California State University, Fresno - University Journal
March 2012 Vol. 15 No. 7
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Poet laureate Levine reads his work on campus

Philip Levine — professor emeritus of English, Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry in 1995, and poet laureate of the United States — presented a reading at Fresno State recently. Levine was a professor at Fresno State from 1958 to 1992. He was named the outstanding professor in the California State University system in 1972. He has received numerous grants, fellowships and other awards.

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Provost accepts budget task force recommendations
Provost William Covino accepted the recommendations from a campus academic advisory task force to close a significant budget shortfall in the Academic Affairs division and he will continue consultation as he moves to implement them. Based upon mid-year projections, there is an $8.6 million gap between the allocation of state dollars and tuition fees and the actual costs of operating programs in Academic Affairs. Some of the gap is addressed through funded research, gifts and donations, continuing education revenue and other means. However, even when all funds are tapped, a gap of more than $1 million remains, Covino said. See more.


ThomasThomas Building an anchor for campus
The Thomas Building was one of the first buildings to be constructed on the new Fresno State campus. Completed in 1954, it was originally designed for the old campus at Fresno City College, but in its 58-year history the Thomas Building has become a staple on campus. “Thomas still looks like it belongs here and that old building will be hanging in there for another 50 years,” says Dr. Peter G. Mehas, member of the California State University Board of Trustees. See story with photo gallery.



CSU Super Sunday events reach out to community
During February, President John D. Welty participated inthe California State University Super Sunday program by visiting Saint Rest Baptist Church in Fresno and Brooks AME Church in Los Angeles. The Super Sunday program is designed to educate students and families about the requirements and resources available to obtain a college degree through the CSU. Campus leaders visited more than 100 predominantly African-American Churches, reaching more than 100,000 churchgoers. See more.

Fresno State receives its first patent
Our campus received its first patent, "Methods of Identification Using Voice Sound Analysis," by Dr. Sean Fulop, an associate professor in linguistics. The method uses individually distinctive patterns of voice characteristics to determine whether the voice samples belong to the same speaker. For more information on Dr. Fulop, please visit the website.


New interactive campus map available
A new interactive campus map is available online at Based on Google maps technology, it includes click-to-find building locations and photographs of the buildings. Specific information on various parking lots is included. Clickable campus points of interest are ATMs, emergency phones, food and drink, open computer labs, open study areas and locations that provide student services. Links also are included to download printable versions. The new map was developed by University Communications staff with valuable input from campus users during the test phase. Please send any feedback to




SharmaSharma's work on exhibit at Fresno Art Museum
The work of Joan K. Sharma, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, is being featured in the "Edges" exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum. "Edges," part of the California Contemporary Art Collective Exhibition, continues through April 29. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $5. Children under five are admitted free.




Camilla GranholmDoctoral cadidate from Finland visits Department of Social Work
Camilla Granholm, a doctoral cadidate in social work at the University of Helsinki, Finland, will be visiting the Department of Social Work Education in March. Her research interests are in child mental health and the use of techonology in counseling. March 15 Granholm will speak at the Conference on Telemedicine and Tele-Counseling sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services.



Peach Blossom Festival54th annual Peach Blossom Festival is March 15-16

The 54th annual Peach Blossom Festival of Communication will be hosted by Fresno State on March 15 and 16. There will be approximately 6,000 elementary school participants this year from as far north as Livingston, and south to Delano. The festival began as a joint effort between the Speech Communication and the Theater Arts Department to help young people realize the importance of reading literature aloud as well as teach them about interpretation, performance and being an audience member. Because the festival is held at Fresno State, the children are also able to experience a college campus environment. The festival is now run by the Department of Communication. Stacie Mimura is the festival coordinator. For further information visit





