California State University, Fresno - University Journal
February 2012 Vol. 15 No. 6
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Dr. Kuhn

French is the language of love, amour toujours

Amour, the French word for love, holds a mystique that fascinates many, according to Dr. Rose Marie Kuhn, professor of French, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department. "France has always been seen by Americans as a country where love is alive and well," she says. French expressions of love often involve the heart, such as avoir un cœur de lion, like Richard the Lion Hearted, which means be courageous, and avoir un cœur de pierre, which means to have a heart of stone.

See the full story with video.





grapesViticulture research trials force new bud break later in season
A new approach to wine grape growing in California’s sizzling San Joaquin Valley could see certain varieties enjoying a more “cool season” climate and producing higher quality wine grapes. The strategy involves a practice employed in other places but so far not in the Valley – called “crop forcing,” stated research scientist Sanliang Gu, associate professor and Ricchiuti Chair of Viticulture Research at Fresno State’s Viticulture and Enology Research Center. See the full story and video.




QuadQuad survived changes and turbulent times
The Family Food Science, Professional Human Services, McKee Fisk and Social Science buildings have become known as “The Quad.” Completed between 1955 and 1960, the buildings are some of the buildings on campus that are still in use. The buildings’ architecture is not unique to Fresno State, as they were designed by the California state architect of the time. McKee Fisk has also undergone significant renovation over the years and has the most violent history of the four buildings. See the full story with the photo gallery.





CHEM ClubChem Club increases scientific literacy
The Fresno State Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society, more commonly referred to as the Chem Club, has worked to increase scientific literacy on campus and in the community. In partnership with the Discovery Center, the Chem Club assists in the Saturday Science program, which allows children in the local community to be exposed to the sciences. Using the Chem Club’s Saturday Science work as a foundation, the club was able to apply and receive a grant to fund the department’s service learning involvement interests in the community. Matching funds were also provided by the Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning.

“This is a unique facet of a student science club that serves more than just their peers and campus but goes beyond through meaningful service learning activities” said Dr. Joy Goto, assistant professor of chemistry and co-adviser of the Fresno State Chemistry Club.

In the spring 2012 semester, a new program, Chemistry Career Seminar Series (C2S2), brings successful career chemists and professionals in related fields to Fresno State to share their experiences with students. Also, the Chem Club will attend the American Chemical Society’s Spring National Meeting in March, where they will share some of their ideas with other universities. Also, the Chem Club will be accepting the American Chemical Society’s Outstanding Chapter Award, the highest award given to student organizations and the club’s second.


Governor's budget proposal Could cut $11 million from Fresno State
State budget reductions took a $5.4 million toll on Fresno State in December, and the university could lose twice that amount —$11 million — in the 2012-13 year if Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax-increase ballot measures fail to pass in November. That troubling possibility is the latest blow to higher education and will have direct impacts at Fresno State and all California State University campuses, President John D. Welty told faculty and staff at their spring gathering. Welty said he expects in mid-February to be able to outline an approach that Fresno State will take regarding next year's budget. See more.


Veteran’s support network, educational program benefit veterans
Continuing and Global Education is currently authoring a proposal to create an educational program for returning veterans. One of the goals is to create a veteran’s support network, a group of faculty willing to discuss academic and transitional issues salient to this specialized population of students on an ad-hoc basis. To be identified as a member of the Veteran’s support network, please send an email to John Bushoven at and identify your relationship with veteran issues, including your branch of service and service dates, if applicable.


nursingAccelerated nursing master's degree program offered
Fresno State'sDepartment of Nursing will admit a new cohort of 30 students into its accelerated entry level master's (ELM) nursing program in May. The ELM program offers non-nurses the opportunity to become registered nurses and enter the nursing field with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. See more.




Fresno State spring enrollment exceeds target for first time
For the first time, Fresno State surpassed its spring enrollment target on the first day of classes by 778 students with an unofficial headcount enrollment of 20,780, reports Bernie Vinovrski, associate vice president for enrollment. See more.


