California State University, Fresno - University Journal
April 2014 Vol. 17 No. 7
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‘Refresh’ of University Journal is underway
The University Communications office has convened a work group of volunteers to examine the role of the University Journal as an internal communications tool for faculty and staff news.

The work group will review the current publication for content, readability, reach, effectiveness and purpose, and make recommendations for a publication that will meet the needs of the campus community.

Shirley Melikian Armbruster, associate vice president for University Communications, discussed the need for a Journal refresh at the Communicators Network meeting in March.

“Our campus needs an effective faculty-staff newsletter and we want to make sure the Journal is relevant and useful. It’s been several years since we’ve updated the design and examined the content,” Armbruster said.

An internal communications survey will be conducted via email to gauge awareness and satisfaction with the current publication and determine what information the campus community wants and in what format. The last survey of internal campus communications took place in 2009.

The Journal Refresh Work Group composed of faculty and staff is chaired by Susan Hawksworth of Continuing and Global Education ( and will convene four or five times during the spring and summer.



Lynnette Zelezny is new provost, effective June 1

Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, a Fresno State alumnae and veteran academic administrator, is the University’s new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, effective June 1, 2014.

zelezny“I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to serve alongside President Joseph Castro as the next Provost at Fresno State,” said Dr. Zelezny. “It’s an honor to have been selected from among our extraordinarily talented and mission-driven faculty at Fresno State. I’m humbled and eager to get to work on challenging issues to better serve our students and the Central Valley.”

Dr. Zelezny joined the Fresno State faculty in 1988. During her 25-year service at Fresno State she has served as professor of Psychology, chair of the Department of Psychology, associate dean for the Craig School of Business, dean and associate vice president for Continuing and Global Education, and associate provost. Zelezny also served as a visiting professor at the University of Stockholm in Sweden, an American Council of Education Fellow at Towson University in Maryland, and as a Fulbright scholar in Germany.

She is also chair of the University committee that is implementing Castro’s new tablet initiative, called DISCOVERe@FresnoState. She co-chaired and implemented the IT strategic plan and leads the University’s Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process.


Recent headlines
Here are some of the University’s recent news stories, found at



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Jenelle Pitt named national Rehabilitation Educator of the Year
Dr. Jenelle S. Pitt has been presented the 2014 Rehabilitation Educator of the Year Award . The award by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education honors an individual demonstrating outstanding ability as a rehabilitation educator. It was presented during the organization’s national conference last month in Manhattan Beach. Dr. Pitt joined the Fresno State faculty in 2009. She is an assistant professor in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development and coordinator of Fresno State’s Rehabilitation Counseling Program.



Submarine anniversary will be observed April 9
submarineA celebration of the 114th anniversary of the U.S. Navy submarine force will be held April 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning with a procession of colors by the Air Force ROTC  from the Free Speech Area to the Maple Mall. The event, organized by University Student Union Productions, Veterans Services office, Student Veterans Organization and Omega Delta Sigma, the veterans' fraternity, will include a brief program. Lori Alamano (Police Department) will sing the National Anthem and Bernie Vinovrski (Enrollment Services) will provide the welcome. Cake will be served and submarine veterans will be on hand to greet the campus community.

In 2002, Fresno State was the first university in the nation to create a memorial honoring lost submarines and crew members. Fifty-four tulip trees along the Maple Mall honoring 52 U.S. submarines and 3,505 men who were lost in World War II and two other submarines and 228 men lost since 1945.


Leo Politi Garden is site of annual Secret Garden Party
Arne Nixon Center Advocates at Fresno State will hold its 11th annual Secret Garden Party from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 20. Traditionally the party location is not revealed to guests until they sign up, but this year the event will be held at the newly completed Leo Politi Garden, outside of the Madden Library. A rededication of the garden will take place during the event. Politi was the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator and author of more than three dozen books. A Fresno native who relocated to Los Angeles, Politi was a good friend of Fresno State professor Arne Nixon. Read the full story.

Grad-in-a-Box brings Alumni Association second award from Ad Federation
The Fresno Advertising Federation has bestowed a second consecutive American Advertising Award (formerly known as an ADDY Award) to the Fresno State Alumni Association for its 2013 Grad-in-a-Box product in the multimedia category.
The 2013 Grad-in-Box included a keepsake box filled with a cap, gown and tassel; Class of 2013 T-shirt, car magnets and lapel pin; plus a cap decorating kit and chrome license plate frame. As a special, surprise highlight, the box contained a sound-chip that played "Pomp & Circumstance" when opened. Grad-in-a-Box is manufactured by Tim Leary of Fan In A Box in Fresno. Leary is a licensed-collegiate vendor with Fresno State and the Alumni Association.

Last blood drive of year is April 8-10
The final blood drive of the academic year will kick off Tuesday, April 8, at the University Dining Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The drive will continue on April 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various blood mobile locations on campus: USU, Engineering East, Maple Mall and Kremen Education Building. Donors will receive a free vintage Fresno State blood drive t-shirt and coupon packet including free Starbucks coffee at the campus location, a free ice cream cone from the Rue & Gwen Gibson Farm Market, a free bottle of water at the Student Rec Center, a buy one, get one free coupon from Juice It Up (campus location only) and 25 percent off one apparel item at the Kennel Bookstore. Donation takes about an hour and can save up to three lives.  Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. Photo ID and social security number are required for all donors.

