Kremen School News

Q4 2017 Newsletter


Staff and Faculty Recognition

Paul BeareDr. Paul Beare Receives Renaissance Leadership Award

Congratulations to our Dean, Dr. Paul Beare, for receiving the Renaissance Leadership Award from The Renaissance Group. Dr. Beare received the award on Oct. 8, 2017, during the TRG & TECSCU Joint Fall Conference. A conference focused on joining education deans, directors, associate deans, and other teacher educators from state colleges and universities across the country.

The Renaissance Leadership Award has been awarded to Dr. Beare for his commitment to the preparation of educational professionals and ensuring high levels of teaching and learning within the Kremen School. He has demonstrated collaborative working relationships through Teacher Residencies and Partnerships throughout the Central Valley school districts. He is committed to diversity with our faculty and leadership focused on increasing diversity within the education community through respect, understanding and acceptance. And he demonstrates leadership every day with the Kremen School staff, faculty and leadership standing by his side.

The Kremen School is honored to have a dean that has received such a noble award.


Provost's Award - Promising New Faculty

We are happy announce that the Kremen School of Education and Human Development has two faculty being recognized on the 2016-2017 Promising New Faculty list from the Provost. The recipients of the Provost's Award provide our students with a stimulating environment that fosters learning and affirms the university as the intellectual and cultural leader of the San Joaquin Valley.

Congratulations to Dr. Alicia Becton and Dr. Susana Hernandez!

Alicia Becton   Susana Hernandez 


Garbralle Conroe40 Under 40 Class of 2017

Garbralle Conroe, Adjunct Faculty MS in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, has been selected for the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 award presented by Business Street Online! Mrs. Conroe is the only Fresno State employee to be honored in the Class of 2017.

The 40 Under 40 award is granted to individuals who are under 40 years of age and have made contributions to the community and demonstrated a strong work ethic. Mrs. Conroe has made many strides forward to deserve this award, thriving on the model "each one teach one".

In 2012 she received the Business of the Year award from Resources for Independence Central Valley for helping individuals with disabilities obtain jobs. In 2015 she received the Community Service award from Fresno City College for her outstanding work with students. Mrs. Conroe also engages in motivational speaking throughout the Central Valley and in Northern California. Additionally, she mentors students and volunteers her time speaking at different high school's about peer pressure, making smart choices, leadership and the importance of education. Lastly, Mrs. Conroe co-authored a manuscript on the use of service-learning in building cultural competence among counseling trainees. The Kremen School is lucky to have a faculty member that is so dedicated to the community! 



Day of Giving


Day of Giving was a one-day online fundraising event on Nov. 2, 2017 from midnight to midnight. All members of the Fresno State community participated, including students, parents, staff, faculty, alumni, friends and community leaders. The goal was to have as many participants as possible come together to raise financial support for student success. Fresno State rallied 1,138 unique donors from 29 states and three countries and raised $431,395!

The Kremen School was in full force for 24 hours to gather as many donors as possible while raising money for causes such as the Fresno Family Counseling Center, Bi-Lingual Preschool Education and the Next Generation Education Initiative. The Kremen School was able to raise $18,480 in donations and close to $3,000 in challenge winnings. 

With a huge success, the Kremen School ranked 3rd out of 15 donation categories for total number of donors with 146 donors! Passing Craig School of Business, the Alumni Association and Student Affairs!

Read more here.



Student Involvement

NCRE Conference 2017NCRE Conference

9 of our top graduate students from the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program attended the National Council on Rehabilitation Education conference in Arlington, VA. These students received a 100% paid scholarship to attend this educational conference, learning the latest in Rehabilitation Counseling strategies and networked with professionals and employers across the United States. 

Latin@s in Academia Lecture Series

The Graduate Net Initiative hosted a lecture series highlighting the experiences, challenges and successes of Latin@s as they navigate life in the academic world. Both Kremen students and faculty were involved in speaking during these lectures. 

 Dr Soltero-Lopez and Joury Robles
Estevan Parra
Dr. Ana Soltero-Lopez, Assistant Professor, LEBSE - "Undocumented Immigrant to Professor: How My Lived Experiences Shaped My Professional Pathway"

Joury Robles, Graduate Student, MS Counseling - "Queer Latina Sonadora: Finding My Way to Grad School"
Estevan Parra, Graduate Student, MA Education - "Latino Retention: Overcoming Challenges n Higher Education"




Top Dog - Dr. Janet Young


The Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala was held on October 13, 2017. The Gala recognizes some of the University’s most accomplished graduates with the highest honor presented by the Fresno State Alumni Association. Dr. Janet Young was recognized as the Kremen School of Education and Human Development's 2017 Top Dog.

"Because of Fresno State, I got to have the most amazing career." - Janet Young.

Janet Young received her bachelor's and masters from Fresno State, which has helped her hold a 40-year career with the Clovis Unified School District where she held positions as learning director, principal, director of school and community relations, associate superintendent of human resources and superintendent.

Read more about Janet's journey here.



National Day on Writing

National Day on WritingThe City of Fresno declared recognition of October 20 as the National Day on Writing. The National Day on Writing was founded by the National Council of Teachers of English on the premise that writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration.

Dr. Juliet Wahleithner, Assistant Professor of Literacy and Co-Director of the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project, accepted the proclamation on bahalf of the SJVWP. Dr. McNamara and Dr. Sias with the English department accompanied Dr. Wahleithner.

Sias with the English department accompanied Dr. Wahleithner.






Fresno State's Kremen School Alumni Chapter's Annual Oktoberfest was a huge hit! This event is hosted by the kremen Alumni and Friends chapter and all proceeds go towards providing scholarships to Kremen students.

Over 100 people joined us for a great night of food, drinks, music and a silent auction. Multiple scholarships were funded from the generous donations from the night's guests. Thank you to everyone whom attended and donated items for the auction. 

Make sure you join us next Oktober!

Kremen Night at Men's Basketball Game  

On November 30, 2017 the Kremen School hosted the Men's Basketball game at the Save Mart Center. The night was full of activities, recognition and fun. 

Dr. Ignacio Hernandez, faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership, was our honorary coach for the evening. He joined the team in the locker room and sat with them during the game!

Dr. Luz Herrera, faculty in the Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education, shot the ball during half-time ...................

The Wayfinders even did a performance ..............



In Remembrance

Gail TompkinsDr. Gail Tompkins passed away on November 1, 2017.

Dr. Tompins was a professor for the LEBSE department from 1989-2004 and served as San Joaquin Valley Writing Project director from 1992-2005. She was a prolific and influential writer about literacy and influenced the practices of many people.

Dr. Tompkins authored three books published by Merrill/Prentice Hall: Teaching Writing: Balancing Process and Product, 3rd ed. (2000), 50 Literacy Strategies (1998), and Language Arts: Content and Teaching Strategies, 4th ed. (1998). She has also written numerous articles related to reading and language arts that have appeared in The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, and other professional journals.

She had many accomplishments throughout her life. In 1986 Dr. Tompkins taught at the University of Oklahoma and received the Regents' Award for Superior Teaching. In 2000, she was awarded the prestigious Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching at California State University, Fresno. And in xxxx, Dr. Tompkins was inducted into the California Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame in recognition of her publications and other accomplishments in the field of reading.

She will be greatly missed.



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