State of the College of Arts and Humanities

State of the College 2019

With 80 percent of the alum continuing to live in the Central Valley, the College of Arts and Humanities powers the local economy and touches every corner of life in our community.

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Peach Blossom Festival brings 5,000 youth to Fresno State campus

Elementary school students arrive on campus for the Peach Blossom Festival.

About 5,000 children representing nearly 145 elementary schools from the San Joaquin Valley will participate in the 60th annual Peach Blossom Festival of Oral Interpretation on Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, in various locations on the Fresno State campus. The festival, which attracts schools from Livingston to Delano, was created to help young people gain knowledge and appreciation […]

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Peach Blossom Diamond Jubilee celebrates festival’s 60 years

Photo by Cary Edmondson: A student performs at the Peach Blossom Festival.

The Peach Blossom Festival has touched the lives of many in Fresno over the past 60 years. The festival, presented by Fresno State’s Department of Communication, helps young people realize the importance of reading literature aloud and teaches them about interpretation, performance and being an audience member. Each year, Fresno State communication students spend months planning […]

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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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