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California State University, Chico  Fall 2010




Four minutes of joyous, all-out, foot-stomping dance kicked off the 2010 school year at Chico State. The Friday before classes started, President Paul Zingg was giving his annual speech in the Student Services Plaza to cap off Wildcat Welcome week. Suddenly, he was interrupted by a young woman spinning around and dancing to the opening strains of “You know, you make me wanna shout!” The dancer, student Pamela Carrasco, was quickly joined by waves of people twirling and jumping up and waving their arms in the air every time the Isley Brothers yelled “Shout!” At one point the group of about 120 began chanting “Chico, Chico, Chico” as they jumped up and down. From Ohio State to Oprah and the Black Eyed Peas, flash mobs are all the rage. While they look spontaneous, the ones with dance numbers are choreographed and practiced by the dancers ahead of time. This flash mob was actually Zingg’s idea, and with the support of Vice President for Student Affairs Drew Calandrella and AS Executive Director David Buckley, along with the student choreographers Carrasco and Haley Clement and WREC Group Exercise Fitness Coordinator Brooke Magnotta, they pulled off a great event. “The dance represents all the good things about Chico State— inclusion, teamwork, fun, pride, enthusiasm, collaboration, and being a part of something wonderful,” says Buckley. As the dancing ended and the energized crowd began to disperse, the school year was ushered in with a big high-five between the president and Willie the Wildcat. But the video of the event is forever preserved on YouTube—you can share in the fun at} Story by Melissa Cheatham and Marion Harmon. Photos by Chris Trudell.




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A Heritage of Trees

From the President’s Desk Celebrating campus and community


Editor’s Note For the love of trees...


Wes Dempsey, passionate protector of the campus arboretum

Campus Collage What’s happening at the University


In Memoriam Faculty and staff remembered



Alumni News The Chico Experience Week, 2010 Distinguished Alumni, Chapter News, Alum Highlights, Wildcats on the Move, and Wildcats in Our Thoughts





Professor emeritus Wes Dempsey, a steward of the University’s arboretum, examines cones from one of his favorite campus trees, a dawn redwood. Photo by Beiron Andersson

Study Abroad, Chico State Style Twelve alums consider their grand tour of Europe a high point of their college experience



Chico’s Brew Turns 30 A sampling of Professor Rob Burton’s book Hops and Dreams: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.




From the President’s Desk

Celebrating Campus and Community


Beiron Andersson

o one really knows when the phrase “the Chico experience” first appeared. Undoubtedly, it was felt before it was defined and it was personal before it was institutional. What is certain, though, is that just as no single event or story or value captures its full meaning, it can be linked to a set of activities and characteristics that adds up to something real and discernible. Throughout our recent and very successful reaccreditation process with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the team of visitors who came to the campus to assess our effectiveness marveled at the frequency with which “the Chico experience” was mentioned and the affection that accompanied the term. They praised the many presentations and forums that provided evidence of this phenomenon. But, as such groups usually do, they yearned for a clearer definition, a firmer handle with which to understand what was going on here under the banner of the phrase. They challenged us to do so for our own purposes, too, because such an understanding could contribute to an even stronger sense of institutional identity, purpose, and performance. Chico Experience Week is one of the ways we have responded to this challenge. Nearly 100 events, ranging from class and program reunions to athletic competitions and performing arts events, from guest lectures and faculty presentations to gallery openings and tours, filled this 10-day period with pride, connection, and appreciation. Most important, though, the week celebrated campus and community. Therein, I believe, is one of the keys to explaining what “the Chico experience” is. This issue of Chico Statements emphasizes several elements of how the relationship between campus and community has been formed and nurtured. Just as the city of Chico is known for its trees and Bidwell Park and the creeks that run through it, the Chico State campus is distinguished through the strong harmony between our built and natural environments. No one has been more responsible for the latter than Wes Dempsey. He has been the steward of our beautiful campus forest and most responsible for the arboretum status we have earned. As an emeritus professor he continues to be engaged with this place he loves. Just as Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the city of Chico are synonymous, the same is true between Ken Grossman’s successful enterprise and the University. As



To kick off the Chico Experience Week, President Paul Zingg helped artist Jake Early (’94) unveil his first Chico Experience print.

Rob Burton’s book on Sierra Nevada (excerpted in this issue) reveals, the connections are many. Particularly with respect to the shared town and gown value of sustainability, no one has championed its principles and practices more than Ken, and few universities anywhere can match Chico State’s commitment and leadership in this area. The third feature is less about the campus and city per se than it is about the bonds of community that form around a shared experience—a different kind of Chico experience—provided by the University. For 10 months in academic year 1959–1960, 50 students and five faculty traveled throughout Europe on an extended study abroad trip. This was an extraordinary undertaking, unique in the University’s history. The brainchild of history professor Lew Oliver, the trip was the adventure of a lifetime for many who took it. Their recollections form the heart of this article, and it is clear that their appreciation of their adventure has only strengthened after five decades. As much, then, as our Chico Experience Week was a celebration of the University today, it was a chance to affirm why what we do here matters and how deeply we touch the lives of those who have come here to live and study. For when place, purpose, and promise come together, wonderful things happen—like the shared values and experiences that foster meaningful lives and build strong communities.} —Paul J. Zingg, President


From the Editor

Editor | Marion Harmon

It is a crisp fall day, the kind of day that makes you forget the hot Chico summer and eases you into the cold of winter. Students rush to class, community members wander through campus, a tour group follows professor emeritus Wes Dempsey (in photo below) through the campus arboretum. I’m one of the tour group of 15 people. It feels like I’m part of an exclusive club privy to Wes’s vast storehouse of knowledge. In his lilting East Coast accent, he tells the tale of an old Southern magnolia or pine nut or Chico founder John Bidwell with so much enthusiasm and wonder that I would never guess he’s told it a thousand times before. His hands are forever in motion, picking up leaves and nuts and pointing out various features of the trees surrounding us. According to repeat tour takers, Wes gives a different version of the tour each time. If you haven’t yet been on one of Wes’s tours, I encourage you to take one, or just meander through campus sometime, observing the majestic trees and abundant plant life that make our campus feel like home. A map and guide to the university arboretum titled “Campus Trees” is available at the campus bookstore and at the Department of Biological Sciences office in Holt Hall. For tour information, call 530-898-6222.} —Marion Harmon (Master of Public Administration, ’07)

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Letters My Chico experience

After reading the article “Your Chico Experience” [spring 2010 Chico Statements, page 21], I was moved to share my story. While a participant in Chico’s first distance education classes using a satellite dish, I lived in Bridgeport, California, in the Eastern Sierras (pop. 500). Soon this changed to computer/internet classes. As an older student with a full-time job, I earned my bachelor’s degree. Now I have a Master of Arts in Teaching and teach at Lincoln City Career Tech High School, a charter school on the Oregon Coast. Thanks to Chico State pioneering online classes with the best teachers, I am highly qualified in my field. To say I am grateful would be an understatement. —Mary Ellen Griffing (BA, Social Science, ’03)

An outstanding professor

As a former student and friend of Dr. Lantis, I was delighted to read of his being named to the Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association Hall of Honor [spring 2010 Chico Statements, page 5). Dave Lantis was the best of several outstanding professors. He encouraged me and many other students to continue our studies in geography. He, along with Dr. Art Karinen, was responsible for my receiving a National Defense Education Act (NDEA) grant to the University of Florida, where I earned a PhD in 1972. Dr. Lantis’s influence on California geography was great, and he was well known throughout the United States. He is certainly deserving of any honors given him. —Harlan Hawkins (AB, Geography and Credential, ’59; MA, Social Science, ’67)

Remembering a hero

I was saddened to read “A Casual Hero” [fall 2009 Chico Statements, page 31], which reported the death of John R. Hicks Jr. (attended fall ’75–spring ’80). From 1975–1977, I came to know John through our mutual classes within the communication department. John was larger than life. His friendly and outgoing personality made it easy for him to make anyone’s acquaintance. His laid-back demeanor was complemented by his infectious laughter. John was an awesome chef, a fantastic piano player, and an all-around kind person. As I recall, he also worked as a DJ for local radio station KFMF. John had talents that knew no boundaries! I always felt he had the ability to live life to the fullest, and upon reading the myriad of John’s accomplishments, it seems he did just that. —Iralene (Gilliand) Holbrook (BA, Visual Communication, ’77)

A spirit of activism

A friend recently sent me the article “Chico’s Radical Past” [fall 2000 Chico Statements]. I spent 10 weeks in the administration halls during “No Guns on Campus.” After the strike I ran for student body president and worked with The Wildcat (to become Chico News & Review) to get guns off campus. After graduation from Chico State, I went to law school at the University of San Diego, clerked for the California Supreme Court, was a staff attorney at the Court of Appeal, and entered private practice. Now, in addition to my practice, I am an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne College of Law, and I sit as a judge pro tem when the courts need a hand. The strike helped instill a spirit of activism and a commitment to service in both my personal and professional life.} —Marian Tully (BA, Art, ’77) CHICO STATEments


Campus Collage Futbol in Spain: More than Just a Game


n spring 2010, nine CSU, Chico students were afforded the opportunity to examine firsthand the rivalry between Spain’s top two futbol teams as they spent two weeks in Spain getting footage for a documentary. The film focuses on the intense rivalry in futbol, known in the United States as soccer, between Real Madrid and Futbol Club (FC) Barcelona. Put together by Chico State alums Kelly Candaele (MA, Psychology, ’80), an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and Cathy Growdon (BA, SPPA, ’77; MA, SPPA, Services Credential, ’81), the group set out to uncover the deeper social, political, and cultural implications of this rivalry that is representative of larger nationalistic tensions. As Matt Robertson, a graduate student in history, describes it, in Spain “futbol is a dimension of politics … just wearing a jersey is making a political statement.” The concept for this documentary is rooted in Candaele’s interest in examining conflict resolution and politics from a unique perspective. His premise for the project is that futbol acts as a “safety valve for group tensions” and helps diffuse the nationalistic conflict between Barcelona and Spain, furthering the efforts toward peace. Candaele and Growdon previously took a group of CSU, Chico students to Northern Ireland to film a documentary on the peace process. The current group of students was responsible for camera, sound, and light operations,

structuring the film, editing, doing research, and conducting the interviews. The students spent months studying the historical and political factors that incited the deep-seated rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, primarily based in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939. As student Suzanna DiBenedetto points out, “It was fascinating to study the conflict and the role that futbol played in channeling the various idenThe film crew takes a break near Gaudi’s Casa Mila in Barcelona. tities of a divided country.” Fans of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona regard their teams as attend press conferences, and acquire representing much more than just a tickets to a game. hometown futbol team. The games, Robertson, the group’s historisaid Candaele, are larger representa- an, described it as his “most vibrant tions of “conflicting versions of Spanish learning experience,” with countless history, divergent political ambitions, hours of research on historical details. alternative ideas about state centraliza- DiBenedetto says, “Being able to travel tion vs. autonomy, and disparate cul- to Barcelona and Madrid and see for tural identities.” The students found that ourselves how a rivalry that was crethis rivalry, while intense and highly ated so long ago has perpetuated itself politicized, was not necessarily bad. through history was a truly enlightening Robertson points out that “it’s good for experience.” the whole country to get it out of their The result of this literal and intellecsystem,” and while it is something fans tual journey, a feature-length documenget worked up about, it is not some- tary, should premiere in December 2010 thing they are violent about. and will be aired in the United States In both Barcelona and Madrid, stu- and Spain.} dents were able to interview players, Jessica Young, Intern, Public Affairs observe practices, tour the facilities, and Publications

Forensic Scientists and Students Assist in San Bruno Fire Recovery


n Sept. 12, forensic anthropology faculty took a student team to the site of the Sept. 9 San Bruno natural gas explosions and fires, at the request of the San Mateo Coroner’s Office. Forensic scientists Eric Bartelink, Colleen Milligan, and Turhon Murad, from CSU, Chico’s Human Identification Laboratory, took 13 students and one recent graduate to assist with the fire scene recovery. The group assisted in the forensic archaeological excavation of a house, using archaeological tools to carefully uncover debris and evidence of human remains. Many agencies, including local police and fire rescue teams, cooperated in the effort. “In fire scene cases, the intensity of the fire may result in remains being burned and



fragmented to the point where the average person wouldn’t recognize what they were looking at,” says Bartelink, Human Identification Laboratory director. The archeological methods maximize the recovery of human remains, explains Bartelink. This is important, he says, to increase the likelihood of finding items, such as dental remains, that can be useful for making a positive identification. While bone identification and excavation techniques can be taught in a classroom, field experience accelerates the learning curve for students, says Milligan, a physical anthropologist. “For the San Bruno recovery, the students were meticulous in their approach to the recovery,” she says. “They worked as professionals and used teamwork to maximize how effective they were. That effort goes above what we can teach.” Graduate student Susan D’Alonzo confirmed the value of the on-site experience. “This was my first time involved in a recovery of such a large scale,” D’Alonzo said. “The area where we were working was quite large, but everyone from the University and those helping us worked diligently to complete the recovery. Knowing that our contributions helped in the overall scheme of things is quite rewarding.”} Kathleen McPartland, Public Affairs and Publications

Student Club Wins Award

CSU, Chico’s Associated General Contractors of America student chapter has been honored as the top chapter in the country for its efforts building transitional housing for victims of domestic violence. The chapter received the award for the Catalyst Blitz Build, which involved 160 students and many volunteers building two transitional living houses in nine days (see “Building Safe Havens,” spring 2010 Chico Statements). The award is given each year to the chapter that best exemplifies service to community, says David Shirah, chapter advisor and construction management faculty.

Computer Science Students Win ‘Battle of the Brains’

In a last-minute victory on Nov. 13 befitting intercollegiate sports more than academics, CSU, Chico computer science students got a final point in the waning moments against Stanford University’s top team and won the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Pacific Northwest Programming Contest, besting 74 other universities. CSU, Chico will compete against about 100 other schools at the 2011 World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), to be held Feb. 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. In its 35th year, the ICPC, also known as “The Battle of the Brains,” is sponsored by IBM. The contest requires teams of three students to try to solve 10 extremely difficult computer programming problems in a race against time and other student teams. Moaty Fayek, computer science department chair and team advisor, says about 8,000 universities around the world compete in the contest.

Recording Studio Named

Raymond Barker, founder of the Recording Arts Program at CSU, Chico, was twice surprised at the unveiling of the Department of Music’s renovated recording studio on Oct. 8. He heard, for the first time, that the studio would be named after him, and he learned of the creation of the endowed Raymond Barker Recording Arts Scholarship. The scholarship already has more than $18,000 in donations and is earmarked exclusively for recording arts students. “Naming the studio in Ray’s honor is an appropriate honor for an educator who has touched so many students’ lives,” says

Keith Seppanen, chair of the Department of Music, who was hired by Barker to help establish the Music Industry and Technology Programs. Many of the graduates from the programs have gone on to successful careers in the audio world with such groups and performers as Metallica, Toby Keith, Clint Black, and Digidesign.

