All-Star Futures Game
The All-Star Futures Game is an annual baseball exhibition game hosted by Major League Baseball. Started in 1999, a team of Minor League Baseball prospects from the United States and a team of prospects from other countries in the world compete against each other, it is played as part of the festivities of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The Futures Game was conceived by Jimmie Lee Solomon, an Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, looking for an event to showcase the minor leagues and round out the All-Star week festivities. Early versions of the game created marginal interest in the baseball community, but the event has drawn significance each successive year. Rosters are selected by a joint committee consisting of Major League Baseball, MLB.com, Baseball America magazine. All 30 MLB organizations are represented, with no more than two players from any organization, 25 players per team, divided into U. S. and World teams based on place of birth. Any player selected to the All-Star Futures Game but promoted to the majors prior to the game is replaced.
Players born in Puerto Rico are part of the World team despite being U. S. citizens by birth, because that territory has its own national baseball federation and national team. The game is played by the same rules listed in the Official Baseball Rules published by Major League Baseball. One exception is that games last 9 innings, with up to 2 extra innings available to settle a tie after playing all regulation innings. Two major changes took place in the 2008 game: For the first time, the United States team was drawn from the pool of players selected by USA Baseball for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; the game lasted nine innings in regulation, rather than seven. Note: For the award winners, see the "MVP" column in the "Results" section; each year, an award is presented to the game's most valuable player. In 2003, the name was changed from Futures Game Most Valuable Player Award to the Larry Doby Award. Five of the award winners to date have gone on to become MLB All-Stars: Alfonso Soriano, José Reyes, Grady Sizemore, Aaron Hill, Billy Butler.
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League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award
The League Championship Series Most Valuable Player award is given in each of the two annual League Championship Series, for the American and National Leagues, to the player deemed to have the most impact on his team's performance. The award has been presented in the National League since 1977, in the American League since 1980. Dusty Baker won the inaugural award in 1977 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Frank White won the first American League award in 1980 with the Kansas City Royals; the eight Hall of Famers to win LCS MVPs include Roberto Alomar, George Brett, Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson, Kirby Puckett, Ozzie Smith, Willie Stargell, John Smoltz. Three players have won the award twice: Steve Garvey, Dave Stewart, Orel Hershiser. Incidentally, all three of these players won their two awards with two different teams. Seven players have gone on to win the World Series MVP Award in the same season in which they won the LCS MVP—all of them in the National League. Three players have won while playing for the losing team in the series: Fred Lynn played for the 1982 California Angels.
Two players have shared the award in the same year three times, all in the National League. Garvey and Albert Pujols hit four home runs in their winning series—Garvey in his first win. Adam Kennedy won the 2002 ALCS MVP for hitting 3 home runs in 5 games. David Ortiz had 11 runs batted in during the 2004 ALCS and Iván Rodríguez had 10 during the 2003 NLCS—the only two players to reach double-digit RBI in the series in the history of the award. From the pitcher's mound, Steve Avery threw 161⁄3 innings without giving up a run in the 1991 NLCS, John Smoltz amassed 19 strikeouts the following year. Liván Hernández won the 1997 NLCS MVP after winning his only start and earning a win out of the bullpen in relief. Daniel Murphy won the 2015 NLCS MVP after hitting home runs in six consecutive games, setting a major league record. Liván Hernández and his half-brother Orlando Hernández are the only family pair to have won the award; the only rookies to have won the award are Mike Boddicker, Liván Hernández, Michael Wacha.
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Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays are a Canadian professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Blue Jays compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division; the team plays its home games at the Rogers Centre. The "Blue Jays" name originates from the bird of the same name, blue is the traditional colour of two of Toronto's other professional sports teams: the Maple Leafs and the Argonauts. In addition, the team was owned by the Labatt Brewing Company, makers of the popular beer Labatt's Blue. Colloquially nicknamed the "Jays", the team's official colours are royal blue, navy blue and white. An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Toronto in 1977. Based at Exhibition Stadium, the team began playing its home games at the SkyDome upon its opening in 1989. Since 2000, the Blue Jays have been owned by Rogers Communications and in 2004, the SkyDome was purchased by that company, which renamed it Rogers Centre, they are the second MLB franchise to be based outside the United States, the only team based outside the U.
