President's Reflections December 10-16, 2012

President's Reflections December 10-16, 2012

Postby madona » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:49 pm


December 10-16, 2012

The last week of classes in the fall is always hectic as everyone seeks to complete work, assignments, and prepare for finals. Of course, the holiday parties add another dimension to the numerous activities. I have enjoyed the opportunity to visit with members of our University community this week. We are so fortunate to have outstanding people in our community.

The horrific news of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy touched everyone on Friday. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who were involved in this devastating event.

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Joe Heuston our long time Financial Aid director until 2001.

It was great to hear that the Lindsay School District received one of the 16 Race-to-the-Top awards. Our Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and CVELI are working with this district. Another example of the resources we add to the Central Valley.

Monday, December 10
  • Mountain West Board of Directors meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Issues addressed included conference alignment, membership, the new BCS format, and revenue distribution.
  • Alumni reception in Phoenix, which was well attended. This area has contributed almost $750,000 to our Campaign for Fresno State.
  • Returned to Fresno late Monday evening

Tuesday, December 11
  • California Health Sciences University President Florence Dunn on several items.
  • Vice-President Paul Oliaro to discuss several Student Affairs topics.
  • Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Executive Committee meeting.
  • University Counsel Samantha Goodman on several issues.
  • University Holiday Celebration co-hosted by the Staff Assembly Executive Committee.
  • Enrollment Management Committee meeting.
  • UBS Financial Services holiday celebration and saw several community supporters.
  • University Advisory Board holiday dinner and meeting at the University House.

Wednesday, December 12
  • Vice-President Peter Smits on several University Advancement items.
  • Campaign Senior Team leadership to review status of several gift solicitations and discuss a couple of new proposals.
  • Conference call with Chancellor Elect Tim White on several system issues.
  • Vice-President Cynthia Teniente-Matson and Associate Vice-President Debbie Astone to discuss several Auxiliary Services issues.
  • Vice President Teniente-Matson to discuss several Administrative Services issues.
  • Spoke at Mentor-Mentee Program luncheon meeting.
  • College of Arts and Humanities holiday open house.
  • Provost William Covino on several Academic Affairs items.
  • Division of Administrative Services holiday party.
  • College of Sciences and Mathematics Holiday Celebration
  • Hosted several university supporters at the Fresno State vs. Colorado men's basketball game. Unfortunately we did not prevail.

Thursday, December 13
  • President's Commission on Teacher Education in ED 157 which is a newly designed teaching classroom with the latest technology available. Congratulations to Professor Otto Benavides for his leadership to create a classroom to prepare future teachers.
  • Associated Students, Inc. President Arthur Montejano to discuss several student items.
  • Athletics Director Thomas Boeh to discuss several topics in Athletics.
  • March of Dimes Board of Directors for the Central Valley.
  • College of Social Sciences holiday celebration.
  • College of Health and Human Services holiday celebration.
  • Quarterly meeting of the Foundation Board of Governors.
  • Hosted a holiday reception for the Foundation Board of Governors at the University House.

Friday, December 14
  • Fresno Compact Board of Directors. The Board has embraced the Strive Project and we will begin to hear about the efforts of this work to better align our educational system and focus on our improvement efforts in January.
  • Ag Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Marching Band Director David Fullmer.
  • California State Employees Charitable Campaign celebratory luncheon. Thank you to all who participated in these important efforts.
  • Athletics Department holiday celebration.
  • Cookie exchange on the fourth floor of the Library.
  • Provost Covino and Dr. Jody Hironaka-Juteau to discuss her ACE Fellows project.
  • Conference call with Chancellor Dorothy Leland at UC Merced to discuss collaborative efforts.
  • Provost Covino's annual holiday celebration.
  • Dinner with several University supporters and donors.

Saturday, December 15
  • Donated blood at the Central California Blood Center.
  • Worked on end of semester projects.
  • Hosted a group of community supporters at Fresno State vs. UC Irvine men's basketball game. It was a disappointing night as we lost in a close game.

Sunday, December 16
  • Spent time with holiday preparations.
  • Hosted dinner at the University House for University friends and supporters.

I wish everyone a blessed and restful holiday season. Enjoy times with the special people in your life. Thank you for all that you do for our University.
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