College of Arts and Humanities Spotlight
Expand your imagination and creativity.
Reflect critically on questions of belief, values, and the nature of human existence.
Develop an appreciation and understanding of the great works of human imagination.
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Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval
Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval has a Ph.D. from UC, Irvine, and a Certificate in Critical Theory from Cornell University. Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval has chosen Fresno as his home, and he sees his role at Fresno State as part of a broader commitment to the region. His research is influenced by deconstructionist and post-colonial theories, as these afford a theoretical and metaphorical space in which to explore the being in process that is unconstrained by a stagnant ontology. He has published on authors from the Spanish Golden Age, Mexican literature, and Portuguese poetry. Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval has been instrumental in developing the MA program in Spanish, and has chaired MCLL for 6 years. His passion for student success is evident by the 26 MA theses he has directed.
Provost’s Award Recipients for 2015-16
Outstanding teaching, research and service are central to the mission of Fresno State. The dedication of our professorial faculty deserves special recognition. Recipients of the Provost's Awards provide our students with a stimulating environment that fosters learning and affirms the university as the intellectual and cultural leader of the San Joaquin Valley. The Provost's Awards honor those faculty members who set new standards of excellence and represent the heart of this great university.
Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, for 2015-2016 - Thomas Loewenheim, Professor of Music
Thomas Loewenheim is a modern renaissance man: a unique musician who enjoys an international career, combining cello performance, conducting, and teaching at the highest levels. He has toured North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East, performing with orchestras, giving recitals, and playing chamber music, and has been broadcast over the national radio networks in Austria, Canada, and Israel.
Loewenheim is currently Head of Strings, Professor of Cello, and Conductor of the University Orchestra at California State University, Fresno, and the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. Previously he taught at the Indiana University String Academy and the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), and served as music director and conductor of the Musical Arts Youth Orchestra (MAYO) in south-central Indiana.
Under his leadership, the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra has grown from a small ensemble to a full symphony orchestra with a level of artistic achievement rivaling many of the top universities in the nation.
Provost's Award for Faculty Service, for 2015-2016 - Una Mjurka, Professor of Art and Design
Una Mjurka was born in Riga, Latvia. She received an Artist Expert degree from Riga Applied Arts School and a BA in Ceramics from Art Academy of Latvia. In 1994 Mjurka moved to the U.S. to continue her education at Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA) and subsequently earned an MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State University (San Jose, CA). She has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. (in nearly twenty states) and participated in shows in Australia, Austria, China, France, Spain, Lithuania and her native Latvia.
Growing up during the Soviet era was a unique experience that has influenced Mjurka’s creative work and outlook on life. Triggered by her past, Mjurka developed an interest in exploring human nature and conditioning through the prism of Maslow’s pyramid of psychological needs, categorized in two distinguished groups such as “basic” and “being” needs. Through her work, Mjurka celebrates the beauty and simplicity of mundane rituals fulfilling the basic human needs, simultaneously making a reference to the widespread consumerism plaguing today’s society.
Programs in the College of Arts and Humanities
Programs in the College of Arts and Humanities provide you with the base of humanistic studies and creative expression essential to the understanding of contemporary civilization. Reflect critically on questions of belief, values, and the nature of human existence. Expand your imagination and creativity. Develop an appreciation and understanding of the great works of human imagination.