Common Threads honors four San Joaquin Valley women
Women representing Fresno, Kern, and Tulare counties have been selected as the 2012 honorees for the Common Threads Award, which recognizes women from the San Joaquin Valley for their agricultural, philanthropic and community service. The honorees will be recognized at a special luncheon at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 29 at the University Dining Hall. The Common Threads Award recipients for 2012 are Susan Abundis, Fresno (Fresno County); Liz Hudson, Sanger (Fresno County); Mary Nunes, Tulare (Tulare County); and Beth Brookhart Pandol, Shafter (Kern County). The event features award-winning Fresno State wines, a raffle and the Common Threads Award presentation. Tickets are $35 per person if purchased by March 22; $50 per person after March 22. Space is limited. Net proceeds raised from the luncheon support the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (Ag Leadership), Ag One Foundation and charities of the honorees’ choice. Common Threads is a collaborative effort of Ag Leadership, Fresno Stateå’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, and Fresno State’s Ag One Foundation. For ticket information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Emily Clark at Ag Leadership, 831.585.1030; or Christy Baloian at Ag One, 278.4266.


A Dog's Way HomeMadden Library hosts two events
The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature is co-sponsoring "Fresno's Big Read 2012" on at 2 p.m. March 31 with the Fresno County Public Library. Author Bobbie Pyron will discuss her book, A Dog's Way Home, at the Woodward Branch Library. For more information, see the website. The second Madden Library event is Arne Nixon Center's annual Secret Garden Party fundraising event is scheduled 3-5 p.m. on April 15. This year, the event honors writers Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, prolific authors who have donated 2,200 children’s books, mostly in Spanish, to the Nixon Center. Funds raised will support Phase II of the Leo Politi Garden. For more information, call 278.5790 or email



The 38th Annual Emeriti Awards Luncheon is April 9
The 38th Annual Emeriti Awards Luncheon will be held Monday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m in the Residence Dining Facility. The event honors 22 distinguished individuals who were awarded emeritus status.

A reception in honor of the new emeriti will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. The program begins at 1:15 p.m. The cost of the luncheon is $12 per person. The RSVP deadline is March 26. Contact Rosie at 278.2324 or email

Awarded emeritus status 2011 are the following individuals:

• Dennis M. Baker – Professor Emeritus of Accountancy
• Angelica Carpenter – Curator Emerita of the Arne Nixon Center, Henry Madden Library
• John P. J. Dussich – Professor Emeritus of Criminology
• Kenneth C. Fugelsang – Professor Emeritus of Viticulture and Enology
• Linda Gannaway – Director Emerita of the Learning Center
• Berta González – Associate Vice President Emerita of Continuing and
Global Education and Professor Emerita of Curriculum and Instruction
• Eric W. Hickey – Professor Emeritus of Criminology
• Lan Jin – Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
• Marianne E. Jones – Professor Emerita of Child, Family and Consumer Sciences
• Vanvilai Katkanant – Professor Emerita of Physics
• Terry C. Miller – Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts
• Franklin C. Ng – Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
• Barbara A. Owen – Professor Emerita of Criminology
• Donald M. Priest – Chair Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Mass Communication and Journalism
• Michael Russler – Chair Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Nursing
• Susan J. Shanks – Professor Emerita of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies
• Marilyn R. Shelton – Professor Emerita of Literacy and Early Education
• C. John Suen – Professor Emeritus of Earth and Environmental Sciences
• Sally C. Tannenbaum – Associate Professor Emerita of Communication
• Ronald P. Unruh – Professor Emeritus of Educational Research and Administration
• Arthur V.N. Wint – Professor Emeritus of Criminology
• Cosme M. Zaragoza – Professor Emeritus of Spanish


Provost's Awards deadline is April 12
Provost William Covino has issued a call for nominations for the 2011-12 Provost's Awards, which honor full-time faculty members who have set new standards of excellence. Awards include Excellence in Teaching, Technology in Education, Faculty Service, Graduate Teaching and Mentoring, Promising New Faculty, Distinguished Achievement in Assessment of Learning, and Distinguished Achievement in Research, Scholarship or Creative Accomplishment. Guidelines and nomination forms are available online. Nominations must be submitted to the Provost's Office, Henry Madden Library, Room 4115, M/S ML 54 by Thursday, April 12. For more information, please contact the Provost's Office at 278.2636.


