Pete Menjares, Ph.D., took the baton July 28 as the 11th president of Fresno Pacific University—and he’s already running at full speed.
Menjares got a literal hand-off from retiring President D. Merrill Ewert at the national convention of FPU’s sponsoring denomination, the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, in Omaha, receiving a baton inscribed with Hebrews 12:1: “….let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
Fresno Pacific’s Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) Learning Community hosted its annual summer camp the week of July 16. Incoming freshmen at FPU and College of the Sequoias, Visalia, took prep courses in science, math and college life. The week gave students the opportunity to experience college-level instruction, and to make connections with other students before their first day of classes in the fall. To apply for the STEM Learning Community, check out this link: experiencefpu.com/stem.
The Fresno Pacific main campus was filled with excitement with the annual Cheer Camp July 17-19. Local girls came to learn about dancing, stunts, cheers and more. At the end of the week, they performed for family, friends and even the Volleyball Camp girls. More on FPU summer camps at fresno.edu/summercamps
FPU’s new High School Advanced Camp (July 5-7) gave students the opportunity to check out the main campus, while coaches got the chance to see potential players as the program transitions into the NCAA. There were also Intermediate Camps (July 2-4), as well as the traditional All Skills camps (July 9-13 and 16-20). Players learned techniques as well as the importance of being a good teammate under the guidance of FPU Sunbird Volleyball players. To see more about summer camps offered at FPU, check: fresno.edu/summercamps
A Friday morning telephone call brought good news to FPU athletics.
The university received notification from the NCAA on Friday that it has successfully completed the first year of candidacy in the association's Division II membership process and has been moved on to year two of the three-year process.
“We are excited to be advanced by the NCAA into Candidacy Year Two,” said Athletic Driector Dennis Janzen. “The NCAA membership process has made the entire university better. Today’s news affirms the commitment and efforts of everyone here at FPU.”
Summer camps are still hot at Fresno Pacific University.
At the Boy’s & Girl’s Morning Camp July 9-13, players ages 5 and up learned the tactics and skills to better their performances on the field. In the coming weeks, young people interested in basketball and cheer will pursue their passions on the main campus. Check out all the possibilities at fresno.edu/summercamps
Remaining camps are:
Boys & Girls Advanced High School Camp (July 23-26)
Boys & Girls Advanced Goalkeeper Camp (July 23-26)
Fresno Pacific’s annual summer music camp was bigger than ever this year, with a record 70 students on the main campus June 24-29. Participants ranging from sixth grade through high school chose from programs including vocal, string, piano and woodwind performance; sound recording; church music; musical theater; jazz; and chamber music. More information at fresno.edu/summercamp
The Fresno Pacific community said good-bye to D. Merrill Ewert and his wife Priscilla in several venues as he retires as president.
Ewert took office June 1, 2002, making his 10-year tenure longer than the average university presidency of six-seven years. “It’s been a very unique and special privilege to serve in this capacity,” he said.
Fresno Pacific hosted the Global Anabaptist Peacebuilders (GAP) Institute, a partnership between FPU and the international relief organization Mennonite Central Committee, took place DATES on the main campus. FPU faculty taught classes on immigration, agriculture, restorative justice and other subjects to students from all around California. Find out more, and see dates for next year’s event, on the West Coast MCC website: westcoast.mcc.org/gap-institute