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Paul Adams Rosie Gutierrez William E. Rice
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola Jack Hannah Stephen A. Rodemeyer
J. Richard Arndt Victor D. Hanson Judy K. Sakaki
Janet Bancroft Eric W. Hickey Juan Serrano
Daniel P. Bartell James Highsmith Paul Shaker
Christina Beddall Katsuyo Howard John R. Shields
Barbara Benedict Carolyn Berry Jackson Malik Simba
Melanie M. Bloom Eugene W. Krebs Carolyn Iverson Skei
Roland H. Brady Dickran Kouymjian Charles R. Small
Nancy Braner Don R. Leet Fred G. Stein
Daniel Bukofzer Robert V. Levine Janell L. Tatsumura
Paul Dale Bush Karl E. Longley Bruce S. Thornton
Alejandro Calderon-Urrea Marilyn Martino Kathleen Vander Meer
K.C. Chen Maxine McDonald Stephanie A. Vasilovich
Maurice E. Cohen Robert Monke Vivian A. Vidoli
Luis F. Costa Harry D. Moore James E. Walton
Nina Dilbeck Carol Munshower Andreas Werz
Marie Dunford Franklin Ng Steven Yarbrough
Candace Egan Paul Ogden Stanley M. Ziegler
Chris Fiorentino Julie Olson-Buchanan  
Jack Fortner J. Michael Ortiz  
William E. Forbes Alan Peters  
Robert Fraley Ali Peyvandi  
Kenneth C. Fugelsang Raphael X. Reichert  

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List             PAUL D. ADAMS             Top

Paul Adams received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and has been teaching at Fresno State since 1987. He is a Professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism.

  List         SERGIO AGUILAR-GAXIOLA        Top

Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola joined the Department of Psychology in 1990. He trained as a Medical Doctor at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico in 1977, earned his Ph.D. in clinical community psychology at Vanderbilt University in 1986, and did post-doctoral studies in clinical psychology at UCSF in 1987. His research deals with minority mental health, psychological and cross-cultural issues and computer applications of standardized psychiatric diagnostic instruments.

Among his recent honors are the 1998 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Peabody College of Vanderbuilt University and the Medal of Congress of Chile, in 1999, for his work related to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the area of mental health in Santiago, Chile. He is extremely active in WHO, serving on the Editorial Board of Who's Composite International Diagnostic Interview and working on both an International Consortium on Psychiatric Epidemiology and a Spanish-speaking Network on Disabilities. He is also the Coordinator for Latin America for WHO's World Mental Health 2000 Initiative, and Coordinator of the US Hispanic populations to the Spanish Speaking Network on Disabilities.

A popular and respected instructor and colleague, he sits on the University's Committee on the Protection of Human Subjects and is a member of the Employee Assistance and Development Advisory Council. He has served on numerous department, school and university committees, and was recognized on the 1999-2000 university calendar as an outstanding member of the university community. He is a licensed psychologist in the US, conducting a private practice in bilingual and bicultural psychological services, while teaching full-time, and is also a licensed medical doctor in Mexico.

List            J. RICHARD ARNDT           Top

Dr. Arndt came to Fresno State in 1973 as the first Coordinator of Tutorial Services. During the past 27 years, that position has evolved into the Director of Advising and Testing Services.

He received his B.S. degree in Geology from Wheaton College in 1959, his M.S. in General Science, his Ed.M. in Guidance and Counseling from Oregon State University in 1965 and his Ph.D. in Administration and Higher Education from Michigan State University in 1970, where he was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. He transferred his membership to Chapter 062 when he came to Fresno State, and has been an active member since. He served as chapter secretary from 1976-77, as chapter president from 1977-1980 and again as secretary from 1980-82. He then chaired the chapter scholarship committee for the next four years, and also served continuously on the executive Board since that time. As of April 2000, no other chapter member has served the chapter continuously for so long. He is a major thread in the history and continuity of the chapter as it exists today. During his tenure as an officer, he created extensive files, and developed the first chapter newsletter, albeit short lived, in 1977. He also researched archives to track past fellowship nominees and scholarship recipients, and conducted regular correspondence with national officers over a variety of issues. His research and work in 1990 led to a change in the way national fellowship recipients are listed publicly so the diversity of undergraduate majors would be apparent, rather than the more limited graduate fields of study recipients enter. 

His contributions to the university and Phi Kappa Phi are extensive, and have always been guided by the principle of serving the student's best interests. For his efforts on behalf of Chapter 062, Dr. Arndt received the Meritorious Membership Award.

List            DANIEL  P. BARTELL           Top

Dr. Bartell, dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, traces his career in education from 1968, when he began as an instructor of biology at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. Since then, his professional growth in the field of entomology has taken him to positions at the University of Illinois, Texas Tech University, Montana State University and Oklahoma State University. After assuming his duties as a school dean on this campus, he soon took a role as a national leader in agricultural higher education and currently is serving as president of the American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources. As dean of a school which contributes to the continued growth of the world’s most productive agricultural area, Dean Bartell has been instrumental in the development of a newly established Center for Food Science and Nutritional Research and has encouraged faculty participation in research development that has resulted in an increase of more than a half million dollars in projects. He successfully led efforts to obtain a wine retail license for the Agricultural Foundation, which, through the selling of Bulldog Wine produced in the new university winery, will provide support for scholarships and support student activities. Fresno State is the only university in the nation which has such a license. Dean Bartell also actively supports the Future Farmers of America and the State Leadership Conference, which attracts 2,200 student participants each year.

List             CHRISTINA BEDDALL            Top

Tina Beddall is the California State University, Fresno Registrar. She began in the Registrar’s Office at California State University, Chico during the senior year of her degree program in Psychology(counseling) and was employed there until 1985. She left Chico for a position as Records Supervisor at Fresno State, obtaining the position of Assistant Registrar at Fresno State in 1988 and then Registrar in 1993.

Ms. Beddall is student centered and always finds time to listen to and help student, especially graduating seniors who have registration irregularities. She works with fairness and equity while still taking into account each individual student’s case. No matter how extremely busy her schedule is, she always takes the time for students.

Professionally, Ms. Beddall is a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. She has also served our campus through membership on several committees: the CSU/NACUBO Benchmarking Project; the Task Force on University Community; the Total Quality Management Team for Communication; and the Staff Development Committee.

List            Barbara Benedict       Top

Barbara Benedict received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (with emphasis in Office Administration) from Fresno State College in June 1969; immediately thereafter she became the Department Secretary of the Linguistics Department. Since 1982, she has been in the Office of Advising Services, providing advising and academic services to undergraduate students. Her Master of Arts in Counseling degree was completed in 1987.

Ms. Benedict received the "Outstanding Advisor Award" in 1994 from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). She was instrumental in creating the innovative advising booklet series, Bulldog B.A.R.K. (Building Academic Resources and Know-how). In 200, NACADA awarded a Certificate of Merit to Bulldog B.A.R.K. for Freshman as an "Outstanding Advising Publication."

Early in 2002, she was appointed coordinator of new student orientation. The revamped program is now called "Dog Days: New Student Orientation at Fresno State." She is currently developing an online version of Dog Days for those students who are unable to attend the campus-based orientation program.

In the Fall of 2002, she taught a section of University 1, Introduction to the University, and received excellent evaluations from her students. She serves as a member of the Academic Senate's General Education Committee, the university's Honors Council, the Record Adjustment Committee, and the English as a Second Language Petitions Committee. She also is a member of the Center for Independent Living Board of Directors. Finally, she owns and operates a small business, Barb's Cakery, and is a founding member and executive board member of the Central Valley Bridal Association.

List            MELANIE  M. BLOOM            Top

Dr. Bloom is an associate professor in the Department of Speech Communication in the School of Arts and Humanities. She has been a member of the faculty since 1985. She was nominated for Fresno County Women of the year in 1992. She is a member of numerous educational and professional organizations and has been recognized by the honorary educational organization, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, as an outstanding woman educator. Dr. Bloom has devoted much of her efforts to improving and shaping the academic climate at Fresno State and is credited with improving the overall academic, working and administrative relationships necessary to present outstanding academic programs to students. She has chaired or vice-chaired the Academic Senate for six years and has served on many university committees involved with the quality of academic instruction. She has also worked toward improving campus communications between different constituent groups and has served on the planning committees of several Racial Harmony Conferences and Student Communication Conferences. She has been active in the "Learn -at-Lunch" staff development seminars and in the Employee Assistance Program, which have improved employee relations. She has also spoken and published often on the subject of gender differences in communication and ethics.

List           ROLAND H. BRADY             Top

Dr. Roland Brady graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Earth Science Education and two years later, a B.S. in Geology. After teaching elementary science and math, he worked with a water well company, then joined the Merchant Marines, working aboard research vessels undertaking research in the Artic and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Dr. Brady completed his PhD. at University of California, Davis, researching active earthquake faulting in the southern Death Valley. While in graduate school, he led numerous adventure-travel trips to South America and Mexico, and developed a mineral exploration consulting business operating in Alaska and the western US.

Upon arriving at the CSUF Geology Department in 1986, Dr. Brady began building academic programs in engineering geology and geophysics. He and his graduate students continued research in the Mojave Desert publishing numerous articles and maps. Since his arrival, Dr. Brady has taught over 18 different courses ranging from GE to graduate level, most of which were self-initiated.

Eight years ago, he took a leave from the University joining the Peace Corps in Chile where he taught at the University of Chile and conducted horseback and helicopter maping of unexplored regions in Patagonia.

A mid-career change of focus led Dr. Brady to watershed restoration where he works with biologists and engineers restoring habitat to California's rivers and streams. He has completed externally funded projects in wildlands and urban areas involving interdisciplinary CSUF student teams and largely "at risk" students from local high schools. These project/classes have been highly regarded at local and state levels.

