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100 Stars for 100 Years List is Complete
Posted Date: 7/30/2010

List of 100 Stars for 100 Years is completed as final Centennial Honorees named
The honorees include esteemed educators, athletes, business people, attorneys, and elected officials.

Fresno City College President, Dr. Cynthia Azari, announces the final 22 people to complete the list of 100 Stars for 100 Years. Eighteen people will be awarded their Centennial medallions at a ceremony on August 11 and the final four will be awarded medallions at the Football Wall of Fame dinner on August 29.

On August 11, 2010, the medallion ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. near the Fresno City College sign at the corner of Van Ness and McKinley avenues. Following the ceremony, the time capsule that was buried in 1988 will be opened. This impressive and diverse group of Stars includes people who will be travelling from Washington, D.C., the University of Louisiana, UCLA, the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento to attend.

The following people will be honored:
Ms. JoNell Beal, faculty emerita (deceased)
Mr. Cruz Bustamante, alumnus
Mr. Richard Caglia, alumnus, SCCCD Board Member
Dr. Robert Cargill, alumnus
Dr. Harry Edwards, alumnus
Dr. Kenny Guinn, alumnus (deceased 7-22-10)
Mr. Jack Hansen, SCCCD Chancellor emeritus (deceased)
Mr. Erv Hunt, alumnus
Dr. Christine Johnson-McPhail, alumna
The Honorable James Kelley, alumnus
Mr. Rick Lehman, alumnus
Dr. John Oller, alumnus
Mr. James Parks, alumnus
Mr. Maxie Parks, alumnus
Dr. Oralia Puente, alumna
Dr. Richard Rose, alumnus (deceased)
Mr. David St. Louis, alumnus
Mr. Tom Vidmar, alumnus

The 21st Football Wall of Fame Dinner will be held Sunday, August 29 with a no-host hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. and dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Pardini’s. In addition to this year’s Wall of Fame inductees, four Centennial Honorees who have ties to FCC football will be recognized. The final four Centennial Honorees are:

Mr. Scott Leonard, alumnus
Mr. Randy Rowe, alumnus
Mr. Clare Slaughter, faculty emeritus
Mr. Hans Wiedenhoefer, faculty emeritus (deceased)

Biographies of these final 22 honorees are below.

The 100 Stars for 100 Years are people who have brought honor and fame to Fresno City College by their professional accomplishments and their contributions to the community. They are alumni, former faculty and staff and supporters of the college. The first ten Centennial Honorees were named at the Centennial Ball on New Year’s Eve. The remainder were announced throughout the last seven months. All 100 Stars for 100 Years have now been named. They will also be invited to participate in the College’s Centennial Convocation on Friday, September 10 to celebrate FCC’s 100th anniversary.

Fresno City College, founded in 1910, is California’s first community college. Additional information regarding FCC’s Centennial celebration can be found at www.fresnocitycollege.edu/centennial.

For more information contact the Fresno City College Public Information Office at 559-442-8258.

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Biographies 

Ms. Jo Nell Beal, faculty emerita (deceased)
Jo Nell Beal taught remedial reading, English and speech for almost 30 years at Fresno City College. She was also one of the founding members of the SCCC Foundation Board, serving as president for two years. A memorial endowment established upon her death has helped fund the FCC Speakers Forum for a number of years and other project throughout the District.

Mr. Cruz Bustamante, alumnus
Cruz Bustamante was born in Dinuba and grew up in San Joaquin, attending Tranquility High School. He entered Fresno City College to study butchery, but found an interest in public service when he was given the opportunity to intern in the office of Congressman B.F. Sisk in Washington, D.C. In 1993, he was elected to represent the 31st Assembly District and was reelected in 1994. In 1996, he became the first Latino to serve as Speaker of the Assembly. In 1998, he was elected as Lieutenant Governor of California and was the first Latino to hold statewide office in more than 120 years. Currently, he is chairman of the political consultancy firm Bustamante & Associates.

Mr. Richard Caglia, alumnus, SCCCD Board Member
Richard Caglia is a member of the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees and also serves on the Board of the San Joaquin College of Law. He is a graduate Fresno City College and California State University, Fresno. While actively involved in the family businesses, he attended San Joaquin College of Law and attained his Juris Doctorate Degree. He continues working in the family businesses—Electric Motor Shop, IWS, and Warnor's Theatre. All legal services that he provides are pro bono.

Dr. Robert Cargill, alumnus
Dr. Robert Cargill was a catcher on the 1992 FCC State Championship baseball team. Today he is a leading scholar and researcher in biblical studies, ancient languages and Near Eastern archaeology. Specializing in virtual reality and 3D reconstruction of archaeological remains, he is the chief architect and designer of the Qumran Visualization Project, a real time virtual restoration of the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. He has been excavating in Israel since 1999, including excavations at Banias, Omrit, and Hazor. Dr. Cargill holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures with an emphasis in archaeology, a Master's of Divinity from Pepperdine, and a master's in Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations from UCLA.

