One One to C a l i fo r n i a S t a t e U n i ve r s i t y, F r e s n o WINTER 2006-2007 A Newsletter for Supporters of the Ag One Foundation and College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Event slated for June 29 Ag One Community Salute to recognize Fred Ruiz Local food manufacturer Fresno, and as an advisor and one brand of frozen Mexican Frederick R. Ruiz is the founding member of the food in the U.S. recipient of the Ag One Institute for Family Business, The food company ranks Foundation’s Community California State University, second among the top 10 Salute for 2007 Fresno. Hispanic-owned manufacturing Support Ag Ruiz and his father, Louis, firms in the U.S. and first Ruiz, who is the chairman, founded Ruiz Foods in 1964. among the top 10 U.S. One events co-founder and chief executive officer of the Dinuba-based Today Ruiz Foods has become Hispanic-owned companies in for 2007 Ruiz Foods, Inc., will be the the largest frozen Mexican California. March honored guest of the gala food manufacturing company The company has long been Stanislaus which is slated for June 29 at in the U.S. Ruiz Foods is based recognized for its innovative County Alumni & the Fresno Convention Center, in Dinuba and has three commitment to its employees Friends Dinner, Exhibit Hall, downtown. manufacturing plants and two and the community. “It’s our Modesto Cargill is the naming sponsor distribution facilities. corporate responsibility to do what we can to make the April 13 of the event. The company’s frozen world a better place,” explains 11th Annual For many years, Ruiz has Mexican food products include Fred Ruiz. “It’s my Common Threads served on the boards of many such specialties as burritos, responsibility to be active in Award luncheon; business and community tamales and enchiladas. Ruiz that role and to continue to California State organizations, including Foods’ frozen Mexican foods look for ways to improve the University, Fresno University of California Board are sold in all channels of of Regents, California distribution: retail, lives of our Team Members May 4 Chamber of Commerce, convenience store, clubs, and their families. But it goes 36th Annual Ag McClatchy Company, vending, industrial and beyond that… it’s also One Turf Day Golf Gottschalk’s, Inc., Hispanic foodservice. The signature important to be active in Classic, College Fund, Inc., University brand is El Monterey. Ruiz is improving the future of our Madera Golf and of California, Merced, the market leader within the community… it’s also Country Club President’s Advisory Board, frozen Mexican food category important to be a role model May 18 California State University, and manufactures the number Continued on page 5 College of Agricultural Sciences and Top Dog Awards honors key university alumni Technology California State Convocation; University, Fresno’s Fresno State annual Top Dog Awards Campus dinner was held in October at the Save Mart June 29 Center. From left, Dr. Community Charles Boyer, Jane and Salute honoring Ed Sbragia, Robert Fred R. Ruiz; Steinhauer, and Frank Fresno Convention and Alice Saviez. The Center Exhibit Hall honorees representing the College of For more Agricultural Sciences and information, Technology were Ed contact the Ag One Sbragia (1985 MS in Enology), the winemaster at Beringer Winery, and Robert Steinhauer Foundation at (1965 BS in Viticulture, 1967 MS in Enology), president of Wineland Consulting. (559) 278-4266. from the president 2006/2007 AG ONE DIRECTORS Doug Benik Dalena/Benik & Associates We hope you celebrated the Tim Vaux further support the Fresno holidays and rang in the new Ag One Foundation activities of Ag One. Hal Bolen II Bolen, Fransen & Russell, year with some good Fresno 2006 President You’ll be hearing Fresno State wine and other Farm of Agricultural more about the Ann Bridges Market goodies. I must say Sciences and Common Threads Fresno First Bank, Sanger Vice President that we have all been blessed Technology. The Awards, the Turf Fermin Campos to experience what the Valley students who benefit from the Day Golf Classic Tournament Campos Bros., Inc., Caruthers and our great university have financial aid that comes from and our Community Salute Jerry DiBuduo Ballantine Produce Co., given us. our fundraisers also have much honoring Fred Ruiz as we Fresno On behalf of the Ag One to be thankful for as we approach these events. Mark Dutra Board of Directors, I would prepare for the upcoming I look forward each year to Paul Reinhart, Inc., Fresno like to thank our members and spring semester. seeing our donors and friends Daniel Errotabere Errotabere Ranches, supporters for your volunteer We’ll have a number of at these activities as a way of Riverdale help and attendance at various opportunities to come together thanking everyone for their Linda Glassman events that benefit the College in the next few months to Continued on page 6 Britz Fertilizers, Inc., Fresno Darla Harrel-Skinner Hewitson Enterprises, Inc., from the dean Avenal R. Todd Henry Westside Farming, Fresno Larry Melikian Dr. Charles Boyer, Fresno