California State University, Fresno - University Journal
December 2012 Vol. 16 No. 4
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The Weltys

The Weltys share their Christmas traditions

Christmas brings back memories, old and new, for President John D. Welty and his wife, Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty. "I have three sisters," Brown-Welty says. "My parents used to make us sit at the top of the steps and go down to where the Christmas tree and all the presents were.... But we weren’t allowed to go down until they had the lights on and the music on."

Dr. Welty says it was pandemonium at his house with four sisters and a brother, all of whom were younger. "When my mother would sound the bell, we could all rush down to the Christmas tree," he says.

See the full story with video here.





WeltyImpacts of Prop 30:
President Welty’s message to campus community

President John D. Welty has recorded a video message about voter approval of Proposition 30 and what the campus community can expect at Fresno State. Closed captioning is available on the site. See the video here.




President Welty receives two honors
President John D. Welty was recently honored with two awards for his philanthropic leadership during his tenure at the university. The local Association of Fundraising Professionals named President Welty as a 2012 National Philanthropy Day Honoree, receiving the distinguished Special Award for Philanthropic Leadership. He was also recognized by The Business Journal as part of its 20th anniversary celebration. See more.




Dr. BenningaEducation is about morals and character,
not just academics

Moral and character education are just as important as academics, says Jacques Benninga, chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and director, Bonner Center for Character Education and Citizenship. Dr. Benninga defines character education as a focused and sustained effort by parents and the schools to concentrate on the moral and ethical behavior of students. "And essentially what we are talking about is that we want children to know what is good, and to love what is good, and to do the good," he says. See the full story with video here.


BrittPetrucci Library going increasingly digital
The V.E Petrucci Library — which has been here in some form throughout the existence of the Viticulture and Enology Program — is increasing its digital offerings, says Britt Foster, librarian, Department of Viticulture and Enology. Officially endowed in 1996 by the Viticulture and Enology Alumni Association, the library has been analyzing its collection to take it from one that offers in-library use only to one that circulates. See the full story with video here.




BSNBulldog Shopping Network lauches
The Fresno State Alumni Association announces the launch of the Bulldog Shopping Network. This is the online retail program that will allow you to shop online, and proceeds will be generated for the alumni association. The easiest way to participate is to download the Bulldog Shopping Network browser button. It takes 15 seconds and all online purchases will start generating revenue for the FSAA with regular online shopping. To download the button please visit

Student, local entrepreneur receives national attention
While working toward his degree in business administration and information systems at Fresno State, 23-year-old junior Mike Pronovost is receiving national recognition for his success as an entrepreneur. In 2009, Pronovost launched Pronovost Technologies, best-known for the online accelerator technology Powerband Internet. In February, Pronovost was recognized as the 2012 College Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. See more.


Give a Gobbler drive provides turkeys for struggling families
Fresno State's sixth annual Give a Gobbler campaign will provide student-produced holiday turkeys for struggling families through Bulldog Pantry, a student-run food bank serving university neighbors, and through the Community Food Bank and Poverello House. See more.


Mock Trial team ranks at national tournament
The Fresno State Mock Trial team placed fifth among 42 nationally ranked teams at the Mid-South Invitational tournament at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. Fresno State was the only West Coast school invited to compete. Fresno State also took home coveted individual awards: Grant Mason, a senior philosophy and political science double major; as lead plaintiff counsel; Shanna Hesketh, a senior criminology/law enforcement major, as lead defense counsel; and Jess Smith, a senior political science major, for his witness performance. See more.


Welty awards state legislator Jim Nielsen Medal of Distinction
President John D. Welty recognized longtime California legislator and Fresno State alumnus Jim Nielsen with the President's Medal of Distinction, the university's highest non-degree award. The medal was presented Nov. 7 at the 31st annual Agribusiness Management Conference in Fresno. It came one day after Nielsen won election to the State Senate from the Fourth District, which encompasses Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba counties in northern California. See more.




brandingTips for using the Fresno State brand
in social media

As many schools, colleges, programs, departments and units on campus increase their use of social media, it is important to consider proper use of the university brand. Here are some tips for ensuring that your unit's social media sites are consistent with campus brand standards.

