California State University, Fresno - University Journal
March 2013 Vol. 16 No. 7
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North Gym renovation soon to be completed

The renovation in North Gym, Room 118, should be completed by April 1, says Gary Wilson, senior director, Facilities Management. The 1950s-style indoor swimming pool is being converted as a result of the new aquatic center. It will offer spaces designed for many uses.

See the full story with video here.




studentsOnline writing tutorial is a first in the CSU system
Fresno State is helping students hone their writing skills with a new, first-of-its-kind Self-Paced Online Tutorial (SPOT). The effort has already drawn praise from the head of a national association focused on improving university writing. Similar to a MOOC, SPOT is the first such attempt at open online instruction in the California State University system and may be among the first in the nation that provides a self-paced tutorial on writing to help meet university requirements. The delivery platform was developed on campus by the Technology Innovations for Learning and Teaching team. See more.



bulldog2013 Top Dog Alumni Awards nominations requested
The Fresno State Alumni Association invites nominations from alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends for its 2013 Top Dog Alumni Awards. Alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves in their careers and service are honored each fall during Homecoming Week at the Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala held in the Save Mart Center. Three awards are presented:

  • The Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to an alumnus or alumna of the university, which is based on scholarship, leadership and service to the university, the region and the state. Last year's recipient was Marvin Meyers, a farming pioneer in private water banking and founder of the Meyers Water Bank and Wildlife Project. He joined other past awardees, Robert H. Oliver, a Fresno County Superior Court Judge, Trent Dilfer, an NFL analyst and Super Bowl XXXV winner; Larry Dickenson, Boeing Company's Commercial Airplanes Group senior vice president for sales; Herb Depp, vice president of Boeing Programs for General Electric's Aircraft Engines; and Joy Covey, former chief strategy officer for
  • Outstanding Alumni Awards, which recognize a Fresno State alumnus or alumna from each of the university's eight schools and colleges of academic discipline, and the Division of Student Affairs, Department of Athletics, Division of Graduate Studies, and the Henry Madden Library. Honorees are recognized for outstanding career accomplishment and as examples for current students of exceptional achievement. Past recipients include the late Air Force Col. Rick Husband, commander of the space shuttle Columbia; James Kardach, inventor of the Bluetooth; and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill; a Clio, Emmy, and Oscar-award winner Brad Lewis.
  • The Arthur Safstrom Service Award, presented to an alumnus, alumna or friend of Fresno State who has given outstanding service to the FSAA or the university. Last year's recipient was Maria Gutierrez, who joined past awardees including Hal Kissler and Maureen Lewis, Muriel and Earl Smittcamp, Robert Duncan, plus Pat and Vinci Ricchiuti. Find the nomination form here.
Nominations must be received in the alumni office, by Monday, March 11. For additional information call 278.2586. See more.



JDGriffin's technical expertise in high demand
The work day starts early for J.D. Griffin, equipment aystems specialist and field operations technician in the Technology Services Department. See the full story with video here.





Dr. KriehnUnmanned aerial system has high possibilities
Fresno State's student-developed unmanned aerial system has a camera that can automatically sense where it is in the sky and then adjust its position to maintain a lock onto the area it is scanning, says Gregory Kriehn, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. See the full story with video here.





Peggie'Purple lady' has a big heart for service
In her 43+ years at the Henry Madden Library, Peggie Morgan has seen a lot of changes. See the full story with video here.






Debbie YoungCraig connections are a career advantage
Students in the Craig School of Business can get a step up in the workforce through internships, says Debbie Young, director, Internships and Applied Experiences. See the full story with video here.







Fresno State wins awards for re-branding program, alumni keepsake
Fresno State’s Alumni Association and Office of University Communications won two top honors in regional competition sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

University Communications won a Gold Award for the comprehensive branding initiative designed to clarify, sharpen and coordinate the way Fresno State’s message is communicated. The initiative also produced a new logo embracing the university’s popular name “Fresno State” and featuring its well-recognized dog-paw symbol and a new tagline that sharply defines and articulates the university and its mission of opportunity: Discovery. Diversity. Distinction.

The Fresno State Alumni Association’s Grad in a Box entry won a Bronze Award. Featured at Commencement honoring the Class of 2012, Grad-in-a-Box is a custom-designed keepsake box. When the box is opened, a sound chip plays an orchestral version of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

CASE supports alumni relations, communications, development, and marketing professionals at educational institutions worldwide. District VII represents professionals and institutions in the western region of the United States (Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands and Utah).


