Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, the new dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State, will be one of two featured guests at the Armenian Studies Program’s 28th annual banquet at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Fort Washington Golf and Country Club in Fresno.

Dr. Jimenez Sandoval

Dr. Jimenez Sandoval

Jiménez-Sandoval, who was a Fresno State professor of Spanish and Portuguese and chaired the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, began as dean on Jan. 1. He joined the Fresno State faculty in 2000 and was instrumental in developing the master’s degree program in Spanish. He has directed 26 master’s theses.

The Armenian Studies Program is academically based within the College of Arts and Humanities, which has 4,000 students enrolled, the highest number of any college at Fresno State.

Dr. Chapman

Dr. Honora Chapman

Dr. Honora Chapman, associate dean of the college, will also be honored. Chapman came to Fresno State in 2002 as an assistant professor of classics and humanities and soon became the coordinator of classics in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures before her appointment as associate dean in December. She was the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award, the University’s top teaching honor.

More than 50 student recipients of Armenian Studies scholarships and grants will be recognized at the banquet. Students who are graduating with a minor in Armenian Studies will also be recognized.

The Armenian Studies Banquet, which begins with a reception followed by the dinner at 6 p.m., brings together Fresno State students, faculty, administrators and the community to celebrate the achievements of the program and its students.

Tickets are available at $50 per person, or $25 for Fresno State students and faculty. Reservations for tables of 10 are also being accepted.

For more information about the banquet, contact the Armenian Studies Program at 559.278.2669 or visit www.fresnostate.edu/armenianstudies.