California State University, Fresno - University Journal
Ocotober 2012 Vol. 16 No. 2
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International students share common bond with Americans

Fresno State is working to further internationalize the campus, says Paul Hofmann, assistant vice president for International Affairs.

"In the first year, our goal towards internationalization will be to increase the number of international students attending Fresno State," he says. "Our initial recruitment activities will focus on taking Fresno State to the world and bringing international students to Fresno State."

See the full story with video here.




Victor E. Bulldog IIVictor E. Bulldog II makes debut
The 5-month-old English bulldog, Victor E. II, made his debut on Sept. 15 to begin filling the paw prints of Victor E. Bulldog and leave his own legacy. The five-month-old male received a roaring standing ovation after the first quarter of Fresno State's 69-14 victory over Colorado. Victor E. II's job is to continue the traditions set forth by his predecessor, Victor E. Bulldog, who passed away in August after succumbing to cancer. He will support the Bulldogs and make his way around town to meet the members of the Red Wave, posing for pictures and enjoying the interaction with people who love Fresno State. Fresno veterinarians Dr. Kelly Weaver and Dr. Chris Dobbins of PetER donated Victor E. II to Fresno State. They worked directly with Fresno State's previous live mascot and will help train and monitor Victor E. II to make sure he is healthy and prepared to be the best ambassador for Fresno State. See more.


Proposition 30 is of interest to higher education
Proposition 30 (The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012) is Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative that would increase state revenues for K-12 schools and community colleges. If passed by the voters this November, it would temporarily increase sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years and personal income tax rates for seven years on individuals who make more than $250,000, raising $6 billion over the next few years. In 2012-13, planned spending reductions, primarily to education programs, would not occur.

Impact on the CSU

If Proposition 30 fails, the immediate impact to the CSU would be an additional budget cut of $250 million. The California State University Board of Trustees on Sept. 19 adopted budget contingency measures based on the outcome of Proposition 30. Trustees voted to raise tuition fees by $150 a semester (5 percent) if the tax initiative ballot measure fails. Other impacts on Fresno State if the “trigger” is implemented:

  • Reduced enrollment - estimated 500-900 students
  • Cuts in courses and some programs
  • Layoffs a possibility, but minimal
  • Employee health care premium increase (must be bargained)
  • Campus budget reductions - $7 million-$8 million

If Proposition 30 passes, the additional revenue for K-12 schools and community colleges would help the state meet its obligations to these entities, as well as help the state address its on-going structural deficit. By addressing the state’s budget gap, it is possible the CSU budget would be less likely to be cut and provides an opportunity for the CSU budget to be increased in future years. 

Read more on Proposition 30:

California Voters Guide
Supporters’ website
Opponents’ website



HammonsEducation is full of powerful teaching moments
Seeing students develop a passion for something makes teaching worth it, says Amber Hammons, assistant professor in the Department of Child, Family, and Consumer Sciences. One of her most memorable teaching moments was in graduate school, when she was teaching her very first class, an introduction to psychology course. See the full story with video here.




HammonsStaff Assembly out to make Fresno State
an even better place to work

Nobody's crazy if they love Fresno, says Toni Marchini, marketing and summer conference coordinator at University Courtyard (Housing). She is from the coastal town of Carlsbad and has always loved the beach, but when she and her husband (who's from Fresno) took the plunge to come to Fresno, it was like coming home. See the full story with video here.




Fresno State's "Stop the Hate" Oct. 2-6 also celebrates Gandhi
Dwarko Sundrani, a Gandhi thinker and social worker from India, will speak at the culmination of Fresno State's Stop the Hate, Stop the Violence - Build a Culture of Peace Week activities Oct. 2 and 6. Mohandas Gandhi's 143rd birthday also will be celebrated at the first of three events at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Fresno State Peace Garden where a monument to the Indian leader is erected. A candlelight vigil for world peace also will be held. See more.


