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President's Message

You’ve undoubtedly heard me urge you and Fresno State students to “be bold!” And you may be wondering just want that means. In my opinion, bold is an attitude that moves ideas, opportunities and people beyond convention, obstacles and naysayers, to success. Being bold inspires leaders and transformation because boldness tests limits and possibilities in a positive, open and results-oriented way that is focused on the greater good for our community. As leaders in higher education, we could easily default to “safe,” but at Fresno State we must be committed to being bold in delivering on the promise of student success to advance this University to new heights. I believe these bold approaches are starting to pay dividends for the Valley, and because of that, the State of our University is strong and the future is very bright!



photoTherkelsen makes his filmmaking passion into a career
It may not be often that you can have a career that starts out as a hobby, but Jes Therkelsen, assistant professor of Mass Communication and Journalism, did just that. Documentary film and photography are both his profession and a passion. Documentary film and photography are both his profession and a passion. Before he started teaching at Fresno State in the spring of 2013, he was the filmmaker in residence at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. For several years prior to that, he was a documentary filmmaker with his own production company in Washington, D.C. But Therkelsen actually didn’t start out as a filmmaker. His serendipitous journey started out with geology, which seems to defy logic. See more.

photoValentine cookie recipe
Need a quick and easy recipe for Valentine's Day? Look no further. The dough for these cutout cookies can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated. With just a few ingredients, you can quickly have a treat that will win hearts. See more.




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Around Campus

Clothing Closet accepting donations
The Career Development Center is collecting donations of professional clothing, footwear and accessories that are in ready-to-wear condition for the Fresno State Clothing Closet, which offers students professional clothing free of charge as they head to job interviews and internships. Please consider assisting this program to help our students as they transition to professionals. For more information, call Career Development at 278.2381.

Bold Ideas Challenge accepting submissions until Feb. 4
President Castro's Bold Ideas Challenge is an opportunity for all faculty, staff and administrators to submit bold, innovative ideas on how to improve campus services and processes. The President is particularly interested in creative ideas to advance the University's new strategic plan. The challenge runs from Jan. 14 to Feb. 4. In March, the Cabinet will announce the selected ideas and create working groups charged with assessing and implementing the ideas. Bold Ideas winners will receive either a $1,000 cash award (subject to all applicable, state and federal taxes) or a $1,000 professional development award. To submit your idea for more information, visit the website.

photoOutdoor wireless access now available
Want to take your class outside for a day or catch up on your email while enjoying a sunny day? That will be easy now, thanks to an outdoor wireless project completed by Technology Services. There are 22 outdoor wireless access points scattered across campus, from the dorms through the Peace Garden, Free Speech Area, the Memorial Fountain, Rose Garden, Maple Mall and over to Science II. Besides adding the convenience of outdoor access, having this infrastructure in place makes it easier for the University to connect with the Fresno community. See more.

Campus shuttle begins service
In January, the University launched a shuttle service that will operate Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes and includes six convenient stops from Campus Point to Greek Row with stops on Bulldog Lane, Millbrook Avenue, Campus Drive at North Gym, the Save Mart Center parking lot, and Campus Pointe. The shuttle is free for students, faculty and staff with a Fresno State ID. For more information, including a route map and timetable, please visit the website.

Deferred maintenance
The University is making a significant investment in deferred maintenance over the next two years. We have allocated nearly $20 million to address many long-overdue items:

  • Modernizing classrooms, laboratories and lecture spaces
  • Roof replacements for Conley Art, North Gym, Social Science and University Center
  • Heating/air conditioning replacements for Conley Art, Joyal, Social Science
  • ADA improvements
  • Elevator ADA upgrades in Ag Science, Grosse IT, University Center, Engineering East, Joyal, the Henry Madden Library, Kremen Education and the Peters Building
  • Fire alarm replacement
  • Street and road replacement

What's new in the USU
Stop by the University Student Union (USU) and check out the newly redecorated Bulldog Bowl and renovated Reservation Center. Located on the lower level of the USU, the Bulldog Bowl (formerly known as the Recreation Center) has received a facelift with new Fresno State signage displayed prominently throughout our billiards and bowling areas, including new masking units above the bowling lanes. The Reservation Center is now open for business at the top level of the USU (Room 301). With renovations designed to make the space more accessible and inviting, the Reservation Center is a one-stop shop for planning events in the University Student Union and Satellite Student Union. USU staff can help you schedule meeting rooms, information tables and large venue events; they can also reserve academic space across campus for registered student organizations.

Fresno State Career Connections launched
Fresno State Career Connections — a powerful online tool that allows alumni, parents and friends of Fresno State (referred to as advisors) to connect one-on-one with students — has been launched. The site provides opportunities for career conversations, resume critiques, and mock interviews. Faculty and staff are welcome to sign up. Information explaining the initiative can be found on the website. You can also go directly to the platform to sign up as an adviser.

