Staff Training And Recognition (STAR) Day

2021 star day graphic that copies wizard of oz style. There is a green emerald Fresno State in the background, and red ruby slippers in the foreground. The text reads that there is no place like Fresno State.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

A hybrid style (in-person and virtual) STAR Day (Staff Training And Recognition) has been scheduled for Thursday, August 12 to honor our 2020 and 2021 service award recipients, announce the winners of the 2021 Staff Awards, and welcome those returning back to campus. Full schedule and workshop registration links below!

Congratulations to our 2020 & 2021 Service Award Recipients!

Review the 2021 Service Award Recipient list here; if there are any questions or changes to this list please email Anastasia Tolmasoff (

You can also review the 2021 Retiree list here.

Check out our 2020 service award recipients video, and review the full list of 2020 honorees here.


STAR Day 2021 Programming

Welcome Breakfast & Service Award Celebration 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Peace Garden, Must register to attend. Register on CSU Learn.


Workshops (Virtual) 10:00 – 11:00 am:

Friend or Foe? Healing Your Relationship with Food

Dr. Lisa Herzig, Register on CSU Learn 

Fad diets, cutting calories, eliminating foods…when it comes to “eating healthy,” it can be difficult to know what is actually healthy and best for your body. Dr. Lisa Herzig dives deeper into nutrition to discuss the power of mindful eating, the roles of freedom and balance when choosing your foods, and how to change your relationship with food so you can move from feeling deprived to truly enjoying the foods you eat.

Planting the Seeds of Change

Christy Macias, Register on CSU Learn 

Join us to learn about the connections between gardening, self-care, and mental health.  Whether you are new to gardening practices or an expert, you can benefit from establishing connections to outdoor spaces that improve your overall health, including concentration, stress relief, physical health and so much more.  Learn about the research-informed and practical strategies that you can use to improve your daily life!

Cultivating Connection: How to Help Your Nervous System Recover From Stress

(Time changed to 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. See below to register)

Finding Joy in the Journey

Lori Pardi, Register on CSU Learn

Is there a difference between joy and happiness? Is it possible to find joy and be happy, even amid difficult circumstances? Spoiler alert: the answer is yes! Join Lori Pardi as she shares her discoveries of finding joy in the journey, and most importantly, how you can too.  

Integrating Sustainability at Fresno State

Beth Weinman & Marissa Acosta, Register on CSU Learn

Come join the Student-Led Sustainability Task Force to learn more about how students, staff, and faculty can advance sustainability on campus and in the community. In this interactive workshop, staff will engage in exciting activities geared to initiate meaningful discussions about campus sustainability and create new opportunities for networking.

Welcome to Fresno State for New Employees

Joshua James Smith & Anastasia Tolmasoff, Register on CSU Learn

This session is geared toward employees newer to Fresno State, although all are welcome! Participants will receive an overview of the University's history, organizational structure, important traditions, and unique features. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of the inner workings of Fresno State, as well as some interesting facts about the university. A portion of the session will be focused on building connections with other new employees and departments around campus.


Workshops (Virtual) 2:00 – 3:00 p.m:

Exposing Hidden Bias

Kari Mansager, Cal Poly, Register on CSU Learn

Join this important discussion that brings attention to the unconscious biases we all possess and provides some strategies for overcoming their impact on our work and relationships. Come learn about diversity & inclusion, how to recognize areas where unconscious bias may surface, how to identify strategies for avoiding bias, and resources available for additional learning and involvement.

Conquer the Chaos

Christine Simon, Register on CSU Learn

"There's never enough time in the day." "I feel like I didn't get anything done on my to-do list; too many other things came up!" "It's fine, I'll just work on it tomorrow." Do any of these phrases sound familiar? Does it feel like everyone wants your time and you have little left over for yourself? If so, it's time to hit "refresh" and attend this workshop designed to put your priorities and goals back at the top of your list. You will create a tailored, personal strategic plan and be equipped with the tools to give you the strategies and accountability you need to take back your time, while becoming more productive and effective in all aspects of your life.

Wholehearted Living

Jennifer Chipperfield, LMFT & Daring Way Facilitator, Register on CSU Learn

Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to own our story and love ourselves through the process. What does it take to live and love from a place of worthiness? How do we embrace imperfection? Join Jennifer Chipperfield, LMFT and Daring Way Facilitator, for this engaging and heartfelt discussion on the life changing work of Brené Brown and incorporating these principles into every area of your life.

Exercise & the Brain: Why Exercise Makes You Happy

Katie Williamson, Register on CSU Learn

Did you know that exercise has immediate effects on your brain and directly impacts your mood, ability to focus, and problem solve? The “runners high” is a real thing, yet those feel-good chemicals aren’t released only while running! In this session, learn what types of exercise and how much you need to experience its positive effects, why exactly exercise makes you happy, and how you can apply these principles to transform both your body and mind.

The Power of Stories in Overcoming Grief & Adapting to Change

Georgianna Negron-Long, Register on CSU Learn

Join Georgianna Negron-Long as she shares her journey through grief, loss and change, and how reading stories, sharing stories, and writing stories led to a greater awareness of emotion, avenues of expression, and opportunities to connect with others in more meaningful ways. 

Cultivating Connection: How to Help Your Nervous System Recover From Stress

Dr. Lorin Lachs, Register on CSU Learn

The effects of stress are embedded in the body, even after the stressful event has passed. In this participatory workshop, we will talk about how the body encodes stress and the effects this encoding has on mental health. We will then discuss the importance of connecting with others to help the nervous system to recover.


Closing Session (Virtual) 3:30 - 4:30 pm

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