Uncertain future for higher education in California
The following opinion piece was submitted to Central California newspapers for publication by President Welty and Dr. Richard A. Johanson, founder and chair of Johanson Transportation Service and an honorary doctorate recipient from Fresno State:
California voters will face a crucial question when they go to the polls Nov. 6 – Is higher education worth their investment for the good of society and the economic future of our state?
After years of systematic legislative disinvestment in higher education, the percentage of Fresno State’s budget provided by the state dropped from 96% in 1991 to 48% in 2011. Now we are faced with the possibility of yet another cut that will severely hinder Fresno State’s ability to prepare the next generation of leaders.
According to the 2012-13 budget signed by Gov. Brown, the state will maintain only current funding levels for California State University campuses if voters approve Proposition 30. This initiative would increase personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years, and increase sales tax by a quarter-cent for four years.
If the voters approve the initiative, this year’s budget remains the same. But if Proposition 30 is not approved, it will automatically trigger a mid-year, $250 million state budget reduction that would slash state support to approximately 41 percent of the CSU budget. Fresno State’s share of that reduction would be $7 million to $8 million.
As we move toward the election, it is important to keep in mind what this will mean for current and future students. The CSU Board of Trustees determined that if the initiative fails and the trigger cuts are enacted, the system must raise tuition yet again.
Starting in January, tuition fees would go up about $150 a semester for California residents and $270 a semester for out of state students. Additionally, bargaining with employees will occur to ask them to pay more for health benefits.
Naturally our focus is on the impact of budget cuts to Fresno State, but the consequences would extend far beyond the CSU system. Trigger cuts would result in less money for local public safety agencies, shorter academic years for public K-12 schools and an additional $250 million cut to the University of California budget.
Fresno State’s prudent fiscal management puts us in the fortunate position of having sufficient reserve and carry-forward funds to allow the university to make deliberate changes over a one- to two- year period – without the need for a dramatic disruption. But once these funds are depleted, the university must face the full impact of the new budget reality. The long-term implications will be far-reaching and profound, including a significant enrollment reduction.
Fresno State exists to provide an education that transforms students and improves the quality of life in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. That commitment has never wavered, and arguably has never been more critical.
Public Policy Institute of California projects that in 2025, 41 percent of jobs will require at least a bachelor’s degree, but only 35 percent of working-age adults will have reached that level of education. This growing gap will surely hinder California’s ability to compete in the global economy, and well could result in lower incomes for residents, reduced tax revenue for state and local governments and greater dependence on social services.
We are at a crossroads as we approach this fall election. We strongly believe there has never been an election with this magnitude of consequences for the future of California.
During this period of great uncertainty, we urge voters to stay informed and engaged. The future of higher education in California is in their hands.
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FACULTY / STAFF SPOTLIGHT
The sky's the limit for geology students
Fresno State offers one of the strongest geology programs for undergrads in the nation, says Beth Weinman,
assistant professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, and member of the Water Cohort. See the full story with video here.
Travel, family in plans for retiree
Edwin Hendrix might not seem like someone who's traveled to South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America — but appearances can be deceiving. The library services specialist started working at Fresno State on March 25, 1974. In his 38 years on campus, he's done a lot of traveling and seen a lot of changes. "It’s been a great place to work," he says. "I’ve really enjoyed working in the university atmosphere, and also in the library. I’m just thankful I’ve had a job I’ve enjoyed so much." See the full story with video here.
Madden Library offers presentation on technology and food
Madden Library presents its second program in Technology and Culture: Progress or Peril on Friday, Nov. 9. Reception is 6 to 6:45 p.m., Secnd floor, North Wing; program and discussion are 7 p.m., Secnd floor, South Wing, room 2206. Discussion covers what’s new in food preparation and looks at ways technology has changed food preparation. Speakers cover how our traditional ways of cooking have been affected by Internet access, recipe sites, global cuisine, and new ingredients. Nykole Hibbs and Terry Hibbs from Dinner My Way describe their innovative dinner preparation service. Alexa Popplewell from Whole Foods talks about technology’s implications on home cooking –f rom the grocery store to your kitchen table. Reservations are required by Nov. 5. RSVP to 278.5790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Education Week is Nov. 13-17
Fresno State is celebrating International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 13-17 as part of the campus' internationalization effort. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, and is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. Lectures, panel discussions, and cultural performances will take place on the Fresno State campus and all are open to the public. The full schedule can be found at www.fresnostate.edu/cge/international/iew.html.
