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GRAND OPENING On Jan. 28, CSU, Chico celebrated a new version of its Museum of Anthropology— now reborn as the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology in a new location in the Meriam Library complex. A crowd gathered in front of the museum for opening words by President Zingg and reflections from Professor Emerita Valene Smith (photo below), who in 2008 gave $3 million to support the museum and the anthropology program. The museum, established in 1970, serves as a training ground for Museum Studies students while offering unique exhibits and events to the North State community. “The museum actively cultivates in students and visitors an awareness for human cultural diversity both locally and globally,” says Director Adrienne Scott. “The recent move to the Meriam Library complex allows the museum to touch the lives of many more members of the University and North State communities.” At the opening, students guided tours of the Living on Top of the World: Arctic Adaptations, Survival, and Stewardship exhibit. The exhibit featured artifacts from Smith’s Arctic research trips, art from the Janet Turner Museum, and an extensive collection from the Jensen Arctic Museum at Western Oregon University. The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am–3 pm, on the first floor of Meriam Library. Admission is free.}






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From the President’s Desk Something wonderful


Updates Campus programs celebrate major milestones



Editor’s Note How Passages lent me a hand


Join Chico State on Twitter The latest Chico State news, events, and chat



Campus Collage What’s happening at the University


Alumni News Chapter News, Alum Highlights, Wildcats on the Move, and Wildcats in Our Thoughts



In Memoriam


Faculty and staff remembered




Chico Junior High students Hunter Lichens (left) and James Oppy examine a walking stick insect at the Gateway Science Museum. Photo by Beiron Andersson

F E AT U R E S 8 Gateway to Exploration | University and community visionaries create a place for science and lifelong learning

14 Building Safe Havens

| Student, faculty, and community volunteers

take on the most ambitious Construction Management project yet

18 Lending


Helping Hand | Passages Adult Resource Center brings

together those needing assistance and those passionate about giving it

21 Your Chico Experience | Readers sent us thoughtful, charming, often humorous mini-essays about what Chico State meant to them Cert no. SCS-COC-000648



From the President’s Desk


Something Wonderful

Editor | Marion Harmon


Senior Editor | Casey Huff Art Director | Francie Divine Assistant Editor | Anna Harris Wildcats on the Move Anna Harris, Diane C. Hooper



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ach campus in the California State University has a “service” region, that is, a particular geographic area that is assigned as a focus of their outreach efforts. Chico Paul Zingg and museum advisory board president Judy Sitton. State’s is the largest by far The January Blitz Build project, for in the CSU. Catalyst Domestic Violence Services Although less than 3 percent of the in Chico, involved building two 840state’s population lives in our region, their needs cover the full range of any square-foot houses to serve as transitional living homes for the victims modern society and underscore why of domestic violence. This project we are a “comprehensive” university. was just the latest expression of comWe are expected to contribute to the munity service led by our students, well-being of a region with needs alumni, and faculty, primarily from the including everything from work force construction management department. development and economic growth, The Passages Adult Resource Center to health care and human services, to is the oldest of these outreach efforts. a clean environment and sustainable Founded in 1979, the center offers energy practices, to natural resources free services to seniors, persons with management and recreation opportunities, to teacher preparation and agri- disabilities, and caregivers throughout a five-county region. Each year, about cultural education, to promoting civic 250 volunteers work with the center’s engagement and supporting the arts. professional staff to help make life It is a great responsibility and one easier for the population it serves that the University embraces. And, and to strengthen the ability of family though we go about our mission members and care providers to assist every day in ways that are more their loved ones and clients. steady than spectacular, often there What connects these three examare moments when our work truly ples of service is that they each will shines. This issue of Chico Statements make a difference in the lives they highlights three such efforts. touch. That powerful lesson applies The Gateway Science Museum not just to those who are the benefiis the culmination of nearly two ciaries of a service rendered, but also decades of advocacy and hard work to those who provide the service. For to bring a facility to Chico that would each act of service strengthens those celebrate the natural history of our habits of the heart that can enrich region and inspire a love for science, an individual and define an instituespecially in children. Its grand opention. When individuals find within a ing in February, attended by several community expressions of the values thousand friends, supporters, and they cherish, and vice versa, somevisitors, brought the vision to reality. thing wonderful occurs. It is called That vision matured over the years, Chico State.} but it never lost sight of the goal of —Paul J. Zingg, President filling visitors with a sense of wonder or from the task of demonstrating what dedicated partners in such an inspired and generous enterprise could accomplish.

Editorial Intern Samantha Gasper Contributors Taran March, Kathleen McPartland, Charlotte Thomas, Joe Wills University Photographer Jeff Teeter, IMC Photography Printing RR Donnelley Advisory Board Susan Anderson, Alumni and Parent Relations; Gregg Berryman, Communication Design; Lisa DeLaby, Butte Community College; Linda Koch, University Advancement; George Thurlow, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs, UC Santa Barbara; Joe Wills, Public Affairs and Publications ............................................................... President Paul J. Zingg Vice President for University Advancement Richard E. Ellison Director of Public Affairs and Publications Joe Wills Chico Statements is published for alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of California State University, Chico. The magazine is available on audiotape by request. Readers are encouraged to submit letters, articles, news, photos, and ideas. Please send to Public Affairs, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0040 e-mail


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From the Editor

Programs celebrate major milestones

How Passages lent me a hand

CSU, Chico has had much to celebrate in the past year, including major anniversaries for three of the longest-running student-centered programs.

KCHO: Four decades on the air KCHO radio marked its 40th anniversary last fall with a variety of events. A celebration at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. included the staff, members of the board, volunteers, past DJs, and the pioneers who started the station back when it was a student-run station located in the basement of Meriam Library. The Spring Membership Drive was also full of testimonials from past staff members. Now located on Main Street in Chico, the station is no longer student-run, but has grown into one of the most successful National Public Radio stations. General Manager Brian Terhorst describes the station as a place to get reliable information that allows listeners to draw their own conclusions. “It’s nice to celebrate an anniversary at a time when we have something to offer people,” says Terhorst. “We all really believe in what we’re doing. Even in tough times, our membership continues to grow.”

CLIC: Free legal help to thousands

One of our feature articles explores the services of Passages Adult Resource Center, the Area Agency on Aging for five counties in the North State. Like many other caregivers who have received assistance from Passages, I would have been lost without their support as I’ve cared for my aging parents for the past two years. My involvement with Passages began with a series of workshops on campus. We learned about topics like the differences between trusts and wills and the signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia. I didn’t realize how relevant that would be until months later when my father had a stroke, putting his Alzheimer’s symptoms into overdrive. This left my mother to deal with all the day-to-day decisions, and left me and my husband struggling to guide her through myriad issues. I can’t even begin to measure the benefits I received from the on-campus support group for caregivers: to hear that others were experiencing the same challenges, to get information that could help resolve an issue, was an enormous comfort. A Passages family consultant also helped me find legal assistance, caregivers for my father, and other resources. The knowledge I received about resources for seniors and caregivers proved time and again to keep me on the right path in helping my parents. And the family consultant’s understanding and caring helped me through some rough times. As those of us in the “sandwich” generation are discovering, we need help finding the right resources and making the right decisions to help our elderly parents. There isn’t a week that goes by that I am not reminded of the invaluable information provided by Passages, and I urge those of you with similar needs to contact your Area Agency on Aging.} —Marion Harmon (Master of Public Administration, ’07)

TGC: Continuing to grow Celebrating 20 years this fall, Tehama Group Communications (TGC) is well on its way to going the same distance that CLIC and KCHO have. TGC is the studentmanaged public relations agency for a variety of clients, helping them develop strategic plans, publications, Web sites, and more. Serving about 10 clients each semester, TGC has done work for Catalyst Domestic Violence Services, the Gateway Science Museum, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and others. “Fostering a connection is the No. 1 goal, as well as creating job opportunities,” says faculty advisor Debra Johnson (BA, International Relations, ’90; MA, Information and Communication Studies, ’92). TGC will hold a semester-long celebra-

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Since 1970, Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) has provided North State residents with free legal help. With 100 to 120 student workers and faculty advisors, CLIC serves about 10,000 clients per year. “What has made us successful is the motivation and dedication from the students to help the community,” says Teddy Delorenzo (BA, Political Science, ’76), CLIC directing attorney. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, in April CLIC held an open house at the CLIC office and an alumni dinner at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. JR Antablian (BA, Political Science, ’07) served as director of CLIC’s Housing Law program while a student and currently works as a policy analyst at the California Emergency Management Agency. “Working at CLIC gave me a huge benefit in the public sector,” says Antablian. “Not only was I able to put the experience on my résumé, but the actual experience taught me more than anything I could have CLIC founder Edward Bronson, directing attorney Teddy just read in a book.” Delorenzo, and student Michael Balasek at CLIC in 2006.

tion in fall 2010. Students will visit organizations across the state and connect with alumni, who will share job-hunting advice and present workshops. Former TGC staffer Marideth Post (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’91) is now Minister of Enlightenment for The Republic of Tea. “Being the general manager of Tehama Group was the single greatest experience of my college career,” says Post. “Without a doubt, it was the reason I was able to get a job in public relations. To this day, the loyalty we had to each other and dedication to perfect results rival anything I’ve experienced in my 19 years of practicing professional public media relations.”} Samantha Gasper, Public Affairs and Publications

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Campus Collage Work at Homeless Shelter Helps Students Shift Stereotypes


or 2009–2010, CSU, Chico, along with the larger community, selected The Soloist by Steve Lopez as its Book in Common to bring awareness to homelessness and mental illness. In keeping with this theme, students in Cynthia Siemsen’s Contemporary Sociological Thought course learned social theory at the Torres Community Shelter in Chico. “Theory came alive for sociology students by linking what are at times abstract sociological concepts to The Soloist and to their volunteer work at the homeless shelter,” says Siemsen, chair of the Department of Sociology.

Each student was paired with a classmate, and by the time the semester ended, they had worked at minimum two fivehour shifts, some volunteering for many more than the minimum hours. Beyond developing sociological awareness, students were exposed to the possibility of a career in the nonprofit sector. “From my standpoint, your students were invaluable,” says Louise Meyerfeld, a Torres Shelter supervisor. “To put in over 370 volunteer hours and work as hard as they did was amazing. They got to see firsthand how a homeless shelter works and what makes it tick. Some were able to sit down and talk with guests one-on-one, to learn what these folks go through and how they got to this point in their lives.” The students worked in most areas of the shelter, from cleaning the shelter to signing in guests. “This experience has given me a fresh perspective on homeless culture and the state of being homeless,” says student Kerrie Lione. “The opportunity to volunteer has allowed me to understand the plight of homeless persons in a more Alisha Jacobsen and Caitlin Green help with laundry at the objective manner, revising my prior judgments.” Torres Shelter.

Adds student Mike Martin: “Working at the Torres Shelter really made me appreciate how well off we, as students, have it. After seeing how hard some of these people work to get back on their feet, it makes me sick to hear people simply say ‘get a job.’ Some of the people living there are the hardest working people around, and still find themselves at the bottom. My experience was great, and I will continue in the future to volunteer.” In April, Siemsen was among those presented a City of Chico Mayor’s Award during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Mayor Ann Schwab recognized Siemsen for her Book in Common assignment. “The students will take what they have learned through service with them for the rest of their lives,” said Schwab. “The students were phenomenal,” says Siemsen. “They put their hearts into the project, with an interest for serving the homeless population of Chico that I never imagined would take hold. Because of their enthusiasm and success, next year’s Sociology 301 courses will take part in the same service learning activity. Even though we will move on to a new Book in Common, the issues raised by The Soloist will not go away.”} Kathleen McPartland, Public Affairs and Publications

Archeologist Helps Get Moon Artifacts on Historical Resources List


n January, the Historical Resources Commission for California registered a collection of 106 objects left on the moon by the Apollo 11 mission as a historical resource. The move marks the first such designation for cultural artifacts located other than on Earth, says archaeologist Lisa Westwood (photo right), part of a team of scholars and museum professionals who applied for the listing. By placing the moon objects on



California’s registry of historic landmarks and resources, the team hopes that Tranquility Base will ultimately be designated as a United Nations World Heritage Site. “We are elevating the profile of this resource, and instilling upon the public, which could include space travelers at some point, a sense of site stewardship and the importance of preservation,” says Westwood, who teaches at CSU, Chico and was formerly assistant director of the Archaeological Research Program. Westwood had worked alone on the project before encountering three others with a similar goal: Beth O’Leary, Department of Anthropology, New Mexico State University; Ralph Gibson, Placer County Museums; and John Versluis, Texas Heritage Museum. In an archaeology class four years ago, Westwood used the moon artifacts as an example of a site that was not old but was worthy of some protection. “After open discussions

with students, it occurred to me, has anyone tried to get this listed?” recalls Westwood. “I contacted NASA; they’ve been very supportive. The wall I hit with NASA is that any one country as part of an international treaty can’t claim the lunar surface.” In April, New Mexico became the second state to designate the artifacts as historic resources. Westwood says her group will seek historic designations next from three other states—Texas, Alabama, and Florida—that played a major role in the space program. After that, they will work on getting Tranquility Base listed as a national historic landmark and a United Nations heritage site.} Kathleen McPartland, Public Affairs and Publications

Students Win for Animation

Two California State University, Chico students were winners at the 2009 Media Arts Festival held Nov. 7 at CSU, Fullerton. A total of 171 entries from the CSU system were judged by a panel of industry experts who chose 30 finalists in nine categories. Jonathan Wondrusch, director, won a First Place Rosebud Award in the Animation category for his short, Piano Man. Jessica Chin, director, received a second-place recognition for her animation entry, The Magic Trick.

Orion Editor Wins Japan Trip

Jennifer Siino, managing editor of The Orion student newspaper, received an expenses-paid study trip to Japan as one of nine winners of the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition in March. In February, The Orion received a first-place award for general excellence for the third straight year from the Associated Collegiate Press.

Student Is Anti-Hazing Hero

Steven Loya, vice president of conduct for the InterFraternity Council (IFC) and member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, was awarded the Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Award by for engaging CSU, Chico’s Greek community in its first Hazing Awareness Week. The week was an effort led by IFC and the Panhellenic Association.

Chico Second in Ethics Bowl

CSU, Chico came in second at the annual California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in December. CSU, Chico has won numerous regional Ethics Bowl competitions. The University’s team placed third in the 2000 National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, its highest ranking ever.

