Fall 2012 Newsletter

Fall 2012 Newsletter

Postby mmelikian » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:42 am


August 17, 2012

To: Campus Community

From: John D. Welty, President

Subject: Fall 2012 Newsletter

Welcome back!

We begin this semester with a high degree of uncertainty. The November election will be very important for the future of higher education in this state. The outcome will have long-term consequences. I urge everyone to register to vote and to plan to vote.

I will share the options before us at our annual Fall 2012 Faculty and Staff Assembly. You may see my complete remarks at http://www.fresnostatenews.com after the assembly if you are unable to attend.

I want to thank everyone who has worked very hard in this difficult time to focus on the importance of providing the best educational experience possible for our students. Your efforts are inspiring.


University Advancement
Ms. Mona Cummings, Director of Development, resigned her position effective June 30, 2012. Mr. Randy Larson, Interim Financial Manager in Advancement retired on June 30, 2012. Dr. Tamyra Pierce, Director of Social Media and Integrated Marketing, was hired for an 18-month appointment effective July 1, 2012.

In response to recommendations of the Commission on the Future of Development, http://www.fresnostate.edu/advancement/about/future, appointed by President Welty last year, we have realigned our Development operations as we work to conclude the $200-million Campaign for Fresno State and lay the groundwork for future fundraising campaigns.

Ms. Alcidia Gomes was promoted to Senior Director of Development for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences, effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Kent Karsevar was promoted to Senior Director of Development for the Lyles College of Engineering, College of Social Sciences, and the College of Science and Mathematics, effective July 1, 2012. Ms. Lee Ann Jansen was promoted to Senior Director of Development for the College of Arts and Humanities and the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, effective July 1, 2012. Mr. Hank Charles, Assistant Director of Business Development for the Alumni Association, was hired on August 13, 2012. Ms. Sarah Schmidt, Associate Director of Development for the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, was hired on August 20, 2012. Recruitment is currently underway for: Associate Director of Development – Craig School of Business.

Division of Student Affairs
Mr. Bernard Ogden was appointed as the Director of Financial Aid Office in spring 2012. Bernie has spent the past 10 years in the Financial Aid Office at Fresno State. Prior to that, he was Director of Financial Aid at Fresno Pacific University.

Dr. Paul Hofmann was appointed as the Assistant Vice President for International Affairs in the Division of Student Affairs in summer 2012. Dr. Hofmann was previously the Director of International Programs at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His international experience includes serving as Assistant Director at the British Council in Beijing, China for two years.

Mr. Evan Austin was hired as the Head Coach for Men's Tennis. Mr. Steve Borland was hired as the General Manager of Bulldog Sports Properties. Mr. Collins Daye was hired as the Head Coach for the Equestrian Team. Mr. Tim DeRuyter was hired as Head Coach for Football. Ms. Trisha Ford was hired as the Head Coach for Softball. Ms. Natalie Nakic was appointed as the Director of Student-Athlete Services. Ms. Raegan Pebley was hired as the Head Coach for Women's Basketball, and Mr. Ryan Stotland was hired as the Head Coach for Women's Tennis.

Academic Affairs

Changes in Leadership Positions:
Michael Caldwell, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs
Xuanning Fu, Interim Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Mitzi Lowe, Interim Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Services
Scott Moore, Interim Associate Dean for Continuing and Global Education
James Prince, Interim Associate Dean, College of Science and Mathematics

New Department Chairs and Program Coordinators:
Mary “Crickett” Barakzai, Nursing Department
Lt. Col. Matthew Buehler. Aerospace Studies, AirForce ROTC
Alejandro Calderon-Urrea, Biology Department
Larry Cusick, Mathematics Department
Dennis Ferris, Food Science and Nutrition Department
Ray Hall, Physics Department
Gemunu Happawana, Mechanical Engineering Department
Maria-Aparecida Lopes, Chicano & Latin American Studies Department
Bernadette Muscat, Criminology Department
Segun Ogunjemiyo, Geography Department
Lt. Col. Lorenzo Rios, Military Science, Army ROTC
Virginia Rondero Hernandez, Social Work Education Department
Janet Trapp Slagter, Women’s Studies Program
Xinchun “Jean” Wang, Linguistics Department

New Interim Department Chairs
Kathy Adams, Mass Communication and Journalism Department
Tony Mowrer, Music Department

Administrative Services
Mr. Matthew Kredit, Payroll Technician, joined Payroll Services in May 2012.

