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Maddy Institute to Award $112,000 in Graduate Fellowships
The Maddy Institute at Fresno State announced the Wonderful Public Service Fellowship program will fund two $56,000 fellowships for San Joaquin Valley students who are accepted at nationally-ranked graduate programs in public policy/public administration, urban planning, social welfare or business by fall 2015 and will pursue public service as a career. Applications for the two fellowships are now being accepted. Read more.

Fifth Annual WordFest Event on Saturday, February 7
WordFest is free and open to the public. The San Joaquin Literary Association hosts WordFest, which features a full day of talks about the craft of writing, followed by a reading and book signing.
New York Times best-selling authors Sam Lipsyte and Leslie Jamison will be joined by up-and-coming poet Brynn Saito for the fifth annual WordFest event.
The craft talks will be held inside the Henry Madden Library. Saito will present at 10 a.m., Lipsyte at 1 p.m. and Jamison at 3 p.m. Seating for the craft talks is limited. Interested students and community members can email to reserve a spot. Parking is free in suggested lots P30 and P31.

Agriculture Career Fair
The Fresno State Harvesting the Leaders of Tomorrow Career Fair will be 10:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in the Satellite Student Union. The fair is designed to provide students, faculty, and staff from Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Central-Northern California with the opportunity to network and learn about internships, scholarships, conferences, career opportunities and public service from federal agencies and private industry. Internship and career opportunities will be available for all majors. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring resumes.

Fresno State alumnus Levy Randolph wins 2015 national farm bureau competition
Fresno State alumnus Levy Randolph was honored as national champion of the American Farm Bureau Federation and Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet at its annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee on Feb. 15, 2015. Read more.

Spring Contemporary Dance Concert, Feb. 19-21, 2015
The University Dance Theatre’s Spring Contemporary Dance Concert, “Passion, Energy and Imagination,” is underway with final performances nightly through Saturday, Feb. 21 at Fresno State’s John Wright Theatre in the Speech Arts building.
Performances by the Fresno State Contemporary Dance Ensemble will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Performers are presenting six repertory dance works from five choreographers: Kenneth Balint, Mickey EmanuEl, Gianna McCurry, Anandha Ray and Beth Tritch. The performance blends passionate movement, energized physicality and imaginative moments by ensemble dancers Azure Augustine, Sierra Berg, Mikayla Davis, Crystal Gonzalez, Alexandra Grijalva, Bethany Howard, Nicole Jenkins, Katarina Klass, Gianna McCurry and Beth Tritch.
Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military and $10 for students. Group rates are also available.
Box office hours are noon-4 p.m. weekdays and one hour before curtain. Parking is free for shows after 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
For Thursday, parking permits are required and may be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.
For more information, contact the Theatre Arts Department at 559-278-3987 or the box office at 559-278-2216.

Flags at Half-staff for Coach Tarkanian, Feb. 16, 2015
Fresno State’s national and state flags will fly at half-staff in memory of Coach Jerry Tarkanian on Monday (Feb. 16). The private funeral service for Coach Tarkanian will be held the same day in Las Vegas.

Coach Tarkanian died Wednesday (Feb. 11) in Las Vegas at the age of 84.

President Joseph I Castro, who with wife Mary will attend the service for family and close friends only, issued the directive that the university flags be lowered in honor of the alumnus who played for the Bulldogs’ men’s basketball team from 1954-55 and later returned home to lead his alma mater’s team from 1995-2002.
He also coached the University of Nevada Las Vegas Running Rebels, leading them to four NCAA Final Four appearances and one national title. Tarkanian, whose passing was reported widely throughout the nation, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Tarkanian and his wife Lois were supporters of the Fresno State Madden Library, donating $100,000 to start the Tarkanian Book Fund and initiating the companion “Baskets for Books” program to fund it.

Anthologized poet Marilyn Chin to read, Feb. 20, 2015
Marilyn Chin, a widely anthologized author whose works have become classics of Asian American literature, will read at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business building, Room 191). A two-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts grants in poetry and a five-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, Chin’s writing has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. She teaches creative writing at San Diego State.
The reading is the fourth in the Spring 2015 Reading Series hosted by the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State and the Fresno Poets’ Association. The event is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas.

Welcoming Diversity Workshop, February 21, 2015
The Welcoming Diversity Workshop will be 8:30 A.M- 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015,  in the Vintage Room at Fresno State. The free, public event is presented as part of African Peoples’ History Month by the National Coalition Building Institute, a nonprofit leadership training organization that works to eliminate prejudice and inter-group conflict on campuses and in communities throughout the world.

Cash for College Workshop, February 24, 2015
As part of the financial aid awareness campaign, Fresno State counselors will host Cash for College, a financial aid workshop for students, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Pinedale Elementary School Library (7171 N. Sugarpine) in Fresno. Bilingual staff from Fresno State will be on hand to help families complete a variety of financial aid forms, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act application. Students should bring their Social Security and driver’s license numbers (if applicable); parents’ 2014 Federal Income Tax information (if student is a dependent); and FAFSA pin number if they have already registered for the 2015-16 school year. The event is free and open to all families.

‘Normal’ Authors Share Award-winning Poetry and Prose, February 27, 2015
Award-winning authors Victoria Chang and John C. Hampsey will read from their work at The Normal School Spring Reading event on Friday, Feb. 27 at Fresno State.
The evening features readings from each of the authors’ latest works, followed by a book signing. The Normal School Spring Reading is free and open to the public. The reading and book signing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business building, Room 191) inside the University Business Center. Parking is free in suggested lots P5 and P6.

(Source: Fresno State)

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