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The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

2016-2017 Spring / Summer Newsletter

  Dean Sandra WitteA MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN...

Greetings! I am happy to report that we had our largest harvest ever – more than 600 students graduating this year!  We had so many amazing students walk across the stage at the Save Mart Center at the Jordan College’s 48th Annual Convocation on May 19. Two of those amazing students were Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist Kendall Bailey (Department of Child, Family and Consumer Sciences) and Graduate Dean’s Medalist Touyee Thao (Department of Plant Science).

We've had so many other recent highlights, and some include the dedication of the Bee Sweet Citrus Fresh Fruit Packing Line, a new irrigation system made possible through a partnership with Cal West Rain and Netafim, and the Ag Discovery high school camp that has drawn students from across the state, nation and beyond to learn how amazing Central Valley agriculture really is from our faculty and staff.   Read more


Youtube Video feature - Touyee Thao (Jordan College/University Graduate Medalist)


Jordan College / University Graduate Student Medalist Feature
Plant science student Touyee Thao received the University's highest honor for graduate students at commencement based on his 4.0 GPA, irrigation research and community service.  Read more /  Video 


Borba family to be honored at Ag One Community Salute


Ag One Foundation to honor Borba family's commitment to farming
Four members of the Borba family, longtime leaders in Central Valley agriculture, will be honored at the Ag One Community Salute on Friday, July 14, at the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall.  Read more


Fresno State shines at Ag Business national marketing contests


Ag Business students finish among nation's best at national contests
Fresno State agricultural business students placed among the nation’s top college teams at two marketing competitions hosted by national trade organizations.  Read more /  Photos


  V.E. Petrucci Library


V.E. Petrucci Library connects viticulture and enology students, alumni, industry & community 
Learn how the library established by Vincent E. Petrucci, the legendary viticulture and enology department's founder, offers students, staff & faculty the latest research and information through its print and online resources.  Video /  Support the fundraising campaign


Dairy unit


Dairy program ties students to industry
One of the nation's few entirely student-run college dairies gives students the opportunity to learn all phases of dairy management while providing milk for the Gibson Farm Market's popular milk and dairy products.  Read more /  Photos


Cal West Rain & Netafim irrigation equipment unveiling


Campus farm utilizes new irrigation technology through industry partnership 
Fresno State is the nation's first campus farm to utilize new technology that can allocate irrigation water to different but adjacent soil types in a 36-acre almond plot, thanks to gifts by Netafim and Cal West Rain.  Read more /  Photos 


Video feature - Kendall Bailey Youtube (Jordan College Undergraduate Medalist)


Jordan College Undergraduate Medalist Feature
Through her internships and community involvement in the child development field, senior Kendall Bailey reflects the ideals that made her one of eight nominees for the University's Medalist that was announced at commencement.  Read more /  Video 


Bulldogs in the Grocery tour


Nutrition & dietetics students educate public through grocery tours
Food Science and Nutrition students gave Fresno State students and community members valuable nutrition guidance via information sessions at local Save Mart grocery stores.  Read more /  Photos


Athanasios Alexandrou and Joseph Kryger


New Bee Sweet Fresh Fruit Citrus Packing Line unveiled
Thanks to a gift by Bee Sweet Citrus and six other local companies, the industrial technology department unveiled a unit valued at $600,000 that can teach students how to operate the latest technology that can inspect, clean, wash, dry, sort, box, label and seal fruit harvested from the 1,000-acre campus farm.  Read more /  photos /  video


Malia Rivers


Bulldog bred, Bulldog born 
Senior all-conference player Malia Rivers, daughter of former Fresno state football great Ron Rivers, positively impacts Fresno-area youth both off the field softball field.  Video 


Manuel J.R. Mancebo, Fresno State dairy club officers, President Castro, Dean Witte


Mancebo pledges $1 million to campus dairy program
The former Kings County trucking magnate looks to support students looking to get hands-on experience in the industry that served as springboard for his father Manuel "Spike" Mancebo who started the company.  Read more 

Charity 5K Walk for Rosemary group picture 


Sigma Alpha hosts charity 5K Walk for Rosemary
Fresno State students and the community continue to support agricultural education major Rosemary Meza in her fight against Ewing's Sarcoma cancer.  Read more /  Video /  Photos



2016-2017 Fall / Winter Newsletter

  Dean Sandra WitteA MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN...

Greetings! As we start a new year, I have paused to take time to reflect on a memorable 2016 – where we started and where we are now. I had to give up making resolutions for a new year since I always seemed to disappoint myself. Instead, my year-end reflections give me food for thought on the priorities for the new year.

In the process of this reflection, one thing just kept coming up – and that was all of you! I am in awe of all that our alumni and friends do for the Jordan College. Read more


  Abriendo Caminos program


Abriendo Caminos program improves Hispanic family health and nutrition
A child, family and consumer sciences class is using the Abriendo Caminos community health promotion program to positively impact the health of area Hispanic families. Read more


Ag One Santa Rosa North Bay Alum Celebration - 50th Reunion Group


North Bay Ag One alumni celebrate 50th anniversary
A group of five Jordan College alumni enjoyed an extra special Ag One North Bay Alumni and Friends Dinner with a 50th anniversary of their graduation. Read more


Madeline Loftus & Carol Gorter video story


Ag Business Mentorship Program: Madeline Loftus & Carol Gorter
Senior Madeline Loftus is on the fast track to an ag finance career thanks to her Bank of America mentorship and internship. View the video


  Plant Science Club President's Trophy


Plant Science Club wins third President's Trophy in five years
The Fresno State Plant Science Club received the esteemed President’s Trophy for the Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences (SASES) national club speech contest. Read more


New boiler- Fresno State food procesing lab


Campus Farm benefits from $2 million in updates
Keyed by a recommendation by President Castro’s Commission on the Future of Agriculture, the University Agricultural Laboratory is in the process of $2 million in maintenance updates to many of its units that supply the Gibson Farm Market’s wide array of student-made products. Read more


Bayer Cropscience meeting


Jordan College and Bayer Crop Science begin academic & research exchange
The global ag industry leader is working with our faculty, staff and students to develop new programs to enhance research, career development and community education. Read more


  Brandt-sponsored pumpkin sponsored research project


Students partner with Brandt in pumpkin study
Plant science graduate student Katrina Steinhauer and other students have developed and tested fertilizer programs to improve pumpkin yield and quality. View the video


Athanasios Alexandrou and Joseph Kryger


Industrial Technology creates agricultural systems management option degree
The new industrial technology degree integrates courses from various departments and emphasizes innovative production methods and technologies. Read more


President Joseph Castro & Dr. Vincent E. Petrucci - Vino & Friends Library donation announcement


Fresno State to match endowment gifts in memory of Dr. Vincent E. Petrucci

Ag One scholarship and library endowments honor the legendary department founder who passed away Dec. 27 at the age of 91. Read more

Earl Hall and Bulldoggers Rodeo Tam


Ag Business alum Earl Hall tabbed as College's Top Dog
The alumnus and ag labor workforce leader enjoyed a visit with faculty, ag business students and the Bulldoggers rodeo team. View the video



SJIFT golf tourney raises money for food, dairy & meat science students

Proceeds from the 19th annual San Joaquin Institute of Food Technologists Golf Tournament will help fund at least four $1,000 scholarships for Fresno State food science students. Read more


Meat Science Judging Team - Nationals Group Picture 


Meat Science Judging Team returns to national circuit
The Fresno State Meat Judging Team wrapped up its first season of competition since 2013 with strong efforts at several fall events. Read more


Ag One convocation gathering


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