California State University, Fresno - University Journal
November 2011 Vol. 15 No. 3
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Zelezny named one of the Top Ten Professional Women

Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, dean and associate vice president of Continuing and Global Education, has been selected as one of the Top Ten Professional Women by the Marjaree Mason Center for 2011. "It’s great to represent women in leadership throughout the community of Fresno State, and it’s a real honor to be recognized on behalf of the many women leaders here at our university," she says.

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Don LarsonLarson honored by Henry Madden Library
Don Larson was the guest of honor on Oct. 8 in the Special Collections Research Center at the Library. Larson, the Henry Madden Library’s 2011 Top Dog, also was honored as one of the fourteen distinguished alumni at the Top Dog gala on Oct. 13 at the Save Mart Center. See the full story with video here.




Catherine FelixUniversity Health and Psychological Services
supports students' academic goals
Preventing barriers to student learning is an important part of what the health center does at Fresno State, according to Catherine Felix, who in October was named director of University Health and Psychological Services. "We’re here to support students to be successful in their academic goals," Felix says. "We’re here to actually make a difference among students’ lives as far as teaching them how to live healthy." See the full story with video here.



Nate WIllsBulldog Stadium gets a new playing surface
Bulldog Stadium, which has had natural grass since its construction in 1980, now has FieldTurf installed, which has several advantages, according to Nate Wills, assistant athletic director for Internal Operations. "So far, the field has been incredible for us," Wills says. "It’s provided a consistent playing surface for many of our sports teams to use. It gives us an area that we can utilize year round without having to worry about the playability issues that are experienced on natural grass." See the full story with video here.



ChinaFresno State China visit tied to new Strategic Plan
In support of internationalization — one of the key themes in the new Strategic Plan for Excellence — Fresno State recently sent delegates to China for one weeek. President Welty, Vice President for Student Affairs Paul Oliaro, Dean of the Craig School of Business Bob Harper and Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services Bernard Vinovrski traveled to China and visited several universities. The goal is to recruit Chinese students to come to Fresno State and to pursue opportunities for Fresno State students and faculty to study, teach, and do research in China. See the full story with photo gallery here.



Academic task force offers ideas to address reduced state funding
A task force of faculty and academic administrators formed to develop approaches to address the reduction in state funding that has affected Fresno State's Division of Academic Affairs has offered recommendations that will be considered over the next several months. Because of the state funding reduction, the Division of Academic Affairs has a shortfall of $1.7 million to $2 million. The task force report was presented to Provost William Covino, who said it is the first step in determining how to address the 2011-12 shortfall. Budget reserves are being used this year until a permanent solution is developed. See the full story here.




TipNow crime-reporting system uses texting
University Police have implemented a TipNow system through which students, faculty and staff can anonymously text regarding crimes or concerns on campus and assist UPD in preventing crimes. See the full story.


Lyles Center showcases NFTE student in New York
The Central Valley Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship program showcased Bullard High School senior, Connor Alstrom, and his business during the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York on Oct. 6. Connor began his business, @Flying, and won first place in the “Business Plan Competition” earlier this year. @Flying uses a remote-controlled helicopter to gather aerial video and still images. After competing in New York, Connor put his business in motion for The Big Fresno Fair. Through the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, NFTE provides entrepreneurship education to more than 900 students in 17 high schools across the Central Valley. See the full story.


Office of Institutional Effectiveness supports university's mission
The Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning has been named the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the conventional institutional term to describe the range of activities that have evolved under Dr. Tina Leimer's leadership. Production of institutional research and analysis allows the university to make sound, data-driven decisions and provides guidance and support for the assessment of student learning. At the heart of the office are development of metrics and practices that monitor progress on the University's Strategic Plan and collaboration across the university to maintain a robust culture of evidence.


Jill Fields’ book on feminist art gets statewide exposure
A book edited by Fresno State history professor Dr. Jill Fields that details the Fresno State origins and overall impact of feminist art is getting statewide exposure with its launch in San Francisco and book signings in Los Angeles. Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program and the Collective Visions of Women Artists (Routledge Press/$42.95) was released Oct. 29. The book recounts how, in 1970, then-visiting artist Judy Chicago taught art at Fresno State and with 15 students founded the Feminist Art Program, before moving to Los Angeles in 1972 with some of the Fresno students. See the full story here.