As we enjoy the holiday students are Dean, College of Mitch Metzler season and New Year, many of dedicated and amaze RCO Ag Credit, Fresno us reflect on the past year and Agricultural Sciences me with their Secretary think about the possibilities to and Technology productivity and Kirk Mouser, Jr. Paramount Farms, Lost Hills come. For me this includes the everyone who has commitment to our Pat V. Ricchiuti realization that I am rapidly made my arrival at mission. P-R Farms, Clovis approaching my first six Fresno State so easy and fun! Our volunteers as Paul Rollin months as Dean of the College Here are some of the things I represented by Ag One Sweet Haven Dairy, Riverdale Rod Stark of Agricultural Sciences and am thankful for and my wishes members, alumni and friends Union Bank, Fresno Technology. It hardly seems for the coming year. are always there to step Cristel Tufenkjian possible! People. How can I describe forward and serve in so many Kings River Conservation District, Fresno For me the past few months the great people I have met ways. For all of us in the Treasurer have been an exciting time since arriving in Fresno? You college, you make our work at Tim Vaux filled with many memorable have made me feel welcomed Fresno State rewarding. I note Dupont, Fresno President activities and events. I and supported. I continue to the Ag Boosters Barbecue, the Marsha Vucovich continue to feel blessed for meet so many wonderful wine tasting, and regional Fresno Equipment Co., having the opportunity to serve people associated with the gatherings where I was Fresno as dean. Thank you to college. The faculty, staff and Continued on page 4 Chuck Ware Wilbur-Ellis, Madera Gary Wiens from the director PG&E, Fresno Sarah Clark Woolf Fresno STAFF A look back at some of the Alcidia Freitas Gomes • Farm Market Charles Boyer Dean, College of Agricultural headlines from 2006 tells the Executive Director / begins new Sciences and Technology story of a multi faceted college College Development feature: John Ganahl pursuing world class Director “Showcase Legal Counsel, Dowling, Aaron & Keeler, Fresno agriculture. Sunday” with Bob Glim • Chef’s world view of food horse earns national product samplings Advisor leads “culinology” program recognition • New ag dean appointed Alcidia Freitas Gomes • Ag students earn statewide • Fresno State student named • Salute to Jack Woolf breaks Executive Director/College Development Director honors New Bee club makes national FFA president records Christy Melvold a buzz on campus • Center for Irrigation Tech • Water and energy incubator Program Coordinator • Olive oil earns award wins national honor building progresses Thomas L. Hunt, CPA Auditor, Thomas L. Hunt • Equine program receives • Pistachio lab may be first of • A record number of wineries & Co., Fresno Legacy Award its kind seek Fresno State talent Harry Karle • Research leads to wine grape • Fresno State Magazine wins Advisor harvest breakthrough award (highlighting the Just imagine what 2007 will Margie Upton Administrative Assistant • Fresno State spotlights rare College of Agricultural bring! Hackney horses – Hackney Sciences and Technology) Page 2 WINTER 2006-2007 Ag One Foundation and College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Meet the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology By John Migliazzo agencies and industry are collecting different varieties of Fresno State Ag looking to hire, but there are rocks. Communications Major not enough students to fill Having a career in these needs. We need to horticulture, it is no shock that Dr. Charles Boyer, Dean of enhance our reputation and fill he has a hobby related to plant the College of Agricultural that demand.” breeding. “I am an eclectic Sciences and Technology, has In terms of research, Boyer collector of advertisement and taken an unconventional route feels that it is his duty to bring other items related to the seed to pursue a career in the people, equipment and industry and horticulture,” agriculture education. From facilities together at Fresno Boyer said. In his office, you the Oregon Coast to Fresno, State that are needed to grow will find a collection of antique Boyer comes prepared with a capacity for applied research. seed boxes advertising seed myriad of experiences in the Dr. Charles Boyer is excited In addition, he feels that the packets and seed companies academic world and in about being a Fresno State college needs more graduate from a variety of sources. In practical on-farm practices. Bulldog. students, as well as continuing addition, he collects trading Growing up along the south to improve undergraduate cards, produce crate labels, coast of Oregon in the small both as a researcher and a programs. newspapers, magazines and town of Coquille, Charles professor since he graduated Boyer has spent most of his other publications. Boyer had few connections to from Penn State in 1976. He career serving the agriculture In addition, he is an avid agriculture. Besides part-time has spent significant time as a industry. He has worked with sports