating. They visited with representatives of various Student Affairs offices who set up booths to provide information about the support and services/programs they offer to student to help them succeed at Fresno State. See the photo album here.
Signups encouraged for Experts List
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the online "Experts List" designed as a resource for the campus, the community and media. Faculty and staff are encouraged to enter their information into the database by going to http://experts.csufresno.edu/ and following the "How to get listed" link. This can include expertise in academics, administrative topics and even hobbies. Information you enter will be available online to anyone looking for a person knowledgeable in various fields. By participating, you agree to respond to requests when contacted. Most requests will come from media, and the Office of University Communications can assist you in preparing for media interviews. Please take a moment to review information submitted in the past and update as necessary. Faculty who previously submitted information may send updates as needed to Dr. Dennis Nef at email@example.com. All faculty and staff are asked to consider entering their information. If you have questions about how media use the list, contact Shirley Melikian Armbruster in University Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phi Kappa Phi recognized
Fresno State’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, “The University’s Honor Society," has been recognized as a Chapter of Merit. Only 31 chapters from over 300 campuses worldwide received recognition. See more here.
Student health presentations available
Health Promotion and Wellness Services is once again encouraging faculty to participate in its "Don't Cancel that Class" program. In collaboration with the Women's Resource Center, the program offers presentation topics that include useful information for college students on relationships, eating, sexual health, and stress management. For more information, contact Kathy Yarmo at email@example.com or 278-6739.
Professor emeritus passes away
Dewey E. Johnson, professor emeritus of management, died Sept. 26. Dr. Johnson was a Fresno State faculty member from 1977-2001. He was the first recipient of the Provost’s Award for Service in 1995. In addition to teaching, Dr. Johnson was past president and fellow of the national Small Business Institute in the Craig School of Business for more than20 years. He was a consultant to more than 100 businesses and organizations and a presenter at more than 200 domestic and internal workshops and conferences in the areas of leadership, small business and performance management. See the full story here.
Top Dog Awards honor 15 accomplished alumni
The Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala on Oct. 13 will honor Dr. Diana Meehan, the educator and documentarian who co-founded the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, as the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Fresno State Alumni Association. The Gala also recognizes 13 other former Fresno Statestudents from the university’s eight schools and colleges, the Henry Madden Library, Athletics, Division of Graduate Studies and the Division of Student affairs for their post-graduate accomplishments. See the full story here.
Bulldog Pride Fund scholars honored Oct. 13
In September, the Bulldog Pride Fund at Fresno State reached a major milestone: $200,000 in donations made by nearly 400 donors. On Oct. 13, Bulldog Pride Fund scholars Leo Barajas, Ally Zulewski, Justin Kamimoto, and a student who performs as the mascot, Timeout, will be honored at the Smittcamp Alumni House. A short program begins at 4 p.m. The Bulldog Pride Fund was established in 2006 and has awarded 18 students scholarships valued at $29,000. Donate to the BPF online here.
Annual Fall Harvest Fest is Oct. 19
Health Promotion and Wellness Services, in collaboration with the campus Alcohol Safety Council, will host the third annual Fall Harvest Fest on Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. This event, held on the lawn in front of the Kennel Bookstore, is a carnival-like atmosphere that encourages students to party safely. A new partner this year will be the California Health Collaborative's Lock It Up Prescription Drug Use program as well as its newly launched PATH (Performing Above the High) marijuana use prevention program.
14th annual wine tasting is Oct. 28
Ag One and Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology will host a wine tasting for alumni and friends Oct. 28. At 4:30 p.m. is a guided tour of the Fresno State farm (optional with limited space). Wine tasting is 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and includes includes hors d'oeuvres and commemorative wine glass. A special feature of the event is an exclusive barrel tasting of 2010 Syrah - Fresno State Vineyards. Discount on purchased wine that evening is 10% per bottle and 15% per case (can be mixed cases). Admission is $40 per person until Oct. 21, $45 per person after deadline. For more information, call Ag One at 278-4266.
International Education Week is Nov. 14 - 18
Plans are under way for International Education Week, scheduled Nov. 14-18. This annual event features a variety of activities to provide students opportunities for engagement and reflection on the role international education can play in their futures. International experiences like study abroad and exchanges prepare students for a global environment by helping them develop a broader understanding of world cultures and languages. International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. Among the speakers is Alessandro Segabinazzi, Brazilian Consulate in San Francisco, whose topic is "Brazil: Perspectives and Challenges of a Booming Economy." International Culture Night will kick off the week's activities on Nov. 13, from 7 to 9 p. m. in the Satellite Student Union. More information is available at www.csufresno.edu/cge/iew.
