California State University, Fresno - University Journal
May 2014 Vol. 17 No. 8
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Barking Bulldogs explore paper vs. digital at Communicators Network meeting

Paper or digital – what’s the best way to communicate with campus audiences?
That question, which arose at a Communicators Network meeting, was addressed in an unusual way last month: It was the topic tackled by the award-winning Barking Bulldogs debate team. Coach Tom Boroujeni teamed with student Andrew Botwin to advocate for paper communications, and student coach Marvin Carter and student Sierra Holley backed digital.

Their lively debate delighted attendees at the April meeting of the Communicators Network, a monthly meeting of individuals from throughout campus who have a variety of communications responsibilities in their job duties. While no “winner” was declared, both teams made compelling points and were in agreement on one – using both mediums is probably a good idea when trying to reach campus audiences. The Barking Bulldogs completed their season ranked No. 1 in the 30-team Pacific District 1 and No. 18 nationwide.

To view the Communicators Network debate, click here.



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





Dr. Peter Smits will conduct national research as CASE Senior Fellow

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has appointed Dr. Peter Smits as its inaugural Senior Fellow. Smits, who will retire as Fresno State’s vice president for University Advancement in June, will lead a nationwide research project on the characteristics of philanthropy at educational institutions. The goal of the project is to examine best practices on the ways campuses identify, measure and grow their culture of philanthropy. Smits will work with 20 of the top fundraising universities in the country and will complete a companion study of selected campuses in the CSU. CASE is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.


Faculty and Staff Honor Roll selected by graduates
As part of the Graduating Students Survey conducted by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, students are given the opportunity to commend faculty or staff members who have influenced their success. This spring, 453 individuals were recognized by students. Supportive and passionate faculty and staff were two main themes recurring in the student comments. These remarks included such things as “their passion for the profession inspired me and kept me driven to be successful,” “provided support for me along with motivation and encouragement,” “were very committed to my success and passionate about their field” and “never giving up on me during my struggles.” To view the Faculty and Staff Honor Roll, click here to view the pdf.



Activist Angela Davis will speak at CineCulture May 2
Dr. Angela Davis, writer, activist and educator, will be in Fresno for the Fresno State CineCulture screening of “Free Angela & All the Political Prisoners” at 5 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the Satellite Student Union. Following the free, public event, the civil rights activist who once served jail time, will lead a discussion, “A Conversation with Angel Davis: Politics, Prisons and the Modern Struggle for Equality.”  For more information, contact Dr. Mary Husain at

Four finalists for vice President for Advancement
Fresno State’s nationwide search for a vice president for Advancement has resulted in four finalists who are visiting campus in April and May to meet faculty, staff, students and community members. A 10-member search committee is chaired by Ray Steele Jr., chair of the Fresno State Foundation Board of Governors.
The candidates are:

  • Paula Castadio, president and CEO, ValleyPBS
  • Randal V. Childs, assistant vice chancellor, North Carolina Central University
  • Dr. Richard Daniel, associate vice president for University Advancement and Special Projects/Executive Director for Alumni Relations, University of Texas at El Paso.
  • Brian Kish, senior vice president, central development, University of Arizona Foundation

The new vice president will succeed Dr. Peter N. Smits, who will retire on June 30, 2014, after 20 years at Fresno State.

Collegian, Campus yearbooks archived online
The Henry Madden Library at Fresno State expanded its digitized collection to include university yearbooks and The Collegian student newspaper. These historic publications that document student life at Fresno State are now available free to the public online. Except for a brief gap from 1972-75, the yearbook was published annually until 1991. Printed copies of the yearbooks are also available for check out from the main stacks of the Henry Madden Library and available for in-house use from the Special Collections Research Center. See the full story.




Campus re-branding
This spring marks the two-year anniversary of the launch of the new university logo and branding. With the help of numerous individuals from throughout the campus, great strides have been made in unifying our image. Maintaining this image is an ongoing process that is most successful when we all make a concerted effort to follow the established branding guidelines. For reference, the guidelines, downloadable resources and specifications can be found here.

Editorial Style Guide                                                                         
Another helpful document found on the University Communications website is the newly revised Editorial Style Guide. Based largely on the Associated Press Stylebook, these guidelines will help bring stylistic uniformity to the University's many publications, presentations and websites. To view the Editorial Style Guide click here.

