California State University, Fresno - University Journal
February 2013 Vol. 16 No. 6
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A passion for meaningful service

Community service achieves two goals at the same time, says Chris Fiorentino, director of the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning: providing a quality service to the community and a meaningful learning experience for students. See the full story with video here.





Jennifer Sobieralski, left,
and Deborah Adishian-Astone

New Gibson Farm Market to open
The new Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market is about to open, offering 4,800 square feet and 2,350 in floor space. Located just south of the current market, which is on the southeast corner of Chestnut and Barstow avenues, the new market was made a reality through a $1.5 million dollar bequest from the estate of Joyce Mae Gibson. New features include a hand-dipped ice cream counter with 12 favorite flavors, plus specialty flavors customers can sample. See the full story with video here.






SharmaIndian folk performances shape social justice
Good communication can be used to sell more than products or merchandise, says Devendra Sharma, associate professor, Department of Communication. It can also help sell good ideas. See the full story with video here.





Doug HansenHansen brings Aesop to California
The traditional Aesop’s fables are coming to California, thanks to Doug Hansen, professor, Art and Design Department. See the full story with video here.






Fresno State joins Cal State Online program
Fresno State joins the California State University's systemwide online initiative – Cal State Online – as it begins to offer fully online degree completion programs. Cal State Online launched its first program on Jan. 14 with a bachelor's degree completion program in business administration, taught and administered by faculty at Cal State Fullerton. At Fresno State, an online Master of Business Administration and a certificate program in Homeland Security will begin to accept applications later this year. See more.

WeltyPresident Welty delivers his last assembly speech
Dr. John D. Welty looked ahead to a promising spring semester and looked back with fondness over his 20-plus years at Fresno State in his final speech to faculty and staff on Jan. 14. Welty retires this summer. See more.





Brown's proposed budget signals renewed higher ed investment
Governor Brown recently released his 2013-2014 state budget proposal that signals a renewed investment in higher education with the addition of $125.1 million in state funding for the California State University. The Governor's budget also reinstates $125 million that was cut from last year's budget and was due to be reimbursed in this year's budget following the successful passage of Proposition 30. See more.


Designated smoking areas total 22
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management (EHS/RM) completed a review of all existing 22 smoking locations with the participation and assistance of a student representative of Project Impact (an anti-smoking advocacy group affiliated with the American Lung Association), and a campus staff member who happens to be a smoker. The goal was to ensure that each of the locations did not feature an unsafe or inappropriate proximity to the following:

  • Pedestrian gathering areas
  • Essential pathways (such as sidewalks, stairwells)
  • Sensitive locations (such as child care areas/drop off points)

The McLane Hall West side location was eliminated due to an unsafe and inappropriate proximity to pedestrian gathering areas and essential pathways. A suitable replacement in the heart of campus was not available. A "no smoking" sign has been installed along with a brochure box containing maps detailing the remaining 22 designated smoking locations.

If you have any questions about the review results or the campus smoking policy, please contact Lisa Kao, Manager of EHS/RM at 278.6910 or


Peter Buffett speaks Feb. 2 at Fresno City College
The College of Arts and Humanities invites faculty and staff to "Life is What You Make It: A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffett," Saturday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m., Fresno City College, Old Administration Building Auditorium. Buffett is the son of legendary investor Warren Buffett. He shares that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a philosophy: Forge your own path in life. Tickets are limited and willl be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is relaxed. Please email Trisha Sandford at


Haroutyunian present series on the Armenian Genocide
Dr. Sona Haroutyunian (University of Venice), the 10th Henry K. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies, will hold illustrated public lectures on the theme of the Armenian Genocide in the spring semester, concentrating on the renowned Italian-Armenian novelist Antonia Arslan’s genocide narrative Skylark Farm. The first lecture is at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at the University Business Center, Room 191. It will focus on the literary genre as an instrument, which brings greater attention to the historical phenomenon of the Armenian Genocide. To what extent are these narratives true to historical events? To what extent can an author use the devices of literary fiction while still remaining authentic in the telling of history? Does reading fiction about this particular historical event alter the way we think about the nature of historical memory? These are some of the questions that will be explored during the first lecture. Additional lectures will be held Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. All lectures will be held at the University Business Center, Room 191. For more information on the lecture series, please contact the Armenian Studies Program at 278.2669.


Avoid phishing scams

You log into your email and there is an official-looking message from Fresno State. It features the new logo, along with a request to provide your email log in credentials. It must be legitimate, right? Wrong!

bogus message

Don't fall for this phishing attempt, even though it looks like it came from Fresno State. Be aware that it is relatively simple for anyone to add the Fresno State logo to their email and the use of the Fresno State brand does NOT mean the contents or the sender of the email are legitimate.

Here are some tips to help you recognize a bogus (phishing) email:

  • It might look like an official email with correct logos and other identifying information copied from actual Web sites, and it might include convincing details about your personal information. Don’t fall for this. Just because it “looks” official does not mean it is.
  • It might appear to come from your bank or financial institution or a company you regularly do business with, such as Wells Fargo or Ebay. These are a couple of common business phishing emails. The difference is that no bank or legitimate site will ask you to give your personal information through an email.
  • It might appear to be from someone you know. "Spear phishing" is a targeted form of phishing in which an e-mail message might look like it comes from Fresno State or from a colleague who might send an e-mail message to everyone employed at Fresno State, such as Human Resources or ITS. If in doubt, call the department (not the phone number listed in the email) and ask if the email is legitimate.
  • It might tell you to call a customer support phone number because your account will be closed or other problems could occur if you don't respond. A person or an audio response unit waits to take your account number, personal identification number, password, or other valuable personal data. If in doubt, call the company directly (not the phone number listed in the email) to confirm the request is legitimate.
  • It might include links to other Web sites requesting personal information. Never enter your personal information on an unsecured website (one that doesn't have https at the beginning) or on a website you've been directed to via email.

The bottom line is never respond to an email with your personal information. Legitimate companies and organizations, including Fresno State, will never ask for personal information in an email request.

For information on Fresno State's branding standards, click here.





Help save a life – donate blood
The Central California Blood Center and the Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning encourages faculty and staff to help save a life by donating blood at the first blood drive of the spring semester. A special “Kick Off” blood drive will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Residence Dining Hall, East Room. The drive will continue on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be four donation locations on Wednesday and Thursday:  two blood mobiles will be parked at University Student Union, Kremen School of Education Building, Engineering East, and the Maple Mall.

Donors will receive a free vintage t-shirt and special coupons. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration. Please eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids four hours prior to donation. Donating blood takes less than an hour and saves lives.

For more information on blood donation, please call the Central California Blood Center at 224.2900.


serviceKids Day is March 5
Kids Day is one of the Valley’s largest and most visible special events to benefit Children’s Hospital Central California. Thousands of volunteers help by selling a special “Kids Day” edition of the Fresno Bee for $1. Last year, more than 1,500 Fresno State students, faculty, and staff helped to raise more than $36,000. Since its beginning, Kids Day has raised more than $4 million for Children's Hospital Central California.

Faculty, students and staff can help in three ways: (1) volunteer to sell papers, (2) help recruit other volunteers by sharing information on this event with friends, students and colleagues and (3) buy the papers from volunteers around campus.

For more information and to register to participate please contact Renee Delport in the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at 278.7063, or email




KathyKathy de Ramos thrives
in campus diversity
By Hank Declore
(Department of Anthropology)

Kathy de Ramos has lived a life immersed in diversity. She was raised by Filipino parents who settled in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in the Persian Gulf, where her father worked as an electrical engineer. Kathy attended a Catholic school run by Italian nuns with classes taught by a largely Indian teaching staff. Her classmates were from all over the world.

Kathy is thriving in Fresno State's own diverse and open social environment. In Dubai, Kathy says, you get to know new people through existing acquaintances. But in California, you can spark up a conversation with a stranger and reveal shared interests that can turn into a new friendship.

At Fresno State, she actively seeks opportunities to meet different kinds of people. For example, she has served as a volunteer for International Student Services and Programs. With ISSP, she helped organize the international student orientation, a role that made her new international student friends while aiding their transition to a new place. Kathy's apartment complex, near campus, is also a "good place to meet people from different cultures." There, she has made many friends, both international and American. "I like that I am constantly being exposed to different cultures," she says.

