Fresno State Jazz Festival revival is part of a larger vision for the program

Richard Giddens and the Jazz Band

It had been nearly 20 years since the last Fresno State Jazz Festival, and after a day of performances by visiting schools, the main concert began in the Fresno State Concert Hall on the evening of Nov. 29. Richard Giddens, Director of Jazz Studies for the Fresno State Department of Music directed the Fresno State […]

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Make Japan your classroom this summer

Image of Japan

This summer study trip to Japan will make you experience Japanese society and culture. The emphasis of the program is to make “Japan the classroom.” You will stay with a Japanese host family for a week in Osaka. Also, you will have a chance to study Japanese culture (Calligraphy, Tea Ceremony, Flower Arrangement, Cooking, etc.) with Japanese students at […]

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Spend three weeks studying in China

SHANGHAI CHINA skyline

Spend three weeks in Shanghai, the largest cosmopolitan city of China with native Chinese speaking professors in a total immersion environment for learning the Chinese language and culture, interacting with local Chinese students, touring the best of China’s traditional architecture and gardens, museums and galleries, and seeing the amazing development of China’s modernization as part of your experience. Tour Suzhou, an ancient city […]

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Drama-focused program unites future ESL teachers with international high school students

SJMHS drama program students

The innovative after-school program allows teachers to implement creative ways of teaching English through a drama-based context. This 2018 Fall semester, the linguistics department set into motion a brand new program that partners Fresno State’s future Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) teachers with English as a Second Language (ESL) international students at San […]

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Philosophy Club sharpens students’ intellectual creativity through discourse

Fresno State Philosophy Club

The Fresno State Philosophy Club meets every Thursday at 2 p.m. in “The Phil Zone” (Music 104) and discusses a variety of philosophical, religious, and legal topics and issues. Every Fresno State student, regardless of major, can join the club — or attend the club’s events and meetings. A theme, readings, and questions for each […]

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English Education alumnus takes unlikely path to teaching job

Jacob Simmons earned his bachelor’s in English Education from Fresno State in 2016.

~ By Jefferson Beavers, communication specialist, Department of English So how do you go from being a traveling hardware salesman and college dropout to landing your dream teaching job at your high school alma mater? You can ask recent Fresno State alumnus Jacob Simmons about his “15-Year Plan.” Simmons, a first-generation college student who returned […]

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Featured Donor: Judy Kuipers

Judy Kuipers

“To me, the greatest satisfaction is in knowing that you, as a human being, made something better for another human being,” said Dr. Judy Kuipers, Ph.D., retired chancellor. “You feel it at your core. Not in… a self-serving way, but just a human satisfaction. Of course, to me, it’s surrounded by a great big ol’ […]

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Study Greek classics, while in Greece

Greece Featured Image

The 2019 Summer Trip to Greece, in partnership with the Paideia Institute, will take place in May. The trip offers students a unique opportunity to learn and see first-hand the area which many call the birthplace of Western Civilization. The program started in 2015 when Classics of Humanities Professors Curtis and Kristi Eastin created the “Summer Greek […]

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Armenian Studies Program inspires with a holistic approach to community-oriented events

William Saroyan House Museum opening ceremony

The sense of community that flourished at the Armenian Studies Program’s well-attended events made the Fall 2018 semester exceptional. Between the ceremony for the opening of the William Saroyan House Museum, a jazz piano concert, a CineCulture movie, and a series of riveting lectures, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Berberian Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program […]

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