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President's Message

I hope that Spring Break provided an opportunity for you to enjoy at least a little more time than usual with family and friends. The beginning of spring provides an opportunity for renewal. We see this renewal in the beautiful trees and plants that flourish during this time of year.

In this spirit, I renew my commitment to a civil, respectful and inclusive environment on our campus. Our environment is shaped by all of us. Every voice matters and everyone matters. 

In a few weeks, I anticipate that a number of faculty members will express their concerns about their salaries through a strike. I respect their right to do so. 

Our new Strategic Plan appropriately places investment in our faculty and staff as one of our top four priorities. We have invested over $25 million in new permanent funds for faculty and staff salary and benefits increases since July 2013. I realize that, for some, this investment is insufficient given years in the past when no salary increases were provided. We will invest more in salaries and benefits and in our three other priority areas as additional state funds become available.

I ask you to join me in embracing our values of civility, respect and inclusiveness during times of agreement and disagreement. I will continue to practice the most valuable lesson I learned from my grandmother – listen more and speak less.

The path to success – for individuals and organizations – is neither smooth nor straight. Nevertheless, our campus is undoubtedly on the rise. I remain excited about the present and our very bright future.

Thank you for your strong commitment to student success! Happy Spring!



Jonathan Hernandez: Education runs in the family
Being ranked fifth in the nation as a U.S. university professor for 2014-2015 on did not happen by accident. Just ask Jonathan Hernandez, Department of Communication. See more.

Paul Ladwig: His career found him
More than 10 years with the University has never brought a dull moment for Paul Ladwig, senior associate athletics director/external relations. He came to Fresno State in November of 2005 and has been busy ever since. But Ladwig wasn’t looking for a job in collegiate athletics. The job found him. See more.

Brad Myers: The unavoidable lure of the theatre
With 30 years of teaching at Fresno State, Brad Myers has honed his theatrical craft. Myers performed in plays during his junior high and high school years, and he was very active on his high school forensics team. But, when it came time to pick a college major, he decided that pursuing a degree in business would be more lucrative. "It soon became evident that I had no talent for nor interest in my business major," he said. See more.

photoNo-Bake Orange Cookies
A mixture of orange concentrate with nuts and vanilla wafers, this recipe is not to be missed. See more.




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Magnolia Royal Crown blooming on east side of Thomas Administration,
by Associate Professor of Spanish Yolanda A. Doub

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Around Campus

University receives grant to support Portuguese exchange program
A nearly $50,000 grant to Ag One will provide Fresno State with seed funding to forge a new international relationship in support of agricultural education. Lisbon-based Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) gave $49,000 to launch a partnership between Fresno State and the University of the Azores, which will open educational and research opportunities for students and faculty at both institutions. See more.

Four Valley educators earn Kremen School accolades
The annual Kremen Noted Alumni Dinner in March 17 honored the following educators: Robert Aguilar, superintendent (retired) and educator, Delano Union School District; Kim Mecum, chief academic officer, Fresno Unified School District; Pauline Sahakian, director, University of California, Merced Writing Project; Richard Kinney, science teacher, Buchanan High School, Clovis Unified School District. See more.

“Paw-ty” celebrates first birthday of Victor E. Bulldog III
As a 3-month-old puppy, Victor E. Bulldog III captured the hearts of the Red Wave during his big debut in June. This March, Fresno State and the community celebrated Victor E.'s first birthday at the Smittcamp Alumni House with birthday cake and Fresno State ice cream. See more.

Ag students win state Farm Bureau discussion titles
Junior Hunter Berry (San Jacinto) and the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology’s collegiate discussion meet team won top individual and team honors in February at the California Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference in San Luis Obispo. See more.

Self-Driven shuttle demonstrated
The Lyles College of Engineering invited Varden Labs to give a demonstration of its driverless vehicle during National Engineering Week 2016. The electric, autonomous shuttle is made for transporting four passengers at a time and is a pilot research project from Silicon Valley's student-run Varden Labs. It can reach a maximum speed of 24 mph. See slideshow.

photoDream Success Center appoints new coordinator
Gabriela Encinas has been appointed coordinator for the Dream Success Center, formerly University Migrant Services. She has worked on campus as an academic adviser with the College Assistance Migrant Program and most recently with the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. Vice President Frank Lamas, who announced the appointment, said Encinas is passionate about helping students from diverse backgrounds and has first-hand knowledge and experience with challenges facing undocumented students as they seek access to higher education and pursue a college degree. Encinas has experience in coordinating, developing and implementing programs and services to support the academic success of students from migrant backgrounds. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Fresno State and is working on her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration.


