California State University, Fresno - University Journal
September 2012 Vol. 16 No. 1
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November election to impact university

This semester promises to be a very challenging one, according to President Welty, as the university looks toward a November election in which the fate of Proposition 30 will have a major impact on the funding in higher education in the state of California

"Specifically this proposition asks voters to approve an increase in the sales tax and a tax on those who make more than $250,000 a year in order to ensure level funding for higher education in the state of California," Welty says. "It’s very important to Fresno State, because if the initiative passes we will have in place a level funding for the coming year. If it doesn’t pass, we’re faced with over a $13 million reduction in our base budget."

See the full story with video here.





OttoCal State Online meets students' needs
Cal State Online, a new initiative from the Chancellor’s office, is a way to respond to California students' needs for access to college, says Otto Benavides, associate professor, Curriculum and Instruction in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. "California State University is responding to the needs that students have, not only in California, but in the United States and across the world," says Benavides. "There are many programs around the world that have up to 1.5 million students online .... It is timely that California State University would offer online programs to benefit California students and beyond." See the full story with video here.


BernardVeterans Education Program reaches out to vets
Veterans have a new place to call home at Fresno State, says Daniel Rex Bernard, program coordinator of the Veterans Education Program. "One of the things we’re really excited about is we’re able to provide a dedicated smart classroom for instruction and study," Bernard says. "In addition, we have an adjacent lounge where veterans can use computers, printer, refrigerator, see job postings, and really have a place to call their own." See the full story with video here.



John D. WeltyDr. Welty announces his retirement
President John D. Welty announced recently that he will retire as president in the summer of 2013. With a tenure that began in August 1991, Welty is the longest-serving president in the 102-year history of Fresno State. He has extended the university’s regional and global reach, cultivated unprecedented private financial support and promoted diversity, innovation, service, enterprise and community engagement as foundations for the university’s future. Under Welty’s leadership, Fresno State has greatly enhanced its academic programs and overseen the construction of $425 million in new facilities. Fresno State’s enrollment has grown from about 19,800 to over 22,000 students and today offers 61 undergraduate degrees, 45 master degree programs, and three doctoral degrees. A leader in the 23-campus CSU, Welty is a recognized authority in national higher education issues. He has chaired and served on multiple national boards and has testified before Congress. See more.



Betsy MosherMosher named NACWAA's top FBS administrator
Betsy Mosher, the deputy director of Athletics and senior woman administrator at Fresno State, was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators as its 2012 Football Bowl Subdivision Administrator of the Year. Mosher has been at Fresno State for seven years, starting as senior associate athletics director for administration and program integrity and promoted in 2011 to deputy director. During her tenure at Fresno State, Mosher has helped guide the Bulldogs to significant improvements in the department's Academic Progress Rate, equity in participation and financial aid and student-athlete welfare initiatives. Mosher has established herself as a national leader. See more. Visit


New appointments
A variety of personnel changes have occurred over the summer. See more.
Please see the President’s Fall 2012 Newsletter for more complete information and other campus news.


Victor E.

Bulldog mascot passes away
Victor E. Bulldog, Fresno State's four-legged mascot since 2006, succumbed to cancer on Aug. 10. Victor E. was an eight-year old male English Bulldog, who answered to Norman before beating out over 90 contestants in a competition for the job as the ultimate Bulldog ambassador. After that, he roamed the sidelines and courtside for six seasons, participated in promotions, made the rounds at tailgates and took part in a broad range of on- and off-campus events. Victor E. was the ultimate photo op. Athletics will decide how Victor E.’s successor will be chosen. Read more.




Douglas SingletonSingleton receives grants to research Weyl gravity
Studying space-time singularities doesn't have to be vile, according to Douglas Singleton, professor and chair of Department of Physics. But it might be Weyl, as in Weyl gravity, named after the German scientist Hermann Weyl.

In September, Singleton leaves for Germany on a three-month grant. Then in January, he will fly out to Indonesia on a Fulbright grant.

One reason Singleton is interested in Weyl gravity is that it often doesn’t have singularities. "It actually avoids these nasty features of Einstein’s theory of general relativity," he says. See the full story with video here.


CaryCampus photographer a Fresno native
Campus photographer Cary Edmondson has come home. A Fresno State graduate who was born and raised in Fresno, he worked as the photographer for California State University, Stanislaus before landing the job at Fresno State. But he actually found photography when he was a studio art major at Fresno State. See the full story with video here.




