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 George Petersen Rose Garden Celebrates 60 Years of Splendor


urple Tiger. Cherry Vanilla. Tropicana. The varieties sound as intoxicating as their beautiful blossoms in the peak of bloom. As the George Petersen Rose Garden celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, its pleasant pathways are as picturesque as ever and as much a beloved part of campus as when they were planted six decades ago. “The Petersen Rose Garden is a highlight of this campus, and I will always enjoy watching people strolling through the garden, taking pictures of blooms, watching the bees buzz around, or just soaking in the serene feeling,” said Mike Alonzo (BS, Agriculture, ’08), supervisor of grounds and landscape services. The rose garden first sprouted as an idea by horticulturalist George F. Petersen, the son of John Bidwell’s groundskeeper, who dreamed of a place he could garden beyond his own backyard. Following his proposal for a rose garden at Chico State College, supervising groundskeeper Richard Pessner helped design and plant 400 bushes in 1957. Today, the garden includes 378 plants of more than 60 varieties of hybrid teas, floribundas, and grandifloras. They offer not only a vibrant splash of color from spring to fall but an intoxicating smell and pictureperfect place for campus portraits. None of today’s plants are Petersen originals, but they share similar lineage and popular varieties, such as the iconic red Mr. Lincoln, Chrysler Imperial, and Perfume Delight.


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2 From the President Cultivating Curiosity

3 From the Archives Tales of the Towers

From the Editor Chico Cares

4 Campus Collage

What’s happening at the University

26 Alumni Association News

Chapter news and events

Alumni profiles and updates

Alumni, faculty, and staff remembered

Recognizing our dedicated supporters

27 Wildcats on the Move 33 In Memoriam

35 Tower Society Honor Roll On the Cover




Nowhere to Run is a digital illustration by Senior Designer Christian Burke (BA, Visual Communications, ’94) highlighting the uncertain future of a species facing threats to its habitat and severe declines in population.

8 Saving the Salmon

Chico State joins high-profile partners in multimillion-dollar fight to restore a threatened species.

14 Global Humanitarians

Three Chico Statue alumni traverse the globe, looking to make a difference by volunteering their time to help the less fortunate.

20 One in Four

University tackles students’ most basic needs: housing and hunger.

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From the President


Cultivating Curiosity and contracts awarded total $2 to $3 billion annually. And at Chico State, externally funded grants and contracts averaged $24.6 million between 2011 and 2016. In all corners of campus and across all disciplines, you will find students and faculty exploring issues, advancing knowledge, and discovering new possibilities. Current research includes: • using the cells of zebrafish in an attempt to make new blood • studying the effects of vibration on seed germination to boost agricultural productivity


hat do you want to be when you grow up? It is an age-old question that each of us has pondered at least once during our lives. It is a fun question to ask children, and as they age, it becomes a more imperative one. Our challenge as parents, teachers, and professors is helping our children imagine their futures filled with potential and opportunity. So, what did you want to be when you were 10? Most often, I wanted to be an archaeologist, and sometimes I hoped I would become a biologist or a chemist. To me, science was adventurous—it was synonymous with learning, and I’ve always loved to learn. My parents were supportive (or tolerant) of my active imagination as I turned our home into my laboratory. Having saved plastic glitter containers from my art projects because they resembled test tubes, I would mix kitchen ingredients with water, pour the benign concoctions into the tubes, and freeze them. I would record how long it took them to freeze, although I’m sure I slowed down the freezing process by checking on them too often. Frequently opening and closing the freezer door tried my mother’s patience. Kids! Once they were solid, I would examine each tube with my magnifying glass and pretend to make the most important discoveries in the world. Nothing delights me more than to see that same curiosity and passion for learning in our faculty and students. Chico State is home to amazing, ground-breaking research. Students are delving into important and innovative studies—reading, writing, observing, analyzing, and interacting, while also developing critical thinking skills and striving to improve the world in which we live. When Californians think of cutting-edge research, I’m not sure they immediately think about the California State University system. But they should. CSU research grants 2 CHICO STATEMENTS

• exploring salmon habitats to restore populations in the Sacramento River (see story on page 8) • developing a neighborhood improvement plan to enhance the safety, livability, and vitality of our South Campus neighborhood Sometimes the research process can be as enlightening as the results. That much I can remember from my junior year in high school. We were breeding Drosophila, or fruit flies, in my advanced biology class for a study of genetics. Over spring break, I volunteered to euthanize and count the fruit flies my lab partner and I had bred. On the designated day, I took the collection outside (per my mother’s request) and euthanized them. For safekeeping, I put the dead flies in an old Sucrets box and placed the little metal container safely in my bedroom. The next afternoon, I walked in to see a steady black stream of Drosophila pouring out from the back of the Sucrets box. I hadn’t noticed the gaps caused by the metal hinges of the lid (or administered enough ether, apparently)! I lost our experiment that day, and my family’s home gained a colony of fruit flies that took weeks to get rid of. Kids! As I’m sure our faculty and students can attest, failure and perseverance can be an important part of science and an invaluable element of innovation and creativity. They provide us with critical information and a lens through which we advance our studies and ourselves. Whether studying strains of avian influenza in birds on the Pacific Flyway to prevent threats to human health, or examining government policy’s impact on families living on minimum wage, Chico State students and faculty are making an impact on the world. I look forward to seeing where our research continues to lead us. — Gayle E. Hutchinson, President

Editor Ashley Gebb (’08) Designer Christian Burke (’94) Contributing Editors Sean Murphy (’97) Kate Post Luke Reid (’04, ’09) Amanda Rhine (’15) Travis Souders (’09) University Photographers Jason Halley (’05) Jessica Bartlett (’16) President Gayle E. Hutchinson Vice President for University Advancement Ahmad Boura Executive Director of Public Affairs and Publications Patti Waid Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Parent Engagement Susan Anderson Send mailing address updates to Chico Statements is online. Get the interactive version, send updates and letters, and more at Chico Statements is published for alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of California State University, Chico. The magazine is available in alternate formats upon request. Please call 530-898-4143 for assistance. Chico Statements welcomes contributions of articles, photographs, and artwork but does not guarantee publication of submissions. Please send to: Public Affairs, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0040 EMAIL TEL 530-898-4143 We reserve the right to edit for clarity and space. All submissions—textual, graphic, or photographic— may appear in the online version of Chico Statements. Please note that your name, address, phone number, email address, school or college, and year of graduation may be used by CSU, Chico for the development of University-affiliated marketing programs. If you do not wish to have this information used, please notify University Advancement at 530-898-5297. © 2017, California State University, Chico, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer IMPORTANT PRIVACY CHOICE You have the right to control whether we share your name, address, and electronic mail address with our affinity partners (companies that we partner with to offer products or services to our alumni). For additional information, please visit our website

From the Editor

Chico Cares


hen Martin Morales arrived at Chico State in 2015, he had three suitcases to his name. He had been bumped, unwanted, from family member to family member throughout high school, until he had no place left to go. His high school helped him secure status as an unaccompanied youth and Morales connected with Student Affairs at Chico State—one of several colleges where the promising student had been accepted. By the time he arrived, the University lined him up with emergency housing in Whitney Hall and a job in Student Affairs. It was the first time the University would

help him, but not the last. A staff member took him to buy a fork, a spoon, a bowl, and a can opener. Another introduced him to the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, where students can get food they need, no questions asked. Another took him into their home for holiday meals so he would not spend them alone. A first-generation student with no familial support, he struggled emotionally and financially his first year, yet continued succeeding in the classroom. But without anyone to advise him, he didn’t realize he’d need a deposit and a cosigner for an apartment—both of which he lacked. As he realized he could become homeless, his champions in Student Affairs came to his aid again, securing another year of housing. After working multiple jobs and relying on the pantry for help with food, he built his savings and moved this fall into his first apartment—one he can call his very own. Not surprisingly, Chico State had a hand in that, too. A rental agency worked to accommodate his needs, trusting University connections who spoke on the student’s behalf that he would be a good tenant. Because that’s what we do. This campus community supports its own. And, as we see more every day, ensuring the success of

all our students means we first must meet their most basic needs—helping them with food and housing so they can focus on their education. When I interviewed students like Morales for the story on the Chico State Basic Needs Project (see page 20), it both broke my heart and made it burst with pride. Hearing their somber tone as they explain wanting more for their future children than their parents could provide, witnessing the spark in their eyes as they describe their dreams, and watching their smiles grow as they explain how the University is a partner on their journey— it’s an incredible testament to their dedication and ours. “There are still good people out there. This is a prime example of it. … I don’t know what I want to do, but I do know I want to help people,” the sociology major told me, as he considers his future. “I know what it feels like, and it makes a difference.” As students like Morales rise to face their challenges, so too should we. We’ve set an ambitious goal—raise $50,000 for the Chico State Basic Needs Project by Giving Day, November 28. Together, I know we can reach it. Why? Because Chico cares. —Ashley Gebb (’08), Publications Editor


Tales of the Towers


n June, California Water Service informed the Chico community that four downtown water towers may not stand long. They don’t meet modern standards, pose earthquake hazards, and are no longer needed for the city’s water supply. Yet, many people associate the iconic infrastructure with Chico’s visual identity and history. Two of the towers, dating back to 1905 and 1913, stand at East Third and Orient Streets, and are listed on the registry of historic homes. A third tank at East Sixth Avenue and the Esplanade is circa 1945, and the fourth tank at West Second and Cherry Streets near campus dates to 1950.

During his research into the towers’ historical significance, history professor Mike Magliari learned a local legend. Lore had it that decades ago, some pranksters climbed the towers overnight and added the words “hot” and “cold” to their exteriors. But Maglairi, who is part of the Chico Heritage Association, could find nothing to prove the rumor. Then, after a speech at the Chico Museum, he heard from Gerald Laumer (BS, Engineering, ’58), who coincidentally just received evidence of the long-passed prank. It was a front page from the Chico Enterprise-Record from November 2, 1953, with a large photo of the towers and their new signage. The caption calls it a Halloween prank that took place when the police reserves went off duty after 3 a.m.—“A little good clean fun, that’s all, boys.” Laumer remembers it well, as his back porch stared straight up at the towers. A family member tracked down the newspaper front page for him, after a discussion about the towers’ removal had him reminiscing. He thinks the words stayed for months or even years, until the tanks were finally repainted. As part of his work to save the towers, Magliari wants to collect as much information about them as he can, including anecdotes from their history. If anyone has a story to share—and especially details on the hot-cold caper of 1953—he can be reached at mmagliari@csuchico. edu or 530-898-6332. CHICO STATEMENTS 3

Campus Collage BRIEFLY NOTED


Counting Butterflies for Citizen Science


uring a quest for unidentified flying objects, you keep your eyes to the sky. It only takes a second for a flash of yellow to flutter by or a streak of black to wave in the wind. If you’re biological sciences professor Don Miller, you can identify the species from 50 feet away, calling out scientific names and committing sightings to memory. It’s a skill that has served the entomologist well over the years, as he continues to lead the annual butterfly count at the Big Chico Creek

Ecological Reserve (BCCER). Aiming to monitor populations over time, the butterfly count is the North American Butterfly Association’s response to the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count and takes place every summer. “We think of butterflies as ambassadors for wildlife,” Miller said. “If they are doing well, then the other varieties of wildlife—birds, plants, mushrooms—are doing OK, too.” During this year’s count, he promised to see lots of common ringlets, California tortoiseshells, and common buckeyes. Orange sulphurs were likely, as were the goldhunter’s hairstreak. He also had hopes for a Gorgon copper and a rural skipper, which allegedly looks like a fighter jet when it lands. BCCER counters also boast recording more Sylvan hairstreaks than anyone in the nation or the world. “They are our champs. It’s our badge of honor,” Miller said. The butterfly count is as much about visiting BCCER as it is citizen science, said Jon Aull,

the education and research coordinator for the University’s ecological reserves. His Field Guide to Butterflies is well-thumbed, streaked with highlights, and flagged with dozens of yellow tabs. This marked his fourth year as part of the BCCER’s butterfly count, but it’s been going for more than a decade. “Back then, it was footloose and fancy-free. We just went out and looked,” Miller said. “Now, we have to count.” Spotting a flutter near a bush, Aull demonstrated his stealth and cat-like reflexes in trying to catch a butterfly. He pinned the tiny insect between the soft netting so he could take a closer look, and after eyeing the spots on its underside and pale blue wings, he started to speculate if it was an echo blue when it slipped from his gentle grasp and flew to freedom. “It’s harder to catch them than you might think,” Aull said. BCCER’s 2017 tally was 34 species and 820 individual butterflies, including five large white skippers—an exceptionally remarkable sighting considering the species was previously unseen at the reserve. —Ashley Gebb, Publications Editor


n her own in the otherwise off-limits expanses of Lassen Volcanic National Park, geology major Angelica Rodriguez is pursuing a little-studied examination of the active volcanic area’s elaborate hydrothermal system. Rodriguez admits she has always been interested in science. When she was a little girl, her older sister told her she would grow out of it. Scared by the prospect, her passion only intensified. “I literally Googled ‘how to be outdoors and do science all the time,’” she said. “You get to ask a question and maybe you get lucky and you answer it. And when you answer a question in science, it makes you want to ask more.”’ With the guidance of professor Rachel Teasdale, Rodriguez is studying water temperatures and other hydrothermal elements, using data recorders that take readings every 15 minutes. As the only continuous data collection on hydrothermal systems in the Cascades, the regular readings provide insight well beyond the Lassen system. “It’s meaningful science contributing to our


understanding of volcanoes,” Teasdale said. Rodriguez’s work is made possible through a $4.2 million, five-year grant from the US Department of Education, as well as support from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. The Hispanic-Serving Institution STEM grant supports agriculture, natural sciences, and engineering, computer science, and construction management students who identify as low-income or Hispanic. As other students work to restore salmon habitats (see page 8) and study seed germination, Rodriguez makes regular trips to Lassen Volcanic National Park to record data and collect samples to support her invaluable research. The grant also helped her invest in new tools for her data collection and send her to an international conference where she presented her preliminary results to professionals. “Already, other students are seeing her as a role model,” Teasdale said. “Her attitude of ‘I


Grant Funds Invaluable Hydrothermal Research

did it, and so can you’—those are the messages that all students need, but especially students who have not had access to those kinds of role models or opportunities before.” Rodriguez feels like she’s helping the greater good in adding to the hydrothermal data pool, as well as setting an example for other students to follow in her footprint. “My parents worked really hard to do three jobs to give us opportunities. They are very proud that I’m taking my education into my own hands.” —Ashley Gebb, Publications Editor


SOLAR SPECTACLE Students returning to Chico State for the first day of classes were welcomed back by a show from Mother Nature. A solar eclipse—and the highest percentage of the moon covering the sun Chico State has seen in nearly 130 years—greeted students, faculty, and staff during a viewing party coordinated by the Office of the Provost. More than 1,000 people attended, taking part in guided meditation, tracing the sun’s shadow on art easels, and staring skyward with viewing glasses the provost’s office had specially ordered. As special music played from the Trinity Hall bell tower and the sun’s show was livestreamed from the roof of Meriam Library, users took advantage of viewing cards, sunspotters, and other devices to marvel at the phenomenon, which maxed out at 85 percent coverage, as physics professor Nick Nelson excitedly announced the eclipse play-by-play. Watch a video of the event at

VOTER FRIENDLY HONOR Chico State has been designated a Voter Friendly Campus because of the University’s efforts to promote civic engagement and provide students with resources and education. The Voter Friendly Campus designation program started in 2016, through a partnership with the Campus Vote Project and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. The designation aims to help campus administrators develop strategies to engage students, set clear goals, and create a path in advance of upcoming elections. Chico State is the only public university in California and one of just four institutions in the state to receive the designation.

The University Farm set a sales record for its annual peach-picking event— selling more than 42,000 pounds of peaches and earning $63,000 to support farm operations. Each summer, the farm opens to the community for its U-Pick Peaches event, offering three varieties of freestone peaches for sale as supplies last. In August 2017, customers came to the farm in droves, loading up by the bucketful with visions of canning, freezing, baking, and, of course, fresh eating. The trees were stripped clean in five days. “This event just keeps growing, which gives us the opportunity to share the University Farm with a broader audience. It’s a great learning experience for our students to interact with the customers who purchase the products they grow,” said Dave Daley, associate dean of the College of Agriculture.

CHICO STATE'S BEST VALUE RANKINGS CONTINUE When it comes to higher education and value, Chico State continues to rack up the rankings. Money magazine again named the University one of the nation’s “Best Colleges For Your Money” in 2017. Of the more than 2,400 colleges and universities across the country, Chico State was ranked No. 174, in recognition of its value as it relates to educational quality, cost, and alumni success. This year’s ranking marks the third

consecutive year the University has appeared on Money’s list. Additionally, Chico State was named No. 21 on Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck in the West” and No. 15 on its list of “Best National Master’s Schools.” Washington Monthly’s rankings are based on net price, graduation rates, and whether students go on to earn enough to pay off their loans.

NEW VP OF BUSINESS AND FINANCE Chico State has named Robbi Stivers as its new vice president for business and finance, following a nationwide search. Beginning his position in May, Stivers came to Chico State from the University of Tennessee system based in Knoxville, where he served as executive director of the Office of Capital Projects since 2011, and earlier as director of the Office of Capital Projects Division of Real Property and Space Administration. He previously spent 15 years in the financial services industry. Stivers earned his master’s degree in organizational management from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens. He also attended Mid-South Graduate School of Banking (currently Barret School of Banking) at Memphis State University. CHICO STATEMENTS 5

Campus Collage ATHLETICS

Wildcat alumni of the Chico State football team came back to check out their old locker rooms during a three-day reunion in June. Though the football program was dropped in 1997, former players continue to meet up annually.

