By the numbers: 1 impacts 100s

Greg Sommers, Ph.D. CPA 1989 BA in Accounting Director, Master of Science in Accounting Program Professor of Practice in Accounting Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business Like many first year students, when I arrived at Pacific I was unsure of my career goals. Since many of my relatives were in business, I knew I […]

Alumna shines light in earth’s dark corners

Lisa Freeman 2003 BA in Political Science and Intercultural Studies Deputy Country Representative at Office of Transition Initiatives/USAID   My last semester at FPU, I participated in the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C. As most graduating seniors do, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I was going to do […]

Lyons man Bill Deeter nationally ranked masters thrower

When Bill Deeter finished up the track season his senior year of college, he never anticipated he would ever be throwing competitively again. That all changed in 2008 when Deeter’s former college track coach from Fresno Pacific University, Jerry Huhn, moved to the Salem area and showed him a National Masters Track clip with the […]

Alumni take part in papal visit

Edgar Guzman (FS ’14) – Media/communication director for St. Paul Catholic Newman Center in Fresno Carolyn (Damschen BA ’05) Wise – Freelance singer, real estate salesperson and new mom Joy-Leilani Garbutt (FS ’99-00) – doctoral student at Catholic University of America and freelance organist in the Washington, D.C. area Three Fresno Pacific University alumni got […]

A 21st Century Peacemaker

Camille Valentine 2010 BA in Criminology and Restorative Justice Studies 2013 MA in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies When the housing and financial markets crashed in 2007, it was my opportunity as a real estate investor to make a career change. I remember the day I threw up my hands, saying, “Okay, Lord, I tried, my […]

An educator connects beyond the classroom

Brandon Dorman 2005 BA in Mathematics – Secondary Teaching 2007 Single Subject Teaching Credential 2013 MA in Curriculum and Teaching An early interest in math broadened into a new direction for Brandon Dorman. “It was always more about building community and getting to know parents and becoming part of these students’ families in ways I […]

What do eBay, Twitter and AT&T have in common with FPU?

Jamin Brazil 1994 Biblical and Religious Studies Major CMO of FocusVision CFO of Decipher, Inc. After graduating from FPU, Jamin worked as a youth intern at People’s Church in Fresno. At that time he started working with data to shape their high school ministries based on student interests. The ministry flourished and grew from 45 […]

1 alum uses music to affect 100’s

Aaron Bryan 2003 BA in Music Education 2004 Single Subject Teaching Credential Visual and Performing Arts Consultant Fresno County Office of Education Aaron with his wife, Tracy (BA ’03, TC ’04) and sons, Luke (5 years) and Matthew (3 years)

An Alum, an Idea and a Runaway Tamale

Virginia Cercado 2002 BA in Liberal Studies 2003 Teaching Credential 2010 MA in Curriculum & Teaching Fifth Grade Teacher at Washington School Lindsay Unified School District In August 2015, FPU alum Virginia Cercado’s first children’s book will be published: The Runaway Tamale. As an elementary teacher for more than 12 years and an instructional aid […]

Meet Your Alumni Council

 Angela Mannino (BA ’14) Creative Designer for Morgan Hill Bible Church Q: What is your favorite college memory? A: Some of my favorite memories took place when I spent time sitting in the Forest talking to friends or doing a little bit of homework. The Forest is like our own little oasis in Fresno; our […]