Mark Bender, chairman of agricultural studies at California State University, Stanislaus, has completed a federal program that aims to enhance education for Latino students. Bender was one of 20 educators around the nation who went to Washington, D.C., last month for the Kika de la Garza Fellowship Program. The program, named for a longtime congressman from Texas, is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The participants met with USDA and other federal officials as they worked on ways to increase educational and career opportunities for Latino students.
Wendy Olmstead, a graduate student in Stanislaus State's agricul-tural studies department, will attend Phi Kappa Phi's annual convention next month in Orlando, Fla. She was one of several members of the academic honor society to receive an all-expense-paid trip to the event. Olmstead is pursuing her master's degree in ecology and sustainability. She attended Modesto Junior College and received a bachelor's degree from Stanislaus State in June. She is from Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada, and lives in Escalon.
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