Fresno State sweeps regional theatre festival
Competing against actors from 55 colleges and universities, Fresno State Theatre Arts majors walked away with every major acting award at the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region 8 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. The Fresno State sweep marked the first time a single university has won all the acting awards. It was also the first time two African-American students have advanced to the national festival. This year’s national festival will be April 15-21 in Washington, D.C. See more.


HaroutyunianHaroutyunian lectures 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. On Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the University Business Center, Room 191, Haroutyunian will explore the power of translation related to the Genocide as an instrument of cultural, historical, and linguistic interaction. Then on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the University Business Center, Room 191, Haroutyunian will focuse on the theme of “The Armenian Genocide in Cinema.” Haroutyunian is a graduate of Yerevan State University, where she received her Master of Arts in pedagogy, philology, and literary translation in 1996, and later her Ph.D. in philology. She received her second Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Venice, where she has been a professor of Armenian language and literature since 2001. For more information on the lecture series, please contact the Armenian Studies Program at 278.2669.


Golden ThreadsArne Nixon Center presents
“Golden Threads: Journey Through the Picture Book”

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature will offer two coordinating exhibitions entitled “Golden Threads: Journey Through the Picture Book” in the Henry Madden Library from March 18 through May 24. The Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery (2nd floor, North Wing) will display the exhibit, “Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books.” Sixty original illustrations from one of the most recognized and best-loved series, the Little Golden Books, will be on loan from the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

The Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony (3rd floor, North Wing) will showcase illustrations from fabric relief artist Salley Mavor. Twenty-five works from her picture book, Pocketful of Posies, will be on display along with additional pieces of her textile art. Mavor, who resides in Massachusetts, has illustrated ten books using her meticulous needle and thread techniques.

lionA week of special events in the library will launch the exhibition. Leonard Marcus — curator, children’s literature historian, and author — will discuss the history and significance of the Golden Books at a reception in his honor on Tuesday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in Library Room 2206. The Fresno FiberArts Guild will hold demonstrations of textile arts throughout the library on Wednesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Salley Mavor will talk about the inspirations and processes for the creation of her illustrations at a catered celebration of her work on Friday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in Room 2206. In addition, a limited number of scheduled tours and activities for school children, funded by generous donors, will take place during the week.

The exhibitions will be open during regular Library hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Other viewings may be arranged by calling the Arne Nixon Center at 278.8116.


Annual Emeriti Awards Luncheon is April 2
The Annual Emeriti Awards Luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 11:30 a.m. in the University Dining Hall. The event honors 19 distinguished individuals who were awarded emeritus status. A reception in honor of the new emeriti will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. The program begins at 1:15 p.m. The cost of the luncheon is $12 per person. The RSVP deadline is March 19. Contact Rosie at 278.2324 or email


Provost's Awards deadline is April 5
Provost William Covino has issued a call for nominations for the 2012-13 Provost's Awards, which honor full-time faculty members who have set new standards of excellence. Awards include Excellence in Teaching, Technology in Education, Faculty Service, Graduate Teaching and Mentoring, Promising New Faculty, Distinguished Achievement in Assessment of Learning, and Distinguished Achievement in Research, Scholarship or Creative Accomplishment. Guidelines and nomination forms are available online. Nominations must be submitted to the Provost's Office, M/S ML 54 by Friday, April 5. For more information, please contact the Elise Rodriguez at 278.2636.


Call for Outstanding Advisor Award nominations
The 2012-13 Outstanding Advisor Award recipients will be honored at the Campus Advisors Network Appreciation Reception scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1. Award recipients will be selected by the provost and the vice president for Student Affairs and will receive a $1,000 stipend for professional development.

Any Fresno State employee who serves as a faculty or staff advisor, or anyone who provides advising to students as part of his or her job duties, is eligible for consideration.

The provost and the vice president for Student Affairs will evaluate nominations on the basis of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding faculty or staff advisor. 

The outstanding advisor

  • demonstrates knowledge of overall academic requirements and various resources on campus;
  • demonstrates an intentional interest in the personal and academic development of students;
  • encourages student engagement in extracurricular or co-curricular activities;
  • helps students to develop appropriate educational and/or career goals;
  • is readily available to students as an advisor, and maintains regular follow-up as needed.