Alumni protect Wildcat football’s future by honoring its past Story by Travis Souders, photos by Jason Halley


t’s impossible to miss the fondness in the voices of alums who want to keep the Chico State football program’s memory alive. They breathe life into it with their words, guarding its legacy through storytelling and reminiscing. In the 1940s, the practice field was where current students would find Shasta and Lassen Halls. Former players still recall one player folding his leather helmet in half after practice, sticking it in his back pocket, and walking to class. In time, the field relocated to University Stadium, where some students could even watch games from the high rise of Whitney Hall’s west-facing windows. The 1996 team had the distinction of paying its own way as University funding dried up— and being the last Wildcat team to tackle, snag interceptions, and score touchdowns before the program’s end the following year. Filling those decades are countless stories, from campus life and road trips to games and practice. Teammates flirted from the team bus with two women following in a Fiat convertible all the way up the interstate to play Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Players picked up bouncer jobs at Madison Bear Garden to pay $200-a-month off-campus rent. It’s been 20 years since the final whistle 6 CHICO STATEMENTS

blew for the Chico State football program. The mission of a growing and increasingly organized group of Wildcat football alumni is simple: to preserve the dignity, history, and—they dare say it—hope for the program. The Wildcat Football Alumni Association is realistic about Chico State football’s chances of returning. Countless calls to reinstate the program over the years have been fruitless, and it’s overwhelmingly unlikely it will ever return. But its legacy can still advance. “I would have never gotten the taste for football if it wasn’t for Chico State,” said former running back and 1998 Chico State Hall of Fame inductee Don Carlsen (BS, Accounting, ’69), a well-regarded NFL official for 24 years. “Some of my favorite memories are beating up my very best friends in practice.” Those memories take the field each year during an annual Chico reunion for players and coaches. Organized chiefly by former outside linebacker Carlos Jacobo (Attended, ’76), with help from former wide receiver Paul Lema (BA, Physical

Education, ’76; Credential, ’94), the 2017 alumni reunion saw more than 150 players make the June trip back to Chico—or, for the many who have adopted the City of Trees as their home ever since strapping on pads under cardinal and white uniforms, a quick jaunt down to The Oasis, a south campus watering hole. Grouping naturally into generational pods, they toured their former locker rooms, posed for photos with the original scoreboard, and toted around the oversized Victory Ax, a commemorative trophy Chico State created to memorialize the tradition of

Dave "Izzy" Israel holds a commemorative Victory Ax trophy that memorializes annual Humboldt State vs. Chico State games.

holding the original, even larger piece of hardware after victories over rivals Humboldt State. Many wore custom-ordered jerseys with their old numbers on them— the easiest way to make sure they fit. Regardless of the era they played in, the familiar thread during eight years of meetups has been a sense of fraternity, the sense of belonging. “It really is a family,” Jacobo said. “We all experienced the two-a-days in 109-degree heat. We all lived the same stories. Most of the guys in this group will tell you that the stories are the No. 1 thing we get from each other.” The original group was a handful of former Wildcats—six or seven who had met at an informal Chico reunion run by former coach Pete Riehlman. Eventually, additional players connected. When they found Facebook, the group found pay dirt. “Originally, it was just wanting to get together with our old buddies, getting a cold beer and a Bear burger, and visiting all our old haunts,” said Jacobo. “But as it keeps growing every year, we realize we have the potential to do a lot more than that.”


The group is in the early stages of funding and shaping a scholarship committee to award funds to the children of football alums.

Setting up the scholarship separately from the University’s financial aid —Paul Lema (’76) system allows for flexibility to support Wildcat family regardless of where members pursue an education. No athletic scholarships existed for these former players. Most paid their own way, some got help from their families, and others relied on student loans. Now, as many have college-aged children, they recognize the increased difficulty of funding an education and see a scholarship as a perfect way to extend the program’s impact on campus. “We love the history we have,” Lema said, “but one of the things we can actually do for the future of Chico State football is this scholarship.” The program would be 93 years old now. Some alumni are nearing that mark themselves. And many ambassadors of the team’s proud history have already passed on, taking their memories and stories with them, Jacobo said, noting that Riehlman, one of the program’s most successful coaches who led the Wildcats from 1968–73, died in 2013. “That’s a big reason we continue this,” Jacobo said. “I’m 61 now. I’m in that range where, well, things can happen. … We want to continue it like a legacy even after we’re long gone.” Today, the group has more than 150 members, many of whom say they could not have pointed out Chico on a map before they came to play football. But now—30, 40, 50 years later—they’ve built families, careers, and lives that remain inextricably connected to the community and one another. The starting point for it all? Wildcat football. “I came here as a 20-year-old kid,” Jacobo said, “and every year when I come back to Chico, it feels like home.” Anyone interested in connecting with the group or supporting the scholarship should email —Travis Souders (BA, Journalism, ’09) is a communications specialist for Chico State.

Harkins Has His Card Don’t be surprised to be jolted awake from your afternoon nap some Sunday next spring by the words, “He played his collegiate golf at Chico State.” Wildcats men’s golf alum Brandon Harkins will be playing on the PGA Tour in 2018 after qualifying for his PGA Tour Card with a Top-25 finish on the Tour this season. It’s been a long road for Harkins, who finished 21st on the Tour money list. He’s played all over the world in his quest to earn his card, including the PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamérica circuits. Harkins (BA, Communications, ’10) went through qualifying to reach the 2016 US Open, made the cut, and went on to finish 59th. Next year he will have many more chances to play in front of a national TV audience. Another former Wildcat, JJ Jakovac, is already a regular on the tour as the full-time caddy for Ryan Moore, who ranked 44th in the Official World Golf Rankings as of early September.

Tollefson Shines on Global Stage Many considered the competition at the 2017 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc the stiffest and deepest in the history of ultramarathon running. Tim Tollefson, still a relative newbie to the sport, took third, solidifying his stature as one of the strongest ultra athletes in the world. The former Chico State steeplechase and cross country star covered the 166.4-kilometer (104 miles) track through the Alps, featuring almost 10,000 meters in elevation gain, in 19 hours and 53 minutes—roughly 18 minutes under the previous course record. The conditions were rough, with rain, mud, snow, and high winds. But Tollefson (BS, Exercise Physiology, ’08), who trains year-round in Mammoth Lakes, remained strong,

passing a number of former champions and legends in the sport to podium for the second straight season. Tollefson plans to run some cross country races in Northern California and then pace his wife, Lindsay (BA, Psychology, ’08), at the California International Marathon on December 3, before delving back into the world of ultras in 2018.

Wondo Closing In Chico State men’s soccer alum Chris Wondolowski (Attended, Child Development, 2001–04) is creeping toward the Major League Soccer (MLS) career goals record. As of October 9, he tied for third alltime with 133 career goals, and trails record-holder Landon Donovan by just 12. Wondolowski has already broken two records this season, logging his 64th away goal on August 28 to surpass Donovan’s record, and becoming the first player in league history with eight straight seasons with 10 goals or more. The only Division II athlete to earn Most Valuable Player honors in a major professional sport (he was the 2012 MLS MVP), Wondolowski was also recently chosen to represent the United States Men’s National Team for World Cup qualifying and boasts 10 goals in 31 appearances for the United States.

Conference Crowns The 2017–18 academic year marks the Wildcats’ 20th as a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. These have been two decades of dominance. Chico State has won 70 CCAA titles over the past 19 years—more than twice as many as any other conference school. And for eight years running, Chico State has won more conference crowns than anyone else. In 2016–17, Chico State won five of 12 CCAA titles.

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Saving the S



Chico State joins HIGH-PROFILE partners in multimillion-dollar FIGHT to restore a threatened species STORY BY SEAN MURPHY PHOTOS BY JASON HALLEY


he short-lived chill on this mid-August morning is quickly being replaced by ripples of heat. Dylan Stompe and Nick Balfour’s boat is the lone vessel in sight during their 10-minute trek from the Sycamore Grove launch ramp in Red Bluff to their first stop on the Sacramento River. Hundreds of swallows and a few dozen dragonflies and ducks are the only ones to witness—at least above water—what these Chico State students are up to.

Their mission: Save the Chinook salmon Numbers for the Chinook salmon runs that migrate through the Sacramento River, a critical spot along their development to adulthood, have dropped to dangerously low levels. These salmon will eventually reach the ocean, where commercial fisheries operate. But historically low numbers have driven the Pacific Fishery Management Council in recent years to cut commercial and recreational fishing seasons short, push back start dates, or prohibit operations altogether. Over the last 40 years, the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) estimates winter-run salmon numbers have dropped 93 percent, with other seasonal runs also dropping precipitously. “California’s salmon populations are in dire straits,” said Mandy Banet, an aquatic ecologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Chico State. “Unless we address the underlying causes of their decline, we are likely to lose them for good.” The impact cannot be understated, as the Chinook salmon have long contributed to not only the economy, but recreation, culture, and the environment. Their growing absence has widespread consequences. Salmon are anadromous (born in fresh water,



More than a half dozen local and statewide agencies are collaborating to improve side channels like the one pictured here along a stretch of the Sacramento River between Redding and Red Bluff.

migrating to the ocean to mature, and returning to their birth place to spawn), so migrating in the Sacramento River is literally a matter of life or death: Reach the ocean and they have a far better chance of returning to the streams to spawn. But they have to survive long enough as salmonids to have a fighting chance. Central to this crisis is the disappearance of side channels along the Sacramento River’s main stem, where juvenile Chinook salmon start maturing in a safe, nurturing environment, then return to spawn after reaching adulthood in the ocean. Funded by a five-year, $16.9 million grant by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, Chico State has joined more than a half dozen local and statewide agencies in a collaboration to restore existing side channels and attempt to build new ones at select locations along a 50-mile stretch of the Sacramento River between Redding and Red Bluff. Data is at the heart of the project, helping scientists, contractors, and biologists decide which steps to take. Filling that role are Chico State’s biology students and faculty, as they study side channels before and after restoration, compare them with data from control sites, and count the number and condition of fish at these sites. “The idea is to go out and see if the restoration is actually working, doing what we want it to do, and providing additional habitat for fish,” said Banet, who is leading the University’s efforts. “This lets us know if the restoration was successful, and it also can help us improve restoration efforts in the future.”

'It’s such a balance' The small boat’s motor drones dutifully past RV parks and riverfront homes, beneath two-lane roads and major highway overpasses as students Stompe and Balfour breeze past the Red Bluff Diversion Dam that operated for around 20 years until 2011, when it became apparent it had been wreaking havoc on the river’s salmon migration. The day’s first stop: a narrow 100-foot-long side channel sliced from the Sacramento River by 30 feet of tule reed. Here the students will take base numbers, in preparation for the work to restore side channels along this swath of serenity. The channels, both natural and artificial, can be narrow branches 10 CHICO STATEMENTS

off the river’s main stem or simply an area against its banks. Trees, overhanging branches, and roots that double as safe havens from predators, provide vital riparian cover where juveniles can safely mature then return to when it’s time to spawn. Going back in history, the Sacramento River once had plenty of side channels. But, as the State of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife reported in 2001, it’s long been in decline due to worsening water clarity and high flows, combined with flood and erosion control that decrease suitable salmonid habitat. “California water is very highly managed. Some of it goes to agriculture, some of it goes to Southern California, and some of it’s flood control, because people now live in areas where the historic way of water would inundate the central valley,” Banet said. “People are trying to take small steps to restore that habitat, while still keeping the infrastructure in place to protect people from floods. It’s such a balance.” Dams play a tremendous role in water management, including water flow and flood control throughout the Sacramento Valley. And yet, according to NOAA data, 70 to 90 percent of the spawning grounds for Chinook salmon have been completely cut off by a dam or multiple dams. Rising river water temperatures and the predation of juvenile salmon are additional factors—all pointing back to disappearing side channels. The solution: Restore the side channels, or build new ones. Prevailing wisdom suggests this will create new spawning grounds and help more juvenile salmon to thrive, meaning more salmon will reach adulthood, which means more salmon migrating back to the Sacramento River, and a subsequent cycle of more spawning and more salmon.

Graduate students Nick Balfour (left) and Dylan Stompe work to fertilize Chinook salmon eggs in a new state-ofthe-art fish facility at Chico State.

Students as saviors Supported by a list of collaborators from Stanford University and University of California, Santa Barbara to British Columbia and the Danish Technical University, Banet arrived at Chico State at the right time. For her doctoral research at UC Riverside, Banet focused on the evolution of different reproductive strategies in fish. Wanting a stronger conservation focus and noticing a push toward salmon conservation in the Pacific Northwest, Banet applied for and was awarded a fellowship to study the effects of migration stress at the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory in British Columbia. There, she was further struck by the journey Pacific salmon take to complete their life cycle. “Even under perfect conditions, their story reads like a hero’s saga. As tiny juveniles, they migrate out to the ocean, under the threat of voracious predators along the way. Once they reach the ocean, they grow much larger but so do many of the predators,” Banet said. “As adults they must perform great feats of athleticism, often migrating hundreds of miles upstream without eating, to navigate to the very stream they were born in to reproduce. And they only get one chance to do this, because they die after reproducing.  “Once you layer on all of the additional challenges that humans have added to that in the last century or so … it’s amazing any of them make it at all.” Soon after she was hired at Chico State, Banet was presented with the opportunity from the Sacramento River Forum and the Geographical

Information Center to be part of a solution, SHASTA LAKE leading a team on the side channels restoration project. For over a year, Banet’s team—graduate students Stompe and Balfour and undergraduate Carlos Estrada—have gathered data, counted fish, measured water clarity, and reported on habitat sites for the project. Estrada transferred from Long Beach City Side channels in the 50-mile stretch of the College to Chico State Sacramento River have been eliminated after the spring 2016 or damaged by flood and erosion control semester expecting and other threats that decrease suitable to spend his summer spawning habitat. working in a department store. Instead, the biology major found himself on Banet’s team, thanks to a stipend made possible by a $4.2 million grant awarded to Chico State to support underserved students in STEM. His first assignment was heading out on the boat with Stompe and Balfour. “Being the first in my family to go to college, coming out here in the river to snorkel for Chinook salmon has been the highlight of my life so far,” said Estrada, who eventually wants to study gene splicing and combat degenerative diseases. “I never dreamed I’d be doing this at this point in my life. I think, ‘Wow, I’m getting paid for this.’ I’m very lucky.” In contrast, Balfour, who completed his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Vermont, developed an interest in fish early in life. He remembers when his father, a professional photographer, CHICO STATEMENTS 11


Inset center: Detail of Chinook salmon eggs fertilized in Chico State's lab.

would return after shooting underwater life in exotic locales around the globe. “When you see your dad come home from Fiji and French Polynesia with photos of fish so big they could eat you whole, you get hooked,” he said. For five weeks last summer, Balfour studied at Friday Harbor Laboratory in the San Juan Islands, through the University of Washington. He researched methods to measure fish psychology and personality, including ways to determine if the fish are bold or shy. Similarly, this is Stompe’s kind of work. He was 13 months old his first time on a boat. He grew up hunting and fishing. After graduating from UC Davis with a degree in wildlife, fish, and conservation biology, he worked for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for three years before returning to school at Chico State. “I spend a lot of time on the Sacramento River for my research assistantship and thesis work, and as a result I’ve gotten to see and handle a ton of different species, aquatic and terrestrial,” he said. “We frequently see beavers, otters, muskrats, deer, ospreys, golden and bald eagles, among many other species, and through my thesis work I’ve personally handled at least nine different species of fish. It’s pretty cool being out there and seeing this stuff that most people never get to experience.” Banet understands she and her team have a unique opportunity. The grant provides funds for the restoration, while giving her team the ability to collect and analyze data over time, which can be rare. Working with students is the best part of her job, Banet said, adding that she can’t overstate how impressed she’s been with her team.

“Research can be hard work, and you can sometimes get frustrated or disillusioned with a project,” she said. “Having motivated, passionate students working in the lab helps me look at things through a fresh lens. They bring in new perspectives and skills, and they are really the drivers of all the work we do.” Balfour, who also works with rainbow trout and shiner perch, gets passionate about projects like site restorations because people connect with salmon on so many different levels. “It’s one of those things I can geek out on, but it’s something people can easily relate to,” he said. “If somebody’s going to pay for it, eat it, fish for it, it’s a lot easier to convince somebody that it’s worth conserving and learning more about.”

In the water After Stompe and Balfour squeeze into their wetsuits and slip on their snorkel masks, they slide into the chilly Sacramento River. They, along with Estrada, have recorded data from five control and five restoration sites in Shasta and Tehama counties. They’ll dip into the water anywhere from two to four times a week. “We’re establishing a baseline, so later we have an idea of what has changed, as well as what [fish are] coming in and what’s leaving,” Balfour said, handing Stompe a device to measure water clarity. They also look for indicator fish species, which can appear if something unusual occurs in a side channel, like high turbidity, dramatic swings in Ph balance, or a measurable temperature change. In other words, if certain fish show up in lieu of salmon, they’ll know something is amiss, and they’ll have to determine what it is. It’s easy to see getting into the water as recreation. For Banet’s team, though, this is work. And it’s much bigger than the

classroom or the lab. “It’s empowering to know that what you’re doing may improve the outcome for an entire species,” Stompe said. “I’m a lifelong fisherman, and I like to think that what I’m doing is helping to preserve that pastime for myself and everyone else in California.”

Ancient bloodlines, evolutionary wisdom Americans adore salmon. We fish for it, and educate our children about and marvel at their migration patterns. And, commercially, we eat it—lots of it. Whether it’s grilled, poached, smoked, canned, or raw, we’ve developed an insatiable taste. When it comes to the salmon’s historical and cultural significance, though, the indigenous people that once lived along the Sacramento River, and still live in the North State, perhaps feel the deepest cut, now that its onceabundant population has been reduced to a whisper from that of a century ago. Sandra Knight, vice chair of the Mechoopda Tribe, said indigenous Native Americans treated (and still do) the once-thriving salmon population with dignity, respect, and as a vital part of the entire ecosystem. That relationship has been stripped from them. “We celebrated our coexistence with the salmon through celebration and dance,” Knight said. “Our intimate relationship of spearfishing the salmon has been gone for a very long time. The salmon is considered our family, and a part of the family is no longer. A piece of our universe is gone.” Knight said efforts like the site restoration project are long overdue. They fill her with both optimism and hope because, if nothing else, someone has to save the salmon.



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Biology major Carlos Estrada snorkels to collect data that will be used by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to drive restoration efforts on the Sacramento River.

“The salmon need us to care and they need everybody to care,” she said. Doug Hesse (MA, English, ’06) has fished recreationally in North State waterways from Humboldt County to the Feather River, as well as in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Originally from Orange County, he was awestruck when he witnessed local runs of salmon for the first time in Northern California. “To hold a salmon in your hands is to hold everything it went through to reach your fingertips, and everything it will go through when it is released,” said Hesse. “If it’s a day you’re harvesting a fish, you’re putting into your body ancient bloodlines rich with evolutionary wisdom and loaded with nutrients.” Hesse said knowing that his alma mater is at the center of this restoration project fills him with a sense of pride. “I’ve already gotten so much from Chico State, and that education has served me very well,” Hesse said. “I’m proud to see that its faculty and students understand the importance of salmon. They have what it takes to help make a difference that stands to benefit the entire state in a number of ways.” While the work of Chico State and its project partners benefits everyone, it’s difficult to say when the full effects will be known. Banet said it takes at least a year to collect full data for a restored site, because it is an ever-changing

system, and some changes, like vegetation to provide more shade, take time to grow. “You don’t reconstruct a channel that’s been blocked for over 40 years, and expect all the fish to come back right away,” said

populations can rebound elsewhere, maybe, just maybe, salmon can be saved on the Sacramento. On their way back to Chico at the end of the day, Stompe and Balfour hand-deliver their data to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife office in Red Bluff. This data reveals what most don’t see beneath the water’s surface. It tells scientists what works and what needs to be done differently, and ultimately drives decisions in this project. Down the road, new Chico State students will join Banet’s team to generate comparison data, building on the work that Banet’s current team began, all for the sake of saving the salmon in California. “As a conservation biologist, there’s never a guarantee that my work will be on a species that people support as much as salmon in the state of California,” Balfour said. “For myself, however, the support of salmon conservation by so many people makes me feel more confident that our work can have a positive impact and that the public is not only willing to listen, but ready to consider long-term solutions.”

Once you layer on all of the additional challenges that humans have added in the last century or so… it’s amazing any of them make it at all.

—Mandy Banet, aquatic ecologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Chico State

Susan Strachan of Chico State’s Geographical Information Center, another project partner. Maybe not right away. But if conditions improve enough in the Sacramento River, it may be enough for the Chinook salmon runs to return to healthy numbers. A restoration project currently underway in the San Joaquin system, which faces a similar crisis with its deteriorating Chinook salmon runs, is showing early signs of promise. At the end of the day, that creates hope—a sense of optimism that fuels Banet’s team. If

—Sean Murphy (BA, English, ’97) is the public affairs coordinator for Chico State.



GLOBAL Three Chico State alumni traverse the globe, looking to make a difference in the world by volunteering their time to help the less fortunate. Whether photographing childhood slavery in Ghana, improving health care in an impoverished puebla in Colombia, or offering an education to Myanmar refugees facing an unknown future in Thailand, they share two things in common: big hearts and a belief in social justice.


Changing Minds, One Frame at a Time


hen Emily Teague first set foot on Ghana’s Lake Volta in February, she saw what appeared to be a family: a dad and four sons fishing on their boat. But the photojournalist saw through that carefully constructed facade. She was staring slavery in the face. The Global Fund for Children reports that anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 children can be stationed on Lake Volta at any given time. Extreme poverty in Ghana has driven parents to form illegal contracts with slave masters to sometimes unknowingly send their children to work 14-hour shifts, facing abuse and sometimes death on Lake Volta in exchange for a yearly stipend of $90–$400 USD. Teague (Attended, Journalism, 2013–15) was overseas pro bono to photograph the abuse for Free the Slaves. The work was part of the international nonprofit’s Growing Up Free project, an initiative that strives to end child trafficking in the African country. “I had an idea of what that would look like,” Teague said. “Actually going out there, it felt so ordinary, which is terrifying in itself.” She stayed in Ghana for all of February 2017. She never felt in danger while working, but when she wasn’t in the field, Teague says she experienced harassment daily. Random people would follow her or inappropriately ask to come over, and some men would cross the “friendliness line,” Teague said. More challenging, she said, was carrying the emotional burden of witnessing slavery while on the lake. Slave masters would say the children were their own, but Teague knew that was a lie. Always with a slave master when she saw them, the children, sometimes six to a boat, never uttered a word. Their faces, however, told stories of undeniable longing—for help, for freedom, for a childhood. Her photography captured both that hope and tragedy. She photographed children like 12-year-old Francis Alehey who literally escaped a dark destiny on the lake after his father sold him into slavery, but she also took photos of children who remained enslaved. Much of her knowledge about what was happening came from the Free the Slaves team, but she would notice children hiding in the water when her boat approached to make the slave master’s argument seem less false. She struggled emotionally her first time on the lake, the largest manmade reservoir in the world, because she felt she could do nothing to help the children. Ultimately, Teague knew the best way to put an end to their enslavement was by documenting the reality of their lives so that it could be shared with the world. For Teague, her camera was her shield. “Having that lens and hiding behind it puts that separation up for me,” she explained. “Something about it makes it easier to photograph what I’m photographing.” That separation is key to successfully completing her work. “She’s very thoughtful about the people she photographs, very respectful,” said Chico State photography lecturer Aaron Draper. He’s known Teague since she was 16 years old, when her interest in social justice photography was already budding. A student at Inspire Charter Academy, she began taking college-level courses her junior year to feed 16 CHICO STATEMENTS

“It's my hope that my photos will give a

platform and voice to those who might not otherwise be heard.” —Emily Teague her hunger for knowledge and further her photographic skills. She took photos for The Orion, the University’s award-winning student newspaper, including a homelessness photo essay in 2014. That was her first taste of photojournalism, where she thought, “Oh, wow! I can actually change how people see other people.” Then, came Draper’s photography class the following year. He encouraged students to take on a personal project outside his course, and Teague dreamt big—finding Free the Slaves and sending them a project proposal, initially on child slavery in the chocolate industry. They were looking for a photographer to cover Lake Volta, however, and Teague agreed. “My first response was, ‘Emily, can’t you do anything safer?’” said Draper, admitting his reluctance to help her write that initial proposal to photograph child trafficking abroad. But Teague was persistent, and she was passionate, and he eventually relented. It took two years to transition from proposal to project phase, during which time Teague left college to pursue her photography career, freelancing and interning with Thrillist, a lifestyle magazine based in New York City. While much of Teague’s work has focused on fashion photography, global adventures and social justice are quickly becoming passions of hers. Since returning from Ghana in March, the up-and-coming photographer hasn’t stopped traveling the world, conducting fashion


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shoots in Spain and England, and feeding her passion for humanitarian work in Greece, where she interviewed Syrian refugees for her blog. They told her about leaving family members behind, life at sea, and the horrific conditions in the refugee camps. “Each person I met with told me this amazing story about what they had gone through traveling from Syria to Greece,” she said. She shared their tales on her website—a platform she wants to continue using for future projects. She plans to work with Free the Slaves again. This time, perhaps in Haiti, where she would document child sex slavery. “One thing instilled in me growing up was the importance to stand up against injustices,” Teague said. “It’s my hope that my photos will give a platform and voice to those who might not otherwise be heard.” With her camera in hand, she is determined to change minds one frame at a time. —Yessenia Funes (Attended, Journalism, 2014) is a freelance journalist based in New York City.

Enabling Education, At Any Cost Story by Kacey Gardner


wanted to emigrate to another country and use their skills to benefit their future and family.” His drive to work with those displaced by conflict was sparked while studying abroad in Istanbul in fall 2014—a volatile time during which Turkey opened its borders to Syrian refugees following a bombing campaign by the United States and allies against Islamic State targets in Syria. “The streets were flooded with refugees,” Brown said. “Many of them women with little kids, and Turkey didn’t have the capacity to take care of them. I saw that every day. That was pretty heartbreaking.”

Always looming is the specter of the camp being shut down and its residents being forced back into an active conflict zone. “They’re worried about their families, what they are going to do, what will happen if they go back to their village. Will the government come and try to collect them and their family?” he said. “At the same time, you have to continue your life as best as you can. So you send your kids to school, you continue trying to work, you continue trying to have fun and be active in your community.” The camp has its own school system, including primary schools, high schools, and three higher-education-level schools. Brown worked at Pu Dooplaya Junior College, where he taught English and the fundamentals of civil society development to about 65 students between the ages of 18 and 25 as a part of a program called the Institute of Higher Education, which has six campuses in the region’s refugee camps. “Many of the students hope to return to their [refugee camp] communities and help them grow and prosper,” Brown said. “Others wanted to continue their education in Thailand or Myanmar, and some

Then, a fellow alum of Chico State’s Model United Nations class, in which students take a hands-on approach to learning about foreign policy and international relations, connected him with the Institute of Higher Education. “When the opportunity came, I jumped at it,” he said. Teaching at Nu Po, it took time to earn the trust of his students, who spoke a variety of different native languages. Plunging into an English immersion experience led to shyness, but over time Brown formed bonds inside and out of the classroom. He has fond memories of his students’ creativity and competitiveness. One month, for example, they put on a fashion show, where they turned broken umbrellas and rice bags into dresses, suits, and costumes modeled after Thai and Korean pop stars on magazines covers. And almost every other day after their six hours of school, they would play intense games of volleyball, barefoot and in the dirt. Brown said he left Nu Po with a deeper appreciation for international non-governmental organizations and their impact in creating access to education. He also had a greater understanding of extreme poverty. “You definitely feel appreciative about where you’re from,” he said. “You look at these people who are such nice people and once you get to know them, they might remind you of your friends from back home.” —Kacey Gardner (Attended, Journalism, 2009-14) is the communications coordinator for North State Public Radio and also works as a freelancer based in Chico.


n the Nu Po Refugee Camp in Tak Province, Thailand, the buildings have bamboo walls and thatched roofs. There’s no running water or paved roads, and residents get electricity only three hours in the morning and three hours in the evenings—that’s if the tractor engine-turned-generator cooperates. Dinners by candlelight and showers by bucket are rituals residents of the temporary shelters are accustomed to, says Jonathon Brown (BA, International Relations, ’16), who recently returned from 10 months living and working at the camp as a teacher. Situated along the Thailand-Myanmar border, Nu Po was established in 1997 and is home to 15,000 people displaced by protracted civil war between the military junta and ethnic minorities in Myanmar. Described as one of the world’s longest-running civil wars, the internal conflict that began nearly 70 years ago has internally displaced at least 2 million people. Neighboring countries have become refuge to an additional 2 million, and in the last decade, about one in four USbound refugees have come from Myanmar. At Nu Po, living conditions are sparse. But people can work and go to school, and shops sell nearly everything—food, farming equipment, DVDs, and even Internet access.

“ You look at these

people who are such nice people… they might remind you of your friends from back home.” —Jonathon Brown


Care in a Conflict-Torn Country Story by Nicole Williams

“ The process of putting those around you first and yourself last is a habit I hope to practice and spread for the rest of my life.”

subsequent illnesses, including diarrhea, rashes, and mosquito-borne infections. He says this leads many of the 500 residents to use the “campo” or field space for raising cows and chickens as a bathroom, contaminating the land and potentially rendering it unusable for future agriculture. “Community members have identified these environmental hazards as the gravest problem for their neighborhood,” said Johnson, who partnered with another Peace Corps volunteer to submit a grant to the United States Agency for International Development. All Peace Corps volunteers complete at least one special project outside of their primary role to address a communityidentified need. If funded, the grant will help them repair and install septic tanks throughout the neighborhood, conduct environmental education, and offer septic tank maintenance trainings for residents. Johnson originally enrolled at Chico State as a pre-nursing major, but soon he fell in love with the Spanish language and Latin American culture, studying abroad twice in Spain and Costa Rica. “I had wonderful experiences studying abroad,” said the San Diego native, who worked as an intern and study abroad program advisor, attending multiple Peace Corps presentations on campus. “But it felt like I was just dipping my toes in. I wanted to do something more longterm and have more direct hands-on work with communities abroad.” It’s hard to put into words, he says, how incredible it’s been integrating into his Colombian community. “The overwhelming generosity I have seen and experienced has impacted me more than anything,” he said, noting that his host mom organized his 25th birthday party just three months after he arrived in Colombia. “I was kind of bummed not being home to celebrate, and my host mom got the contact info for a bunch of the [Peace Corps] volunteers and planned a surprise birthday party for me,” he said. “It was so special. Someone took me into their home, called me their son, and wanted me to be part of their family.” “I have been given a new set of eyes from which I will never look at life or people the same again,” he added. “My definition of success has changed. My scale of patience has been calibrated differently. My understanding of selflessness and struggle are incredibly more profound. I have been given an experience, which has humbled me in a way that I will never take running water, consistent electricity, or a cupboard and fridge full of food for granted again.” After completing his service in April 2018, Johnson plans to travel and explore opportunities within the US government or pursue a master’s program in peace and conflict resolution or international development.


—Trevor Johnson


fter decades of violence, the Colombian conflict has left more than 260,000 people dead, according to a BBC report on the peace agreement that was initiated in 2016 between the government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known as FARC). The United Nations reports nearly 7 million people over the course of 50 years were displaced from their homes—representing the highest number of internally displaced people in the world and more than 10 percent of world’s total displaced population. “As an era of Colombian conflict is coming to an end, the peace process and post-conflict is very important,” said Trevor Johnson (BA, Spanish, ’13), who joined the Peace Corps in Colombia in January 2016, just six years after the country’s program was reopened after halting in the mid-’80s due to increasing violence among FARC rebels, the government, and drug traffickers. He lives with a local family and his host mom in a pueblo in northern Colombia, the location of which is undisclosed due to safety and privacy concerns. His primary role is to serve as teachertrainer, helping local schoolteachers develop practical English language curriculum. “The town that I live in was heavily affected by paramilitaries and plagued with violence only a decade ago,” said Johnson, who recently completed a small empowerment project with five girls ages 15–17, who explored the conflict’s impact on their community, country, youth, and education. “They put together an amazing presentation about the history of the conflict,” he said. “I took them on a field trip to share the presentation with recently arrived [Peace Corps] volunteers. Not only did they get to teach important information about their country but . . . as young women, [they had] their voice be heard.” One of the key issues facing Colombian communities today is failing infrastructure, he said. In one of his pueblo’s five neighborhoods, over half of the houses lack proper bathroom plumbing. Damaged septic tanks leak into the streets, exposing residents to raw sewage and various 18 CHICO STATEMENTS

—Nicole Williams (BA, Journalism, ’09) is the foundation relations and campaign communications manager for Chico State.

Big hearts. Believers in social justice.

Emily Teague (2013-15)

“One thing instilled in me growing up was the importance to stand up against injustices.”

Jonathon Brown (’16)

“Many of the students hope to return to their communities and help them grow and prosper.”

Trevor Johnson (’13)

“I have been given a new set of eyes from which I will never look at life or people the same again.”


One in Four

The Student Philanthropy Council covered Glenn Lawn with orange flags in February as part of an effort to drive awareness about food and housing insecurity. A 2016 report showed that nearly one in four students in the California State University system are going hungry. 20 CHICO STATEMENTS

University Tackles Students’ Most Basic Needs: Housing and Hunger Story by Ashley Gebb, photos by Jason Halley


ndres Martinez felt like a fraud.

To outsiders, the physical geography major was making the most of college life, attending any and all club meetings, information sessions, and receptions. But it wasn’t really interest in the subject matter that drew him to each event—it was the promise of free food. Desperate to eat and with no money for groceries, Martinez was forced to set his morals aside to ease his hunger pangs. As an undocumented student, Martinez could not legally work when he started college, and financial aid barely covered the cost of his tuition and rent. At times his struggle felt insurmountable. He hated even more that his grades were slipping because he didn’t have the nutrition he needed to focus. “It feels like a border that just grows as you try to cross it,” he said. “It somehow made me feel less than everyone, as if I wasn’t equal because I couldn’t give it my all. I remember being so scared of what could happen next.” Martinez’s story has become a common narrative across college campuses, where rising costs and changing student demographics have made food and housing insecurity a growing trend. The consequences can be devastating—undermining educational success and derailing the promising futures of hundreds of thousands of students. A 2016 report showed that nearly one in four students in the California State University system are going hungry. Further research suggests that 46 percent of Chico State students struggle to afford food and one in every 12 students live in unstable housing situations. “The perfect storm is happening,” said Joe Picard, project director of the new Chico State Basic Needs Project. “If we are going to graduate folks, they need their basic needs supported.”

THE SHIFTING STUDENT DEMOGRAPHIC The cost of attending a public university has risen dramatically in the last two decades. At Chico State, the cost of tuition, fees, and books has more than doubled since 2004 to $9,200 a year. Combined with room, board, and other living expenses, costs total around $24,000. In comparison, full-time employment on minimum wage in California nets a gross annual salary of $21,840, or a mere $1,820 a month. Like many, Picard was unaware until recently that so many students were struggling. “What woke me up was looking at the economic challenges facing our changing demographic,” he said, noting Chico State has seen a marked shift in his 20 years on campus. More than 30 percent of students now identify as Hispanic or Latino, more than 50 percent are the first generation in their family to graduate with a four-year degree, and 50 percent are eligible for Pell


Grants. The US Department of Education reports that nationally, roughly 74 percent of today’s college students are nontraditional and find it difficult to support themselves and pay for college. They often lack a critical support network during their path to future social mobility.

GETTING A HANDLE ON HUNGER Kathleen Moroney, an administrative analyst for the Vice President for Student Affairs Office, said her awareness into the depth of food insecurity started several years ago when a professor called to see if the campus had a food pantry. She was shocked to learn the answer was no. Instead, she learned students were referred to a local homeless shelter and food bank, and many staff members on the frontlines of student

in need. “The first student was pretty uncomfortable,” Moroney remembered. “She didn’t want to give her name. She felt awkward asking for help.” Moroney walked with subsequent students from her office to the Student Services Center’s makeshift pantry, listening to their stories of choosing between food and rent, food and tuition, food and utilities. Moroney, now credited as the founder of the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, knew Chico State had to provide them some relief. And when she saw students' reaction to the pantry, she knew she was doing the right thing. “Just seeing the food available, you could see it in their eyes,” she said. “They were so grateful, humble, thankful that we were doing this. I would say, ‘We want you to be successful.’” And yet, no matter how desperate they were for food, so often she saw their hesitancy—not

Since 2013, the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, founded by Student Affairs staff member Kathleen Moroney, has provided 28 tons of food assistance, representing more than 46,000 meals.

interaction kept food in their drawers because hunger was so prevalent. She immediately set forth in a crusade for a solution, finding an empty office with two bookcases and filling them with canned and dry goods like soup, beans, pasta, and tuna. Pantry users came by referrals and word of mouth—as they still do today. Since 2013, the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry has provided 28 tons of food assistance to more than 2,750 students, representing more than 46,000 meals. The pantry also provides hygiene products and referrals to campus and community services for students 22 CHICO STATEMENTS

wanting to take too much, always thinking someone else might need it more. Martinez knows well the surprise in students’ eyes when they come to the pantry for the first time. He explains to quiet and unsure students that food is a right and a resource, just like the Counseling and Wellness Center on campus. They can’t expect to advance until they take care of themselves at the most basic levels. “You don’t have to use it but if you want to—if you need to—it’s there,” he said. “It’s help, because we all need help.” The geography major relied on the pantry a

lot his freshman year. His sophomore year, his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status came through, enabling him to get a job on campus. Today, he is an intern and a tutor for the geography department, taking 18 units a semester, working 12 hours a week, tutoring for three hours, and spending three hours working at the pantry. “I see myself in these students—‘This is food I can get? It’s just for me to take?’” he said, noting the joy they express when fresh items come in, like melons in summer or pomegranates in fall. “The simplicity of the pantry comes down to its honesty. It really truly helps, and it’s the most immediate help I see.”

HELP WITH HOUSING As Alejandra Balle looked at her bank account, the plant biology major wasn’t sure she would be able to return for her junior year. She considered moving back in with her foster parents, saving the rent money, and taking a break until she could afford college again. “Everyone told me, ‘What are you doing? You have to pull through. Life doesn’t give you breaks,’” she said. So Balle scraped together just enough to rent a room and returned to Chico, staying with a friend while her credit check processed. But when the friend’s roommate made uncomfortable advances toward Balle while she slept, she decided it was safer in her car. Tucked in her backseat, hidden by tinted windows, no one could see her in the apartment parking lot. She would lay there, listening to people unlock their cars, laughing as they walked through the lot on the way to bars or friends’ houses. “Sleeping in the car felt like my own space. I wasn’t bothering anybody and nobody was bothering me,” she said. Growing up, her family was “the poorest of the poor,” she said. Her mom is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, who fled to the United States because of war in her home country. She and her husband struggled to raise Balle and her seven siblings, and when they lost custody when she was 17, it was a blessing in disguise, Balle said. She moved in with a foster family, making her eligible for financial aid and a state Chafee

Grant exclusively for foster youth that pay her tuition and living expenses. Other grants for foster youth give her a living allowance. Still, it’s not enough. Even in a moderately priced community like Chico, and despite her close relationship with staff mentors on campus, she couldn’t bring herself to reach out. “I didn’t want to bother anyone,” she said. “Everyone thinks I have a pretty face and a good attitude and nobody thinks I came from a broken household. Nobody thinks I have a [messed-up] life.” One day, working in the Student Affairs office, her story tumbled out to Moroney, who immediately connected her with emergency housing—one of the newest resources offered by the Basic Needs Project.

We know this can of green beans isn’t going to change a generation, but there are so many students who are living on that bubble—it’s one thing that stops them from dropping out.

Weekly deliveries and donations from community members keep the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry stocked with fresh and nonperishable food for students like freshman Hannah Horton.

with housing providers. Emergency housing was a —Kathleen Moroney, Founder of the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry bridge for Balle, helping her for just a few weeks until she moved into her apartment. Today, the first-generation Rental prices in Chico have jumped by student is planning a career in ethnobotany 30 to 50 percent in the last five years, with a and dreams of getting her master’s or maybe room in a four-bedroom apartment costing even a PhD. between $350 and $650 a month. With vacant “I’m doing it for myself,” she said. “I want apartments in short supply, safe, stable, and to set an example. I want to set the bar high. affordable housing can be out of reach for To set expectations that you can succeed and some students, Picard said. rise out of poverty.” Nearly 10 percent of CSU students report living in unstable housing situations. PATH OUT OF POVERTY “It’s real. Students do live on couches For years, Moroney worked quietly and and couch surf and trade sex for housing all without support from administration, growing the time,” Picard said, noting others, like the small pantry she created in 2013 as she Balle, live in their cars and a few utilize area tried to keep up with student demand. homeless shelters when left with no other When new president Gayle E. Hutchinson options. arrived on campus, she stopped Moroney The School of Social Work and offices in the hallway one day and thanked her for of Financial Aid, University Housing, and shining a light on the need. It was a focal Student Affairs have teamed up to provide point in the president’s 2016 convocation short-term emergency housing for students address, and support continues to grow. in financial crisis and assist in long-term Initial pantry support came as a $20,100 solutions. Off-campus housing director allocation from the Associated Students Dan Herbert said the fixes are as diverse Sustainability Fund. That funding has enabled as the students who need them but range the pantry to become the No. 1 customer from housing in residence halls and hotel of the University Farm's Organic Vegetable vouchers to funding deposits and serving as a Project, purchasing student-grown produce for cosigner through the University’s relationship

the pantry and fostering a mutual education experience. Additionally, the Student Philanthropy Council helped raise $13,000 as the 2017 senior class gift. The California Faculty Association’s Chico Chapter pledged $12,500 in matching funds to support an endowment for long-term support, and now the Chico Cares Campaign aims to raise $50,000 by Giving Day on November 28 to ensure the University can meet students’ needs this year. The pantry has been astounded by the support of the community, with donations from the Soroptomists, the Chico Breakfast Lions Club, the Salvation Army, the Jesus Center, the Catholic Ladies Society, the Chico Food Project, the North State Food Bank, and other groups, which have donated everything from canned goods to a commercial refrigerator. “We know this can of green beans isn’t going to change a generation, but there are so many students who are living on that bubble—it’s one thing that stops them from dropping out,” Moroney said. “Education truly is the best way out of poverty.” Additional resources have included healthy meal access for students in immediate need and a mobile food rescue alert system to text students when University catering events have leftover food. Through the support of CalFresh Outreach and Chico State’s Center for Healthy Communities (CHC), the Basic Needs Project CHICO STATEMENTS 23

The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry has become the Organic Vegetable Project's biggest customer, buying student-grown produce to stock its shelves.

helps students apply for CalFresh, which is California’s USDA SNAP supplemental food program. They enrolled 21 students in on the first day of the fall semester. “We let the students know that CalFresh assistance is a benefit—like financial aid for food—so they can move toward more permanent food security,” Picard said. “They are getting an education, and they are going to give back.” Despite new eligibility requirements that make CalFresh more accessible than ever, student sign-ups remain low due to lack of awareness and stigma. “No one wants to admit that they are poor,” Picard said. “They want to fit in. Part of this project is to say, ‘You’re not alone.’”

STAMPING OUT STIGMA Brandi Simonaro knows that experience all too well. She worked full-time throughout college, always reminding herself it would pay off in the end. She chose Chico State because it had a lower cost of living and she assumed other students would share her experience. Instead, she felt alone. “I thought we would be in this collective struggle,” she said. “But then, I thought, ‘Is it just me?’ It really felt like I was the only one.” Her first semester, she thought about dropping out. Paying tuition and other expenses was just too much. “It seems like it’s the right answer to drop out,” she said. “And that’s awful, because pushing through is so worth it. But in that moment, when your situation is so scary, it seems like the right answer.” When a student intern from CHC came into her classroom to talk about food insecurity, a lightbulb went off. “It was like, ‘Oh my gosh, they are talking about me,’” she said. She began interning with the Center, where all students are initiated to their jobs by going through the eligibility process for CalFresh, learning what it takes to apply and raising awareness of how common eligibility is. Not only was Simonaro eligible, but she secured the highest monthly total—$194—to buy food. After living off $75 a month, eating mostly rice and beans, it was a windfall. She knew her limited diet was doing damage to her mind and body, but she had no other choice. Suddenly, could cook healthier meals and worry less. 24 CHICO STATEMENTS

“The amount of stress it took off me to not have to focus on how I was going to eat, it’s incredible,” she said. “When you have to worry about where your next meal is coming from, you are not going to do well in your class.” She knows there’s an accepted perception that college students live on Top Ramen. “But when you are doing that, you are not feeling good. You are not going to do well on tests,” she said. “We teach people about eating well and chronic disease, and I was eating candy before class because it kept me awake.” Once she had access to adequate food resources, her grades and performance soared, and she was able to graduate in two years. She’s now pursuing her MBA and works full-time at CHC, where she visits other campuses to help them start CalFresh outreach programs from scratch. “I know there are thousands of students out there like me, and it makes me so sad,” Simonaro said. “They are sucking it up and driving through and that’s awesome, but we can help them.”

DREAMING ON In her fall convocation address this year, President Hutchinson made a promise to the campus community. “Together, we will ensure that no student is hungry or homeless at Chico State,” she said. “It is paramount that we create a University experience where no student should have to make a decision between sufficient food and safe and reliable housing, and their education.” In her message to campus announcing the Chico Cares Campaign to faculty and staff earlier this year, Hutchinson quoted nationally renowned financial aid scholar Sara Goldrick-Rab: “A college education is a great tool for overcoming poverty, but students have to be able to escape the conditions of poverty long enough to finish their degrees or we’re wasting their time.” When Martinez was a child, his family was constantly on the move, from one apartment to the next, as his mother struggled to pay bills. Working in a restaurant, she did all she could as a single parent to support him, but attending so many schools left him feeling like an outsider. At Chico State, he’s finally found his place with roommates who didn’t judge him for having only a jar of peanut butter in the fridge. Pantry staff who offered him a job. Friends and mentors who regularly encourage him on his path to his degree. “I feel so embedded, I feel an anchor here,” he said. “I want to own this place.” As the first in his family to pursue higher education, Martinez said an education at a four-year college is something every young person dreams of. Now here, he is pursuing his next goal: graduate and land a high-paying job in geographical information systems so he can do better for his family and for other struggling students who will follow in his path. “I’m trying to find my dream here,” Martinez said. “Chico has shown me what it means to volunteer and give back. I want to be one of those people who can come donate to the pantry once a week or send that check of $25 to help students like me. This is my American dream.” —Ashley Gebb (BA, Journalism, ’08) is the publications editor for Chico State.

The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry provides nutritious food, CalFresh food program assistance, and referral services for students experiencing food insecurity.

To support or learn more about the Chico Cares Campaign, visit



Greetings, fellow alumni! This will be my last letter to you as president of the Chico State Alumni Association, with my term concluding in January 2018. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity working with our dedicated Board of Directors and staff, President Hutchinson and her administration, and our alumni, who are constantly giving back to the University and promoting the Chico Experience. Over the last two years, we have accomplished many goals and tasks that we set as an association. This included the creation of traditions that will connect incoming students to the campus and continue to connect them for a lifetime. In cooperation with the Associated Students, Athletics, and the administration, we have commissioned the design and installation of a Wildcat statue that will serve as a point of pride and a rallying point for students, alumni, and the surrounding community. Keep an eye out for the installation and dedication of the statue in the spring of 2018. Additionally, we have dedicated ourselves to the expansion of the Chico State alumni network and continued engagement with the current student population. Over the last two years, we have expanded the association’s reach to include alumni networks in Portland, Oregon, and San Diego. For more information about these networks and the four previously existing networks, please visit the Alumni Association website to see how you can get involved. For students, we co-sponsor Adulting 101 workshops that aim to help students on their journey to independence by covering topics such as money management, healthy eating, and car smarts. Also, we continue to participate at events such as Senior Send-Off, and we organize and sponsor the “Big C” photo every August for incoming students. Most important of all—because it allowed us to do everything else previously stated—we have successfully operated as an all-inclusive organization for more than two years and have been able to sustain ourselves without dues. This was no easy feat, but it allowed us to spend more time connecting with you, our alumni. That is what this association is all about, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together. Celebrating 125 years of alumni connections!

The Chico State Alumni Association hosted more than 2,000 incoming students, alumni, faculty, and staff at the annual “Big C” photo to kick off Wildcat Welcome.

Tower Society members Dr. Jeanne Conry (BA, Biological Sciences, ’74) and Kathryn Colburn–Magnusson (BS, Nursing, ’73) connect at the newly remodeled Warrens Reception Center on campus for a farm-to-table experience.

Go Wildcats! Aaron Skaggs (’10), President Chico State Alumni Association

Alums from the Bay Area Network lent a helping hand at the Oakland Zoo clean-up day event.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND REUNIONS DECEMBER 6 Young Alumni Network Cider and Sliders

MARCH 23 Bay Area Chapter, Sharks vs. Flames at SAP Center

DECEMBER 7 Sacramento Network Holiday Mixer

APRIL 10 CSU Washington, DC Alumni Reception

JANUARY 21 Chico Chapter Basketball Reception

APRIL 12 CSU Tri-state Alumni Reception

JANUARY 27 Alumni Board Meeting MARCH 9 Distinguished Alumni Dinner


APRIL 26 Chico Chapter Spring BBQ MAY 1 Senior Send-Off

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE EVENTS: • Visit or call 530-898-6472. • Like us on Facebook: Chico State Alumni Association • Follow us on Twitter: @ChicoStateAlum • Join our LinkedIn group: Chico State Alumni Association The Chico Young Alumni Network (YAN) hosted youth from local Boys and Girls Clubs for a campus tour, ice cream social, and activities.


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Alumni Board Assistant Vice President, Alumni and Parent Engagement Susan Anderson President Aaron Skaggs (’10), Sacramento Vice President Todd McKendrick (’93), Soquel Treasurer Bob Kohen (’66, ’70), Chico Secretary Tom Carter (’70, ’75), Chico Past President Jimmy Reed (’03, ’08), Rio Linda Alumni Council Representative Michelle Power (’92), Chico At-Large Members Megan Odom (’02), Chico Mary Wallmark (’87), Chico Board Advisors Gayle E. Hutchinson, Chico State President Dylan Gray, 2017–18 Associated Students President Board Members Nicole Burghardt (’02), Carmel Tim Colbie (’92), Chico Bob Combs (’80), Danville Casey Covey (’08), Fremont Delia Estrada (’03), Sacramento Robby Halford (’02), Chico Kathy Hardin (’72), Chico Edward Lewis (’91), Sacramento Kelley Lincoln (’99), West Sacramento Christina Nichols (’69), Chico Somer Sayles (’99), Rocklin Danie Schwartz (’09), Chico David Scotto (’89), Dana Point Nicholas Spangler (’04, ’08), Chico Bay Area Chapter Karen Adlman (’00), Chico Young Alumni Network Maxwell Erwin (’13), Chico Chapter Dino Corbin (’75), Portland Alumni Network Jay Virdee (’14), Sacramento Network Kelley Lincoln (’99), San Diego Network Ernesto Rivera (’15),

1960s MICHAEL OLIVER (BA, Psychology, ’62) attended a 1959–60 Chico State Study Abroad reunion. WILLIAM “BILL” BEEZLEY (BA, History, ’64), a Chico State 2016 Distinguished Alumnus, was awarded the Ohtli prize from the Mexican government for his countless works about the history of Mexico, its people, its culture, and its traditions. The award is usually given to Mexican Americans who have worked to forge closer ties between the two countries. DARRELL G.H. SCHRAMM (BA, English, ’66) authored the book Rainbow: A History of the Rose in California, the first book ever to address early California rose history. Chico is mentioned several times in the book, as is John Bidwell. The book examines the nine wild roses of the state and discusses the early garden roses from the Gold Rush era to 1924, some of which are still available today. Schramm, a retired University of San Francisco professor, is a master gardener himself, growing more than 200 roses in his Vallejo garden. MICHAEL HALLDORSON (BA, Art, ’69; Credential, ’71) authored a book about his Navy experience titled Navy Daze. It is an account of attending Chico State and then serving on a destroyer during the Vietnam War. After the war, he came back to Chico and worked as Professor Janet Turner’s teaching assistant. He works as a volunteer employee in the printmaking area for the art department at Chico State.

1970s CHARLES HINTZ (BA, Industrial Arts, ’70; Credential, ’71) never expected to make it to age 55, let alone age 70 and retired. One replaced heart valve, minus one prostate, and 33 radiation treatments later, he’s still here! JOE DECARLO (BA, Sociology, ’71) and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity brother TONY PIAZZA (BS, Business Administration, ’76) checked an item off their bucket lists by attending the Stanford vs Notre Dame football game in South Bend, Indiana, in 2016. Tony wore his Chico State sweatshirt and surprisingly a lot of people recognized and commented on it. JOAN NORMANDIN HUME (BA, Social Welfare, ’71), a retired dormitory counselor and substitute teacher for the California School for the Blind, and her husband moved to Kelseyville from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009. They love the scenery near Clear Lake, and lots of vineyards and wineries, as it reminds them

of Chico—a place they miss and wish they could reconnect with the people they knew during their time at Chico State. STEVE DERENIA (BA, Recreation Administration, ’73) works as an outside floorcovering salesman for Robinson’s Flooring in Fresno. Derenia is also the photographer for Fresno State University's men’s basketball coaching staff. He also donates his free time to taking photos for the Fresno County Sheriff’s largest annual fundraiser. ROLLA LEWIS (Credential, ’76), a professor emeritus at CSU, East Bay, initiated the Lifescaping Project, an action research effort directed toward promoting learning power, well-being, and social justice in public schools. The Lifescaping Project was founded to help share the action research and appreciative inquiry efforts of graduate students, professionals-in-training, and working professionals in public schools in the San Francisco East Bay Area. CANDACE BLACK (BA, English, ’77) won the 2016 Violet Reed Haas Award for her full-length book of poems Whereabouts. The book was published by Snake Nation Press in early 2017. Black, a professor at Minnesota State University Mankato, teaches creative writing in the Department of English. WILLIAM “BILL” HOOBLER (BS, Agricultural Business, ’77) recently retired after almost 36 years in the Farm Credit System. During his career, he held numerous management positions in his association, and most recently he was the vice president of sales for American AgCredit. Since his retirement, he has opened an insurance agency in the Central Valley that specializes in federal crop insurance. Licensed since 1995, he holds extensive knowledge about all facets of the federal crop insurance program. CHRISTINA BEDDALL (BA, Psychology, ’78) was honored by Fresno State during a retirement ceremony for her many years of service as director of admissions and records. She began her career at the Chico State Office of Admissions and Records. Her family of fellow Chico State alums include brother FRANK TERRAZAS (MA, History, ’78; Credential, ’78), sisters KATHY LANE (BS, Spanish, ’78) and PATTY GAST (BA, Liberal Studies, ‘90), daughter MARCI BEDDALL (BA, History, ’05), and husband RICK BEDDALL (BA, Physical Education, ’77; Credential, ’79). Christina lives in Clovis. TERESA FASOLA (BA, Liberal Studies, ’79; Credential, ’80) celebrated 42 years of friendship with several of her fellow alumni in July 2017. All of the friends together have taught well over 200 years! They can only imagine how many students they’ve taught. KARLA (THOOLEN) GARCIA (BA, Home Economics, ’79) retired from sales and her husband, Ronald, retired from corporate real estate and they now enjoy wine collecting, tasting, and pairing, exploring new eateries in the Bay Area and throughout assorted wine countries. They also enjoy time at their second home in the Sierras, where they split their time between there and the Bay Area. Their new fun venture is, which keeps them busy and on the move. Karla is still an avid seamstress.