Tribute to Mattie B. Meyers Feb. 3
The African American Student Social Work Association and Department of Social Work Education are hosting a reception Feb. 3 in the Henry Madden Library Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room, noon to 2 p.m. The reception honors Mattie B. Meyers, a retired teacher and author of Seven Houses, an autobiography about her life experiences living in seven different houses. Her husband was one of the first African-American physicians to practice in Fresno. Meyers was the local leader of the NAACP in the early 1960s, the first woman to run for mayor in Fresno, and an advocate for school integration. For more, call 278.3076.


National Entrepreneurship Week“The Edge” challenge celebrates National Entrepreneurship Week
Teams from high schools, community colleges and Fresno State will celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week by participating in a challenge called “The Edge"  on Feb. 23 beginning at 9 a.m. at the University Business Center. Each team will present its idea and product to the judges with a three-minute presentation. Teams will have 30 minutes to create their product and their presentation. All registrations must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 17. Call 294.2045 for more information.


FugelsangRetirement celebration to honor longtime professor Fugelsang
Alumni, friends and supporters of Fresno State’s enology program are invited to gather for a retirement celebration March 24 honoring longtime professor of enology, Ken Fugelsang. Since joining the university in 1972, Fugelsang has taught and directed hundreds of students the science and art of winemaking. He was a key player in establishing the Fresno State Winery, the first university winery fully licensed in the United States to produce, bottle and sell wine. Under his guidance, Fresno State students have won more than 350 awards in major wine competitions.

Fugelsang was ardent in the field of research and publishing. He has been a recipient or corecipient of 50 research grants totaling nearly $5 million from Fresno State’s California Agricultural Technology Institute, the California State University Agricultural Research Institute, the American Vineyard Foundation, the Wine Institute, the California Competitive Grant Program and an assortment of private industry partners. Fugelsang will continue to teach part time but is no longer active in research.

The event will be held at the Fort Washington Country Club. For details, visit the viticulture and enology website at and look under news and events.





serviceKids Day is March 6
Last year more than 1,500 Fresno State students, faculty, and staff helped to do their part by raising more than $31,000 on Kids Day, a special event to benefit Children’s Hospital Central California. Volunteers sell a special “Kid’s Day” edition of the Fresno Bee for $1. Since its beginning, Kids Day has raised over $2 million for Children's Hospital.

Faculty and staff can help in three ways: (1) volunteer to sell papers, (2) help recruit other volunteers by sharing information on this event with friends, students and colleagues and (3) buy the papers from those around campus!

For more information and to register to participate, please contact Renee Delport in the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at 278.7063 or email



serviceSave a Family Campaign needs volunteers
The American Red Cross Save a Family - Local Relief Fund donation drive is scheduled for Thursday, March 1. Volunteers are needed for collections from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the corners of Shaw and Cedar avenues and at the men’s basketball game at 8 p.m. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt.  Those volunteering to take collections at the men’s basketball game will receive admission.

To volunteer, please contact Anya Goosev at the American Red Cross Central Valley by calling 559.455.1000 or by emailing her at If you have other questions, please contact the Richter Center at 278.7079.

Pursuant to our MAPP Policy G-10.1, Dr. Welty is encouraging staff to utilize the “Release Time for Staff Volunteers for Community Service” to help on this date.  For complete details on the policy, please click on the following link:  If you have questions specific to the policy, please contact the Human Resources Department at 278.2364.


Yosemite and Camp El-O-Win partner with PR students for service-learning
Students in the Public Relations Cases and Campaigns class will be conducting a visibility campaign for Yosemite National Park this semester as their service-learning project. In the Public Relations Writing Course, students will be producing media and promotional materials for Camp El-O-Win, a camp for girls 6-18. Students will write 60-second public service announcements for Saint Agnes Medical Center to be read by Saint Agnes' CEO on KJWL radio. Each of the beginning PR students in the introductory course will be spending 25 hours this semester with one of 30 nonprofit organizations in the Valley, assisting with their public relations efforts. The campaign, which still is being defined, will most likely be designed to encourage young people to visit the National Park. The Yosemite Public and Legislative Affairs Office is partnering with the students on the project.


