California State University, Fresno - University Journal
January 2015 Vol. 18 No. 5

Features | FYI | Service

University Journal

President's Column

Welcome back to campus and a new year! I hope each of you had an enjoyable holiday break. As we start 2015, we have some changes in our top administrative ranks:

  • Interim VP President for Administration Debbie Adishian-Astone and interim CFO Clint Moffitt take on new roles with the departure of Vice President Matson.
  • Interim Dean Sandra Witte is leading the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology until we conclude a search for a new dean.
  • Dr. James Marshall replaces Dr. Witte as interim dean of the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Interim Dean Andrew Lawson is leading the College of Science and Mathematics during Dr. Susan Elrod’s 18-month leave.

I am so encouraged and proud that we have Fresno State faculty and administrators who are well-prepared to step up to new responsibilities. It’s another example of how our future is bright!




PiresChocolate brings luck to Pires
Dolores Pires, who has worked in the Madden Library (Digital Services, Metadata and Resource Description) since Dec. 1971, says she had an unusually harrowing time in the hiring process. "It's amazing I ever got hired and that I've lasted for 36 years," she said. "I've been given many opportunities to redeem myself over the years." She has a degree, but that went unnoticed at first. Instead, she suffered from one faux pas after another before chocolate came to her rescue. See more.




HubbardHubbard's 40 years in the library world
During David Hubbard's 40 years of service in the Henry Madden Library, he saw a lot of technological changes in the conversion of library cards to an online system. The technology changes have been slow, but steady. "For so many years, typing was the main thing," he said. "In fact, it was very precise. Dr. Madden believed in almost perfection. The supervisor over the workers was Jean Lundstrom, and she was a real perfectionist." See more.





SoriaKeyboard Concerts presents organist Samuel Soria Jan. 11
Samuel Soria perform 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 was a prizewinner in numerous competitions, including the 1993 J.S. Bach International Organ Competition. His recital is co-sponsored with the San Joaquin Valley Chapter, American Guild of Organists. General admission is $25, seniors $18, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.



President's Feedback webpage updated
The Feedback page on President Castro's webpage has been updated with new postings received from campus and community. Dr. Castro and members of the Cabinet prepared responses to the most commonly submitted concerns. To view feedback and responses, or to submit your feedback to the president, visit the website and scroll down to the Feedback tab on the left side of the page.

American Indian Recruitment and Resource Initiative established
A new outreach and recruitment initiative at Fresno State will strengthen partnerships with rancherias, school districts and tribal agencies serving American Indian students. The goal is to double the number of American Indian students enrolling at Fresno State by fall 2016. University Outreach Services hired Katie Garcia in September to lead the American Indian Recruitment and Resource Initiative. Garcia, a member of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, was raised in Ahwahnee and is familiar with the local tribes based near Fresno. See more.


Wellness Program now on Facebook
The Wellness Program is now on Facebook. Other services available through the Employee Assistance Program include eight no-cost sessions, referrals to external counselors, Spanish-speaking EMPATHIA representatives, TDD for the hearing-impaired, and 24/7 assessment and counseling provided by EMPATHIA at 1.800.367.7474. See more.


Interviews feature details about Pickford exhibition in Ellipse Gallery
The Rollin Pickford exhibition continues through Jan. 16 in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery. New interviews with Joel Pickford explaining in detail some of the items in the exhibit cases are available on the exhibition website Mass Communication and Journalism students filmed the interviews and prepared them for the website.

Faculty-Staff Spring Assembly is Jan. 12
President Castro will address faculty and staff at the annual Spring Assembly, Jan. 12 in the Save Mart Center. A social will be held from 8:30-9 a.m. and the program from 9-10 a.m.

College Nights brings academics to men’s basketball games
A new academics- athletics partnership called College Nights will shine a spotlight on each of Fresno State’s schools and colleges during men’s basketball games at the Save Mart Center. Each school/college will select an honorary captain to sit on the bench with the team and a contestant for a halftime promotion that will award the school/college $1,000 if the contestant makes designated shots from the court. In addition, “quick facts” and a video slide show about the school/college will be posted on the video board. The featured school/college also will have a table on the main concourse so fans can stop by and learn more. 

College Nights are as follows:
Jan. 17 vs. Wyoming – Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
Jan. 24 vs. Nevada – Lyles College of Engineering
Feb. 4 vs. San Jose State – Kremen School of Education and Human Development
Feb. 14 vs. Boise State – College of Health and Human Services
Feb. 18 vs. Colorado State – College of Social Sciences
Feb. 28 vs. New Mexico – College of Arts and Humanities
March 4 vs. Air Force – College of Science and Mathematics

James Grant Snider dies
Dr. James Grant Snider died in November from injuries he suffered in a head-on crash with a suspected DUI driver in San Luis Obispo. He taught at the university from 1976 -1992 and retired as professor emeritus of counseling. He and his wife Loretta recently moved to Los Osos. He was 86 year old.




Fresno State named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Rolls
On the heels of recertification as a Carnegie Engaged University, Fresno State has been named to two of the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Rolls. The university received recognition under the following categories: (1) General Community Service - with Distinction and (2) Education. The President’s Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. This is the eighth year in a row that Fresno State has been named to the Honor Roll. The university also won the Presidential Award in 2008 and was named as a finalist in 2010.


Community service events a success
Two successful community service events coordinated by the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning recently concluded. The on-campus blood drive took place Tuesday – Thursday, November 18 – 20.  More than 292 donors gave 246 pints of blood, which have the potential to help 738 patients in local hospitals.           

The second event, Serving Fresno Day 2014, took place Nov. 22. Fifty-three Fresno State volunteers completed a gleaning project on this day, providing 265 hours of volunteer service to the community. 

The Richter Center and ASI partnership with the Fresno State Food Recovery Network’s Gleaning Program made this event possible. Together, students learned what gleaning is, how to glean, the importance of gleaning, and the role of various campus departments involved in gleaning efforts. Richter Center student reflection leaders helped student volunteers reflect on their experiences as they learned about food security efforts like these gleaning projects. Four bins, about 5,995 pounds of mandarins were gleaned and donated to the Community Food Bank.

Event photos and information can be found on the Fresno State SERVE committee Facebook page.


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