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President announces two students selected for University’s highest academic honors

Steven Hensley and Audia Dixon received Fresno State’s top academic honors for the 2022 class.

Selected by a team of nine Postgraduate Deans and nine Graduate Deans of Medalswere surprised by the honor during the President’s recognition reception on Thursday 19 May.

“Steven and Audia show a true passion for academic achievement and excellence along with a thoughtful approach that guided them through their careers in Fresno State, beyond the classroom and in the community,” said Fresno State President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval. . “These two students are an example of the best in Fresno State: Leaders who create, to improve our community and to deepen our understanding of the humanity that unites us.”

Both students will be recognized at the opening ceremony of the College of Arts and Humanities in 12:30 on Friday 20 Mayat the Save Mart Center.

Hensley, of Merced, was selected as the President’s Undergraduate Medal, the University’s top distinction for an undergraduate student. He earned a degree in philosophy, privilege selection and political science with a GPA of 4.0 and wrote two corresponding distinctions for his studies.

Dixon, from Fresno, was elected President Graduate Medalist, Fresno State’s top award for graduate student. He earned a master’s degree in art with a GPA of 4.0 and has been an instrumental artist in the community for many years.

President of the State of Fresno Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval renamed the two awards this year for consistency. In previous years, the top undergraduate Olympian was referred to as the President’s Medal and the top graduate Olympian was the University Postgraduate Olympian.

Steven Hensley, President Undergraduate Medal

Imprisoned at age 17, Hensley earned college credit while in prison and saw a booklet about Fresno State’s Project Rebound, a program to help ex-prisoners get their degrees, which gave him the confidence he needed to to apply and obtain his degree.

Once in Fresno State, he became a student coordinator for Bulldogs for Recovery, a program of the Center for Health and Student Counseling that deals with addiction recovery. co-founded Youngsters for a Change, a non-profit organization to help young people at risk and ex-prisoners. and serves as co-chair of the Fresno County Division of the American Civil Liberties Union.

He was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the ACLU Board of Directors in Northern California. Hensley wants to help young prisoners, members of the LGBTQ community and those who grew up in poverty. In August he will attend the Law School of the University of California, Berkeley.

Audia Dixon, President Graduate Medalist

Audia DixonOriginally a liberal arts foreman, Dixon changed the art and called it the best move she could make. Dixon was inspired by black contemporary artists and was prompted by the late Professor Paulette Fleming to express her own views on the identity of blacks.

At Fresno State, Dixon designed covers and posters for the African American Commencement Ceremony program and collaborated on murals that promoted black empowerment. Her first mural was the “Lift Every Voice Mural Tour” organized by Dulce Upfront, a multimedia art collective, in response to George Floyd’s protests. She was then asked to design another mural created by black female artists in Central Valley.

He intends to continue working as an artist and plans to teach art. Her goals include finding a home for research and applying to a Master’s of Fine Arts program.

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