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Global Connections Learning at Home and Abroad • The Newsletter of Continuing and Global Education Welcome to Spring 2010!


ince our last publication of Global Connections, this issue updates you on a number of ventures that have taken place over the last few months. The current economic climate at the state level has provided the Division of Continuing and Global Education the opportunity to re-evaluate and prioritize the offering of courses and provide alternatives for students to progress toward degree completion, and for many others to re-tool their knowledge and skill sets for a new career.

As a “self-support” enterprise of the university, we are able to offer classes that students need which are not offered during the regular semester schedule. We implemented the Winter Intersession and many students were able to make progress toward their degrees while others upgraded their knowledge. A similar Intersession will be offered in MayJune 2010 in addition to a nine-week Summer Session. A number of innovative off-campus degree programs for working professionals as well as online courses and degree programs are in development, with anticipated launch dates scheduled for summer and fall 2010. This issue will provide a brief glimpse of these and many other exciting programs that are being created and offered to students, community members and working professionals in our region and beyond. We benefit from shared ideas provided by our faculty, students and community members for new programs and courses.

This is an exciting time for us in the field of continuing education as we offer ample opportunities for professional development and sharing of best practices based on current research trends. We hope you enjoy reading this issue. Berta González, Ed.D. Associate Vice President

Non-Credit Programs for Seniors and Youth on the Rise Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Receives Endowment


n October 2009, the Bernard Osher Foundation awarded Fresno State’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) a $1 million endowment. Part of a national learning network for seasoned adults, Fresno State’s OLLI was established in 2005 with a $100,000 grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, which has supported the program with subsequent annual grants through 2009. This endowment ensures that the work of OLLI in central California continues in perpetuity.

The program is designed for people 50 and older who want to expand their knowledge for the “sheer joy of learning,” according to OLLI Director Dr. Shirley Bruegman. Fresno State professors teach many of the offerings, which consist of workshops, short courses and field trips across a broad spectrum of interests. OLLI has no entrance requirements, grades nor exams and boasts more than 500 members who participate annually. For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Fresno State and its spring activities, visit www., phone 559.278.0008, or email The OLLI office is located at 2743 E. Shaw Ave, Suite 108 just south of the Dog House Grill at Shaw and Chestnut Avenues.

New Horizons Band and Orchestra


Osher members purchase books by author Mark Arax prior to his January lecture in the Satellite Student Union.

n its second year, this program has drawn adults who had not played an instrument for several decades but were ready to learn and enjoy making music with others who shared similar musical talents. More than 70 participants in the New Horizons Band and Orchestra, some of whom had never played an instrument before, proved that the brain is always ready to take on new information. Several concerts were performed during the holiday season at Manchester Mall, on campus, and at various assisted living communities in the area.

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Learning at Home and Abroad • The Newsletter of Continuing and Global Education New Horizons Band - continued This outreach effort has brought faculty, staff and community members together. The Division expresses appreciation to the Division’s Director of Extension Programs, Cyndy Trent, as well as music conductors Archie Rader and John Webster who lead the beginning and advanced band groups, and Elaine Ikemoto and Sheldon Schlesinger, who conduct the string orchestras. You can view the Manchester Mall performance on YouTube at www.

New Horizons musicians meet weekly to rehearse. Veterinary Summer Camp for Youth


he Summer Vet Camp for students entering 7th -9th grades completed another successful session in 2009. In 2008, this program received the Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Region West. Local veterinarians and technicians donate their time to work with 25 middle school students each summer in an effort to introduce them to careers in

veterinary medicine. Donna Shepard, RVT, coordinates the program. Our appreciation goes to the veterinarians and staff from Waterhouse Animal Hospital, as well as other veterinarians and area companies for their contributions to this very successful program. Dates for the 2010 Summer Vet Camp are July 12 - 16.

The Disney Institute: Disney Keys to Excellence Program


t doesn’t take any training to recognize that the world’s economy has taken a significant downturn. However, it does take effective and proven professional development training to guide impacted organizations back to the summit. A one-day workshop, the Disney Keys to Excellence program is a rare and affordable opportunity to learn best business practices from Disney insiders. Organizations from across the nation have learned proven philosophies and implemented effective processes to reap the rewards of improvements in leadership, management, service and brand loyalty. We have partnered with the Disney Keys to Excellence program this spring to offer this incredible one-day training to area businesses, corporations, educators, university staff, non-profits and others who provide services in the region. Date of the training is scheduled for May 4th at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Fresno. For registration information go to www.

