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President's Reflections February 19-24, 2013

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:17 pm
by madona

February 19 – 24, 2013

This was a short week!

Great news about our theater arts students who won every major acting award at the American College Theater Festival in Los Angeles. They now head to the Kennedy Center for the national competition.

Our Golden Key chapter attained silver status for their work in 2011-12. Congratulations to all who were involved.

Tuesday, February 19

My meetings and activities included:
  • I was in Indianapolis at the NCAA office attending a meeting of the Student Athlete Well Being group. This group is addressing some very complicated issues regarding financial support for student-athletes.
  • Returned to Fresno late Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, February 20

  • Conference call with the Foundation Gift Acceptance Committee to review $1 million gift to the University. Those are always good meetings to have!
  • Donated blood at the California Blood Center.
  • Spoke at the Immigration Works Conference held on campus.
  • Faculty member to discuss his work.
  • Vice-President Paul Oliaro to discuss several Student Affairs items.
  • Dean of the California Health Sciences University.
  • Dean Andrew Hoff, Development Director Dana Lucka, Dr. Paul Ogden and Executive Events Coordinator Rosie Tapia to discuss an honorary doctorate event.
  • Athletics Director Thomas Boeh to discuss several Athletics items.
  • Attended reception honoring Director Chris Fiorentino for his receipt of the President’s Award of Excellence.
  • Conference call with the CSU Human Resources Advisory Group.
  • Hosted University friends and supporters for the Fresno State vs. Nevada women's basketball game. It was a very disappointing night as we had a very difficult time shooting.

Thursday, February 21
  • Photo shoot for the FresnoState Magazine.
  • Provost William Covino to discuss several Academic Affairs items.
  • Associate Vice-President Debbie Astone and Director Keith Kompsi to discuss projected endowment returns for the coming year and begin preliminary budget discussions.
  • Met with a major University supporter.
  • Met with Luis Santana of Reading and Beyond to discuss several of his projects.
  • Attended meeting of the Health and Wellness Cluster of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.
  • Conference call with Cal State Online Executive Director Ruth Black, Executive Vice-Chancellor Ben Quillian, and several others to discuss the financial model for Cal State Online.

Friday, February 22
  • Dean Luz Gonzalez to discuss activities of the newly established Center for the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty.
  • Vice-President Peter Smits to discuss several Advancement items.
  • Drove to UC Merced along with Provost Covino, Deans Ram Nunna and Susan Elrod and Associate Dean Sandra Witte to meet with our counterparts and explore collaborative efforts that we might undertake. A very productive few hours of discussion.
  • Sharon and I met with a reporter to discuss our years at Fresno State.
  • Attended a reception in honor of newly appointed Associate Justice of the Appeals Court Rosendo Peña Jr., a Fresno state alum. This is a great tribute to the work of Judge Peña.

Saturday, February 23
  • Spent much of the day working on projects and catching up on email.
  • Hosted members of the Academic Senate Executive Committee and friends of the University for the Fresno State vs. Boise State men's basketball game. It was an exciting game but a disappointing outcome.

Sunday, February 24
  • Flew to Los Angeles to speak at the Saint Marks Missionary Baptist Church as part of the CSU Super Sunday activities.

It is time for a new week!