Since 1953, Cal-State Fresno has honored alumni who embrace the Bulldog spirit and have made significant contributions to their profession, the university, and the community with the Top Dog Alumni Awards. The unique distinction honors alumni on their achievements in their careers and commitment to their communities. Each year, one alumnus or alumna receives the Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition, another alumnus or alumna is chosen from each of the university’s academic schools and colleges, athletics programs, student affairs/enrollment management, and graduate study programs to receive an Outstanding Alumni Award. This year, three members of California Iota received “Top Dog” Awards. While the chapter has a rich history of campus accolades, it is rare to see multiple members receiving awards in the same year.

Brian Panish (’80) received the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor bequeathed on an alum at Fresno State. He was selected for his legal accomplishments and general support of university causes. Chris Pacheco (’85) and Jim Vagim (’85) were both recipients of “Top Dogs” from their respective schools — Pacheco from the Department of Athletics and Vagim from the Craig School of Business.

“The Top Dog Alumni Awards is an inspiring event that recognizes the achievements of our most accomplished alumni,” said Jacquelyn Glasener, executive director of the Fresno State Alumni Association. “This year’s class of 13 honorees represents what it truly means to be a Bulldog, and we are excited to celebrate their successes with the university and community.”

More information on the Top Dog Alumni Awards can be viewed HERE.