For his dedication to students and teaching, Dr. Brady's work earned him the 1996 Provost's Award for Outstanding Teacher and special recognition from the CSUF School of Education.

List           NANCY BRANER             Top

Ms. Braner graduated from Fresno State College in 1967 with a B.A. degree in music. She presently has a career as a teacher of music at Westside School and has been teaching music for 29 years. She is a member of the Fresno-Madera Music Educators, California Teachers Association, and Music Education National Conference. Though Ms. Braner is active in the community through several organizations, she has devoted much of her efforts to promoting excellence in music education. She is the largest donor and fund raiser for the Bulldog Marching Band, working closely with the director to fulfill band needs, provide scholarships and offer guidance for band members. She was the main driving force behind the establishment of the Fresno State Alumni Marching Band and is on the Board of Directors for the Band Alumni and Friends, the band support organization. Each year she also provides Westside Elementary School and Riverdale High School with a Bulldog Marching Band concert to foster music interest. Her efforts in music education and the ensuing benefit for children have been recognized by the local school board which has supported her in successfully establishing a high quality 92-member band at Westside Elementary. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the California State University, Fresno Alumni Association and is a founder of the Marching Band Chapter of the association. Her efforts have fostered the growth and development of the marching band program at Fresno State. Gary Gilroy, the Bulldog Marching Band director, praises Ms. Braner as "providing the best possible role model for any band member."

List             DANIEL C. BUKOFZER            Top

Daniel Bukofzer received his M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis and has been teaching at Fresno State since 1989. He is the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and balances his time to also teach and conduct research.

A current research contract involves the evaluation, using computer simulations, of the Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum modulation utilizing a flip-wave signal shaped by high bandwidth efficiency pulses. The purpose of this research is to analytically quantify interference as well as other impairments to digital communication systems' signals and to design simple and effective receivers that are not subjected to these interferences.

Dr. Bukofzer effectively integrates applicable portions of his innovative research into his classes and blends his expertise with state-of-the-art technology. Through his teaching methodology, his students gain an important educational advantage by having insight into real world communication problems.

List             PAUL DALE BUSH             Top

Dale Bush received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School and began teaching at Fresno State in 1961. He has taught classes in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory and policy, institutional economics and economics of ecology.

Dr. Bush is recognized both in the United States and abroad for his contributions to the literature of institutional economics. He served as president of the Association for Institutionalist Thought, from 1982 to 1983, and of the Association for Evolutionary Economics, for 1990, the two professional organizations sponsoring research in institutional economics in the U.S. He has lectured throughout Europe and is a founding member of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy.

A few of Dr. Bush's publications include: "An Exploration of the Structural Characteristics of a Veblen-Ayres-Foster Defined Institutional Domain"; "The Theory of Institutional Change" and a chapter in Institutional Economic: Theory, Method, Policy, 1993, by Marc R. Tool, editor, entitled "The Methodology of Institutional Economics: A Pragmatic Instrumentalist Perspective,"


List             Alejandro Calderon-Urrea           Top

Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea joined the Department of Biology in August, 1997, as an assistant professor. He was granted early promotion to Associate Professor in 2001. He regularly teaches upper division courses in Developmental Biology and graduate courses in Molecular Biology, as well as in his specialty area, Plant Developmental Genetics.

Dr. Calderon-Urrea enjoys teaching and conducting research and has been recognized for his work in both of these academic areas. He received the 2000 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and has received approximately one million dollars in research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the California Agricultural Research Initiative, and campus funds. His research interest is to unravel the mechanisms regulating programmed cell death in plants and the potential application of this field to control plant pathogenic pests such as nematodes, He has frequently published the results of his research in scientific journals and has made many professional presentations at national and international meetings.

He received his B.S. in 1985 from the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, his M.Sc. in 1988 from the Free University in Brussels, Belgium, and his Ph.D. in 1996 from Yale University. Before joining the faculty at Fresno State, he conducted postdoctoral research at U.C. Berkeley on the topic "use of Agro-Infiltration in the Characterization of the Tobacco Mossaic Virus Elicitor of the N Gene in Tobacco."

An active member of the Fresno State community, Dr. Calderon-Urrea has served on numerous department, college, and university committees. In particular, he has enjoyed service on several committees responsible for recognizing outstanding scholarship on the part of faculty and students and directing the preparation of Liberal Studies majors. On the national level, he has served as panel chair for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which has provided fellowship opportunities for some of the nation's best and brightest young scholors.

List             K.C. CHEN             Top

Dr. Chen joined the Sid Craig School of Business faculty as a Theodore F. Brix Professor of Finance in 1988 after six years at University of Illinois - Urbana, where he had been Associate Professor of Finance. He currently serves as the Chair of the Finance and Business Law Department. As a participant in the University's Faculty Mentoring Program since 1990, he has positively affected the lives of numerous business students through his interactive teaching method. He has been the faculty advisor to the Financial Management Association Student Chapter since 1989, and recently completed 6 years as Advisor to the Chinese Overseas Students Association. Listed in 6 "Who's Who" and International Directories for Professional accomplishment, he is also the 1997 recipient of the Hallowell Faculty Award for Educational Innovation in the Craig School of Business. He has published over 67 articles and participated in several professional organizations, giving more than 59 presentations at conferences throughout the world. His current research is on pricing new securities and financial engineering.

He received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. at Ohio State University, where he was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. Since 1995 he has been editor of the International Journal of Business while he simultaneously serves as Associate Editor on nine other journals related to global financial management and analysis. He has served in a variety of consultant capacities for national and international professional organizations and universities.

List            MAURICE E. COHEN             Top

Dr. Maurice Cohen is a professor of Mathematics at California State University, Fresno and has been teaching here since 1969. He is also a professor of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco and a member of the Bioengineering Graduate Group at the University of California, Berkeley and at UCSF.

His mathematical expertise and genius is recognized around the world. He is recognized as the world’s authority on Chaos Theory, which he hypothesized. He has applied his knowledge in the field of mathematics to areas in medical research and to treatments for coronary heart disease. He is now applying his theory to the early detection and prevention of Parkinson’s Disease.

Among his distinguished achievements, he solved a mathematical problem in 1997 involving Jacobi functions which had previously been considered impossible. In 1985, he was co-author of a paper on the detection of coronary artery disease derived from exercise data which won the American Medical Informatics Association’s Best Paper Award. In 1991 Dr. Cohen was named the Outstanding Professor at California State University, Fresno. In 1996 he won the Faculty Research Award at the University of California, San Francisco for the use of his chaos theory in early detection of heart disease. In March of 1997, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. for his "pioneering work in the decision making in cardiology."  Also in April 1997, he received the University Scholar of the year Award, presented by Chapter 062. In March, 1999, Dr. Cohen received the California State University system's most prestigious award, the Wang Family Excellence Award.

Dr. Cohen has authored over 150 publications in applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, neural networks, chaos theory, automated medical decision making, and medical imaging, as well as chapters in books and encyclopedia and two books, the latest of which will be released in May 1999.

Dr. Cohen’s excitement, exuberance and energy is equally felt in his research, in his teaching at the university and in his other endeavors. As an example, in March of 1997, Dr. Cohen held a one-man art show which premiered 40 paintings demonstrating the use of his mathematical chaos theory in what is considered to be the creation of a new movement in art. He employs the principles of variability, fractals, continuous curves, and clusters to utilize the physical properties of the paint and of light to create a multidimensional and dynamic visual experience.  His paintings have been employed on numerous publications and he has had numerous showings in California and Paris.  The French art world has called him the Nouvel Impressionniste.

Dr. Cohen, is indeed, the epitome of a modern "Renaissance Man"!

List            LUIS  F. COSTA            Top

Dr. Costa has been the dean of the School of Arts and Humanities since 1990. He came to California State University, Fresno from Texas A & M, where he had taught for ten years as a professor of modern languages. There, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of Former Students in 1982. Moving to Fresno was somewhat of a homecoming as Dean Costa had received master of arts degrees at this campus in mathematics in 1967 and Spanish in 1968. After teaching Spanish at Vassar College for several years, he received his Ph.D. degree in Spanish and Portuguese from UCLA in 1974. Among his fields of interest are contemporary Hispanic poetry and novels, the relationship of culture to linguistic structures and computer applications to the humanities. He has written and published extensively and has served on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals. Under his leadership as dean, he has brought distinction to the university and the School of Arts and Humanities through its hosting of the California State Summer School for the Arts program for gifted high school students, and most recently, through its receipt of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the Fresno Conversations on American Pluralism and Identity. Dean Costa has been an active supporter of Phi Kappa Phi and has facilitated the society’s efforts to recognize academic excellence achieved by students within his school.

List           NINA DILBECK             Top

Nina Dilbeck received her M.S. in Clothing and Textiles from Kansas State University, and has been teaching at Fresno State since 1971. She was chair of the Department of Child, Family and Consumer Sciences from 1989 until 1998. She directs the Home Economics In-service Project which provides in-service experiences for high school home economics teachers for the State Department of Education Home Economics Unit. She is Currently the national treasurer for the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences and chairs the Articulation Committee of the California Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She serves on the board of directors for the Museum of Vintage Fashion in Layfette, California. Ms Dibeck is a past president of Chapter 062, serving from 1981 to 1984.

List          MARIE D. DUNFORD             Top

Marie Dunford received her M.S. from Fresno State and her Ph.D. from the university of Southern California and has been at Fresno State since 1989. She is an Associate Professor teaching in the Department of Enology, Food Science and Nutrition and is Coordinator of their Graduate Program and is on the staff of the Center for Food Science and Nutrition Research.  Dr. Dunford's research emphasis is in sports nutrition with a particular interest in carbohydrate intake and its effect on glucose and insulin and has several publications in this area. She also develops nutrition educational materials for both consumers and professionals. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, California Dietetic Associations, Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists, Dietetic Educators of Practitioners and the American College of Sports Medicine.

