California State University, Fresno - University Journal
September 2013 Vol. 17 No. 1
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Dr. Castro

President Castro takes the reins

Dr. Joseph I. Castro recently took the reins as the eighth president of Fresno State. Formerly vice chancellor of student academic affairs of the University of California, San Francisco, he replaces Dr. John D. Welty, who served as president since 1991. See more.





HoffDr. Andrew Hoff named interim provost
Dr. Andrew Hoff, who planned to retire this summer after a distinguished three-decade career at the university, will remain to serve as interim provost. Former Provost William Covino assumed the presidency of Cal State Los Angeles on Sept. 1. See the full story.




OliaroDr. Oliaro announces retirement
Dr. Paul M. Oliaro, Fresno State’s vice president for Student Affairs, has announced he will retire Dec. 31, 2013. This fall semester will be his final in a 42-year career in the student affairs profession spanning four colleges – the last 11 years at Fresno State. See the full story.




New Online Catalog
A new, mobile-ready online catalog that is easily navigated has been developed as a resource for students, faculty and staff. A printed catalog will no longer be prepared. The new catalog receives degree and program information, course lists and descriptions, and faculty information dynamically from PeopleSoft. Requirements and department information continue to be manually maintained. In addition, the new catalog includes degree roadmaps and career information that were previously located on other websites. A video preview of the new catalog can be viewed here.

Alumnus leaves $5 million estate to Fresno State scholarships
In the 1970s Fresno State alumnus John W. Long decided to leave his estate to Fresno State. Mr. Long worked in retail, selling men's clothes in Los Angeles. He had no wife or children, and believed that through an estate gift to Fresno State he could make a difference in the lives of students from all walks of life. See more.

Sarafian speaks on “The Armenians of Bitlis” Sept. 5
Ara Sarafian of the Gomidas Institute (London) will present an illustrated lecture “A Hundred Years Ago… The Armenians of Bitlis” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Industrial Technology Building, Room 101. Sarafian is the director of the Gomidas Institute, which is a leading research and publication center related to modern Armenian history. He presents a historical-and a contemporary-view of the Armenian presence in Bitlis before 1915, drawing on a critical set of Ottoman, Armenian and Russian sources from 1880 to 1915, as well as his latest trip to the region. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program, the Armenian Students Organization of Fresno State, and the Leon S. Peters Foundation. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Armenian Studies Program at 278.2669.

Signups encouraged for Experts List
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the online "Experts List" designed as a resource for the campus, the community and media by entering their information into the database at Follow the "How to get listed" link. This can include expertise in academics, administrative topics and even hobbies. Information you enter will be available online to anyone looking for a person knowledgeable in various fields. By participating, you may be requested to assist media. The Office of University Communications can assist you in preparing for media interviews. Faculty who previously submitted information may send updates as needed to Dr. Dennis Nef, associate vice president and dean of Undergraduate Studies, at If you have questions about how media use the list, contact Kathleen Schock, director of media and development communications in University Communications, at


water towerCampus water tower gets a facelift
Fresno State's 57-year-old campus water tower has a fresh look, just in time for the new school year. The water tower has a new coat of white paint and vinyl logos were applied to reflect the university's recent branding initiative. See more.





Alumnus inducted to International Space Hall of Fame
Alumnus Chris Rosander and his colleagues on the Delta Chipper Experimental (DC-X) team were inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in August. It is the first time a team of scientists has received this honor. Rosander, who was born in Fresno and graduated from Fresno State in 1982, said astronauts were his childhood heroes. See more.


CSYou survey
It's been nearly one year since the launch of CSYou, the systemwide employee intranet. The site gives CSU staff and faculty access to a systemwide employee directory, news, documents, forms, benefits details and other information. It also enables employees to collaborate on projects and share ideas and best practices with other staff and faculty across the system. Please share your experiences and ideas for enhancements by filling out a brief survey at

Record international student enrollment
More than 300 new international students enrolled this fall — a record for the university. The five most popular majors among the incoming international students are business, engineering, biology, computer science and agriculture. The international students represent 60 countries with the majority from India, Saudi Arabia and China. See more.


