Arts and Humanities Dean's Medalists

Deans medalists 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 Dean's Medalists!

The most prestigious award given to a graduating student in the College of Arts and Humanities is the Dean’s Medal.

The Undergraduate and Graduate Dean’s Medalists are recognized for their outstanding academic and/or artistic achievements and accomplishments and contributions to the campus and community.  Nominees for the Dean’s Medal are the most accomplished and promising students in the College.

Department nominees and Dean’s Medalists are recognized during the College's annual Arts in Motion banquet sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board.  The Arts in Motion banquet celebrates student excellence by spotlighting Dean’s Medalists, department nominees, student publication and student performances and exhibits. 

The College’s Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist becomes a contender for the 2017 President’s Medal that is awarded at Commencement.  The President's Medal is the highest honor the University bestows on a graduate.

The College's Graduate Dean's Medalist becomes a contender for the University Graduate Medal, the highest honor the university bestows on a graduate student at Commencement.

Undergraduate level:

  • Runners-up, who will be the Standard Bearers at this year's University Commencement, on May 20: Chrysanthe Pappas, from music, and Juan Guzman, from philosophy.
  • Undergraduate Dean's Medalist: Cathleen Fagundes, from communication.

Cathleen FagundesCathleen Fagundes, B.A.

Cathleen Fagundes is a member of both the Renaissance Scholars program and the Smittcamp Family Honors College.  Through the McNair Scholars program, she researched Fresno’s homelessness, presenting her communication ethnography at the Undergraduate Research Scholars Conference in Utah.  With the end goal of being an elementary school teacher for at-risk students, she has applied to graduate schools throughout California. Dr. Shane Moreman says she is a scholar who represents the best of the arts and humanities, “seeking to affect positive change for those around her.”

Graduate level:

  • Honorable Mentions: Melissa Harris, from communication, and Cara Peracchi-Douglas from MCJ.
  • Graduate Dean's Medalist: Jamie Boley, from art and design. Jamie is also the recipient of our College’s 2017 Graduate Thesis/Project Award, for her exhibit titled “Standing in the Gap: Of Here and In-Between.” This deeply moving series of paintings, charcoal drawings, and video manages, in the eyes of the judges, “to cause her audience to be drawn into an engagement with the mysteries of perception.”

Jamie Nakagawa BoleyJamie Nakagawa Boley, M.A.

In addition to completing her M.A. program in Art, Jamie Nakagawa Boley also teaches lower-division art courses on campus, and volunteers at Art Visalia teaching art courses to children.  She works with Native American youth through ODVC, a non profit Native American program, using art as a means of self-expression and goal-setting.  Jamie has applied to several prestigious MFA programs in painting, including the California Institute of the Arts and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the words of painting professor, Nick Potter, Jamie Boley “has been the most outstanding student in the painting and drawing area that I have ever worked with … capturing something important about our time and place, both in terms of the Central Valley of California and drought, but even more importantly ... what is happening nationally in terms of environment and politics. Her work can address these issues through a Native American filter but is inclusive of all of us.”