The Dean's Medal honors the top graduating student earning an undergraduate or a graduate degree from one of the departments within the College of Health and Human Services.
Congratulations to our 2017 Dean's Medalist recipients!
Sean Hunt, School of Nursing
Sean Hunt, of Visalia, completed his M.S. in Nursing – Primary Care/Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric, with a 3.9 GPA. Throughout graduate school, Hunt worked full-time as a staff nurse on the pediatric oncology unit at Valley Children’s Hospital, all while completing his clinical rotations and serving his greatest duty as a husband and father. Young children in medically fragile conditions inspired Hunt’s academic research. He found that there is a positive impact on improving access to health care and decreasing hospitalizations for this population. “The heavy and expensive burden of caring for medically fragile children does not only have to rest on the backs and shoulders of parents. There may not be an army of support but there are a dedicated few of us who will not stop looking for ways to improve the quality of life for all children,” he says. Hunt also volunteers as a camp nurse and is fundraising for Trillium Kids, a nonprofit to support children with life-threatening conditions. Read more.
Christina Beaulieu, Department of Kinesiology
Christina Beaulieu, of Kerman, completed a B.S. in Kinesiology with a GPA of 3.81. Despite a childhood marked by economic uncertainty, Beaulieu excelled in school. But after marrying and having three children, higher education was the furthest thing from her mind. However, after eight years of struggling to provide for her children, Beaulieu discovered the encouragement and newfound strength to pursue her degree. While studying at Fresno City College, Beaulieu discovered her passion to work with children in the area of physical education. She served as a physical education specialist with Fresno Unified School District and plans to earn a teaching credential in physical education. “I want to be a positive role model for my students. I want them to know they don’t have to give up, no matter what life circumstances they may be facing,” she says. Read more.