List          CHRIS FIORENTINO             Top

Mr. Chris Fiorentino joined Fresno State as a part-time lecturer in 1993. In addition to teaching community service-learning courses, he was the first Coordinator of the Students for Community Service program at Fresno State. In 1994, the university was recognized by California Campus Compact with that organization's first ever award for Institutional Leadership in Community Service. By 1995, he was a full-time instructor and coordinator of the university's community service program. Since beginning his employment with the university, Fresno State has become recognized as a national leader in the field of community service and service-learning. In 1997, Mr. Fiorentino authored a text book supplement titled "Cornerstones for Learning through Service", one of the first texts of its type ever published. He has published several articles related to engaging students in learning through service and, in the last five years, he has presented over 15 workshops related to community service-learning. As a Peer Mentor with the National Youth Leadership Council's Service-Learning Exchange, he has helped found several local and state-wide nonprofit organizations. In 2000, California Campus Compact presented him with the distinguished "Richard E. Cone Award" for excellence and leadership in cultivating community partnerships in higher education.

Born and reared in Fresno, Me. Fiorentino received his B.A. in Psychology and his M.A. in Education Counseling from California State University, Fresno. He graduated from the Masters program, Summa Cum Laude, in 1993. Since joining the university, he has also been active in the community, serving as an active member and officer with a number of nonprofit boards and on over 18 campus and CSU system-wide committees.

List           WILLIAM E. FORBES             Top

A 1948 graduate of Fresno State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, he has enjoyed a long and successful law practice in Fresno. He has been associated with the Alumni Association since 1955 and has selflessly served to support the university and its students. He has been instrumental in the development of the Fresno State Alumni House project for which construction groundbreaking was held in December 1998. He has devotedly pursued activities which have led the association to more effectively serve the best interests of the university and its students. Mr. Forbes is currently on the Board of Directors of the California State University, Fresno Alumni Association, Inc. For his dedication and long hours of service to the Alumni Association, he was awarded the Arthur Safstrom Service Award in 1993.

List            JACK FORTNER             Top

Dr. Fortner joined the music department at Fresno State in 1970 and retired as Chair in Spring of 1998.  During his tenure, he was also a professor of composition, Director of the Fresno State Electronic Music Studio and conductor of the university's Symphony Orchestra.  He began the study of composition in 1960 at the Julliard School of Music, received his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1968, where he was also a conductor and member of the composition faculty from 1966-1970.  In 1978 he founded, and is still the Artistic Director of, Orpheus, a professional chamber music ensemble which is particularly dedicated to the presentation of unusual music from all eras.  He is an internationally know composer of music for concert soloists, string quartets, and symphonic orchestras.  Dr. Fortner's music is published by Theodore Presser Company, Philadelphia and in Europe by Editions Jorbert, Paris.

He has made guest appearances throughout Michigan, Utah, Washington and California during his career, and in fall, 1993, was a guest conductor in Germany and Romania, performing his own music with the renowned Ars Nova Ensemble during the Cluj Musical Autumn. He has also recorded his own Trois Gymnopedics with them and Symphonies with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Transylvania.  He premiered Symphonies in April, 1997, at the Cluj Moderne Festival in Romania.

List             ROBERT E. FRALEY           Top

As the head indoor track coach and assistant track coach, Bob Fraley has produced some of the finest student athletes in the country in his specialties of pole vault, jumps and sprints. He has guided his athletes to 38 All-American honors in sprints, jumps and multi-events at Fresno State, including three NCAA titles won by his son, Doug Fraley, in the pole vault. He currently coaches the NCAA Women's indoor pole vault champion and NCAA record holder Melissa Price, who is an honor student in the Craig School of Business. He has been named Region 8 Head Indoor Coach of the Year five times and, in 1994, was named Outdoor Coach of the Year in the WAC conference.  In 1986 he was the assistant coach for the U.S. track team in Romania and at the World Games in Athens, Greece.  Currently he is the president of the NCAA Division I Track Coaches Association and, since 1993, has been chair of the Committee on Men's Pole Vault Development in the U.S., for Track and Field. He co-authored The Complete Book of Jumps, which is used internationally and was translated into German in 1998. Other publications that address training, coach's legal responsibilities and athletic integrity have been distributed internationally.  With five other world-class coaches he has produced a CD-ROM.  He travels and consults frequently in legal cases related to athletic injuries. He has served for 18 years as the advisor, mentor and guiding force for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Before he joined the Fresno State staff in 1980, Bob Fraley won 13 league titles in 15 years at Lemoore (California) High School. He is a Fresno State graduate and also teaches in the Department of Kinesiology.

List            KENNETH C. FUGELSANG           Top

Ken Fugelsang received his M.A. from Fresno State in 1972 and has been an Adjunct  Professor in the Department of Enology, Food Science and Nutrition. He has taught enology and the art of wine making for over 23 years. He is the Winemaster for the Fresno State Winery, the first commercially licensed winery at a university in the United States to market new wine. He has performed extensive research in wine making, wine and beer fermentation, and wine spoilage and has been the recipient of over $1,500,000 in funded research since 1984. He has authored five books and scores of papers on these subjects and has presented papers in France, South Africa, Korea, Taiwan and throughout California and the United States. He is a member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, American Society of Wine Educators, American Society of Microbiologists and the Society of Industrial Microbiologists. He was a member on organizing committee for the 1996 American Society for Enology and Viticulture International Wine and Health Symposium.  Mr. Fugelsang is a past president of Chapter 062, serving from 1992 to 1994.

Mr. Fugelsang has been listed in Who's Who in America since 1979. He was the Fresno State Outstanding Employee of the Year for 1990-1991, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for 1990. Also of that year he received the Claude Laval Research Award for Innovative Technology.

List             ROSIE GUTIERREZ            Top

Ms. Rosie Gutierrez started at Fresno State in 1973 as a Clerical Assistant II, but because of her educational background quickly moved into computer generated graphics. By 1978 she had become a department secretary and graphic specialist. Then she was a production manager for the University Press, the university’s publishing house. From 1980 through 1995 she advanced to a Graphic Artist II in the Academic Innovation Center. She served briefly as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Student Services and since August, 1996, she has been the Coordinator of Events for the Office of the President. She is now responsible for the coordination and planning of the Office of the President events and is the liaison for the Office of the President to a variety of university officials and the public.

Ms. Gutierrez has served two terms on the Staff Assembly and has been a avid participant in committees and events for this group.

But Ms. Gutierrez is not being recognized specifically for what she normally has done or is now doing as job assignments, but rather for what she does to promote the excellence of our campus above the requirements of her position. If it were not for Ms. Gutierrez, many events put on by various organizations would not have been as successful or even gotten off the ground. She works tirelessly through breaks, lunch and after hours to make sure that the extra requests she receives from organizations and others are taken care of. She works with the client and through suggestions, demonstrations, and trials, demonstrates to the client how to better present their project, event program or graphic material. She works long hours, beyond her required duties, to make sure events run smoothly and that everything necessary is taken care of. Because she cares about the university, the staff and the students, Ms. Gutierrez makes a difference and helps this campus achieve a higher degree of excellence. She exemplifies what Phi Kappa Phi stands for in the promotion of excellence.

List            Jack Hannah             Top

Mr. Jack Hannah graduated from Fresno State College in 1957 with a B.A. in Secondary Education and later earned a Masters Degree in Education Counseling and Guidance. While an undergraduate, he played varsity baseball for three years, signing a Major League contract with the Milwaukee Braves in 1955. He played professional baseball for five years in the Milwaukee organization and two years for the California Angels organization.

In 1963 he began work with the Fresno Unified School District and spent the next 30 years as a teacher, counselor, and coach. In 1980, he was recognized as both the "California Coach of the Year" and the "National Southwestern Region Coach of the year." He was inducted into the Fresno State Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

In recent years, Mr. Hannah has focused on efforts to enrich the educational experience of children, collaborating, for example, with the Fresno County Office of Education in developing a multimedia presentation complete with video and curriculum for the fourth grade California History Course. His work won a prize for the Best Historic Narrative given by the Western Heritage Museum in 2001. He is also co-author of two children's books and he continues to write and work with children in the classroom and at library and literacy conferences.

Jack Hannah has also earned international recognition as a song writer, winning three Wrangler Awards given by the Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame. He has been the Western Music Association's "Song Writer of the Year" three times. His internationally acclaimed singing trio, "The Sons of the San Joaquin," has won numerous awards (eg. five times Western Music Association's Group of the Year); they have performed throughout the world, including tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

List            VICTOR D. HANSON             Top

Dr. Victor Hanson is a professor of classical studies in the School of Arts and Humanities and has been teaching at California State University, Fresno since 1984. He began teaching a single course in Latin to a small class of seven students.

He has been credited with single-handedly resurrecting the Classical Studies program and creating one of the most intellectually challenging and most successful academic programs on campus.

The program now has five faculty members and offers at least eight courses each semester at all levels of difficulty. Classes in Latin and Greek, as well as classes in poetry, mythology and literature in translation, are offered. Now several hundred Fresno State students take classes in the Classical Studies program each semester. Dr. Hanson has taught more than 32 different courses during his tenure. Some of his courses offer an interdisciplinary approach and have become part of the university’s General Education requirements. Some of his courses have been broadcast to other schools, and Dr. Hanson has led a study course to Greece and Rome.

