California State University, Fresno - University Journal
May 2013 Vol. 16 No. 9
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President Welty bids farewell to Fresno State

As his 20-plus years as president of Fresno State come to a close, Dr. John D. Welty says his time at Fresno State has been gratifying. A university education has made a big difference for him personally.

See the full story with video here.




SmitsCampaign for Fresno State exceeds goal
The first comprehensive campaign for the university is over, and after nearly eight years the numbers are in: $214,222,190. See the full story with video here.





Chapman selected for top teaching award
Honora Chapman, associate professor of modern and classical languages and literatures, has been awarded the top teaching honor this year, the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award. The Provost's Awards also honored the following individuals: Henry Delcore, professor of Anthropology, recipient of the Faculty Service Award; Shane Moreman, associate professor of communication, recipient of the Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award; Alam Hasson, professor of chemistry, recipient of the Research, Scholarship and Creative Accomplishment Award; and Miles Ishigaki, professor of music, recipient of the Technology in Education Award. In addition, four faculty members received the Promising New Faculty award, which recognizes exemplary achievements in teaching, research/creative activities and/or service among non-tenured, tenure-track faculty. Honorees are Linda Hauser, assistant professor of educational research and administration; Carmen Caprau, assistant professor of mathematics; T. Hasan Johnson, assistant professor of Africana and American Indian studies; and Kevin Kuswa, assistant professor of communications. The awards include stipends of $5,500 for the Excellence in Teaching recipient and $3,000 each to the other awardees.






PamDyer proud of theatre students' accomplishments
The Theatre Arts Department is a very busy place, says Pamela Dyer, business and promotions manager who has been at the university for almost 23 years. See the full story with video here.





AnnabellaUndergrad research a university strength
Working on research projects with undergraduates gives her a chance to get to know students a little bit better, says Dr. Annabella España-Nájera, assistant professor, Chicano and Latin American Studies Department. See the full story with video here.





Dr. InoueWriting cuts across disciplines
Writing is one of the most important skills to develop, regardless of academic discipline, says Dr. Asao Inoue, associate professor, English Department. See the full story with video here.






TerryMedia specialist a performer, singer
Working in the Music and Media Division of the Henry Madden Library isn't all that Terry Lewis does. By night, he moonlights as an actor, a singer, and a pianist. See the full story with video here.






ArtFriendships and sharing rich Valley resources
important to Mendoza
Great friendships are the best part of his job, says Arturo (Art) Mendoza, Library Services Specialist, with the Henry Madden Library. See the full story with video here.





GenelleBlown Away entrepreneur loves Bulldogs
Being an entrepreneur is very fulfilling, says Genelle Taylor, associate director at the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. See the full story with video here.







Welty campus farewell reception is June 12
The Campus Community Farewell Reception in honor of John and Sharon Welty will be Wednesday, June 12, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Henry Madden Library, Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room. The event is free and open to all faculty and staff. See the RSVP website: and enter code: Welty12. For information or cancellations after May 29 contact Rosie Tapia at or 278.5001. To make a gift in honor of the Weltys, go online at Support Fresno State. You can post your retirement wishes for President Welty on a new tribute website, at The site includes his biography, top achievements, favorite moments at Fresno State, photos, videos and more.


Gallaudet University president to receive honorary degree
Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, president of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and a role model for deaf and hard of hearing citizens, will receive an honorary doctorate May 10 and be recognized at California State University, Fresno’s 102nd Commencement on May 18. See more.


'Legacy Chardonnay' wine honors President Welty
A new wine, created by students in the Fresno State Winery to commemorate the tenure of retiring president John D. Welty and his contributions to the university’s viticulture and enology program, was unveiled April 19 -“Legacy – President’s Reserve Classic Chardonnay 2012.” See more.


Web policy update
After extensive review and consultation across the campus community, a new Web policy was adopted in April. The campus Web environment’s move into a comprehensive content management system spurred revisions to the former Web policy, based on the successful but no longer relevant “Clean Up the Web” policy, which was enforced for the past five years. The core of the policy addresses issues and new requirements related to the campus-wide Web content management system. One major advantage of the campus-wide content management system is the ability to institute a universal emergency notification system, which installs an alert bar on all university Web pages within the system with emergency information and notification during campus-wide emergencies. The updated policy also addresses areas not covered by the current policy such as personal websites, commercial advertising, website sponsorships, linking to commercial websites and non-instructional student websites. Training on the use of the Web content management system offered by Web Communications is ongoing. Basic and Advanced classes, plus a Friday drop-in lab for one-on-one assistance are available. The schedule and contact information can be found at View the new Web policy.