Rally for Higher Education

A student-organized rally on campus March 10 brought between 2,000 to 3,000 students together to advocate for higher education and protest budget cuts to the CSU. The Action Rally for Chico State began with speeches by President Zingg and others on the courtyard of the Student Services Center. A peaceful march downtown to Chico City Plaza followed.

Unity Rally for AS President

About 900 students, faculty, staff, and community members met in the Student Services Center plaza April 23 for a

unity rally in response to the April 18 assault of 2009–2010 AS President Joseph Igbineweka in what Chico Police called a hate crime. The rally was organized by the student organization Black Leaders on Campus to unite the community and show support for Igbineweka, who was hospitalized but has since recovered from his wounds.

A Tribute to Retired Faculty

In tribute to their contributions to the University and community, former CSU, Chico faculty were honored at a luncheon hosted by the University’s Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association May 13. Seven emeriti faculty were named to a Hall of Honor: Wes Dempsey, Allan Forbes, W.H. Hutchinson (deceased), Paul Kinney, David Lantis (deceased), Betty Lou Raker (deceased), and Valene Smith.

Students Build 9/11 Memorial

In February, Concrete Industry Management students helped build a memorial to honor firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 disaster in New York City. The 17 CSU, Chico students who attended the annual World of Concrete conference in Las Vegas helped erect two eight-foot towers inscribed with the names of 56 fallen firefighters on a special reflective concrete exterior.

Professor Wins NEH Award

Michael Magliari, History, received a 2010–2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Award for Free State Slavery: Indian Servitude in

California, 1850–1867. Magliari is preparing the book for publication by the University of Nebraska Press.

Kinesiology Professor Honored

CSU, Chico Department of Kinesiology professor Kevin Patton (MA, Physical Education, ’00) received a major award for his research from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) in March. The Helen M. Heitmann Curriculum and Instruction Young Scholar Award is given to an outstanding professional for exceptional contributions to research in the field of curriculum and instruction.

CADEC Manager Honored

In December, Shauna Quinn, program manager of CSU, Chico’s Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC), received the Champions Award at the 2009 California Higher Education Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Conference. Quinn has spent more than 20 years building CADEC into a model program.

Alumni Salaries Rank High

CSU, Chico has once again been rated highly in a ranking of earnings by alumni of U.S. colleges and universities. In a study by, which looked at earnings of college graduates with at least 10 years of work experience, CSU, Chico ranked 27th in the nation in 2009 among all public universities for the median salaries of its graduates. The rankings are available at}

CSU, Chico Reaches $1 Million for St. Jude Students and other campus community members gathered April 29 to celebrate CSU, Chico raising $1 million on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. CSU, Chico is the four-time collegiate champion in raising money for children’s cancer research and the first school to reach $1 million. Up ’til Dawn student co-director Tara Razi (left) presented a check for more than $1 million to St. Jude representative Lauren Healey. Over the past 10 years, CSU, Chico has set collegiate records for dollars raised in one year and number of letters sent out to potential donors. The University was honored last year in Memphis for having the outstanding college fundraising event, overall program, and program advisors. CHICO STATEments


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Campus Collage

Books by Faculty

Campus Collage Gorrill’s Orchard Jeanne E. Clark, English (Bearstar Press, 2010, 110 pages) “Mercy is a lie, is a lie, is a li- / lac cutting from the neighbor’s ancient bush. / My hands are his secret.” These lines from the opening poem suggest the book’s overall enterprise—the fashioning of pain into something closer to release. Gorrill’s Orchard acknowledges the sadness in a world that nevertheless comprises, and enacts, mercies large and small. Icons of American Popular Culture: From P.T. Barnum to Jennifer Lopez Robert Cotrell, History (M.E. Sharpe, 2010, 243 pages) Icons traces the evolution of American popular culture over the past two centuries. Each chapter focuses on two individuals who are emblematic of their times—from James Gordon Bennett and P.T. Barnum, to Michael Jordan and Jennifer Lopez. Emerging Topics on Father Attachment: Considerations in Theory, Context and Development Diana D. Coyl, Child Development Co-editor with L.A. Newland and H.S. Freeman (Routledge, 2010, 192 pages) This book explores the connections among fathering, family dynamics, and attachment relationships. It discusses the attachment between children and their fathers from infancy through young adulthood and across diverse individual, family, community, and cultural systems. Where the Wild Books Are Jim Dwyer, Library (University of Nevada Press, 2010, 248 pages) This book presents an overview of nearly 2,000 works of nature-oriented fiction. Dwyer discusses the precursors and history of the genre, its forms and themes, and its subgenres, such as speculative fiction, ecofeminist and ecodefense novels, and cautionary tales. Rocky Mountain National Park: Peril on Longs Peak Glacier National Park: Going to the Sun Mike Graf, Child Development (Fulcrum Publishing, 2010, 96 pages)



The latest in the Adventures with the Parkers series for children. In each book the Parker family, including twins James and Morgan, explores a popular national park. The books combine adventure stories with interesting facts about nature, outdoor safety, travel, and more. Christmas: Festival of Incarnation Donald Heinz, Religious Studies (Fortress Press, 2010, 256 pages) Christmas celebrates a wedding of holy day and holiday that brings together the New Testament’s original story of Incarnation, the Church’s self-understanding as the theater of Incarnation, and an ensuing extravagance that spins the divine into every matter and makes all the world a festal stage. It takes theology, the sociological imagination, and the anthropology of cultural performance to triangulate the modern festival. Reading Joan Didion Lynn Houston and William Lombardi, English (Greenwood Press, 2009, 170 pages) In addition to examining major works of fiction, Reading Joan Didion focuses on Didion the essayist, critic, and founding member of the New Journalism Movement, which uses fiction-like narrative techniques to go deeper into subjects than traditional objective reporting allows. The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers: Volume 1, 1890–1930 James Karman, Religious Studies (Stanford University Press, 2009, 997 pages) This first volume collects all of Robinson Jeffers’ letters and the most important of Una Jeffers’ letters, imparting a new understanding of Jeffers’ formative years. Readers will witness the evolution of Robinson and Una’s relationship, their move to Carmel, the building of Tor House and Hawk Tower, Jeffers’ maturation as a poet, and the couple’s widening circle of friends. Monopolio de aguardiente y alcoholismo en los altos de Chiapas: Un estudio “incómodo” de Julio de la Fuente Stephen Lewis, History (Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas, 2009, 383 pages) This 1954 report exposed the illegal alcohol monopoly that operated in the Mexican

state of Chiapas, corrupting state and federal police and alcohol inspectors, and routinely abusing indigenous bootleggers. The report was so damning that its publication was suppressed for 55 years. American Sports in Film Donald E. Lytle, Kinesiology (Kendall Hunt, 2009, 240 pages) Lytle presents discussions and theoretical perspectives on historical, cultural, and filmic components of sport, entertainment, and media. The PowerPoint presentation package for the book features more than 400 color slides that instructors can change for specific course requirements. Alain Badiou: A Philosophy of the New Ed Pluth, Philosophy (Polity Press, 2010, 224 pages) Alain Badiou’s groundbreaking philosophy is based on a creative reading of set theory, offering a new understanding of what it means to be human by promoting an “intelligence of change.” Central to this book is an account of Badiou’s theory of the subject, and his attempt to develop an “ethic of truths.” The Voice and Voice Therapy, eighth edition Shelley Von Berg, Communication Sciences and Disorders Co-author with D.R. Boone, S.C. McFarlane, and R.I. Zraick (Pearson Allyn & Bacon, 2010, 344 pages) This new edition of the textbook describes voice and vocal pathologies and intervention, and includes a new DVD that features a number of endoscopic voice assessments and intervention approaches. CJ: Challenges and Realities Lori Beth Way, Political Science Co-author with R. Masters, P. Gerstenfeld, B. Muscat, M. Hooper, J. Dussich, L. Pincu, and C. Skrapec (McGraw-Hill, 2010, 556 pages) This text for the Introduction to Criminal Justice course offers a new approach that highlights the myths and realities of criminal justice, the role victims play in the administration of justice, and how issues of race, class, and gender influence the criminal justice process.} Buy these books at, e-mail, or call 866-282-8422.

Campus Collage


o to a Chico State baseball game, and you’ll see RJ Mott doing what he loves—whether he’s behind the plate or in the bullpen, the redshirt freshman is having the time of his life. Mott has worked hard to get where he is today, and he’s enjoying the experience. Besides the long hours of practice that every college baseball player puts in, Mott has overcome an obstacle that’s rare in college athletes. “When I was little, the fire truck would drive by our house, and I would always run to the window and watch,” Mott begins his story. One day the fire truck raced past his window, and things took an unexpected turn. “When I was 3 years old, the fire truck drove by with its sirens on,” says Mott. “I didn’t get up to the window, and my mom wanted to know why. She took me to the hospital, but I wasn’t sick or anything.” With no apparent explanation, Mott had lost his hearing. When, several years later, Mott tried to sign up for tee ball, he was denied the opportunity to play because he was deaf. But after his younger brother fell and broke his collarbone in the league office, league officials changed their minds. Mott played a variety of positions when he was younger. “I was a pitcher, third baseman, and catcher in high school,” says Mott. “My dad put me at catcher, which worked out well because I could see the whole field.” The transition from high school to college is difficult for most athletes, but the additional challenge of playing a college sport with a hearing loss made things even more difficult for Mott. “It was really different when I first got here,” he recalls. “I didn’t know anyone, and I didn’t know how to talk to anyone. Then I started to get more comfortable, and everyone was really cool about it.” After spending a redshirt season learning the ropes, Mott is getting a chance to prove that all the work he put in has paid off. In his first at-bat of his collegiate career, Mott drove in a run with a ground ball to the shortstop. Two days later, he smacked an RBIdouble for his first collegiate hit. At mid-season, Mott was hitting .400 with a pair of RBI, an on-base percentage of .500 and slugging percentage of .600. Mott’s fire and passion for baseball is clear to his teammates, who are some of his biggest fans. “It’s awesome to see a guy who isn’t afraid to go out there and do what he loves to do just because he’s deaf,” says senior first baseman Kevin Seaver. “He’s a great teammate.”} Ian Waldron, Chico State Sports Information Intern

Short Hops n Scott Bauhs is hitting his stride as a professional. He fin-

ished third at the National Cross Country Championships on Feb. 13 and fourth in the 3,000 meters at the USA Track & Field Indoor National Championships on Jan. 30. n The future of the Chico State men’s basketball program

was on display when both of the Wildcats’ early commits, Jordan Barton of Bishop O’Dowd and Nathaniel Appel of De La Salle, led their teams to the NorCal Championships. Barton averaged 11 points and 14 rebounds. n Andrew Carpenter became

the first Wildcat to make an opening day major league roster when he got the nod from the Philadelphia Phillies this spring. Jordan Barton Former Wildcats Dale Thayer and Kyle Woodruff play in the minor leagues, with the Tampa Bay Rays Triple A affiliate and the San Francisco Giants Arizona Rookie League, respectively.

Fall/Spring Athletics Highlights n Chico State women’s soccer earned its first NCAA

Championship Tournament victory at the West Regional in La Jolla in November. In their fourth NCAA Tournament in the last six seasons under Coach Kim Sutton, they defeated long-time nemesis Seattle Pacific 4–3 on penalty kicks. Molly Downtain, an All-West Region defender, drove the decisive penalty kick into the net. n Women’s basketball also made quite a splash in the NCAA

Tournament. Seeded sixth in the eight-team Regional, they knocked off third-seeded Western Washington and bitter rival Humboldt State before succumbing to eventual national runner-up Seattle Pacific in the regional final. n Cross country run-

ners Tori Tyler, Kara Lubieniecki, and Alia Gray put together three of the top 13 NCAA Championship performances in Chico State Women’s basketball team at 2009– history to earn All- 2010 NCAA Tournament. America honors and to lead the Wildcats to a sixth-place finish at the National Championships in Evansville, Indiana. They became the second Chico State trio to earn All-America honors in a season while leading the Wildcats to their 10th straight top-10 finish at the National Championships. At those same championships, senior Jimmy Elam earned a 15th-place finish and All-America honors, sparking the Wildcats’ eighth-place team finish.

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Gateway to Exploration University and community visionaries create a place for science and lifelong learning by Taran March Photos by Beiron Andersson

n a mild spring-like day in late February, motorists slipping along the Esplanade likely noticed a humming hive of people clustered around a new building on the CSU, Chico campus. The milling, speechifying, and excitement, evident even from the road, were all exuberant responses to the grand opening of the Gateway Science Museum, a natural history venue that showcases science, sustainability, and learning with a North State theme. Under the white awning set up in front of Founders Plaza, those able to sit still perched on folding chairs to hear the welcoming remarks of several museum collaborators. “The Gateway behind me is a connection to science and the natural world, to our relationships with Chico and the North State, and to a community and university partnership where we are stronger together than each of us would ever be separately,” noted longtime Chico resident Judy Sitton, president of the museum’s community advisory board and one of a couple dozen townsfolk involved in the long process of building and planning. (“A 16-year overnight success!” she and husband Gary Sitton quipped in their thank-you notice in the museum’s opening-day tabloid.) “Today, looking around you, it couldn’t be a greater testimonial to the museum board’s work, the work of the University, and their courage and passion.”



What first-time visitors saw Feb. 27 was the artfully designed, 10,000square-foot structure with its jaunty, caldera-shaped skylight and long, windowed front gallery. A meandering, head-high cement wall with murals of the Sacramento River watershed by photographer Geoff Fricker curves toward the entrance and provides a backdrop for the amphitheater next to the entrance. Walkways along generous plots of native botanicals invite a closer look at the region’s ecosystems, from the montane area on the museum’s north side to the delta area on the south. On opening day this enticing façade was overlaid by the joyous mayhem of celebration: a young woman garbed as an admiral butterfly, poised to paint eager faces; tables laden with pamphlets, museum maps, and membership forms; lines of visitors stretching to the street; tiers of cupcakes, fountains of flowers; a balloon man limbering up next to a popcorn cart’s contained explosions; and everywhere alert, restless kids putting up with time-wasting, congratulating adults. “I don’t want to stand in the way of children having fun,” announced outgoing Dean of Natural Sciences Jim Houpis before soberly continuing. “I’ve watched our leadership in science and technology around the world beginning to slip, and it has continued to slip. We need to be doing something about that. Our crowning hope to improve science and to recruit more science teachers and math teachers, more scientists and engineers, stands behind me, the Gateway Science Museum.” University President Paul Zingg summed up the splendid feeling of accomplishment. “Sometimes individual achievements and community triumphs are one and the same,” he said, smiling. “Today we mark one of those wonderful occasions when this happens. Partners in this adventure from the state, the city, the community, and the University will say each

Photos this page: Chico Junior High students from Mary Anne Pella-Donnelly’s science class explore the museum with help from CSU, Chico student docents (from top) Kendall Costa, Michael Worch, and Elisabeth Johnson.



time they pass this building or enter it, ‘Hey, look what we did.’ Yes. Look at what we did.”

