California State University, Fresno - University Journal
March 2014 Vol. 17 No. 6
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Diversity Forum addresses race relations

A day-long forum to address the challenges in exploring the importance of diversity on campus was hosted Feb. 19 by President Castro and the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity.

See the full story with video here.




Dr. Frank Lamas is new vice president for Student Affairs
President Joseph I. Castro has appointed Frank R. Lamas as the new vice president for Student Affairs effective July 1, 2014. Lamas, who has more than 30 years of administrative experience in higher education, has been vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at the University of Texas at Arlington for nearly nine years. A native of Havana, Cuba, and raised in Syracuse, N.Y., he is a first-generation college student. Read the full story.


Provost search nets three finalists
Fresno State’s nationwide search for a provost and vice president for Academic Affairs has resulted in three finalists who will visit the campus to meet with faculty, staff and students. The new provost will succeed Dr. William A. Covino, who became president of California State University, Los Angeles in September.
The candidates are:

  • Dr. Christopher Ingersoll, dean of the College of Health Professions – Central Michigan University
  • Dr. Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work – The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, associate provost – California State University, Fresno


campus pointConstruction begins on Campus Pointe
retail phase, 'The Squ
Construction of Fresno’s newest retail center was formally launched on Feb. 10 with groundbreaking for “The Square at Campus Pointe.” The first 12 business tenants were announced for the project on Chestnut north of Shaw, near the Save Mart Center and Highway 168.

The Square is the next phase of the 45-acre mixed-use development Campus Pointe project, a public/private partnership between the California State University, Fresno Association, Inc. and Kashian Enterprises, the master developer of the project. Read the full story.


President Castro, Chancellor White speak at African-American churchessuper sunday
Chancellor Timothy P. White and President Joseph I. Castro spoke at African-American churches Sunday, Feb. 16, as part of CSU Super Sunday — the flagship event of the CSU African-American Initiative that focuses on closing the college achievement gap for African-American students.

Throughout California, CSU campus presidents, trustees, the chancellor and other higher education officials spoke from the pulpit about college readiness and the possibilities for obtaining financial aid. Launched in 2005, CSU Super Sunday is an annual event where leaders throughout the 23 CSU campuses work together in a united effort to give underrepresented students the tools needed to successfully enter college. To date, almost 500,000 churchgoers have received information about financial aid, been introduced to the 23 CSU campuses and learned how to achieve academic success at the university. Read the full story and view photo gallery.




kattiMadhusudan Katti's international research team uncovers urban biodiversity surprise
Can thriving urban areas support biodiversity in plants and birds? Surprisingly, yes, according to worldwide research findings of Fresno State Associate Professor Madhusudan Katti and an international team. The findings were published in the biological research journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Contrary to conventional wisdom that cities are a wasteland for biodiversity, the study found that overall the mix of species in cities reflects the unique biotic heritage of their geographic location. See the full story.



ben boone Benjamin Boone takes music education to the masses
Music Professor Benjamin Boone, a composer and accomplished jazz musician, has been drawing headlines for his “Inside the Music” pre-concert lectures with the Fresno Philharmonic. The lecture series was recently featured in the Fresno Bee. See the full story.




John Capitman appointed to air quality board
Dr. John Capitman, executive director for the Central Valley Health Policy Institute, was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District Governing Board. See the full story.





First Jensen Pistachio professor joins plant science faculty
A $1.5 million pledge last year from the California Pistachio Research Board to the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology brings Dr. Timothy Spann to Fresno State conduct advanced research and education for the pistachio industry. Read the full story.

Inventory of keys is coming; watch for email
A campus-wide inventory of keys will be conducted in coming weeks. All administrators, staff and faculty will receive an email from Bob Boyd, associate vice president of Facilities Management, asking you to logon to a webpage to report the physical keys you have. This information will be reconciled against the Lockshop records.This inventory process will also provide you a convenient opportunity to return any keys no longer needed. If you have any questions about this process, contact the Lockshop at 278.2172.  View a short video on this project.


On-site Employee Assistance Program counselor taking appointments
Fresno State has selected an on-site, part-time Employee Assistance Program counselor, David Crabtree, through Empathia our current provider of EAP services. Appointment times are available 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. A licensed clinical social worker, Crabtree is available to provide counseling services to all active faculty, staff and their family members. His direct phone is 278.1655 and email address is His office is Lab School Room 185 (confidential side door entry for scheduled appointments).