Honor Society recognizes faculty initiates
The Fresno State chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi initiation ceremony included special recognition initiates: faculty members Andrew Lawson (Plant Science), Andrew Fiala (Philosophy); staff member Peter Robertson (Alumni Association); administrators Sharon Brown-Welty (Graduate Studies and Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership); Lisa Kao (Environmental Health and Safety, Risk Management and Sustainability); and alumna Deborah Adishian-Astone (Auxiliary Operations and Enterprise Development).

PistachioCalifornia Pistachio Research Board awards $1.5m endowment

The California Pistachio Research Board pledged $1.5 million to establish an endowed faculty position with Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. The endowed Professorship in Pistachio Physiology and Pomology assures dedicated faculty expertise to help solve industry challenges, while training the next generation of agricultural professionals. The position will focus on applied research in pistachio physiology and teaching courses in pomology, the science of cultivating fruit produced by flowering plants. See more.



Mark Keppler, Caty Perez, and Matthew Jendian
Three from Fresno State selected
for Irvine New Leadership Network

Dr. Mark Keppler, Caty Perez, and Dr. Matthew Jendian from Fresno State have been selected for membership in the first cohort of The James Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network. The network is a new program that brings together 12 diverse San Joaquin Valley leaders across issues, sectors and generations. The group will learn, collaborate and build relationships with one another to contribute to a better future for the Valley. Foundation officials say the program differs from other leadership programs in two ways. First, it will include a unique mix of individuals, who are brought together across traditional divides. Second, it will share innovative leadership and social change approaches, and it will help create an enduring network of leaders committed to improving the Valley for decades to come


27th Annual CSU Student Research Competition is May 10-11
Fresno State's delegation will compete in the 27th Annual CSU Student Research Competition May 10-11 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The CSU systemwide event, initiated in 1985, features the best research achievements from CSU students of all academic disciplines. Students make oral presentations before juries of experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities in California. Based on the jurors' recommendations, cash prizes will be awarded to the outstanding presenter and runner-up in undergraduate and graduate divisions of each category.


Staff members, retired faculty members pass away
Fresno State campus flags were lowered April 11 in honor of staff member Jim Crossbuck, and retired faculty members Darlene Stewart and G. Vishu Viswewaran.

James “Jim” Cruz-Crossbuck, a well-known campus figure who drove the SCOUT cart for the disabled, died Feb. 23. A service was held March 9. A Fresno State alumnus, he served in the Army in Vietnam and was a deputy sheriff, private investigator and high school teacher before joining the Fresno State staff in 2007.

Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy Darlene Stewart, who passed away March 26, began her career at Fresno State in 1972 and chaired the department from the early 1980s until her retirement in 1998. Upon retirement, she established the Darlene Stewart Professional Promise Award for graduate physical therapy students. She lived at Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Ore., with her husband, Keith. No formal service is planned.

Professor Emeritus of Social Work Education, G. “Vishu” Viswewaran, died March 30 in Pinole. A memorial service will be held in Fresno later this month. Dr. Viswewaran served on the Fresno State faculty from 1969 to 2000.

Flags were also lowered to half-staff on April 23, in memory of staff member, Russ Perry, who died April 15. Mr. Perry had been employed at Fresno State since May 1987, working for the Computer Science Department and the Lyles College of Engineering before joining the Technology Services department as a Systems Team Leader. He was highly-skilled IT professional who played a key role in bringing the Internet to Fresno State and was an avid supporter of Bulldog athletics.


April marked the one-year anniversary of the unveiling of Fresno State's new logo and branding initiative, and the Integrated Marketing and Communications Council (IMCC) would like to thank members of the campus community for all your efforts in helping our university portray a unified, consistent image.

As we end the academic year and look forward to the summer, here are a few reminders:

  • If you need a new logo, contact and one will be provided to you in the appropriate formats for print and digital use. Don't try to create your own logo.
  • Digital templates for stationery are available online at or by emailing
  • Keep in mind that your old business cards have the old Web URL ( Although this redirects to the new site, why not order new cards with the new branding and new URL? Three business card designs are available and can be viewed on the website (
  • Remember to check fliers, posters, signs and other printed materials in and around your office and building. If any old logo (e.g. Sunburst, Gold Medallion, Academic Seal or a self-created logo) is still in use, the material(s) should be updated.
  • For exterior signage, contact Tom Gaffery at 278.7317; for interior signage, contact Lori Pardi at 278.7742.
  • If you are printing your own posters for display on bulletin boards, they should include the new branding and approval by university Communications.

During the summer and fall of 2013, Fresno State will begin the implementation of the first phase of our wayfinding signage program. This project will replace existing gateway and other signage currently on campus.

