Shrinking government budgets have put college and university financial aid under the political microscope. While there is general agreement that the system needs fixing, one segment of higher education has been either misunderstood or ignored: the independent non-profit. Hear more from D. Merrill Ewert, President of Fresno Pacific University, in this edition of Scholars Speak.
Special attention and structure can give struggling students the edge they need to be successful in the classroom, educators were told at a conference hosted by FPU. Nearly 250 teachers and administrators attended “Putting RtI2 into Practice: Response to Instruction and Intervention with a Focus on Writing” May 12 -13 in Steinert Campus Center on the main campus.
The May 11 Teacher Education Celebration honored 128 FPU students who earned teacher credentials in 2010-2011. Speakers included Teacher Education Program Director Linda Hoff, pictured, and Provost Steve Varvis.
Family and friends gathered May 6 to honor two deceased students with the dedication of a bench and garden.
Katie Friesen and Jeanette Mathews were members of the class of 2011. In 2009 Mathews died of natural causes and Friesen was killed in an automobile accident during a class field trip.
Among the speakers were Friesen’s father, Dr. Brian Friesen, classmates Aly Shackelford and Mariah Mandelbaum and alumnus Kelly Nachtigall, who designed the memorial. The bench and garden are between East Hall and Strasbourg Quad on the main campus.
Follow God and lead others, graduates were told at commencement May 7.
“God wants to be your leader,” Gary Wall told 426 graduates, their friends and families on the East Hall Green of the main campus. “There are many choices to be made, but this is by far the most important, to follow or not, to live for God or for yourself, to serve or be served.”
The alumni, faculty and staff past and present who built bachelor’s degree completion into the program with FPU’s largest enrollment celebrated 20 years of success May 6.
More than 2,500 graduates of 241 cohorts have graduated from DC since the first cohort began in 1991 under the leadership of Dennis Langhofer, Ed. D., whose retirement was included in the evening festivities in Shehadey Dining Room in Steinert Campus Center.
The annual Leadership Awards ceremony took place April 26 in the AIMS Hall Atrium on the main campus. Students in the traditional undergraduate program were honored in 16 categories. The Sunbird Award, for best exemplifyingthe Fresno Pacific Idea went to David Hawes, a junior communications major from Mariposa. Here, Dean of Students Randy Worden addresses the group over dessert.
Congressman Jeff Denham (pictured) was among the Valley officials participating in “Today’s Responsibility, Tomorrow’s Prosperity,” the Third Annual Sunbird Conservatives Conference. The event was presented April 16 by the Sunbird Conservatives Club. Devin Nunes of the 21st District also spoke, and the keynote was given by Hoover Institute Fellow Victor Davis Hanson.