Nomination Process
Faculty, staff, administrators, and current students may nominate individuals for this award. A minimum of three nomination letters must be received to be eligible for consideration. However, at least one letter must come from a current student. No self-nominations will be recognized. To nominate someone go to and complete the online nomination form. If you chose to print out the nomination form, you can submit it to Kathy Dunbar, M/S JA 62. Reminder: a nomination letter from a student is required. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, March 29, by 5 p.m. For further information, email Kathy Dunbar at or call 278.6970.


Branding business cards and letterhead

Business Cards
University Communications is pleased to introduce a new option—which includes the university seal—for faculty and staff ordering Fresno State business cards. Individuals may now choose from one of three options for their business cards:

  • The current two-sided business card (red on the back with new Fresno State logo), no Academic Seal, as currently designed and illustrated in the Brand Manual (
  • The single-sided business card as currently designed and illustrated in the Brand Manual.
  • NEW OPTION: The current two-sided business card (red on the back with new Fresno State logo), with the addition of the Academic Seal on the information side of the card.

Business card orders can be placed through Printing Services. It is permissible to use up your current supply of business cards with the old Fresno State logo before ordering new cards.

Please note that the deadline for using letterhead and envelopes with the old logo was Dec. 31, 2012. Printing Services can repurpose your old letterhead into notepads (padded and trimmed) for a small fee. You are encouraged to recycle outdated letterhead and envelopes; however, if you have a large number of envelopes with the old logo you may request labels with the new logo to place over the graphics from Printing Services for a small fee.

LEAD Workshops
Learn how to effectively use social media in your college/department/unit and how to integrate the new logo and branding within these sites. LEAD workshops scheduled this spring include:

Feb. 25: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. HML 3212
Mar. 5: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. HML 3212
Mar. 21: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. HML 3212
Apr. 10: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. HML 3212

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




muffinsFresno READS visits
Vinland Elementary School

The Fresno READS program joined Vinland Elementary School for Muffins with Moms on Feb. 8. Children and their moms were presented with free books and literature, plump muffins and juice, and a mom and child project to complete, as part of a festive event designed to encourage moms and children to read together. Forty Fresno State students participated at Vinland Elementary as part of their service as Fresno READS tutors. Fresno READS recruits, trains, and places Fresno State students as mentors and tutors for kindergarten through sixth grade. University students assist teachers in the classroom, host events such as book fairs and community outreach, and demonstrate interactive reading strategies designed to promote strong literacy foundations.


University Student Volunteer of the Year Award nominations due
The University Volunteer of the Year Selection Committee will begin accepting applications on March 11 for the Student Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominations must be received by Friday, April 5, at 5:00 p.m. in order to be considered.  Anyone can nominate a Fresno State student for this award. Self-nominations are also accepted.

The University Student Volunteer of the Year Award honors Fresno State students who have made a difference in our community through exceptional gifts of their time and talent. Simply nominating a student affirms and celebrates their efforts to improve the quality of life for all of us in Central California. 

Nomination forms can be obtained from the Richter Center website: beginning on Monday, March 11.   For more information about the award please contact the Richter Center at 559.278.7079.


serviceKid’s Day is Tuesday, March 5
Fresno State volunteers will offer special editions of the Fresno Bee March 5, the purchase of which supports Children’s Hospital Central California  

Kid’s Day is one the Valley’s largest and most visible special events to benefit Children’s Hospital Central California.  Hundreds of Fresno State volunteers will join with thousands of others throughout the valley to sell a special “Kid’s Day” edition of the Fresno Bee for $1. Last year, more than 1,250 Fresno State students, faculty, and staff helped to do their part by raising more than $36,500!

In addition to purchasing a Kids Day newspaper, you can help the children and families that are served by Children’s Hospital Central California by volunteering to sell papers and/or helping recruit other volunteers by sharing information about this event with friends, students and colleagues.

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


Students serve over spring break
Alternative Spring Break, a program sponsored by the University Student Union and the Jan and Bud Richter Center, marks its fifth anniversary of promoting community involvement and service this spring. Twenty-eight Fresno State students will devote their service over spring break to three different projects to benefit community members and their environments. This year is the first that students will be divided into three teams to provide various services in three distinct communities. One team of students will continue the efforts of Fresno State to revitalize the surrounding community through beautification of the El Dorado Park area. The second team will work with the Ronald McDonald House to meet their needs through preparing family meals, cleaning, and engaging with children through organizing a movie night. The third team will work to rejuvenate Quigley Park by facilitating interactive activities such as a carnival, sports games, and a talent show. Follow their service adventures at




DianeThinking big
By Hank Declore
(Department of Anthropology)

“Think big, start small.”