  • Incorporate Fresno State into the name of your social media account. For instance, your Facebook URL should begin with "Fresno State," followed by your name.


Consistent with naming standards, FSU or CSUF should never be used in the URL of your page or in posts. Because of the character restrictions in Twitter accounts, the use of "FS" is acceptable for your name and for use in posts and hashtags.


  • Use properly sized images. Contact to request a profile logo appropriately sized for your specific social media site. Please do not attempt to resize your logo yourself. If not properly sized, your logo will be cut off within the profile area (see example here).
  • You are encouraged to use your new logo on your Facebook page, but please avoid over-using it (see example here). We suggest using the properly-sized logo as your profile image only (see example here). This will allow followers and fans to see the name of the university and your unit.



serviceSpring Community Service Opportunities Fair is Jan. 23
The 10th annual Spring Community Service Opportunities Fair is Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union. The event is sponsored by the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning.

During the Community Service Opportunities Fair, students will have the opportunity to learn about volunteer, service-learning, internship, and career opportunities offered through area nonprofits. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this event and send students who are interested in community service or who are required to do service as part of a class assignment. 

Limited table space is available for community partners. If you work with a community benefit organization that is interested in participating, please contact to register. For more information, please contact Renee Delport at 278.7079.


Richter Center in its fifth year
The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning celebrated its five-year anniversary in November. Established in 2007, the center is dedicated to improving the education and development of Fresno State students while creating a better community through community engagement and service learning. The Richter Center is at the core of community service efforts at Fresno State, matching volunteers with community needs, working with the campus’ service-learning programs, and providing a place where the entire campus community can find information about ways to serve. Service-learning has been incorporated into academic programs across numerous disciplines, and Fresno state students have collected more than 4.9 million hours of community service, which have had an annual economic impact of more than $25 million. 




SongSenior Song Vang sees
international study as a priority
By Hank Declore
(Department of Anthropology)

“A lot of students just come to college and want to get done with it," says senior Song Vang. "They don’t realize the opportunity to study abroad exists and the benefits study abroad can bring.”

Vang, a Linguistics and Deaf Education major, serves as University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) ambassador on campus. USAC is a consortium of study abroad programs to which Fresno State belongs. Song studied at the USAC program in Chengdu, China, for over two months last summer and now, as USAC ambassador, helps promote study abroad and its benefits to her fellow students.

Song had many reasons for wanting to study abroad, but the primary one related to her major. Some deaf students learn English as a second language and Song wanted immersion in a culture and language with which she was not familiar in order to relate better to her students’ experiences. She chose Chengdu, in southwestern China, because of its diverse population. Many minority groups live in Chengdu and surrounding Sichuan Province. Song remembers very fondly being able to spend time with a Tibetan family in the nearby town of Kanding. 

It took some time and lots of reassurance for Song to convince her parents to get on board with her plans to study in China. “This is my dream. I really want to do this,” she recalls telling them. 

It helped that USAC has a very strong support system in place for students and their parents. USAC has parent hotlines that families can use to contact their children – a major selling point for Song’s mother. USAC also provides detailed information on coursework, living arrangement and travel plans, including visas and other matters with which many students have little experience. 

Song also landed a Gilman Scholarship and a Freeman Asia Scholarship. With additional support from our own campus, she was able to study in China with very little out-of-pocket cost.

Now, as USAC Ambassador, she is visiting University 1 classrooms, as well as the Renaissance Scholars, EOP and CAMP programs to talk about study abroad and the financial aid available to support it. “I want to support my campus,” she says, “and help other students go abroad.”



