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Summit to Focus on Rethinking Water Decisions in Changing Conditions
The BlueTechValley Water Summit will challenge attendees to “Rethink Water – Making Decisions in Ever Changing Conditions.”
The summit will be held on March 5 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District with keynote speakers Michael George, Delta water master for the State Water Resources Control Board, and Victor Davis Hanson, farmer, historian and author. Hanson is an emeritus professor of classics at Fresno State.
The BlueTechValley Water Summit will provide water constituents in the private, public and academic arenas the opportunity to explore and discuss new innovations, developments and trends relating to water issues. There will be panel discussions on how the ongoing drought is impacting the water industry, municipalities and agriculture, and how this can spur new innovation.

Amerasia Week: Hayashi Discusses ‘Aging the Asian-American Way’
Dr. Patrick Hayashi, former associate president of the University of California, will discuss “Aging the Asian-American Way” for Fresno State’s Amerasia Week at noon Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
His talk in the Alice Peters Auditorium in the Peters Business Building (5245 N. Backer Ave.), will be a reflection on art, music and race in the Asian-American culture. A reception will follow from 1-2 p.m.
The Fresno State Amerasia Organization will feature dance, song and skit performances representing Filipinos, Indians, Japanese, Hmong and other cultures each night this week from 6-8 p.m. The week culminates with Festival Night from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 7. All events are in the Satellite Student Union.

STEM Symposium Promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
The Central California STEM Collaborative Spring Symposium will showcase some of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs at Fresno State and promote dialogue among educators from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015.
The free, public event presented by Fresno State's Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) will be at the Center for Irrigation Technology (5370 N. Chestnut Ave.). On-site parking is free.

Lecture Series Looks at Jewish Actresses in American Film
Dr. Hannah Schwadron, dance history professor at Florida State University, will visit Fresno State to discuss "Jewish Swans in American Film: Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, and Natalie Portman" after the screening of the film Black Swan from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 in Henry Madden Library room 3212.
The free, public event is sponsored by the Jewish Certificate Program and the Jewish Studies Association and is part National Women’s History Month.

Peach Blossom Festival set for March 12-13, 2015
The Peach Blossom Festival of Oral Interpretation at Fresno State will be held from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 12 and 13. More than 6,000 elementary students from all over the Valley will perform in competitions taking place throughout the campus, with main events in front of the John Wright Theater at the Speech Arts building. Fresno State mascot TimeOut will be at the festival along with Fresno State student-athletes signing autographs for children.
 For more information, contact Sherry Vang, publicity coordinator, at sherryvang@mail.fresnostate.edu or 559-930-0503
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Teacher Recruitment Fair, March 12, 2015
The Teacher Recruitment Fair hosted by Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12 at the Fresno Convention Center New Exhibit Hall (848 M Street) in downtown Fresno. The event is free for current credential program students. The cost for alumni is $25, payable via check or money order at check-in. For more information, call Jessica Choy at 559-278-0300 or jchoy@csufresno.edu.

Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale Spring Concert
The Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale will perform Robert Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories on a concert program along with Fresno State Chamber Singers and Fresno State Concert Choir in works reflecting the theme “The Power of Music,” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, in the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall at Clovis North High School (2770 E. International Ave.) in Clovis. Dr. Alexander Sherriffs, co-director of the UCSF-Fresno Alzheimer’s and Memory Center and family physician practicing in Fowler, will speak at 1:30 p.m. prior to the performances. The Fresno State Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Tony Mowrer, will begin the concert. Dr. Anna Hamre, director of Fresno State’s chorus, will conduct the Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale’s performance featuring work composed for chorus, soloists and orchestra with libretto by 2012 Grammy winner Herschel Garfein. Also on the program are pieces by composer Robert Cohen, who will be in attendance. The concert’s theme focuses on the FCCMC’s new motto “Giving Voice to the Central Valley.” Community health care and memory care specialists also will be present with lobby displays. Obtaining tickets early is recommended: general admission is $20.
To purchase tickets online, visit fresnocommunitychorus.org. Unclaimed tickets at Will Call will be released 10 minutes before concert time.

National Agriculture Week Celebration
The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Student Leadership Council will host a series of events to promote National Agriculture Week on Monday-Friday, March 16-20.

California Geography Bee Returns to Fresno State
The National Geographic California Geography Bee makes its return to Fresno State at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015. The 111 invited students from grades 4-8 will answer questions pertaining to geography in the hopes of winning the California state title and qualifying to compete at the national level in Washington, D.C. Because of limited space the event is not open to the public.

‘Pistachio Day”

Fresno State Pistachio Day, a new project to promote the awareness of the nut as an important part of California agriculture, will be celebrated from 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Thursday, March 26, at Fresno State’s Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market.
The free, public event is presented in partnership with the American Pistachio Growers and will feature free samples of pistachios, Fresno State’s pistachio nut ice cream and new recipes featuring pistachios.
“Pistachios are a vital part of California agriculture with 99 percent of the nation’s pistachios grown here,” said Richard Matoian, American Pistachio Growers executive director. “We are excited to partner with the Gibson Farm Market to continue the education of the public on the importance of pistachios.”

(Source: Fresno State)

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