Dr. Colleen Torgerson, a faculty member in Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development, will be honored Friday, Oct. 18, as one of the Marjaree Mason Center’s Top Ten Professional Women for 2013.

The honorees will be recognized at the 30th Annual Marjaree Mason Center’s Professional Women Awards luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Marjaree Mason Center, named after a former Fresno State business administration student, was founded in 1979 and operates Fresno County’s only domestic violence shelters.

Torgerson, who is a Fresno State alumna, joined the Kremen faculty in 1999 and teaches in the Special Education masters and credential programs and the Educational Leadership doctoral program.

Her work as the director of Learning Communities and First Year Experience programs, as well as coordinator of school partnerships for the Kremen School, has been recognized by the Jan and Bud Richter Awards of Excellence in Education “as astounding accomplishments that help prepare future educators.”

Torgerson has also served as a program coordinator, department chair and associate dean for the Kremen School.
For 30 years, the Marjaree Mason Center has honored women who have made great strides in their fields while also giving back to the community and serving as positive role models. In addition to the Top Ten Professional Women Awards, an exceptional business supporting women in their careers and personal achievements will also be recognized at the luncheon.

Tickets to the Top Ten Professional Women and Top Business Awards luncheon are $60 and are available online: www.mmcenter.org.

For more information, contact Jennifer Moore at 559.487.1360 or jennifer@mmcenter.org.

University Communications news intern Ashlie Day contributed to this report.

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