California State University, Fresno - University Journal
January 2011 Vol. 14 No. 5

Roberta Sumner

Alumna recalls days at Fresno State

Roberta Sumner, at age 99 plus, hasn't forgotten her alma mater. As one of Fresno State's oldest alums, she still recalls with fondness her days at what was then Fresno Normal School.

Born in Coalinga in 1911 as Roberta Beebe, Sumner is a Valley girl through and through. She is a member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, a community-service group for native-born Californians dedicated to preserving California history.

Sumner's parents met in a boarding house and moved their family to Fresno County while Sumner was only about six. They came by surrey, a horse-drawn carriage.

Sumner attended high school and made the decision to go to Fresno Normal School in 1929 because she wanted to become an elementary school teacher. Times were tough during the Depression. Since her family's resources were limited, Sumner chose to go to a college that was local and relatively inexpensive.

See the full story with video here.



Henry Madden Library’s Multicultural Program promotes diversity
The Henry Madden Library’s Multicultural Program provides services that enhance and support the exchange of knowledge and best practices for cultural diversity. The program is part of the library’s Instruction and Outreach Services (IOS) Department.

In terms of multicultural resources, the program provides various resources that promote awareness of the positive value of cultural diversity. Though there are a myriad of multicultural resources throughout the library, several easy reading multicultural materials such as magazines and newsletters on 2nd floor, north, is its main draw. Facebook, blogs, and Twitter are also used to provide information on multicultural events on campus and in the community. See the full story here.

Bone AppétitCelebrate the New Year with recipes from Fresno State
A new year is a great time to try new recipes, especially those designed to help us stay true to our weight-loss resolutions. Try a recipe submitted to Fresno State Alumni Association's upcoming cookbook, “Bone Appétit.” For more, click here.



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President, John D. Welty
Vice President for University Advancement, Peter N. Smits
Associate Vice President for University Communications, Shirley Melikian Armbruster
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Managing Editor, Lanny Larson • Editor, April Schulthies
Photographer, Randy Vaughn-Dotta • Student Photographer, Madison Artist
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