Emerita gives lecture, "Resilience and Hope: Japan's Long Road to Recovery"
On Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, Katsuyo Howard (emerita, International Student Services) gives an eyewitness report about the current situation in Northern Japan. She will share the voices of victims, leaders, service providers, and volunteer workers and outline the complex and difficult issues the Japanese face as they work to rebuild the sustainable, traditional, close-knit communities unique to Northeast Japan following the earthquake and tsunami diasaster earlier this year.


LUNAFEST features films by, for, and about women Nov. 18
LUNAFEST's 11th annual National Film Festival is being held at Fresno State on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union. LUNAFEST is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. All the proceeds from LUNAFEST will go to the Breast Cancer Fund and the Women’s Resource Center. Tickets prices are $10 for general admission in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Women’s Resource Center at the Center for Women and Culture in the Thomas Building. Parking is free. This event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, USU Productions, and LUNA Bar. For more information, go to or contact the Women’s Resource Center at 278-4435.


Fresno State teams up with March of Dimes
Fresno State is teaming with the March of Dimes for the 2012 March for Babies fundraiser. The Fresno State campus is invited to form teams, share stories, and participate in the April 14 March for Babies walk at Woodward Park. The university will participate as Team Bulldog. Faculty, staff, and students can join together to support this cause. More detailed information will be distributed to campus as the date nears. If you would like to organize a walking team, contact Michelle Melikian Click here for more information.





First Book FresnoHoliday gift project fundraiser promotes literacy
The Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning and First Book Fresno are calling on the generosity of the Fresno State community to give the gift of literacy this holiday season. Funds will be used to provide new educational books for children who benefit from the Reading and Beyond Program at El Dorado Park.  A $10 donation can provide up to four books. One hundred percent of all financial donations will be used to purchase books. All donations are tax-deductible and receipts will be provided. Checks should be made payable to “First Book Fresno” and mailed to the Richter Center, M/S TA 120. Donations must be received by Dec. 1 to be used for this project. For more information, contact Renee Delport ( or Trisha Studt ( at 278-7079.

Fresno State community called to volunteer on Serving Fresno Day
Volunteers are needed to participate in Serving Fresno Day on Nov.19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Volunteers will be able to choose their work location: beautification at Rotary Storyland/Playland with lunch provided by Tacos Marquitos, or trail building followed by a BBQ lunch at Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Clubs and organizations are encouraged to participate. Due to the nature of work being done and supplies needed, volunteer opportunities are limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Volunteers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. All volunteers must complete a registration form and waiver by Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.  For more information and to register, please go to



University Theatre presents The Tempest
Shakespeare's The Tempest, directed by Kathleen McKinley, runs Dec. 2-10 in the John Wright Theatre. The play tells the tale of Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, and his adventures on a remote island as he tries to restore his daughter Miranda to her inheritance. The two have been stranded for years after being set adrift by his evil brother Antonio, but Prospero's magical powers promise to turn circumstances around.

Listed below are additional 2011-12 University Theatre productions:
  • Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Kenneth Balint, artistic director, Feb. 17-25, John Wright Theatre
  • Bronté, 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. 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


Gloria ChengSpecial concert features Cheng Nov. 6
Pianist Gloria Cheng performs works by Birtwistle, Saariaho, Knussen, Bryars, and Messiaen in a special concert on Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. She has dozens of premieres and dedications to her credit from composers including John Adams, Pierre Boulez, Terry Riley, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and has collaborated with many of the leading composers of our time: Thomas Adès, Henry Brant, Earle Brown, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, John Harbison, William Kraft, György Ligeti, Witold Lutoslawski, Steve Reich, and Steven Stucky. Admission to the concert is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations and other information, call 278-2337. The performance is offered through the collaboration of Keyboard Concerts with the 2011 Fresno New Music Festival.



Nikolai LuganskyKeyboard Concerts series
features Lugansky Nov. 18

Nikolai Lugansky performs works by Chopin and Liszt on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Hailed as the next in a line of great Russian pianists by his former teacher, Tatiana Nikolaeva, Lugansky has established a regular presence on the world's most prominent stages. His awards include the Diapason d'Or, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and the Gramophone Editor's Choice. Admission to the concert is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations and other information, call 278-2337.



