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President's Message

Milestones offer an opportunity for reflection and as I begin my third year as your president I’m thinking about the excellent work we’ve done together to make Fresno State a better university. Thank you for your help as we’ve focused — and made excellent progress — on student success, support for faculty and staff, diversity and inclusion, and enhanced infrastructure.

As I said in my Fall Assembly address, I remain as excited and energized today as I was on my first day in office. I have served at a number of excellent universities in my career. Not one of them had then or has now the extraordinary potential that Fresno State has today.

Let’s continue to work to allow academics and athletics to rise together!



AnnaCommunity Chorus has many Fresno State ties
Music is just in Dr. Anna Hamre’s blood. Professor of music and director of Choral Activities at Fresno State, she received the California Association for Music Education President’s Award (2013) and the Fresno Arts Council Horizon Artist Award (2007), along with other honors. Among her many other accomplishments, she directs the Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale, a diverse group of singers from Fresno and surrounding communities celebrating its 60th year. See more.

Confidential advocate Lisa Risch aids victims of sexual violence
Fresno State now has an advocate on campus who can assist individuals who have been impacted by sexual violence. Lisa Risch, who serves as the confidential victim advocate for campus, is in a new position mandated in July for all CSU campuses. “My position primarily is to assist those who have been impacted by sexual violence, but also dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking,” she said. See more.

Drought impact study brings media attention
Fresno State faculty and staff researchers who participated in a study “Impact of the Drought in the San Joaquin Valley of California” made headlines throughout the state following announcement of the findings. Provost Lynnette Zelezny, principal investigator, and Dr. Gil Harootunian (Academic Affairs), editor, conducted a news conference on Aug. 27. See more.

How the Campus Planning Committee impacts you
Ever wondered how decisions are made regarding campus planning, design and development? The Campus Planning Committee meets monthly to review and discuss proposed and ongoing projects. Learn how the Campus Planning Committee impacts you. See more.

photoVictor E. makes tracks on campus
Victor E. Bulldog III, our new live mascot, is spending lots of time getting to know the Fresno State community. Slideshow photos by campus photographer Cary Edmondson and Alumni Association staff. See slideshow.

Fresno State faces
Take a spin around campus through photographs by Cary Edmondson of our faculty, staff, students and friends! See slideshow.


Around Campus

Fresno State ranks 21st nationally in bachelor’s degrees awarded to Latinos
The University is ranked in the top 25 universities in the United States for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Latino students, according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education‘s annual “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” report.
Fresno State was ranked 21st nationally in bachelor’s degrees awarded to Latinos and fourth for bachelor’s degrees in agriculture. See more.

photoTwo partnerships underway downtown
This summer, Fresno State expanded its presence in downtown Fresno through two milestones. The university and Granville Homes celebrated the grand opening of the Graduate Art Studios at the M Street Arts Complex (1419 M St.), which offers 15 private working studios for Fresno State graduate art students, as well as galleries and a conference room. The Division of Continuing and Global Education began offering community professional development non-credit courses in a partnership between the University and Bitwise Industries. Future courses will be held at the new Fresno State Downtown Center (700 Van Ness Ave. inside of Bitwise South Stadium).

photoNew trash cans update campus
As you may have noticed, 250 new trash cans are being installed across campus to enhance the campus backdrop and beautify the campus. The trash cans complement the newly installed wayfinding signage, are ADA accessible and are available in more locations. The old trash cans are being re-purposed and recycled. All campus trash is co-mingled and sorted off site for recycling.



New Coleman Fellows add entrepreneurial elements to courses
As part of the Coleman Fellowship, faculty members add entrepreneurial elements to their lesson plans. See more.

New academy offers professional development for administrative professionals
Administrative professionals serving the university in various support roles will have the opportunity to network, share information and resources, learn from one another, and receive focused training to enhance their professional experience. The Administrative Academy combines a cohort-style learning community and interactive workshops throughout the academic year. Participants must submit an application expressing why they wish to participate, as well as receive support from their supervisor to participate in the entirety of the program. Topics discussed include an overview of Fresno State and the CSU system, campus event planning, technology, change management, conflict management, stress management and customer service. More information can be found here. For questions, contact Learning and Wellness at 278.5330.

Henry Madden Library partners with Ex Libris
The Henry Madden Library and its sister CSU campuses have partnered with industry leader, Ex Libris, in a two-year project that will consolidate all 23 CSU library collections into a more accessible resource for faculty and students. The ULMS will make research easier for users and ensure equal access for all campuses, whether big or small. Patrick Newell, (Madden Library) faculty librarian and director for Digital Services, has been appointed to the five-member statewide implementation team. Key Ex Libris working groups also include Christine Evans (Madden Library, User Services) and Renaldo Gjoshe (Madden Library, Digital Services).

photoMaddy Institute offers new video policy briefs
Maddy Policy Briefs are an effort to better inform the public about the key facts regarding important public policy issues. Each Maddy Policy Brief is a free, 5- to 6-minute fact-based/non-partisan video that provides the viewer with the key facts on an important public policy issue. Faculty may find the videos to be a useful teaching tool. See more.