Dr. Hanson revived the Classical Society on campus and organized the Classics Lecture Series. He has an ability to relate the ancient world to current events and societal problems while captivating his students. He is enthusiastic and holds the students’ education above all else. One student commented, "Dr. Hanson makes you want to immerse yourself in the subject and become the best student you can be." In 1991 Dr. Hanson was recognized by the American Philological Association, which awarded him its Award for Excellence in Teaching, the top award in the country for teaching in the field of classics. He also received the University Scholar of the Year Award, presented by Chapter 062, in April 1998. Nominated in February 1999, Dr. Hanson was one of the contenders for the California Sate University system's most prestigious award, the Wang Family Excellence Award.

Dr. Hanson is also widely published and has attracted the attention of the media with his knowledge and scholarly insights in farming and the plight of the small farmer . One of his most recent books, Field Without Dreams, published in 1996, a portrait of the vanishing small farmer, has received wide acclaim. A few of his many other titles include: Classical Greece; The Western Way of War; Hoplites, The Classical Greek Battle Experience, and The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the agrarian Roots of Western Civilization."  He has also co-authored a book, Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Learning and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom, published in 1997, which examines the decline of emphasis on the classics and humanities in our universities. His latest book is The Soul of Battle, published in 1999. Two more books are scheduled for publication, The Wars of the Ancient Greeks, in 1999, and The Land was Everything. Letters From an American Farmer, in 2000.

List             ERIC W. HICKEY             Top

Dr. Eric Hickey has been a professor of criminology at California State University, Fresno since 1980, and is a social psychologist who has gained an international reputation for his research on serial killers. His research and insights into the criminal mind have brought him consultancies for law enforcement agencies and appearances as expert witness in criminal cases. Most recently, he has gained recognition for his work with the FBI as a member of the Unabomber task force. He has appeared on radio, in news and magazine articles, and in television documentaries in both the United States and Great Britain. He is also the author of a much consulted text, Serial Murderers and Their Victims, now in its second edition.

Dr. Hickey’s national prominence has not kept him from playing an active role in university teaching. He is an enthusiastic contributor to a highly successful, growing departmental program in criminology which looks towards offering a joint doctorate degree with the University of California in the near future.

Dr. Hickey has recently published his second book, in 1999, concerning the etiology of stalking, entitled Controversial Issues in Criminology.

List             JAMES HIGHSMITH             Top

James Highsmith joined the university's business faculty in 1978 after serving as an assistant attorney general of Ohio for antitrust. He is the Verna Mae and Wayne A. Brooks Professor of Business Law in the Sid Craig School of Business. From 1990 to 1995 he chaired the Department of Finance and Business Law and has taught both undergraduate and M.B.A. students in a variety of business and law-related courses. He has taught business law at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He holds a B.B.A. summa cum laude from Ohio University and in 1972 earned a doctorate summa cum laude from Ohio State University. He has produced numerous publications and has been a contributing author for textbooks in business law and legal environment.

Since 1980, Dr. Highsmith also has served as a Fresno State delegate to the systemwide Academic Senate of the CSU system. He was vice chair for six years, then served as chair from 1995 to 1998. While continuing his teaching, he carried our such senate duties as chairing the CSU Cornerstones Task Force on Learning for the 21st Century. Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to the Central Virtual University design team, where he served as chair of the Academic Advisory Council and was a founding director and secretary for the CVU Foundation. He continues to give presentations across the country concerning California's collaborative efforts in technology-enhanced education.

List             KATSUYO HOWARD             Top

Dr. Katsuyo Howard is a faculty member in the Student Affairs Division, and has been coordinator of the Southeast Asian Student Program at Fresno State for the past twelve years as well as a counselor in the International Student Services and Programs office for eight years. She holds not one, but two master’s degrees from our university, and most recently, has added to this a doctorate degree in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Howard’s creative energy, breadth of interests, and dedication to multiculturalist issues of higher education serve as an example to all who know her. She has been teacher, mentor, and counselor. In a relatively short period of time she has also become author, editor, and producer of three videos, one of which, Voices of Challenge: Hmong Women in Transition, received a national award. Her book of student essays, Passages: An Anthology of the Southeast Asian Refugee Experience, has had national distribution and toured California, Hawaii, and Japan as a theatrical production.

Dr. Howard is heavily involved with developing community-wide collaborative programs for Southeast Asian families and youth, and is a founder of the well-known Stone Soup summer program. Her ability to combine practice and theory, teaching and service is truly remarkable, and we as a university all benefit from her presence.

List            CAROLYN BERRY JACKSON             Top

Dr. Jackson has been teaching textiles and clothing in the Department of Child, Family and Consumer Sciences since 1983. Her real love is for the conservation and preservation of antique textiles. In this regard, Dr. Jackson and two of her students received the Governor’s Historical Preservation award for California in 1995. She has also given presentations to several organizations and conferences, as well as workshops, and she assists museums from Fresno to Bakersfield in the preservation of antique textiles.

Dr. Jackson has served as Academic Advisor to the Fresno State chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, the national Home Economics Honor Society for the past 15 years and was chosen as National Advisor of the Year in 1994. She believes in getting students involved and helping them develop leadership skills. To this end, she holds Leadership Workshops every summer to improve student leadership abilities which has resulted in the Fresno State chapter being chosen as one of the top three chapters in the nation for 3 out of 5 years.

In 1991 She was selected for the Salgo-Noren Award for Teaching Excellence by the School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and in 1995 received the University Provost Teaching Award of Excellence. Dr. Jackson has stated that the rewards of teaching for her is the interaction she has with her students.

Dr. Jackson has also been a teacher and contributor to the Stone Soup Project for Southeast Asian immigrants for several years and is currently teaching sewing classes for Southeast Asian women in the project.

Dr. Jackson is active in a number of local, national and international organizations. She represented the USA delegation of the International Federation of Home Economics at the Women’s Conference held in China in 1995. In 1996, when this conference was again held, she was one of 9 individuals from around the world to present a workshop. Dr. Jackson and two of her students were guests of the Thailand Home Economics Association in Thailand in January of this year. In April 1998, she presented a paper at the Global University: Strategies for the Third Millennium" conference in Tours, France.

Dr. Jackson has demonstrated excellence in teaching and has brought local, national and international visibility for Fresno State through her activities.

List             DICKRAN KOUYMJIAN             Top

Dr. Dickran Kouymjian, a professor of Armenian studies, has been a member of the faculty since 1977. He received his doctorate from Columbia University in New York, which is credited as being the first doctoral degree in Armenian Studies offered in the United States. He is a world-renowned authority on Armenian history, art and literature and, over the past 22 years, has authored 22 books and scores of scholarly articles on these subjects. He serves on the editorial boards of five journals and has been the president of the Society of Armenian Studies.

He holds the Haig and Isabel Berberian Chair of Armenian Studies, one of only a few endowed chairs at California State University, Fresno, and is the director of the Sarkis and Meline Kalfayan Center for Armenian Studies. He was selected as the university’s Outstanding Professor for 1986 and was awarded a Fulbright Senior Lectureship in 1987. Dr. Kouymjian was also awarded the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research for 1999, another testament to a most venerable career.

Dr. Kouymjian is noted for his concern for students and their learning and has been called "the best teacher a student could have." His thorough knowledge and understanding of the subjects he teaches, and his enthusiasm and dedication for his classroom and extracurricular activities, have made him a highly sought-after personality who has raised the level of Armenian consciousness at Fresno State, in the community, across the country and around the world. Dr. Kouymjian’s efforts were recently acknowledged through selection of the Armenian Studies Program as the best such program in the country.

In 1979 he founded and was the first advisor of the Armenian student newspaper Hye Sharzhoom. Through all his endeavors, he constantly strives to maintain the university campus as the cultural center of the Armenian community in Fresno.

In November of 1996, a banquet was held at Fresno State honoring Dr. Kouymjian for 20 years of service to the Armenian Studies Program which he established. During the banquet he was honored with separate encyclicals by both His Holiness Karekin I, Catholicos and Supreme Patriarch of all Armenians, and Aram I, Catholicos of Cilician Armenia. He was also decorated with the medal of Saints Sahak and Mesrop, the highest honor accorded Armenian scholars and writers, sent by Catholicos Karekin from Holy Etchmiadzin in Armenia.

Dr. Kouymjian’s interest in research is currently devoted to Armenian manuscripts and detailing the history of the Armenian people by deciphering ancient writings. His efforts take him around the world. It is not uncommon to find that he is off to Paris for a semester to continue his studies. In April 1999 he attended the Armenian-Italy Exhibit at the Vatican in Rome and also spent time in the Vatican Library working on Armenian Manuscripts.

A personal friend of the late William Saroyan, Dr. Kouymjian is an authority on Saroyan’s work and has published much about the author, including the two volumes in the William S. Saroyan Theatre Series published by the CSUF Press. In 1996 he organized a very successful international conference on Saroyan while holding the post of William Saroyan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

List             EUGENE WILLIAM KREBS             Top

Eugene Krebs received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Additional degrees are in the areas of Human Resources, Child Development and Family Relations. For approximately thirty years the major focus of teaching and research has been on conditions of learning, human development, human memory, and cognition. Some professional experiences in his areas of study include the research and development of science programs for preschool children and the Trace method of prose analysis, Program Director for the School for Behaviorally Disturbed Children in Florida, and Coordinator of a cooperative Intern Training Program between Peru and the Beatrice State Development Center in Nebraska. Dr. Krebs is known for his interest in students and facilitating their learning experience.

List             DON R. LEET             Top

Don Leet received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and began teaching at Fresno State in 1969. He has taught courses in population economics, economic history and economic education.

Dr. Leet has earned a reputation as one of the nation's leaders in the economic education field. He served on the Board of the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) and was elected president for 1989-1990. He has served both as Chair of the Department of Economics at Fresno State and as Director of the Center for Economic Education. He is also the Economics Coordinator for the California State University Institute for Teaching and Learning. He is a member of the Board of the California Council on Economic Education and has served as an advisor on numerous projects for the National Council on Economic Education, most recently as a member of the International Economic Education Project to Russia where he served as one of the major presenters in seminars at Moscow (August 1992) and Nizhny Novgorod (February-March 1993).

