California State University, Fresno - University Journal
November 2013 Vol. 17 No. 3
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Dr. Covino

What we have to be thankful for

There are many things the Castros are thankful for, the most important one is being closer to and sharing with family.

See the full story with video here.




Planned Migration of Zimbra to MeritMail
On Nov. 3, Technology Services will upgrade the current Version 6 installation of the Zimbra email system to Version 7. This upgrade is the first of three steps toward a migration of Zimbra email to MeritMail. MeritMail is a service offered by Internet2 hosting the Zimbra environment. It will provide great resiliency for our email service, as well as cost savings. Access will be down beginning Sunday, Nov 3 at 8:00 a.m. until the morning of Monday, Nov. 4. Once the upgrade is complete, you can log-in to Zimbra as usual and resume with your normal email activity. All messages received during the outage will be delivered after services are restored. Later in November, Technology Services will begin migrating accounts to MeritMail. MeritMail is expected to upgrade campus service to Zimbra Version 8 sometime in January. Documentation on the new features is available on the Help Desk webpage. If you have questions, please contact the Help Desk at 8.5000.




LynnetteZelezny's Fulbright advocacy
increases student applications
Fulbright scholarship is thriving on campus, according to Lynnette Zelezny, associate provost and associate vice president of Continuing and Global Education. See the full story with video here.





GaryChina experience keeps on giving
His experience as a Fulbright scholar in China keeps on giving, said Gary Rice, associate professor, Mass Communication and Journalism. See the full story with video here.





HeldaFulbright scholarship builds forever friendships
Being a Fulbright scholar has brought her friends to last a lifetime, said Dr. Helda Pinzon-Perez, professor in the Department of Public Health. See the full story with video here.





Fulbright an adventure for the whole family
One of the great benefits of being a Fulbright scholar was that he was able to bring his family with him to Thailand, said Steven C. Blumenshine professor, Biology Department. See the full story with video here.





FYI Latino

Program among nation’s best for increasing Latino student success
Fresno State’s Commitment to Latina/o Academic Success and Excellence (CLASE) program was recognized by Excelencia in Education as one of the top programs in the United States for increasing academic opportunities and achievement for Latino students. See more.



Assemi honored at Top Dog Gala
Fresno entrepreneur and philanthropist Darius Assemi, president of Granville Homes, was honored with the Fresno State Alumni Association's Top Dog Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2013 during the Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala, Oct. 18. See more.





First Amendment Celebration to be held Dec. 6
A First Amendment Celebration will be held Friday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., at the Satellite Student Union. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ken Paulson, former editor of USA Today, president of the First Amendment Center and dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. The event is free to the campus and the public. Coffee, breakfast snacks and lunch are provided. For more information, contact Betsy Hays at The event is hosted by the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, the Department of Communication, the Fresno Bee,\ and the Maddy Institute. It is sponsored by the Fresno Regional Foundation.


Public Recycling Center to Close Nov. 4 as new sustainability practices emerge
Fresno State’s on-campus Public Recycling Center on Barstow Avenue will close Nov. 4 as the university enters a new, streamlined phase of its sustainability practices. 

Recycling of bottles, cans and cardboard may be done at a center at 6670 N. Cedar Ave. (southeast corner of Herndon Avenue). 

The center’s closure doesn’t mean any less commitment to recycling by Fresno State, said Lisa Kao, manager of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Risk Management and Sustainability.

Fresno State is moving forward in a new partnership with Industrial Waste & Salvage (IWS) of Fresno to find and implement innovative and cost-effective methods to divert solid waste from landfill disposal.

Although the university meets and exceeds current State of California solid waste diversion requirements, the partnership is expected to better position the campus to meet the future state diversion goal of 75 percent. 

Since May, campus, non-farm unit trash has been handled as 100 percent co-mingled recycling material. This means separate containers are no longer needed for recyclable waste in the state-owned buildings and campus areas considered state property, Kao explained.

“All waste in our dumpsters ultimately gets taken to a transfer station with hand and mechanized sorting processes to remove all recyclable material,” Kao said. “There is no need to self-sort recyclables for placement in special bins or dumpsters.