The 2010 Global Beat Goes On


Aspiring veterinarians practice surgery during Summer Vet Camp.

everal Schools and Colleges have developed faculty-led Short term Study Abroad Programs for summer 2010. Students are currently registering for Extension credit for various study tours to be conducted in Trinidad and Tobago, China, and the Netherlands. These courses are open to students as well as staff and community members. continued on next page

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Learning at Home and Abroad • The Newsletter of Continuing and Global Education Global Beat - continued Faculty leading the various programs include: Dr. Annette Levi, Department of Agricultural Economics (China); Drs. Ruth Masters and Bernadette Muscat, Department of Criminology (Netherlands); Drs. Sean Seepersad, Department of Child, Family and Consumer Sciences and Dave Goorahoo, Department of Plant Science (Trinidad and Tobago). For specifics and contact information on these and other short term study programs, visit our website at studytours.

Another group of nurse educators from Thailand will spend one month on the Fresno State campus during a program offered by the Department of Nursing.

Thailand Nursing Faculty Return To Fresno State for Training


he Fresno State Department of Nursing faculty will once again be involved in a one-month training program designed to upgrade the knowledge and skill levels of nursing faculty colleagues from Thailand. In partnership with the Ministry of Public Health Workforce of Thailand, the Division of Continuing and Global Education continues to foster this specialized training program designed to advance and nurture the relationships with nursing faculty groups from several provinces where colleges of nursing seek to improve and engage in best practices. Leading the effort this summer are Dr. Mary Barakzai and Dr. Dorothy Fraser, who this spring will visit Thailand

and conduct an assessment as well as collaborate with key nursing officials in making appropriate modifications to the on-going summer course. Approximately 15 nursing faculty from Thailand will visit Fresno in July.

mission and goals for implementing innovative online programs, and will provide support needed in program development with several ongoing certificate and non-credit training programs. We are pleased to welcome Martha to the Division staff.

Division Staff News and Updates Marketing Staff Wins National Awards Counterparts Meeting in Los Angeles


n fall 2009, as the Division staff geared up for implementation of Winter Intersession and planning for summer session 2010, members participated in a CSU system-wide Extended Education Counterparts meeting held in Los Angeles. Two members of the staff, Monica Acosta and Katha Brassfield were instrumental in facilitating one of the workshop sessions at this meeting. The meeting offered an opportunity to exchange ideas with our CSU colleagues about issues such as online registration processes, planning for summer session, how to support faculty with off-campus degree programs, and other topics. Also helpful was hearing about non-credit, certificate, and other innovative programs offered by other CSU campuses to serve both non-traditional and currently matriculated students. Martha Rodriguez Joins the Division Team


fter working with Digital Campus for the last 9 years, Martha Rodriguez joined the Division team in late fall. Martha brings with her knowledge and skills that complement the Division’s Martha Rodriguez


nder the leadership of Marketing Director Susan Hawksworth, the Division was recognized by the University of Continuing Education Association (UCEA) for two entries submitted to its 2009 Marketing and Publications Awards competition. The Division received Silver Awards for its Global Connections newsletter and for its series of redesigned brochures.

The awards competition attracted 348 entries from 78 institutions located throughout the United States and Canada. The entries were judged by a panel of distinguished communications professionals in the fields of advertising, publications, design, marketing and public relations. Congratulations to our marketing team, Susan Hawksworth and Tracy Hollenbeck.

