California State University, Fresno - University Journal
May 2012 Vol. 15 No. 9
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Dr. Oliaro

A new century of students graduates from Fresno State

This year’s 101st Fresno State ceremony celebrates a new century of Fresno State graduates. Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 19, at the Save Mart Center. During this ceremony, the university will confer degrees on 1,500 students who will be in attendance with 8,000 family members and friends. The students represent more than 5,000 students who will receive degrees from Fresno State during this academic year. "It’s the day we celebrate what we are all about as a university," says Dr. Paul M. Oliaro, vice president for Student Affairs. "We celebrate the achievements of our students as they complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees."

See the full story with video here.




Asao InoueProfessor Asao Inoue selected for top teaching award
Dr. Asao Inoue, associate professor of English, has been awarded the top teaching honor at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Bill Covino, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, named Dr. Inoue as recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award. The Provost’s Awards also honored the following individuals: Amanda Adams, assistant professor of Psychology, recipient of the Faculty Service Award; Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, professor of Modern and Classical Languages, recipient of the Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award; William Bommer, professor of Management, recipient of the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Award; and Bryan Berrett, associate professor of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, recipient of the Technology in Education Award. In addition, five faculty members received the Promising New Faculty award, which recognizes exemplary achievements in teaching, research/creative activities and/or service among non-tenured, tenure-track faculty. Honorees are Juan-Carlos Gonzalez, assistant professor of Educational Research and Administration; Elizabeth Payne, assistant professor of Theatre Arts; Jason Bush, assistant professor of Biology; and Kim Youngwook, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. See more.


Jody Hironaka-JuteauJody Hironaka-Juteau named
American Council on Education fellow

Dr. Jody Hironaka-Juteau, associate dean in the College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the academic year 2012-13. The ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in university administration. Fifty-seven fellows, nominated by their presidents or chancellors, were selected this year. Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to their home institution while spending the 2012-13 academic year working with a university president and other senior officers at a host institution. See more.



logoNew campus logo introduced
The new campus logo was introduced at a festive ceremony on April 12. The logo was developed by the Integrated Marketing and Communications Council after significant research and testing with 2,300 faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. The distinctive new type font spells out Fresno State in the university’s traditional colors – red and blue. A paw print connects the name with Fresno State’s most-recognizable symbol, the Bulldog, associated with the university as a whole, not just its athletics mascot. The paw print symbol is an established emblem used by the Fresno State Alumni Association, which has distributed thousands of paw-print pins, which are proudly worn around the world.

A tagline features three words sharply defining our university and its mission of opportunity: Discovery. Diversity. Distinction. While our formal name remains “California State University, Fresno,” the new logo embraces the popular name “Fresno State” in all references to the university and unifies campus entities with one graphic element. A brand webpage with downloadable resources, including a logo for your email signature, as well as FAQs, new brand and graphic standards is available at See more.


LibraryPriceless library collection
documents Japanese internment
The Henry Madden Library recently made available online its priceless collection of the Granada Pioneer, the internal newspaper of the Granada Relocation Center in southeastern Colorado. Written, formatted and reproduced entirely by the internees, the mimeographed newspaper was one of the main sources of information for the residents. The newspaper began in October 1942, just a few months after the internees arrived. Carlene (Tanigoshi) Tinker, a retired Fresno Unified school counselor, donated many hours of work to make these internment camp newspapers available online. Tinker was an internee at the Granada camp as a child. She said she did this project in service to her family and all those who lived in internment camps during World War II. See more.


conferenceAlcohol, drug abuse examined in statewide conference
The statewide California Higher Education Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Conference conference last month at Fresno State examined choices many students face about using alcohol and drugs and about coping with social dilemmas during their college experience. Twenty CSUs, six UCs, and local colleges participated. Attendees heard experts from Fresno State, Sacramento State, UC Irvine and the U.S. Department of Education as well as fellow students on various substance abuse topics and sexual assault issues. The conference reflects the ongoing commitment of the CSU to address the issue of substance abuse with its 400,000 students. See the full story here.


