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102nd University Commencement

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Honorary Doctorate

T. Alan Hurwitz became the 10th president of Gallaudet University on January 1, 2010, and has the distinction of being the first ‘born deaf ’ president in Gallaudet’s history.

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English.

During his tenure at Gallaudet, Dr. Hurwitz has overseen the ongoing establishment of four pre-graduate programs including law, medicine, architecture and business; the opening of a world-class neuroimaging research laboratory; and new relationships forged internationally and nationally in Beijing, Panama and with the U.S. federal government.

Previously, Dr. Hurwitz served as president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and vice president and dean of Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Hurwitz has been active in a variety of professional and deafness-related organizations and serves on a number of boards and organizations serving deaf persons, including the Rochester School for the Deaf and the National Captioning Institute. He is a former president of the National Association of the Deaf and has traveled and lectured extensively nationally and internationally.

As a role model, Dr. Hurwitz has had a great impact locally on the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in our community. Not only has he visited our region and our campus, he has made a lasting impression on the hundreds of our neighbors who were filled with the hope and inspiration that he provides. For Fresno State students and faculty, he has offered a clear path to academic success and has spent countless hours interacting not only with the community at large, but also with our students, staff and faculty during his visits. He is recognized as one of the pioneers of leadership in the world of Deaf education.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis University and a Doctor of Education in curriculum and teaching from the University of Rochester.

Dr. Hurwitz is widely published, and he lectures extensively throughout the world on topics such as education, rights for people with disabilities, Deaf culture and American Sign Language. He recently received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District II Chief Executive Leadership Award and the Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering Alumni Achievement Award.

In recognition of his achievements, his outstanding leadership, and enormous contributions locally, regionally and nationally and as a role model for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Board of Trustees of the California State University and California State University, Fresno are proud to confer upon T. Alan Hurwitz the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

2013 President's Medalist

Arturo Gasga is the 2013 President’s Medalist

College of Science and Mathematics

Arturo Gasga, of Fresno, completed a B.A. in Chemistry with a 3.72 GPA. Coming to the United States from a poor neighborhood in Mexico at the age of 15, he is a scribe at the emergency room at St. Agnes Medical Center and a chemistry tutor for the Health Careers Opportunity Program. For the past two years, he worked with Dr. Melissa Golden on the organic synthesis of BMAA, a compound that may be involved with ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s disease”) and Alzheimer’s disease. For this work, Gasga won an award from the American Chemical Society at the SACNAS symposium and he presented at the national American Chemical Society meeting. Gasga has served as a volunteer screener for clinical research trials at UCSF-Fresno/Community Regional Medical Center and tutored high school students in chemistry. His goal is to become a physician and return to the Central Valley to care for underserved people in the Latino community as a bilingual primary care doctor.

2013 University Graduate Medalist

Jennifer Zenovich is the 2013 University Graduate Medalist

College of Arts and Humanities

Jennifer Zenovich, of Fresno, completed an M.A. in Communication with a 4.0 GPA. She earned a Fulbright research grant during the course of her graduate studies, which enabled her to complete a thesis focusing on an ethnographic study of academic women in Montenegro. She also worked on an oral history project about a local feminist/activist and an ethnographic study conducted at a homeless shelter for refugees in London. Zenovich is the recipient of several research grants, including a Woodrow Wilson International Center Scholars Award. She participated in several regional, national, and international conferences and is the co-author of a paper under review for publication in Text and Performance Quarterly. In the area of service, Zenovich served as president of the Communication Graduate Student Association. She also volunteered for a number of organizations, including Crisis Homeless Center, River Tree Fresno, Fresno Mayoral Campaign and Community Garden. Additionally, she worked as a teaching associate in the Department of Communication. She was admitted to a number of prestigious Ph.D. programs and is currently selecting where she will pursue further study.

2013 Deans Medalists

Graduate

Undergraduate

joy-hollingsworthJoy Hollingsworth
Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
jennifer-zenovichJennifer Zenovich
College of Arts and Humanities
elizabeth-jonassonElizabeth Jonasson
Craig School of Business
lindsey-lewisLindsey Lewis
Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
shelby-artShelby Art
College of Arts and Humanities
jesse-lownsburyJesse Lownsbury
Craig School of Business
celeste-naikCeleste M. Naik
Kremen School of Education and Human Development
jared-maddoxJared Maddox
Lyles College of Engineering
taylor-harrisTaylor Harris
College of Health and Human Services
diana-lopezDiana Lopez
Kremen School of Education and Human Development
michael-adamMichael Adam
Lyles College of Engineering
kristin-rowdenKristin Rowden
College of Health and Human Services
nalong-mekdaraNalong Mekdara
College of Science and Mathematics
megan-baileyMegan Bailey
College of Social Sciences
arthur-montejanoArthur Montejano
Division of Student Affairs
arturo-gasgaArturo Gasga
College of Science and Mathematics
heather-donatHeather Donat
College of Social Sciences
tamar-karkazianTamar Karkazian
Division of Student Affairs

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