fan. When he has a jobs bucking hay bales and faculty member and professor many commodities to help chance, he roots for his working for his uncle’s at Rutgers (three years), Penn bring students and faculty into favorite professional teams, the cranberry box business, his State (12 years), and most research needed to benefit the Pittsburgh Steelers and the St. experiences with agriculture recently, Oregon State (13 industry. These commodities Louis Cardinals. With his were limited. However, he had years). At the time he came to include hazelnuts, vegetable teams winning the Super Bowl a passion for biology, which California State University, crops, berries, wine grapes, and a World Series Title this eventually led to his career in Fresno, he was serving as the apples and nursery crops. year, he has been very satisfied horticulture. associate dean of agriculture at “I went to college to be a Oregon Sate. biology teacher,” Boyer said. Boyer has served as an After graduating with a advisor for Alpha Zeta, and an bachelor’s degree from Eastern advisor for the Ag Student Oregon University(EOU), he Council, both at Penn State. In went on to receive a master’s addition, he advised the Circle degree and Ph.D in genetics at K Service Club at Penn State Pennsylvania State University. and Oregon State, which is While at EOU, Boyer drove sponsored by the Kiwanis combine and worked in the Club. seed cleaning facility at a grass “I love being engaged with seed company. Little did he students,” Boyer said. “Part of know, this would pave his way the attraction of Fresno State to a career in the agriculture was to be more connected with industry. He has spent the students.” Dr. Charles Boyer, at right, poses with Ag One Foundation rest of his life in the field of Boyer’s Vision director Pat Ricchiuti at this fall’s annual CAST barbecue held horticulture. Boyer has some very clear on campus. When Boyer sits back to goals for the college including reminisce about is career 1.) to grow the undergraduate choice, he can’t help but smile. program in both size and Boyer supports develop- with the success of his sports “I started off in teaching, and I quality, 2.) to grow capacity to ment of students who are teams in 2006. He also ended up in fundamental do applied research to meet going into the industry and mentioned that he is fast research,” Boyer said. In the needs of the agriculture finding solutions to present becoming a Fresno State addition to Boyer’s research in industry in the San Joaquin and future challenges that face Bulldogs supporter! plant breeding, genetics and Valley, and 3.) to become the the industry. Boyer has two grown horticulture, he has been a number one agricultural Outside of the Office children, Sabrina and Melanie. successful professor and college in California. Boyer is engaged with a He has been happily married to researcher of horticulture and Boyer said he was drawn to number of activities and Ilhama for the last five years. has had heavy involvement Fresno State by the diversity of hobbies outside the office. Boyer is proud of his with student groups and local agriculture in the region as well When time and weather allow, success at previous organizations. as the diversity of students. he loves to “try” to play golf in institutions, but is particularly Boyer has been involved in “Students are highly his spare time. He also referred excited about being a Fresno plant breeding and genetics valued,” Boyer said. “Public to himself as a “rock hound,” State Bulldog. Ag One Foundation and College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology WINTER 2006-2007 Page 3 Ag Boosters Barbecue 2006 enjoyed by all The 29th Annual Ag Boosters Barbecue to raise funds for the Ag One Foundation and California Women for Agriculture was a return to the early days of the event with more than 1,000 people holding tickets to the event at the Coombs’ Riverbend Ranch. Much success for this year’s Enjoying visiting at the Ag Boosters Barbecue A very capable Ag One bartending crew barbecue was attributed to the were from left, Chris Villines and her husband included, from left, John Torrico, Jerry DiBuduo, Harvest Sponsors. Businesses Assembly member Mike Villines, and Madera Dr. Jeri Echeverria, and Dr. Leslie Farlow. and individuals who supported County Supervisor Frank Bigelow, and Ag One the event as a Harvest Sponsor Executive Director Alcidia Freitas Gomes included: J.G. Boswell (standing). Company, Clifford E. Bressler & Associates, Britz Fertilizers, Inc., Chicago Title Company, Dalena/Benik & Associates Insurance Services, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Pearson Realty, Prudential Ag Investments/Capital Ag Property Services, Rain & Hail Insurance, RCO Ag Credit, Inc., Ron Silva Realty, Inc., Also attending were from left, Ag One Secretary Assembly member Nicole Parra, Caruthers State Compensation Insurance Linda Glassman and her husband, Bob farmer-processor Tony Campos and Assembly Fund, Union Bank of Glassman, John Harris, Dean Charles Boyer, member Parra’s local representative Debbie