Poverello House helps those in need
On Sept.17, Fresno State students, alumni, friends and family members involved in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership participated in serving the needy at the Poverello House. They served breakfast and prepared 1,210 of sandwiches and sack lunches for the hungry and homeless of our community. "It was indeed a heartwarming experience," says Klaus Tenbergen, Culinology® Program director and a graduate of the doctoral program.
University Theatre presents a cyber mystery
The theater season continues in the John Wright Theatre through Oct. 8 with T.I.C. Trenchcoat in Common, a blog turned into a play. Please Note: T.I.C. contains brief male nudity and adult language. Also in October is For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntozake Shange, directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis, which runs Oct. 28-Nov. 5 in the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre. The performance expresses the many struggles that African-American women face throughout their lives: love, abandonment, rape, and abortion.
The listing below includes additional 2011-12 University Theatre productions:
- The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, directed by Kathleen McKinley, Dec. 2-10, John Wright Theatre
- Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Kenneth Balint, artistic director, Feb. 17-25, John Wright Theatre
- Brontë, by Polly Teale, directed by Ruth Griffin, March 16-24, Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre
- Assassins, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by Brad Myers, May 4-12, John Wright Theatre
Performances begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Season tickets: $75, general admission; $65, Fresno State faculty/staff, Alumni Association members, seniors (60+) and non-Fresno State students; $50, Fresno State students. Single-performance tickets are available. ID must be presented to claim discounted tickets. Tickets can be purchased noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the University Theatre Box Office at the north entrance of the Speech Arts Building, 278-2216. Ticket order forms and more information are available at csufresno.edu/theatrearts.
Fresno State Symphony Orchestra opens its season Oct. 22
The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Thomas Loewenheim will open its 2011-12 season Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Music Concert Hall with a program filled with collaborations from within the Department of Music. The program will open with Lowell Lieberman's Flute Concerto featuring Dr. Teresa Beaman as soloist. The Fresno State Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Anna Hamre, will join the orchestra for a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Towards the Unknown Region. The program will close with one of the grandest of all symphonic works, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. The orchestra, an ensemble from the Department of Music open to Fresno State students from all areas of study, presents four major concerts each academic year, featuring standard and modern repertoire. In addition, the orchestra performs works in collaboration with Fresno State choirs, faculty soloists, guest artists, alumni, winners of the annual concerto competition and the Department of Theatre Arts. General admission is $15, for university employees $10, for seniors and students $5.
Keyboard Concerts series features Martino Oct. 28
In his American recital debut, Fabio Martino performs works by Brahms, Liszt, Höller, Krieger, and Scriabin Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Winner of numerous awards including first prize at the 2010 BNDES International Piano Competition, 22-year-old Martino is destined to follow in the footsteps of Nelson Freire, Arnaldo Cohen, and José Feghali as one of today's most gifted Brazilian pianists. Admission to the concert is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations and other information, call 278-2337. Also, the Fresno State piano majors are presenting a recital in the Concert Hall Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. celebrating the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth.
(Emeritus Economics), the 2009 Veblen-Commons Award recipient presented by the Association of Evolutionary Economics, is cited as a principal source by Zdravk Todoroba in her “Money and Households in a Capitalist Economy: A Gendered Post-Keynesian – Institutional Analysis.” And his remarks upon being recognized with the award about “The Neoinstutionalist Theory of Value” was published in the October 2010 China review of Political Economy.
(History) recently published Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program and the Collective Visions of Women Artists. The book is being feted in LA on Oct. 1 at Otis College of Design at the opening of the Woman's Building exhibit (part of the Pacific Standard Time exhibits) and featured by Bay Area contributors at the Green Arcade Bookstore in San Francisco on Oct. 29. Also, Fields is a participant in the Cineculture presentation, "Women, Art, and Revolution" on Friday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Peters Education Center in the Student Recreation Center west of Save-Mart Center.
(Literacy and Early Education) is now the incoming chair of the National Association for Conflict Resolution's Education Section.
(President) received the Institutional Leadership Award from the International Economic Development Council, recognizing an institutional leader "who has made significant contributions to the community in support of economic development." Council chair Dennis Coleman said Welty has mobilized the community to institute positive change that has a profound impact on the quality of life in Central California by working on job-creation initiatives, helping establish the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and supporting volunteer service from campus exceeding 1 million hours each of the past two years.
Kathleen R. Schock is new Campaign communications director
The university recently named Kathleen R. Schock as its Campaign communications director. Schock directs the planning, development and implementation of public relations and communications strategies and projects for the Campaign for Fresno State, and other fundraising efforts of the university. Prior to joining Fresno State, Schock was the corporate spokesperson for Pelco by Schneider Electric. She also was a reporter for Fresno CBS-TV affiliate KGPE, Channel 47, and a news associate for NBC News in New York. She holds a master of arts in journalism from the University of California and a bachelor of arts in international relations from the University of Southern California.
