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.
Projects that helped children, college students and senior citizens paid off in prizes for Fresno Pacific University students.
The FPU team was named regional champion and won the special Teach A Child About Business Award at the April 8 Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) competition in Los Angeles. The six-person squad will go to the national event May 12-14 in Kansas City, Missouri.
A mixture of sacred and secular music in a variety of styles will be offered at the next concert by the San Joaquin Chorale.
“Past and Present” is the title of the performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in First Congregational Church, Fresno. Admission is $6 for general audiences and $3 for seniors and students. Call 453-2267 for more information.
The choirs of Fresno Pacific University, Butler Mennonite Brethren Church and North Fresno Mennonite Brethren Church will combine for a concert Sunday, April 21.
This is the first time these groups have performed together. The featured works will be “Missa Festiva” by John Leavitt and “Gospel Mass” by Robert Ray. Marc Ferguson, music director at North Fresno MB Church, will conduct the first composition, and Roy Klassen, FPU music faculty, the second.