California, Wawona Frozen and Carol and Bill Chandler. Williams pose for a “Kodak moment.” Foods, Wells Fargo Bank, and Western Farm Service, Inc. tasting, Fresno State ice cream, LLP, Westside Finance LLC, The annual event provides a raffle and door prizes plus a and Campos Brothers Farms. an opportunity to enjoy an live and silent auction. This year’s winner was 2004 evening of tasting Fresno State In addition, the winner was alumnus Jason Sanders. wine and sampling cheese selected for the Ag One The Ag Boosters Barbecue produced by valley dairy “Fantasy Vacation” raffle, raised more than $29,000 for processors, eating dinner under which offers a choice of the Ag One Foundation, and the stars and bidding on destinations to Costa Rica, the Fantasy Vacation provided exciting auction items. The Greece, or China. Sponsors of an additional $7,000 in Ag One President Tim Vaux event featured CWA’s County the vacation drawing were donations. welcomed the crowd to the Store, Fresno State sausage Baker, Peterson & Franklin, annual barbecue. From the Dean Continued from page 2 The individuals and families with the possibilities for the our students, faculty and staff engaged in our diverse coming year. We are in the can realize their goals, dreams graciously hosted and intro- agriculture and food systems early stages of the university’s and be nurtured to continue to duced to wonderful Bulldog industries in the valley are a Comprehensive Campaign develop. I am enthusiastic supporters as great examples close-knit community in a which will provide important about the opportunity to work of the support we receive. rapidly growing metropolitan fiscal support for our with you to create an exciting Everywhere I am greeted by area. It amazes me how programs. However, more future. On a personal note, I loyal supporters – what a interconnected we are in this importantly the campaign will look forward to continuing to tribute to the Bulldog family. community. Your commitment provide the catalyst for us to become an integral part of and Community. What a to CAST and so many other engage with our partners as we serving this amazing wonderful community; Fresno important parts of our chart the future for the college community. has so much to offer! The community ensures our future. and move toward our I wish you and yours the diversity of the campus, city It is a pleasure for the college Centennial Year in 2011. happiest of holidays and may and valley provide a vibrant to partner with and serve you. I look forward to creating your New Year be filled with community in which to live. The Future. I am thrilled an environment in which all joy and success. Page 4 WINTER 2006-2007 Ag One Foundation and College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Fresno-Madera Wine Common Threads Award Tasting draws big crowd luncheon set for April 13 As the popularity of covered raisins and almonds Five special women from agriculture, and to have shown Fresno State wines grow, so were on-hand for the central San Joaquin Valley outstanding involvement of does the annual Fresno- participants’ enjoyment. will be honored on Friday, time, talent and treasure in Madera Alumni and Friends April 13 as the 2007 recipients agriculture and their Wine Tasting held in late- of the 11th Annual Common communities. October at the Campus Threads Awards, honoring The Common Threads winery. women in agriculture for their Committee members are: Kim Close to 200 people were community service and Rogina, Merced, co-chair and on-hand to sample and buy philanthropy. Receiving the Karri Hammerstrom, some of Fresno State’s 2007 Common Threads honors Kingsburg, co-chair; Amy award-winning table and are Louise Draxler, of Kings Bartell, Fresno; Ann Bridges, dessert wines. The World County; Sandra Gist-Langiano, Sanger; Carol Chandler, Selma; Cooperage Barrel Room of Tulare County; Linda Amy Christensen, Sacramento; served as the venue to Hansen, of Fresno County; Jackie Giacomazzi, Hanford; showcase the Solare dessert Sharon Thornton, of Merced Alcidia Freitas Gomes, Fresno; Dr. Robert Wample, chair of wine made in the ice wine County; and Lonna Torrico, of Liz Hudson, Sanger; Debbie the Viticulture and Enology style first produced in Fresno County. Jacobsen, Easton; Shirley Department, welcomed the Germany in 1794. crowd and discussed the The awards are presented in Kirkpatrick, Exeter; Barbara Featured wines included new additions and changes partnership with the Ag One Matheron, Hilmar; Christy a 2005 Pinot Gris, 2005 in the University’s winery. Foundation, Fresno State’s Melvold, Fresno; Nancy Viognier, 2004 California Fresno State students pro- College of Agricultural Pitigliano, Tipton; Rod Stark, Rose, 2005 Barbera, 2004, duce award-winning wines, Sciences and Technology and Fresno; Betty Young, Merced Syrah, and 2003 Solare. In while at the same time the California Agricultural and Sarah Clark Woolf, addition, Fresno State- receive a hands-on practical Leadership Foundation. Fresno. produced olive oil, sausage, education about the art and The Common Threads Net proceeds raised