California State University, Fresno - University Journal
January 2012 Vol. 15 No. 5
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Architect Halajian explains his design for Science II

Measuring 73,192 square feet, Science II is the newest classroom building on Fresno State’s campus. Regular classes began within the building for the fall 2004 semester. According to architect Paul Halajian, the building was designed with students in mind, providing study-friendly areas, such as the rotunda, the expansive courtyard and the cubbies located in area C.

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Provost notes achievements during busy fall semester
Provost William Covino said the fall semester brought many successes, “resulting from the dedication of our faculty, staff and administrators.” In a message to the campus, Covino listed a number of accomplishments, including national recognition from the Gates Foundation and The Carnegie Project on the education doctorate, increased income from grants and contracts and the first Fresno State patent, awarded to Sean Fulop (Linguistics) for "Methods of Identification Using Voice Sound Analysis." See more.



ZeleznyDr. Lynnette Zelezny named interim associate provost
The departure from Fresno State of Associate Provost Ellen Junn to become Provost at San Jose State has prompted a variety of administrative moves to cover the wide range of responsibilities and initiatives that she headed. Her duties will be assigned to other campus administrators. On Jan. 16, Dr. Lynnette Zelezny begins an interim term of up to two years as associate vice president for Continuing and Global Education and associate provost, combining her present responsibilities with additional duties. Others who will handle some of Junn’s responsibilities are Vice President for Administration Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored ProgramsTom McClanahan, Associate Dean Sandra Witte of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and management professor Rudy Sanchez. See more.



Bohlin, Espinoza, Sanchez named special assistants to the provost
Professor Carol Fry Bohlin (Curriculum and Instruction), Professor Alex Espinoza (English), and Professor Rudy J. Sanchez (Management) have been appointed as special assistants to the provost to help implement Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics initiatives. The goal is to foster a curriculum that reflects rich intellectual and cultural diversity and encourages rigorous and engaging teaching.

BohlinWith an initial appointment for spring 2012, Bohlin will work on the development of a Fresno State STEM Center. She has served in a leadership capacity for more than 60 STEM-related grants totaling more than $15 million, and is the recipient of the President's Award of Excellence, the Richter Award for Excellence in Education, and the Provost's Award for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.

EspinozaWith an initial appointment for spring 2012, Espinoza will work on the development of a Literatures, Arts, and Cultures of the Americas (LACA) program, in consultation with a LACA faculty work group. He received a Provost's Award for Promising New Faculty in 2009. His second novel, The Other Stranger, is forthcoming from Random House in 2012.

SanchezWith an initial appointment through summer 2013, Sanchez will work in consultation with interested faculty on developing opportunities and support for a range of approaches to curricular innovation that leads to greater student success. His scholarly record features numerous publications and presentations, and he has received the Excellence in Teaching award from the Craig School of Business.




Institutional Effectiveness website featured by NILOA
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has chosen Fresno State's Office of Institutional Effectiveness website to be featured on the NILOA website. The site was chosen for providing a wealth of assessment information to multiple audiences across campus.


Reorganized web efforts announced
Following the successful launch of the new Fresno State home page in February, a thorough independent review of the complete campus web presence was undertaken. The outcome of this review begins with a reorganization of web resources and creation of a new unit, Web Communications. The Office of Web Services (OWS) in Technical Services has been blended into University Communications in the Division of University Advancement. Web Communications is under the direction of Bruce Whitworth, executive director of web communications and publications, and Dawn Truelsen, associate director. Whitworth, who led the successful effort to create the new home page, will continue in his duties in leading campus publications and the catalog and Truelsen will lead web communications. Truelsen, Jason Newsome and Fatih Yenan moved to the Keats Building to join Kevin Medeiros in the new Web Communications unit. Former OWS staff member Cher Travis-Ellis is transferring to a position in Administrative Services. In conjunction with the moves, senior graphic designer Todd Graves relocated to the photo studio in Speech Arts 182 and catalog editor April Schulthies moved to Speech Arts 159.


ResnickAg One Community Salute recognizes Stewart Resnick
Stewart A. Resnick, owner of Paramount Citrus and Paramount Farms who is active in a broad range of philanthropy, will be the 2012 honoree at the Ag One Community Salute March 2 at the Fresno Convention Center, Exhibit Hall. Proceeds from the fundraiser will establish the Ag One-Stewart A. Resnick Endowment to support deserving students and/or programs in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. Paramount Citrus and Paramount Farms are the world’s largest growers, shippers and packers of citrus, pistachios and almonds, with operations throughout Kern, Kings, Tulare and Fresno counties. See more.






