Day 13: Up to the Mountains in XiaHe

by Lan Friesen: The beating heart of this Tibetan mountain town is Buddhist so, naturally, we started off our first whole day in Xiahe by walking around a large monastery. A monk showed us around and taught us more about Buddhism in Tibet and life in the monastery. It was very humbling to see the […]

Experiencing Rome

We will end the FPU Alumni and Friends tour of Italy, starting in just a couple of weeks in Rome.  What can we say about Rome? It is one of the great cities of the world.  It has been central, influential in Western and world history since ancient times, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, […]

Laughing My Way to a Better Me

Early in my professional journey I was told by more than one person it would be advantageous to have a mentor. I remember being told that this mentor should be, “7-10 years older than myself,” somebody who “I admired” and a person that could “relate to my passions.” I still believe this to be sound […]

Day 8: The Old City of Langzhong

by Toby Bartlett We woke up at the crack of dawn to get onto a bullet train to go to Langzhong. We got there in the afternoon and then went to get massages. The old city is amazing, the buildings are all made of wood and there are tons of stores to buy fun trinkets. […]

Three C’s to Help Youth

Johnny Baltierra1997 MA in Education: School CounselingCounselor at Armona Union Elementary School DistrictPresident of Bridge2College Success for Johnny Baltierra is sharing his faith and Three C’s with youth who are where he was. Born in Mexicali, Johnny moved to Fresno when he was 3, where he and his mother lived on welfare. He never knew […]

“Making Scholarship Effective for Good”

As Fresno Pacific prepares to celebrate our 75th Anniversary year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on Alpha Chi Interdisciplinary Honor Society, which is also our longest-standing honor society. Fresno Pacific’s chapter began in 1985, and it has received “Star Chapter” recognition for 15 consecutive years. Alpha Chi is made up of […]

Day 6: A Day in Chengdu

by Kassie Klien. Hello from Chengdu! We spent today at Chengdu Technological University, also known as CDTU. This vocational university was founded in 1913 and has around 13,000 students. CDTU works to prepare students for jobs for organizations such as Foxconn and Intel. (Next time you use your Apple product, think of CDTU students!) We […]

Day 5: Pandas!

by Samra Gebretsadkan. Day 5 of the China adventure started after breakfast. The team left the hotel around 8am to take the subway to the panda breeding research center in Chang du. Outside our hotel on the way to the subway, there is a giant panda hanging from the International Finance Building. After two trains […]