Technology Services
Technology Services continues to run efficiently under the organization plan adopted in 2010. Mr. Larry Clutts has joined the Technology Services team as Field Operations Manager. Mr. Eric McLain has transitioned into the role of Telecom & Networking Special Assistant for Technology. Ms. Filomena Fagundes has been promoted to Help Desk Supervisor.

Zimbra E-Mail Phishing Attempts
Faculty and staff have raised concerns about the impact that phishing is having on our Zimbra email service. Some users have provided their email userid and password in response to phishing emails allowing the phishers to access their accounts and use them to send spam email. Other email providers, including Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and Comcast, have blocked email from our Zimbra system due to the amount of spam sent from phished accounts.

We will never ask Zimbra users to provide their email userid and password by sending emails requesting that information or redirecting users to a link where they would need to input that information. Please be very cautious about responding to any email appearing to come from Fresno State that asks you to take any action regarding your email account, userid and/or password. Although our spam filters eliminate the majority of phishing attempts, some do get through and these bogus requests for confidential information including email userids and passwords should be deleted. When in doubt, do not respond but call the Help Desk at 559.278.5000 for assistance in determining if a message is legitimate.

Technology Services is working to gain better control over the threat of phishing, thereby restoring confidence that our Zimbra service can be used to send messages without concern that these will be rejected. Technology Services staff responds to phishing attacks by:
Identifying and locking the impacted accounts to prevent sending spam;
Working with account holders to restore access to accounts; and
Working with other email providers to request removal of blocks put in place to reject email from our systems.

Current steps to automate this process will reduce the risk of disruption to our email services. Technology Services is investigating increased security measures that could help prevent phishers from using an account even if the account holder provides their userid and password.

As a result of these efforts, and increased caution by Zimbra users, we have seen some reduction in the number of compromised accounts and in blocks from other email providers. While phishing is a problem that commonly affects university email services, your care in avoiding these threats can make a significant difference in the threat of phishing to our university.


Current Status of State Budget 2012-2013
The Governor has signed a 2012-13 budget for the California State University system that provides funding at the same level as the 2011-12 year – provided Proposition 30 passes on November 6.

If voters approve this initiative, our budget remains the same as this year. If they fail to approve Proposition 30, it will automatically trigger a mid-year $250 million reduction of the CSU budget for the 2012-13. Our share at Fresno State of that reduction would be about $13.2 million.

Further, just as budget deliberations were ending, the legislature adopted and the Governor signed a budget trailer bill. If the CSU holds tuition at the 2010-11 level, the legislature would appropriate an additional $125 million to the CSU in 2013-14 – if Proposition 30 passes.

Because of our careful budgeting, we have sufficient reserves and carry-forward dollars to allow us this year to keep divisions, schools and colleges at the same budget level as last year. Those allocations have been made, and we look forward to welcoming over 22,000 students to the campus this fall.

As a result of our enrollment increase over target, we will allocate an additional $1 million in the fall semester to schools and colleges to increase the number of courses and reduce class size in a few courses. We plan to allocate an additional $1 million in the spring semester if that is possible after the November election.

If the budget initiative fails, we have set aside $7.2 million from central reserves and $6 million in carry-forward dollars from each Level-A area to absorb the immediate reduction that would occur this year.

Then, we will need to address the long-term consequences of an ongoing base budget reduction in excess of $13 million, which, of course, is on top of the dramatic reductions we have endured since 2008-09.

The CSU board began discussions in July with regard to the long-term alternatives for adjusting to a $250 million reduction. Two additional options are being discussed for filling the budget gap if the proposition fails. Both scenarios pose significant, unpleasant consequences for us.

Option 1 is focused on preserving student access. Under this scenario in-state student tuition would increase 5%, or about $150 a semester starting January 2013. Tuition for out-of-state and international students would rise 9%. Employee pay and benefits would be cut 2.5%, effective January 2013. Such a reduction would have to be bargained with our employees.

Option 2 is focused on preserving price for students. With this option the university would be forced to cut 2013-14 enrollment by 1.5%. This means as many as 350 students would be denied enrollment at Fresno State and an estimated 40 Fresno State employees would be laid off. Salaries and benefits would be reduced by 5.25%, effective January 2013. Again, a reduction in compensation would have to be bargained.

The Trustees will decide at their September meeting if one of these options will be adopted or whether the campuses will be expected to absorb the entire reduction which would mean $13.2 million for our campus.

