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Chico S T A T E M E N T S

D E PA R T M E N T S 2

From the President’s Desk Leading by example

3 Letters Favorite issue, favorite teachers


Campus Collage


What’s happening at the University

22 2011 Distinguished Alumni


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


32 In Memoriam Faculty and staff remembered





Students Steven Aguilar, Greg Hollingshead, and Sofia Salazar spent 10 weeks this summer rehabilitating the Puppy Stairs, a historic staircase on Alcatraz Island. Photo by Beiron Andersson

F E AT U R E S 8 Restoring the Rock | Concrete industry management students will spend five years rehabilitating parts of historic Alcatraz

12 Fascinating Facts

| Did you know that Chico State once had an Owl

Club? Ayres Hall might be haunted? Check out these and other Chico oddities

14 Change Through Education | From West Africa comes a visionary whose nonprofit is dedicated to changing lives on a global scale

18 Wanderlust, Resourcefulness, Generosity | Chico couple leaves University $4 million after a long retirement spent traveling



Chico Statements Fall 2011 issue