Economist Receives Award

Michael Perelman, who has taught economics at CSU, Chico since 1970, received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Political Economy of the 21st Century from the World Association of Political Economy at its international conference in China in May. Perelman was one of eight recipients, three from the Chinese Academy of Science, one each from Japan and Bulgaria, and three from the United States. Perelman has authored dozens of journal articles and 19 books, including his most recent, The Confiscation of American Prosperity.

Launch of Hereford Program

Dave Daley, PhD, associate dean and University Farm administrator, conducted a three-year crossbreeding study and found an economic advantage to using Hereford bulls over Angus bulls in a predominately straight-bred Angus cow herd. Results of the study have generated significant national interest in establishing crossbreeding programs.

The research, funded by the Agricultural Research Initiative, the American Hereford Association, Lacey Livestock, Harris Ranch Feeding Co., and Harris Ranch Beef Co., found improvements in feed efficiency, animal health, and net economic return. As a result of the study, the American Hereford Association and other breeders donated cattle and embryos to help launch a Hereford program at CSU, Chico.

CSU, Chico Makes Best Business Schools List

For the fourth consecutive year, the College of Business at CSU, Chico has been cited by The Princeton Review for offering students an outstanding MBA program. The New York-based company features the school in their newly published The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition (Random House/Princeton Review). The review conducted a threeyear survey of students at the best Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-accredited MBA programs in the world and gathered statistical information on many more.

$1 Million Professional Development Grant Funded

Teacher PD-INC, a collaborative professional development project, recently funded through the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) for $1.01 million, will serve 120 teachers in the 33-county inland California region. Lead partners are CSU, Chico and Yuba City Unified School District. The three-year project is part of CPEC’s Improving Teacher Quality Program.}

Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award Honors Student Activist In September, Jillian L. Ruddell, the youngest director of the Associated Students Women’s Center, received the prestigious William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. As director of the AS Women’s Center, she initiated and organized the first and second Annual LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Leadership Conferences. In October, Ruddell also received the Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award, one of the University’s largest and oldest scholarship programs. A junior at CSU, Chico majoring in multicultural and gender studies, Ruddell continues her advocacy for social justice through her involvement in campus diversity issues. Recently, Ruddell received a summer stipend from the University Honors Program to develop a proposal for a Gender and Sexuality Equity Center at CSU, Chico—a center she hopes to have established before she leaves for graduate school.}



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Books by Faculty

Campus Collage HACCP Fundamentals Stephanie Bianco-Simeral, Nutrition and Food Science, and Patrick Doyle, Agriculture (Kendall Hunt, 2010, 140 pages) This food safety textbook supplements training on the fundamental principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point. Realism’s Others Geoffrey Baker, English Co-editor with Eva Aldea (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010, 315 pages) Realism’s Others examines the strategies by which realist narratives create the idea of difference, whether that difference is class, ethnicity, epistemology, nationality, or gender. These essays suggest that neither realist narrative nor narratives positioned as anti-realist take otherness for granted; rather, they actively create difference. Clarissa: The Eighteenth Century Response, 1747–1804, volumes one and two Editor: Lois E. Bueler, English (AMS Press, 2010, 624 pages, vol. 1; 342 pages, vol. 2) These volumes, Reading Clarissa and Rewriting Clarissa, assemble British, Continental, and American responses to Samuel Richardson’s popular and influential novel Clarissa. They include essays, letters, newspaper articles, references in other novels, and dramatic adaptations. The Unlikely Buddhologist: Tiantai Buddhism in Mou Zongsan’s New Confucianism Jason Clower, Religious Studies (Brill, 2010, 279 pages) The Unlikely Buddhologist explains why the ardent champion for Confucianism Mou Zongsan dedicated a decade of his life and several books to writing about Buddhist philosophy and what he thought its lessons are. Lives and Times: Individuals and Issues in American History Since 1865 Robert Cottrell, History Co-editor with Blaine T. Browne (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009, 304 pages) Lives and Times acquaints students with major issues in American history through the lives of individuals whose activities and ideas were crucial in shaping the nation’s history. Readers will find themes spanning political, economic, social, cultural, intellectual, and military history.



The Story of Another Child’s Christmas in Wales Lynn H. Elliott, English (Memoir Books, 2010, 104 pages) These humorous stories from the perspective of an 11-year-old boy tell of the laughs, love, and boisterous family fun at Christmastime. Adapted for the stage by William J. Johnson. Fit & Well: Core Concepts and Labs in Physical Fitness and Wellness, ninth edition Thomas Fahey, Kinesiology, with Paul Insel and Walton Roth (McGraw-Hill, 2010, 512 pages) Fit & Well is designed to help students understand why they should make healthy choices and how they can change unhealthy patterns, and gives them the tools to do it. Also available with multimedia components and a Daily Fitness and Nutrition Journal. Quake! Mike Graf, Child Development (Pearson Australia, 2010, 71 pages) This story, for readers 9–12 years old, is about a boy with a stray dog who gets trapped within the rubble of a collapsed building due to an earthquake. Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities, second edition Carol J. Huston, Nursing (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009, 528 pages) This textbook emphasizes critical thinking and values clarification, and coverage includes the nursing shortage, mandatory staffing ratios, violence in nursing, legal and ethical issues, career advancement and evaluations, and best practices. The Actor’s Job: Defining, Doing and Getting the Work Cynthia Lammel, Theatre (Kendall Hunt, 2010, 120 pages) This textbook integrates many aspects of the artistic journey as well as explores the necessary business savvy and job market realities. ¿Que Fronteras? Mexican Braceros and a Re-examination of the Legacy of Migration Editor: Paul Lopez, Sociology (Kendall/Hall Publishers, 2010, 336 pages) This is a collection of original contributions from scholars on the former U.S.-Mexico Bracero Program. Lopez served as editor and contributed two chapters for this book authored by Vivian Price.

Math Wise! Over 100 Hands-On Activities that Promote Real Math Understanding, second edition Jim Overholt, Education, and Laurie Kincheloe, Mathematics and Statistics (Jossey-Bass/Wiley & Sons, 2010, 430 pages) Teachers can use this book and its activities to help students understand the math behind the questions on most standardized tests. The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Americanization, De-Americanization, and Racialized Ethnic Groups Sherrow O. Pinder, Political Science (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, 245 pages) This book analyzes the distinctive effectualness that Americanization and deAmericanization serve in harboring and maintaining the racial status quo. Chemistry in the Laboratory, seventh edition James M. Postma, Chemistry and Biochemistry Co-author with J.L. Robert and J.L. Hollenberg (W. H. Freeman and Company, 2010, 550 pages) This edition features 43 experiments, including new explorations of drinking water, forensic chemistry, and green chemistry with precise instructions, illustrations, and an emphasis on safety. Seeking Integrity in Teacher Education: Transforming Student Teachers, Transforming My Self Ann Katherine Schulte, Education (Springer Netherlands, 2010, 152 pages) This self-study addresses the question: How much can one affect and change the discourse within education when one also inhabits the characteristics that are privileged by the institution? College Sex: Philosophy for Everyone Robert M. Stewart, Philosophy Co-editor with Michael Bruce (John Wiley & Sons, 2010, 256 pages) College Sex investigates philosophical and moral issues relating to the sexual practices and relations of college students, exploring a range of ethical issues, including dating, cheating, and drug and alcohol use.} Buy these books at, e-mail, or call 866-282-8422.

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The Powerful Story of a Bosnian Soccer Player



hen I was 4 we heard a loud bang that woke all of us up. My grandma’s house was right next to us so we went over there. Then the Serbian soldiers came and killed my grandma in front of all of us.” That is how Ferid Celosmanovic’s story begins. But it is only the opening chapter. The native of Brcko, Bosnia, has risen far above that dark night to become a shining example to all who hear his story. Celosmanovic is an engaging young man with hopeful eyes and a childlike smile that quickly avert one’s attention from his flashy earrings and Mohawk haircut. He exudes cheerfulness. He is sure of himself. And it’s clear he’s enjoying his first year at Chico State as a member of the men’s winning soccer program (see sidebar at bottom right). Celosmanovic’s teammates and fans are enjoying his time here as well. The strong and imaginative striker amassed a team-high eight goals through the Wildcats’ first 10 matches of the 2010 season. One goal in particular provides a microcosm of his skill set. He used every sinew of strength in his powerful 5-foot-11, 180pound frame and every bit of imagination in his soccer-saturated psyche to score the game winner against archrival Sonoma State on Sept. 26. He outfought two defenders flanking him for Jacob Darr’s over-the-top pass, knocking one to the side and nudging the other to get enough space for a lightning-quick chip shot over the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net. Of course, Celosmanovic has overcome much more than a pair of 19-year-olds trying to take his soccer ball. He and his family left Bosnia after that hellish night, taking a bus to Speyer, Germany. It was there he fell in love. “I remember I was in kindergarten,” he says. “I was kicking the ball around one day, and I came home and told my mom I wanted to play soccer. The first month or two was bad. I was getting balls kicked at me, and nobody wanted to talk to me because I wasn’t like the other kids.” Then Celosmanovic got an opportunity to showcase his skills. “We were playing our rivals and were tied 1–1,” he recalls. “Coach put me in. It was the first time he put me in and I scored a sliding goal. After that they accepted me. By the time I was 8 or 9, I scored 96 goals in 48 games.” Celosmanovic went from being the outsider no one wanted on their team to being called up to play with the best 13-year-olds in the city at the age of 10. Then life threw him another curveball. He and his family packed up and moved across the Atlantic Ocean to San Jose. “It was tough at first because I didn’t know the language,” says Celosmanovic. “But I actually had a friend from Germany who had moved to San Jose, and he introduced me to his friends on the soccer team. Playing soccer gave me confidence and helped me make friends.” He went on to be a standout at Prospect High School and then moved on to West Valley Community College. There, Celosmanovic overcame a brutal knee injury to tally 21 goals and 19 assists over two seasons. He parlayed that into a scholarship to Chico State. The education he’s receiving as a business management major will supplement all he’s already learned. “I try to keep my eyes open

and not have tunnel vision,” he says. “I try to let all I’ve lived through and the cultures I’ve experienced become a part of me.” Fans of the Chico State soccer program learned quickly that Celosmanovic is a brilliant soccer player. Now we’re all privileged to know his brilliance extends far beyond the pitch.} Luke Reid, Chico State Sports Information

Spring/Fall Athletics Highlights n On the biggest stage of her collegiate career, Chico State senior Katrina Rodriguez rose higher than she ever had to win the Division II pole vault title at the 2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships. Rodriguez was the only athlete in the field to clear her first attempt at 12-feet-10.75-inches. n All who cheered the Chico State men’s golf team’s quest for the 2010 NCAA Division II national title hope the heavy wood-hewn trophy the Wildcats travelled home with (see photo below) helps them remember to look for the forest through the trees. The Wildcats fell short of their overarching goal—the program’s first national title since 1966. But by finishing third the Wildcats still accomplished one of the great NCAA feats in the history of the Chico State golf program. n The Chico State men’s soccer team won the seventh West Region title in school history and the first since 2003. In dramatic fashion before a delirious home crowd of 1,000-plus fans, the Wildcats scored twice with four minutes to play to beat Grand Canyon 2–1. At press time, the team was preparing to host Midwestern State for a chance to return to the national title game. n Chico State pitcher Michael Gleason slept in on the final

day of the Major League Baseball Draft, but when the phone rang June 9, it was the wake-up call of a lifetime. Fresh off an outstanding senior season that garnered several postseason honors, including being named third team All-American, Gleason was called by the Boston Red Sox, informing the star righthander that he was the team’s 34th round selection. He is the sixth Wildcat player in the last six seasons to be drafted by a major league organization. Visit for more Chico State Athletics highlights.





by Dave Waddell


t is impossible to imagine the Chico State campus without its many beloved trees. While its stately brick buildings provide character to the campus, the trees provide its living heart and memory. Dawn redwood. American chestnut. Monkeypuzzle tree. Western sycamore. Canary Island palm. These are among the 220 species of woody plants that make up Chico State’s amazing arboretum. For more than half a century, one man has been instrumental in nurturing and defending the campus arboretum: Wes Dempsey, professor emeritus of biology.

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About 1990, Wes Dempsey, nearing the end of his career as a CSU, Chico professor, ventured out of Holt Hall and onto something alarming. An ancient valley oak, holding sway over Big Chico Creek, had been drenched by sprinklers. As Dempsey recalls it, two inches of water had gathered around the base of the tree, sealing off its roots from life-giving oxygen. “That lit my fuse, boy,” says Dempsey. “I began to write everyone in power: ‘We’re the only people in the state that would water a valley oak!’ ” Dempsey’s passionate advocacy on behalf of old trees, including some planted in the 1800s by Chico founder John Bidwell, has helped preserve and enhance the University’s impressive arboretum. Ever the educator, Dempsey has been informing and inspiring students and community members about plants and trees since his arrival at then Chico State College during the early years of the Eisenhower administration. At 83, Dempsey continues to give tours of the campus arboretum, as well as of Bidwell Park—his talks enlivened by a love of history and a delight in storytelling. “So, I’m still teaching,” says Dempsey. “Never stopped,” adds Phyllis, his wife of 59 years. Dempsey, selected in 2008 as the College of Natural Sciences’ first distinguished professor emeritus and also inducted into the Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association’s Hall of Honor last May, was part of a university culture that helped foster today’s ubiquitous sustainability movement. These faculty valued preserving native California plants and old trees over management practices that gave preference to sprawling lawns and lush plots of roses, camellias, and azaleas. “They wanted to make this an English garden,” says Dempsey. “An English garden in Chico? Forget it.” Be that as it may, the Chico State of today is a beautiful mix of manicured lawns and towering trees, of colorful gardens and natural riparian habitat. Campus recruitment officials know well the allure of the University’s physical appearance, which is why prospective students are urged to visit Chico before choosing a university. And it is not uncommon for alumni, when asked about their fondest Chico memories, to mention the trees that shaded their studies here. Trees and CSU, Chico: It’s really no wonder that they’re associated. “We have probably the best soil in the world, and



it’s deep,” says Dempsey. With the creek running through campus and a high water table, “trees only have to get their roots down six to eight feet and there’s water.” Dempsey thinks Chico State’s old trees rival anything in Northern California north of Capitol Park in Sacramento and the arboretum at the University of California, Davis. “In spite of how stupid we’ve been and how neglectful, we have a nice collection of trees,” says Dempsey. “Trees are intertwined with our campus history. Each one has a story to tell, and I’m kind of a repository of those stories.”

