January 2019-December 2018 Alumni Update

Madeleine Cameron (BA ’18) published an article in Aletheia, a national publication of the Alpha Chi academic honor society. “The Ethical and the Eternal” addresses Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard’s theories on the formation of the self, focusing specifically on the three existential spheres that denote the various stages in the of development of an individual. She is now serving with the Micah Project at North Fresno Church Mennonite Brethren.
See the article at alphachihonor.org/aletheia/aboutaletheia/aletheiaarchives/aletheia-vol-3-issue-2/

Cho Fai Wong (BS ’18) was the subject of the article “Alpha Chi Student Explores the Strengths of a ‘Weak’ Identity Theory” posted January 28, 2019, on the website of the Alpha Chi academic honor society. A philosophy and applied mathematics major, he was a member of FPU’s Alpha Chi chapter, presented at the 2018 national convention and won the group’s H.Y. Benedict Fellowship for full-time graduate study. He is now studying mechanical engineering at UC Davis.
See the article at alphachihonor.org/s=Alpha+Chi+Student+Explores+the+Strengths+of+a+%E2%80%98Weak%E2%80%99+Identity+Theory

Brian Lawton (BA ’17) was accepted to Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia PA after spending six months with Somos Hermanos in Central America getting medical experience and improving his Spanish proficiency.

Claudia Nieto (BA ’16) is a ceramics teacher at Fresno High School.

Gary Mejia (MA ’15, SEM ’06) says that after leaving FPU to accept a job opportunity at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2015 to build a new Department of Campus Safety, I later applied and was recently accepted into the doctorate of Ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary. Having graduated from FPU with a BA and then MA in Christian Ministry with an emphasis on Peace, this doctorate program will allow me to continue my studies in the area of Peace, Social Justice and Racial Healing. 

John Burns (BA ’12) is a science teacher at Hanford Joint Union District.

Don Kurtze (BA ’09) has been hired as national director of originations at Liberty SBF, where he will manage the financing company’s sales efforts. prnewswire.com/news-releases/liberty-sbf-hires-cre-pro-dj-kurtze-as-national-director-of-originations-300784068.html

Whitney Bunker (BA ’08) was selected as one of Fresno’s Heroes Unmasked for her work as co-founder and executive director of child advocacy organization City Without Orphans. The award is through Bitwise and Meza Productions and the 26 heroes was honored at an ArtHop installation on Thursday, February 7, at Bitwise Industries, 700 Van Ness Ave Fresno.

Jim Wheeler (BA ’07) has been appointed executive director of Flood Bakersfield Ministries. kernvalleysun.com/flood-appoints-new-executive-director/

Barry Falke (SM ’04) was promoted to chief operating officer of the Pacific Division of the Red Cross. He will oversee the operations for Red Cross regions throughout the Pacific Coast of United States including California, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and Spain.

Efrain Tovar (MA ’06 BA ’95) give newcomer students more tools to learn English and reach greater heights in other classes at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Selma through technology and including the use of various apps. fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article223772740.html?fbclid=IwAR0ksP_oqSxbbh-MBpaDVm65tiER2MdnR25onQRH6HghJ9AUMJVPyR-lPuI

Alice (Bennett BA ’86) Marie Smith is the administrative assistant for visual and performing arts at Fresno Pacific University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music and she is pleased to be a Sunbird as an employee.   





Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations