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Recent Class Notes
Brian Panish (1980)
Brian Panish (1980), of Los Angeles, has been named 1 of the Top 100 Lawyers in the State of California by the “Daily Journal”. The former Bulldogs’ football standout was named and Outstanding Alumnus by the Fresno State Alumni Association on behalf of the Department of Athletics in 2010.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Sep 17 2014.

Jose Vera ()
Jose Vera (2014) is a member of the inaugural class of the San Joaquin Valley’s first pharmacy school – California Health Sciences University – located in Clovis, Calif. The one-of-a-kind university aims to help transform pharmacy into a primary care profession. MORE: http://kvpr.org/post/student-new-pharmacy-school-plans-give-back-central-valley  Click here for photo
Submitted on Sep 17 2014.

Eddie Rontell ()
Eddie J. Rontell passed away peacefully on August 20, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family at the age of 88. Ed was a very active philanthropist, quietly and
anonymously donating to hundreds of nonprofits and charities in Fresno and throughout California. Ed also was interested in the area of alternative medicine and served on numerous
committees and boards, helping with funding and reviewing treatment protocols. Ed enjoyed
collecting classic and exotic imported cars and enjoyed entering car shows.  
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

Alexander Ruberto (1962)
Alexander Anthony Ruberto, 74, of Fresno died July 31. He was an inventory
worker.  
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

Reno Coletti (1986)
Reno Paul Coletti Jr., 78, of Fresno died Monday. He was an instructor of ALS
coordinator.  
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

Elsadene Becker (1941)
Elsadene Becker, 72, of Selma died Thursday. She was a teacher.  
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

Charlotte Maddox (1952)
Charlotte, age 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 28, 2014, with her children at her side. She was an amazing wife, mother, friend, chef and hostess who remained very active throughout her life.  
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

John Alchian (1974)
John passed away in Clovis, CA on August 9, 2014, at the age of 61.He enjoyed his frequent trips to Reno and
Table Mountain, and was an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers.  
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

Albert Mah (1945)
Albert Mah, 91, of Fresno died in August of 2014. He was a civil engineer for the county of Fresno.  
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

Oscar Speace (1971)
Janice Noga (1968, ‘80) and Oscar Speace (1971), a wife and husband team, are presenting their one-woman play, “Janka,” at 2nd Space Theatre in Fresno on Oc. 25th and 26th , before “getting their act together and taking it on the road” to New York City in 2015.


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Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

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Career News
Brian Panish (1980)
Brian Panish (1980), of Los Angeles, has been named 1 of the Top 100 Lawyers in the State of California by the “Daily Journal”. The former Bulldogs’ football standout was named and Outstanding Alumnus by the Fresno State Alumni Association on behalf of the Department of Athletics in 2010.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Sep 17 2014.

Jose Vera ()
Jose Vera (2014) is a member of the inaugural class of the San Joaquin Valley’s first pharmacy school – California Health Sciences University – located in Clovis, Calif. The one-of-a-kind university aims to help transform pharmacy into a primary care profession. MORE: http://kvpr.org/post/student-new-pharmacy-school-plans-give-back-central-valley  Click here for photo
Submitted on Sep 17 2014.

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Births & Adoptions
Julia Navarro (2005)
Julia Navarro (2005) is proud to announce the birth of her daughter, Emma Christine at 7lbs 4 oz and 20 ¾. She joins her big sister Grace Isabella, 2 yrs, 3 months.  
Submitted on Oct 12 2011.

Ryan Jacobsen (2002)
Ryan Jacobsen (2002, 2004) and Ashley (DeBenedetto) Jacobsen (2003) are proud to announce the birth of their son, Maverick Laub Jacobsen, who was born on September 4, 2011 at 7:58 a.m. Maverick weighed in at 8 lbs, 9 oz and measured 21-1/2 in long.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Oct 5 2011.

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Marriages & Commitments
Glenn Albertson (1991)
Glenn Albertson (1991) and Brian Demers were married on April 5, 2014 after a 17-year engagement. The ceremony was held at The Skyroom in downtown Fresno’s Holiday Inn. (Photo by Tamela Ryatt (1989)).  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jul 28 2014.

Douglas Brunner (2007)
Doug Brunner (2007) and Alex Harris (2013) were married on April 26, 2014 at The Carmel Mission Basilica. “CV Luxury Magazine” captured the special day in its July/August issue, pages 58 to 63 – SEE: http://issuu.com/eddiemelikian/docs/cv_luxury____july-august_2014/0.


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Submitted on Jul 18 2014.

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Catching Up
Oscar Speace (1971)
Janice Noga (1968, ‘80) and Oscar Speace (1971), a wife and husband team, are presenting their one-woman play, “Janka,” at 2nd Space Theatre in Fresno on Oc. 25th and 26th , before “getting their act together and taking it on the road” to New York City in 2015.


  Click here for photo
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

Janice Noga (1980)
Janice Noga (1968, ‘80) and Oscar Speace (1971), a wife and husband team, are presenting their one-woman play, “Janka,” at 2nd Space Theatre in Fresno on Oc. 25th and 26th , before “getting their act together and taking it on the road” to New York City in 2015.


  Click here for photo
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

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Educational News
Melissa Tav (2007)
Melissa Tav (2007) has joined the College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State as its inaugural Communications Specialist.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jul 24 2014.

Tonantzin (Soto) Rodriguez (2007)
Tonantzin (Soto) Rodriguez, MPH (2007) received a Medical Doctorate (MD) from the UC Davis School of Medicine on May 29, 2014. She matched into the Sutter Family Medicine Residency Program in Sacramento, California for further training in primary care.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 8 2014.

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General
Anthony Grieco (1961)
Anthony R. Grieco (1961) has been honored with having his name added as a “Friend” to the National Air and Space Museum's Wall of Honor at the at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virg. He has more than 40 years of experience in the Electronic Warfare field with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and with the U.S. Navy. SEE: http://airandspace.si.edu/support/wall-of-honor/profile-detail.cfm?id=7525  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jul 28 2014.

Amanda (Holder) Leath (1999)
James Leath (2008) and Amanda (Holder) Leath (1999) recently competed in their first all-natural physique competition in Fresno, CA. James placed fourth in men's physique and Amanda placed third in women's figure. They are currently enjoying training for their next competition later this year.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jul 7 2014.

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In Memoriam
Eddie Rontell ()
Eddie J. Rontell passed away peacefully on August 20, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family at the age of 88. Ed was a very active philanthropist, quietly and
anonymously donating to hundreds of nonprofits and charities in Fresno and throughout California. Ed also was interested in the area of alternative medicine and served on numerous
committees and boards, helping with funding and reviewing treatment protocols. Ed enjoyed
collecting classic and exotic imported cars and enjoyed entering car shows.  
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

Alexander Ruberto (1962)
Alexander Anthony Ruberto, 74, of Fresno died July 31. He was an inventory
worker.  
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

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