Community Revitalization bridges the gap
Fueled by unprecedented campus involvement, Community Revitalization efforts aim to aid and embrace the communities around Fresno State. Focused areas include El Dorado Park (West of Jim Sweeny Stadium) and Sierra Madre (South of Shaw across from Fresno State). The Community Revitalization initiative bridges the gap between the campus and the local community, providing the opportunity to work together towards mutually beneficial objectives. Some of the recent successes include building a playground in El Dorado Park, providing holiday meal boxes complete with Fresno State turkeys and cranberry sauce, and collaborating with faculty to involve class projects into the area. For more information, please contact Associated Students, Inc. at 278.2656 or see Facebook at “Revitalize the Fresno State Community.”




TrifonovKeyboard Concerts series features Trifonov Feb. 19
Daniil Trifonov performs works by Schubert/Liszt, Schubert, Debussy, and Chopin on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. He is a Gold Medalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition and winner of the 2011 Rubinstein International Piano Competition. The Russian artist has already appeared in major venues in Europe, Asia, and the United States, including New York's Carnegie Hall. Admission is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations and other information, call 278.2337.



2012 Faculty Spotlight Concert
The Department of Music will continue its annual celebration of faculty talent with the 2012 Faculty Spotlight Concert.  The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 for students and may be purchased online at The concert is sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board. Proceeds benefit the Music Department’s Student Scholarship Fund.

Hatem Nadim
Hatem Nadim

The concert will feature faculty artists Laurell Huber (organ), Limor Toren-Immerman (violin), Nathan Sobieralski (trumpet) and Jon Brummel (trombone). The four outstanding faculty performers will share the stage with collaborative pianist Hatem Nadim, and faculty artists Matthew Darling (percussion) and Miles Ishigaki (clarinet).

Huber will perform celebrated organ works from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier II, including Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D Major and Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E Major. She completed a Master’s Degree at Westminster Choir College and is a board member for the American Guild of Organists.

Limor Toren-Immerman

Limor Toren-Immerman
will perform one of Igor Stravinky’s classic works, L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale). This version, for clarinet, violin and piano, was composed in 1919 and will feature Toren-Immerman with faculty clarinetist Miles Ishigaki and collaborative pianist Hatem Nadim. Toren-Immerman was recently appointed Assistant professor of Violin and completed her Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California.

Sobieralski, who completed his Doctoral Studies in Trumpet Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, will perform the adventurous Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Karl Pilss. He will also be joined by pianist Nadim.

Matt Darling
Matt Darling
Brummel, who completed his doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota and recently performed as a member of the You Tube Symphony Orchestra, will perform Concerto for Trombone and Piano by Launy Gröndahl, an unaccompanied work by Michael Nelson entitled, B.Y.O.B. and Rebellion - for Trombone, Percussion, and Piano by Stephen Rush, along with faculty percussionist Darling and Nadim.

For more information, please email or call 278.7683.





Jacqui Glasener and Peter Robertson
(Alumni Relations) appear in an international advertising campaign for Liberty Mutual, an affinity partner of the Fresno State Alumni Association. Glasener serves as executive director of the alumni association and is a life member. Robertson serves as the director marketing and engagement of the alumni association and is a life member.

KathleenKathleen Rhodes Schock
(University Communications) is among the young business professionals from Central California named to the “40 Under 40” list chosen by Business Street Online. See more.






Architect Robert Nicol pledges $2 million to advance Deaf Studies
Robert Duncan Nicol has never heard the sound of his own voice. He did not speak until he was 10 years old. But since Nicol found his voice, he has dedicated his life to proving that deafness, while limiting, would never deter him from achieving his dreams. Now a retired architect and vineyard-owner, Nicol has committed to helping individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing by pledging $2 million to Fresno State's Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies in the College of Health and Human Services. His gift establishes the Robert Duncan Nicol Endowed Chair in the Silent Garden. See more.


Rodger and Margaret Jensen establish $1.5m scholarship endowment
The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology received a $1.5 million gift to endow scholarships from longtime orchardists, philanthropists and Fresno State alumni Rodger and Margaret Jensen. The Jensens' gift will benefit students of the Jordan College who are majoring in Agricultural Business or Plant Science. The endowment is expected to cover in-state tuition for seven recipients each academic year in perpetuity. Recipients will be known as Jensen Scholars. See more.




sports21 events on Bulldog Athletics home schedule this month
Basketball, swimming and diving, equestrian and season debuts of softball, lacrosse and baseball are on a busy February home calendar for Bulldog Athletics, beginning with men’s basketball vs. Idaho at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Save Mart Center.