Strategic plan available for review
Fresno State’s new five-year Strategic Plan is complete. If you haven’t had a chance to review it, the entire Strategic Plan is available at The plan was developed by a committee representing campus constituencies, using input from students, faculty, staff and community members. It includes a new mission statement for the University: “To boldly educate and empower students for success.”

The new Strategic Plan identifies four priorities:

  • Enhance teaching and learning
  • Invest in our faculty and staff
  • Improve our physical and technological infrastructure
  • Engage with our community partners
  • Each priority has metrics designed to measure progress and success.

    A video message from President Castro is available.


Vintage baseball card exhibition at Madden Library opens April 1
The trading cards of Baseball Hall of Famers and 20th century major-league players with Fresno-area ties will be exhibited at the Madden Library from April 1 though May 30. The exhibition includes over 35 Frank Chance tobacco and candy cards; he is a Fresno High School alumnus and player-manager who led the Chicago Cubs to win their last World Series 107 years ago. Also on display are over 30 different Dave Henderson cards from near the end of the 20th century and many cards in between. The public is also invited to attend an American Baseball Card Museum opening reception on Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m. This is a free event open to the public. Parking is free. For more event information, visit or contact Cindy Wathen at 278.1680 or For more information about disability accommodations or physical access, call 278.5792 in advance of your visit.

Keyboard Concerts presents Jon Nakamatsu on April 3
Jon Nakamatsu performs at 3 p.m. on April 3 in the Concert Hall. Gold Medalist at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he has collaborated with such acclaimed conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Michael Tilson Thomas. General admission is $25, seniors $18, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.

Memorial for George Diestel, professor of communication, is April 6
A memorial will be held for Dr. George Diestel, professor emeritus of communication, on Wednesday, April 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Residence Dining Hall. Dr. Diestel passed away a few months ago after a long battle with lung cancer. There will be light refreshments provided courtesy of the Department of Communication.

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, Mass Communication and Journalism. See more.

Kids Invent! Innovation Day is April 14
Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host Kids Invent! Innovation Day April 14 at the Save Mart Center. The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. and bring together students from Fresno Unified School District's fifth and sixth grades, as well as Madera Unified School District's fifth grade. All campus departments and organizations are invited to set up booths at the event, free of charge. Booth exhibitors are encouraged to bring kid-friendly activities or demonstrations. Kids Invent! is an educational program focused on science, engineering and entrepreneurship. Students explore unique problems of design and functionality, working in teams to solve them. Contact Laurie Zaninovich at 559.278.3922 or to sign up. The deadline is Friday, April 1.

photoWater-wise workshops at the Downtown Center start April 26
In partnership with the City of Fresno's water conservation department, Continuing and Global Education has scheduled three water-wise workshops at the Downtown Center at Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave. at Mono). The workshops cover how to conserve water resources by being “water-wise” in home gardens and landscaping. Each workshop takes place at 5:30 pm and is open to the public. The fee is $25 per workshop, or attend all three for $65:

  • Creating a Water-wise Landscape - Tuesday, April 26
  • Selection and Care of Water-wise Plants - Tuesday, May 10
  • Your How-to Guide to Watering Your Landscape - Tuesday, May 24

For details and to register, visit Or contact Continuing and Global Education at or 278.0333.

Public forum and book signing by authors of "The West without Water" on April 28
Authors B. Lynn Ingram and Frances Malamud-Roam will hold a public forum and book signing at 6 p.m., April 28, in the Leon and Pete Peters Education Center Auditorium. They will discuss their book, "The West without Water," and the findings they have uncovered on what is "normal" climate for the West. See more.