For a glimpse of what is coming please watch this brief video.

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Service Recognition Reception honors students, staff, faculty and community partners
The annual Service Recognition Reception was held at the University House on April 30. Approximately 150 students, staff, faculty and community representatives joined President John D. Welty in honoring the commitment to community service and service-learning at Fresno State.

The event, held every year since 2004, includes several awards honoring individuals who exemplify the characteristics of all those who contribute to the over one million hours of service Fresno State provides each year. In addressing those at the event, President Welty stated, “These awards honor not only the individuals recognized. They also acknowledge the tremendous commitment each and every one of you make to serving our community.” See more.


Students volunteer 1,156 hours during spring break
Three groups of Fresno State students participated in the fifth annual Alternative Spring Break program over spring break at the end of March. The three teams completed 1,156 hours of service altogether. The students worked tirelessly at three different community sites over the course of spring break to beautify the areas and to build relationships with community members and children. The three sites were the Ronald McDonald House, Quigley Park, and El Dorado Park. The teams were able to afford gifts and tools for these areas thanks to a generous donation from the Friends for Civic Engagement.



Adventurous spirit brought Erick Chica Carrillo to Fresno State
By Hank Declore
(Department of Anthropology)

ErickErick Chica Carrillo does not shy away from new experiences. In 2011, as a high school student in Ecuador, Carrillo and a friend saw a flier inviting auditions for a movie. On a whim, they auditioned and Carrillo will soon appear in, “No robaras (a menos que sea necesario)” or “Don’t steal (unless it is necessary)” to be released in Ecuador in May.

That adventurous spirit is part of what brought Carrillo to Fresno. Carrillo says that he always wanted to study abroad, and was particularly attracted to the United States by its strong educational system. Fortunately, in high school, he was able to work with the U.S. Embassy’s Fulbright program, which helped him apply to US colleges and universities. Fulbright also funded all of the expenses of the application process and travel to the U.S. Carrillo received a scholarship from a Fresno State donor who provides support for students from Ecuador to study here.

Carrillo says Fresno is the “perfect environment for students.” He describes himself as the kind of person who likes to be social but also have time to study. He feels that San Francisco or Los Angeles might be too distracting, yet Fresno has enough that you can have fun but still remain focused. The fact that Fresno is close to so many other California cities is one of its best assets, Carrillo says.

But the best part of being here is meeting all types of people from different backgrounds, both on and off campus. Off campus, Carrillo has been able to volunteer, meet new people and see different sides of American society by joining Circle K International (the collegiate branch of the Kiwanis Club). He has worked on service projects like scarf making and distribution for Fresno-area children and tree planting on campus.

However, his adjustment to the U.S. has not always been easy. There were times during his first semester when he doubted his decision to study here. Carrillo explains that in Ecuador, there is less of a “sense of independence” and that people tend to be closer to their friends and family. During that tough first semester, distance and time differences often made it hard to stay in close touch with his friends and family. Fortunately, culture shock has worn off and Carrillo is prospering at his studies and volunteer activities.

Carrillo is completing his freshman year and plans to major in Computer Engineering.





TheatreUniversity Theatre presents Arabian Nights
The Arabian Nights by Mary Zimmerman, directed by Ruth Griffin, runs May 3 - May 11 in the John Wright Theatre. A retelling of the classic A Thousand and One Nights, the play is the story of a Persian king who discovers his wife's infidelity and has her executed. Afterward, he determines to execute any virgin he marries the very next morning, to prevent her from dishonoring him. Then he weds Scheherezade, a beautiful girl who begins to tell the king a tale, but does not end it, enticing the king to spare her so that he might hear how the story ends. But as soon as she finishes the tale, she begins another, until for 1,001 nights have passed and the king decides not to execute her.

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.



Shirley Melikian Armbruster
(University Communications) chaired the 2013 American Association of State Colleges and Universities Communications Conference in Washington, D.C., April 2-4.


JoelJoel Beery
(Printing Services) painted the official portrait of retiring Fresno State President John D. Welty. Beery was featured in the May 2013 issue of Central Valley Magazine, a publication of the Fresno Bee. (Photo: Tomas Ovalle). See more.





JulieJulie B. Olson-Buchanan
(Management) has been elected a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a premier national and international organization for scientists who conduct research in that field of study. She is the founding director of the Craig School of Business Honors Program and is currently serving as associate editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology and chair of the Board of Directors of Community Food Bank. Her new book, Using Industrial-Organizational Psychology for the Greater Good, was released in March.




