Fresno State Alumni and Friends to Gather at Concannon Vineyard for Collaborative Event Oct. 4

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and Craig School of Business at Fresno State are welcoming alumni and friends in the Livermore area to a gathering hosted at Concannon Vineyard on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 2 – 4 p.m.

Guests will enjoy wine tasting with Concannon wine maker James Foster, a Fresno State alumnus, as well as Jordan College enology students who will be pouring Fresno State’s award-winning wine. Hors d’ oeuvres will feature Fresno State farm products.

Jordan College Dean Dr. Charles Boyer and Craig School Dean Dr. Bob Harper will share updates on their respective colleges. Following the program, attendees have the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the winery, with advance registration.

“Dean Boyer and I have a strong interest in fostering alumni relations in and around the Bay area,” Harper states. “We know there are many alumni in the area with fond memories of their time spent at Fresno State and strongly believe that their education prepared them well for professional careers. There is a strong synergy between agriculture and business, and the Craig School of Business is proud to partner with the Jordan College to sponsor this event.”

As a collaborative effort to engage alumni and friends outside of the Fresno area, this event was proposed by members of The Wine Group (TWG), the worlds third-largest wine producer by volume, which supports both the Jordan College and the Craig School. An independent, management-owned company, headquartered in Livermore, TWG’s portolio includes such leading brands as Cupcake, Franzia, flipflop and Almaden.

Dave Johnson, Executive Vice President of Finance with The Wine Group and member of the Craig School’s Business Advisory Council, proposed the idea at Concannon Vineyard, which is one of The Wine Group’s locations.

Concannon Vineyard is celebrating its 130th year of wine making at their beautiful estate located at 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore 94550. Cost to attend is $35 per person, $40 per person after Sept. 27. Advance purchase and tour sign-up required.

For more information, visit or contact Ag One/Jordan College at 559.278.4266 or by email at

Established in 1979, the Ag One Foundation benefits, promotes and supports the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. It has raised more than $16 million in endowed funds, with more than 3,350 students receiving more than $2.4 million in scholarships and grants.


2016-05-31T19:33:24-07:00September 23rd, 2014|

New Jordan Research Center Breaks Ground At Fresno State

by Patrick Cavanaugh


Under clear blue skies, with hundreds of agricultural industry members in attendance, the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State broke ground yesterday on a new 30,000 sq. ft. Jordan Research Center, at the corner of Barstow and Woodrow Avenues, designed to foster collaboration among students and faculty in agricultural sciences and technology engineering and science and mathematics. The new research center of Fresno State is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

Ground BreakingFresno State President Joseph I. Castro said the world-class Jordan Research Center would provide many opportunities for students. “We are very excited about the Jordan Research Center. It’s going to provide many new opportunities for the next generations of leaders in agriculture, advance the research throughout our region and play a key role in strengthening our economy here in the Valley,” Castro said.

Castro said that the ag industry in California would be there to support that center well. “We are blessed with so many partnerships now with agriculture, and one of my highest priorities is to expand the number of partners, and this Center will help us do that.”

A $29.4 million dollar gift from the Jordan family to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology in 2009 made this facility possible. “We are so fortunate to have the Jordon’s as friends. They love agriculture, and they love Fresno State. And we are grateful for their gift.”

The monetary gift is the largest cash gift in Fresno State’s history and among the largest ever in the CSU system.

“My late husband Bud, as well as brother-in-law Lowell, would be so very pleased to see not only the family legacy tied to Fresno State agriculture, but to know that the future of agriculture will be well served by the work to be done in the research center,” said Dee Jordan.

Dee Jordan

Dee Jordan

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Castro also announced three gifts to establish endowments to enhance laboratory spaces inside the building:

Retired Fresno Dentist Harry Moodigian, who walked onto the Fresno State campus in 1956, has given $200,000 in support of a microbiology lab at the center. “I want to see my University in the forefront of research in the field of microbiology. This is a wonderful way of supporting the research program.

And, Dave Watkins, senior vice president of agricultural operations for Loam Spices and Vegetable Ingredients has established a $200,000 endowment to support the interdisciplinary research lab.

“We moved our headquarters to Fresno three years ago, and we immediately began reaching out to the University to build our relationship, established an intern recruiting program, and when this opportunity came along, it was a perfect fit for us,” said Watkins.

Alumni Earl and Beverly Knobloch gave in support of the instrument/robotics laboratory space.

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This $24 million project will feature open, flexible space designed for collaborative research. Faculty and students from the Jordan College will work alongside colleagues in the Lyles College of Engineering and the College of Science and Mathematics.

“At Fresno State, we want to support advances in the agriculture industry, and we have the opportunity to do that with the Jordan Research Center,” said Castro. “This facility is going to make a tremendous impact in the Valley and around the world. We’ll be able to perform research that will advance knowledge throughout the industry.”

“This is the first-of-its-kind on a CSU campus. Fresno State agriculture will be on the leading edge as we continue to make significant contributions to enhancing production agriculture, food systems and natural resources,” said Dr. Charles Boyer, dean of the Jordan College.

The state-of-the-art center will include wet and dry laboratories and laboratory support space. “For our students, the Jordan Research Center will create an environment where research becomes totally integrated into university life. This will be a place where the region’s greatest minds will enrich our environment and unlock the solution for our greatest challenges,” Boyer said.

“Fresno State specializes in applied research, aligning its resources with the needs of the Central Valley,” Castro said. “The Jordan Research Center is a perfect example of the vision and creativity that will drive Fresno State’s growth.”


For more information, contact Shannon Fast, associate director of development for the Jordan College, at 559.278.4266 or To discuss potential partnership opportunities in the Jordan Research Center, contact Alcidia Freitas Gomes at 559.278.4266 or

2016-05-31T19:35:25-07:00June 15th, 2014|
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