Investing in students: Meet the Faculty and Staff who donate to the Dean’s Council

Jim Boren, Douglas Fraleigh, Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Barlow DerMugrdechian, Jefferson Beavers, Mariana Anagnostopoulos

Many faculty and staff of Fresno State’s College of Arts and Humanities are able to see first hand how the Dean’s Council funds impact the students, faculty, and departments. Because of this, we are especially proud when they donate their hard earned money back to the Dean’s Council.



We asked them to write a few words on why they support the Dean’s Council, and here’s what they said:

Jefferson Beavers

As a two-time alumnus of our college, I give to the Dean‘s Council fund because I’ve been the recipient of the college’s generosity myself. As both a graduate student and as an undergrad, my creative work was directly supported with scholarships, travel funding, and even a paid-in-full class at CSU Summer Arts. Now that I’m staff, I get to see the impact of this support on the students and faculty I work with every day. I give back because I want to lead by example for fellow colleagues and alumni.”

~ Jefferson Beavers, Communication Specialist, MFA Program in Creative Writing

Dr. Douglas FraleighI participate in the Dean‘s Council because we have a lot of great students and programs in our college and they deserve our support.  Scholarship funding is vital to help students earn their degrees and the outstanding programs in Arts and Humanities cannot reach their full potential without the additional resources provided through sources such as the Dean‘s Council.

~ Dr. Douglas Fraleigh, Department of Communication Professor

Jim Boren“The Dean’s Council is an opportunity to support the College of Arts and Humanities beyond the public resources allocated to the college. The range of work done in Arts and Humanities is staggering, and the Dean’s Council funding is an important part of a support network that enhances arts and humanities education at Fresno State. Being a member of the Dean’s Council allows me to help in a small way.”

~ Jim Boren, Institute for Media and Public Trust Director

Barlow Der MugrdechianIt is important to support the work of the College through the support of the Dean’s Council. The Dean’s Council provides student scholarships and also resources for the College to do those activities which they otherwise would not have the support to do. As part of the College, I also want to demonstrate my support of the work of the Dean and Associate Dean.

~ Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Armenian Studies Program Coordinator

Mariana Anagnostopoulos“Our students value and benefit from faculty support in their many endeavors at Fresno State. I view the Dean’s Council as a direct way for faculty contributions of all levels to reach our students and positively impact their academic growth, in addition to supporting faculty in special projects.”

~ Mariana Anagnostopoulos, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy Associate Professor

Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval“I donate to Dean’s Council because I know my contribution makes the dream of a university degree a reality; music notes fill the halls, deep thought that explore our humanity take flight, a dramatic character embodies the human spirit, a journalist learns about the ethics of reporting, languages empower courage… I donate because I know that my gift will impact the present, and continue to benefit countless generations in the future.”

~ Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Honora Chapman - Associate Dean, College of Arts and Humanities“Fresno State is a beacon of hope for the Valley, and our College is the heart of the University. It’s a real joy to help our students and colleagues fulfill their dreams of success through a Dean’s Council donation!”

~ Honora Chapman, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Arts and Humanities



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