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December E-News



deeOn November 17, 2015 Ag One and the Jordan College lost a dear friend. Mrs. Dee Jordan passed away in San Francisco at the age of 87. Dee and late husband Bud along with her brother-in-law Lowell were responsible for the largest cash gift in Fresno State's history - $29.5 million to Ag One in support of the Jordan College. This gift remains the largest single cash gift ever received by the California State University system. She, Bud and Lowell have forever transformed agriculture at Fresno State. We will greatly miss her. More 


metzlerFresno County farmer and Viticulture alumnus Ron Metzler lost his battle with ALS on November 24, 2015 at the age of 78. Ron was a founding director of Ag One and established an endowment in the name of his parents, Edna and Henry Metzler, in 1986 the year he served as President. He was also a long time supporter of the Department of Viticulture and Enology in the Jordan College, Fresno State Athletics and the Bulldog Foundation. He received the Department of Viticulture and Enology Outstanding Service Award and Viticulture Alumnus of the Year honor. His contributions to Fresno Stateagriculture will not be forgotten. More 



harryFresno State alumnus and longtime supporter Dr. Harry B. Moordigian, Jr. passed away on November 11, 2015 at the age of 76. An active supporter of Fresno State since the 1970’s, Harry’s contributions benefited numerous University programs including the Bulldog Foundation, Armenian Studies, Athletics, the Kremen School of Education and Human Development and the Jordan College. In 2007 he honored his parents, Harry and Nevart Moordigian, by establishing an Ag One endowment to support students in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. More: press release; Collegian article


Common Threads  Six women have been selected as the 2016 honorees for the 20th Annual Common Threads Award, which recognizes women from the San Joaquin Valley for theiragricultural, philanthropic and community service. The Common Threads Award recipients are Laurie Airoso, Tipton; Felomena Barcellos, Tipton; Georgene Diener, Five Points; Matilda Maddox, Riverdale; Lilia Giacomazzi, Hanford – Tapestry Award; and our very own interim dean Dr. Sandra Witte, Clovis – Honorary Award. The honorees will be recognized at the 20th Annual Common Threads Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 16, 2016 at the International Agri Center Heritage Complex in Tulare.


ag foundation The Agricultural Foundation of California State University, Fresno announced the addition of Joe L. Del Bosque and Dianne S. Nury to its board of directors. Del Bosque is the owner of Del Bosque Farms in Firebaugh and a 1975 Fresno State plant science and agronomy graduate. Nury, a 1982 Fresno State business administration and marketing graduate, has served as president and CEO of the family-owned Vie-Del Company in Fresno since 1991. More


helping hamsFresno State’s third annual Helping Hams campaign which ran from November 19 – December 4 raised $6,645 and exceeded its goal of 175 hams. The largest contribution was a $3,500 donation from RCO Ag Credit, Inc. (more about RCO's gift). Ten local organizations have been selected to distribute 221 hams to families in need this holiday season. More 


Planting seeds of success…

From the farm to the football field, two Jordan College students, Bo Bonnheim and Jacob Vazquez, are representing agriculture on the Fresno State Bulldogs Football team. Watch their story here.

The Fresno State TARGET program and Horticulture Nursery manager, Calliope Correia, were honored December 5th by the California School Board Association at its 36th annual Golden Bell Awards ceremony. More 

Jordan College students selected to participate in key industry conferences. More


Important Dates

January 12, 2016 – State of the University, Save Mart Center; RSVP deadline Dec. 21

January 16, 2016 – Ag Fest Basketball Game, Save Mart Center. Fresno State vs. San Jose State

March 16, 2016 – 20th Annual Common Threads Luncheon, International Agri-Center Heritage Complex, Tulare

May 9, 2016 – 45th Annual Turf Day Golf Classic, Belmont Country Club


If you’re not already a member, please consider joining Ag One and receive 10% off selected items like wine and olive oil at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market!


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