L. STEPHEN MILLER (BA, Psychology, ’80) was recently appointed as department head for the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia. DEBORAH (WHYTE) ROBERTS (BS, Nursing, ’80; MS, Nursing, ’91) was recently promoted to the permanent associate vice president for faculty affairs position at Sonoma State University after a year in the interim roll. She was previously chair of the nursing department. CONTINUED



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MATT CALLAN (BA, Community Services, ‘81; MPA, Public Administration, ’86) was hired as the director of regulations and international affairs for Helicopter Association International. Prior, he retired from the US Coast Guard after 31 years as an officer and helicopter pilot. TIMOTHY TITTLE (BS, Business Administration, ’82) is the managing partner at Tittle and Company, LLP in Chico. JANE HIGHTOWER (BA, Biological Sciences, ’83), the 2004 Distinguished Alumna for the College of Natural Sciences, authored the article “Low 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Myofascial Pain: Association of Cancer, Colon Polyps, and Tendon Rupture” in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. It focuses on her research on myofascial pain’s association with cancer. JODIE BARNETT (BA, Business Administration, ’84) was appointed as the new Chief Sergeant-at-Arms for the California State Senate after returning from retirement. PATRICIA CURTIN (BA, Political Science, ’84) was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Patricia is a partner at Oakland-based law firm Wendel Rosen Black and Dean LLP. MICHELLE (LEMOS) LEHMAN (BS, Political Science, ’86) is the executive director of Engineers Alliance for the Arts, a nonprofit organization based in the Bay Area. She lives in Orinda with her husband and three children.

JOHN CORIDS (BS, Communications, ’87) is the owner of John Corids Construction in Petaluma. ROB ANDERSON (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’88) survived cancer not once but twice, and then acted as caregiver to both his mother and brother before they died of the disease. He joined the American Cancer Society (ACS) as a volunteer in 2015. In 2016, he was asked to apply for the position of Hope Lodge Manager by an ACS executive and he gladly jumped at the chance to serve cancer patients more than just part-time. In June 2016, he was hired to run the newly constructed $15 million facility, which opened in November. Hope Lodge provides housing and a supportive community to cancer patients who need to travel to Oahu, Hawaii, for treatment from the neighboring islands and Guam. KAREN BENKE (BA, English, ’88) runs The Writers Nest and is relocating to the renovated historic Mill Valley Lumber Yard. She’s written three books, all distributed through Penguin Random House. Her book Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing was recently translated into Russian and Korean. Her fourth book is due out in 2018. KELLY (MURPHY) ANKWICZ (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’89) received two Emmy awards for her work as a segment producer (awarded 2014) and producer (awarded 2016) for the Warner Bros. TV show Extra. DAVID JACOBS (BS, Industrial Technology, ’89) has had a successful career involved in several startups prior to Hedvig:

Micronics Computers. He started at VMware when they were about 150 people. He was part of both ESX and vCenter development from the beginning. He started at Nuova when it was about 50 people working on building a new server platform which would eventually become Unified Computing System at Cisco.


FARSHAD AZAD (MPA, Public Administration, ’90), the CEO of Azad’s International, Inc., trained over 200 martial arts masters and instructors, martial arts competitors, and referees in Iran in the art of Jungshindo and Sinmoo hapkido. Martial arts masters flew in to be a part of this one-day seminar in Tehran. In 2017, Azad received a national award from the national Make a Difference Day for philanthropy, community service, and civic engagement. He was also chosen as a recipient of a Daily Points of Light Award for outstanding service work. The Daily Points of Light Award is given out each weekday by Points of Light organization, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. MELIS EDWARDS (Credential, ’90) wrote a book called Deep End of the Pool Workouts: Non-Impact Interval Training and Strength Exercises, published by Ulysses Press. DAVID FANUCCHI (BA, Journalism, ’93) completed his second school year as the journalism teacher and yearbook advisor at M. L. Wisdom High School in Houston. He teaches grades 9–12 in journalism, newswriting, broadcast video, photography,


he stared down elephants. Passed baboons. Eyed guards with guns who served to protect not only everyday athletes like her but elite world-class runners from Ethiopia and Kenya in their joint 26.2-mile pursuit.

In June 2017, Michelle Vanden Bosch accomplished a feat only a few hundred people have ever done—she completed her seventh marathon on seven continents at the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon in Zimbabwe. As a globetrotter with passport stamps from more than 47 countries to her name, it was the perfect way for the former Chico State basketball star and Athletics Hall of Famer to cross the finish line of her long-distance running adventure. “I guess there are only a few of us who are nutty enough to go to Antarctica and run,” she said. “But why not? You only live once.” It was that same adventurous mindset that propelled Vanden Bosch (BS, Health Science, ’98) into her current career as a flight attendant. To stay fit, she started running between flights, from 5K funruns and half marathons in Portugal and Scotland to marathons in Dublin and Budapest. Now based out of Denver, working for Southwest Airlines, she always packs her running shoes and tackles the road with the same enthusiasm she once showed on the court. “I always attribute who I am and where I am to basketball,” said Vanden Bosch, who played for the Wildcats from 1993 to 1997, and is the women’s team’s career all-time leader in rebounds. “One can’t play a college sport and not have some kind of grit.



THE QUEST TO JOIN THE 7 CONTINENTS It strips away your soul because it’s hard and it’s grueling and it’s tough. But it really shows you who you are and what you are made of.” She walked away from her time on the court with a firm belief that she could accomplish anything. When she woke up one morning in 2005 and set her sights on running seven marathons on seven continents, she knew she could do it. For North America, she counted the first marathon she ever ran—the Chicago International Marathon. It took four years until she conquered her next continent—Europe—in Athens, Greece. Two years later, in 2011, she ran the next in Sydney, Australia, to cross her third continent off the list, and in 2015 she tackled Asia with a marathon on the Great Wall of China, which challenged her not only with blistering temperatures but 5,000 stairs and countless calculated footsteps along the narrow undulating wall. Then, this year, she had the opportunity to tackle the final three continents on her list: Antarctica, South America, and Africa. In Antarctica, she flew in on a plane in her running clothes, was briefed sternly about leaving literally no trace, and walked two miles to the start line with not a soul present to cheer her or the 45 other runners along their way. Temperatures were just below freezing as she ran an out-and-back course along a rocky path, passing nothing but the occasional participant and penguin. Four days later in South America, she set a new personal record—4 hours, 1 minute. Her Africa conquest was less glamorous, however gratifying,

as she suffered heatstroke and walked the last few miles to the finish. “The things you want the most don’t come easy,” she said. “You prepare for it, you plan for it, you train for it, and it’s just a grind.” Yet pride for the significance of her achievement didn’t hit her until weeks later when she was home in Colorado. A plaque for the 7 Continents Club arrived in the mail, noting she had certifiably conquered her quest on June 18, 2017. “It was a crazy goal and so many people along the way were so encouraging,” she said. “I had been thinking about it for so many years. When I crossed, all I could feel was I was just grateful to be done.” Vanden Bosch’s most important takeaway from the feat: Have fun. “In the beginning, I was always after time. But now, in the end, I’m slapping all of the kids’ hands and just enjoying myself.”

—Ashley Gebb (BA, Journalism, ’08) is the publications editor for Chico State.

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and yearbook at Houston Independent School District’s most diversely populated high school. In addition, he coached his journalism team to win the 2017 District 24-5A Championship at the Houston ISD Academic Meet. He previously spent 20 years in various public relations roles for professional and amateur sports organizations, including a role as the director of communications for USA Baseball from 1999–2006. It was in that role that he served as the press officer for the 2000 USA Baseball Olympic Team that won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. He later authored a book about the team titled Miracle on Grass. DAVE PECK (BA, Child Development, ’93) spent five years as the global head of social and digital media at PayPal before being hired as the chief marketing officer of KIND Financial, a cannabis compliance tech company. JENNIFER DEHORTY (BA, Physical Education, ’94) graduated from the Cemetery Director Intern Program on July 13. Her first assignment will be as assistant cemetery director at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. She retired from the United States Army Reserve in 2013 as a Command Sergeant Major. She is continuing to serve. DAVE ELKE (BA, Liberal Studies, ’95; MA, Music, ’01) is in his third year as a full-time instructor of recording arts at Butte College after 15 years of teaching music. He built the program from scratch as a part-timer, and he is excited to run it as a fulltimer now. BRIAN AUSLAND (BA, English, ’96; Credential, ’01) and DANIEL KRIEGER (BS, Computer Science, ’07), from the local Chico company Navigation North, were codevelopers and principal designers of the Smithsonian's new Learning Lab. The Smithsonian Learning Lab represents digital objects and artifacts from all 19 Smithsonian Museums and allows educators from around the world to integrate these resources into custom learning collections for students and publish them internationally for use by other classrooms of teachers and students. This new digital learning platform has been available for a year and has already won a number of prestigious awards, including the Gold MUSE Award in the Education and Outreach category at the 2017 American Alliance of Museums. ROBYN MCCLINTOCK (BA, Philosophy, ’96; MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, ’98), her husband, BEN HAEFNER (BS, Business Administration, ’95), and their Wildcat children, CLARE REDA (BS, Mathematics, ’97), JON MCCLINTOCK (BS, Computer Science, ’97), and sophomore EMMA HARTE headed out to Burning Man to get their dusty hugs and be part of a community that lives love in compassionate actions. The spirit of expansion they participated in at Chico State continues on as they joined 70,000 people to visualize, energize, and materialize out in the desert of Black Rock City, Nevada. CHRISTOPHER ALLAN SMITH (BA, Journalism, ’96) won a third regional Emmy for filming an Every 15 Minutes project. The “Every 15 Minutes” program is a fictional dramatization starring high school students showing the consequences of drunk driving. DARINE (SNELL) GARCIA (BA, Child Development, ’97) founded and owns Morgen Marketing, a driven fullservice promotional marketing company, specializing in the development, sourcing, and sales of promotional products and




livia Van Damme spends her days showing teenagers the depth of inspiration in the deep blue sea. “Some live three miles from the ocean and have never been to the beach,” she said. She finds that both shocking and sad. As someone who grew up in Redlands, about 90 minutes from the beach, said she can’t imagine not experiencing all the magic that the surf and sea has to offer. VanDamme said when teens get up on a surfboard the first time, the reaction is always tangible. “It's the moment they feel power to choose what they want to do with their life and see what their body is capable of. You can see it in their eyes—the joy it brings to accomplish something new and find success,” she said. “For me, the moment in time just stops, and I can see the smile and joy that child is having. It's a surreal moment of absolute joy and feeling power.” While she tried the sport as a teenager, Van Damme (BA, Geography; Latin American Studies, ’15) credits her true passion for surfing to Chico State geography and planning professor Jacque Chase, who encouraged her to study abroad—which she did not once but twice during her undergraduate years. “It was on the beach of Joaquina in Florianapolis in Brazil,” Van Damme said, recalling when the thrill took hold. “I really got into it when I studied there and in Costa Rica.” Today, she works as operations manager at City Surf Project, which serves low-income, underserved students in grades 9–12 in a partnership with the San Francisco public school system. “A lot of P.E. programs in San Francisco are being cut, and we are a nonprofit that provides a service to unified schools,” said Van Damme. “We offer a semester-long surfing class. The curriculum is environmental science, the history of surfing, gender studies. We go to the beach and do swimming lessons. Then we take them out surfing.” At 24, Van Damme said this nonprofit realm is where she should be. She previously worked for Vida Verde, a Bay Area nonprofit bringing outdoor nature education to fourth through sixth graders. She also volunteered with Brown Girl Surf of Oakland, another nonprofit giving women and girls of color access to surfing and the ocean. “Getting more students of color in outdoor sports and the environment reflects what our population looks like,” she said. “More people of color should be in leadership roles in nonprofits, conservation groups, government job, and state parks.”



Her love for the outdoors and the sea is lifelong. At Chico State, she was a member of the club soccer team and worked at the Wildcat Recreation Center’s climbing wall, as well as for Adventure Outings. “That was an amazing group of students who were stewards of the environment,” said Van Damme, who was the geography department’s Student of the Year in 2015. “It all culminated in pursuing a career within social and environmental justice.” Her inspiration comes from Dean Fairbanks, head of the Department of Geography, and professor Scott Brady, whose coursework was as enriching as it was challenging. And it was Chase who gave Van Damme guidance that she could double major—supporting both her passion and personal history with degrees in geography and Latin American studies, as well as a minor in global development studies. “Doors keep opening to me in this field. Another part of my identity is I am proud to be a Latina and a woman,” said Van Damme, whose ethnicity also is Belgian and Norwegian. “It's important to support students in their heritage and culture.” This May, she returned to Chico State as a speaker for the This Way to Sustainability conference, where she hoped to broaden her belief that everyone can contribute to sustaining the environment. “It is my vision for an environmentally educated world and a nonprofit sector of environmental conservation and sustainability,” she said. “People of all different backgrounds can be involved in this work.” As she looks to her future, she has a strong sense she’ll be spending much of her time outside, bringing people and nature—specifically, the ocean—together. “Surfing is great for mental health. It gives you a lot of clarity and peace,” she said. —Mary Nugent (BA, Communication, ’77) is a reporter for the Chico Enterprise-Record.



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hey will never forget December 2, 2016. The pain on people’s faces, the heart-wrenching stories from victims and witnesses, the lasting trauma to the community. “The world was watching from the beginning,” said Malaika Fraley, noting the events reminded her of when she was working on 9/11. “It was instantly an international story but no one was thinking that way. We were like everyone else in the community, just stunned it was happening.” When an artist’s collective in Oakland known as the “Ghost Ship” caught fire during a late-night concert, many residents and visitors were trapped within the warehouse labyrinth and 36 people perished in the blaze. Media swooped in from around the globe, but no one knew the community like the staff at the East Bay Times, who dropped everything to cover all angles of the devastation and its aftermath. This spring, those who contributed to the team’s coverage were awarded a Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest honor. Among the recipients of the prize for breaking news reporting were Chico State graduates Rick Hurd (BA, Journalism, ’92), Fraley (BA, Journalism, Political Science, ’99) and Katrina Cameron (BA, Journalism, ’14)—all former reporters for The Orion student newspaper. Fraley had been with the East Bay Times for about 15 years and worked as a member of the breaking news team. That night, up with her restless 10-month-old, she saw news notifications on her phone around 4 a.m. and jumped onto Google Hangouts, where she saw her editor was online. In the hours that followed, she posted reports from the reporter on scene, rousted colleagues out of bed by phone, trolled social media as people desperately searched for loved ones, and added to the online story, which by day’s end was updated more than 100 times. Fraley, who left the paper in June to freelance and stay home with her daughter, said each member of the East Bay Times’ small, close-knit staff

“would return the [Pulitzer] prize to erase that tragedy. But we are proud of our work in giving a voice to the victims and holding public agencies accountable to ensure this doesn’t happen again.” The newspaper’s parent news organization, the Bay Area News Group, contributed the $15,000 in award money to a fund for families of the fire victims. “It was one of those moments where you see the magic of a newsroom, which becomes a well-oiled machine when you least expect it,” Cameron said of her team’s coverage. “It was a test and testament to all of us because they don’t teach that in school, how to cover a 36-fatality fire.” A breaking news reporter who had been with East Bay Times for two years, she attended the first vigil the night after the fire. She sat quietly in a back row with her notebook, scribbling notes of heartbreak and pain. “Some of the people were still wearing the clothes they wore to the party the night before,” she said. “Some said, ‘I’m looking for so-and-so’ or ‘I’m still waiting for this person,’ and every person they were waiting to hear about ended up passing away.” Hurd worked 12-hour days for four days in a row. He watched firefighters meticulously comb the building for victims, talked to city officials, and double-checked facts about what led to the blaze. The horror will stick with him forever, he said, and reminds him of the importance of journalism. “When you are called on in your profession to be great, and you are great, it carries with you for the rest of your life,” said Hurd, who has been with the East Bay Times for 22 years. “It was a great example of why we exist and what we do in our industry and I’m really proud to be part of something like that.” Fraley and Cameron agree. “Ever since I was a news-obsessed kid, my dream was to be a part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team,” said Cameron, who is —Malaika Fraley now a senior account associate at 10Fold Communications. She credits working for The Orion for preparing her for breaking news reporting. “From stories like the big Greek suspension to having to interview the parents of students who died too young . . . I learned how to report compassionately because Chico has such a tight-knit community, so it felt like everyone was affected by tragedy,” Cameron said. A full generation separates Hurd and Cameron, a fact not lost on Susan Wiesinger, chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations. “That the Pulitzer-winning alumni graduated years apart really speaks to the consistent excellence of students drawn to Chico State’s journalism major,” she said. “Their success is a nice reflection on the program’s strengths but really says more about these journalists’ commitment to covering their communities better than anyone else.” —Sean Murphy (BA, English, ’97) is the public affairs coordinator for Chico State. Ashley Gebb (BA, Journalism, ’08) is the publications editor for Chico State.