S. after the first Canadian franchise, the Montreal Expos, became the Washington Nationals in 2005. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Blue Jays went through struggles typical of an expansion team finishing in last place in its division. In 1983, the team had its first winning season and two years they became division champions. From 1985 to 1993, they were an AL East powerhouse, winning five division championships in nine seasons, including three consecutive from 1991 to 1993. During that run, the team became back-to-back World Series champions in 1992 and 1993, led by a core group of award-winning All-Star players, including Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, John Olerud, Devon White; the Blue Jays became the first team outside the US to appear in and win a World Series, the fastest AL expansion team to do so, winning in its 16th year. After 1993, the Blue Jays failed to qualify for the playoffs for 21 consecutive seasons, until clinching a playoff berth and division championship in 2015.
The team clinched a second consecutive playoff berth in 2016, after securing an AL wild card position. Both years, the Jays lost the AL Championship Series; the Blue Jays are one of two MLB teams under corporate ownership, with the other being the Atlanta Braves. The Blue Jays played their first game on April 7, 1977 against the Chicago White Sox before a home crowd of 44,649; the game is now best remembered for the minor snowstorm which began just before the game started. Toronto won the snowy affair 9–5, led by Doug Ault's two home runs; that win would be one of only 54 of the 1977 season, as the Blue Jays finished last in the AL East, with a record of 54–107. After the season, assistant general manager Pat Gillick succeeded Peter Bavasi as general manager of the team, a position he would hold until 1994. In 1978, the team improved their record by five games, but remained last, with a record of 59–102. In 1979, after a 53–109 last place finish, shortstop Alfredo Griffin was named American League co-Rookie of the Year.
In addition, the Blue Jays' first mascot, BJ Birdy, made its debut in 1979. In 1980, Bobby Mattick became manager, succeeding the Blue Jays' original manager. In Mattick's first season as manager, although they remained at the bottom, Toronto reached the 70-win mark, finishing with a record of 67–95, a 14-win improvement on 1979. Jim Clancy led with 13 wins and John Mayberry became the first Jay to hit 30 home runs in a season. In the strike-divided season of 1981, the Blue Jays finished in last place in the AL East in both halves of the season, they were a dismal 16–42 in the first half, but improved finishing the 48-game second half at 21–27, for a combined record of 37–69. Under new manager Bobby Cox, Toronto's first solid season came in 1982 as they finished 78–84, their pitching staff was led by starters Dave Stieb, Jim Clancy, Luis Leal, the outfield featured a young Lloyd Moseby and Jesse Barfield. 1982 was the Blue Jays' first season outside the bottom, as they finished sixth in the East out of seven teams.
In 1983, the Blue Jays compiled their first winning record, 89–73, finishing in fourth place, nine games behind the eventual World Series champions, the Baltimore Orioles. First baseman Willie Upshaw became the first Blue Jay to have at least 100 RBIs in a season; the Blue Jays' progress continued in 1984, finishing with the same 89–73 record, but this time in a distant second place behind another World Series champion, the Detroit Tigers. After 1984, Alfredo Griffin went to the Oakland Athletics, thus giving a permanent spot to young Dominican shortstop Tony Fernández, who would become a fan favourite for many years. In 1985, Toronto won its first championship of any sort: the first of their six American League East division titles; the Blue Jays featured a balanced offence. Tony Fernández excelled in his first full season, veteran pitcher Doyle Alexander led the team with 17 wins, including a division-clinching complete game win, their mid-season call up of relief pitcher Tom Henke proved to be important.
