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Finding Healing in Storytelling

Armen Derian Bacon is accustomed to the unexpected. So when a fire alarm twice interrupts her keynote speech to hundreds of Clovis Unified School District employees, she effortlessly switches gears, sharing a childhood memory that explains her fear of fire. Within minutes the crowd is charmed...

Finding Healing in Storytelling 2016-11-12T07:33:44+00:00

Autism Center Expands

Sounds of laughter permeate the hot summer air as young children, bouncing with excitement, await their turn to pet Fresno State’s newest live mascot, Victor E. III. Some kids playfully run away, with Victor E. in close pursuit...

Autism Center Expands 2016-11-12T07:34:58+00:00

Reactions to Stadium Renovation

Fast forward four to five years. You’re tailgating on campus, gazing up at the beautifully updated façade of Bulldog Stadium. You walk in through a tunnel and reach a cross aisle a short distance from your seats (no more hikes up 60-plus rows of stairs). Look around...

Reactions to Stadium Renovation 2016-11-12T07:33:39+00:00

Uncorking Distinction

A short walk atop a hill at one of Napa Valley’s most well-known wineries reveals an enchanting building constructed in 1888 that resembles an English gothic castle. It’s Chateau Montelena — built of thick, rectangular stones and covered in vines as green and healthy as the grape vineyards in the fields it watches over.

Uncorking Distinction 2016-11-12T07:33:18+00:00

First Latino U.S. Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera became the first Latino to earn the nation’s highest poetry honor when it was announced in June he would be the United States’ 21st poet laureate. Herrera, who was named the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2015-16 by the Librarian of the United States Congress...

First Latino U.S. Poet Laureate 2016-11-12T07:33:13+00:00

A Role Model of Service

The problems facing America and the world are numerous, but according to Dr. Robert Monke, the solution is simple. “A good education is what is going to make America go or not go. Now more than ever.”

A Role Model of Service 2016-11-12T07:33:07+00:00

Valley Veteran Overcomes

Army veteran Iantha Hutchinson — a breast cancer survivor — was living in a homeless shelter in Fresno in 2012 as a result of financial hardships caused by medical treatment. An online community college student at the time, she learned about the Veterans Education Program at Fresno State...

Valley Veteran Overcomes 2016-11-12T07:33:01+00:00

A Lifesaving Effort

Justin Garza started his battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011. Now 40 years old and married with two young children, Garza is fighting as hard as ever, having twice come out of remission. He’s fighting for his young family — wife Regina, 4-year-old son Joaquin and 11-month-old daughter Elena...

A Lifesaving Effort 2016-11-12T07:32:55+00:00

A Promise Fulfilled

Navy veteran Ed Bates can’t help but break into a grin when he chats about his late wife Freda, a former Marine. The two met in 1945 in Washington, D.C., as World War II neared its end. During their marriage of 57-plus years...

A Promise Fulfilled 2016-11-12T07:32:48+00:00

Acing Exams and Matches

Fresno State women’s tennis coach Ryan Stotland has a love-love formula when recruiting players to his program. He wants to make sure they have two loves — academics and tennis — in that order.

Acing Exams and Matches 2016-11-12T07:32:43+00:00