General Bidwell’s tree legacy

Dempsey’s story-telling tours usually begin just off campus at Bidwell Mansion, near where John Bidwell planted many varieties of trees in the last half of the 19th century. Bidwell left behind “an accurate and wonderful diary” that provides a wealth of information about trees he planted, notes Dempsey. Not least among them is a soaring Southern magnolia that was planted in 1863, five years before construction of the mansion began. “You can see why,” says Dempsey. “He wanted to shade his porch. In five years in this soil, you can get some pretty good shade.” Bidwell also planted double rows of California incense cedars that extended westerly from the mansion’s backyard about a quarter of a mile, says Dempsey. One of those cedars still stands along Warner Street between Whitney and Tehama halls. Dempsey, who delights in reading old maps, has seen Bidwell’s cedars depicted in an 1875 map that provided an aerial view of Chico in the imagination of the artist. Grinning at his own vision, the teacher who has given more than 1,000 campus and park tours has an image of General Bidwell, standing on his back porch, looking down those seemingly endless rows of cedars, and saying: “It’s mine; it’s all mine.” If Bidwell were to do today what Dempsey imagines him doing in the 1800s, his gaze would surely land on Sutter Hall, the new five-story residence hall erected next to Whitney Hall. Because a university, by its very nature, is a constantly changing entity, notes Dempsey, the preservation of trees and other living things is an ongoing challenge. Dempsey remains a member of the campus arboretum committee, a role in which he seems to have more “job” security

than a Supreme Court justice. Other members of the committee can depend on his vigilance: “They know I’m out there keeping an eye on things.” The entire 119-acre CSU, Chico campus was dedicated as an arboretum on Arbor Day in 1982, and more than 200 species of woody plants are identified on a 2001 map and guide to campus trees that was edited by Dempsey. Last winter, in an effort led by Dempsey, about 300 of the campus’s “heritage trees” were adorned with new identification tags that list both their common and scientific names, says Durbin Sayers (BA, Anthropology, ’82), who manages the University’s landscaping and grounds. Four times a semester, Sayers acts as Dempsey’s assistant guide on free 90-minute arboretum tours that begin at the Bidwell Mansion’s gazebo (for tour dates, call 530-898-6222). In Dempsey’s view, among the campus trees that have historical significance are n A number of valley oaks along the creek, planted perhaps 200 years ago by gray squirrels and scrub jays. n A half-dozen surviving American chestnuts adjacent to the creek near Holt Hall that Bidwell’s diary says were first harvested by him and wife Annie in 1880. The trees still yield spiny fruits containing a brown nut that both squirrels and people find delicious, says Dempsey. The rings in neighboring chestnuts that collapsed through the years indicate the grove was planted in 1870. n What Dempsey describes as a “magnificent” row of 140-year-old large European lindens between Butte Hall and the creek. n A number of London plane trees and incense cedars, between Trinity and Kendall halls, that are estimated to date back to before the turn of the 20th century. A 1902 photo of the Chico Normal School football team shows several of those trees, most likely including the towering, arching London plane

From left to right: Wes Dempsey as a young boy (bottom right of photo) with his family; in his dress uniform; during paratrooper training; with his wife, Phyllis, four sons, and their families at the Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association ceremony in May 2010.

in front of Kendall Hall that’s been dedicated as the “Founders Tree,” according to Dempsey. n A beautiful and rare dawn redwood (see cover photo), which is among Dempsey’s favorite campus trees, adjacent to the pedestrian bridge linking Holt Hall with Selvester’s Café. Believed to be extinct since prehistoric times, specimens of this Chinese native were brought to North America after its rediscovery in 1941. A mere basal bud planted by student Orris Gibson about 1952 rooted into that tree. Sayers describes Dempsey as “the definitive resource” on the arboretum whose counsel is especially sought when trees are diseased or otherwise problematic. For example, Sayers says he was relieved last year to get Dempsey’s support for the removal of an 80-foot-tall bunya bunya near Holt Hall. The tree, which had been cordoned off for several years, was dropping 20-pound cones that posed safety risks to passers-by. “People become very attached to trees,” notes Sayers. “Having Wes’s blessing on removing that tree made my job a whole lot easier.”

A naturalist born

Wesley Hugh Dempsey was born Dec. 2, 1926, in Waltham, Massachusetts, the fifth of six children of Paul and Marjorie Dempsey. He inherited from his Bostonian father and Maine-born mother “a curious accent that I’ve been trying for 80 years to overcome.” Growing up on a 30-acre farm he describes as 29 acres of rock, Dempsey says his family prided itself on being self-sustaining from working their garden and livestock. Like his father, who was a professor for the University of Massachusetts, Dempsey was drawn to higher education. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, before joining the U.S. Army in 1945. Being a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division remains among Dempsey’s proudest achievements.

Trees are “ intertwined with our

campus history. Each one has a story to tell, and I'm kind of a repository of those stories.



After his service stint, and with the financial support of the GI Bill, Dempsey enrolled in Cornell University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in plant science in 1949. For graduate school, he ventured west to UC Davis, where he earned a master’s in plant science in 1950 and a doctorate in genetics four years later. It also was at UC Davis that Dempsey met Phyllis Durr, a home economics major from Woodland who would become his wife. The completion of his doctoral studies brought Dempsey to a pivotal decision in his life: Where to teach? “I had a job offer from UCLA,” recalls Dempsey. “I would have been a failure there, I think. It’s a research institution, and I’m a teacher. I enjoyed training the students.”

Best of the Best


hico State is fortunate to have many active and accomplished retired faculty. In May, the University’s Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (ERFA) held a luncheon to fete the first members of a Hall of Honor for outstanding emeriti faculty. “These faculty members are the best of the best,” says Fred Brooks, professor emeritus of the Recreation and Parks Management Department and chair of ERFA. The honorees were Wes Dempsey, Allan Forbes, W.H. Hutchinson (deceased), Paul Kinney, David Lantis (deceased), Betty Lou Raker (deceased), and Valene Smith. The University and ERFA are discussing creating a place on campus to pay tribute to outstanding emeriti faculty. ERFA will hold a second Hall of Honor luncheon in May 2011 and is soliciting nominations for new honorees. To make nominations, write Ralph Meuter at



Dempsey opted for Chico, a smaller place where he could fashion himself into the sort of professor he wanted to be. Plus, it didn’t hurt that the fishing was better around Chico than around Westwood. Or that the Sierras were nearby for his principal recreational passion: backpacking. The Dempseys, having started a family, bought a ’50s tract home in a new east Chico subdivision on Karen Drive in what became known as the Longfellow neighborhood. Tragically, their first child and only daughter, Sharon Patricia, died at age 2 in an automobile accident. Four sons—Dave, Tom, Paul, and Jim—were spaced about two years apart. Dave, the oldest at 55, is a third-generation Dempsey to become a university professor, teaching meteorology in the geosciences department at San Francisco State. Jim, 49 and the youngest, is an ecologist involved in habitat restoration for the state parks system. Wes Dempsey’s love of teaching was tested upon his arrival in Chico in 1954. Joining the agriculture faculty, he taught 22 different courses in his first two years. “No human being knows enough to teach 22 courses,” says Dempsey. Recalls Phyllis: “He was two pages ahead of his students. He was never home.” Dempsey eventually moved from the ag department to the biological sciences department, retiring after 38 years as a professor in 1992. His career highlights include a National Science Foundation fellowship in genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the mid-1960s, as well as visiting professorships at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in the early ’80s and at the University of Australia at Perth in 1987. He also taught summer courses in field biology at the University’s Eagle Lake Field Station in Lassen County from 1979 through 1991. Notable among his efforts to enhance the campus botanically were plantings of various native species on the south side of Holt Hall. Dempsey’s off-campus conservation work includes helping form a local chapter of the Sierra Club and organizing hik-

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ing activities for the California Native Plant Society. He has led community groups on more than 1,000 North State field trips that feature discussions of vernal pools, wildflowers, and plants used by Native Americans. “I have a list of 30 plants that I like to show people,” says Dempsey. “I tell them how the Indians used some of the plants, and maybe taste them. I’m trying to teach science without people knowing that’s really happening.”

Still life among the trees

Dempsey has always admired what he describes as the Moorish architecture of Trinity and Kendall halls and Laxson Auditorium. He likes how they are framed by Italian cypress, 18 of which were added around the University’s oldest buildings in 1990. However, he doesn’t care for what he considers the pretentiousness of the sculpturing in the campus core. “The three Madonnas behind Kendall, I find rather grim,” says Dempsey. More to his liking when it comes to public art is a landscape sculpture called “Still Life” on the lawn between Modoc Hall and Big Chico Creek, and he has a dream for what that site could become. “Still Life” is the artwork of Steven Gillman, who also helped create the California Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park in Sacramento. Gillman was commissioned about 25 years ago to create a stone artwork in conjunction with the opening of a visitor’s center at Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park. According to a short paper Dempsey wrote in 2009, “Still Life” consists of a 108-foot ring of polished and curved marble slabs set at ground level with openings at the four directional compass points. In the middle of the circle are two large granite slabs. In the paper, Dempsey quotes Gillman’s impressions of the site: “I was first struck by the majesty of the tree canopy towering over the site. Spending more time there, I noticed that people walked through generally making a beeline for the other side, and not noticing the splendor of the trees above.”

CSU, Chico’s arboretum in mid-autumn; Gerry Ingco, retired park ranger and Native Plant Society volunteer, checks the Campus Trees Map while Wes Dempsey talks about a silver maple during a campus tree tour.

The polished marble is intended to reflect the scene above and subtly draw a viewer’s attention to it. Dempsey’s dream is to replace the grass within and around “Still Life” with gravel and to plant a grove of valley oaks. Doing so would honor the native Indians who once had a village on the site and provide a serene place for professors and students to appreciate the campus’s natural beauty, he says. Another hope of Dempsey’s is inspired by his appreciation of history and admiration for Chico’s founding couple. “The Bidwells and Chico State are pretty intertwined,” he notes. In 1887, shortly after the state selected Chico as the site of the Northern Branch State Normal School, John Bidwell donated eight acres from his cherry orchard on which to build the campus that evolved into California State University, Chico. In 1910, Annie Bidwell gave two more acres to the school, and then donated an orange orchard a year later. During the first part of the 20th century, their mansion was called Bidwell Hall and was used first as a women’s dormitory and later as a student union. In 1911, the students of Chico Normal School planted a grove of California coastal redwoods just north of Ayres Hall in appreciation of the Bidwells’ generosity. An expression of “lasting gratitude” was engraved on a plaque that marked the dedication. Dempsey hopes the University will hold a commemoration in 2011 of the 100-year anniversary of the grove’s dedication. “If no one else will,” promises Chico’s tireless tree teacher, “I’ll be out here to celebrate.”}

About the author Dave Waddell (MA, English, ’94) has taught journalism at CSU, Chico and been faculty advisor to The Orion student newspaper since 1996. CHICO STATEments


Study Abroad,

Chico State Style

Fifty students. Five professors. Nine countries. Ten months. Seven VW vans. One heck of an adventure. Fifty years later, alums still consider their grand tour of Europe a high point of their college experience. by Marion Harmon

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e were a group of rag-tail, small-town kids, most of whom had never been out of the state, let alone on a cross-country plane trip; heaven forbid, a crossAtlantic ocean liner,” says Mary (Peter) Kamian (AB, Language Arts, ’60). “Definitely novices in the world travel department but, as it turns out, a resilient group, a really tough crowd of previously sheltered, wide-eyed Northern California kids who were committed to the long haul.” When 50 Chico State College students boarded the SS Atlantic in New York on Aug. 23, 1959, they were experiencing many emotions: excitement, wonder, dread, happiness, twinges of homesickness—an overload of feelings that were hard to process. After all, this was the biggest adventure most had undertaken to this point in their young lives. “I remember vividly my first glimpse of Europe from shipboard,” says Kathryn “Kitty” (Kiechler) Kasselman (AB, Spanish, ’61). “I was thinking that at least I had seen Europe, and I could now die happy.” Fifty years later, Kasselman is one of a dozen participants in the Chico State College Study Year Abroad, 1959–1960, who have shared their story, painted in pictures of historic sites and quaint settings, intense learning and epic adventure, spirited hijinks and singular moments. “The scenery, countryside, and mountains were more striking and beautiful than I had imagined,” says Jerry Hill (AB, Biological Sciences, ’62). “The scale and history of the cities and villages were so different from what I was used to in Northern California, and most everything was neat and well kept. We used to joke that in Switzerland even the weeds grew in formation.” During the course of the trip, the students formed bonds, some of them lifelong. “We got through the pain of separation by forming our own cluster families and complaining a lot, really a lot,” says Kamian. “How the adults could stand us is beyond me.” The adults were five Chico State professors, headed by history professor Lew Oliver, whose brainchild this 10-month, nine-coun-



try tour of Europe was. The other four were Bob Souders (English) and his wife, Jean Souders (Art), John Haupert (Geography), and Virginia Socolofsky (Music). The tour took place in seven Volkswagen microbuses. Total cost for tuition, room, board, and transportation (including the VWs) was $2,000 per head. The fee included books, admission to museums, the opera, and concerts, says Ted LoPresti (AB, Social Science, ’61). “Personal expenses varied, of course,” he says. “It was the bargain of a lifetime.” Sam Cody (AB, Spanish, ’61; Credential, ’62) was surprised by how much was offered for the price paid. “The price even included two large metal suitcases with our name stenciled on them,” he recalls. Those who completed the tour (some went home early) received 34 units of college credit. “[Geography professor] Dave Lantis told me that Dr. O had been to Europe three or four times and was absolutely infatuated with it,” says LoPresti. “He came up with the idea and proposal entirely on his own because he thought it would be the ultimate way to study the area, i.e., by actually being there.”

Academics and adventure

Although the students carried a full academic load during their time abroad, Hill says “exploring a new city was usually my first priority and homework was second.” Hill loved traversing a city with other students. “We would leave the hotel and explore the city by foot,” he recalls. “It did not matter how tired we were because the excitement was too much and the fear of missing a gem was too great.” Gary Heaslet (AB, Psychology, ’62) says that as they traveled from place to place and their confidence and independence increased, “this exploring and discovering effort approached an art form. Various students would come back at dinnertime and brag about something they had done or a place they had discovered. It was friendly competition that in effect expanded the travel experience considerably.”

