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College Report: April 2019

Apr 3, 2019

NSF $650,000 GRANT

The FCC Engineering Department received notification from the National Science Foundation of a grant award in the amount of $650,000 for the project entitled, Enhancing the Transfer Experience through a Collaborative Cohort Program for Engineering Scholars. This project is under the direction of engineering instructor, Dr. Elizabeth Adams.

NEW FACULTY AWARDED $100,000

Caleb DuarteCaleb Duarte, a first year sculpture instructor at Fresno City College, is one of only 50 recipients selected nationwide for the 2019 Creative Capital Award. The FCC alumnus is being recognized for his artistic pursuit and upcoming project called Walking the Beast.

He will receive $100,000 in two installments over the next several years to fund his film sculpture project. Duarte graduated from Fresno City College in 1999. He received his bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and a master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

FIRE ACADEMY UNVEILING

On Wednesday, April 3, the Fire Academy will unveil a new 53 foot burn module unit at 10:00am at the Career and Technology Center. This $350,000 state of the art equipment was funded through Strong Workforce. This trailer will allow the fire technology program to conduct more training on-site and provide live fire training to fire academy cadets.

ASIAN AMERICAN MONTH ACTIVITIES

April is Asian American Month and there are 12 events scheduled throughout the month. The Celebration Night Show was held on Friday, March 29 and showcased the many talents of FCC students. Other events include a reading of 88 Poems by John Cho, workshops, panel discussions, a film festival and the very popular AsianFest on Saturday, April 27 that will close the Year of the Pig celebration.

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POLICE ACADEMY CLASS #154

The FCC Police Academy graduation will be held on April 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the OAB Auditorium. Forty-two cadets will participate with 17 being badged and hired by law enforcement agencies. The graduates have successfully passed all segments of a very rigorous curriculum in over 42 topical areas that included criminal law, investigations, patrol and juvenile procedures, vehicle operations, traffic, emergency management, first aid, professionalism and ethics, physical training, and many other related subjects. Christopher Goodwin, Chief of the Merced Police Department, is the keynote speaker.

GUITAR SUMMIT

Vladmir GorbachThe fourth annual Central Valley Guitar Summit is slated for Friday, April 12, and will showcase the talents of student guitarists from across the valley. It will culminate with a solo concert by Dr. Vladimir Gorbach and the FCC Guitar Ensemble at 7:30pm in the Old Administration Building Auditorium.

STAFF AWARDS

Nell PapavasiliouEngineering instructor Nell Papavasiliou, was recognized by Councilmember Esmeralda Soria on March 21 at the Fresno Women Leading the Way 5th Annual Celebration of Women’s History Month. Each March several women are recognized for their leadership and significant contributions to the community. Nell has been instrumental in the creation of a special partnership with Heaton Elementary School by providing hands on learning with engineering projects and other science activities.

Ron ScottOn March 28, Ram baseball coach Ron Scott and Cross Country Coach Gary Bluth received the 2019 Coaching Achievement Award from the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) in Concord. Gary BluthCCCAA recognizes only two of its members for this award annually, and both FCC coaches are recipients this year.  They were recognized for their leadership with student athletes and professional contribution to their sports.

PIANO STUDENT WINS COMPETITION

Maurissio RodriguezMaurissio Rodriguez won 2nd place in the California Association of Professional Music Teachers District 5 Honors Music Competition held at the Pacific Music School in Folsom on March 3. Five FCC piano students competed for the first time in this event.

DREAM CENTER HEALTH FAIR SLATED

On Saturday, April 6th, the FCC Dream Center will host its inaugural Health Fair, through a $1,500 grant awarded from the California Community Colleges Foundation. The Fresno County Office of Education Migrant Education is also a partner that will include health and wellness workshops and lunch.

NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMANCES

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The FCC Intermediate/Advanced Guitar Class continued its run of National Anthem performances with a prestigious appearance on Saturday, March 23 at the home opener for the Fresno Football Club at Chukchansi Park. Dr. Kevin Cooper is to be commended for his outreach efforts.

CTE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

On Thursday, April 25, over 200 industry and community leaders will converge on the FCC campus to meet with faculty from more than 25 Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. The meetings will include a review of curriculum and the sharing of information to ensure FCC students are workforce ready.

CESAR CHAVEZ LEGACY

Cesar ChavezOn April 3, the Latino Faculty and Staff Association in collaboration with the African American Faculty & Staff Association will hold a celebration of the life of Cesar Chavez. Guest speakers Oscar DeLeon and Roberto Bustos “El Capitan” will be on hand to give insight into 25 years of the Cesar Chavez legacy. The event will be held in the OAB Auditorium from 12:00-1:00pm with light refreshments being served in front of the OAB immediately after.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDENT WINS COMPETITION

Samantha TrujilloBusiness student, Samantha Trujillo, will have her Chili Verde Chicken Pozole featured as a menu item at Tree of Life restaurant during April. Her class, BA 52, is the Introduction to Entrepreneurship and provides students with hands on experience for developing food products, pricing and preparation for Demo Day. Samantha received a Tree of Life gift card and shirt for her first place finish.

2019 TORCH OF EXCELLENCE

Over 200 FCC student athletes with a 3.0 grade point average or above will be recognized at this year’s Kiwanis Torch of Excellence Banquet on April 29. There are over 100 student athletes that have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The event is being held at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building.

LATINO FACULTY AND STAFF ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISER

The annual LFSA Raising the Glass for Success Wine Beer Mixer will be held on Friday, April 5 in the OAB East Courtyard. Tickets are $35 per person and all proceeds will benefit scholarships, cultural events and the Latino Graduation Celebration held in May.

ART SPACE GALLERY

human for scaleHuman for Scale is a new installation by artist and writer Jibade-Khalil Huffman. This installation combines a poem in the form of wall text with video projections filmed in the black box theater at Fresno City College (in collaboration with student performers!). The exhibit runs through April 11th.

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