Under the volcano

en insect wings flapping. Siblings laughing on either side of the walk-in, acrylic facets of a fly’s eye. Young human minds challenged to think like an insect as they master the pneumatic controls for ungainly, Lego-esque insect legs. Freestanding panels of mounted butterflies and bees in iridescent shades attracting everyone. Throughout Gateway there are things to see, touch, ponder, and learn.

Inside Chico’s spanking-new testament to collaboration, visitors will find themselves pausing in the lobby under the skylit dome and wondering how a relatively modest public space can feel so large and airy. To the left the well-stocked gift shop and coffee bar offers a cozy, cave-like welcome, but straight ahead Describing the why in the James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery, the feeling is lofty and “Teaching is definitely the heart of the museum,” says Julie light. This narrow north-south hall runs the length of three Monet, a geological sciences and science education profeslarger exhibit rooms. sor involved with both the museum and the University’s new Gateway architect Jeffrey Lubenko designed the gallery to science education department. At the heart of the building reflect the North State’s central position in the Pacific Flyway for are the Discovery Room migratory birds. It’s lit by clerestory windows and defended by and Education the flanking Ice Age skeletons of Arctodus simus, the short-faced Station, bear, and Smilodon fatalis, the saber-tooth cat. Currently the Valley Gallery houses the exhibit Witness: Endangered Species of North America, an annotated collection of photographic portraits by Susan Middleton and David Lüttschwager. The stark black background behind each subject enhances its beauty but also emphasizes its dwindling popumong the delighted celebrants sions remind visitors that the North lation and disappearing habitat. at the Gateway’s opening fes- State is a corridor along the Pacific On either side of the central Discovery tivities was Anova Architect’s Jeffrey Flyway. Room, the two main exhibit rooms during Lubenko, who designed the buildAdjacent to the entrance, the the spring semester housed Backyard ing. It was a project that absorbed museum’s amphitheater with its three Monsters, a look at the insect world so often despised or ignored. Giant him completely, and one he plans to stepped levels for congregating reflects animatronic models of ants, a revisit often to enjoy. Chico Creek basin and the three disscorpion, and a praying mantis “We wanted the whole building to tinct geologic layers noted by early offered viewers a bug-size become an exhibit in itself,” he says California explorer William Brewer perspective as they conof the structure built to Leadership while visiting General John Bidwell. templated the oversized in Energy and Environmental Design One of the building’s most notable creatures looming above (LEED) standards. “We began by look- features is the angled dome above the them. Psychologically at least, the railings around ing at it as a geographical cross-section entrance that represents the region’s these mammoths of the North State. So you find land- inactive volcanoes. “When we first offered some security scaping representing the coniferous submitted the plans, reviewers weren’t that they would stay northern part of the state on the build- sure what it was,” he recalls. “But just where they were ing’s north side, and delta landscaping as the Sutter Buttes told travelers, positioned, waving like cattails and papyrus around a ‘Hey, you’re in the northern part of the legs, heads, antenvirtual pond on the south. All of the state,’ our volcano serves as a waynae, and snapping mandibles. For material in between finding device to lead visitors to the children, the effect recalls the valley.” museum’s front door.” was nothing short In fact, inside Despite constraints of space and of magical. the building on the budget, Lubenko says the project There’s much Valley Gallery’s floor, was an architect’s dream. “It was a else to see and, Lubenko included a chance to be creative, almost like more important, blue-gray mosaic in some of the hypothetical things you to do in these rooms. On opena meandering line come up with in design school, ing day, visitors from one end to the although it did have to be grounded edging through other to represent the in reality. I did have to solve the the crowds conSacramento River. flashing problem on the skylight and stantly came At the entrance, a address sustainability issues. But it face-to-face with smaller floor tribu- was so fun to think, ‘Whoa, look, children absorbed tary follows visitors I’m going to make the Feather River in some hands-on feature. A little girl into the building. come right through the entry.’ That’s cranking the handle The Valley Gallery’s the kind of stuff that’s going to stick that starts large woodlong, narrow dimen- with kids.” Anthony Dunn


The Building’s Story



where active and informal learning can thrive. Monet, who designed the rooms’ educational formats, wants to keep the learning flowing in both directions. With the Gateway Science Museum docent internship, that’s exactly what happens. Encouraged by acting executive director and faculty scientist Rachel Teasdale to recruit docents from all University departments, Monet oversees students majoring in science, education, liberal arts, administration, and marketing in a semester-long dialogue about learning. Three constant queries turn the interns’ responsibilities into an opportunity to improve their own critical thinking: What did you learn today? How did you learn it? What is your evidence? It’s metacognition applied to education, explains Monet. “I

A Dedication to Nature


n recognition of a major gift by Chico cardiologist Marcia Moore, the Valley Gallery was named for her late husband, James W. Cornyn. Also a cardiologist, Cornyn spent much of his life outdoors. “Jim was a thoughtful man who, from a very early age, loved the outdoors,” says Moore. As a boy Cornyn had a cactus garden, joined the Boy Scouts, and even worked with dolphins at Sea World. He taught a class on whales as a student at UC Santa Cruz in the late 1960s. After college he worked for the EPA in Washington, D.C., and later with growers in California’s Central Valley. “He desired to have a more direct impact on people, so it wasn’t long before he decided to go back to school and study medicine,” explains Moore. The poem below, attributed to Cornyn, is on a permanent plaque in the gallery. “The museum brings together the very things that [Jim] and John Muir had in common: their love for the majesties of nature and their desire to share it with as many people as possible,” says Moore. My soul lives in the Sierra It does not glory in softness But in the glittering harshness Of granite and ice. My soul soars with the hawk Over the vast emptiness between peaks. Others look up when they would be exalted. From the Sierra, my soul looks down, and laughs; It is exalted. It revels in the hard embrace Of the forests’ rocky arms. In the Sierra, I am brother to the bear, And the puma, and the buck And the red-tail hawk. I am part Jedediah Smith Part Matthew Walker and John Muir, And even a little bit Mark Twain. The lodge-pole pines and the red firs Know me as their own.



ask interns, ‘What kind of questions could you ask a fourth grader? If a sixth grader came in, how could you push their critical thinking skills?’ They’ll give me an example, and I’ll say, ‘Now when the next class comes, I want you to try it out.’ It’s really the art of questioning. That’s such an important role in informal education. We practice questions on each other before the interns give a tour of the museum, and then we talk about it afterward. ‘How did it go?’ I’ll ask. ‘You thought it would go this way, and it didn’t. Why?’ ” In a museum setting, nimbleness and timing are critical when promoting informal learning. “In a classroom you have that captured audience, but here we’re really moving around,” says Monet. “You have only that small window of opportunity. You want kids to feel comfortable wandering around touching things and asking questions, but yet you want it to be thoughtful learning. It isn’t just about the wow factor. It’s planning how that wow factor happens, and how to make it meaningful.” As an educator, Monet has the sort of enthusiasm that can kindle students’ own delight in learning. She cautions a trio of seventh graders as they slide insect parts under a microscope in the Education Station’s laboratory setting: “If you think it’s gross, it’s because you just haven’t seen enough of them.” Later, she introduces a couple of boys to a friendly, palmsize walking stick insect. “If you let this arthropod outside, what would happen?” she asks the pair. “It would die,” says the student on whose palm the walking stick is strutting. “It would … expand,” says his friend, casting about unsuccessfully for “multiply” or “breed.” Taking advantage of the window, Monet adds, “If you keep insects, it’s important not to let them go unless they are native to the region.” Children browsing in the Discovery Room can pull open drawers of specimens, stroke the pelt of a black bear or the cold solidity of a mammoth bone, listen to regional bird calls, make rubbings and casts, and contribute their own slides to a growing collection available for viewing. A rota of faculty scientists offer demonstrations in the glassed-in Demonstration Lab. On opening day, biological sciences professor Jim Pushnik along with grad student Mike Jenkins and undergraduate Kate Blumfield presented “Investigating Plants Under Stress.” Workshops and special events are posted in the calendar on the Gateway’s Web site. Recently, kids with adventuresome palates were invited to participate in a mealworm bake-off, featuring cookies and brownies with high-protein, freeze-dried grubs added as an extra-special ingredient.

A thing with feathers

Like many successful ventures, the Gateway Science Museum gives an impression of appearing fully formed overnight. The 16 years of careful study, shaping, and setbacks that were an essential part of its creation are already outdistanced by the few months it’s been open and wildly popular. So far it has exceeded everyone’s expectations. “It was wild, it was crazy, it was crowded,” Teasdale says about opening day. “I would have liked everyone to have had personal time and space inside the museum, but that’s not what they got because there were so many people excited about it.” Early estimates of opening-day attendance ventured 700, but as the day unfolded and the lines just kept getting longer, the final count came in closer to 2,000, and that didn’t include those arriving with memberships.

Professor Julie Monet and student docent Elisabeth Johnson guide young learners in making scientific discoveries.

“It wasn’t like they were harried, like going to a sale or can say, ‘Well, here’s one. Ask him.’ There are role models for something,” recalls Sitton. “They were patient. It was a neat whoever comes into the building.” group of people that came out to celebrate a landmark in Thus far Gateway has lived up to its name and purpose. Chico and the region.” “Hope is a thing with feathers,” said Zingg on opening day, Collaboration and consensus have proved the most enduring aptly quoting Emily Dickinson. “Let’s hope—because we have of the project’s building blocks. Viewpoints of board memhigh hopes for this museum—that visitors will find knowledge, bers from the community and the University, at least during and encouragement, and inspiration here.”} the early stages, didn’t always run in tandem. But the museum itself is proof of how differing opinions can contribute to a About the author stronger outcome. Certainly, future discussions have a positive Taran March (BA, English, ’89) is a freelance writer and edimodel to emulate. tor who lives in Paradise, California. “There are lots of areas of expertise needed to run this museum,” Teasdale points out. “Picking educational programs and exhibits, managing the budget, supervising docents, fund raising, attracting volunteers—we want to get the right people doing each of these tasks.” Sitton agrees. “It doesn’t really divide along town/gown lines anymore,” she says. “Both entities try to act with the interest of the other in mind, not some private he Gateway Science Museum is located at 635 Esplanade in Chico. It’s open agenda.” Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 pm and on weekends from 10 am to Monet stresses Gateway’s potential for highlighting science in everyday 5 pm (June 14–July 22, Monday-Thursday 8:30 am–noon). Admission is $5 for life. “The museum is on campus, adults, $3 for children. Museum members get in free. and research that scientists do on Visitors are encouraged to join the Gateway community. Become a member, campus provides that link to the purchase a legacy paver for placement in the Founders Plaza, make a donation, community,” she says. “When an or volunteer to help with one of the many learning programs and service opporelementary school student asks, tunities. Call the museum at 530-898-3478 or visit ‘What does a biologist do?’ we


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Building Building S a f e H av e n s Student, faculty, and community volunteers take on the most ambitious Construction Management project yet by Marion Harmon


orrential rain. Fifty-mile-an-hour winds. Power outages. Freezing temperatures. Sound like the setting for a disaster movie? Actually, this was the scene for this year’s Catalyst Blitz Build, where 160 California State University, Chico students spent nine days in January building two transitional living houses in Chico for domestic violence victims. “The power outage resulted in our advisors sending students for generators to power nail guns, table saws, lights, and most important, the coffee,” says Nikki Kantor, assistant student project manager for the Blitz Build. “The rain sent me running around to the Salvation Army, the Dollar Store, and Walmart searching for ponchos to keep the volunteers dry. The cold weather was expected, seeing as it was the end of January, but it just added to the miserable conditions. We overcame every challenge that was thrown at us, and on top of that, we even finished on time!” What enabled them to finish the project on time were the nearly 15,000 hours in double shifts put in by the construction management, concrete industry management, and civil engineering students; faculty and industry advisors; and 43 subcontractors. This massive cooperative effort was the latest in a series of construction projects performed by CSU, Chico students for their Annual Winter Community Service Project. The Blitz Build united Catalyst Domestic Violence Services, the University, the local construc-



tion industry, and the greater community. “It has been a wonderful partnership with the University and the city of Chico,” says Catalyst Domestic Violence Services Executive Director Anastacia Snyder. “Having transitional housing as a component of our program has been a dream of ours, and to be able to work with the students and the city of Chico to realize that dream for our clients is exciting.” They also had help from other campus departments, including 740 hours of cooking by 40 nutrition and food science students, and from volunteers from throughout the community. About 60 students from Northwest Lineman College in Oroville volunteered to erect utility poles for the homes at the site. “We didn’t make a single request from the community that was not fulfilled,” notes faculty advisor James O’Bannon. “A good example was when the power went out, and in 20 minutes, we had half a dozen generators on site. We just had to make a few phone calls and people showed up.” Numerous other local and national entities provided support in the form of materials, financial contributions, and sweat equity. The Chico Association of Realtors donated $12,000 for tools and food to feed workers, and the Chico Noon Rotary Club helped prepare and serve food at the final celebration for the build. The Foor Foundation donated $10,000 for

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From left to right: Matthew Wetmore, Ryan Shirah (BS, Construction Management, ’09), and Drew Petersen inside one of the framed Catalyst houses.