Mike Oliver and Judy Burns in Rome Along with earning credits toward his social science degree, LoPresti wanted to see as much of Western Europe as possible and to meet some of his relatives in his father’s birthplace of Prizzi, Sicily. He says the trip exceeded all his expectations. Among his fondest memories are meeting his relatives. “Probably most dear to my heart is the one involving my two uncles on my father’s side and visiting the home in Prizzi where my father was born and raised until he migrated to the United States at age 17 and never got the opportunity to return,” says LoPresti. Others appreciated the classes they took before the trip that gave them some helpful background to the historical places they were visiting. “Two classes I took on the Chico campus, for which I am eternally grateful, are History of Western Civilization and Art History,” says Kamian. “Without that background, much of the wonders of Western Europe would have been lost on me. My favorite class while on the trip was Roman History with Dr. Oliver. I still regret tearing up those notes after final exams in London.” The participants emphasize that the coursework was challenging, and many found it changed the way they studied when they came back to Chico. “When I returned to the Chico State campus, I became a more committed student,” says Mike Oliver (AB, Psychology, ’62), no relation to Lew Oliver.

Memories for a lifetime

Academic learning and rigor were of course emphasized, but many non-academic memories were also made along the way. “The fun lasted the entire 10 months of the trip,” says LoPresti. “Fifty college students, five instructors, living and studying in

close proximity, generated a constant stream of fun and games in addition to some serious study. Each of us returned home with a trunk load of memories.” Too many to put to the printed page, according to Kamian. “Three highlights for me of this amazing trip—besides the friendships I made, some of which have endured for 50 years—were the colors of autumn while our VW buses made the trip through the Alps, the art in Amsterdam, and the half-price ticket booth in London. Attending those plays when I should have been preparing for final exams got me through the last, most agonizing month of homesickness.” It was natural for them to form close bonds over the many months they spent traveling, studying, and living together. “The students became like sisters and brothers to me for the months that we traveled together,” says Dorothy (Marshall) Peterson (AB, Education, ’61; Credential, ’62). “We took chances that created character building and trust between us.” Peterson recalls the two Christmases they spent together: one in Italy and one in Spain, with New Year’s Eve between the two. “The two countries celebrated their Christmases on a different Christian calendar year,” she explains. “A group of six of us girls on the trip heard that the USS Saratoga was in Cannes on the Riviera in France, in between our traveling from Rome to Barcelona.” The six of them convinced their professors that they would stay together and catch up with them in five days by train and not miss a single day of classes. “Off the bus we went and cobbled our funds together to survive,” she recalls. “We crowded all six of us into one B&B with the owners turning a blind eye; CHICO STATEments


Working for a Dream


aising the $2,000 for the Chico State College Study Year

Abroad seemed like an impossibility for Kathleen (Dunn) Noneman (AB, Language Arts, ’60), who says she had no money, lived at home, and worked 40 hours a week for United California Theatres in Chico. “The trip was announced in the spring of my freshman year,” she says. “It was like a dream come true because I had always wanted to travel and try to understand the world. I asked Dr. Oliver if I could go on the installment plan. I started making payments in fall 1957. I saved $300 that summer and proudly took it in to Dr. Oliver for my first payment.” Along with working to save for the trip, Noneman received help from many in the Chico community. “I bought no books, thanks to a librarian allowing me to check out textbooks from the library, a big no-no in those days, and my fellow students lending me theirs,” recalls Noneman. “I was cashier at the Senator Theatre, and when my classmates came to the movies, they would hand me their textbooks for the duration of the film. I learned to speed-read and remember everything I read, knowing I might not have a chance to reread anything. The Chico State cafeteria manager provided me with free coffee and tea, and students shared their lunches. It became a game to see if I could make my $2,000 goal.” Achieving that goal extended her learning well beyond the trip itself, says Noneman (pictured on page 21 at the Golden Grad luncheon this October). “Being able to go on this trip and having so many people share in my success taught me everything I needed to know about becoming successful in life,” says Noneman, family court master for the Second Judicial District Court in Reno, Nevada. “I learned much about the world on this trip, but the goal setting, planning, hard work, and especially receiving the help from so many people in our community taught me so much more.” Left to right: Norma Ferri, an Austrian border guard, Karin LeBecq, and Judy Burns at the Austria-Czechoslovakia border; the seven Volkswagen microbuses at the factory in Hannover, West Germany.

bought our train tickets right away, and then decided the only way that we could get enough food was to date officers on the USS Saratoga.” The ship had been at sea for three months, and they were the first American girls the officers had dated for a long time, says Peterson. “We shared the breakfast that came for four persons, but the officers took us out for fine dining, several times with the other officers on the aircraft carrier. This would never have been something that I’d have done in the States.” Day-to-day activities also remain among the alums’ recollections. “We waited for mail call at every stop, we coveted the rooms with a shower, we searched for a record player so we could play our Johnny Mathis and Kingston Trio records, we played cards, we played cards, and we played cards,” remembers Kamian. Meeting new people was another bonus of their time abroad, says Tonya (Smithousen) Koblick (AB, Life and General Science, ’60; Credential, ’64; MA, Biological Sciences, ’65). “It was fun to meet other college students from different parts of the U.S. and to compare our thoughts and attitudes concerning life,” she says. “There were many long nights of philosophical discussion where we solved the world’s problems.”

Living history

Although World War II had ended 14 years before their visit,



reconstruction was still underway. “We saw occasional damaged or destroyed buildings serving as reminders of that conflict,” says Oliver. “Bad Voslau was a small town and spa near Vienna. As I recall, we were told that the Russian army had occupied it during and after World War II. When they left, they took much of the infrastructure with them, such as rain gutters and plumbing. Bad Voslau was still suffering from the effects of that occupation in 1959. “When I returned in the late 1990s, I was impressed at how the town had recovered. It is now a thriving, modern city with little resemblance to the struggling village we visited 40 years earlier.” One poignant event that several trip participants still talk about occurred during a field trip to the Austria-Hungary border. “When we arrived, we saw a woman and her father being reunited after having been apart for 10 years,” says Oliver. “She was living in the U.S., and he in Hungary. I spoke with her and learned that his visit to the West would be limited to two weeks, after which he would be required to return to Hungary. I found that to be incredibly moving. It gave me a stark appreciation of the freedom we take for granted in the U.S.” Also during their trip there was a U2 incident when an American pilot was shot down over Soviet territory. “I remember sitting in an upstairs ‘classroom’ of a hotel in Spain discussing what might happen to us if the incident escalated to war,” says Marlene (Maselli) Schuessler (AB, Language Arts, ’60). “It was intense to say the least.” Side trips came with their own brand of learning. “Four of us took a week ‘off ’ and drove a VW Bug behind the Iron Curtain

visiting East Berlin, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia,” says LoPresti. “Large expanses of East Berlin and Dresden were still in ruins from World War II. The communists were apparently in no big hurry. We celebrated New Year’s Eve in our hotel in Prague along with some of the natives. East Germany was pretty depressing.” In visiting Berlin this summer, LoPresti found the city quite changed. “Our guide mentioned that it is obvious that the part of Germany including Berlin that was behind the Iron Curtain has still not caught up completely with the rest of the country in rebuilding, and I would agree, but the progress they have made is impressive,” says LoPresti. “I recall from my first visit to Berlin the blocks and blocks of destroyed buildings and endless piles of rubble. Today all of this is gone, sort of. Scattered throughout the city are huge, grass-covered mounds, mountains almost, where the Germans simply pushed the debris into piles and then let Mother Nature have her way with them with a little landscaping help from the Berliners.”

Taking it all in

Cultural differences were expected by the students, and surprises were part of the adventure they had signed up for. “Everything was a surprise, and yet nothing was a surprise,” says Schuessler. “The train systems were far superior to ours, the highways in Germany and Italy were very streamlined, the outdoor cafés were more abundant and charming than any in the U.S. We saw public kissing in France (something you didn’t see at all in the U.S. during the ’50s). We tasted the most delicious chocolate in Vienna, great fried calamari in Barcelona, delicious cuisine in provincial France, not to forget the pasta in Italy.” As is to be expected, the participants report that they experienced growth, both academically and personally, during the trip. “I became more aware, more tolerant, more inquisitive, more knowledgeable,” says Schuessler. LoPresti appreciated the variety and depth of their learning experience. “Personal growth for me was through cultural enrichment and enlightenment and intellectual stimulation in so many different areas: the museums and all of the wonderful art, the opera, the ancient architecture of the cities, the people, the history, the geography,” he says. “To read about it is one thing. To see it in person is a whole different experience.” There was growth of another kind for many, much to the chagrin of their parents. “I went to Europe with long skirts in my suitcase and came back with modified minis,” says Kasselman. “My mother was horrified. Hey, by then it was the ’60s, and Europe was way ahead of us fashionwise.” Kasselman says she maintains a continuing interest in foreign cultures, and the trip inspired her to study several foreign languages—French, Portuguese, Latin, Italian, and German—to varying degrees of proficiency. “I do it for fun,” she says. The study abroad also helped Kasselman get four teaching positions and become accepted to both the masters and PhD programs in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at Kansas University. “Academicians on all levels marvel at the scope of the Chico State College Study Year Abroad,” she says. “To my knowledge, none can match it.” Along with commenting on the unique nature of the program, many participants mention how grateful they are to Lew Oliver for putting together such an amazing learning experience and, as LoPresti puts it, “actually pulling it off with no serious consequences.” “It was unique; it was the trip of a lifetime for most of us; it was unbelievable!” says LoPresti. “I think everyone who partici-

Hotel Stephanie in Bad Voslau, the group’s home in October 1959; left to right: Mike Oliver, Dan Poynter, Gary Heaslet, and Rosemary Ames.

pated will agree that Dr. Oliver earned the respect and admiration of the entire group.” Heaslet, who says it must have been like herding cats for 10 months, says that Oliver set the bar very high for international study programs. “He was an amazing man. As time has passed, I have grown to admire him more and more for having the imagination, knowledge and insight, financial talent, tolerance of students, and personal integrity and fortitude to bring this dream to reality.” Oliver, a Chico State professor for 26 years, retired in 1971 after serving as acting president of Chico State College for a year. Quite a few of the group have revisited the places they toured on their study abroad. Kasselman returned five years later with her parents, loosely following the Chico State itinerary for three weeks. Several have lived in Europe—Oliver and his wife maintain a flat in Paris—and in August 2009 Kathleen (Dunn) Noneman took a 50-year commemorative trip with her husband. “Although we have lived in Europe and visited there many times,” she says, “I tried to see it again through the eyes of that 21-year-old.”

became more aware, more “ Itolerant, more inquisitive, more knowledgeable. ”

Special thanks to alum Mike Oliver, whose idea this article was and who helped gather the interviews and photos. And thanks to all the alums who contributed their thoughts and memories.} CHICO STATEments


Chico’s Brew Turns


Beiron Andersson

A peek into Professor Rob Burton’s book Hops and Dreams: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. by Joe Wills


ew things evoke feelings of pride about Chico more than Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Whether you are a beer connoisseur, fan of rags to riches stories, or someone who just loves the fact that your college town has an impossibly hip business—off-the-grid energy generation, owner who greets customers, huge success achieved with no advertising—Sierra Nevada is part of any “What’s great about Chico” conversation. Hard as it may be to believe for some of us, Sierra Nevada turns 30 this year. In time for the occasion, CSU, Chico English professor Rob Burton has written a book detailing how a couple of homebrewers toiling in a rented warehouse in south Chico became the sixth largest brewery in the United States. Burton chronicles the rise of the craft beer movement, the popularity of Sierra Nevada worldwide, and trailblazing social and sustainability concerns at a company once focused only on selling a good-tasting ale. The book also tells the story of owner Ken Grossman (in photo above), whose genius for beer making may be matched only by his humility and common sense in the face of truly remarkable achievements. Grossman, a CSU, Chico alum, notes that the brewing company and the University have a long history of partnerships. He supports College of Natural Sciences projects such as the award-winning student research converting brewery waste into biofuel. Business management and engineering classes often tour the brewery. And the company has donated $88,000 for the University Farm Meats Laboratory to further develop its line of smoked sausages, served at the Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant. Here are some samples from Hops and Dreams: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Heidelberg Graphics, 2010):



Right place, right time

Abundant water, lots of sunshine, spectacular outdoor scenery, and a quirky history. That’s what awaited 17-year-old Ken Grossman when he first visited Chico in the summer of 1972. He entertained some vague ideas about fixing bikes and making beer on the side. Yet he ended up having the most telling impact on the local community since the Bidwells a century earlier, and a not inconsiderable impact on the history of beer in the United States, indeed the world.

“The Chateau Latour of American breweries”

It’s a compelling story of two twentysomethings from Los Angeles, Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi, who built a microbrewery in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the early 1980s—in a town whose founding father, John Bidwell, once ran for U.S. president on the Prohibition ticket. In the course of the next 20 years, Sierra Nevada turned its flagship brew, Pale Ale, into the number one craft beer in the country, changing the tastes of a generation of beer drinkers who had grown up with sugary, carbonated, bland lagers. During that time, the company weathered the microbrewery crash of the 1990s and held out against a possible corporate takeover. The company soon acquired a national reputation for its cutting-edge conservation policies: recycling more than 99 percent of its production waste and byproducts and reusing spent yeast, hops, grain, carbon dioxide, wastewater, and heat. Despite the cost of these policies, neither the profitability of the company nor the quality of its products was compromised. Sierra Nevada beers continue to win top honors at international beer festivals.

British-born Michael Jackson, one of the world’s leading authorities on craft brewing, dubbed Sierra Nevada “the Chateau Latour of American breweries” (a reference to the French vineyard famous for the high quality of its grape varieties). Additionally, much of the brewery’s profits are recycled into innovative energy-saving facilities, outreach programs, and local and regional nonprofit organizations—including public radio and campus cultural events.

engage properly. So Ken rebuilt the transmission over, once again through sheer instinct rather than going by the book. This time, all the gears worked fine. As Steve tells me this story, I notice a good-humored sparkle in his eye. But he quickly turns serious. “Ken is probably the best mechanical engineer in the brewery business,” he says adamantly.

Bringing the dream to fruition

To this day, his mother, Eleanor, recalls how she had to “Kenny-proof ” everything in the house while he was growing up because “he was always doing a dozen things at one time.” By the age of 15, she tells me with a mixture of resignation and breathless admiration, his completed construction projects included: a photography darkroom in the garage, an underground fort with its own air inlet, a fully wired two-story tree house (which proved a popular hangout for the neighborhood kids), and a go-kart track around the home’s half-acre backyard. Given these precedents, it didn’t seem so strange that her son would eventually attempt to build a mini-brewery in his bedroom! Of course, as a carryover from the Prohibition era, homebrewing was still technically illegal, especially for an underage junior high student. “I was not pleased,” Eleanor recalls. “I don’t approve of drinking, and I especially don’t condone it in children. But at the same time, I wanted to encourage Ken’s creativity. Fortunately, his early beer was undrinkable. Most of it got dumped.”