from table grapes and chocolate science of wine-making. Award recognizes women who the luncheon go to the have made a remarkable and Agricultural Leadership visible contribution to the Foundation, Ag One and enhancement of their charities of the honorees’ communities. The award choice. Invitations will be criteria requires the recipients mailed in February. Contact the to live in one of the five Ag One office at (559) 278- counties listed above, to have 4266 for details. past or present roots in Ruiz to be Honored Continued from page 1 status of Ruiz 4 Kids – an organization comprised of Ag One Board Member Rod Stark pours a glass of Fresno for young Hispanics and help Team Members from Ruiz State wine at the Oct. 27 wine tasting. them realize that with an Foods who recognize a need to education and a commitment help area children. Through to hard work they, too, can live two annual fundraising events, the ‘American Dream.’” Ruiz 4 Kids distributes With this commitment in scholarships and supports mind, Ruiz Foods not only children-related programs offers an excellent employment within local communities – package but also offers a distributing more than $1 tuition reimbursement million to children in need. program, extensive new-hire Proceeds from the event orientation, health screenings, will be used to establish the Ag homeownership education One - Fred R. Ruiz classes, vocational English or Endowment. Sponsorship Spanish, basic math classes Ag One supporters, from left, Fred and Maxine Machado opportunities are available at and a variety of training and Ag One Board member Paul Rollin visit at the wine various levels. Contact the Ag classes. tasting while enjoying Fresno State wine. One office at (559) 278-4266 Likewise, Ruiz assisted in for details. establishing the non-profit Ag One Foundation and College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology WINTER 2006-2007 Page 5 California State University, Fresno Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage Oneto One A G O N E F O U N D A T I O N PAID Fresno, CA Permit No. 262 www.agonefoundation.org College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology 2910 E. Barstow Avenue, M/S OF 115 Fresno, CA 93740-8009 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED Renew your Ag One Enclosed is my Ag One membership in support of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. membership today Name As 2007 nears, it’s time to special levels of “thank yous,” Mailing Address renew your membership in the as well. The membership levels City State Zip Ag One Foundation. Your are: Phone support and membership Dean’s Circle: $1,500 Employer contributions have helped to • Fresno State Farm Market Address raise nearly $5 million in more student produced products or than 80 named endowed funds, gift certificate ($100 value) Job Title providing more than $220,000 • 2 Ag Boosters BBQ Tickets Dean’s Circle $1,500 Sustaining Member $100 in scholarships that will be • 2 Fantasy Vacation Tickets Foundation Circle $1,000 Associate Member $50 awarded during the 2006-07 Partners Circle $500 Student Member $15 • Ag One Bookmark Builders Circle $250 academic year. • Ag One Logo Gift Please inquire if your company has a matching gift program, Your membership and Foundation Circle: $1,000 this could double your gift to Ag One! financial support throughout • Fresno State Farm Market Return to: the year at Ag One events and student-produced products or Ag One Foundation College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology through gift-giving, has helped gift certificate ($50 value) California State University, Fresno Ag One establish endowments • 2 Ag Boosters BBQ Tickets 2910 E. Barstow Avenue, M/S OF115 and raise funds to support • 2 Fantasy Vacation Tickets Fresno, CA 93740-8009 deserving students. Your • Ag One Bookmark support is critical to Ag One’s • Ag One Logo Gift Builders Circle $250 Associate Member: $50 continued success. Partners Circle: $500 • Ag One Bookmark • Ag One Logo Gift The various membership • 2 Ag Boosters BBQ Tickets • Ag One Logo Gift Student Member $15 levels make it easy to become • 2 Fantasy Vacation Tickets Sustaining Member: $100 • Ag One Logo Gift involved in Ag One. Each • Ag One Bookmark • Ag One Bookmark membership level provides • Ag One Logo Gift • Ag One Logo Gift From the President Continued from page 2 wonderful supporters. staff along with various I look forward to the spring The Ag One staff works committee members and activities and getting together support and also to celebrate tirelessly to make all of the volunteers to achieve each with all of you along the way. our successes. We are activities happen, seemingly success. My job as Board Please continue supporting Ag approaching the $5 million without a hitch. However, we President is made easy because One and check the website for dollar level for our Ag One all know that a lot of behind others are so willing to pitch in updates at www.agone endowment thanks to so many the scenes work goes on by the and help when needed. foundation.org. Thank you!