President Barack Obama announced in October the appointment of Dr. Nancy Rodriguez ’98 PhD as director of the National Institute of Justice. The NIJ is the federal agency that serves as the research, development and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
Dr. Nancy Rodriguez is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University (ASU), a position she has held since 2012. She first joined the ASU faculty in 1998. Dr. Rodriguez recently completed her tenure as Associate Dean for Student Engagement in the College of Public Programs at ASU. Prior to this, she was an Associate Professor from 2004 to 2012 and an Assistant Professor from 1998 to 2004. Dr. Rodriguez is an Executive Counselor of the American Society of Criminology (ASC). She is a recipient of several awards for her research, including the W.E.B. Dubois Award from the Western Society of Criminology, and the Coramae Richey Mann Award from the ASC Division on People of Color and Crime. Dr. Rodriguez received a B.A. from Sam Houston State University and a Ph.D. from Washington State University.
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Tammy Thueringer graduated from WSU in 2005 with a BA in Political Science, as well as a BA in Communication from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. She earned her masters in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in June 2014. She was hired as a Weekend White House Reporter for Bloomberg News in October. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro today named Jim Bartko ’88 from the University of Oregon as Director of Athletics, effective January 1, 2015.
Bartko, 49, is a Central Valley native who currently serves as executive senior associate athletic director for the Ducks. He has spent 26 years in athletic administration, nearly all of them at the University of Oregon.
Born in Stockton, he attended schools there and in Pinole and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Modesto. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sports administration with a minor in business administration from Washington State University in Pullman.
“I am delighted that Jim Bartko is returning home to the Valley to join the Bulldog family,” said Castro. “He has the right skills, a long track record of significant accomplishments, and he enjoys working with people. Jim brings demonstrated success in enhancing the educational experience for student-athletes, program development, community relations, marketing, media relations and fundraising. He also has extensive experience in facility enhancement, corporate partnerships and integration of the athletics department with the university as a whole.”
Bartko emerged as the top candidate following a nationwide search. A committee of campus and community members led by Provost Lynnette Zelezny screened and interviewed the candidates and forwarded their recommendations to Castro.
“I am honored to have this opportunity and want to express my gratitude and excitement about the future,” Bartko said. “Fresno State presents a tremendous opportunity, not only professionally, but personally, as it brings me home to my roots. The Central Valley has strong values and great spirit, with the potential for incredible success.
“I can’t wait to get started and begin working with our student-athletes, faculty and staff and fans, as well as introduce my family to the entire Red Wave community.
“I sincerely thank President Castro, the search committee and the campus community for this special opportunity,” Bartko said.
At Oregon, Bartko serves on the Athletics Executive Committee and is responsible for the planning, development and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Athletics Department. He manages all development efforts, ticket operations, major gifts and group sales.
He has direct responsibility for men’s and women’s golf, volleyball, men’s and women’s track and field and cross country. He assists with daily operations of men’s basketball and football, which include travel, postseason play and marketing campaigns.
He also has direct oversight of the Nike all-sports contract and its fulfillment of the uniform and equipment needs for all 19 sports, as well as all equipment room operations.
Among his accomplishments are raising over $375 million for capital improvements and facility enhancements at the University of Oregon, including the recently completed Hatfield Dowlin Complex, Matthew Knight Arena and John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes.
He supervised all aspects of the $227 million Matthew Knight Arena project, including fundraising, design and construction, management of legal and financial issues, development of the business model, seating relocation and marketing and external communications. The nationally recognized facility was completed in January 2011, on time and under budget.
He proposed, developed and implemented the Athletics Legacy Fund, which has created a $140 million endowment to ensure the financial stability of the Athletics Department.
Bartko started his career in 1989 as a regional director and fundraiser for the Duck Athletic Fund at the University of Oregon and advanced into assistant and associate athletic director roles. In 2006-07, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where he was senior associate athletic director for development.
He returned to Oregon as senior associate athletic director and in 2008 was advanced to executive senior athletic director.
Bartko and his wife, Eileen, have two children, A.J., 17, and Danielle, 12.
Megan Leigh O’Neal graduated from WSU in December 2010 with a BA in Political Science. She earned her masters degree in City & Regional Planning – MCRP from the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2013 and was hired as the associate planner for the city of North Bend, Washington. In July 2014, Megan joined the Tharp Planning Group headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
From Tiffany Christianson ’09:
I am a 2009 WSU alumna from the masters program for Family Nurse Practitioners. This is my little sister Destiny who followed in her big sister’s footsteps and is graduating this December! She is so beautiful and successful at everything she sets her mind to! Her name is Destiny Johnson class of 2014 WSU Nursing BSN program.
Tiffany Christianson, MN, FNP-C
Hospitalist for IPC at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, WA (Graduated in 2003 with my BSN and 2009 with my MN as a FNP)