Venture Forum speakers include columnist Walters, USDA’s Humiston
Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee and more than 50 other California newspapers, will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Central Valley Venture Forum 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13 at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Glenda Humiston, California state director for USDA Rural Development, will cover “The State of California Agriculture and Rural Investing” when she speaks at lunch, while Walters’ topic will be “What Now? California Post-Election Analysis and its Business Impact.” Individual tickets, which include lunch and an afternoon reception, cost $60 before Nov. 6 ($75 after). Students can register for $25 through the Lyles Center. Seating is limited. Details are available at www.ValleyVentureForum.com or contact Casey Lamonski, 917.7971. See more.
WET Center receives award
for commitment to water infrastructure
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld has presented Fresno State’s Claude Laval Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center with the Pacific Southwest Region’s 2012 Efficient Water Infrastructure Award. The region encompasses California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Pacific islands and tribal lands. The center and much of Fresno State’s water research and academic programs are housed in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. See more.
Fresno State alumnus is new CSU chancellor
Dr. Timothy P. White, a California State University, Fresno graduate and the 1997 Top Dog Distinguished Alumnus, is the new chancellor of the 23-campus California State University system, which includes Fresno State. White is the chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. He graduated magna cum laude from Fresno State in 1970 with a degree in physical education. He received his master’s degree from CSU East Bay and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a post-doctoral scholar in physiology at the University of Michigan and is internationally recognized for research in muscle plasticity, injury and aging. See more.
Marjaree Mason Center honors five women with campus connection
Five women with Fresno State connections are among the Marjaree Mason Center’s Top Ten Professional Women for 2012. The honorees are Dr. Julie Olson-Buchanan, who chairs the Department of Management in the Craig School of Business; Dr. Francine Oputa, director of the Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute; alumna Dora Westerlund, president and CEO of the Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; alumna Nancy Hollingsworth, president and CEO of St. Agnes Medical Center; and Dr. Matilda Soria, research and development director of Reading and Beyond. See more.
Photo by CollegianNew California Ventures
will aid Valley commercialization efforts
Support for business development and commercialization opportunities takes a significant step forward with the creation of New California Ventures, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Fresno State Foundation. The entity was created to facilitate work that Fresno State’s Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s engages in with existing and start-up private companies to provide consulting services and some financial assistance to help launch private commercialization efforts. In addition, New California Ventures will work directly with central San Joaquin Valley entrepreneurs and Fresno State faculty researchers. See more.
Early education pioneer Joyce M. Huggins dies
Dr. Joyce Margaret Murray Huggins, a Fresno State professor emerita of teacher education and the namesake of Kremen School of Education and Human Development’s Joyce M. Huggins Early Education Center, passed away Oct. 5 at her Fresno home. She was 97. She was born in Onalaska, Wis., and remembered she “taught school to all my dolls when I was a youngster.” After serving as director of federal Head Start programs for Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada, Dr. Huggins joined the Fresno State faculty in 1970 charged with developing a graduate program in early childhood education. See more.
Director emeritus Richard Arndt dies
Dr. J. Richard Arndt, director emeritus of Advising and Testing Services, died on October 6 at his home in Sonora. He was 74. Dr. Arndt grew up in Portland, Ore. He went to Wheaton College in Illinois, earning a B.S. in Geology. He served in the Army (1961-63), then attended Oregon State University, graduating with an Ed.M. in Guidance and an M.S. in General Science. At Michigan State University, he earned a Ph.D. in Administration and Higher Education in 1970. In 2000, after 26 years of service, he retired from Fresno State. Dr. Arndt was actively involved with several churches, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and supporting missionaries. He volunteered his time with a tutoring program for underprivileged children, as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care, and with prison ministries. He had a great love for traveling, reading, and being with family and friends. He especially found joy in spending time with his grandkids. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Scott Arndt; daughter, Heidi (Lorne) Vandemark; grandchildren, Tyler and Kenna; sister, Cathy Congdon; and former wife, Jan Arndt. See more.
