A Fresno Pacific University student is among the winners in the William Saroyan Story Writing Contest.
Elizabeth Renee Goularte received second place in the competition’s college division. Goularte, from Riverside, California, is a senior majoring in psychology. She won a $75 U.S. Savings Bond for her story on unexpected relationships.
Judges reviewed 259 entries in six age groups, ranging from first grade through college. The theme was “Experiences From My Life.”
Giving students a chance to go to college brought honor to an admissions staff member at Fresno Pacific University.
Dina Gonzalez, associate director for college admissions, received the regional service award for the Southwest from the National Association of Christian College Admissions Personnel (NACCAP). The presentation came during the association’s national conference May 21 at Azusa Pacific University.
Harold Haak was sent out with a song as president of Fresno Pacific University.
Honoring Haak’s love of music, university staff wrote new lyrics to “Thanks for the Memory,” which was sung to Haak during the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner May 3. Haak ends his two-year term as president in June, and D. Merrill Ewert will become the university’s 10th president.
Everything from empathy for family members to the desire for a new look for college motivated four women at Fresno Pacific University to give a part of themselves to help others.
Students Sarah Chapman, Benita Gonzales and Deborah Parrott and staff member Anita Cockrum donated to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children across the United States who suffer long-term medical hair loss. Cockrum donated 10 inches of hair, Gonzales and Parrott 12 inches each and Chapman 17 inches.
New tennis courts will be named for a couple who have brought leadership and support to Fresno Pacific University and the entire Central Valley.
The Harold and Betty Haak Tennis Complex will include six championship courts and one practice court so the university can again offer tennis as a physical education class. The facility will also provide recreation for students, faculty and friends of the institution and eventually be the home of FPU tennis teams.
The desire to honor the memory of friends and the future of students is the drive behind a new endowed scholarship at Fresno Pacific University.
The Weldon and Eloise Bowen Scholarship will provide $5,000 per year to students with financial need interested in careers in either music or education, particularly teaching people with special needs. The fund was set up by Janz and Patricia Mynderup on behalf of the Bowen estate.
A faculty member at Fresno Pacific University is part of the next wave of Central Valley artists.
Robin Dolarian will be part of "Next Wave II: Fresno Artists of the New Era" May 16-July 21 at Fresno Art Museum. 'Next Wave' exhibits happen every 10 years and participation is by invitation only. To be invited, artists must be mature in their work, committed to the life and labor of art, have an independent and identifiable style and personally act to advance appreciation of contemporary art, according to the museum.