BulldogbitesHungry? Try bulldogbites
Bulldogbites — a mobile food truck — is now operating on campus. Starting at 7 a.m., the menu offers breakfast burritos and a breakfast sandwich. Sides include yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, cereal, and granola. Breakfast items are available all day. Bulldogbites also offers the following fare after 10:30 a.m.: tacos; wraps; Oriental chicken salad; tri-tip Philly sandwich; spicy guacamole burger; and a sandwich with carmelized onion, apple, and grilled cheese. Sides include sweet potato fries with curry aioli, cole slaw, and chips. Beverages are also available. The truck will be in a few locations on campus; please go to for a calendar of locations and a copy of the menu. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours of operation, location, and menu are subject to change.


swimFitness swim available at the Aquatics Center
Dates for fitness swim at the Aquatics Center now through Nov. 15, and March 1 through May 31. Times: Monday - Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m, Friday 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Aquatics pool membership for faculty/staff is $15 per month or SRC/Pool Membership $35 per month. Note: Only the 50-meter lap pool will be available for fitness swim. Please refer to Aquatics Center Use Policy located on the website for additional use restrictions. For questions or additional information, please contact SRC Member Services at 347.3876. For hours of operation, please visit




Campus branding workshops start Sept. 5
Since the Integrated Marketing and Communications Council introduced the new Fresno State logo in April, it has been incorporated by many campus units into their print, web and social communications. Because the entire university benefits from a consistent visual presence, it is important that all Fresno State communications conform to a set of visual identity standards. If you’d like to learn more about the logo, as well as university brand and graphics standards, please sign up for a LEAD workshop this fall. These workshops explain why a consistent brand is important for our campus. They include examples of proper use of the logo and helpful hints for using the new logo in different designs, and allow participants to ask specific questions pertaining to using the logo on various communication sources. The sessions will be offered on Sept. 5, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8. Check online for times, location, and any changes or updates. To learn more about these workshops, visit the e-training site. Sign up for workshops through your MyFresnoState portal.


Winery bottles a limited-edition wine honoring Poet Laureate Philip Levine
On August, the Fresno State Winery bottled a limited-edition wine blend to honor Philip Levine, who was the Library of Congress’ 18th Poet Laureate and emeritus professor of English at Fresno State. The commemorative wine, which Levine named Picaresque, was released publicly on Aug. 25 at a reception at the Smittcamp Alumni House on campus. Levine worked with Fresno State’s winemaker to select the blend, and chose the label from among several designed by Fresno State students. See more.

Viticulture and Enology represented at annual conference
The Department of Viticulture and Enology was well represented at the 63rd American Society for Enology and Viticulture Annual Conference this summer in Portland, Ore. in June. Faculty members Dr. Jim Kennedy, chair, and Dr. Sonet Van Zyl attended this professional meeting of the grape and wine industry, and several graduate students, research staff, and alumni also gave presentations on their grape and wine research projects. Dr. Kennedy serves on the ASEV Board of Directors as second vice president, along with alumnus John Clark of the Wine Group.

Signups encouraged for Experts List
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the online "Experts List" designed as a resource for the campus, the community and media. Faculty and staff are encouraged to enter their information into the database by going to and following the "How to get listed" link. This can include expertise in academics, administrative topics and even hobbies. Information you enter will be available online to anyone looking for a person knowledgeable in various fields. By participating, you agree to respond to requests when contacted. Most requests will come from media, and the Office of University Communications can assist you in preparing for media interviews. Please take a moment to review information submitted in the past and update as necessary. Faculty who previously submitted information may send updates as needed to Dr. Dennis Nef at For an example of the finished listing, go to "search by name," type in "Nef" and then "submit." All faculty and staff are asked to consider entering their information. If you have questions about how media use the list, contact Shirley Melikian Armbruster in University Communications at


New features coming to Bulletin Board
Thanks to all who have offered comments and critiques on the beta version of our online Bulletin Board system. We are adding new features based on feedback and plan to roll out the new version of Bulletin Board in just a few weeks. Current options allow you to go online and view postings at An email message is sent each day around noon reminding you to check new postings on the Bulletin Board website. You also can subscribe on that site to receive individual email alerts for any of the “forums” that you choose. An FAQs page on the site provides details. Future options that we’ll tell you about soon are RSS feeds, a daily email digest of all messages or individual emails of the full messages from the forums you select.


