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Farm Festival features ice cream contest, new kids’ zone
Fresno State’s Dog Bowl Ice Cream Eating Contest and the new Kids’ Zone will be featured during the eighth annual Fresno State Farm Festival from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market on campus. More Read more


University fundraising campaign, photograph win international awards
Fresno State won two gold awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) 2014 international Circle of Excellence awards program. More Read more

Matoian gives $500,000 to support business and nursing students
Fresno State’s most accomplished business students now have a new opportunity to attend school on a four-year academic scholarship thanks to the support of local businessman and alumnus Mathias “Matty” Matoian. More Read more


Castro named 2014 Alumnus of Year by alma mater

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro has been named 2014 Alumnus of the Year by the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. More Read more


Jose A. Diaz named interim dean of College of Arts and Humanities
Dr. Jose A. Diaz will serve a one-year appointment as interim dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. More Read more


New commander for AFROTC detachment
Maj. Kenneth N. Bourque, a 15-year active duty Air Force veteran who helped train Afghanistan’s national army and police for transition to its elected government, is the new commander of Fresno State’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 35.More Read more

Two students win APTRA’s Best General News Award
Mass communication and journalism students G.J. Glutz and Ashley Monk received the 2014 Best General News Award in the student category from the Associated Press Television Radio Association for their Fresno State Focus report on international students at Fresno State. More Read more

Instructor to join elite Google Teacher Academy
Google selected Fresno State instructional designer Mary Bennett as one of 35 educators to participate in the next Google Teacher Academy in Mountain View, California. More Read more

Dr. Harry B. Moordigian, Jr. gives $200,000 to bolster ag research
Fresno State alumnus and longtime supporter Dr. Harry B. Moordigian, Jr. has established a $200,000 endowment with the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology to support interdisciplinary research. More Read more

Olam SVI supports research at Fresno State with $200,000 endowment
Global agribusiness leader Olam Spices and Vegetable Ingredients (SVI) has established a $200,000 endowment with the Jordan Collage of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State to support interdisciplinary research of food and wine. More Read more

Jordan College breaks ground on interdisciplinary research center
The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State broke ground today on the new 30,000-square-foot Jordan Research Center, designed to foster collaboration among students and faculty in agricultural sciences and technology, engineering and science and mathematics. More Read more



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Academy Award, Golden Globes-winning producer of Pixar’s “Ratatouille.”

 

 

 

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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



Melissa Poole
Legal Counsel, Roll Law Group/Paramount Agricultural Companies

 

 

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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

Glenn Albertson (1991) and Brian Demers were married on April 5, 2014 after a 17-year engagement. The ceremony was held at The Skyroom in downtown Fresno’s Holiday Inn. (Photo by Tamela Ryatt (1989)).



Brooke Ashjian
 (Alumnus) has announced his candidacy for the Fresno County School Board. He is the owner and operator of Seal Rite Paving & Grading, as well as Crazy Horse Carwash.




Denise Barnes (Student), currently Miss Fresno County, was a contender for Miss California. She is a political science major and in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. (Photo by John Walker/THE FRESNO BEE). More Read more




The Fresno Advertising Federation has presented its 2014 Honor Awards. The following are Fresno State alumni: AAF Silver Medal: Rebecca Barnes (1994) with Fresno State; Hall of Fame: Rick Bubenik (1977) of Ricana Media Group; J.U. Berry: Darius Assemi(1982) with Granville Homes; Professional of the Year: Matt Morse(2010) of KMPH FOX 26; Outstanding Media Sales Person of the Year: Edson Barrantes (2007) with KGPE CBS 47; and Rising Star:Brenna Blagg (2011) of Jeffery Scott Agency.



Brenna Blagg
 (2011) is a media buyer with Jeffery Scott Advertising based in Fresno, Calif.

Nigel Burton (2014) has launched the hat and cap line called Just Be Dope. "The meaning behind Just Be Dope is to just be yourself, whether you're old, you're young, you're nerdy, you're smart — don't worry about it," Buron says. "Be your fun, upbeat, loving self.” (Photo by: John Mark Arvizu/Special to The Fresno Bee). More Read more


Casey Cauble (2010) and Christopher Rusca(2006) were married on June 28, 2014 at Mission Santa Clara de Asís in Santa Clara, Calif. A sunset wedding reception was held at Clos LaChance Winery in San Martin, Calif. 