‘Turning Pages’ exhibition explores convergence of books and technology turning pages
Books go high-tech at the Henry Madden Library with “Turning Pages: Intersections of Books and Technology,” which continues through May 30 in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery on the  second floor. “Technologies new, old and reinterpreted have altered the framework of books since the beginning. From creation and content to format itself, the collective notion of the book is continually changing,” said Jennifer Crow, exhibition curator. “ ‘Turning Pages’ will provide a glimpse into some of the ways in which technology has radicalized books and bookmaking.”

With examples from special collections and book art from five world-renowned artists, guests are invited to explore the convergence of books and technology, from advances in printing to the digital arena to new and exciting forms of art. See the full story.




Promoting and protecting the Fresno State brand through licensing

Every printed piece of merchandise that features any Fresno State trademark, graphic or verbiage must pass through the offices of Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the organization that collects royalties that are returned to the campus. Fresno State works in conjunction with CLC to control and approve the use of Fresno State images.

CLC represents nearly 200 of the nation’s top colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, the Heisman Trophy and the NCAA. The collegiate partners that entrust CLC to protect, promote, and grow their brands comprise nearly 80 percent of the $4.6 billion retail market for collegiate licensed merchandise.

Clarence Chiong, director of licensing, is housed in the Athletics Department and coordinates Fresno State’s relationship with CLC.

“A trademark licensing program gives the University control over its logos and marks, thus ensuring the quality and consistency of all of the University's merchandise,” said Chiong. “It also enables the University to generate revenue from the sale of merchandise bearing its logos and marks. The revenue is used to support and enhance many programs campus wide. The trademark licensing program also creates a cooperative and positive working relationship with the manufacturers and retailers who work with the University.”

If you’re considering working with a vendor to obtain merchandise with the Fresno State logo, be sure to contact Clarence ( or 278.4451) to ensure that the vendor is an approved partner. In some cases, the royalty fees are waived if the merchandise is for internal use and not intended for resale or promotional use.




Student Elizabeth Olenchalk receives national award for civic service Elizaelisabeth Olenchalk

Fresno State junior Elizabeth Olenchalk was named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow in recognition for her commitment to community service and civic leadership. Olenchalk is one of nine California students and 197 from across the country to receive the fellowship.

As a Liberal Studies major and Urban Civic Education minor, Olenchalk is working toward becoming a change agent who addresses community issues. For the past two years, she has been an instrumental member of Fresno State’s Alternative Spring Break  program where she has recruited, trained and mentored many of her fellow students in service to others.

In addition, Olenchalk has engaged other students in service to the American Cancer Society, and each week she mentors at-risk youth through the local Every Neighborhood Partnership’s Saturday Sports Program.

“During her time here at Fresno State, Elizabeth has emerged as a passionate, committed leader of community service and engagement efforts,” University President Joseph I. Castro said. “She is a true servant-leader, whose positive attitude and infectious energy has propelled many of her fellow students into deeper commitments to service.”

Newman Civic Fellows are granted by Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,200 college and university presidents, to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards, sponsored by the KPMG Foundation, are made in memory of founder Frank Newman who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.


Richter Center recruiting 2014-15 student-leaders
The Richter Center is accepting applications for its three student-leadership opportunities including the Richter Center Ambassadors, the SERVE Committee and the Reflection Facilitators. Applications are due Friday, April 25, at noon. An informational mixer will be held on Wednesday, April 9 at 5 p.m in USU Room 312/314. For more information contact Mellissa Jessen-Hiser ( or Renee Delport ( at 278.7079.




Dr. Thomas C. Kipps, professor emeritus of Mathematics, died March 10, 2014, at the age of 91. Dr. Kipps was a Battle of the Bulge Army veteran. He loved formulas, theorems, logarithms and non-linear differential equations, and also had a fondness for camellias, fine music and hard work. Read the Fresno Bee article.




'4000 Miles' by Amy Herzog, April 4-6
The Experimental Theatre Company, an all-student production, presents '"4000 Miles," a story of how two outsiders find their way in today's world, Friday, April 4, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. at the Lab School Theatre.

Free performances of 'The Velveteen Rabbit' on April 5
This year’s Theatre for Young Audiences tour of “The Velveteen Rabbit” will visit 17 Valley schools doing 25 performances for almost 10,000 children. It is a testament to generous Adopt-a-School donors that 11 schools are recipients of free performances this year. This support provides a rich cultural experience for children who rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to experience live theater. You may join the cast and crew for free public performances on Saturday, April 5, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Woods Theatre at Fresno State.

Other University Theatre productions:

  • 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.


