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Hard Choices & Camaraderie: How the pandemic hit Merced College

By LUCIANA CHAVEZ Kelly Fowler was hustling through the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, off to Seattle for a conference, when she saw English professor Keri Ortiz heading in the other direction. The Merced College Vice President of Instruction knew Ortiz was also going to a conference in Washington that week. She wondered.…

Well-Being Institute poised to support stressed, working adults

‘This isn’t a wellness program; it’s more than that. It’s about relationships and mental health.’ By LUCIANA CHAVEZ Jonae Pistoresi found herself swimming in research that kept shouting at her, “There’s more here!” Pistoresi was keeping up with best practices on employee development, which is her purview as a business professor at the…

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