California State University, Fresno - University Journal
October 2013 Vol. 17 No. 2
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U.S. News ranks Fresno State 8th among West’s public universities

Fresno State ranks No. 8 among all public regional universities in the western United States, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s prestigious annual rankings of schools. See more.





Search for provost under way
The search for the next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs is under way. Biology professor Brian Tsukimura is chairing the committee. Other faculty representatives are Michelle Den Beste (History), Ken Magdaleno (Educational Research and Administration), Robert Maldonado (Philosophy), Virginia Rondero Hernandez (Social Work Education).

Administrators on the committee are Deborah Adishian-Astone (Auxiliary Services), Robert Harper (Dean, Craig School of Business), Jody Hironaka-Juteau (Interim Dean, College of Health and Human Services), Paul Oliaro (Vice President, Student Affairs).

Katha Brassfield (Continuing and Global Education) is the staff representative and Daniel Ward is the student representative. Marcus Freeman (Human Resources) is the EEOD representative and Summer Espinoza (Office of the President) is providing staff support.

The committee is working with AGB Search, which was retained to support the search. Following usual practice, the committee will host campus visits for the finalists, including open forums at which faculty and staff can ask them questions.

Here are updates on other searches:

  • Vice President for Student Affairs. The search committee is being formed. The Human Resources office will conduct the search and finalists will have campus visits.
  • Dean, Lyles College of Engineering. The search committee is being formed. The Human Resources office will conduct the search and finalists will have campus visits.
  • Dean, College of Health and Human Services. Jody Hironaka-Juteau will continue for an additional year as interim dean.





MonicaFusich returns to her Croatian roots
A Fulbright scholarship is making it possible for Monica Fusich to visit Croatia, where she has family roots. See the full story with video here.





Fresno State Winery offers specials
The Fresno State Winery offers specials on different wines each month. Subscribe to the Fresno State Wine Bulletin to stay informed on events and news from the vineyard.


Changes for Admissions and Records
The Admissions, Records, and Evaluations Office has changed its name to Admissions and Records and made some organizational changes. The new organizational structure is as follows: director of Admissions and Records, Tina Beddall; senior associate director of Admissions, Andy Hernandez; and interim registrar, Ellen Klute. The office is still located in the Joyal Administration Building, first floor, North Lobby, and can be reached at 278.2261.


Fresno State receives four new patents for drought-tolerant plants
Fresno State received four new patents for cultivated varieties of cactus plants that can be grown in areas of the Valley with high selenium levels and limited access to quality water. The patents are co-owned by the university, Red Rock Ranch and the United States Department of Agriculture. See more.


Castro names two alumnae to University Advisory Board
President Joseph I. Castro has announced the appointment of alumnae Gena Strang-Behrens and Zoua Vang to the University Advisory Board, a panel of community members who provide him advice regarding the improvement and development of the university. See more.


Gandhi's 144 birthday celebration marked by exhibit and events
A photo exhibition, "Life of Gandhi," will be on display Sept. 20-Oct. 7 in the Henry Madden Library in celebration of Gandhi Jayanti, the observance of the birthday of Mahatma Ghandi. A candlelight vigil for world peace, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and a community celebration 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5, will be held in the Peace Garden at the bust monument to Gandhi (just north of the library). Participants are encouraged to bring flowers. Admission is free for all events. For more, contact Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor at 435.2212 or the Indian Students Club at 347.8376.


Faculty workshops available this semester
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has made a number of faculty workshops available for this semester, including NIH - National Institutes of Health on Oct. 2 and 15 and Getting Started with Grants Oct. 9. Register at See more.


Osher Lecture Series continues Oct. 17
The fall 2013 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Lecture Series continues with a lineup as follows:

  • Oct. 17 - Shirley McWilliams, California licensed acupuncturist, discussing "The History and Benefits of Acupuncture."
  • Nov. 7 - Fresno County Genealogical Society presentation on "The Study of Genealogy: America's Hobby."
  • Dec. 19 - Scott Barton, executive director of Fresno Chaffee Zoo, discussing "Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Measure Z."

Enrollment for fall general sessions is $40 per person. There are nominal additional charges for short courses and field trips, including a tour of Gold Rush Town in Columbia and of the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum.

Included with all memberships are access to the Henry Madden Library and free parking pass for all Osher classes and trips.

Fresno State's Osher program, operated by the Division of Continuing and Global Education, is partly funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation. For more information and to register for OLLI, visit or contact Craig Rebello at 278.0008


AFP congratulates its new honorees
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) California Valley Chapter honors its 2013 honorees on National Philanthropy Day, Thursday, Nov. 7. Registration to attend began Sept. 16. See more.


LeticiaNuño passes away
Leticia Nuño, department secretary for Research and Sponsored Programs, passed away unexpectedly last month. She had worked in the Kinesiology Department for several years, as well as in the administrative offices of the departments of Political Science and Public Health. Her many friends will remember her sunny disposition, her willingness to help others, and her devotion to her family. Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughter Marissa Brito, twin sister Bertalicia, sister Delia, brother Rudy, and her parents, Lali and Rudy Nuño — all in Fresno.  



CoveyCovey killed in bike accident
Former chief financial officer and Fresno State graduate Joy Convey died last month after she was hit by a van during a bicycle ride in San Mateo County. She was 50 years old. After graduating in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in business from Fresno State, Ms. Covey went on to earn both a master's in business and a law degree from Harvard University. She served as president of the Beagle Foundation, a private foundation focused on the environment. She was also on the board of directors of JetBlue Airways and a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute.