Branding guidelines revised
Two important changes have been made to the Brand and Graphics Standards Manual, based on community feedback.

  1. The University Seal remains unchanged in design, but its approved uses have been restricted. In response to faculty concerns as voiced by the Academic Senate, the President has authorized additional acceptable uses for the Academic Seal.
  2. The president determined that stationery with the seal may be used for correspondence internationally and with academic societies and publishers, and for letters of reference. Read the President’s letter to the Senate here. A letterhead template with the new logo for electronic and desktop printing has been created. See more.



facultyfacultyFour faculty lead collaborative education
entrepreneurism efforts

The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State has announced that four faculty members have been named "e-baristas" by the Coleman Foundation. E-baristas are leaders of microcommunities of Coleman Fellows Program participants across the nation building collaborative educational efforts around entrepreneurship. There are over 200 Coleman fellows representing virtually all academic disciplines. Fresno State faculty e-baristas are Dr. Andrew Hansz, a professor of finance and business law and director of the Gazarian Real Estate Center in the Craig School of Business; Betsy Hays, an associate professor of mass communication and journalism in the College of Arts and Humanities; Dr. Klaus Tenbergen, an assistant professor of food sciences and nutrition and director of the Culinology¨ program; and Dr. Lizhu Davis, an assistant professor of fashion merchandising, both within the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. The four are among 18 Coleman fellows at Fresno State — the largest number on any university campus in the United States. See more.


Blackboard Mobile Learn application launches
The Technology Innovations for Learning and Teaching team has announce the launch of Fresno State’s Blackboard Mobile Learn app. This version of Blackboard Mobile allows faculty and students on-the-go access from Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks for Apple (iOS), Android, and other mobile devices. Faculty may now post announcements and communicate with students from a mobile device. Information on how to download the Blackboard Mobile app and gain access to your courses is available on Fresno State’s Blackboard Mobile Learn support website. Click here to go to the support site. If you have any questions, or would like additional support, please contact the Technology Innovations for Learning and Teaching team at or call 278.7373.


Conflict resolution session prepares educators, professionals, students
In August, teachers, social workers, counselors, psychologists, administrators, and students attended a conflict resolution education in teacher education (CRETE) session over four Saturdays to receive a level one certification. The certification prepares potential or current public school personnel who teach social-emotional skills and strategies to address school climate issues with research-based, evidence-supported interventions. Those who attend CRETE are typically interested in creating psychologically and physically safe environments for learners of all ages. For more information, e-mail or To learn more about the award-winning, grant-supported CRETE curriculum, visit the website.


Biology Department awarded cancer research grant
Eight Fresno State cancer scholar student interns completed a summer research assignment through the Fresno State/Sanford-Burnham Partnership: Cancer Research and Training for Central California. The Fresno State Biology Department was awarded a $1.2 million grant in December 2010 to work in collaboration with the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla. The grant provides minority students a chance to spend a summer at the institute, where they became familiar with biomedical research. The goals of the partnership are to enhance cancer research potential at Fresno State, a minority-serving institution; train cohorts of undergraduate and graduate students for future cancer research centers; and track students to evaluate program progress. Additionally, the Central Valley Health Policy Institute provided resources for student research, training and community outreach. The partnership combined the strengths of all three institutions in offering cancer biology education, research and training in the Fresno State curricula. For more information visit the website. Click on the “Students” tab at the top of the webpage to read about each of the current scholars and alumni, what they have accomplished and their future research plans. 

John "Jack" Quinn passes away
John R. Quinn, professor emeritus of criminology, passed away June 21. Known as "Jack," he began teaching at Fresno State in 1969 and retired in 1993. Quinn served as a commander in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1959 to 1987 and worked for the Department of Corrections from 1958-1969. Born into an Irish Catholic family in Michigan, he was the second son of Terrence and Mary Quinn. He liked to tell his family how he and his brothers actually did walk two miles to school in the snow during the Michigan winters. He is remembered for his grace, kindness, humility, and humor even even when suffering from the effects of Alzheimer's. Quinn is survived by his wife, Kris; his brother, Terry; and numerous family members and friends who remember him fondly.




