President's Reflections September 10-16, 2012

President's Reflections September 10-16, 2012

Postby alangrid » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:37 pm


This has been a full week as the semester is well under way.

We received news this week that U.S. News and World Report has ranked Fresno State ninth among best public universities in the Western United States. This comes in addition to a top-ten ranking in the country by Washington Monthly comparing master’s degree-granting universities in its assessment of how effectively universities serve their students.

Congratulations to Professor Robert Levine who has been invited by the government of Bhutan to be part of its Gross National Happiness Project.

Monday, September 10

My meetings and activities included:

• Cabinet, at which the issues discussed included 2012-13 enrollment, web redesign progress, food and beverage policy, and REAL Program candidates.

• Vice-President Paul Oliaro to discuss a number of Student Affairs matters.

• Vice-President Cynthia Teniente-Matson to discuss several Administrative Services matters.

• Fresno Rotary Club.

• Vice President Peter Smits to discuss several Advancement matters.

• Phone call with CSU Executive Vice Chancellor Ben Quillian.

• Academic Senate Executive Committee meeting.

• Academic Senate general meeting.

Tuesday, September 11

• Fresno Business Council Board of Directors

• Vice-President Teniente-Matson and Associate Vice-President Clint Moffitt to discuss a number of budget matters.

• Vice-President Teniente-Matson and Associate Vice-President Debbie Astone to discuss Auxiliary Services.

• Completed a reference call with a search firm.

• March of Dimes Executive Director Lynn Hogue who requested that I join the March of Dimes Board of Directors.

• Associated Students, Inc. President Arthur Montejano.

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

• Provost William Covino to discuss Academic Affairs matters.

Wednesday, September 12

• Conference call with the California Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors Investment Committee.

• Quarterly computer assessment for security purposes.

• Student Affairs Safari event.

• University Advisory Board member Juan Arambula.

• Participated in a survey from Black Chamber of Commerce.

• Provost Covino and Vice-President Teniente-Matson to discuss alignment of Fresno State’s economic development efforts.

• Conference call with Vice-Chancellor Gail Brooks to discuss new pension legislation.

Thursday, September 13

• Convened meeting of the President's Commission on Teacher Education. Among issues discussed were the new Common Core Standards, high school drop-out rates and science and mathematics initiatives.

• Spoke to all employees of the Athletics Department regarding the importance of student-athlete academic performance, compliance and gender equity.

• Dr. Susan Baxter, executive director of California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology

• Attended luncheon for United Way Campaign regarding recent activities on our campus. I hope everyone participated in this year's campaign.

• Executive Events Coordinator Rosie Tapia and Director Leticia Cano to discuss event plans with representatives of the Community Health System Foundation.

• Hosted a reception for attendees at Lyles Center State Entrepreneurship Conference.

Friday, September 14

• Conference call with members of Conference USA, Big East and Mountain West to discuss access issues for new BCS Bowl system.

• Conference call with the statewide Academic Senate to discuss Cal State Online.

• Funeral service in Bakersfield for student Philip Dhanens. It was a very powerful and emotional service.

• Spoke to student in Lyles Center Mentor class.

• Univision's Mexican Independence Day event "El Grito" at the University House.

• Attended Court Appointed Special Advocate's Annual Crab Feed.

Saturday, September 15

• Graveside services for Professor Emeritus Cecelio Orozco.

• Participated in a reference call with a search firm.

• Lyles Center Entrepreneurship Conference. I attended the luncheon and gave the closing remarks.

• Visited several tailgates before the football game.

• Participated in a welcome to the campus for our new mascot, Victor E. Bulldog, II

• Participated in a check presentation to the Renaissance Scholars Program from last year’s Home of Hope fundraiser sponsored by Granville Homes. The Renaissance Scholars will benefit from the proceeds of this program again this year.

• Hosted supporters of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and other friends of the University for the Fresno State vs. Colorado football game. It was an exciting game and a great victory for the Bulldogs!

Sunday, September 16

• Enjoyed a round of golf with son Bryan.

• Spent time reading and preparing for two board meetings this week.

• Attended a dinner with University supporters.

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