An Adventurous Life of Service

Clement “Bud” Kroeker1953 Pacific Bible InstituteMissionary Clement “Bud” Kroeker’s adventurous missionary life is woven into the history of Africa and Europe. Bud was born to missionaries in the Belgium Congo on December 18, 1934. He describes the first 15 years of his life as “perfect freedom”: “no electricity, no running water, no flushing toilets, no […]

Service + Business = Impact

Philip Call2016 BA in Organizational LeadershipState Farm Insurance Agent Whether in his career or his free time, Philip Call has always found opportunities to make an impact. Philip has put in countless hours of community service over the years, working with organizations such as Leadership Fresno, Junior Achievement and Poverello House to meet the needs […]

From Fresno Soccer to Hollywood Acting

Gabriel Ramirez2012 BA in Intercultural Studies: Missions/Service This month’s alumni story is taken from Karl Dewazien’s (BA ’78) blog on his website: FUNdamental Soccer. Gabriel was a guest contributor on the blog, and permission from both Karl and Gabriel has been granted. It’s one of the days during the week, right before the lunch hour. […]

Writer Sara Beth Williams has more than one story to tell

Sara Beth Williams 2009 BA in Liberal Studies: Theater Concentration Author Sara Beth Williams’ journey to publish Christian romance novel When Hearts Collide is a story in itself. When Hearts Collide tells of an unlikely couple’s complex love story. When Jay Matthews, an ex-convict whose newfound faith in God compels him to put his past […]

A message of hope

Beth Paz 2005 BA in English: Secondary Teaching Minister, Neighbor, Preacher and Kingdom Builder Beth Paz shared a message of hope with thousands of college students as plenary speaker at Urbana’s December 2018 conference. Urbana is sponsored by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), a parachurch ministry that calls college-age students to whole-life discipleship in Christ. Conferences […]

Bringing joy, peace and love to people in need

Amy Ordway, RN, BSN 2013 BA in Pre-Health Sciences Cardiac Progressive Care Unit Clinical Nurse at Clovis Community Medical Center and Clinical Instructor at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Fresno Campus Amy Ordway’s call to build relationships with people in need leads her to practice nursing at home and overseas. When she was in college, […]

From Detention Camp to D.C.

Hien Vu 2007 MA in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies Vietnam Program Manager at Institute for Global Engagement “I grew up with very humble means in terms of material life…I did not even know that I could dream or plan or that I could picture what my future would be like someday.” – Hien Vu. When […]

Fight for Equal Pay

Aileen Rizo 2013 MA in Mathematics Education – Secondary Emphasis Research Associate at The AIMS Center for Math and Science Education, FPU Adjunct Professor Math educator Aileen Rizo has attracted national attention outside the classroom as an advocate for women’s economic security. Aileen worked as a math consultant for the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools […]

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. […]

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 […]