Information Technology to finalize its strategic plan
By Eric McLain
Technology Services
As the university is focusing on planning efforts, the Information Technology Strategic plan looks for ways to guide technological investments for the next three to four years. Led by the vice president of Administration and chief financial officer, it will help ensure that Fresno State is strategically poised to be competitive. Several months ago, various academic and technology groups on campus were invited to work with Goldstein & Associates, a consultant who was engaged to help identify keys areas of focus and draft the final plan. With input from open forums, initial initiatives were reviewed by technology teams. That information was then discussed with key members of the university's academic and administrative areas. The outcomes are in the final stages of a vetting process and will soon result in a document that is a final draft of the university’s Technology Strategic Plan, which encompasses initiatives such as faculty and staff development, IT governance and IT organizational alignment.




Farm MarketJordan College breaks ground on new Gibson Farm Market
The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State broke ground Thursday, April 19 on a new building for the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market. The new market is possible because of a $1.5 million dollar bequest from the estate of Joyce Mae Gibson. When the gift was announced in 2008, the farm market was renamed to honor her parents, Rue and Gwen Gibson. Retail floor space will nearly double when the new market opens. The current 3,000 square foot facility has 1,200 square feet of floor space. The new 4,800 square foot Farm Market will feature 2,350 in floor space. New features include a hand-dipped ice cream counter, flower shop and wine tasting room. Customers can enjoy their food purchases on-site in the indoor or outdoor dining areas. See more.


FullmerFresno State hires BYU assistant to direct Bulldog band
The new Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band director is Dr. David Fullmer, assistant director of the Brigham Young University Cougar Marching Band for the past four years. Fullmer replaced Timothy Anderson, who left Fresno State in May 2011 after five years to become the band director at the University of Massachusetts. Adam Wilke has led the 300-member Bulldog Marching Band in the interim. Fullmer has taught instrumental music for 26 years. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Music Conducting from the University of Washington. He taught at Utah Valley University, where he conducted the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, and has directed the bands at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, since 1990. He was recently elected president of the Western division of the National Association for Music Education. See more.


Industrial Technology holds silver jubilee celebration
The Department of Industrial Technology celebrated its 25th annual Spring Banquet and Career Fair on April 17. Among the sponsoring companies attending were Anlin Windows, Electric Motor Shop and Supply Co., Eliminator Manufacturing, Grundfos pumps, iLoveToCreate (a Duncan Enterprises Company), Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., JBT FoodTech, and Paramount Farms. Baruch Ben Ami, manufacturing technologies manager from Netafim USA and guest speaker of the event, encouraged students to take their first steps into the technology world. Student achievers received academic awards in student leadership and research.


SquirrelSquirrel Appreciation Week runs April 30- May 4
Wanda is back! April 30-May 4 will be the second annual Squirrel Appreciation Week. Squirrel Week is dedicated to our furry, four-legged friends who scurry about campus providing us with awesome stories to share with others and beg for our food. Wanda the Squirrel will be making office visits and there will be plenty of squirrelly content on the USU Productions' Facebook page, Prizes such as squirrel t-shirts and buttons will be awarded to lucky particpants who "like" the Facebook page.




Water Technology Conference is May 3
The Water Technology Conference is scheduled Thursday, May 3, in Clovis at the Veteran's Memorial District Building. It will focus on how water technology, policy and science can help ensure future water supplies. The conference features an impressive line-up of speakers with keynote speaker, Charles Fishman, the New York Times bestselling author, who will speak about subjects from his book, The Big Thirst. Other speakers include Gary Serrato, Fresno Irrigation District; Michael Leonardo, City of Clovis; Martin Querin, City of Fresno; Thomas Harter, UC Davis; Pamela Creedon, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board; and Parry Klassen, East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition. The conference will also offer over 20 concurrent technical sessions focusing on agricultural, urban and groundwater issues. Conference registration is only $125 and includes breakfast, luncheon, exhibits and all sessions. For more information, contact Laura Ramos, 559.278.2066,,



