Dee Jordan Donates $29.4 Million

Banner

Our Mission

In 1979, several faculty, alumni and friends of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology had a million-dollar idea -- to start a foundation that would benefit, promote and support the college and its programs. The supporters set out to raise $1 million in endowed scholarships. Today, the Ag One Foundation has raised more than $19.5 million in endowed funds.

Over the years, donors, board members and volunteers have made it possible to award some 3,700 students with more than $2.7 million in scholarships and grants. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Ag One will provide nearly $600,000 to deserving students and programs. For a complete list of endowments, click here.

In Memory of William C. “Bill” Cutting -- “Mr. Golden Horse” 

CuttingAg One and the Jordan College lost a dear friend, Mr. Bill Cutting, on March 4, 2017. Bill was born in Kansas in 1929 – coming to Fresno at the age of 12.  He graduated from Fresno State College in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture – emphasis in Animal Science. Beginning in 1951 Bill helped develop the family’s Cutting Veterinary Supply to become the fifth largest animal health business in the USA.  He also owned the landmark “Golden Horse” store on Blackstone Avenue in Fresno. 

Faithful to his alma mater, Bill served thirty years on the Agricultural Foundation Board at Fresno State. He earned recognition in 1990 for service to Fresno State while elected to the Ag One Board of Directors and a 1998 College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Lifetime Service award. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made payable to the Ag One Foundation for the W.C. "Bill" and Sharon Cutting Endowment, which supports students studying animal husbandry.

To donate online, please select the following link:

Click for more information about Bill Cutting and the W.C. "Bill" and Sharon Cutting Endowment

Remembering San Joaquin Valley Wine Pioneer, Angelo Papagni

PapagniAngelo started farming at age nine when tall enough to follow his father's footprints in the soft vineyard rows. Using farming techniques learned here and abroad, Angelo started his winery in 1973. His belief in the region led to his first gold medals in Italy in 1976. By 1986, Angelo's farming practices earned him the moniker "Maverick In the Big Valley". Today, his technological advances in wine juice concentrate enhance the production of high quality wines at home.

He attended Fresno High School and Fresno State college. He was very supportive of the Viticulture and Enology department at Fresno State, both financially and with his leadership.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made payable to the Ag One Foundation for the Angelo Papagni Scholarship Fund in support of Jordan College students. 

Click for more information about the Angelo Papagni Scholarship Fund

Professor Emeritus of Viticulture and Enology, K.C Fugelsang, passes

Fugelsang
K.C. Fugelsang was a Professor Emeritus of Enology at Fresno State. He joined the university in 1972 and after four decades of service, he began teaching part time for the Department of Viticulture and Enology during his retirement. Fugelsang has published over 150 technical papers and 14 books including Wine Analysis and Production. Ken is the past president of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and recipient of the University's Outstanding Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award the Salgo-Noren and NACTA Awards, the Claude Lavelle Award for Innovative Technology, and the Outstanding Alumnus Award ( Top Dog Classes of 1969 and 1972). During his service to the enology program, Fugelsang also managed Fresno State's 20,000 case commercial winery where his students received over 350 awards in major wine competitions. 

Memorial tributes may be made payable to the Ag One Foundation for the K.C. Fugelsang/C.J. Muller Enology Endowment which supports students pursuing degrees in Enology.

To donate online, please select the following link:

Support the K.C. Fugelsang/C.J. Muller Enology Endowment

Dr. Vincent E. Petrucci, ‘Father’ of Fresno State Viticulture and Enology programs, leaves lasting legacy

Petrucci web

On December 27, 2016 the Jordan College and Ag One lost a dear friend, Dr. Vincent E. Petrucci, at the age of 91.

Dr. Vincent E. Petrucci, professor emeritus of viticulture at Fresno State, will be remembered as a wonderful man who inspired and trained generations of young people for the grape industry.  Few people have had an impact on the lives of students and an industry more than Dr. Petrucci. Click for press release

To honor their father, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made payable to the Ag One Foundation for the Vincent E. Petrucci Endowment (est. 1994) in support of scholarships for deserving viticulture and enology students, or to support the Vincent E. Petrucci Library Endowment (est. 1996) serving students, researchers and professionals in the grape industry.

To donate online, please select the following link:

Donate to the Vincent E. Petrucci Scholarship Endowment or the Vincent E. Petrucci Library Endowment

Click for more information about the Vincent E. Petrucci Library

Please contact Ag One at 559.278.4266 for more information. 

Jordan Agricultural Research Center

Bridging academic research with practical education

As the flagship university in the top agricultural region in the world, Fresno State is a fitting home for a world-class research center to discover and investigate the most advanced concepts and practices of agriculture, food and natural resources. The new Jordan Agricultural Research Center at Fresno State will foster collaboration between some of the brightest minds in agriculture, engineering, science and mathematics. The 30,000-square-foot facility is reinventing Fresno State as a leading research institution for decades to come.

President's Commission on the Future of Agriculture

The Commission on the Future of Agriculture issued its report on May 9, 2014 with several key recommendations to enhance and build the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. The full report is available here

Important Date

June 14, 2017 North Bay Alumni & Friends Dinner, Santa Rosa 

July 14, 2017 - Community Salute Honoring the Borba Family

September 10, 2017 - Ag Boosters BBQ, Borba Ranch