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Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala
Friday, October 18 at 5:30pm
Save Mart Center at Fresno State

The Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala is a Fresno State Alumni Association’s signature black-tie event, where outstanding alumni are honored from the eight schools and colleges and other departments. We also honor a Distinguished Alumnus, an Arthur Safstrom Service Award, and scholarship recipients.

Some of our honorees include:

• Granville Homes President and CEO: Darius Assemi 
• Former Fresno State quarterback and Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo: Kevin Sweeney 
• President of West Hills College, Coalinga: Carole Goldsmith
• Saint Agnes Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer: Nancy Hollingsworth 
• A true success story, author and motivational speaker: Carissa Phelps
• Former Fresno State basketball star, Senior Shareholder and Chief Operating Officer of the Pasadena law firm of Hunt Ortmann: Omel Nieves
• Founder, President, and CEO of United Security Bank: Dennis R. Woods

Congratulations to our 2013 student scholarship winners! 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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Thank you to our 2013 Top Dog Sponsors!

• Wells Fargo
• Office of the President
• Saint Agnes Medical Center
• University Advancement
• California Health Sciences University
• Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Meyers
• P*DE*Q
• Paramount Education Programs
• Twin Rivers Vintners Association of Fresno County

and many more!

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Casto names two alumnae to University Advisory Board
Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro has announced the appointment of alumnae Gena Strang-Behrens (1988) and Zoua Vang (1977) to the University Advisory Board, a panel of community members who provide him advice regarding the improvement and development of the university. More Header

 

U.S. News ranks university 8th among West’s public universities 
Fresno State ranks No. 8 among all public regional universities in the western United States, according to theU.S. News & World Report’sprestigious annual rankings of schools. More Header

 

Alumni House launches new Wedding Education Program
The Smittcamp Alumni Houseoffers brides and grooms a Wedding Education Program with monthly planning seminars designed to help them navigate the wedding industry in a new partnership with Genesis Master of Events. More Header

 




Welty named President Emeritus by CSU Board of Trustees

The California State University Board of Trustees conferred the title of President Emeritus to retired Fresno State President John D. Welty. More Header

 



Meyers Family Sports Medicine Center opened Sept. 20
Fresno State Athletics held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Meyers Family Sports Medicine Center Sept. 20 before the Bulldogs’ home football game versus Boise State. More Header

 



19 Bulldogs on NFL Rosters in 2013

Fresno State will showcase 19 former Bulldog football players on various NFL rosters this year. More Header

 





 

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Featured Scholars 



Sean Kiernan

John E. Manning and Ida Marie Manning Scholarship

 

 



Cynthia Martinez

Kremen School of Education Alumni Chapter Scholarship

 

  

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Notable Alumni


Bernard Berrian
NFL wide receiver who played in the 2007 Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears

 

 


Debbie Poochigian

Member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors

 

 

View more Notable Alumni here


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

 



Daniel Silva

Best-selling author of Gabriel Allon thrillers

 

 

 

View more Working for California alumni here


Campus Events  

More events at the FSAA event page


Bulldog Benefits 

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

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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VPI® Pet Insurance is the nation's oldest, largest and number one veterinarian-recommended pet health insurance provider. Save hundreds of dollars in premiums over the life of your pet with the special 5% group discount.* For more information, call 877.PETS.VPI or click here.

 

BON JOVI – Oct. 8th. Save Mart Center.

$25 TICKETS – Special online ticket discount for donors and friends of the Fresno State Alumni Association. Limit of four tickets per person. Deadline: Oct. 3rd at 10PM. More Read more

 


JOSE RAMIREZ – Nov. 9th. West Hills College (Lemoore).
 
Bulldog. Olympian. And The Fight for Water. 25% Discounts to Fresno State students and alumni. PROMO CODE: TRFSU. More Read more

 

 


 

Class Notes 

Tim Anderson (Student) entered the Red Bull Flugtag flying contest in Long Beach. The team is called Fresno's Red, White and Brew and includes Raffy Sencion, Jacob Sencion, Dayne Jer Eddings and Victor Zuniga.

Brittany Beard (Student) is a recipient of the CSU Trustee's Award for Outstanding Achievement. As an undergraduate, she received President Obama's Volunteer Service Award for dedicating more than 850 internship hours. MoreRead more

 


Jeff Brenner
 (2012) is the founder and CEO of New Color Clothing, a clothing line that reflects the pursuit of individualism and resisting the expectations society has on people. More Read more

 


Derek Carr
 (2013) is featured in Central Valley Magazine through the article “25 things you didn’t know about Derek Carr.” More Read more




1LT(P) Brian Campbell (2009) and CPT Luc Taylor (2000) are both currently serving in Herat, Afghanistan. They are stationed for about 10 months and should be coming home in March 2014. 



Juanita Castellano
 (2004, '13) has joined Visalia Medical Clinic's Lindsay Medical Group as a nurse practitioner.



Diana Gomez (1988) is the recipient of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) National STAR - Jamie Oaxaca Award. This is the highest award given by SHPE that recognizes outstanding contributions in the fields of engineering and science and the Hispanic American community. Gomez also is on the Board of Directors of the Fresno State Alumni Association. 

Olympic figure skating champion Robin Greiner(Alumnus) is represented in photos as part of the upcoming Valley Firsts! exhibition being held at the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State through December 15. The exhibit showcases items which originated in the Valley and had an impact on California. Photo by ERIC PAUL ZAMORA — THE FRESNO BEE. More Read more

Dana Lucka ('81, '00) was named an Outstanding Fundraising Professional for the National Philanthropy Day hosted by AFP California Central Valley. She was nominated by Jody Hironaka Juteau, Dean of the College of Health & Human Services.

 


Ara “Corky” Normart 
(1953) has two exhibitions – “50 Years Downtown” and “Downtown Visions” – currently on display at the Fresno Art Museum, through Dec. 29th. More Read more

 


Wayne Northrup
 (2002) has recently been matched for a bone marrow transplant to a man to a man suffering from leukemia. During his transplant on October 28th, Wayne plans on wearing his Fresno State Bulldogs gear.



Dave Rodgers (1990, ’93, ’94) was highlighted in Valley Response Magazine for his work as the EMS enrichment class instructor at Golden West High School. In his classes, Dave teaches students about the basic realities EMTs face on a daily basis. Dave is also a part-time EMT in Tulare County.

 

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