They called themselves “Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.” The appellation was [wife] Katie’s idea: at this point in their lives, she and Ken harbored a vague desire to relocate to foothills east of Chico, and naming their company after the mountain range was seen as a way of bringing this dream to fruition. … As of Aug. 31, 1979, they had raised enough money to get started. Grossman and Camusi assembled a business plan and scouted around for a location in Chico where they could fulfill their dreams of producing quality beer. By today’s standards, the business plan is lofty in ideals but thin on practical details. Grossman still chuckles at the mention of it. Under the heading of Marketing Strategy, it reads: “Sierra Nevada beer will be promoted in relationship to young-adult athletic events: bicycling, running, roller skating, and soccer.” As for Promotion Strategy, the young entrepreneurs were unabashedly starry-eyed: “The Sierra Nevada name will identify the beer with the local gold rush tradition, implying mountainbred freshness and a romantic aura that will capture the imagination of the young adult market.”

A natural problem solver

A key endorsement

Childhood construction projects

Brother Steve recalls when he first realized that there was something special about Ken’s aptitude for practical problem solving … when Steve’s next car (a 1962 Austin Healey 3000) had a problem engaging first gear, it fell to 15-year-old Ken to rebuild the transmission. He did so without the benefit of an owner’s manual. The only problem—now reverse gear didn’t

The first endorsement came from Alice Waters, owner of famed Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse, who started serving Pale Ale at her restaurant in the early ’80s. Since opening its doors in 1971, Chez Panisse had dedicated itself to taste, consistency, environmental stewardship, and the sustenance of local traditions—values shared equally by Grossman and Camusi.

Ken Grossman tinkers with the bottling machine in the early 1980s. Grossman and partner Paul Camusi often worked 15-hour days in the 3,000-square-foot warehouse full of reclaimed and hand-built equipment.

This Huppmann kettle, one of two purchased from a Bavarian brewery in Germany in late 1982, is unpacked in Chico. Huppmann kettles are known for their elegant burnished copper finish. Today they sit at the center of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. honored the original Chico Brewery, operated by Charles Croissant at the end of the 19th century, by incorporating a photo of the brewery building on the label for Old Chico, a Crystal Wheat beer sold only in Chico. Photos courtesy Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.



Partners Camusi and Grossman were featured in the May 25, 1986, San Francisco Examiner magazine.

How do you close the loop?

When, in early 2009, I present this question to Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada’s sustainability coordinator, she replies by using the brewery’s nine-acre hop field as an example. Her explanation is worth quoting in full: “We’ve got the hop field on site. We’re using compost that’s made from our by-products. So we’ve got organics leaving our process producing compost that then goes onto the hop field to grow the hops. Starting this spring, we’ll be recycling treated wastewater back onto the hop field to irrigate it. So we’ve got two things leaving our process, water and the organics, which we can recycle back on to the hop field. We then harvest those hops, brewing them for the Chico Estate Harvest Beer, all the while recycling steam for the brewing process, recycling the heat and the cold. And then we’re producing vegetable oil out of the restaurant where people go to have their Chico Estate Harvest Beer along with some fries; the vegetable oil that’s leaving the restaurant produces a biodiesel fuel that goes into the vehicles that we’re using to deliver the beer that was brewed with hops that were grown from recycled water and compost. That’s probably one of my favorite closed loops, and it covers upstream as well as downstream. I really like that one!”

Adopting Sierra Nevada beer was, Waters said, consistent with her philosophy of serving only the highest quality products in order to afford the most satisfying dining experience. “The Chez Panisse endorsement was great,” recalls Grossman. “It gave us exposure to foodies and other restaurateurs. Alice was doing innovative things with food. So that was positive for building our brand.” Just as Alice Waters recreated the tastes and flavors of food she had enjoyed as an exchange student in France, Grossman and Camusi were attempting to revive brewing tastes and traditions from the Old World. Brand building by free advertising via endorsements and word of mouth: this was to become the Sierra Nevada credo. The unofficial company policy on advertising remains to this day, “our advertising comes out of a 12-ounce bottle.” Sierra Nevada continues to avoid advertising in mainstream media (although it does place advertisements in trade journals).

Closing the loop

A different profit motive

At Sierra Nevada, the concept of profit is connected to the broader notion of value. Rather than focus on short-term monetary gains, the ethos of the company seems to be guided by a different profit motive: an increase in the value of social capital, cultural capital, community capital, and environmental capital. As Bill Bales, the company’s chief financial officer, points out to me, doing the right thing is wired into Sierra Nevada’s DNA. “It’s our responsibility to give back to the community,” he says. “In most organizations, benevolence is tied to marketing in the form of sponsorships. But in our particular case, we’re not publicly traded so we’re not trying to appease shareholders. We tend to focus on giving back because it is simply the ‘right thing to do.’ ” Among the beneficiaries of this altruistic form of giving are Chico State, UC Davis, Enloe Hospital, The Salvation Army, Western Rivers Conservancy, and National Public Radio. … Sierra Nevada’s progressive waste management practices offer a vivid example of how the value of social capital, cultural capital, community capital, and environmental capital can be increased while still helping to preserve higher profit margins. By diverting over 30,000 tons of waste, the company not only helps keep the local landfill from growing unhealthily, but it also saves $4.7 million in tipping fees. In turn, this extra revenue can then be used to improve employee benefits, upgrade equipment infrastructure, or fund philanthropic projects.}

our responsibility to “giveIt’sback to the community

Cheri Chastain was hired in September 2006 as sustainability coordinator. She has a master’s degree from Chico State in environmental geography. Her task is to bring cohesiveness to the sustainability agenda and to ensure that it is applied comprehensively during Sierra Nevada’s ongoing expansion. … Her favorite mantra is “closing the loop.” She breaks this down for me by explaining its three parts: first, what’s coming into the plant (the raw materials); second, processing (the use of heat, water, steam, and electricity to make the beer); third, waste disposal (reusing and recycling as much as possible and only resorting to throwing away when absolutely necessary). In this way, both upstream and downstream are looked after, she tells me with a satisfied smile. In recognition of its long-standing adherence to a green ethic, Sierra Nevada won the Sustainable Plant of the Year Award from Food Engineering magazine in 2009.

... because it is simply ‘the right thing to do.’



About the author of Hops and Dreams

Rob Burton has taught English at CSU, Chico since 1988. He is the author of Around the World in 52 Words: Ritual Writing for the New Millennium (2002) and Artists of the Floating World: Contemporary Writers Between Cultures (2007).


un and festivities were the operative words during the first Chico Experience Week this October. Thousands of alums and campus and community members descended on Chico for nearly 100 special events and activities. The week included alumni reunions, tours of local farms and wineries, musical and theatre performances, banquets, sports, lectures, and many other community-oriented events. Campus and community events proved equally popular. Alums enjoyed reconnecting, some after many years, both at reunions and impromptu meet-and-greets. To check out 20 Chico Experience Week events, visit and click on the photo gallery. And come back next October to join the fun! Clockwise from top left: The Saturday Farmers’ Market in downtown Chico; sack races were one of five Greek Week Olympics events on the University Housing lawn; former Associated Students officers gathered for a photo during the AS Alumni reunion; windmills were made by young and old during the Book in Common Windmill-Building Competition; former AS presidents Jesse Eller, Thomas Whitcher, and Michael Dailey at the AS reunion; Class of 1960 members Marlene (Maselli) Schuessler and Kathleen (Dunn) Noneman at the Golden Grad luncheon.}



Distinguished Alums For the past 17 years, CSU, Chico has honored alums who have made outstanding contributions in their fields. We proudly present the Distinguished Alumni for 2010.

Charlie Hoppin

College of Agriculture In addition to being a partner in family farming operation CR Hoppin Farms in Yolo and Sutter counties, Charlie Hoppin (BS, Agriculture, ’71) serves as audit and finance committee chair and vice chair of the Board of Directors of Farmers’ Rice Cooperative, chair of California’s State Water Resources Control Board, and a member of the Chico State Agricultural Advisory Council. In 2001, Hoppin played an instrumental role in getting the California State Budget passed with the tractor tax exemption, which has provided California agriculture with $110–$115 million per year in tax relief. He and his wife, Kathy (BA, Physical Education, ’68), reside in Yuba City.

Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammad Al Qasimi College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi (BA, Psychology, ’82) serves as director general for Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services in the United Arab Emirates and has been instrumental in setting up new services for children with disabilities and their families, including schools for those who are deaf and hard of hearing, mentally handicapped, and autistic. She earned her Executive MBA in 2004 from the American University of Sharjah. Sheikha Jameela (not pictured at her request) is currently seeing one of her dream projects come to fulfillment with the establishment of a oneof-a-kind private center for psychiatric and mental patients in Sharjah. She is also helping establish a center for early intervention for at risk children in Cairo, Egypt.

Scott Hanson

College of Business Identified as one of the 25 most influential people in the financial services industry by Investment Advisor magazine, Scott Hanson (BS, Business Administration, ’90) is a senior partner and founding principal of Hanson McClain Advisors, Inc. He is a frequent guest on Fox News and has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, and other financial industry publications. He is the author of Money Matters: Essential Tips & Tools for Building Financial Peace of Mind. Hanson and his business partner host a weekly call-in investment and financial information radio talk show on Sacramento’s largest AM radio station. He also serves on several boards and foundations, and is currently chair of the Greater Sacramento Generosity Project, a research and marketing project designed to increase philanthropy in the Sacramento area.



Timothy McClure

College of Communication and Education In his role as director of professional development for Total School Solutions, Timothy McClure (MA, Education and Credential, ’82) is responsible for creating a comprehensive, statewide professional development program designed to improve student academic performance. He received a 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award for his statewide efforts to help districts and schools improve academic achievement. McClure has organized a series of conferences highlighting schools serving high-poverty communities where African American, Latino, and English learner students succeed at rates significantly higher than the average. Previously, McClure served in several roles for the Butte County Office of Education, including as deputy superintendent, Educational Support Services.

Gene A. Keluche

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management A member of the Wintun Tribe from Northern California, Gene Keluche (BS, Applied Engineering Science, ’54) has long been active in assisting Native Americans and First Nations communities in developing sustainable enterprises and health and wellness programs. Currently chairman of Native Communities Development Corporation, Keluche has extensive experience in the development and management of technology and natural resource-based enterprises. He is a director of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Foundation and served as co-chair of the National Museum of the American Indian International Founders Council. He and wife Freita founded the Native American Sports Council, which assists Native American youth with their Olympic-class sports competition goals. Keluche is a former naval aviator and received his MBA from Harvard.

Timothy A. McDonald

College of Humanities and Fine Arts Tim McDonald (BA, Music, ’88), a respected playwright, director, and educator, founded iTheatrics in 2006 to help students in communities across the nation experience the transformative power of the arts. The company’s innovative products have earned it a distinguished list of clients, including Jim Henson Company and Disney Theatricals. His production, A Year With Frog and Toad, was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was performed in Chico this winter as part of its nationwide tour. While his national reputation continues to grow, McDonald is also beloved in the North State, as one of the founders in the 1990s of the popular Chico City Light Opera.

Leon Warman

College of Natural Sciences As principal systems architect for, Leon Warman (BS, Applied Mathematics, ’80; MS, Computer Science, ’84) is responsible for driving the next generation enterprise platform to transform the retail infrastructure into a truly service-oriented architecture of loosely coupled services. The goal is to create an that is easily configurable to adapt in the world economy through a data-driven retail pipeline. Prior to his career at, Warman worked for Microsoft, Entomo, Philips/ATL Medical, Boeing, and Lockheed. He jointly holds a U.S. patent for “secure remote configuration of targeted devices using a standard message transport protocol.” Warman completed coursework for his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington. He lives in Kirkland, Washington, with his wife, Phyllis (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’82).

Clark Porter, Betty Porter

Distinguished Alumni Service Award The first couple to be honored, Clark (BA, Biology, ’48) and Betty (BA, Education and Credential, ’50) Porter met while at Chico State in 1947. After graduation, they left Chico to pursue advanced degrees at Oregon State—Clark his PhD, Betty her MAT and MLA. After successful careers, Clark as a plant researcher, Betty as an educator and librarian, they were ready to retire and made their way back to Chico. They established the Clark and Betty Porter Endowment to fund scholarships in teaching, biology, and basketball. Members of the Chico State Alumni Association, both have served on the Alumni Association board of directors. Clark has also served on the biology department advisory board and is a 1993 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee. Betty has served on the Chico Museum Board and teaches genealogy classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.}



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

Dear Alums


e recently completed our first Chico Experience Week, which took place Oct. 8–17. Having been involved in some of the nearly 100 events, and from what I’ve heard about the many others, the week was a huge success, enjoyed by thousands of alumni and their families. I would like to thank our administration for believing Board members Don Carlsen, Shannon Phillips, and Jeff in the event and everyone who DeFranco at the Alumni Glen Dedication in October participated and donated their time and energy. One of the events that took place Oct. 16 was the dedication of our Alumni Glen renovation. The Alumni Association board of directors has been working on this very special project since 2006, led by board member Shannon Phillips (see photo above). After much planning, including meetings with the city of Chico, the Mechoopda Tribal Council, and university officials, we have a clear direction. Being allowed to exchange “piece for piece,” we plan to replace the cement slab, remove the barbecue so views of the creek are not obstructed, and make general improvements. The exciting part is that we will be working with a construction management class to perform some of the work. If you are like me, you have some great memories of the glen. I spent a lot of time studying out there while enjoying the natural beauty of our campus. Our project is budgeted at $100,000, and we currently have received donations totaling $67,000. If you have special memories of Alumni Glen or simply want to help restore this important aspect of the Chico experience, please contact Polly Crabtree in our office at 530-898-6472. Thank you in advance for your consideration and involvement. Many of you participated in our first Chico Experience Week (see four of the events in the photos at right), and we hope you will join us in October 2011 when we will do it again, better than ever! I hope to see you down the road, particularly at the Chico Chapter’s annual basketball reception on Saturday, Jan. 29. —Don Carlsen (’69), President, CSU, Chico Alumni Association

Scholarship recipient Naoko Terakado and Dean of Undergraduate Education Bill Loker at the Recognition of International Students Scholarship Recipients event.

The dedication of Sutter Hall, CSU, Chico’s new residence hall built to LEED silver standards, included public tours of the facility and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Campus and community teams constructed “art windmills” at the Gateway Science Museum in honor of the Book in Common, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Upcoming Reunions and Events Thursday | Dec. 9 Lifetime Member Reception

Friday | April 15 Distinguished Alumni Dinner

Saturday | Jan. 29 Alumni Board Meeting

Tuesday | May 3 Senior Send-Off

Saturday | Jan. 29 Chico Chapter Basketball Reception

Thursday | May 5 Chico Chapter Cinco de Mayo Celebration

March 12–16 Chico State Theatre Dept. NYC Trip

May 21–22 Commencement



Current and former Associated Students officers exchanged memories during the AS Alumni Breakfast Reception.