butterflyButterfly Project honors those lost in the Holocaust
By Melissa Watkins
During the month of April, Fresno State students, staff, friends and family took time out of their busy schedules to participate in the the Butterfly Project and remember the many lives lost during the Holocaust. Estimates show that approximately six million Jewish people died during this tragedy, 1.5 million of which were children. Developed by the Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas, the Butterfly Project has the goal of collecting 1.5 million hand-crafted butterflies from around the world to represent each child who died in the Holocaust. These butterflies will be displayed in an exhibit scheduled to be unveiled in spring 2014. Fresno State student Denise Altounian coordinated the collection of 145 butterflies during Camp Darfur, an event which brought awareness to genocide. In the month following the event, Fresno State students were encouraged to make butterflies at home and involve their family, friends, and community. They collected an additional 619 butterflies, bringing the grand total to 764. For those interested in learning about how to contribute, please visit the museum’s website for more information.


Fresno State Blood Drive starts Sept. 18
The first blood drive of the academic year will start at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Residence Dining Hall, east room. The drive will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Thursday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the convenience of all donors there will be multiple bloodmobile locations: the University Student Union, the Education Building, Maple Mall at the end of the Rose Garden, and Engineering East. All donors will receive a voucher for a buy one, get one free ticket to the Fresno Fair. Donors must be 17 years or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good general health. Be sure to drink plenty of water and eat a healthy meal prior to donation. All donors need photo identification and Social Security number. For more information about blood donation, contact the Central California Blood Center at 559.389.LIFE.




University Theatre season opens with Wonder of the World
Season tickets are on sale for University Theatre's 2012-13 productions at Fresno State. The season begins in the John Wright Theatre Oct. 5-13 with Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by by Brad Myers. The play starts with the mystery of what made Cass leave her husband and head for Niagra Falls, where she plans to do everything she ever wanted. Along the way, she meets some bizarre characters. Followed by detectives hired by her husband, Cass has some manic encounters which she explains away by claiming her synapses don't work properly.

Other 2012-13 University Theatre productions:

  • The Sty of the Blind Pig, by Phillip Hayes Dean, directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis, Nov. 2-10
  • The Elephant Man, by Bernard Pomerance, directed by J. Daniel Herring, Dec. 7-15
  • Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Kenneth Balint, artistic director, Feb. 15-23
  • Frozen, by Bryony Lavery, directed by Kathleen McKinley, March 15-23
  • The Arabian Nights, by Mary Zimmerman, directed by Ruth Griffin, May 3-11

Performances begin at 8 p.m., except for Sunday matinees, which begin at 2 p.m. Season tickets: $75, general admission; $65, Fresno State faculty/staff, Alumni Association members, seniors (60+) and non-Fresno State students; $50, Fresno State students. Single-performance tickets will go on sale Sept. 13. ID must be presented to claim discounted tickets. Tickets can be purchased noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the University Theatre Box Office at the north entrance of the Speech Arts Building, 278.2216. Ticket order forms and more information are available at the website.


NakamatsuKeyboard Concerts series features
pianist Jon Nakamatsu Sept. 23

Jon Nakamatsu performs works by Rameau, Schumann, Liszt, and Chopin on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. A gold medallist at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Nakamatsu has an eclectic repertoire that has made him a clear favorite on the concert circuit and in the recording studio. He has collaborated with such acclaimed conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Michael Tilson Thomas. The concert is presented with support from the Japanese-American Citizens League and other members of the Japanese-American community. Admission is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.




Benjamin Boone and Lorin Lachs
(Music and Psychology, respectively) collaborated on a paper featured on the Acoustical Society of America website. The paper was co-authored with Brooke Okada, a recent honors graduate with a double major in music and psychology.

Barlow Der Mugrdechian
(Armenian Studies) was guest lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) in July. His lecture on “William Saroyan and the First Generation of American-Armenian Writers,” was sponsored by the SOAS Armenian Studies Program, the Gomidas Institute (London), and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.


Cheng Lok Chua
(English, emeritus) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu-Kirtipur in Nepal during the 2012-13 academic year. He will teach Asian American Literature and conduct a seminar for Tribhuvan University’s English Department faculty.