Friends of the Madden Library host Mark Grossi on April 29
The Friends of the Madden Library at Fresno State in partnership with the Central Valley Water Awareness Committee present Fresno Bee's award-winning environmental/science writer Mark Grossi discussing, “Groundwater: Our Hidden and Unprotected Heritage,” on Friday, April 29, in the Madden Library, Room 2206. A reception with hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar begins at 6 p.m. The program starts at 6:45 p.m. RSVP by April 21 at (enter code LIBGROSSI). This evening program will complement the Water Wise Plant Exchange to be held on April 30 from 8 a.m. to noon at Fresno State’s Horticulture Greenhouse at 3150 E. Barstow Ave., just east of Chestnut Avenue. For more event information, visit or contact Cindy Wathen at 559.278.1680 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

Bulldogs for Recovery offers peer-run groups for students
Two peer-run groups for students in recovery from addiction are held on campus — the Bulldogs for Recovery open meeting on most Mondays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Student Health and Counseling Center Library conference room, and AA meetings on Thursdays from 12-12:45 p.m. in the conference room on the second floor of the Student Rec Center. For more information, refer students to the "Bulldogs for Recovery" button on the Student Health and Counseling Center's website.

Save the date:

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


Phi Kappa Phi honors six faculty, staff and administrators
The Fresno State chapter of the Honor society of Phi Kappa Phi has selected six faculty, staff and administrators for special recognition. They will be initiated at a ceremony May 9, at 6 p.m., in the Satellite Student Union:

  • Faculty – Brent Auernheimer (Computer Science), Betsy Hays (Mass Communication and Journalism)
  • Staff – Susan Christensen (Library), Marcee Varela (Graduate Studies)
  • Administrator – Bob Boyd (Facilities Management), Saul Jimenez-Sandoval (College of Arts and Humanities)

In addition, an alumnus, Bruce Batti of Jeffrey Scott Agency in Fresno, will be initiated. Over 800 students, faculty and staff are current members of the Fresno State chapter.

Manoochehr Zoghi
(Construction Management) was named dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS) at Indiana University.


Community Partner Spotlight: Every Neighborhood Partnership
Students, faculty, and staff have amazing experiences working with Every Neighborhood Partnership. Its mission is to connect people from churches, universities, and other organizations with opportunities to serve in the elementary schools and neighborhoods of Fresno. Volunteers with ENP can work in the classroom or in the neighborhood through outreach. Or they can participate in the Saturday Sports Program. For more information, contact Artie Padilla ( or visit

Army ROTC is top student club seller for Kids Day 2016 
Fresno State volunteers raised a record $47,630.47 in March on Valley Children’s Hospital Kids Day with the Army ROTC finishing as the top selling student organization. The fundraiser, in which volunteers sell a special Kids Day edition of the Fresno Bee for $1, set a record for total funds raised with $591,559. Approximately 1,400 volunteers participated at the Fresno State sites around campus. The majority of the volunteers were students, with 56 clubs, organizations, sororities and fraternities represented. Many campus offices also contribute to the success of Kids Day such as Auxiliary Accounting, The Collegian, Enrollment Services, Facilities Maintenance and University Police. ASI provided donuts, coffee and water to participants. See slideshow.

photoStudents dedicate spring break to children, families and the environment
Thirty-five Fresno State students engaged in community service projects over spring break in partnership with Stone Soup Fresno, Scout Island, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley through Fresno State’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program.  ASB is a partnership between the University Student Union and the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. Three student teams completed over 800 hours of service during the week of March 21–24.

  • The first team, made up of thirteen students and led by Team Leader Ramiro Merino Diaz (Communications major), worked with Stone Soup Fresno to offer a four-day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) camp for 4th-6th graders, participated in a center beautification, and hosted a spring carnival.
  • The second team, made up of eleven students and led by Team Leaders Karan Purwaha (Biology major) and Bernave Tinajero (Chemistry major), worked with Scout Island on a river clean up, reforestation, and invasive plant removal.
  • The last team, made up of eleven students and led by Team Leader Alejandra Prado (Social Work and Chicano Studies major), worked with Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley to prepare meals, conduct home beautification, and host activities for the residents, including a movie night.

Team members also participated in critical reflection activities at the conclusion of each service day. These activities promoted learning and strengthened the students’ personal and professional development. For more information, contact Marina Aguilera at


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President, Joseph I. Castro
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