Stan State Alums in the News

December 2019

Antioch welcomes 3 new officers
Antioch on the Move
Brendan Lassas, who attended Stan State, was hired as an officer by the City of Antioch.

8 unusual things Diljeet Taylor does that make her a top NCAA coach
Runners World
The BYU women’s cross country team finished second in the nation this season with Stan State graduate and former Warrior athlete and coach Diljeet Taylor at the helm.

Healthcare heroes: Dr. Terry Metzger and Lani Dickinson
Turlock Journal
Metzger, the superintendent of Denair Public Schools, and Dickinson, the CEO of Emanuel Medical Center, both are Stan State graduates.

Which issues matter the most in Merced County?
Merced Sun-Star
Incumbent Rodrigo Espinoza, a Stan State graduate, is running to retain his seat on the Merced County Board of Supervisors.

Which issues matter the most in Merced County? Local political races taking shape
Merced Sun-Star
Rodrigo Espinoza, incumbent Merced County District 1 Supervisor, is running for reelection. He earned a degree in criminal justice at Stan State.

Main Street: Family of Gems
Comstock’s Magazine
Stan State graduate Erika Schimke Reese will be taking over the family jewelry store from her father.

Pond Running Club hoping to attend Junior National Olympics
Delano Record
The founder and coach of this running club in an underserved area of the San Joaquin Valley is former Stan State athlete Humberto Vargas.

January 2020

Heat announce Powell as new head coach
Laredo Morning Times
John Powell, a former Warriors men’s soccer player and current associate head coach at Stan State, is the new head coach of the Laredo Heat of the National Premier Soccer League.

New hires welcomed at City of Pleasanton
Patch Pleasanton
Stan State criminal justice graduate Justin Qualle was hired by the Pleasanton Police force.

February 2020

Serve it up: Sinodinos build Backwood Burgers
Oakdale Leader
Stan State graduate Nikki Sinodinos and her brother Athen have opened a new burger spot in Oakdale.

Fresno State professor credits college with saving his life
ABC30 (Fresno)
Marcus Shaw, a professor of criminology at Fresno State, credits his undergraduate experience at Stanislaus State for putting him on the right track.

Broadbent & Associates promotes from within
Nevada Business
Sophie Laidler is the new head of marking for the environmental engineering firm. She studied anthropology and theatre at Stan State.

Espinoza says he will keep focus on jobs, new industries
Merced County Times
Rodrigo Espinoza, a member of the Merced County Board of Supervisors, earned a degree in criminal justice at Stan State in 1994.

Andrew Janz avoids political labels. How will that look if he’s Fresno’s mayor?
Fresno Bee
Stan State alumnus Andrew Janz, who ran unsuccessfully to unseat Devin Nunes in California’s 22nd congressional district, is running to become Fresno’s mayor.

Central’s Wilkinson to leave women’s golf post
Oskaloosa News
Stan State alumnus Tim Wilkinson is leaving his position as women’s golf coach and assistant athletics director at Central College of Pella, IA. He has served at the college since 2010.

Turlock native realizes artistic dreams
Turlock Journal
Morgan Andre, who earned a single-subject teaching credential at Stan State, has turned her passion for art into a business.

Livingston unveils first mural in push for more public art
Merced County Times
Joel Aguilar, who earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Stan State, painted the first mural in this civic project.

Candidate Q&A with Channce Condit
Ceres Courier
A conversation with Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors candidate Channce Condit, who holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stan State.

Cottage Health names Sheri Ribeiro Vice President/Information Technology
Noozhawk
Ribeiro earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from Stan State.

Primary answers: Christina Fugazi, Assembly District 13
Stockton Record
Candidate Christina Fugazi earned an administrative credential at Stan State.

Remedy
Mariposa Gazette
Steve Engfer, who studied geography at Stan State, is putting on a concert to raise money for Ethiopian relief.

March 2020

Oak Valley Community Bank Announces Commercial Loan Officer Hiring
Yahoo Finance
Stan State alumnus Rafael Martinez has joined the bank as assistant vice president, commercial loan officer, and will be based out of the Turlock Office.

Superintendent Tidball to retire from MTUESD
Calaveras Enterprise
Julia Tidball, who earned her master’s degree at Stan State, is retiring from the Mark Twain Union Elementary School District.

In time of transition for Royals, Rusty Kuntz is a constant as a teacher and confidante
Kansas City Star
Rusty Kuntz, one of only two former Stan State baseball players to play major league baseball, is coming back to the Kansas City Royals as first base and outfielders coach.

Greetings from the Herald’s new sports editor
Baker City (OR) Herald
Stan State graduate and former Signal and KCSS staffer Corey Kirk is the new sports editor at this newspaper in eastern Oregon.

What’s on the ballot in Madera County?
Your Central Valley
Madera County supervisorial candidate Leticia Gonzalez is a first-generation college student who earned a degree in criminal justice at Stan State.