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Bulldog Byte

Publisher:
Peter Robertson, BA '92, MA '95, MBA '05

Editor:
Justin Kamimoto, student

Contributors:
April Schulthies
Margarita Adona

Research Assistance:
Angel Langridge
Chelsea Cochran, student

 

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Top Stories

Top Dog Alumni Awards nominations
The Fresno State Alumni Association invites nominations from alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends for the 2013 Top Dog Alumni Awards. More Header 

Campus honoring President’s legacy with naming of center
In honor of the contributions Fresno State President Dr. John D. Welty made to Central California, funds are being raised to name the Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute (CVELI) the John Welty Center for Educational Policy and Leadership. More Header

Campus sweeps regional theatre festival
Competing against actors from 55 colleges and universities, Fresno State Theatre Arts majors walked away with every major acting award at the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region 8. More Header

Red Wave remembers Jim Sweeney, ‘father of Bulldog Stadium’
Coach Jim Sweeney was memorialized on the field that bears his name. More than 1,500 people came to remember the dedication and service Coach Sweeney gave to Fresno State. Sweeney passed away February 8th at the age of 83. More Header

Artwork in the Smittcamp Alumni House highlights alumni and fans 
The redecorated Smittcamp Alumni House features 40 new Plexiglas® artwork that utilizes the images of students and alumni, that has been installed by Pro-Screen.

Fresno State’s favorite yell leader,Inman Perkins (Alumnus) stands in front of his photograph highlighted in the 1966 edition of “Campus,” the Fresno State College yearbook. Forty-five years later, you’ll still see him at Bulldog football and baseball games leading fans in arousing a cheer.

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 Featured Scholars

 

Oscar Casarreal
Clark Van Galder Memorial Scholarship 

  

 

Liz Kobashigawa
Communicative Disorders & Deaf Studies Alumni Chapter Scholarship

 

  

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Notable Alumni

 

Dot Jones
Actress best known for her role on “Glee.”

 

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Trent Dilfer
NFL Analyst for ESPN, 2001 Super Bowl winning quarterback, and 2009 Top Dog Distinguished Alumnus awardee.

 

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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

 

Carole Goldsmith (1991, ’05)
Vice-Chancellor, West Hills Community College District

 

 

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Campus Events

Social Work Education Legacy Dinner
March 15 I Celebrate professional publications, emeriti faculty and awaken the spirit of alumni at the Sunnyside Country Club. More Header

Grad Fest 2013
March 19 & 20 I Congratulations to the Class of 2013! Get your Keepsake “Grad Box” from the Fresno State Alumni Association: Your Bulldog Connection. For Life. More Header

Fresno State Quarterback Club Annual Golf Tournament
April 8 I Support the Bulldogs Football and enjoy a great day at Copper River Country Club. Meet the coaching staff and challenge Coach DeRuyter on a Par-3 challenge. More Header

 

More events at the FSAA event page


Bulldog Benefits - Member Discounts

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

A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance

Liberty Mutual offers special savings to Fresno State alumni on auto and home insurance.1 Click for a free quote Read more

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Giving Matters

This year's Fresno State Alumni Association scholars received $125,000 in awards in the 2012-13 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

Michael Borboa (2006), a California winemaker and songwriter, has named a new grape varietal – Aromella – an aromatic, muscat white wine grape. His name suggestion was selected by Cornell University from more than 1,100 worldwide entries. Aromella ranks high for winter hardiness and productivity. Borboa is the winemaker at Bear Creek Winery in Lodi, Calif.


John F. Brengelman (1972, ’73) is an associate with U.S. Real Estate Advisors in Tenafly, New Jersey. He began his real estate career in 1980 as a consultant with Decisionex, headquartered in Westport, Conn


Todd Bridges (1985, ’88) has received the 2012 Outstanding Practitioner Award from the Society for Risk Analysis. He is a senior researcher in Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Miss.


Kevin S. Cooper (2006, ’07) is an attorney with the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He joined the firm in 2011 and his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate and securities laws matters, and has included domestic and cross-border transactions, securities offerings, corporate governance, proxy fights and takeover defense. As a Fresno State student, he was a member of the Bulldogs’ Football team and was named the President’s Medalist at commencement in 2006.


Edna Garabedian (1972) is featured in the article “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Edna Garabedian” in the March 2013 issue of “Central Valley.” She has traveled the world for nearly four decades as a well-known mezzo soprano opera singer. Details Header


Pamela Geisel (1983) is the Academic Coordinator of the California Statewide Master Gardener Program. She’s based with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources in Orland, Calif.