Paulette Fleming
(Art and Design) led a delegation of seven Fresno State students and two staff members to the nation's capital this summer for the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, where they were honored for their dedication to educating central San Joaquin Valley youth in art through the "Hungry for Art/ART FOR HUNGER" project. See more. View photos from the festival here.


Michael GormanMichael Gorman
(Library, emeritus) will be inducted into the California Library Association's Hall of Fame during ceremonies at association's conference Nov. 2-4 in San Jose. Gorman joined the Fresno State faculty in 1988 and retired in 2007. As the leader of the campus’ Henry Madden Library, he expanded its use by the community as a research resource and also as a meeting place. See more.




Joy Goto
(Chemistry) had a photo essay recently published in Science and the CSU.  The essay showed the work of Fresno State students in bringing the fun of chemistry to children in kindergarten through sixth grade through a special partnership with the local non-profit Discovery Science Center. Melissa and Donnie Golden were also involved in the project. See more.


LannyLanny Larson
(University Communications), senior writer and editor, was honored as Professional of the Year by the Central California chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Larson was cited for his dedication to public relations and communications and his mentoring of students and fellow professionals. His work at Fresno State for the last six years follows a 40-plus-year career in newspapers, radio, television and news service work. Larson is president-elect of the Central California chapter and its professional liaison with the student chapter. He also won an Award of Excellence trophy for FresnoState Magazine, which he coordinates and edits. See more.


Robert Levine
(Psychology) was among the scientists invited to speak at “The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions” conference July 19-22 in Telluride, Colo. Other leading experts in research on compassion, altruism, social connection and service also presented their latest research findings at the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

PeterPeter Robertson
(Alumni Relations) co-presented “The Non-dues Membership Movement” at the Council of Alumni Marketing and Membership Professionals at the University of Central Florida (Orlando) in July. He recently received the 2012 "Spirit of Service Award" from Fresno State, presented by President John D. Welty, which “Recognizes his exemplary commitment to community engagement."



Ephraim Smith
(Emeritus, history) has placed his Emmy-nominated documentary "Power for the Parkinsons" on 79 public television stations, representing more than three-quarters of all U.S. TV households. Smith also has made contact with enough stations in other markets across the nation that could extend his film about a New Deal rural electrification project in Ohio to more than 90 percent of households. The documentary is narrated by the late news icon Walter Cronkite.

KlausKlaus Tenbergen
(Food Science and Nutrition) has received Modern Baking magazine’s 2012 Leadership Award for Industry Service for “serving the baking industry as a teacher, association leader and mentor.” Outside the classroom, Tenbergen has won cooking contests, consulted for a gluten-free bakery in Bolivia, and written a text and authored a Q&A column for Modern Baking. He also teaches cooking to children with special needs. See more.




Glenn DeVoogd, Ann Marquez, Patrick Newell
The recipients of the Jan and Bud Richter Awards of Excellence in Education are Glenn DeVoogd, Kremen School faculty member; Ann Marquez, Kremen School staff member; and Patrick Newell, faculty member outside Kremen School, associate university librarian - Information Technology/Electronic Resources. The Richters, the Advisory Committee, and the Kremen School Dean's Office in congratule the recipients. For additional information, please contact Inez Elliston.





Fresno State receives $41 million in grants
Fresno State’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs reports that the university was awarded more than $41 million in 246 grants during fiscal year ended June 30 – the highest grant income in nine years and second greatest ever at Fresno State. The $41 million represents a 7 percent increase over 2010-11 and 13 percent above 2009-10.
Most of the grants to Fresno State are for faculty research, student services and professional training. The mission of Fresno State’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is to advance university research and support the efforts of faculty, students and staff in fulfilling a wide range of goals. See more.


Osher Foundation awards $500,000 for transfer-student scholarships
The Bernard Osher Foundation awarded Fresno State with $500,000 to establish a scholarship endowment benefiting students transferring to Fresno State from a California community college. Each year in perpetuity the endowment is expected to fund 10, $2,500 scholarships. The first will be available for the 2013-14 academic year to junior and senior Fresno State transfer students who have demonstrated a financial need and shown academic promise in high school and community college. See more.



sportsBulldog football, soccer, volleyball on September schedule
The new-look Fresno State football team under new head coach Tim DeRuyter takes the field at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, hosting Weber State in a nonconference preseason contest in Bulldog Stadium.