Alumni Board Fall 2010 President Don Carlsen 1969, Chico Vice President Michelle Power 1992, Chico Treasurer Cathy Norlie 1989, Chico Secretary 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 Amro Jayousi 2010–2011, AS President Board Members Susan Weinreich Best 1979, Chico Rick Callender 1994, San Jose Jeff DeFranco 2000, Eugene, Oregon Roxanne Brown 1977, Grass Valley Amber Johnsen 2004, San Francisco Sanjay Khandelwal 1989, Los Gatos Frank Marinello 1991, Chico Roberta Mendonca 1963, West Sacramento Pamela Montana 1978, Chico 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 Bay Area Chapter Alicia Schwemer 2001, President Chico Chapter Dino Corbin 1975, President Sacramento Chapter Ryan Wagner 2003, President

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 530-898-4143 Note: Only cities outside California will include the state name.

1950s ADALINE ELLA CHRISTOPHERSON (AB, Education and Credentials, ’58) celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 26, 2010, at Bidwell Park. She has seven children, 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

1960s TOM DUNLAP (AB, Social Science, ’64) has been a columnist for the Redding Record Searchlight since summer 2009. SAVIO L-Y. WOO (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’65) is a professor and founding director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center in the department of bioengineering at the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a pioneer in bioengineering, including 40 years of significant research in healing and repair of tissues. He has received many professional honors, including the 1998 Olympic Prize for Sports Science. NANCY “RUSTY” BARCELO (BA, Social Work, ’69), former vice president and vice provost for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota, was selected president of Northern New Mexico College in July 2010.

1970s CHARLES W. FRANK (BA, Social Science, ’70) published House of Lords: America in the Balance (Tate Publishing, 2009), which advocates a “decentralization of power” and the establishment of “impartial, independent” agencies. MIKE HILDRETH (BS, Horticulture, ’70) continues to farm Hildreth Ranch Vineyards and Orchards, 250 acres of pears and grapes in Ukiah Valley. He carries this family legacy with another family, the Standleys, and with his wife Susan, son Joe, and daughter-in-law Lindsay. They live in Ukiah. DAVID ISAMU TAMORI (BA, Art, ’72; Credential, ’73) retired after 37 years teaching art and 38 years coaching wrestling at Oroville High School. His many accomplishments include adding ceramics to Oroville High School’s curriculum, helping develop curriculum for the U.S. Department of the Interior Junior Duck Stamp, and receiving a Secondary Teacher of the Year award for the California Art Education Association. In his retirement, he plans to spend time with his wife and grandchildren while staying involved in various art and education associations in California. ROCKY J. CHAVEZ (BA, English, ’73) was appointed undersecretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in November 2009. He travels throughout California,

working with county veterans service officers to get a sense of veterans’ needs. One of his goals is to better inform veterans of state services and benefits, such as the Operation Welcome Home outreach program. SUSAN BROWNE (BA, Liberal Studies, ’74; MA, English, ’80; Credential ’82) published her second book, Zephyr, which won the Editor’s Prize at Steel Toe Books, 2010. Her 2004 book, Buddha’s Dogs, won the Four Way Books Prize. Her award-winning poetry has been published in numerous journals. Browne has taught at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill for 26 years. MARY ANN JURDYGA (BA, Liberal Studies and Credential, ’76) retired from 32 years of teaching, with a range of preschool to eighth grade. Jurdyga spent the past 22 years teaching first grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Yuba City. She looks forward to traveling, specifically an upcoming cruise from Boston to Quebec. She has recently taken up learning and playing golf. BOB LINSCHEID (BA, Public Administration, ’76; Master of Public Administration, ’78) was named vice chairman of the CSU Board of Trustees in January 2010. On the board since 2005, he previously served on the CSU Alumni Council, representing CSU, Chico. VICTORIA BYNUM (BA, History, ’78) published The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies, and has published two other books, all from University of North Carolina Press. She is a history professor at Texas State University, San Marcos. STEPHEN GOODALL (BS, Business Administration, ’78; BA, Psychology, ’78) is executive vice president of Outsell, Inc., and will also serve on its board of directors. He has 30 years’ experience as an executive at J.D. Power and Associates, formerly serving as president of the firm from 1996–2008. DAVE ROTTENBERG (BA, Physical Education, ’78; Credential, ’83), Red Bluff Union High School’s (the Spartans) head wrestling coach, has been inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame. Rottenberg has coached 122 individual section placewinners, including 21 section champions—seven of whom continued and placed at the state level.

1980s MICHAEL CANDELA (BA, Political Science, ’83) was appointed a judicial seat for Butte County Superior Court in April. Formerly senior deputy prosecutor for Butte County, he lives in the area with wife Kimberlee, an attorney and a lecturer in the political science department at CSU, Chico, and daughter Jessica. MARY ANNE DAVIS (BS, Business Administration, ’83) has applied her 27 years of marketing experience to the start of her own jewelry business, Madison Designs Jewelry. She is a board member of the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club and lives in Nevada City with husband Scott (BS, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, ’85; MS, Computer Science, ’96) and their 17-year-old son Andrew. Their son Bryan CHICO STATEments


Wildcats ON THE MOVE (BS, Construction Management, ’09) is married and lives in Walnut Creek.

as witnessed by several characters located in San Francisco Bay Area and global financial capitals.

JOHN PUGH (BA, Art, ’83) completed a trompe l’oeil style mural on the wall of the Madera police department.


HOWARD APPEL (BS, Business Administration, ’85) is the new president of Millennium Laboratories, which provides therapeutic drug monitoring and education for physicians and staff treating chronic pain. He is responsible for the company’s operational and strategic initiatives. Appel has more than 25 years’ experience as a chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and certified public accountant. KATHY STONE (BS, Biological Sciences, ’85; MA, Recreation Administration, ’90) was promoted to California district manager for SouthWest Water Company’s Operations and Maintenance Division. She has worked in the water and wastewater industry for 22 years. SANDRA WERRA (BA, Psychology, ’85; Credential, ’88) has been a counselor at Folsom Middle School for three years, after teaching for 20. Her husband Dave also works in education, and they live in Folsom with children Nathan and Nicole. TONY STEUER (BS, Business Administration, ’86) published Questions and Answers on Life Insurance (Life Insurance Sage Press, 2010). He is a specially licensed individual life and disability insurance analyst and has had his own insurance practice since 1995. DAVID STEVENSON (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’86; MA, Information and Communication Studies, ’90) is a professor at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, where he developed the course Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Strategies of Argumentation. He has been teaching since 1988 and shares his passion for communications studies with his students. DEAN PRICE (BS, Business Administration, ’88) was promoted to assistant chief of police at the GridleyBiggs Police Department, where he has worked since 1996. He has also supervised the department’s gang unit. Price began his career with the Chico Police Department in 1995, and received his MS in Emergency Services Administration from CSU, Long Beach in 2008. JULIA TIDBALL (Credential, ’88) is the new superintendent of Mark Twain Union Elementary School District in Calaveras County. She taught in Milpitas before teaching at Copperopolis Elementary School in 1994. She taught second through fifth grades and also served as school principal at Copperopolis Elementary, where she will continue to serve as principal part-time. CHRIS VERHULST (attended fall ’84–spring ’88) has been inducted into the Chico Sports Hall of Fame sponsored by the Chico Enterprise-Record. He holds the record for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns at Chico State, and he’s a three-time all-Northern California Athletic Conference pick and two-time All-American. In 2002, he was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame. NELSON CALDWELL (BS, Business Administration, ’89) published the novel A Terrace on the Tower of Babel, a contemporary historical fiction based on the tech boom in the Silicon Valley and Wall Street,



KILIAEN (BS, Accounting, ’90) and Leslie LUDLOW announced the birth of their son, Riggs Daniel Ludlow, April 20, 2010, in Atlanta Georgia. Big sister Grayce and big brother Ren welcomed him home. CAREY ESTES (BS, Nursing, ’91) has worked as a nursing unit supervisor for five years in the neonatal intensive-care unit at Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. She co-authored with Anne Ramirez and Debra Carlson “Computerized Physician Order Entry: Lessons Learned from the Trenches,” published in Neonatal Network, Vol. 29, No. 4, July/August 2010. She is currently working on her master’s degree in nursing leadership. AARON R.S. LORENZ (BA, Political Science, ’93) is an assistant professor of Law & Society and pre-law advisor at Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey. He published “The Windows Remain Broken: How Zero Tolerance Destroyed Due Process” in Public Integrity, summer 2010. KENNEDY HIGDON (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’94), since leaving the Los Angeles Times in 2005 as the youngest director in the Tribune Publishing Group, became the vice president of American Circulation Innovations, doubling the company’s revenues in less than three years and making it a prominent name in the newspaper industry. In 2008, Higdon joined CIPS Marketing Group Inc., the largest advertising and newspaper distribution company in the United States. NICOLE OVADIA (BS, Biological Sciences, ’94) has worked at several biotechnology companies as a scientist and in designing new products. Currently, she is a senior marketing manager for BD Biosciences, a medical device life science company. She lives in San Jose with her husband and two children, ages 5 and 7. CHRIS DALHAMER (BS, Business Administration, ’95) is a 13-year Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Class A member and has been the head superintendent at Pebble Beach Golf Links for the past five years. He oversaw preparations for the U.S. Open Championship in June. CHASE LUNDGREN (attended fall ’95) started painting murals while attending CSU, Chico and has been a “site-specific” artist for more than 10 years, specializing in architectural trompe l’oeil, fresco paintings, and custom faux and specialty finishes. Once a year he donates a mural to a nonprofit organization related to children or animals. ELAINE WITTENBERG-LYLES (BA, Journalism, ’95) coauthored Communication as Comfort: Multiple Voices in Palliative Care and is lead author of an upcoming volume Dying with Comfort: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care. Both volumes detail health communication

in the context of caring for a patient with terminal illness. She is an associate professor in communication studies at the University of North Texas. PATRICIA GREGAN (MA, Information and Communication Studies, ’96) has received a nationally recognized credential in the grants field. She is one of 282 grant developers and managers to earn the title Grant Professional Certified. Gregan is employed by the City of El Mirage, Arizona. LISA O’HARA (BA, French, ’96) published her first novel under the pen name Jessica McQuinn and with co-author Alison Oburia. Passion Fish is a romantic suspense novel available through Omnific Publishing and Visit O’Hara on the Web at SHANE SCOTT (attended fall ’94–spring ’97) has been inducted in the Del Norte High Athletic Hall of Fame. While at Del Norte High, he played football, basketball, and baseball. At Chico State, he played football as a defensive player. He also attended Sacramento State, where he was a linebacker. DEBBIE AYRES (Credential, ’98), girls basketball coach for the California School for the Deaf, was head coach for the USA U-21 Deaf World Games women’s team this summer in Lublin, Poland, for the Deaf World Basketball Championships. The past two seasons, Ayres has been named National Deaf High School Coach of the Year by the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association. SHAWNA BYNUM (BS, Mathematics, ’99) is one of two teachers named McPherson Distinguished Teacher at Napa Valley College. After receiving her BS from CSU, Chico, Bynum completed her master’s degree in teaching mathematics from UC Davis.

2000s MIKE ROGERSON (BS, Exercise Physiology, ’00) received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic, West in May 2010. He plans to join an existing practice in the Bay Area and lives in San Jose with wife Jen. TIM CLEARY (MA, Physical Education, ’01) is the new Division III head basketball coach at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Prior to his head coach position, he assistant coached at Boise State, UC Irvine, Chico State, and Cal Poly Pomona. He and wife Valerie have two children, Olivia and Sean. JODI MEZA (BA, History, ’02) has been chosen through a joint services agreement between the cities of Willows and Orland Public Libraries as the new joint-director. One task she is taking on is hiring a part-time children’s librarian and working to restore the children’s program in Willows. ROBERT WHEELER (BA, Sociology, ’02) is the new western region sales manager of Holz Rubber Company. He is responsible for supporting Holz customers and distributors in a nine-state area. Wheeler resides in Lodi. CORI PHINN (BS, Agriculture, ’03) is a veterinarian who owns and operates Coast Equine Veterinary Services, an ambulatory horse practice. She lives in Scotts Valley with her husband and two horses, Cairo and Maggie.

Wildcats ON THE MOVE GWYN WEGER (BA, Communication Design, ’03), an editor with the Department of Defense, won first place for Regional Fiction in the 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards for her debut novel, East Garrison. SILVIA RAMIREZ (BS, Business Administration, ’04) is the new grants, education, and race coordinator for the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Managing the breast health initiatives to reach the Hispanic community through educational outreach activities is one her many responsibilities with the affiliate. KRIS BENTZ (BA, French and International Relations, ’05) has been a professional magician for eight years, performing for corporate groups, at private events, and for crowds at The Gathering in Mission Hills and the San Diego Embarcadero. DANIELLE DIPIETRO (MA, Teaching International Languages, ’05) was inducted into the Paradise High School Hall of Fame. At Paradise High she was a top athlete playing in varsity tennis, soccer, and softball. DiPietro was married in 2002 and has two children. She teaches Italian at Butte College.

CHARLES “CHUCK” WEBSTER (BA, Physical Education, ’05; MA, Kinesiology, ’07) has been inducted in the Del Norte High Athletic Hall of Fame. He played football and basketball at Del Norte High, and basketball at Chico State. GINA ECKSTROM (BS, Nursing, ’06) has worked at Enloe Medical Center in Chico for more than six years and is currently a registered nurse in the Definitive Care Unit. She recently skydived and ran a half marathon for the first time. WHITNEY GEORGE (attended fall ’04–spring ’06) is a composer whose piece Seven Sins for string trio was recently performed in the program “(Mostly) New Music for (Mostly) Strings,” hosted by composer Jay Vilnai in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. KRISTIE JACOBSEN (BA, Anthropology, ’06) is a program associate for Residential Life at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and is attending the University of North Dakota, working toward a master’s degree in leadership in higher education.

BECKY WATNER (attended fall ’94–spring ’97; fall ’05– spring ’06) was recently appointed interim executive director of the Downtown Chico Business Association, where she has worked since 1999, serving briefly as event coordinator and for 10 years as assistant executive director. JONATHON CARABBA (BA, Music Industry and Technology, ’07) and MELISSA WELLIVER (BA, Communication Design, ’03) manage and publish SubMerge, a Sacramento-based, biweekly entertainment and lifestyle magazine. They recently celebrated their two-year, 50th issue anniversary. JUSTIN ARGENAL (BA, Psychology, ’09) is the new director of basketball operations at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He is Chico State’s all-time leader in steals and assists. Argenal recently completed his master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University, Irvine. BILLY DIBONO (BA, Music Industry and Technology, ’09) will help run the Paradise Performing Arts Center with his father, Don DiBono. He is also the drummer for local indie-rock band The Secret Stolen.