They finished two games in front of the New York Yankees. The Blue Jays faced the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series, took a three games to one lead. However, Kansas City won three consecutive games to win the series 4–3, on the way to their first World Series championship. After the playoffs, AL Manager of the Year, Bobby Cox left the Blue Jays to become general manager of the Atlanta Braves, the team
2008 Major League Baseball season
The 2008 Major League Baseball season began on March 25, 2008, in Tokyo, Japan with the 2007 World Series champion Boston Red Sox defeating the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome 6–5 in the first game of a two-game series, ended on September 30 with the host Chicago White Sox defeating the Minnesota Twins in a one-game playoff to win the AL Central division. The Civil Rights Game, an exhibition, in Memphis, took place March 29 when the New York Mets beat the Chicago White Sox, 3–2; the Tampa Bay Devil Rays shortened their name to Tampa Bay Rays. The All-Star Game was played on July 15 at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York City, with the AL winning 4 to 3 in 15 innings; the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series 4 games to 1 over the Tampa Bay Rays. This was Philadelphia's second championship, the first World Series appearance for the Rays. On September 10, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim became the first team to secure a postseason berth, coupled with a win over the New York Yankees and a Texas Rangers loss to the Seattle Mariners, giving them the AL West title.
The Angels clinched home field on September 26. On September 20, the Chicago Cubs became the second team to get their passport to October with a win over the St. Louis Cardinals, clinching only their fifth divisional title in team history; this marked the first time since 1907 and 1908 that the Cubs appeared in consecutive postseasons, the latter two being part of a three-year streak which began in 1906. Two days the Cubs clinched the home field advantage through the National League Playoffs by beating the New York Mets. On September 20, the Tampa Bay Rays guaranteed a spot in the playoffs for the first time in franchise history by beating the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay won its first American League East title six days later. On September 23, the Boston Red Sox clinched their fifth in the last six years; the Red Sox' win eliminated the Yankees from the post-season for the first time since 1993, ending the 13-year streak the team had of being in the playoffs. On September 26, the Yankees handed the Rays the American League East title by beating the Red Sox by a 19–8 score, making Boston the Wild Card.
On September 25, the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League West when the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 12–3 at Busch Stadium. On September 27, the Philadelphia Phillies clinched the National League East title for the second straight year with their win over the Washington Nationals, 4–3; this marks the first time they would play in consecutive postseasons since the 1980 and 1981 seasons, the 1981 appearance made possible by the split season due to the players' strike. The Milwaukee Brewers clinched the NL Wild Card with a 3–1 win over the Chicago Cubs, while the Florida Marlins, on the final day of the season for the second straight year, eliminated the New York Mets from post-season contention in the final game played at Shea Stadium, 4–2; the previous season, the Marlins beat the Mets while the Phillies beat the Nationals on the last day to knock the Mets out of the postseason as the Phillies won the NL East. The Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins in a one-game playoff by 1–0 at U.
S. Cellular Field on September 30, becoming the winner of the American League Central; this marked the first time that both the Cubs and White Sox qualified for the postseason in the same season since the two teams squared it off in the 1906 World Series. Note: Major League Baseball's playoff format automatically seeds the Wild Card team 4th; the No. 1 seed plays the No. 4 seed in the Division Series. However, MLB does not allow the No. 1 seed to play the 4th seed/Wild Card winner in the Division Series if they are from the same division, instead having the No. 1 seed play the next lowest seed, the No. 3 seed. Hence and the Chicago Cubs did not face each other in the NLDS. In scores, home teams are in italics, winning team is boldface. Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia PhilliesPhiladelphia wins series, 4–1 10/22 – Philadelphia 3, Tampa Bay 2 10/23 – Tampa Bay 4, Philadelphia 2 10/25 – Philadelphia 5, Tampa Bay 4 10/26 – Philadelphia 10, Tampa Bay 2 10/27, 10/29* – Philadelphia 4, Tampa Bay 3* – Game suspended 10/27.
John Smoltz of the Atlanta Braves recorded his 3,000th strikeout against Felipe López of the Washington Nationals April 22. Kenny Rogers of the Detroit Tigers became the all-time career pickoff leader with 92. On May 9, Rogers picked off Wilson Betemit of the New York Yankees. Greg Maddux of the San Diego Padres recorded his 350th career win against the Colorado Rockies on May 10. Brad Ausmus of the Houston Astros recorded his 1,500th hit on May 12 against the Giants. Along with his 101 stolen bases, he became 1 of 8 catchers in MLB history that have achieved at least 1,500 hits and 100 stolen bases. Omar Vizquel of the San Francisco Giants played his 2,584th game as a shortstop on May 25, breaking the record held by Luis Aparicio. Philadelphia Phillies left-handed pitcher Jamie Moyer became the sixth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to defeat all 30 teams on May 26 by defeating the Rockies 20–5. Manny Ramírez of the Boston Red Sox hit his 500th career home run off of Chad Bradford of the Baltimore Orioles on May 31.