Advancement team wins four communications awards
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Western district awarded four honors for excellence to Fresno State’s Division of Advancement. The university earned a silver award for a magazine insert on former university President John D. Welty. Bronze awards were earned by the Fresno State Alumni Association for the “What Day Is It? It’s Hump Day!” video, University Communications editor Eddie Hughes for a Fresno State Magazine story introducing new university President Joseph I. Castro and photographer Cary Edmondson for a water image of Fresno State football player Davante Adams. The awards were presented by the CASE District VII, which represents universities in Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands and Utah.


Provost’s Awards nominations due April 4
Nominations are being accepted through April 4 for the Provost’s Awards for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit nominations of full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, or an academic program for the Assessment of Learning award. Nominations may be submitted in the following categories:

  • Excellence in Teaching
  • Technology in Education
  • Graduate Teaching and Mentoring 
  • Faculty Service
  • Distinguished Achievement in Research, Scholarship, or Creative Accomplishment
  • Promising New Faculty Award
  • Distinguished Achievement in Assessment of Learning  (Department award)

Nomination forms and instructions are available online and in the Office of the Provost, Haak Administration Center Room 4116, Henry Madden Library, 4th floor. 


Peach Blossom Festival is March 13-14
The 56th annual Peach Blossom Festival of Oral Interpretation will be March 13-14 at various locations on campus with approximately 6,000 children representing nearly 200 San Joaquin Valley elementary schools. The event is hosted by the Department of Communication. For more information call 8-4419 or go to


Secret Garden party and Leo Politi Garden rededication, April 13
The Arne Nixon Center Advocates (ANCA) invites you to attend the annual Secret Garden party and Leo Politi Garden rededicationon April 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Politi Garden on the east side of the Madden Library. The party is ANCA’s major annual fundraising event, with all profits going to the Arne Nixon Center.

Leo Politi was the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator and/or author of over three dozen books. A Fresno native who relocated to Los Angeles, he was a good friend of Professor Arne Nixon often returned to Fresno to participate in Nixon’s children’s literature classes and festivals. The Politi Garden was created with funds raised by ANCA to honor the special friendship between the two men. Paul Politi and Suzanne Bischof, the son and daughter of the late Leo Politi, will attend the rededication. For more information or to make reservations, please send email to


CLEAR launches a new peer-reviewed journal
The Center for Leadership, Equity and Research (CLEAR) has launched “The CLEARvoz Journal,” a quarterly peer-reviewed journal focused on equity issues in education. The online, scholarly journal seeks to promote research in elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools with articles that address a range of topics including advocacy, equity, mentoring, diversity and engagement. Read the full story.


STAR Day is May 29
The annual Staff Training And Recognition – STAR – Day will be held May 29. STAR Day is designed to commemorate the end of a successful year, promote staff development and recognize the accomplishments of our campus staff. The event will include a guest speaker, professional development workshops, a service recognition awards ceremony, staff luncheon and a vendor fair. Watch for upcoming email announcements about the event and visit the website for updates.



Grants offer new opportunities for nurse practitioner students
The College of Health and Human Services was awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to help fill a regional void of primary health care providers. The grants were awarded by the Song-Brown Commission, which encourages universities and health care professionals to provide quality health care in underserved areas. Read the full story.





Social media and branding elements

By Susan Hawksworth
Continuing and Global Education

Many departments and programs are actively communicating by using social media, such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. According to Dr. Tamyra Pierce, director of Social Media and Integrated Marketing, there are nearly 100 Facebook pages and approximately 50 Twitter accounts associated with Fresno State.

However, having a good social media presence is more than just "having" a site. It's important to buildconnections and engagement. In addition, any site associated with Fresno State should also include the correct use of branding elements.

Pierce conducted an analysis of the known sites affiliated with Fresno State and found that some still feature the old Fresno State and no longer approved sunburst logo or the university seal. Some sites are using the correct new logo, but it has been improperly condensed to fit the existing space or cropped.

The University Communications office has digital versions of the new logo, sized for use on the various social media sites. They are available by emailing "We encourage anyone who is the administrator of a social media site to help promote our branding efforts by using the appropriate logo and the correct name of the university," Pierce says.

The content analysis of various social media sites found that many of them are using the university name incorrectly (CSUF, CSU Fresno, Fresno State University, FSU, for example). We encourage everyone to use Fresno State in social media to increase search results. FS is permitted on Twitter and Instagram due to character restrictions. CSUF is now affiliated with Fullerton and should not be used (FYI, @CSUF is Fullerton’s twitter handle).