Off-Campus Degree Programs Meet Regional Needs


he Bachelor of Science in Criminology program was off to a great start in fall 2009 with a group that varied from 18-22 students per class. These working police officers are completing their degrees by attending after-hours and weekend classes that meet at the Fresno Police Annex. As one student noted, “The course started benefiting me immediately and will continue to do so, as it was a class on real-time, real world matters that we can continued on next page

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Learning at Home and Abroad • The Newsletter of Continuing and Global Education Off-Campus Degree Programs - continued apply daily.” For more information about this program designed for the working professional in law enforcement, contact Dr. Harald Schweizer at haralds@csufresno. edu or 559.278.8880.


he current Master of Science in Criminology cohort is making excellent progress and students are expected to complete their degrees in summer 2010. Students enrolled in this program already possess undergraduate degrees and hold a 3.0 or better grade point average, in addition to being working professionals in the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, Fresno Police Department, Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Madera Police Department, Visalia Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other governmental agencies in the region. For more information about the upcoming courses, contact Dr. Harald Schweizer at or 559.278.8880.


he Master of Public Administration program has launched its seventh cohort in the south valley this spring. This program draws students from Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties and is offered after work hours and on weekends at the College of the Sequoias Fresno State Center in Visalia, California. The uniqueness of this program is that some courses are offered face-to face while others are delivered online. More information is available by contacting Kurt Cline at 559.278.2988 or


he Master of Business Administration for Executives (EMBA) started its seventh cohort in summer 2009 with 31 working professionals from the region. The eighth cohort of students is scheduled to begin in summer 2010. This program allows candidates to enroll in some evening and weekend classes while they also work full-time in their respective businesses. Candidates in this program have at least ten years of experience in business.

Coordinating these cohorts is Mr. Tom Burns who brings practical experience and provides an exemplary opportunity for candidates to participate in an international experience by visiting and engaging with foreign companies for a two-week period as part of the program. Students participate in seminars led by chief executives of major enterprises such as Mercedes Benz and others. For more information about this program, visit www.craig.csufresno. edu/mbae, email Tom Burns at tombu@, or call 559.278.2107

Innovative and Modified Programs Launched in 2009-10


n a downturn economy, working professionals regularly seek to improve their knowledge and skills. New and innovative modified programs draw diverse audiences to move into different career paths in their companies or organizations. Two programs that were piloted and now are being launched have attracted a number of career changers. The Community College Faculty Preparation Program has drawn students who are currently employed in the region’s community colleges as instructors and who already possess advanced degrees in their areas of specialization. As a pilot Shirley Bruegman program for a number of years, it recently transitioned from face-to-face on-campus instruction

to a fully online program. This program is currently under review by the various university governance committees for approval as a Certificate of Advanced Study. This alternative delivery system will draw students from throughout the state and nationally. Program information can be found by visiting http://www.csufresno. edu/cge/ccfponline. For specific questions, interested graduate students or those with master’s degrees and an interest in community college teaching should contact the program coordinator, Dr. Shirley Bruegman, at dsbruegman@ The Certificate of Advanced Study – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner was approved by the department, college and university committees and approved by the senate in spring 2009. This new 18-unit program was launched in fall 2009 and has attracted primary care nurse practitioners who desire to provide a full range of psychiatric services to patients throughout the life cycle. The program was initially conceived and written by Dr. Mary Barakzai, director of the Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing. For program information, contact the program coordinator, Dr. Debbie Steele, at dsteele@ or at 559.278.5496.

Multi-Site Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Expected in Fall 2010


proposal for a Multi-site Off-Campus Degree Program was submitted by the College of Health and Human Services, Department of Nursing to the various campus governance committees for approval for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The intent of this program is to provide courses to the already working Registered Nurses at various locations such as Saint Agnes Medical Center, Madera Community Hospital, Fresno Community Regional Medical Center, and the Fresno State Center at the College of the Sequoias continued on next page

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Learning at Home and Abroad • The Newsletter of Continuing and Global Education Multi-Site Bachelor of Science - continued in Visalia, California. This program is designed to meet the needs of practicing associate degree-prepared registered nurses in the Central Valley who want to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. These off-campus programs are expected to serve approximately 20-25 students at each site who will proceed through the program as a cohort. Some courses will be offered on-site while others will be online. This hybrid approach to learning provides students with on-site training and direct contact with faculty and classmates. For further questions, contact the program coordinator at 559.278.8209 or jspencer@

