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President's Message

The month of November is highlighted by the Thanksgiving holiday, and as we look forward to this special day, I want to express my thanks to each of you for the work you do for Fresno State. I am thankful to be part of an organization with such dedicated people. You’ve applied energy, enthusiasm and innovation to our call to Be Bold and help academics and athletics rise together. Our efforts are succeeding! Our students are graduating at a much higher rate than before. As we get ready to take a break for the holiday, let’s all remember to give thanks for the important people in our lives and to reach out to those who are in need. Mary and I wish you and yours a relaxing and Happy Thanksgiving.

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photoAcademic advising expands student success
The University is dedicating more resources to academic advising to strengthen this vital connection between students and their success in higher education. At Fresno State, advising is a shared responsibility between faculty and staff. Advising helps students be more strategic about planning their curriculum and thus helps them reach their personal and career goals, said Dr. Janell Morillo, executive director of Student Affairs Administration. See more.


University’s internationalization efforts win national award
In three short years, the number of international students attending Fresno State has increased. This fall the campus welcomed 320 new international students. The University's selection as the recipient of the AASCU's Excellence and Innovation Award in International Education is in recognition of the campus community's strategic, coordinated process to further internationalize the campus. The quality and scope of a Fresno State education are heightened by the increase in international students and in opportunities for domestic students to study abroad. The success of internationalization efforts is achieved through increasing international awareness of students, strengthening and shaping the research of faculty and students, and fostering a climate that supports international cooperation and collaboration.


photoElectric motorcycles are on patrol
In spring 2015, the Fresno State Police Department implemented motorcycle patrols. The electric motorcycles are used as an alternate mean of transportation for officers. They allow officers to maneuver through traffic to respond to calls more quickly and to get to places a patrol vehicle cannot go. The electric motorcycles were purchased through a grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. These motorcycles put off zero emissions, which means they can travel anywhere, even indoors. See more.



President's forum reaches out to students
Recently, President Joseph I. Castro held a President's Forum for students to talk to him about what they think about Fresno State and making Fresno State better in the future. "The President's Forum was another great opportunity to hear directly from our talented students," said Dr. Castro. "I appreciate their positive comments about what is great about the campus as well as their helpful suggestions for how we can do even better in serving them. It is important for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to know that they can always share their feedback with me directly through the website."


photoNewborns at the Sheep Unit and more
Enjoy the antics of the cute lambs born recently at Fresno State. Visit the University Farm and admire the beautiful horses.

Fresno State’s iconic fountain
See photos of the Fresno State Memorial Fountain, a central campus landmark located in the Memorial Court. The fountain was dedicated in 1962 and renovated as a Centennial gift from the Class of 2011. See slideshow.

Campus building tour
Take a brief exterior tour of some of the main buildings on campus. Or view the campus in season. Don't miss the Peace Garden. View the Smittcamp Alumni House. Also, take a look back at nostalgic scenes from prior days.


Around Campus

photoStudents connect with Silicon Valley industry through STEM
In October, a select group of Fresno State students honed their leadership skills at the 12th Annual Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Student Leadership Conference in Santa Clara. The conference offered students extensive professional and leadership development through direct interaction with industry mentors and speakers. The hand-picked MESA students — all science, engineering or math majors — represented 38 universities and community colleges from across the state. Fresno State student attendees were Javier Cortez Jr., Mayra Espinoza, Erika Lansburgh, Rebecca Navaroo, Cindy Rios, Molina Rodriguez, Isaiah Robertson, Rebecca Segura and Miriam Valle. The students were sponsored by PG&E, Edison International and Southern California Gas.

photoClovis Unified names elementary building after Ginny Boris
The new Clovis Unified elementary school that opened this August at the corner of Temperance and Clinton avenues was named Virginia R. Boris Elementary School after Virginia “Ginny” Boris, a lecturer for the Educational Leadership Department and the co-director of the Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute. She was inducted into the Clovis Hall of Fame in 2010. Her work in the district as a math teacher, principal and associate superintendent was recognized by a committee of parents and school employees in choosing a name for the new school. "This is so deserved, and it is also time that Clovis named a school for a female educator, one who has done, and continues to do, so much for the children of the central Valley," said Dr. Paul Beare, dean of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

Fresno State's Institute of Public Anthropology studies Valley youth employment
The Institute of Public Anthropology recently released a report showing that, in the San Joaquin Valley, more than one in 10 individuals from ages 16 to 24 are not employed or enrolled in school. The report is based on findings from an ongoing study led by researchers at the University of California, Davis, in collaboration with the Institute of Public Anthropology. The report shows that 17.1 percent of San Joaquin Valley young adults are not enrolled in school or employed — compared with 8.2 percent of young adults in California. See more.