A colleague in Vietnam presented Fresno State professor Diane Oliver with a calligraphic representation of this simple phrase during her recent Fulbright-funded trip from August, 2012-January, 2013. It also happens that “think big, start small” was an important part of Prof. Oliver’s message to her colleagues in higher education administration.

The highly competitive and distinguished Fulbright award enables US faculty members to take their expertise abroad by teaching and researching at a foreign educational institution. (Fresno State has had two Fulbright awards this year, one to Prof. OIiver and the other to Associate Provost Dr. Lynnette Zelezny.) Prof. Oliver, of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, used her award in Vietnam to hold a series of workshops around the country on topics like strategic planning, institutional effectiveness and program review, classroom assessment techniques and critical thinking and decision making.

DianeHowever, some of these topics are new or problematic in the Vietnamese educational system. For example, active learning is not widely practiced in Vietnam, but faculty members are being pressured to implement new teaching techniques. Oliver stressed to her participants that they can take small steps toward a more active classroom, like a brief peer share or a break in a lecture to give a quiz. On the topic of program review, she stressed “do one thing at a time,” meaning that an assessment program does not have to be fully formed but can start small and build in scope.

Vietnam does not offer degrees in higher educational administration, so Oliver’s expertise was in high demand. Working in collaboration with Dr. Nguyen Kim Dung, vice director general of the Institute for Educational Research, under the Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, Oliver held 26 workshops around the country with a total attendance of about 1,000.  Several workshops, like those on institutional effectives and active learning, saw packed rooms over capacity with additional participants having to be turned away.

Bringing U.S. faculty expertise to overseas institutions is an important goal of the Fulbright program, named for Senator J. William Fulbright, who founded the program to promote peace and international cooperation just after WWII. Oliver certainly brought important expertise to share with her colleagues in Vietnam, but she also had an important educational experience of her own. A past visitor to Vietnam, Oliver’s nearly five month Fulbright stay was far longer than she had ever had in country and she feels the time plus her close work with so many different colleagues and institutions helped her reach a greater understanding of the place than she ever had before. Oliver encourages both faculty and students (for whom some Fulbright funding is set aside) to look into the Fulbright program. She explains that the program “provides support to you in a foreign country and helps you get settled and work out any issues that arise. You’re in a foreign country gaining an international experience but you still can turn to the U.S. Embassy staff for assistance.” 




Acapella and a drag show March 7
University Student Union (USU) Productions is bringing The Kinsey Sicks, “America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet,” to the Satellite Student Union on March 7. The show celebrates their 20th anniversary year with a new musical taking on the cultural bludgeon of reality TV. Through the show, USU Productions hopes to promote the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Advance tickets are available at the USU Information Center, $5 for Fresno State students and $10 for general public. Tickets will be available at the door, $7 for Fresno State students and $12 for general public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. For more information about USU Productions and the show, visit Facebook at

DenkKeyboard Concerts presents pianist Jeremy Denk March 13
Jeremy Denk performs works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, and Bartók at 8 p.m., March 13 in the Concert Hall. Widely known for the freshness and originality of his musical interpretations, American pianist Denk has steadily built a reputation as one of today’s most compelling and persuasive artists with an unusually broad repertoire. He has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Philharmonia Orchestra. General admission is $18, seniors $12, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.





Dr. Welty
Dr. Welty recogned by submariners

Four honored by Submarine Veterans
President John Welty, Paul Oliaro (Vice President, Student Affairs), Rosie Tapia (Office of the President) and Shirley Melikian Armbruster (University Communications) were named Honorary Submariners by the Wahoo Base of the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. They were honored for their work in 2002 establishing the submarine memorial on the Maple Mall and subsequent additions.






Carol Fry Bohlin
(Curriculum and Instruction) was honored with the Edward Begle Memorial Award, which is presented annually by the California Mathematics Council (CMC) "for sustained mathematics leadership, active participation in CMC, and support of all mathematics activities in California."