As we enter this period of extraordinary uncertainty, I believe we have positioned ourselves as well as could be expected. After we set aside funds to cover this year's shortfall of $13.2 million, we project that we will have central reserves of approximately $11 million and divisional carry-forward dollars of $30 million.

It is important to recognize that in normal times we need to have $25 million in reserve and carry-forward to maintain operations and continuity. Thus, our cushion will be about $16 million as we begin to figure out how we will take a permanent base budget reduction of $13.2 million for the 2013-14 year.

I will continue to report to the entire university community on our budget progress and keep you updated through reports on budget central. http://www.fresnostatenews.com/budget-central

Fall 2012 Enrollment
The University expects 22,485 students to enroll this fall. For the August 22 first day of instruction, we anticipate over 3,000 first time freshmen, 1,750 upper division transfers, and 650 new graduate or credential students.

The University Strategic Plan – Plan For Excellence IV
Implementation of all strategic planning themes began in 2011-12 with end-of-the year progress reports made by the vice presidents to the strategic planning committee. This progress can be followed by viewing the postings on the Office of Institutional Effectiveness website:http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/oie/planning/strategic

Implementation continues for the 2012-13 academic year, with $500,000 allocated to the Plan for Excellence IV to address the following themes:

Theme 2: Commitment to Student Transformation and Success
Theme 4: Developing our Campus Community
Theme 5: Internationalization

Data for two-thirds of the performance indicators have been gathered, or will be submitted to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness by the end of August. A selected few will not be available until fall 2012 (for 2011-12 figures), as their normal reporting cycles dictate. The completed indicators are being sorted and standardized by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.


Campus Comprehensive Campaign
The Campaign for Fresno State ended its seventh year on June 30 by reaching $190.6 million, or 95.3% of its goal. As of July 31, the total raised is $191.5 million, or 95.7% of its goal. Starting off the new fiscal year, gifts were received in each of the focus areas: engaging the region, student support, advancing learning and facility upgrades. For more information, please visit: Support Fresno State

Employee Assistance, Wellness@Work
This year, Fresno State received the Wellness Council of America’s (WELCOA) Gold-level “Well Workplace Award.” By achieving this level of excellence in workplace wellness programing, Fresno State has demonstrated that it is committed to protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of its employees and can be considered one of America’s Healthiest Organizations.

In the past two years, Wellness@Work has partnered with the LEAD program to deliver an even wider array of personal and professional experiences. Its programs will now utilize a wellness model to complement its existing program structure by providing a holistic framework to align the goals of the institution with the wellness needs of its workforce.

The Fresno State model will use seven dimensions of wellness (intellectual, emotional, physical, social, environmental, occupational, and spiritual) as its lens for evaluating the balanced needs of its staff in order to fulfill the goals of the organization. All professional development programs will be evaluated through these dimensions in order to tailor a well-balanced experience.

Aligning well-balanced professional development programs with organizational goals can impact Fresno State by:
Providing visible continuity between organizational goals and professional development opportunities, which leads to higher levels of employee engagement.
By increasing staff engagement, Fresno State staff will be receptive to developing improvement strategies for existing processes, innovating new solutions to existing issues, and support university leadership by embracing organizational transformation.
Increased engagement can also impact Fresno State’s ability to retain a vital community thereby reducing costly turnover.

Freshman Connect
As Freshman Connect launches into its third year, the program seeks to continue helping students with developing a sense of belonging at the university, learn how to navigate academic requirements, and become engaged with the campus and the community. The program connects incoming freshmen with peer “freshman coaches” — who were their orientation leaders at DOG DAYS.

The program has been restructured to provide students with biweekly emails from their coaches in the first semester and Facebook contact during the second semester. Coaches send their students emails and Facebook announcements about campus resources, upcoming events and important deadlines. Coaches also connect with their students through on-campus events such as SAFARI. With the first two years of the program proving successful, a transfer component has been added to the program as well. Transfer students will be able to connect with peer coaches by adding the Transfer Connect Facebook page for resources, deadlines and events. Both Facebook pages and Freshman Connect email accounts will be monitored on a regular basis to ensure students’ questions are being answered and resources are being shared. For more information about Freshman Connect or Transfer Connect, visit our Facebook pages at the following URLs: [url][url]www.facebook.com/freshmanconnect[/url] and http://www.facebook.com/transferconnect, or contact Jessica Medina at jwatkins@csufresno.edu, or 278.7121.

Service-Learning and Community Service Initiatives
For the third year in a row the university community provided in excess of 1 million hours of service through a variety of service-learning and community service initiatives. In addition to dozens of service initiatives like campus blood drives, Kids Day, Community Service Scholarships and much more, Fresno State is committed to putting academics into action through service-learning classes. Last year, a total of eight new "S" (service-learning) designated courses were approved, including what is believed to be the first service-learning designated course at the doctoral level in the entire CSU system.

Student Success Task Force
The campus Student Success Task Force, with the support of faculty and staff across campus, continued implementation of previously established academic support initiatives. In addition, new initiatives implemented during the past year were mandatory advising for at-risk junior level students, acquisition and implementation of a new software package – Grade First – to improve academic advising and communication between academic advisors and students. Implementation of the second year of the CLASE grant that provided additional academic support for underrepresented minorities on the campus, and increased participation by faculty in academic course redesigns. The SSTF also developed and approved a transfer graduation plan to improve the graduation rates of transfer students; this will be implemented in fall 2013.

Since the implementation of our graduation rate initiative with the fall 2009 cohort, we have seen first year retention rates remain at the level of 86% - highest on record; the second to third year retention rate of the 2009 cohort was 79.6% - a significant increase from any previous year. This keeps us on track to achieve our goal of 53% 6 year graduation rate by 2015. We have also seen a reduction in the achievement gap for underrepresented minorities (Latino, African-American, and Asian students) compared to 2008 figures. Our focus during the 2012-13 year will be on our transfer graduation plan and implementing fourth year initiatives to assist our seniors to achieve a timely graduation.

Staff Professional Development and Training
This past year marked the second year of the professional development program at California State University, Fresno. Led by the Department of Human Resources and Employee Assistance and Wellness (EAW); Learning for Excellence And Development (LEAD), Regional Education for Achievement in Leadership (REAL), and Staff Training And Recognition (STAR), have become innovative new tools for providing professional development opportunities to the Fresno State community. In its third year, Human Resources will add two additional programs: the mentor program and the change management program.

The LEAD program is presently slated to deliver another semester of learning opportunities to staff and administrators. Historically, the LEAD program was divided into five themed tracks, each tailored to address various elements of professional development in a context that benefits the campus community. Four tracks represent work-related professional development and training (Technology, Customer Service, Leadership/Managers, Navigating Fresno State) while the fifth track focuses on health and wellness. Building off of its original five themed tracks, a new sixth track (change management) will interweave applied learning opportunities with training and professional development designed to bolster process improvement, cultivate innovation, and manage change.

The Human Resources Department is preparing for the third year of the Regional Education for Achievement in Leadership (REAL) program. This cohort-based, year-long professional development program has been held in partnership with California State University, Bakersfield and will now include a new partner, California State University, Northridge. In the past, the REAL program has received its candidates via a nomination process. This year the 2012-13 program will begin an application process.

STAR Day completed its second year of providing campus-wide staff development opportunities in a multitude of themes, while providing recognition for staff achievement and contribution to the university. With its focus on creating a culture of innovation, STAR Day 2012 welcomed an audience of over 700 campus employees to the event.

This year, Human Resources will be implementing a Mentoring program. The program will provide a supportive structure for staff interested in creating their professional development plans, identifying career paths, learning about university administration, and gaining a clearer understanding of our organization and campus culture.


Department Update
After another successful year in athletics, Fresno State will leave the Western Athletic Conference as its most successful program of the last 10 years. For the third time since its inception, the WAC Commissioner's Cup belongs to the Bulldogs. Fresno State has finished in the top two in the Commissioner's Cup race each of the past five years, owning back-to-back wins for 2007-08 and 2008-09 in addition to this past year’s triumph.

On July 1, Fresno State officially became a member of the Mountain West Conference, paving the way for new and enhanced opportunities for both Fresno State Athletics and the University as a whole. Progressive in its approach, the MW continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship.

Along with the Duncan Building and the Ricchiuti Center, the Meyers Family Sports Medicine Center will anchor Fresno State's "Student-Athlete Village." The Village is designed to centralize most student-athlete support functions - inclusive of sports medicine, academic support, strength and conditioning, and equipment services - in a single secure location. The sports medicine component has been specifically designed to facilitate injury diagnosis and treatment, preventive medicine programming, nutritional counseling, an x-ray unit, and rehabilitation services.

In the classroom, our student-athletes have maintained exceptionally high performance in the classroom with an overall 968 out of 1,000 department Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2010-11 academic year, according to the most current data released by the NCAA. For the third straight year since the NCAA adopted the APR program, all of Fresno State's sports programs are meeting and often exceeding standards. Additionally, none are under APR penalties.

Bulldog Football — 2012 Home Schedule:
September 1 - Weber State - 7:00pm
September 15 - Colorado - 5:00pm
September 29 (Homecoming) - San Diego State - 7:00pm
October 20 - Wyoming - 7:30pm
November 3 - Hawai'i - 4:00pm
November 24 - Air Force - 12:30pm


Faculty Office/Lab Building:
The new Faculty Office/Lab Building is in schematic design phase. This approximately 23,000 sq. ft. building will house Physical Therapy and various Athletics coaching faculty. The new building will feature labs, offices, and meeting rooms. It is located just southwest of the pool complex. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2014.

Jordan Research Center:
The Jordan Research Center is in the schematic design phase. This new 30,000 sq. ft. multi-disciplinary research facility is being made possible through a private gift of $29 million from the Jordan family. This building will provide state-of-the-art research laboratories and project spaces that will enhance our research capabilities in the areas of agriculture, engineering and the sciences. The project site is located on the southeast corner of Barstow and Woodrow. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2015. Replacement hay storage and truck scale facilities will be constructed this fall.

Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market:
The new 4,800 sq. ft. Rue and Gwen Gibson Market is under construction and will be completed in spring 2013. This project was made possible through a private gift of $1.5 million from the estate of Joyce Gibson and her family. The new market will be located just south of the existing market and north of Campus Pointe. The Gibson Farm Market, which operates as an enterprise within the Agricultural Foundation, sells products that are grown, processed, and packaged at the University Farm Laboratory, supporting the academic and “hands-on” experiences for our students.

Meyers Family Sports Medicine Center:
This new 10,726 sq. ft. building is under construction, with completion scheduled for fall 2013. The total cost of this 100% donor-funded project is $6.3 million. This facility will enhance the ability of our Athletics Department to provide both quality wellness and sports medicine services to our student athletes. The building is located between the Duncan Building and the Ricchiuti Academic Center.

Foster Farms Poultry Facility:
The new 16,000 sq. ft. Foster Farms poultry facility is in the construction phase. This turn-key project is being 100% funded (approximately $600,000) by Foster Farms including annual funds to support students who will help operate the facility. This new poultry facility will provide opportunities for collaboration between animal science students and the poultry industry. This building will be located just west of the Dairy Unit.

Campus Pointe – Retail:
Grading is expected to begin on the civil/site work for the retail portion of the Campus Pointe project this fall. This phase of the development will include a 55,000 sq. ft. theater, and 170,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space. This project is being accomplished through a public-private partnership between the California State University, Fresno Association, Inc. (Auxiliary Services) and Kashian Enterprises. Construction of individual retail building pads will begin in spring 2013.

Aquatics Center: The Aquatics Center has been completed. The landscape phase, including hydroseeded grass on the north end, will be ready late fall semester.

North Gym 118: North Gym 118 is a complete remodel of the old swimming pool and exterior sun-bathing areas. The new design includes a large auditorium that can be used for special events and classes. This project is scheduled to start work over the summer and will continue through the spring 2013 semester. This project includes a convenience store and outdoor plaza.

Science 1: Upgrades to five lecture rooms for ADA compliance will be completed prior to start of the fall semester.

Lot A and J Reconstruction:
Construction on Parking Lots A & J began right after the spring 2012 semester in order to ensure completion prior to the start of the fall semester. This project adds approximately 500 parking spaces for students. The scope of this project includes new hardscape and landscape to improve the pedestrian and vehicle circulation consistent with the campus master plan, as well as improve lighting and safety. The total construction cost is approximately $4 million and was funded with parking revenues and deferred maintenance funds.

Parking in Farm Areas: ADA parking improvements at the Beef, Swine and Sheep Units in the Farm Areas is in the bidding phase. Work will be completed in fall 2012.

Classroom Improvements: Improvements were made to over 100 classrooms during the summer. Depending on the room, improvements included: deep cleaning, painting, vertical blinds, new furniture, white boards and chair rails. The buildings included were: Agricultural Sciences, Education, Engineering West, Engineering, East, Family and Food Sciences, Gross Industrial Technology, Lab School, Music, Peters Business, Science, South Gym, and Speech Arts.

Wayfinding: In late 2011, a Wayfinding Signage Committee was formed to help develop a comprehensive directional signage program for Fresno State. Currently, various versions of directional signage exist on campus, but they are inconsistent in terms of placement, design and criteria for listing buildings and spaces.

The committee, which includes representatives from across campus, and Impact Design Associates, the firm selected to develop the signage program, began design and consultation in January 2012.

A conceptual plan was presented to, and well-received by, the campus community at open forums in April 2012, with the final proposed design plan delivered in summer 2012. Major highlights include:

[list=] Vehicular: New directional signs on major thoroughfares and streets that surround the campus (e.g. Bartow, Chestnut, Cedar and Shaw)
Campus Directories and Pedestrian signage: New directional signs and maps throughout the campus
Parking: A revamped parking system replaces the letter approach (Lot A, B, C, etc.) with numbered lots (P1, P2, P3, etc.) that are arranged in a consecutive order around the campus.
Gateway: Entryway/monument signage at major intersections or points of entry
Landmark: Signs that identify key university landmarks and tell the story of who we are and where we came from and convey the spirit of our community.
Perimeter signage for the University Farm Laboratory

The new campus standards for signs and locations are consistent with the goals of the Campus Master Plan. The plan is to be implemented in three phases with the first phase commencing late spring 2013.

The Comprehensive Wayfinding Signage Program will return to the Campus Planning Committee for approval in fall 2012.this project is being funded with non-state resources.


Benefits Fair & Wellness Expo
Sponsored by Human Resources, Wellness@Work and Employee Assistance, the event brings valuable information and resources to the campus community regarding benefit options and wellness resources in the community and on campus. The event will be held on September 19 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union. Come for health screenings, prizes, and benefit updates. Contact Employee Assistance & Wellness (EAW) for more information: 278.4357.

Community Service Opportunities Fair
The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-learning hosts this annual event on August 29, 2012, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Memorial Garden. More than 70 community benefit organizations (nonprofits) will be on campus to recruit volunteers. The event is free and open to students and the campus community. Visit: http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/cesl/about/events for details.

Faculty and Staff Open House
The University Open House is back! After a hiatus since 2008, this fun campus-wide event is being held again on September 25 at the University House from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The theme is country-western. All Fresno State faculty and staff are invited to attend and invitations have been sent to your campus mail stops. Please let us know if you will be attending.

Fresno State Welcome
During the week of August 22-31, the Student Involvement Office has scheduled the following activities and events welcoming new and continuing students to Fresno State.

Wednesday, August 22- Friday, August 31, 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Welcome/Information Booths — Hosted by New Student Orientation. Booths will be set up on Maple Mall, in the Free Speech Area, and east of the South Gym to welcome students and provide helpful information, guidance, and free promotional items.

Monday, August 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
USU Welcome Bash — Hosted by Student Involvement Office. The USU balcony will be set up to welcome students with free food, games, music, and activities.

Student Clubs and Organizations Fair — Hosted by Student Involvement Office. The USU balcony will have over 60 student clubs and organizations set up to provide students with information about their organization and how to get involved.

For more details on Welcome activities, please call the Student Involvement Office at 278.2741.

Staff Assembly Executive Committee
The SAEC is excited to welcome six new members: Ms. Katha Brassfield, Ms. Lauren Childs, Ms. Grace Liu, Mr. Robert Pagesmith, Mr. Ricky Serrano, and Ms. Genelle Taylor. Returning members include Ms. Natalie Hardy, Ms. Toni Marchini Ms. Liliana Oceguera, and Ms. Julia Scrivani. The committee is proud to announce that Ms. Marchini will be serving as the 2012-2013 Chair.

Join fellow staff and faculty at the monthly Red Friday activities – first Friday of every month in the USU Pavilion from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. To stay up-to-date on all SAEC hosted events visit, http://www.facebook.com/staffassembly or http://www.fresnostate.edu/staffassembly

Student Affairs SAFARI
The 7th Annual Student Affairs SAFARI (Student Affairs Fair and Resource Information) will take place on the USU Concourse on Wednesday, September 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for all students to learn more about all of the programs and services offered by the Division of Student Affairs to help them succeed and graduate. All students are encouraged to attend and up to 1,000 students typically participate. Those who visit 10 or more tables are eligible to enter a raffle drawing.
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