California State University, Fresno - University Journal
November 2014 Vol. 18 No. 3

In This Issue:
President's Column
Feature story



University Journal
AASCU president Muriel Howard and 2014 Board Chair Tomás Morales present President Castro one of two awards.

President's Column

Fresno State has received some terrific national attention lately, and as president I couldn’t be prouder.

Just two weeks ago, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the annual meeting of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, at which I accepted two awards: The Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award to our Central Valley Partnership for Exemplary Education, also known as Partner Schools, and operated by the Kremen School for Education and Human Development; and the Leadership Development and Diversity Award for developing the Regional Education for Achievement in Leadership (REAL) program.

We’ve also received some important grants in recent weeks, which will support students and help the community:

  • A  $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support the Robert Noyce Scholars program, which provides scholarships, fellowships and academic support for STEM majors interested in becoming science or mathematics teachers for grades 7-12.
  • A $606,226 grant will help train Fresno State social work students to serve Spanish-speaking children, adolescents, transitional-aged youth (ages 16-25) and their families in areas where Latinos are a majority of the population. The three-year grant is funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration Bureau of Health Professions. A total of 40 graduate students who express intent to work with the Spanish-speaking population and meet other grant criteria will be selected for the program. Each student will be involved in the program for one year and will receive a stipend of $10,000.
  • A $502,000 grant to the Central California Children’s Institute at Fresno State to support clinician training in infant mental health. This three-year funding will be used to improve the practice of Valley service providers in relationship-based, culturally competent clinical care for children up to 5 years old.
  • A five-year, $2.87 million federal Title V grant to create a “blue ribbon” online graduate campus through the Division of Graduate Studies. Funds will be used to develop and implement across-the-board online resources and services that fully support the growing number of online programs and courses housed within the individual colleges and schools. This will help them attract, retain, and graduate a significantly increased number of Hispanic students.

This recognition is evidence of the important work underway at Fresno State, and the dedication of our faculty and staff to student success and service. Congratulations to all involved!


President Castro and Student Affairs VP Dr. Lamas with staff at the fall breakfast.




Feature Story

BandMarching band an intense learning experience
Teachers want to see their students be successful, whatever it takes, said Fresno State's new Bulldog Marching Band director, Steve McKeithen. Working extra hours comes with the job. "When you're a band director you work your normal day, and then there's a lot more beyond that," he said. See more.







waterWater cluster has potential impact
on technology and industry

The water industry could be revolutionized by students and faculty who are strengthening connections with the San Joaquin Valley's water technology industry through quarterly "Water Cluster" campus gatherings in which business innovators share their newest products and services. The Water Cluster was founded more than 10 years ago by a coalition of industry, university and public water agencies who envisioned the need to protect and enhance the use of the water that supports the economy of Central California. In recent gatherings, Fresno State students have been invited to the meetings to witness first-hand the entrepreneurial efforts of the water technology industry. Present at the cluster meetings are representatives from various water agencies such as irrigation districts and municipalities. New technologies can often benefit these agencies by providing ways to conserve, recycle and/or improve water delivery systems. Water Cluster meetings are designed to serve water related industry and public agencies, but meetings are open to the public. For more information on the Water Cluster, contact Dan Clawson at or program coordinator Laura Ramos at, or through CIT at 278.2066. See more.


Sailor beats out fellow Fresno State alumnus to win athletic trainers’ presidency
It was Bulldog vs. Bulldog when Dr. Scott Sailor, chair of the Department of Kinesiology, and fellow Fresno State alumnus Dr. Russell Richardson ran for the presidency of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. In the end, Sailor won and will begin his three-year term in June 2015. In addition to being a Fresno State graduate, Richardson,  an associate professor at the University of Montana-Western, was Sailor’s instructor at Kings River College (now known as Reedley College) during the mid-1980s. Sailor, who has been a member of NATA since 1985, said his goals as president include making athletic trainers more accessible to the general population and increasing awareness of athletic training, as a whole. The association membership has more than 40,000 athletic trainers from all over the nation. See more.


Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, left, and Lt. Dave Newton
with Denise Biggert

Denise Biggert receives
Outstanding Citizen Award

Denise Biggert (Management Department) received the Fresno Police Department's Outstanding Citizen Award for valuable contribution to law enforcement. Denise became a Citizen on Patrol volunteer in 2010, and was promoted to a field training officer in 2011. She is currently the Northwest Policing District, Citizen on Patrol Team Leader, organizing and overseeing the Northwest team. She coordinates with the Northwest District detectives regarding troubled “hot spots” where property crimes have been occurring. This has created a noticeable reduction in property crimes in these areas.



