Dean's Medalist

The Dean's Medal honors the top graduating student earning an undergraduate or a graduate degree from one of the departments within the College of Health and Human Services.

2005 - 06 - Undergraduate

Mr. Garrett Kitt is completing his BSN in May 2006 with a Fresno State G.P.A. of 4.0. Mr. Kitt has exhibited the highest level of professional dedication, leadership, and commitment to fellow students, the community, and the university, and he will make a significant contribution to the profession of nursing.

Mr. Kitt is valued and respected by fellow students and faculty. He has demonstrated an outstanding academic record. He is a very self-directed and conscientious student and is completing a challenging preceptorship in the Burn Unit at University Medical Center while in his last semester of the nursing program. Mr. Kitt has served as a student leader, mentor and positive role model for other minority students.

Mr. Kitt has been very involved in student and community service including the California Nursing Students' Association, where he served as Vice President for a term; assisted with public blood pressure and physical checks at various community events; independently organized a health promotion booth; and he is currently involved in educating children about water safety.

2005 - 06 - Graduate

Ms. Lana Xiong has exhibited the highest level of professional dedication, leadership, and commitment to fellow students, the community, the university, and she will make a significant contribution to the profession of social work.

Ms. Xiong has demonstrated an outstanding academic record, and is a very self-directed and conscientious student. She has overcome great barriers and obstacles to achieve her academic goals and successes, including the death of her father when she was six, poverty, and language. She is completing her MSW in May 2006 with a Fresno State G.P.A. of 4.0.

Ms. Xiong has served as a student leader, mentor and positive role model for other minority students, and has been very involved in student and community service. She continues to be active in the Hmong community and plans to continue this work after she graduates. She has a leadership role assisting other students with their writing skills and was also instrumental in bringing awareness to the campus community of the desecration of Hmong graves in a refugee camp in Thailand. She is an advocate for Southeast Asian families to get the services they need in Fresno.

2004 - 05 - Undergraduate

Rebecca Warmerdam graduated with a 3.97 GPA and a specialization in therapeutic recreation. She also earned a certificate in Serving At-Risk-Youth. She received the Outstanding Senior Project Award in the therapeutic recreation emphasis area of Recreation Administration in spring 2005. She won the California Foundation for Parks and Recreation Ann Arge Nathan Spirit Scholarship Award in 2003 - 04 and 2004 - 05. She was a member of the equestrian team for two years, received the Scholar Athlete Award, earned a varsity letter and was voted "most improved rider." She worked for Fresno State's Friendly Visitor Service where she assisted older adults with activities of daily living and has volunteered at a Fresno elementary school, a San Bernadino summer camp for youth with developmental disabilities, and at the Fresno YMCA where she assisted youth with disabilities to participate in small group and individual activities.

2004 - 05 - Graduate

Kristen Mattox completed her M.A. degree in fall 2004 with a 4.0 GPA while also serving as vice president of the Student Sport Psychology Club, a youth sport consultant, part-time instructor at Fresno City College and Fresno State and coaching assistant. She is also a wife and the mother of four young boys. She has made several conference presentations and presented the results of her master's thesis at the national convention of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology in October 2005 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her thesis examined various aspects of women's sports at the high school level. She is a member of state and national health and physical education organizations and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In 2004, she and two fellow graduate students started Mattox, Meyer and Kerr Sport Psychology Consulting.

2003 - 04 - Undergraduate

Mr. Mercado received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in May 2004 with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Given the rigor of the nursing education program, this is a considerable accomplishment. He has been recognized nationally with election to Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. He is a leader among his peers, serving first as vice-president, then co-president of the campus chapter of the California Nursing Student Association. In those roles, he advanced several issues in the chapter including increased fund raising for scholarships to the state nursing convention, increased membership and provided leadership in several special events in support of nursing majors. He also served as a mentor and tutor to other students.

Completing a baccalaureate degree in nursing is just one phase of the career plan devised by Mr. Mercado. He is a sailor in the United States Navy and has served as a Corpsman, Phlebotomist, and a Respiratory Therapist prior to coming to Fresno State. After graduation, he will return to Navy service as an Ensign and will be stationed at Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Virginia. More education will follow as he intends to complete a master's degree in nursing and be certified as a nurse anesthetist. Finally, he would like to earn a Ph.D. and return to teach at Fresno State.

Away from school and the navy, Mr. Mercado is a dedicated husband and father, is active in the school activities of his children and has coached several youth sports teams. He has also participated in community fund raising through Kid's Day and Relay for life.

2003 - 2004 - Graduate

Ms. Crystal Johnson completed her MA in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Psychology. Ms. Johnson graduated in May 2004 with a graduate GPA of 4.00. She has a journal article in-press coauthored with Dr. Jenelle Gilbert, assistant professor of Kinesiology. She made several conference presentations including one at a national conference. She won several awards including a Robert and Norma Craig Scholarship and a Graduate Research Merit Award. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the National College Honors Society, Alpha Chi. Ms. Johnson demonstrated tenacity in reaching her academic goals and is poised to contribute to the future success of athletes through her specialization in sports psychology. She has been active in several charity events and donated her time in support of youth development in sports at several sites in the area. She was president of the Sport Psychology club on campus and is very involved in her church. Ms. Johnson is a high achiever who is recognized by faculty and the department for her graduate work and her potential for the future.