Presidential Priorities Report

In mid-August the FPU President’s Cabinet and President’s Council will convene in retreat to review our progress on the strategic priorities of the 2017-18 academic year. We use this time for coordination and planning and to establish priorities for the 2018-19 academic year. Priorities do not discount all the work we do institutionally but allow […]


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 […]

To Whom Much Is Given

As Fresno Pacific University graduates succeed in graduate school, in business careers, in local non-profits, in the arts and in many other venues, it is gratifying to see how many were members of the University Scholars Program (USP). These particularly high-achieving alumni live out both the university’s purpose as a community of learners, and Luke’s […]

We Are the Beloved

Lilah walked toward Sophia and said: “Let’s go Sophia, so we can be best friends again!” Sophia tried to catch up as both young girls ran toward the spring toys. Lilah stopped and waited for Sophia and said: “Hold my hand, Sophia!” Lilah extended her hands to Sophia as they walked through the woodchips swinging […]

Better Teaching Through Painting

Aaaaah, summer! Spring semester is over, we’ve celebrated graduation, grades are in and the last few faculty meetings are taken care of. Summer vacation begins! What now? Many of us on faculty have nine-month contracts. So, officially, the summer is ours. That doesn’t mean we won’t ever be called in for meetings, or interviews or […]


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 […]

The Challenge of Leadership

I heard or read somewhere years ago a statement that has remained with me: “everyone who wants to be a leader doesn’t want to lead.” So many of us want to be in the position, but do not want the responsibilities. We covet the perceived prestige, title and benefits because of how the position might […]