“Fresno State will continue to maintain its commitment to recycling and sustainability in partnership with IWS,” she said. “Our efforts to limit campus land-filled waste will continue to be a regular part of Fresno State’s day-to-day business.”

marketNew Paws-N-Go Market opens in the North Gym
The new Paws-N-Go Market that recently opened on the east side of the North Gym will give Fresno State students, faculty and staff a new convenience-type market on the west end of campus. The 900-square-foot store is operated by University Dining Services and sells various personal care and household items, basic school supplies, an assortment of beverages and pre-packaged food and snack items including items from the university's Gibson Farm Market including Fresno State ice cream. Hours of operation for the fall semester are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 12 noon - 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday. See more.


Fresno State earns national designation for economic engagement
Fresno State is one of 16 universities singled outfor its commitment to economic engagement by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The APLU named Fresno State to its first class of Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities. See more.

Physics department celebrates Nobel Prize for Higgs' theory
Those working in the ATLAS Program at Fresno State celebrated the recent awarding of the Nobel Prize in physics to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, theorists studying what is known as the Higgs boson (or “God particle”). Fresno State played a role in advancing the theory and is the only California State University school involved in the project. The university's ATLAS faculty and postdoctoral researchers, together with other physicists involved with the ATLAS Experiment, publish about 100 papers per year in top physics journals. See more.


VelveteenAdopt a School Program invites donations
Fresno State’s Theatre for Young Audiences invites support for its Adopt a School Program, which sponsors a Fresno State theatre performance at a local school. This year, Theatre for Young Audiences will perform the beloved children’s classic The Velveteen Rabbit. For information on supporting the program, contact the College of Arts and Humanities at 278.8341



ArmenianFresno State Press publishes essays documenting Armenian history
The Armenian Studies Program issued its fourth title in the Armenian Series, David of Sassoun: Critical Studies on the Armenian Epic. This collection of essays about the oral epic poem of Armenia was recently published by The Press at Fresno State. See more.




Communicators Network (CommNet). Join us for a panel discussion on social media at the CommNet meeting on Nov. 19 at 1:30 pm in Kremen Education, Room 140. To be added to the CommNet listserv, email

How to Obtain a Digital Logo. If you haven’t already obtained a new logo for your campus unit, digital files are available through the Office of University Communications. To request a digital logo file, email www.fresnostate.du/grand. Never try to create your own version of the university logo and do not create your own logo.

Complying with Campus Branding Standards. If you have questions about visual identity standards, contact the following for clarification, or review the Brand and Graphics Standards Manual, available as a download (PDF) here.

Branding Questions, Graphics Guidelines, Web Policy, and Use of the Fresno State Name and Imagery
Office of University Communications
Bruce Whitworth • • 559.278.5029

Web Standards, Guidelines, and Web Content Management Systems Training
Web Communications
Dawn Truelsen • • 559.278.6857

Campus Signage
Facilities Planning
Lori Pardi • • 559.278.7742

Campus Printing
Printing Services
Monica Shakelton• • 559.278.5659

Letterhead and Business Card Ordering
Printing Services
Kevin McNeill • • 559.278.2740

Mailing Requirements
Mail Services
Lenora Young • • 559.278.2941

Trademarks and Licensing: Merchandise, Promotional Items, Copyright Resources, and Intercollegiate Athletics
Athletics Marketing
Clarence Chiong • • 559.278.4451

Kennel Bookstore
Cathy Simpson • • 559.278.4270

To check for any updates to the visual identity standards, please refer to the website:




Serving Fresno Day is Nov. 16
Volunteers are needed to participate in Serving Fresno Day on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder on one of two projects: trail building with Sierra Foothill Conservancy or refurbishing of the group activity area at Woodward Park. Volunteers may participate individually or as a group. Previous projects have provided long-lasting, positive results for our community. For more information and to register, call the Richter Center at 278.7063, or email Volunteer spaces are limited and location choices are on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 13. All volunteers must be at least 16 years-old, pre-register, sign waiver forms\ and provide their own transportation.


Holiday Gift Project Fundraiser to promote literacy
The Richter Center for Community Engagement and First Book Fresno are calling on the generosity of the Fresno State community to give the gift of literacy this holiday season. A fundraising effort will begin Nov. 1 to raise funds that will be used to provide new educational books for children in our community. A $10 donation can provide up to four books.  One hundred percent of all financial donations will be used to purchase books. All donations are tax-deductible and receipts will be provided. Checks should be made payable to “First Book Fresno” and mailed to the Richter Center, M/S TA 120. Donations must be received by Dec. 15 to be used for this project. For more information, contact Renee Delport ( or Trisha Studt ( at 278.7079.