Video, brochures showcase campus human rights, equity, diversity efforts
The President’s Commission on Human Rights and Equity (PCHRE) developed a new diversity video to showcase the broad range of diverse students, staff and faculty on campus. This video is intended to show that Fresno State welcomes and respects differences within our campus community.. A Strategic Plan for Inclusion, Respect and Equity (ASPIRE) is an ongoing initiative to help create an inclusive campus that encourages and respects diversity. ASPIRE brochures outline the goals of this important plan. The PCHRE Diversity Video can be found here:


Communicators Network furthers strategic marketing efforts

This fall the new Communicators Network (CommNet for short) will begin meeting monthly as the next step in the university’s efforts at strategic marketing and communications.

CommNet is facilitated by the Office of University Communications and is open to anyone who is responsible for campus communications—anything from creating newsletters, to maintaining a department blog or website, to monitoring social media sites, to designing brochures or developing other marketing and communication materials.

The group is designed to function as an informal forum for members to share best practices, get feedback on their communication efforts and learn from colleagues.

A preliminary meeting to gauge interest was held in July and more than 40 campus communicators attended to show their support for the new group. The next meeting date will be announced in early September.

Anyone interested in participating in CommNet should email Susan Hawksworth,, to be added to the listserv to receive notification of future meetings.

For more information, contact Shirley Armbruster at





serviceCommunity Service Opportunities Fair is Sept. 4
The 21st Annual Community Service Opportunities Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Garden (grass area south of the Kennel Bookstore). More than 70 community benefit organizations will provide information about their agencies and available volunteer opportunities. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Attendees at the event will have an opportunity to win a Kennel Bookstore gift card and free ice cream will be served at noon, while supplies last.

The event is coordinated by the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning with assistance from Student Involvement and University Dining Services. Should you need special accommodations, call the Richter Center at 278.7079.


Community service tops 1 million hours for fourth straight year
Community service by Fresno State students, faculty, staff and administrators during the 2012-13 academic year exceeded 1 million hours for the fourth consecutive year. A total of 14,245 people contributed 1,055,257 hours of volunteer work benefiting organizations, churches and community events. According to philanthropic standards, the estimated economic impact of Fresno State's community service was greater than $27 million. See more.




PianistsKeyboard Concerts presents pianists Fleisher and Jacobson Sept. 22
Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson perform works by Takács, Brahms, J.S. Bach/Brahms, Schubert, and Ravel at 3 p.m., Sept. 22 in the Concert Hall. Fleisher is a talented conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist and master class mentor. His 85th birthday concert tour includes his wife, internationally renowned pianist Katherine Jacobson. General admission is $18, seniors $12, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.



University Theatre season opens with The First Breeze of Summer
Season tickets are on sale for University Theatre's 2013-14 productions at Fresno State. The season begins in the John Wright Theatre Oct. 4-12 with The First Breeze of Summer by Leslie Lee, directed by by Thomas-Whit Ellis. The play is the story of Lucretia Edwards, a gentle African-American matriarch whose disreputable past includes relationships with three different men, the fathers of her children. Thematic underpinings include racism, religion and poverty, with glimpses of Lucretia's younger self that paint the dichotomy of her character.

theatreOther 2013-14 University Theatre productions:

  • Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, directed by J. Daniel Herring,
    Nov. 1-9
  • Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris, directed by Kathleen McKinley,
    Dec. 6-14
  • Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Kenneth Balint, artistic director,
    Feb. 14-22
  • Two Absurd Masterworks, Play by Samuel Beckett, The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Ruth Griffin,
    March 14-22
  • Othello, by William Shakespeare, directed by Brad Myers, May 2-10

Performances begin at 8 p.m., except for Sunday matinees, which begin at 2 p.m. Season tickets: $75, general admission; $65, Fresno State faculty/staff, Alumni Association members, seniors (60+) and non-Fresno State students; $50, Fresno State students. Single-performance tickets will go on sale Sept. 12. 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.



ShirleyShirley Melikian Armbruster
(University Communications) has been appointed to a three-year term on the international Communications and Marketing Commission of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The commission frames and directs research to examine and evaluate professional practices and to develop and monitor programs and services to ensure that they reflect current knowledge, emerging issues and trends and the highest ethical and professional standards. She recently was hired to the permanent position of Associate Vice President for University Communications and Integrated Marketing after holding it on an interim basis.



