Love + Serve = ACE As We Embark on a New Chapter at FPU

It is an honor to restart the FPU women’s tennis program. In an amazing first year we received All-Academic team honors, PacWest Conference Freshman of the Year and four All-Conference awards, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Community Service Award and went undefeated at home! As I reflect on my first year, I am reminded how far […]

Celebrating 75 Years by Thanking Those Who Pitched the First Tent

During the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college at Fresno Pacific University I spent a month with a friend backpacking through Europe. The two of us each carried a massive backpack and a round-trip ticket from San Francisco to Paris. We started our journey in France and from there we eventually made […]

Giving Voice to the Voiceless

At the beginning of the fall 2008 semester my colleague Rebecca McMillen, Ph.D., and I scheduled a meeting with a McLane High School art instructor named Marc Patterson. We expected to tell Marc about Fresno Pacific University’s new art major and hear a bit about his approach to art education.  To our surprise, Marc came […]

The Creative Call

“Don’t faint, don’t faint,” I spoke silently to myself. “It’s just a hand, with all the skin scraped off and lots of *gulp* blood.” The doctor began to take pieces of skin and staple them to the hand oozing with blood on the operating table in front of me. The bloodied hand looked like something […]

The Samaritan Coach

Before Fresno Pacific University expanded its reach through establishing the Samaritan Scholarship and becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution, there was Ben Norton.  Ben Norton was the Fresno Pacific College men’s soccer coach from 1975 to 1989. In the summer of 1977—June to be exact—Ben officiated a soccer game between two local men’s club teams. I […]

We All Have a Story

“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt (Deuteronomy 10:18-19).” In the social work degree completion program, I have enjoyed the opportunity to teach a […]

A Safe Place

This week’s Connections is a selection from the new book by Yvette Jones. Be Extraordinary! Devotions for Ordinary People Who Want to Live Extraordinary Lives is “a devotional for those who want more than normal Christianity of following tradition; it is for those who desire to turn up the temperature in their walk with the […]

Sowing Merced Community Connections via Fresno Pacific University

Having been an active member of the educational community of Merced since 1980, my commitment to serving the people of Merced County by providing access to educational excellence and the Fresno Pacific Idea comes naturally. Since joining FPU as full-time faculty four years ago, my plan for accomplishing such has undergone numerous permutations as a […]