In 1979, several faculty, alumni and friends of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology had a million-dollar idea -- to start a foundation that would benefit, promote and support the college and its programs. The supporters set out to raise $1 million in permanent funds. Today, the Ag One Foundation has raised nearly $26.7 million in endowed funds which are invested with the Fresno State Foundation.
Over the years, donors, board members and volunteers have made it possible to award some 4,800 students with over $7.6 million in scholarships and program support. For the 2021-22 academic year, Ag One will provide more than $950,000 to deserving students and programs.
Ag One Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 94-2685442.
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In Memory of William "Bill" Aten
Bill Aten was born on May 31, 1943 and passed away peacefully on August 9, 2021 at home. Bill was born in Hemet, CA where he lived for several years then moved with his family to Madera, CA where he graduated from Madera High School in 1961. After High School, he attended Fresno State where he graduated in 1966. During college Bill worked at Yosemite National Park as a backcountry mule guide and found his love for the wilderness. He then worked for Producers Cotton Oil as a Cotton Gin manager in Hanford, CA and later for Joe Boyd Real Estate, Pearson Realty, and Grubb & Ellis. In 1991, Bill started his own business, The Aten Company and was known as a leader in the community. He was a member of several organizations, inlcuding a director on the board of the Ag One Foundation from 1998 - 2002.
Remembrances may be sent to the Ag One in Bill's memory.
Sandy always had a smile to share and a good word especially when it was about Fresno State. She and her late husband Earl (1927-2013) were tireless leaders on the Celebration of Wine committee which supported the Petrucci Library in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. She was active in the Raisin Wives of California organization which created the Ag One - Raisin Wives Endowment in support of deserving students studying viticulture. It was always a pleasure to visit with her at the yearly Raisin Wives luncheon and participate at the lively Chinese Auction. I remember fondly visiting with her at the March 2020 luncheon. It was the last gathering I attended before beginning to work from home due to Covid-19. A Celebration of Life will be held on August 27, 2021 at 11 am at Peoples Church in Fresno (7172 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93720).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances in Sandy's name be made to Ag One in her name in support of the Department of Viticulture and Enology.
James "Jim" Wulf
Jim was one of Dr. Vince Petruccci's first viticulture students in the mid 1950s. As a student, he served as the vice president of the Viticulture Club and as an alumnus, president of the Viticulture Alumni Club and he chaired the well known Celebration of Wine. Jim's service to the University continued through Ag One where he served as president in 1990 and on the Ag Foundation Board where he was chairman. Additionally, he was a key member of the Turf Day Golf Tournament committee for many years. Jim had a vast knowledge of the grape growing industry and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with students and enjoyed discussing the industry with faculty. Services are pending. Here is a link to the 2013 issue of The Catchwire, the Department of Viticulture and Enology newsletter where Jim was featured on pages 10-11.
A number of years ago, Jim and his wife Marjorie created the Ag One - James P. and Marjorie N. Wulf endowment in support of students pursuing a degree in the Department of Viticulture and Enology.
Fresno State Rodeo Program
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Jordan Agricultural Research Center
Bridging academic research with practical education
As the flagship university in the top agricultural region in the world, Fresno State is a fitting home for a world-class research center to discover and investigate the most advanced concepts and practices of agriculture, food and natural resources. The new Jordan Agricultural Research Center at Fresno State will foster collaboration between some of the brightest minds in agriculture, engineering, science and mathematics. The 30,000-square-foot facility is reinventing Fresno State as a leading research institution for decades to come.