California State University, Fresno - University Journal
December 2014 Vol. 18 No. 4

In This Issue:
President's Column
Feature stories



University Journal

President's Column

Our first President's Forum for faculty and staff in November was a success! I was pleased that about 200 people came to listen and share questions and ideas. It is important to keep our lines of communication open. Thank you to those of you who took time to engage with me about the issues on your mind that day. Our campus community will always be open to the ideas and questions of our colleagues and ready for the healthy exchange of information. Our Spring Assembly is scheduled for Jan. 12, and I’ll have more news and updates to share. Another President’s Forum for faculty and staff will be held in March. Enjoy your well-deserved December holiday break! We have had a great 2014, and I am confident that an even better 2015 lies ahead!



Feature Stories

IdaWhen there is a moral to the story
Morals are a very important part of American society, according to Ida M. Jones, J.D., who teaches business law at the university. She came to Fresno State in 1987, but she actually started out as a graduate from law school with a plan to become a lawyer, then fell into teaching. One of the things she does is write for The Moral Is, a radio program that airs on Valley Public radio. "I just talk about a variety of topics that have some moral implications," she said. See more.





MCJCMAC partnership a win-win
A partnership between the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) and the Mass Communication and Journalism Department was celebrated in an introductory event Nov. 13 that represented the culmination of 14 years of effort. The Innovation Celebration Open House celebrated the CMAC partnership and the upgrade of the Fresno State studio, while honoring Hall of Fame inductees, fellows and 30 students receiving scholarships. See more.






JimJim Bartko starts Jan. 1 as director of Athletics
Jim Bartko, who has 26 years of experience in athletic administration, will become Fresno State’s new director of Athletics and a member of the President’s Cabinet on Jan. 1. A Central Valley native, he currently serves as executive senior associate athletic director for the University of Oregon. To view a brief video on President Castro’s announcement, click here.





Student CupboardStudent Cupboard opens to help ease food insecurity
As part of the Food Security Project on campus, a Student Cupboard with food and hygiene products for students is now open. Housed in the Post Harvest building (old Farm Market at Chestnut and Barstow), it is a place where students can receive free items by simply showing their university ID card. Other initiatives of the Food Security Project include:

  • The Good Samaritan Fund – Financial assistance for students facing unexpected misfortune.
  • Value Menu Items – Low-cost, healthy food options available on campus.
  • Missed Meals Program – When students in residence halls skip meals, the food will be redistributed to food insecure students.
  • Gift Buxx – Gift certificates for students to be used for food on campus.
  • Mobile App – Launching next year, the app will inform students when food is available at the conclusion of campus catered events.
  • Education and Resources – Workshops on budgeting, nutrition and assistance programs.
Project coordinator Jessica Medina (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs) asks that faculty and staff spread the word to students they know about the project. If you’d like to make a donation, contact Jessica at 278.0866 or


FiorentinoFiorentino receives recognition
from Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals

Chris Fiorentino is the recipient of the Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals Service Award. He is the director of the Jan and Bud Richter for Community and Service-Learning at Fresno State.



Keppler featured in the Fresno Bee
Mark Keppler (Maddy Institute) was featured in the the Fresno Bee's Central Valley Lifestyle Magazine. See more.


Wonder how the DISCOVERe tablet program is working in the classroom? Here’s a brief video featuring English professor John Beynon and his students as they read The Importance of Being Earnest. Click here.





Students create social media campaign
Two student groups in Professor Betsy Hays' public relations entrepreneurship service-learning course (MCJ 177T) are developing social media campaigns to reach out to high school students. The campaign includes information about the availability of financial aid for college, as well as responsible spending. The students are working under the direction of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) Marketing Committee, which includes Shirley Armbruster (University Communications). CVHEC is hopeful that this increased awareness will positively impact the college decisions and graduation rates for the region. The competing teams will present their campaigns to members the consortium on Dec. 8, and one will be chosen for implementation in the spring. 

Department of Music presents Fresno State piano students in concert Dec. 7
Fresno State piano students perform in concert at 7 p.m., Dec. 7, in the Wahlberg Recital Hall. General admission is $10; seniors, students, faculty/staff is $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.233.


Keyboard Concerts presents organist Samuel Soria Jan. 11
Samuel Soria performs works by Bach and Vierne at 3 p.m., Jan. 11 in the Concert Hall. He has served as organist of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles since 2002 and is a prizewinner in numerous competitions, including the 1993 J.S. Bach International Organ Competition. General admission is $25, seniors $18, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.




Getting connected with service
The Spring Community Services Opportunities Fair on Jan. 28 provides students the chance to make personal connections with community benefit organization representatives. Students will have the opportunity to learn about volunteer, service-learning, internship and career opportunities offered through area community benefit organizations. The Fair is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union. For more information contact Renee Delport (Richter Center) at or 278.7063.


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