Kathy's nationality and country of origin are a natural discussion starter. She relishes chances to help American students, especially, understand more about where she comes from. Kathy tells a story about an icebreaker in one of her classes, in which she fielded many questions about herself from her classmates. She was happy to answer, especially when it came to Dubai. Someone asked her if Dubai is all "camels and deserts," to which Kathy replied, "Oh no. It's Ferraris and Lamborghinis and lots of tall buildings."

Kathy says some good friendships have grown from these informal education sessions. Just as others are interested in Kathy's background, she in turn is also "intrigued by people who live here."

Kathy is an accounting major and aspires to a career as a CPA. She chose Fresno State over some other universities in Houston, Texas, where her parents now live. She says she likes the social atmosphere in California (friendlier), the moderate size of Fresno, and the pleasant campus environment (more trees!).



University Theatre presents the Contemporary Dance Ensemble
Frozen by Bryony Lavery, directed by Kathleen McKinley, runs March 15 - March 23 in the John Wright Theatre. The play covers the story of an English woman named Nancy whose ten-year-old daughter disappears after leaving her grandmother's house. While Nancy does not know what happened to her daughter, the audience knows the girl was the victim of a serial killer, Ralph. A series of events links the Ralph and Nancy together through a psychologist researching horrific crimes.

Other 2012-13 University Theatre productions include 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 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, or by calling 278.2216. Ticket order forms and more information are available at the website.


Toren-Loewenheim-Werz trio performs Feb. 1
The Toren-Loewenheim-Werz trio performs works by Haydn, Schubert, and Brahms at 8 p.m., Feb. 1 in the Concert Hall. This concert marks the debut performance of the newly established Fresno State Trio comprised of violinist Limor Toren-Immerman, cellist Thomas Loewenheim, and pianist Andreas Werz, all music professors. Educated at prestigious institutions including University of Southern California, Indiana University, and the Freiburg Conservatory in Germany, these three colleagues have been active with great success as performers, pedagogues, competition jurors, and recording artists in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. General admission is $18, seniors $12, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.


DouglasKeyboard Concerts presents pianist Barry Douglas Feb. 24
Barry Douglas performs works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms at 3 p.m., Feb. 24 in the Concert Hall. Gold Medallist at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, this Irish-born pianist is firmly established as one of today's most versatile and brilliant artists who has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Michael Tilson Thomas. General admission is $18, seniors $12, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.







Hank Charles
(Alumni) was featured in Business Street's "40 Under 40." He is the only Fresno State employee being so honored this year. See more.


covinoWilliam Covino
(Provost) has been elected to serve on the American Association of Teacher Educators (AACTE) Board.





Betsy Hays
(Mass Communication and Journalism) and Tori Randolph (alumna) have co-authored “Land Your Dream Career: 11 Steps To Take In College,” which shows readers what they can do in college to successfully pave the way for future employment in Land Your Dream Career. The authors provide 11 easy-to-follow strategies for effectively using time on campus to start building a career. The book is available on


GenelleGenelle Taylor Kumpe
(Lyles Center) has opened Blown Away – a hair salon specializing in wash, blow and style – at River Park. She is the associate director of Fresno State’s Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.




Michael Mahoney
(Recreation Administration Department) participated in the CSU Hospitality Management Lobby Day in Sacramento on Jan. 29. The focus was to reinforce the importance of the CSU to the California economy by demonstrating how the CSU hospitality management programs prepare people to lead the hospitality industry, which is a major economic engine in the state.

kevinKevin Medeiros
(University Communications) has been elected to serve as the technology director of FLYP – Fresno Leading Young Professionals. See more.





James R. Wilson
(Emeritus, Mass Communication and Journalism) was recognized for his support of the San Francisco Jazz Center by the engraving of his name on the wall of glass for the Grand Opening of the SF Jazz Center facility in January 2013. In addition to teaching at Fresno State from 1981 to 2005, Wilson spent many years assisting the campus radio station, KFSR 90.7FM.