Ramírez became the 24th player to hit 500 career home runs. Ramírez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-way trade that involved the Pittsburgh Pirates in July. Ramirez recorded his 500th double, became the first player to record fifty RBIs in the same season in both leagues. Randy Johnson of the
Francisco Liriano Casillas is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. He played for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers. Liriano was an MLB All-Star in 2006, is a two-time winner of the MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award. Liriano signed with the San Francisco Giants as an international free agent in 2000. After the 2003 season, the Giants traded him to the Minnesota Twins, along with pitchers Joe Nathan and Boof Bonser, in exchange for catcher A. J. Pierzynski. Compared to former teammate Johan Santana, another hard-throwing lefty, Liriano was touted as one of the "super-prospects" within the Twins organization; as a member of the Rochester Red Wings, Minnesota's Triple-A farm club, Liriano was awarded the 2005 International League Rookie of the Year. He led all minor league pitchers in strikeouts that year, with 204, he made his major league debut in relief on September 2005, against the Texas Rangers.
He joined the Twins' starting rotation and won his first game on September 30, 2005, against the Detroit Tigers. Liriano started the 2006 season in Minnesota's bullpen, but was promoted to the starting rotation in May, exchanging positions with struggling starter Carlos Silva, he won each of his first three starts. Liriano made a 12–3 start to the 2006 season and won the American League Rookie of the Month awards for June and July, he was named by American League manager Ozzie Guillén as one of five candidates for the 2006 All-Star Final Vote and finished second to the player he was traded for, A. J. Pierzynski. Guillén selected Liriano for his first All-Star game to replace fatigued starting pitcher José Contreras. Liriano led the Major Leagues with a 2.19 ERA, statistics putting him in discussion for both the American League Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards, but a trip to the disabled list on August 11 left him with too few innings to qualify as the league's official ERA leader and jeopardized his chances at any such awards in 2006.
On August 1, 2006, Liriano was scratched from his scheduled August 2 start because of forearm inflammation after a bullpen session. He missed one start before resuming bullpen work without pain, but was placed on the disabled list after continued arm pain during his last start on August 7, 2006. Liriano began a rehabilitation program on August 22, threw off a mound for the first time on August 30, throwing only his fastball and changeup, said that he would like to pitch his breaking ball that week, he made a rehab start for the Rochester Red Wings on September 9, throwing 40 pitches for four strikeouts and one walk in three shutout, hitless innings. After the game, he was reactivated by the Twins. On November 6, 2006, Liriano underwent Tommy John surgery to curtail the pain in his left elbow, he missed the entire 2007 season. On April 11, 2008, he was recalled from Triple-A Rochester in the place of injured pitcher Kevin Slowey. Liriano made his season debut and his first game since Tommy John surgery on April 13, against the Royals.
He pitched 4.2 innings giving up six hits, four earned runs and walking five while picking up a loss. On April 25, Liriano was sent back to the minors after a rough start to the season coming off Tommy John surgery. In three starts, he compiled an 0–3 record with an 11.32 ERA. After recording an ERA of 2.67 and going 10–0 in his 11 most recent minor league starts, the Twins recalled Liriano on August 1, from Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, replacing Liván Hernández in the rotation. Hernandez was designated for assignment. In his first start after being recalled, Liriano pitched six scoreless innings and struck out five, recording the win, he went 3–0 in his first three starts with a 1.45 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 18 2⁄3 innings. Liriano posted a less than stellar 5–13 record in 2009, with a combined ERA of 5.80. However, this was his first year since his Tommy John surgery that he had spent that entire year on the Twins major league roster. On June 28 against the St. Louis Cardinals, he threw seven strong innings, only surrendering two runs.
