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 4,400 students with more than $6.2 million in scholarships and program support. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Ag One will provide more than $700,000 to deserving students and programs. For a complete list of endowments, click here.
In memory of Karen Morais
Ag One and the Jordan College mourns the loss of alumna, advisor and friend Karen Morais. After a short battle with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare type of bone marrow cancer, she passed away on December 25 with her close family by her side.
Karen served on the Ag One Board for 12 years, serving as president in 1992. Since 2005 she served as financial advisor to the Board as well as volunteering on the Ag Boosters BBQ Committee (since 1986), the Community Salute Committee (since 1997), the Fresno-Madera Wine Tasting Committee (2005-2010) and she joined the Common Threads Committee last year (she was honored in 2015).
There will be a rosary on January 7 at 7 pm at Franklin and Downs Funeral Home (1050 McHenry Ave., Modesto). On January 8 at 10 am, a mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto) followed by internment at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery (1141 Scenic Drive, Modesto). The family plans a Celebration of Life later in January in Fresno (details to follow).In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances can be made in her memory to Ag One to support deserving students and programs in the Jordan College, to the Fresno Art Museum, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fresno, or the charity of your choice. Click here for more information.
Recognizing Ag Commissioners Les and Marilyn Wright
Les Wright, agricultural commissioner for Fresno County, and his wife Marilyn, agricultural commissioner for Tulare County, have served the agriculture community in the Central Valley for decades. In honor of their service, funds are being raised at Fresno State to support the Fresno State Rodeo Team, which is one of Les' passions. Click for more information.
In memory of Arianna Koster
On October 2, 2018, the Jordan College and Fresno State family lost a young alumna, Arianna Marie Koster, who passed unexpectedly. She was a former member of the Fresno State Livestock Judging Team and devoted student. Her accolades, achievements and service to others were vast and immeasurable. She was following in her father's footsteps as an active member in the community. She was a member of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau, as well as the New Jerusalem 4-H Sheep and Goat Leader. She was very devoted to the 4-H club where she was able to share her knowledge and love for raising and showing livestock. Arianna passed down her competitive spirit with kindness, teaching the younger members of the club by example what it means to be a graceful competitor. Arianna was also like her father in the way she comprehended being a good steward of the family's generational Koster Ranch. She understood and was deeply passionate about the farming way of life. That pride and devotion ran through her veins. Arianna's spirit will always be a part of that land that she so deeply loved, which helped mold her into the woman she became. She truly is the "Farmer's Daughter!"
The students of the Jordan College are establishing a scholarship to honor Arianna's memory and, along with her family, request that remembrances be sent to Ag One for support of students who have been or would like to be a part of the Fresno State Livestock Judging Team. Click 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.
March 7, 2019 - Stanislaus County Alumni and Friends Dinner
March 27, 2019 - Common Threads Awards Luncheon