Green Industry Hall induction, conference on campus May 11
The second annual International Green Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony and conference is scheduled 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11 at Fresno State, also bringing to campus an exposition featuring exhibits by green businesses and other organizations. Among co-sponsors of the event are Fresno State and its Craig School of Business. The highlight is the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Satellite Student Union. The ceremony will be preceded by Dr. Richard L. Snyder of the University of California, Davis, the principal investigator on the California Irrigation Management Information System research and development project. Following lunch, there will be a series of presentations about environmental issues ranging from green tourism and benchmarking energy data to green-job forecasting and solar photovoltaic options. The exposition, at which dozens of firms and organizations will be represented, is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The May 11 activities are preceded on May 10 by tours of Fresno State’s Water and Energy Technology Center, student-operated organic farm, Henry Madden Library and solar panel-topped parking structures that generate about 20 percent of the campus electricity demand. See more.

STAR DAY is May 23
Registration is under way for the second annual Staff Training And Recognition (STAR) Day, Wednesday, May 23. Thanks to the support of the President's Cabinet, there will be no cost to staff for participating in STAR Day sessions or the Staff Awards Luncheon. To register or to volunteer, click here.


roseFlowers decorate campus with color
Blossoming bushes and blooming flowers decorate campus at this time of year in a profusion of color ranging from yellows to pinks to reds. See the video by Michael Robles, student video assistant in the Office of University Communications.





serviceFall 2012 Community Service
Opportunities Fair is Aug. 29

The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning will present the 20th annual “Community Service Opportunities Fair” on Wednesday, August 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Courtyard in front of the Kennel Bookstore. This event will provide students, staff, and faculty with an opportunity to gain information on dozens of nonprofit organizations and hundreds of community service-learning opportunities. More than 70 community agencies will have display tables setup in front of the Kennel Bookstore. Participants will receive information on community agencies and how to volunteer for them. Participation in the fair has been successfully used by faculty as an assignment in many classes. It teaches them about various issues in the community, how those issues are being addressed, and ways individual volunteers can be involved. Benefits of service-learning include increased college retention rates, greater career and major satisfaction, improved self-esteem, increased value for community engagement and much, much more. For further information, please call 278.7063. 

Students serve community during spring break
This year, fourteen Fresno State students participated in the fourth annual Alternative Spring Break Program, which is designed to engage students in meaningful service during their spring break vacation. Team leaders Daniel Perez and Darla Vang chose to give back to a park that was close to their hearts and homes. Quigley Park, located off of Fruit and Dakota, serves as a home away from home for many children and adults in the surrounding community. The park and its recreation center provides a central location for the community to eat, play and gather with friends and family. During this three-day service project, student volunteers took part in a beautification project, facilitated interactive sports and activities for children, and hosted a spring carnival for children and their families. Collectively, the team donated more than 375 hours to the local community and engaged approximately 250 children in activities that supported a healthy lifestyle. Program participants described their experience as “eye opening” and “life changing.” One participant said the experience reminded her that you don’t have to leave the country or the state to make an impact –sometimes, investing in your own community can reap even greater rewards.




TheatreSondheim’s Assassins closes season for University Theatre
University Theatre performs Assassins May 4-5 and 8-12 at 8 p.m. and May 6 at 2 p.m. in the John Wright Theatre. This most American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience, featuring historical figures such as John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. The play is directed by Brad Myers, musical direction by Scott Hancock, choreography by Royce Matthews, sets by Jeff Hunter, costumes by Elizabeth Payne and lighting by Izzy Eisnidler. Walter Clissen is the sound designer. CAUTION: Assassins contains strong adult language and is not suitable for young children. Purchase tickets online at or at the Department of Theatre Arts Box Office in the Speech Arts building. General admission is $19. Admission for Fresno State faculty/staff, Alumni Association members, and seniors (60+) is. $17; students $12 (under 5 not admitted). Call 278.2216 for more information.


Emanuel AxKeyboard Concerts series features pianist Emanuel Ax on May 6
Emanuel Ax performs works byCopland, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schumann on Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. A friend and supporter of the Keyboard Concerts series since its inception in 1972, Ax is renowned for the exceptional breadth of his performing activity. Each season his distinguished career includes appearances with major symphony orchestras worldwide, recitals in the most celebrated concert halls, a variety of chamber music collaborations, the commissioning and performance of new music, and additions to his acclaimed discography on Sony BMG Masterworks. Admission is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations and other information, call 278.2337.




Benjamin Boone
(Music) was featured in The Fresno Beehive for his conference in France: "The Saxophone Music of Benjamin Boone." Boone performs annually in a jazz quartet at the Rogue Festival. As a composer, he is especially popular in Europe, so much so that he was the guest of honor recently in Bordeaux on the Atlantic coast of France. The conference held concerts of his music over two days, along with workshops and lectures.


Bill Erysian
(Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology) was featured in the New York Times in an article about familiarizing military and government service members with basic information about Afghanistan’s crops and farming traditions. "We can replicate on our demonstration farm exactly the types of conditions these troops will find on the ground,” said Erysian, director of Agricultural Development for Afghanistan Pre-Deployment Training, or Adapt.


Betsy A. Hays
(Mass Communication and Journalism) co-authored a book chapter with CSU Fullerton colleague Dr. Doug Swanson. The chapter, titled "Using Reverse and Traditional Mentoring to Develop New Media Skills and Maintain Social Order in the Public Relations Workplace," was just published in New Media and Public Relations, 2nd Edition.


Bert Mason
(Emeritus, Agricultural Business) was appointed by Governor Brown as a member on the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Mason, who joined the Fresno State faculty in 1983, spent much of his career teaching, conducting research and providing outreach to the agricultural community on agricultural labor issues, immigration and personnel management. While at Fresno State, he served as chair of the Department of Agricultural Business and Director of the Center for Agricultural Business. The appointment requires state Senate approval.


Sharma's violinJoan Sharma
(Art and Design) applied tiny mirrors and clear, multifaceted, diamond-like crystals to create delicate, highly reflective patterns on her violin. The work earns its title by reflecting colors and lights in the environment and emanating a gem-like sparkle. Sharma, a professor in the Department of Art and Design, is both a painter and a photographer. Sharma's oil paintings are on display in the Fresno Art Museum through Sunday, May 6, as part of the exhibition titled, "Edges".





Irvine Foundation funds partnership to support engineering education
The James Irvine Foundation awarded $800,000 over three years to the Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State in support of its new Pathways to Engineering and Construction Management Careers initiative. The Pathways to Engineering and Construction Management Careers initiative will connect the Lyles College of Engineering with local school districts, community colleges and industry. The gift is one of the largest commitments from a foundation in the college’s history. See more.


Wells FargoWells Fargo commits $150,000
to support Latino student achievement

Wells Fargo and Fresno State have joined a public-private partnership to encourage academic achievement, retention and professional development for Latino students. through mentoring, internships and workshops specifically for Latina/o students and their families.In support of this partnership, Wells Fargo pledged $150,000 for programs that help Hispanic students find success in higher education. This gift also supports the university’s Campaign for Fresno State, an initiative to raise $200 million for scholarships, faculty, programs and facilities. Through February, the campaign had raised more than $181.8 million. It is the university’s first comprehensive campaign and among the largest in the California State University system. See more.


Smittcamp Honors seniors raise $6,100 for endowed scholarship
Members of the graduating Class of 2012 from the Smittcamp Family Honors College have raised $6,105 for its endowed scholarship, which is overseen under the auspices of the Fresno State Alumni Association. The class project was spearheaded by Bradley Rutledge, a music major.

This scholarship was founded by Smittcamp Family Honors College alumni in 2011. Today, its current endowment is valued at $21,300. These recent donations will increase its value to $27,405 – an increase of nearly 29 percent.

