California State University, Fresno - University Journal
April 2012 Vol. 15 No. 8
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Henry Madden Library wins design Award of Honor

Fresno State's Henry Madden Library has won the Award of Honor from the American Institute of Architects for its design features. "We’re pleased that this spring the San Joaquin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects gave the Henry Madden Library an A.C. Martin Design Building — their award of excellence — for this magnificent building," says Peter McDonald, dean of Library Services.

See the full story with video here.




WeltyPresident sees difficult budget
in 2012-13 and beyond

President Welty told faculty and staff on March 22 that the impact of disinvestment by the state in California public higher education will make the 2012-13 school year difficult, and 2013-14 could be worse. Welty said that after consultation with university budget and advisory boards, he has decided to use carryforward reserves if the states pulls the $10.5 million trigger in the 2012-13 academic year. But, he said, the following fiscal year would be worse: a permanent budget reduction and an enrollment cap in 2013-14 would drive the budget down another $12.6 million and bar 800 or more students from enrolling at Fresno State. See more.


Grant income shows positive signs
Amidst the negative news surrounding the university's state budget, grant and contract activity is showing some very positive signs. Tom McClanahan, associate vice president for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, reports that new grant awards are keeping pace with last year's totals at this point in the fiscal year. Even more promising is that indirect cost recovery from grants is 33 percent higher. If that trend holds, at least $300,000 more than last year would be available to colleges and schools and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to stimulate and support research activities.  


Logo PosterIntegrated marketing council plans April 12 announcement
By Shirley Armbruster
(On behalf of the IMCC Steering Committee)
In the next two weeks posters announcing “It’s coming” will be posted about an April 12 event in the Free Speech Area. What is the “it”? It's the unveiling of the new Fresno State logo. A festive ceremony will begin at 11:45 a.m. and will only last for 15 minutes. The new logo is one part – and a very visible part – of the work over the past three years by the Integrated Marketing and Communications Council. This group involved faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members in hundreds of hours of discussion about Fresno State's image, communications and visual identity. The charge from the president was to review, update and strengthen the brand as Fresno State moves into its second century guided by our new Strategic Plan. Invitations were issued on campus for forums and discussion groups. Dozens of meetings were held and online and in-person surveys, workshops and individual interviews conducted with students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and community members. The work also included research into best practices in university branding in the United State. There's more coming about the entire project in the weeks ahead. For now, though, mark April 12 on your calendar and join the celebration. There will be freebies in the Free Speech Area to help remind you about this initiative.


doveDove nests near Keats Building
It's not just Fresno State's squirrel population that sets up high-rise housekeeping in the campus' thousands of trees. Several times each year our resident doves gather debris from the ground that they turn into nests, perhaps drawing inspiration from the Native American basket weaver depicted on the northside of the Henry Madden Library. This mother dove was keeping the nest warm in a tree near the Keats Building as spring began. Her mate watched over her from a higher perch.



PetersPeters Building is home to business students
The cement edifice of the Peters Building has graced the grounds of Fresno State since July 1988. The building is named for Leon S. Peters, an influential businessman in the Valley. Designed by locally owned Darden Architects, it is the physical appearance of the Peters Building that sticks with most people. With five stories and 94,803 square feet, the building is an imposing figure on the east end of campus. Colloquially known as the “Business Building,” it is home to such departments as agricultural business, English, and economics, but it earns its nickname from the Craig School of Business, named for Sid Craig who pledged $10 million in 1992. See story with photo gallery.



Spring FlowerSpring paints campus with sprays of color
Blooming flowers are everywhere as spring makes the grounds into a lively palette for the campus canvas. Photos by Cary Edmondson and Madison Artist. See the spring photo gallery here.







BoyerJordan College Dean Boyer appointed to state ag board
Dr. Charles Boyer, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, has been appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Boyer, who is a plant biologist by training, joined Fresno State in 2006 from Oregon State University, where he had been a department head and then associate dean. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees at Pennsylvania State University, where he was a professor before moving to Oregon State. Since Boyer came to Fresno State, the Jordan College has received the largest donation in university history, $29.4 million, added to its research program and undertaken numerous initiatives to help students and faculty put training to work benefiting California agriculture. See more.