In 1994 Dr. Leet, along with James Echols, established the California Stock Market Simulation (CSMS) to help students to learn about investing trends, how to market reports and how to look for good stocks. The online virtual game serves fourth through 12th graders in the Central Valley and students at the university level. For their efforts, the two were awarded the Leavey Medal for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education by the Freedoms Foundation. Dr. Leet also served as president of Chapter 062 from 1986 to 1988.

In addition to his published articles on economic history and economic education, Dr. Leet has authored or co-authored four books and two study guides. Among them are: Population Pressure and Human Fertility Response: Ohio 1810-1860; Economic Decisions for Canadian Consumers; and Economic Decisions for Consumers.

List             ROBERT V. LEVINE             Top

For 25 years as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Robert Levine has played a critical role in the life of our university. With a Ph.D. in personality and social psychology, he has achieved national and international prominence through his research on such topics as pace of life and coronary heart disease, life satisfaction, city stress, and differing cultural perspectives on social psychology.

Among his many accomplishments, he has published two books, authored and co-authored over 60 articles in major journals, served as department chair and both graduate and undergraduate coordinator, and has received numerous faculty research grants. He has been elected distinguished psychologist of the year, outstanding professor of psychology (twice), and California State University, Fresno Outstanding Professor of the Year. Nominated in February 1999, Dr. Levine was one of the contenders for the California State University system's most prestigious award, the Wang Family Excellence Award.

Graduate students in particular have benefited from his work, as may be seen from the lengthy listing of mentored presentations and articles which bear his and his students’ names.

Dr. Levine’s newest work, A Geography of Time, published in 1997, explores the concepts of time as held by various cultures.  In 1998, the book was awarded the Otto Klinegerg Intercultural and International Relations Reward, the most prestigious award given in the field of psychology for a work about culture.

List             KARL E. LONGLEY           Top

Dr. Karl Longley has been a professor of Civil Engineering at Fresno State for the past twenty years, and dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science for the past six years. His tenure on this campus followed a distinguished career in sanitary and environmental engineering in the U.S. Army, from which he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His military career included extended overseas assignments in Korea, Vietnam Panama, and Europe.

During the latter portions of his Army career, Dr. Longley held adjunct professor status at Tulane University and the University of Texas, San Antonio. Upon retirement from the military, he briefly held a position as a consulting civil engineer in Visalia and Porterville and then began his academic career at California State University, Fresno. He continued to conduct studies of water quality, industrial waste control, hazardous water management, air quality management, and water and wastewater treatment plant design. For eight years he was on the board of the Central California Regional Water Quality Control Board (including almost five years as chair) and he has worked closely with various state and federal agencies as a consulting engineer.

Dean Longley has served as chair of his department and as acting assistant dean and acting associate dean prior to being appointed to head his school. In his current position he has led the Engineering Research Institute and coordinated the school's Master of Science of Engineering program at Edwards Air Force Base. He supervises four departments, eight academic programs, and a variety of ancillary activities.

List             MARILYN MARTINO             Top

Ms. Martino earned her B. S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in General Administration in 1986. As a student, she was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Sigma Iota Epsilon and Golden Key. In 1991, she was named Director of Undergraduate Student Services in the Craig School of Business. Her position is responsible for directing all aspects of the advising and academic services provided to undergraduate business students. She has played a key role in the implementation and interpretation of the school's policies and procedures, especially with the development of the pre-business policy. The advising handouts she has created are innovative and serve as models for other schools and departments on campus. In 1997, she was named "Outstanding Employee of the Year" at Fresno State.

She is a member of the Committee on Undergraduate Programs for the Craig School of Business. This committee is responsible for curriculum and program changes for the school. She is also serving on the university's Undergraduate Academic Advising Council. Recently, she developed a PowerPoint presentation to be used as an advising tool at orientations and in the "Introduction to the Craig School of Business" course. Currently, she is involved in creating a web site to assist business students with their advising needs.

List             MAXINE MCDONALD           Top

Maxine McDonald is known as someone who consistently puts the interests of students first. As Director (Acting) of the Educational Opportunity Program, she oversees the support services provided first-generation, historically disadvantaged college students. There are approximately 2,300 EOP students currently attending California State University, Fresno.

Ms. McDonald also serves as the coordinator of Fresno State’s Summer Bridge Program. She is directly involved in all aspects of the planning and execution of the activities required to bring 200 entering freshman students to campus in the summer for a 3 week residential and instructional introduction to the university.

In her role as advocate for students, she has served on numerous campus committees including: the African American Studies Advisory Board; the Enrollment Services Appeals Committee; the Task Force on Minority Student Recruitment; the Educational Equity Advisory Committee; the Task Force on the CSU, Fresno Undergraduate Experience; and the Ad Hoc Committee on Retention. She is a member of the Athletics Advisory Committee; the Evening of Elegance Planning Committee; the University One Planning Committee; and the African American Recruitment program.

Her involvement also extends to the community where she makes numerous presentations to school and community groups. She also serves as a mentor in the Fresno City College IDILE Program.

Maxine McDonald is one of those people who makes things happen. Her ability to develop and implement programs positively impacts the student learning environment on our campus. As a member of the four-person team which developed and implemented the University One Course, She has helped insure that all Fresno State students can receive an excellent introduction to the university and its resources.

For all her accomplishments, Ms. McDonnell was nominated by her co-workers for the Outstanding Employee of the Year Award for 1997.

List             ROBERT H. MONKE            Top

Robert Monke came to Fresno State in 1969, following the completion of a Ph.D. in counseling and pupil personnel at Arizona State University, where he had also been a veteran's counselor and faculty associate. Prior to that, he had been a high school counselor and teacher teacher and served in the military during the Berlin Crisis. He has been the associate dean of the School of Education and Human Development since 1988 and also served as the interim dean in 1996-1997. He serves as the coordinator of the Teacher Preparation and Services Center, which establishes policy and procedures for basic and advanced teaching credential programs, and has spent the past year developing the new Summer Semester Program for teacher education, which will begin in May 1999. From 1987 to 1994 he chaired the committee that planned, designed and coordinated the move into the new Education Building. Throughout his career, he has served on numerous boards and committees that have expanded the excellence of the Fresno State credential program and its contributions to all of California education. Currently, in 1999, he serves on the Advisory Panel for the Comprehensive Review of Teacher Education for the State Commission on Teacher Credentialing and on the CSU Channel Islands Advisory Committee.

Dr. Monke has published extensively and has also presented numerous papers on counselor and teacher preparation, gender equity and diversity in the classroom, and community collaboration for improved learning. He has been involved in the funding of more than $678,000 in grants and resources for the education program of the university.

List             HARRY D. MOORE            Top

Harry Moore has more than 23 years experience in civil, environmental, and geotechnical engineering, an construction inspection and materials testing. He is the owner and president of Twinning Laboratories, Inc. located in Fresno, California. He has extensive knowledge of the engineering and hydraulic properties of soils and rocks in the State of California and provides technical oversight on projects involving foundation recommendations, construction inspection and testing, and engineering of remedial action alternatives. His responsibilities at Twining Laboratories include directing the corporate team through quality assurance and quality control review, leadership development, client maintenance, and regulatory compliance work with State and local regulators.

Mr. Moore was a part-time faculty member at Fresno State in the Civil Engineering Department from 1972 to 1992. He is currently the President of the California State University, Fresno Alumni Association. Mr. Moore earned his B.A. in Civil Engineering from California State University, Fresno in 1979.

List             CAROL B. MUNSHOWER            Top

Carol Munshower obtained her degrees at Fresno State, including a master of arts in counseling and guidance, a pupil personnel credential and a standard, for life, elementary teaching credential. Since 1980 she has been the director of International Student Services and Programs, which currently serves approximately 750 students. She began her career at Fresno State in student housing, and has also worked in Advising Services, New Student Orientation and study abroad advising; she developed and supervised the Southeast Asian Student Services Program. She also served as the sexual harassment coordinator for several years and has worked with students in grievance resolution.

She has been active in the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) for many years, holding office at both the regional and national level, coordinating regional and national conference components and regularly making conference presentations. In 1995 she was the recipient of the Region XII Service Award from the Association. She has been responsible for administering more than $140,000 in student awards for international students and has been a member of the Graduate Deans Council, Undergraduate Committee of the African American Institute since 1996. She has traveled to Africa and Asia in a consultative capacity and as a student recruiter for Fresno State. During her career, she has developed a series of orientation classes and cultural activities that allow our international students to understand American ideas better while also teaching American students more about foreign cultures and contributions.

List             FRANKLIN NG             Top

Dr. Ng is a professor of anthropology and Asian American studies in the Department of Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno. He is very extensively published, especially in Asian and Chinese history and Asian American relations. Dr. Ng had just finished a book on the Chinese-American struggle for equality when an editor approached him in 1991 to create and edit an encyclopedia on Asian American life. The result, the Asian American Encyclopedia, is the first reference book of its kind and has been called by A Magazine "one of the notable events for 1995". The encyclopedia underscores that Asian Americans, the fastest growing minority group in this country, are a multicultural, multilingual people whose experiences are unique and complex. After three years of work, Dr. Ng initially published six volumes, but had accumulated enough material for eight volumes. Dr. Ng’s efforts, according to Marshall Cavendish, the encyclopedia’s New York publishing company, "have focused on the experience of Asian immigrants and the communities which they and their descendants have created in the United States." 

Dr. Ng, a past president of our chapter, serving from 1990 to 1992, received the first University Scholar of the Year Award presented by Chapter 062 in May of 1996.