site control, transportation, tools, and materials. The Chico Redevelopment Agency is helping Catalyst with $550,000 to support the construction of homes developed for transitional housing. The Annual Winter Community Service Project has become a CSU, Chico tradition. For three years in a row starting in 2006, students traveled to New Orleans to help with rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Last January, more than 100 students constructed storage sheds for survivors of the Concow fire. This year’s efforts were split between adding sleeping rooms to the Torres Shelter in Chico during the fall 2009 semester, and building the two Catalyst transitional units in January. Originally the plan had been for the addition of rooms to the Torres Shelter to be the community service project during the 2010 winter break. “The Torres Shelter didn’t have enough sleeping rooms, so they needed a build-out,” says David Shirah, faculty advisor. “Unfortunately, at winter break, it would have been too late. With the economic times, the weather, they actually needed it early on, so we decided we’ll just do the addition during the fall semester.” This left the need for another project during the winter break in January, so the Catalyst housing

project was added. This has been the most ambitious community service project taken on by the construction management department so far. “Doing one winter break project normally takes nine months of preparation, so taking on two projects in one year is something we’ve never done before,” says Shirah. “Torres Shelter took a lot of planning and as much time as the community service week in January. Students are really to be commended because they saw a need to be fulfilled and said ‘we’ll do both.’ ” The planning for both projects started in May 2009. “The Catalyst Blitz Build was a very planningintensive project, but it was great because it opened students’ eyes to what you really have to deal with in the industry,” says student project manager Christina Pantera. Initially the plan for the Catalyst project was to build one housing unit, but so many students showed up for the first meeting that they decided to try to build two units. Faculty and industry advisors were doubtful that they could pull it off in such little time—barely over a week. But everyone involved was determined to make it work. “I personally thought from the start it was too CHICO STATEments


ambitious of a project, not knowing the skill level of the students who were going to show up,” says industry advisor Pat Conroy. “I voted for a project that would have been a lot easier, but the students wanted this one, so we went with it. And it turned out to be a really good project. It took a lot of hours to keep it going, but the students really stepped up.” The students doing the work were put into teams, with each team including skilled and unskilled labor. “The students did a skills survey,” says Shirah. “They asked students what their skill sets are so they could put them in teams. We didn’t have more than one journeyman on a team. We were not going to forsake students that were unskilled in basic construction techniques and just put skilled people together for the sake of getting an aspect of the project done.” Developing some trade skills will help the students during their management careers, says O’Bannon. “They don’t have to be skilled welders or skilled concrete finishers, but once they understand that this does take a special skill, then they can better appreciate and supervise their team,” he says. Kantor says the project helped her realize her educational goals in several ways. “Outside of directly relating to my major,” she says. “I learned human resource skills by managing and coordinating hundreds of volunteers. I also learned public relations by working with local businesses organizing fundraisers and with the media regarding publicity.” The learning behind the projects had many different facets. “As student project manager, I was lucky enough to go to a couple of the planning meetings with the city,” says Pantera. “To be able to see that side of a construction project is really neat, because we saw it all the way through planning. We know how they got the financing, how to deal with all the bureaucratic part of it. It was a great learning process because now I have that in my toolbox of things I know. It’s a great thing to go out to industry

and to be able to say I have that experience.” Even though the idea was to come in on schedule, speed was not the first priority, says Shirah. “I think Dr. O’Bannon put it well—we’re doing a blitz build, but we’re not about schedule, we’re not about time,” explains Shirah. “The first thing that we’re about is learning.” The units were built to meet stringent environmental building requirements under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications—the goal is to achieve gold LEED certification, possibly the first gold for a residential unit in Chico, says Shirah. Each of the 840-square-foot houses has craftsmanstyle touches on the exterior and a large front porch. Inside are two bedrooms, one bath, and an open living area with a kitchen and dining space. Four students from the College of Business furnished the rooms. The houses will fill a vital need in helping victims of domestic violence become self-sufficient and rebuild life skills. Many of the good feelings that came out of the project were not just the cause but also the sense of community that formed during the planning and building. “Although it was a lot of work for everyone involved, it was a great opportunity to bring the community and the college together for a common cause,” says Kantor. “The students learned construction skills, gained management experience, and formed lasting relationships with each other. Construction Management feels like a family to some of us, and a great deal of that is due to the hours we spend together on community service projects such as the Blitz Build.” With so many volunteers, the biggest challenge during the planning stage was communication, notes Kantor. “We had so many smart and amazing advisors with great ideas that it was at times difficult to bring all the ideas together and decide which should be implemented for the current situation,” she says.

From left to right: Professor James O’Bannon (right) works with students at the University Farm prefabrication site; students begin prefabrication work on the two Catalyst homes. Photos by Bill Husa/Chico Enterprise-Record



Clockwise from top right: Catalyst Executive Director Anastacia Snyder (left) accepts the keys to the homes from student project manager Christina Pantera; student Brittany Heinle drives a nail in a prefabricated wall; the Blitz Build construction crew takes a break during one of their long workdays.

“We also had many involved students on the leadership team, each contributing to different aspects of the project, so we had to coordinate between the students and advisors as well.” Faculty advisors Shirah and O’Bannon and an industry advisory board made up of local builders Gage Chrysler from Modern Building Inc., Pat Conroy of Conroy Construction Inc., and Howard Slater of Slater & Son Inc. also logged in hundreds of hours during the nine months, including meeting every Tuesday at 6:30 am in O’Bannon’s office and meeting with the 20-student leadership team. Conroy, who once took an estimating class from O’Bannon, was impressed with the way the students handled the challenges that came their way. “It rained a lot. The wind was incredible. It blew our tent down, and they never got deterred,” says Conroy. “Some of them worked two shifts soaking wet. You couldn’t get them to quit at 11 o’clock at night. You had to unplug the lights or they would just keep going. You had to make them go home. I was really impressed with how hard the students worked and just how driven they are.” Student leaders had to coordinate each volunteer who came on and off the site, notes Pantera. “We had logistics paperwork that had to be done for every single person no matter who they were,” she says. “We had safety meetings every single shift. We’d have a tailgate meeting at the beginning of the shift, and

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To view videos of the Catalyst Blitz Build, including a time-lapse movie of the entire construction project, go to The Best of Chico State at www.csuchico. edu/best-of-csuchico/construction.shtml. Images from both projects can be found at www.csuchico. edu/pub/inside/09_12_10/blitzphotos.shtml.

then we’d have everybody eat and get on the site and start going. There was a lot of prepping to get to the point where we could be organized enough to run shifts like that.” Shirah points out that the project had a perfect safety record. “The students were responsible for safety and having a safety plan,” says Shirah. “To their credit, they had no injuries, which is quite amazing considering that they were doing a blitz build 16 hours a day in such poor conditions.” Once the project was finished, there was a celebration attended by many members of the build team and the community. “When Anastacia spoke at our celebration barbecue, she talked about the difference the students are going to make in so many lives; there wasn’t a dry eye among the students,” says Shirah. “There’s no doubt that the students know that they’ve made a difference in people’s lives.” Along with the impact that the Blitz Build had on the students, the most gratifying aspect of the project was helping Catalyst turn their vision of transitional housing into reality, says Kantor. “Catalyst wanted a place where victims of domestic violence could live for a more substantial period of time after the shelter so they could save money for their own place,” she says. “I think these homes will give families in this circumstance the opportunity they deserve to leave their situation and start over. I am honored to be a part of that.”} CHICO STATEments



ho would tie his shoes? It was a question the elderly man didn’t ask out loud and couldn’t answer. He lived alone, and despite a walker and lift chair, independence was slipping away because he couldn’t bend down to tie his shoes. His next step, he assumed, was a skilled nursing facility, a move he resisted making. The solution, it turned out, was simple. “We bought him slipon shoes,” recalls Joe Cobery, executive director of Passages Adult Resource Center in Chico. Passages could be described by the 92,774 meals its nutrition program provides five days a week to Butte County residents or the 250 volunteers who offer their time and talents. But those are just numbers. Its comprehensive services benefit everyone from the person making a one-time call for a referral to every person in the skilled nursing facilities in five counties who might ask for the services of a Passages ombudsman. Essentially, Passages is about an elderly man continuing to live independently because a volunteer realized he couldn’t tie his shoes and brought him a pair of Skechers. Since 1979, this nonprofit—a direct service program of the California State University, Chico Research Foundation—has offered free services to seniors, persons with disabilities, and caregivers as a designated Area Agency on Aging in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas, and Tehama counties. So there are countless stories that describe Passages—from a trained counselor walking a confused man through a maze of Medicare decisions to a distraught daugh-



ter finding resources to help her care for her ailing mother. Cobery characterizes Passages as a “one-stop shop with a single entry point to a full continuum of integrated social services.” It is just that—an entry to programs including care management, health insurance counseling, caregiver support, and an ombudsman for nursing home residents. Passages has skilled nurses, social workers, and trained volunteers who give of their time and their talents. Senior nutrition is Passages’ largest program, providing what for many elderly is the only full meal they receive in a day, either at a central location or delivered to their homes. Considering the innumerable problems seniors often face, a lunch doesn’t seem like much, but the ramifications are immense for those who can’t get out to buy groceries or cook for themselves. “Depending on the individual, that daily meal could make the difference between living in an institutional setting or independently,” says Cobery. Keeping clients, as Passages calls the people it serves, in their homes is a primary goal. The nurses and social workers in its Care Management Multipurpose Senior Services program develop and implement plans for 200 individuals, coordinate their services, and regularly monitor their well-being. The results benefit both the elderly and taxpayers. As the program’s coordinator, Glenna Akers, observes, “Most clients want to stay in their homes, but ‘Mr. Smith’ receives Medi-Cal, can’t cook or shop, and has no family support. He could possibly end


Lending a Helping

Passages Adult Resource Center brings together those needing assistance and those passionate about giving it by Charlotte Thomas

up in long-term care, which costs the state $4,000 to $5,000 a month.” Care Management costs the state far less. “Our whole preface is preventing institutionalization unless absolutely necessary,” says Akers. To know what “Mr. Smith” needs, Care Management first assesses him from several aspects: A nurse studies his historical and current health issues. A social worker evaluates how he functions in his home: Does he need a walker? Who prepares his meals? Does he have a support network? A short mental assessment determines his short-term memory and mood. “We get a thorough picture of clients in their environment and how well they can support themselves with our help,” says Akers. The client, social worker, and nurse then agree and sign off on the plan of care, which can change as different concerns arise. Another aspect of more people living longer is the growing number of family caregivers, many of whom are ill prepared for their roles. Passages’ Caregiver Support program offers assistance to family caregivers who provide care to adults with a brain or neurological impairment or frail, older adults. Caregiver services even extend to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Help ranges from suggesting a program for a specific need to providing a respite care worker for a few hours so the caregiver can go shopping. Little things make a huge difference, like support groups that allow caregivers to share stories and get advice or learn how small details like installing a bathroom grab

bar can dramatically improve comfort and safety level. Kathy Stark’s life changed drastically when her husband had a stroke. Instead of traveling as they planned when he retired, she became his full-time caregiver. She couldn’t afford the $17.50 an hour for someone to watch her husband and allow her a break. She contacted Passages, and a helper came to her home 20 hours a month. “She bathes and dresses him, fixes his lunch, and does light housekeeping,” Stark says, recalling that she previously had been afraid to leave her husband and was on antidepressants to cope. Stark talks enthusiastically about the friends she’s made with other caregivers in Passages’ support groups and an idyllic weekend retreat she attended because Passages supplied a trained person to stay with her husband. “Their retreat was a highlight,” she says. “We listened to speakers and could get manicures and massages. They offered crafts and games, or we could just read in our rooms. It was spiritually healing to have a non-worry weekend and be pampered. Caregivers are seldom pampered.” Grappling with the ever-changing rules and regulations of Medicare, Medigap, Medi-Cal, and prescription plans is daunting for most everyone. Mistakes are costly, especially for those on low fixed incomes. Working under the umbrella of Passages, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) counselors give objective information and help people solve problems that inevitably arise when dealing with health care. CHICO STATEments


Volunteers Who Give—and Receive


assages programs couldn’t happen without volunteers. In fact, Passages has one of the most extensive networks of volunteer opportunities in the five counties it serves. Fortunately for the agency, volunteerism is growing, especially among the many retiring baby boomers who have the energy and desire to help others. Carol Childers, coordinator of Passages’ Volunteer Program, explains that while volunteers are helping others, they, too, are learning how to advocate for themselves. She oversees volunteers for three of Passages’ programs. Two of them, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions, offer tax-free stipends to volunteers based on their eligibility, income, and a stipulated number of hours a week depending on the position. The Foster Grandparents Program, which Passages has run since 1997, is for people over 55 who love children and have limited incomes. After passing eligibility requirements from health to background checks, they receive 20 hours of training and then work 15 to 20 hours a week. The program currently has 85 volunteers in schools and various organizations for children throughout Butte and Colusa counties. Volunteers work with kids of all ages as well as children with special needs. “Some volunteers sit and rock babies,” says Childers, “while others work under the supervision of teachers providing one-on-one support to children needing special assistance.” Older adult volunteers enrich their lives with the bonds of friendship and trust they form with the children, many of whom are in foster care. Volunteers for the Senior Companion Program also have the same thorough training, age limits, and stipends. “These volunteers work with older adults who are isolated and need companionship and support to relieve depression,” says Childers. “Many work with caregivers to give them a break.” Around 30 volunteers in the Senior Companion program visit about 185 homebound clients annually. For Nancy Anderson, a senior companion, the program is a win/win. “I know I’m needed and the people I visit are delighted I’m there,” she says. Anderson has volunteered for four years and spends a minimum of 12 hours a week taking someone to lunch or the grocery store, or just sitting and listening and laughing. In return she knows there’s purpose to her life, and notes, “We don’t do anything complicated, just visit with people. Loneliness and isolation are big problems with many seniors.” The RSVP Program also appeals to adults 55 and older who want to give back using their life skills. “Say you retire and love art and want to work in an art gallery,” says Childers. “We’ll train you and find a place for you to volunteer.” She mentions a retired teacher who had always wanted to be a chef. She found him a position at the Jesus Center, where he now is happily cooking 30 hours a week. More than 100 interns from CSU, Chico also assist with Passages’ various programs, in the process gaining valuable hands-on learning. One such intern is Maria Hernandez, who in spring 2011 will graduate from CSU, Chico with her bachelor’s in social work. In February 2010, she began going on home visits to the elderly with a social worker. She was “amazed” at the close connection the social worker has with clients. “They are so happy to see her,” says Hernandez. The experience opened her eyes to the realities of social work—from the paperwork the social worker has to record to the realization that social work is more about listening than talking. She recalls a gentleman who said he had fallen but gave no details. The caseworker probed deeper by asking what he was doing at the time. “She found out that he had difficulty getting out of bed, so she suggested having a sturdy pole installed next to his bed to provide support and allow him to get up on his own,” she explains. Hernandez now hopes to work with the elderly, something she had not considered before. “With this population, I realize I can make a difference in their lives, either by my contact with them or providing them with the tools so they can do things for themselves,” she says. “It’s all about having control over our lives.”