Christine Vartanian Datian
 (1974) has her Grilled chicken and bulgur salad recipe featured in the June issue of “Sunset” magazine. She lives in Las Vegas, Nev. More Read more



Jeanne DeFazio (Alumna) has co-edited “Creative Ways to Build Christian Community;” the book was featured on “Beauty for Ashes” (Episode 613) which aired on TimeWarner. For the past six years, she has been an Athanasian Scholar at Gordon Conwell Seminary Center for Ministerial Education, Boston, Mass. More Read more



Cary Edmondson (2002) was awarded a 2014 CASE International Circle of Excellence for his "Catch the Wave" photo of Fresno State football standout Davante Adams. His photo topped 95 other entries and also won gold award in the individual photographs category.


Jason Freeman (1995, ’97) leads the First Congregational Church contingent in the 24th annual Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival hosted by Fresno Rainbow Pride in Fresno’s Tower District on Saturday, June 7, 2014. (Photo by Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee). More Read more



Frank Gallegos 
(1987) has been named executive director of Cen Cal Business Finance. He has more than 26 years of banking experience in the Central Valley. 


John J. Heber (1993) has joined Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. as a shareholder in the firm’s Miami office. His practice focuses on executive compensation and employee benefits.


Doc Lewis
 (Friend) hosts “The Gospel Show” on Fresno State’s KFSR 90.7FM every Sunday from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the morning. The weekly show launched Aug. 19, 2012. (Photo by Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee). More Read more



Kate McKnight
 (2003) portrays Lady Macbeth in the Woodward Shakespeare Festival’s “Macbeth” through July 12. (Photo by Mark Crosse/The Fresno Bee). More Read more




Jim Nielsen (1967), a California State Senator (4th Dist. - R), threw the ceremonial first shot put to open the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the State Capitol in Sacramento earlier this week. As a student, he was a member of first-ever national championship team at Fresno State – the 1964 track & field team – participating in both thejavelin and shot put. More Read more


Robert H. Oliver (1966), a Superior Court Judge, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Bernard E. Witkin Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the Fresno County Bar Association. He has served as a judge for nearly 20 years and is being recognized both for his legal and community service. Oliver was presented the Top Dog Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Fresno State Alumni Association in 2010.



Domingos Simoes Pereira
 (1994) is the new Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, a country in West Africa. More Read more


Fresno Reel Pride has elected new officers for its 25th year with the following have Fresno State ties: Festival Director and Co-Founder:Peter Robertson (’92, ’95, ‘’05); Chairperson and President: Kathleen Reyna (’95); Secretary and Communications: Augie Blancas(’09) and Outreach: Justin Kamimoto(Student). Fresno Reel Pride presents its 25th annual film festival Sept. 17-21, 2014 throughout Fresno’s historic Tower District.

Peter Robertson (1992, ’95, 2005) delivered the keynote speech titled “Agents of Change” at Fresno State’s inaugural LGBTQ Graduation Recognition Ceremony on May 16th. In 1987, as a student, he was a founding member of United Student Pride, which organized the event with assistance from Associated Students, Inc.

Daniel A. Rodriguez (2012) andTaylor Abels (2012) appear in StageWorks Fresno’s production of “[title of show]” through July 20th. The director is Joel Abels (1996). (Photo by Mark Crosse/The Fresno Bee).




Nathan Sloan
 (2007) has been promoted to president of B-K Lighting + TEKA Illumination located in Madera, Calif. He has worked for the company for the past 18 years.




Jennifer Vogt
 (2005) has joined Catalyst Marketing Company in Fresno as its controller.




Jill Wagner (1984) has opened Idea Emporium, which provides creative and comprehensive public relations, communications and marketing services. She is an accredited public relations expert with extensive and award- winning experience in public relations.

Stephen “Steve” Wray (1980), CEO of Cadient Group, a digital marketing services provider to the healthcare industry located in King of Prussia, Penn., has been named the 2014 Main Line Chamber of Commerce CEO of the Year. Under his leadership, Cadient Group has established itself as one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s leading independent marketing communications agencies.

 

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