AndersonM.T. Anderson to speak Oct. 5
Award-winning author M.T. Anderson will speak at the Arne Nixon Center Advocates (ANCA) annual meeting on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Woodward Park Branch Library, 944 E. Perrin Ave., in northeast Fresno. A catered reception for the author will begin at 6 p.m. with the talk to follow at 7 p.m. Anderson has written many books for young people, including picture books for children, series books for middle grade readers, and novels for teens and adults. His science fiction satire Feed was a finalist for the National Book Award and was the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize. Anderson’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the meeting. There is no charge for admission and parking is free. For information on ANCA membership, visit or email the Center at


Budget information session Oct. 8
The campus community is invited to a budget information session from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Satellite Student Union. President Welty will provide an overview of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campus budgets, including issues that will be addressed during the 2012-13 academic year. Vice President for Administration, Cynthia Teniente-Matson, will review the Level A allocation process and Dr. Dennis Nef and Dr. John Constable will discuss how the budget is allocated through the Level B process. A question-and-answer period will conclude the session.


Women’s Campus Connection programs start Oct. 19
All staff, faculty, and administrators are invited to attend Women’s Campus Connection programs this fall. The programs will be from noon to 1 p.m. A no-host lunch will be offered. The Oct. 19 program in the Vintage Room will focus on breast cancer awareness. Associated Students Inc. will have a voter registration table at the program. Women in political service will be the theme of the Nov. 8 program, also in the Vintage Room. On Dec. 14, the program will feature holiday decorating tips and a canned food drive for charity. It will be held in the University Dining Hall and a $5 Friday lunch will be available. Please RSVP to Ar Xiong at For additional information about WCC visit:

Provost's Awards Lecture Series focuses on research Oct. 24
The Provost's Awards Lecture Series is Oct. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in Madden Library, Room 2206. Bill Bommer, professor and Craig Fellow in the Craig School of Business' Management Department, will give a lecture titled, "Winning the Research Game: Hard Learned Lessons on What gets Published and What Gets Cited." Refreshments will be served. The series showcases the recipients of the Provost's Awards and provide them with an opportunity to present, share, and discuss their work with the campus. Another goal is to raise the level of academic and intellectual discourse among colleagues, and to further enrich and build connections with others across the campus.

Leading economists address Agribusiness Management Conference
Economists, academic and business experts will discuss the economic outlook, global trade, California water quality, federal farm policy, and other key issues Nov. 7 at the 31st annual Agribusiness Management Conference at Fresno’s Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. The event is sponsored by Fresno State’s Center for Agricultural Business and Bank of America in partnership with more than 20 supporting farm businesses, agencies, and organizations. Early registration (before Nov. 1) is $100; late or walk-in is $125. For more information, call 559.278.4405 or visit See more.


Blackboard goes mobile
The Technology Innovations for Learning and Teaching (TILT) team announced the launch of Fresno State’s Blackboard Mobile Learn application in August, which allows faculty and students on-the-go access from Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks for Apple (iOS), Android, and other mobile devices. Between its launch in late August through Sep. 20, nearly 5,500 unique smartphones or tablets, like iPads, had accessed Blackboard Mobile. The Blackboard Mobile interface is optimized for mobile devices and allows students access to many features of Blackboard. Faculty and students are able to view course announcements, course content, and the gradebook. They are also able to participate in course discussion boards, blogs, and journals. An optional feature allows users to receive notifications when new announcements, content, and grades are posted to a course. Members of the TILT team are able to help students, faculty, and staff with any Blackboard-related questions including how to access Blackboard Mobile at 278.7373. On-demand support is also available on the Blackboard Mobile support site:


