President's Reflections July 23-29

President's Reflections July 23-29

Postby alangrid » Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:07 am



July 23-29, 2012

This week has provided some time for reflection and also time to prepare for the opening of the fall semester. The summer is certainly flying by!

News arrived this week that one of our Masters of Fine Art students, Jeffery Gleaves, has been hired as an editorial intern for the prestigious Harper's magazine. This is another great recognition for our MFA program and a tribute to our faculty.

Congratulations to Dean Andrew Hoff who appears on the of “100 Awesome Deans of Public Health.” His ranking at number 55 is a great tribute to his leadership and work over the years in our Master of Public Health program.

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Fiala and the Ethics Center for receiving the Spirit of Abraham Award by the Islamic Culture Center of Fresno. This is a great honor.

Monday, July 23

My meetings and activities included:

• Cabinet, at which items discussed included a review of the July Board of Trustees meeting, the 2012-13 budget, implementation of the new Executive Order 1074, Aquatics Center use policy and advocacy plan for Proposition 30.

• Vice-President Paul Oliaro to discuss several Student Affairs matters.

• Provost William Covino to discuss several Academic Affairs matters.

• Fresno Rotary Club meeting.

• Vice-President Peter Smits to discuss several University Advancement matters.

• Office of Community and Economic Development Executive Director Mike Dozier and Provost Covino to discuss a consultant's report on Central Valley economic clusters.

• Two television interviews on the NCAA ruling regarding Penn State.

Tuesday, July 24

• Vice-President Smits, Associate Vice-President Kent Clark and several development staff to discuss progress on Comprehensive Campaign proposals and solicitations.

• Representatives of Latino Mayors Group and a consultant to discuss a grant application.

• Fall semester planning.

Wednesday, July 25

• Campaign Senior Team leadership to discuss campaign matters.

• Video interview for the University Journal.

• Area Agency luncheon to discuss a number of local issues.

• County official to discuss an issue impacting the University.

• Conference call with Associate Commissioner of the Mountain West to prepare for next week's NCAA Division I Board of Directors meeting.

• Reception to meet principals of a consortium group bidding on the High Speed Rail project.

• Joined Sharon for a quiet dinner.

Thursday, July 26

• Fresno Business Council Executive Committee.

• Athletics Director Thomas Boeh to discuss a number of Athletics matters.

• Lunch with a visiting dignitary from the Catholic University of Korea.

• Fall semester planning.

Friday, July 27

• Spoke at the groundbreaking for the Foster Farms Education and Research Facility. This facility will be built on the Farm Laboratory by Foster Farms and then given to the University as an education and research facility.

• Representatives of Central California Children's Hospital to discuss funding potential.

• Attended and spoke at the Summer Bridge luncheon.

• Faculty Athletics Representatives David Schechter and Dawn Lewis, Athletics Director Boeh, and Deputy Athletics Director Betsy Mosher to review a number of compliance issues and review educational plans in place for the fall.

• Hosted the League of California Cities Latino Caucus at the University House.

Saturday, July 28

• Sharon and I enjoyed a round of golf.

• Celebrated our son Darren's birthday in Santa Cruz.

Sunday, July 29

• Attended memorial service for Rev. Ronn Howe who touched the lives of thousands of people over the years.

It is time for a new week!

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