Fresno State earns national community service recognition

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Fresno State earns national community service recognition

California State University, Fresno is one of 13 colleges and universities with American Humanics programs to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Honor Roll responds to President Bush’s call to service by building on and supporting the civic engagement mission of our nation’s colleges and universities.

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations that prepares and certifies college students for professional careers in youth and human service agencies.

Fresno State was recognized at the 2007 American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI), a nonprofit management educational symposium in January in Washington, D.C.

Fresno State has been a leader among American Humanics’ 74 campus affiliates.

Representing Fresno State at the conference was campus director Dr. Matthew A. Jendian, an assistant professor of sociology who serves on the American Humanics National Board of Directors along with Fresno State President John D. Welty.

Student participants were Marilyn Byrne (Women’s Studies), Sarah Cairns (Anthropology), Dawb Yang (Social Work) and Brooks Wheeler (Nonprofit Administration), all of Fresno; Sandra Acosta (Sociology major), Rajneet Bath (Health Science), Susana Curiel of Santa Maria (Spanish/Chicano & Latin American Studies), Leslie Gacad (English/Social Work), Matilde Gonzalez of Huron (Psychology/Counseling), Irma E. Kong (Sociology/Chicano & Latin American Studies), Guadalupe Lopez (Sociology), KD Pfaff of Visalia (Health Science), Rachael Scott of Coarsegold (Sociology), Rachel Tabrizi-Hitz (Sociology), Kozue Tomomatsu (Psychology). Alumna Deborah Napoleon (San Antonio, Texas) also participated.

Leslie Gacad, president of the Fresno State American Humanics Student Association, was one of five students nationwide selected to serve on the AHMI 2007 Advisory Council.

American Humanics partners with more than 50 national nonprofit organizations including the YMCA, the March of Dimes and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.