Many Fresno State departments and programs are actively communicating by using social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. According to Dr. Tamyra Pierce, director of Integrated Marketing and Social Media, there are nearly 100 Facebook pages associated with Fresno State.
However, having a good social media presence is more than just "having" a site. It's important to build connections and engagement. In addition, any site associated with Fresno State should also include the correct use of branding elements.
Pierce conducted an analysis of the known sites affiliated with Fresno State and found that many are featuring the old Fresno State sunburst logo or the university seal. Some sites are using the correct new logo, but it has been condensed to fit the existing space or has been cropped improperly.
The University Communications office has digital versions of the new logo, sized for use on the various social media sites. They are available by emailing email@example.com. "We encourage anyone who is the administrator of a social media site to help promote the new branding effort by using the appropriate logo," Pierce says.
The content analysis of Facebook sites also found that many of them are using the university name incorrectly (CSUF, CSU Fresno, Fresno State University, for example).
"Through our Integrated Marketing Communications work in the past year, we have designated the use of either Fresno State or California State University, Fresno for our name," Pierce said. "Consistency with our logo and name help strengthen our brand."
Here's a great example of a local business supporting the new Fresno State brand. The Save Mart Supermarket at Herndon and Fowler avenues had a Pepsi display that prominently featured "FSU Bulldogs." After Pierce contacted the manager to explain that the university does not use "FSU," he changed the display to read, "Go Bulldogs." Thanks, Save Mart!
Holiday Gift Project Fundraiser to Promote Literacy
The Richter Center for Community Engagement and First Book Fresno are calling on the generosity of the Fresno State community to give the gift of literacy this holiday season. Beginning Nov. 1, funds will be raised to provide new educational books for children in our community.
A $10 donation can provide up to four books. All financial donations will be used to purchase books. All donations are tax-deductible and receipts will be provided.
Checks should be made payable to “First Book Fresno” and mailed to the Richter Center, M/S TA 120. Donations must be received by Dec. 1 to be used for this project.
For more information, contact Renee Delport (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Trisha Studt (email@example.com) at 278.7079
Serving Fresno Day is Nov. 17
Volunteers are needed for Serving Fresno Day on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder on one of three projects: trail building with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy or refurbishment projects at Rotary Playland and Storyland, and Romain Park in southeast Fresno.
Volunteers may participate individually or as a group. Previous projects have provided long-lasting, positive results for our community.
For more information and to register, call the Richter Center at 278.7063, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer spaces are limited and location choices are on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline for registration is Nov. 14. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old, pre-register, sign waiver forms, and provide their own transportation.
Campus efforts make international study a priority
By Hank Delcore (Anthropology)
Professor Sarah Lam (Counselor Education and Rehabilitation) tells a story about a student who came to her for advice about studying abroad. The student, who was living with her family, said the idea of study abroad was scary, but she found the courage to seek Professor Lam’s advice.
Such interactions are at the heart of what Professor Lam is trying to accomplish on our campus. Besides her academic assignment, she serves as the campus coordinator of Global Education, supporting students and faculty in their international studies and research.
At the top of her list of ambitious goals, Professor Lam wants to make study abroad an integral part of the college experience at Fresno State. To achieve this goal, she wants to ensure that all first-year students are aware of the study abroad option and to ease articulation of courses. In addition, she wants to fundraise in the community to help students with financial challenges reach their study abroad goals.
“It hurts my heart to see students not go abroad because of cost,” Professor Lam says.
She also seeks to engage faculty in outreach to students about study abroad, noting, “When faculty have leadership in this, the students will follow.”
