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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Featured supporter: Michael Giovannetti

Michael Giovannetti

“I cannot imagine my life without the presence, friendship, and the unconditional support of teachers, administrators, colleagues, and friends from Fresno State.”

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

Kai on stage at Fresno State

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.

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