On August 12 vs Kansas City, Liriano went another seven innings, only allowing one Royals player to score a run in yet another strong outing. Between those strong flashes of brilliance though, he logged several sub-par showings giving up several runs during short times on the mound. During the 2009 offseason, Liriano returned to his native Dominican Republic to play winter baseball, playing for Leones del Escogido, he helped his club earn a postseason berth and went 3–1 with a 0.49 ERA in seven playoff starts, while recording 47 strikeouts and five walks in 37 innings, as Leones del Escogido won the league championship. Liriano reported to spring training lighter than usual, Twins coaches expressed guarded optimism that he had regained some of his 2006 form; the Twins considered using him as a closer to replace the injured Joe Nathan, but instead he was named to the starting rotation. Liriano got off to a fast start. In his first four 2010 starts for the Twins, he posted a 3–0 W-L record, 0.93 ERA with 27 strikeouts.
On May 3, he was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for April, after posting a 3–0 record and leading the league with a 0.96 ERA. Through May 18, he had posted a 4–2 record and a 2.63 ERA. He struggled from mid-May until the All-Star break, but after the break, he returned to his early season form, going 6–0 and posting seven quality starts in 10 appearances. Along the way, Liriano has posted career highs in strikeouts, he finished 2010 fifth in the AL in strikeouts with 201. He was 14–10 on the year with a 3.62 ERA with 191 and 2 3⁄3 innings pitc
Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat; the objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner advances around the bases in order and touches home plate; the team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner. The first objective of the batting team is to have a player reach first base safely. A player on the batting team who reaches first base without being called "out" can attempt to advance to subsequent bases as a runner, either or during teammates' turns batting; the fielding team tries to prevent runs by getting batters or runners "out", which forces them out of the field of play.
Both the pitcher and fielders have methods of getting the batting team's players out. The opposing teams switch forth between batting and fielding. One turn batting for each team constitutes an inning. A game is composed of nine innings, the team with the greater number of runs at the end of the game wins. If scores are tied at the end of nine innings, extra innings are played. Baseball has no game clock. Baseball evolved from older bat-and-ball games being played in England by the mid-18th century; this game was brought by immigrants to North America. By the late 19th century, baseball was recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball is popular in North America and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, East Asia in Japan and South Korea. In the United States and Canada, professional Major League Baseball teams are divided into the National League and American League, each with three divisions: East and Central; the MLB champion is determined by playoffs. The top level of play is split in Japan between the Central and Pacific Leagues and in Cuba between the West League and East League.
The World Baseball Classic, organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation, is the major international competition of the sport and attracts the top national teams from around the world. A baseball game is played between two teams, each composed of nine players, that take turns playing offense and defense. A pair of turns, one at bat and one in the field, by each team constitutes an inning. A game consists of nine innings. One team—customarily the visiting team—bats in the top, or first half, of every inning; the other team -- customarily the home team -- bats in second half, of every inning. The goal of the game is to score more points than the other team; the players on the team at bat attempt to score runs by circling or completing a tour of the four bases set at the corners of the square-shaped baseball diamond. A player bats at home plate and must proceed counterclockwise to first base, second base, third base, back home to score a run; the team in the field attempts to prevent runs from scoring and record outs, which remove opposing players from offensive action until their turn in their team's batting order comes up again.
When three outs are recorded, the teams switch roles for the next half-inning. If the score of the game is tied after nine innings, extra innings are played to resolve the contest. Many amateur games unorganized ones, involve different numbers of players and innings; the game is played on a field whose primary boundaries, the foul lines, extend forward from home plate at 45-degree angles. The 90-degree area within the foul lines is referred to as fair territory; the part of the field enclosed by the bases and several yards beyond them is the infield. In the middle of the infield is a raised pitcher's mound, with a rectangular rubber plate at its center; the outer boundary of the outfield is demarcated by a raised fence, which may be of any material and height. The fair territory between home plate and the outfield boundary is baseball's field of play, though significant events can take place in foul territory, as well. There are three basic tools of baseball: the ball, the bat, the glove or mitt: The baseball is about the size of an adult's fist, around 9 inches in circumference.
