Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro delivered the State of the Fresno State address Monday morning marking the beginning of his second year at the university. He announced several new programs including an electronic tablet program and plans to make sure no student goes hungry.
The DISCOVERe program already has 1,200 students and 33 faculty members. Each student will be given a $500 stipend to buy a tablet. The University says the initiative will better prepare students for after graduation.
'Courses who for example used to rely on two or three very expensive textbooks now are moving to free content, content that our faculty finds available on the internet, packages it, and produce their own iBook," President Castro says.
A study of how students are eating was done during Castro's first year. The report found that 30% of students at Fresno State don't have access to enough food. The president is creating a team to help solve the problem.
"It's very important that this is done in a way that enables our students to feel good about it and not experience any shame," Castro says.
President Castro's full address can be read on www.FresnoStateNews.com
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