List             PAUL OGDEN             Top

Named as California State University, Fresno’s Outstanding Professor for 1995, he has served as a catalyst for improving the education and understanding of the deaf community. He has written over 50 major papers and co-authored several books, including "The Silent Garden: Understanding the Hearing Impaired Child" and "Chelsea: The Story of a Signal Dog." He has played a key role in the development and success of the Valley Advocacy and Communication Center, a non-profit agency that provides services for the deaf and hard of hearing. Dr. Ogden currently is a teacher of deaf education in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders located in the School of Health and Social Work. His introductory sign language class consistently has a long waiting list. He has served as an inspiration to his students and all students in the University. He currently is also the Chair of the University Curriculum Committee.

List            Julie Olson-Buchanan            Top

Dr. Olson-Buchanan joined the Sid Craig School of Business in August 1992 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, She is currently the Director of the Sid Craig School of Business Honors Program. The Craig Honors Program is the only business honors program of its kind in the California State University system. The Craig Honors Program is a three-semester program beginning in the spring semester of a student's junior year and culminating with the completion of an honors thesis the following spring.

Dr. Olson-Buchanan began her teaching career as an instructor for the psychology department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a graduate of the honors program and a member of several honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained both her M.A., in 1990, and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology , in 1992, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her graduate work, she was a National Science Foundation Fellow and a Personnel Researcher at IBM headquarters. 

She has been the recipient of several awards during her academic career. Dr. Olson-Buchanan received the Outstanding Faculty Publication Recognition in 1999; the Laval Award for Faculty Research in 1998; the Provost's Recognition of Outstanding Faculty at the 1998 Faculty Convocation and the Kessler Award for Classroom Excellence in 1996. In addition she has received several national awards for her research such as the Edwin E. Ghiselli Award for Research Design. 

List           J. Michael Ortiz            Top

Dr. Ortiz joined the Fresno State Community as Associate Provost in August of 1996 from the University of Southern Colorado where he had completed six years of service as a Dean, Associate Provost and Provost. At Southern Colorado he was selected by the student body as the outstanding administrator in 1994 and 1996. Prior to his move to Colorado, Dr. Ortiz had served for 19 years in the University of North Carolina System with most of that time spent on the faculty at Appalachian State University in Boone. 

At Fresno State, while Associate Provost, he also helped develop and coordinate the Rodman Scholars Program. Dr. Ortiz was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fresno State in 1999 after having served as the interim in that position for 19 months.

He earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) in early childhood special education focusing on program development and evaluation for the developmentally disabled from birth through five years of age. He was also a Research Associate at UNC's Frank porter Graham Child Development Center and served as chairperson of the Department of Special Education for five years. He served as the head of the Division of Extension Instruction where he was involved in one of the first uses of satellite up-link technology in the delivery of instruction. Dr. Ortiz has served on numerous state and national committees including a year with the President's Committee on Mental Retardation in Washington D.C.

Dr. Ortiz obtained his B.A. in Education and Secondary Education, and his M.A. in Special Education focusing on Mental Retardation and Severe Emotional/Behavioral Disorders at the University of New Mexico. He taught severely behaviorally disordered children in the Alburquerque, New Mexico public schools.

List           ALAN F. PETERS             Top

Receiving his Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1971 from California State University, Fresno, he currently serves as the Associate Director for the Fresno County Department of Social Services. He is responsible for the Administrative Services Division and is the Legislative Liaison for the Department. He is a part-time lecturer at Fresno State in the School of Health and Social Work and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Fresno Choral Artists (formally known as the CSU Fresno University Chamber Chorale). Mr. Peters is a member of the Board of Directors of the California State University, Fresno Alumni Association, Inc. and is the Vice President for Chapters in this organization. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the CSU Fresno Social Work Alumni Association. In his association with the University, he has devoted much time to organizing Fresno State students and alumni for the purpose of providing common interest groups for student support and professional development.

List             ALI PEYVANDI            Top

Dr. Ali Peyvandi is a professor of Accountancy at California State University, Fresno. He earned his B.S. degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His Ph.D. is fr4om the University of Missouri-Columbia, also in accounting. His primary areas of expertise are International, Financial, and Managerial Accounting. At Fresno State, he holds the Joy D. Covey Chair in International Business in the Sid Craig School of Business and is the director of the school's International Business Programs.

For over 24 years, he has conducted seminars and workshops in the areas of international accounting and computer applications for managerial and financial accounting and computer applications for managerial and financial accounting. In addition, he has consulted with numerous multinational corporations, the World Bank, and various governmental agencies on accounting and management issues. He co-founded and currently co-chairs the Asian-Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues and is a member of the European Accounting Association, the International Trade and Finance Association, and the American Accounting Association.

Professor Peyvandi is widely recognized for enhancing the international business education program at Fresno State by promoting student exchanges with various foreign universities. For his dedication to students and teaching, Dr. Peyvandi received the 2002 Provost's Award for Graduate Teaching. In addition, he has actively published the results of his research to disseminate new ideas to accounting colleagues world wide. For example, he has written two books on "Using Excel Management Accounting" and "Lotus Applications for Financial Accounting," as well as numerous articles in professional journals. Finally, he has presented more than fifty papers at conferences throughout the world.

List             RAPHAEL X. REICHERT            Top

Ray Reichert received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and began teaching at Fresno State in 1963. He has brought outstanding artistic and professional accomplishments to the Department of Art and Design. He is an Art Historian specializing in pre-Columbian art. Dr. Reichert is also an accomplished sculptor with numerous exhibits at regional and national levels. With extensive field work experience in Peru and West Africa, he has directed student field trips to Australia, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. Currently he has an exhibit at the Toyamura International Sculpture Biennial in Hokkaido, Japan. He was awarded Artist in Residence for Yosemite National Park, 1997 through 1998, and will hold a one-person show in Fall 1998 at the College of the Sequoia Art Gallery in Visalia, California.

List             WILLIAM E. RICE            Top

Dr. Rice is a professor of marketing and logistics in the Sid Craig School of Business and has been a member of the faculty at California State University, Fresno since 1983. During his tenure he has served as director of the University Business Center, director of the Executive in Residence Program and director of the Strategic Planning and Innovation Institute. Dr. Rice has authored or co-authored several books and numerous articles on marketing and experimental learning. He is widely sought by business, professional and community groups and is a familiar figure to Valley Public Television viewers as a former co-host of "Consumer Line," aired on Channel 18. Dr. Rice is well known for his creative teaching style, his ability to instill entrepreneurial spirit in his students, his commitment, energy and enthusiasm, and his dedication to student activities. He has directed the Reno Games, a major competition for business students. He is noted for working closely with students on projects outside the classroom, some of which have resulted in Guinness World Records in fund raising. Dr. Rice received the 1996 Outstanding Professor Award, presented by the university, in recognition of his commitment to teaching excellence.

List             STEPHEN A. RODEMEYER             Top

Stephen Rodemeyer received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1962 and his Ph.D. in 1966 from the University of California, Berkeley. His thesis was entitled, "Studies of Reaction Aromatic Hydrocarbons within a Microwave Discharge." After pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, he joined the faculty at California State University, Fresno in 1967. Here, in addition to teaching, he has served as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and as Acting Dean of the School of Natural Sciences.

Dr. Rodemeyer has published numerous papers on his research activities. He is a member of the California Association of Chemistry Teachers. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society where he has held several board and committee positions. Currently, he is a member of the Budget and Finance Board of the this society which controls a budget of $250 million.

At Fresno State, he is the founding father of the University One course, a course which is designed to promote the concepts necessary for each entering student to successfully pursue their academic career at Fresno State.

He has contributed in many important ways to shaping our university’s future. Among other things, he was the chair of the University Task Force on Students which ultimately formulated the university’s concept of what and where a student should be when ready for graduation. Additionally, he is both Coordinator of the Health Careers Opportunity Program and chair of the Premedical Advising Committee.  In December of 1998, Dr. Rodemeyer was appointed the first Director of the newly established Smittcamp Family Honors College.

He is and has been highly committed both in leadership and in his determination to make Fresno State the best it can be.

List             Judy Sakaki             Top

Dr. Sakaki came to Fresno State in 1995 as the Dean of Students, and was appointed Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students in 1997. She is responsible for providing leadership to over 25 programs that serve students. These range from Admissions, Records and Evaluations to Academic Enhancement Services, federally funded programs such as Upward Bound and Talent Search to Student Life and Financial Aid. Prior to joining the university, she was an Executive Fellow for the California State University system and was an American Council on Education Fellow.

Following completion of a B.A. degree in Human Development, summa cum laude, and an M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology at CSU Hayward, she completed a Ph.D. degree in Counseling Psychology and Higher Education Administration at UC Berkeley. She held several positions at CSU Hayward between 1976 and 1994, including being on the faculty in the Educational Psychology Department and, beginning in 1989, Executive Director of Student Academic Services. She has additional training and publications related to Asian Americans, and is active in several professional organizations. A frequent speaker on international and multicultural issues in education, she was a founding member of the Asian Women's Shelter Project in San Francisco and volunteers with the Japanese American Citizens' League and The American Lung Association in Fresno.

List            JUAN SERRANO            Top

Fresno State is extremely fortunate to have an artist of the caliber of Juan Serrano to attract, teach and train our students studying guitar. He developed and continues to head the guitar program at Fresno State. As the only remaining expert in the world of flamenco, he is sought after as a performer, for master’s classes and as a guest lecturer on the history of flamenco and has brought high visibility to Fresno State’s and his guitar program.

