California State University, Fresno - University Journal
October 2014 Vol. 18 No. 2

In This Issue:
President's Column
Feature stories



University Journal

President's Column

Dr. Castro
Joseph I. Castro

I hope the fall semester is progressing well for everyone. Mary and I are enjoying our second year at Fresno State and if we haven’t met you yet, we hope to soon. Please feel free to come up and say hello when you see us on campus.

As we enter October, I want to highlight two very important causes that we commemorate this month — breast cancer awareness and domestic violence awareness. Throughout the month we’ll see lots of pink and purple reminders of these two crucial topics, here on campus in the community and in the media.

Throughout October, our student-athletes will be wearing purple during their competitions to spotlight  domestic violence awareness and #InterceptDV, the statewide campaign through the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, our Take Back the Night Rally and March will be held in the Free Speech Area beginning at 5:30 p.m.  This annual event is organized and sponsored by Women’s Alliance with assistance from the Women’s Resource Center and the Women’s Studies Program.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Fresno State will once again be the site of the Susan G. Komen Central Valley Race for the Cure®, an event to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer and to support those battling cancer.

I urge you to participate in and support these important events. We can make a difference in educating people about breast cancer and ending domestic violence.




Feature Stories


Werz brings renowned pianists to campus for more than two decades
Andreas Werz, professor of music, has been bringing the talent of renowned concert pianists to Fresno State for more than 20 years. Now president and artistic director of Keyboard Concerts, Werz arrived in Fresno August 1985. Werz has terminal degrees from Germany in music from the Music Conservatories of Cologne and Freiburg. See more.



SargeGreen's expertise contributes to Valley water management
The California drought poses many concerns for the Valley, and Sarge Green is on the job. Green is a water management specialist at the California Water Institute and coordinates San Joaquin Valley efforts to improve water reliability and quality and to maintain a sustainable environment. See more.






Rollin Pickford exhibition opens
The "Rollin Pickford: An Artist and His Collectors” exhibition is available Oct. 17 to Jan. 16 at the Henry Madden Library. This exhibition will showcase watercolors by Rollin Pickford from the private collections of 20 different families and companies. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to see these never-before-exhibited works and to learn more about Pickford as a man and as an artist. They will also learn about the individual collectors, why they appreciate Pickford’s work, and how they came to acquire their watercolors. Also on display will be some of Pickford’s journals, in which he wrote daily, often describing the watercolors as he was in the process of painting them. 


GoodeKeyboard Concerts presents pianist Richard Goode Oct. 24
Richard Goode performs sonatas at 8 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the Concert Hall. Goode is acknowledged as one of the world's greatest pianists. He performs regularly in major orchestras and gives recitals in the world's music capitals. General admission is $25, seniors $18, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.





PeterPeter Robertson named festival director emeritus
Peter Robertson (Alumni) was recently named festival director emeritus by the board of directors of Fresno Reel Pride at its 25th annual gay and lesbian film festival. As an undergraduate student, he was a co-founder of the film festival in 1990. A copy of film catalogs and programs spanning 25 years will be donated to the recently established LGBTQ Archives in Henry Madden Library. See more.




Library celebrates north wing's 5th anniversary
A new Web online exhibit celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Henry Madden Library's north wing. See more.


U.S. News ranking doesn’t tell the whole story
Rankings – sometimes we love them, sometimes we don’t. President Castro used the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings of "best colleges" as an opportunity to highlight the academic achievements and progress of Fresno State. Read his Opinion column in the Fresno Bee.

Campus surpasses governor’s call for water conservation

When Gov. Brown’s call was issued in January for all Californians to reduce water usage by 20 percent, Fresno State’s Facilities Management staff went to work to intensify our already careful usage. Associate Vice President Bob Boyd reports Fresno State has reduced water consumption by 25 percent. Among the measures that helped achieve this were:

  • Response from the campus community to a request to report water waste or leaky sprinklers (there are 22,000 of them on campus!), faucets or toilets. Call 278.2373 to report issues. 
  • Installation of AquaCents polymer in the Maple Mall, Conley Arts berms, Bulldog Diamond berm and Peace Garden. The polymer, injected into the soil, helps retain moisture.
  • Sending runoff water that flows into the campus storm drains to a ponding basin that helps irrigate 1,500 acres of Fresno State farm land.

ArmenianArmenian Genocide monument groundbreaking is Nov. 2

Groundbreaking will be at 2:30 on Sunday, Nov. 2 for a monument to commemorate the 100th anniversary in 2015 of the Armenian Genocide. The monument site is near the east end of the campus Rose Garden. The monument, approved by the Campus Planning Committee, will be constructed with private donations and will be dedicated on April 24, 2015.



Arboretum Committee established
The Campus Planning Committee has established an Arboretum Committee. Its priorities are community outreach, assessment of the Arboretum collection, enhancing the educational component of the Arboretum and developing and implementing a tree care plan. Grounds manager Mike Mosinski is chair and Dr. John Bushoven (Plant Science) is the curator. Members are: Rick Finden (Plant Operations), Wendy Cooper (Biology), Calliope Correia (Agricultural Operations), Rich Vaillancour (consulting landscape architect), Yolanda Doub (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures), Fred Nelson (Curriculum and Instruction), Amanda Mortimer (Psychology), Tammy Lau (Library), Ron Nishinaka (Friends of the Arboretum), Marcy Gatzman (Police), and a student member.


Arborist recommends removal of six redwoods
Grounds Services has had concern about the condition of redwood trees near the corner of Shaw and Cedar avenues, which, like many in our region, are showing signs of distress due to the ongoing drought. The university’s consulting arborist conducted a review and recommended removing the six trees. The Arboretum Committee discussed this on Sept. 25 and agreed that the trees should be removed with the understanding that they will be replaced at a future time with more climate-appropriate species. Mike Mosinski, chair of the Arboretum Committee, and Dr. John Bushoven, curator for the Arboretum, noted that we do not want to lose any trees, but safety is a priority. The Campus Planning Committee approved the recommendation to remove the trees on Sept. 26. Work is expected to begin the week of Oct.13. If you have questions, contact Mike Mosinski, grounds manager, at 278.2373 or


CSU launches campaign in celebration of three million alumni
From actress Eva Longoria to NASA astronaut Gregory Chamitoff, the California State University has provided a transformative and high-quality education to nearly three million graduates around the state of California. With the 2015 commencement, the number of CSU alumni will surpass three million and in recognition of reaching this significant milestone, the university today (Oct. 1) launched the “Class of 3 Million” celebration.

The CSU will kick off the celebration by launching what will become the world’s largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state.

For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit


CSU’s Wang Family Excellence Award reinstated
The Wang Family Excellence Award, which recognizes four outstanding faculty members and one outstanding staff member throughout the CSU, has been reinstated. Nominations from presidents will be individuals who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements. Each recipient receives a $20,000 award. The Wang Family Excellence Award will be presented at the January 2015 Board of Trustees meeting. Information on the award and nomination forms are available on CSYou.





Nominations for John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service due Oct. 13
A scholarship offers students $2,500 through the John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service to a student who exemplifies the commitment to service that John Welty championed during his 22 years as president. The award is proudly sponsored by the Community Service Scholarship Program in memory of Marc and Marjorie Radin, who shared Dr. Welty's dedication for engaging students in service and making Fresno State's region a better place to live. To be eligible for the award, students must be regularly enrolled, in good academic standing and meet other university scholarship requirements. All nominations must adhere to the linked nomination form and be submitted by Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. to Aleta Wolfe, Career Services California State University, Fresno 5241 N. Maple Avenue, TA 61 Fresno, CA 93740 or to



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