Dr. Harry Edwards, alumnus
Dr. Harry Edwards is a well known sociologist and sports psychologist. He is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and a staff consultant for the San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors and Major League Baseball. Dr. Edwards is an outspoken advocate for African American athletes to pursue careers in fields other than professional sports. In 1967, he established the Olympic Project for Human Rights to protest racial segregation and racism in athletics. Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos were also part of OPHR and famously protested with the Black Power Salute in the 1968 Summer Olympics. After attending Fresno City College, Dr. Edwards transferred to San Jose State and later earned his master’s and a doctorate degree from Cornell University.

Dr. Kenny Guinn, alumnus (deceased)
Former Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn attended Fresno City College after transferring from the University of Southern California and played halfback on the 1955 FCC football team. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Fresno State, he moved to Las Vegas and had a distinguished career in education, ultimately serving as Clark County Superintendent of Schools. He was vice president and chairman of the board for Nevada Savings and Loan, became president of Southwest Gas Corporation and chairman of its board of directors in 1993. He was interim president of UNLV for one year in 1994. He was elected Governor of Nevada in 1998 and served for two terms. In November 2005, Time magazine named him one of the five best governors in the U.S. He was inducted onto the FCC Football Wall of Fame in 2004. Dr. Guinn passed away on July 22, 2010 in Las Vegas.

Mr. John “Jack” Hansen, SCCCD Chancellor emeritus (deceased)
Jack Hansen was a dedicated community college educator. He was Chancellor of State Center Community College District from 1978-81 and retired after a 36-year career in community colleges. Previously he had served as Assistant Superintendent of Education at the district and vice president at Fresno Junior College. He was also the first president of Grossmont College in El Cajon. A native of Fresno, Mr. Hansen graduated from Fresno State and earned a master’s degree from Stanford University. His first job was teaching journalism at Visalia Junior College—now College of the Sequoias.

Mr. Erv Hunt, alumnus
Erv Hunt was a key member of the Fresno City College Track and Field team from 1965-67. He transferred to Fresno State where he starred in track and also earned All-American honors in football. After college he played two seasons for the Green Bay Packers. In 1972, he began a 30-year career coaching at UC Berkeley. He was selected to coach the US Men’s Track and Field team for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta where he led the American men to 16 total medals. He is a member of the Bulldog Hall of Fame at Fresno State, and the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame. He retired from Cal in 2005 and currently serves as an assistant track and field coach at UC Davis.

Dr. Christine Johnson-McPhail, alumna
Dr. Christine Johnson-McPhail is a noted and innovative community college educator. She attended Fresno City College and California State University, Fresno. She has held positions at Contra Costa Community College, College of Alameda, Reedley College and the State Center Community College District where she tripled the district's external grant dollars and raised support for innovative programs focused on student retention and success. She became President of Cypress College in Orange, CA in 1995. In 1998, she was named the founding professor and director of the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program (CCLDP) at Morgan State University (Md.). It was the first community college leadership doctoral program to be developed at a historically black institution. Dr. McPhail has received many honors and awards for her contributions to community college education including being named FCC’s Distinguished Alumna in 1991 and receiving the 2010 National Leadership Award from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The Honorable James Kelley, alumnus
Superior Court Judge James Kelley, Jr. is a native of Fresno and attended Fresno City College from 1981-83. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Fresno. In 1992 he graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. He has served as deputy county counsel for Fresno County, a deputy District Attorney, and a reserve deputy sheriff. He was elected to the Superior Court bench in 2009. In addition, he has been an adjunct faculty member at Fresno City College.

Mr. Richard “Rick” Lehman, alumnus
Rick Lehman attended Fresno City College where he was Student Body President and active on the debate team. He studied at California State University, Fresno and University of California, Santa Cruz where he earned a bachelor’s degree. In 1976, he was elected to the California State Assembly and by 1978 was Assistant Majority Leader. In 1983, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing California’s 18th Congressional District. He was reelected five times. Currently, Mr. Lehman is a partner for the Sacramento-based lobbying firm Lehman, Levi, Pappas, and Sadler. He has also served as a member of the board of the National Parks Trusts, the Mono Lakes Committee, and is on the board of directors of Premier Valley Bank in Fresno.

Dr. John Oller, alumnus
Dr. John Oller was a student athlete at Fresno City College in the 1960s. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from California State University, Fresno and a Master’s degree and PhD. in General Linguistics from the University of Rochester. Dr. Oller is a Hawthorne Regents Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He is author of 230+ peer-reviewed papers and 16 books. His current research concerns the causation, diagnosis, and treatment of autism and related disorders and chronic disease conditions.