WosnerKeyboard Concerts presents pianist Wosner Nov. 22
Shai Wosner performs works by Schubert snd Widmann at 8 p.m., Nov. 22, in the Concert Hall. Born in Israel and a protégé of Emanuel Ax, Wosner has attracted international recognition. He is the winner of an Avery Fisher Career Development Award and a champion of works ranging from Beethoven and Mozart to Schönberg and Ligeti. General admission is $18, seniors $12, students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.



theatreUniversity Theatre season continues with Our Town
Season tickets are on sale for University Theatre's 2013-14 productions at Fresno State. The season continues in the John Wright Theatre Nov. 1-9 with Our Town by Thornton Wilder, directed by J. Daniel Herring. Narrated by a stage manager and performed in a highly theatrical style with minimal props and sets, the play follows the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry and eventually, in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre die.

Other 2013-14 University Theatre productions:

  • 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 be available Sept. 12. ID must be presented. 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.



Dr. CastroJoseph Castro
(President) has been appointed to a two-year term as member and chair of the Nominating Committee of the WASC Senior College and University Commission.





JeffJeff Cummins
(Political Science) has recently published his textbook, California: The Politics Of Diversity, Eighth Edition, co-authored with David G. Lawrence. The textbook is geared for courses on state politics, but is written in an accessible manner that is appealing to a general audience as well.




MichelleMichelle Ganci
(Animal Science) received the California Poultry Federation's Golden Rooster Award. The award is the highest honor given by the federation and was presented to Ganci at its annual conference, Sept. 19, in Monterey, Calif.






John Hales
(English) will have his essay, "Seeing and Believing," published Spring issue of the Hudson Review.



CaseyCasey Lamonski
(Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) was named to Business Street's 40 UNDER 40.






ColleenColleen Torgerson
(Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education) was named as one of the Top 10 Women of the Year by the Marjaree Mason Center.







Basketball heats up the court in November. There's more, so don't miss out.

Men's Basketball
Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. vs. Cal State Stanislaus (EX). Reduced tickets: $7 for Adults $5 Youth.
Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Dominican University (EX). Reduced tickets: $7 for Adults $5 Youth.
Saturday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. vs. Cal State Northridge - Home Opener Blowout. Autograph signing post-game.
Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. vs. Cal Poly - Local Business Night.
Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. vs. San Diego Christian - Staff and Faculty Appreciation.
Friday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. vs. Drake - Bring-A-Kid to The Game Night
Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. vs. Cal State Bakersfield - Community Basketball Night.

Women's Basketball
Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. vs. Notre Dame De Namur (EX). $5 ticket night.
Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. vs. UC Merced - Staff and Faculty Appreciation Night.
Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. vs. USC - Bring-A-Kid to the Game Day.

Saturday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. vs. Nevada - Black Wave. All fans encouraged to wear black. Band day- half time musical performance by Central Valley high schools.
Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. vs. New Mexico - Spirit Day/Youth Day. Senior Day - pregame ceremony honoring seniors. Halftime performance by Central Valley youth cheerleaders and dancers. Youth ticket package special: one ticket, one hot dog and soda only $23.

Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. vs. UNLV - Greek Night. Greek tank top giveaway. Greeks honored throughout match. Greek Olympics. $250 Best Buy Gift Card to most attended Greek house.
Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. vs. San Diego State - White Out. Fans wear white. Special white out give away.
Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Wyoming - Basketball Night. Discounted tickets for fans who have a 2013-14 Fresno State Women's or Men's Basketball ticket (new or used).
Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. vs. Colorado State - Senior Day.

Swimming and Diving
Saturday, Nov. 9, All Day vs. FPU, UC Santa Clara, Pacific - Staff and Faculty Appreciation Day. Free Admission. Honoring team members' favorite faculty members. Seniors honored before the game.



turkeyHaving the spirit of thankfulness

This time of year, thoughts turn to blessings we have and things for which we are grateful.
Having the spirit of thanks can be helpful throughout the year.
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