It wound in yarn and covered in white cowhide, with red stitching. The bat is a hitting tool, traditionally made of a solid piece of wood. Other materials are now used for nonprofessional games, it is a hard round stick, about 2.5 inches in diameter at the hitting end, tapering to a narrower handle and culminating in a knob. Bats used by adults are around 34 inches long, not longer than 42 inches; the glove or mitt is a fielding tool, made of padded leather with webbing between the fingers. As an aid in catching and holding onto the ball, it takes various shapes to meet the specific needs of differ
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno is a public university in Fresno, California. It is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system; the university had a Fall 2016 enrollment of 24,405 students. It offers bachelor's degrees in 60 areas of study, 45 master's degrees, 3 doctoral degrees, 12 certificates of advanced study, 2 different teaching credentials; the university's unique facilities include an on-campus planetarium, on-campus raisin and wine grape vineyards, a commercial winery, where student-made wines have won over 300 awards since 1997. Members of Fresno State's nationally ranked Top 10 Equestrian Team have the option of housing their horses on campus, next to indoor and outdoor arenas. Fresno State has a 50,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center and the third-largest library, in terms of square footage, in the California State University system; the university is classified as a doctoral university with moderate research activity in the Carnegie Classification, as of the February 1, 2016 update.
Fresno State was founded as the Fresno State Normal School in 1911 with Charles Lourie McLane as its first president. The original campus was. In 1956, Fresno State moved its campus to its present location in the northeast part of the city and FCC bought the old campus and moved back in, it became Fresno State College in 1949. It became a charter institution of the California State University System in 1961. In 1972 the name was changed to California State University, Fresno; the greater campus extends from Bulldog Stadium on the west boundary to Highway 168 on the east side. The University Agricultural Laboratory designates the northern boundary of the campus, while Shaw Avenue designates the southern edge; the 388 acres main campus features more than 46 modern buildings. An additional 34 structures are on the 1,011 acre University Agricultural Laboratory, used for agronomic and horticulture crops, swine, dairy and sheep units as well as several hundred acres of cattle rangeland. Fresno State was designated as an arboretum in 1979 and now has more than 3200 trees on campus.
Fresno State operates the first university-based commercial winery in the United States. The Henry Madden Library is a main resource for recorded knowledge and information supporting the teaching and service functions of Fresno State; because of its size and depth, it is an important community and regional resource and a key part of the institution's role as a regional university. The library underwent a $105 million renovation, completed in February 2009; the library held its grand opening on February 19, 2009 and is now home to a variety of book collections. The library houses 1,000,000 books in its 327,920 sq ft; the library is home to the largest installation of compact shelving on any single floor in the United States. The shelves amount to over 20 miles in length, it is the third largest library in the CSU system, among the top ten largest in the CSU system based on the number of volumes. It is the largest academic building on the Fresno State campus; the five-story building features seating areas for 4,000 people, group study rooms, wireless access and a Starbucks.
Public computers are available. Student and staff have access to over 200 wireless laptops, a media production lab for editing digital video and audio, an instruction and collaboration center for teaching information literacy skills. Reference assistance can be accessed by telephone, e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, in-person in the Library; the Henry Madden Library features a number of special collections such as the Arne Nixon Center, a research center for the study of children's and young adult literature, the Central Valley Political Archive. Michael Gorman, the former dean of the Library, was the President of the American Library Association in 2005–2006; as of 2017, Delritta Hornbuckle is the Library's Dean. Fresno State was the first of all 23 CSU campuses to offer an individual-campus doctorate. At the graduate level, Fresno State offers the following nationally ranked programs: part-time MBA, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Social Work. A joint doctoral program in collaboration with San Jose State University for a doctor of nursing practice degree is administered through Fresno State University.
California State University, Fresno is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The five engineering programs in the Lyles College of Engineering are each accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; the Craig School of Business is AACSB accredited. The university is classified by the U. S. Federal government as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution and an Hispanic-serving institution because the Hispanic undergraduate full-time-equivalent student enrollment is greater than 25%. Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology College of Arts and Humanities Craig School of Business Kremen School of Education and Human Development Lyles College of Engineering College of Health and Human Services College of Science and Mathematics College of Social Sciences The Smittcamp Family Honors College is a program providing top high school graduates a paid President's Scholarship, which includes tuition and housing, as well as other amenities for the duration of their studies.
Admission to the Smittcamp Family Honors College is competitive and candid