Meet the Rhetoric & Writing Studies faculty of the English Department

From left, Dr. Virginia Crisco, Dr. Rubén Casas, Dr. Magda Gilewicz, Dr. Bo Wang, Dr. Tom McNamara and Dr. Reva Sias

The Fresno State faculty who are teaching in the Rhetoric & Writing Studies program in the Department of English are working to change the conversation about writing on campus, in the community, and beyond. This fall, we introduce you to these professors and tell you about the ways in which their research, teaching, and service to both the university and to the discipline intersect.

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Peach Blossom memories span generations

From left, Cassidy Smith and her mother Stacy Batrich-Smith

Stacy Batrich-Smith and her daughter Cassidy Smith (pictured above) have deep ties to Fresno State. Both are Arts and Humanities alums — Stacy graduated from the then-Radio and Television option in 1976; Cassidy was a Smittcamp scholar and a dean’s medalist from the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism in 2011. And both participated in Peach Blossom, the annual oral interpretation festival hosted by the Department of Communication. 

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Featured Supporters: The Fisher family

The Fisher Family - A photo of Ruth and Ray

The Fisher family transformed loss into legacy, endowing memorial scholarships for music and creative writing students in honor of their loved ones.

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‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ receives new life on university stage

Two Gentlemen of Verona at Fresno State

A refreshed version of the William Shakespeare classic, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” will run Dec. 1 – 9 at the John Wright Theatre at Fresno State. The production receives an original and accessible concept by director Brad Myers, and is the third show of University Theatre’s 2017-18 season.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Clarinet: Bringing Together Artists, Alumni and Students

Mark Nuccio plays clarinet with Wendy Chen on piano during "Celebrating 30 Years of Clarinet"

“Celebrating 30 Years of Clarinet” will celebrate the three decades of clarinet at Fresno State by showcasing one of the most prominent clarinet performer-teachers today – Mark Nuccio, principal clarinet of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and former New York Philharmonic acting principal clarinet, interim principal clarinet, associate principal clarinet and Eb clarinetist for 17 years. 

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Juan Felipe Herrera exhibition, catalog celebrates Laureate’s journey across America

Associate Dean Honora Chapman (right) toasts Juan Felipe Herrera

The Center for Creativity and the Arts and the Department of Art and Design paid tribute to Juan Felipe Herrera’s two-term tenure as poet laureate of the United States in an exhibition titled “Magnifying the People’s Voice: A Laureate’s Journey Across America” and with the publication of a companion catalog, documenting the work was on display in the exhibition

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Play it again, Thomas

Thomas Loewenheim

~ Reprinted from Campus News Performing as cellist, conducting and giving master classes locally and around the world are just some of Dr. Thomas Loewenheim’s accomplishments as a musician. The professor of music achieved all that while adapting his personal playing style to his disability. “My passion for education stems from my deep love of […]

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