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Cabinet unveils ‘Legacy Chardonnay’ honors Pres. Welty

A new wine, created by students in the Fresno State Winery commemorates the tenure of retiring president John D. Welty and his contributions to the university’s viticulture and enology program, has been unveiled – “Legacy – President’s Reserve Classic Chardonnay 2012.” More Header

New gateways to campus coming soon

During the summer and fall of 2013, Fresno State will begin the implementation of the first phase of a wayfinding signage program. This project will replace existing gateway and other signage currently on campus. More Header

Mountain West Announces 2013 Football Schedule

The Mountain West released the 2013 football schedule for the new 12-member football lineup that consists of five intra-divisional games and three cross-divisional contests annually. More Header

Fraternity receives international awards of distinction

Fresno State’s Greek system is garnering international recognition – Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity has received the 2013 Chapter Award of Distinction and student Michael Eberhard, the 2013 Undergraduate Award of Distinction. More Header

Agricultural student leader receives national honor

Fresno State student Monique Bienvenue won the 2013 McClure Outstanding Chancellor of the Year award at the National Agricultural Leadership Conference at Cornell University, April 7-9. A junior Agricultural Communications major from Downey, Calif., Bienvenue currently serves as Chancellor of Alpha Zeta Cal Epsilon. More Header

 

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Donors and volunteers drive Campaign's success

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Central Valley

 

 


JOHN D. WELTY
 and SHARON BROWN-WELTY are featured on the cover of “Central Valley,” a magazine published by “The Fresno Bee,” the May 2013 issue. More Header



 

 

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 Featured Scholars



Leonel Barajas

Bulldog Pride Fund

 

 


Kelsey Heater

President’s Honors Scholarship, supporting the Smittcamp Family Honors College

 

  

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 Notable Alumni

Earl Smittcamp
Founder of Wawona Frozen Foods

 

 



Vida Ilderem

Vice President, Intel Labs

 

 

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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



Ashley Swearengin (1994, 1997)

Mayor of the City of Fresno

 

 

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Campus Events

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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

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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

The garden of Jane Avedikian-Tamberi(1978) and her husband, George Tamberi (1979), will be highlighted on the Fresno County Master Gardeners’ Tour 2013. Their Brighten Crest garden features large native oak trees, 40 tons of rocks to provide terraces into the hillside and a blend of natural ground cover that's mixed with plants to give a Tuscany feel. (Photo by CRAIG KOHLRUSS/The Fresno Bee). More Header 


Joel Beery (2008) painted the official portrait of retiring Fresno State President John D. Welty. Beery was featured in the May 2013 issue of “Central Valley” magazine, a publication of “The Fresno Bee.” (Photo by Tomas Ovalle). More Header



Elvin Bell (1957) has been recognized with the Significant Sig Award by the Sigma Chi Fraternity -- presented to alumni brothers whose achievements in their field of endeavor have brought honor and prestige to the name of Sigma Chi.

 

Nathan Cardella (2003) of Cardella Winery in Mendota, Calif. has released a new spring wine called Albarino which comes from the Albarino grape grown primarily in Spain and Portugal. (Photo by GARY KAZANJIAN/THE FRESNO BEE). More Header 

Albert Cano (1994) has been promoted to manager, Local TV Research for Univision’s stations in Fresno and Bakersfield. Cano has been with Univision since September 2010. He was previously Research Director at KMPH, the local Fox affiliate in Fresno, for more than 10 years.


Lori Clanton
 (1996, 2005) works for the Fresno Regional Foundation as the director of administration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an MBA from Fresno State.

 

Larry Duncan (1969), the president and CEO of iLoveToCreate, was featured in the May 2013 issue of “Central Valley” magazine, published by “The Fresno Bee.” The company, operated by Duncan Enterprises, is based in Fresno, Calif., and is a world-wide leader in the creative craft essentials. More Header 


Rico Guerrero (1998) is the donor relations coordinator at the Fresno Regional Foundation. He is also an adjunct professor at Fresno State in the Recreation Administration Department teaching the Nonprofit and Community Recreation course.


Doug King
 (1987) has been selected to judge the largest rabbit show in Asia at the sanctioned show to be held in Thailand later this month. He is a well-known and respected breeder of exotic rabbits.

 


Blair Looney
 (1969) is the writer for the “Action Line” column that appears in “The Fresno Bee” every Monday. He is also the president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Central California.

 


Jeff Macon
 (2012) has been named program manager of the Technology Commercialization Program for the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State.

 

Elaine Mason (1947) has had a bronze bust in her likeness installed in her honor at the Fig Garden Swim & Racquet Club in Fresno, Calif. She has won numerous national and international tennis titles. The former Fresno State coach, professor and department chair was inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. More Header 

Matthew McGee (2010) has been presented the James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Resident Play at the 29th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, which showcases excellence in Washington, D.C.-area professional theatre. He was nominated for his role in the Constellation Theatre Company’s play, “Taking Steps.” Congratulations!

 

Lupe Arreloa Sandoval (1995) has been named an associate at Carissimi Rohrer McMullen, Architects and Planners, Inc. (CRM) in East Sacramento.

 

Ed Sbragia (1977), founder of Sbragia Family Vineyards located in Dry Creek Valley, Calif., was highlighted in “The New York Times” as a “boutique vintner turning to private equity for help.” He partnered with Bacchus Capital Management to replace his aging French oak barrels, at a cost of $1,000 each. Sbragia Family Vineyards produced 16,000 cases last year and would like to increase that to 24,000 in the next couple of years.Sbragia was presented a Top Dog Alumni Award by the Fresno State Alumni Association on behalf of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology in 2006. (Photo by Jim Wilson/New York Times). More Header 


Kevin M. Smith
 (1988, ’92, 2001) has been named the new business & marketing manager for the Fresno State Winery. He recently established a new wine club called “Unleashed.” Details Header

 

Greg Stach (1992), the winemaker at Landmark Vineyards, has had its 2011 Overlook Chardonnay, Sonoma County selected as the “Wine of the Week” by “The Press Democrat” in Santa Rosa. Priced at $25 per bottle, the reviewer stats: “The layered chardonnay is full-bodied with notes of peach, lemon and sweet oak. It has a lush texture and a lingering finish.” MoreHeader 


Veronica Stumpf
 (2011) operates www.thatfresnoblog.com. She was recently highlighted in “The Collegian” at Fresno State. (Photo by Michael Price/THE COLLEGIAN.) More Header 


Former Bulldogs Basketball Coach and Fresno State Alumnus Jerry Tarkanian(1955) has been elected to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. More Header




Oscar Torres
 (2003) of Ramos Torres Winery in Kingsburg, Calif. has received a Gold medal at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition for its 2010 Tempranillo.

 

James Tyner (2003, ’09) has been named the City of Fresno’s first Poet Laureate, announced by Mayor Ashley Swearengin(1994, ’97). Tyner, a Fresno County Public Library employee who conducts one of the longest-running free poetry series in the San Joaquin Valley, will serve a two-year term beginning immediately. Tyner holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Fine Arts degree, both from Fresno State. He graduated from the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts program with distinction in 2009 and received the Most Outstanding Thesis Award for his book of poetry, “Baptized in Dirt.” Since his graduation, Tyner has had more than 20 poems published, and his poetry has been included in three anthologies. (Photo by ERIC PAUL ZAMORA/THE FRESNO BEE). More Header 


Laura Wagner
 (2002) has been promoted to associate media buyer at Catalyst Marketing Co. She has more than a decade of experience in the advertising industry.

 

Aleta Wolfe (1980, ‘88), a career counselor with Fresno State’s Career Services, has received the H. Sanford Gum Award “For her many years of leadership and service to work-integrated learning and to the California Internship & Work Experience Association.”

 


Rob Yraceburu
 (1984, ’90) has been named Wells Fargo’s head of National Food & Agribusiness Division, based in Irvine, Calif. He will lead the group’s expansion to untapped markets in the Midwest and East.

 


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