Castro honors Ray Steele Jr. with Medal of Distinction
President Joseph I. Castro awarded former Fresno Bee president and publisher Ray Steele Jr. the President’s Medal of Distinction. Steele, a Fowler native, graduated from Fresno State in 1968. He worked at the Associated Press Fresno bureau while attending classes, and joined The Fresno Bee as a reporter in 1967. See more.


Library’s Spring Exhibition runs Feb. 6 to May 31
Henry Madden Library presents "Discovering Kristin Saleri," an exhibition featuring works by Kristin Saleri (1915 to 1987), a pioneering 20th century artist of Armenian heritage. The free Public Opening Reception on is on Feb. 6, second floor outside Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery. The Spring Exhibition is available for viewing Feb. 6 through May 31 in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery and Pete P. Peters Balcony Gallery. The Gala Donors Opening Dinner is 6 p.m. on Feb. 5, second floor outside Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery. Tickets are $100. See more.

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.

Provost's Awards Lecture Series starts Feb. 11
This series is intended to showcase each year's recipients of the Provost's Awards. The first session is Thursday, Feb. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the Madden Library, Room 2206. February's lineup features Kevin Ayotte, Department of Communication; Kathryn Forbes, Women’s Studies Program; Kenneth D. Froelich, Department of Music; and Eric Person, Department of Chemistry. See more.

Philip Levine: A Celebration is Feb. 20
The University pays tribute to the late U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Fresno State Concert Hall, Music Building, with reception to follow. The event is hosted by the College of Arts and Humanities and the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. See more.

photoKeyboard Concerts presents Joyce Yang on Feb. 21
Joyce Yang performs at 3 p.m., Feb. 21, in the Concert Hall. After winning the Silver Medal at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, this Korean-born artist has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony orchestras as well as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the BBC Philharmonic. General admission is $25, seniors $18 and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.


Service project helps Naboutini Fijians;
International Coffee Hour discussion scheduled for April 12

Twenty-three campus community members attended a study abroad service trip to the village of Naboutini, Fiji, from Dec. 29 until Jan. 11. The focus of the trip was building a community kitchen. Students and faculty were also able to be involved in an impromptu service project putting together a beach playground for the village children. Mass communication and journalism students completed a documentary while nursing and public health students provided medical screenings and health education sessions. Social science students learned about the food culture and familial lineage and practices of the Naboutini.  Participants gained a deeper understanding of the warm and welcoming Fijian culture. Students and faculty will be discussing the trip in more detail during the International Coffee Hour on Tuesday, April 12, from 2 to 3 p.m.  For more information on future international service-learning trips, please contact the Richter Center at 278.7079.

Save the date:

Feb. 5 - Department of Physical Therapy Alumni Open House. See more.
Feb. 6 - Men's basketball, Save Mart Center, 4 p.m. See more.
Feb. 9 - Live Well Lecture: Featuring authors of Rebound, Karl Johnson and Samantha Bauer. See more.
Feb. 10 - Men's basketball, Save Mart Center, 8 p.m. See more.
Feb. 14 - Women's basketball, Save Mart Center, 2 p.m. See more.
Feb. 17 - Women's basketball, Save Mart Center, 7 p.m. See more.
Feb. 20 - Men's basketball, Save Mart Center, 4 p.m. See more.
Feb. 24 - Men's basketball, Save Mart Center, 7 p.m. See more.
Feb. 26-28 - 2016 CAL-ED conference. See more.
Feb. 26 - Fourth Annual Lecture in The Silent Garden. See more.
Feb. 27 - Women's basketball, Save Mart Center, 2 p.m.See more.
Feb. 27 - First Annual School of Nursing Symposium. See more.
Feb. 27 - Department of Physical Therapy c/o 2017 5K Run/Walk. See more.
March 10 - President’s Faculty/Staff Forum, 10:30-11:30 a.m., North Gym 118
April 15-17 - Vintage Days, Maple Mall
April 20 - Chancellor White visit to campus, various locations
April 26 - President's Commission on Human Relations and Equity Forum, TBD
May 20 - Convocations, Save Mart Center, Student Recreation Center, Satellite Student Union
May 21 - Commencements, Save Mart Center, Student Recreation Center, Satellite Student Union
June 1 - STAR Day, Save Mart Center


Joseph I. Castro
(President) was honored by UC San Francisco’s Office of Diversity and Outreach as a Diversity Founders' Champion for playing a key role in establishing UCSF’s Multicultural Center.

Donald A. Henriques
(Music) has been named editor for scholarship and research for Symposium, the journal of the College Music Society. Symposium is a refereed, web-based academic journal that publishes articles on current research in all areas of music in higher education.

Sudarshan Kapoor
(Peace and Conflict, emeritus) spoke at the Martin Luther King Commemoration Ceremony held in the Peace Garden Jan. 21.

