Students gain experience while helping menstruators in need

Dr. Falon Kartch and Mary Castro volunteer at Better Period’s event downtown for National Period Day, Oct. 19.

They seem a bit timid at first — not something you would expect from a group of Communication students — but the topic is not something which is often talked about openly. As the conversation continues, the stories get a bit more personal.

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Local community colleges hire English and creative writing grads

Emily Froese (MA English) at College of the Sequoias; Cody Hoover (MA English) at Clovis Community College; Kristen Norton (MFA Creative Writing) at Fresno City College; and Monique Quintana (MFA Creative Writing) at Fresno City College.

These educators are dedicated teachers with a range of classroom experiences — from graduate teaching associate positions at Fresno State, to area high schools and community colleges — and they represent the latest standouts among our English and Creative Writing graduate program alumni who’ve decided to keep their higher-ed teaching work at home in the Central Valley.

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Featured Supporter: James Cardella

Jim Cardella

It was 1952 when an eight-year-old Jim Cardella, accompanied by his parents, left his home in Firebaugh to board the “California Zephyr” train in Oakland and begin an epic journey that took him nearly halfway around the world.

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MCLL Teachers’ Academy provides valuable professional development for teachers of Spanish

MCLL Teachers' Academy

From that moment, everything quickly moved into motion as Dr. Gordo Peláez agreed with the idea and offered art history as a start to teach new vocabulary and create new lessons in Spanish. He was joined by Hernández. Castillo wrote a proposal outlining the necessity of a program and sent it to then Dean Jiménez-Sandoval. The rest was history as the Teachers’ Academy was approved and housed under MCLL.

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Faculty Gala performance of ‘Carmina Burana’ to raise funds for scholarships

Fresno State Orchestra

An eruption of the senses in a journey through life’s indulgences, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” is among the most popular pieces for classical music concert-goers. The opening, ‘O Fortuna, is immediately recognizable as the backdrop to many scenes in movies, television and commercials invoking drama unparalleled by other musical numbers.

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Fresno State brings world renowned musicians for International Cello Festival

Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, cellist, president of Suntory Hall, professor

This year, Fresno State is proud to welcome Prof. Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, one of the most notable musicians of his generation and respected mentor. He was Professor of Cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, President of the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan, Music Director of Kirishima International Music Festival, and is currently the President of the famed Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He is a recipient of the National Academy of Arts Prize in music by the Emperor, Japan’s Medal with Purple Ribbon, the highest honor in Japan, and was awarded Person of Cultural Merit in 2013.

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