University receives grant for student hope and well-being project
The University has been awarded a $10,000 Bringing Theory to Practice grant for its Hope Intervention: Well-Being Research Project. The project will be delivered through DISCOVERe, a tablet initiative that uses technology to strengthen student learning and engagement. “This project will help us fill critical needs in offering our students hope and helping them connect to the University community in a way that boosts educational success,” said Provost Lynnette Zelezny. See more.

photoHenry Madden Library breaks record for number of visitors
This fall, more than 50,000 weekly visitors and more than 11,000 daily visitors were clocked entering the library. Previously, the library never recorded a gate count over 10,000. This 12 percent increase and extraordinary flow of traffic show that the library is solidly supporting its students, faculty, staff and greater community. In 2009, the Madden Library completed an extensive three-year renovation and expansion. The new library now has more than 365,000 square feet of space for study, collections, computing and services. It houses the largest installation of public access compact shelving in the nation.

photoNew exterior LED lighting
Funded through a partnership with PG&E, Facilities Management has installed more than 653 energy efficient exterior LED light fixtures across campus providing 35 percent to 50 percent more lighting in walkways and parking lots. This has reduced energy usage by 273,750 kilowatt hours (kWh), which is equivalent to $32,850 in energy cost savings annually. Installation of an additional 375 exterior LED light fixtures is underway on campus. Also,117 fixtures are being installed at the Save Mart Center parking lot.  


photoConstruction in progress for Jordan Agricultural Research Center
The interior and exterior framing is up and underground utilities are in place for the Jordan Agricultural Research Center. The state-of-the-art research facility provides space for researchers from the Jordan College of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, College of Science and Mathematics and Lyles College of Engineering to work together on key projects. Completion is expected in March 2016. See slideshow.

University Courtyard WiFi update 
The second phase of the WiFi upgrade is complete. Wireless access is now available in every room and common area within University Courtyard. For information on how to connect to the wireless network click here.

DISCOVERe tablet use on the increase 
In collaboration with the DISCOVERe team, Kennel Bookstore staff distributed 5,400 tablets for students enrolled in Fresno State's tablet program, which is a substantial increase from the 1,200 tablets distributed for the program's launch in the fall of 2014.

photoMore uses for your Bulldog card
Add money to your Bulldog Card and use it for purchases at Food Court, Panda Express, Subway, Taco Bell, Paws and Go and Starbucks in the Library. Click here for instructions on how to add funds to your Bulldog Card.



photoBe ready with Bulldog Alert
Bulldog Alert is a new emergency notification system tool that sends users an emergency alert text message when there is an immediate threat to campus. To ensure that you will receive emergency alerts, confirm that your cell phone number is listed in your MyFresnoState portal under the self-service tab. Bulldog Alert will be used with other methods of emergency communication, including outdoor notification, indoor notification, Fresno State email, Fresno State websites, the Information Hotline at 559.278.4000, Radio 1040 AM, and campus signboards.

Central Valley Rodeo Inc. pledges gift to rodeo team
The Fresno State Bulldoggers club rodeo team received a gift of more than $300,000, which will be given to the University over the next five years from Central Valley Rodeo Inc. The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology used the gift to hire coach Tony Branquinho this fall, as well as to pay for equipment and facility improvements. See more. Or, if you'd just like to watch them in action, see slideshow.

Arts curator Edward Lund dies
Edward Lund III, 54, died Oct. 3 from injuries suffered in a bike accident during the Levi's Granfondo charity bike race in Sonoma County. He was a gallery technician in the Department of Art and Design who performed curatorial work, including installing exhibits in the Phoebe Conley Art Gallery and the College of Arts and Humanities Dean's Gallery in the Music Building. He also assised with displays at the Graduate Art Studios at the M Street Arts Complex in downtown Fresno.

Art and design professor Paulette Fleming dies
Paulette Fleming, 67, died Oct. 10. She was a nationally-recognized professor of art and design who joined the Fresno State faculty in 1988. She was the first recipient of the J. Eugene Grigsby Award for meritorious service to art education by the Committee on Multicultural Affairs of the National Art Education Association. She also was co-founder and executive director of the Partners-in-Art youth program 


photoKeyboard Concerts presents Francesco Piemontesi on Nov. 13
Francesco Piemontesi performs at 3 p.m., Nov. 13, in the Concert Hall. Piemontesi rose to international prominence after winning prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth in Brussels. In his fast-rising career, he has already appeared as soloist with many leading orchestras. General admission is $25, seniors $18 and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.



Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale performs Nov. 15
The Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale holds its Fall Concert — Mozart’s Mass in C-minor — Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m. Prior to the concert, there will be a lecture by Anna Hamre, music professor and chorale director, at 1:30 p.m. The event takes place at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Ave., Clovis North High School. All seats are $25. Season tickets are offered. To purchase tickets online, visit (small service fee applies), call 559.709.6245, or email

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

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, 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.