Barry Ham (1992) is the author the newly-released book “God Understands Divorce: A Biblical Message of Grace.” He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been working with individuals and couples in Colorado Springs for nearly 15 years, and professionally for more than 35 years.


Betsy Hays (1991, 99) and Tori Randolph Terhune (2009) have co-authored “Land Your Dream Career: 11 Steps To Take In College,” which shows readers what they can do in college to successfully pave the way for future employment in Land Your Dream Career. The authors provide 11 easy-to-follow strategies for effectively using time on campus to start building a career. A book signing will take place at the Kennel Bookstore on Thursday, April 11 from 11 am until 1 pm. Details Header


Dawn-Marie Luna(2007, ‘11) has been named the Central Valley Program Coordinator for the GSA Network. It is a national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.


Sean McDonald (2007) is in the midst of two-year post with the Peace Corps where he’s been working with Yaku Runa, located in the Amazon Region of Ecuador. Yaku Runa is an association of a group of families whose name means “River People” in the Kichwa language. As a student, he was involved with Alpha Kappa Psi. Details Header


Matthew McGee (2010) has scored a nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a play for the 29th Helen Hayes Awards, which represent excellence in Washington, D.C.-area professional theater. He also parlayed a nine-month acting internship with the Shakespeare Theatre Company into a professional role with the Constellation Theatre Company in the play “Taking Steps.”


Kate McKnight (2003) was featured in “The Fresno Bee” as a highlight of the annual Mardi Gras Parade in Fresno’s Tower District. A consummate educator and renaissance citizen, she is chairs the non-profit Fresno Downtown Coalition.



Juan Pablo Moncayo (2008, ’08) has been named an associate with Highstar Capital in New York City where he has been involved in analyzing investments in various infrastructure sectors. He served two-terms as the Associated Students’ president and graduated with double-Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Physics.


Mitchell Pfyl (2011) is a management with Enterprise Rent-a-Car Division. As a student, he was a member of the Bulldogs’ Cross Country team.


William Price (2008) is a brand manager for Shark Branding, owned and operated by Daymond John of ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Based in Costa Mesa, Calif., he is also personally assisting Mr. John with a new venture, Game Changer Meetings.


Pedro Ramirez (2011) was highlighted in “The Sacramento Bee” for pursuing U.S. citizenship. The former Fresno State student body president is currently enrolled in the master’s degree program majoring in public policy at Long Beach State, and hopes to eventually earn a law degree. More Header


Daniel Renteria (1997), the owner of Pinot Wine Bar in Fresno’s Tower District, was highlighted in “Central Valley,” Feb. 2013 issue.

 


Vincent Ricchiuti (2005), a 3rd generation Fresno State graduate, is highlighted in “Central Valley” (March 2013 issue), for his family’s newly-launched and already award-winning Enzo Olive Oil. It is an extra-virgin olive oil produced from 30-year old orchard in Fresno and Madera counties.He’s a Fresno State Alumni Association Life Member. Details Header


Yammilette Rodriquez (Alumna) is the Director of Programs for the Central Valley Office of the Youth Leadership Institute. She is the former Regional Director for the Latino Issues Forum in the Central Valley.


David Scheidt (1997), the owner and winemaker at Mastro Scheidt Family Cellars, recent won three gold medals for its 2010 Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Double Barrel Cabernet Franc, and 2009 Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon; and a silver medal for is 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon a the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the world’s largest competition of American wines.


Nanette Simonian (1987) has joined StollerUSA as a sales representative for the greater-Fresno area and Southern California. She provides expertise that will help California growers manage plant stress and health for higher quality crops and yields.


Courtney Sorenson (2009) has been hired as the new operations manager for the Fresno County Farm Bureau. She is a member of the Human Resources Association of Central California.


Josh Tehee (2002) has been named themusic and entertainment reporter at “The Fresno Bee,” where he’s been employed for the past decade. As a student, he was a staff writer for “The Collegian.”

 

Alfred G. Valles (1999) has joined The Heart Group Cardiovascular Associates, Inc. in Fresno, Calif. as its interventional cardiologist. He attended Kerman High, graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wisc.; and completed his fellowship at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.


Zachary Dylan Welch (2003) recently took over Corridor 2122 with his new exhibition titled, "Recent Work." His process involves working on sheets of aluminum with multiple paint media. Welch then uses sanding, pressure washing and other means to remove layers of paint.


Kasie West (2000) has had her debut adult novel, “Pivot Point,”recently published by HarperTeen. It is the story of Addie, a not-so-typical 16-year-old girl with the paranormal ability to look into the future.

 

 

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