Kremen School alumni honor four individuals for contributions to education
The Kremen School of Education and Human Development Alumni Chapter recently honored four outstanding individuals who have served education for many decades. The 2012 awardees are Dr. Janet Young, the superintendent of the Clovis Unified School District; the Rev. Finian McGinn, OFM, Ed.D., a Franciscan priest, former Fresno Unified School District teacher and adjunct faculty at Fresno State; Ruben Castillo, an administrator for Migrant Education in the Fresno County Office of Education; and Clement Renzi, a sculptor, presented posthumously. See more.


FugelsangWinemaker and professor retires
Internationally acclaimed Professor Emeritus Ken Fugelsang was recognized for his many contributions to the University, the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, the Department of Viticulture and Enology, and the grape and wine industry at his retirement celebration in March. More than 150 Fresno State colleagues and students, former students, and industry friends attended the event. Fugelsang guided the university's award-winning winery and his international acclaim includes being honored by French winemakers.



HerreraFormer Fresno State prof Herrera named California poet laureate
Former Fresno State professor Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed California poet laureate by Gov. Brown. The state Senate must confirm the governor’s appointment before Herrera can begin a two-year term. He is the second former Fresno State professor to earn a high literary honor in the past year. Phillip Levine, professor emeritus of English, is poet laureate of the United States, appointed by the Library of Congress in August. Two Fresno State alumni are past state poets laureate – Greg Pape (Montana) and Lawson Iwada (Oregon). Herrera, 63, was chair of Fresno State’s Chicano and Latin American Department from 1990 to 2004 before going to the University of California, Riverside where he is the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Creative Writing. See more.


Red Balloon Project gains national attention
Fresno State's innovative Red Balloon Project was featured in the article "Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education" in the Winter 2012 edition of Public Purpose, the magazine of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. To read the article, click here.


American English Institute celebrates 40 years
Established in 1972, the American English Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary Thursday, April 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lab School area. (Look for the red, white, and blue balloons.) The AEI is located in the Lab School buildings between the Health Center and the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. For more information on the event, call 278.2097 or contact


Armenian Genocide recognition advocate Balakian speaks April 13
Peter Balakian, an award-winning author and leading voice for Armenian Genocide recognition, will speak 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the University Student Union, Room 312-314. The free, public event is sponsored by the Fresno State Armenian Studies Program. Balakian is the 2012 Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance awarded by the University of California, Merced. For more information, call 278.2669.


Graduate Student Recognition Week is April 30-May 4
The campus community will acknowledge the many contributions of the university's graduate students Graduate Student Recognition Week April 30 through May 4. The highlight of the week is the Graduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium being held on Thursday, May 3, from 1-8 p.m. in the Henry Madden Library. The symposium will feature poster and oral presentations of graduate student research in addition to examples of student creative work, leadership, and community service. The Graduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium is free and open to the public. All undergraduate/graduate faculty and students are encouraged to attend. More information about Graduate Student Recognition Week and Symposium can be obtained from Tony Diaz in the Graduate Office, 559.278.2448 or at


The Big Thirst has message for Center for Water Technology
Fresno State’s International Center for Water Technology (ICWT) will feature Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst, as keynote speaker at the May 3 Water Technology Conference. The event will examine many of the same issues addressed in Fishman’s writing and takes place at the Clovis Veteran’s Memorial Building. Fishman, a former metro and national reporter for The Washington Post, now works for the innovative business magazine Fast Company and is a three-time recipient of UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award. His previous book, The Wal-Mart Effect, was a New York Times bestseller. Registration is now open for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. For more information or to register visit or call 278.2066. For more information on The Big Thirst, visit


41st annual Turf Day Golf Classic is May 4
The 41st annual Turf Day Golf Classic, sponsored by Ag One and the Jordan College of Agricultual Sciences and Technology, is Friday, May 4 at the Madera Golf and Country Club. Registration is at noon. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Cost is $140 per player and includes greens fee, cart, tee-prize, lunch, refreshments on the course, Fresno State sausage and social. Entry deadline is April 20. For more information, call 278.4266.


passportTraveling abroad? Apply for your passport on campus
Fresno State students, faculty and staff will have the added convenience of applying for a passport on campus beginning May 1, when the new Passport Acceptance Facility opens in Continuing and Global Education (CGE). Located in Kremen Education, Room 130, the new Department of State authorized Passport Acceptance Facility will provide all the forms necessary to apply for a United States passport. Passport photos are also available for a nominal fee. A grand opening is scheduled for May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with light refreshments served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Passport Acceptance Facility will be open to the public and will offer a convenient alternative to the passport services available at local post offices. For more information, visit or call CGE at 278.0333.