Faculty promotions and tenure announced
Here's a brief look at the promotion and tenure lists for fall 2015:

Promoted to professor
Antonio Avalos-Huerta, Economics
Kevin Ayotte, Communication
John Beynon, English
Kurt Cline, Political Science
Robert Dundas, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Edward Gillum, Art and Design
Thomas Holyoke, Political Science
Melissa Jordine, History
Thomas Loewenheim, Music
Laura Meyer, Art and Design
Helen Miltiades, Social Work Education
Mahalik Prem, Industrial Technology
Scott Sailor, Kinesiology
Rudolph Sanchez, Management
Steven Skelton, Communicative Disorders & Deaf Studies
John Wakabayashi, Earth & Environmental Sciences
William Wright, Civil & Geomatics Engineering

Tenured/Promoted to associate professor
Mariana Anagnostopoulos, Philosophy
Lori Clune, History
Mohan Dangi, Geography and City and Regional Planning
Comlan de Souza, Mathematics
Danette Dutra, Nursing
Brad Hyatt, Construction Management Program
Keith Jordan, Art and Design
Gil Kim, Economics
Srinivasa Konduru, Agricultural Business
Hong Ni, Psychology
Jenelle Pitt, Counselor Education and Rehabilitation
David Vera, Economics
Pei Xu, Agricultural Business

Tenure/Promoted to associate librarian
Amanda Dinscore, Library
Hiromi Kubo, Library

Wayne Allen Brooks, former business professor, dies
Wayne Allen Brooks, professor of business law, passed away April 25. He earned his JSD from UC Berkeley 1974. In 1956, he was hired by the university, where he worked until his retirement. Married to wife Verna Mae in 1955, he established a scholarship program at Fresno State as well as a professorship in her name. The scholarship is the largest student grant the university offers outside athletics.


Jazz Combo featured at UNCF Jazz Festival
The Fresno State Jazz Combo will be featured along with renowned alto saxophonist Jeanette Harris at the 32 Annual UNCF Jazz Festival for Scholarships, 6-10 p.m. on Sept. 19. The event, sponsored by the Fresno Chapter of the United Negro College Fund, will be at Engelmann Cellars, 3275 Rolinda Ave., Fresno. Tickets are $25. For more information and tickets, call 844.768.5975.

Charlie Albright

Keyboard Concerts presents Charlie Albright on Sept. 6
Charlie Albright performs works by Schubert, Beethoven, Albright, J. Strauss/Schulz-Evler, and Chopin at 3 p.m., Sept. 6 in the Concert Hall. A a rising star among American pianists, he was awarded the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant. General admission is $25, seniors $18 and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.

University Theatre announces 2015-16 season schedule
The upcoming University Theatre season includes the following:

  • Yellowman, by Dael Orlandersmith, Oct. 2-4 and 6-10, Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 3-7, Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre
  • Really Really, by Paul Downs Colaizzo, Dec. 4-6 and 8-12, John Wright Theatre
  • Contemporary Dance Ensemble, artistic director Kenneth Balint, Feb. 12-14 and 16-20, John Wright Theatre
  • Malpractice, or Love’s the Best Doctor, adapted from The Comedies of Moliére, March 11-13 and 15-19, Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre 
  • Blue Willow, by Pamela Sterling, May 6-8 and 10-14, John Wright Theatre 

Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni, seniors citizens and military, and $10 for students and are available at


Fresno State Concert Schedule
To see the entire concert and recital schedule visit the website.Tickets prices are subject to change,

  • Real Men Sing Festival - Sept. 16 & 17 at 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Concert Hall
  • Chamber String Concert - Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Concert Hall
  • Keyboard Concert - Isabelle Demers (Organ) - Oct. 4 at 3 p.m., Concert Hall, General: $25, Senior: $18, Student: $5
  • Jazz Composer’s Orchestra - Oct. 5 at 8 p.m., Concert Hall
  • Fresno State Guitar Studio - Oct. 6 at 8 p.m., Wahlberg Recital Hall
  • Faculty Brass Recital - Oct. 7 at 8 p.m., Concert Hall
  • Cello Fresno – International Cello Festival Concert I, Symphony Orchestra - Oct. 9 at 8 p.m., Concert Hall, General: $15, Employee: $10, Senior: $10, Student: $5
  • Cello Fresno – International Cello Festival Concerto Competition - Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. Concert Hall, General: $15, Employee: $10, Senior: $10, Student: $5
  • FSSO/Cello Festival Final Gala Concert - Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., Concert Hall, General: $15, Employee: $10, Senior: $10, Student: $5
  • Symphonic Band Concert I - Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Concert Hall
  • Wind Orchestra Concert - Oct. 15 at 8 p.m., Concert Hall, General: $15, Employee: $10, Senior: $10, Student: $5
  • Invitational Choral Festival - Oct. 21-23, Concert Hall
  • Keyboard Concerts Special Event - Sahan Arzruni – Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. Concert Hall, General: $25, Senior: $18, Student: $5.  Not a part of the regular Keyboard Concert series
  • Faculty Recital - Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. Concert Hall
  • Jazz-O-Ween - Oct. 29 at 8 p.m., Concert Hall


Conley Gallery Exhibitions
Gallery hours during shows: Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted. See the website for more.

  • Sept. 28 - Oct. 1: Kristen Kennedy
    Reception: Monday, Sep. 28, 5-8 p.m.
  • Nov. 2 - 5: Miguel Flores
    Reception: Thursday, Nov. 5, 5-8 p.m.
  • Nov. 19 - Dec. 9 Student Show
    Reception: Thursday, Nov. 19, 5-8 p.m.


Save the date:

Sept. 11 - Dangerous Women: 50 Years in Fresno, 100 Years Internationally reception, Madden Library, 5-7 p.m.
Sept. 15 - Physical Therapy and Intercollegiate Athletics Building ribbon cutting, 11 a.m.
Oct. 9 - RAD American Women reception and presentation, University Dining Hall, 6 p.m.
Oct. 9 - Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala, 5:30 p.m., Save Mart Center
Oct. 20-22 - WASC Accreditation Visit
Oct. 28 - Fall Faculty/Staff Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.-9:30a.m., Residence Dining Hall East Wing
(reservations required)
Oct. 29-30 - California Latino Leadership Education Summit
Nov. 15-18 - Acccreditation site visit for entry-level Department of Physical Therapy
Nov. 19 - President's Forum for Faculty and Staff, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., at North Gym 118



Monique L. Bell

Monique L. Bell
(Marketing) received a grant of $3,000 from the American Marketing Association Foundation. The Valuing Diversity New Faculty Research Grant was given to four Ph.D. project alumni representing a diverse and distinguished group to provide research support to underrepresented faculty in business schools. See more.

Officer Robert Bergman
(Police) received State MAAD Award (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in June 2015.

Joseph I. Castro
(President) was honored at the 30th Annual Horizon Awards Celebration on Aug. 27 for his work and support of the Graduate Art Studios in downtown Fresno. The Horizon Awards recognizes artists and patrons of the arts for their achievements and personal commitment to the arts in the Fresno community.

Qin Fan
(Economics) had an opinion piece, “Central Valley losing top talents due to extreme weather,” published in CALmatters, a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters.

Terea Giannetta and Kathleen Rindahlwere
(Nursing) were recognized with Nurse of the Year awards by Valley Children’s Hospital.

Berta González
(Associate VP and Professor Emerita) was presented the Butte County Office of Education Hall of Fame Award at a ceremony in May. The nomination was submitted by former Mini-Corp participants in recognition of her work on behalf of migrant children.

Madhusudan Katti
(Biology) had a commentary, “Sexism In Science Is No Funny Joke,” broadcast by Valley Public Radio.

Janine Nkosi
(Sociology) had an opinion piece with student Jose Lopez, “Unhealthy housing demands attention,” published in the Fresno Bee.

Lt. James Watson
(Police) graduated from POST Command College in April 2015.

74 Bulldogs named scholar-athletes
The Bulldogs set another record with 74 Fresno State student-athletes receiving 2014-15 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete honors. A total of 15 Fresno State teams had scholar-athlete recipients. See more.

Public Relations Society of America recognizes University Communications staff
During its Image Awards luncheon in May, the Central California chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) presented awards to six University Communications staff for work completed in 2014: Eddie Hughes, Randy Haar, Shirley Armbruster, Todd Graves, Cary Edmondson and Chris Samaro.


Volunteer hours reach new milestone
The University contributed more than 1 million hours of service for the sixth straight year. A total of 14,910 student, faculty, staff and administrator volunteers served local community benefit organizations and community events.  According to philanthropic standards, the estimated economic impact of Fresno State’s community service exceeds $36.4 million. View video.

PhotoReading and Beyond launches Family Success Zone
Starting this fall, tutors will be involved with Reading and Beyond’s Family Success Zone, a new project to provide cradle-to-career programming for children and families living in Fresno’s 93701 zip code. With this new opportunity, Reading and Beyond at Fresno State continues to enhance K-6 literacy possibilities while ensuring meaningful service experiences for Fresno State students. Work-study students serving as tutors with the Reading and Beyond program in the last two years have provided more than 35,000 hours of academic support and literacy services to elementary children.

Reading and Beyond at Fresno State was established through a partnership between the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning and long-time, local community partner, Reading and Beyond. The program, which is housed in the Richter Center, replaced the Fresno READS program. Formed in 1997, Fresno READS’ goal was to help young children improve literacy skills while fostering a genuine love of books and reading. See more.


In case you missed it:

Armenian Genocide remembered
The Fresno State's Armenian Genocide Monument, dedicated in April, commemorates the 100th anniversary
of the date acknowledged as the beginning of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish Empire. See the slideshow.

New Bulldog Stadium scoreboard sizzles
A new $892,000 high-definition LED video and ribbon boards are being installed in Bulldog Stadium for the 2015 season. See more.

Campus Pointe celebrates opening
The grand opening of The Square at Campus Pointe was July 17. See highlights from the groundbreaking and the ribbon cutting. See the slideshow.

Fresno State staff are happy
See them celebrate 2015 STAR DAY.



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President, Joseph I. Castro
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