Mr. James Parks, alumnus
In 1963 James Parks enrolled at Fresno City College and soon faced the challenges of being the only African-American in many of his classes. But it was at FCC that he learned that he was a leader. He eventually earned his associate degree from FCC, a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State and a teaching credential from Fresno Pacific University. He then graduated from Harvard Law School and in 1977 became only the fifth African-American attorney to begin practicing in the city. In 2007, he closed his law offices to go into full-time ministry. He is currently senior pastor of the West Fresno Christian Center.

Mr. Maxie Parks, alumnus
Maxie Parks was a part of the legendary glory years of Fresno area track and field. He was the 1971 state champion in the 440-yard run. He transferred to UCLA where he continued his track and field successes on an NCAA championship relay team. His greatest athletic fame came on the world stage when he anchored the USA’s mile relay team to a gold medal victory in the 1976 Olympics at Montreal. In 1990, he was inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 1997, he was voted into the California Community College Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Dr. Oralia Puente, alumna
Dr. Oralia Puente attended Fresno City College from 1966-1968, transferring and graduating from Fresno State in 1970. She holds master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, South America. Dr. Puente has worked extensively in the field of education managing early childhood projects in the United States, Latin America and Southeast Asia. For the last five years, she has been a Technical Assistance Specialist with the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Project at the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C. Over the last 20 years she has been engaged in community public school governance and was a school board member of an international school in Indonesia.

Dr. Richard Rose, alumnus (deceased)
Dr. Richard Rose is remembered as a strong and dedicated community college leader. He received his AA degree from Fresno City College and went on to receive degrees from San Francisco State University, California State University, Hayward, San Jose State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of San Francisco. He held positions at De Anza College, Santa Rosa Junior College, and San Diego Mesa College. In July, 2006, he was appointed as President of Modesto Junior College. Dr. Rose passed away in March, 2010.

Mr. David St. Louis, alumnus
David St. Louis is a former FCC Associated Student Body President. After graduating from FCC, he enrolled at Fresno State where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1963. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1967 from UC Hastings College of the Law. Today he continues to be a successful trial lawyer in private practice. In addition, he has served on a number of community organizations and is active in helping others locally and worldwide.

Mr. Tom Vidmar, alumnus
Tom Vidmar received his AA degree from Fresno City College in 1969 and attended California State University, Fresno where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1972. In 1990 he opened Anlin Window Systems in Clovis. Mr. Vidmar has received several awards and recognitions for his community service including the Community Housing Council of Fresno’s Professional of the Year and the Patrick Henry Award from the National Guard Association of the United States.

Mr. Scott Leonard, alumnus
In 1972, after returning home from active duty in the Army, Mr. Leonard played offensive line on FCC’s football team for two of the college’s most successful seasons. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fresno State and a master’s degree from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. Today, he is a well respected and prominent figure in the business community. Since September 1985, he has been the president and chief executive officer of Guarantee Real Estate Corporation. He has been active in the community serving on numerous boards and associations. He became a member of the FCC Football Wall of Fame in 2009.

Mr. Randy Rowe, alumnus
Randy Rowe graduated from Fresno City College in 1973. He played center on the FCC football team for two seasons including 1972 when the Rams won the State Championship. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Fresno State in 1976 and his master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in 1978. While completing his graduate studies he was an assistant football coach for Clare Slaughter at Fresno City College and was also an adjunct instructor. He went to work full time for Clovis Unified in 1979. He taught and coached at the University of Hawaii before returning to the Central Valley where he eventually became principal of Buchanan High School in Clovis. In 2001, he became the associate vice chancellor of Human Resources for the State Center Community College District. He was named the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus at FCC and was inducted into the FCC Football Wall of Fame in 1999.

Mr. Clare Slaughter, faculty emeritus
Clare Slaughter’s name is synonymous with FCC Rams football. He is the only FCC head football coach to ever win a state championship. He began teaching at FCC in 1955 and retired in 1984. He was head football coach from 1959 to 1979. During his 20 years as head football coach, Mr. Slaughter won four state championships in 1968, 1969, 1972 and 1973. He is a 1990 member of the FCC Football Wall of Fame and was also inducted into the Fresno Hall of Fame.

Mr. Hans Wiedenhoefer, faculty emeritus (deceased)
Hans Wiedenhoefer, Sr., was the coach of the very first Rams football team in 1948. He was a cornerstone of Fresno City College athletics for 36 years coaching several sports and serving as athletic director until his retirement in 1984. At age 47, Hans started fencing classes at FCC and participated in senior fencing tournaments, winning many trophies in his newly acquired sport. He served on the President's Council for Physical Fitness, and traveled to Moscow in 1979 to study East Germany's phenomenal sports program. He was an accomplished athlete, coach and brought much recognition to the college throughout the state and the world. In 1989 he became an inaugural member of the FCC Football Wall of Fame and was voted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. Five years later, he was enshrined into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame and in 2003 he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He passed away in 2006.