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“What came out of my mouth was, ‘Oh, I love writing about food.’” —Troy Johnson years, Johnson has appeared more than any other judge in the show’s rotating lineup, thanks, in part, to his back-and-forth banter with Fieri. Food may be Johnson’s work, but it’s also become his passion. When he’s home, he logs plenty of hours in the kitchen, experimenting, perfecting, and enjoying the craft. His go-to healthy dish is Panang curry but his comfort food is panfried chicken thighs with rosemary, thyme, garlic and butter. He also makes homemade chicken broth every week. “I take a full chicken, add a ton of vegetables, I let it simmer on my stove for five hours. My house smells like God,” he said. “I take the chicken stock, put it into ice cube trays, and throw an ice cube of chicken stock to everything I cook. It just adds this beautiful, explosive flavor.” Johnson remains a food critic for San Diego Magazine, which wooed him over in 2011 and he’s one of three primaries on its weekly podcast, San Diego Magazine’s Happy Half Hour. This year, he also co-stars in his second season of the Big 10 Network’s Campus Eats, exploring culinary delights that revolve around Midwest collegiate athletics. He is quick to credit Chico State for crafting his creative writing and wordsmithing skills, building on his talent of non-linear thinking. “My Chico State professors taught me to take a cliché sentence and turn it on its head, how to think differently about words, language, and metaphors,” Johnson said. The University also prepared him to conquer what was once his biggest fear: public speaking. “Thanks to some amazing professors, I became calm on camera—it’s my happy place,” he said. “For some reason, a massive calm now falls over me, thanks to that degree.” —Sean Murphy (BA, English, ’97) is the public affairs coordinator at Chico State.



hether he’s praising San Diego-area restaurants and chefs in San Diego Magazine, freelance writing for Rolling Stone, or trading verbal jabs with Guy Fieri on Food Network, Troy Johnson’s résumé is a menu of milestones. And foodies everywhere have acquired a taste for his whip-smart observations and encyclopedic knowledge of local and national fare. Johnson’s twisting ascent to success began after graduating from Chico State, when he returned home to San Diego armed with a degree but little direction. Though his strengths were in speaking, writing, and a tireless work ethic, he didn’t know what to do with them yet. For several years, Johnson (BA, Speech Communication, ’97) dabbled in the media world, working as a freelance writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper and music critic for City Beat magazine. He won local Emmy awards hosting his own music television show, Fox Rox, and was hand-selected to host an hour-long pregame show before the official San Diego Padres pregame show. When the 2008 economic downturn hit and advertising dollars dried up, both shows were cancelled. Just as he was left with one-third of a career, Riviera magazine, a glossy lifestyle magazine, gave Johnson a new writing opportunity: food. “I knew nothing about food except carne asada burritos,” Johnson said. “But what came out of my mouth was, ‘Oh, I love writing about food.’” Johnson spent the next three years editing the work of Riviera’s awardwinning food critic, while studying food and flash cards of culinary terms, talking to chefs, and cultivating his own critical palate. Opportunity knocked when that critic left and Johnson told the editors he was ready to write a food piece. His first foray floored the editorial staff. His review of a local Italian restaurant won Best in Show for the San Diego Press Club. In all, over the next two years as Riviera’s senior editor and food writer, Johnson garnered seven first-place awards for the SD Press Club, Society of Professional Journalism, and the Orange County Press Club. Then television beckoned again. In 2010, Johnson responded to a Food Network blog post searching for new hosts, and submitted an ambitious six-minute video that flew in the face of the stuffy and snobby food industry, making jabs left and right and comparing the unsightly appearance of rockfish to “Keith Richards with a bad sunburn.” The Network asked him to host his own show, Crave, where Johnson paired the nation’s finest fare with history on why and how it became so beloved. Crave did well ratings-wise, until Monday Night Football, Dancing With the Stars, and How I Met Your Mother returned for their fall seasons and competed for viewers. The show was cancelled after its second season following a ratings decline. Yet, Johnson’s wise-crack quips, richly researched clips, and verbal gymnastics became fan favorites. Even in reruns on Friday nights, it was Food Network’s No. 2-rated show, and Johnson was its most-quoted personality on Twitter. Being a fan-favorite, Food Network invited him back, this time as a judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, where four chefs compete for a $20,000 prize in supermarket aisle challenges that test their culinary skills. Over the last five



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logo-branded apparel. Garcia created the company in 2001 after she identified a need and desire for fun and fresh promotional ideas. Her background as a designer in the surf industry, united by her prior experiences working in both corporate and boutique promotional marketing settings, provided her with valuable insights as she launched and cultivated her own company, which is now headquartered and blossoming in Boise, Idaho. SCOTT JOHNSTON (BA, Journalism, ’97) left the Gold Country Newspaper in 2008, after eight years, and became a public affairs specialist with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at the former McClellan Air Force Base. He travels all over the country educating communities about restoration and reuse of closed Air Force bases in their areas. He works with print, electronic, and TV outlets as well as community leaders, state representatives and members of Congress to help people understand what is happening at the closed bases in their communities.

2000s BRIAN JOHNSON (BA, English, ’00; MA, English, ’03), an assistant professor at Cuyahoga Community College, published two books in two months. The Nazi Card: Nazi Comparisons at the Beginning of the Cold War was published in January. The Function of Evil Across Disciplinary Contexts was published in February. JOSEPH DUNN (BS, Business Administration, ’02) a member of the Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C., has been named a “Top 40 Under 40” business professional by the San Diego Daily Transcript. JEFFREY BOIAN (BS, Recreation Administration, ’03) was hired as the inaugural program director of the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and Exploring Programs at Azusa Pacific University. In this new role, he will provide direction and oversight for several new, exciting programs at the university that will ultimately help students explore and discover their educational and career-related goals in creative and innovative ways. SUZANNE “MIKKI” WESTBIE (BS, Biological Sciences, ’03; Credential, ’05 MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, ’10) has been a math intervention specialist, a teacher supporting academically at-risk high school students, and volunteer with North Valley Animal Disaster Group and Oiled Wildlife Care Network since 2013. CHARLES OLSON, JR. (BS, Business Administration, ’04), an assistant volleyball coach for Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, completed his master’s degree from Concordia University Irvine in October 2016. SHANE MOSLEY (BA, Psychology, ’07; Credential, ’07; MA, Education, ’11) is the co-founder and CEO of NEXUS4, a Phoenixbased single-source company for communications, technology, and IT/cloud management organization, streamlining services to and transitions for commercial, medical, industrial, and multifamily housing companies. He started this company while in school. They currently serve properties in California and Arizona, and are working with Google Fiber on Internet roll-outs. RACHEL REDDICK (BS, Recreation Administration, ’08) competed with the USA Women's National Team in her third Rugby World Cup. Team USA took fourth in the world. JESSE ELLER (BS, Agricultural Business, ’09), a former Associated Students president and a current member of the College of Agriculture’s Superior Ag Board of Directors, MARCUS HOLLAN (BS, Agricultural Business, ’10), former Chico State employee Greg Van Dyke, and others are elevating the LGBTQ+ voices in agriculture around the country. They spoke at the Cultivating Change Summit held in Sacramento from June 21–23, 2017.


LUCIA GAONA MENDOZA (BS, Health Science, ’09) works as Immigration and Access to Justice program coordinator for the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama.

2010s ALICE STARK (BA, Child Development, ’10; MSW, Social Work, ’12 ) works as a clinical supervisor for Annara Counseling Services in Seattle. TIFFANY (FISHER) BRYANT (BA, Anthropology, ’11), facilitates the scholarship process for the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Central Oklahoma. JOHN NUNES (BS, Business Administration, ’13) is in his second year in the John F. Kennedy University MBA program and finishing his fourth year as a hospital underwriting analyst with the Doctor’s Company. He’s hoping to apply to doctorate programs soon. TARA (BAILEY-CLARE) PHILLIPS (BA, Psychology, ’13) is close to completing her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. She has been working at the middle and high school level as a therapeutic counselor for her practicum in Marin County. Previously, she was working in a psychiatric hospital for high-need individuals. After the completion of her master’s degree, she will continue to work toward becoming a licensed therapist in California. LANDON PAULSON (BS, Business Administration, ’14) is the assistant vice president for Bolton & Company, an insurance company in Pasadena, California. He also got his certified insurance counselor designation, moved from the insurance carrier position he started with out of Chico, to now selling the products directly to the end user. His focus includes businesses such as nonprofits, sports, and fitness. KELSIE WEST (BA, Psychology, ’14) is a customer service representative for DigitalPath, Inc. KADY HAMMER (BA, Political Science; BA International Relations, ’15) was hired as a legal secretary for Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC after earning her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. She was also featured on Amazon Watch to present her findings on an investigation of human rights in Peru. GINO GRECO (BS, Business Administration, ’17) was hired at First Republic Bank after an internship at the Bank’s San Francisco headquarters, which allowed him to earn a full-time position as a portfolio quality specialist in Palo Alto. He will specialize in private equity and venture capital banking. He noted undergraduate internships with Franklin Templeton Investments; Interr Security in London; and Silicon Valley Bank were valuable in making his career-path decisions. For Greco, Chico State not only made these experiences possible, but also provided him the opportunity to spend one of four academic years in Italy, resulting in fluency of the Italian language, keen intercultural sensitivity, and an international perspective on commerce.

MARRIAGE and ANNIVERSARY STEPHEN CHRISTENSEN (BA, Political Science, ’68) and Carol Christensen celebrated their 45th wedding university on June 13, 2017. ANTHONY COSTALES (BA, Kinesiology, ’13) married Katie Spencer only a few hours after running the Park City Trail Series 10K, where he crossed the finish line with a winning time of 38:49 on July 8, 2017. ERIN (KELLY) DOOLITTLE (BA Communication Sciences and Disorders, ’04; MA, Communication Sciences and Disorders,

’06; Credential, ’06 ) and SCOTT DOOLITTLE (BS, Civil Engineering, ’07) were married May 13, 2017. The newlyweds make their home in Woodland. Erin is a speech pathologist and Scott works for public works. ERIN MCDONOUGH (BA, Communication Studies, ’11) and BRADEN ANKENEY (BS, Business Administration, ’11) got married in March 2017 with over 33 Chico State alums in attendance, including family and friends. Erin found this extremely telling on what the culture of Chico State brings and the sustained friendships created here. JACK MOORE (BA, Industrial Arts, ’58; Credential ’58; MA, Industrial Arts, ’61;) and COLLEEN (STEVENSON) MOORE (BA, Education; Credential, ’57) recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a dinner held in their honor at a restaurant in Florence, Oregon, where they reside. Approximately 25 guests were in attendance, including their three sons Sean, Darin, and Kevin, plus grandson Blaine. Special guests were best man JIM ALLGAIER (BA, Business Administration, ’61) and maid of honor Diane Stevenson Broughgon. Jack, Jim, Sean, and Blaine were all members of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. Also in attendance was longtime friend and Phi Kappa Tau member Rick Costello. Colleen was a member of Alpha Chi sorority. CHRIS NORDMAN (BA, Communication Studies, ’06) married in May, and he and his wife had twins in August and are moving to Scottsdale. LILIANA OCHOA-SPRINGER (BA, Social Work, ’10) and CHARLES SPRINGER (BA, Geography, ’12) married October 1, 2016 overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro. After graduating from Chico, an opportunity presented itself and they both began working in public service in the Baltimore area before moving to Southern California in 2015 and continuing in public service. PAUL ROSE (BA, Business Administration, ’68) and his wife, Nancy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 12, 2017. They have two children, Jason Rose of Camas, Washington, and Julie Rose Chamberlin of Arlington, Virginia, as well as two grandchildren Paul and Jessica Rose. MELVIN SULLENS (BS, Business Administration, ’71) and his wife, Joan, celebrated their 65th anniversary on June 4, 2017, with a vacation trip to Lake Almanor, where they completed the 33-mile Mile-High Bike Ride. The couple met in Richland, Washington, where Mel served in the Army during the Korean War, guarding the Hanford Test Site. Joan worked in a Spudnut shop. They moved to Chico after Mel left the service in 1952. In 1958, Mel took a job with the Shasta Trinity Oil Company and moved the family to Redding, where they have lived since. CHRISTINA RICKERT (BA, Parks and Natural Resource Management, ’15) and Parish Rickert, high school sweethearts, were married and moved to Magalia and started a earth- and body-friendly soap and beauty products company named Beary Sudsy Soap Company. She creates products that follow along her degree path by doing business in a sustainable and natural way.


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In Memoriam—Alumni 1950s WILLIAM “WILLIE” SIMMONS (BA, Physical Education, ’50; MA, Education, ’51; Credential, ’51) died March 9, 2017, at the age of 98. He spent his formative years in Bristol, Rhode Island. His enlistment in World War II eventually landed him at the Chico Base of the Army Air Corps. At the end of the war, Willie enrolled at Chico State where he earned a BA in physical education, lettered in four sports every year for four years, and was student body president. In 1976, he was inducted into the Chico Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1986 he was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by his sisters Margaret Vrona and Nancy Coleman; is survived by his former wife, Ruth Hendrix Hetherington; children Sam and Sara; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. FLOYD L. ENGLISH (BS, Physics, ‘59) died May 25, 2017, at the age of 82. Born June 10, 1934, in Nicolaus, California, he interrupted his education to serve three years in the Army as a second lieutenant and returned to college to become the first graduate of Chico State's newly created degree program in physics in 1959. He went on to earn an MS and a PhD in physics from Arizona State University in 1962 and 1965, respectively. He was the first to be honored by the College of Natural Sciences as a Distinguished Alumnus during the inaugural ceremony in 1994. He continued to provide service to the college as a member of the College of Natural Sciences Advisory Board for many years, while also serving on other boards advancing science and education across the country. In recognition of English’s personal and professional achievements, his inspiration to faculty and students to fulfill great dreams in the field of science, and his meritorious service to the University and to society, the CSU Board of Trustees and Chico State conferred him with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in 2005. English is survived by his wife, Elaine; children Christine Borsom, Roxane Perruso, and Darryl English; and several grandchildren.

1960s MANUEL “MANNIE” STEVEN GONZALEZ (BA, Industrial Arts, ’68; MA Industrial Arts, ’75 ) died March 9, 2017, at the age of 70. He was in the US Naval Reserve when he first came to Chico State in fall 1966. He lived in Shasta Hall during his first year. During his time at Chico State, he was sent to fight in the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1971. After earning his MA, he taught geography and US civics at Calaveras High School in San Andres, and was a long-standing member of the community of Angels Camp. Gonzalez’s brother, Robert, and niece, Besty, also attended Chico State. His friends and family will miss him greatly. JOSEPH HILBE (BA, Philosophy, ’68) died March 12, 2017, at the age of 72. He was the president and founder of the International Astrostatistics Association (IAA) and a prolific author of statistical modeling in the early 21st century. He made a number of contributions to the fields of count response models and logistic regression. He had great love and energy for statistics, and was a champion of astrostatistics in particular. Without his drive and enthusiasm to bring the statistics and astronomy communities together, the IAA would not exist. He worked with enthusiasm, excitement and love until his last moments. During his career, he coached track and field at the University of Hawaii and later the University of Arizona. Also, Hilbe was 2009 Chico State Distinguished Alumnus in Humanities and Fine Arts and inducted in the Chico State Athletic Hall of

Fame in 2007 for cross country and track and field. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Hilbe; children Heather Hilbe-Redfield and her husband James Redfield, Michael Hilbe, Mitchell Hilbe and his wife Ciara Hilbe; grandchildren Austin, Shawn, Jordan, and Kimber; and his daily companion, Sirr.

1970s JAMES “JIM” CARLSON (Attended ’76–’80) died April 13, 2017, at the age of 61. Born March 20, 1956, Carlson attended courses in the College of Business at Chico State from spring 1976 to fall 1980. He was a certified instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) for more than 38 years and owned Valley Scuba in Chico, where he also taught private, semi-private, and group sessions year-round. In the mid-90s, he began offering his expertise to Chico State, teaching three sections of scuba diving each semester. He also regularly took students to Monterey for open-water scuba dive certification training. He volunteered his services to the University because he simply loved teaching students and sharing his love for diving.

1980s HEIDI MONROE (BS, Computer Science, ’85; MS, Computer Science, ‘94) died May 10, 2017. Heidi grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the town of Belmont. After graduation she made her home, career, and life in Chico. She had an exceptional love for animals and did all she could to make their lives special. She is survived by her husband Russell (Damien) Taysom, whom she met in the Lassen dormitory at Chico State in 1983, her brother Zachary, sister Maria, and niece Malia.

2000s JON CLINTON CHANDLER (BA, Political Science, ’09) died March 31, 2016, at the age of 30 after battling AITL lymphoma. He was born in Santa Rosa, as a twin and the youngest of four brothers. He was charismatic, intelligent, and a true romantic. After graduating from Chico State, he attended Golden Gate University School of Law, where he graduated with honors in 2014. He worked as a lawyer with his dad and oldest brother. He is survived by his parents; brothers Rob (twin), Dave, and Christian; nieces Isabella and Anna, nephews Lucas and Jonathan; aunt Linda Chandler; and cousins Allison Murphy, William III and Cassidy Murphy, Jasmin Ford, and Jalen Lewis.

2010s MONICA GONZALEZ (Attended, ’15-’17) died May 4, 2017, at the age of 19. Born September 8, 1997, Monica came to Chico State from Long Beach and was in her second year majoring in animal science. She was described as an exceptionally well-organized incoming freshman, who launched herself immediately into AGRI 180, “The University Experience,” to immerse herself in the college and campus programs. She is survived by her parents and two siblings. NICOLE “NIKKI” FUGATE (BS, Biological Sciences, ’16) died September 24, 2017, at the age of 24. Born May 2, 1993, in Crescent City, Fugate attended Del Norte High School and competed on the track and field team. She came to Chico State in 2011 with a passion for biology. She graduated with her BS in biological sciences and was enrolled in biology courses through Open University since spring 2016. As a student, Fugate was an active member of Omicron Theta Epsilon, the biology honors society, and studied abroad for a semester in Florianopolis, Brazil. Fugate enjoyed SCUBA diving, surfing, bird watching, camping, snowboarding, hiking, and riding her motorcycle. She is survived by her parents, Randy and Sonya Fugate; her sister, Mari; grandparents Dale and Louise Fugate; and uncles Carey and Chris Fugate and their families, and Brent Thompson and family; and numerous cousins and friends.



