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President's Message

I'd like to share with you some exciting news about Fresno State. First, we received word from the WASC Commission that we have – in essence – received an A+ grade! The commission has reaffirmed our accreditation for 10 years – the best possible outcome in the WASC accreditation process. I was humbled by the message from Richard Osborn, vice president of the commission, who said, “The work Fresno State is doing is inspiring to all who have been involved in this process.” I offer my thanks to each and every one of you for making Fresno State such a fine university worthy of this honor.

Second, and equally exciting, Fresno State has been reclassified as a doctoral university in the 2015 edition of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education rankings system, which identifies American institutions of higher education for comparisons. This “move up” from master’s classification recognizes our growing – and excellent – doctoral programs. Fresno State now has 216 students enrolled in the Doctor of Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs. We join only three other CSUs with the Carnegie doctoral ranking – San Diego, Fullerton and San Francisco. Congratulations to all of our students, faculty and staff who are committed to excellence in our doctoral programs!



photoHays prepares PR students for the real world
When your métier is public relations, there can be a lot of bases to cover, according to Betsy A. Hays, APR, Fellow PRSA, and associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism. “I have always loved to champion the things that I am passionate about, and PR allows me to do that in a way that also helps those organizations and people accomplish their goals and fulfill their missions,” she said. See more.



photoDISCOVERe tablet program receives CRT grant
The DISCOVERe tablet program recently received a Course Redesign with Technology grant from the Chancellor's Office to train other CSU faculty how to use tablets in the classroom, and Dr. Joseph Ross and Mary Paul are spearheading the effort. “As a DISCOVERe faculty fellow, receiving the Chancellor's Office grant for being a lead faculty using proven practices to help colleagues across the CSU redesign their courses will raise the visibility of DISCOVERe and of Fresno State across the CSU system,” Ross said. See more.


photoShamrock pie recipe
St. Patrick's Day calls for green, and what could be better than a quick pie recipe? Made with ice cream or pudding, this pie is a quick and easy pleaser. See more.





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The Rosette Nebula from Fresno State's station at Sierra Remote Observatories
by Professor of Physics, F. Ringwald

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Around Campus

Fruit fly studies by professor lead to Alzheimer’s breakthrough
Groundbreaking research by Dr. Joy Goto, a Fresno State chemistry professor, played a key role in developing a new approach to understanding the role of environmental toxins in ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. See more.

UC Merced partners with the University to expand small business development services
The University of California, Merced Small Business Development Center announced a new partnership with the Office of Community and Economic Development to expand services in Central California. See more.

University announces $2 million endowment for livestock judging team
In the past three years about 70 alumni, friends and organizations have donated more than $2 million to the Ag One Foundation to support the Livestock Judging Team, now named after alumnus, farmer and businessman Marvin Meyers. See more.

University signs on to commitment to advance women leaders in higher education
President Joseph I. Castro has signed on to the Moving the Needle: Advancing Women Leaders in Higher Education campaign to work toward ensuring that 50 percent of chief executives of the nation’s higher education institutions will be women by 2030. Today, women hold 26 percent of college and university presidencies. See more.


Keyboard Concerts presents Sergei Babayan on March 9
Sergei Babayan performs at 8 p.m. on March 9 in the Concert Hall. Armenian-born, he has performed in international concert venues such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. General admission is $25, seniors $18, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.

Provost's Awards Lecture Series continues April 14
This series is intended to showcase each year's recipients of the Provost's Awards. The second session is Thursday, April 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the Madden Library, Room 2206. April's lineup features Promising New Faculty: Lori Clune, Department of History; Frederick L. Nelson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Jes Therkelsen, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism. See more.

Madden Library hosts StoryCorps April 16 and 17
As part of the University's celebration of Cesar Chavez Day, the Henry Madden Library is partnering with the national oral history organization, StoryCorps, to record and preserve the stories of Latino families who have agricultural roots in the San Joaquin Valley. Six pairs of Fresno State Latino faculty, staff and student participants will be chosen to share their memories with StoryCorps during Vintage Days, Friday, April 15. Twelve pairs of participants will be chosen to share their memories with StoryCorps during Vintage Days, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17. Both presentations will be in the Library Basement, Room 102. The Madden Library invites the campus and community to cast their vote for interview candidates between now and March 6 via Twitter @MaddenLibrary #MaddenStoryCorps or through email at For more event information, contact Cindy Wathen at 278.1680 or