Earnings will be used to fund future scholarships in the Smittcamp Family Honors College.

Click here to donate to the Smittcamp Family Honors College Alumni Scholarship Fund.




Dr. Rodney AndersonDr. Rodney Anderson's family
donates two seats from Rosenblatt Stadium

Fresno State Athletics lost a valued supporter on March 6 with the passing of Dr. Rodney Anderson. A lecturer in the political science department for more than 15 years, Dr. Anderson was a Bulldog to the core and a true college baseball fan. Because of his love of the university and the game of baseball, a scholarship has been established in his honor and his family has donated his two seats from Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, home of the NCAA Division I College World Series (1950-2010). Both seats will be displayed on the Beiden Field concourse for the remainder of the Bulldogs’ home season beginning Friday, May 4. In honor of his enduring support for the program, Fresno State baseball has named May 4, 2012 as Dr. Rodney Anderson Day. His father and brother, Ron, will throw out the first pitch of the Bulldogs series opener against Sacramento State at 6 p.m.  Fans in attendance will have an opportunity to take pictures with the seats and the Bulldogs’ National Championship trophy on the concourse. One dollar from every ticket sold will go towards the Dr. Rodney Anderson Memorial Scholarship. All Fresno State faculty and staff (with valid school I.D.) receive free admission for themselves and one guest. See more.


PebleyPebley is new women's basketball coach
Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh introduced Raegan Pebley as the new head women's basketball coach on April 9 at a press conference held in the Save Mart Center.

"Raegan Pebley was the complete package," said Boeh. "She was an outstanding player in her own right at the University of Colorado. In over a period of time, she took a program from nonexistence to one of the most respected and top programs in the Western Athletic Conference and into post-season play, while her students excelled academically."
After five straight WAC titles and post-season appearances, the Bulldogs will compete next season in the Mountain West Conference.

Pebley, the 2012 Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 7 Coach of the Year and 2011 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, becomes the ninth head coach in Bulldog history, replacing Adrian Wiggins.
After revitalizing the Utah State program in 2003 that had been dormant for 16 years, Pebley guided the Aggies to a program record 21 wins last year and was one of eight coaches in the nation to be a finalist for the 2012 WBCA National Coach of the Year award.

Pebley jumped into action shortly after landing in Fresno. She spent the morning meeting administration, staff and the team. Once the meetings died down, it was time for Pebley to meet the Fresno media for the first time at her first press conference as the new coach of the Bulldogs.

"I am very excited to be here and I thank you for all of the support I have received," said Pebley. "The amount of people and the attention in this room not only shows support of where Fresno State basketball has been, but where it is headed."
After the press conference, Pebley and her family attended a reception to be welcomed by Bulldog fans, donors and staff, who were eager to meet her.


sportsBaseball, softball on May Bulldog sports calendar
Baseball and softball take center stage on campus throughout May as both Bulldog teams close out their Western Athletic Conference schedules and get ready for postseason play.

It’s also a farewell to the WAC as Fresno State joins the Mountain West Conference beginning this fall.

Here’s the home lineup for May:

  • Baseball – 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, vs. UC Davis at Beiden Field
  • Baseball – 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, vs. Sacramento State
  • Softball – 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, vs. Louisiana Tech at Bulldog Diamond
  • Softball – 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, vs. Louisiana Tech; doubleheader; Senior Day
  • Baseball – 6 p.m.   Saturday, May 5, vs. Sacramento State
  • Baseball – 1 p.m.  Sunday, May 6, vs. Sacramento State.
  • Baseball – 6 p.m. May 18 vs. Louisiana Tech
  • Baseball – 6 p.m. May 19 vs. Louisiana Tech
  • Baseball – 6 p.m. May 20 vs. Louisiana Tech; Senior Day


Go greenFresno State listed as a 'green' college campus

Fresno State — cited for its solar power-generating parking structures, its new library, and numerous other earth-friendly initiatives — is considered a "green" campus. Click here for the full story.



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