TheatreUniversity Theatre presents The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance, directed by J. Daniel Herring, runs Dec. 7 through Dec. 15 in the John Wright Theatre. The play is based on the life of John Merrick (Dane Oliver), who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London's prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves (Dylan Curtis), Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other.

Other 2012-13 University Theatre productions are as follows:

  • 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.


Piano majors perform Dec. 9
Selected Fresno State piano majors will present a recital on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall. They will be performing works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Scriabin, Debussy, and Prokofiev, as well as tangos for two pianos by Piazzolla. Admission is $7 general, $6 university employees, and $5 for seniors and students. For more information, call 278.2337.




ArmbrusterShirley Melikian Armbruster
(University Communications) co-presented a workshop on Integrated Marketing with Jeanette DeDiemar of Florida State University at the 2012 American Marketing Association Higher Education Summit in New Orleans, LA.




BushJason Bush
(Biology) was appointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee by Gov. Jerry Brown. He has been an associate professor of cancer biology at Fresno State since 2012 and an assistant professor from 2006 to 2012. The appointment does not require Senate confirmation, and Bush does not earn a salary for the position. See more.



Barlow Der Mugrdechian
(Armenian Studies Program) was elected in November 2012 to a three year term on the Executive Council of the Society for Armenian Studies (SAS). The SAS is a national and international body that represents scholars in the field of Armenian Studies.


J. Daniel Herring
(Theatre Arts) is directing StageWorks Fresno's production of A Year with Frog and Toad. Alumni D. Brent Moser (1992) and Joel Abels (1996) appear as the characters Frog and Toad respectively. Performances run through Dec. 16 at the Severance Building, California Arts Academy, located in the Tower District.


MorelJoseph Morel
(Art and Design) is highlighted in the article “Sand, Skill and Fire: The Art of Glassblowing” published in The Collegian on Nov. 2, 2012. Moral’s glass blowing class provided the one-of-a-kind centerpieces for the Fresno State Alumni Association’s Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala, held at the Save Mart Center during Fresno State’s Centennial Celebration in 2010. See more.




Anil Shrestha
(Plant Science) will receive the 2013 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Weed Science Society of America in February. The award recognizes professionals for outstanding work in reviewing scientific papers in the industry. See more.




Football team headed to Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl
The Fresno State football team is headed to the 2012 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl on Dec. 24. The Bulldogs, champions of the Mountain West with a 9-3 overall record and 7-1 mark in their first season of MW play, will meet Conference USA representative SMU. ESPN will televise the game nationally and kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Pacific Time. This will be Fresno State's 24th bowl game in program history and the Bulldogs have an 11-12 all-time bowl record. It is also Fresno State's 12th bowl appearance in the last 14 seasons. See more.


sportsMen’s, women’s hoops on December’s home sports calendar
Exciting basketball games are on tap throughout December at the Save Mart Center as the Bulldog men’s and women’s teams get ready for their first season of competition in the Mountain West Conference.

The women entertain USC’s Trojans from the Pac-!2 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec 5, then close out their December home schedule on Dec. 8 vs. CSU Northridge at 2 p.m. Seniors will receive free admission and special recognition.

Coach Rodney Terry, who is in his second year at Fresno State, leads the men’s team onto the Save Mart Center Court at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, for a game against San Diego Christian. It will be Boys and Girls Club Night with youth admitted for $5 and adults for $7.

On Dec. 12, the last day of class for the fall 2012 semester, the Bulldog men host the Pac-12’s Colorado. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

UC Irvine’s in the house at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 for Bring a Kid to a Game Day, when children are admitted free with each adult ticket. And the men’s team closes out the month at 1 p.m. Dec. 30 against Sonoma State. It will be Community Basketball Day, with youth and high school students admitted for $5.


stockingThe origin of the Christmas stocking

Hanging stockings by the fireplace is a Christmas tradition that may have its origins in marriage.
Click here for the full story.



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President, John D. Welty
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