National Suicide Prevention Week builds awareness
In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 9-15, the Student Health Center hosted a series of activities and events focused on bringing awareness to suicide — the second leading cause of death for college students between the ages of 18 and 24. Throughout the week, more than 250 students visited the Free Speech Platform to break down common myths about suicide, learn how to recognize warning signs, and what to do if they or a friend is in need of help. The week concluded when Carolyn Brown spoke of her daughter, Kari Jorgensen, a Fresno State student-athlete in 1996 when she committed suicide. More than 125 students, staff, faculty, and community members listened to her message and plea to educate them about the warning signs and learn how to help someone in need. For more, visit the Student Health Center website or email Melissa Watkins at


LevineLevine to help measure happiness in the Himalayas
Robert Levine (Psychology) will help measure happiness among people in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan as part of the world’s first Gross National Happiness project. He says that the availability of time is a major part of happiness. Levine's recent book, The Power of Persuasion: How We're Bought and Sold, (John Wiley & Sons, 2003), has been translated into seven languages. See more.

U.S. News ranks Fresno State 9th among West’s public universities
U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2013” annual assessment of universities throughout the country ranks Fresno State No. 9 among top public regional universities in the Western United States and No. 5 in the region in keeping down student debt loads. For California’s public (state-funded) regional universities, Fresno State’s rankings are even better: sixth overall and third-lowest in student debt accumulation at $13,921, lower than most other college students, according to the report. Looking at all private and public universities in the West, Fresno State was ranked 38 th in the region, which covers 91 schools in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. See more.


Social Work Department places moratorium on fall 2013 admits
Increasing student interest in the Social Work major at Fresno State has outpaced the program’s capacity, requiring the department to place a moratorium on admitting new undergraduate students for the bachelor’s degree major for the 2013-14 academic year. The one-year moratorium applies to freshman and transfer students admitted in fall 2013. They will not be allowed to change their major to Social Work once admitted to the university. In addition to the moratorium on new admits, the Social Work Department is evaluating prerequisites for the major and changes will be announced next spring. Students interested in pursuing a Social Work major to consider applying to other CSU campuses for fall 2013. To determine which campuses are accepting Social Work majors, prospective students should consult the California State University “search degrees” webpage.


Do you have an old cell phone in need of a new home? 
The Department of Public Health at Fresno State has partnered with the Hope Phones campaign in their efforts to recycle just one percent of the estimated half-a-million phones disposed of every day in the U.S. Hope Phone utilizes resources gathered through used cell phones to outfit one million health workers, improving the lives of 50 million people while reducing hazardous waste in our communities responsibly and providing a real public health benefit abroad. Hope Phones helps community health workers connect distant patients to a medical clinic. When you recycle a used cell phone through the Hope Phones campaign, its recycling partner assigns a value to that phone that is transferred to the Hope Phones account so that they can acquire appropriate technology for the field. The average donated phone in the U.S. will allow Hope Phones to purchase two to three cell phones for the field. Smartphones can yield five to 10. Any phone is accepted – working or not, and no chargers or accessories are needed. Hope Phones' recycling partner erases all data through a certified and secure process. Bring used cell phones to McLane Hall, Room 184.


Dr. Orozco praised as bilingual education icon
Dr. Cecilio Orozco, a professor emeritus of literacy and early childhood education at Fresno State, died Thursday, Sept. 6, in Fresno. He was 83. He is remembered as “an icon among Mexican American educators in California and the United States” and “a man of wisdom, integrity and compassion for others.” Dr. Orozco, who also was an expert on calendars of the ancient Maya and Aztec cultures, joined the Fresno State faculty in 1975, after receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from Northern Arizona University. He earned his doctorate from the University of New Mexico. See more.




brandIn April, Fresno State’s branding campaign was launched and many departments and offices have since jumped on the brand bandwagon. The American English Institute was among many units spotted on SAFARI Day Sept. 12 sporting table covers with the distinctive new logo design.

According to Melanie Harbin in Procurement and Support Services, 50 table covers and 250 name badges with the new branding have been ordered through her office at a significant savings.