I’m needed and “ I know the people I visit are delighted I’m there. ”



Moving to Paradise, California, from Arizona, Gwen Cook, who takes many prescription drugs for a health condition, needed a new health insurance plan. Following a recommendation from Medicare, she signed up with a company. Then she received letters saying she wasn’t registered in California (though she was) and that she needed to start over. Then she got more letters saying she didn’t need to start over; then three insurance coverage cards arrived along with another letter that stated she still wasn’t covered. In utter frustration, she found HICAP and program manager Tatiana Fassieux, who with one phone call to the right person cleared up Cook’s predicament. “I just couldn’t handle it anymore,” says Cook. “Tatiana got right through, and it was settled.” HICAP is a designated federal counseling service for people with Medicare. “People can’t be complacent about health insurance,” says Fassieux. “They must constantly be on the alert, and if they don’t understand the material, they’ve got to get help. They must be involved in health care decisions.” Unfortunately, says Fassieux, many eligible clients don’t know HICAP exists. In response, HICAP holds outreach and community education sessions. Fassieux talks proudly of their counselors, who are registered by the California Department of Aging and receive 30 hours of initial training plus 10 hours of internship with experienced counselors and then 24 hours of annual training to stay current on changes in health insurance. Passages itself is changing to keep up with the latest challenges in health care. “Like many other agencies, we are rethinking how we do things,” says Cobery. “At the time the state is dramatically cutting costs, demand for our services has never been higher.” With the changes in mind, Passages has developed other sources of funding in addition to state and federal funds and continues to find new ways to help people. “Passages just received a grant from Butte County Behavioral Health’s Prop. 63 Mental Health Services Act. This funding offers services to older adults in their homes suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders,” notes Cobery, adding that they are also building their endowment fund so Passages services will be available for generations to come. There is no doubt that Passages’ services will be needed by an increasing number of residents in the five counties it serves.}

About the author Charlotte Thomas writes articles about business, higher education, and technical careers.

Ch ico Experience Your

In our fall 2009 issue, we asked readers to describe their Chico experience. We received 19 thoughtful, charming, often humorous mini-essays that get to the heart of what Chico State meant to each of them. A random drawing produced the following winners. We’d love to hear more from our readers—send your comments to Campus illustrations by Chris Ficken.




s a student at Chico, I loved running around Lower Park, biking everywhere, the winter tule fog, and the fall rice burning. What was most important to me, however, was Meriam Library. This was my sanctuary day and night. I spent most of my non-class/non-running time wandering the stacks picking up anything that grabbed my fancy. What an amazing collection of any sort of topic! Sometimes it would be theology, other times world literature, often economics, my major. I would wander through fiction and pull out book after book. The bulk of my knowledge was formed in these stacks. The first floor of the library stayed open all night for students. Not only were there computers (because in 1998 I couldn’t have dreamed of having my own computer!) but audiovisual equipment. There was an eclectic collection of VHS tapes you could check out and watch on those first floor TVs. There was an entire collection of Jewish film and most of the original Star Trek episodes. I spent many nights there watching all kinds of eclectic stuff (not just Star Trek!). Below the library was the movie rental center and Northstate Public Radio. Movies were a dollar. Having access to public radio turned me on to A Prairie Home Companion, Fresh Air, and many local independent shows. BBC World Service would come on at midnight, and if I wasn’t in the library watching shows, I was up listening to that. Having that time in the library with all of its offerings was what made Chico a great place for me. —Michaela Brasesco (BA, Economics, ’00)





The trees on campus. —Mason White (BS, Business Administration, ’04)



My fondest memory of Chico State is walking inbetween my classes knowing that, no matter where I went, I was bound to run into a close friend. Stopping for a second to chat as we headed in different directions was a great addition to my experience. Chico’s warmness and tight-knit community was a wonderful addition to my experience at Chico State. —Jose Gutierrez (BA, Communication Studies, ’01)



The attribute that best defines Chico for me: It’s bike friendly. —Fernando Arcia It is virtually impossible to choose one quality of Chico State that made my experience. Whitney Hall is at the top of the list, however. It was where I made a handful of lifelong friends. It was where I learned to be “on my own” for the first time. It was where I learned time management (oh, those nights staying up chatting with roommates until 2 am and then having to crawl out of bed for 8 am class!). It was where I got in trouble with my R.A. for having Van Halen turned up too loud. It was where a thousand special memories are forever stored. —Marilee Armstrong (BS, Nursing, ’83) As a returning “mature” female student, my experience with professors wanting me to succeed was glorious! I lived in Yuba City, worked in Woodland, and commuted to CSU, Chico for undergraduate and master’s classes. My support system from professors was constant, and I will always feel the utmost gratitude to them and CSU, Chico. —Charlotte Biggers (BA, Community Services, ’82; Master of Public Administration, ’88) I started at CSU, Chico in 1982. I showed up, a kid from Redding, from a home without a lot of money. At that time in my life I didn’t think that my world would expand much beyond Northern California. I had been accepted by UC Berkeley, but I was hesitant to be so far from home.



My Chico experience was all about growing up and being taught by some of the best instructors that I have ever known. I learned to live on my own, was challenged to think and learn aggressively, and I grew into a man. More than 20 years later, having graduated with honors from medical school, now a medical school professor and U.S. Army colonel, I realize how much was invested into me by Chico. I now recognize that my education was on par with the best of academic institutions. As I dialogue with my students, many from Big 10 and Ivy League universities, and realize just how little they know about their country or the world at large, I reflect upon how well prepared I was when I left CSU, Chico in 1987. I wouldn’t trade my education at Chico for that of any other university. I owe the school a lot, and I will forever keep a CSU, Chico sticker on my car so that everyone can see just how proud I am to be a Wildcat. —Todd Fredricks, DO (BS, Biological Sciences and Psychology, ’87) Of the nine qualities listed, the one that best describes my Chico experience is Chico Creek and the bridges. —Mark Janofsky (BS, Home Economics, ’82) My bike was totally part of my Chico experience. When I lived in the dorm it was my quick transportation between classes and to close-by activities. When I lived off campus, I biked each day and to friends’ homes. Of course, my favorite place to bike was through Bidwell Park. I either biked alone or with friends for an after-class, let-off-steam activity. The ease of biking, the flat terrain, and the beauty of the surroundings are very fond memories of my Chico experience. —Caryl Mallory (BA, Recreation, ’79) Naturally, Chico Creek and the bridges, right through the middle of campus, are amazing (and, if I had to pick, the best part!). But the others, such as downtown being steps away, being bike friendly, students having fun, Bidwell Park, professors who accepted us as valuable and worthwhile, how can you separate these without an electron microscope? The safety and freedom that each of these features provided to me as a young adult trying to find my way in the world were criti-

cal. They each contributed to the web of support and served to nurture me as I grew into the person I am today. —Barbara (Lanz) McCamish, MSN, MPT (BA, Physical Education, ’84) As silly as it sounds, I chose to attend CSU, Chico because of the trees. I knew I wanted to leave Southern California and experience a school that had a totally different atmosphere than San Diego State, which I was attending at the time. I looked through state college catalogs and saw pictures of the trees at Chico. I said, “That is the place!” I loved experiencing the seasons. I remember calling my parents and telling them about the fall colors and then again in the spring when the almond blossoms bloomed. To this day, I think the Chico State campus is the most beautiful campus in the state system. —Roy Merrill (MA, Biological Sciences and Credential, ’69) I feel that the trees on campus were the most important to my time at Chico State. Another attribute that mattered most to me is how friendly everyone is on the campus and in the community. One truly does not find that anywhere else, and it is missed. —Samuel Muhia (BS, Chemistry, ’05)

social sustainability community that I was embraced by. Everyone seemed to want to make a difference, and that energy and company inspired and enriched me as a human being. I have not seen such a tight-knit, inspiring community since Chico, nor do I think I ever will, but I hope that I can bring a little of Chico to the world. —Annie Sherman (BA, Social Sciences, ’05)

As a senior returning to school after 35 years, the most important to my time was the supportive staff. —Patricia Rice (BA, Liberal Studies, ’93)

A combination of the natural beauty of the campus and the safe, small-town feel of the city. —Angie Simas (BA, Liberal Studies, ’91)

One of the attributes that best defined my experience was the EOP office. I was a first-generation college student, and they were there for me from beginning to end, making my road to success possible. I thank them wholeheartedly and will never forget my college career here at Chico State! —Deanna Salas (BA, Latin American Studies and Psychology, ’05)

I went to CSU, Chico in the early 1970s, and I can still remember the beautiful campus, the trees, the creek, the people I met. The instructors. Pioneer Week. And the various opportunities to learn something new. —Patricia Taylor (BA, Physical Education, ’75)

The attribute that best defines my Chico experience is that I had access to everyone and everything I needed on campus. There was nothing I felt I couldn’t do. If I needed to talk to someone, I could pick up the phone and make an appointment, and within days, if not hours, I could be in personal touch. This was invaluable, and is not possible at all universities. —Casson Scowcroft (BA, French and Music, ’05; MA, Music, ’08; Credential, ’09) I live in Los Angeles now, and boy, do I miss bike riding in Chico. I felt so safe and relaxed, and biking to work/school actually relieved stress! And it saved money on a gym pass. I also value the environmental and

From the musty basement of my memory, the Trinity Hall “Quad” represents the doorway that Chico State opened in my life. Like being pruned in the Rose Garden, my life was edited by my Wildcat staff experiences and the skills I learned in the Bell Tower. During my undergrad years as a cub reporter, circulation manager, and society editor for the Chico State newspaper, the Wildcat, I ascended the rusty iron steps of the Bell Tower to share classes with my peers from Mr. Clarvoe and Jim Gregg. Each experience provided a key to my 47-year multilevel teaching career, opportunities for writing professional curriculum, and creating newsletters and reports for citizen action committees. Never would I have guessed that such humble beginnings would open doorways to assist with writing projects in Washington, D.C. —Barbara Vaughan (AB, Education and Credential, ’63) }



A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N   N E W S

Dear Alums

The Chico Experience Week


heartfelt hello to all of you who have that Chico State connection. In January, I became your Alumni Association president. We have an excellent board, dedicated to making things better, not only for our many alumni but also for current and future students. At the board’s annual retreat in March, we determined three strategic focus areas: The Chico Experience Week, advocacy, and completion of the Alumni Glen renovation project. At the retreat, board members pledged $4,000 toward the Alumni Glen project. Anyone interested in more information or in donating to the renovation project may call the Alumni office at 530-898-6472. Mark your calendars for Oct. 8–17, 2010, our first-ever Chico Experience Week. We, along with the city of Chico, are welcoming alumni and friends back to Chico with a series of more than 40 events. Kicking off the celebration will be the unveiling of alum Jake Early’s Chico Experience print, the first of five he will design for The Chico Experience Week (see story below). During the week, there will be fun for the whole family, including Mystery, Museums & Mayhem: An Artoberfest Adventure. Solve a mystery by collecting clues at various museums and merchants around the community and on campus ( Alumni activities include the Chico Chapter Fall Mixer, College of Agriculture Hall of Honor Reception, Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, and various alumni reunions, including the Golden Grad reunion and Associated Students Reunion. Campus activities include the Sierra Oro Trail Passport Weekend, with tours and student demonstrations at the University Farm; a presentation by Professor Byron Wolfe on his Guggenheim fellowship; and Greek Week Olympics, bed races, and talent show. Off-campus activities include the Parade of Lights, with this year’s theme “The Chico Experience”; the Downtown Harvest Sidewalk Sale; and a variety of foot and bicycle races throughout the area. For a complete list of activities, visit The Chico State Alumni Board at their annual retreat in or join our Facebook page, The Chico Suisun City. Experience. I hope you will join me and thousands of alumni and friends in celebrating Chico State. See you in October! —Don Carlsen (’69), President, CSU, Chico Alumni Association

Below are some of the many fun Chico Experience Week events. For all events, go to and click on Events. Or call 530-898-6472. Oct. 8 Jake Early Reception/Unveiling Recording Arts Studio Open House Oct. 9 Chico State Family Weekend Barbecue Chico State Athletics Hall of Fame Sierra Oro Trail Passport Weekend College of Agriculture Hall of Honor Hiestand Alumni Concert Chico Art Center Open Studios Tour Parade of Lights Oct. 10 Greek Week: Bed Races Chico VELO Fallflower Century Ride Oct. 11 Monday Night Mountain Bike Madness Oct. 14 Turner Print Museum Curator’s Talk Byron Wolfe: Guggenheim Fellowship Regional and Continuing Education Open House Badi Assad with MaMuse in Concert Oct. 15 Chico State Golden Grad Festivities 1960 Reunion and Time Capsule Chico Chapter Annual Fall Reception Jazz Mafia Symphony Oct. 16 Alumni Glen Dedication Associated Students Reunion 20th Reunion: Soviet Union Tour 20th Reunion: Tehama Group 40th Reunion: Graphic Design Sacramento River Moonlight Paddle Downtown Chico Harvest Sidewalk Sale Oct. 17 Associated Students Alumni Breakfast

Alum Designs Chico Experience Week Prints


ake Early (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’94) produces unique serigraphs on the printing press he designed and built in his Chico studio. His simple illustrative style, bold color palette, and strong depiction of place all resonate with collectors. Early’s trademark is his use of metallic inks, created by mixing powdered metals into a clear ink base. These inks capture and reflect natural light, shifting the mood of each print as lighting conditions change. Among his print collections are the popular Chico Landmark series, Bidwell Park Centennial series, Santa Barbara series, and his latest, California Highway 1 series.



Early will design a series of five prints over the next five years to celebrate The Chico Experience. In collaboration with Chico Paper Company, he will donate a portion of the prints’ sales to the Chico State Alumni Association. The first print will be unveiled Oct. 8 at 5 pm at Chico Paper Company, owned by alums Greg Strong (BA, Asian Studies, History, ’91) and Jana Donoho-Strong (BFA, Fine Arts, ’92).}

Alumni Board Spring 2010 President Don Carlsen 1969, Chico Vice President Michelle Power 1992, Chico Treasurer Cathy Norlie 1989, Chico Secretary

Wildcats ON THE MOVE We want to hear from you—what you do for a living, for a hobby, for fun. Please send your update to Wildcats on the Move Coordinator Public Affairs and Publications California State University, Chico Chico, CA 95929-0040 E-mail Phone 530-898-4263 Note: Only cities outside California will include the state name.

