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President's Message

Welcome back to campus! I hope all of you had an enjoyable holiday break and are ready for a new year of serving our students. We have some exciting events, projects and staff additions ahead, including:

  • The annual Spring Assembly for Faculty and Staff is Thursday, Jan. 14, with a continental breakfast at 8:30 and program beginning at 9 a.m. I hope you’ll come to the Save Mart Center for a brief recap of the fall semester. What's even more important, I have exciting news about the future.
  • The Strategic Plan Committee worked throughout the fall to refine our plan based on the excellent input received in our campus and community forums. Stay tuned for a final version of our Strategic Plan this spring.
  • A new Cabinet member soon will be joining us. I’ve appointed Lawrence Salinas as executive director of Government Relations, effective Feb. 1. He will develop and manage strategies to inform and influence public policy at the local, state and federal levels on issues and in areas of interest to Fresno State and to advise the campus on legislative matters that may affect us. Lawrence, a Fresno State alumnus, has held leadership positions in governmental relations at UC Merced and the UC Office of the President. I am thrilled that we again recruited our #1 choice in a Cabinet search!

As we begin 2016, I am more convinced than ever that Fresno State’s future is very bright. Let’s go boldly into this new year!



Red Wave honors faculty, staff
Fresno State staff and faculty were honored Dec. 3 at a special men's basketball game appreciation night. Meet some of the player's favorite professors: Thea Fabian (Economics), Leonard Olson (Philosophy), Aric Min (Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Jonathan Hernandez (Communication). See more.

photoEOP: Making a difference
|The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Fresno State continues to “make a difference” in helping first generation and historically low-income students attain their goal of graduating from college.  EOP recently announced that students in the fall 2009 cohort achieved a 6-year graduation rate of 59.7 percent, which is higher than the campus rate of 58.4 percent. See more. is all new
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Campus colors of fall
The campus presents a beautiful show of color during the seasons, and this fall is a showstopper. Photos by Cary Edmondson. See slideshow.

A look back at 2015
Revisit key moments from the past year. Photos by Cary Edmondson. See slideshow.


Around Campus

photoNew Warmerdam Field track project begins
Warmerdam Field is undergoing a facelift as of December. The $2.6 million project is expected to continue through June 2016. The project includes an eight-lane, all-weather track; a high-jump area; long- and triple-jump runways; two pole vault runways; and shot put, discuss, hammer cage and javelin improvements. Also included are updates in utilities, landscaping and fencing. The current nine-lane, 400-meter track was constructed in 1976 and is named in honor of Cornelius "Dutch" Warmerdam, the former Fresno State head coach and former world-record holder in the pole vault. The track was last resurfaced in 1989. See more.


Proposed Hmong minor option would be a first in western U.S.
The University is developing a new minor program in Hmong Studies that will be the fifth such program in the nation and first in the western United States. The minor, which would be offered through the Linguistics Department in the College of Arts and Humanities, is in the final stages of the approval process with a decision due in the spring. The target date to launch is the fall 2016 semester. See more.

Student Cupboard receives $25,000 endowment
A Bay Area family joined together to establish an endowment that will help Fresno State students facing food insecurity. Michael Treviño, University of California director of undergraduate admissions, has established a $25,000 charitable gift annuity in honor of his aunt, Ermelinda Treviño. The annuity will provide lasting support of the Student Cupboard, which provides free food and hygiene products for Fresno State students in need. See more.

Global wireless connectivity is here
On Jan. 14, Fresno State will launch eduroam (education roaming), a global wireless connectivity service that enables students, faculty, staff, and guests to obtain secure internet connectivity. The eduroam federation is a group of thousands of universities and higher-education institutions across 54 countries. These institutions have the eduroam network at their locations and will grant you secure access to their network without having to go through the long process of setting up a guest login and password. Your device will work on their campuses the same as if it were on Fresno State's. Additional information about eduroam is available here.


  • Simplicity - Fresno State students, faculty and staff can log in to eduroam with their own Fresno State credentials at any participating institution.
  • Security - Eduroam' uses WPA2-enterprise authentication and encryption to prevent eavesdropping when using insecure applications on the network.

The most significant change to the Fresno State network is that the process for logging in will require an email address and corresponding email password instead of using computer login credentials. Contact the Help Desk at 278.5000 for more information.

photoSalinas named director of governmental relations
For Lawrence Salinas, a Fresno State alumnus with 30 years of political and public affairs experience, coming home to serve as the University’s new executive director of governmental relations is an opportunity to advocate for his alma mater. His primary role will be to develop and manage strategies to inform and influence public policy at the local, state and federal levels in areas of interest to Fresno State. He will report directly to the president and advise the campus on legislative matters that may affect the University. See more.

