#TBT College of Arts and Humanities Student Stories

Kelsi Stieler, Kaylee Gutierrez, and Kristin Bonillas; Jen Rhodes; Kelvin Diaz

These extraordinary students in the College of Arts and Humanities have followed their passions to find the right mentor, overcome obstacles, and collaborate with each other to teach children how to make the world a better place. Here are three stories that will make you proud to be a Bulldog!

5,000-mile journey to find a mentor ends at Fresno State

It was late July 2016 in Philadelphia when Kelvin Diaz Inoa made his decision. He packed his red 1999 Ford Focus with a few small personal belongings and his cello and hit the road. He didn’t have much because he had just arrived in the mainland United States from Puerto Rico a couple of years before. He didn’t know much about where he was going either. All he knew was after instruction from top musicians in Philadelphia and around the East Coast, he had finally found the teacher and mentor he had been searching for — Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, professor of music and conductor of the University Orchestra at Fresno State.  Read full story

The movement of music: Deaf color guard student shares their journey

Deaf studies major and philosophy minor Jen Rhodes became deaf as a teenager. Colorguard was a path they originally took for their mom and a friend, but it became their passion, even after the music was gone. Here is Jen’s story…

Thank you to interpreter Kristen Del Rosario and the Fresno State Services for Students with Disabilities for their invaluable help in translating this video.

Students collaborate to publish a children’s book which teaches environmental responsibility

College of Arts and Humanities undergrads Kelsi Stieler, Kaylee Gutierrez, and Kristin Bonillas utilized their talents and collaborated to write, illustrate and publish a children’s book. “The Tree Tales” book, which is available on Amazon, centers around the importance of environmental conservation and teaches kids what they can do to help. Read full story

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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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