The Bulldogs host Utah State at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, when additional incentives include special food deals and T-shirts given by game sponsor Table Mountain Rancheria.

Those who attend either men’s basketball game are encouraged to hold onto their tickets, because they’ll be good for free admission to softball’s debut at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Bulldog Diamond against Toledo. The first 500 fans also get free Fresno State ice cream and there’s an autograph session after the game.

Fresno State’s lacrosse team starts its season with an exhibition against the Fresno men’s club team at noon Feb. 11. Admission is free. Lacrosse plays in Bulldog Stadium.

Baseball begins its pursuit of a final WAC title and a spot in post-season NCAA play at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at Beiden Field with its annual exhibition against Bulldog alumni, many of them with Major League experience. Admission is free.


The rest of the month’s on-campus Bulldog Athletics competition:

  • Noon Saturday, Feb. 4 – Swimming and diving vs. San Jose State at Fresno State Aquatics Center, free admission.
  • 7 p.m. Feb. 10 – Softball vs. North Dakota State, youth baseball/softball players 8th grade and under wearing team jerseys admitted free with one paid adult.
  • 2 p.m. Feb. 11 – Softball vs. UC Riverside, active military personnel and veterans admitted free with ID.
  • 4:15 p.m. Feb. 11 – Softball vs. Sacramento State.
  • 2 p.m. Feb. 12 – Softball vs. Long Beach State.
  • 6 p.m. Feb. 14 – Softball vs. Pacific.
  • 7 p.m. Feb. 16 – Softball vs. Idaho.
  • 6 p.m. Feb. 17 – Baseball vs. Butler, first pitch by football coach Tim DeRuyter.
  • 2 p.m. Feb. 18 – Baseball vs. Butler (doubleheader), baseball/softball players 8th grade and under wearing team jerseys admitted free with one paid adult.
  • 1 p.m. Feb. 19 – Baseball vs. Butler, youth can run bases/play catch in the outfield (ball supplied) and veterans and active military admitted free with ID.
  • Feb. 18-19 – Equestrian vs. TCU and Tennessee-Martin in Best in the West Invitational at Fresno State Student Horse Center.
  • 1 p.m. Feb. 18 – Softball vs. Santa Clara.
  • 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18 – Softball vs. Cal State Fullerton.
  • 7 p.m. Feb. 18 – Women’s basketball vs. Utah State.
  • 1 p.m. Feb. 19 – Softball vs. Cal State Fullerton.
  • 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19 – Softball vs. Santa Clara.
  • 7 p.m. Feb. 23 – Men’s basketball vs. Seattle.
  • 7 p.m. Feb. 25 – Men’s basketball vs. Nevada.
  • 6 p.m. Feb. 28 – Baseball vs. UC Santa Barbara


DeRuyterFootball coaching lineup complete
New Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter announced the assistants who will help him lead the Bulldogs as they move into Mountain West Conference play beginning this fall. The coaching lineup:

  • Nick Toth becomes defensive coordinator and linebackers coach after two years with DeRuyter at Texas A&M.
  • Dave Schramm, an assistant at Utah, is the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
  • Tim McDonald, a Fresno nnative, All-Pro safety and Edison High School football coach, becomes secondary coach.
  • Pete Germano, the new special teams coordinator and defensive line coach, was an assistant at Ohio University.
  • Idaho State assistant Phil Earley was hired as the recruiting coordinator and offensive assistant.
  • Jordan Peterson, the new Bulldog assistant defensive backs coach, was a graduate assistant at Texas A&M.
  • Drew Hill was retained as the Bulldog football operations coordinator, where he has served eight seasons.
  • Joe Wade, Fresno State's running backs coach for the past three seasons, will continue in that role.
  • Cameron Norcross, who has spent his 11-year coaching career at his alma mater Nevada, was  hired to coach the offensive line.
  • Ron Antoine is the new wide receivers coach, following a stint at South Alabama.


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