Day of Giving empowers the community to support Arts and Humanities

2018 Day of Giving Big Picture

Scholarships and philanthropic support change lives. They have a direct impact on the students who receive them and often can mean the difference between a student attending a university or not.

What if, for as little as the cost of going out to lunch, you could contribute to a fund which changes lives? That’s what Fresno State’s Day of Giving (DOG) is all about. 

DOG is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign. For as little as $10, you can help support the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State. 

The third annual DOG is Thursday, Nov. 7.

“DOG provides the College of Arts and Humanities with crucial Dean’s Council funds that allow us to support myriad faculty and student endeavors. Each recipient has requested this funding because other avenues do not exist for financing their projects,” said Dr. Honora Chapman, interim dean, College of Arts and Humanities. 

Support Arts and Humanities on Day of Giving

It only takes three simple steps…

  1. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 7.
  2. Follow the @FresnoStateCAH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and help spread the word using #FresnoStateDOG.
  3. On Nov. 7, visit dayofgiving.fresnostate.edu and donate as little as $10 to the College of Arts and Humanities.

It’s that easy!

Or almost…

There are challenges throughout the day which can help us raise even more money! All we need is a little strategy.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Alumni Participation Power Hour

If you are Fresno State alum, this is the best time to donate. The school/college/program that receives the most alumni donors during this hour will win the bonus money. *Multiple gifts from one donor to the same school/college/program will only count once.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Selfie Challenge

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to participate. Between 11am -1pm, post your most creative Fresno State D.O.G. selfie! Don’t forget to tag @Fresno_State and @FresnoStateCAH — and use #FresnoStateDOG. The participating area tagged in the most creative selfie post will receive the bonus money. *Multiple gifts from one donor to the same school/college/program will only count once.

2018 Day of Giving BIG picture
2018 Day of Giving BIG picture

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Big Picture – Fresno State amphitheater

What better way for the College of Arts and Humanities to take a “selfie” then to have you be in it! This is also a great place for you to take your selfie and help support your college!

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Donor Participation power hour

If you are not Fresno State alum, this is the best time to donate. The college that receives the most unique donors during this hour will Win. *Multiple gifts from one donor to the same school/college/program will only count once.

Arts and Humanities tops the leaderboard during Day of Giving 2018.
Arts and Humanities tops the leaderboard during Day of Giving 2018.

The Dean’s Council Annual Fund

When you give to the College of Arts and Humanities on Day of Giving, unless otherwise specified, you will be helping to support the Dean’s Council Annual Fund. Those funds are then equally dispersed into two areas:

  1. Dean’s Council Scholarship Endowment: Provides scholarships and student assistance.
  2. Dean’s Discretionary Fund: Provides curriculum enrichment, research, and travel funding for students and faculty, technological and artistic support, as well as funding for the unique and unexpected needs of the College.

Here are just a few of the ways Dean’s Council funds have been used to directly impact students lives at Fresno State.

After overcoming brain cancer, alumnus Kai DiMino finds strength through theater

Kai on stage at Fresno State
Kai on stage at Fresno State (far right)

Battling a rare childhood brain cancer at a young age, DiMino went through several years of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and was told that he would lose various cognitive, motor, and physical abilities. The long-lasting effects would prevent him from many activities. However, at age seven when he had beaten cancer, he learned to adapt. Although there were lasting cognitive and physiological symptoms relating to development and learning, he wasn’t afraid of challenges.

Creative Writing student lands coveted publishing internship

Rodolfo Avelar
Rodolfo Avelar

For Avelar, who has just begun to imagine a professional future for himself in the field of creative writing, the Dean’s Council support lifted a huge weight off his shoulders as he dove into his big-time internship. “I had decided to somehow go to Minneapolis before I’d heard if I was awarded the support,” Avelar says, “so there was a lot of doubt and worry about whether or not I was making a mistake, if I was going to be able to enjoy my time without the added stress of money.”

Dr. Yolanda Doub percolates ideas at annual PAMLA conference

Dr. Yolanda Doub
Dr. Yolanda Doub

For example, Doub teaches a graduate seminar on coming-of-age stories, the Spanish American bildungsroman. She brings in her presentations and uses them as examples, showing students what they can do for oral presentations or how their current research can be a seed for a later essay. She equips her students with research methods and strategies, preparing them for symposiums and conferences.

Journalism students learn ‘breaking news’ in an immersive environment

Camp News mock breaking news situation
Camp News mock breaking news situation

The mentor list looks like a who’s who of media from Fresno to San Diego. Over 100 of them descended on Camp Mt. Crags in the Malibu Canyon to teach about 40 students. Among the mentors were Fresno State MCJ faculty members Faith Sidlow and Kim Stevens. The camp is presented in English and Spanish, and students can then focus on television or radio reporting.

‘The Poetry of Jazz’ by Philip Levine and Benjamin Boone ranked #3 Jazz Album of the Year by Downbeat Magazine

Philip Levine, Benjamin Boone and the band in the studio

“I am just so pleased that this labor of love and this Fresno-based project has resonated with listeners. It couldn’t have happened without the support and participation of so many people, including the College of Arts and Humanities Dean’s Council, and Fresno State Research and Creative Activities grants, who provided release time and financial support,” said Boone.

Six Media, Communications and Journalism students gain real-world experience and new perspectives in Ghana

Young Ghana boy in a cocoa tree
Young Ghana boy in a cocoa tree

The 16-day trip gave Fresno State students the opportunity to be part of a university-wide international service-learning project aimed at helping cocoa farmers make better business decisions to increase income generation in their community. While last winter was the inaugural trip, the overall multi-year goal of the student-run project is to help cocoa farmers in Ghana increase their yields to gain fair trade status.

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