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I n M e m o r i a m — F a c u lt y a n d S ta f f DAISY BAILY (BA, Psychology, ’73; MA, Psychology, ’76), Financial Aid and Scholarship, died August 16, 2017, at the age of 73. She was born August 14, 1944 in Ocala, Florida. In 1984, she was hired at Chico State as an administrative assistant and soon worked her way up to an administrative operations analyst, and then worked as an administrator from 1990 until her retirement in 2004. She is survived by her husband, Abe; children Mason, Wendy, Erin, and Ryan; her twin sister Mary Old-Kooi; a niece and nephew, her grandchildren; two other sisters; a brother; numerous cousins; and her longtime caregiver, Misty Correia. FRED BROOKS, Parks and Recreation, died June 3, 2017, at the age of 80. Born December 8, 1936, in Ogden, Utah, he went on to spend his life teaching parks and recreation courses, and planning and directing parks projects across California and the Western United States. Brooks was hired as a tenure-track lecturer at Chico State in 1976, retiring in 2000. While serving as president of the Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association, he initiated and led what became the annual luncheon for the Hall of Honor, into which he was inducted in 2012. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Terry Lee Schoenmaker; his sister, Viola Valdovinos; and children Sherri Sciarrino, Jennifer Armstrong, Christine O’Halloran, and Frederick Arron Brooks, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. GAYLE BOYER, Human Resources, died May 20, 2017, at the age of 81. Born December 15, 1935 in Ogden, Utah, she moved with her family to Chico as a young girl. She was hired at Chico State in 1955 as a cashier in the benefits office, retiring in 2000. She was honored as the Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year in 1995, and she was voted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in 1998. In 2011, she was inducted into the Emeritus Retired Faculty Staff Association Hall of Honor. Boyer was preceded in death by her first husband, George Gerhke, and her second husband of more than 45 years, Larry Boyer. She is survived by her son, George Gerhke Jr.; sisters Vikki Duggan and Bonnie Westlake; brother Jim Smith; and three stepchildren. LYNN HARDY, Facilities and Management Services, died July 3, 2017, at the age of 65. Hardy was born August 20, 1951, and after graduating from Chico Senior High School, he served the US Army in field artillery. He was later hired as a custodian at Chico State in 1996 and worked in many buildings over the years until his retirement in August 2016. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; sons Keith, Greg, and Johnny; brothers Clinton, Tommy, Rob, and Bill; sister Kathy; five grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. DAVID HEINZE, College of Business, died March 3, 2017, at the age of 75. Born June 30, 1941, in Patterson, New Jersey, he was raised in Phoenix. He earned a bachelor’s degree in math from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in actuarial science from the University of Wisconsin, and a doctorate in management


science from Arizona State University. Heinze taught full-time until retiring in 2001. Heinze is survived by his wife, Sandra Heinze; children Timothy and Anne Heinze, Nathan and Dainy Heinze, Bethany and Tim Kizirian, and Christian and Katherine Heinze; and many grandchildren. HELEN JOHNS, Counseling, died June 13, 2017, at the age of 90. Johns was born October 27, 1926, in La Puente, California, and spent her school years in Oregon, where she met her husband, Darlle Johns, in high school. They married January 22, 1944 and moved to Chico in 1961 with their three children, Rick, Jani, and Gail. That same year, she was hired at Chico State as an intermediate stenographer, retiring in 1991. She is survived by her son, Rick, daughter, Gail, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. MIKE KING, Psychology, died April 16, 2017, at the age of 77. Born August 1, 1939, in Georgetown South Carolina. He received a BA in 1963 in sociology and anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles. In 1968, he earned a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He worked at Mendocino State Hospital from 1969 to 1971, and then was hired to teach psychology at Chico State in 1971, retiring in 1994. He was recognized by Chico State with the Professional Achievement Honors award in 1982, and again in 1988–89 with a Meritorious Performance Award. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Johanna Brawley, brother Brian, daughters Sigrid and Anya, and a grandson and several step-grandsons. LOUIS JAMES MIHALYI, Geography and Planning, died February 24, 2017, at the age of 93. Mihalyi was born October 4, 1923 in the Slovak part of Czechoslovakia to a Hungarian family. He survived war against the Soviet Union in 1941. Mihalyi became a Candaian citizen in 1956, then moved to San Francisco, where he worked as a mechanic and welder for United Airlines. He graduated from San Francisco State with his BA in 1961, completed a British Diploma of Education and teaching credential in 1962 at the Royal College of Makerere in Uganda, where he taught until 1963. He completed his master’s degree in geography at Stanford University in 1964 and became a high school teacher in Eureka. Later, he received a doctorate in geography at UCLA and was then hired as a faculty member at Chico State in 1967, retiring in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Joann, and stepsons, Keith and Wes. YVONNE MULKEY (BA, English, ’49), Counseling, died September 14, 2017, at the age of 91. Born November 5, 1925, in Blythe, she moved to Chico with her family and attended Chico State, graduating with a BA in English in 1949. As a student at Chico State she met her husband, Don Mulkey, and they married the year she graduated. She was hired at Chico State in 1967 and worked as a clerical assistant in the counseling office until retiring in 1991. She is survived by her husband, Don; children Greg Mulkey, Pam Mulkey, and Kim Davis and her husband,

Rick; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren, as well as other extended family members. JAMES NAGLE (Credential, ’88), Sociology, died March 25, 2017, at the age of 75. Nagle was born January 27, 1942, in Seattle. After graduating from Seattle High School, he went on to earn a BA from Western Washington State College in 1964 and a MA and PhD from the University of Washington in 1967 and 1968, respectively, specializing in social psychology and interpersonal relations. He was hired at Chico State shortly thereafter. After leaving Chico State, Nagle taught at several levels of education, living in the area on his 10-acre ranch near Butte College for many years. He is survived by his wife, Ana, and their four children, Johanna, James, Robert, and Elizabeth. HENRY ALFRED PETERSON, Psychology, died March 21, 2017, at the age of 90. He was born and raised January 24, 1927 in Watts. He earned his BA in public administration from the University of Southern California in 1951 before attending Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned a BD degree. He went on to pursue his MA and PhD in psychology and education at the University of Chicago, graduating in 1960. Afterward, he was hired in the Department of Psychology at Chico State College, teaching the areas of educational psychology and industrial organizational psychology, and eventually serving as the department chair—retiring in 1993. He is survived by his children, Brian Peterson, Janeane Peterson, and Kristen Avakian, and five grandchildren, Anthony Avakian, Kaiya Avakian, H. Dylan Brown, Avalon Brown, and Eschan Brown. HELEN SPRING, Library, died May 5, 2017, at the age of 100. Born February 1, 1917 near Shoals, Indiana, Spring was raised in Indianapolis. She served the US Navy during World War II as a communications specialist in Chatham, Massachusetts, and as a shore patrol member in Oahu. After the war, she married Clem Spring Jr. and resided in Chicago, later returning to her home state to earn an MA in library science from Indiana University. She was hired as a reference librarian in Trinity Hall at Chico State College in 1958. Spring is survived by her son and daughterin-law, Clement and Cheri Spring; grandson Clement, and granddaughter Carrie. STEPHANIE DUMFORD TIMMONS (BA, Social Sciences, ’76; Credential, ’81 ), Regional & Continuing Education, died August 18, 2017. Born December 12, 1952 in Oroville, Timmons moved to Chico when she was in the fourth grade. After graduating from Pleasant Valley High School, she attended Chico State, where she completed a BA in social science in 1976 and a teaching credential in 1981. She was hired at Regional & Continuing Education in 1984 and finished her service in 2006 as an administrative analyst, making many deep and lasting friendships along the way. She is survived by her sons, TYLER (BS, Business Administration, ’11) and Dane Timmons, grandchildren Charlie and Harper, mother Laurie, brothers Don and Kevin Dumford, and many nieces.


Honor Roll Together, 15,026 alumni, students, parents, and friends raised a record $14,818,352 million in 2016–17


reetings! What a wonderful year it has been! I continue to be awed and inspired by the generosity of our University supporters, especially our Tower Society members, who have stepped forward in growing numbers to demonstrate true leadership as we transform lives. It is my honor and privilege to introduce the 2016–17 members of the Tower Society and recognize the essential role they play in supporting tomorrow’s leaders. The Tower Society started less than two years ago with a bold vision—to build a culture of philanthropy at Chico State. In 2016–17, membership grew to 678 members and 163 Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) members. That represents a 43 percent rise in Tower Society membership, as more people embrace the opportunity to expand real-world opportunities and life-changing experiences for our students so they can make their mark on our community, our nation, and our world. Together, 15,026 alumni, students, parents, and friends raised a record $14,818,352 million in 2016–17—40 percent of which was generated by Tower Society members. They helped us pass the 50 percent mark in our effort to raise $100 million by 2020 for three priorities: empowering student success, renovating and building cutting-edge learning spaces, and investing in people by establishing endowments for scholarships, faculty support, and programs. Thanks to our family of donors, we awarded more than $2.3 million in scholarships; established new student success centers in several colleges; introduced new courses and sent students to national and international conferences; made great headway on lab renovations that provide students with state-of-the-art equipment, safety upgrades, and new workspace; facilitated hands-on learning through summer research institutes; and distributed state-of-the-art technology across all disciplines. In short, our Tower Society members, along with other donors, have made a promise to help us change lives. In taking their investment in people and programs to the next level, their impact is far-reaching and never-ending. And with it, we continue to enhance our buildings and facilities, scholarships, faculty endowments, academic programs, athletics, public services, and other campus programs. Together, our Tower Society members continue to inspire others to give more and invest in the next generation like never before. I invite you to join this community of leaders and supporters, as together, we build a bold tomorrow for Chico State. Sincerely,

Ahmad Boura Vice President for University Advancement





$100,000 or more Anonymous Keith Bewley (’78) and Cheryl Bewley Chico CM Education Foundation Chico Concrete Industry Management Patrons CIBHS Superior Region WET Partnership Roxanne Elliott Jay Gilbert (’69) Dan Giustina Giustina Forest Foundation Granite Construction Company Harry C. & Deborah L. Elliott Family Foundation Hayden Homes LLC Dennis Murphy (’94) George Parrott (’65) Joan Rycraft (’68) Darryl Schoen (’77) and Jaci Schoen Chuck Seufferlein (’74) and Sylvia Seufferlein (’75) Glen Thomas (’83) and Joyce Densmore-Thomas (’82)

Philanthropist $50,000–$99,999 $50,000–$99,999 Aileen S. Andrew Foundation Valene Smith Crankstart Foundation Dignity Health Rick Wood (’81)

Benefactor $25,000–$49,999 Anonymous Karl Bakhtiari (’75) and Debbie Bakhtiari (’76) Daniel Beadle (’76) and Linda Beadle Scott Bedford (’82) and Phyllis Bedford California Agricultural Leadership Foundation David Casas Chevron Corporation Construction Employers Association Wes Dempsey and Phyllis Dempsey Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Jenifer Hornaday (’97) Intero Real Estate Services InterWest Insurance Services, LLC Thor Maydole (’67) and Connie Barr Bill Niepoth (’49) and Marilyn Niepoth William Padula (’74) Marilyn Rees (’81) Anne Sena (’97) and William Sena Wells Fargo Foundation

$15,000–$24,999 Anonymous Scott Dalecio (’86) and Kathleen Dalecio Ron Duff (’71) and Lynn Duff Dyer Family Foundation Sam Fogleman (’85) and Laura Fogleman (’85) Graniterock Paul Huntzinger (’67) and Cele-Anne Huntzinger Johnson Family Foundation Teresa Kludt (’77) and Walt Schafer Koi Nation of Northern California Jon Krabbenschmidt (’76) and Dawn O'Dell Ken Lange (’65) and Sheryl Lange (’66) Louis and Harold Price Foundation, Inc. MacDuff Charitable Trust John McAmis and Renee McAmis Vern McHaney and Rose Crain Matt Ober (’07) Debora Ozdinski (’81) and Gregory Ozdinski (’83) Scott Paine (’77) and Mary Kay Paine Pinion Street Foundation Robby Paine Foundation Sierra Pacific Foundation Tri Counties Bank

Pioneer $7,500–$14,999 Anonymous ADP, LLC Gregg Berryman and Phyllis Berryman Earle Bevins Stuart Casillas (’96) and Kimi Casillas (’96) Brian Cereghino (’85) Clark Construction Group, LLC Enterprise Holdings Foundation Melvin Fischer (’59) and Jane Fischer Mark Fitzpatrick (’85) and Rhonda Fitzpatrick Five Star Bank Foor Foundation George Lucas Family Foundation Brian Glennon (’97) and Jill Glennon Dave Hodson (’90) and Christine LeCuyer-Hodson (’93) David Hopper and Shari Maxson Hopper International Petroleum Products & Additives Company, Inc. Bill Klein (’79) and Liz Klein (’78) Steve Klingman (’00) and Amanda Klingman Kohl's Department Store KPMG, LLP Foundation

Carol Burr Liberty Mutual Group Paul Minasian and Susan Minasian Jim Moon (’68) and Susan Moon (’92) Moss Adams LLP National Philanthropic Trust Chuck Nelsen Jr. (’89) Chuck Nelson (’72) and Paula Busch (’75) Northwestern Mutual Pacific Gas & Electric Company Robert Pillsbury (’57) and Judith Pillsbury Rabobank, N.A. Susan Vukovatz and George Reyes Jim Schuricht (’72) and Kathy Schuricht Schwab Charitable Fund Mark Schwartz (’84) Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. Judy Sitton (’68) Howard Slater (’70) and Diane Slater (’78) Slater & Son, Inc. Teichert Foundation Mike Thompson (’82) and Janet Thompson (’84) U.S. Bank Foundation Brad Watterson (’78) and Janelle Watterson (’79) Webcor Builders Garey Weibel (’56) and Barbara Weibel (’62)

Explorer $3,500–$7,499 Anonymous Douglas Alexander and Kathleen Alexander Donald Alger and Barbara Alger Linda Allen (’81) and Gayle Hutchinson Jeanette Alosi (’79) Diane Anderson Daisy Baily (’73)* and Abe Baily Bank of America Charitable Foundation Bank of Commerce Redding Robert Barnhart (’85) William Bartley (’06) Cameron Beck (’88) and Kim Beck (’84) Katherine Blake and Philip Blake Lance Blanshei (’81) and Shelly Blanshei (’82) Clyde Bowman Jr. (’72) and Ruth Bowman (’62) Grace Brewer (’78) and Mark Boydston Doug Britt (’88) Judith Brown John Burghardt and Jamie Burghardt Burkett Family Charitable Fund Burroughs Family Farms, LLC

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HONOR RO L L TOWER SOCIETY MEMBERS WHO CONTRIBUTED BETWEEN JULY 1, 2016, AND JUNE 30, 2017 California Cascade Association for the Education of Young Children California Highway Patrol Debra Cannon (’77) Larry Champion (’76) and Susan Champion (’71) Cheuk-Kin Chau and Theresa Chau Chevron Humankind Chico Lacrosse Alumni Association Chico Rugby Foundation Kathryn Colburn-Magnusson (’73) and Peter Magnusson Aaron Colton (’82) and Gina Colton (’82) Wayne Cook (’66) and Carol Mitchell Coyote Logistics Stephen Cummins and Sunday Cummins Lou De La Garza Jr. (’01) Tom DiGiovanni and Carol DiGiovanni Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. Ferguson Enterprises Michael Finney (’78) and Brenda Finney Food Industry Foundation Timothy Grewis (’90) Scott Hanson (’90) and Valerie Hanson (’90) David Hassenzahl and Hilary Hassenzahl Henry Schein, Inc. Nancy Hodges (’55) Frederic Hook (’85) and Deb Hook (’85) IBM Corporation Independent Charities of America Integrated Communication Systems Richard Jackson and Giovanna Jackson Tom Johnson and Kimie Johnson Jeff Jones (’86) Sandy Kalinowski Billie Kanter (’68) and Kirk Monfort K-Coe Isom Leo Kirchhoff Larry Kirk and Maureen Kirk Samuel Kissee (’69) and Robert Zadra Bob Kittredge (’69) and Bobbie Kittredge Lundberg Family Farms Aaron Martella (’99) and Shawna Martella David McCallen (’79) and Rose Esposito-McCallen (’80) McConnell Foundation Ailsie McEnteggart Rich McGowan and Pam McGowan Gregory McKinnon (’86) and Shannon McKinnon Claire Michael (’54) Marcia Moore Jacqueline Murad (’76) Marcie Nelson (’82) and Kenneth Gall Northern Trust Company Northstate Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group

North Valley Ag Services Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation Foundation Michael Parker Mark Pawlicki and Emma Pawlicki Barbara Peloyan PepsiCo, Inc. Phoscrete Corporation Mike Prime and Robyn Prime Gwen Quail Betsy Randolph (’68) and Richard Randolph Randstad R.C. Consulting Inc. Richard Hughes Dairy Robert E. and Adele M. Boydston Foundation Lee Salter (’67) and Judy Salter Tim Sauer Sr. (’91) and Danielle Slater Randy Schiff (’90) and Laura Schiff (’04) Luke Seufferlein (’09) Janyce Silva (’60) Sara Simmons (’01) Tim Sistrunk Mark Spelts and Victoria Spelts Brandon Stegall (’95) Drew Stevens (’86) and Barbara Stevens Stonesfair Financial Corporation Swinerton Foundation Tea Innovations, Inc. Telfer Companies Jack Thorpe (’58) and Joan Stewart Thomas Tognoli (’87) and Lynn Tognoli Glen Toney (’66) and Virginia Toney Umpqua Bank Pat Van Dyke (’75) Gary Watters (’57) and Lorrene Watters (’56) Kathy Weeks Sally Wells David Whetstone (’66) and Carol Whetstone (’67)

Leader $1,500–$3,499 Anonymous AAA Properties Tony Abramo (’75) and Karen Abramo (’76) Keith Adams Aflac Almond Board of California Altria Group Altum Wealth Advisors Rick Anderson and Sue Anderson Diane Apostolakos (’75) Ardagh Group David Armstrong