President's Showcase of Excellence is May 5
The 2nd Annual President's Showcase of Excellence is May 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union. The Showcase is a celebration of stories of success, innovation and best practices at Fresno State. The event will feature a poster exhibit, remarks from President Castro, a toast to excellence and the announcement of the 2016 Bold Idea Winners. Individuals and teams are encouraged to create a poster/exhibit to share stories of innovation or excellence. The showcase celebrates academic or administrative excellence, individual and team achievements, administrative process improvements, unique technology applications, enhanced student services, new strategic partnerships, cutting-edge programs and innovations, and student-led initiatives. The registration deadline for poster exhibits is March 28. Poster artwork is due by April 8. For more information and to register, visit

Save the date:

March 1 - Baseball, 6 p.m. See more.
March 2 - Student Success Summit
March 2 - Men's basketball, Save Mart Center, 8 p.m. See more.
March 4 - Women's basketball, Save Mart Center, 7 p.m. See more.
March 7 - Lacrosse, 5 p.m. See more.
March 10 - President’s Faculty/Staff Forum, 10:30-11:30 a.m., North Gym 118
March 11 - Softball, 7:30 p.m. See more.
March 12 - Birthday celebration for Victor E. Bulldog III, 10 a.m.-noon, Smittcamp Alumni House
March 15 - Men's Tennis, 4 p.m. See more.
March 17 - Monthly Conversations on Inclusion, Respect and Equity
March 19 - Equestrian, 11 a.m. See more.
March 26 - Women's Tennis, 11 a.m. See more.
April 15 - President’s Showcase of Excellence
April 15-17 - Vintage Days, Maple Mall
April 20 - Chancellor White visits campus, various locations
April 21 - Monthly Conversations on Inclusion, Respect and Equity
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


Shirley Melikian Armbruster
(University Communications) has been elected to a two-year term on the Executive Committee of the Public Relations Society of America - Counselors to Higher Education. The committee is the governing leadership group of the 650-member professional interest section providing programming, professional development and networking support among PR practitioners serving the higher education sector in the U.S. and abroad.

Teresa Brooks, Joy Goto and Kalyani Maitra
(Chemistry) have each been named a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Tom Gaffery
(Parking and Transportation) recently earned the International Parking Institute's Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) designation. He is one of only 18 in California and two in the CSU system to earn the prestigious CAPP designation.

Donald Henriques
(Music) has been awarded a research fellowship by the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas to conduct research this summer at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection.

David Lent
(Biology) is Fresno State's first recipient of the National Science Foundation Career award. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that promotes the progress of science; advances national health, prosperity, and welfare; and secures national defense.

Mike Pronovost
(Academic Affairs) will give a keynote speech on the DISCOVERe program at the International Conference on the Use of iPads in Higher Education on March 18 in San Francisco. The conference is for academic professionals, scholars and learning technologists from around the world who are using the iPad to further student learning and incorporating a mobile learning initiative at their institution.


Community Partner Spotlight: Inspiration Park
Resources for Independence Central Valley is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with programming, infrastructure, website design, marketing, and one-time trash clean up days for the eight-acre Inspiration Park, which is the first universally accessible park in the Central Valley. RICV serves people with disabilities and connects them to resources and services available in the community. For more information about volunteer and service opportunities with Inspiration Park, contact Joseph Cody at

photoFresno State work study students
learn to tutor EL learners

Fresno State Reading and Beyond tutors recently participated in a weekly service-learning course designed to be the professional development component of the program. Work-study students attend weekly classes that cover topics such as lesson plans, leadership and behavior management. In February, the tutors received specialized training on working with English Learner (EL) students, those who have a primary language other than English. During the training, the tutors learned a variety of intervention strategies to implement while working with EL students. This training allowed the Fresno State tutors to develop new professional skills that will provide strategic support for EL students.

February Blood Drive Results: Thank You, Fresno State!
The first blood drive of the spring semester, benefiting the Central California Blood Center, concluded Feb. 4.  A total of 275 donors gave 223 units of blood. This generous donation has the potential to help almost 700 patients in our local hospitals. Additionally, 38 students volunteered to provide logistical support during the blood drive, offering 41 hours of assistance. Many of the students were members of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. The on-campus blood drives are coordinated by the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning and sponsored by the Kennel Bookstore, the Student Recreation Center, University Dining Services, The Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market, and Juice It Up. The drives continue to be successful due to the support of many other campus entities, including University Courtyard, University Courtyard Dining Hall, University Student Union, University Police, Traffic Operations and Plant Operations. The next blood drive is scheduled for April 26 to 28.


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President, Joseph I. Castro
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