Fresno State students began their fall semester Monday, greeted by some new buildings and ongoing construction.
The university has a record 24,500 students – up from 24,136 last year – including 3,350 first-time freshmen and 2,150 transfer students.
Among academic offerings is the new minor in Hmong language studies through the university’s Linguistics Department. More than 100 students are enrolled in Hmong minor courses for the fall semester, according to Fresno State.
Work is continuing for a variety of additions and improvements. Some are likely to go largely unnoticed – improvements include new sewer and gas lines, for example.
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But others will be quite noticeable, including new hardscape and landscaping for the quad area, elevator upgrades for the Madden Library south wing and Peters Business building, and remodeling of the North Gym and South Gym for new classrooms and faculty offices and facilities for athletics.
Modernization of the two gyms is expected to be completed by June 2017, at an estimated cost of $10 million.
Among the new campus facilities ready for students is the new 30,000-square-foot Jordan Agricultural Research Center at Barstow and Woodrow avenues. The three-story facility is the first of its kind in the California State University system and features research laboratories, flexible space and meeting rooms for students and faculty to conduct advanced studies on agriculture, food and water.
Construction was made possible by a $29.5 million gift to the Ag One Foundation from Hanabul “Bud” and Dee Jordan family in 2009. The research center is designed to foster collaboration between students and faculty in Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Lyles College of Engineering and College of Science and Mathematics, as well as industry partners, the university said.