Dr. Serrano has been acclaimed by audiences, aficionados, critics and artistic peers as the best flamenco guitarist in the world today. He has performed before millions around the world since his professional debut at the age of 13. He has performed on major television and radio programs throughout the world and has authored books and produced videos on the subject of flamenco. His books include Flamenco Guitar, Basic Techniques; Juan Serrano, Flamenco Concert Selections; Guitar Solos, Sabor Flamenco; and King of Flamenco Guitar. The Press at California State University, Fresno has also published Flamenco, Body and Soul, a history of flamenco. His videos include Juan Serrano; Flamenco Guitar; and Flamenco Traditions. Dr. Serrano’s latest recordings include Masters of Flamenco, Volumes 1-5, and The Art of Flamenco Guitar, both released by Planet Records; Flamenco Festival, released by BMG; Grandes Guitarras, released by Philips; and Sabor Flamenco, released by Concord Picante.

Dr. Serrano has received many prestigious awards and honors. He is the only guitarist to receive the Porto de Oro, awarded only every 10 years by Cordoba, Spain. He received the Page One Ball from the Newspaper Guild of New York, the Medalla de Oro from the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts, and the Catedra de Flamencologia from Jerez, Spain. He has also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. The City of Fresno has bestowed upon him the Fabulous Fresnan and the Horizon awards.

Though this introduction barely scratches the surface of Dr. Serrano’s credentials and mastery, there is no doubt that his presence at Fresno State has elevated the quality of the music program and has attracted top caliber students of guitar to study under his guidance. He has created and promoted excellence at Fresno State and helped make Fresno State known around the world for which he received the University Artist Award in 1998.

List              Paul Shaker           Top

Dr. Paul Shaker is a career educator who began teaching high school in Appalachia before returning to his alma mater, Ohio State (cum laude, History, 1969), to earn his advanced degrees. In higher education he has served as professor, chair, associate dean, and dean in four different universities throughout the United States as well as Assistant Director of the Educational Research Center, College of Education, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Three times he has been given awards for his classroom work in teaching education. Also, he lived in Kuwait as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, addressing evaluation in K-12 settings. Since 1997 he has served as Dean of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at Fresno State.

Dr. Paul Shaker has been active in professional organizations and as a publishing scholar. His co-edited book, Teachers and Mentors, received the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education "Outstanding Writing Award" in 1997. He is the author of over forty articles treating issues in teacher education, curriculum theory, and educational politics and policy. Most recently his scholarship has focused on the attacks on public education which have been launched by an inter-related consortium of foundations, think tanks, and publicists. Dr. Shaker was the director of the National Endowment for the Humanities first grant to a school of education. Active in the John Dewey Society, Dr. Shaker chairs the Dewey Lecture for the annual meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

At Fresno State, Dean Shaker has directed the regional implementation of CalState TEACH, a web-based, distributed learning teacher education program based on the Open University (U.K.) model. During his tenure as Dean, he expanded the enrollment (and the Faculty) of his school by ten percent per annum five years running to meet our region's severe teacher shortage. Among other achievements as dean, he has heightened the recruitment and retention of minority students (up by forty percent) and faculty (up by twenty-eight percent), and was a member of the team that successfully solicited a multimillion dollar naming gift for the Kremen School of Education and Human Development and an endowed chair for Early Childhood Education.

List              JOHN R. SHIELDS           Top

Dr. Shields is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and has been a member of the faculty since 1978. His early experiences gained through work in the Peace Corps, in the State Department in Washington, D.C., and as a high school English teacher and through his experiences living in numerous foreign countries have set the tone for his activities at California State University, Fresno. He is an avid supporter of the International Student Program and provides all the help he can provide to aid foreign students in the use, understanding and writing of the English language to facilitate their student experience. His teaching also emphasizes a care and concern for student success. He is well known for gathering and collecting massive amounts of resource materials to supply students with information necessary to succeed in developing their writing and English skills. He also advises, coaches and assists students in the annual national agricultural business competition sponsored by the National Agri-Marketing Association. His guidance has led to professional contacts with industry leaders and has fortified student credibility with prospective employers. The result of his dedication has been to help establish the award winning Agricultural Business program, recognized in 1985 by the Department of Agriculture, as a national model. He is also actively involved in academic policy decision making working to standardize the general education requirements of the university and set curriculum requirements at the school and department levels. His abilities in policy analysis have given him leadership roles in faculty governance in the academic senate. He is the chair of the Academic Program and Policy Committee.

List            MALIK SIMBA           Top

Dr. Malik Simba received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in the areas of American Constitutional History and the History of African Peoples. He has taught at this degree granting institution, as well as, the State University Center at Binghamton, and Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Simba has taught in the areas of History, African American studies, and Ethnic Studies since coming to California State University, Fresno in 1989. He is, at present, the chair of the department of History.

Dr. Simba has published over forty essays on race relations law, and African American history and biography. His essays have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Focus on Law Studies, Journal of Southwest Georgia History, Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery, and numerous other scholarly periodicals. His essay on the 1927 case of Gong Lum v. Rice is recognized as breaking new ground in the area of critical legal theory. He has served as an editorial consultant for the Salem Press; and he has been the recipient of three research grants conferred by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

List            CAROLYN IVERSON SKEI            Top

As Director of Publications, Carolyn Skei is charged with one of the most responsible positions on campus creating and maintaining consistent quality and standards of excellence in all university publications. For fifteen years, her comprehensive knowledge of graphic arts, printing and pre-press processes, and typography have helped to define the public image of the university. Her artistic talents and skillful editorial eye make her an indispensable asset to any printed production.

Carolyn regularly coordinates the planning, writing, editing, design work, specifications and bids for Contact and Spotlight, the university on- and off-campus newsletters; oversees special event and recruitment publications; is a mentor for student news writers and editors; edits major university policy statements; volunteers her expertise in teaching desktop publishing and photo editing; serves on university advancement and editorial committees; and is herself author of numerous articles on California State University, Fresno academic services and events. All of these tasks she performs with unfailing grace, good humor, skill and diplomacy, even in the face of conflicting assignments and frequent emergency deadlines.

List             CHARLES R. SMALL           Top

Charles Small graduated from Fresno State in 1979 with a degree in Business Administration. He currently is an accountant with the firm of Dedekian, Ezell, George and Weed Accountancy Corporation, in which he became a shareholder in 1993. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Small became involved with the Alumni Association in 1984 and a board member in 1985, when he began a six year term. In 1993 he, became a board member for another six year term. He was elected president of the board in 1997. He also was a member of the Alumni Trust Council, the alumni foundation for scholarship trusts, from 1990 to 1993.

While on the board of the Alumni Association Mr. Small served on many organizational and university committees such as those for Marketing, Finance, Bylaws, Nomination, the Computer Data Base, and the Alumni House. He served on the search committee for the position of executive director of the Alumni Association and the search committee for university president that eventually chose our current president, Dr. John Welty.

Mr. Small also serves as a University Ambassador. He believes that his role is to create and spread good will for the university in the community, in attracting new students, and in building business support. He is proactively involved with legislation that affects the university and higher education and he strives to build needed community support for beneficial legislation.

Mr. Small also has taken responsibility for leading the Alumni Association in its role to help implement the university’s Plan for the 90’s and the Vision for the 21st Century.

List           FRED G. STEIN             Top

Mr. Stein received his B.S. degree in business economics in 1952 from San Jose State University. He recently retired from a career as a pharmaceutical sales specialist. However, he has unselfishly and enthusiastically devoted his energies to California State University, Fresno for several decades. He is the only individual in the history of the university to have served as president of both the Alumni Association and the Bulldog Foundation, the university’s two largest auxiliary support organizations. Mr. Stein set the stage for the Alumni Association’s current proactive involvement with the university. His goal was to make the organization one that all others would look to as the leader. During his tenure as president, the first Memorandum of Understanding with the university was established, the Student Alumni Association Chapter was reactivated and many specialty chapters representing various populations of the university were established. The computer database was greatly enhanced and the Outstanding Alumni Program was developed to recognize excellence and significant contributions by alumni. The alumni publication The Blue Wave was redefined and expanded and a relationship with the Career Development Office was begun to implement a Career Network of University Alumni to assist students with career objectives and offer opportunities in career development. The Alumni House project concept was begun and an extensive marketing survey conducted to identify how the association could better serve both students, the university and alumni. As a long time trustee and past president of the Bulldog Foundation, Mr. Stein has been a major leader in all capital funding campaigns, sixth highest overall, which have resulted in the construction of campus facilities such as Bulldog Stadium, Beiden Field, the new women’s softball stadium, and the expansion of Selland Arena. He has long been a "team owner," the leader of a foundation fund raising unit, and has been in the forefront of scholarship fund raising.

List             JANELL TATSUMURA              Top

Ms. Tatsumura came to Fresno State in 1988 to begin her academic career. She completed her liberal Studies degree, with an emphasis in Counseling, then continued on to complete her M.A. in Education in 1995., and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in 1996. Since 1995 she has served as the Liberal Studies Lead Advisor, and is responsible for the office that advises all students seeking K-8 Teaching Credentials. She also assists community college and university transfer students, and community members returning for a teaching credential. She works with a variety of university committees that address academic requirements and certification for multiple subject credential candidates. She has been instrumental in developing the new blended program in Liberal Studies, which will allow students to complete their major and credential in four years.

This year she is co-chair of the Task Force on Students for the University Strategic Plan and serves on the new Undergraduate Academic Advising Council and the President's Commission on Education. Ms. Tatsumura is also an active member of the Dean's Coordinating Council, the School of Education Development Committee, and the University Task Force on the First Year Experience.

List          BRUCE THORNTON          Top



Dr. Thornton joined the Fresno State faculty as a part-time lecturer in English in 1982 and served as chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures from 1996 to 2000. He is also a professor of Classics and Humanities and is currently the Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. He began his teaching career as a teaching associate in the comparative literature department at UCLA while working on his graduate degree. He has also taught English at Kings River Community College. He holds a B.A. in Latin, magna cum laude, from UCLA and also his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature: Greek, Latin and English, from UCLA, awarded in 1983. His scholarly interests have focused on the influences of Classical culture and literature on western civilization and he has written over 27 essays and reviews. He has 2 books currently in print and four others, which will be published in the next two years. They include one titled Greek Ways, and another on the Mexican bandit Joaquin Murieta.