Ashlock Company Timothy Aslin (’86) Brian Atchley (’02) and Amy Atchley Karen Avis (’81) and Jonathan Sylwester Magnus Back and Kristina Back Baker, Grigg, Hill Dick Baldy and Marian Baldy Jenelle Ball (’82) and David Ball Chris Bandy and Andie Bandy Thomas Bannon (’77) Ray Barker (’69) and Roma Barker Scott Barker and Anita Barker Stacey Bartlett (’02) Leo Battle and Terry Battle Robert Bechard (’60) and Kathie Bechard (’81) Grayson Beck (’92) and Olivia Beck (’92) Carole Beeton (’62) Ted Bell and Judith Hennessey Arturo Benavidez Jr. (’02) and Tiffany Giammona-Benavidez (’02) Steven Benninga (’78) Bentrac Company Karen Blackford Laurence Boag (’75) Boman & Associates Kent Boman (’97) and Melissa Boman (’97) Stephen Bonner (’82) and Teresa Bonner Booster LLC Aimee Bordeaux (’78) Gary Borders (’71) Judith Bordin (’73) Ahmad Boura and Jen Boura Brand ERP, LLC James Braziel (’57) and Carol Braziel (’75) Tim Brockway (’97) and Gina Brockway (’97) Denise Brolin (’89) Gary Brown (’69) Jeff Brown and Wendy Brown Valencia Burch (’80) Thomas Burkett (’82) and Barbara Burkett (’77) Butte Creek Foundation California Crop Improvement Association California Manufacturing Technology Consulting Californians For Population Stabilization California Retired Teachers Association John Calvert (’04) and Melanie Lawrence (’03) Capstone Accountancy, Inc. Martin Carovano and Barbara Carovano Harriette Carr (’66) and Jack Carr Matthew Carroll Charles Carter (’80) and Bertha Carter (’98) Chico Creek Fund

If you feel your name has been omitted or listed incorrectly, please notify Scholarship and Donor Relations Coordinator Flynn Hoffman at 530-898-4796 or


HONOR RO L L TOWER SOCIETY MEMBERS WHO CONTRIBUTED BETWEEN JULY 1, 2016, AND JUNE 30, 2017 Chico Hearing Aid Center Chico Heart Medical Clinic Chico Rotary Club Foundation Chipotle Mexican Grill Punnu Chopra Robert Christopherson (’69) and Bobbé Christopherson C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. Ronald Churchill (’75) and Leslie Churchill (’76) Cintas Ryan Coker (’93) and Heidi Coker Comcast Financial Agency Corporation Jeanne Conry (’74) and Bruce Webb Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc. Construction Engineering Consulting Group, Inc. Roy Cook and Bernice Reed Paul Coots (’88) and Kathryn Clements-Coots (’91) Brian Corley (’95) and Zephra Corley Courtesy Automotive Center Matthew Cox (’93) and Monica Cox (’93) Mitch Cox (’81) and Laura Cox Harold Crangle (’64) Jolee Crosson (’99) Kimberly Cupps (’84) Tom Cushman Dave Daley (’79) David Damazo and Becky Damazo Robert Damen (’79) Chris Davis (’83) and Timothy Davis Hiram Davis (’76) Jeffrey Dawson (’86) Karl Dawson and Debra Barger Leora DeBoer (’67) Adelle DeMasi (’77) DHL Express Paul Dickinson and Barbara Dickinson Heather Dickson (’95) and Scott Dickson Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason Gayle Dilley (’86) and John Dilley Tanya Domier (’87) Bob Donohue* and Susan Donohue Kieran Doorley Lisa Driver (’82) Thomas Duff (’64) Rick Dunham (’89) Scott Durham (’86) and Kim Durham Godwin Duru Jon Ebeling and Freddie Shockley Armin Ebrahimi (’87) Red Emmerson and Maria Escosa-Emmerson Tag Engstrom and Kristine Mazzei Enloe Foundation John Erickson (’76) and Toni Erickson

Scott Erwin (’86) and Laura Erwin Mark Falgout (’99) and Rosilea Falgout (’99) Donna Falk (’67) Far Northern Regional Center Fastenal Company Rey Faubert Sr. and Ayn Faubert David Filomeo (’78) Diane Flaherty Kenneth Fleming and Elizabeth Fleming Erica Flores (’07) Laurie Flores Tyler Foreman (’00) Foresters Financial Diane Fossum Sherry Fox Scott Fulenwider (’04) and Kari Bianchini (’04) Scott Gailey (’78) and Yvonne Gailey (’84) Bruce Gallaway and Penny Gallaway Gallo Sales Company Gamma Phi Beta Soroity Lawrence Garnick (’83) and Terri Garnick Morgan Geddie and Mary Geddie Charles Genthe and Joan Genthe Joan Gerhardt (’68) Sean Gettmann (’97) Nicole Gleason (’95) Nancy Goebner (’62) Goldman Sachs Gives Steve Gonsalves (’81) and Charlene Gonsalves (’83) Goodall Family Charitable Foundation Stephen Goodall (’78) and Jane Goodall (’78) Roxanne Gould (’86) Ricardo Granados (’77) Kent Green and Judy Green Terry Green (’75) and Marilyn Green (’78) Jim Gregg and Lyla Gregg Jack Griswold (’73) Doug Guerrero and Kelly Guerrero Jeffrey Gutsch (’87) John Hacker and Alexis Strauss James Hall (’77) and Carol Stanley-Hall (’73) Chris Hammond (’95) Lee Hamre (’76) and Deborah Blue Robert Hansen and Kathryn Svoboda Suzanne Hanson Richard Hardin (’70) and Katharine Hardin (’71) Harris & Plottel Kathleen Hassig Tracy Hayman (’99) Susan Hearne (’92) Hennessy Advisors, Inc. Neil Hennessy and Kathy Hennessy

Gary Hicks and Joan Hicks Jon Hilbert and Bonnie Hilbert Samuel Hillaire (’02) and Samantha Hillaire (’99) Hilti, Inc. Hitachi Solutions of America, Ltd. Robert Hockett Jr. (’71) Scott Hogrefe (’94) Greg Hollis and Pam Hollis Marc Hollis (’87) and Donna Hollis (’87) Bill Hoobler (’77) and Marilyn Hoobler (’77) Ted Howard (’68) Chuen Hsu and Shirley Hsu Tim Huckabay (’81) and Pat Huckabay (’81) Thomas Hughes (’88) and Kristy Hughes (’87) Daniel Hunt (’76) and Lynda Hunt (’86) Muhammad Hussain and Bashiran Hussain Rand Hutchison (’73) and Alison Carlile Intel Foundation Ben Irons (’01) and Yvette Irons (’03) Matthew Ives (’79) and Connie Ives (’81) Ricardo Jacquez and Michele Auzenne Jennifer Parrish, M.D., Inc. Len Jessup (’83) Terry Jewett (’78) and Tony Jewett Jan Keller Mary Frances Kelly-Poh (’68) and Hoe Poh Tod Kimmelshue and Sherri Kimmelshue Ron Knapp (’80) Linda Koch (’71) Thomas Korver and Roxane Perruso Jeffrey Krisa (’89) and Marie Krisa (’88) Marilyn Kruschke Yoshio Kusaba Walter Kusumoto and Dawn Kusumoto Andrew Lavagnino (’83) and Anette Lavagnino Law Office of Jeffrey S. Dawson David Lawton (’88) and Jana Lawton Christopher Layman (’05) and Kathryn Lee-Layman (’05) Fred Leek and Diana Leek Patricia Lee Stephen Lee and LeeAnne Lee Judith Lenhart Lennox Industries, Inc. Rush Lenroot and Hollie Lenroot Level 10 Construction Lance Lew (’79) and Roberta Lew Eric Loche (’90) and Jennifer Loche Gail Locke (’80) Mark Lowery and Paula Lowery Nicole Lowery (’07) LPL Financial

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HONOR RO L L TOWER SOCIETY MEMBERS WHO CONTRIBUTED BETWEEN JULY 1, 2016, AND JUNE 30, 2017 Grant Lundberg (’85) and Susie Lundberg (’93) Kirk Lydon and Yvonne Lydon Richard Macias and Pat Macias Deborah Maderos (’74) David Mallas (’98) and Ginger Mallas (’99) Sona Manzo and Ernie Manzo Thomas Martell (’86) and Claire Martell (’86) Ken Martin (’87) and Christina Martin (’88) Tom Martin (’66) and Marsha Martin Allen Masuda (’71) Robert Maxey and Margaret Brennan Missy McArthur (’72) Patricia McCormick (’92) James McFarland (’54) McGuire and Hester Steven McIntosh (’08) Johnny McNany (’03) and Megan McNany (’03) Mike McNeill Jr. (’83) and Michele McNeill (’84) Kit Meith (’63) and Michele Meith Duane Menefee and Candace Menefee Michael Messner (’74) Thomas Milling and Marian Milling David Minch (’74) Ashley Montulli (’93) and Louis Montulli Laura Moravec (’06) and Jim Moravec Julia Moriarty (’94) Margaret Morrow (’85) Sally Morton (’81) Moss Adams Foundation Charles Mueller and Marvey Mueller Joan Murdock (’74) Christopher Myers (’95) Richard Narad (’79) Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Natural Fashions, Inc. NC3 LLC Carl Nelson Richard Neves (’89) and Julie Neves Patrick Newell Christine Nichols (’69) Lisa Nichols (’01) and Chris Nichols Carl Nielsen* Erick Nielsen (’70) and Margaret Nielsen Bruce Nikolai (’85) and Ann Nikolai Mitchell Nilsen and Teresa Nilsen Ray Nolta (’58) and Madeleine Nolta Northrop Grumman Foundation Dennis O'Connell (’68) and Mikel O'Connell Lauren O'Donnell (’07) and Mike O'Donnell Jeff Oxendine (’82) Darlene Paise James Paiva Sr. and Geraldine Paiva Jennifer Parrish (’81) and Kevin Parrish

Ryan Patten and Jessica Patten Westley Patton (’65) and Jane Patton Paul Barnes Painting Inc. Vimali Paul and Richard Ponarul Mark Pellowski (’86) Betty Penland (’52) Rob Pierson (’94) and Laura Cowan-Pierson (’94) Michael Porfido (’80) Clark Porter (’48)* and Betty Porter (’50) Susan Avanzino Sally Prout Ann Pyeatt (’69) Juan Raigoza (’89) Catharine Ratto (’74) and Ronald Ratto Red Hot Metal, Inc. Allan Redmond (’76) and Kathleen Redmond (’77) James Reed Jr. (’03) Randall Reed and Linda Davis-Reed Gary Reeve (’81) and Alicin Reeve Carolynn Reynolds R. Gorrill Ranch Enterprises Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Marion Ritchie (’62) and Robert Ritchie Phil Rogers (’77) David Rothe R & S Farms, Inc. Aaron Ruch (’07) and Jennifer Ruch (’08) Toni Ruggle (’78) and Vickie Ruggle Sacramento Municipal Utility District Corrie Samaniego (’05) Kristina Scala (’89) Heather Schlaff William Schovajsa and Kathleen Schovajsa Dallase Scott (’05) Dave and Debra Scotto (’89) Dwight Seuser Severn Trent Environmental Services, Inc. Sherwin Williams Company Shocard, Inc. Sierra Central Credit Union Silgan Containers Corporation Patrick Singleton (’72) and JoAnne Villarreal Robert Sneed (’69) and Jan Sneed Soroptimist International of Chico Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Lynnette Spadorcio (’84) Michael Spiess (’79) and Patricia Witt (’79) Melody Stapleton Greg Steel (’66) and Janet Wilson Stifel Nicolaus - Chico Bob Stofa and Becky Stofa Carrie Stone (’90) Martin Strasburger (’98) and Gloria Strasburger (’99)

Robert Strazzarino (’06) and Kelly Strazzarino (’05) Mark Suden and Romell Suden Arthur Sutfin (’67) and Joan Sutfin Brian Sweeney (’78) and Karen Sweeney (’80) John Taylor (’72) and Suzanne Taylor Leslie Thole (’05) and Armando Gonzalez Robert Thomas Brooks Thorlaksson (’78) Tom James Company Gary Towne (’91) and Roxanne Lara (’98) Angela Trethewey (’88) Turner Construction Company UBS Investment Bank and Global Asset Management Charles Urbanowicz and Sadie Urbanowicz Eddie Vela and Celeste Jones Veritas Technologies LLC Ned Vernoga (’71) and Joyce Vernoga (’04) Shelley VonBerg (’84) and Doug Kucera Ann Vonnegut-Frieling (’85) Richard Vorndran (’74) Gwendolyn Waddell (’83) Bob Wallace (’68) and Mary Wallace (’30) Jennifer Wallace (’79) and Robert Fulton Donald Weidlein and Heidi Weidlein Russell Weiss and Janna Weiss Chris Welch (’97) Marie Welch* Wells Fargo & Company James Westcott Charles Worth and Denise Worth Rachel Wulff (’94) Mike Wyson (’79) and Nanette Wysong XL Construction Corporation Young's Market Company Kristina Zappettini (’86) and Bradley Glanville


Graduates of the Last Decade

$150–$1,499 Monica Acosta (’08) Salam Ali (’16) Eric Allen (’10) Jay Apalit (’90) and Karen Apalit (’07) Manjinder Bains (’08) Jeffrey Ballard (’11) Daniel Barnett (’06) and Susan Barnett (’07) Richard Barry (’10) Zachary Bay (’09) Bryan Bear (’07) and Laurie Bradshaw Natasha Beehner (’12) Sarah Bergquist (’11)

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HONOR RO L L TOWER SOCIETY MEMBERS WHO CONTRIBUTED BETWEEN JULY 1, 2016, AND JUNE 30, 2017 Shanti Betts (’08) and Alexis Betts Ryan Beyers (’12) Jessica Bjork (’09) Glenn Blakey (’15) Andrew Boian (’11) Jena Boling (’08) Megan Brightling (’12) and Kevin Brightling Ian Brooks (’08) Michael Brunetti (’09) Claudia Carrillo-Young (’07) Amanda Cassidy (’09) Stuart Chapman-Laver (’13) Betty Cheung (’12) Casey Chin (’14) Holly Clement (’09) Jamie Daly (’10) David DeBock (’10) Ernesto Delariva (’10) Joseph DeLuca (’11) Scott Dinits (’07) and Stacie Dinits (’07) Mariel Dory (’13) Krystle Dozier (’11) Blair Dugan (’08) Dusty Dunzweiler (’08) Greg Evans (’12) Leslie Freeland (’08) Jose Frias (’14) Matthew Fuhrman (’08) Dillon Gallus (’08) Charlee Ganzer (’07) Marissa Garcia (’14) Ariana Gehrig (’13) Eric Giannini (’10) Jason Gilbert (’11) Reidun Gilbert (’09) Scott Gilbreath (’11) and Christy Gilbreath (’11) Cristina Gildemeister (’12) Gabe Ginorio (’07) Briana Goldman (’07) Stephanie Greco (’12) and Joseph Greco Jessica Guaglianone (’08) Gian Gualco-Nelson (’15) Timothy Haley (’06) and Lindsey Haley (’07) Adam Hansen (’14) Kyle Harper (’07) Casey Hatcher (’07) Thomas Hatch (’14) Lena Heffern (’13) Russell Helms (’13) Grant Higginbotham (’11) Jerry Hight (’89) and Susan Hight (’08) Elizabeth Huerta (’13) Mark Hughes (’02) and Kelly Hughes (’02)

Andrew Hunter (’13) Michael Huyck (’91) and Connie Huyck (’11) Jacqueline Ioimo (’08) Malkit Johl Jr. (’09) Cody Johns (’11) Derick Johnson (’09) Katherine Kanarek (’11) Asad Khan (’14) Christopher Kobz (’13) Joseph Koch (’12) Tristan Kotar (’11) Andrew Langelier (’11) Adriana Laughlin (’11) George Laver (’11) and Sandy Laver Dan Layne (’08) and Derette Layne (’03) Natalie Lehman (’10) Karin Lightfoot (’09) and Robb Lightfoot Johnny Lopez (’88) and Tracy Lopez (’07) Catriona Lund (’14) Callie Lutz (’08) Kris Magri (’13) John Mahoney Jr. (’12) and Jo Ellen Mahoney Lori Mankin (’10) Will Martin (’12) Aaron Matthews (’09) Bryan McGruder Jr. (’07) Dara Mckinley (’08) Manuel Mejia Jr. (’11) and Andrea Mejia (’09) Matthew Merritt (’10) Mary Ann Mills (’09) Thomas Morgan (’09) Kara Morison (’14) Aric Morton (’94) and Cinnamin Morton (’10) Andrew Moug (’11) Sarah Napoliello (’11) Jake Nelson (’11) Ryan Nelson (’14) Adam Nikssarian (’14) Erik Nix (’11) Justin Odell (’13) Anne O'Kelly (’13) Jesus Palomino-Hernandez (’08) Ashley Person (’10) Benjamin Pope (’07) Trevor Prater (’12) Elizabeth Quivey (’10) Adam Raish (’10) and Maia Illa (’09) William Reeder (’09) Alan Rellaford (’82) and Daria Booth (’09) Kit Roggli (’08) Keeley Rowe (’11) Lesley Rundberg (’08) Christopher Sanchez (’15)

Vanessa Sandoval (’11) Henry Schleiger (’13) Amanda Sharp (’11) Roland Shehadeh (’09) Bria Shepherd (’08) and Tim Shepherd Damario Sims (’13) Aaron Skaggs (’10) Emily Smith (’07) Seth Snyder (’08) Stephanie Sprague (’13) Seann Stacy (’10) Thomas Staiano (’07) Theodore Stephenson (’13) Hayley Stone (’15) Jennifer Sturm (’07) John Suhr (’15) Kaley Sullivan (’16) Derek Swain (’12) Olan Swan (’08) Erik Taylor (’13) Jake Thomas (’13) William Thomas (’14) Amanda Thompson (’12) James Trauben (’09) William Treleaven (’88) and Megan Treleaven (’12) Kaushal Trivedi (’10) Marie Ussery (’11) Devin Van Hout (’10) and Sarah Van Hout (’09) Nalini Varahamurti (’14) Benjamin Wachman (’10) Michael Warenycia (’10) Ryan Watson (’09) Beth Wattenberg (’08) and Steve Wattenberg Matthew Whalen (’09) Denise Wills (’07) and Robin Wills Casey Wright (’08) Erin Wylder (’16) Mark Zimlich (’08)

Gifts In Kind Value of $25,000 or more C.A.P. Studio—Chiangmai Art on Paper Expol, Inc. National Institute for Standards and Technology Stephen Turner


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As a first-generation student, I'm proud to be that example for my brothers and sisters. It feels amazing to know there are good people in the world who are trying to help us. —Eder Gutierrez (’17)

First-generation college students like Eder Gutierrez (BA, Business Administration, ’17), who served as president of Leaders Educating for the Advancement of Dreamers and worked in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, earn their degrees and overcome incredible obstacles thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends like you!

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Chico Statements Fall 2017  
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The fall 2017 issue of Chico Statements magazine, the signature publication of California State University, Chico.