Merced College Superintendent/President Chris Vitelli has announced that he will host CSU Fresno President Dr. Joseph I. Castro and senior members of his staff for a “community conversation” on Thursday, May 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the College’s Business Resource Center, 6320 W. 19th Street in downtown Merced.

“We invite our community to join us as we host Dr. Castro and his team, who will discuss the many opportunities at Fresno State and answer questions the public may have about their academic and athletic programs,” President Vitelli said.

The first 150 participants will have the occasion to taste many of the university’s award-wining wines and appetizers.  CSU Fresno operates the first commercial winery on an American university campus.

“Our wines have won numerous national and international awards from the most prestigious organizations in the world,” Dr. Castro said.  In addition, ice cream produced by the university’s dairy program will be featured.

“I want to hear from our friends in Merced,” Dr. Castro said.  “This community conversation will help us discuss and answer questions people may have about Fresno State.”

Attendance is limited and reservations are requested by May 1 by going online to  Use the code word “Merced.”

Individuals who need special accommodations or who have questions about physical access may call 559.278.2324.