Fresno State students, faculty, staff and community partners were honored this week at the Service Recognition Reception, hosted by University President Joseph I. Castro.

The annual event, held May 3 in the Satellite Student Union, recognized the exemplary commitment to community engagement exhibited at Fresno State. For the past 10 years, the campus community has provided in excess of 1 million hours of service to the Central Valley each year.

Of those present this week, over 130 students were awarded a certificate from President Castro for completing more than 100 hours of service this year. Also recognized were members of the Humanics program, Community Service Scholarship program, the Scholars Service Grant program and the Richter Center Student Leaders program.

Ten individuals and organization also received awards for representing a special commitment to Fresno State’s community engagement and service-learning efforts. Those winners are:

  • Don Romsa Community Partner Award: Sierra Foothill Conservancy
  • Spirit of Service Award: Camp Kesem at Fresno State
  • Outstanding Faculty: Candace Egan and Jes Therkelsen
  • Outstanding Staff: Tara Powers-Mead
  • D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service: Navmit Dhesi
  • Newman Civic Fellow: Ramiro Merino Diaz
  • Humanics Program: Cinthia and Melissa Quesada
  • University Student Volunteer of the Year: Keandra “Kiki” Bryson

For more information, contact: Taylan Bennett of the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at 559.278.7079