Raised on a ranch in rural west Fresno, Dr. Thornton also lectures on Classical agrarian influences on our nation's founders, and on George Washington as farmer and soldier. He has spoken at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., at conferences in Williamsburg, VA and is a regular presenter for Elderhostel in Dunlap. He has presented for the Class XXX of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, Willamette University, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, and locally, for members of the Friends of the Library Coffee and Books program.

List             KATHLEEN  VANDER  MEER             Top

Ms. Vander Meer is a support staff member within the Division of Graduate Studies. She has been on staff since 1977. While most faculty and administrators of programs have the opportunity to expand, grow and participate within their individual fields of expertise, support staff most often must spend their available hours performing their described job functions. Occasionally, a staff member manages to develop his or her assignment into something that has a direct and significant impact upon students within the university. One such person is Ms. Vander Meer. Beginning as a thesis reader, proof-reading each paper before it was bound for the library archives, she has identified and developed the needs of the position into that of a true consultant helping to support student development and success. Each year she assures that each of the 150 to 175 theses processed by the Division of Graduate Studies meets established standards for quality of writing, format and style, and support documentation necessary for publication in a scholarly journal within the field of study. During this process, she works with each graduate student to develop the professional values of authorship required to produce a quality thesis. For this purpose, she has redefined and set the standards for thesis writing for the university. She has developed a computer guideline template for thesis writing, the only one available in the CSU system. She developed the Thesis Title Listing supplement for the Commencement Program and initiated the Outstanding Thesis Award. She also has developed the university guidelines for copyright infringement and plagiarism issues. She compiles and edits the Graduate Financial Aid Handbook, which identifies sources of graduate student financial support, and is the editorial person for the Division of Graduate Studies. She also is involved in grant development and has helped to establish such programs as the McNair Program, which helps to prepare underrepresented students for graduate work.

List               STEPHANIE A. VASILOVICH            Top

Ms. Vasilovich joined the Fresno State Development Staff as the Director of Advancement, College of Health and Human Services, in 1996, where she developed and coordinated the first ever fund development plan for the college. This included a first year total of $100,000 in gifts and the development of the university's most active alumni support group, which generates 50% of the college's fund raising dollars. She also developed over 500 donor relationships among city and county health care organizations, foundations and individuals to support nursing, social work and physical therapy departments. In 1998 she moved to the Sid Craig School of Business as the Director of Advancement. In the past two years (1998-1999), she has secured the largest cash gift to the university-$1.7 million--that became part of the $2.7 million in donations for 1998.

Prior to her work at Fresno State, Ms. Vasilovich was the marketing and communications project manager for Valley Children's Hospital for five years and worked extensively on the community outreach related to the capital campaign for the new $170 million children's hospital. 

She holds a degree in American Studies from Scripps College, Claremont and presently serves actively on the Board of Directors of the California State University, Fresno Alumni Association and the Advisory Board of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Trust.

List           VIVIAN A. VIDOLI             Top

For over 18 years, Vivian Vidoli has served as Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies at California State University, Fresno. She has accumulated an impressive series of leadership firsts, and has established a national reputation in the academic arena.

Not only was Dr. Vidoli the first woman to serve as head of her university’s Academic Senate, but she became the first female to serve as president of the Western Association of Graduate Schools. Nationally, she was elected chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools, and then, chair of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Board.

Most important for us at Fresno State, however, her contributions to the intellectual like and academic reputation of our university have been extraordinary. She is responsible for the awarding to our campus of the nationally competitive Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship, the Minority Undergraduate Recruitment, and the Ronald E. McNair Fellowship grant programs. These have provided numerous of our disadvantaged students the opportunity to pursue an advanced education. She founded the California State University Student Research Competition, and was instrumental in the development of the Joint Doctorate Program in Educational Leadership, now being offered with the University of California.

These are but a few of her accomplishments. Dr. Vidoli’s firm advocacy of graduate education and her commitment to faculty, student, and program quality and support truly bring honor to us all.

List             JAMES E. WALTON            Top

Dr. Walton joined the English Department in 1990 as a full professor. He moved from Mount Union College where he had been a professor for 20 years, and received the Great Teacher Award in 1989. He also taught at Canton McKinley High School in Ohio, and has been an exchange Professor in Osaka, Japan. Fluent in Japanese, Spanish and French, Dr. Walton is now the Coordinator of the Ethnic Studies Program. He is currently teaching a course in American Literature via the internet to international students in Tokyo. This is the first Fresno State class to be taught internationally through the internet (1998); he taught a similar course via the internet at Sungshin University in Seoul, Korea in 1999. He has taught a variety of courses in writing, American and Japanese literature and African American history, drama and literature. Recognized as the Fresno State McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year in 1994, he was also a 1999 Profiles of Success Honoree by the local Fresno television station, KSEE 24.

Dr. Walton received his B.S. degree from Kent State University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Akron, and has been a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow at Princeton University. Dr. Walton has served on a variety of university committees, and has been a consultant and reader for Educational Testing Services (ETS) for AP English, the CSU English Placement Exam, and the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) since 1985. He has numerous publications and professional presentations to his credit on topics as broad as Langston Hughes, Malcolm X, Miles Davis, standardized test scores and the Harlem Renaissance. He is currently working on a drama set in the 21st century.

List            ANDREAS WERZ            Top

Dr. Werz is a professor of piano in the Department of Music. He is also the artistic director of the internationally renowned recital series "Phillip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts."

He is a prominent performing artist and has received numerous honors at international piano competitions including the G.B. Viotti in Italy, the Joanna Hodges in California and the Dr. Luis Sigall in Chile.

He was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and began piano lessons at the age of five. He has completed studies under Tiny Wirtz in Cologne, Germany, Phillip Lorenz in Fresno and James Avery in Freiberg Germany. He has participated in Master Classes with Yevgeni Malinin in Moscow, Bruno Leonardo Gelber in Buenos Aires and Ivan Moravec in New York. At the Freiburg Conservatory, he passed the Solistenprufung which corresponds to the American doctorate in piano performance "with distinction."

Dr. Werz has concertized extensively in the United States, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain and Germany and including a two and a half month European concert tour in 1999. He has recorded for Sudwestfunk in Germany. He has toured Asia twice performing and giving master classes in Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Locally, during the 1998-1999 concert season, Dr. Werz was selected to be a solo performer for the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra.

In regard to his recent recording of works by Schumann, Schonberg and Rihm for Thorofon Records, Fanfare magazine praised his "formidable technique and genuine sensitivity" and stated: "The cohesive concept behind the program makes it very satisfying to any collector wanting to encounter a thoughtful younger artist with real ideas about music history."

Dr. Werz has brought world renown recognition to Fresno State and has provided teaching excellence for our students. In 1997, Dr. Werz received the University Artist Award for his many artistic contributions to the excellence of the music program at Fresno State.

List             STEVEN YARBROUGH             Top

Steve Yarbrough has been on the faculty at Fresno State since 1988. Prior to coming to Fresno, Professor Yarbrough received his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arkansas and then taught in the English Department at Virginia Tech. He is currently a professor of English, teaching in the English Department’s new Master of Fine Arts program.

Professor Yarbrough has published several books. Family Men and Mississippi History are collections of short stories. A third book of stories, Veneer, is his most recent collection. His first novel, The Oxygen Man, published in April of 1999, has already been adapted as a screen play.

A Pushcart Prize for nonfiction and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction writing are among the many awards Professor Yarbrough has won. His work has been favorably reviewed by the media, including the New York Times Book Review.

Professor Yarbrough is one of the most popular professors in the English Department. His sincere dedication to the craft of writing and his willingness to help Fresno State’s young writers breach the barrier of anxiety that comes when entering the critical literary world have endeared him to his students. One student states that Professor Yarbrough can see beyond the surface and possesses the rare ability to bring the gem out in his students' writing as well as in their personalities.

As a testament to Professor Yarbrough’s abilities, his current and former students have won several awards including the Iowa School of Arts and Letters Award for Short Fiction and the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize. One of his former students recently published his first book of fiction, which was chosen one of the notable books of the year by the New York Times Book Review. In 2001 he received the University Artist Award recognizing his creative writing talents.

List             STANLEY M. ZIEGLER            Top

Dr. Ziegler has been associate dean of the School of Natural Sciences since 1989. He has also been the chairman of the Department of Chemistry and coordinator of the South Pacific Semester Program and has been a professor of chemistry since 1968.

Throughout his career he has been very active in educational and teaching programs at Fresno State. He has brought to Fresno State National Science Foundation grants for cooperative college/school science projects, instructional improvement projects and the Minority Opportunities in Science Teaching program. He has also brought to Fresno State funding for the Central Valley Science Academy for Middle School Teachers and for teacher pre-service and in-service programs. He received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Grant for middle school teaching programs. He also brought the California Postsecondary Education Commissions Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program Grant for the development of mathematics and sciences curriculum to strengthen the Liberal Studies major at Fresno State and to recruit and train students to become middle school teachers in science and mathematics.

These grants that Dr. Ziegler gained for Fresno State since 1972 have totaled more than 3.3 million dollars, and have strengthened our teaching programs and given students the opportunity to become better teachers of science and mathematics for our children in the middle grades, where a child’s educational development is rapid. His work in getting grants has also strengthened our Liberal Studies major in the School of Education and Human Development, giving our students a better education. And his efforts have helped increase the recruitment and training of underrepresented students to become credentialed secondary science teachers.

Through all these activities, Fresno State has become a better university and our students striving for teaching credentials have received a better education.

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