MCJ Alumni Fellows to be inducted
Shirley Melikian Armbruster (UComm) and Peter Robertson (Alumni Relations) will be among the five inductees as Mass Communications and Journalism Fellows at an Innovation Celebration at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the television studio in Speech Arts Building, room 172. The open house celebrates MCJ Hall of Fame and Fellows inductions, 32 MCJ students who will be presented scholarships and a new MCJ partnership with Community Media Access Collaborative.

Campus Veterans Day Celebration is Nov. 10
The Student Veterans Organization invites the campus and community to a Veterans Day Celebration at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 10 at the east end of the Rose Garden, adjacent to the Thomas Building. The celebration will honor veterans and service members and will kick off the annual Toys for Tots Drive at Fresno State. In addition, there will be a rededication of the Veterans Memorial that was relocated from Cedar and Shaw avenues. The Fresno State chapter of the National Student Veterans of America was created in 2009. For more information about the observance or special accommodations, contact the Fresno State Veterans Services Office at 278.7030.

3 millionCSU celebrates 3 million alumni
The California State University is celebrating reaching 3 million alumni worldwide. With the graduation of the Class of 2015, the university will surpass the milestone of having 3 million alumni. Celebration of the achievement will be held during the entire 2014-15 academic year all the way through Commencement 2015.

All alumni from the 23 campuses and the Class of 2015 are part of the special Class of 3 Million celebration. An online yearbook has been developed as a way for CSU alumni to claim their spot in The Class of 3 Million and show their alumni pride. Join the online yearbook here.


Khachaturian TrioKeyboard Concerts presents special event Nov. 14
The Khachaturian Trio performs works by Rachmaninoff, Babadjanian, and Khachaturian in this special event co-sponsored with the Fresno State Armenian Studies Program at 8 p.m., Nov. 14 in the Concert Hall. The Khachaturian Trio features the talents of pianist Armine Grigoryan, violinist Karen Shahgaldyan, and cellist Karen Kocharyan. The group is widely considered as one of Armenia's leading chamber music ensembles praised for its virtuoso performances, subtle sense of style, warm sound, and deep musicality. General admission is $25, seniors $18, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.

Social media group forms
Jenny Toste, social media coordinator in University Communications, has organized a new social media group that will meet monthly to discuss matters of mutual concern. The first meeting will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 in USU 311. For information contact Toste at 278.1645.

Keyboard Concerts presents pianist Denis Kozhukhin Nov. 23
Denis Kozhukhin performs works by Haydn, Brahms, Debussy, and Prokofiev at 3 p.m., Nov. 23 in the Concert Hall. Kozhukhin is the receipient of First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels. General admission is $25, seniors $18, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.




Garza and familyFresno State Alum Justin Garza to receive marrow transplant
Justin Garza, the honoree of the Blood and Marrow Registry Drive held in September was informed last month that a bone-marrow match has been found. The potentially life-saving transplant was scheduled to take place at the end of October. During a three-day drive in September, the Fresno State community rallied and responded in an overwhelming way to support Garza, who is fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Exceeding the campus goal of 1,000 participants, 1,274 generous students, faculty, staff and community members participated in the drive by donating blood, registering for the Be the Match national marrow registry, or both. Additionally more than 50 Fresno State students and staff volunteered to provide logistical support at the drive. More than 670 people, representing many diverse ethnicities, registered during the three-day drive at Fresno State.


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 Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 will raise funds that will be used to provide new educational books for children involved in the programs offered by a local community benefit organization. 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 Nov. 30 to be used for this project. For more information contact Bianca Mancilla ( or Trisha Studt ( at 278.7079.


Blood drive Nov. 18 - 20
The second blood drive of the academic year will kick off Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the University Dining Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The drive will continue on Nov. 19 and 20 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 t-shirt and a coupon packet. 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.


Serving Fresno Day is Nov. 22
Volunteers are needed to participate in Serving Fresno Day on Sat., Nov. 22, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to work on three different projects with three local community benefit organizations. Volunteers may participate individually or as a group. Previous projects have provided long-lasting, positive results for our community. Volunteer spaces are limited and location choices are on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 19. All volunteers must be at least 16 years-old, pre-register, sign waiver forms, and provide their own transportation. For more information and to register call the Richter Center at 278.7063, or email


Clinton Global Initiative fosters social entrepreneurship
Fresno State students can now participate in the Clinton Global Initiative, the purpose of which is to be engaged in social entrepreneurship, said Timothy Stearns, executive director of Fresno State’s Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. See more.


HOPEHOPE presents its final $3,500 to Bulldog Pantry
In its final action culminating 15 years of community service, the University HOPE (Housing OPportunities through Education) organization presented a $3,500 check to the Bulldog Pantry on Sept. 19. HOPE is dissolving and the funds represent its remaining assets that will help the student-operated pantry with emergency food needs in the campus area. See more.




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