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November 2017

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Take aim for the 4th Annual Ag One Trap Shoot on Nov. 30!

You’re sure to have a blast at this year’s Trap Shoot at the Kingsburg Gun Club, proudly sponsored by Pearson Realty and Ultra Gro Plant Food! Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of clay shooting, social and tri-tip dinner while supporting the Jordan College. Plus - you won't want to miss out on your chance to win a Benelli shotgun or a YETI cooler in the raffle drawing! Shooter registration is $100, RSVP by Nov. 22. Check-in and hot dog lunch begins at 12 p.m. and the shoot will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a social hour, dinner and awards program. Many thanks to the naming sponsors, Pearson Realty and Ultra Gro Plant Food, along with the dinner sponsor, Prudential Agricultural Investments and the raffle sponsor, Breco Firearms, Inc. For more information about sponsorship opportunities or registration for shooters, please visit the website. Read More.


Bob Glim

In memory of Bob Glim

Ag One lost a dear friend and advisor on Nov. 11, Professor Robert J. Glim. He was just shy of his 102nd birthday. Professor Glim taught thousands of students in a wide variety of subjects in the Jordan College, from animal husbandry to ag economics, starting with the founding of the school in 1948 at Hammer Field to his retirement in 1979 as assistant dean. Among his achievements was inspiring a $29.4 million donation to the college, from his friends Bud, Dee and Lowell Jordan, the largest single cash gift donation to any California state university, in 2009. Bob attended Fresno State his first two years as an undergraduate before transferring and graduating from the University of California. He then started the Woodlake High School vocational agriculture department and taught there for eight years while he earned his master’s degree and teaching credential from UC Davis. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, his six children, 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Donations honoring Professor Glim can be made to Ag One towards the Robert J. Glim Scholarship Endowment or Jaron Ministries. Donate.


Helping Hams

RCO Ag Credit kicks off the 2017 Helping Hams campaign

Thanks to a generous gift from RCO Ag Credit, the annual Fresno State Helping Hams campaign at the Gibson Farm Market is off to a great start! RCO Ag Credit President/CEO Mitch Metzler, former Ag One president, and CFO Anthony Leon joined Dean Witte and President Castro along with members of the Fresno State Cabinet and Associated Students Inc. to launch the campaign on November 13 at the farm market. Money raised will provide holiday hams to organizations affiliated with Fresno State; the goal is to donate 250 hams. The campaign will end on December 4.


Moller Gift

Mechanized agriculture lab renovations made possible by Moller family gift

The Jordan College showcased initial renovations to its mechanized agriculture laboratory on Tuesday, Nov. 14 that were made possible by a $250,000 gift by Dr. James Moller and his wife, Carol Moller. The donation was made in memory of Moller’s father, Leonard Moller, who owned and operated the Acme Machine Shop in Fresno until 1973. James Moller, a University of Minnesota professor emeritus of pediatrics and medicine, grew up in Fresno near the original Fresno State campus. On a visit to campus in September 2016, he saw the laboratory’s traditional but outdated welding and mechanical equipment, which inspired his gift to help renovate the lab. Please join us in thanking the Moller family! View photos.


Vucovich Scholarship

Marsha Vucovich establishes scholarship endowment

We are honored to announce that Marsha Vucovich, former Ag One president, has established an endowment in honor of her father, Mark Vucovich. The Fresno Equipment Company-Mark Vucovich Endowment will provide scholarships to deserving Jordan College students. Please join us in thanking Marsha and Fresno Equipment Company for their continuous support! Read More.


Day of giving

Fresno State’s First-Ever Day of Giving raises $431,395

Fresno State and the community rallied together on Nov. 2 to make the University’s first-ever online Day of Giving (D.O.G.) a success as 1,138 unique donors from 29 states and 3 countries participated. When the 24-hour campaign ended at 11:59 p.m., 168 digital ambassadors had helped secure 1,316 gifts totaling $431,395. The social media reach was equally impressive with more than 23 million Twitter impressions on tweets with the campaign hashtags #FresnoStateDOG and #FeedTheDOG. The hashtags were used more than 2,800 times, and the University posts on Facebook reached more than 350,000 people. The Jordan College brought in more than $14,000, thank you for feeding the D.O.G.! Read more.


Common Threads

Common Threads Nominations Now Open

The Common Threads Committee is now accepting nominations for the 22nd Annual Common Threads Awards honoring women in agriculture. Honorees are selected from Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties for their remarkable contributions to agriculture and their community. Nominees must show outstanding involvement in agriculture, and have made a difference with their philanthropic and volunteer support. Please submit the nomination packet with a cover letter (including a picture) by November 27. For a PDF version of the nomination form or for the nomination criteria, click here.


 West Side

West Side Luncheon gathered alumni and friends in Five Points

Nearly 200 alumni and friends gathered at Fresno Equipment Company in Five Points for the second annual West Side Alumni and Friends Luncheon Nov. 8. The program included special recognition of our Veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Kerman Memorial Post 8470 Color Guard, including Ag One Board Member Ron Hardy, joined the event to present the flags. Many thanks to Farm Credit who sponsored the luncheon, Fresno Equipment Company who graciously hosted our guests and the sponsors and attendees who helped to make this event a success. Event proceeds benefit students and programs in the Jordan College.


Kern meeting lunch

Thank you for supporting the Kern County Alumni and Friends Luncheon

More than 200 alumni and friends gathered for the Showcase of Opportunities at this year’s Kern County Alumni and Friends Luncheon at Sun Pacific Farming Company in Bakersfield on November 15. The audience included ag industry professionals from throughout Kern County as well as current high school and community college students which provided a great networking opportunity during the social hour. Fresno State Ag Ambassadors engaged with prospective students and following the luncheon Sun Pacific Farming hosted a tour of their citrus packing house. Proceeds from this event benefit the Carl and Barbara Fanucchi Scholarship Endowment which supports Jordan College students from Kern County.


Heritage Society

Young alumna joins Heritage Society

Alumna Kelly Ansaldo is an active member of Ag One and has recently joined Fresno State’s Heritage Society. The Heritage Society recognizes alumni and friends who make the commitment to include Fresno State in long-range giving plans. She has made provisions in her estate plans to support the Jordan College. Kelly graduated from Fresno State in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and is now an agricultural territory manager for Rehrig Pacific Company. She also recently joined the California Agricultural Leadership Program Class 48. Please join us in thanking Kelly for her support!


year end giving

Year-End Giving

As the end of 2017 quickly approaches, we often think about the holidays and festivities, and we sometimes think about ways to give to our beloved institution. If you are planning or considering a year-end gift to support the Jordan College or Ag One, please reach out to us. We would be honored to help guide you through your year-end contribution or any other giving you might be considering. Certain gifts of securities (especially mutual funds) can take several weeks to process and we are here to help. Thank you and we hope you enjoy a fabulous holiday season!



Planting seeds of success...

  • Plant Science club wins fourth President’s Trophy in 6 years. Read more.
  • Jordan College students receive American Degree at the National FFA Convention. Read more.
  • Fresno State was visited by 10 Ukrainian faculty who are part of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Faculty Exchange program. Read more.
  • Students in an ag mechanics class recently took turns learning to drive a compost turner, case loader and water trailer from campus farm staff. View photos.
  • Jordan College students on the FFA Field Day committee recently hosted the State Cotton Judging Field Day on campus. View photos.
  • Foss representatives recently met with viticulture and enology faculty and staff to install a new WineScan, an invaluable tool for grape and wine research. View photos.


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Become an Ag One member!

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!