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Educating Students Near and Far

Elaine Yanez 2017 Multiple Subject Teacher Credential 2013 BA in Social Work Second Grade Teacher at Malaga Elementary Building relationships with students inside and outside the classroom is Elaine Yanez’s mission as a second-grade teacher at Malaga Elementary. As a child, Elaine struggled with her home life, but found she could confide in her teachers. […]

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Making Sense of Life Through Art

David Hembree 1980 BA in Art Director of Development for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, California State University, Fresno From childhood to college to a career as director of development for student affairs at Fresno State, David Hembree has always found time to hone his skill as an artist. David creates both traditional and abstract […]

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A World-Cup experience for Valley youth

Carlos Velasco 2010 MA in Individualized Studies 2008 BA in Business Administration: Finance Executive Director of California Youth Sports Management Whether or not any of his players ever take the field for a future World Cup—the 2018 FIFA World Cup is taking place right now in Russia—Carlos Velasco offers Valley children the opportunity to play […]

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Believing the best while seeing the worst

Preston Little 2009 BA in Political Science Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy Preston was driving to jail with a gang member he’d arrested. Christmas was only a few days away. The gang member became emotional knowing he wouldn’t celebrate the holiday with his children. Though hardened by his lifestyle, the man let down his guard in […]

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Serving in a complex world

Ryan Stillwater 2009 BA in Christian Ministries Director of Development at Visalia Rescue Mission Andrew Feil 2006 BA in Social Science Secondary Teaching Associate Director of Every Neighborhood Partnership Andrew Feil and Ryan Stillwater both learned to appreciate—and embrace—the complexity of the world while attending Fresno Pacific University. Both men now use that awareness in […]

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Four generations, four school names—one sense of community

“PBI.” “PC.” “FPC.” Growing up, Megan Kroeker heard three generations of her family talk about Fresno Pacific and the community they found. They may have used different names, but they were talking about the same place and the same sense of community—just differing years. Over the years, Megan attended occasional Sunbird sporting events and knew […]

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Life After Lust

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP 2010 MA in Marriage and Family Therapy Author, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist at LifeSTAR of the Central Valley Is there any hope for me? Forest Benedict, who has experienced recovery from sexual addiction, says “Yes!” His experience inspired him to become a therapist and ultimately write a book on the […]

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God Gives Couple a Second Chance

Lori (Jantzen Regier, BA ’84) and Dave (SM ’03, BA ’82) Kleschold At first it was just another college romance. Lori Jantzen and Dave Kleschold briefly dated as Fresno Pacific students, then went their own ways after graduation. Twenty-five years later they became husband and wife. The two immediately caught each other’s attention upon first […]

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Seafood, PG&E and FPU

Barry Stillwell, Ph.D. 2003 MA in Leadership 1999 BA in Management & Organizational Development Clovis Clipper Crab Co. owner, FPU adjunct professor and retired manager at PG&E What do seafood, PG&E and FPU have in common? The answer: Barry Stillwell. Barry has a dedication to new experiences and education that has led him from working […]

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A Love for Water Polo, A Dream for Olympic Gold

Daniel Seymour 2016 BS in Kinesiology What does every athlete dream of? Playing for their country at the Olympics and playing professionally, of course! Recent alum Daniel Seymour is living part of his dream and striving for more as he lives in Spain and plays water polo at that country’s highest division. He is living […]