Friends Events



Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Exhibition

On Friday, April 10, The Friends of the Madden Library and the Armenian Studies Program invite you to the opening reception of an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Presenting will be Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Berberian Coordinator of Armenian Studies, and Director for the Center for Armenian Studies, and with him will be a member of his faculty team, Dr. Sergio La Porta, Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies. 

Dr. Der Mugrdechian teaches Armenian language, literature, history and culture courses. His main area of research has been Armenian literature.He serves as the president of the Society for Armenian studies. He has published numerous articles on Armenian history, culture and literature in many academic and professional journals worldwide

Dr. La Porta is a published author, speaks Armenian (Classical and Modern), French, Italian, German, Hebrew (Modern), Latin, Greek, Syriac. Familiarity with Middle and Modern Persian, Arabic, Georgian, Russian, Sanskrit

Please join us for this informative program.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Henry Madden Library, Fresno State campus

6:00 p.m. Reception with hors d’oeuvres and no-host beer and wine bar

6:45 p.m. Program

If you plan to attend, please respond at (enter code AGR) by April 3. For information or assistance, call Sharon Ramirez at 559.278.5790 or email Parking and admission are free for this event.





“The Rise of Hexacopters in Agriculture: Don’t Call Them Drones!
On Friday, September 26, The Friends of the Madden Library will present a program on current technological advances in precision agriculture. Dr. Gregory Kriehn, of Fresno State’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, will address the role of hexacopters, sensors, satellites, and more on the modern farm.

Appearing with him will be the other members of his faculty team, Dr. Riadh Munjy and Mr. Walter Mizuno. They will be joined by some of the ten students who are working on a project of adapting high technology to agricultural uses.

Join us for a fun and enjoyable evening.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Henry Madden Library

California State University, Fresno

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.    Reception

7:00 – 7:45 p.m.    Program

Reservations are required by September 24

RSVP at (enter code LIBAGTECH).  For information or assistance, call Sharon at 559.278.5790 or email


Smart Gardens: How to be Water Wise in Times of Drought

On Friday, May 2, The Friends of the Madden Library and the Central Valley Water Awareness Committee held a program on drought-tolerant landscaping.  This evening program complemented the Water Wise Plant Exchange that was held on May 3, at Fresno State’s Horticulture Greenhouse at 3150 E. Barstow Avenue, just east of Chestnut.

John Valentino and Susan Stiltzspoke on transitioning traditional lawns to more drought-tolerant landscaping. Valentino is co-founder and Board chair of Tree Fresno. He holds a B.A. in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley and is the long-time president of Fresno State’s Friends of the Arboretum and current chair of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Corporation. He is also president of Truxell and Valentino Landscape Development Inc., Sierra Madre Nursery Inc., and John and Bob’s Smart Soil Solutions. Stiltz is a landscape designer and consultant specializing in water-wise, low-maintenance plants, and is employed by the City of Fresno’s Water Conservation Department as a landscape specialist. She holds a B.S. degree in Plant Science from Fresno State, is the volunteer Garden Consultant for the Clovis Botanical Garden, a Certified Arborist, a Master Gardener, and a board member for Fresno Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation.  We also have the following groups, who displayed information at individual tables during the reception:

Aqua Cents Water Management
California Native Plant Society
Master Gardeners of Fresno County
Netafim USA
SYNLawn of Central California
Tree Fresno
Valley Water Consortium


Friends of the Madden Library celebrated 100 Years of the Clovis Rodeo

February 7, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Madden Library on the Fresno State campus.Members of the all-volunteer, not-for-profit, Clovis Rodeo Association and rodeo stock contractor John Growney of Growney Brothers Rodeo talked about the history of the Clovis Rodeo and the sport of rodeo. Tour the Library’s Remington bronze collection and the Thomas J. Ebert American Frontier exhibition.

 The owner of the legendary, world-champion bucking bull Red Rock, John Growney is credited with elevating the sport of rodeo to new heights when he paired the equally legendary world-champion cowboy Lane Frost against Red Rock in the Challenge of Champions in 1988, a series of seven attempts by champion bull rider Frost to make an 8-second ride on Red Rock, who had never been ridden in 309 attempts during his professional rodeo career. The third match between these legends occurred at the Clovis Rodeo, forever tying together the legend of a cowboy, a bucking bull, and the Clovis Rodeo.


Ebert American Frontier Collection Exhibition announced

Tom Ebert


 This winter, the Madden Library featured a full-gallery exhibition of rare and important books from the Thomas J. Ebert American Frontier Collection. Ebert has spent a lifetime traveling in the American West and collecting books related to the frontier. Since 1993 he has donated almost 2,000 titles to the Library.

 The books, from university presses, western historical societies, museums, and specialty presses, comprise one of the largest American frontier collections in California. The Madden Library holds many titles not found elsewhere in the California State University system, and they are available for checkout.