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This article was originally published in Messenger, Summer 1986.
Pakisa Tshimika, whose courageous comeback from a paralyzing auto accident moved thousands, has been named the Distinguished Fresno Pacific College Alumnus for 1986.
While a student at FPC, Pakisa was rendered a quadriplegic in July, 1976 in an auto accident in Oregon. He had no medical insurance and for a time no agency was willing to work with him. Finally, a massive fund drive in Fresno brought him to Community Hospital.
This article, written by Kristin Kleyn, was originally published in Pacific, March 2006.
Karl Avakian has seen FPU grow through the eyes of a student and a board member
Karl Avakian loves to tell stories. And a rich setting for some of his stories is Fresno Pacific University, the place he has seen grow and take on new shapes for nearly 50 years. From Pacific Bible Institute (PBI), where he was a student in the 1950's, to Fresno Pacific College and Fresno Pacific University, where he serves as a board member, Avakian sees patterns, and is excited.
This article, written by Jaime Huss, was originally published in Pacific, July 2006.
Man on a Mission--Dennis Falk likes to push beyond the comfort zone
It was January of 1973, and Ken Isaak(BA '76) had just transferred to Fresno Pacific College from British Columbia's Simon Fraser University. Moving into student housing's Kriegbaum Hall, it wasn't long before Isaak met his neighbor and fellow Canadian Dennis Falk. Isaak was quick to notice his classmate's studiousness. "Dennis was a disciplined student," Isaak said. "He was here on a mission."