The Chico Wildflower Challenge by Tim Hauserman (BA, Geography and Political Science, ’81)


David Harmon

he Wildflower Century is Chico’s classic 100-mile bike ride After a long day on a bike, all was made better by a quick stop and ode to the wildflowers of spring. More important, I at One Mile in Bidwell Park and an even quicker dip in the chilly discovered that it’s a good excuse to return to the home of waters of Sycamore Pool. Ah, Chico, I missed you—we need to my alma mater. My problem is, because I live in Lake Tahoe, get together more often. my butt may never touch a bike seat between November and Need more information on the Chico Wildflower or other April—making a 100-mile ride especially daunting. So every Chico-based bike rides? Go to} April would come and go, and I would say, “One of these years, I need to do the Wildflower.” Tim Hauserman is an outdoors guide, ski instructor, and This year the organizers made the brilliant decision to hold the author. He wrote the official guidebook to the Tahoe Rim Trail, as ride on my birthday, leading me to the conclusion that I had to well as Monsters in the Woods: Backpacking with Children and do it. It’s good to do something physically challenging on your Cross-Country Skiing in the Sierra Nevada. birthday—so you can feel old. When I returned to Chico the day before the ride, I was quickly reminded of what a great town it is. As I strolled around campus on a quiet Saturday morning, the trees seemed thicker and greener and the creek deeper and swifter than I had remembered. I attempted to locate my old haunts and quickly found Madison Bear Garden and the El Rey Theater, but alas, my favorite watering hole, Canal Street, is now a used bookstore. Even though the businesses have changed, downtown is still a relaxing place for a stroll. While the Wildflower might have been a good excuse to enjoy a wonderful day in Chico, I still needed to ride those 100 miles. The Wildflower is always long and grueling, but what was most memorable about this ride was the incredible variety and beauty of the route. Starting in the early morning chill of downtown Chico, I climbed past the Honey Run Covered Bridge to Paradise, then flew downhill to the outskirts of Oroville, before a hot climb up to the wildflower haven of Table Mountain (wow, 60 miles in one sentence, if only the reality were that easy). Everywhere was a sea of green, except for the purple and pink blotches of wildflowers, and the white snow glimmering on the coastal mountains to the west or in the Sierra to Tim Hauserman takes a test ride the eve of this year’s Chico Wildflower, stopping at the east. It was miles of glorious riding, good food, and One Mile in Bidwell Park. the pleasant companionship of 3,800 other happy riders (a record turnout).



Wildcats ON THE MOVE BRIAN GROSSMAN (BS, Business Administration, ’09), son of Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, recently became general manager for the Chico area. His main responsibilities now include distribution, inventory, and sales. Grossman has an interest in managing for sustainability and occasionally lectures on family business issues. MARC TERRIBILINI (BA, Music Industry and Technology, ’09) was recently hired as an assistant editor for Digital Media Factory in Santa Cruz. He started with the organization as an intern for its nonprofit Digital Media Learning Foundation. LAURIE WARD (BA, Child Development, ’09) is the operating manager and certified nutritionist of Lite for Life of Los Gatos. She is also an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America-certified personal trainer.

Marriages/Anniversaries MARVIN (AB, Education and Credential, ’47; MA, Elementary School Administration and Credential, ’56) and DONNA (AB, Education and Credentials, ’58) CHMELKA celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. They were married Jan. 24, 1942, in Chico. They have lived in Chico since the 1950s and are almond ranchers. He was a counselor at Chico High School, and she taught at John McManus School. They have one daughter, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. KELLY LYDON (attended fall ’68–spring ’73) married Janetta Marie St. Charles on May 13, 2010, at Makapuu Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. He is owner and broker of Century 21 Jeffries Lydon, and she is a realtor at Century 21 Jeffries Lydon in Chico, where they live.


JANICE DIONNE (MA, Education, ’75) and husband Robert celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 11, 1960, in Bellingham, Washington. She is a retired Butte College psychology teacher, and he retired from 34 years as a professor in the health and community services department at Chico State. They have three children and five grandchildren. LAURA RICCI-TITTLE (BS, Home Economics, ’81) and KEITH DIETLE (BS, Health Science, ’77) were married June 18, 2010, in Chico. She is a teacher at Pleasant Valley High School, and he is a teacher at Hamilton High School. They live in Hamilton City. JOY REDDING (BA, Liberal Studies and Credential, ’82) and husband William celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Belize and Mexico and a party at their home. They were married Dec. 28, 1984, in Richvale. She is a special education teacher in the Thermalito School District, and he is retired after 35 years with fire service. They have two children. CLARK (BA, Industrial Arts, ’66; MA, Industrial Arts, ’73) and SALLY (attended fall ’58–spring ’60; fall ’78–fall ’89, fall ’96) BRANDSTATT celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a backyard luau with friends and family. They were married Jan. 1, 1985. She is retired from academic senate and he from instructional media at CSU, Chico. They have four children and five grandchildren. AMIE TULLIUS (BA, Religious Studies, ’98) married Jared Gallardo May 15, 2010. She is a freelance writer, and he owns Mumblypeg Media Online Marketing Agency. They live in Park City, Utah.

JASON BEYER (BA, Communication Studies, ’03) and BROOKE MAYER (BA, Communication Studies, ’04) were married May 1, 2010, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. They live in Hermosa Beach. LAURA GARCIA (BA, Communications, ’03) and HART MCKENZIE (BA, Philosophy, ’03) were married Oct. 17, 2009. She works for Marina School District, Monterey Peninsula, and he is a fourthgrade teacher at Natividad Elementary School in Salinas. They live in Monterey. KAREN HARMON (BS, Business Administration, ’04) married David Whiteman on Oct. 10, 2009, in Vacaville. She is a controller with Ahtna Government Services Corporation in West Sacramento, and he is an employee of the city of Vacaville, Public Works Maintenance. They live in Vacaville. EMILY HASKELL (BS, Nursing, ’04) and NICHOLAS ROSE (BS, Computer Science, ’06) were married Aug. 8, 2009, in Homewood. She is a nurse in neonatal intensive care at UCSF Medical Center, and he is a software engineer at SAP Labs. They live in San Francisco. COURTNEY SHERRILL (BA, Recreation Administration, ’05) and JOSHUA ROWE (BA, History and Credential, ’02) were married June 12, 2009, at Evangelical Free Church in Chico. She is a homemaker, and he is a graduate student at Chico State and a teacher at Williams High School. They live in Chico.

Family Weekend Kicks Off Chico Experience Week

ome informative and fun Family Weekend events helped kick off the inaugural Chico Experience Week the weekend of Oct. 9–10. Saturday morning started with parent workshops from staff in the Career Center and the Study Abroad program. Parents and students alike were invited to learn more about opportunities for earning class credit while traveling the world, and about internships, student employment, and preparing for a potential career.

Families and staff gather for the Campus Sustainability Tour during the 2010 Chico Experience Week.


KELLIE FISHER (BA, Social Science, ’00) married Mitch Gorelick on Oct. 3, 2009, at Mulvaney’s courtyard in Sacramento. She is a high school teacher in Galt, and he works for Clark Pest Control in Sacramento.


Celebrating our campus status as an educational leader in sustainability, parents and family members were invited to participate in a sustainability tour of the campus. Ecologically friendly porous concrete, solar panels, strategic use of materials, and composting and recycling practices were tour highlights, demonstrating for participants just a few of the processes implemented by campus to keep Chico State “green.” The tour ended at Sutter Hall, the campus’s brand new residence hall, which meets LEED silver standards for energy efficiency. A small ceremony and ribbon cutting was held at Sutter Hall to recognize the opening of the newest Chico State building. At noon, parents and family members were invited to participate in the Family Pizza Picnic on the Kendall Hall lawn. President Zingg addressed the crowd with the exciting news that a state budget had just been passed, and for the first time in four years, growth was budgeted for higher education. It was a nice kickoff for our Chico Experience Week. The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) met Oct. 10. Council members took a special tour of Sutter Hall conducted by David Stephen, director of University Housing and Food Service. The PAC is still recruiting new members—anyone interested in learning more can contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 530-898-6472 or e-mail}

Wildcats ON THE MOVE Coming Soon!

In early 2011, the Chico State Alumni Association will be launching new online services—just for you! You’ll be able to: n  Search for other alumni in our online directory n  Register online for events n  Join the Alumni Association via an easy-to-use, secure form n  Receive e-newsletters and event invitations from the University, colleges, and departments n  Make a gift to Chico State For you to access these new services, we must have your current alumni information on file, including your e-mail address. To update your information, go to alumni and click on “Alumni Update Form.” Questions? E-mail alumni@ JULIE SYMONS (MA, Geography, ’05) married Josh McFall Oct. 3, 2010. She is an environmental planner, and he is an electrician. They live in Redding. MEAGAN DALEY (BA, Liberal Studies, ’06; Credential, ’07) and CURTIS HENNING (BS, Business Administration, ’06) were married Oct. 11, 2009. They work for Ferguson Enterprises and live in San Diego. ABIGAIL BACKSTROM (BA, Business, ’07; Master of Business Administration, ’08) married Craig Yeager July 24, 2010, at Clear Creek Ranch in Happy Camp. She is an executive assistant at Owens Healthcare, and he is a diesel mechanic for Stimpel-Wiebelhaus and co-owner of Oregonbased company Cascade Foam Insulation. LAUREL SINGLETARY (BS, Agriculture, ’07) married Jason Johnston June 19, 2010. He served four tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He is a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and an instructor for the Department of Defense. They live in North Carolina. ANNA SORENSON (BA, Public Administration, ’08) and ZEB REYNOLDS (BA, Public Administration, ’08) were married April 3, 2010. She works for Strategic Investment Group, and he works for CalFire. They live in Paradise.

The Art of Perception After graduating from CSU, Chico in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in art, Sabrina Abbott has made an early mark as a working artist. Perhaps most impressive is her recent show for fashion designer Pierre Cardin in Paris. Can you tell me about your development as an artist? The style you paint in and how you developed it? I began painting when I was young under the instruction of my father, who is also an artist. My first two years as an art major at Chico State, I learned and perfected different techniques, and I didn’t develop my own artistic style. While I attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, during a year-long foreign exchange, I created my style, which I now call Perceptionist Art or Perceptionism. My professor, Bisi, at the Accademia said that I needed to know my time and place and figure out what kind of conversation I wanted to have with the world. I have always disliked the pop culture concept of beauty in the United States and the common disregard of people and objects. I wanted to inspire people to be more conscientious about one another and the environment. It was for this reason that I chose to paint discarded objects. I want to show how beautiful these cast-off objects are when viewed with the right perspective. I attempt to alter peoples’ perception of the world around them. When I returned to Chico State my senior year, I continued to develop my style. Professor David Hoppe was my mentor that year, and I found his insights and critiques helpful. Michael Bishop was another professor who I found insightful and helpful. Both were supportive instructors, important when you are an aspiring artist. What have you been doing since graduation? I have been painting and doing museum work. Last year I worked in Paris at the Louvre museum, in the department of conservation and frame restoration. I obtained the position partly due to my previous museum experience at the Uffizi in Florence, Italy, where I worked for Dr. Giovanna Giusti during my year abroad. Also, I had a show in Yreka, California, last summer and sold about $40,000 worth of artwork. After this show, I was selected by fashion designer Pierre Cardin to show at the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris, beginning May 27, 2010. What is most fulfilling about living abroad? Living abroad is wonderful because it opens you up to a whole new culture. I learn something new every day and find my concepts of life and the world constantly challenged.

SARA TAYLOR (BS, Agriculture, ’08) married Jake van Tol Oct. 17, 2009, at Pete Verboom Ranch in Orland. She works at Salvagno’s Event Designers and Florists, and he works for van Tol Dairy No. 2. They live in Orland.

What was your favorite thing about Chico? Chico State’s campus is beautiful, and Chico is a charming town filled with all types of artists. I loved the farmers’ markets, Bidwell Park, and all the wonderful things there are to do and see around Chico.

KATELYN STEPHENS (BA, Psychology, ’09) and BRANT GUIDO (BA, Concrete Industry Management, ’09) were married this year in Roseburg, Oregon. She is an executive assistant for Hooper Wealth Management Group. He works for Umpqua Sand & Gravel, the Guido family business. They live in Roseburg.} Melissa Cheatham, Public Affairs and Publications

Visit Abbott’s website,, to view her work and learn about upcoming shows.} Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications Pierre Cardin and Sabrina Abbott at the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris CHICO STATEments


Wildcats IN OUR THOUGHTS In Memoriam–Alumni 1940s VERLA MORRELL (AB, Education and Credential, ’41) died Dec. 23, 2009, at age 91. She was predeceased by husband Ashley. DON WADLINGTON (attended spring ’41) died June 21, 2010, at age 91. He attended Chico State until the beginning of World War II. MARGARAT “JEAN” FAVILLA (BA, Education and Credential, ’42; Credential, ’48) died May 9, 2010, at age 89. She enjoyed teaching elementary school for more than 30 years, and after her retirement traveling the world with husband Kenneth. She was predeceased by her husband and two sons. She is survived by grandchildren Nichole, Breann, Charles, and Nick; five great-grandchildren; and sisters Ruth and Jaunita. MARY LYON (AB, Physical Education and Credential, ’43) died April 25, 2010, at age 91. After attending Chico State, she did postgraduate work at San Francisco State. EVELYN SMITH (AB, Education and Credential, ’43) died May 21, 2010, at age 89. She was predeceased by husband Earl. MARGARET “GEORGIETTA” LEE (AB, Home Economics and Credential, ’47) died Oct. 20, 2009, at age 84. She worked for many years as a substitute teacher and home school teacher. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and traveling with her husband. She was predeceased by husband Glynn and is survived by children Margaret, Gail, and Russell; seven grandchildren; and brother Richard. ELDON LUNDBERG (attended fall ’46–spring ’47) died June 26, 2010, at age 82. After attending Chico State and then farming rice with his father in 1948, he served in the U.S. Army and was recruited into the Central Intelligence Corps. After his discharge in 1952, he began a lifelong career of rice farming. He supported Lundberg Family Farms in many ways, including serving on the board of directors. He is survived by wife Ruth; children Jennifer, Julianne, and Grant; seven grandchildren; and brothers Wendell, Harlan, and Homer.


vived by wife Jackie, son Mark, and sisters Nancy and Leona. He was predeceased by son Mike.

