This article is reprinted from the Fresno State Henry Madden Library newsletter. 

Madden_VanessaRSocial Work junior, Vanessa Rodriguez, is one of two Henry Madden Library student assistants to receive the 2017 William Dienstein scholarship.

The scholarship was established in 2004 by Mrs. Roslyn Dienstein of San Francisco in memory of her late husband, Dr. William Dienstein.

Dr. Dienstein was a professor of sociology and criminology at Fresno State from 1946 until he retired in 1974. He is credited with developing, organizing and coordinating the criminology program and was one its primary professors. Each William Dienstein scholar will be awarded $1,000.

Rodriguez, of Corcoran, is majoring in social work with plans to become an academic counselor. Since her freshmen year at Fresno State, she has worked to support the Library’s digitization efforts in the Digital Services Division under the supervision of Olivia Estrada and Maria Pena. She has often expressed appreciation for their patience and guidance in teaching her skills that have given her the confidence to become active on campus and seek leadership roles such as becoming the social media director for Students Organizing for Success (SOS).

Photo courtesy of Henry Madden Library.