  • Opera Theatre, Albert Herring - Nov. 5-6, 8 p.m. Wahlberg Recital Hall
  • Fresno State New Music Ensemble - Monday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m. – Concert Hall, General: $10, Employee: $8, Senior: $8, Student: free.
  • Violin & Viola Festival - Master classes open to the public, Friday, Nov. 13, 3-7 p.m. & Saturday, November 14, 1 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2:-4 p.m., Music Building
  • Violin & Viola Festival Gala Concert - Saturday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, General: $15, Employee: $10, Senior: $10, Student: $5
  • Percussion Ensemble - Monday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. Concert Hall
  • Saxophone Studio Recital - Tuesday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Wahlberg Recital Hall
  • Student Composers’ Recital - Wednesday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Wahlberg Recital Hall, General: $10, Employee: $8, Senior: $8, Student: $5
  • Horn Studio Recital - Friday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Concert Hall
  • Fresno State Symphony Orchestra Concert II - Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, General: $15, Employee: $10, Senior: $10, Student: $5
  • Band Spectacular with Wind Orchestra, Jazz Band & Marching Band, Monday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. Concert Hall, General: $15, Employee: $10, Senior: $10, Student: $5
  • Guitar Orchestra - Tuesday, Nov. 24, 8 p.m. Wahlberg Recital Hall
  • Percussion Studio Recital - Monday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., Concert Hall
  • Jazz Winter Concert - Wednesday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., Concert Hall
  • Symphonic Band Concert II - Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Concert Hall
  • Clendenin Brass Quintet – Fall Recital, Friday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m., Concert Hall
  • Community Chorus with Fresno Philharmonic - Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. William Saroyan Theatre, Home for the Holidays.  Tickets: through the Fresno Philharmonic
  • Choir Holiday Concert - Sunday, Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m., Concert Hall, General: $8, Employee: $5, Senior: $5, Student: $5
  • Chamber Music with Strings - Tuesday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, General: $15, Employee: $10, Senior: $10, Student: $5

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

  • Nov. 19 - Dec. 9 Student Show
    Reception: Thursday, Nov. 19, 5-8 p.m.

Save the date:

Nov. 5 - Home football game vs. Nevada
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
Nov. 28 - Home football game vs. Colorado State


Veena Howard
(Philosophy) represented Fresno State at the World Parliament of Religions in October. She gave three lectures, including a presentation on, "What Would Gandhi Do."

Richard Salsgiver
(Social Work Education, emeritus) was inducted into the California Social Work Hall of Distinction Oct. 10 in San Francisco.


photoHoliday gift project fundraiser benefits Camp Kesem at Fresno State
The Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning is holding a fundraiser for Camp Kesem at Fresno State, a summer camp experience provided to children who have been affected by a parent’s cancer. Any amount can be donated. One hundred percent of all financial donations will be used to send children to camp, where they can connect with other kids who have gone through the same experiences. All donations are tax-deductible, and receipts will be provided. Checks should be made payable to “Camp Kesem at Fresno State” and mailed to the Richter Center, M/S TA 120. Donations must be received by Dec. 1 to be used for this project. For more information, visit or contact Renee Delport ( or Trisha Studt ( at 559.278.7079.


photoServing Fresno Day is Nov. 21
Volunteers are needed to participate in Serving Fresno Day on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to work on one of three projects with event partners: Ronald McDonald House, Sierra Foothill Conservancy and Fresno State Plant Operations. Volunteers may participate individually or as a group. For more information and to register, call the Richter Center at 278.7063, or email Deadline for registration is Nov.18. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old, pre-register, sign waiver forms and provide their own transportation.


November 2015 blood drive and marrow registry is Nov. 17
The November campus blood drive and marrow registry drive will kick off Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the University Dining Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The drive will continue on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various blood mobile locations on campus: USU, Maple Mall and Kremen Education Building. Donors receive a coupon packet, including coupons from the Gibson Farm Market, the Student Rec Center, Juice It Up! (campus location only), Kennel Bookstore and campus Paws-n-Go locations. 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. For more information, contact the Richter Center at 278.7079.


In case you missed it:

Native American Heritage Day
See scenes from Native American Heritage Day at Fresno State. See slideshow.

Cross-Cultural Celebration Opening
Catch a glimpse of the dragon at Fresno State's Cross-Cultural Celebration Opening earlier this fall. See slideshow.

Red Friday
Missed Red Friday on homecoming week? See slideshow.

National Student Day
Did you miss it? Here's some of the fun. See slideshow.

Meet the Top Dogs 2015
If you didn't meet the winners of the 2015 Fresno State Alumni Association Top Dog Alumni Awards, here they are. See also the gala event or just the highlights.

Teaching Moments
Revisit some teaching moments at Fresno State. And celebrate Fresno State students.

Latino Leadership
Catch highlights from the California Latino Leadership Education Summit with Juan Felipe Herrera, 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, in attendance.

Slideshow photos by Cary Edmondson and courtesy of University Communications.



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Campus News is the Fresno State employee newsletter published online the first day of each month – or the weekday closest to the first – from September through May. The deadline for submissions to the newsletter is 10 days prior to the first of each month. Please e-mail submissions to; include digital photos, video clips or audio clips that are publishable online. Phone messages, PDFs, faxes, and printed hard copies will not be accepted.
President, Joseph I. Castro
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Campus News is published by the Office of University Communications.