Erik Debaude
(Save Mart Center) has accepted an invitation to compete in the inaugural Garlic Bowl Competition to be held July 26 at the 35th Gilroy Garlic Festival. A total of $5,000 in prize money is at stake against rivals from Cal and San Jose State. See more.



BarlowBarlow Der Mugrdechian
(Armenian Studies Program) had a book chapter, “Armenians and Armenian Americans, 1940-Present,” published in Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation, and Integration, ed. Elliot Barkan (ABC-Clio, 2013), pp. 725-735.




Elaine Mason
(Emerita, 1947) has had a bronze bust in her likeness installed in her honor at the Fig Garden Swim and Racquet Club. She has won numerous national and international tennis titles. The former Fresno State coach, professor and department chair was inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. See more.

JimJim Michael
(Technical Services) is co-chairing the new CSU Student Data Analytics project. IT leaders from eight CSU campuses have begun working together on the effective use of student data to advance campus goals for the support of student learning, including the Graduation Rate Initiative.





OliaroPaul Oliaro
(Student Affairs) was the recipient of the Chancellor's Award at the 2013 Alcohol and Other Drug Conference. This award recognizes a CSU staff member, faculty or administrator who has exhibited a commitment to furthering alcohol and other drug initiatives on a CSU campus or within the CSU system.




Ellen Shimakawa
(Research and Sponsored Programs) has been named director of Sponsored Programs. Shimakawa joins Fresno State from CSU San Bernardino, where she held the same position for the past several years. Shimakawa, who earned a doctorate in genetics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, was chosen for the position after a national search.


ThatcherGreg Thatcher
(Public Health) was recognized with the Alcohol and Other Drug Champion Award at the 2013 Alcohol and Other Drug Conference. The award honors an administrator, faculty or staff person who has served as champion for alcohol and other drug initiatives on their campus, or within their community or organization.



AletaAleta Wolfe
(Career Services) received the H. Sanford Gum Award in recognition and appreciation of her years of leadership and service to work-integrated learning. She has been on the Board of Directors of California Internship and Work Experience Association since 1992, serving in many capacities over the years including president, vice-president, past president, secretary, conference chair and nominations and elections chair.






SportsMay heats up with softball and baseball action
There's more Bulldog action this month. Don't miss the special giveaways.

Friday, May 3 vs. New Mexico at 6 p.m. Youth Jersey Friday. (Wear youth jersey and get in free.) Team Poster Giveaway. Fresno State Sunglasses Giveaway. 2 for 1 Ticket Weekend (Buy one ticket and receive a ticket for either Saturday or Sunday's game.)
Saturday, May 4 vs. New Mexico at 6 p.m. Salute to Saturdays. (Veterans and military free with ID.) Fresno State Sunglasses Giveaway. Bark in the Park. (Bring your dogs to the game.) Fresno State Sunglasses Giveaway.
Sunday, May 5 vs. New Mexico at 1 p.m. Senior and Alumni Night (Senior Citizens receive free admission.) Fresno State Sunglasses Giveaway.

Tuesday, May 7 vs. Hawai'i at 6:35 p.m. Twitter Tuesday. (Re-tweet Fresno State Athletics post on Twitter and receive 2-for 1 ticket offer.)
Friday, May 10 vs. New Mexico at 6:35 p.m. Facial Hair Friday (Mustache/Beard receives free admission.) Fresno State Sunglasses Giveaway. First Five of Fresno County Book Drive. (Donate a children's book and receive free admission.)
Saturday, May 10 vs. New Mexico at 6:35 p.m. Youth Jersey Saturday. (Wear youth jersey and get in free.)
Sunday, May 11 vs. New Mexico at 12 p.m. Salute to Sundays (Veterans and military free with ID.) Mother's Day Weekend. (Moms receive free admission.)
Thursday, May 10 vs. Nevada at 6:35 p.m. We Like Mike Day. (Anyone with the name Mike/Michael receives free admission.)
Friday, May 11 vs. Nevada at 6:35 p.m. Take Me Out to the Ball Game. (Buy one and get two free tickets.)
Saturday, May 12 vs. Nevada at 6:35 p.m. Youth Jersey Saturday. (Wear youth jersey and get in free.) Senior Night.


GradLooking back on Commencement

As the 102nd Commencement is about to take place this May, scroll through photo highlights from last year. Courtesy of FresnoStateNews.
Click here for the photo album.



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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
Editor, April Schulthies • Editorial Coordinator, Margarita Adona • Photographer, Cary Edmondson • Videographer, Randy Haar
Web Coordinator, Kevin Medeiros • Editorial Adviser, Lindsey Burgess • Editorial Assistant, Angel Langridge
Production Assistant, Leilani Esqueda