Outstanding Student Reception 2017
College of Social Sciences
Alexandra Gallo of Hollister, was awarded the top University honors at Fresno State. She was chosen from a group of nine Dean's Undergraduate medalists graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Political Science and Communication. She has served at the Ronald McDonald House and has helped facilitate after school activities for youth in Southeast Fresno. Alexandra has exercised her passion for service and civic engagement with her involvement as President of the League of Women Voters Student Unit and service as Senator of Undergraduate and Graduate Affairs for Associated Students, Incorporated. Alexandra has held leadership positions in the Panhellenic Council and in Delta Zeta. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, she conducted research of voter identification laws and presented her research at the Southwestern Social Science Association Conference. As a Maddy Institute Legislative Scholar, Alex interned under Congressman Jim Costa who she will continue to intern for in the summer 2017 and will then represent Fresno State as a student ambassador on a tour of China. Alexandra hopes to pursue a career in government.
Katy Hogue Graduate Dean's Medalist College of Social Sciences
Katy Hogue of Fresno, obtained her Masters in History. Her research examines the cultural development of the 19th Century American West in an attempt to mitigate the myth of the frontier. She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and presented at the 2015 and 2016 History Graduate Student Association Symposium, and the 2016 Graduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium. Katy also accepted a series of internships at the Fresno Historical Society where she created an exhibit about the J.R. McDonald paddle boat. Passionate about public history, Katy is currently the Collections Manager at the Fresno Historical Society where she works to make the historical records and manuscripts available to the public.