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Flamenco Guitar Concert: José Antonio Rodríguez, April 3
A flamenco guitar contert featuring José Antonio Rodríguez and special guest professor Cory Whitehead will take place on Thursday, April 3, at 8 p.m. at the Concert hall. Tickets are $15 general, 10 employees and $5 students.






Keyboard concert April 4 features Stephen Hough
British artist Stephen Hough will perform works by Schönberg, R. Strauss, Wagner, Bruckner,

Brahms and Liszt at a Keyboard Concert on Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. He is the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2001 and has appeared with most of the major European and American orchestras. Tickets: $18 general admission, $12 seniors and $5 students. View ticket information.

Other Music productions:

    • Fresno State Symphonic Band Concert, April 2
    • Fresno State Opera Theatre presents The Secret of Luca by Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire, April 5-6
    • Orpheus Chamber Music Ensemble presents the Next Generation with pianist Michael Krikorian, April 6
    • President’s Quintet Recital, April 7
    • Student Composers’ Recital, April 8
    • Fresno New Music: Shackle, April 9
    • Flute Studio & Flute Ensemble Recital, April 22
    • Clendenin Brass Quintet, April 23
    • Vadim Gluzman violin, with Angela Yoffee piano, and Thomas Loewenheim cello, April 24
    • Symphony Orchestra - The Grand Finale, April 26
    • Choral Classics, April 29
    • Jazz Bands Concert, April 30

    View ticket information.


Youth Orchestra joins Philharmonic for ‘Side by Side’ concert
On Saturday, May 4, the Fresno Philharmonic and Music Director Theodore Kuchar will  welcome the musicians of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Fresno State music professor Thomas Loewenheim to the stage of the William Saroyan Theatre for a first  “Side by Side” performance. The full symphony orchestras will perform works by Sibelius, Grondahl, Respighi and Khachaturian. Inside the Music with Dr. Benjamin Boone begins at 1:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 559.261.0600. Student pricing is available.



Shirley Melikian Armbruster
(University Communications) was elected chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Advisory Council for Communications and Public Affairs. The council, which is composed of chief communications officers from member institutions, assists AASCU’s Division of Communications by offering campus and system-based perspectives on the effectiveness of AASCU’s communications, marketing and public affairs programs.

Blaine Roberts’
(History) book “Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South” was named a Notable African-American title by Publishers Weekly. She will be traveling this month for several lectures related to the talk: two in Louisiana sponsored by McNeese University and one in Memphis, at the invitation of the Memphis Cotton Museum, which is putting on an exhibit in conjunction with her talk.



Baseball, softball and lacrosse are this month's sporting oppotunities. lacrosse


  • Tuesday, April 1 at 6:35 p.m. vs. Pacific - April Fool’s Day.
  • Friday, April 4 at 6:35 p.m. vs. UNLV - Facial hair Friday. Fans with facial hair receive free admission. First 5 Fresno County book drive.
  • Saturday, April 5 at 6:35 p.m. vs. UNLV - Be Like Mike/Youth Jersey Saturday. Batesole Mask Giveaway. First 5 Fresno County Book Drive.
  • Sunday, April 6 at 1:05 p.m. vs. UNLV - Salute to Sundays/Free admission for all active military and veterans. First 5 Fresno County book drive. Kids Run the bases.
  • Tuesday, April 8 at 6:35 p.m. vs. Northridge - Dog Pound Night.
  • Tuesday, April 22 at 6:35 p.m. vs. California - Superhero Night. Free admission with superhero outfit. Costume contest.
  • Wednesday, April 23 at 6:35 p.m. vs. Cal State Fullerton - Code red. Sunglasses giveaway.
    Friday, April 25 at 6:35 p.m. vs. Air Force - Salute to Services Weekend. Free admission for all active military and veterans.
  • Saturday, April 26 at 6:35 p.m. vs. Air Force - Salute to Services Weekend/Youth Jersey Saturday. Free admission for all active military and veterans. Youth wearing jerseys receive free admission.
  • Sunday, April 27 at 1:05 p.m. vs. Air Force - Salute to Services Weekend/Salute to Sundays. Free admission for all active military and veterans. Kids Run the bases


  • Friday, April 11 at 6 p.m. vs. San Diego State - Youth Weekend/Elementary Night. Youth wearing jerseys receive free admission.
  • Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m. vs. San Diego State - Youth Weekend/Elementary Night. Sophomore autograph signing post-game.
  • Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. vs. San Diego State - Youth weekend/bring a kid to the game /Salute to Sundays/code red. Kids receive free admission with paid adult. Free admission for all veterans and active military. Kids fun activity zone. Kids run the bases post-game.
  • Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. vs. UNLV- Facial hair Friday/youth jersey Friday. Free admission to fans with facial hair. Youth wearing jerseys receive free admission. Junior autograph signing post-game.
  • Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. vs. UNLV - Bark in the Park. Shelter dogs adoption center.
  • Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m. vs. UNLV - Salute to Sundays. Free Admission for all veterans and active military. Kids run the bases post-game.


  • Thursday, April 10 at 5 p.m. vs. Saint Mary’s College - Senior Night/Code red event. Honoring seniors.

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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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