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President's Reflections November 5-11, 2012

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:10 pm
by madona
REFLECTIONS FROM THE PRESIDENT

November 5-11, 2012

This has been a very emotional week. Monday started off badly as the sun blinded me as I was turning on to Shaw Avenue and I struck a student crossing the street. It was a horrifying moment, and fortunately the student only had minor injuries. It certainly drove home the importance of remembering how much pedestrian traffic there is around our campus.

The remainder of the week was much better with the news of the passage of Proposition 30. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard in support of this proposition. I shared a video message with the University community on Wednesday afternoon and outlined the process we will follow to make some budget decisions for this and next year. The message can be found at You Tube.

I was also touched by the receipt of a special award for Philanthropic Leadership from the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a Legacy Award from the Business Journal. These awards are a tribute to the great work of our faculty, staff, and administrators over the years.

Monday, November 5
My meetings and activities included:

  • Several community leaders and representatives of the California Stewardship Network to discuss planning for a regional summit.
  • Presentation on leadership to participants in our Regional Education for Achievement in Leadership program on leadership and strategic planning.
  • Spoke at a rally featuring Governor Jerry Brown regarding Proposition 30.
  • Associate Vice President Kent Clark regarding an alumni reception in Phoenix.
  • Chair of the ABET accreditation committee for the Lyles College.
  • Academic Senate Executive Committee.
  • Academic Senate general meeting.

Tuesday, November 6
  • Faculty Athletics Representatives David Schechter, Dawn Lewis, Athletics Director Thomas Boeh, and Senior Deputy Director Betsy Mosher to discuss several compliance issues.
  • Associated Students, Inc. President Arthur Montejano to discuss several student government issues.
  • Doctoral student who is working in a project.
  • Provost William Covino to discuss several Academic Affairs issues.
  • Provost Covino, Dean Dennis Nef and area superintendents to discuss the Early Start Program. Results for the first year are very positive, and we discussed ways in which to improve the pathway to college for students.
  • Exit meeting for the Lyles College accreditation visit.
  • Athletics Director Boeh to discuss several Athletics issues.
  • Professors Keith Clement and Kenneth Ryan along with Provost Covino to discuss their work in Homeland Security.

Wednesday, November 7
  • Campaign Leadership Team to discuss several projects and solicitations.
  • Conference call regarding Cal State Online.
  • Convened meeting of the Administrative Roundtable.
  • Radio interview regarding Prop. 30
  • Area media on Prop. 30 along with ASI President Montejano and Vice President of External Affairs Sean Kiernan.
  • Videotaped a post-election message to the University community.
  • 31st annual Agribusiness Management Conference and presented the President’s Medal of Distinction to Senator Jim Nielsen, who is one of our alums.
  • Student group concerned about fee proposals for super seniors, which is on the Board of Trustee’s agenda next week.
  • Academic Senate Chair Lynn Williams to discuss several Academic Senate issues.
  • Call with CSU Executive Vice Chancellor Ephraim Smith.
  • Vice President Peter Smits to discuss several Advancement issues.

Thursday, November 8
  • Associate Vice President Shirley Armbruster and Director of Social Media Tamyra Pierce to discuss campus branding issues.
  • Conference call with the California Campus Compact Executive Committee.
  • National Philanthropy Day awards ceremony and received an award.
  • Vice President Cynthia Teniente-Matson to discuss several Administrative Services issues.
  • Discussion with leaders of our 2012 March of Dimes campaign, Dean Luz Gonzalez and Director Pierce, and this coming year's campus leaders Director Honora Chapman and Ms. Emogene Carson.
  • Smittcamp Family Honors College Director Chapman to discuss funding support for the Honors College.
  • Spoke at the Lyles College VIP Shining Star Event, which features student projects.
  • Fresno Business Journal 20th anniversary event and received the Legends award.

Friday, November 9
  • Catholic Professional and Business Club breakfast.
  • Conference call with Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson.
  • Conference call regarding a personnel issue.
  • Conference call concerning the meeting of the Bowl Championship Series Presidential Monitoring Group to be held on Monday.
  • Spoke at opening ceremony for our new Veteran's Program to be sponsored through Global and Continuing Education.
  • Spoke to Engineering Honors students regarding leadership.
  • Media concerning fee proposals for next week's Trustee’s meeting.
  • Associate Vice President Clark regarding several prospects.
  • Stopped by an event honoring Brooke Stephens who is transferring jobs.
  • Joined Sharon for a quiet dinner to celebrate our anniversary.

Saturday November 10

  • Wedding of Gary and Michelle Nelson's son, Erik to Ashley Kendall.
  • Watched Bulldogs defeat the Nevada Wolfpack. Congratulations to Coach Tim DeRuyter, his staff and players. Great win!

Sunday, November 11
  • Flew to Denver to attend Association of Public Land Grant Universities meeting.
  • Attended several sessions for Urban Serving Universities.
  • Joined CSU Chancellor Elect Tim White for dinner.