WoolfMadden Library honors donor of the year
Jack Woolf was honored at the Madden Library’s 13th Annual Donor Recognition Reception Jan. 18. Woolf’s was a founding member of the Madden Library’s Central Valley Political Archive. Established in 2000, the archive is a resource for researchers that serves to preserve the legacy of legislators from the Central Valley. Woolf played an instrumental role in obtaining the Giffen, Inc. papers for the library’s Special Collections Research Center. These records detail the operations of Russell Giffen, who oversaw one of the largest farming operations in the region. See more.



SlotnickSlotnick pledges major gift to advance Deaf Studies
Joseph Slotnick — deaf from the age of three — has left a $1.5 million bequest to Fresno State's Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies in honor of his parents. His gift will support “The Silent Garden,” a project that promotes communication for the deaf and hard of hearing. Slotnick was the fifth deaf student to graduate from Harvard and is considered a pioneer in computer programming. He was also involved in the development of TTY telecommunications devices for the deaf and hard of hearing. See more.





sportsBasketball, softball, and more in February
The Bulldogs offer exciting variety this month. Whether you're a fan of Fresno State basketball, softball, baseball, equestrian, track and field, or tennis, you're in for action in February.

Women's Basketball
Saturday, Feb. 9 vs. San Diego State at 5 p.m. National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Pack the House.
Saturday, Feb. 16 vs. Wyoming at 2 p.m. Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Pink Zone - wear Pink, tickets are $3
Wednesday, Feb. 20 vs. Nevada at 7 p.m. Mascot Night. Buy Ticket and receive 20% off at Bulldog Shop.
Wednesday, Feb. 27 vs. Colorado State at 7 p.m. Girl Scout Night - Girl Scout Patch/Girl Scout Troops purchase tickets for $3

Men's Basketball
Wednesday, Feb. 6 vs. UNLV at 6 p.m. Greek Night - Greek Tank Top Give Away.
Wednesday, Feb. 13 vs. New Mexico at 7 p.m. AG Night - $1 of each ticket goes towards San Joaquin FFA
Saturday, Feb. 23 vs. Boise State at 7 p.m. Boyd Grant Night, 1983 poster Give Away, White Out, T-Shirt Give Away.

Friday, Feb. 8 vs. UTEP at 4:30 p.m. Opening Day
Friday, Feb. 8 vs. UC-Riverside at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9 vs. Southern Mississippi at 1:30 p.m. Country Theme, best dressed wins a prize. Salute to Saturdays (Veterans and Military free with ID.)
Saturday, Feb. 9 vs. UC Davis at 6 p.m. Salute to Saturdays (Veterans and Military free with ID)
Sunday, Feb. 10 vs. Sacramento State at 3:45 p.m. First 200 fans receive autograph cards.
Wednesday, Feb. 13 vs. CSU- Northridge at 3 p.m., Double Header Day. Fan wins free blanket.
Wednesday, Feb. 13 vs. CSU-Northridge at 5 p.m., Double Header Day. Fan wins free blanket.
Wednesday, Feb. 20 vs. CSU-Bakersfield at 6 p.m., Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Night. Autographed item to longest season ticket holder.

Friday, Feb. 15 vs. UC-Santa Barbara at 6:35 p.m. Opening Day Weekend, Season Ticket Give Away
Saturday, Feb. 16 vs. UC-Santa Barbara at 6:35 p.m. Opening Day Weekend, Season Ticket Give Away
Sunday, Feb. 17 vs. UC-Santa Barbara at 1:05 p.m. Opening Day Weekend, Season Ticket Give Away
Tuesday, Feb. 19 vs. Sacramento State at 6:35 p.m.

Track and Field
Sunday, Feb. 17, Run for the Dream at Save Mart Center (All Day)

Friday, Feb. 1 vs. Auburn at 9 a.m. and Kansas State at 1 p.m.

Men's Tennis
Friday, Feb. 8 vs. San Diego State at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10 vs. Auburn at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23 vs. Pacific at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24 vs. Sacramento State at 12 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Friday, Feb. 22 vs. Sacramento State at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23 vs. UC Davis at 10 a.m.


bearsValentine's Day universal appeal

The romance of Valentine's day captivates nations around the world. Whether you are expressing your love through notes or acts of kindness, Valentine's Day is certainly a tradition that is here to stay.
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