Presidents Reflections June 25 – July 8, 2012

Presidents Reflections June 25 – July 8, 2012

Postby madona » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:43 am

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June 25 – July 8, 2012

The past two weeks have been very interesting with some very good news to our University community. I have updated everyone with my recent budget message (Budget Central) with the final information on the 2012-13 budget, which the governor has signed. We now turn our attention to the November election.

Congratulations to Dr. Yongsheng Gao, Department of Physics, who along with his graduate students, has been involved in research leading to the discovery of a new particle that is consistent with the long sought after Higgs boson Fresno State News.

The Henry Madden Library reports that 1,320,678 visitors came to the library this past academic year. This is an increase of 120,000 over last year!

One of our prominent alums, Emmy-winning Roy Christopher, has written with high praise for one of our recent grads, Ian Lovell who has been admitted to a graduate program at the University of Texas. He examined Ian's work at Fresno State and was amazed.

Word has arrived from Western Association of Schools and Colleges that our online MBA program has been approved. Congratulations to Dean Robert Harper and all faculty involved.

Finally, it was great to learn that CSU has reached a tentative labor agreement with our Police bargaining unit.

MONDAY, JUNE 25

My meetings and activities included:

  • Annual summer meeting of the APLU Presidents. Many issues were addressed including the federal outlook, online education, research priorities, the national graduation rate initiative, and several others.
  • Special ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in recognition of the 150th celebration of the signing of the Morrill Land-Grant Act.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26


  • Special symposium in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant Act. The day focused on the history of the act and its impact. The second part of the day included a look forward. Bill Gates was among the major speakers.
  • Dr. Paulette Fleming and her students participated in an exhibition as part of the Morrill Act celebration.
  • Bowl Championship Series Presidential Oversight Group, as a representative of the Mountain West conference, to review the commissioner's proposal for a four-team football playoff beginning with the 2014 season. The oversight group approved the proposal subject to a review of access and revenue distribution plans.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

  • Annual summer meeting of the Urban Serving Universities.
  • Board meeting of the USU group. I have been appointed to this board for the coming year.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

  • Returned to Fresno.
  • Hosted participants in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate consortium at the University House for dinner. The group was very impressed with our University and the work we are doing with our education leadership doctorate.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29


Drove to Sacramento to attend a meeting of the California Regional Stewardship Network. We are involved in this group through the Fresno Business Council.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

Our daughter Anne and the grandkids arrived for a visit.

SUNDAY, JULY 1

Grandkids day!

MONDAY, JULY 2

  • Welcomed new students and their parents to Dog Days orientation.
  • Met with new American Council on Education Fellow Jody Hironaka-Juteau.
  • Met with Vice-President Cynthia Teniente-Matson to discuss Administrative Services.
  • Started to catch -up on paperwork.

TUESDAY, JULY 3

  • Dr. Amanda Adams about the Central California Autism Center gala.
  • Vice-President Paul Oliaro to discuss a number of Student Affairs issues. New Financial Aid Director Bernie Ogden joined us for a discussion about student financial aid policies.
  • Athletics Director Thomas Boeh to discuss several Athletics issues.
  • Memorial service for former CSU Trustee Marian Bagdasarian.
  • Vice-President Peter Smits on an Advancement issue.
  • Worked on a personnel issue.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4

Celebrated Independence Day with the family.

THURSDAY, JULY 5

Vacationed at the coast with some of our children and the grandkids

FRIDAY, JULY 6

  • The grandkids departed.
  • Karen Bosch Cobb to discuss my involvement in the upcoming Measure B campaign to continue funding for our local libraries. This is not a new tax but rather a continuation of the existing tax that was first passed in 1996.
  • Provost William Covino to discuss a number of Academic Affairs issues.
  • Prepared for the Cabinet Retreat at University House on July 9.
  • Joined Sharon for a quiet dinner.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JULY 7-8


A nice quiet weekend that provided time for golf, reading, and reflection.

It is time for a new week.
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