June 2021 Alumni Update

Catherine Bowen (BA ’94) is regional human resources director for Diamond Resorts in Hawaii.

Lupe Rubalcava Jr. (MA, ’21, BA ’16) is the deputy director of eligibility services for San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency.

Elijah Nora (BS ’18) has received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Fresno State University. He looks forward to the next journey and what lays ahead and is thankful for the role FPU played in helping prepare him and providing him with the necessary tools to be successful.

Noemi Murillo (BA ‘16) graduated from Campbellsville University in June 2021, with a Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree.

Darren Duerksen, Ph.D., (SEM ’02), associate professor and director of the intercultural and religious studies program, appeared on the podcast Multifaith Matters, which was posted to YouTube June 3 youtube.com/watch?v=qxnMVYgouTs

Melody Kruse (SEM ’12, BA ’07) was the core artist for a collaborative theater production, Overcome: An Original Show about Shame and Resilience, which premiered June 4 via Zoom, presented by Near/Far Theatre and hosted by Reedley Peace Center. More at munroreview.com/2021/06/03/shame-and-resilience-take-center-stage-in-near-far-theatres-overcome/

Jorge Matos (BA ’15) was hired as central plains regional sales manager at Papillon Agricultural Company. Based in Easton, MD, Papillon produces feed products for the dairy industry. feedstuffs.com/news/papillon-hires-regional-sales-manager

Sam Delk (BS ’19) is the lead author of the review paper “Apoliprotein mimetics in cancer” for Seminars in Cancer Biology, a journal published by Elsevier, a Netherlands-based publishing company specializing in scientific, technical and medical content which each year publishes more than 500,000 articles in 2,500 journals. In the spring of 2021 Sam is finishing his second year in a Ph.D. program at UCLA. 

Rob Haynes (MA ’12) is Fresno City College’s new men’s head basketball coach and full-time faculty member. Rob comes from Porterville City College. recorderonline.com/gallery/rob-haynes-named-fresno-city-mens-basketball-coach/article_a25cf0ae-c55e-11eb-bd6c-d71958223ea8.html

Topazio Guzman (BA ’21) wrote a first-person article about her experience completing a degree at FPU whole working full time and caring for her children during the pandemic in the June 5 Hanford Sentinel hanfordsentinel.com/lifestyles/local-mother-returns-to-college-and-graduates-summa-cum-laude-at-age-32/article_3ae309b3-74da-5dd1-8b51-4b4a9a48e263.html

Richard Rankin (BA ’82) retired as athletic director at Porterville Unified School District in June 2021. recorderonline.com/sports/incredibly-fortunate-rankin-retiring-as-pusd-athletic-director/article_7677df50-c7aa-11eb-9fd9-17058a35ae6b.html

Michael Smith (BS ’16) was accepted to the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian, ID, to start fall 2021.

Erika Martinez (BA ’20) was featured in a GVWire.com article about the California Teaching Fellows Foundation June 9. gvwire.com/2021/06/09/it-pays-to-explore-a-teaching-career-thanks-to-this-valley-nonprofit/

Jesse Parr (BA ’19) is an English teacher at Kimbrough Middle School in Mesquite, TX.

Richard Rawls, Ph.D. (BA ’87) received the Advisor of the Year Award at Georgia Gwinnett College from the Registered Student Organization. Richard is the advisor for the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and professor of history.

Beatriz Montez (BA ’20) was accepted into the Master’s in Social Work and Title IV-E Child Welfare programs at Fresno State. After interning at the Fresno County Department of Social Services, she accepted a position as a special education advocate and research assistant for a study on foster youth. “I have been truly blessed and am so grateful for all the mentors and professionals I have had around me at Fresno Pacific that have helped me prepare for this next step in my life.”

Blake Bauer (BA ’16) published a book about his time at FPU titled: We Are the Kids: University Tales from a Mediocre Resident Assistant. The book is available on Amazon.

Dan Casarez (BA ’04), subject of a recent Alumni eNews feature, is now a reporter for the Tulare Advance-Register and Visalia Times-Delta.

Margarita (Rita) Andryushchenko (BA ’08) was featured in a profile for Immigrant Heritage Month by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration), her employer, on June 23. fema.gov/blog/immigrant-heritage-month-feature-margarita-rita-andryushchenko

Christopher Scott (BA ’13) is the senior pastor at Lakeview Missionary Church in Moses Lake, WA.




Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations