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President's Message

This is an exciting time for the University! Fresno State is stronger than ever – a place of growing discovery, diversity and distinction. Applications from talented and diverse undergraduates from throughout the Valley and state hit a record number this year. In fact, our applications have increased at a rate that is twice the CSU average. As I meet these students on campus, I am impressed with the excellence they bring to Fresno State. As we strengthen our student success initiatives, we are seeing our graduation rate steadily improving. The six-year rate is projected to increase to nearly 58 percent this year. That is more than a 9 percentage-point increase in the past two years. Our goal is to achieve a 70 percent graduation rate by 2023, and we are well on our way! Thanks to the bold efforts of our faculty and staff, there is much to be proud of at Fresno State.


Dr. Mohan Dangi: a Fresno State action hero in Nepal
One moment Dr. Mohan Dangi was on his way back to Fresno after helping with Nepal earthquake relief efforts, and the next he was about to be pulverized by a huge rock headed right for his vehicle. The driver gunned it, and thus Dr. Dangi survived a mortal threat which is reminscent of an Indiana Jones movie. See more.

photoAutism Center is all about serving families
Making a big difference is what the Autism Center @ Fresno State is all about. Reaching out to the community, it has already established a new center in Madera county. See more.

Dr. Andrew Fiala examines the big questions in life
Thinking and questioning can lead to a satisfying life, according to Dr. Andrew Fiala, professor and chair of the Philosophy Department and director of the Ethics Center at Fresno State. “We’re not all alike, and we don’t have to be,” Fiala said. “Socrates, Galileo, Martin Luther, Einstein — the innovators have been the unique individuals who think differently than the majority.” See more.

International Student Services and Programs
For the second year in a row, Fresno State has been selected for a national Excellence and Innovation Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). This year, it's for internationalization efforts. See more.

The Castros' first two years at Fresno State
Remember key moments with President Joseph I. Castro and First Lady Mary Castro. Photos by Cary Edmondson. See slideshow.

Trek with TimeOut
Enjoy some of the fun times with TimeOut, Fresno State's beloved mascot. Photos by Cary Edmondson. Additional photos courtesy of Athletics Marketing and Promotions. See slideshow.


Around Campus

Submit your input for the strategic planning process
President Castro and the Strategic Planning Committee invite members of the campus community to offer input for the strategic planning process that will identify campus priorities for the next five years. An online form for input is available here. Information about the draft Mission Statement and Strategic Plan priorities is available here.

Nursing students take free services to the Valley
This September saw the launch of School of Nursing's Community Health Mobile Unit, which offers free health services to rural communities. The mobile unit, made from a deconstructed RV, has two exam rooms for services such as immunizations and diabetes and blood pressure screenings, plus health assessments, education and referrals. Throughout the fall semester, the mobile unit will travel to rural areas in Fresno County, providing free services to those who do not have readily available access to health care. See more.

New name for Student Affairs, offices
The Division of Student Affairs has been renamed the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Offices within the division have also changed their names: Career Development Center (formerly Career Services),
Cross Culture and Gender Center (formerly Center for Women and Culture), and University Health and Counseling Center (formerly University Health and Psychological Services). Admissions and Records also had offices that changed their names: Degree Advising Office (formerly the Evaluations Office) and Student Conduct Office (formerly Judicial Affairs). Also, the Dream Outreach Center is a new office within Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, housed in University Outreach Center's office.

photoAthletics honors academics
This season at home sporting events, extraordinary teaching at the University is being showcased by selected faculty members — such as Miles Ishigaki (Music) and Betsy Hays (MCJ) — who present the game ball to President Joseph I. Castro in front of thousands of Bulldog football fans. Faculty members from the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology are also recognized during football games as the “Actagro Faculty Member of the Game,” with Cathy Pay Zhu (Agricultural Business) and Hend Letaief (Viticulture and Enology) recently receiving this honorary recognition. Additional recognition for academics takes place during Men's Basketball College Nights, which introduces the accomplishments of the University's colleges and schools to the community and provides the opportunity to bring donors, alumni, staff, faculty and students from together for a fun evening. Athletics also recognizes faculty and staff with an appreciation day, one for each sport (excluding football) which offers faculty and staff free admission. For more information, or if you know an extraordinary faculty or staff member you would like to see honored at a future event, please contact

$10,000 grant will help Fresno State serve students in recovery
Fresno State has received a $10,000 Early Seed Grant from Transforming Youth Recovery (TYR), a non-profit charity created by the Stacie Mathewson Foundation, which creates and brings together innovative and sustainable scholastic recovery communities. The three-year grant provides funding and technical assistance with a goal to help Fresno State "build a recovery community from the inside out by focusing on community-based assets and mobilizing relationships between individuals, associations and institutions." The grant will help Fresno State spearhead recovery efforts on campus. Activities include the following:

  • Identifying of a small group of students in recovery to help lead the way to development of a program.
  • Conducting a survey and convening focus groups of students in recovery to obtain feedback on the type of support they need in order to have a successful academic career. Based on the results, the University may consider bringing Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or other recovery support group meetings to Fresno State.
  • Working with Transforming Youth Recovery on an ongoing basis to develop and strengthen our recovery program.

For more information, contact Kathy Yarmo at

WASC team will visit campus Oct. 20-22
The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) will be at Fresno State Oct. 20-22 in connection with the University’s accreditation. The team typically schedules open meetings with students, staff and faculty to provide an opportunity for informal input from all members of the campus community about their experiences with the institution. Individuals who are unable to attend the meetings may contact the WSCUC team through Oct. 22 using this confidential email: For more information about Fresno State WASC accreditation, click here.


photoKeyboard Concerts presents Isabelle Demers on Oct. 4
Isabelle Demers performs works by Vierne, Prokofiev, H. Martin, Reger, J.S. Bach, Laurin, and Thalben-Ball at 3 p.m., Oct. 4 in the Concert Hall. A French-Canadian artist, she is rapidly becoming recognized as one of America’s most virtuosic organists. Recent highlights of her vast performance activities include her debuts at Davies Hall in San Francisco and Disney Hall in Los Angeles as well as a fourteen concert tour of England and Germany. General admission is $25, seniors $18, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337. This concert is co-sponsored with the San Joaquin Valley Chapter, American Guild of Organists and L'Alliance Francaise de Fresno.

Farm to Fork Exhibition open through December; Great Grape Event is Oct. 10
Henry Madden Library's exhibition, “Farm to Fork: Food, Family, Farming,” features the immigration history of the Valley's largest ethnic populations, as well as their contributions to agriculture in the Central Valley. It will also showcase antique farming equipment as part of a "non-petting zoo." The exhibition is free and open to the public through December 18. In addition, a series of related “Farm to Fork” events are being planned throughout the year, beginning with “The Great Grape” on Saturday, Oct.r 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Department of Viticulture and Enology (located on Barstow between Cedar and Maple). For more information, visit or contact Cindy Wathen at 278.1680 or

Universal Design Day is Oct. 16
Universal Design Day is Oct. 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Henry Madden Library, starting at DISCOVERe Hub, first floor. This event is held bring awareness of universal design and accessibility to our campus. Attend a showcase of resources and best practices. “Pop-in” to 30-minute workshops. Features include food, prizes, and opportunities in universal design. See more.

Licensing and Tradmark Vendor Fair is Oct. 22
A Licensing and Tradmark Vendor Fair will be held Oct. 22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North Gym 118, to inform faculty and staff of how to order products with Fresno State's trademark. Companies licensed to provide promotional materials will be present with vendor booths and samples. Presentations will be made at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. For more information, contact

photoPianist Sahan Arzruni performs Oct. 25
The Keyboard Concerts series offers a special event with pianist Sahan Arzruni performing on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. Arzruni has become a familiar figure through many television broadcasts such as Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas shows. He has also been featured in a number of PBS specials. The recital is co-sponsored with the Fresno State Armenian Studies Program and the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation. General admission is $25, seniors $18, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.

University Theatre 2015-16 season begins
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,

  • 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.

  • Nov. 2 - 5: Miguel Flores
    Reception: Thursday, Nov. 5, 5-8 p.m.

Save the date:

Oct. 9 - RAD American Women reception and presentation, University Dining Hall, 6 p.m.
Oct. 28 - Fall Faculty/Staff Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Residence Dining Hall East Wing
(reservations required)
Oct. 29-30 - California Latino Leadership Education Summit
Nov. 15-18 - Accreditation site visit for entry-level Department of Physical Therapy
Nov. 19 - President's Forum for Faculty and Staff, 10-11 a.m., North Gym 118


Brad Hyatt
(Construction Management) was appointed by Mayor Ashley Swearengin to the city of Fresno's Capital Projects Oversight Board.

Sam Lankford
(Recreation Administration) had his report, “The Impact of the Arctic Winter Games: A Social Capital Perspective,” published this summer. It is the culmination of his 23 years of research on the social benefits of the Arctic Winter Games. Read more.

Miguel Perez
(Public Health) led 15 public health students on a global service learning course in the Dominican Republic, where they provided health education activities to some of the region’s most destitute individuals. He also won an Honorary Professor award from the Universidad Central del Este (Central University of the East, UCE) in the Dominican Republic as part of UCE’s Global Health Week.

Kathie Reid-Bevington and Geoffrey Thurner
(Jordan College) are participants in the Fresno County Farm Bureau's Future Advocates for Agriculture Concerned about Tomorrow Class XIII, which is an eight-month educational program for community leaders who want to discuss agriculture, labor and immigration, air quality, land-use planning, food production and more.

Scott Sailor
(Kinesiology) was officially inducted as president of the National Athletic Trainers Association. In this role, he'll lead 39,000+ athletic trainers from across the nation, including Fresno State's Dr. Paul Ullucci (Physical Therapy), who received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award at the 66th Annual NATA Meeting this summer in St Louis. Read more.

Anil Shrestha
(Plant Science) was named Winrock International's August Volunteer of the Month for his recent work in two separate three-week projects in Nepal. See more.

Bhupinder Singh
(Physical Therapy) presented his research, "Balance Control during Common Rehabilitation Exercises in Obese Females,” at the American Society of Biomechanics meeting in Columbus, Ohio, this summer.


Save Mart Center's Shehady Tower turned red for Blood Cancer Awareness
Fresno State teamed up with the Save Mart Center, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Central California Blood Center and the new Be the Match On Campus student group to support Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September. The partners met for a kick-off in the early morning hours of Sept. 9 to view Shehady Tower illuminated in red lights. The lighting is part of the national Leukemia Lymphoma Society campaign, to light iconic buildings in cities across America red. 

Iin addition to the tower lighting, Fresno State also hosted an on-campus blood drive and marrow registry drive Sept. 16-18. Hundreds of generous members of the Fresno State community donated blood and registered for the national Be the Match marrow registry. The next on-campus blood drive and marrow registry drive will take place Nov. 17-19. 

For more information about Be the Match on Campus, contact Giuffrida at 559.278.5716 or For the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, contact Korina Mendoza at 559.490.6943 or For the Fresno State blood drives contact Renee Delport at 559.278.7063 or

photoTaste of Service Event introduces students
to Fresno State’s Culture of Service
Taste of Service, a new addition to the annual Community Service Opportunities Fair took place in early September. In addition to learning about community benefit organizations and volunteer opportunities they offer, the new area provided students the opportunity to try out several on-the-spot service projects. 

More than 650 students participated in the event that took place adjacent to the traditional Service Fair. The service projects included writing advocacy letters with the Fresno State Food Recovery Network, making pinwheel toys and cards for patients at Valley Children’s Hospital, and writing thank you cards for military veterans who live in the Fresno Veteran’s Home..

The event was coordinated by the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning and sponsored by Associated Students, Inc., Humanics, and Student Involvement. 

photoMake a Difference Day is Oct. 24
"Make a Difference Day," a national community service event encompassing the most comprehensive nation-wide day of helping others, is Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning is asking all faculty, staff, students, and alumni to participate. Volunteers may participate individually or as a group. More information about the event, including registration details, is available at




In case you missed it:

Fresno State's football win against Abilene Christian
Relive the Fresno State Bulldogs' 34-13 football win against Abilene Christian Wildcats, Bulldog Stadium, Sept. 3, 2015. See slideshow.

Fall 2015 Residence Hall move-in
See highlights from the Residence Hall move-in this fall. Photos by Cary Edmondson. See slideshow.

New Student Convocation 2015
Fresno State welcomed new freshman, transfer and graduate students at the New Student Convocation in the Save Mart Center Aug. 24. See the slideshow.

Ribbon cutting for Physical Therapy and Intercollegiate Athletics Building
The University celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art 22,000-square-foot building with a ribbon cutting Sept. 15. The facility houses the Department of Physical Therapy, as well as athletics offices, and is located at Barstow Avenue and Campus Drive. See the slideshow.

Enjoy scenes from the Bienvenida celebration in the Fresno State Peace Garden, September 16. See the slideshow.

Slideshow photos by Cary Edmondson.



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President, Joseph I. Castro
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