Education Buzz for Sunday, June 5

Central students interview vets

Students at Pershing Continuation School in Fresno were chosen to interview local Korean War veterans as part of a special video project, the Central Unified School District said.

The students were chosen by the Fresno Elks Lodge to do the interviews after the lodge received a grant from the Elks National Foundation. The lodge used the $2,000 grant to help at-risk students by supplementing their curriculum with applied experience. According to the district, the high school students studied the history of the Korean War before interviewing the veterans.

The students and veterans are scheduled to formally present the video to the Legion of Valor Museum in Fresno on Monday.

Harvest Elementary wins gold ribbon

Harvest Elementary School in Central Unified received a California Gold Ribbon Award during a ceremony at the school Thursday.

California Casualty Insurance is the presenting sponsor of the award, which is given to schools that have “made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.”

Valley ag students get scholarships

Farm Credit West awarded two central San Joaquin Valley students $1,500 scholarships to attend college full-time in pursuit of an agriculture-related major.

Joshua Cramer of Lemoore and Kelsey Swall of Tulare were two of the 17 recipients from Arizona, California and Texas to receive the awards, which can be renewed up to three times for a total of $6,000 per student.

Cramer plans on attending California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, to study agriculture business, and Swall has plans to major in agriculture education at Fresno State.

Fresno State ROTC graduates get pins

Eight Fresno State Reserve Officer Training Corps graduates were commissioned to second lieutenants at a pinning ceremony May 20 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial building, the university said.

Newly commissioned 2nd Lt. Lakhwinder Singh earned the Distinguished Military Graduate Award, presented to the country’s top 10 percent of students. He was also awarded the George C. Marshall Leadership Award, presented to senior cadets who demonstrate leadership.

Maj. Gen. Heidi Brown, director of global operations for the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, presented the graduates with their certificates.

The newly commissioned officers are:

▪ Lakhwinder Singh, Tracy

▪ Ryan Carder, Palmdale

▪ Arianna Jasmine Castrellon, Fresno

▪ Aislinn Gunn, Aptos

▪ Sean Koerner, Bakersfield

▪ Anthony Mosqueda, Littlerock

▪ Kenneth NeSmith, Kerman

▪ Brandon Silva, Fresno

Fresno Pacific prof gets sabbatical writer’s grant

An associate professor at Fresno Pacific University received a Sabbatical Writer’s Retreat grant from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

Karen Crozier, associate professor of practical theology and director of faculty development and diversity, will take a sabbatical in the fall. Among her projects will be completing a book manuscript on Fannie Lou Hamer’s creation care leadership ethic.

“The leadership contributions of African American women of the modern-day civil rights movement, and black women of the African diaspora, are invaluable to the growing bodies of literature in creation care and leadership studies,” Crozier says in a university release. “This sabbatical will afford me the time, distance and space to research and reflect on the life and legacy of an unsung ‘shero’ to many in the person of Mrs. Hamer.”

In addition, Fresno Pacific will receive $10,000 to help defray institutional costs associated with providing a sabbatical.

Board gamers vie at Fresno State

Gamers from 20 schools in Fresno, Kings and Merced counties totaling between 50 and 75 students competed Saturday in the second Central Valley Boardgaming Championships at Fresno State.

The Youth Boardgaming League competitions are based on tabletop games with simple rules and short to medium playing times. Gaming is comprised of direct and indirect player interaction with physical components.

Adishian-Astone named VP-admin

Fresno State President Joseph Castro named Deborah Adishian-Astone as the new vice president for administration following a national search.

Adishian-Astone had performed the role on an interim basis for over a year in addition to her job as associate vice chancellor for auxiliary operations.

She will serve as a member of the president’s cabinet and will head major units at the university, such as human resources, payroll, Title IX, facilities management and parking and transportation.

Beginning as a student assistant in the Facilities Planning office in 1983, Adishian-Astone became a full-time employee at the university in 1988 as assistant facilities planner.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fresno State while completing a management development program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In 2002, Adishian-Astone was among the top 10 professional women as presented by the Marjaree Mason Center. In 2008, she earned the award of Rising Star from the National Association of College and University Officers.