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Fresno State Alumni Association earns advertising award for Grad-in-a-Box
The FSAA has earned a second consecutive American Advertising Award from the Fresno Advertising Federation for its 2013 Grad-in-a-Box product. More Header 


Softball stadium to be renamed in honor of Margie Wright
The California State University Board of Trustees Committee on Institutional Advancement has voted unanimously to approve Fresno State’s proposal to rename the university’s softball stadium Margie Wright Diamond in honor of the NCAA’s all-time winningest Division I softball coach. More Header 



Dr. Lynnette Zelezny named provost

Dr. Lynnette Zelezny (2005) is the new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, effective June 1, 2014. Congratulations! More Header





Student receives national award for civic service
Fresno State junior Elizabeth Olenchalk was named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow in recognition of her commitment to community service and civic leadership. Olenchalk is one of nine California students and 197 from across the country to receive the fellowship. More Header 


Pitt named national ‘Rehabilitation Educator of the Year’

Dr. Jenelle S. Pitt has been named the 2014 Rehabilitation Educator of the Year Award. The award by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education honors an individual demonstrating outstanding ability as a rehabilitation educator.More Header  

 

 



Meet the staff:

Meet Matthew Schulz, Assistant Director of Parent Engagement and Discovery Programs, of the Fresno State Alumni Association. Read more about Matthew Read more

 

 

 

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Featured Scholars 




Esther Verrinder

Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship

 

 



Daniel Vlahos

Allen Barr Olson Scholarship

 

  

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Notable Alumni


Aram Keith

Cofounder of The Keith Companies and Director Stantec, Inc.

 

 


Aggie Guerard Rogers

Cinematic costume designer

 

 

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Working for California

The Fresno State Alumni Association is proud to announce that four alumnae from more than 200,000 alumni worldwide and 140,000 throughout California have been added to the Website "Working for California," an online project by the Office of Chancellor of the California State University. There are now a total of 15 Fresno State alumni featured on the CSU website. More Header



Linda Penner 

Chairman, Board of State and Community Corrections (State of California)

 

 

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Campus Events  

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Bulldog Benefits 

Get great rewards and industry leading customer service while supporting the Fresno State Alumni Association and Bulldog Athletics.More Read more

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Marsh Affinity Groups - Dental, health and vision insurance policies at specially reduced Fresno State rates. Call toll-free: 888.560.ALUM or visit the website. More Read more

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Giving Matters

This year's Fresno State Alumni Association scholars received $125,000 in awards in the 2013-14 academic year. We are proud to lead all of the alumni associations in the 23-campus California State University system in student scholarship giving. Thank you for your support.

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Class Notes 


Denise Barnes
 (Student) has been named Miss Fresno County. She will represent Fresno County at the Miss California Pageant later this year. 



Scott Barton
 (1982) serves as the CEO and Director of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, a position he’s held since 2009. The Zoo recently held groundbreaking ceremonies for the new African Adventure exhibit.



Brett Behlen (2011) and Kayli Gobeli(Student) appear on the cover of the March issue of “Central Valley,” a special publication of “The Fresno Bee.” Behlen is described as a “real-life” cowboy; and Gobeli was named the 2013 Clovis Rodeo Queen.More Read more




Roe Borunda (Student) won the College Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 2014 Valley Business Awards, sponsored by the Greater Fresno Chamber of Commerce. She’s a staff photographer with “The Collegian,” the student-operated newspaper; and owns a photography business, Roetography.


Dick Caglia (1965) was presented the Leon S. Peters Award at the 2014 Valley Business Awards, sponsored by the Greater Fresno Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Caglia owns and operates Electric Motor Shop.




Coreen (Aguilar) Campos
 (2012) has been appointed CEO to Focus Forward, which serves youth in Fresno County Systems. She is also a co-founder of H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Education) Matters. 



David Cehrs
 (1970, ’75) will be the guest speaker for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno’s Town Hall on Sun. April 20, 2014. 





Larry Duncan
 (1969) received the Harold Zinkin Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 2014 Valley Business Awards, sponsored by the Greater Fresno Chamber of Commerce. He owns and operates iLOVETOCREATE.