A "show and tell" of samples of the new items was scheduled during the summer in conjunction with University Communications, and Harbin figured a half dozen people might attend. Instead, nearly 40 came to see the available options and Harbin ultimately placed three group orders. 

"Knowing there would be many offices and departments wanting new table covers and name badges, it made sense to coordinate group orders to take advantage of quantity discounts," Harbin noted. "We saved $3,200 on the table covers and $675 on the name badges as a result of the consolidation."

Harbin plans to place another group order in October and those who need new table covers or name badges may contact her at 278.5022 for details on choices and pricing.

Anyone creating brochures, fliers, posters or other printed items with the new campus logo, who has questions about proper usage, may attend one of the monthly LEAD training sessions on "A Guide to Using the New Fresno State Brand." The next session is scheduled at 9 a.m. Oct. 11. Register through the My Fresno State portal.

brandHow have you adopted the new Fresno State brand in your area? This student group did a great job incorporating the new logo into their booth in the Free Speech Area. Send digital photos of your efforts to Tamyra Pierce, director of Social Media and Integrated Marketing, at and we'll highlight some examples in future issues of the University Journal.  

Any time you have a logo, marketing or other branding question,
send an email to for help.






serviceMake A Difference Day is Oct. 27
The Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning invites participation in Make a Difference Day, a nation-wide day of helping others, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27.  Fresno State volunteers can choose from three projects: trail building with Sierra Foothill Conservancy, event preparation at Rotary Storyland, or rebuilding a park with Fresno PARCs. Volunteers may participate individually or as a group. For more information and to register, call the Richter Center at 278-7063, or email Deadline for registration is Oct. 24.  All volunteers must pre-register, sign waiver forms, and provide their own transportation.


ServiceGreat Sierra Rivers clean-up impacts community
by Chris Fiorentino
Approximately 115 Fresno State students took part in the Great Sierra Rivers Clean-up on Sept. 15-16. Students helped clear over 13 tons of debris, including 343 tires that littered the San Joaquin River. Professor Mark Somma's (Political Science) students take a leading role in this project and will be responsible for a number of other outstanding projects this coming semester. For example, students from Dr. Somma's class, in conjunction with RiverTree Volunteers, will be completing work on "Pathway to Our Ancestors," a Native American garden at Woodward Park. This fall, they will complete a "living" fence of plants around the site and begin educational kiosks on Native American use of local plants. A student team is also working with California Fish and Game on the new children's park in Friant. The innovative park is currently in the planning and design stage and should move to construction in the near future. Students will also take part in native plant restoration programs, an educational "Troutfest" event in spring 2013, and assist with grant writing which has brought in $750,000 in the last four years to support a variety of environmental, educational and other service projects.




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 that 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. Tickets are $17 for the general public, $15 for Fresno State faculty and staff, seniors (60 and over), alumni, and military. Student tickets are $10. An 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.


Alexander String QuartetAlexander String Quartet performs Oct. 10
The Alexander String Quartet performs Schubert and Kodály, plus Schumann's Piano Quintet with Andreas Werz on piano, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world's premier ensembles over nearly three decades. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet has also established itself as an important advocate of new music through over 25 commissions and numerous premiere performances. The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, serving there as directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at the School of Music and Dance in the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University and ensemble-in-residence of San Francisco Performances. Admission is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.


CollardKeyboard Concerts series and L'Alliance Franšaise de Fresno
present pianist Jean-Philippe Collard Oct. 24

Jean-Philippe Collard performs works by Debussy and Chopin on Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. One of Fresno's favorites, this French pianist returns in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy's birth in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on Aug. 22, 1862. Jean-Philippe Collard has established his reputation worldwide as a leading soloist with orchestras, and as a recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist with more than thirty titles to his credit, including the prize-winning Ravel Concerti with Lorin Maazel and the Orchestre National de France. Admission is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.