New Self-Support Ventures and Programs in Development


n fall 2009, a proposal was presented before the California Academy for Economic Development Board of Regents in Sherman Oaks, California. Dr. Berta González, representing the Division of Continuing and Global Education, Mr. Mike Dozier, Director of Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development, and Mr. Emil Milevoj, Director of the University Business Center in the Craig School of Business, made the presentation for a Certificate Program in Economic Development. Other offices expected to partner in this initiative include the Lyles Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Division of Graduate Studies. With a commitment from the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Board, the certificate is scheduled to launch in fall 2010 as another self-support program. The focus is developing and mentoring future leaders who are involved in city management, elected official positions, council members in city leadership roles and professional economic developers. An endorsement has also been reached with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Craig School of Business


n undergraduate Accelerated Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (ABBA) is currently undergoing the campus governance approval processes and is expected to begin in summer/fall 2010. Coordinating this effort is Craig School of Business Dean Robert Harper. The 15-month program will guarantee class availability and established tuition fees as a Special Session degree completion program through Continuing and Global Education. Students in this program will attend a combination of face-to-face courses and online courses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and additional alternate Saturdays.

Kremen School of Education Interim Associate Dean Dr. James Marshall is coordinating another unique program for teachers. A Teacher Residency Program will provide a select group of exemplary students with a full-time 14-month residency in Fresno Unified classrooms resulting in a Master of Arts in Teaching as well as a teaching credential. Year one of the program will focus on preparing elementary teachers. In subsequent years, the program will add teacher cohorts in secondary education and special education. For information, call 559.278.0205 or email

Kremen School of Education and Human Development


r. Sharon Brown-Welty and Dr. Kenneth Magdaleno are providing leadership in establishing partnerships with Sanger Unified, Clovis Unified and Visalia Unified School districts to launch a Master’s Degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Administration to three cohorts of aspiring educational leaders. This program is currently undergoing curriculum reviews at the school and university levels. It is anticipated that this program will begin at multi-sites in fall 2010. For more information, visit the program website at, call 559.278.0352, or email or Dr. Glenn DeVoogd and Dr. Imelda Basurto are providing the leadership for a fully online Master’s Degree Program in Reading and Writing Instruction. This program promises to enhance the knowledge and pedagogical skill level of reading and language arts teachers across the state and worldwide. For information, visit http://fresnostatereadingonline., call 559.278.0279, or email

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May-June Intersession


tudents and individuals can complete a 3 or 4 unit course during the three-week period following spring semester, May 24- June 11. As with Winter Intersession, students will be able to advance their progress towards degree completion. For more information, go to www.csufresno. edu/cge/intersession.

Summer Session 2010


eginning on June 14 continuing through August 13, 2010, students as well as community members will have another opportunity to enroll in a maximum of 12 units over the nineweek Summer Session period. More than 100 courses will be offered during this session. For information on course listings, schedules and fees, visit www.csufresno. edu/cge/summersession2010.

Learning at Home and Abroad • The Newsletter of Continuing and Global Education In Appreciation


hank you to our partners who share in the delivery and promotion of our programs and courses: ACT Center Bernard Osher Foundation California Association for Local Economic Development Cambridge Educational Services Central California Center for Nursing Excellence Classic Escapes Collette Vacations Curriculum Services and Associates Economic Development Corporation for Fresno County Encourage Tomorrow Forensic Training Network Fresno Adult Education Task Force Fresno County Office of Education Fresno County Sheriff’s Department Fresno Police Department Gatlin Education Services San Joaquin Gardens State Center Community College District Tulare County Workforce Investment Board Virtual Education Software Walt Disney Institute Waterhouse Animal Hospital

Berta González, Ed.D., Associate Vice President Monica Acosta, Registrar Katha Brassfield, Assistant to the Associate Vice President Shirley Bruegman, Ed.D., Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Director Daunette Dryden, Special Sessions Coordinator John R. Dunn, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Program Advisor Susan Hawksworth, Marketing Director Tracy Hollenbeck, Marketing Coordinator Connie Medina, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Staff Dolores Rodriguez, Program Coordinator Martha Rodriguez, Program Support Coordinator Colletta Thompson, Accounting Technician Cyndy Trent, Extension Programs Director Margie Upton, Administrative Support Assistant Bob Vega, Fiscal Officer 559.278.0333 • •

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Global Connections March 2010  
Global Connections March 2010  

Newsletter of the Division of Continuing and Global Education at California State University, Fresno.