Sam Lankford and Michael Mahoney
(Recreation Administration) had their article “Engaging with Industry: Collaborative Action Research as a Useful Tool in Tourism, and Public Assembly Venue Management” published in International Leisure Review Special Issue on Qualitative Research.

photoOrlando Leon
(Technology Services) was appointed to serve on the EDUCAUSE Young Professionals Advisory Council for one year. EDUCAUSE is a community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.

Alison Mandaville
(English) is the recipient of a California Association for Teachers of English (CATE) Classroom Excellence Award. She will be honored at a luncheon at this year's CATE conference on Feb. 19 in Costa Mesa.

Luke Pryor
(Kinesiology) received the 2015 Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Research Grant for his study on "Effectiveness of an Intermittent Heat Exposure Protocol to Maintain Heat Acclimation." He also presented his findings to the nearly 800 athletic trainers in attendance at the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting in Boston.

Kathie Reid-Bevington and Geoffrey Thurner
(Jordan College) are among the 16 participants in the Fresno County Farm Bureau's Future Advocates for Agriculture Concerned about Tomorrow Development Class XIII for 2015-16. The program is an eight-month intensive, educational program for community leaders to acquire knowledge on a broad spectrum of issues affecting the region, particularly the agricultural sector.

Bruce Thornton
(Modern & Classical Languages and Literatures) was the lead speaker at the annual Koch Lecture Series at Azusa Pacific University. His lecture was on "The Failing European Union and the Democratic Freedom Deficit."

photoPaul Ullucci
(Physical Therapy) delivered the prestigious Pinky Newell keynote address at the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting in Boston in early January. The honor is bestowed each year on an individual that has impacted the athletic training profession nationally and regionally, and also has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to athletic training, continued learning, professional growth and a balanced lifestyle.

Bo Wang
(English) co-edited "Symposium on Comparative Rhetoric," published in Rhetoric Review last summer. The work has received special recognition from the prestigious Theresa J. Enos Anniversary Award. The symposium was a collective project by a group of scholars from eight institutions, including UC Irvine, Texas A&M, the University of Colorado, the University of New Mexico, Miami University and DePaul University.


You’re somebody’s type: February Blood and Marrow Drive
The first blood and marrow drive of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, Residence Dining Hall, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, Feb 3 and 4, USU, Kremen Building, and Maple Mall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The university has partnered with the Central California Blood Center and Be the Match to host this event. Blood donors must be in good health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old. A photo ID and Social Security Number are required at the time of registration. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids four hours prior to donation. To register for Be The Match, donors must be 18–44 years old and meet the general health requirements. Donors must be willing to donate to any patient in need and agree to keep contact information current so they can be reached quickly if they are a match. Donors from 45–60 years old, please refer to Be The Match's website.

photoNow recruiting for Alternative Spring Break
Fresno State’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program is currently recruiting students for the eighth year of the program.  ASB provides students with an opportunity to have fun and give back as they participate in local community service projects.  Each team member will provide 20-25 hours of community service to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley, Scout Island, or Stone Soup, while developing leadership skills through team building, communication, enhancing personal and professional development, and networking with other students and community organizations. Applications are available online or from the Student Involvement Office (USU, Room 206). Applications are due Feb. 10.  For more information, contact Marina Aguilera, Graduate Assistant, at

photoJumpstart Fresno tutors continue
to impact early childhood education

This spring, 76 students will continue to make an impact on the Fresno community through Jumpstart, a national early education program that trains college students to teach children in low-income neighborhoods early language and literacy skills. This year, Jumpstart Fresno has 13 teams of tutors serving at early education centers in Fresno and Sanger. Jumpstart Fresno partners with preschool programs, including the Joyce M. Huggins Education Center at Fresno State, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission Head Start, Central Valley Children Services Network, and Reading and Beyond.


College of Health and Human Services launches community program
The Department of Recreation Administration is launching its Sustainable Parks and Recreation Community Initiative program this semester, which serves as a partnership between Fresno State and the City of Fresno PARCS. The program allows students and faculty to connect with local parks and recreation agencies in order to engage in important community projects. In addition, Dr. Jenelle Gilbert (Kinesiology) launched a pilot partnership with Freedom Elementary School last semester with Kines 122: Nontraditional Games and Outdoor Education. The 22 future physical educators in her course were paired with 300 4th-6th graders. Also, Dr. Marcia Thompson (Physical Therapy) led her second-year students through a Parkinson’s Exercise Class to help patients understand ways to move and live better for their condition.


In case you missed it:

State of the University
Catch highlights from President Castro's State of the University Address. See slideshow.

Faculty / Staff Assembly
Revisit key moments from the Spring 2016 Faculty/Staff Assembly. See slideshow.

Rainy Day
We had more than one rainy day in January. See slideshow.

Ski Team
Check out the Fresno State Ski Team in action. See slideshow.

Martin Luther King Jr. honored
Read about the commemoration ceremony in the Peace Garden. See more.

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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