Christina "Tina" Beddall
(Student Affairs) has been appointed director of Admissions, Records, and Evaluations.


Benjamin Boone
(Music) had his new orchestral work, "Fresno Sin Frenos: Mariachi Madness," featured on The California Report. This piece involves audience participation, and Boone visited hundreds of elementary classrooms proir to the Fresno premiere on May 26 at Saroyan Theater. Boone also performed his work at Disney Hall in Los Angeles with Fresno State colleague Thomas Loewenheim conducting.


JulieJulie B. Olson-Buchanan
(Management) has been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology and whose work has had a national impact on the field of psychology.




AshleighAshleigh Davis
(Alumni Relations) has been selected to participate in the Downtown Academy. It is a collaborative program of Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals (FLYP), in partnership with the City of Fresno, that is designed to connect key business, government and community leaders with a group of 30 forward-thinking professionals.




CaryCary Edmondson
(University Communications) recently had his work featured on two covers of Sports Illustrated. His photo of Stanford football player Shayne Skov was chosen as one of six regional covers for the magazine’s special 2013 College Football Preview, which also features Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr as a Heisman Trophy dark horse. His photo of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is one of four regional covers for the Sept. 2 NFL Preview issue. See more.




Monica Fusich
(Library) has been chosen as a Fulbright scholar. She leaves for Croatia in October. 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.


Melissa Ginotti
(Student Affairs) has been appointed director of Student Involvement.


BetsyBetsy Hays
(Mass Communication and Journalism) was inducted to Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows. She is one of 14 PRSA members to be inducted into the organization’s College of Fellows this fall. Founded in 1989, it is a community of more than 300 senior PRSA members who have advanced the public relations profession and distinguished themselves through their experience and leadership. See more.




JodyJody Hironaka-Juteau
(Recreation Administration) was appointed as interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services, effective July 1. She will continue as interim dean until the position is permanently filled.



ConstanceConstance J. Jones
(Psychology) was named a fellow by the Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. The status of fellow — the highest class of membership within the Society — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology.




Kent Karsevar
(Development) was the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation winner of the 2013 CASE John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement, for his dissertation, Fundraising Practices of the University of California, the California State University, and California Private Universities.


Jeff Macon
(Lyles Center) was appointed interim director of the Small Business Development Center, a job creation and retention program that provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with services to build successful, sustainable businesses.


Iván Pagán
(Student Affairs) has been appointed director of the Learning Center.


PeterPeter Robertson
(Alumni Relations) presented the "I Am Fresno State!" student-produced video contest to the California State University Alumni Council on Aug. 23 at San Diego State.







sportsThe fall season starts off with Bulldog football heating up the field. More action is ahead, with volleyball and soccer this month.

Saturday, September 7 at 7 p.m. vs. Cal Poly-Ag Night. The team will wear accented green wrist bands, arm bands and socks. The Central Valley's agricultural background will be honored throughout the night.
Friday, September 20 at 6 p.m. vs. Boise State Red Wave Takeover. Wear your red to show your Bulldog Pride.

Friday, September 13 at 5 p.m. vs. Belmont - Staff and Faculty Appreciation Night. Free admission for Fresno State faculty and staff with identification.
Saturday, September 14 at 12 p.m. vs. CSU Bakersfield - Meet the Team. Autograph card giveaway. Autograph session with the team after the game; at 7:30 p.m. vs. Oregon - Greek Night. Pre-game student pizza party. Greek Tank Top giveaway for all Greek students in attendance. Special prize for Greek house with best attendance.
Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m. vs. Utah State - Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Free admission for fans in pink. Breast cancer survivors honored at halftime.
Saturday, September 28 at 7 p.m. vs. Boise State - Club Sports Night. 2013 National Champion men's club honored at halftime.

Sunday, September 15 at 1 p.m. vs. CSU Northridge - Social Media Madness. Free admission. Social media contests throughout event.


studentsMove-in weekend at residence halls

The campus saw 1,100 students move into University Courtyard residence halls Aug. 17 and 18. They were the first of 22,710 students to arrive on campus for the 2013-14 academic year, which started Aug. 22.
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President, Joseph I. Castro
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 Assistant, Angel Langridge
Production Assistant, Leilani Esqueda