Top 16 FresnoStateNews.com stories of 2016

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Top 16 FresnoStateNews.com stories of 2016

Peace Garden

Peace Garden – Jane Addams statue

1.    Fresno State rises through the ranks

Academics at Fresno State are garnering national attention with the release of rankings from Washington Monthly Magazine and U.S. News and World Report.

 

Jordan Agricultural Research Center

Jordan Agricultural Research Center ribbon-cutting

2.    Jordan Agricultural Research Center opens

A 30,000-square-foot interdisciplinary agricultural research center, located on the campus farm at the corner of Barstow and Woodrow avenues, opened in May. It is the first of its kind in the California State University system.

 

Bulldog Stadium renovation

Bulldog Stadium renovation

3.    Bulldog Stadium renovation plans

The Red Wave ramps up support for a renovation of Bulldog Stadium that will include a new façade, scoreboards and luxury seating.

 

Clothing Closet

Clothing Closet

4.    Helping students succeed in and out of the classroom

The University opened a professional Clothing Closet in April to help students obtain professional clothing for interviews, and expanded services to combat food insecurity with the Student Cupboard.

 

Brooks and Goodwin

Brooks and Goodwin

5.    Leading minds

National thought leaders David Brooks and Doris Kearns Goodwin visited campus to give free community talks

Brooks and McCartney

Brooks and McCartney

6.    Rocking out

The Save Mart Center at Fresno State brought legendary artists Paul McCartney and Garth Brooks to Fresno for several sellout and near-sellout shows.

 

7.    Stronger Together

The University announced several new partnerships to improve educational outcomes for students throughout the Valley, including the Central Valley Promise,   2+2+3 Pathway to Law School and Portuguese exchange program.

 

Nursing Student

Nursing Student

8.    The Road to Valley Health

Nursing students use a mobile clinic to provide potentially lifesaving health screenings for people in underserved rural communities — free of charge.

 

bulldog

Bulldog

9.    New coaches and two new sports

Fresno State grew its athletic leadership team with new football coach Jeff Tedford, a former Bulldog quarterback, and new softball coach Linda Garza, a Fresno native. Two new sports programs announced their coaches as women’s water polo coach Natalie Benson and wrestling coach Troy Steiner.

 

Dr. Joy Goto

Dr. Joy Goto

10.  Alzheimer’s breakthrough

Pioneering research on fruit flies by Dr. Joy Goto, a Fresno State chemistry professor, played a key role in developing a new approach to understanding Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Kleenex

Kleenex

11.  Meaningful move-in day

With more than 5 million views, a new video from Kleenex featuring former foster care and once homeless students moving into the dorms at Fresno State gained national attention.

 

Students

Students

12.  Bold new direction

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro announced a new strategic plan and mission statement for the University: “To boldly educate and empower students for success.”

 

Veteran Education Program

Veteran Education Program

13.  Helping our heroes

A new program to help veterans gain admission to Fresno State launched. Seven

 

 

Downtown and Visalia Center

Downtown and Visalia Center

14.  Branching out into the community

Two satellite campuses open in downtown Fresno and Visalia to expand the University’s impact on the region.

 

Water Technology

Water Technology

15.  Advancing water research

The International Center for Water Technology at Fresno State won a $5 million grant to promote water and energy innovation.

 

Community Service

Community Service

16.  10 million hours of service

During the past decade, Fresno State has provided 10,084,974 hours of community service to the Central Valley and beyond, in large part through the University’s commitment to learning by serving.