"Through our Integrated Marketing Communications work over the past two years, we have designated the use of either Fresno State or California State University, Fresno for our name," Pierce said. "Consistency with our logo and name help strengthen our brand."

It’s a good idea to review your department’s or unit’s Facebook page(s) and website(s) to ensure the proper branding is used. If you’re not sure whether the branding is correct, review the brand guidelines ( or contact Dr. Pierce at



Spring into Service, March 22
The campus community is encouraged to participate in a Fresno State morning of service on Saturday, March 22 from 8-12:30 p.m. As part of the campus-wide “Spring into Service” event, volunteers are needed to complete service projects including tree and shrub planting, and installation of a water wise demonstration garden. Families are encouraged to volunteeer. Please fill out the Spring into Service 2014-Volunteer Registration Form. Volunteer space is limited and filled on a first come, first serve basis. For questions please contact Renee Delport at or 278.7063.




Stephanie Lopez

Lopez named campus first-ever Gates Cambridge Scholar
Senior Stephanie Gabriela Lopez was awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a full-ride graduate scholarship to Cambridge University, making her the first Fresno State student to receive the prestigious academic honor. The scholarship is awarded to 95 students worldwide each year. Lopez is one of 40 United States students representing 35 institutions. Read the full story.




Student wins College Entrepeneur of the Year Award
Student Roe Borunda, will receive the College Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce for her hatchery-assisted business, Roetography. Borunda is a senior, double major (Art and Mass Communication and Journalism) from Fresno whose company was one of four selected to be recognized at the chamber’s Valley Business Awards Luncheon in March.

“If it wasn’t for programs like the Lyles Center Student Hatchery and faculty and staff members at Fresno State to help push me in the direction of my dreams, I probably would have never known the sky can be the limit,” Borunda said.





Absurd Masterworks, March 14-22
The Theatre Arts Department presents three pieces by the masters of Absurdist theatre, Samuel Beckett and Eugene absurdistIonesco, March 14-22 at the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre. The style of the plays ranges from tragic to comic--from meditations on an adulterous affair to a satire of modern suburban living that morphs into a living puppet show.

Other University Theatre productions:

            • Experimental Theatre Company, April 4-6
            • For Young Audiences - The Velveteen Rabbit, April 5
            • University Dance Theatre, April 24-26
            • Othello, by William Shakespeare, directed by Brad Myers, May 2-10.

All performances begin at 8 p.m., except for Sunday matinees, which begin at 2 p.m. 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. View ticket information.


Other Music events in March:

  • Wind Orchestra Concert, March 6
  • Keyboard Concerts -Sergei Babayan & Danil Trifonov, March 7
  • Jazz Bands, March 13
  • Orpheus Chamber Music Ensemble and El Cimarrón Ensemble present NOTHING and more, March 15
  • Saxes at Stage, March 18
  • The Frenso State Guitarists, March 28
  • Guitar Festival, March 28
  • Fresno State Symphonic Band Concert, April 2

See ticket information.


‘Turning Pages: Intersections of Books and Technology’ is March 24-May 30
The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and the Special Collections Research Center will host “Turning Pages: Intersections of Books and Technology.” The exhibition will be held in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery, March 24 - May 30. The Special Collections division has teamed up with the Center for Creativity and the Arts to collaborate with this year’s chosen theme of Data and Technology. 

Technologies new, old and reinterpreted have altered the paradigm of the book since its inception. From creation and content to format itself, the collective notion of the book, a benign object, is continually changing. “Turning Pages” will provide a glimpse into some of the ways in which technology has radicalized books and bookmaking. Exhibition artists include Thomas Allen, Su Blackwell, Brian Dettmer, Pamela Paulsrud, and Mike Stilkey.

A reception to celebrate the exhibition’s opening will be held on Friday, March 28, at 6:00 p.m. at the Madden Library 2206. A presentation by book artist Mike Stilkey will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Relaxed parking for the event in Lots P30 and P31. To RSVP email or call the Arne Nixon Center at 278.8116.




wade gilbert

Wade Gilbert
(Kinesiology) will co-present on “Athletic Talent Development: Current Status and Future Directions” at the U.S. Olympic Academy on April 15 in Los Angeles. The academy will together scholars and students, athletes and administrators, business experts and leading media authorities to discuss important Olympic issues.