American English InstituteAmerican English Institute celebrates 40 years
by Cheryl Chan, AEI Director
The American English Institute (AEI) is marking a milestone this year when it celebrates 40 continuous years of offering intensive English instruction to international students on the Fresno State campus. The AEI has scheduled an informal anniversary celebration near its office in Lab School, Room 130, on Thursday, April 12, from 1 to 3 pm. Over the years, the program has served nearly 6,800 international students. The AEI program is designed to prepare students whose first language is not English to study in an American college or university. The AEI helps students adjust to American culture and campus culture. Many AEI alumni go on to distinguished careers. The AEI also serves as a training ground for teachers of English as a Second Language. Students from the Department of Linguistics gain experience working with ESL adults by serving as conversation partners, classroom assistants, apprentices, and teachers themselves. Instructors trained at the AEI have gone on to teach around the world in countries such as Macedonia, Oman, Egypt, Costa Rica, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. “AEI is a wonderful teacher training center for our graduate students while at the same time, foreign students improve their English to cope with the academic demands of University work,” says retired professor and former director Armando Baltra.To find out more about AEI, visit and Facebook at



Student research events to be held in April and May
The 33rd annual Central California Student Research Symposium will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 13 in the University Business Center. Submission deadline for abstracts is Sunday, March 4 on the submission site. Click here for more information. Also, the 26th annual California State University student research competition will be held May 4-5 at California State University, Long Beach. The competition promotes excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 CSU campuses. Deadline for required paperwork: Wednesday, March 7 by 5 p.m. Submit to For more information, please visit the website.



Culinology® students prepare 'sweetheart' dinner for Fresno Fire Fighters
Under the guidance of Dr. Klaus Tenbergen, 11 Culinology® students volunteered 120 hours of community service on Feb. 11 to prepare and serve a dinner for Fresno Fire Fighters honoring their "sweethearts." The menu was broccoli soup with heart shaped puff pastry crouton, mixed baby greens with carrot ginger dressing, pepper crusted pork loin with mango salsa, crepes with cherry filling and chocolate covered strawberries. The event served the community while giving students an opportunity for hands-on learning that develops leadership and management skills.




La BohémeOpera theatre students and Fresno State Symphony Orchestra perform
Puccini's La Bohéme will be featured in a dynamic collaboration of the Opera Theatre students and full Fresno State Symphony Orchestra on Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Concert Hall, New Music Building. Tickets are $30 general; $20 university employees and seniors; $10 students.  The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Dr. Thomas Loewenheim and the Fresno State Opera Theatre is directed by Dr. Anthony Radford. For tickets and information visit


AndaloroKeyboard Concerts series features Andaloro March 18
Giuseppe Andaloro performs works by J.S. Bach/Busoni, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Glinka/Volodos on March 18 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Since winning the 2005 Busoni International Piano Competition and receiving the 2005 Award of Artistic Merit by the Italian Ministry of Culture, Andaloro has performed in many of the cultural centers of the world including London, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Salzburg, Rome, Prague, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo. Admission is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations and other information, call 278.2337.




ArokiasamyCharles Arokiasamy
(Counselor Education and Rehabilitation) was invited by White House officials to a Town Hall meeting on the State of the Union Address and disability at CSU Long Beach. An interesting highlight of the meeting was that Stevie Wonder dropped by and shared his thoughts on disability issues.



Kris ClarkeKris Clarke
(Social Work Education) received the academic rank of docent in Social Work in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Docent is an academic rank specific to Northern Europe. The docent rank recognizes Clarke for scientific and teaching competence. She will be involved with advising postgraduate students at the University of Helsinki.



Jackie DoumanianJackie Doumanian
(1974) has been named assistant director of development for the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State. An artist in her own right, she was a co-founder of Gallery 25 in 1974, the same year she received her Master’s Degree in Art from Fresno State. Doumanian serves on the board of directors of Valley Public Radio and on the College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board. Most recently, she was the community relations specialist for the CSU Summer Arts program for several years when the program was at Fresno State.