Philanthropist and supporter Dee Jordan dies
Mrs. Dee Jordan, who, along with her husband and brother-in-law, was responsible for the largest cash gift in Fresno State’s history, passed away on Nov. 17 in San Francisco at age 87. Her connection to Fresno State started at a social gathering more than three decades ago when a retired Fresno State agriculture professor shared his enthusiasm for his college’s programs. That meeting led to a lasting relationship between the Jordans and Fresno State that ultimately resulted in a $29.5 million gift to Fresno State’s Ag One Foundation in 2009. See more.

Former psych professor, chair, Merry West, dies
Dr. Merry West, professor emerita and former chair of the Psychology Department, died Nov. 20. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Iowa State University in 1972 and joined the University soon after, then received emeritus status in 1993. While at the University, she helped to initiate re-entry programs for students and to develop Women Studies programs. Dr. West loved traveling, but her favorite places were in California. See more.


photoKeyboard Concerts presents Yefim Bronfman on Jan. 22
Yefim Bronfman performs at 3 p.m., Jan. 22, in the Concert Hall. Bronfman, a Russian-Israeli-American artist, regularly collaborates with the world’s foremost conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and David Zinman. General admission is $25, seniors $18 and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.

Comedian Drew Lynch performs Feb. 9
Student Involvement is hosting a special performance from comedian Drew Lynch on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union. This event is free to students with a valid Fresno State I.D. and open to public for $5 per person. Drew Lynch starred on season 10 of America’s Got Talent and advanced all the way to the finale. During his first audition, he shared his story of how a softball accident resulted in a permanent, severe stutter and how his life changed immediately. Drew Lynch’s comedy performance is being sponsored by Student Involvement, Services for Students with Disabilities, and Advocates for Students with Disabilities. For more information, contact Shawna Blair at 559.278.2741.

Library hosts Saleri exhibition Feb. 6-May 31; gala dinner is Feb. 5
During the spring 2016 semester, the Henry Madden Library presents a retrospective exhibition of artwork by Kristin Saleri (1915 to 1987), a pioneering 20th century artist of Armenian heritage who lived and painted in Istanbul. Discovering Kristin Saleri runs Feb. 6 through May 31 in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery and Pete P. Peters Balcony Gallery. The Gala Donors Opening Dinner is Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in Henry Madden Library, second floor outside Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Fresno natives Joyce Kierejczyk and Carol Tikijian, who also curated a spring exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum of works by artists of Armenian descent in commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian genocide. The artworks exhibited are on loan from the family of the artist, who reside in Houston. For more information on the artist, visit For more information on the exhibit, visit the website.

Save the date:

Jan. 14 - International Fun Night, University Student Union Pavilion, 4 p.m.
Jan. 16 - Men's basketball, Save Mart Center, 4 p.m. Meet members of the team.
Jan. 20 - Women's basketball, Save Mart Center, 7 p.m.
Jan. 21 - The Harlem Globetrotters, Save Mart Center, 7 p.m.
Jan. 21 - Visual Arts Seminar, Satellite Student Union, 8 a.m.
Jan. 22 - Women's basketball, Save Mart Center, 2 p.m.
Jan. 27 - Club Sports Expo and Greek Day, University Student Union Balcony, starting at 7 a.m.
Jan. 30 - SATAM Tai Chi group practice, South Gym 134, 7:30 a.m.


Emmanuel Alcala
(Central Valley Health Policy Institute) presented on air pollution in the Valley and its effects on children at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/Environmental Protection Agency Children’s Centers Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. See more.

Nancy Delich and Stephen Roberts
(Social Work and Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies) are featured in the latest issue of Central California Life Magazine, in which they discuss their underwater sign language course, which they teach at their dive shop, Central Valley Scuba Center. See more.

Ethan Kytle and Blain Roberts
(History) had their op-ed article advocating for a national slavery memorial published in the New York Times. See more. Roberts' book, "Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth Century South" (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) was recently awarded the 2105 Willie Lee Rose Prize by the Southern Association for Women Historians. This award recognizes the best book in southern history published by a woman during the previous calendar year. The book was also a finalist (among the top three, out of 70 submissions) for the 2015 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize.

Annette Levi
(Agricultural Business) was named to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The board advises Vilsack and land-grant colleges and universities.

Bradley Myers
(Theatre Arts) received recognition from the Region VIII Governing Board of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for the production of the play, "Really, Really." A scene from the play will be included at the regional festival at the University of Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii, held this February.

Barlow Der Mugrdechian
(Armenian Studies) had a book chapter published, "The Theme of Genocide in Armenian Literature," (pp. 273-286) in the newly released book, The Armenian Genocide Legacy (Palgrave, 2015). The book was the product of a conference, "The Armenian Genocide's Legacy, 100 Years On," held in The Hague, Netherlands, March 5-7, 2015.

Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval
(Arts and Humanities) was named dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, effective Jan. 1. He is a Fresno State professor of Spanish and Portuguese and served as interim associate dean of the college. Jiménez-Sandoval will succeed Interim Dean José A. Díaz, who was not a candidate for the position. Díaz will be on special assignment in the spring semester. See more.

Samendra Sherchan
(Public Health) received the 2015-16 WRPI Faculty Research Incentive Award (from the Office of the Chancellor, Water Resources and Policy Initiatives) for his project, Understanding Public Perception to Direct Potable Reuse of Municipal Treated Waste-water in the Central Valley.


photoReading and Beyond at Fresno State celebrates a successful semester
The Reading and Beyond at Fresno State program (a partnership between Fresno State’s Richter Center and Reading and Beyond) recently took time to celebrate a successful semester. Over the course of fall 2015, 60 work-study students served as tutors with the program, providing tutoring and mentoring services to children throughout Fresno County. Tutors worked directly with 183 elementary students providing literacy and homework support. In addition, the tutors served more than 800 children intermittently. Reading and Beyond at Fresno State program also took part in several additional community service projects, including school carnivals, local revitalization projects, educational community events, and a special letter-writing campaign benefiting military members and veterans.

Save the Date: Spring Community Service Opportunities Fair
The 13th annual Spring Community Service Opportunities Fair takes place Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union. The event is sponsored by The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. During the Community Service Opportunities Fair students will have the opportunity to learn about volunteer, service-learning, internship, and career opportunities offered through local community benefit organizations.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this event and send students who are interested in community service or who are required to do service as part of a class assignment. For more information, please contact Trisha Studt in the Richter Center at 559.278.7079.

Registration open for Kids Day 2016
Kids Day is one the Valley’s largest and most visible special events benefitting Valley Children’s Hospital. Last year over 1,400 Fresno State students participated in Kids Day and raised over $41,000! Kids Day will be held on March 8, 2016 and is a great way for students, faculty, and staff to engage in a community-wide philanthropy project and can help in three ways: (1) volunteer to sell papers, (2) help recruit other volunteers by sharing information on this event with friends, students and colleagues and (3) buy a paper on Kids Day from those around campus. Each year the Richter Center hosts a friendly competition recognizing the top-selling student clubs and organizations. Register your club or organization today by completing the online form.  Individuals can also sign-up to volunteer using the same form. For more information about participating, please contact Madison Dakovich in the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at 559.278.7079 or send an email to

Fresno State for Summer Campaign a success
This fall, Fresno State students Nancy Mohamed and Kelli Lowe, coordinated a campus-wide fundraising campaign built around the annual Giving Tuesday.   This project raised money to support the wish of a Make-A-Wish Central California child, Summer, whose wish is to visit to Walt Disney World with her family and meet Elsa from the movie Frozen.  The campaign, "Fresno State for Summer" ran from November 1 - December 1, 2015. Over $1,400 was raised to support Summer's wish.  Mohamed and Lowe hope that this project will inspire future students to continue organizing fundraising efforts around Giving Tuesday and establishing a new philanthropic tradition at Fresno State.

Richter Center student leaders provide nearly 3,000 hours of service
In December, the Richter Center Student Leaders (RCSL) celebrated a successful fall semester. RCSL is made-up of three distinct teams including the Richter Center Ambassadors, Reflection Facilitators, and SERVE Committee.  The team of 27 students provided a combined 2,734 hours of service to the campus and community.  This service included coordinating and hosting two one-day service events (Make a Difference Day and Serving Fresno Day), conducting service-related presentations and workshops for fellow Fresno State students, and promoting service through various digital and in-person campaigns.  The team will return in the spring semester to continue these efforts including planning and hosting Spring into Service – a one-day service event – and National Volunteer Week activities. For more information on RCSL, contact Mellissa Jessen-Hiser.

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In case you missed it:

Fresno State vs. San Francisco
Catch some highlights from the Fresno State basketball win against San Francisco on Nov. 19. See slideshow.

Fresno State vs. Colorado State
Miss the Fresno State Bulldogs football game against Colorado State Rams, Nov. 28? See slideshow.

International Cultural Night
Enjoy the colors and vibrancy of International Cultural Night. See slideshow.

ROTC Presentation
Fresno State's ROTC made a presentation at the Oakland Raiders game, Dec. 6. See slideshow.

Marching Band Moments
A look back at some key Fresno State Marching Band moments. See slideshow.

Happy Holidays
Enjoy a glimpse of some of the seasonal decorations on campus, including displays in the Kennel Bookstore. See slideshow. Or enjoy holiday greetings from Victor E. Bulldog III. See slideshow.

Slideshow photos by Cary Edmondson and courtesy of University Communications.

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