Fresno State biology professor David Lent has received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award. He is the first Fresno State professor to receive the award.
The nearly $670,000 award will be used for an education project that will research how animals navigate in complex environments.
According to the foundation, the award is given only to junior faculty members who demonstrate the role of a teacher-scholar through their research and education all within the frame of their organizations’ mission.
“This is a remarkable achievement, both for Dr. Lent and for Fresno State,” said Lynnette Zelezny, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fresno State. Awards like these usually are given to research-intensive institutes, she said.
Lent started out at Fresno State as an assistant biology professor in 2012 and since then has restructured the biology master’s program, helped create the Biology Honors Program, received the 2015-16 Provost Award for Promising New Faculty and is redesigning the introductory science and math course.
Democratic Women’s club awards 3 scholarships
Three Fresno State students will receive $500 scholarships from the Fresno County Democratic Women’s Club’s Manning Scholarship Fund.
Maria Avila Calderon, Saul Enriquez and Ashleigh Solis will each receive a scholarship during a lunch meeting for the group at the Ramada Inn at Shaw Avenue and Fresno Street on Monday.
The three students also will be recognized during the Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala at the Save Mart Center on Oct. 15.
The Manning Scholarship Fund for Fresno State students began in 1993. For more information, call 559-289-3989.
Alum honored for endowment
Fresno State alumnus Soul Vang is being honored for beginning an endowed scholarship at the university.
A public reception in the Smittcamp Alumni House at Fresno State will honor Vang on Thursday at 5:15 p.m.
Aside from the Soul Vang Scholarship, Vang also established an annual poetry prize to encourage students to document the Asian American experience.
Vang, who also teaches English at Fresno City College, is the first Hmong American to earn a master of fine arts degree from Fresno State and the first graduate to create a scholarship.
Vang is scheduled to read poetry during the reception, which will also celebrate Fresno State’s new minor in Hmong language studies.
Parking for the event is available in lots P1 and P2. For a free parking code, call 559-278-7082.
West Hills to offer courses in Huron
English as a second language, welding and forklift operation are being offered in Huron as free courses by West Hills College Coalinga, the Westside Institute of Technology and Workforce Connection.
The courses are being offered at Huron’s John Palacios Center. The welding course is accepting sign-ups and runs Dec. 1-16 from 8 to 11:50 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:20 p.m.
There will also be a résumé writing and job application workshop on Nov. 9 and interview skills workshops on Oct. 6 and Dec. 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m., West Hills said.
To get more information or to sign up, visit the John Palacios Center or call 559-934-2221.
Yosemite accepts student art, poetry
Yosemite National Park is accepting submissions for its sixth annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest. The event showcases the creativity of local youth artists and poets living in the gateway communities bordering Yosemite.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade who are living in one of the communities bordering Yosemite are eligible to submit their entries, which are due by Oct. 3.
Steve’s Scholars renews at Tehipite
Tehipite Middle School students will have a chance to earn a $1,000 scholarship toward college under the Steve’s Scholars program, which kicked off Sept. 16.
To earn the scholarship, students must maintain a 95 percent attendance record, complete course requirements for college, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and participate in community activities.
This is the fifth year that the Steve’s Scholars Program, created by Francine and Murray Farber in memory of their son Steven, has been at Tehipite.
Local student wins national Latino essay contest
A Fresno State student was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for her winning essay in Cafe Bustelo’s El Cafe de Futuro scholarship essay contest.
Araceli Agustin Gomez, an agriculture major at Fresno State, was one of nine winners out of the 550 national entries received from U.S. Latino students, Cafe Bustelo said.
Entrants were asked to write an 800-word essay in English or Spanish describing how their heritage has impacted their desire to obtain higher education.
Office Depot recycles binders
Office Depot, partnered with TerraCycle, will offer binder recycling at its stores.
Shoppers can bring old empty binders to Office Depot or Office Max and receive a $2 coupon good toward the purchase of a new binder.
TerraCycle will recycle the binders; there is a limit of six per household.