Chris Clements 1997, Carmichael Ex Officio Members Paul J. Zingg, President, CSU, Chico Tim Colbie, 1992, Chico, Past President, CSU, Chico Alumni Association

Bob Linscheid 1976, CSU Trustee Dino Corbin 1975, President, Chico Chapter Joseph Igbineweka 2009–2010, AS President Board Members Susan Weinreich Best 1979, Chico Rick Callender 1994, San Jose Jeff DeFranco 2000, Eugene, Oregon Roxanne Gilpatric 1977, Santa Rosa Amber Johnsen 2004, San Francisco Sanjay Khandelwal 1989, Los Gatos Frank Marinello 1991, Chico Roberta Mendonca 1963, West Sacramento Pamela Montana 1978, Danville David Pegos 1994, Sacramento Shannon Phillips 1981, Redding Clark Porter 1948, Chico Jimmy Reed 2003, 2008, Rio Linda Candy Solari 1967, Chico Cassandra Sotelo 2000, Stockton Susan Anderson Executive Director

Alumni Chapters and Clubs African American Club Tray Robinson 1996, President Bay Area Chapter Alicia Schwemer 2001, President Chico Chapter Dino Corbin 1975, President Sacramento Chapter Ryan Wagner 2003, President

1960s SHARI EDWARDS (AB, Education, ’61) published the memoir Sometimes, Memories Are All We Have, which contains essays about what she learned after the death of her husband. Edwards wrote for Tri-County Newspapers from 1998 to 2001. She lives in Willows. PETE KRONER (AB, Education and Credential, ’64; MA, Psychology, ’68) is enjoying his seventh year of retirement from the Chico Unified School District, where he served as a school counselor and administrator for 34 years. His travels since retirement have included India, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Europe, Patagonia, New Zealand, Mexico, and New England.

1970s JAMES “JIM” ANDERSEN (BS, Accounting, ’70) is the founding partner of Andersen & Company LLP and current partner in the consulting business valuation and litigation practice area of Burr Pilger Mayer in Santa Rosa. Over the past 20 years, he has been involved in more than 700 business valuation and litigation assignments. He lives in Santa Rosa and enjoys physical fitness, golf, and spending time with his four grandchildren during his time off. ROBERT “BOB” CRIDDLE JR. (BA, Social Science, ’71) and wife RUTH “RIKI” CRIDDLE (BA, Liberal Studies, ’80; Credential, ’82) are co-authors of Hammonton and Marigold, about gold dredging in towns located east of Marysville from 1904 to 1956. DARYL DRUMMOND (BA, Social Welfare, ’71) founded Drummond Engines after years of working with Mazda and building rotary and commercial engines. Since 1971, he has been actively involved in Mazda racing with an emphasis in the Sports Car Club of America, where users of his products have netted nine national championships. Drummond has recently worked on projects in the Bahamas and Belgium. He and wife Becki live next to their shop in Rogue River, Oregon.

JAMES MALACHOWSKI (BA, Biological Sciences, English, ’73; MA, Botany, ’75) founded Gourmet Mushroom Products in 1991. He produces and sells organic home mushroom growing kits and related products. He played, coached, and refereed soccer for 20 years, and his hobbies include snow skiing and traveling. He and wife Sharon (see photo right), a professional award-winning quilter, have two children and two grandchildren. They live in Sebastopol. ROBERT AVERSANO (BA, Humanities, ’74) teaches wildland firefighting courses in the Natural Resources Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He previously spent 33 years forest firefighting in the Los Padres National Forest. “I enjoy teaching at Cal Poly, SLO,” he says, “but someone has to walk through with a Chico State alumni T-shirt.” STEVE FLOWERS (BA, Social Science, Philosophy, ’74; MA, Social Science, ’77) recently published his book The Mindful Path Through Shyness: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help Free You from Social Anxiety, Fear and Avoidance. He is founder and director of the mindfulness-based stress-reduction clinic at Enloe Medical Center and works in a private practice as a psychotherapist. MARK TOTTEN (BA, Public Administration, ’74) was recently honored by the Lassen County Board of Supervisors for 59 years of continuous service. He had also been an elected member of the Lassen County Board of Education for two four-year terms. He is currently completing 10 years of service on the statewide Health Benefits Committee of the 36,000-member Retired Public Employees Association of California. ADELE ARNOLD (BA, Speech Pathology and Audiology, ’75) took over as Tuolumne County’s chief probation officer last July. In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her a member of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Corrections Standards Authority Board. She and her husband moved to the area after her work at the Siskiyou County Probation Department. DOUG CORT (MA, Psychology, ’75) co-authored the chapter “The Aging Heart” in the new book Awakening to Aging: Glimpsing the Gifts of Aging. He is a clinical psychologist and associate clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UC Davis. Since 1992, Cort has directed the Psychology Section of the Preventive Cardiology Program at UC Davis Medical Center. He is also the director of psychology services at St. Helena Hospital’s Center for Behavioral Health, where he oversees a training program for doctoral students. RICHARD MORTON (BS, Business Administration, ’75) works with a business consulting company helping small- to medium-sized businesses in the SalinasCHICO STATEments


Wildcats ON THE MOVE Gilroy-San Jose corridor. He says he is putting his terrific business education from CSU, Chico to use helping companies analyze and improve sales, cash flow, and profit margins; provide exit and succession strategies; reduce tax burdens; and much more. JOYCE (KNOX) SCHIPPER (BA, German, Music, ’75; Credential, ’76) retired in June 2009 from Flowery Elementary School in Sonoma, where she was principal for six years. She spent 33 years as a school administrator and teacher. She received her master’s degree from Sonoma State and was honored as a Fulbright Exchange Administrator to Argentina in 2008. Schipper lives in Petaluma with husband JACK (BA, History and Music, ’75), who retired as a high school administrator in 2006.

RopeWalk Press at Southern Indiana University for the poetry chapbook Casa Marina. She is an associate professor at Minnesota State University, where she teaches creative writing (poetry and nonfiction) and literature courses.

Schools as a substitute teacher and high school tennis coach. Constable plays competitive tennis and volunteers with American Red Cross, including a deployment in Alabama after Hurricane Katrina. She and husband Keith have two children.

BRON TAYLOR (BA, Religious Studies, ’77) has published Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future (University of California Press, 2009). He has an MS in theology from the Fuller Theological Seminary and a PhD in religion from the University of Southern California.

DAN GAYALDO (BA, Physical Education, ’80; Credential, ‘81) took over as Del Oro High School’s principal last July after working at the school for 19 years and serving as vice principal for the past three. He and his family live in Rocklin.

RICK LOPEZ (BA, Physical Education, ’76) took over as Carmel High School’s principal last July after working in education for almost 20 years.

WILLIAM (BILL) ORR (BS, Geology, ’78) is the executive director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools based in San Francisco. He previously spent 30 years working for the state of California, including managing the Green Building and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing programs for the California Integrated Waste Management Board from 2000 to 2007.

CANDACE BLACK (BA, English, ’77) was the winner of the 2009 Thomas Wilhelmus Award from

VIKKI (DENNY) CONSTABLE (BA, Recreation Administration, ’79) is employed by Modesto City


STEVE DAVIS (BS, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, ’81) started his own e-zine, The Master Facilitator Journal, which has about 5,000 subscribers worldwide. He has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Santa Monica and a master’s in administration from CSU, Bakersfield. RICHARD “KAM” JACOBY (BA, Art, ’81) is a photographer. He just published a book of his work, Layers: Composite Photographs from the Lompoc Valley. Jacoby holds an MFA in photography from the University of Illinois and a BFA in graphic

Engineering a Creative Career an Gonzales’s path has taken him from the sciences to the arts. But Gonzales (BS, Civil Engineering, ’86) doesn’t see much of a disconnect between his training as a civil engineer and his job as the chief creative director of Fifth Sun, a Chico-based graphic design and distribution company with a global reach. They currently occupy a 44,000-squarefoot custom-designed building owned by Gonzales. “Much of each is problem solving on a daily basis—particularly creative problem solving,” he says. “In civil engineering, you basically are evaluating data or information or criteria and trying to come up with a solution. The world of business is not much different: Those who come up with creative, costeffective solutions and can visualize outcomes are the ones who are successful. But then, of course, you have the product that comes into play.” In Gonzales’s case, “the product” is the licensed and private-label clothing Fifth Sun designs and distributes to more than 3,500 stores nationwide. They design and print T-shirts and other clothes for clients as varied as Carlos Santana, Gibson Guitar, Warner Brothers, HBO, Paramount Studios, Guinness, and Dan Gonzales (left) works with CSU, Chico intern Max Zavala at Fifth Sun headquarters. Nickelodeon. They currently hold more than 60 tations and tours for graphic design and business classes. licenses such as these and sell to most national retailHis career in graphic design began as a collaboration with his ers such as Kohl’s, Walmart, Target, and Urban Outfitters. Gonzales says his experience at CSU, Chico was a little different brother in the Homies Brand. A year later, in 1994, Gonzales estabfrom that of the typical college student—he married and raised lished Aztlan Graphics, which then became Fifth Sun. The business his infant daughter while in school. “I felt maybe a higher sense is still located in Chico, an unusual choice for a clothing company. “In this industry, you are usually talking New York and of responsibility in college than most students there,” he says. “Overall the experience was very positive. My instructors were Los Angeles,” he says. “Northern California is like half-speed. excellent and flexible with me and my schedule. I still maintain Sometimes this is good, sometimes it’s not so good. It can be a challenge to get people with fashion merchandising degrees contact with many of my professors after 25 years.” Gonzales, a 2002 CSU, Chico Distinguished Alumnus, continues to come to Chico. But those who do come end up to be more to recognize the importance of his engineering training by spon- people-centered. I am surrounded by good people.”} Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications soring a student scholarship in civil engineering and doing presen-



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Wildcats ON THE MOVE design from Otis/Parsons School of Design. SUSAN RIBARDIERE (BS, Business Administration, ’82) has taught fourth and fifth grade at Snow School in Napa for the past 18 years. She recently completed an intense seven-day immersion into early American history at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute, which provides participants with interactive teaching techniques to become mentor teachers. LINDA RUSSELL-SCHEET (BA, Liberal Studies, ’82; Credentials, ’83) was recently hired as the Chowchilla Elementary School District’s assistant superintendent. She has 19 years of classroom experience. She received a California Literature Project Certificate from Sonoma State in 1998, a Reading Recovery Certificate from Fresno State in 1999, and an Administrative Services Credential and master’s degree from Stanislaus State. JOHN CONOVER (attended fall ’80–spring ’83) is a managing partner of Cade Winery in St. Helena. He calls it the “greenest” winery in California. He is also a partner in PlumpJack Winery and the Carneros Inn with Gordon Getty and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. MARY ANNE DAVIS (BS, Business Administration, ’83) was named vice president of marketing by TechniQuest Associates Inc., a full-service electronic product design firm in Grass Valley. She also serves on the boards of the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City and the Sierra Master Chorale. HARLEY ROBERTSON (BS, Business Administration, ’83) recently joined the Soquel Union Elementary School District as its superintendent of business. TARA PERRIN-PREUS (BS, Business Administration, ’86) is a financial planner with Woodbury Financial Services. She lives in Yuba City with her husband and two sons. ALISON WONG (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’86) designs scrapbook pages, rubber stamps, and paper products. She licenses her artwork to manufacturers including Creative Imaginations, Hampton Arts, and Creative Converting. She owned Memories for the Making, a scrapbooking store in Lodi, for nine years. Wong lives with her husband and young daughter in Lodi. CHRIS HILL (BA, Psychology, ’87) works out of her home as a Web site administrator for, an online resource for women. She lives in Mission Viejo with her husband and three children. KAREN BENKE (BA, English, ’88) has published her second book, Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing, aimed at getting kids excited about writing. She lives with her husband and son in Marin County, where she recently embarked on her 17th year as a poet-teacher in the California Poets in the Schools program. Visit her at TIMOTHY DAVIS (BA, Physical Education, ’89; Credentials, ’91; MA, Physical Education, ’93) has been named the 2010 Outstanding Professional Award recipient by the Adapted Physical Activity Council of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education,

Recreation, and Dance. He is an assistant professor of physical education at SUNY Cortland.

1990s LYNDA WILSON (BS, Mathematics, ’91) is in the Navy and serving in the Middle East. She has a master’s degree from CSU, Sacramento and a degree in analytical math from The Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey. PATRICIA SAMPLEY KRUPNIKOFF (BA, English, ’92) became a certified English teacher in spring 1999 through the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and she has been teaching English and British literature courses at Bristol Eastern High School ever since. She lives with husband Henry and their three children.


CRAIG LINDSLEY (BS, Chemistry, ’92) is editor-in-chief of a new American Chemical Society Journal, ACS Chemical Neuroscience. He is associate professor of pharmacology and chemistry at Vanderbilt University. DONNA ZIMMERMAN (BS, Nursing, ’92) is the owner of a BrightStar Healthcare franchise in Chico. The agency provides medical and nonmedical home care for private clients. Zimmerman is also a registered nurse. GREGG MCKENZIE (BS, Geography, ’93) is an independent consultant with expertise in restoration, mitigation, environmental permitting, and land acquisition. His owns the McKenzie Land Company in Rocklin. He is also on the board of directors of the Placer Land Trust, a City of Rocklin planning commissioner, and member of the Placer County Conservation Plan Biologic Working Group. He lives in Rocklin with wife Tiffany and two sons.

A Commitment to Service

arlier this year, Mary Kight became the first female adjutant general of the California National Guard and the first African American female National Guard adjutant general in the nation. She was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Feb. 1, 2010. Kight (BA, Social Welfare, ’73) has served the California National Guard for nearly 25 years, most recently as assistant adjutant general. “This appointment means a great deal to me because it allows me to continue my service to the citizens of this state and also to the soldiers and the airmen and civilians who support the California National Guard,” says Kight. “It is, if I can use one word, an honor to serve as AG for this great state.” As adjutant general, Kight leads more than 22,000 soldiers and airmen. “We train so that we are prepared to respond to the federal call—which means we may deploy overseas—and we also train so that we can respond to any needs here for our governor if there is a reason for us to respond within California, such as the fires of the past,” she says. “We provide that support, not only independently, but also in coordination with other agencies in the state.” Kight also emphasizes the role of service people’s families—spouses, parents, and children—as part of the support structure of the California National Guard, as well as a civilian staff. Part of Kight’s success she attributes to qualities she developed while working her way through college in the reference section of Meriam Library: “As a college kid, I wanted to ride my bike every once in a while and do those sorts of things, but I also had to work—learning to manage my time and manage my resources in addition to my formal education was extremely important to me. I learned to prioritize the things that I may have needed over the things that I wanted.” “One of the other things that Chico State provides—and I’m going to say that in the present tense, I certainly experienced it in the past tense—is the classroom environment that allowed me to share ideas,” she adds. “There was the exchange of ideas and concepts and questions and answers.” And Kight, a 2007 CSU, Chico Distinguished Alumna, did manage her time well enough to spend hours riding her bike through Bidwell Park, “one of my favorite places.” She also remembers the support structure on campus, especially the services available to students—“wherever you went, there was always someone to help you.”} Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications CHICO STATEments


Wildcats ON THE MOVE LAURA TAYLOR (BA, Political Science, ’95) is an intellectual property litigator at Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, a West Coast business and complex litigation law firm. This year she was appointed to the Online Trademark Use Subcommittee of the Internet Committee by the International Trademark Association. BRUCE GROVE (BA, Geography, ’97) is vice president of planning at the Sacramento office of RBF Consulting. He has 14 years of professional experience in environmental planning at RBF. JENNIFER HESLA (BA, Art, ’97) works in Maryland as a second-grade teacher. She recently returned from a year of teaching and traveling on a Fulbright Teacher exchange in the United Kingdom. During her travels, she met her fiancé in Cairo, Egypt, and will be getting married in June 2010.