Nitaigour “Prem” Mahalik
(Industrial Technology) received a $500,000 grant from the Department of Defense to acquire equipment and instrumentation to further the university’s ability to teach and research emphasizing sensing and control.






Blain Roberts (History) and Ethan J. Kytle (History) were asked by the New York Times to write about the Central Valley drought. Within hours of publication online, it was the third most-emailed, the ninth most-viewed  and the 10th most-tweeted story. Read the column.

blain roberts
A new book by Roberts (History),” Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South,” was published by the University of North Carolina Press. Read more.




InoueAsao Inoue
(English) won a 2014 Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection category for his book, “Race and Writing Assessment” from the Conference on College Composition and Communication, a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The award honors books within the field of composition and rhetoric.




Nancy Akhavan
(Kremen School) is the editor of the inaugural issue of CLEARVoz, the peer reviewed journal of Fresno State’s Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR). Read the Journal.






Steve Spriggs
(University Development) challenged a $165 fine for using his cellphone map application while stuck in traffic and has won an appellate court ruling that Californians can use cellpohnes to look at map applications while driving. He does not encourage cellphone usage while driving, but hopes that California legislators will now revisit the issue and fix it. Spriggs story has been widely carried in the media. Read the USA Today story.







Baseball, softball, basketball and lacrosse are in store this March
Don't miss out on the Bulldog action as it offers plenty of opportunities for our veterans, faculty and staff, and your family.

Tuesday, March 11 at 6:35 p.m. vs. Penn State - Season ticket holder appreciation.
Wednesday, March 12 at 6:35 p.m. vs. Penn State - Season ticket holder appreciation
Friday, March 14 at 6:35 p.m. vs. New Mexico - Alumni Night.
Saturday, March 15 at 2:05 p.m. vs. New Mexico - Youth Jersey Saturday. Youth wearing jerseys receive free admission
Sunday, March 16 at 1:05 p.m. vs. New Mexico - St. Patty’s Kick Off/ Salute to Sundays. Free admission for all active military and veterans. Kids run bases.
Tuesday, March 18 at 6:35 p.m. vs. California - Staff and Faculty appreciation night. Free admission for all staff and faculty. Honor professors.
Wednesday, March 19 at 6:35 p.m. vs. BYU
Tuesday, March 25 at 6:35 p.m. vs. UC Santa Barbara - Greek night, Tank giveaway.


Thursday, March 13 at 5 p.m. vs. Pacific. Social Media Madness - 2-1 Ticket deal for fans following Fresno Athletics.
Friday, March 14 at 6 p.m. vs. Ohio State - Dog Pound Night/Youth Jersey Friday - Youths wearing jersey receive free admission. Meet the Team post-game.
Saturday, March 15 at 3:45 p.m. vs. Cal Poly - Throwback Night/Alumnae Night
Saturday, March 15 at 8:15 p.m. vs. New Mexico State - Throwback Night/Alumnae Night
Sunday, March 16 at 3:45 p.m. vs. Saint Mary’s College - Free Admission for all Veterans and active military. Kids run the bases.
Friday, March 28 at 6 p.m. vs. Utah State. Strike Out Cancer/Youth Jersey Friday -Youth Wearing Jersey get free admission. First 5 Fresno County book drive.
Saturday, March 29 at 6 p.m. vs. Utah State. Strike Out Cancer. Blood Drive - First 5 Fresno County Book Drive.
Sunday, March 30 at 1 p.m. vs. Utah State - Strike Out Cancer. Free admission for all veterans and active military. First 5 Fresno County book drive. Kids run bases post-game. Freshman autograph signing post-game.


Women’s Basketball
Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m. vs. San Jose State - Free Admission by Redeeming Voucher (Found at to Ticket Office. T-Shirt In-Game Giveaway.  Kids Fun Activity Zone-bounce house, face painting, and more. Mutts in Motion halftime Performance.

Wednesday, March 5 at 5 p.m. vs. Stanford - Dog Pound/Greek Night. Sunglasses giveaway.
Saturday, March 8 at 12 p.m. vs. Colorado - Youth Day: Kids fun activity zone- bounce, face painting, and more. Autograph card giveaway. Team autograph session post-game
Wednesday, March 19 at 2 p.m. vs. Columbia - Staff and Faculty appreciation day. Tote bag giveaway. Honoring Professors.
Friday, March 28 at 5 p.m. vs. USC - Alumnae Night.



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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
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Editorial Coordinator, Margarita Adona • Photographer, Cary Edmondson • Videographer, Randy Haar • Contributor, April Schulthies
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