$100,000 gift to Craig School of Business from Johanson family
The Craig School of Business received a $100,000 pledge from Fresno State alumnus Larry Johanson and his wife Patti. A long-time supporter of the Craig School, Johanson served as chair of the Business Associates board in 2008 and currently serves on the school’s Business Advisory Council. The Johansons' gift will establish the Larry and Patti Johanson Fund at Craig School of Business in support of the dean’s discretionary fund. See more.




An active month of home competition for Bulldogs
A Bulldog basketball doubleheader tips off a busy March of Fresno State home athletics contests.
The action begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, when the women’s basketball team takes the court against long-time Western Athletic Conference rival Louisiana Tech at the Save Mart Center. That’s followed at 8 p.m. or so by the men’s team vs. Louisiana Tech. The month includes softball, baseball, lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis. Here’s the schedule sport by sport.

sportsWomen’s tennis: 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, vs. Georgia State, Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center; 11 a.m. (vs. Cal State Northridge) and 5 p.m. (vs. Santa Clara) Sunday, March 4; noon March 24 vs. Pepperdine; noon March 25 vs. Pacific; 11 a.m. March 30 vs. UC Santa Barbara.

Baseball: 6 p.m. Friday, March 2, vs. Stanford, Beiden Field, giveaway of 350 limited-edition T-shirts; 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, vs. Stanford, 8th grade and under baseball/softball players wearing jerseys admitted free with paid adult; 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4, vs. Stanford, veterans/active military free admission (with ID), children can run bases, play catch in outfield; 6 p.m. March 10 vs. San Francisco, youth baseball/softball free admission w/paid adult; 1 p.m. March 11 vs. San Francisco, veterans/active military free w/ID, children can run bases, play catch in outfield; 6 p.m. March 16 vs. CSU Bakersfield; 6 p.m. March 17 vs. CSU Bakersfield, youth baseball/softball free w/paid adult, green hat-wearing encouraged; 1 p.m. March 18 vs. CSU Bakersfield, veterans/active military free w/ID, children can run bases, play catch in outfield; 6 p.m. March 24 vs. UC Riverside, youth baseball/softball free w/paid adult; 1 p.m. March 25 vs. UC Riverside, veterans/active military free w/ ID, children can run bases, play catch in outfield; 2 p.m. March 31 doubleheader vs. New Mexico, youth baseball/softball free w/paid adult.

Women’s basketball: 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, vs. New Mexico State.

Men’s basketball: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, vs. New Mexico State.

Softball: 4:30 p.m. (vs. UConn) and 7 p.m. (vs. Oregon) March 9, youth baseball/softball free w/paid adult; 3:15 p.m. (vs. Purdue) and 5:30 p.m. (vs. UConn) March 10, blood drive and veterans/active military free w/ID); 6 p.m. (vs. Butler) and 8 p.m. (vs. Purdue) March 13; 6 p.m. March 27 vs. UC Santa Barbara; 6 p.m. March 30 vs. BYU, youth baseball/softball free w/paid adult; 1 and 3 p.m. March 31 vs. BYU, veterans/active military free w/ID.

sportsMen’s tennis: 2 p.m. March 10 vs. Wisconsin, Wathen Tennis Center; 5 p.m. March 13 vs. Idaho; noon March 17 vs. Pepperdine; noon March 18 vs. Oregon; 5 p.m. March 20 vs. New Mexico State; 5 p.m. March 23 vs. Tulsa; 2:30 p.m. March 24 vs. Hawai’i.

Lacrosse: 3 p.m. March 14 vs. New Hampshire, Bulldog Stadium; 1 p.m. March 17 vs. Long Island; 3 p.m. March 22 vs. Central Connecticut.

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LeprechaunAre leprechauns really lucky?

Legend has it that leprechauns can bring you luck. But do those elfin shoemakers really bring luck, or do they bring mischief? Click here for the full story.



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