2000s SHAYNA (GRAHAM) CARNEY (BS, Recreation Administration, ’00; MA, Recreation Administration, ’04) and husband Luke welcomed their first child, Dylan, on June 22, 2009. They live in Kauai, Hawaii, where she works as a supervisory


park ranger at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. They hope Dylan will become a fourth-generation Chico State graduate, says Carney. MELISSA MUNOZ (BA, Psychology, ’05) is enrolled in the Educational Specialist Degree program at CSU, Sacramento. She lives in Sacramento and is employed as a school psychologist by the El Dorado County Office of Education. ERICA FLORES (BS, Agricultural Business, ’07) had her first art show, “Faces of Change,” featured at the Health Gallery of Santa Barbara last summer. She is currently the CrossCultural Leadership Center program coordinator at Chico State. BRIAN HOSTETTER (BA, Criminal Justice, ’07) graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey, in 2009. THOMAS PATTY IV (BS, Construction Management, ’07) is currently the vice president/superintendent of TAP Development and is applying to graduate school in the Netherlands for the 2010–2011 term. He plans to study international business management or business administration in small business and entrepreneurship. MAGHAN HUNT (BA, Communication Design Media Arts, ’09) is the sports and education reporter at the Anderson Valley Post. She previously worked as a communications liaison to secure entertainment and musical acts at NASCAR events.

Marriages/Anniversaries HARRY GREENWOOD (attended spring ’53–fall ’56) and wife Joann celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary during a family gathering hosted by their son and daughter-in-law. They were married Aug. 20, 1949, at First Baptist Church in Chico. They have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild and live in Chico. CARL (BA, Industrial Arts, ’75; MA, Industrial Arts, ’83) and IRENE (FOX) (BA, Spanish, ’76) JONES celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary April 7, 2009, with a trip to the big island of Hawaii. Carl retired after 32 years with Kern Community College District as a professor of automotive technology. Irene was a reading tutor in Bakersfield. They will retire to Glide, Oregon, build Carl’s dream shop and house, and live the “pioneer lifestyle.” ROXANNE ENGLISH (BA, English, ’91; Credentials, ’96; Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, ’06) married Mark Barish June 20, 2009. She works for the Orland Unified School District, and he works for Access Softek. They live in Chico. DARCIE WILLIAMS (BS, Instructional Technology, ’94) married Jarrod Gerbaud Oct. 3, 2009, at Windfall Weddings Estate in Grass Valley. She is a general manager at Video Library, and he works at Westin Engineering. They live in Rocklin. PATRICK CARRAS (BA, Physical Education, ’02; Credential, ’03; MA, Kinesiology, ’09) and TORI HELMS (BS, Mathematics, ’03; Credential, ’06) were married June 12, 2009, at Bella Montagna. He works at Mountain View High School. They live in San Jose.

Join Us for Summer Send-Off

ummer is such an exciting time for those of us fortunate enough to work at the University. During the early summer months, we watch as new incoming Chico State students and their families attend Summer Orientation sessions as we gear up for the coming academic year. Each August, just before the start of the new academic year, the Chico State Parent Advisory Council celebrates incoming students with a series of Summer Send-Off

events. These Send-Offs bring together new students, returning Chico State students, parents and families of students, and alumni for a very fun evening of interaction and sharing of the Chico Experience. Please join us!

2010 Summer Send-Off Schedule Monday, Aug. 2, 6–8 pm........................ Los Angeles Tuesday, Aug. 3, 5:30–7:30 pm.............. Costa Mesa Wednesday, Aug. 4, 6–8 pm. ................. San Diego Thursday, Aug. 5, 5–7 pm. ..................... Sacramento Monday, Aug. 9, 5–8 pm........................ Napa Tuesday, Aug. 10, 6–8 pm...................... Redwood City Wednesday, Aug. 11, 6–8 pm. ............... Fremont Thursday, Aug. 12, 5:30–7:30 pm. ......... Danville Alumni, parents, and returning students add a lot to these events, making the experience much richer and more valuable for our incoming students. To RSVP, please call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 530-898-6472, or e-mail The full schedule can be found at

Parents and students enjoy last year’s Summer Send-Off.



Wildcats ON THE MOVE

KATIE LEE HENDERSON (BA, Liberal Studies, ’04; Credential, ’08) and KYLE RUSTEN (BS, Business Administration, ’05) were married in Santa Cruz on July 10, 2009. They honeymooned in Rome, Florence, and Santorini. She is a physical education teacher at Manzanita Elementary School, and he is a certified public accountant for Matson & Isom. They live in Chico. CHARLENE HEAL (BS, Business Administration, ’05) and KEVIN IWATA (BA, Art, ’06) were married July 25, 2009, in Livermore. They live in Seaside. DYLAN HEYM (BS, Exercise Physiology, ’05) married Amanda Reimer on Oct. 3, 2009, at Neighborhood Church in Chico. He works for San Francisco Legal, and she works in visual design and display at Macy’s. They live in Pleasanton. JORDAN WILLIAMS (BS, Business Administration, ’05) married Julee White on May 16, 2009, at the White Ranch. He works for Ray Morgan Co. They live in Chico. A.J. RAMSEY (BA, Spanish; BS, Exercise Physiology, ’06) married Katie Radcliff on Oct. 18, 2008, in the Capay Valley. He is a field representative of Vaccines for Children, the immunization branch, in Sacramento. She is a full-time nanny. They live in Sacramento. NICK COY (BS, Agriculture, ’07) and MEGAN ANDERSON (BS, Agriculture, ’08) were married Aug. 1, 2009, in St. Helena. Both work in the wine and viticulture industry and live in the Napa Valley. LINDSEY WATTS (BA, Liberal Studies, ’08) and BLAKE BURNHAM (current graduate student) were married Aug. 8, 2009. Lindsey is a retail manager, and Blake is working toward his master’s degree while employed by the Temecula Unified School District. They live in Temecula. DARREN HOLMAN (BA, Criminal Justice, ’09) married Tannika Zebley on Oct. 7, 2009, and celebrated at a reception in Chico. He is a specialist in the U.S. Army. They live in Chico. CRYSTAL MUIR PIERCE (BS, Nursing, ’09) married Sam Dibble Sept. 26, 2009, at Centerville Estate. She works at Oroville Hospital, and he is self-employed in Web design. They live in Paradise. ASA JAMES ROBINSON (BA, English and Linguistics, ’09) and SAMANTHA MICHELLE WILSON (BS, Mathematics, ’09) were married Aug. 15, 2009, in Red Bluff. She has been accepted into the teaching credential program, and he completed his teaching credentials in spring 2010.} Anna Harris and Samantha Gasper, Public Affairs and Publications

Serving Disabled Youth in the UAE


s a member of the royal family of the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi says she feels a lot of responsibility to be a role model and to help others. “Back home we have to do things for the people for them to accept us as their royals,” says Al Qasimi. “We have a saying, ‘The master of the people is their servant.’ ” Since graduating from CSU, Chico in 1982 with a BA in psychology, Sheikha Jameela has served her people well, most notably as director general of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS). The mission of SCHS, a local charitable organization providing services to more than 2,700 people with disabilities from birth to 25 years of age, is to change society’s attitude and behavior toward the disabled and affect government policies in favor of those with special needs. “The attitude is very important because people act on their attitudes,” she says. “We want people to believe that disabled persons have the same rights as everybody else. So first we have to change the way people look at disability, and maybe they will offer better jobs and have better-accessible places.” SCHS aims to pave the way to a bright future for both mentally and physically challenged children, giving them confidence and a chance to live in society with equal opportunities. “Trying to help them see the value of work, that work is important and you don’t wait and get help from other people,” she explains. “Our ultimate goal is to have them independent with jobs, living on their own.” Sheikha Jameela (not pictured at her request) has been instrumental in helping shape government policy for the disabled in the United Arab Emirates as well as setting up new services for the disabled and their families, including schools for deaf and hard of hearing, mentally handicapped, and autistic children. Sheikha Jameela earned her Executive MBA in 2004 from the American University of Sharjah. She is currently seeing one of her dream projects come to fulfillment with the establishment of a one-of-a-kind private center for psychiatric and mental patients in Sharjah. She is also helping to establish a center for early intervention for at-risk children in Cairo, Egypt. Sheikha Jameela attended CSU, Chico after learning about it from her cousin Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi (BS, Computer Science, ’81). Sheikha Jameela returned to Chico in April to be honored as the 2010 Distinguished Alumna for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She says that her time at CSU, Chico helped her find her voice. “It was the basis of what I became afterward,” she says. “I learned to be independent. I learned to have a word and an opinion, and I learned to go for it.”} Marion Harmon, Public Affairs and Publications

Photos courtesy SCHS

KRISTINE ANN PERRY (BS, Business Administration, ’03; Master of Business Administration, ’08) and CASEY JOHN COLLINS (BS, Biological Sciences, ’09) were married June 6, 2009. She works for Evergreen Health Care. They live in Chico.



Wildcats IN OUR THOUGHTS In Memoriam–Alumni 1930s ENIS LONGNECKER (AB, Education, ’34) died July 16, 2009, at age 97. She was an educator for 37 years, teaching Spanish at Hayward High School. She was a member of St. Leander’s Church in San Leandro and maintained close ties to her family in Italy. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence. VINCENT “ERNIE” NELSON (AB, English, ’38) died Aug. 2, 2009, in Sonoma. Born in Louisiana, he was raised and educated in Durham. In 1944 he entered the military and served as a U.S. Army chaplain for 25 years, rising to colonel prior to his retirement in 1969. Nelson was predeceased by wife Edith and is survived by daughters Karen and Linda Ann, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

1940s ROBERT DUTTON (AB, English, ’48) died Sept. 21, 2009, at age 86. He taught at Franklin High School in Stockton and later at San Joaquin Delta College, where he served as division chair. “He always spoke highly of Ruby Jones, his English teacher at Chico State who taught him to write,” says his estate executor. Dutton earned his PhD at University of the Pacific. He is survived by son Scott. ZWISTA “SISSY” MONOHAN (AB, Commerce and Credential, ’48) died Aug. 18, 2009, at age 82. She taught typing and business math for more than 40 years. She was devoted to her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren, as well as tutoring and volunteering at St. Basil’s. She is survived by husband Charles, daughters Anna and Kay, and two grandchildren.

1950s WILLIAM BARTLETT (AB, Industrial Arts and

Credential, ’50; MA, Secondary School Curriculum and Methods and Credential, ’51) died Nov. 11, 2009, at age 88. He served as a naval pilot on an aircraft carrier and later taught in the Vallejo Unified School District for 35 years. He loved fishing, swimming, and spending time with his family. He is survived by wife Eleanor; children Kim, Todd, and Holly; and three grandchildren. VERNON BRUCE (AB, Education and Credential, ’50; MA, Elementary Curriculum and Methods, ’64) died Sept. 3, 2009, at age 86. He was with the Marine Corps for 22 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He served in World War II and Korea. After returning to the Chico area, he joined the Glenn County Office of Education and later became principal of Murdock School. In 2004, he and wife Pat received the Citizens of the Year Award from the Orland Historical and Cultural Society. Bruce is survived by Pat; children Stephen, Bill, and Luanne; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson. HELEN MURIEL POPE (AB, Education and Credentials, ’50) died Aug. 29, 2009, at age 79. She taught in many places in the North State, including Hamilton City, where she stayed for 22 years. After retirement, she worked as a consultant in the Capay school district and was active in the St. John’s Episcopal parish. She is survived by husband Bill; children Gary, Ronald, Diana, and Carol; and 11 grandchildren. ZEALAND HILLSDON-HUTTON (AB, Social Sciences, ’54) died June 1, 2009, at age 77. He attended seminary at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley and was ordained a priest in January 1958. For 50 years, Rev. Canon HillsdonHutton served many churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, where he was known as Fr. Zea. He is survived by an extended family of friends and co-workers. BETTY RUTH LEHMICKE ANDRE (AB, Language Arts and Credentials, ’55) died Sept. 14, 2009, at age 86. She served as a Navy recruiter in Illinois and then as a transport airman in Seattle from 1943

An All-Star Coach


LFRED “AL” DAVENPORT (BA, Physical Education, ’73; Credential, ’74) died in April 2010 at the age of 60. He was raised in Willows and attended Shasta Junior College before he was recruited to play football at Chico State. He was an All-Far Western Conference player and a 1st Team Little All Coast player for both years he played for the University. Upon graduation, Davenport accepted the head football coaching position at Princeton High School, where he took a team that hadn’t scored a touchdown the previous year to the North Coast Section Co-Championship in a three-year period. He also coached basketball at Princeton and taught four subjects. In 1979 Davenport went to Corcoran High School, where he was head football coach for three years. He coached



football, basketball, and track in Corcoran until 1999, when a quintuple heart bypass surgery forced him to give up coaching. He retired five years ago. Davenpor t, a 2000 Chico State Hall of Fame inductee, enjoyed life, particularly family, golf, friends, and the Central Coast. He was active in fundraising for Children’s Hospital Central California. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Clairen; sons Tyler and Dan; and six grandchildren.} Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications

to 1945, before raising three daughters and moving frequently as a military spouse. In 1968, she joined Spokane Community College as a vocational guidance counselor, then dean of women. She is survived by daughters Nancy, Wendy, and Marcy; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. JOHN RAGLAND (BA, Laboratory Technician Training, ’55) died Sept. 13, 2009. His graduate work at Chico State prepared him for his bioanalyst and microbiologist licenses. Ragland worked at Oroville Hospital until 1991. He and his wife loved to travel, visiting all seven continents and most of the United States. He is survived by wife Barbara; children Terry, Wendy, and Peggy; and six grandchildren. RONALD KOENIG (attended fall ’56, fall ’57, and spring ’58) died Aug. 14, 2009, on his 76th birthday. He was a U.S. Army sergeant with 57 master parachute jumps and received an honorary discharge after being shot down during a training exercise. He later became sheriff of Tehama County, and in 1985 was appointed chairman of the California Board of Prison Terms, where he served for 12 years—longer than any other chairman in California history. He sat in parole hearings for criminals such as Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan. He is survived by wife Patricia; children Teresa, Angela, Barry, and Bryan; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. DUANE THOMPSON (attended fall ’54–fall ’58) died April 5, 2010, at age 74. While at Chico State, he was a charter member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He worked for 51 years in television production, a majority of those years in Sacramento. Thompson is survived by wife Dorothy, son Tim, daughter April, and two grandchildren.