Robert Moses’ KinTheatre Arts presents
Robert Moses’ Kin on Nov. 20

The Department of Theatre Arts will present the Robert Moses’ Kin in a lecture demonstration at 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Robert Moses' diverse eleven-member company is known for its eclectic movement vocabulary, demanding choreography, ferocious dancing, and provocative themes. Moses' focus on the expressiveness of the human body and his desire to speak with the voices of his African American heritage have produced works with regional, national and international recognition. Founded in 1995, the performance company is identified as one of the most important arts entities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California because of its contributions to the field of live performance excellence, and its attention to provoking and meaningful themes. By virtue of its touring schedule, the company reaches a national audience, which also regards RMK as one of the most energizing and evocative modern dance companies in the country. The event is open to the Fresno dance community at no charge and will take place in the main dance studio within the Music Building, Room 124. For further information, contact Kenneth Balint at 278-5848 or


Center for Creativity and the Arts commissions Cotton Circles
The official launch of the Center for Creativity and the Arts on Nov. 4 coincides with guest artist Margarita Cabrera's exhibition opening featuring her commissioned work, Cotton Circles, a collaborative outdoor weaving project using traditional Oaxacan looms.The public is invited to attend a conversation with the artist and curator, Elizabeta Betinski, at 5 p.m. in the Henry Madden Library, Room 2206, followed by the exhibition opening at 7 p.m. in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery. Work on the weavings, structured around campus trees, was completed throughout the month of October. Cabrera's Cotton Circles was created through a series of performance art workshops in which as many as 70 students, faculty, staff and community volunteers (including members of the local Oaxacan community) participated. The groups worked in a circular formation around the trees to produce five tapestries, translated in Spanish as "telares." The completed commissioned work and other Cabrera works are on display  Nov. 5 - Nov. 30




Madhusudan Katti
(Biology) recently organized the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Austin, Texas, a day of symposia and workshops bringing together researchers from 21 ULTRA (Urban Long-Term Research Area) sites to discuss diverse approaches and projects on urban ecology.


Anne Petrovich and Betty Garcia
(Social Work Education) recently published Strengthening the DSM: Incorporating Resilience and Cultural Competence. The text goes beyond the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders used by mental health practitioners and educators to demonstrate the use of strength-based multicultural diagnostic processes and application of Axis VI to specific disorders.




sportsWomen’s basketball starts November home sports schedule
November brings six Fresno State sports to campus, including another opportunity for swimming and diving to show its stuff in the new competition pool of the just-dedicated Aquatics Center.

But Bulldog basketball begins its November homestand at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 1, at the Save Mart Center when defending Western Athletic Conference champion Fresno State hosts crosstown rival Fresno Pacific. An added attraction is $5 tickets for this preseason tilt.

As part of a fully loaded first weekend in November, the Western Athletic Conference soccer championship will be decided at Fresno State with games Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 3, 4 and 6 at Bulldog Stadium.

The rest of the Bulldog home schedule for the month looks like this:


  • 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 – Men’s basketball exhibition, vs. Fresno Pacific, Save Mart Center; $5 tickets.
  • sports7:30 p.m.,Saturday, Nov.5 – Football vs. Louisiana Tech, Bulldog Stadium; originally schedule for 5 p.m. kickoff; pom-pom giveaway.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 10 – Volleyball vs. Idaho, Save Mart Center; Greek night with best-represented fraternity or sorority eligible for dinner with the team.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 11 – Men’s basketball vs. Illinois State, Save Mart Center; $11 admission, veterans and active military receive free admission, 1,111 free rally towels for students.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 12 – Volleyball vs. Utah State, Save Mart Center; Senior Night.
  • Noon Nov. 12 – Swimming and diving vs. UC Davis, Aquatics Center.
  • 2 p.m. Nov. 13 – Women’s basketball vs. Santa Clara, Save Mart Center; Bulldog Pantry food drive (bring a donation and get in free) and post game autograph session.
  • 5 p.m. Nov. 26 – Football vs. San Jose State, Bulldog Stadium.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 30 – Men’s basketball vs. Academy of Art University, Save Mart Center.



PilgrimsPilgrims' reasons for coming to America

Thanksgiving is a time to remember the precious gift of freedom, which has not always been accorded to all men equally under the laws of men. The pilgrims who came to New England were escaping persecution and oppression, for their beliefs were seen as a threat to the monarchy. They believed that England was substituting king for pope as the head of the church, thus corrupting religious worship and making the people follow falsehood. Click here for the full story.



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