Student Achievement

Entrepreneurship students see many successes in March
Tiffany Lowe, Hatchery student at the Lyles Center, won The Big Idea award for her business, The Caramel Company. The award is sponsored by The Chris Daniels Show on KMJ. To fund the award in partnership with the Lyles Center, KMJ auctioned a Gibson guitar on eBay with the proceeds going to an entrepreneur who would use the funds to create jobs. Mike Pronovost won College Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Pronovost Technology Crop. Pronovost is a graduate of Fresno City College and now a student at Fresno State following the Lyles Center Entrepreneurial Pathway. And Flavia Takashashi-Flores of P*DE*Q, a snack food company, was awarded Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year. Takashashi-Flores was a student of entrepreneurship in the MBA program at Fresno State. For more information about the Lyles Center, visit the Facebook page.




Fresno State community service receives federal recognition
The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education have announced that Fresno State again is on its Higher Education Community Service President's Honor Roll with Distinction. Fresno State has logged more than 1 million volunteer hours by students, faculty and staff each of the past two academic years. President Welty challenged the campus to increase community service to 1 million hours by Fresno State’s Centennial celebration (2010-11), but the target was exceeded in 2009-10 and again the following year. See more.


April Blood Drive has new locations
The final blood drive of the academic year will take place on April 10, 11, and 12.  Due to a conflicting event, bloodmobiles will not be parked in their usual location west of the University Student Union. The bloodmobiles typically parked near the USU will be moved to the Satellite Student Union and the sidewalk south of McKee Fisk. In order to accommodate donors, there will still be five bloodmobiles. The remaining bloodmobiles will be parked in their usual locations: Kremen Education Building, Engineering East, and Maple Mall.  The drives will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The kick-off drive will start at 4:30 p.m. on April 10 in the Residence Dining Hall, east room. All donors will receive a t-shirt and money saving coupons. 




PazzoPazzo showcases student talent
University Dance Theatre students are featuring a dance showcase, Pazzo, April 26 to April 28, in the Lab School Theatre. Each day’s production begins at 8 p.m., with an additional matinee performance on Saturday at 2 p.m. The event showcases student talent and creative concepts in dance. The students run every aspect of the production from choreography to costumes, as well as the stage lighting and stage presence. On offer are thematic and entertaining pieces, along with a variety of captivating solo and small group performances. “Pazzo” translates to wild in Italian. Purchase tickets online at or at the Department of Theatre Arts Box Office in the Speech Arts building. Tickets are $5. Doors will open 30 minutes prior the show and free parking is available.


theatreClick, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type:
an udderly fabulous family musical 

The Fresno State Theatre for Young Audiences will present the musical version, complete with tap dancing cows, of Doreen Cronin’s award winning children’s book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type on April 21 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Woods Theatre located in the Speech Arts Building. The literacy rate in Farmer Brown's barn goes up considerably once his cows find an old typewriter and begin typing. To the harassed farmer's dismay, his communicative cows quickly become contentious. When he refuses to comply with their demands, the cows take action. This hilarious tale will give young rebels-in-the-making a taste of the power of peaceful protest and the satisfaction of cooperative give and take. This is a free event open to the public and children of all ages are encouraged to attend. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance.


LuedeckeKeyboard Concerts series features Luedecke April 15
Alison Luedecke performs works by Brahms, Liszt, Tunder, Buxtehude, Pachelbel, and J.S. Bach on April 15 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. As an ensemble musician, Luedecke is co-founder and organist of Millennia Consort, California's premiere “organ plus” ensemble comprised of musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Philharmonic orchestras, among others. As a recording artist she has been heard numerous times on "Pipedreams", the nationally syndicated radio show. Admission is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations and other information, call 278.2337.