Analiese Friesen (2009, ’11) and Brian Domingos, Jr. (2005) were married on January 18, 2014 at Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, which was founded in Carmel, Calif. in 1771. Domingos serves on the Fresno State Alumni Association board of directors, as well as the vice president for engagement.


Augie Garrido (1961), a former Fresno State outfielder and a 1996 inductee into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame, has become the winningest coach (1,894) in college baseball history as his Texas Longhorns defeated Texas State earlier in the week. Garrido was named a Top Dog Alumnus Awardee by the Fresno State Alumni Association, on behalf of the Department of Athletics, in 2002. Congratulations! More Read more




Miguel Gastelum
 (Alumnus) directed Steve Olson (2011) and Patrick Nalty in "Reasons to be Pretty" at The Voice Shop in Fresno's Tower District. More Read more

 

Diana Gomez (1988), the ‎Central Valley Regional Director at California High Speed Rail Authority, was recently featured on the front-page of “The Collegian” in an article about high-speed rail. She serves on the board of directors of the Fresno State Alumni Association. More Read more


Marc Gonzalez (Alumnus), Rachel Hurado(Student), Mitchel Lam Hau (Student), andCady Mejias (Student) are currently appearing in or assisting with the Children’s Musical Theaterworks production of “Tarzan” at Fresno’s Memorial Auditorium.





Elliott McDow
 (2000, ’04) and Matt Walker were married on Valentine’s Day at a simple ceremony in Marina Del Rey.



James Medina (2006) has been named the managing editor of the “Ventura County Star,” owned and operated by the Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group. He has worked for the newspaper off and on for about 20 years. Medina previously worked as a reporter or editor in Florida, Bakersfield and Santa Barbara.


Rick Mirigian (Alumnus) has been named Advisor/Manager of the Year for the State of California by a media panel consisting of representatives from Boxingscene, ESPN, Comcast Sportsnet, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He current represents Jose Ramirez, the U.S. Olympian and Fresno State Bulldog from Avenal, Calif. 


Diana (Bates) Mock (1976) has been named Vice President, Advancement and University Relations at Fresno Pacific University. She joined FPU in 2001 as director of communications and university relations. A marketing industry veteran, her titles over the years have included advertising copywriter, creative director, public relations director and independent marketing consultant.


Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals has announced the following 2014 board members with Fresno State ties: Craig Parks (2012), membership director; Ellena Woodhams(Student), social director; and Michelle Swift(2013), public relations & social medial director.


County Supervisor Henry Perea(1974), City Councilman Paul Caprioglio (1969), and Police ChiefJerry Dyer (1984) sell Kids Day papers at the southwest corner of Blackstone and Shaw on March, 4, 2014. (Photo by Mark Crosse/The Fresno Bee).


Jane (Olvera) Quebe (1990), president of JP Marketing, has been named the Chairman for the Institute for Family Business in the Craig School of Business at Fresno State. She brings more than 25 years of experience working with family-owned businesses. JP Marketing has office locations in Fresno and Sacramento, Calif. 


Vincent Ricchiuti (2005) of Enzo Olive Oil, a product of Bella Frutta and P-R Farms in Clovis, Calif., has become a certified oleologist – an expert of olive oil – during a recent five-day course in New York. He’s a proud 3rd generation Fresno State graduate. Complimenti!


Faith Sidlow (2008) wrote the story, “A Love Tail,” about her two dogs, that was published in the Feb. 2014 issue of “Fresno Life” magzine. She’s an adjunct professor in the Mass Communication & Journalism Department at Fresno State, andhas spent the last 28 years as a news reporter and morning anchor at KSEE 24, the NBC affiliate in Fresno, Calif.


Ashley Swearengin (1994, ’97), the current, two-time elected mayor of the City of Fresno; has announced her candidacy for controller for the State of California. She was named a Top Dog Alumni Awardee by the Fresno State Alumni Association on behalf of the Craig School of Business in 2010; and last year was added to the Working for California list, a project of the Chancellor’s Office of The California State University.



Carol Tikijian 
(1973, ’85) had an exhibit, “Draw the Line,” on display throughout the month of March at Gallery 25 in Fresno, Cailf.




Jacq M. Wilson
 (1996) is an attorney with Allan M. Schuman & Associates located in San Francisco. As a student, he served as editor-in-chief of “Uhuru Na Umoja.”

 

 

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