BlainBlain Roberts
(History) has recently published three op-eds. One appeared in the print edition of the New York Times on Jan. 16.  This op-ed stems from research conducted for her forthcoming book, Pretty Women: Female Beauty in the Jim Crow and Civil Rights South (University of North Carolina Press). Another was as a part of NYT's online "Disunsion" series and appeared on the site on Dec. 31. Roberts co-wrote the article with Ethan J. Kytle based on their research on the memory of slavery in Charleston, South Carolina. The third appeared on the History News Network, a site that puts contemporary events in historical perspective. It deals with the Newtown shootings. Roberts co-wrote it with Susan J. Pearson of Northwestern University.


PeterPeter Robertson
(Alumni Relations) presented “Keep Calm and Carry On: Online, Social Media and Marketing Strategies” on Feb. 4, 2013 at the annual conference of the West Coast Marketing Group held at the University of Nevada, Reno.





Anil Shrestha
(Plant Science) received the “outstanding reviewer” award from the Weed Science Society of America.





sportsBulldogs heat up the action in March
Don't miss all the Bulldog action as the softball and baseball teams heat up the field. There's even more, so take a look at the schedule:

Women's Basketball
Saturday, March 9 vs. UNLV at 2 p.m. Senior Day. Half-time performance by Break the Barriers.

Men's Basketball
Saturday, March 2 vs. Air Force at 7 p.m. Salute to Services. Ticket discount for Veterans and active military. Half-time honoring Wounded Warriors from the Central Valley.


  • Thursday, March 7 vs. Iowa State at 5 p.m. Buddies at the Ballpark (Buy one, get one free.)
  • Friday, March 8 vs. Oregon at 6 p.m. Youth Jersey Friday (Wear youth jersey and get in free.)
  • Friday, March 8 vs. Oregon State at 8:15 p.m. Youth Jersey Friday (Wear youth jersey and get in free.)
  • Saturday, March 9 vs. Cal at 8:15 p.m. Salute to Saturdays (Veterans and military free with ID.) Team poster giveaway. Autograph session postgame.
  • Sunday, March 10 vs. St. Mary's at 1:45 p.m. Bring a Kid to the Game (Buy one, get one free.) Pictures with TimeOut. Autograph card giveaway.

Wednesday, March 20 vs. Pacific at 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 28 vs. Nevada at 6 p.m. Free popcorn giveaway.
Friday, March 29 vs. Nevada at 6 p.m. Youth Jersey Friday (Wear youth jersey and get in free.) Free player autograph card giveaway and signing session with your favorite sophomores.
Saturday, March 30 vs. Nevada at 1 p.m. Free root beer float giveaway day. Enjoy delicious Fresno State ice cream. Salute to Saturdays. All military get free admission. All kids get the chance to run the bases after the game.

Friday, March 1 vs. USC at 6:35 p.m. T-shirt giveaway. Picture with College World Series Trophy & Rosenblat seats.
Saturday, March 2 vs. USC at 6:35 p.m. T-shirt giveaway. Picture with Mountain West Championship Trophy. Youth Jersey Saturday (Wear youth jersey and get in free.)
Sunday, March 3 vs. USC at 1:05 p.m. T-shirt giveaway. Salute to Sundays (Veterans and Military free with ID.)
Friday, March 15 vs. San Diego State at 6:35 p.m. Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night (reduced ticket price with I.D.) $1 from every ticket geos towards Dr. Anderson Scholarship Fund.
Saturday, March 16 vs. San Diego State at 6:35 p.m. Youth Jersey Saturday (Wear youth jersey and get in free.)
Sunday, March 17 vs. San Diego State at 1:05 p.m. St. Patrick's Day Dress Up Contest. Green Beads for first 200 fans. Salute to Sundays (Veterans and military free with ID.)

Track and Field
Saturday, March 9, Cal Poly Dual, at Buchanan HS (All day.)

Friday, March 1 vs. New Mexico State at 9 a.m. and South Dakota State at 1 p.m.

Men's Tennis
Saturday, March 9 vs. Hawai`i at 1 p.m.
Monday, March 11 vs. Washington at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 13 vs. Purdue at 1 p.m.
Friday, March 22 vs. Iowa at 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 vs. Nevada at 12 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Saturday, March 16 vs. Cal Poly at 12 p.m.
Monday, March 18 vs. Kansas State at 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 21 vs. Pacific at 3 p.m.

Men's Golf
Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, at Belmont Country Club (All Day)

Tuesday, March 19 vs. California at 5 p.m.


treeEaster egg tree grows in popularity

Tree decorating usually takes place at Christmas, but the Easter egg tree is also gaining popularity.
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