FRESNO, Calif. - Before Fresno State's President Joseph Castro began his speech, he asked everyone attending at the Save Mart Center to take a moment of silence for student Omar Nemeth who died last week. Police officers say he accidentally overdosed on pills while partying at Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house.
"We're saddened by it, and we'll learn from this situation and my hope is we won't have a repeat situation like this in the future," said Castro.
Castro says there will be no punishments for any fraternities but will be working to raise awareness about drugs on the campus.
Another main concern in 2018 for the Cal State is protecting their 600 Dreamers currently enrolled in classes. The school is hoping for an outcome that will protect their students and give them stability.
"My goal is to make sure that these students graduate, that's ultimately my job as president," said Fresno State President Joseph Castro.
Castro says once Washington decides on an outcome, they will be able to work on a plan to help their students.
In the meantime, they are providing DACA families with counsel to get legal guidance.
A big accomplishment in 2017 for the school was their day of giving in November, where over 1,000 donors raised over $400,000 for the campus. Castro says it was one of the most successful of its kind in CSU history.
Fresno State is looking forward to continued community partnerships with business such as Chevron, which is helping to advance their science, technology engineering and math programs--plus an anonymous one million donation to support genetic and molecular biology research.