2013 Department Nominees and Awardees
Art and Design
Jerome K. Chang
Jerome K. Chang will graduate with a B.A. in Art. Chang has enjoyed invitations to present pottery demonstrations throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley, including the Fresno Mall and several locations in his hometown of Dinuba. He has also guest lectured at Reedley College and at the Edison-Bethune Charter Academy in Fresno. Chang’s passion for and commitment to serve others have earned him leadership roles in many organizations including past President of the Dinuba Aqua Emps, establishing the Dinuba Regional Arts Council, and the Fresno State Ceramics Guild. Jerome plans to enroll in an M.A. program with the eventual goal of teaching art at the university level.
Cecelia J. Agraz
Cecilia Agraz is a first generation college student and a Smittcamp Family Honors Scholar who will graduate with a B.A. in Communication and a 3.97 GPA. Cecilia is also an accomplished athlete and is a member of the Women’s Volleyball Team. She has earned two Academic All-District awards, three Academic All-Conference awards, and the Charles Taylor Memorial Award. Cecilia was also one of only two student athletes in California to receive an Academic All-American award in 2011, and the first ever recipient of the Fresno State Women’s Volleyball Coach’s Choice award. Cecilia’s passion is art and community service. After graduation, Cecilia plans to continue her education and become an art therapist.
Alamri will graduate with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Women's Studies with a minor in Middle East Studies. Neama is a Smittcamp Family Honors Scholar and has done volunteer work with campus organizations such as the Muslim Students Association and the Women's Alliance. Neama seeks to contribute to scholarship on racial justice. Neama has hopes in being the first woman in her family to earn a Ph.D. After graduation Neama will pursue her doctorate degree in World Cultures at UC Merced as a Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow.
Leighanna C. Mixter
Leighanna Mixter will graduate with a double major - a B.A. in Linguistics, Interdisciplinary Language Studies Option and a B.A. in Political Science. This combination of studies has given Leighanna a deeper understanding of peoples and cultures around the world. Leighanna plans to attend law school, and hopes to use her talents to bring about lasting change for the inequities in the world.
Mass Communication and Journalism
Lisa M. Beach
Lisa Beach is a first-generation college student who will complete a B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism, Advertising Option with a 3.8 GPA. Lisa participated on the Fresno State Equestrian team having twice earned the distinction of Most Valuable Player and competing in consecutive years in the National Championship. Lisa has also served as the secretary for Alpha Delta Sigma, is a Special Projects Advertising Sales Manager for The Collegian, and has served as CEO of the National Student Advertising Competition. Lisa contributes to the community through Big Heroes, Little Heroes and the Ronald McDonald House. Lisa plans to attend graduate school at the University of San Francisco to earn her masters degree in Sport Management.
Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Jordan E. Rossi
Jordan Rossi will graduate with a B.A. in French and a B.A. in History with a 3.95 GPA. Jordan is a member of various national honors societies including Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Alpha Theta. She is the recipient of the Clair E. and Marion Nelson Scholarship in History and was honored with a scholarship from the Alliance Française. In recognition of her volunteer work, Jordan received the Fresno State Circle K Recognition Award for Promoting the Tenant of Service in 2012. Jordan plans to pursue graduate studies in history with an emphasis in museum studies. As a museum curator, Jordan aspires to share her interest for the diverse histories and cultures of francophone countries.
Marielle V. Petricevich
Marielle is a Smittcamp Honors Scholar and will graduate with a B.A. in Music Vocal Performance Option with a 3.75 GPA. Marielle presented a poster based on her paper "Bizet's melodie and Carmen: A comparative pedagogic approach" at the 2013 National Opera Association Conference in Portland OR. She is submitting an article based on her research for the Opera Journal. In addition to her leadership as soprano section leader for the Concert Choir, Marielle is a mentor to freshmen voice students. Pending the outcome of her Fulbright Scholarship application, Marielle plans to pursue graduate studies in ethnomusicology, or she will enroll in chiropractic school.
