State of the College of Arts and Humanities

State of the College 2019

The following is the State of the College presentation which was delivered on Thursday, Jan 11, 2019, by Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and Dr. Honora Chapman, Associate Dean.

With 80 percent of alumni continuing to live in the Central Valley after graduation, the College of Arts and Humanities powers the local economy and touches every corner of life in our community.

The College of Arts and Humanities is the heart of Fresno State. Artistic exploration and humanistic inquiry are the DNA of culture and identity — a double helix which self-perpetuates. A philosopher records an idea while an artist creates a visual of that idea. An author sees that image and writes a story while a musician reads the story and writes a song. Artists and humanists create in order to share, and in doing so they better society and build community. We elevate the quality of life in our Valley.

Community Empowerment: Diverse Youth Programs, Organizations and Institutions, Programs

Community Empowerment: Diverse Youth Programs

Engaging our youth and exposing them to the arts and humanities infuses them with empathy, civic engagement and a sense of identity. The following programs are designed to guide our youth into an exploration of the world of ideas. (Click on each program to find out more)

Community Empowerment: Organizations and Institutions

These organizations and institutions are the applied manifestation of the Arts and Humanities.

Community Empowerment: Programs

With a sense of community, these programs interact and engage with their participants by facilitating an exchange of thought from other nations and generations. They promote humanistic ideas and artistic exploration, which are the basis of civilization, civic identity, and engagement with each other.

Community Partnerships: President's Commission on the Future of Arts and Humanities, Portuguese Leadership Council, Arts and Humanities Advisory Board, Armenian Leadership Council, President's Jewish Studies Leadership Council, Italian Studies Committee

Community Partnerships

The College of Arts and Humanities enjoys a wide array of supporters from every sector of industry and society.

Dean's Council - Elevating Lives: Impact, Growth

Dean’s Council

The Dean’s Council Annual Fund gives donors the opportunity to see the direct impact of their donation. These funds have assisted students financially who may not otherwise be able to pursue higher education. They have also sent students on trips to experience new cultures and learn about the world their education is affording them. The impact is transformational and changes lives. 

Among other things, these funds have:

  • Assisted DACA students
  • 7 Media, Communications and Journalism (MCJ) students to “Camp News”
  • 13 students to Germany for Summer Arts
  • 6 MCJ students to Ghana
  • Assisted students in the London study abroad program
Dean's Council Growth

The college is proud and grateful to have every single Arts and Humanities Advisory Board (AHAB) member as a Dean’s Council member. That’s 100 percent!

Day of Giving 2018. The College of Arts and Humanities won for the 2nd year in a row with total donors. The College also earned the most challenge gifts. 145 Faculty and Staff participated in the Day of Giving. The College raised over $40,000 in private dollars. Total Gift Count: 724, from 461 unique donors -- a 290.85% increase over last year.

Day of Giving 2018

On November 1st, we came together to celebrate ourselves and our contributions. Working together as artists and humanists, we not only found a sense of ourselves but also a sense of our community — and the impact our alumni, faculty, staff, and students have on the Valley. The results from our combined effort for Day of Giving was staggering:

  • The College of Arts and Humanities won for the 2nd year in a row with total donors.
    • The College also earned the most challenge gifts.
  • 145 Faculty and Staff participated in the Day of Giving.
  • The College raised over $40,000 in private dollars.
  • Total Gift Count: 724
    • From 461 unique donors — a 290.85% increase over last year.
THANK YOU! #InspirationForLife

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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