CAIFE 3.0 (2018-19)

Project Descriptions

There are 13 Bold Ideas being implemented through 10 project teams as part of CAIFE 3.0.  Each of the projects align with one of the four strategic priorities.

Student appointments are forthcoming. Check back for more information once the teams begin their work in Fall 2018. 


Kids Locker and Diaper Bank 

Idea submitted by: Dr. Susan Schlievert and Dr. Jennifer Randles

Team: Larissa Mercado-Lopez, Alicia Nelson, Brittney Randolph, Amber Crowell, Cecelia Ruesta

Sponsor: President Castro

Summary of idea: A bring-and-take space for families. Combine with idea to create diaper bank for parenting students who experience diaper need as impediment to academic success.

Purpose Statement: TO  improve quality of life, increase opportunity, and improve sense of connectedness and belonging for student parent at Fresno State BY supporting basic needs, specifically diapers and children’s clothing, that have strong implications for student parents’ finances, mental health, and academic outcomes.

Status:Cabinet fully supported team recommendations.Diaper Bank in place at Student Cupboard and Lil Bulldog Boutique collecting donations.


Graduate School at Fresno State

Idea submitted by: Jim Marshall

Team: Jim Marshall, Tere Lopez, Malisa Lee, Amanda Eberline, Chuck Radke, Caty Perez, Alexandra Chavez

Sponsor: Bob Harper and Dennis Nef

Summary of idea: Establish the Graduate School at Fresno State to enhance graduate education.

Purpose Statement: TO maximize the potential for graduate student success BY transforming the student experience through the creation of the Graduate School at Fresno State.

Status: Team preparing detailed Business Plan for further discussion.



Idea submitted by: Ram Nunna

Team: Ram Nunna, Jenny Diaz, Paula Heuston, Max Tsai, Kathy Dunbar, Terence Wan, Mike Pronovost, Elias Karam

Sponsor: Orlando Leon and Dennis Nef

Summary of Idea: A mobile app that will provide students a graphical representation of their progress towards their degree.

Purpose Statement: TO empower students in their decision-making so they graduate in a timely manner BY providing a simple and easy mobile app which

Status: Cabinet fully supportive of concept and set aside funding. Technology Services exploring technology.


Center/Clearinghouse for Undergraduate Research

Idea submitted by: Tamas Forgacs and John Walkup

Team: Ulrike Muller, Rodrigo Gomez, Tamas Forgacs, Amanda Dinscore, Primavera Leal Martinez

Sponsor: Bob Harper and Dennis Nef

Summary of Idea: Establish a center for Undergraduate Research. Combined with idea to build under graduate clearinghouse to match students with faculty.

Purpose Statement: TO transform student’s perception of the value of research in their undergraduate education BY getting as many students as possible to engage in creative activities and research.

Status: Cabinet supported team recommendations. Research being done on appropriate technology and next steps.



Faculty/Staff Recognition Program

Idea submitted by: Jonathan Castro and Matthew Doyle

Team: Adrian Ramirez, Mary Bennett, Jonathan Castro, Jon Biggane, Nancy Kobata, Matthew Doyle, Katie Williamson

Sponsor: Debbie Astone

Summary of Idea: Create program to recognize staff and faculty for exemplary work. Combine with idea to create a unified Fresno State digital badging and credential platform.

Purpose Statement: TO increase employee engagement and satisfaction BY creating a system that recognizes employee skill sets & celebrates accomplishments.

Status: Cabinet supported all recommendations and provided funding to launch High Five program, introduce faculty service awards and introduce staff achievement awards.


Out at Fresno State

Idea submitted by: Katherine Fobear

Team: Peter Robertson, Kiana Medina, Deyanire Del Toro, Esra Hashem, Jonathan Pryor

Sponsor: Paula Castadio

Summary of Idea: Create advocacy and awareness participatory video with LGBTQ students, faculty and staff.

Purpose Statement: TO foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ staff, faculty and students and to inform prospective students and their parents about that environment BY creating a series of short educational videos for the web social media & trainings about: Support services, the community, on campus, bystander

Status: Videos produced and posted online HERE.


Student Assistant Mentor Program

Idea submitted by: Michael Harding

Team: Sheila Gallagher-Price, Mark Salwasser, Erin Boele, Mai Kou Vang, Mara Brady, Gina DeYoung, Karla Moreno 

Sponsor: Larry Salinas and Debbie Astone

Summary of Idea: Create a student assistant mentor program and other appropriate professional development programming for student assistants.

Purpose Statement: TO develop, mentor & empower our student staff for success at both Fresno State and future employment BY creating a standardized on-boarding process, continued training program and mentorship possibilities which support student success and employee development.

Status: Cabinet fully supported recommendation. Career Development Center to take lead in implementation with support from Organizational Excellence, Human Resources and Student Involvement.



Maker Space

Idea submitted by: John Marshall

Team: Lars Newlander, Colin Stewart, Wei Wu, William Hardaway,  Balaji Sethuramasamyraja, Demi Wack 

Sponsor: Orlando Leon and Delritta Hornbuckle

Summary of Idea: Create a Maker Space on campus for use by students and community. Existing space in engineering, Ag or library could be re purposed.

Purpose Statement: TO inspire transformative learning and co-curricular experiences that foster creativity, innovation, collaboration, development, and student success BY creating a signature space along with a network of resources for the Fresno State community (and beyond).

Status: Cabinet supportive of concept. Faculty consultation and implementation options being explored.



Blended Arts Festival

Idea submitted by: Jose ElaGarza

Team: Barbara Windmiller, Faith Sidlow, Gina Sandi-Diaz, Jose ElaGarza, David Hembree, Hunter Sansom

Sponsor: Larry Salinas and Paula Castadio

Summary of Idea: Create an opportunity for artists from the campus community to network with other artists and showcase students’ artwork.

Purpose Statement: TO provide a space for student-driven interdisciplinary artistic production and showcase BY designing a cost-efficient and sustainable Blended Arts festival model that utilizes existing resources on campus.

Status: Cabinet supported concept and proposed model and matched IRA funding. Cabinet members appointed to Blended Arts Executive Committee.  Students to take lead.


Bulldog Transfer Center

Idea submitted by: Ignacio Hernandez

Team: Amanda Stewart, Jesse Farias, Erica Lassen, Tamera Pullins, Bernadette Muscat, Catherine Kuchar, Jordan Cody 

Sponsor: Frank Lamas and Patti Waid

Summary of Idea: Create a web based student support center for community college transfer students.

Purpose Statement: TO support transfer students in developing a sense of belonging and connection to Fresno State for the purpose of lifelong learning and career success BY creating a distinct point of connection for welcoming new students

Status: Cabinet supported recommendation. VP for Student Affairs taking lead on next steps.