Communicators Network
Last July, more than 40 members of the campus community attended the first meeting of the Communicators Network (CommNet) to share ideas, information, resources and tools. CommNet’s monthly meetings are open to anyone on campus who handles communications for their department or unit, whether it’s print, digital or Web-based. Meeting topics have included Google Analytics, digital photography tips and tricks, social media, pride points, print and digital advertising, campus messaging options, and guidelines for Commencement materials. To be added to the CommNet listserv to receive announcements of meetings, email Angel Langridge ( The listserv can also be used to share information with the group, seek resources or ask questions of other communication professionals on campus.





service Students serve during their Spring Break
Fresno State’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program is now in its sixth year of commitment to volunteering in our community. The program is designed to give Fresno State students the opportunity to serve in the local community and see the impact they can make in people’s lives during their Spring Break. In previous years they have participated in restoration projects, conservation efforts and working with children. This year, 28 students volunteered 760 hours for the Fresno Rescue Mission and the Ronald McDonald House.

The Fresno Rescue Mission team at Rescue the Children renovated rooms and offices, organized and decorated a room serving as a community store and held a carnival for the children.  The Ronald McDonald House team provided gardening help around the facility, prepared meals and hosted a “Game Day” and “Movie Night” for the families.

The Alternative Spring Break slogan “ASBe The Change” emphasizes the program's overall goal, making a difference in the community. To learn more about their service projects, visit their Facebook page ( and Twitter/Instagram pages (@fresnostateasb).




'Othello' plays May 2-10
The aclaimed "Othello" by William Shakespaeare, directed by Brad Myers, will be playing from May 2-3 and 6-10 at 8 p.m. and May 4 at 2 p.m. in the John Wright Theatre. This tragic masterpiece sets one of Shakespeare's most fiendish villains against one of his most poignant tragic heroes.  With breathtaking precision, Iago's insatiable quest for revenge transforms the noble Othello's love into murderous jealousy.

Prices are $10 for faculty/sfaff/alumni, $15 for seniors and military and $17 for the general puclic. Tickets are available online.



Symphonic Band and Mother's Day concert are some of last concerts of the season
End of the year concerts feature the the Symphonic Band concert on Thursday, May 1, at 8 p.m. at the Concert Hall. Prices are $7 general; $6 employees/ seniors, $5 for students.

On May 11, a spcecial Mother's Day concert by the Orpheus Chamber Music Ensemble will be performed at the Wahlbertg Recital Hall at 5 p.m. Prices are $15 for the general pulic and $5 for students.

Other music events:

  • Piano Majors in Concert, May 4
  • Wind Orchestra Cocerto concert, May 4
  • Keyboard Concerts- Tamila Salimdjanova, May 9

View ticket information.



Join the Fresno State softball and baseball teams for the last games of softballthe season including, one in which the Margie Wright Dimond dedication will take place on Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m. during the Colorado State game.


  • Friday, May 2 at 6 p.m. vs. Colorado State. Recreational softball night/youth jersey Friday. Free admission to recreational teams wearing jersey. Youth wearing jerseys receive free admission. Senior autograph signing post-game.
  • Saturday, May 3 at 6 p.m. vs. Colorado State - Margie Wright Dedication Day.
  • Sunday, May 4 at 1 p.m. vs. Colorado State - Senior day/salute to Sundays. Free admission veterans and active military. Honor seniors. Kids run the bases post-game.


  • Tuesday, May 13 at 6:35 p.m. vs. CSU Bakersfield.
  • Thursday, May 15 at 6:35 p.m. vs. San Diego State - Throwback Thursday. Sunglass giveaway.
  • Friday, May 16 at 6:35 p.m. vs. San Diego State - Red Wave Takeover. Sunglass giveaway.
  • Saturday, May 17 at 6:35 p.m. vs. San Diego State - Senior night/youth jersey Saturday. Honor 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
Director of University Web Communications and Publications, Bruce Whitworth
Editorial Coordinator, Margarita Adona • Photographer, Cary Edmondson • Videographer, Randy Haar • Contributor, April Schulthies
Editorial Adviser, Angel Langridge