▪ Chevron announced a $450,000 donation to Fresno State in support of science, technology, engineering and math programs in the Lyles College of Engineering and the College of Science and Mathematics. The academy will be led by a multidisciplinary team of industry-experienced engineering faculty.
▪ Fig Garden Rotary Club provided a grant of $1,000 to Central Valley Ballers.
▪ The Fresno Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2018 Leon S. Peters Award; nominees must be submitted by another member of the community. Nominations are also being accepted for the 2018 Valley Business Awards. Applications for the high school entrepreneur, college entrepreneur, rising star of the year and the Harold Zinkin Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are being accepted through 5 p.m. Nov. 17.
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▪ The Valley Health Team’s Family Medicine Residency Program received a grant of $549,856 from Kaiser Permanente Fresno to help address the physician shortage by adding four more residents to the residency program.
▪ Madera Community Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center have been awarded an “A” by The Leapfrog Group for their commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
▪ Mayor Lee Brand and City Manager Wilma Quan-Schecter announced that Parvin Neloms Jr. has been named the city of Fresno’s new Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services (PARCS) director. He most recently served as the director of city parks and recreation in Miami Gardens, Florida.
▪ The Sun-Maid board of directors announced Harry Overly has been selected to lead Sun-Maid as its president and CEO. He replaces Barry F. Kriebel, who has served as Sun-Maid’s president since February 1986.
▪ Sagaser, Watkins & Wieland PC has relocated its office to the Fig Garden Financial Center to accommodate the law firm’s growth.
▪ Michelle DenBeste, who served as interim dean of the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State for the past two years, has been named to the job permanently. She is a historian who taught history at Fresno State from 2000 until she became interim dean in 2015.
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