Anthony E. Guzman, II
Anthony Guzman II has earned a B.A. in Philosophy with a 3.95 GPA - all within three years! During his relatively short time at Fresno State, Anthony became actively involved on campus holding multiple positions in student government, including the senator for the College of Arts and Humanities, the chair of the Associated Students Inc. legal committee and chief justice of the student court. Anthony has contributed over 400 hours of community service for various organizations such as Kids Alive Ministries, The Boys and Girls Club, and the Step Up for Down Syndrome Foundation. He served as president and team captain of Fresno State’s Moot Court team where he distinguished himself as a nationally ranked oral advocate. Anthony plans to attend law school and has already been accepted to UCLA, Berkeley, and Georgetown.
Shelby M. Art
Shelby is a Smittcamp Honors Scholar who will graduate with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. In addition to having acted in nine Theatre Department productions, Shelby performed with the student-run Experimental Theatre Company (ETC). She was recognized for her role in Talking With… with an American College Theatre Festival nomination. Having participated on numerous productions as assistant designer, wardrobe chief, or seamstress, Shelby also succeeded in trying her hand at playwriting. She wrote and directed a play for ETC, titled undergrad, that pays tribute to her four years of study at Fresno State. Shelby served as costume designer for the Theatre For Young Audiences production of The Bully Plays. She also performed off campus with such theatrical groups as the Children’s Musical Theatreworks and Good Company Players. Shelby plans to pursue her theatrical studies in either a graduate program or at a conservatory to prepare her for university level teaching.
Art and Design
Jamie L. Buettner
Jamie Buettner will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and an M.A. in Art History. After several years teaching math to junior high and high school students, and previous to that, a 25-year career in physical therapy, Jamie enrolled in graduate studies to pursue her passion for art and her gift for teaching. Jamie’s background and expertise in the health industry has fueled her research interests in art history to explore topics such as viewing Michelangelo’s works through the lens of Asperger’s Syndrome and the corporeal nature of seventeenth-century female worship. Jamie has presented her research in numerous scholarly venues, most notably to the International Conference on Religion and Society and the Southern California Art Historians Society. Her paper, “Family Benediction,” was published in the 2011 edition of Hindsight, the Graduate History Journal. Jamie plans to pursue a Ph.D. and teach college level art history.
Jennifer A. Zenovich
Jennifer A. Zenovich will graduate with an M.A. in Communication. Her research interests include feminism and globalization. In 2011 Jennifer was awarded a nine-month Fulbright research grant to Montenegro to study Montenegrin women’s post-communist gendered experiences. While in Montenegro, Jennifer worked with the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica to deliver lectures on Western feminisms and informative talks about the U.S. university system throughout the country. Earlier this year, Jennifer was awarded a short-term (four-week) research grant at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. to further her interests in Eastern-European studies. Jennifer plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Communication and has been accepted to no less than three prestigious institutions.
Phuong H. Dang
Phuong Dang is an international student from Vietnam who has earned an M.A. in General Linguistics. Phuong majored in English Linguistics and Literature and in 2006 was offered a teaching position at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Vietnam. Eventually, Phuong earned an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). She then was awarded a Fulbright grant to study General Linguistics here at Fresno State. Phuong’s long range plans are to continue her studies in phonology in a Ph.D. program, but in the short term, she plans to rejoin her husband in Vietnam to start a family and resume her teaching career there.
Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Mitchell A. Baroni
Mitchell Baroni, a first-generation college graduate, found his love for Spanish language and culture while doing missionary work in the Dominican Republic. Mitchell subsequently earned a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in Linguistics. This year Mitchell graduates with an M.A. in Spanish with a linguistics specialization. He has presented his research at the University of Arizona and at the Central California Research Symposium, where he earned the “Outstanding Graduate Oral Presentation.” He balances coursework with an appointment as a Graduate Teaching Associate, volunteer work, and being a husband and father, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. His academic achievements have earned him membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Mitchell plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Hispanic linguistics.