1960s LEE ALAN PEZZOLA (AB, Industrial Arts, ’62; Credential, ’63; MA, Industrial Arts, ’65) died Dec. 2, 2008, at age 72. He came to Chico State upon honorable discharge from the Marine Corps. He taught industrial arts, driver’s education, and math at Campolindo High School for 31 years. He also coached freshman football and served as assistant principal and athletic director. Pezzola is survived by wife Carolin; children Cara, Christopher, and Anthony; three grandchildren; and one great grandson. WES WALSVICK (AB, Physical Education, ’65; Credential, ’66; MA, Education, ’76) died Oct. 15, 2009, at age 67. He had a successful career in education spanning more than three decades, which included teaching, coaching, and administering at Durham High School. In 1993, he was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements on the basketball court. His retirement was spent attending as many sporting events as possible and reading numerous books. He is survived by son Wade, daughter Lori, and six grandchildren. PAUL STREMEL (BS, Business, ’67) died April 24, 2009. A resident of St. Helena, Stremel retired from Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford as general manager. He is survived by wife Diane, daughter Emily, son Todd, and one granddaughter.

1970s JAMES SCOLES (BA, Social Science, ’70) died Oct. 12, 2009, at age 65. Scoles was a resident of Juneau

Wildcats IN OUR THOUGHTS for 21 years and worked for the Alaska Department of Corrections. He retired from the state in the late 1980s and moved to Oregon before returning to Alaska in 2002. He is survived by life partner Ramona, son Jason, and daughter Jennifer. GLEN ALLEN BONN (BA, Sociology, ’72) died Aug. 24, 2009, at age 62. He served in the U.S. Army. After graduating from Lincoln University with a juris doctorate in 1978, he opened his business, The Legal Source, in 1980, which he ran until 2004. Bonn had a love for music, baseball, classic cars, bowling, and spending time with his many close friends and family. He is survived by significant other Tamora Parr, brothers Bill and Rick, and cousin Marilyn Vogt. MARY (GRIFFIN) GRIFFITH (BA, Anthropology, ’72) died Aug. 3, 2009, at age 60. She was a seventh-grade science teacher in Santa Rosa, where she and husband Jim had been living for 22 years. She is survived by husband JIM GRIFFITH (BA, English, ’74). ROBERT GUNDERSON (BA, Industrial Arts, ’72; MA, Industrial Arts, ’74) died Oct. 18, 2009, at age 84. He was a teacher at Las Plumas High School. He also served as lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and worked as a civil engineer, contractor, and rancher. Gunderson loved to fly and restore World War II planes. He is survived by wife Loretta; children Arlyn, Cindy, Rob, and John; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. MICHAEL SHELLY ROSENTHAL (BA, Political Science, ’75) died in 2009 at age 56. He was a successful businessman and started the Santa Monica Mirror in 1999. He was also an athlete and loved camping and the outdoors. His friends and family will remember him for his warmth, kindness, and good humor. He is survived by wife Laurie and son Dylan.



JACK LAWRY (BS, Business Administration, ’80) died Oct. 5, 2009, at age 78. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired after 22 years as an air traffic controller. He served at numerous naval stations, including the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. After graduating from CSU, Chico, he served as bank manager of the Esplanade branch of First Interstate Bank. He is survived by Jean, his love of 55 years; children Janet, Renee, and Philip; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

PATRICIA LEE COTTER (BS, Agriculture, ’01; MA, Social Science, ’06) died Sept. 12, 2009, at age 59. She cherished time with her family and all of her dear friends. She is survived by children Angela, Derrick, and Jeb; and seven grandchildren.

CHRIS ANDERSON (BS, Computer Science, ’85; MS, Computer Science, ’91) died Dec. 3, 2009, at age 47. He had been working in Grass Valley since 2000 and was immediate past president of the Nevada County Chapter of the Depression-Bipolar Support Alliance. He is survived by wife Sheri; mother Linda; and sisters Elise, Beth, and Aileen. PATRICK LEE WISECARVER (attended fall ’83–spring ’86) died July 26, 2004, at age 41. While at CSU, Chico, he was a record-breaking wide receiver on the football team. He owned, operated, and carved ice sculptures for San Jose Ice Company. Wisecarver loved coaching his children Brittany and Colton and their teams in football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and golf.

1990s ANGELIQUE RENEE DAVIES (BA, Liberal Studies, ’98) died Oct. 29, 2009, at age 48. She served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1985, and later moved to Chico in 1995. She enjoyed art, reading, and spending time with her family. She is survived by husband Darrel and son Clyde.

GINA MAGGIO (attended fall ’07–spring ’09) died Oct. 5, 2009, at age 21. She came to Chico in 2007 from San Jose and was a communication sciences and disorders major with a minor in child development. She is survived by parents Larry and Jill; brothers Ryan, Larry Jr., and Anthony; and sister Lynette. MAX RICHARD ANDERSON (attended fall ’07–summer ’09) died Nov. 14, 2009, at age 20. He moved to Chico from San Rafael in 2007 and had many friends in the campus community. He is survived by mother Susan, father Bill, and sisters Peg and Pei Ja. REID ENGELBRECHT (attended fall ’08 and fall ’09) died Feb. 1, 2010, at age 19. He came to Chico from San Diego. Engelbrecht loved surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. He is survived by parents Chris and Hank, and sister Allison. SIMERDIP SINGH THIARA (attended spring ’08–fall ’09) died Dec. 14, 2009, at age 22. He transferred to CSU, Chico from Yuba College in 2008 and was in his third semester of the nursing program in the medical-clinical rotation. He is survived by parents Kuldip and Gurjit; sisters Raghbinder, Jasbir, and Rajvinder; and brother Jagmohan.} Anna Harris and Samantha Gasper, Public Affairs and Publications

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In Memoriam–Faculty and Staff SALVATORE CHARLES ANDRIOLA, Foreign Languages and Literatures, died Nov. 9, 2009, at the age of 79. An enthusiast of all things Italian, he taught Italian in the early 1990s and was a frequent guest on KCHO’s Opera Attic. He attended Princeton University, where he had classes with Eugene O’Neill and Albert Einstein. Andriola served in the U.S. Army Allied Occupation Forces in Austria and Italy during the Korean War. He is survived by wife Grace, four children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. ROLLAND “ROLLIE” DAVID BERGER, Regional and Continuing Education and Geography and Planning, died Feb. 18, 2010, at the age of 86. He was hired in 1973 as the campus’s first University Planner to run a planning and development program through Regional Programs. He then taught courses in Geography and Planning and championed sustainability long before it was popular. He and his students brought solar technology to campus. Berger retired in 1983. He was predeceased by wife Phyllis and is survived by children Jana, Kirk, and Jeffrey; and four grandsons. ROBERT “BOB” BESS, Student Records and Registration, died in July 2009 at age 74. He served as a registrar at Chico State College beginning in 1958, then got a doctorate at University of Southern California in 1972. Bess held posts at other CSU campuses, including interim vice president at Fresno State and executive vice president at Sacramento State. He was predeceased by wife Violet and is survived by his two children. PEGGY CATHLEEN TINDLE (BA, Psychology and Social Science, ’89; Master of Public Administration, ’93; Paralegal Certificate, ’96) died April 17, 2010, at the age of 55. She worked in the Office of Procurement and Contract Services from 1997 until 2010. She was hired by CSU, Chico in 1975 as a clerical assistant and retired in 2010 as a buyer III. Until her retirement, she was the buyer for Chico Statements—her expertise with the magazine’s printing contract and her wonderful sense of humor will be sorely missed by our staff. “Peggy was a dedicated and diligent employee who truly cared about the University and the quality of her work, which was impeccable,” says Sara Rumiano, director of Procurement and Contract Services. “She approached life with enthusiasm and relished vacations, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Our office will miss her wit, humor, straightforwardness, and overall presence.” Tindle and her three sisters all worked for 30 years or more at the University. She is survived by her mother Betty Tindle and sisters Betsy Navarra, Amy Boles, and Karen Tindle, all of Chico. Her father, Jack Tindle, preceded her in death.



LILIA CASILLAS, Meriam Library, died Dec. 26, 2009, at the age of 73. She worked in Meriam Library as the Current Periodicals supervisor from 1976 until her retirement in 1997. She returned in 1998 as a retired annuitant, working in Collection Management and Technical Services until 2004. Casillas is survived by husband Juan, son Sam, and daughter Frances. JOHN COPELAND, Student Health Services, died Aug. 25, 2009, at age 90. He attended UC Berkeley and joined the Navy in 1941. After graduating from UCSF Medical School, Copeland worked in Chico as a pediatrician and in private practice for 30 years. He then joined the medical staff at CSU, Chico for 15 years. In retirement, he traveled the world with his wife and was a volunteer for many organizations. Copeland is survived by wife Barbara, five children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. ROBERT FREEMAN, Business, died March 10, 2008, at the age of 92. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, received his PhD in economics from Purdue University, and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Milk Marketing Department for 25 years. After moving to Chico, he worked as an associate professor of marketing for 11 years. He retired in 1981. In 1998, at the age of 82, he competed in the 800meter swim in the U.S. Masters, achieving eighth in his age group. He is survived by wife Barbara; children David, James, Paula, and Hester; two stepchildren; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. MERILYN PATRICIA “PAT” GILMORE HOILAND (AB, Education and Credential, ’79), Student Affairs, died Nov. 30, 2009, at the age of 73. She was the executive assistant to Vice President for Student Affairs Paul Moore from 1982 to 1993. She also taught in Walnut Creek and worked at the International House at UC Berkeley before moving to Chico in 1977. Hoiland is survived by husband Ed, sons Eric and Sten, and two granddaughters. MARY HELEN MORRIS, Procurement Services, died Feb. 26, 2010, at the age of 75. She worked at CSU, Chico from 1972 until her retirement in 1988 and was the first woman on campus to hold the position of property purchasing manager. Before she was hired at the University, Morris was a loan officer at Beneficial Finance and worked for Lassen Savings. She is survived by husband Keith, daughters Denise and Diane, three grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. JAMES KENNETH O’TOOLE, Economics, died Dec. 19, 2009, at the age of 65. He had been a professor in the Department of Economics since 1984 and served as department chair since 2003. O’Toole had a BS and MA from the University of Detroit and a PhD from Virginia Tech. He is sur-

vived by wife Cathleen Coolidge, also a professor in the Department of Economics, and children Seamus and Caitlin. RAE ROSS, Natural Sciences and Physics, died Jan. 18, 2010, at the age of 88. She started work on campus in 1967 as secretary for the School of Natural Sciences and served as the secretary for the Department of Physics from 1968 until her retirement in 1988. After her retirement, she returned to work with the campus ROTC program for a few years. Ross is survived by daughter Shirley and son Mark. VIRGINIA SHERMAN (AB, Education and Credentials, ’60), Education, died Dec. 3, 2009, at age 72. She was supervisor of teacher credential candidates since 1999. Before coming to CSU, Chico, she taught at Bidwell Junior High School for 30 years. She also taught at International School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for seven years. She is survived by husband Walt, two children, and two grandchildren. MARY ALICE TRECHTER (MA, Education, ’73), Education, died Oct. 22, 2009, at age 87. Trechter supervised student teachers in the CSU, Chico Department of Education in the 1970s. She also taught in the Thermalito-Oroville-Palermo Center, where she worked with elementary teacher candidates. She later traveled several times per year as a consultant to schools in Hawaii and to work on wildlife conservation programs for children. Colleagues describe her as an avid reader who loved discussing current events, music, PBS and NPR, and working with children and young adults. GREG TROPEA, professor emeritus, Philosophy, died April 23, 2010, at the age of 59. He taught German and English at the Chinese Cultural University in Taipei before coming to CSU, Chico in 1986 as a visiting assistant professor in religious studies. He then taught in Philosophy and served as coordinator of the Logic and Critical Thinking program. He advocated for the rights and security of temporary faculty through the California Faculty Association and founded Humboldt Studios in Chico. Tropea is survived by wife Ko-Ko, daughter Gina, and two grandchildren. GARY VERCRUSE (BA, Industrial Arts, ’70), Facilities Management and Services, died Feb. 2, 2010, at the age of 62. He worked at CSU, Chico from 2003 to 2008. Durbin Sayers, manager of Custodial, Landscape and Grounds, and Moving Services says of Vercruse, “He loved this campus and was really in his element when he was out and about supporting events and showing off our arboretum.” Vercruse also worked for many years as an orchardist, business manager, and horticulture instructor. He is survived by wife Karen and daughter Jaime.} Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications

Chico State alumnus Warren Nelson (BA ’72, MA ’80) put himself through school by mowing lawns. He knows firsthand how hard it is to succeed when balancing studies and a job to make ends meet.

As a student, Warren Nelson really pushed to succeed.

For the past decade, Warren—now a financial advisor—has been a member of Chico State’s Heritage Circle, which offers many ways for donors to establish a plan that will help students or the University. Warren decided to create a future endowed scholarship through his life insurance policy to help students to succeed. This allows him to leave Chico State a legacy while receiving an immediate tax benefit. Gifts made through simple estate planning or charitable trusts are excellent ways to secure the future and a personal legacy. Like Warren Nelson, you too can provide a way for students to succeed. To learn how you can make the grass greener for our students, call our Office of Planned Giving toll-free at 877-862-4426 or e-mail Gary Salberg at



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At left, alums and friends celebrating at the Chico Chapter Alumni Barbecue in May.

Chico Statements Spring 2010  

Spring 2010 issue of Chico Statements, CSU, Chico's university magazine for alumni and friends.

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