Piano Majors perform a stylistically varied program with repertoire for one and two pianos on Sunday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Wahlberg Recital Hall. Ticket prices are $7 general, $6 university employees, and $5 seniors/students.


Biljana UrbanSpecial guest from Amsterdam performs April 22
Biljana Urban performs works by Beethoven, Vorisek, Janacek, Scriabin, Debussy, and Jan Urban on April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall. It is the culmination of Uban's one-week residency at Fresno State, during which she presents a series of lectures and master classes.. Strongly influenced by her work with Elisso Virsaladze, Tatiana Nikolaeva, and Eugen Indjic, Croatian-Dutch pianist Urban has appeared in such major venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Monnaie Théâtre in Brussels, and Cité des Arts in Paris. In 2010 she released a critically acclaimed recording of the piano works by her Czech-born grandfather, Jan Urban, on the Naxos label. Admission is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations and other information, call 278.2337. This special event is not part of the subscription series.





Dana Lucka

Dana Zupanovich Lucka

(Advancement) has been elected as the 2012 President of the California Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is the development director for the College of Health and Human Services.


Samina Najmi
(English) has won the nonfiction prize of the new journal Map Literary for her essay "Abdul." See more.



Rodney Anderson

Political science lecturer Dr. Rodney Anderson diesmemorial
Memorial service

Dr. Rodney Anderson, who taught a variety of political courses at Fresno State since 1996, died unexpectedly March 6. He was 46. Anderson taught 200 students in five classes every semester and was known for taking on a variety of classes and enjoying a wide range of interests. Among the subjects he taught were introductory American politics, statistics, political behavior, and comparative politics. He also was a volunteer mentor for students as part of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. His other loves, apart from politics, were baseball and football, and he often attended the College World Series. See more.



FerreiraAthletics trainer, kinesiology lecturer Ferreira dies
Former Fresno State athletic trainer Ed Ferreira, who has spent the past four years as a lecturer on the Department of Kinesiology faculty, died March 25. He was 64.

Mr. Ferreira was a trainer for 29 years with Bulldog teams, working with men’s basketball, women's cross country, track and field, men's golf, men's tennis and wrestling teams after joining Fresno State in 1979. He previously was head athletics trainer at West Valley College in Saratoga.

He is survived by his wife Kelly, daughters Michelle Ferreira and Jeannie Davis and granddaughter Ashlynne Davis.



Pete P. PetersSupporter and philanthropist Pete P. Peters dies
Pete P. Peters, an accomplished businessman and community benefactor, passed away March 13 at his Fresno area home. He was 94. Dr. Peters and his brother Leon S. Peters were respected business leaders and philanthropists. Together they owned and operated Valley Foundry, which manufactured wine grape crushers and nautical equipment for the armed forces during World War II. Dr. Peters belonged to a philanthropic family whose generous support of Fresno State is apparent throughout campus. The Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center in the Student Recreation Center and the Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony in the Madden Library were named in honor of Dr. Peters. See more.





College of Health and Human Services honors community heroes
The College of Health and Human Services celebrated the community contributions of nine local leaders during the second annual Community Heroes award ceremony Friday, March 23 at University House. The award recognizes the significant impact of individuals who work selflessly to meet the needs of children and families throughout Central California. Each honoree was nominated by an academic department, center or institute within the College of Health and Human Services.
The 2012 Community Hero Award winners and their nominating departments are as follows:

  • Tim Curley – Central Valley Healthy Policy Institute
  • Gina Deaver – Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies
  • Joe Herzog – Department of Kinesiology
  • Nancy Hinds – Department of Nursing
  • Mary Jo Jacobson – Department of Physical Therapy
  • Marion Karian – Central California Children’s Institute
  • Shane Krogen – Department of Recreation Administration
  • Sharon Stanley – Department of Public Health
  • Carolyn Tellalian – Department of Social Work Education

“There are many heroes in health and human services, an area where care and giving are synonymous,” said Andrew Hoff, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “As a university, we are honored to work with this extraordinary group of men and women.”




sportsApril offers plenty of baseball, lacrosse and softball
No foolin’ April’s home athletics schedule starts with Bulldog Baseball and ends with it, too. Plus Fresno State’s lacrosse team, which won for the first time in program history in March, will play four games at Bulldog Stadium this month.