Lyles Center Student Hatchery accepting applications for spring
Applications for the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Student Hatchery are open as the spring semester is about to begin. For more information call 294.2045 or apply by visiting: Each semester, the Student Hatchery provides eight students (selected from submitted business plans) with their own office and access to other facilities. One Hatchery student, Tiffany Lowe, turned the tradition of making caramels with her mother into a full-fledged business, Justina Confections, after she saw the demand for such a product. Numerous scholarships are also offered for entrepreneurship students. These awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.


Spring auditions Jan. 18
University Theatre spring auditions for Brontë and Assassins are Jan. 18 and are open to the public. See more.


Mikko AaltoneFulbright scholar to speak Jan. 27
This month the Department of Social Work will have a visiting Fulbright scholar, Mikko Aaltone from Finland's Criminological Unit of the National Research Institute of Legal Policy. Aaltonen is currently working at University of Pennsylvania's Population Studies Center. He will be presenting as part of the conference "Exploring Cultures of Correction: California and Finland" held Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Business Center, Room 191. In addition to Mikko Aaltonen, speakers will include Kris Clarke, Carol Burton, Debbie Reyes, and Julie Ifsay. For more information, please contact




Armenian Studies Program celebrates its 35th anniversary
The Armenian Studies Program will be celebrating its 35th anniversary and honoring Dr. Richard Hovannisian of UCLA for his 50 years of work in the field of Armenian Studies. A variety of activities and events are being planned, with the Armenian Studies Annual Banquet scheduled March 11 at Fort Washington Golf and Country Club, Fresno. For more information, contact Barlow Der Mugrdechian at 278-2669.




serviceFresno State faculty
volunteer at Poverello House

In December, 20 Fresno State faculty and family members met in the parking lot of Poverello House (412 F St.) to volunteer their Saturday morning to help serve Fresno’s homeless and impoverished. The volunteers that met were called together for a community service event sponsored by the Untenured Faculty Organization (or UFO) and organized by Drs. Klaus Tenbergen (UFO, community outreach chair) and Jason Bush (UFO, president). Split into several smaller groups, volunteers packed lunches, cut vegetables, cleared empty product boxes, and even gift wrapped donated toys to be distributed to children. Poverello House, a non-profit, nondenominational organization, has been operating in Fresno since 1973. Its services have grown to include three meals each day of the year for individuals and families in need, free medical and dental care through the Holy Cross Clinic, showers and laundry facilities for the homeless, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program, and more.





OhlssonKeyboard Concerts series features Ohlsson Jan. 11
Garrick Ohlsson performs works by J.S. Bach/Liszt, Liszt/Busoni, and Liszt on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. He is the only American to earn the Gold Medal in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1970). His repertoire ranges from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century and includes more than 80 concerti for piano and orchestra. This recital is dedicated to the memory of Philip Lorenz, founder and longtime director of the series, who passed away 20 years ago. Admission is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations and other information, call 278.2337.



Lowenheim performs Jan. 20
Fresno State’s Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, in cooperation with the Department of Music, is pleased to announce "An Evening of Cello Music" on Friday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Music Building Concert Hall. Thomas Lowenheim, accompanied by Hatem Nadim, will perform and discuss three classic cello pieces.Proceeds of this event will benefit the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Tickets are $7 general admission, $6 university employees, $5 students, seniors and members of Phi Kappa Phi. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online.





Steve Aoki
(Save Mart Center) shares the same name with a world-famous DJ. They recently met when the DJ performed at the Rainbow Ballroom in Fresno. See more.


Jill Fields
(History) received a certificate of congratulations from Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge at an event celebrating the publication of the book she edited, Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program and the Collective Visions of Women Artists.


PetenbrinkNancy A. Petenbrink
(Employee Assistance & Wellness) has been designated as Wellness Council of America faculty. The council is one of the nation's leading nonprofit organizations in workplace wellness and provides resources to more than 5,000 member companies. In operation for more than 25 years, it has helped to shape workplace wellness in a significant way.




SharmaJoan K. Sharma
(Art and Design) will exhibit work at the Fresno Art Museum with the California Contemporary Art Collective in an exhibition titled "Edges". The exhibition opens on Thursday, Jan. 19, and continues through May 6.






Tony Vang
(Literacy and Early Education) is the new chairman of the Fresno Unified School District Board of Trustees. Vang believes that education is all about serving others. He is in his third term on the board and called for the board to work together with each other and district staff.




