College of Arts and Humanities Spotlight

Provost's Award Recipient for Research, Scholarship and Creative Accomplishment For 2014-2015

Randa JarrarKenneth D. Froelich. Described as “energetic, exciting, and rhythmically dynamic” and “set with imagination and imagery,” composer KENNETH D. FROELICH’s (b. 1977) music has been performed internationally in England, Germany, Italy, France, Slovenia, Finland, Canada, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and China, as well as numerous major cities across the United States. He has received numerous honors for his music, with awards from ASCAP, NACUSA, and Meet the Composer, among others. Kenneth received his Doctorate of Music and Masters of Music degrees from Indiana University, and received his Bachelors of Music degree summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1999. Kenneth currently resides in Fresno, CA with his wife Jennifer and daughter Katerina, where he is Associate Professor in Music Composition at California State University, Fresno.

Provost's Awards Recipient For Promising New Faculty 2014-2015

Randa JarrarJes Therkelsen. Jes Therkelsen is a documentary filmmaker, an adventure photographer, and an assistant professor of media storytelling in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. Confronting inequality, sustainable development, and environmental justice, his documentary work has won numerous awards and has screened in festivals across the country. As a photographer with National Geographic Student Expeditions, he has worked in the Galapagos Islands, the Australian Outback, the Great Barrier Reef, Tuscany, interior Iceland, Indian Himalayas, and the Namibian safari. He served as the first Filmmaker-in-Residence at the College of William and Mary in Virginia before joining the faculty at California State University, Fresno.

Programs in the College of Arts and Humanities

Programs in the College of Arts and Humanities provide you with the base of humanistic studies and creative expression essential to the understanding of contemporary civilization. Reflect critically on questions of belief, values, and the nature of human existence. Expand your imagination and creativity. Develop an appreciation and understanding of the great works of human imagination.

Message from the Dean

Is an education in the Arts and Humanities worth anything? At times I run across this question — perhaps less bluntly put — in conversations with parents or students. It actually might be more appropriate to ask... read more

Dr. Joe Diaz, Dean