Education Lab

Education Buzz for Sunday, Feb. 21

Porterville College honors Joe Ruiz as Distinguished Alumni

The sixth annual Porterville College Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday honored longtime college supporter and Bank of the Sierra Vice President Joe Ruiz with the Distinguished Alumni award.

Ruiz graduated from Porterville College in 1970 and began his banking career in 1971 with Crocker National Bank before transitioning to Bank of the Sierra.

He was one of the founding members of the Porterville Education Foundation, serving on the board since 1992. He also has been recognized as Man of the Year by the Porterville Chamber of Commerce, the 1987-88 Lion of the Year by the Porterville Breakfast Lions and received the 2010 Friend of Education Award from Porterville Unified School District.

The Distinguished Alumni award is the highest honor given to alumni by the Porterville College Foundation.

Clovis North wins county mock trial

Clovis North High School defeated Clovis West High School in the final round of the Fresno County Office of Education Mock Trial competition on Feb. 4, advancing the team to the state finals in Sacramento in March.

Held at the Robert E. Coyle Federal Building in Fresno, the monthlong competition involving 14 teams, 65 local attorneys and 40 judges culminated with the final verdict for People vs. Hayes.

Clovis North will move on to compete at the California State Mock Trial Competition in Sacramento from March 18-20.

Duncan High hosts mini-conference on men in nursing

Duncan Polytechnic High School will host a mini-conference on Tuesday for male juniors and seniors interested in nursing careers.

Conference times are 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Students will learn about opportunities for men in the nursing profession and participate in a question-and-answer session with John Cordova, an industry expert from the South Central Region/Health Care Workforce Initiative.

West Hills softball team hosts benefit

West Hills College Coalinga’s softball team will host a Paint Nite fundraiser on Friday in the college’s dance room.

The event at 6 p.m. will help fund new equipment for the college’s softball team.

Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance.

All painting supplies are included in the ticket price, and local artist Mike Capka will be at the event to guide participants.

FUSD honors top employees

Fresno Unified School District honored its top employees on Feb. 18 at the annual Excellence in Education awards dinner at the Radisson Hotel Conference Center in downtown Fresno.

Five top winners were selected and 49 finalists recognized, including Dana Hobby of Norseman Elementary School, Laura Walsh of Yosemite Middle School, Jacqueline Ruiz of Fresno High School, Danny Alberty of Edison High School and Cecilia Ballesteros of Sequoia Middle School.

Clovis North to vie in Science Bowl

Students from Clovis North High School will compete in the regional Science Bowl in Modesto on Feb. 27, while vying for a chance to go to the national competition in Washington, D.C.

The Central Valley Regional Science Bowl will be held at Gregorgi High School in Modesto with 12 schools competing. Clovis North is the only school from the Fresno-Clovis area in the competition.

The winner of the regional competition will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 26th National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

Philip Levine library donated

The family of Philip Levine on Saturday announced the donation of a personal library collection that belonged to the late U.S. poet laureate for the creation of a reading room at Fresno State.

The Philip Levine Reading Room will be located on the second floor of Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library. It will provide a space for students, faculty and members of the community to explore poetry, read and write.

The collection being donated by Levine’s family totals more than 2,000 books.

Levine taught at Fresno State from 1958 to 1992 and remained connected to the university’s creative writing program after retiring. He died on Feb. 14, 2015, at age 87.

Fresno State renamed doctoral

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranking systems has renamed Fresno State as a doctoral university in its 2015 edition.

The California State University announced the reclassification in mid-February for Fresno State and two other CSU campuses: San Francisco and Fullerton.

To meet the doctoral requirements for a college, a university must graduate more than 20 doctoral degrees per year, which the three CSU campuses have now exceeded.

Fresno State has 216 doctoral students enrolled in its three doctoral programs in education, physical therapy and nursing, and graduated 80 doctoral students in the 2014-15 academic year.

In June, Fresno State and CSU Channel Islands plan to launch the first online doctoral program in educational leadership in the CSU system, according to James E. Marshall, interim dean of the Division of Graduate Studies.

Fresno State alumni named to boards

Fresno State President Joseph Castro has appointed two of the university’s alumni to advisory boards.

Jan L. Kahn was appointed to the University Advisory Board, which advises Castro on improvement and development of the university. Kahn is a founding law partner at the firm Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP, which has offices in Hanford and Sacramento.

Kahn earned his degree in social sciences from Fresno State in 1969 and attended law school at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

Sarah Clark Woolf will join the Fresno State Agricultural Foundation.

Woolf is president of Water Wise, a water management company for farmers in the San Joaquin Valley. She is a native of Dos Palos and earned her degree in agricultural business from Fresno State in 1993.