Homecoming 2011 is October 15
The first Homecoming of Fresno State’s second century happens Oct. 15, capped by the Fresno State football game against Utah State at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium. Homecoming Week activities begin Oct. 10 with the Staff Assembly executive committee’s annual Office Decorating Contest. This year’s theme is “Bulldog Pride.” Offices throughout campus are encouraged to decorate around the theme to build spirit. Judging commences at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 and the winner will be announced Oct. 14 at Red Friday. To enter, contact Julia Scrivani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The evening of Oct. 13, the Fresno State Alumni Association presents its annual Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala at the Save Mart Center, a $100-a-person affair that honors alumni from the university’s colleges and schools who have distinguished themselves after leaving campus. A special Homecoming Red Friday at 9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 in the USU Pavilion will be hosted by the Division of Student Affairs and by Athletics. Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear their Bulldog apparel, taste some treats and hear who won the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest.
The Bulldog Pantry is inviting alumni, staff, faculty and students to participate in the Lutheran Campus Ministry’s Chili Cookoff and Fall Fest 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (3973 N. Cedar Ave.). Chili-making teams should register at www.lcmfresno.wordpress.com. The ministry supports Bulldog Pantry and University HOPE, which provide volunteer service opportunities for the campus. Tailgating begins at 3 p.m. on the academic campus and in the shadow of Bulldog Stadium as former students, faculty and staff gather with friends and relatives to share memories and food before joining thousands of others watching the game.
Game tickets, tailgating rules and more football info is available at GoBulldogs.com.
October is among busiest months
for Bulldog sports
Whether you’re a Fresno State fan of football, volleyball, soccer, swimming and diving or men’s or women’s basketball, you’re in for a treat in October because there some of all of those sports going on. And it begins at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, when the Bulldog football team entertains Ole Miss. Fresno State will be looking to avenge a loss in Oxford last season to this new Southeastern Conference opponent. The campus will want to take note that this year’s battle with perennial conference powerhouse Boise State is scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Bulldog Stadium. A special attraction this year will be the annual Football Fiesta, which marks Hispanic Heritage Month and is sponsored in part by the Chicano Alumni chapter of the Fresno State Alumni Association. The following week, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15, Fresno State entertains Western Athletic Conference rival Utah State in the annual Homecoming game.
But football is not the only Bulldog game in town this month:
- 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, volleyball vs. Louisiana Tech at the Save Mart Center. It’s Greek Night, with the craziest dressed fraternity or sorority winning a shout out at the Boise State football game.
- 7 p.m. Oct. 8 volleyball vs. New Mexico State. It’s Junior Bulldog Night, with all youth admitted free with one paid adult admission.
- 7 p.m. Oct. 21 soccer, vs. Louisiana Tech at the Soccer Field east of Bulldog Stadium. Free admission and facepainting.
- 7 p.m. Oct. 22 volleyball vs. Nevada. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Night, and fans who wear a pink shirt get free admission.
- Noon Oct. 22 swimming and diving vs. Fresno Pacific. It’s the inaugural meet in the new Aquatics Center.
- 1 p.m. Oct. 23 soccer vs. New Mexico State. Free admission, free facepainting and senior players will be honored.
- 7 p.m. Oct. 25 men’s and women’s basketball annual Red and White Hoops Night at the Save Mart Center. Admission is free to get a first look at the 2011-12 Bulldog teams.
- 7 p.m. Oct. 27 volleyball vs. Hawai’i.
- 7 p.m., Oct. 29 volleyball vs. San Jose State. It’s Faculty Appreciation Night, with Fresno State Faculty admitted free and some recognized on court.
Aquatics Center dedication is Oct. 21
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the dedication of Fresno State’s new Aquatics Center, north of the North Gym near Bulldog Diamond, at 4 p.m. Oct. 21. The center is a shared-use facility, serving Athletics and the Department of Kinesiology, within the College of Health and Human Services. The three-pool center has a large competition pool for the Bulldog swimming and diving team, which has been holding its home meets off campus. A smaller pool and part of the competition pool are used by kinesiology students practicing therapeutic and lifesaving skills. The center’s other pool is a small warming pool used by divers to stay warm between dives. FresnoStateNews.com and GoBulldogs.com will have details of the dedication activities, which tentatively include a gathering of Bulldog swimming and diving alumni.
Library offers Alice in Wonderland exhibit, youth books Conference
Lewis Carroll's classic books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, will come alive in a major art and artifact exhibition through Oct. 26 at the Henry Madden Library. Also, the United States Board on Books for Young People will hold its 9th IBBY Regional Conference, co-sponsored by the Arne Nixon Center, on campus, Oct. 21-23. Click here for the full story.