Also new this year will be the conference in which Fresno State competes as the Bulldogs step up to Mountain West Conference competition after 20 years in the Western Athletic Conference. Bulldog football returns to campus at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 when Colorado, new to the Pac 12 this season, visits. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium.

The third home football game of the month is the biggest – not only Fresno State’s Mountain West debut, but it’s Homecoming and the opponent is San Diego State, which has been playing the Bulldogs since 1923. sportsKickoff is 7 p.m.
If soccer and volleyball are more your style, here’s the rest of the home Bulldog Athletics intercollegiate schedule for the month:

  • Friday, Sept. 7: Soccer vs. UC Riverside @ 7p.m., Bulldog Stadium.
  • Friday, Sept. 7: Volleyball vs. Sacramento State @7 p.m., Save Mart Center (Fresno State Classic)
  • Sept. 8: Volleyball vs. UC Davis @ noon; and vs. Utah Valley @ 7 p.m., Save Mart Center (Fresno State Classic)
  • Sept. 21: Soccer vs. CSU Bakersfield @ 7p.m., Bulldog Stadium
  • Sept. 23: Soccer vs. Cal Poly @ 1p.m., Bulldog Stadium; Faculty-Staff Appreciation Day
  • Sept. 25: Volleyball vs. Fresno Pacific @ 7p.m., Save Mart Center; Greek night and tank-top giveaway
  • Sept. 27: Volleyball vs. New Mexico @7p.m., Save Mart Center
  • Sept. 30: Soccer vs. Air Force @ 1p.m., Bulldog Stadium; Salute to Services Night, American flag giveaway


Athletics taps new talent to join Bulldog coaching lineup
Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh was busy over the summer months hiring new coaches for several Bulldog sports teams.

The newcomers are as follows:

  • Two-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year Evan Austin, who replaces Jay Udwadia as head coach of the Bulldog men's tennis program. At Drake University in Iowa, Austin’s tennis teams posted a 45-6 record in his two seasons. He was an assistant at Wisconsin before joining Drake.
  • Collins Daye became the fourth Bulldog equestrian coach, succeeding Dr. Rebecca Malmo, who left in 2010 to take a position with the Fresno County Office of Education. Daye rode collegiately at the University of Georgia, winning an individual national championship and helping the Bulldogs to the overall team championship in 2003. She has coached at Georgia and the University of South Carolina.
  • Trishia Ford was hired to succeed NCAA record-setting, Hall of Fame Bulldog softball Coach Margie Wright. Ford was associate head coach at Stanford the past four seasons, after five years as a Cardinal assistant. During her nine years in Palo Alto, Ford helped the Cardinal to a 385-155 record, five NCAA Super Regional post season tournament appearances and one trip to the Women’s College World Series (in 2004).
  • Ryan Stotland became the eighth women’s tennis coach at Fresno State, succeeding Simon Thibodeau, who led the Bulldogs the past eight seasons. Stotland was the assistant at Arizona the past four seasons where he coached five nationally ranked singles players and four nationally ranked doubles teams. Arizona also made two NCAA Tournament appearances.

New assistants are as follows:
  • Men’s basketballKenton Paulino, a standout player and then an assistant at Texas, and an assistant at Lamar University, will be responsible for game preparation, recruiting and skill development. During the summer, Michael Schwartz was promoted to top assistant and Byron Jones to the No. 2 assistant position. Nick Matson,an assistant last season, is now director of basketball operations.
  • Women’s basketballShane Rinner, the director of operations, was Texas A&M International University men’s head basketball coach. Ron Stewart was associate head coach at Nevada. Hanna Howard and Danyelle Snelgro were assistants at Utah State, where Raegan Pebley coached until she joined Fresno State in April.
  • SoftballSarah Pickering has been an assistant at Cal State Fullerton, Florida State and Stanford. Carly Wynn has been an assistant at Florida State the past two seasons.
  • Baseball -- Shaun Larkin, an assistant for Cal State Northridge and an assistant in the Cleveland Indians organization after a six year professional career.
  • LacrosseJulia Decker, the inaugural-season coach at Hilbert College, and Sara Lautenbach, a volunteer assistant at Drexel University and coach at Holy Family University for two seasons.

    fruitFresno State makes world's largest smoothie

    The Guinness World Record for the largest smoothie is now held by a team of Fresno State marketing students.
    Click here for the full story.


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