Betsy A. Hays
(Mass Communication and Journalism) spoke at the Entrepreneurship in Education Conference sponsored by the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Sept. 14 about "PR Tips and Tactics to Promote Your Entrepreneurship Center." Hays will be part of three sessions at the Public Relations Society of America 2012 International Conference in October in San Francisco. She and her CSU Fullerton colleague, Dr. Doug Swanson, will be featured during a breakout session titled, "The Best of PR Journal," for their article, "Prevalence and Success of Reverse Mentoring in Public Relations (published in 2011). Hays will also be on two panels: "Teaching Entrepreneurship in the PR Major" and "Fostering Mentoring and Reverse Mentoring Skills in PR Undergraduates." She will serve as the morning keynote with a talk entitled "Engage Your Audience Using Social Media" at the Valley Cultural Coalition's Getting Connected Conference on Oct. 19 in Fresno.

Julie Olson-Buchanan and Francine Oputa
(Management and Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute, respectively) have been selected by the Marjaree Mason Center as being among of the Top Ten Professional Women for 2012. They will be honored at an awards luncheon on Oct. 19. Details:


Lanny LarsonLanny Larson
(University Communications) was inducted in the Fresno State Mass Communication and Journalism Alumni and Friends Hall of Fame. Larson was a Fresno Bee reporter and editor most of his career before becoming senior writer/editor in Fresno State's Office of University Communications. He retires Oct. 19. See more.




PeterPeter Robertson
(Alumni Relations) presented “Altruistic Philanthropy: Giving Time, Talents & Treasure” to the Junior Board of the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce. The newly-launched program is comprised of nearly 50 leaders from surrounding high schools.







Soccer, volleyball, football, women’s basketball
on tap in October

The transition from fall to winter sports is reflected in the Bulldog Athletics home lineup this month with just one football game, but soccer and volleyball aplenty and the start of the women’s basketball season with an exhibition the night before Halloween.

PebleyWomen’s basketball takes the floor under new head coach Raegan Pebley in an exhibition at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 with crosstown rival Fresno Pacific. The Bulldogs will be looking to make a splash in a new conference – the Mountain West – after winning five titles in the Western Athletic Conference and making five straight NCAA postseason appearances.

There’s just one football home game during October after three in September (and two more in November). It’s a conference game against Wyoming with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Bulldog Stadium. It will be Football Fiesta Night, paying tribute to the central San Joaquin Valley’s Mexican heritage.


sportsHere’s the rest of the October schedule:

  • Oct. 11 – Volleyball vs. Colorado State,7 p.m., Save Mart Center, Breast Cancer Awareness Night
  • Oct. 12 – Soccer vs. New Mexico, 7 p.m., Bulldog Stadium, Men’s Soccer Club Night
  • Oct. 13 – Volleyball vs. Wyoming, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 14 – Soccer vs. San Diego State, 1 p.m., Celebrate Youth Soccer Month and Bring a Kid to the Game Day
  • Oct. 18 – Volleyball vs. CSU-Bakersfield, 7p.m., Bring a Kid to the Game Night
  • Oct. 19 – Volleyball vs. UNLV, 7 p.m., Alumni Night
  • Oct. 27 – Soccer vs. UNLV, 7 p.m., Senior Night



tomatoTomatoes get CO2 enrichment in graduate research trials

A plant science experiment being conducted by a Fresno State graduate student has attracted the attention of researchers from universities and government agencies interested in the prospect of reduced greenhouse gas emissions. See more.


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President, John D. Welty
Vice President for University Advancement, Peter N. Smits
Associate Vice President for University Communications, Shirley Melikian Armbruster
Director of University Web Communications and Publications, Bruce Whitworth
Managing Editor, Lanny Larson • Editor, April Schulthies
Photographer, Cary Edmondson • Videographer, Randy Haar
Web Coordinator, Kevin Medeiros • Editorial Assistant, Angel Langridge
Production Assistant, Leilani Esqueda