LavalLaval gift supports university’s cross-departmental water research
Research into the most pressing water issues facing Central California will significantly expand with a gift to Fresno State from local entrepreneur Claude Laval. The university will receive $300,000 over two years to establish the Claude Laval Water Research Fund. Because water is a multifaceted topic that involves a broad spectrum of curricula, Fresno State is establishing an eight-member cohort of faculty to bring their expertise in science, engineering, education, geography, business, public health and journalism. The Laval fund will provide faculty start-up funding for research projects. The first appointments to the water cohort will be for fall. See more.


SchrollFormer prof Joanne Schroll gives to Fresno State
Joanne W. Schroll’s long and distinguished career at Fresno State officially came to a close in 2000. But she continues to change lives on campus, more than a decade after her retirement. Beginning in 1963, Schroll dedicated herself to Fresno State students. She was a professor in the Department of Physical Education (now Kinesiology), the department chair and coached women’s basketball before the sport became part of Fresno State’s intercollegiate athletics lineup in 1971.

It is easy to understand her connection to Fresno State students: she was one herself, earning undergraduate (1959) and graduate degrees (1966). “When I was a student at Fresno State it was back when the school was primarily funded by the state,” Schroll explains. “Now that the state has cut back its support so significantly, it is essential for those of us who can to give back.”

Several years ago, Schroll included a gift to Fresno State in her estate. She never thought to notify Fresno State about the bequest until she learned how important that knowledge is to the university

“When we know about a bequest we can ensure the funds are spent according to the donor’s wishes. It also allows the department to properly plan for the gift,” says Steve Spriggs, director of planned giving. “When I started asking donors to inform us of their planned gifts, Joanne was one of the first to step forward.” Spriggs says it was during their conversation about her bequest that they discussed a charitable IRA rollover. “She was interested in this option because it was an additional and immediate way for her to support Fresno State.”

Her gift went directly to the Department of Kinesiology. She worked with the department to determine how the funds were allocated. “They will never name a building after me, but I don’t care,” she says with a laugh. “My gift is not a huge amount, but every bit helps.”





DeRuyterTim DeRuyter is new Bulldog football coach
Texas A&M interim head coach Tim DeRuyter, the Aggies’ defensive coordinator and assistant coach the past two seasons of a 22-year college coaching career, is Fresno State’s new football coach. The announcement was made Dec. 14 by Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh in a press conference that was followed by a reception for the campus and Bulldog fans.

"My vision and plan is for a championship Fresno State football program," DeRuyter said. "We will build student-athletes into champions, both on and off the field. Fresno State is where I can live out my dream of building a team that can accomplish this. Along with that, I want to help fulfill the dreams of the Red Wave by winning conference championships and becoming a player once again on the national stage."

In his welcoming remarks, Boeh said, "Throughout his career Tim has continuously displayed the passion, integrity, expertise, innovation and commitment to his student-athletes that are the common trademarks of successful head football coaches.”

President Welty said, “He steps into big shoes and also the challenge of moving the Bulldogs into a new conference next season. But you have only to talk with Tim for a few minutes before you're convinced he has the enthusiasm, experience and dedication to get the job done." See more.


sportsJanuary offers plenty of sports action on campus
Bulldog men’s and women’s basketball is in the spotlight throughout January at the Save Mart Center as Fresno State plays its final Western Athletics Conference season before moving into the Mountain West Conference. First up is the women’s basketball game at noon Jan. 11 against nonconference opponent Seattle. Seniors will be admitted at no charge and groups will pay $2 per ticket after buying one ticket at full cost. Men’s basketball tips off at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 against WAC rival Hawaii. Fresno State’s on-campus Aquatics Center will host a four-way swim meet at the new Aquatics Center at noon Jan. 14. The Bulldog swimmers and divers will be competing against San Diego State, Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State East Bay. The rest of the January home schedule for Bulldog Athletics:

  • 2 p.m. Jan. 14 – Women’s basketball vs. Nevada
  • 7 p.m. Jan. 14 – Men’s basketball vs. San Jose State.
  • 7 p.m. Jan. 18 – Men’s basketball vs. Cal State San Marcos.
  • 7 p.m. Jan. 26 – Women’s basketball vs. San Jose State.
  • 9 a.m. Jan. 28 – Equestrian team scrimmage.
  • 7 p.m. Jan. 28 – Women’s basketball vs. Hawaii; Father-Daughter Day (bring your daughter and receive one free youth ticket).


snowMaking snowballs

Fresno rarely receives snow, and certainly not enough to play winter sports such as sledding and skiing. But there is still a way to have fun with snowballs ... cookies, that is. See more.



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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
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Managing Editor, Lanny Larson • Editor, April Schulthies
Photographer, Cary Edmondson • Photography Intern, Madison Artist • Videographer, Randy Haar
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