Nicole DiBuduo Linder, class of 1998, was recently named the new executive director for the Marjaree Mason Center (mmcenter.org/), a shelter for victims of domestic violence in the Fresno area.
While she was a student at Fresno State, Linder studied public relations in the Mass Communications and Journalism Department (fresnostate.edu/artshum/mcj/) and was a member of the Barking Bulldogs (fresnostate.edu/artshum/communication/debate/index.html) team.
“Nicole was an outstanding member of the Barking Bulldogs team, specializing in oral interpretation and winning awards at tournaments throughout our region,” said Douglas Fraleigh, chair of the Communication Department and coach of the Barking Bulldogs during Nicole’s time here. “She represented Fresno State at Nationals in 1995. Her strong public speaking and interpersonal communication skills are a great fit for her new position.”
We asked Linder a few questions about her new position and her time as a Bulldog.
Question: What are your goals as you embark on this new role?
Answer: Since the Marjaree Mason Center supports those affected by domestic violence, my goal (and likely that of my predecessors) would be to be out of a job. However, unfortunately, in Fresno County, domestic violence is rampant. In addition to providing support for victims, my hope is to break unhealthy cycles and educate our youth on how to have healthy domestic relationships.
Q: What did you gain from your experience with the Barking Bulldogs?
A: I recall most of my work being on the forensics team. After four years of being involved in forensics at Clovis West High School, it was natural to continue on at Fresno State.
During my time at Fresno State, I became much more confident in my extemporaneous speaking. What started as a hobby and activity probably gave me some of my best utilized professional skills: the ability to confidently speak to others either individually or in a crowd.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our Fresno State community?
A: I am proud to be a Fresno State alum (along with my husband Colby Linder, BS-1999, and most of my immediate and extended family.) Having wanted to originally go out of town for school, I can see Fresno State was the perfect university for me.
In addition to a fantastic education that prepared me for a future career, I had the ability to get involved through campus activities such as the Barking Bulldogs and Vintage Days (fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/studentinvolvement/traditions/vintagedays/), the Greek system (Kappa Alpha Theta – fresnostatekappaalphatheta.org/) and even Study Abroad (fresnostate.edu/artshum/departments-programs/abroad/).
College is what you make and Fresno State provides an abundance of opportunities!