Professor Lam knows firsthand that study abroad can be a life-changing experience. She came to Fresno State from Hong Kong to earn a master’s degree in counseling and then continued her studies to earn a doctorate in educational leadership.
“Experience as an international student made me sensitive to working in the international field,” she says.
Professor Lam is motivated by her concern for student success. She believes that study abroad leads to more-engaged students and greater academic success in general. But ultimately, study abroad is about helping students reach their full potential.
Recalling the student who overcame her fear and decided to consider study abroad, Professor Lam says, “The ability to step outside the USA will have tremendous symbolic importance to students, to show how brave they are and that they have goals and dreams and the ability to reach for positions that are higher than they think they can achieve.”
University Theatre presents Sty of the Blind Pig
Phillip Hayes Dean's Sty of the Blind Pig, directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis, runs Nov. 2-3 and 6-10 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in the John Wright Theatre. The play's setting is Chicago's south side in the 1950s, just before the civil rights movement began to burgeon. Alberta (Breayre Tender), unmarried and in her thirties, shares an apartment with her mother, Weedy (Francine Oputa), and they get an unexpected visit from a wandering street singer, Blind Jordan (Myles Bullock), who is searching for a woman he once knew. The unsettling nature of their encounter leaves them changed forever.
Other 2012-13 University Theatre productions are as follows:
- 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.
Keyboard Concerts presents pianist Alon Goldstein Nov. 16
Alon Goldstein performs works by Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, Ginastera, and Beethoven on Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Protégé of the great Leon Fleisher and winner of numerous competitions, Goldstein is a favorite with audiences and critics alike throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel. Admission is $18 general, $12 seniors, and $5 for students. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.
(Mass Communication and Journalism) had his
family’s recipe for marinated lamb featured in “Heavenly Earth,” published in the Oct. 14, issue of the New York Times Magazine. Arax is an adjunct professor. See more.
(Continuing and Global Education) associate provost and dean, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to study and observe educational developments in international education in Germany. She is one of approximately 1,100 faculty and professionals in the United States who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-13. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
Thanksgiving week showcases four Bulldog sports at home
Fall and winter sports are in the November spotlight on campus as Bulldog football moves toward the conclusion of its first season under Coach Tim DeRuyter and volleyball concludes its first Mountain West Conference season, just as men’s and women’s basketball begin competition.
Football’s regular-season wind-up includes Fresno State hosting Hawaii at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Bulldog Stadium. It will be Band Day (local high school bands attending and performing at halftime with the Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band) and Youth Day (special deal includes admission, hot dog, chips and soda).
The Bulldogs conclude regular-season football Nov. 24 with a Mountain West game against Air Force. Kickoff in is at 12:30 p.m. and it’s Military Appreciation Day with reduced admission for active and former military personnel.
The extended Thanksgiving weekend will be a bonanza for the Red Wave. It begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Save Mart Center when women’s basketball under new coach Raegan Pebley hosts Grambling State, followed by volleyball vs. Air Force at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 (Armed Forces Night, with free admission for military personnel); volleyball vs. Boise State at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 for Senior Night (seniors admitted free); football Nov. 24; and men’s basketball vs. Long Beach State at 1 p.m. Nov. 25.
Volleyball starts Fresno State’s home sports schedule for the month at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, when the Bulldogs host conference rival Nevada at 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs follow up at noon Saturday, Nov. 3, playing San Diego State on Most Valuable Professor Day (free admission to faculty and staff with ID).
Men’s basketball begins its second season in the Save Mart Center under Coach Rodney Terry with an exhibition against crosstown rival Fresno Pacific at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.
Below is the rest of Fresno State’s home Athletics schedule for November:
- Women’s basketball – 7 p.m. Nov. 12 vs. Cal Maritime at Save Mart Center
- Volleyball – 7 p.m. Nov. 13 vs. UC Irvine
- Men’s basketball – 7 p.m. Nov. 16 vs. Pacific
- Women’s basketball – 7 p.m. Nov. 30 vs. Washington State
This time of year seems perfect for enjoying a good muffin with some hot chocolate or apple cider.