PEARL LAMB (AB, Education and Credential, ’54) died Feb. 11, 2010, at age 77. She was the first in her family to graduate from college. She spent most of her 30-year teaching career as a fifth-grade teacher at Buckeye Elementary in Redding. She enjoyed golf, walks on the beach, and crossword puzzles. Lamb is survived by husband Dallas; sons Bruce, Brian, and Todd; seven grandchildren; sister Sandy; and brother Tom. She was predeceased by brother Lonzo.

ARLYS LOEW (Credential, ’60; MA, Education, ’62) died June 20, 2010, at age 91. She spent her life serving others as a nurse, educator, public health provider, and consultant on education and health policy. She enjoyed world traveling, camping, and flying small aircraft around California and crosscountry with her private pilot’s license, which she received in 1967. She was predeceased by husband Jack and is survived by five children and six grandchildren.

CHARLES PATTERSON (AB, Education and Credential, ’54; MA, Elementary School Administration and Credential, ’56) died Aug. 6, 2009, at age 87. In 1940 he entered the Navy and was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors. Patterson taught one year in Santa Rosa and 25 years in San Diego, where he was also a vice principal. He and wife Marion were active in the Elim Chapel Assembly of God Church in San Diego. He is survived by his wife and four stepchildren.

CAROLYN BOND (AB, Education and Credential, ’63) died June 9, 2010, at age 68. She taught for 17 years and was a substitute teacher for 10 years. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, knitting, and spending time with her family. She is survived by husband Robert, daughters Heather and Sara, and three grandchildren.

RUSSELL FRANSON (BS, Civil Engineering, ’55) died Dec. 22, 2009, at age 84. After graduating from Chico State and serving in the U.S. Army, he worked until his retirement in 1990 for the State Department of Water Resources. His responsibilities over the years included engineering studies for the State Water Project and managing the design drawings in the Design and Construction Division of the State Water Project. He is survived by wife Katharine; children Wayne and Janet; grandchildren Jennifer, Jason, Jessica, and Joseph; and greatgrandchild Christy. He is also survived by his first wife Yvonne.

1960s DON CORRIE (BA, Education, ’60; MA, Education and Credential, ’76) died March 17, 2010, at age 72. Before his death he was honored for 50 years of service by the Tehama County Department of Education. He taught in Willows and Chico before becoming a math consultant for the Tehama County Department of Education. He wrote 10 books on language arts, mathematics, and science. He is sur-

A True Sense of Humor


UY EDWARD MARCY (BS, Business Administration, ’84) died March 3, 2010, at the age of 49 in Oroville. While at Chico State, he was in the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Marcy was a certified public accountant, working in the field for 20 years. He was a member of Toastmasters, and he loved fishing, hunting, playing golf, and most of all, umpiring in baseball and spending time with his family. “He was fun, loving, and devoted to all his friends and family,” says his sister Jennifer. “He made us laugh uncontrollably and brought humor to all our gatherings. He loved to mischievously poke innocent fun just to stir things up, so people would lighten up and laugh



RUSSELL “BOB” NEWMAN (attended fall ’62-spring ’63) died June 15, 2010, at age 65. After attending Chico State, he served in the U.S. Army for two years, later working for Bank of America and retiring from Collins Pine Co. in Chester. In 1998, he retired from Russell R. Newman Accounting and Tax Service and relocated to Chico. Newman was a member of the Chico Cribbage Club and Fraternal Order of Eagles #218. He is survived by wife Linda; children Michael, Richard, Carole, and Robin; and 10 grandchildren. RALPH CLAIR D’ARGE (BS, Agriculture, ’63) died June 27, 2009, at age 68. Upon graduation from Chico State, he graduated from Cornell with a PhD in 1969, and he was faculty at the University of New Mexico. Later at UC Riverside, he established the graduate program in natural resource and environmental economics, and then helped establish this program at the University of Wyoming, from which he retired in 1996 and moved to Kentucky to raise thoroughbreds. He is survived by wife Dani, daughter Dahlia and son Ranyon, and two grandchildren. WAYNE PERKINS (AB, Social Science, ’63; Credential, ’64) died Oct. 13, 2009, at age 76. Wayne served in the U.S. Air Force and retired after 20 years as a major. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association. After the military he taught and was principal in public schools and taught some college courses. Perkins coached at the junior high and senior high levels, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by wife Eleanor, son Jeff, daughters Laura and Katherine, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. LLOYD DUNKEL (AB, Social Science, ’64) died May 5, 2010, at age 88. He was born and raised in Iowa where he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. Later he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and Korea, retiring after 20 years. He was a seasonal ranger in New Mexico and California and a curator for the California State Park system. He is survived by two sons, Mark and Roger, nine grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by wife Wilma, two brothers, and a sister.

a little.” Marcy is survived by parents William and Patsy Ann; children Daniel and Rachel; brother Will; and sister Jennifer.} Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications

NOEL CARTER (BS, Business, ’65) died Dec. 10, 2009, at age 67. He worked for Bank of America for 37 years and enjoyed camping, fishing, motorcycle riding, mountain biking, and wintering for the past 10 years in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with wife Joanne. He is survived by his wife; children Tony and Tiffni; and grandchildren Max, Colton, and Madison.

Wildcats IN OUR THOUGHTS CHARLES COGBURN (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’65) died June 3, 2009, at age 71. He served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years. He is survived by wife Nancy. WILLIAM FINNEGAN (AB, Psychology, ’65; MA, Psychology, ’67) died March 1, 2010, at age 67. He received his EdD from the University of San Francisco. He worked for 25 years as a school psychologist with the Rincon Valley Union School District, counseling troubled youth. Finnegan wrote a book still used by Sonoma County teachers and counselors on childhood depression titled Help Me, I’m Sad, Help Me, I’m Mad (2002) and helped produce “To Save a Child,” a suicide prevention film. He is survived by sons Dennis, Daniel, and Matthew; brothers Peter and Paul; and a granddaughter. ROBERT DAVIS (BA, Political Science, ’66) died March 4, 2010, at age 67. After graduating from Chico State, he went on to graduate from the Institute of Foreign Technology in Glendale, Arizona, and later received an MBA from St. Mary’s College in Orinda. He worked for the Bank of America in San Francisco, Venezuela, and Peru in the 1970s and as a sales rep for different industries in the Bay Area. He is survived by wife Marilyn, daughter Erin, brother William, and four nieces and nephews. SHARON HAYES (BA, Art, ’67; Credential, ’69) died Jan. 17, 2009, at age 64. She received her teaching credential upon graduating from Chico State. She is survived by husband Reg. SUSAN FLEMING (attended fall ’66-fall ’68) died May 13, 2010, at age 62. In 1968, while attending Chico State, she met Lorin, and they were married in December of that year. She worked in the schools of southern Trinity County for 29 years, retiring in 2008. She served as a volunteer dispatcher for more than 20 years. In 1995, Fleming received the Kris Kelly Memorial Star of Life Award for her outstanding support in the Emergency Medical Services System. She is survived by husband Lorin; children Eric and Janine; grandchildren Jacob, Megan, Austin, and Trenton; and four siblings. She was predeceased by son Marc and grandson Justin. SHERWYN BRANDT (BS, Home Economics, ’69) died June 20, 2010, at age 63. After graduating from Chico State, she received her master’s degree from Cornell University. She is survived by husband Robert.

1970s THOMAS “CHI CHI” CHRISOPE (BA, Physical Education, ’70) died May 17, 2010, at age 63. While at Chico State, he was a member of the Delta Psi Delta fraternity and began his career at Pacific Bell, where he worked for 30 years until retiring. He enjoyed playing softball, working out at Chico Sports Club, and volunteering for local organizations. He is survived by wife Pennie and daughters Lyndsey and Holly.

Christine, and three nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by father Sam and brother Greg.


ROBERT POSNER (MA, Art, ’73) died April 29, 2010, at age 74. He received a bachelor’s degree in art from UCLA in 1958 and later received his master’s degree from Chico State. He is survived by wife Sally.

STELLA CORONA (BS, Recreation Administration, ’06) died Aug. 2, 2010, at age 31. She was the victim of a drunk driver who hit her car in South Kona, Hawaii. She was an outreach coordinator at the University of Hawaii Center, helping students find their interest of study and connecting them to their career goals. She is survived by mother Monica, father Edward, sister Natalie, and special love Jamin.

SANDRA JOAN BROOKS (BA, Social Welfare, ’78) died May 23, 2010, at age 63. After graduating from Chico State, she moved to Florida where she worked as a social worker. She is survived by daughter Danette and seven grandchildren. She was predeceased by son Larry, mother Honey, and grandparents Leora and Joe.

1980s SCOTT PETER SUNESON (BA, Philosophy, ’81; MA, Political Science, ’87) died May 5, 2010, at age 62, after a nine-year battle against liver disease. He taught for 20 years in California colleges and universities, including at CSU, Sacramento, Sacramento City College, Yuba College, and Sierra College. Suneson was a passionate teacher and an activist for equality and equity for part-time faculty in the California Community Colleges system. He is survived by wife Sandra, father Earl, stepmother Estella, sister Melissa, children Jeff and Lisa, and four grandchildren.

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LARRY MADEROS (attended spring ’79–fall ’81; spring ’83) died May 12, 2010, at age 56. Before attending Chico State, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a nuclear weapons specialist. He worked for Bruns Flooring Supply for the last 22 years. He is survived by companion Jacquelyn Rose; parents Lincoln and Margaret; grandmother Evelyn; three siblings; and six nieces and nephews. ROBERT “ROB“ MARTELLA (BS, Business Administration, ’88) died Feb. 11, 2010, at age 44. After attending Chico State, he was recruited and worked for Chevron Corporation for 22 years. Most recently he was a financial analyst for their natural gas division in Houston. He loved the outdoors, camping, and working in his yard. He is survived by wife Kara; sons Garrett and Gavin; father Robert; mother Kay; and sisters Dorice and Tracy.

1990s THOMAS HASSELWANDER (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’91) died Jan. 9, 2010, at age 40. He received an AA from Lassen College. He is survived by wife Julia. TAMARA HALDEMAN (attended fall ’95-spring ’97) died June 11, 2010, at age 33. She enjoyed music, dancing, attending church, and spending time with her family. She is survived by mother Sandi; father Jan; stepfather Jim; stepmother Kellie; siblings Dayna and Jason; and step-siblings Kelly, Gabi, Scott, and Drew.

EMILY RONEY (attended fall ’42-spring ’43; fall ’64-spring ’70) died April 25, 2009, at age 84. She attended Bidwell Grammar School, Chico High, and Chico State. She is survived by husband Elwin.

BRIAN DEWBRE (attended fall ’94-fall ’98) died Feb. 27, 2009, at age 37, after a work-related accident. He was a licensed truck driver and certified electrician, and he enjoyed backpacking, kayaking, and camping. He is survived by parents Joe and Loma Livernois and Jack and Alexis Dewbre; brothers Jaren, Josh, Adam, Alan, and J.J.; and grandmother Doris.

RUSSELL “RUSS” GIANFORTONE (attended fall ’68fall ’71) died Jan. 10, 2010, at age 60. He served in the National Guard and worked as a journeyman electrician for 32 years. He enjoyed music, sports, and playing poker. He is survived by mother Louise, sister

ARLOA SINGHSNAEH (BS, Home Economics, ’77; BS, Business Administration, ’99) died Sept. 19, 2009, at age 58. Before receiving a BS at Chico State, she received a BS and MS in Home Economics from Cal Poly. She was predeceased by husband Vadhana.

ADAM MARTINEZ (BS, Business Administration, ’08) died May 14, 2009, at age 31. He graduated from Shasta High School and attended Shasta College. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with options in business and finance and an emphasis on foreign business from Chico State, graduating magna cum laude with multiple honors.}



In Memoriam–Faculty and Staff Roy John Brazzale, EdD, professor emeritus of the School of Social Work, died July 17, 2010, at age 81. He served in the army during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star and subsequently an honorable discharge. He graduated from the University of Southern California with his master’s and doctorate degrees in social work. In 1968 he was hired to teach in the Department of Social Welfare and Corrections at Chico State, and helped establish the School of Social Work with BA and MSW degrees. His other interests included gardening, traveling (often to visit family in Italy), and reading. He is survived by wife Isabella, sister Jennie, and seven nieces and nephews. Patricia “Patty” Darr, Accounting Services, died June 10, 2010, at age 65. She worked for the Butte County Department of Social Welfare and the Butte County Superintendent of Schools before becoming an accounting technician supervisor at Chico State from 1980 until her retirement in 2000. With the efforts of friends and co-workers, she established the University Needy Children’s Program. She eventually recruited Patsy Dodd, Staff Council member, to take her place as

program leader. Staff Council has been the primary sponsor of the program since that time. HARRISON L. “PAT” GRATHWOHL, professor emeritus, Department of Finance and Marketing, died Oct. 9, 2010, at age 81. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Japan and received a PhD from Indiana University and moved to Seattle in 1958 to teach at the University of Washington. He retired from UW in 1983 and moved to Chico, where he continued teaching until 1992. He was a gifted athlete, craftsman, traveler, and supporter of environmental causes. In July 2010, Grathwohl was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, which had been in remission for the previous five years. He is survived by partner Maureen; children Tracy, Christopher, Bradley, Jill, and Jeffrey; and 11 grandchildren. Herbert Spencer Joseph, English, died May 30, 2010, at age 89. He was an undergraduate at Penn State before receiving his doctorate in English and Old Norse literature from the University of Iowa in 1966, which he accomplished with the devoted help of his wife Sally. He was legally blind, and Recordings for the Blind allowed him to compete with sighted students. He taught English at Chico State from 1969 to 1989. “Herb was an extremely popular teacher, able to teach a wide variety of courses,” says Harriet Spiegel, English. “His wide-ranging knowledge, innovative teaching styles, and wry

sense of humor attracted many students to his classes; several of those students became lifelong friends.” Joseph is predeceased by his wife and survived by daughter Evie. LARRY MILLER, Printing Services, died Oct. 16, 2010, at age 68. He attended Chico High School and served in the army in Korea. He was a member of Chico Eagles 218 for 29 years. He was hired by Chico State’s Printing Services in 1979 and retired in 2006. In his retirement, he enjoyed reading, watching sports, and visiting with friends. Miller is survived by daughters Amber and Karen, brothers Philip and Robert, and one grandchild. Leonor Silveira Valenzuela, SpanishEnglish translator, died May 2, 2010, at the age of 57. She began her career in 1974 as an English/Spanish translator for California MiniCorps at Chico State. In 1979, she became a training specialist for the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC, and in 1980 a trainer/ counselor for Urban Management Consultants in Sacramento. Upon returning to the North State, she became executive director of the Concilio Mexicano de Chico, Inc., providing bilingual services to the area. She also worked with several other organizations in the area serving a variety of public sectors in mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, and youth outreach, including creating the Latino Youth Leadership Conference.} Melissa Cheatham, Public Affairs and Publications

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