PeteUniversity mourns passing of alumnus Peter Mehas
Dr. Peter G. Mehas died Sept. 27 in a Fresno hospital. He was a Fresno State alumnus, an unfailing advocate for his alma mater, and a fervent Bulldog athletics promoter. A native of Fresno, Dr. Mehas received his bachelor's degree from Fresno State in 1962, his master's degree from UCLA in 1967, and his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California in 1979. He was an All American, All Conference center at Fresno City College and played on Fresno State's undefeated 1961 Mercy Bowl football team. He started his career as a teacher in Fresno and since 2007 served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the California State University system, which governs Fresno State and 22 other CSU campuses. He will be greatly missed by the university community.




Business card and letterhead designs

When ordering business cards or letterhead, keep in mind that two changes were made to the 2102 brand guidelines regarding use of the Academic Seal. The changes are:

  • Business cards: an additional design choice now includes the Academic Seal or Fresno State logo, with either a blank or red reverse side.
  • Letterhead stationery and envelopes with the Academic Seal are acceptable for use for academic correspondence.

During the campuswide re-branding initiative, the Academic Seal remained unchanged in design, but its approved uses were restricted. Initially, the stationery with the Academic Seal was reserved for use only by the Office of the President. Subsequently, the Integrated Marketing and Communications Council (IMCC) recommended and President Welty agreed to allow stationery with the Academic Seal to be used for select academic purposes. The policy now indicates that the seal is reserved for (but not required on) the following:

  • The Office of the President;
  • University-level formal and official documents such as diplomas, academic awards and certificates; transcripts, resolutions and Commencement invitations; and university reports;
  • All faculty communications;
  • International correspondence;
  • Correspondence with academic societies and publishers;
  • Letters of reference

Faculty who wish to use stationery with the Academic Seal should contact Printing Services for the new “universitywide” letterhead.

Previous School/College/Department letterhead with the Academic Seal was to be discarded/recycled by Jan. 1, 2013. Customized stationery with the new Fresno State logo is created upon request from University Communications. The letterhead templates have the new logo at the top and a footer with department personalization at the bottom. These fields are unalterable.




serviceMake A Difference Day is Oct. 26
The Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning invites faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate in Make a Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Make a Difference Day is a national event encompassing the most comprehensive nation-wide day of helping others. It is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Locally, Fresno State volunteers will have the opportunity to choose from two different projects: trail building with Sierra Foothill Conservancy and park refurbishment with Fresno PARCs. Volunteers may participate individually or as a group. For more information and to register, call the Richter Center at 278.7063, or email  Deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 23. All volunteers must pre-register, sign waiver forms, and provide their own transportation.





KholodenkoKeyboard Concerts presents pianist Kholodenko Oct. 16
Vadym Kholodenko performs works by Rachmaninoff at 8 p.m., Oct. 16, in the Concert Hall. Kholodenko, a gold medallist at 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has trained at the esteemed Moscow Conservatory. General admission is $18, seniors $12, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.




University Theatre season begins 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.

Other 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, artistic director, Kenneth Balint,
    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.



DanaDana Lucka
(Development) was recognized as an outstanding fundraising professional. She was nominated by Jody Hironaka Juteau, dean, College of Health and Human Services.




PeterPeter Robertson
(Alumni Relations) presented "Philanthropy: Giving, Not Getting" to the Fresno Chamber of Commerce Junior Board. Established in 2012, it comprises 50 area high school leaders from throughout Fresno County.







sportsGet into Bulldog sports with more soccer and volleyball and football this month.

Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Nevada - Staff and Faculty Appreciation Night. Free admission. Glow Stick giveaway. Players favorite faculty to be honored at halftime.
Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. vs. UNLV - Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Free Admission. Breast Cancer Survivors honored at half-time. All youth (13 and under) invited down onto the field for post-game shoot around.
Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. vs. Utah State - Salute to Services. Free admission. Members of the Wounded Warriors project honored at intermission.
Sunday, Oct. 13 at 12 p.m. vs. Boise State - Bring a Kid to the Game Day. Free admission. Kids fun Activity Zone-Bounce House. All youth (13 and under) invited down onto the field for post-game shoot around.
Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. vs. Colorado State - Senior/Greek Night. Free admission. Seniors Honored during Pre-Game. Greek tank Top giveaway. Bulldog Scarf giveaway.

Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. vs. San Jose State - Volleyball Alumni Night. Bulldog Volleyball Alumni honored at intermission.
Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. vs. Nevada - Step Up For Down Syndrome Match. Any participant for the Step Up For Down Syndrome walk will get free admission. (Must have official step Up For Down Syndrome shirt.)
Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. vs. New Mexico - Homecoming Kickoff Celebration. Pre-game student pizza party.
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12 p.m. vs. Air Force - Salute to Services Day. Member of the Wounded Warriors project honored at intermission. Veterans honored throughout the game.

Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. vs. UNLV - Homecoming. Celebrate the rich history of Fresno State Football. Team will wear throwback and retro gear.


flagFlags flew
at half-staff for Sept. 11 anniversary
Fresno State honored the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 by posting its national and state flags at half-mast from sunrise to sunset Wednesday, Sept. 11. It was a time of reflection on how precious are life and liberty. Click here for the full story.



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