Baseball opened April 1, hosting New Mexico at Beiden Field. It’s a preview of next year when the Bulldogs will face the Lobos in the Mountain West Conference, but this year’s meeting is a nonconference affair.

sportsBulldog lacrosse starts this month’s home schedule at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, against Stanford. Admission is free to this sport, which is part of our American Indian heritage and has been played at East Coast and Midwest colleges for many years, but is relatively new to the West Coast collegiate sports scene.

If you’re a true Bulldog fan, you don’t really care which sport or whether it’s men or women student-athletes competing. So here’s the rest of April’s Fresno State sports calendar:

  • SOFTBALL – 6 p.m. April 6 vs. Utah State at Bulldog Diamond; Staff Appreciation Night; youth baseball and softball players 8th grade and under admitted free with a paid adult (wear your team jersey).
  • SOFTBALL – 1 and 3 p.m. April 7 vs. Utah State; Cancer Awareness Night; veterans and active military personnel admitted free with ID.
  • LACROSSE – 3 p.m. April 13 vs. Denver.
  • BASEBALL – 6 p.m. April 13 vs. San Jose State.
  • BASEBALL – 6 p.m. April 14 vs. San Jose State; youth baseball and softball players 8th grade and under admitted free with a paid adult (wear your team jersey).
  • BASEBALL – 1 p.m. April 14 vs. San Jose State; Military Appreciation Day with veterans and active military personnel admitted free with ID; children can run bases and play catch in the outfield.
  • LACROSSE – 3 p.m. April 18 vs. St. Mary’s.
  • SOFTBALL – 6 p.m. April 20 vs. New Mexico State; youth baseball and softball players 8th grade and under admitted free with a paid adult (wear your team jersey).
  • SOFTBALL – 6 p.m. April 21 vs. New Mexico State; veterans and active military personnel admitted free with ID; 9th annual Domestic Violence Awareness Day.
  • BASEBALL – 6 p.m. April 21 vs. CSU Bakersfield; youth baseball and softball players 8th grade and under admitted free with a paid adult (wear your team jersey).
  • BASEBALL – 6 p.m. April 24 vs. Cal Poly.


sportsFootball schedule set
Fresno State’s first football season in the Mountain West Conference and first under Coach Tim DeRuyter offers an attractive home lineup that includes the Big-12’s Colorado, plus San Diego State and Air Force.

The schedule was announced in March, with times to be set after television schedulers decide which of Fresno State’s games will be broadcast.

The season begins at home in Bulldog Stadium on Sept. 1 against Weber State. Just a week later, the Bulldogs travel to Eugene to meet perennial PAC-12 powerhouse Oregon.

The rest of the 2012 football lineup looks like this:
Sept. 15 vs. Colorado
Sept. 22 at Tulsa
Sept. 29 vs. San Diego State (MWC)
Oct. 6 at Colorado State (MWC)
Oct. 13 at Boise State (MWC)
Oct. 20 vs. Wyoming (MWC)
Oct. 27 at New Mexico (MWC)
Nov. 3 vs. Hawai'i (MWC)
Nov. 10 at Nevada (MWC)
Nov. 24 vs. Air Force (MWC)

The game against long-time rival San Diego State has been designated the 2012 Fresno State Homecoming Game. The Fresno State Alumni Association also has scheduled its Top Dog Alumni Gala at the Save Mart Center for Sept. 28.

On game day, the Golden Grads celebration, honoring the Class of 1962, will take place at the Smittcamp Alumni House and the Parent Alumni Weekend tailgate is scheduled at Bulldog Diamond, co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and Fresno State Parents Club.

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doveItalian bread brings a touch of spring to the table

Colomba, or dove bread, captures the spirit of the season with its dove shape. The dove symbolizes the renewal of life. Click here for the full story.



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President, John D. Welty
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