From left, Dean Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Associate Dean Honora Chapman and Dean's Medalist Cathleen Fagundes.

~ Photo above, from left, Dean Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Associate Dean Honora Chapman and undergraduate Dean’s Medalist Cathleen Fagundes at the Arts in Motion event on April 29. 

Fresno State has a bold vision to elevate Central California and become a region known for creativity, arts and culture. That vision begins with empowering our talented College of Arts and Humanities students and faculty.

The Dean’s Council Annual Fund is that tool of empowerment. This giving program is fueled by you and other generous alumni and friends who strive to promote and support intellectual and artistic exploration.

As 80% of our students stay in the Central Valley after graduation, their academic success will not only empower them to thrive, but also to enrich our community as a whole.

170503Arts009 copyCathleen Fagundes, the undergraduate Dean’s Medalist, from the Department of Communication, is one such student. A daughter of immigrants, education provided the stability she did not receive from her family life.

Cathleen, of Fresno, completed a B.A. in Communication with a GPA of 3.91.

Placed into foster care at age 8 after the death of a parent, Cathleen found respite in the classroom: “Through the difficult times moving from home to home, educational environments became my stability,” she says.

After graduating valedictorian from Hoover High School, Cathleen came to Fresno State as a member of the Smittcamp Family Honors College. Driven to improve the lives of others, Cathleen completed an ethnography on homelessness as part of the McNair Scholars program. She also leveraged opportunities to explore the world, traveling to Europe and participating in two service-learning trips to Fiji.

Cathleen presented an ethnography on how Azorean men communicate masculinity through public ritual at the College of Arts and Humanities Honors Symposium on May 12. Her goal is to earn a master’s in education with a multiple subjects teaching credential and dedicate her life to sharing her love of education with others.

Cathleen has thrived at Fresno State and her research into Fresno-area homeless will impact lives here in our community. Her end goal is to become an elementary teacher for at-risk students.

It is student success stories like this that we love to share. And the Dean’s Council Annual Fund gives us the resources to help create more outcomes like this.

Right now, you can double the impact of your gift to the Dean’s Council Annual Fund. Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro will match every dollar donated to the Dean’s Council Annual Fund through June 30, 2017, up to $150,000. 

That means the gift you give now will go twice as far in impacting the lives of our talented students – many of whom would not be able to succeed without you.

For additional information, visit www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/giving/ or call Becky Brown at (559) 278-1877.

~ A portion of this article was reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com, by Kathleen Schock